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Urban Action 7/1

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Rebuilding Upstate's economy

The Rochester Business Journal will present "A Conversation with Howard Zemsky" at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. Zemsky has co-chaired the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and has been a key figure in Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for revitalizing Buffalo. Zemsky's company, Larkin Development Group, has developed about one million square feet of historic building space in Buffalo. Zemsky and his colleagues have also managed a broad range of programs on behalf of Empire State Development to encourage investment from the private sector. Zemsky's talk is part of the RBJ Power Breakfast Series and will include a question and answer period. Tickets are $45; reserve seating by contacting Melissa Wilson at The event will be held at the Joseph Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Fighting foreclosure

Take Back the Land Rochester, a group of activists who work to keep people in their homes and stop bank foreclosures, meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street. Information:

Recycle and earn $50

Rochester Gas and Electric is offering its residential electricity customers $50 for recycling their old and working refrigerator or freezer. The units are dismantled by RG&E's recycling partner JACO Environmental. Call 877-691-0021 or visit Customers will receive their $50 check approximately six weeks after the unit is picked up.