Rochester City Council member Adam McFadden
will hold a public forum to discuss open-air drug markets
at 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, December 4, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.
McFadden has proposed legislation
to create drug-free zones
in the city. The legislation would create a new section of City Code to prohibit loitering in defined areas for the purpose of selling drugs. Some other Council members and current mayor Tom Richards have said they’re worried about the constitutionality of the proposed legislation and about the cit
y’s ability to enforce it.
The purpose of the meeting, according to a press release, is to provide input on McFadden’s proposal and for residents “to talk about their experiences, frustrations, and fears” concerning open-air drug markets in the city. Christine Carrie Fien
The Monroe County Legislature
will hold a public hearing on County Executive Maggie Brooks 2014 budget proposal
during a Ways and Means Committee meeting Thursday evening.
Brooks has proposed an approximately $1.2 billion budget for 2014, an approximately $200,000 increase over the 2013 budget. Under the plan, the property tax rate would be $8.99 per $1,000 assessed value.
Also during the meeting, County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn
is expected to
take questions about a $37,000 raise he’d receive under the 2014 plan
. The budget seeks to bump up the sheriff’s pay so it matches the district attorney’s salary, which is set by state law.
Brooks’ spokesperson has told local media that the raise was included in the budget at O’Flynn’s request as part of his department’s submitted budget.
Children’s advocates are also likely to speak about the budget’s proposed cut to day care subsidies
. The budget calls for a $1.3 million decrease in local spending on the programs.
County officials have tried to deflect concerns about the cuts by saying that a lack of adequate day care subsidy funding is a state issue. The state should be providing more funding for the programs, they say.
The Ways and Means Committee
meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street. People can register to speak at the meeting by calling the Legislature clerk's office, (585) 753-1950 Jeremy Moule
WXXI will host a public forum on the Common Core
curriculum with New York Education Commissioner John King
on Tuesday, December 3, and it will aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, AM 1370 radio, and streamed at WXXINews.org. Tim Louis Macaluso