NEWS BLOG: The week ahead – police oversight report, possible Gantt primary ruling, monthly school board meeting

The group studying how Rochester oversees its police department will present the culmination of a year’s work this Thursday, August 23. The group, led by City Council member Adam McFadden and Police Chief James Sheppard, got off to a rocky start, but has largely flown under the radar since.

Judge’s ruling on a possible primary against David Gantt may come this week. FILE PHOTO

Some critics had said group membership wasn’t diverse enough and that membership tilted in favor of the police.

On Thursday, McFadden and Sheppard will present the group’s recommendations for changes to the process. And then the public will have a chance to sound off on those recommendations. In a recent interview, McFadden said one of the proposed changes would likely be to assign an advocate to people who file complaints against the police to guide them through the process.

Thursday’s meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street. You do not need to sign up ahead of time in order to speak at the meeting. – Christine Carrie Fien

Supporters and critics of State Assembly member David Gantt are waiting for a judge’s ruling on whether there’ll be a Democratic primary for Gantt’s 137th District seat. Given the closeness of the September 13 primary, a decision might come this week.

The county Democratic Committee nominated Gantt as the party’s candidate for the seat, giving him a spot on the ballot. But city school board member Jose Cruz and County Legislator John Lightfoot filed petitions to challenge him.

Gantt supporter Ruth Brooks-Ward then challenged the Cruz and Lightfoot petitions in court, and Monroe County Supreme Court Justice John Ark heard both sides’ arguments last week. A recap of the developments is available here. – Jeremy Moule

The Rochester school board will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the district’s central office at 131 West Broad Street. As of this morning, the agenda looks pretty uneventful; most items on it are related to employment. Under state law, the board has to approve nearly all district hires, retirements, and tenure. (The agenda’s posted on the district’s website.) – Tim Louis Macaluso

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