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We talk with two more candidates for Rochester City School Board. Nine candidates are vying for three open seats on the board. Our goal is to talk to all of the candidates before the primary on June 22.

This hour, we hear from Joshua Bauroth and Tatiana Welch about their platforms and priorities for the district. Our guests:

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There’s a new way to get around the City of Rochester and some nearby suburbs.

A company called HOPR, will bring pedal bikes, electric assist bikes and electric scooters to the city and locations including Brighton, Brockport, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Fairport-Perinton and the University of Rochester.

The program involving the 500 shared vehicles involves a partnership with RTS and the city. Bikes and scooters will be placed at transit hubs, parks, commercial centers, campuses and other locations.

WXXI reporter James Brown has done a deep dive on the future of Rochester's Inner Loop. City officials hope President Biden's infrastructure plan could help do away with what's left of it. A goal of that plan is to help reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and improve racial equity and access to services.

Community members living in areas where development would occur say they support plans to relink neighborhoods, but they worry that the city is moving too quickly or that residents won't be involved in decision-making. We discuss the issues with our guests:

  • James Brown, reporter for WXXI News
  • Nancy Hernandez Maciuska, Marketview Heights neighbor 
  • Suzanne Mayer, president of Hinge Neighbors

We hear from two more candidates for Rochester City School Board. Our goal is to talk to all of the candidates before Primary Day.

Our guests this hour include:

In a recent piece for CITY Magazine, editor David Andreatta detailed plans for a proposed Food Policy Council in Rochester. The council would address the city’s so-called food swamp – “an urban area with an abundance of food that is unhealthy and where healthy food is hard to find or afford.” Food swamps can lead to systemic unequal access to food, perpetuating the structural inequalities that already exist in a community.

So what would a Food Policy Council do? How would it work? Our guests discuss those questions and more:

  • David Andreatta, editor of CITY Magazine
  • Mark Winne, senior advisor to the Food Policy Networks
  • Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator for Common Ground Health
  • Luvene Ford, tenant association president at Keeler Park Apartments, and member of the Food Policy Council planning team

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Norman Jones is old enough to remember the Inner Loop being built more than half a century ago.

“I have a clear memory of that machinery,” Jones said. “When you’re 4, 5, 6 years old, and you see big trucks and the excavators, you go, ‘Wow.’ When you see it all moved around, you just thought it was the coolest thing, and probably everyone else thought it was the coolest thing.”

The 63-year-old commissioner of the city Department of Environmental Services keeps two outsized frames hanging on the wall of the agency’s conference room at City Hall that act as his guides when he considers the future of the sunken expressway.

Some voters in Monroe County will head to the polls on June 22 to vote in the primary. Historically, there has been low turnout. Primaries often decide local elections, especially in Rochester, where Democrats outnumber all other voters.

So why don’t more people vote in primaries? How does that impact polling? And would a stronger turnout in primaries mean for local elections? Our guests discuss these questions and more:

  • Paul Hypolite, founder of Leading With Our Values
  • Stephanie Townsend, councilmember for the Pittsford Town Board
  • Ken Warner, political consultant, writer, and community activist
  • Tim Kneeland, professor of history and political science, and director of research, scholarship, and innovation at Nazareth College

We talk with candidates for Rochester City School Board. Nine candidates are running in the Democratic primary, and there are three open seats on the board. Our goal is to hear from all nine candidates before voters head to the polls on June 22.

During this conversation, we talk with Joe Klein and Camille Simmons about why they are running and a number of issues affecting the district. Our guests:

Malik Evans, Rochester mayoral candidate, joins us to discuss his proposals on various issues, including illegal guns in the city. We invited both candidates in the upcoming primary; Mayor Lovely Warren declined our invitation. We also sit down with CITY Magazine reporter Gino Fanelli to discuss his recent interview of the mayor.

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We discuss the latest information surrounding the raiding of Mayor Lovely Warren's house and the criminal charges against her husband.

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