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Re: “Henrietta Dems resurrected

" When then Henrietta Supervisor Mike Yudelson announced last year that he was switching from Republican to Democrat, it was a big deal. As the town's top elected leader and, before that, a longtime Town Board member, Yudelson was an important "get" for the Dems ".

I like Mike too and I believe him to have good intentions. Yet the HDC is not telling the entire story in Henrietta and about the HDC. 2015 will be an interesting election in local, Henrietta Govt' indeed. SO with that said...if the new Town Leader, Simone and the new Chairman do not choose to tell readers the entire story that is their choice. However , I thought that open, transparent Govt' would be part of the upcoming campaign ? Already the HDC is misleading folks by not telling the entire story.

Craig Robert Moffitt...you will see, in Henrietta, more of my name and my ideas for Henrietta, NY after Jan., 1st, 2015.

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Posted by crm135790 on 12/11/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

Why not just require an exterior inspection? If a tenant doesn't want an inspector to enter, then that's his or her right. As an alternative, the tenant should be allowed to use a smartphone to take and email photos. Carla Palumbo, needs to understand that tenants are better served when they freely participate in the process and when their rights aren't being stripped away from them.

The inspections occur every six years. So, fortunately city dwellers don't have to get their rights trampled on very often.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/03/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.

As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 12/03/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Contaminated houses coming down

charlotte project has hazardous materials and the city officals are sweeping it under the rug.. we are having a meeting at the robach center thursday dec 4 at 7pm .. about the materials found and why no local developer will touch it.. who is gettng paid off here.. wait till these condos sink.

Posted by Lorraine Parzuski on 12/02/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

As an NP who cares for hundreds of HIV + and negative gay and bisexual men, I would say that the biggest reason that the HIV epidemic is not under better control in the US is that the health care system has dealt with prevention as a behavioral issue and change is very difficult to apply to something like sexual behaviors. Those strategies will work for disciplined people who do not have sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Now there is finally a medical way for people to prevent acquiring HIV, by taking one pill a day (which still requires some disciplined behavior) but the number of health care providers telling their patients about it is miniscule. "Chemical prevention" works for measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis, HPV....even pregnancy. We in health care should treat HIV prevention as we do many other conditions.

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Posted by Theresa Schwartz on 12/01/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Immigration plan's winners and losers

During the depression. People came here llegaly. I repeat llegaly. An had a hard time. Being called not so nice names. And now people come here from god knows.where.and they demand citizenship. Do it llegaly end of story.

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Posted by Robert Snipes on 12/01/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

So Sean Murphy thinks one reason the problem of rising HIV rates in men who have sex with men is because "disease prevention that requires a fifth-grade level of communication is going to be challenging." Seriously? Rising rates of HIV transmission can be halted by materials written at a second-grade level: "Men--stop putting your penis in another man's rectum!" Oh, and BTW--stop hooking up with dozens and hundreds of strangers for anonymous, promiscuous sex on Grindr, Scruff, Adam4Adam, ManHunt, Craigslist, et.al."

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Posted by ludovico on 11/28/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

I LIKE WHAT KAMAKAZZE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOW TO FIX THE RCSD... I hope the board ( VAN WHITE ) and the Supt. read this...this is a way to make it work. Stick with this plan for 10 years with no deviations.


1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.

2. Make the folks at the top accountable in the same way as teachers are made to be accountable.

3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state - and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.

4. Utilize BOCES.

5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this...then do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make $75 k a year, a director in charge of RCSD discipline (seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on, and on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS TO SUCCEED AND GRADUATE ON TIME.

6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more often. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the Dep. superintendent work as a building substitute for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.

I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/27/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.
2. Make the folks at the top accountable the same way the teachers are.
3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state- and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.
4. Utilize boces.
5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make 75k a year, a director in charge of RCSDdiscipline(seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on. And on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS.
6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the dep super work as a building sub for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.
I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/26/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “To our readers

Enabling Facebook comments is fine as long as using a regular City account remains an option too. Some people prefer to not have Facebook accounts for various reasons.

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Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/26/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “To our readers

Mike is correct. After posting, I stand corrected. Sorry City. This venue still works. Easy and still private.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/25/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “To our readers

Why the complaints? Someone can still post anonymously using a pseudonym. All City Newspaper needs is an email address. Anyone can create an email address without any problems with anonymity.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/25/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “To our readers

Totally agree with above. The status quo remains because those in power threaten those who attempt to offer real alternatives. Fear wins. It appears like those in power have influenced your paper. So sad.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/25/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “To our readers

thank you for enabling everyone to use facebook to comment. You have undoubtedly sqelched those who fear reprisal because of their position in life, or where they may work. Again, another opportunity lost for some meaningful insight due to the political correctness of this cowardly nation.

People will no longer speak their minds.

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Posted by badthingk on 11/25/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

Whether or not Susan B. Anthony was for or opposed to abortion, the medical knowledge that was available to people then are very different from knowledge that we have now.

When we study history, we can't lose site of context.

We don't know what Lincoln, Douglass, or Anthony would do or what social stance they would take now with their "turn of the century" mindset.

Because they are dead.

Everything you do after the fact is pure speculation and that is why the House is different from the List. Why make definitive statements for the dead? Why stand behind the symbol of someone else and use their corpse as a puppet?

That's what religious zealots do with saviors.

I don't proclaim to know what Susan B. Anthony thought about abortion. She never made a definitive statement and that's why there's this discussion about it now.

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Posted by Porridge on 11/20/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

The policy of Susan B Anthony’s newspaper did only 2 things: Opposed standing armies and opposed ads for abortion.

Editors of her newspaper called abortion ‘feticide’, and ‘child-murder’ and ‘a crime against humanity’.

"The Revolution", Susan B Anthony's newspaper, reiterated and explained the no-abortion policy multiple times.

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Posted by Marilyn on 11/20/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

I see a lot of posturing and "root" socio - economic quotes but what about step one , two, three etc.

Please...gottasayit has a solid idea and I have one too. Please make believe that I know nothing and present a step by step plan to turn it around. I feel all of your pain but the RCSD ADMIN and the Board have not and will not ( maybe ) turn it around so it is up to us. Please keep the step by step ideas coming. Please post them here so we can fix it or our city and county will be doomed in another 10 years.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/20/2014 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

Susan B. Anthony was a passionate advocate for a better society through supporting women's independence - their rights to education, employment, etc. The context of her 1875 speech on "Social Purity" [which sounds like she is on stage in an auditorium, not writing legislation], she says this: "Marriage never will cease to be a wholly unequal partnership until the law recognizes the equal ownership in the joint earnings and possessions. The true relation of the sexes never can be attained until woman is free and equal with man. Neither in the making nor executing of the laws regulating these relations has woman’s had the slightest voice. The statutes for marriage and divorce, for adultery, breach of promise, seduction, rape, bigamy, abortion, infanticide—all were made by men. They, alone, decide who are guilty of violating these laws and what shall be their punishment, with judge, jury and advocate all men, with no woman’s voice heard in our courts, save as accused or witness, and in many cases the married woman is denied the poor privilege of testifying as to her own guilt or innocence of the crime charged against her." It reads to me that she would like women to get involved and write the law around abortion [these laws] "were all made by men." To distort this to serve another purpose is quite sad and really wrong. Let's let Ms. Anthony speak for herself: http://www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/resource…

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 11/20/2014 at 7:24 AM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

The single biggest factor in the success of any school is its culture. Research strongly supports this and no one would disagree. The suspension study alone is fine but it will no doubt be followed by central office action and this will make things worse-not better. The D and C is already advocating for more alternative to suspension rooms not knowing that ATS and others programs don't work. I would challenge anyone that doubts me to go into a few of these rooms unannounced. Just do it. When will we stop trying to mandate fixes that rely on human emotions?

You can't mandate compassion or empathy or other emotions. We must fix the heart of the problem, the school culture. We must change the culture at its core and not get distracted by changing policies or procedures. Schools are about people and emotion first. Everyone has forgotten this. Here is your solution....Give the schools back to those who are in them. Pride and ownership drive caring and responsibility. Maslow was right. Environments that are family-like are more conducive to learning. These cultures will only happen if schools like the Pilot Schools in Boston are created. Just google Pilot Schools in Boston and be ready to cry about how far behind we are. The fixes must start in the classrooms, not the offices. The board, union leaders and the superintendent must trust that there are teachers, parents and principals who are more capable than they are.

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Posted by Gotta Say It Again on 11/20/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Project Censored

I'm glad City has chosen to present Project Censored again. Hasn't it been several years since this annual report was covered?

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Posted by pononymous on 11/19/2014 at 10:56 PM

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