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COMIDA projects, investments up in 2013

The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency is often criticized for what it gives away — tax breaks to developers for projects that may or may not have happened without the incentives. What sometimes is lost in the story is ...

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Penfield hotel project gets tax breaks

The owner of property in the town of Penfield that once housed a miniature golf course may soon take a swing at the hospitality business. Local real estate company Indus Companies, which has developed and owns three hotels in the ...

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Teamwork key to economic success

Leaders from nine of the community’s largest businesses have been meeting for several years with the goal of becoming the healthiest community in America. And it is paying off, according to Paul Speranza, vice chairman and general counsel and secretary ...

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Pittsford takes aim at property eyesores

Pittsford officials are researching possible changes in town code that could give the town more power in addressing derelict properties that have become eyesores for neighbors. The code would deal with vacant or abandoned structures that are in obvious states ...

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Zoning change could help historic hamlet

The historic hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin offers residents and visitors a shopping plaza, some upscale and chain eateries, convenience stores and gas stations, and a hotel, as well as use of a nearby park. Lately, after the completion of a ...

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New Henrietta courthouse could be on docket

The search is on for a new Henrietta town court facility, although a whole host of details still need to be sorted out in the weeks and months ahead. The town is interested in buying a portion of the vacant ...

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Lawyer to seek new seat on City Court

A Rochester lawyer is planning to run for a newly-created City Court seat. Leticia D. Astacio, who has operated her own practice since 2011 after leaving the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, first wanted to run for judge last year. ...

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Mayor picks Ciminelli for RPD

His career has been just about an even split between police and law. Policing won out in the end for Rochester Police Chief Michael L. Ciminelli, who on Friday — the deadline to submit resumes for the job — was ...

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Changes proposed to county charter

Enacting reforms to local development corporations and creating an office of public integrity are among a series of changes proposed by Democrats in the County Legislature as part of a review of the government’s charter. Democrats also formally objected to ...

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Charter review ideas sought

The issue of paying for Monroe County Sheriff’s Office road patrols in a town with its own police department has long been a sticking point for Webster Supervisor Ron Nesbitt. The town pays more than $5.5 million a year for ...

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