Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.

Now that there are two photonics companies committed to coming to Rochester, hiring people, and growing their businesses locally, there's a chance that other businesses could partner with them and profit off the growing photonics industry.

At least, that's according to Bob Duffy, CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

"You're gonna have a lot of companies here that we are blessed with that are very high tech, very progressive, forward-thinking technology companies that are somehow involved in photonics."

The owners of a local business project are planning to sue the Republican Party chairman over comments he made this past weekend.

Mike and Wendy Nolan own I-Square in Irondequoit, which is a mixed-use development.

Republican chairman Bill Reilich called I-Square a “failure,” and said it was defaulting on its tax agreement with COMIDA, the county’s industrial development agency.

COMIDA tells WXXI that I-Square is meeting its hiring targets, but is behind on the construction of a new building.

Hundreds of jobs are coming to the Rochester area as a result of the recent push into photonics, which involves the use of light in robotics, medical imaging and other fields. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the officials making the announcement today at the Eastman Business Park, telling the crowd that two companies, Photonica and Avogy, will be coming to Canal Ponds and the Eastman Business Park.

A Rochester Downtown Development Corporation luncheon focused on the future of the city of Rochester and its potential to grow.

The event, called Downtown Rising, included several speakers from large and small companies in Rochester. Among the speakers was Kevin Morgan of Morgan Management. His company is currently involved in developing mixed use spaces around the city, in buildings like Tower280, the Legacy Tower and the Xerox Building.

A regional alliance is rallying against a proposal to change water level regulations on Lake Ontario.

The water levels are currently regulated by a dam on the Saint Lawrence River. There are maximums and minimums, meaning the water can only get so high and so low at certain times.

The International Joint Commission (IJC), which oversees waterway regulation between the U.S. and Canada, has proposed new regulations for what these maximums and minimums should be.