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Foreclosure activity drops in Monroe County, spikes in Wayne

Foreclosure activity in Monroe County dropped significantly between October 2018 and October 2019 but rose dramatically in Wayne County over the same period. While the total of pending foreclosures, notices of foreclosure sale (NFS) and lender-owned properties (REO) dropped by ...

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Bello chastises Republicans for bill aimed at reducing his power

Republican county legislators say newly proposed rushed-through legislation will provide better transparency within Monroe County, but incoming County Executive Adam Bello and fellow Democrats say it’s nothing but a vindictive attempt to circumvent election results and protect political patronage. The ...

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Housing Authority secretary charged with fraud

The executive secretary of the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) has been charged with defrauding, and conspiring to defraud, the Rochester Housing Charities (RHC) as well as with obstructing the government’s investigation. Janis White, 58, of Rochester, faces a maximum penalty of ...

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Sale of nearly 80 Robert Morgan apartment properties now official

The sale of a massive chunk of Robert Morgan’s real estate empire is now official, which should clear the way for the under-siege Rochester developer to make whole his investors. Morgan Properties, a real estate investment and management conglomerate based ...

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Paychex lawsuit alleges 3 former employees stole trade secrets, client info

Paychex, Inc., has filed suit against three former employees, alleging they stole confidential company information and violated fiduciary duties by going to work for another payroll services firm. Richard D. Gettings, Brad C. Hartmann and Mona H. Nguonly are named ...

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‘Cost-burdened’ renters on the rise in Monroe County

More than half of Monroe County renters are classified as cost-burdened because they spend more than 30 percent of their income on monthly housing costs. The cost-burdened percentage stands at 54.3 percent, up 1 percent from a year ago, according ...

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Rochesterian ‘King Perry’ Santillo pleads guilty to ‘massive’ Ponzi scheme fraud

The numerous complaints of fraud and mismanagement of investor funds were, on their own merit, enough for federal authorities to launch an investigation into Perry Santillo Jr.’s businesses. The lavish lifestyle Santillo lived in Rochester and elsewhere merely confirmed to ...

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Morgan down to just eight managed properties after sale of eight others to downstate firm

A Rockland County-based real estate investment firm has bought eight apartment properties that were formerly owned and managed by developer Robert Morgan. Berkley Properties LLC of Nanuet earlier this month completed the purchase of Wedgewood West in Henrietta and Brockport ...

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Neighbors sue to block development plan for old Colgate Rochester Divinity campus

Neighbors of the now-vacant Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School are suing the City of Rochester, the city’s manager of zoning, a developer and the school itself, claiming environmental concerns were ignored and policy violated when rezoning of the site cleared ...

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