Rochester, NY Government


Governor Hochul announces plan to address bus driver shortage

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says the state has come up with a plan to address the school bus driver shortage throughout the state. The plan includes short-term steps to remove barriers and recruit traditional and non-traditional Commercial Driver's License holders, expand CDL testing opportunities, and enhance processes all designed to get more drivers into school buses.
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Rochester holds marijuana record expungement clinic Saturday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Dozens of people set out Parcel 5, for a marijuana record expungement clinic Saturday afternoon. State Sen. Jeremy Cooney (D-56) hosted the event and said this is the first of many. He said, in the next year, state-level criminal convictions will be cleared from people's records automatically.
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Rochester native serves the U.S. Navy in San Diego

Seaman Ileanie Gonzalez, a native of Rochester, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Charleston operating out of San Diego, California. Gonzalez joined the Navy one year ago and now serves as a culinary specialist. “I joined the Navy to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps,” she said. “He was in the Marines and the Army.”

Paint the Town Event Announced for Canandaigua

The Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery and the P Tribastone Fine Art Gallery have announced the “Paint the Town” event to be held on Saturday October 2nd. The event will see painters take over Canandaigua to create their works of art. The paintings will then be sold in a public competition.

Marijuana expungement clinic led by Senator Cooney offers free legal advice

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — In partnership with legal service experts, Senator Jeremy Cooney hosted a free community event at Parcel 5 on Saturday to provide Rochester’s first ever marijuana expungement clinic. Recently placed laws that permit the use of recreational marijuana in New York allow more adults to partake in...

Where’s Ellsworth? Scavenger Hunt

SUNY Brockport, the Brockport Merchants Association, and the Greater Brockport Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to invite college students and the community to join in the Where’s Ellsworth? Scavenger Hunt. Ellsworth is the Eagle Mascot for the college and is celebrating his 65th birthday. Up to 40 stores, restaurants, and service providers are participating. A stuffed Ellsworth is hidden in each location. Find him, then have your passport signed. Those who find 20 or more between October 1 and October 24 will be registered for a raffle, with prizes provided by participating merchants.
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History with the HLOM: The treaty that shaped Western New York

From Aug. 20 to Sept. 16, 1797, negotiations were held near the present site of Geneseo which would forever change the landscape of Western New York. A treaty would be eventually signed at a place called Big Tree that would be the final piece in the acquisition of the lands west of the Genesee River by the Holland Land Company.

An active summer at Seymour Library

The Seymour Library reports a successful 2021 summer reading program for all ages despite challenges brought on by the delta variant. This year’s theme was “Tails and Tales.” Children entering preschool through fifth grade were invited to read over 100 minutes a week to be eligible for prizes. At final count, 219 children registered for the Children’s Reading Game, reading a total of 141,318 minutes.

Rochester senator hosts marijuana expungement clinic

State Senator Jeremy Cooney partnered with local legal service providers such as Just Cause, LawNY, Legal Aid Society and Monroe County Public Defenders for a Marijuana Record Expungement Clinic at Parcel 5 on Saturday. He says when New York legalized marijuana back in March it also sought to remove some...

Update: Complaint filed against 3 RCSD staff including Supt. Myers-Small

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Here is an update to News10NBC's original report on harassment allegations against Rochester City School District Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small. In a statement Friday, Rochester School Board President Van White said "an internal complaint has been filed against three RCSD employees, including Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lesli Meyers Small, by another District employee."

City admits mistake, says PAB director can hire staff

The Rochester Police Accountability Board’s executive director is free to hire his own staff, city attorneys said Friday, walking back a letter that stated any hires needed the City Council president’s approval. What may seem like a minor miscommunication grew out of a nearly year long conflict between city officials...

Greece Town Supervisor: Amazon location opening 'very soon'

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Amazon’s Town of Greece location will be opening “very soon” according to Town Supervisor Bill Reilich. He posted photos of the facility on Facebook Thursday, saying Amazon has entered the “Final Mile”: Interviewing prospective employees.