The City of Rochester projects a significant increase next year in revenue from red light camera fines. The city's proposed budget indicates red light tickets will generate $3.5 million, nearly doubling this year's $1.8 million. The city has issued more than 50,000 tickets since installing the cameras in 2010.
During their annual convention, Monroe County Republicans endorsed State Assembly member Sean Hanna to run for the 55th Senate District seat — Jim Alesi is not running for re-election — and conservative radio personality Bill Nojay to run for Hanna's seat. The party also endorsed Peterson Vasquez of Henrietta for a run against Democratic incumbent Harry Bronson in the 138th Assembly District.
The Rochester Police Department has formed the Rochester Police Foundation. The independent, nonprofit organization is intended to foster positive relationships with the city's youth and neighborhoods. The foundation will rely on charitable contributions to implement its outreach programs.
Rochester school board member José Cruz intends to challenge long time State Assembly incumbent David Gantt in a September primary in the newly formed 137th District. Cruz once led the Democratic caucus in the Monroe County Legislature, and he is the chief operating officer of the Ibero-American Action League. Democrat John Lightfoot also plans to challenge Gantt.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks gave her annual State of the County address. Brooks used the speech to highlight accomplishments and accolades, and did not announce any new programs or initiatives. Brooks is challenging incumbent Representative Louise Slaughter for the 25th Congressional District seat this year.