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News from Week Past 7/4

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David Bellavia won Monroe County in the 27th Congressional District Republican primary, but he lost the election. Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins is the Republican Party's candidate against incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul in November. Also: attorney Wendy Long won the statewide US Senate primary and will face incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in November.

Ontario Beach was closed for 38 days of the 2011 season, and Durand-Eastman beach was closed for 28 days, says a report from the National Resources Defense Council. The beaches had the second- and fourth-highest number of closings in the state. To be fair, however, the beaches are also tested daily, where the water at most other state beaches is tested only once or twice a week.

The Rochester school district's facilities modernization project broke ground at School 50. The $325 million first phase of the project to renovate and modernize city schools has been in the planning and development stage since 2007.

The Rochester school board approved a four-year contract with Bolgen Vargas as the district's permanent superintendent. Vargas will receive $195,000 annually. The contract is for a longer term than the board has approved with past superintendents.

Construction started on the nearly $6 million rehabilitation of the Academy Building at 13 South Fitzhugh Street. The 36,500 square foot structure will be a mix of residential and commercial units, with 21 apartments on the upper floors and retail on the lower floors. About $800,000 of the construction costs is being funded by a grant from Restore New York, and the city is lending developers Fitzhugh Associates $700,000. The Gothic Revival building was constructed in 1873.

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