" But the election's biggest surprise locally was the exceedingly close Congressional race between House Representative Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent, Gates Supervisor Mark Assini. Slaughter has a history of handily beating or outright trouncing her challengers.Slaughter appears to have won this year's race, too, but the election results won't be final for at least a week".
I believe the writer to have it wrong in his reasoning for the Republican wins locally. Most of us are no better off than 6 years ago with stagnant unemployment combined with jobs that should pay about $46,000 a year with some type of benefits toward the new employee....but no jobs in the last 6 years do pay a fair wage. Not that Funke, Slaughter, O'Brien or Assini have anything to do with creating jobs in Monroe County... because they do not create jobs but try to make the tax climate a little better for businesses to operate in Monroe County or Rochester. Jobs are created by a good business plan, product or service idea. I am not in favor of any COMIDA breaks.
In 2015 a Democratic County Executive will never win folks... never. Guess what ? The City is Democratic and the County is Republican. Same old, same old. But if we had one Metro Govt' our financial woes would lessen and our economy would get better very soon indeed. Or ..if the County and the City would start sharing more and more services and revenues it would also be a big relief to all in the form of money saved for all... the Morin - Ryan Tax Share Plan is not enough. And, the "balance" problem would be solved without any partisan shift by combining both parties into one Govt' for all of Rochester Monroe County in my opinion. Some would lose their jobs in local Govt' but the jobs created by the tax savings would be very large indeed. Voter have sent a message to all people in all Govt' that they are fed up with bickering and want results.
Craig R. Moffitt
These red light cameras are causing some people to stop abruptly when the light turns yellow. This dangerous action can cause an accident if the person behind is expecting to follow through the intersection. The cameras have undeniably CAUSED accidents!
Slow, "safe", selfish drivers may avoid red light tickets for themselves, but they are certainly not contributing to efficient traffic movement. They make the roads more dangerous for themselves and especially everyone else.
The message of the Red Light Cameras in NYS and Rochester is that it's OK to sometimes go through a red light, but you just have to PAY.
The article makes it sound like there was a small change in party control last week. In reality, the Dems took a bad beating. In the Senate, they had 22 seats up for election, and they lost 9(42%) of those seats while taking not a single one from the Reps. It meNs that Reid can no longer function as a one man filibuster machine. As for governors, they lost 4 of their 14 seats up for election (28%) while taking only one from the Reps. They now hold just over one third of the nation's governorships. Seems more than minor. In the state legislatures, the Reps now hold more than two thirds of the state chambers, a modern high. They also hold both the governorship and both chambers in 23 states, more than triple the number for the Dems(7). Hispanics provided Reps with a 9 point increase in their shre of the vote, and in conservative Texas, they split it with the Dems. Women gave 7 more share points to the Reps also, and it is the Dems with the gender gap, an enormous problem with males. By the way, Asians split their vote, also an improvement. It seems like only yesterday that Dems were claiming they would be the dominant party forever.
Moroninthehouse... well said and it makes sense. Send an email letter to Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President. Make them bring it to the agenda as soon as possible as you have a great idea.
Craig R. Moffitt
I don't have a real big problem wit the red light camera's. It's clearly a money grab, but just don't run the light and they can't grab the money. As someone who drives in the city everyday, I am definately more conservative on deciding whether to "run the yellow".
However, I do have problems with how this is being operated.
1) City employees are allowed to run red lights if on city business. Why has no one commented on this? This is much more offensive than fining someone who has actually run a redlight.
2) If you get caught by the camera, you are assumed guitly until proven innocent, The only recourse is to go to court during the workday to fight the ticket. I have a big issue with this. I have recieved 1 red light ticket. The video evidence provided by the camera shows my car coming to a complete stop, sitting at the light during the entire red light, and then making a left turn after the light turns green.. I have to take time off work to fight this? These should go through a cursury review prior to issuing the ticket. I know this will cost some admin money, but it also avoid the economic loss of ne taking off work, taking more court time, and making everyone else wait longer in court.
If this is can be run better, just let it be. The city will get money from the guilty and the streets might be safer.
What City Hall's belated "independent study" does not reveal is that there was no actual traffic problem to begin with and that many cities around the country are now pulling the plug on these programs - based on public outcry over the legal and technical flaws.
Rochester is pulling in over $3.5 million dollars a year that the City can spend any way it wants - that is the real reason for these City "gotcha" cameras.
See the discussion on my Facebook page for more :
A constitutional originalist: It is so frustrating that we have lost the most basic and reasonable ability to focus/debate on the important issues at hand. Do you want the presidents birth certificate as well? How about his marriage license and kindergarden attendance records? Persoanlly, I find it a travesty that we do not know who he sat with during lunch in high school! I have heard they are socialists, communists, and the founders of ISIS. Its a great medial coverup!
Instead of worring about the great media conspiracy and irrelevant "facts", why don't we debate issues with real facts and analysis.
Accidents usually happen in roads and mostly, vehicles are involved. Cameras this time are big help in reducing these accidents. Those who do not know how to follow traffic rules are often the victim. everyone wants to be secured that is why they wanted o secure everything too like insurances at http://www.accidents-happen.com/ and anything related to trafficproblems like those cameras.
The Monroe County Republican Committee / Party will never throw any money at a candidate that has a slim or none chance of winning a race like the Assini / Salughter Race. But all were surprised indeed. There has not been this type of unexpected voter behavior in many. many years in our district. I hope the count is for Assini on this Wednesday but it looks like it may not become true. But again...the voters have sent a message to Louise. Get off your butt and do something in your last two years because next time the MCRC will throw the money at Assini.
Mike...I drive for a living currently. I am 58 years old and a very safe driver with a spotless record. And, I have noticed over the last 10 years that drivers have become very, very aggressive. I don't mind when they fly by me on the express way; cut me off or tail gate; but, I do mind when, at an intersection, the most probable place for an accident to occur, that people actually speed up or run red lights. Like I said before...use the camera revenue to hire more police to make the streets of Rochester safer so that businesses come back and home owners too. When police have to screw around with traffic control it takes away valuable,precious resources from patrols that should be proactively preventing or curtailing murder, rape, stabbings, grand larceny, fights, drug trafficking, prostitution, gang warfare, and the rest. Don't you agree ? Or have I got it wrong ?
They don't have teachers unions in Texas and they still have tons of incompetent teachers. If you want to attract a better class of people into the teaching profession, you have to compensate teachers at a level that is on par with other professions. Conservatives call this throwing money at the problem but ignore the fact that they think money is the answer as long as it's confined to the private sector. Witness the obscene CEO compensation.
The mayor and city council have a choice whether or not to take several million dollars a year from a cash-strapped police department. What do you think they will do? Isn't it likely that this study is biased. The red-light camera program has already been pre-approved by the state. But, the mayor and deputy mayor want us to believe that they are honestly reaccessing this program before the contract with Redflex is extended. Is this a snow job? It is. You just don't get rid of money machines. You don't.
Many of us want Rochester to scrap these damm things. Redflex has never won when red-light cameras were voted on. Never. Let's focus on real traffic safety. These cameras don't prevent accidents. It's common sense.
This study is disgusting. Remember that Redflex is a company in Arizona that takes about 50% of the profits. The equipment is made in Australia. They always object to increasing the duration of the yellow light because violations and tickets would drop. This company stinks!
"County officials have put their emphasis on continuing subsidies for families already receiving them, and then adding new families as slots open up. They've resisted calls to increase eligibility levels. "
Wow, I guess it never occurred to them to do things that really help people like creating an economic climate that was business friendly like reducing the tax burden and crushing regulatory conditions that hurt the economy as a whole and thereby creating more jobs and opportunities for people across the board. More jobs and greater opportunity if the way to assist people in need of child care.
That would be the kind of change I hope to see.
Keeping people fed well on government cheese, and making sure that more people get addicted to the crack of state welfare benefits, food stamps, unemployment and the like, does nothing to grow the economy, all it does is result in tax increases and greater unemployment.
But of course we know the real reason behind these efforts. People dependent on state welfare benefits reliably vote for those politicians who promise to keep the government cheese train rolling, that is extremist liberal Democrats.
That, of course is how Obama ended up winning so many of the 57 states.
I vote for change.
"I know that Rochester can put together a team of multi-talented and hardworking city workers to do whatever it takes to maintain the center city. We need to sell this as a great value at a low cost."
Ah, what insight! What a detailed and thought provoking dissection of the issue! That's some awesome analysis there, the use of logic and presentation of the facts leading to your conclusion makes a strong case for your point.
"Many people see African-American men as a threat to the establishment, and the story of Anthony Anderson winning his court case demonstrates how laws where created so that black men could never be higher than the poorest white man," Robinson responded."
Um, what? I must be missing something, don't we have like a black president or something?
What utter garbage.
"I woudl like your boss to go back ane review your high school trnascripts and/or SAT scores and decide if you should remian employed."
My transcripts, grades and work as Editor of the Harvard Review are not in quesiton here, and they are not being supressed from public view.
Does it not trouble you at all that the press and the state are working collectively to further their own ends? Do you not believe that the press should be interested in reporting things that are relevant and working towards disseminating truth and facts regardless of where those facts lead? Or are you a shameless idealogue interested only on promoting stories and facts that benefit your side? The ends justify the means as it is so often observed.
On the one hand we are describing a journalist, on the other, nothing but a partisan shill.
Good job weaselover...you summed it up very well indeed.
let me take a different view of the election of Assini v Slaughter. First, Assini never went negative, or, for that matter, even mentioned she was the opponent. So her base was not threatened. Second, this is a race where Brother Wease and Lonsberry both endorsed and liked the candidate, which is strange, but speaks to who Assini is. Third, I have never seen a candidate talk so directly and honestly in his messages.
Forth, I cannot remember an election that used so much radio. Fifth, Assini, according to his commercials, went to 12,000 homes. Sixth, whoever did Assini messages picked the right tone and content...he did not run against Louise, he ran against Congress. And, last, there was an undertone that she was too old and too political for the gridlocked Congress. She should never run again! If you are being honest, she got her butt kicked, win or not!
Hey Brian...if the light is red ? STOOOOPPPPPPPP. Simple.
Good...police are not screwing around writing traffic tickets when there are much more serious things that need attention like murder, rape, assault, property theft etc. And. if city council and the mayor want police body cameras too then they can use the $1 million raised each year by traffic cameras to buy the cameras... I am not in favor of body cameras unless city council and the mayor wear them too. If we are going to keep the traffic cameras then use the money raised for more police to keep the streets safer so that people (home owners) come back to Rochester as well as businesses. We can use the money raised to give businesses tax breaks until they get established AND CREATE JOBS FOR THOSE ON THE STREETS. THE STREETS DON"T LOVE YA...DO THEY ? I would not want to see this traffic camera money to go into the general fund for employee raises etc.
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