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James Brown WXXI

A few lawyers from New York City are suing businesses around the state because the companies’ websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But leaders from the Center for Disability Rights, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and local law firm Nixon Peabody question whether these lawyers care about accessibility -- or big settlements.

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Members of a local group that helps determine how state aid is distributed among various economic development projects got to make their case Friday before some state officials.

Representatives of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council made the presentation at the Brighton campus of Monroe Community College.

Co-Chair of the council, Bob Duffy, who also heads up the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, says that a number of projects on their wish list involve the agriculture and food processing industry.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Duffy says the Rochester region has to adopt more of a can-do attitude regarding big projects. Duffy wrote a piece for the Rochester Business Journal outlining his concerns about the region self-sabotaging big efforts. But critics say skepticism is important in determining which projects are the right ones.

Duffy joins us to defend his essay. 

The sudden news about sweeping changes in Xerox’s management ranks has left a lot of questions as well as unsettling feelings for some employees.  

With the surprise announcement Tuesday night that Xerox CEO Jeff  Jacobson is stepping down, along with the board of directors Chairman and several other directors, it has raised questions about where the company goes from here. 

The agreement between Xerox officials and two major shareholders also puts the possible takeover by Fuji up in the air as well.

Bob Duffy, the CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, joins us in studio to mark his first full year in the role.

Duffy and his colleagues talk about their legislative preferences for the New York State legislature and current topics of interest, including paid family leave and raising the minimum wage. Our guests:

  • Bob Duffy, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO
  • Susan George, Rochester Chamber of Commerce events director
  • Chris Wiest, Rochester Chamber of Commerce vice president of public policy and advocacy

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The first Rochester Rotary meeting of the year provided members an opportunity to assess the local economy and prospects for 2016.

Rotarians sought the insight of Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy.

"The needle's moving forward in Rochester; it really has a good feel.”

Duffy believes if leaders here unite, they can make good things happen. He points to the rebirth of Midtown as a great metaphor.

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The Rochester Community Coalition unveils its yearly agenda. Local leaders say their plans stem from six specific areas of importance:

  • Equity for Local Government
  • Supporting Working Families
  • Strengthening Education
  • Creating Jobs through Innovation
  • Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Priority Projects
  • Investing in Infrastructure  

President of the Rochester Business Alliance Bob Duffy says all of the points boil down to the same basic premise: job creation is the key to economic prosperity.

Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy joins us for the hour. He's been focused lately on police-community relations. We'll discuss that along with his new role at the Rochester Business Alliance and his work as Lieutenant Governor.