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Warren Funding Request Rippling Through Community, State

There are many standing by Mayor Lovely Warren's bold request of the state to fund a $100 million performing arts center in Rochester.
There are many standing by Mayor Lovely Warren's bold request of the state to fund a $100 million performing arts center in Rochester.

The question on everyone's mind- will New York State give Rochester the money to build the new center? That is unknown, but County Executive Maggie Brooks and a Midtown developer are in favor. Proponents say a performing arts center would draw people to the center of Rochester, creating a destination much like developer Larry Glazer is hoping to build.

"We are working to put a movie theater in. So I think more cultural venues that exist in Rochester makes downtown more relevant to a greater area," he said.

Brooks says she has always supported a performing arts center in downtown Rochester.

"I applaud her for great vision and I applaud her for stepping up and putting Rochester on the list of priorities in Albany," she said.

The $100 million is quite a bit of money to ask for. Mayor Warren says neighboring cities have received just as much for projects. 

"In order to receive, we must ask first and closed mouths don't get fed. We have to be willing to put projects on the table and hopefully in the next year, build up the support for that," Warren said.

This request will not be looked at until next year's budget cycle. 
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