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Alex White Proposes Jobs Program For City Students

Green Party Mayoral candidate in Rochester,  Alex White stood at a street corner in the inner city Friday night to release details of a plan he says could combat the problems with drugs on the and also create jobs.

While standing at the corner of Joseph Avenue and Avenue D, White proposed  a summer hiring program for city high school students, which would also provide weekly payments of 10 or 20 dollars a week to each of those students during the school year if they meet attendance requirements.

"Under this plan I'd like to use it as a way to pull away the workforce from the drug dealers and turn people around and give them hope that the American dream can succeed, no matter what street you happen to live on.”

White is hoping as many as six to nine thousand students would take advantage of such a program. He says it would cost the city about eight million dollars, but he says that's money well spent, compared to some of the millions of dollars the city has spent helping develop commercial buildings.

White faces Democratic candidate Lovely Warren in November.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.