Author Archives: Bennett Loudon

City of Rochester will appeal PAB ruling (access required)

The Police Accountability Board Alliance demonstrates on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Rochester voters affirmed the establishment of a PBA by public referendum the following November. A lawsuit by the police officers union led to a ruling against the city that Rochester is appealing. (File photo)

Rochester City Council members are planning to appeal a state Supreme Court decision that struck down the authority of the new Police Accountability Board to discipline Rochester Police Department officers. The Police Accountability Board (PAB) was created by a unanimous ...

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Colleges being sued for online switch (access required)

Rochester Institute of Technology is the Rochester area's fifth-largest local employer with 4,196 employees.

Rochester Institute of Technology and dozens of other colleges and universities across the country are being sued by students seeking a refund of tuition and fees because their schools switched to what they consider an inferior online program after they ...

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State Attorney General warns of scams

Coronavirus. A phishing email from someone posing as the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), and asking recipients to donate money to a coronavirus fund, received on a laptop in London. Picture date: Friday March 27, 2020. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire URN:52990149 (Press Association via AP Images)

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James is warning business owners to watch out for scams while seeking government assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office also announced a cease and desist order issued ...

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Racist restrictions buried in property records

A racial covenant found in a 1909 entry of the title abstract for a property in Medina, Orleans County. Such covenants are surprisingly prevalent in the documentation for older residential properties in New York state.

Many segregated neighborhoods in Rochester, and across the country, are the result of racist institutional policies enforced decades ago with explicit deed restrictions required by government officials and not due to personal preferences or affordability. The Federal Housing Administration began ...

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Crisis puts business contracts under scrutiny

Richard Marinaccio

Business interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government orders to shut down or limit operations has firms seeking answers about the effect on their contractual obligations, leases and rental agreements. Some non-essential businesses forced to close to ...

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