Week ahead: VP debate, Pittsford development meeting


The first and only debate between vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan takes place this Thursday, October 11. Biden is undoubtedly under pressure to salvage the Democratic ticket after last week’s less-than-stellar debate performance by President Obama. Pundits will certainly be watching to see if the pressure pushes Biden into making one of his signature gaffes. Ryan will attempt to build on Mitt Romney’s momentum while trying to sell the country on a rather extreme agenda that includes turning Medicare into a voucher program.

The debate, which is being moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC News, is from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and being held in Danville, Kentucky. According to 2012 Election Central, “The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each.” — Christine Carrie Fien

The Pittsford village board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday regarding the 75 Monroe Avenue project.

The meeting will be a continuation of an ongoing public hearing about the project. A subsidiary of Mark IV Development is proposing upscale apartments and a restaurant for the site. The property was once an asphalt plant, and it needs to be cleaned up before it can be reused.

For the project to move forward, the village board needs to issue special permits. But board members and village residents have had concerns with the project, particularly its size and scale. They’ve also focused on traffic on that stretch of Monroe, both the increased volume that the development would create and the speed. Vehicles tend to travel significantly above the 30 mph speed limit.

The meeting will be held at Village Hall, 21 North Main Street. — Jeremy Moule