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January 2, 2006

New Rochester mayor faces tough ferry decision

The city of Rochester New York has a new mayor--former police chief  Robert Duffy.

Among the tough choices Duffy faces is what to do about the fast ferry that Rochester bought last February with a $40 million loan.

The ferry is operated between Rochester and Toronto, Canada, by Bay Ferries Great Lakes as manager for the city-owned Rochester Ferry Co.

Delayed start up of the operation contributed to its making a $10 million loss in its first 10 months.  The City Council last month gave tentative approval to additional borrowing to keep the ferry venture going.

Now the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Reports Mayor Duffy as saying he'll decide this week on whether he'll support finding another $11.5 million for the project.