Rochester City Council Looks to Reconsider Recent Vote on RPD Substation Financing

(ROCHESTER NY--) Members of Rochester City Council say they're looking to reverse a recent vote on a controversial RPD substation construction project in the Beechwood Neighborhood.

During a meeting Tuesday, Councilmembers Mitch Gruber and Mary Lupien expressed their support for rescinding the August 18th vote, in which a majority of the council voted to approve $12.5 million in bonds to partially fund the project.

Council President Loretta Scott says she's working with staff to identify the best legal mechanism for bringing the matter up for reconsideration.

Gruber said there had been a "major breach of trust" following last week's revelations about the police killing of Daniel Prude, and the city's handling of the matter, that have made him want to "push pause."

Gruber was one of 6 council members who voted in favor of financing the substation last month. Councilmembers Lupien, Peo, and Ortiz voted against.

The construction of the Beechwood substation was expected to begin this fall, and is a project nearly 5 years in the making. The creation of 3 new police stations is part of Mayor Lovely Warren's long-standing proposal to invest in "community policing."

During Tuesday's meeting, Public Safety Committee Chair Willie Lightfoot also said he plans to hold off on discussing 3 proposals for additional police funding when his committee meets later this week.

Those proposals represent an additional $128,000 in outside grant money for the Rochester Police Department. The grants are specifically targeted to support sex offender checks, traffic enforcement, and data conversion respectively.

City Council is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting next Tuesday September 15. It's still unclear when Council might move to rescind last month's vote on the RPD substation financing.