August 15, 2018

City Must Provide Public Accounting on Morgan and DHD

Rochester for All calls on City Council to demand an accounting on all outstanding loans and grants connected to Morgan Management and DHD Ventures. The Wall Street Journal reports both companies are under investigation for mortgage fraud, calling it one of the biggest investigations of its kind. Several arrests have already been made. DHD has defaulted on nearly $60 million …

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August 6, 2018

City Financial Disclosure Forms in Limbo

City Council strengthened form in January. People complained about the extensive reporting requirements. Corporation Counsel directed the Board of Ethics/Office of Public Integrity to issue extensions on forms. Moves appear to violate City Charter. One of the first pieces of legislation passed by City Council in 2018 beefed up the annual financial disclosure form that elected officials, senior management and …

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July 15, 2018

OPI Needs an Overhaul

–        Elected Comptroller or Public Integrity Director needed –        Petitioning to get city charter revision on ballot an option –        OPI has ignored Rochester for All’s information about wrongdoing –        Peer reviews recommend OPI change structure or contract out investigations involving mayor   Following a Democrat and Chronicle article questioning the Office of Public Integrity’s commitment to its mission, Rochester …

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April 4, 2018

Deputy Mayor’s Secretary Terminated

Six days after Rochester for All exposed the fact Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander directed his executive assistant to do work on his outside business activities, she was terminated. Diane Jackson had been a longtime executive assistant for deputy mayors. She is known for her warm and friendly personality. Sources say City Hall staffers were shocked at her firing. As a …

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March 30, 2018

Few Take Advantage of City Home Buying Grant

(Click the map to see the key.) Looking to buy a house? You might be eligible for grants up to $6,000 if you’re willing to live in the city. But few people who qualify for the program take advantage of the incentive. The City of Rochester’s Employee Assisted Housing Initiative offers $6,000 to city employees and $3,000 matching grants to …

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March 20, 2018

Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander’s Secretary Books His Personal Travel

Records also reveal:  – Alexander was paid to speak at a Florida conference, but put down time as regular work hours.  – Alexander did work for a government contractor that previously engaged in torture. Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander’s executive assistant has been booking his personal travel as part of her regular job duties. In late February, Rochester for All filed …

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March 19, 2018

Imagine Monroe Should Turn Down Morgan Tax Incentives

Rochester for All calls on Imagine Monroe to turn down incentives for the Morgan Publisher Apartment project at its meeting on Tuesday. This is a $36.5 million, 209-unit complex that would receive $3.3 million in mortgage, sales and property tax abatements. The Town of Webster has previously approved the project, as well as a PILOT agreement. Our objections include the …

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March 12, 2018

He Makes Six Figures. The City Helped Him Buy a House.

The City of Rochester continues to hand out housing assistance grants to six-figure members of the mayor’s cabinet. The latest is Alex Yudelson. The Chief of Staff, who is only four years out of college, earned a salary of $112,490 last fiscal year. Yudelson recently closed on duplex in the ABC Neighborhood that was listed at $295,000. He took out …

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March 10, 2018

Rochester for All Marks Sunshine Week: 200 FOILS and Counting

Sunshine Week is obviously important to Rochester for All. Over the last five months, we’ve filed about 200 Freedom of Information Law requests, including 156 Freedom of Information requests with the City of Rochester. Our work using FOIL has led to the following: Exposure of potentially criminal conduct: – City Hall has been producing materials funded by Mayor Lovely Warren’s …

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