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Re: “McFadden to leave Housing Authority

"And...there it is."
Ms. Fien is correct that McFadden's brief tenure was marred by the cronyism and controversy that has been amply exhibited by the Warren administration.
In those instances, the administration brazened it out. They involved local issues not subject to a superior governing body, and the citizens of Rochester has no real way to redress their grievances against the mayor of her administration, except to grumble out loud.
They all blew over.
In this case, the federal government saw something was rotten in the state of Rochester, and demanded McFadden's termination more than a week ago, claiming that his contract was null and void.
McFadden's "resignation" was an arrogant action, as though the decision remained with him.
It didn't. It remained with a branch of the federal government. The fact that he, the mayor and Mr. Gantt don't cut much ice beyond the borders of Rochester are explicitly clear by HUD's action in this matter.
As for "two sets of rules for different people," well, that was what he was counting on in the first place. The federal government called his bluff and paid no further lip service to political correctness in his case.
Hence his wrath.

Steve Bathory
Rochester, New York

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 12/17/2014 at 3:23 PM

Re: “HUD to RHA: McFadden must go

I totally agree with Rachel's last post. I've read many of her Facebook posts, and there is absolutely no way anything can be even remotely construed as "promoting racism".

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 12/17/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “HUD to RHA: McFadden must go

This is something I have not experienced in 16 years of reporting: Being called a racist because of racist comments some people post on my Facebook and Twitter pages. News organizations across the country, including this one, are struggling with online decorum.

I believe I'm being singled out because I have a lot of followers. That means I have a louder voice. I often challenge the establishment and that makes some people uncomfortable. But much of my reporting isn't substantially different from what every other reporter is reporting.

This notion that because I have a lot of followers, everything I do is a calculated effort to get more followers, is ridiculous. I have a following because I'm not afraid to challenge power, I do good work and I provide relevant and timely information throughout the day. I'm also not afraid to engage and be a human being.

I will end this post the way I ended the last one: you cannot find anything I've tweeted, Facebooked or reported that is designed to promote hatred in our community. I think you'll find much that does the opposite.

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Posted by Rachel Barnhart on 12/17/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “RHA: This can't be the way it was supposed to go

there have been a number of ethical issues since Warren became mayor. Every time I see her on the news I can't help but think of a teenage girl playing at government. She seems to be in way over her head. I wouldn't be totally surprised if they get her on some kind of ethics charge at some point.

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Posted by William Sturgis on 12/17/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “HUD to RHA: McFadden must go

That's enough, folks. This stream has deteriorated into personal insults. You all know better. That's not the purpose of our comments section.

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Posted by Mary Anna Towler on 12/17/2014 at 6:47 AM

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