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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Homes in the Marketview Heights neighborhood saw an over 100% increase in their assessed value after the City of Rochester released their 2024 reassessment of residential property.(photo by Max Schulte)
Max Schulte
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WXXI News
Homes in the Marketview Hights neighborhood saw a significant increase in their assessed value after the City of Rochester released their 2024 reassessment of residential property.(photo by Max Schulte)

First hour: Understanding home reassessments in the City of Rochester

Second hour: Discussing the class divide

When a home is reassessed, what does that mean for the homeowner and the community in which it’s located? As WXXI has reported, many home assessments in the City of Rochester have recently changed. The city wants to help community members understand the factors that go into these changes and they impact they will have. This hour, we explore it all with our guests:

  • Gino Fanelli, City Hall reporter for WXXI News
  • Mike Zazzara, assessor for the City of Rochester
  • Enza Mineo, deputy assessor for the City of Rochester
  • Suzanne Warren, budget director for the City of Rochester
  • Angela Rollins, director of the Office of Financial Empowerment at the City of Rochester

Then in our second hour, political scientist Ruy Teixeira made a name for himself 20 years ago by predicting the shifting demographics that favored the Democratic Party. Today he has a different message: Teixeira says that the country is becoming slightly less polarized, politically, along racial lines... but increasingly polarized on class lines. He has urged Democrats to focus more on the class divide, and less on the culture war. We discuss the class divide. In studio:

  • Colin O'Malley, chief of staff for the Rochester Area Labor Federation
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.