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On the record: Rochester City Council President Randy Staver

On the record: Rochester City Council President Randy Staver

It's a big week for Rochester. 

City Council is expected to vote on the 2015 budget on Monday. Then on Wednesday, DMC planners will release their first full master plan.

City Council President Randy Staver recently sat down with Sean Baker of The Med City Beat to discuss those plans and more. Here are the highlights of that conversation:


Recent changes downtown:


Decision to vote against clearing more bike trails:


Changes in the 2015 budget:

City's comprehensive plan:


Decision to add two police officers in city's budget:


Moving Rochesterfest:


Need for more affordable housing:


How the approval process will work for the first full draft of the DMC master plan:


Future of transportation:


Encouraging more women and minorities to get involved in local politics:


(Cover photo: drestwn / Creative Commons)

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