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County sees 10.5% drop in sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue in Monroe County declined by 10.5 percent, fourth highest in the state, during the first seven months of this year, an analysis released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows. It is one of just six New ...

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OSHA cites Heberle for uncorrected hazards

Rochester solid waste collection company Heberle Disposal Service Inc. is facing additional fines of $304,200 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to correct hazards cited in 2008, OSHA officials said Monday. During a ...

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Area police departments get federal grants

Local police departments have been awarded nearly $367,000, Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday. Monroe County, the city of Rochester, and the towns of Greece and Irondequoit will use the funds to support curfew checks and other field enforcement strategies, and ...

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Small businesses need health care reform now

It’s often said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  More importantly, small businesses are the heart and soul of the local community; they hire our friends and neighbors, they spend what they make right down the street, ...

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A fresh chance

The Great Lakes formed at the end of the last ice age and over 10,000 years or so became one of the world’s most bountiful natural resources. It took only a few hundred years of development along the lakes’ shores, ...

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City eyes action on properties

Acting on longstanding, deep concerns about health and safety problems, the city of Rochester plans to take court action no later than next week to cure deficiencies at properties controlled by Webster real estate investor Jason Palmer, city Corporation Counsel ...

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Paterson announces $900 million in education funding

Some $900 million in federal funding will be divvied up among some 700 school districts and charter schools throughout New York State, Gov. David Paterson announced Friday. The funding will be administered by the New York State Education Department through ...

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Town Hall meeting to address upstate economy

The Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and the Unshackle Upstate coalition have organized a Sept. 16 town hall-style forum in Rochester to allow members to express concerns to state lawmakers about Upstate New York’s economic challenges. The forum is from 4 ...

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Schumer touts Great Lakes restoration plan

Sen. Charles Schumer was in Rochester on Monday to push for Congress to fully fund President Barack Obama’s $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative.

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State lawmakers have less integrity today, poll finds

Some 54 percent of registered New York voters say state politicians have less integrity and do not work as hard for their constituents as lawmakers did 40 to 50 years ago, and wish they could be thrown out and new leaders elected, a Siena Research Institute poll released Monday found.

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Quote of the week

"(I) thought it was evolutionary, not revolutionary, because nothing got said that was startling or new."  Laurence Glazer, CEO of Buckingham Properties LLC, on a meeting of city officials and developers on possible options for the block where Renaissance Square was ...

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Colleges eye lift from $12B plan

    Though the details of a $12 billion federal funding plan for community colleges have yet to be finalized, let alone approved, Barbara Risser is thrilled with the gesture.   The president of Finger Lakes Community College said with ...

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Gap analysis

If the governor truly tries to reduce state spending, will he be willing to resist legislative efforts to hit up the wealthy yet again?

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MCC key to project on Main

    A $50 million development proposed by Webster businessman Neil Bauman for the northwest corner of East Main Street and North Clinton Avenue must be linked to a campus for Monroe Community College to be successful, he said this ...

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Tap community, business for successful public projects

During the last month or so, it seems everywhere I went people were asking the same question: "What is your position on Renaissance Square?" I’ll tell you exactly what I told them. I didn’t take a position. That’s because at ...

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