Government & Politics News
- State commission recommends property tax freeze
A report released Tuesday by a state commission recommends a two-year freeze on property taxes, with a $2 billion budget surplus used to further reduce taxes, along with lowering rates for businesses.
- Economic development funding announcement due Wednesday
Funding for the state’s regional economic development councils will be announced Wednesday in Albany, officials said Tuesday.
- Defense officials to visit Eastman Business Park, RIT
Two officials from U.S. Department of Defense’s procurement division will tour the Eastman Business Park and two Rochester Institute of Technology manufacturing facilities Monday with Rep. Louise Slaughter, officials said Friday.
- Veteran-Owned Businesses
Ranked by number of local full-time employees.
- Highest-Paid Elected Officials
Ranked by current salary.
- Warren elected Rochester mayor
Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren swept to victory in Tuesday's mayoral election, unofficial results from the Monroe County Board of Elections show. She is the first woman to be elected Rochester mayor. With all 212 districts reporting, Warren had 55.2 percent of the vote.
- Richards says if elected, he will serve
Mayor Thomas Richards released a statement late Monday afternoon saying he would continue to serve as mayor if re-elected Tuesday.
- State GOP calls for investigation of Duffy
The Republican Party of New York State wants an investigation into whether Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy violated state ethics laws by interviewing for a position with the Rochester Business Alliance Inc., the state GOP said Monday.
- Poll: New Yorkers have low opinion of Congress
Some 78 percent of New Yorkers view Congress unfavorably, and 59 percent blame its Republicans for the recent government shutdown, a Siena College survey released Tuesday shows.
- Charges brought related to LDC probe
A former Siemens Building Technologies sales executive and current president of Treadstone Development Corp. has been indicted on theft charges. Daniel Lynch is accused of stealing $75,000 from Siemens and a local development corporation created to upgrade Monroe County’s information technology and copier systems.
- Richards ends his campaign for
re-election as Rochester mayor
Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards, defeated last week by Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary, will not run as a third-party candidate in the general election. Richards, endorsed by the Independence Party and the Working Families Party in addition to the Monroe County Democratic Committee, said his decision was family related and not political.
- Auditing the comptroller
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issues a steady stream of audits that highlight lax practices at state agencies and local government offices. This week, he found himself at the other end of a critical audit by a state watchdog
- President detours to pay visit to Magnolia's on Park Avenue
President Barack Obama’s trip across upstate Thursday afternoon detoured to Rochester. He stopped at Magnolia's Deli & Cafe on Park Avenue, where he greeted and posed for pictures with people there.
- More workers get more workers' comp benefits in N.Y.
The number of workers covered by workers’ compensation in New York increased 1.4 percent from 2010 to 2011, while covered wages increased 3.9 percent during the same time period, a new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance shows.
- Law Firms
Information was provided by individual firms with at least one office in Monroe County that responded to an email or fax survey. Ranked by number of local attorneys.
- Report: Region has lowest Medicare spending nationally
The Rochester region has lowest monthly Medicare spending of 306 markets surveyed, a July 29 Institute of Medicine report found.
- If Detroit were a car, would PBS accept the donation?
Big-city mayors from across the country consider the plight of Detroit's Mayor Dave Bing and wonder if they'll be next.
- SUNY college to transform former Kodak facility to solar center
SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is setting up shop in a former Eastman Kodak Co. building in Greece, as part of a $100 million initiative that proponents say will attract solar energy companies to the area.
- Mayoral candidate Warren unveils economic development plan
Rochester mayoral hopeful Lovely Warren on Wednesday released an economic development plan urging greater transparency and accountability in dispensing city funds and closer links between economic development spending and job creation.
- Coast Professional to add 103 jobs; COMIDA OKs tax breaks
Coast Professional Inc. plans to lease space in Henrietta and add 103 full-time workers, officials said Tuesday.