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Legislators debate ‘tax freeze’ committee

Legislation that would create a committee to study ways to control costs through shared services or consolidation and ensure Monroe County is complying with a state property tax freeze will be studied. Most likely an already established organization of government ...

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Rochester food truck forums, events set

Food trucks will be part of an upcoming city-sponsored event designed to showcase downtown eating. But while such interest in food trucks is appreciated, many vendors are still awaiting changes in city legislation that will make business better for their ...

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Conversion of Eastman dental building moves ahead


The Eastman Dental Dispensary structure has been vacant for decades, except on the occasion a private entity used the building as a haunted house. The thought of its repurposing isn’t so much spooky as it is daydreaming, coming after a ...

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GOP candidates take aim at Cuomo


To the surprise of virtually no one, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Astorino took aim at the controversy swirling around opponent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged interference with an anti-corruption commission he established a year ago and disbanded earlier this year. Astorino, ...

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Vigilance, work required to break down barriers


Ruth Scott and her husband Bill came to the city five years after the three-day Rochester riots ended, but many of the conditions that sparked the event 50 years ago remained and some argue, still persist today. African-American children continued ...

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Attorney’s collection an open book to legal history


It was a cold, miserable Saturday in January when Joseph Midiri noticed the large trash receptacle parked in front of a law office in downtown Albany. The family practice had disbanded, and Midiri feared that many of the firm’s law ...

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Divide deepens over plan for former church


For 50 years, Bertha Smith Isreal has seen her West Main Street neighborhood deteriorate. As someone who has lived in the same home for so long, she said she has some ideas on how to improve where she lives. One ...

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Officials: Dredging would help bay businesses


Storm surges — including debris and silt pushed in as a result of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 — have created a traffic jam of sorts in the channel connecting Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay, with serious consequences for boaters should ...

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Officials seek boost from soccer complex

The goal is to provide a boost in the local economy and provide places for kids to play. And Webster officials believe a proposed outdoor soccer complex, which may be up and running by the next World Cup, may do ...

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Tax breaks sought for B+L Tower plan


About $6 million in renovation work is proposed as part of a $15 million purchase of the 20-story Bausch + Lomb Tower. Clinton Court LLC, a partnership that includes developers Larry Glazer of Buckingham Properties and Bob Morgan of Morgan ...

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Hearing set on derelict property law change

Unless an unforeseen cause for material revision emerges, the Pittsford Town Board soon will be acting on beefed-up legislation that will help the town deal with derelict properties. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, and board members could vote ...

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