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Rochester City Council approved its budget in an 8 to 1 vote Tuesday night with Councilmember Mary Lupien voting no. 

The $530 million budget includes a nearly 4 percent cut to the Rochester police department’s $95 million allocation. It also diverted $130,000 in police overtime used for special events into the department of recreation and youth services. Council also cut the number of incoming police academy recruits of 38 in half.

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Members of Rochester City Council and concerned community members are calling for a deeper look into the incident between a 10-year-old girl and city police. 

Rochester police arrested three people during a traffic stop on Route 104 Sunday. , Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary says during that stop, officers handcuffed a 10-year-old girl who was in the car to assist in “controlling her actions and for the safety of everyone involved."

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A deal has been struck to bail out Rochester City Schools after the district overspent by more than $60 million last school year, which caused the district to lay off more than 150 staffers in December. 

Assemblyman Harry Bronson said a fiscal and academic monitor will be appointed to the district for the next three years. In exchange, the district will receive a $35 million loan from future state aid, known as a spin up, which will be paid back over at least 30 years. Without this agreement, Bronson said the district may have been allowed to seek a line of credit, but with a much shorter repayment window. 

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said she “could not be silent” on potential state laws that would mandate the HPV vaccine for children born after 2009 and sex education for all public school students.

Warren said she’s OK with traditional vaccines like those that prevent measles and mumps. But as a mother of a 9-year-old, she said a proposed state law that would require the HPV vaccine is a step too far. 

HPV is a common virus spread through intimate contact that can lead to certain types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Mayor Warren opposes sex ed, STD vaccine bills

Feb 26, 2020
James Brown / WXXI News

A legislative push in Albany to compel school districts to provide comprehensive sexual education from kindergarten through 12th grade has its detractors.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes the legislation, for instance, because it says the measure ignores religious sensibilities and shuns parents who want a role in guiding their children’s sex education. Republican legislators, too, have railed against the bill.
Now, count Rochester’s Democratic mayor, Lovely Warren, among its critics.

County legislator and former police chief James Sheppard is running for mayor of Rochester. Sheppard said this weekend that Rochester has no real leadership, and he wants to change that. We talk about his motivations for running and his plans for governing the city.

Juan Vazquez / WXXI News

Newly elected Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren sat down as Evan Dawson's guest on the first hour of Thursday's Connections.  Warren addressed the much talked about neeed for security detail, along with ideas for downtown development, including a water park. You can listen to the entire program here:


Warren & White – A Profile of Rochester’s Mayoral Candidates

Sep 19, 2013

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • WXXI News reveals the person behind the campaign. A special profile of Rochester mayoral candidates, Lovely Warren & Alex White.
  • Social Media Surveillance. A discussion on how school districts and parents can monitor student social media accounts to help tackle bullying and suicidal threats.

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The "Voice of the Voter" Democratic primary debate for Rochester Mayor, between Mayor Tom Richards and City Council President Lovely Warren, is Tonight at 8 p.m. The debate comes one week before the Democratic primary.

WXXI's Hélène Biandudi Hofer will moderate the debate and panel which includes: Sean Carroll of 13WHAM, Justin Murphy of the Democrat & Chronicle, and Tariq Spence of WDKX 103.9 FM

Here's how you can watch, listen, and participate in the debate:

Television- WXXI-TV will air the debate (Channel 21.1/Cable 11 or 1011). 

Radio- AM 1370 will air the debate

Online- WXXINews.org will have a live video stream of the debate. 

Social Media- Be part of the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #VOVDebate. We may be selecting a question on Twitter for the candidates to answer during the debate.