February 18, 2018

Should CGI Get $1.5 Million from Taxpayers?

CEO has been accused of physical violence and disruptive behavior. There are questions and complaints about business practices. Former employees raise concerns about “work hard, play hard” company culture. New York State is giving a $1.5 million state grant to a company whose CEO has been accused of violent behavior, fostering a “work hard, play hard” workplace, engaging in questionable …

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February 12, 2018

Rochester for All Hosts Jumaane Williams

Rochester for All hosted New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams on Monday, February 12 for a meet and greet breakfast. Williams later appeared on Connections with Evan Dawson on WXXI 1370AM. The progressive Democrat is exploring a run for lieutenant governor. Williams wants to make the position a “public advocate,” not a ribbon-cutting spokesperson for the governor. Williams has concerns …

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February 8, 2018

Cuomo Pledged $50 Million. ROC the Riverway is $500 Million.

Read: ROC the Riverway Plan Part 1 Read ROC the Riverway Plan Part 2 Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rochester to announce $50 million for our ROC the Riverway initiative. This is a series of infrastructure projects designed to enhance, preserve and beautify the riverfront in an effort to revitalize downtown. We obtained a document dated December 1, 2017 that …

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February 6, 2018

Rochester Housing Authority’s Shadow Agency

The Rochester Housing Authority has created a shadow agency, one with employees, properties and an office. But this agency, Rochester Housing Charities, will not open its books to the public. Rochester for All is preparing to sue the agency to obtain records. The IRS signed off on Rochester Housing Charities’ creation in 2014. It’s not uncommon for housing authorities to …

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February 4, 2018

Deputy Mayor Altered Time Cards After FOIL Request

Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander altered his time cards, three days after Rochester for All filed an open records requests for his official schedule and travel records. The changes added 31 more hours of vacation time, including an out-of-town conference he previously put down as regular hours. Alexander’s official schedule shows he was absent from City Hall 28 days, 21 of them …

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January 31, 2018

Rochester City Checkbook Now Online

The City of Rochester has a budget of $526 million. Much of that spending takes place out of the public view. There are no line items in the annual budget book for expenditures such as catered lunches or baseball tickets. City Council doesn’t vote on all business grants and loans. A good way to examine spending is to obtain the …

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