Monday, January 11, 2016

Week Ahead: Watch Obama's last State of the Union with local Dems

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Members of the City of Rochester’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development will hold two public meetings this week to discuss the land that will become available as the project to fill in a portion of the Inner Loop nears completion.

The project will create about six acres of developable land along Union Street, which is being converted from a sunken expressway to a street with sidewalks and bicycle paths. The city is preparing to solicit proposals to use the land.

The public meetings will give citizens an opportunity to offer input on the long-term plans for the area and learn more about the project area.

Both meetings are on Tuesday, January 12. The first is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park lodge, 353 Court Street. The second is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the activities room at the Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square.

Zack Exley, a member of Bernie Sanders’ national organizing staff, will be in Rochester on Wednesday. Exley will discuss getting Sanders on the ballot in New York and how to grow the movement. Sanders is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States.

Exley will be at The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene, 17 Fitzhugh Street. His appearance is hosted by Monroe County for Bernie Sanders.

President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
Obama will most likely touch on the economy, immigration and the Syrian refugee crisis, student debt, and terrorism. He’s also likely to make a firm call for action on gun control, an issue he’s been increasingly passionate about.

The address will be broadcast on major television networks, and the Republican response will be delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The Monroe County Democratic Committee will hold a State of the Union watch party on Tuesday, January 12, at Merchants Grill, 881 Merchants Road. President Obama’s address is at 9 p.m., but supporters can gather at the restaurant at 8 p.m. for networking. RSVP: 232-2410.

Governor Andrew Cuomo will give his combined State of the State and budget address at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Over the past week and a half, Cuomo laid out some of the major initiatives he’s expected to push during the coming legislative session. He’s proposed raising the minimum wage, a municipal consolidation competition, state investment in broadband infrastructure improvement, a $200 million airport revitalization competition, a $25 million anti-poverty program for 10 communities based on the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative at United Way (Rochester is not included in this push), and a downtown revitalization initiative, which will direct $10 million apiece to 10 communities.

The address can be viewed on the web from

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present “Photonics: the Science” on Tuesday, January 12. Paul Ballentine, executive director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester, will demystify the world of photonics and help you understand its potential.

The event will be held at 12:12 p.m. at the Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

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