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City of Rochester Hires Attorney to Focus on Housing Cases

City of Rochester

News Release

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(Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022) – The City of Rochester Law Department has hired Michael A. Furlano to support its efforts to address housing quality and code enforcement.

Furlano’s hiring follows directly from a recommendation of the Mayor’s Housing Quality Task Force. He started in the job earlier this month.

“Negligent landlords need to know we mean business when we see violations that affect the quality of life of the people who live here,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “I am grateful for the work of the Housing Quality Task Force in offering actionable steps we can take to make a difference on the issue of safe and code-compliant housing for our residents.”

Furlano will support the code enforcement officers at the Municipal Code Violations Bureau and bring more proceedings in City Court and State Supreme Court when property owners don’t comply, including seeking contempt orders. He will also support the Neighborhood Service Centers in their efforts to address the “worst of the worst,” and network with organizations such as the Empire Justice Center, JustCause, the Legal Aid Society and LawNY to coordinate efforts. Finally, he will be researching and connecting with other municipalities to help the City determine best practices for improving housing stock.

Furlano has extensive experience in housing law, most recently as the Senior Housing Attorney at the Empire Justice Center and as Tenant Advocacy Coordinating Attorney and Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to add an attorney with Mike’s housing experience to our team. He can hit the ground running in this new role, which was added to the Law Department as part of the 2022-23 budget, and as a recommendation of the Housing Quality Task Force,” said Corporation Counsel Linda Kingsley. “Just as my department has aggressively pursued businesses that have negatively impacted the quality of life of city residents, this position will allow us to do the same to ensure that property owners provide legal and code compliant housing in this city,”


News Media: For more information, contact Communications Director Barbara Pierce at Barbara.Pierce@cityofrochester.gov.

The City of Rochester administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans is committed to promoting positive systemic and structural change by providing transparent and collaborative leadership, offering equitable access to essential municipal services, enabling productive intergovernmental, private, and non-profit partnerships, and promoting increased quality of life through investments that create vibrant neighborhoods and employment opportunities, making Rochester a hope-filled city with an exciting future. For more information, visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov.

New Program- SEACing It Out Membership!

SEAC is thrilled to launch their latest program, SEACing it Out. This program offers members a wide array of discounts to a diverse group of locally owned businesses in the South East Area. “We’re hoping this program will entice Rochester residents to our area’s awesome businesses. Maybe that discount is just enough to get someone to try somewhere new” says Mike Evans, Executive Director. “We’ve got eleven local businesses participating thus far and we hope to have more soon!”


Our goal is to advocate for and celebrate our communities, neighborhoods, and local businesses. With SEAC’s membership you will receive a some sort of benefit to a variety of excellent locally owned businesses!

SEACing it Out membership gets you these awesome benefits at local Rochester businesses!


  • SEAC car magnet
  • Recognition at our Celebrating the South East Area event in September
  • SEACing It Out Membership card

Present your card at the following locations to get these exciting benefits


Are you a business that wants to offer SEAC members a discount for supporting the South East area?  Click here.



Playful Sidewalk Installation at Wadsworth Square Park

SEAC commissioned the talented artist, Richmond Futch, to create two beautiful Playful Sidewalks near Wadsworth Square Park. On Saturday, August 20th, Richmond created beautiful hopscotches with a few Rochester historical landmarks while families of the Wadsworth Square neighborhood and SEAC staff and board members came to hang out and help paint.

We had donuts and coffee and later pizza! It was a great time. Thanks to everyone who participated and made another Rochester sidewalk playful!

South East Area Coalition Vocational/Trade School Scholarship Recipient!

We are thrilled to announce another recipient of our South East Area Coalition Vocation/Trade School Scholarship Fund for Center For Youth, Roberto Murray.

Andrea Creary, the Learn2Earn Coordinator at Center for Youth, shared a little bit about Roberto with us. SEAC is happy we could assist Roberto in his journey and wish him nothing but success!

Roberto lives in one of our shelters in the South East area of Rochester.  He is low income and a minority. Roberto recently completed an asbestos handling certification and is now attending the ITEC Construction program, while working part-time in an internship at Imprintable Solutions, a locally owned small business.
Roberto is a very driven young man.  He has proven reliability and dedication by consistently attending classes, showing up for work and attending meetings with staff at The Center for Youth.
Thank you for the opportunity to nominate this wonderful young man.

Celebrate the South East Area 2022- RSVP NOW!

Grab your party hats!

It’s time to celebrate the people, places, and spirit that make our community so great!!

Savor today with honorary chairs and passionate community advocates Vicki and Abe Brouk as we celebrate SEAC’s past and secure our future!

Join us a Sager Beer Works on Friday, September 16 from 6-9 P.M.

Live music by Johnny Bower and Mount Hope World Singers!

Tantalizing live and silent auction!

Artisanally crafted beverages and buffet!

We had such a great time last year, we look forward to seeing you!

Tickets only $35

RSVP Today!


SEAC is happy to support the awesome work of Foodlink’s Curbside Market. During the month of June SEAC handed out 100 $5 food vouchers (25 per location) at East Court Apartments, EL Towers, Pinnacle Place, and Manhattan Square. Some of our awesome SOOPers came to help too.

Thank you Foodlink for bring fresh affordable food to our vulnerable communities in Rochester.

SEAC’s Executive Director Nominated for Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Colors of Success DEI Award

Words can’t adequately express how shocked and humbled I am to have been nominated for the Colors of Success Award.

When I see this year’s nominees, I appreciate the good and love that exists in our Greater Rochester Area. It is heartening to see so many people striving to bring diversity, equality, and inclusion to every faucet of life in our awesome communities.

Thank you for the honor of being nominated. Cheesy as it sounds, I already feel like a winner:).

Be well all!

Mike Evans

This year’s nominees are:

  • Sady Alvarado-Fischer, CDP, Corporate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Haris Arshad, Director of HR, CleanCraft
  • Talethea Best, Sr. Vice President of People & Culture, YMCA of Greater Rochester
  • Ajaleah Bobowski, Residential Director, People Inc.
  • Dan Butler, Equity and Advocacy Division Director, Urban League of Rochester
  • Kesha Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI)
  • Greg Constantino, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual/Constantino Financial
  • Marlene Cortes, Senior Program Manager, Empire Justice Center
  • Sylvia David-West, Project Engineer, L3Harris Technologies
  • Mike Evans, Executive Director, South East Area Coalition, Inc.
  • Jeiri Flores, Advocacy Specialist Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Donna Harris, Senior Associate/Chief Diversity Officer, CGR
  • Ramona Isler, Executive Office Administrator, WXXI
  • Keith Jenkins, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Julio Jordan, Director of Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion, Ibero-American Action League
  • Deanna Kimbrel, Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Office of DEI, Monroe County, New York
  • Shaun Nelms, Professor & Superintendent, University of Rochester/Rochester City School District
  • Stephanie Paredes, Assistant Director, Community & Belonging, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Annette Ramos, Monroe County Board of Elections Recruiter, Monroe County Board of Elections
  • Denise Reed Lamoreaux, Director Equity & Belonging, Zillow
  • Joseph Searles, Vice President & Chief Community Engagement Office, Trillium Health
  • Frank Starapoli, Member, Exploring Racism Groups and United Christian Leadership Ministry
  • Joe Starling, Faith Community Inclusion Specialist, Heritage Christian Services
  • Sara Taylor, Community Liaison and Training Specialist, Eleversity
  • Nicole VanGorder, COO, Upstate Special Needs Planning
  • Julio Vazquez, President and CEO, Ibero-American Action League
  • Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington, Senior Diversity Officer, St. John Fisher University