Monroe County holding first public input session on how to use American Rescue Plan funding

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The first of four "Bring Back Monroe" public input sessions is this Wednesday.

The county wants to hear from residents before it spends the $144 million it’s receiving from American Rescue Plan funding, though it is planning to focus spending on six key priority areas: Public safety, public health & wellness, economic recovery, workforce development, infrastructure and sustainability.

The first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Millennium Lodge in Greece Canal Park at 241 Elmgrove Rd. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The second meeting will be at the Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School at 501 Genesee St. in Rochester from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The third meeting will be at Grand View Lodge at Powder Mills Park at 154 Park Rd. in Pittsford.

There will also be a virtual session on Dec. 8 on Zoom from noon to 1:30 p.m. Email for a link to join.

County residents can also fill out an online survey and community organizations can submit direct testimony using the county’s Community Organization Statement Form.