Rochester City Councilmember

mitch gruber city councilmember

New Voice, Fresh Ideas



2017 Platform

Healthy Neighborhoods

Let’s build neighborhoods where the healthy choice is the easy choice, where we make safe homes and safe streets a priority. Let’s create safer spaces so that it is easier for us to walk, to bike, and for our children to play. As Rochesterians committed to a healthy city we can bring better food to our neighborhood stores and our kitchen tables.

Healthy Politics

Let’s realize a new era in progressive local government. It’s time to listen to calls for change from fresh voices and newly energized constituents. Let’s innovate. We can draw on our city’s strengths and integrate the best ideas from across the country. Let’s develop middle-skills job training programs, robust food policy councils, and flexible zoning regulations


Let’s train people for living-wage jobs. Let’s connect employees with employers in need. Middle-skill jobs make up the largest part New York’s labor market but key industries in our region are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. There is a middle-skills gap in Rochester, and we must address it with smart training programs and policy initiatives.


Spotlight Initiative: Lexington Ave. Farm 

The Lexington Avenue Urban Farm is a collaboration between Foodlink, Mary's Place, and Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services. It provides over an acre of reclaimed green space for 60 Nepali and Burmese refugees to grow food for their families.

This farm has immense potential. Currently it occupies only a fraction of the old subway bed. Lexington Avenue Urban Farm is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to beautify a large vacant area, grow food for area soup kitchens, incubate community gardens, and provide training for jobs in landscaping and agriculture for refugee families. 

I want to be a part of a City Government that re-imagines our land use policies to match the realities of rust belt cities, so that we can develop more forward-thinking initiatives and spaces like the Lexington Avenue Urban Farm.


Let's build a Healthy Rochester

After many years of active service to our community, I am now prepared and would be honored to use my skills to improve the quality of life for all Rochesterians by serving as an At-Large council member for the City of Rochester.

I will work to build a healthier Rochester, train people for existing middle-skills jobs, renew investments in our neighborhoods, and encourage innovation in our government.


Your Voice, Our City

I want to make Rochester an even better place to live for all Rochesterians, and I need your help. Please consider making a financial contribution or signing up to volunteer with me and my campaign.