Monday, July 27, 2015

WEEK AHEAD: Events for the week of July 27, 2015

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The Rochester school board will hold a public hearing on the Contract for Excellence, which provides state funds for programs intended to improve student performance. The hearing is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. The superintendent’s plans for extended school days and All City High School are examples of how contract funds are used. 

The hearing will be followed by the board’s monthly school board meeting at about 6:30 p.m. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

This morning, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Greece to officially announce that the Rochester region has been chosen as the future home of a Department of Defense-backed photonics manufacturing institute.

Biden will make the announcement at 11 a.m. at a SUNY Polytechnic Institute research facility in Canal Ponds Professional Park. The event is not open to the public.

Last fall, the DOD announced plans to form an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute; the Obama administration has established institutes for a few other high-tech manufacturing fields. The department solicited applications, and the Research Foundation of SUNY submitted a proposal on behalf of the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and a group of about 90 other universities and industry groups.

The institute will be backed by $110 million in federal funds, and New York State officials have pledged another $250 million. The institute will have its administrative headquarters and lab space in the region; no official decision has been made on where the spaces will be located.

Monroe County Democrats could vote on a new party chair on Wednesday.

Current chair Dave Garretson is stepping down at the end of the month, and the county Democratic Party’s executive committee set Wednesday as the day to vote on his replacement. But few names are circulating to replace Garretson. Several Democratic sources have mentioned MCDC Executive Director Jamie Romeo as a possible successor, at least on an interim basis. 

On Tuesday, a state wage board will meet to finalize a report on its recommendation for a $15 an hour minimum wage for fast-food workers. The meeting is at 8:30 a.m. at State Labor Department offices in New York City.

The wage increase, which has to be approved by the state labor commissioner, would be phased in over several years. In New York City, the wage would increase each year until it maxes out at $15 in 2018. In the rest of the state, the wage would increase to $9.75 at the end of this year, and then increase about $1 a year until it hits $15 an hour in July 2021.

The recommended increase would apply to fast-food restaurants with more than 30 locations across the country. BY JEREMY MOULE

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