the city is doomed under these failed leaders.
There is an ad on TV that says if you do the same old, same old, you're going to get the same old, same old. We have been getting the same old, same old for too long. It is time for change, for new ideas. Overthrow the dominant Paradigm! We need change to improve our City! City Newspaper has failed in that they limit their openness to change. Choosing a person who has stated that has said they are not running for as the ideal candidate is absurd.
I'm not sure why anyone has a hard time figuring out what's going on with Tom Richards. He seems to be the man who said he'd be Mayor IF the local Dems did the work to get him elected. For the re-election, I get the sense that Monroe County Dems promised to reinstall him as Mayor...again with Richards doing next to nothing.
Two things come into question. Was Richards unable to participate in his own campaign because of serious family issues? And does an aversion to campaigning make a candidate less worthy of holding office? I don't k now the answers to either question but I will say candidates should at least exhibit some passion and excitement about what they are doing. Richards has always been too lifeless for my liking.
I believe the primary results tell the story. While Lovely was out engaging with the people, Richards was occupied with family matters. So, while Richards is vaguely toying with the voters, it should not be forgotten the Richards has already lost the primary. The voters just weren't that interested in Richards. Only the media and a few political insiders seem interested in attempting to perform CPR on the Richards campaign.
It is time the citizens of Rochester end the speculation and forget about Richards. It is time to deal with reality. It is time to look at the Lovely Warren vs. Alex White race for Mayor. Who has the best and freshest ideas for Rochester? Who has the courage to debate and who will not dignify voters with a debate?
It's time to shake up Rochester. Vote Alex White.
Experience is not a magical quality that makes one candidate great. Lack of experience does not mean a candidate is unworthy of a vote. Ideas and fresh thinking are important too.
Many thought Bill Johnson was an experinced leader but he is the one who brought the disasterous fast ferry to Rochester. Experience didn't seem to help in that situation.
Exactly what did Tom do. Duffy was still running Rochester through Tom. I heard one of his people that's trying to get re-elected say that he put together a great team in City Hall. All of those people are the people that Duffy put in place.
It's amazing that some people think race is never an issue. I worked for a guy that refused to promote blacks and promoted under qualified white employees. Did race have anything to do with it? After the company lost a few EEOC suits because of him, they fired him. So, race is sometimes a factor. It's not always the lowest form of discourse. I'm black and the last thing I look at is race being the reason for things. But sometimes it truthfully comes down to race whether you want to admit it or not. Isn't Molly a Democratic official in the 28th district? (I think it's 28th). If so, shouldn't she be supporting the candidate that the party is endorsing. Was Tom ready for prime time? I know he worked for RG&E. Didn't he let a foreign company take over that place? By the way I think Tom is a super nice guy. But his press conference didn't make him look good. He's an executive, right? You can't tell people to stop pushing for you to be mayor? You're going to tell me that everybody knew that they we campaigning for you, but you didn't know. Either he is totally out of the political loop or he's not telling the truth. Not a good look for Tom. Why can't he answer the question as to whether or not he would serve if elected? That was the main reason for the press conference. Like I said, not a good look for Tom. The people have spoken. Everybody should live with it.
To say the least, I was disappointed in your newspaper endorsement of a man who says he is not running for mayor. You insistence on this "endorsement" smacks of the old guard believing the sky is falling when ever there is a probable transfer of power. It also is highly insensitive to a person you claim to support in that you insist on separating his desire to care for his family from a dubious public duty to which he owes no one. I am also tired of your misstatement of Council President Lovely Warrens support of public schools. She does support them. She simply believes as I do that education hungry city parents and children should not be held hostage to the city school district's failures. She correctly says, "parents need options". In additions she says in response to questions about city take over of schools, the superintendent needs to be given the opportunity to work out the solutions. Furthermore, you assume that Lovely's not spelling out all of her strategies is a weakness. Rather it is an important show of good leadership. She believes in including the constituents in crafting solutions. In addition she will as all good leaders do surround herself with competent staff and advisers. The current mayor stated when asked if he wanted to be mayor,"I want to be a grandfather more." Give the man and his family due respect. Also, elect an effective leader Lovely Warren who has the vision, compassion , competence and passion to be the mayor. She after all, represents the future of Rochester. Dr.Ruth H. Scott, former President of the Rochester City Council
Another commenter nailed it: Is Lovely ready for prime time? The answer is "No". Forget about race! The obsession with skin color in this community, and nationally for that matter, is sickening. Who is the most qualified candidate? I think the answer is obvious.
OK, the casino proposition has gotten some play in the media (especially the gov and lej's shenanigans), the prop on the Adirondack land swap has been mentioned in the D&C, and I've recieved a flyer in the mail about the one that eliminates the mandatory retirement age for judges, but what are the other three?
Counting on City to enlighten me....
I am disappointed in this article. Endorsing somebody who has dropped out of the race is counterproductive. Warren is the only candidate with definitive policies available to the public. (lovelyformayor.com/issues has links to PDFs I believe.) And this article references her countering RCSD's efforts. Clearly this newspaper failed to review the stats on our beloved district. Lol
mabarry... How do you know who is a part of their campaign? And anyways, what exactly is wrong with the fact that the people who have worked closely with the mayor for years, watching him rebuild this city and help it avert financial DISASTER, are supportive & want him to stay around? I'd be willing to bet big money that Gary/Molly/whoever would work just as hard to get elected whether they had a job to lose or not.
Everything is not a damned conspiriacy theory. Geesh!
Clint, I COMPLETELY disagree with you. Race-baiting is, in my opinion, one of the lowest forms of discourse - and certainly political strategy. Dispicable. What matters is not that Lovely is black or Tom is white. It's that she will very likely undo all of the hard-fought gains that the mayor has won for our community. Seriously. You think she's ready for prime time? A capable, intelligent, ambitious woman - absolutely! A well-seasoned manager, surrounded by an experienced team? Nope.
I urge you to look more closely at this contest. Race has absolutely nothing to do with it.
City Newspapers does not endorse Green Party Candidates after they write good things about us. They say City Council has more experience but they don't listen to the residents of the city and they vote 9-0 on mostly every proposal made by the Mayor. At City Council meetings they have already made their decisions before the concerned citizens get their opportunity to express their concerns. Twenty minutes after they listen to the citizens they make their vote without any discussion or any concern for the taxpayers.
What Rochester needs (as does Buffalo, where I now live) is to have police patrols on foot in these neighborhoods. Driving around in police cars does nothing to prevent crime; it is only a resource that allows the police to respond quicker.
rebeccarafferty - All that you say about Emily Good may be true. But that begs the question. Do you believe that she's qualified to be Monroe County sheriff?
Third parties in ths country traditionally fail to achieve traction until the public realizes that some national calamity is in the offing which the major parties can not or will not address.. We have the requisite calamities. And neither the Dems nor the Repubs are willing to addtess them. But the American public as a whole has yet to realize what's going on.
What the heck....I will step out on a limb with an early endorsement for President I. 2016....FDR!
What is interesting is that the design of the APPR scoring was to distribute the ratings on a bell curve. I may not be a math person but I do not think 91 percent should be above the median (effective and highly effective). Also the highly effective should have been less than 10%. Something is not right here, and I know a teach in the developing group, her school made a lot of changes to scores and moved teachers up. She teaches Art and no review was done for them.
Good for Bruce Barnes for opposing it, and keep up the good work. Much of University Avenue is, in atmosphere, a "dead zone," but how things are now is not how they were, or how they would be with proper planning in the years and decades to come. The City has done well re the Neighborhood of the Arts; give the Eastman House, which is central to that concept, the opportunity to do as it needs to do in the future there. It is against the interests of the entire community for space in the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House to be blocked off from future development in keeping with its location by the kind of project Morgan Management wants to do, which is as short-sighted, mercenary, shallow, and unwise as are the arguments in support of fracking. I've known the Voiture/40&8 since my late father was County Commander, the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House has been home to me virtually all my life, and my church is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation next door. I know the area as well as anyone does, and I know what I'm talking about here. Plus, problematic parties ow have devastated the neighborhood's trees, all of which are in a preservation district and none of which are to be taken down without permission of the preservation board, without seeking the permission of the City and too often without being sanctioned by it as proper, already. Put it somewhere else, Morgan. It doesn't belong there. One trusts that the Planning Commission and the Preservation Board will act in the best interests of the city and leave this space as is so that something more supportive of and conducive to what this city can do and be in the future than a mere apartment house can manifest. Kindly remember the folly of ca. 1960, when the City wanted pink apartment houses; I remember, in fact, when the City insisted that an irreplaceable mansion be torn down and that one be built. Sure, Morgan wants the location. But it's not the appropriate use of the space. May I suggest that rather than approving Morgan's Folly, the Preservation Board exercise its authority regarding the trees in the neighborhood.
In response to the two prior comments, if the number of hypothetical residents of this hypothetical apartment or condo project who would visit and even donate to the Eastman House -- if they did -- is sufficient to make a significant difference to the Eastman House, then George's legacy is less than we thought. In terms of the Eastman House's "right" to "possess" the property, well, how much does the Eastman House mean to the community versus how much Morgan Management does? I have no reason to be a fan of City Newspaper's management, but honestly I do not see how it is failing to be objective in this instance. What is a pity is apparent inability to understand why it is important not to split an infinitive.
Last-minute lineup change: Tin Can Set (facebook.com/tincanset) will open the show - Grey Zine won't be playing.
I like most of these, but can we put the kibash on any more creepy black-and-white skeletal animals like the 69ing rats and vulture-thing on the Genesee River Trail?
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