An open letter has been signed by a number of professors outside the University of Rochester condemning the administration for its response to allegations of sexual harassment.

Over 200 professors from universities and colleges both in the United States and abroad have signed a letter to the UR board of trustees saying, "In the present circumstances, they cannot in good conscience encourage students to pursue educational or employment opportunities at the University of Rochester." 

Think "renewable energy" and the wind and sun come to mind, but someday it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list.

Zagster may be expanding to Pittsford.

The village has been working on reclaiming the streets for all users, not just cars.

Pittsford Mayor Bob Corby says there is an interest from residents in being mobile in other ways.

"All across the country, study after study has shown that younger people, younger professionals, millenials prefer to live in walkable environments where they can get outside the car and experience the physical environment."

Add Tops to the list of supermarket chains that will now offer same-day delivery service.

The Buffalo-area based company says that it will partner with Instacart, the same company that Wegmans announced it would work with this past summer to provide same-day delivery.

Tops says the same-day delivery service will be available in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Erie, PA markets prior to Thanksgiving.  Tops anticipates rolling out the service into most of its remaining stores by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

There’s word of a plant closing in the Fairport area.

EastmanKodak is looking at layoffs and taking other steps following the release of its 3rd quarter earnings report on Wednesday.

Kodak is reporting a $46 million loss and sales were down about 8 percent from a year ago.

Some of the results were impacted by the company exiting a certain product line.

Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said in the quarterly release that an overall print market slowdown and rising aluminum costs have impacted the company’s commercial print business.

Luminate NY, the state-funded competition designed to help startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging industries in Rochester, announced the first 10 finalists chosen on Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the inaugural class includes optics, photonics and imaging start-ups, which were selected after pitching ideas to an advisory panel comprised of industry experts. The list includes two non-U.S. companies; 7 out-of-state companies and 3 Rochester companies.

The 10 selected finalists include:

Wegmans has again topped the list of the Best Workplaces In Retail by the research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

For the second straight year, Wegmans ranked #1.  The 2nd and 3rd spots were taken by convenience store chain QuikTrip and Publix Supermarkets.

The survey looks at responses from employees in the retail sector, considering more than 50 factors that shape their work experience.

When the United Way of Greater Rochester celebrates its centennial next year, it will do so with a new leader.

The organization's board of directors has appointed Jaime Saunders the new president and CEO.  Saunders, currently president and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center, has 20 years of experience in human services and nonprofit administration and fundraising.

A longtime locally based sportswear company is being acquired.

Alleson  Athletic, which began in Rochester in 1933, and has been family owned ever since, is being bought by North Carolina based Badger Sportswear.

Todd Levine, the CEO and President of Alleson is the great-grandson of Abe Levine, the founder of the company.  He says Badger focuses on clothing purchased by sports fans and workout apparel, and Alleson is a leader in team uniforms, so the two companies complement each other.

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