Mayor Warren talks marijuana, Roc the Riverway in Albany


    Warren spoke to members of the State Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Monday.

    ROCHESTER/ALBANY, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is urging state lawmakers to support more development in areas along the Genesee River.

    Warren spoke to members of the State Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Monday.

    She's seeking another $50 million in state funding for the Roc the Riverway initiative, aimed at revitalizing the riverway in Rochester.

    "These dollars will support critical infrastructure projects that will not only create jobs, but ensure the river is at the heart of our city's future," Warren said.

    The mayor also encouraged lawmakers to allow cities to tax recreational marijuana sales, once it gets approved, as expected. She estimates it could bring in between $1.2 and $2.4 million to Rochester annual revenues.

    "Cities deserve revenue generated from marijuana sales to fund programs to lift residents out of poverty," Mayor Warren said.

    She also called on legislators to address the disparity between the City's Aid to Municipality funding (AIM), currently at $88.2 million, and the required $119.1 million maintenance of effort to the school district.

    "The Legislature must eliminate the inequity in AIM funding that essentially makes Rochesterians second-class citizens in New York State," Mayor Warren told lawmakers, adding, "This inequity must end if Rochester is truly going to remain a leader into the 21st century with more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and greater educational opportunities for our children."



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