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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Councilmember Mitch Gruber are proposing a ban on the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” within the city. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Warren said that, “this controversial practice has been debunked and is seen by health professionals as detrimental and unhealthy for LGBTQ youth.”

Gruber said that, “Conversion therapy is based on a false and ugly premise: that there is something with being LGBTQ.”

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When Rochester City Council meets later this month, one of the items they will vote on is accepting money from the state to move ahead with a study that will look at the feasibility of filling in another part of the Inner Loop.

Mayor Lovely Warren is asking Council to move ahead with a study that would look at the possibility of taking out the remaining north portion of the Inner Loop, after the eastern part of the loop was filled in over the last few years.

Assemblyman David Gantt secured $1 million for the study.

Spectrum News

Rochester City Council has unanimously approved the budget for the City of Rochester for the upcoming fiscal year.  Also on Tuesday night, Council voted 6 – 3 to approve the city school district budget.

The new city budget also includes an amendment that transfers $291,000 to reinstate three community policing officers in the RPD’s new Bureau of Community Affairs and increase the size of the upcoming recruit class.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Friday released her budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The nearly $540 million spending plan is 2.4% higher than last year’s budget.

It includes a property tax increase of just under $4.2 million. Warren says it wasn’t easy coming up with this budget, but she says it overall, is providing a balance between fiscal prudence and investment in the community.

“We are able to deliver a balanced budget that maintains services, uses appropriate fund balances, and applies efficiencies while relying on only a modest tax increase.”

In a pair of news conferences late Tuesday afternoon, officials from both the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District admitted that mistakes were made in the events that led up to the death of 14 year old Trevyan Rowe. 

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People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

That included the location often referred to as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, where a large crowd marched Saturday by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among other landmarks.

City of Rochester

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was among the politicians who attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday and was heartened to hear what he said about Rochester. 

Warren was particularly glad to hear Cuomo talk about the state supporting the  "ROC the Riverway" proposal.

It looks like Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will be starting her 2nd term with a number of the top managers who have been with her in her 1st term at City Hall.

Warren has announced her roster of Senior Management Team members, and notes that many current senior managers will be returning next year, while the administration will undertake a search to fill several key positions.

City of Rochester

The City of Rochester’s top government attorney is retiring. Corporation Counsel Brian Curran will retire at the end of the year.

Mayor Lovely Warren appointed Curran to the job in 2015 and she says Curran will be “sorely missed at City Hall, “ saying that while she is happy he will enjoy a well-deserved retirement, she will miss his service and says she always counted on him to provide sound advice on legal matters.

Warren also praised Curran’s replacement, Tim Curtin,  the current Deputy Corporation Counsel who will succeed Curran in the top job in January.

Some top officials in the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have submitted their resignations. According to media reports, that includes the police and fire chiefs.

But a spokesman for City Hall says this is really not unusual. Communications Director James Smith issued this statement:

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