August 4, 2008

The Daily Record News Briefs: August 4, 2008

Democrats call for Lift Line Changes

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature have called on the Rochester Regional Transit Authority to hold a second public hearing on proposed changes to Lift Line passenger fares. Democrats have objected to the fact that many Lift Line passengers were given less than 24-hour notice of the previous hearing, which took place on July 31.

Assembly GOP to

Silver: Pass tax cap

New York State Republican Assembly Leader Jim Tedisco (R- Schenectady-Saratoga) has called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring proposed four percent property tax cap legislation to the floor for a vote at the Assembly's special session this August.

Gov. David Paterson has proposed the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) has announced plans to bring it to a vote in the Senate this summer.

Silver (D-Manhattan) has previously said he would not support the tax cap unless measures are put in place to protect education funding.

Central Library to host water info display

An informative display entitled "Great Lakes Water Concerns" by the Great Lakes Committee of the Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group will be on display at the Central Library of Rochester, 115 South Ave., from Aug. 1 to 29 at the Lower Link Gallery.

Organizers say the display involves facts and figures about Lake Ontario, one of the most important sources of fresh water in the United States. Among other Great Lakes-related information, the display features how Lake Ontario gets overloaded with specific nutrients that cause beach closings and harm overall health, the differences between drinking tap versus bottled water and the function of wetlands.

For more information, contact Deborah Nevin, program coordinator, at (585) 428-8304.

Veterans sought for reintegration forums

The Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., will be hosting three summits in September as part of its newest program, Operation Welcome Home & Recovery (OWHR). The summits will bring together members of the armed services, family members of veterans, social service providers and others to explore what resources are needed to improve reintegration for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Organizers believe that by learning from veterans themselves, and by giving participants the chance to learn from each other, these summits will create opportunities to craft new solutions based on real veterans' needs. Information that is shared will be confidential. The summits will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua; Saturday, Sept. 20 at Nazareth College and Friday, Sept. 26 at Genesee Community College.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. for each summit, and participants are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided and childcare facilities will be available as needed. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate space.

Contact Jocene Preston at (585) 546-1081 for further information.

Originally published by Daily Record Staff.

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