October 31, 2018

City Heavily Redacts Financial Disclosure Forms

Author: Rachel Barnhart Six and a half months after they were due, the city has provided financial disclosure forms required of all elected officials, senior managers and board appointees. The city released the forms in response to Rochester for All’s Freedom of Information request. The forms contain information for the 2017 calendar year. The city redacted all information pertaining to …

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October 29, 2018

How RHA Keeps RHC Activities Secret: Denying FOILs

Author: Rachel Barnhart For the past year, Rochester for All has been filing open records requests with Rochester Housing Authority and Rochester Housing Charities seeking to gain access to their books and board minutes. Specifically, we wanted access to the payroll and all contracts. We began asking questions because an RHA employee gave us a copy of the Capital Connections …

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October 23, 2018

Web of Conflicts at Rochester Housing Authority

Author: Rachel Barnhart Update: An hour after we published this story, the U.S. Attorney revealed it had charged Moses with lying to the FBI. The case involves the very questions Rochester for All raised earlier this year. We still need to open the books on Rochester Housing Charities to know the full extent of how this entity was used. Our …

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October 23, 2018

New Location, More Questions

Author: Rachel Barnhart The city announced its long-planned theater project will move from Parcel 5 to the Riverside Hotel site. The hotel would be demolished. Moving the theater project down the street doesn’t answer questions about funding. In fact, the project has become bigger and more complicated. The mayor was unable to say how much the project will cost and …

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October 20, 2018

Taxpayers Funded Big Portion of Conifer’s New Digs

Author: Rachel Barnhart Local officials joined Conifer Realty in April 2015 to cut the ribbon on its new office space at Gleason Works on University Ave. No one knew just how much the city funded the project – until now. Through open records request, Rochester for All discovered the city gave Conifer a $250,000 loan-to-grant and $300,000 loan. The project …

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October 19, 2018

Council Approves $2.3M Lake Ave. Land Buy

Author: Rachel Barnhart City Council authorized the $2.3 million purchase of property on Lake Ave. and Ridge Rd. to be used for a police substation. Only Councilwoman Jackie Ortiz voted no at Tuesday’s meeting. Rochester for All raised questions about the appraisal and uncertain cleanup costs of the former Piehler Pontiac site. The three-acre property is assessed for $361,000. Kodak …

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October 7, 2018

City Wants to Pay $2.3M for Contaminated Lot

Author: Rachel Barnhart The City of Rochester wants to buy the former Piehler Pontiac site on Lake Ave. for $2.326 million to build a new Lake Section police station and neighborhood service center, according to legislation sent to City Council. The purchase price is staggering, considering the land is contaminated and it’s been vacant for 12 years. The city’s appraisal …

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October 6, 2018

How Rochester Got Stuck With Three GOP State Senators

Author: Rachel Barnhart If you live on the north side of Crawford St. between Mt. Vernon and Meigs St., you live in the 56th State Senate District, represented by Joe Robach. Your neighbors across the street are in the 61st State Senate District represented by Mike Razenhofer. The people who live behind you on Linden St. are also in the …

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October 5, 2018

City Issues New RFP for East End Garage

The City of Rochester issued a new Request for Proposals for the East End Garage, after City Council rejected the sale to a troubled ownership group. At last month’s City Council meeting, the sale was turned down 7 to 2, with council members concerned about the buyers and whether the garage should be sold. One member of the ownership group …

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