– Rochester is issuing so many red light camera tickets, the mayor proposed hiring a $29,000-a-year clerk to handle the workload. The information is his 2012-13 budget proposal.
The program is expected to net $1.7 million in fines next fiscal year, but will cost $688,000 to add more intersections. The city has about a 55 percent collection rate and is exploring sending unpaid fines to a collection agency.
Rochester has issued more than 50,000 tickets since the cameras were installed in late 2010. The police department says it’s too early to know if the program is impacting safety.
– Shortly after Monroe Community College announced its decision to move its downtown campus to Kodak, County Executive Maggie Brooks said she supported the college’s right to determine where it wants to locate. So I don’t understand why the county’s inclusion of the plan in its capital projects came as a surprise to the Democrat and Chronicle. The big hurdle, of course, remains in the legislature. Democrats will be under huge pressure not to support MCC’s request for money for a new campus at Kodak.
– Sanity prevails! ABC and other sponsors are demanding Nik Wallenda wear a tether during his wire walk over Niagara Falls. Politicians only cared about filling up hotel rooms, not whether the man falls to his death. (Wallenda’s wife acknowledges that’s a real possibility. “If we fall, we die.”)
– The New York Times featured the photographs of a woman who lived in Rochester. Myra Greene is black and the pictures are of her white friends, many of whom still live here.
– Cable companies are banding together to offer Wi-Fi to subscribers. I love this!
– The woman who had sweat-reduction surgery says the ads that air during Sabres games ruined her life.