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Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

you're the BEST man for the job... i hope you run and get in again...you've done so much good for our city.. and you treated everyone FAIRLY> i don't think warren would do that !!i know where my vote will be on the 5 th...

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Posted by judy lewandowski on 10/31/2013 at 10:45 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

I think the current Mayor has put us on a solid path. Lovely has already said she wants to take a closer look at some of the projects in the pipeline. That statement alone could disrupt the progress being made. If she wants to change anything, she should just say it up front before the election. Being on city council she already knows how she feels and should make a public statement.

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Posted by johnny on 10/31/2013 at 9:51 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

In response to.....statement “(I)well intentioned but don't have the strength and insight necessary for the board." I would like to share more information about my work experience and community involvement. I have been in Management for 17 years, and have worked as a senior level manager for 4 years. As a senior level manager, I have to ensure that we are in compliance in all fiscal areas (budget, taxes, payroll…etc.). I work with a diverse and growing workforce, and I serve the members of the community who patronize our establishments.

In addition to my work in management, I have also served as a parent representative of the Rochester City School District's Audit Committee, where we assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for audit, internal control, and financial reporting processes. I am also the only person running in this election who has served on a board of directors for a successful education establishment (Geneses Community Charter School). I, reluctantly, did not seek reelection due to my desire to run for the Rochester City School Board. I felt that I would not be able to give my all while campaigning and working a full time job.
Also, as a parent advocate, who has worked with many of the children and parents of the Rochester City School District whom the Parent Advisory Council, the Office of Parent Engagement, and many school board members have neglected, I have a complete understanding of the issues that our district is facing and a solution-based platform to address these problems.

As a result of all of my experiences, I have interacted with every level employee of the Rochester City School District up to and including Dr. Vargas. I have offered viable solutions to address the many complex issues that our district is currently facing. We have low morale (from parents, students, teachers, building administrators and central office) due to an inept leadership, a lack of student achievement, and a lack of parent engagement.

This is a board that has continuously approved budgets that are flawed and misappropriated. Currently, we are $50.8 million in debt, which would be unacceptable in any other school district but ours. We have numerous administrators that are making over $100,000 a year and our results are the worst in the country. While the leadership in the Rochester City School District is looking to finance the employment of “high end-level” administrators, it is taking away the valuable supports that are needed for our children to be successful (such as teachers who specialize in Reading, Writing, Math, & Technology, as well as special education and social/emotional staff).

I do not see any media outlets truly focusing on the major issues that directly affect our children. So, as a result, I will.

Posted by Ronald Hall on 10/31/2013 at 5:38 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

I think you glossed over Tom Richards' supposed achievements by generalizing them, while giving specifics to the other candidates. It would have been nice for you to cite specific deeds Richards has done because I don't see that he's really any better than the other two. What is Richards' plan with Rochester? How does he intend to achieve these goals?

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Posted by Anthony Morelle on 10/31/2013 at 2:10 PM

Re: “White wants a Rochester 'for us, by us'

PHIL - "THE IGNORANCE OF THE PEOPLE IN ROCHESTER AMAZES ME"

Oh, the ironing...

Posted by J on 10/30/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “White wants a Rochester 'for us, by us'

@PHIL, your all caps posting really changed my mind. Thank you for your thoughtful, trenchant analysis.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 10/29/2013 at 3:13 PM

Re: “White wants a Rochester 'for us, by us'

SO FILLING IN OUR INNER LOOP HELPS US HOW??? SO THEY CAN PUT MORE BEAUTY PROJECTS IN OUR CITY. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?? NEED JOBS TO PAY FOR THINGS. FUNDING BEAUTY PROJECTS WITH OUR TAX MONEY I RATHER FUND KIDS TO KEEP THEM IN SCHOOL SO THEY DONT END UP IN JAIL WHICH COSTS US MORE MONEY. THE IGNORANCE OF THE PEOPLE IN ROCHESTER AMAZES ME. ONLY IN ROCHESTER. AND YOU WONDER WHY PEOPLE LEAVE.

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Posted by PHIL on 10/29/2013 at 2:15 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

To lorr: This newspaper is not and never has been funded by City Council or any other government body. We are an independent company owned by the two publishers and a diverse group of Rochester-area residents. Our funding comes from the sale of advertising.

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Posted by Mary Anna Towler on 10/29/2013 at 2:04 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

Howard why is everything with you have to do with race??? white this and that its not about race its about money and class and control. lovely warren lies, dave gannt lies, and now adam mcfadden is proposing frisk and search at random?? is this cool with you because they are all black. i assure you this has nothing to do with race, it has to do with who has the purse strings, stop with the race crap!!!

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Posted by tyron on 10/29/2013 at 1:38 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

The city newspaper is under city council rule. since the city newspaper is funded by the city council they are to lie and support these bully candidates. why would you write a piece on the green party only to mock them. Lovely Warren was caught lying about his her political contributor but that is okay. This white liberal paper needs to go. you only support who pays your bills. media is communism at its best!!

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Posted by lorr on 10/29/2013 at 1:35 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

The know-nothing, elitist, dangerous, super-liberals at City Newspaper (whom, as far as I know, STILL, in 2013 don't have a single person of color on their reporting-staff, nor on their Editorial Board) had the intestinal fortitude, and unmitigated gall to write that: "Lori Thomas and Howard Eagle are knowledgeable and dedicated, but their combative style – for which neither apologizes – would cause serious problems on the school board."

If the thoroughly incompetent, tongue-in-cheekish, ineffective, bumps-on-a-log, entrenched, current, school board does not have "serious problems" --- it never will. In addition to being know-nothings, elitist, dangerous, and super-liberal --- the all-white City staff is also hypocritical. They tried hard to explain why two of the current, bumps-on-a-log, incompetents "deserve to be re-elected," and why apparently the third one doesn't, but their explanation falls woefully short regarding consistency, and logic. Everyone who is paying close attention knows that it's simply a matter of them preferring a familiar, palatable, soft-spoken, tongue-in-cheekish, go-along-to-get-along type black woman --- rather than the type who is quick to nicely tell super-liberals, and any other know-nothings, where to get off.

Since I see them as a big part of the problem, it's not very often that I agree with the Democrat and Chronicle's Editorial Board, especially regarding education issues. For example, their school board endorsement choices for the November 5th General Election is baffling (to say the least). However, I must agree wholeheartedly with one thing they wrote: "To endorse members of a board that oversees such a poorly performing district would be irresponsible, regardless of the individual strengths, talents and experience those members possess." AMEN!

So, not only are the all-white, know-nothing, elitist, dangerous, super-liberals at City Newspaper hypocritical, but in accordance with sound logic (provided by, of all the sources, the D&C's Editorial Board) --- they are also "irresponsible."

I'm certain that most people don't follow their recommendations, but since they don't have a clue about what / who is needed on then Board of Education, and/or in general --- both groups really ought to get out of the endorsement-business --- just as a matter of principle, which would give them more time to do a better job of objectively reporting, as opposed to influencing, and making news.

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/28/2013 at 7:16 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

This is what you wrote:
As Warren has noted repeatedly, Rochester is very much two communities: one is "growing, prosperous, and has a bright future." The other, "often invisible Rochester," she says, "is characterized by high rates of unemployment, crime, poverty, and despair."
The residents of both of those communities – but particularly those of the poorest and most vulnerable – need and deserve the best mayor possible. We remain convinced that Tom Richards is that person

Pardon me!!! Did I hear you right? Last time I checked, Mr. Richards has been our mayor for over 4 yours now. If he is the best mayor possible as you tend to believe, why, then, ‘’Rochester is, still, very much two communities’’.
Mayor Richards may be a good manager but not good enough to solve this city problems. Definitely, he is lacking of vision needed to solve the difficult situation of our city. Therefore, the citizens of Rochester need to move on, and elect the best candidate between the two competitors who are actively campaigning. I know Lovely Warren is the better fit for this job. I don’t need to list her qualifications because you already did.
Thus, I am calling the citizens of Rochester to confirm the choice that democrats made last September and elect Lovely Warren as our next mayor. DON'T ALLOW YOURSELF TO MISS THE BOAT THAT WILL MAKE HISTORY. ELLECT OUR FIRST FEMALE MAYOR.

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Posted by mabarry on 10/28/2013 at 11:29 AM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

Kathryn Quinn Thomas - That the voters selected Warren over Richards in last month's Democratic primary in no way, shape, or form precluded City from again endorsing Richards IF he had chosen to continue his campaign as a third party candidate as he had every right to do.

But the point that City, Richards’ cronies and hangers-ons, and now, possibly even Richards himself, are ignoring is that Richards WITHDREW from the campaign and threw his support to Warren

"I am announcing today that I am ending my campaign for reelection. ..."I believe that my announcement today will, and should mean that Lovely Warren will be elected our next Mayor. I intend to work to make that occur successfully and I urge everyone to do so as well.”

There are no second thoughts or do-overs after this kind of announcement..

An honorable man would keep his word and stay out of the race. An honorable newspaper would demand that he do so and would castigate and not endorse any back sliding.

We’ll have to wait and see where honor lies in Rochester politics.

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Posted by Ben Lewis on 10/28/2013 at 11:28 AM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

When a non partisan newspaper endorses a political canidate it should be viewed as journalistic suicide.

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Posted by Joey Lanzone on 10/28/2013 at 12:35 AM

Re: “White wants a Rochester 'for us, by us'

His proposal of giving jobs to students in the summer and paying them for going to school is intriguing and leads to the questions: Who's going to pay for it all? The city that can barely keep itself afloat? The school district that wastes money like it's water? His heart is in the right place but you need to use your head to run a city.

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Posted by steve on 10/27/2013 at 4:07 PM

Re: “White wants a Rochester 'for us, by us'

Martin,

We may never agree on this but lets take a look at just what you say. The small investment you refer to is Midtown town and it comes with $8.7 million of city money and $6 million of state money. There is the Sibley building which we have already give $1 million to build a police station, and a $3.1 million loan. They are also seeking long term tax breaks and millions more in loans/ grants to rehab this building. No study shows the need for a new downtown hotel and presently we have a surplus of rooms so the Hilton does not make economic sense and the Inner loop fill is is $7 million more of our money with $17.7 million from the federal government. When this is completed what will we have 300 or so more apartments downtown, 14 acres of shovel ready space no one is wants, 2.5 million square feet of vacant commercial space and we will be more than $41 million poorer. Will poverty be decreased? Will the many underemployed have better careers? Will crime be lower? Downtown will look nicer but will it be better? If you think there will be taxes out of this I ask you to look at 454 Westfall Rd an apartment complex which is worth $4.1 million and yet pays $1268 in taxes even though this building was built in 1972. It seems these tax breaks never expire as in 20 years these projects will need something done which will justify extending the tax breaks. My problem is I look at this as an investment and I see neither a monetary return nor a public benefit return so I see no reason to spend this money trying to recreate a downtown which is gone.

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Posted by Alex White on 10/27/2013 at 1:50 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

Sorry, City, but this endorsement is a smack in the face to all the voters who chose Lovely Warren. Liberals (and I am one) are often considered intellectual elitists--this is elitism at its finest. Who are you to decide that their votes don't count?

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 10/27/2013 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Meet your Greens

Ben Lewis....Your comments about White and city council mean you are forever resigned to the staus quo and that is sad. I always believe something better than what we currently have is possible but only if we stop voting the way we always vote. I also believe that if elected officials have good ideas that the people like and support everyone else...city council...would need to follow the voice of the people.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/27/2013 at 9:07 AM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

What part of this statement did City Newspaper not understand...?

"I am announcing today that I am ending my campaign for reelection. This is exclusively a personal decision driven by personal circumstances. My family has been dealing for some time with a difficult health challenge for one of our members that has recently evolved to the point where continuing my campaign is no longer appropriate.

. I am not sure that I have always made the correct decision, but I believe that I am doing so this time.

"I believe that my announcement today will, and should mean that Lovely Warren will be elected our next Mayor. I intend to work to make that occur successfully and I urge everyone to do so as well. After the election, my administration will work to assist in the transition. I believe that this is in the best interest of our city.”

- Mayor Thomas Richards, Sept. 18, 2013

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Posted by Ben Lewis on 10/27/2013 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Meet your Greens

Tom Janowski - Experience and ideas (preferably good ideas) ARE important. But in Rochester city politcs so is a working relationship between the mayor and city council (even though in past years the council has done little except rubber stamp the hair-brained schemes of Johnson, Duffy and Richards).

If by divine intervention White were elected mayor he would still have no personal or political relationship with the council nor, as an outsider, would the council see any reason to cooperate with someone with no Democratic party power behind him. Oh yeah, there is that old line about working for the benefit of the people, but that clearly comes in a distant second to party loyalty in this town.

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Posted by Ben Lewis on 10/26/2013 at 6:56 PM

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