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Looking inward to fight racism in Rochester 

It is a harsh reality to acknowledge that the specter of racism still permeates every layer of society—from employment, to neighborhoods to the health of communities. Although discrimination is no longer legal, oppression, segregation and unequal opportunities still haunt American society. St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, through its Structural Racism Initiative, or SRI, is attempting to ...

AT&T accelerator offering $125,000 in funding 

The 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator is taking submissions for a prize of $125,000 in funding for any business using technology to benefit students and education. The accelerator is a national endeavor that accepts applications from any organization including nonprofits. Along with the capital, the winner will receive mentoring through AT&T, access to a broad range of ...

Monroe County to expand subsidized child care program 

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Wednesday an expansion of the county’s subsidized child-care program. Part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the Childcare Subsidy Program offers reimbursement for child care while guardians are enrolled in a job training program. To be eligible for the program, a guardian must have a child under the age of ...

Cuomo introduces FY 2019 budget 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released his fiscal year 2019 budget, a $168 billion proposal which shows major investments into education, infrastructure and changes in New York tax code. A key focus of Cuomo’s proposed executive budget is protecting New Yorkers from the impact of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Specifically, the shift ...

$12 million awarded to combat homelessness in Rochester 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today a total of $12 million in grants to local agencies fighting homelessness in Rochester. Funded through the Continuum of Care Program, a program which grants funding to the highest-per...

David Cay Johnston to close out FLCC speaker series 

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston is set to close out the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum at Finger Lakes Community College. A long career in reporting for publications such as the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnston most recently gained notice for his reporting on President Trump’s undisclosed tax returns. In March ...

AT&T Study: Upstate needs high-speed data 

A new study by AT&T has found the need for high-speed data is critical for the development of Upstate New York. The study was based on a survey of 401 businesses across Upstate New York, 41 percent of which hailed from rural and urban Western New York. The survey asked business leaders the perceived importance ...

New bill requires higher education for nurses 

A new bill requiring higher education for nurses has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, S6768 makes it a requirement for all registered nurses to receive a baccalaureate’s degree at the time of licensing, or within 10 years of having received a license to practice. ...

Dinolfo announces new Snow and Ice Board 

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced today a new tool for coordinating weather alerts. The Snow and Ice Board will utilize WebEOC to bring together municipalities and keep on top of changing conditions on the roads. The concept is simple; m...

Rochester Precision Optics a sign of sector’s success 

It's no surprise that Rochester's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. The companies that once defined the Flower City, and led to its status as one of the first "boomtowns," have faced rapid downsizing and exodus from the city. Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb no longer serve as the economic backbone they once did. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rochester's employment in the manufacturing supersector has been on steady decline. In January 2007, the manufacturing industry employed 75,500 people. In October 2017, the most recent available statistic, that number stood at 57,800, a decline of 23 percent.