WEEK AHEAD: Finger Lakes council meeting; Charlotte High School meeting; human trafficking talk


The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council will hold its first meeting of 2015 at 10 a.m. on Thursday. It will be held at the Wegmans Corporate Conference Center at 200 Market Street in Gates.

Each year, the council selects and advances economic development projects that are important to the community and that fit in with the council’s vision for the Rochester-Finger Lakes region. The projects compete for assistance that includes grant funding and tax incentives.

This year, the council has to prepare for an additional contest. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Competition, where all of the Upstate regions, with the exception of Western New York, will compete for three $500 million awards.

Cuomo wants the regional councils to develop detailed plans for how they’d use the awards. A panel will review those plans and select the winners.  BY JEREMY MOULE 

The Rochester school district will hold a public meeting on Thursday on the proposed closing of Charlotte High School. Superintendent Bolgen Vargas asked the school board to approve closing Charlotte in the 2017-2018 school year, and to allow the Leadership Academy for Young Men to expand in the same building. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street.

[CANCELLED] The Flying Squirrel Community Space will show the film “10,000 Black Men Named George,” tonight (Monday) at 7 p.m. The film looks at the first black-controlled union, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

Working as a porter was one of the few jobs that black men could find during the Great Depression, and the film shows how they formed a union that took on one of the largest corporations in the US at the time.

The Flying Squirrel is located at 285 Clarissa Street.

The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present “Human Trafficking,” a talk about this modern form of slavery at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3.

The Honorable Renee Forgensi Minarik, New York Court of Claims judge and chair of the Rochester Regional Coalition against Human Trafficking, will cover how human trafficking operates nationally and locally and what is being done about it.

The event will be held at the Central Library in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO