WEEK AHEAD: Events for the week of April 13, 2015


Monroe County Young Democrats will hold a panel on police-community relations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 13) at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street.

The goal, according to a press release, is to develop and improve strategies to build ties between the police and the community. Panels include Wayne Harris, deputy chief of the Rochester Police Department; Mike Mazzeo, president of the police union, the Rochester Police Locust Club; and the Rev. Lewis Stewart of the United Christian Leadership Ministry.

The panel’s moderator is Julie Philip, senior engagement editor with the Democrat & Chronicle.

A free community forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, on the effect of high-impact stores on Rochester neighborhoods. The forum will be held in the cafeteria at Wilson Academy Foundation, 200 Genesee Street.

The forum will address how the city’s ordinances and zoning codes related to high-impact stores — meaning stores that sell alcohol, tobacco, and/or lottery tickets — impact neighborhoods

The forum is part of an ongoing series that takes on community concerns. It includes panelists from the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and Empire Justice. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

On Thursday at Riga Town Hall, 6460 East Buffalo Road, Monroe County officials will hold a public information session and hearing on the proposed Mill Seat Landfill expansion. Project representatives will be available to discuss the proposal starting at 4 p.m. The county will open the public hearing at 7 p.m.

The hearing is on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement — a comprehensive review of environmental, traffic, and infrastructure impacts of a proposed project. The county needs to get permits from the state to expand the landfill, and the environmental statement is part of that process.

Right now, the landfill has a 95-acre approved footprint, and officials estimate it’ll be full by 2018. As proposed, the expansion would add another 118 acres, and extend the landfill’s life through 2049. The landfill would not accept more waste, and it will continue to accept waste only from throughout Upstate New York, primarily Monroe County, officials say.

On Wednesday, fast food workers across Monroe County will walk off their jobs and strike as part of the local Fight for $15 campaign. The campaign, part of a national movement, calls for a $15 an hour wage for fast food workers, as well as the right for the workers to unionize without retaliation.

At 6:30 a.m., workers and their allies will form a strike line at a local restaurant; Metro Justice, which is the lead organizer, hasn’t released the name and location of the restaurant.

The rest of the event will take place at University of Rochester’s Eastman Quad. Speakers begin at 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m., fast food workers, other low-wage workers, church groups, unions, community groups, and students will march down Mt. Hope Avenue. They’ll call for higher wages, which they say will boost the economy and promote economic justice.

More details are available here. BY JEREMY MOULE