Monday, April 1, 2013

[UPDATED] Week Ahead: RCSD and city budget hearings, Cuomo cancels, RPO lawsuit proceeds

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The Rochester school district will hold a public hearing on Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s proposed $728 million spending plan for the 2013 to 2014 school year. The budget has been criticized by parents because it includes closing School 30. Parents are also concerned about implementation of the new core curriculum and its impact on rigorous programs in schools like Wilson.

The hearing is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in the RCSD’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. Tim Louis Macaluso

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s planned visits to Rochester and Buffalo today have been postponed due to weather (?), according to a press release from the gov’s office.

Cuomo had been scheduled to hold state budget signing ceremonies in Rochester and Buffalo. Ceremony is the key word: the governor signed the actual budget legislation last week.

The ceremonies provide the governor with an opportunity to talk up the budget’s accomplishments. He probably would have stressed the minimum wage increase, business incentives, economic development initiatives, tax cuts for the middle class, and education initiatives contained in the plan.

Odds are good that Cuomo will reschedule his appearance.

[UPDATED 8:20 p.m.] Cuomo's office just sent out an advisory that says he'll hold his Rochester signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Jeremy Moule

The last two Voice of the Citizen budget forums are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 3. The 2013 to 2014 budget has a gap of about $28 million. At the meetings, Mayor Tom Richards will describe the city’s fiscal situation and share some proposed cutbacks. Your job is to tell him how you feel about those proposals.

Primary areas for discussion will include: taxes, fees, and new revenues; police and fire services; pensions; youth and library neighborhood services: infrastructure, public facilities, and neighborhood real estate; federal funding reductions and sequestration; and organizational efficiencies.

The April 1 meeting is at the Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street, while the April 3 meeting is at the Adams Street center, 85 Adams Street. Christine Carrie Fien

State Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Fisher will hear arguments in a lawsuit against the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Attorney Eileen Buholtz is suing to invalidate the RPO board’s annual meeting, which was held on January 23, including the results of board member elections. Buholtz ran for a board seat as a write-in candidate, and in her lawsuit she says that RPO officials didn’t property notify all of the organization’s members who would have been eligible to vote.

She also alleges that RPO officials didn’t recognize write-in ballots submitted at the annual meeting.

The hearing is at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, April 5.

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