– The Port of Rochester needs dredging so badly, a the lone remaining company using the port for commerce will do it itself. Cement company Essroc is forming a corporation to dredge the mouth of the river, where its vessels have gotten stuck. The feds wouldn’t pay for the dredging, calling Rochester a low-priority port.
Essroc will pay $750,000. The city and Monroe County economic development agency are each kicking in $50,000.
Here are the reasons the mayor laid out in his legislation to city council about why the dredging is important:
1. Without it, the port will sink even lower on the federal priority list for ports that need dredging.
2. The cost of cement will increase in the area. Essroc supplies 100,000 tons every year.
3. Other large vessels wouldn’t be able to use the port.
4. Recreational boating could be affected.
Do you think the feds should have coughed up the money to do this or do you think it’s appropriate a private company – with some public funds – is forced to do the work?
– A Rochester company is making the baskets that will roll out to rescue Nik Wallenda if he ends up dangling from the highwire. The U.S. and Canada have a backup to Wallenda’s backup plan that involves zip line equipment. The things we do to get tourism dollars.
– Rep. Kathleen Hochul votes with her party 81 percent of the time. If that sounds high, it’s not compared to her colleagues. The Buffalo News says she has a noted independent streak.
– Kodak’s patent auction is facing serious hurdles, the Wall Street Journal reports. There’s no stalking horse bidder. Bloomberg reported a billion dollars of value may have “evaporated” because of the recent patent ruling in favor of Apple.
– The New York Times asks Governor Andrew Cuomo for some sunlight. There are questions about how much gambling money influenced the governor’s support of a casino expansion. The Times wants him to reveal the donors.
– Get ready for the Food Truck Rodeo at the Public Market. It’s on June 21. The only place you’ll encounter food trucks in our area is at organized events or parking lots. Downtown doesn’t allow them.
– ROC Transit Day is June 21. Reconnect Rochester wants you to ditch your cars and hop aboard a bus. RGRTA is handing out free passes. There’s even an opportunity to get some free happy hour beer and grub.
Rochester Subway’s video about the impact of cars on our landscape is a gem: