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Dec 28, 2021

City of Rochester settles lawsuit alleging police beating, false arrest

The city of Rochester will pay $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing a group of police officers of falsely arresting and beating a man in 2016.

Dec 28, 2021

Mayor Smith signs gun violence emergency order

Rochester Mayor James P. Smith has issued a gun violence emergency order giving Police Chief David M. Smith the authority to close some businesses.

Jun 30, 2021

Rochester City Council taking PAB authority fight to Court of Appeals

In an ongoing attempt to empower the Police Accountability Board with disciplinary authority over the department, Rochester City Council will continue to fight rulings by the justice system, even after two legal defeats just five weeks apart.

Jun 25, 2021

Monroe County law will take ATVs off the streets

Monroe County expects enforcement of new legislation aimed at removing off-road vehicles from public roadways to begin in early July.

Jun 23, 2021

Rochester councilman defeats indicted mayor in Democratic primary

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who ran for a third term while under indictment in a campaign finance case and under fire for her handling of a police killing, was defeated in the Democratic primary by City Councilman Malik Evans.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
May 26, 2021

Rochester mayor: ‘I am innocent’ despite husband’s gun and drug charges

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, whose husband was arrested on drug and gun charges last week, said at a candidates' forum that she didn't know about the guns found in her house during a police raid.

Feb 5, 2021

Hiring and firing, crisis management part of RPD reform proposal

Mayor Lovely Warren wants the city of Rochester to have the power to fire police officers for cause, believes the police hiring process must be overhauled and seeks to redirect funding from law enforcement staffing to other community engagement programs over the next five to 10 years. The proposals are part of a 688-page first […]

Feb 3, 2020

Mixed ruling on Whole Foods appeal

A state appellate court has put in question two parts of a decision on the Whole Foods plaza litigation, ruling Friday partly in favor of a group opposing the size of the development on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. The decision also upheld parts of the town’s support for the project that groups had challenged. A […]

Jun 13, 2016

NYC deploys 500 more officers for precaution after massacre

NEW YORK — More than 500 anti-terrorism officers were deployed around the nation’s largest city as a precaution Monday, a day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the beefed-up security would especially be deployed at key New York City institutions representing the gay community. The mayor said […]

Jan 12, 2016

NY files: Caretakers, not agency, probe most disabled deaths

ALBANY (AP) — The agency responsible for protecting those with special needs declined to investigate most of the nearly 1,400 deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care in the past two years, leaving the majority of investigations to the caretaker facilities themselves, according to newly released records. An advocate who sought the documents’ release […]

Jan 12, 2016

Dinolfo wants Office of Public Integrity

Acting on a campaign promise to promote ethical and transparent government, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo offered legislation Tuesday to create an Office of Public Integrity. The request was made to the Monroe County Legislature in the form of a Local Law that would amend the County Charter. “An Office of Public Integrity provides the necessary […]

Jan 12, 2016

NYC mayor to unveil ‘gun court’

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lay out a new system Tuesday to tackle gun-related violence. Those charged with firearm possession will be sent to one of two dedicated gun courtrooms in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn. A pair of judges will oversee arraignments, indictments and trials there. […]

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