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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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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