Rochester City Council

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Some community members are criticizing a draft of the police accountability board from Rochester City Council.

The Police Accountability Board Alliance and The Religious Leader Caucus of the Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society or ROC ACTS are two groups who have spoken out against certain parts of the draft legislation.

Pastor Wanda Wilson is a member of both those groups.


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.”

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.

Throughout the campaign season, Connections has offered voters the chance to hear candidates at length. We believe in equal time. In this segment, we have a short conversation with Green Party City Council candidate Anthony Giordano. 

Can Rochester lure Amazon? What's the best way to improve city schools? Those are just some of the questions facing the next City Council, and we sit down with three more of the candidates:

We sit down with four of the winners in the recent Democratic primary for Rochester City Council. If history is any guide, these candidates will be members of City Council in 2018, and they will have a lot to say about a number of significant issues facing the city.

We talk to them about where they stand on a number of those issues, including police accountability, the future of Parcel 5, transportation in Rochester, and more. In studio:

City Council in Rochester had a number of new faces running for seats this year, but they didn’t all win the Democratic primary. What happens when you take that jump for the first time and it doesn’t work out? Do you stay involved? Do you run again?

We talk to some of them about their experiences as first-time candidates, and what’s next. Our guests:

  • Mary Lupien
  • Shawn Dunwoody
  • Dorian Hall
  • Tom Hasman

We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. We’ve invited all 15 candidates on the program in groups of three to discuss their platforms, priorities, and visions for Rochester’s future. During this round, we sit down with:

We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. 12 candidates from a cross section of our community are vying for five at-large seats.

We discuss why they're running, their ideas for improving our city, and their vision for Rochester's future. Our guests:

We continue our series of conversations with the twelve candidates for Rochester City Council. This time up: