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City of Rochester officials are anticipating big crowds at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, with the potential for thousands of people paying respects to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

An estimated 10,000 or so people filed past the grave of Susan B. Anthony prior to the 2016 presidential election. Pat Corcoran, president of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, said there is the potential for another big turnout.

Rochester Police say two people were shot and killed on State St. early Sunday morning.

RPD responded at about 1:15 a.m. to 429 State Street for a disturbance, and as officers were responding they were told that a shooting may have happened at that location. When RPD arrived, they found one person who suffered a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

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The city will take several initiatives to curb gun violence in response to a recent spike in shootings, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Friday.

Warren said the city has expanded its Pathways to Peace anti-violence program so that it operates until 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, police will step up patrols in areas experiencing increased violence, and that the Roxie Sinkler and Avenue D recreation centers will remain open until midnight on Mondays through Saturdays.

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A software company is expanding in Rochester and expects to create up to 100 new jobs over the next five years.

Officials with Calero-MDSL officially opened their new headquarters on University Ave, moving from Henrietta, which is where the company was founded more than 20 years ago. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town for the opening.

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With the integrity of her administration under scrutiny over its handling of the death of Daniel Prude, Mayor Lovely Warren is taking her second stab in four years at giving the city’s ethics watchdog more teeth.

Warren has submitted legislation to the City Council to transform the existing Office of Public Integrity into a new Office of Inspector General. Under the measure, the director would be appointed to a fixed five-year term, have the authority to subpoena records, be barred from engaging in political activity, and could only be fired for malfeasance or misconduct.

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Two weeks after the family of Daniel Prude and its attorneys made his death and the circumstances around it public, Mayor Lovely Warren, under pressure for her administration’s handling of the matter, announced several actions to repair the damage.

One of those was directing the city’s Office of Public Integrity to determine whether any employees tied to the matter, herself included, had violated any city or departmental policies or ethical standards.

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The City of Rochester has devised a plan to protect Susan B. Anthony’s grave and keep a new tradition alive.

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An attorney representing the family of Daniel Prude will argue in state court Thursday that the city of Rochester withheld some records that he and his co-counsel requested regarding Prude’s death at the hands of Rochester police officers.

Elliot Shields filed a complaint in state Supreme Court on Sept. 21 alleging that the city did not fully respond to an April 3 open records request for all communications and body-worn camera footage related to Prude’s fatal encounter with police on March 23.

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Activists have called for the city to scrap its plan to hire a law firm to review Rochester Police Department policies, procedures, and training.

City Council will vote on Tuesday whether to hire the firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr — WilmerHale for short — to perform an in-depth analysis of RPD policies, procedures, and practices related to use of force, de-escalation, body-worn cameras, and how officers respond to mental health-related calls for assistance. The Washington-based firm would be paid $250,000 for the work, with the money coming from federal forfeiture funds.

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All signs point to another tough budget season for the city of Rochester and Councilmember Malik Evans wants to get a jump on it. The city’s budget typically comes out in May. 

Evans chairs the council’s finance committee. At a meeting Tuesday, he told his colleagues that the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the city’s budget, reducing how much the city receives through sales tax receipts and state aid. 

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