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Many names have been bandied about as a possible running mate for Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

That includes Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, who co-chairs Molinaro’s search committee.

Molinaro tells the public radio program  The Capitol Pressroom (heard weeknights on WXXI from 11:00 p.m. to Midnight), that he’s overwhelmed by the number of very qualified people who have expressed interest in running, including Dinolfo.              


There’s some speculation about whether Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo might be a candidate for Lt. Governor this year.

13WHAM News on Friday says it has learned that Dinolfo is a top choice for Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

Dinolfo is already heading up Molinaro’s search committee for Lieutenant Governor.

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved a new long term lease for the Rochester Red Wings.

That lease, which is for 10 years with an option to renew for another 10, was first announced late Monday afternoon by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, who is CEO for Rochester Community Baseball.

They had announced the framework of an agreement last August, but that lease deal apparently got bogged down in various details. Dinolfo has said one complicating factor has been the move away from the county using Local Development Corporations.

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There will be Red Wings baseball at Frontier Field, as originally planned this season.

That news came down late Monday afternoon, as Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver who is the CEO for Rochester Community baseball, announced a 10 year deal from now through 2028 with an option to renew it for another 10 years after that.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo unveiled a $1.2 billion budget on Tuesday. She says for the second straight year, the spending plan holds the county property tax rate flat at $8.99 per $1,000 of assessed value. Dinolfo also says the budget holds overall spending growth to 1.3 percent, well below the rate of inflation.

And the county executive says her 2018 budget plan reduces the two-year forecasted structural deficit by $8.2 million to $36.4 million.

Spectrum News

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked a lot about jobs and the economy in her first State of the County address on Wednesday night.

She delivered it at the site of what will be MCC’s new downtown campus this fall, next to Kodak’s headquarters on State Street. Dinolfo first took office in January 2016, but did not give a State of the County address last year.

Last week we sat down with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo; now we sit down with two of the leading Democrats from the Monroe County Legislature.

Cindy Kaleh and Jim Sheppard discuss a range of issues related to county business: the budget; the recent hiring of a new leader for COMIDA; and more.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joins us in studio to discuss a range of issues. We talk about the budget, we examine her efforts to dissolve LDCs, and we review her first year in office. 

When Cheryl Dinolfo was Monroe County Clerk, did she neglect her duty to help gun owners who wanted privacy?

Adam Bello, the current clerk, told the Democrat & Chronicle that there are at least 13,000 and as many as 20,000 opt-out forms just sitting in file cabinets, unprocessed, dating back to 2013. "Opting out" means the pistol permit holder wants to shield their name and address from being publicly disclosed. Other counties processed the requests, but apparently, Monroe County did not.

We discuss what this means for gun owners and the SAFE Act with our guests:

Following County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo's Tuesday news conference, we invited leadership and legislators from both parties to join us to discuss what happens next with COMIDA.

We talk about how the COMIDA board should be filled, how tax dollars can be properly stewarded, and what questions are still unanswered. Our guests:

  • James Sheppard, Monroe County legislator (D, Rochester)
  • Mark Muoio, Monroe County legislator, (D, Rochester)
  • Anthony Daniele, president of the Monroe County Legislature (R, Brighton, East Rochester, Pittsford)