March 8, 2018

Parcel 5: Follow the Money

The city’s effort this week to reboot the performing arts center project at Parcel 5 failed miserably: The city could not identify sources of funds for the $135 million project, beyond Golisano’s initial $25 million gift. The city wants to spend more than $65,000 on a consultant to answer feasibility questions. We still don’t know what this thing will cost …

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March 3, 2018

How Lt. Consuela Howard Got Ignored

Emails obtained through open records requests show Mayor Lovely Warren knew about sexual harassment allegations against Cedric Alexander before he was hired. Alexander was previously the public safety director for Dekalb County, Georgia. Lt. Consuela Howard filed a complaint with human resources in 2015 alleging that Alexander retaliated against her when she refused his romantic advances. Howard was hailed as …

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March 2, 2018

CGI: A Fake Review Factory?

CGI Communications may be writing fake reviews for its clients – and itself. The Rochester-based company offers online reputation management and search engine optimization services. Rochester for All spoke with former employees who say they were directed to engage in this activity. We also found suspicious review patterns among CGI clients. “CGI does not post fake reviews,” said Pete Peterson, …

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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 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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