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City developments share spotlight

Buckingham Properties CEO Larry Glazer hopes to close in November on the Midtown Tower, seen here Thursday. Mike Murphy

The prospect of a new Rochester mayor is no worry, at least as it comes to three high-profile developments within the city borders. The Tower at Midtown is far enough along, anyway, and the quality of the project speaks for ...

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CollegeTown, Greece hotel projects get tax breaks

E. J. Del Monte Corp. and an affiliate of the hotel management company received tax incentives for two hotel projects, including one that is part of the College Town project near the University of Rochester. The proposed 107,700-square-foot Hilton Garden ...

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Livingston County: Conservatives may break tie in sheriff race

The race for the Conservative Party designation in the Livingston County sheriff’s race is all knotted up after three affidavit votes were tallied Tuesday. Undersheriff James M. Szczesniak, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 28 years, had been ...

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Cocktail mix maker, brewer seek tax breaks

The Internet and social media enable bartenders to discover old recipes and share tips with each other more than ever. Mix in readily available supplies of fresh fruit and other fresh drink ingredients, and the age of craft cocktails — ...

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‘Gentle warrior’ for workers’ rights remembered

Robert G. McCarthy arrived at the office later than some and worked into the evening, because he cherished the mornings he spent at home with his children as they grew up. Families with two working parents and kids find ways ...

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Comments sought on Brighton project

After years in the planning stages, the Winfield Park housing and commercial project proposed in Brighton received another public airing. A public hearing was held Wednesday on the draft environmental impact statement for the ambitious proposal, but there are more ...

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Candidates ready for general election

The primary election night parties are over, but in several races with ties to the legal community, the campaigning has only just begun. Rochester City Council President Lovely A. Warren scored what many political observers deemed an upset victory over ...

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Attorneys help students with schoolwork

Attorney Karen McCloskey presents a backpack filled with school supplies to School 29 third-grader Kevine Ortiz on Tuesday at School 29 in Rochester as part of the Lawyers for Learning program, now in it’s 20th year. Mike Murphy

Crayons, pencils, and red, green and purple folders. A box of markers and a glue stick. Sorting through the supplies packed into a dark blue backpack, Shareen Randolph said these will do just nicely for class and homework. And the ...

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Agreement seeks action on infant mortality

A bipartisan agreement is expected to lead to action in reducing the number of infant deaths in the greater Rochester community. The county’s rate of infant mortality, which is defined by a death of a baby before his or her ...

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Home builder making new mark

Father James R. Barbato, left, and son James P. Barbato keep Pride Mark Homes on the go. Mike Murphy

It’s no coincidence that Pride Mark Homes Inc. has several new projects and more than 300 new housing units in the works in several eastside towns all at once. The Victor-based developer has a major housing project in the approval ...

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Doors open to Rochester Academy building

city, state and federal officials joined developer George Traikos on Sept. 5 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Rochester Academy Building on Friday.  Mike Murphy

At various times in its lengthy history, the Rochester Academy Building has served as a high school, office space and, for a fleeting time fairly recently, a potential site for a Monroe County family courthouse. More than seven years ago ...

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High Falls to be in spotlight, again

More visitors are expected to view Rochester’s High Falls as an existing trail will be improved and expanded. Mike Murphy

Cities like Rochester were created because of water power, but for a time, the Genesee River was almost an afterthought, particularly in the High Falls area. Soon enough, the river and 100-foot waterfall will be in the spotlight again. A ...

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