Steve Orr, Rochester D and C

Steve Orr

Rochester D and C

Rochester, NY, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark dies at 85

Matthew Clark, who retired as bishop in September 2012, was 85 years old. → Read More

'All I want to know is the truth;' D&C readers' needs drove Steve Orr's reporting

Reporter Steve Orr, leaving the Democrat and Chronicle after nearly 40 years, explains where stories serving the public come from. → Read More

Mayor Warren's mother, Elrita Warren, dies with a COVID-19 infection

Elrita McClary Warren, the mother of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, has died of a heart condition and COVID-19. → Read More

Highland Hospital ends most visitation Tuesday night, Strong on Wednesday night

Highland Hospital will bar most visitors starting Tuesday night and Strong on Wednesday. Rochester General and Unity adopted the policy last week. → Read More

Monroe County's orange zone: What to know and what to expect

What you need to know about Monroe County's orange zone designations. → Read More

Cuomo ends in-person classes, indoor dining and drinking in some areas

Portions of Rochester, Brighton, Irondequoit and Gates are in a COVID orange zone with tighter restrictions on schools and businesses. → Read More

Greg Polisseni, local artist and fashion designer, has died at age 50

Greg Polisseni, a Rochester area artist, fashion designer and philanthropist, has died at the age of 50. → Read More

Lanternfly alert: Voracious bug found in New York threatens grapes, apples and more

A voracious insect that feeds on grape vines and apple trees has infested spots near Ithaca, in the Hudson Valley and in Orange County. → Read More

Big Amazon distribution center planned for Greece. Another possible in Gates?

A big Amazon distribution center and hundreds of jobs are planned for a site on Lexington Avenue in Greece. A similar may be coming to Gates. → Read More

Monroe County sets new COVID-19 record for third day in a row

Monroe County reported 256 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, a big jump from Saturday's record-setting total. → Read More

Rochester Sunday morning shooting outside party kills one, injures another, police say

A man who reportedly was shot at a large party in Rochester Sunday morning later crashed a car into a vacant home and died shortly thereafter. → Read More

Frederick Douglass's grave, like Susan B. Anthony's, draws Election Day visitors

Many visited Susan B. Anthony's grave in an Election Day tradition. Some also honored Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass who also championed voting rights → Read More

NY Senate election results: Incumbent Helming defeats O'Toole in 54th District

The race for the 54th state Senate district pit incumbent Republican Pamela Helming against Democrat Shauna O'Toole. → Read More

NY Senate election results: Brouk leads Missick in 55th District

Republican Chris Missick and Democrat Samra Brouk, both first time candidates, were seeking a seat in the state Senate. → Read More

Ransomware threats: Rochester-area hospitals step up cyber-security after scattered hacks

Cyber-criminals reportedly are targeting U.S. hospitals, prompting extra security precautions nationwide. → Read More

Lawsuit seeking injunction against county COVID emergency measures names Bello, Mendoza

The lawsuit is similar to other legal action against the emergency measures put in place to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Free trees! (Especially for folks in the steamy city)

Urban neighborhoods that lack shade trees are much hotter than other communities. The Sierra Club wants to counter that by giving away free trees. → Read More

What to know at the polls in NY: Joe2020 hats are a no; BLM shirts and MAGA hats are OK

Election officials are reminding voters that apparel naming candidates and overtly political speech are barred at polling sites this fall. → Read More

Romeo, Boyce vie to be Monroe County clerk with DMV access a talking point

Republican Karla Boyce and Democrat Jamie Romeo face off in the Monroe County Clerk's race. → Read More

Rochester selects former chief at 2014 racial flashpoint to help lead RPD

Interim Rochester Police Chief Cynthia Herriott announced Andre Anderson as her executive deputy chief. → Read More