I believe that the problems we are facing in terms of crime and police actions have been brewing for a very long time. We've had many public acts of police officers arresting innocent bystanders: Emily Good, Benny Warr, the Edison Tech Trio, etc. and murders being left unsolved.
When you talk to the working poor of this city they feel beat down by a system that sees them as the criminal first and nothing second. That is a huge problem that no one in authority has addressed adequately.
Driving is serious business. Traffic laws may not be perfect, but they should always be obeyed. If in the middle of the night, a red light is taking forever to turn green, the driver must patiently wait. The laws exist for a reason. In addition to following the letter of the law exactly, a driver should always be on the lookout for anything out there with even the remote possibility of developing into an unsafe situation and respond accordingly. One thing that puzzles me is why so many people are still running these red lights, even when they know the cameras are there, or at least that there are cameras out there.
Central Office has tied the hands of the principals and staff. Everyone is afraid to suspend and while suspension is not the answer, there is virtually no learning happening for anyone at all because in many schools the kids own the adults.
The long-term solution involves real communication, consistency, higher expectations, better instruction and lots of other things but these can all be addressed and corrected within the RC SD. Expecting the community to come up with solutions is silly. If thousands of educators and parents can't fix it-why would others be able to?
The short-term fix is to take a Joe Clark approach. You need to identify and remove the 10% that are causing 90% of the problems. This is a crises and in a crises leaders identify and deal with the cause of the chaos. They do not throw everyone in one big room while the building burns.
The face of Public Safety in Rochester is still the police Chief James Sheppard as it should be. Who ever is looking for accountability should go find him.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, Lovely is not the mayor YET! That being said, she can't make any appointments in the current police department. She can't demand that anybody in the RPD take a more public role. Isn't Sheppard still the police chief? It's his job to make those type of decisions. He has to carry out his duties until the end of the year. According to you, Mayor Richards is still doing his mayoral duties (i.e. implementing programs and cutting ribbons). Why can't Sheppard continue to do his job until the end of the year?
I'm sorry, Chris, but I have to disagree. If anyone thinks things are unraveling NOW then they haven't been paying attention. My two cents.
New York State bases its child care funding support for counties based on the need (Rochester has 7th worst child poverty in the entire nation), and on demonstrated local commitment. Monroe County failed to do any lobbying whatsoever on child care subsidies in the 2013 legislative session, left $400,000 of state funds for child care unspent in 2012, and was cut $725,000 by the State as a result. Meanwhile, Monroe County kids lose out when the County cuts even more from its budget next year and fails to take responsibility and shift the blame.
How about bringing Student Support Centers back??? You know, to help address some of the underlying causes of student behavior? SMH
County Legislature needs to earn their salary by conducting research into salaries of comparable counties and impose a fair salary.
Ms. Jadwin, and your suggestion is...
The sheriff of Monroe County still makes more than the sheriffs of every other major upstate county. The sheriff of Erie County, with a population of 950,000, makes $79,000; a third less than O'Flynn. Monroe County has 735,000 people in it. It's not as if he's on the line every day, risking his life; he's sitting behind a desk. Why should he get a raise for getting re-elected?
My question is why does Buffalo always get so much money from the taxpayers? Rochester actually has a larger economy than they do, but they get 10x as much back from Albany and Washington
Vargas says "poor student behavior is an indication that students’ needs are not being met. "
Why aren't students accountable for their own behavior? What entitles them to blame others for neglecting their "needs," when they're disruptive to the education of others? In the rest of the world, school is a PRIVILEGE. These students treat school with contempt and disrespect, and then we have to listen to administrators stand around making excuses for them.
As long as the district colludes with the students and parents who want to blame their own destructive behavior on someone or something else, nothing will change.
Why does everyone seem so touchy about the idea that the police chief might have resigned because Lovely is going to be the new mayor...or the idea that Lovely may have replaced him if he did not resign?
i think liz has already came around as she was singing a diff tune a while back
I think this is more about her ambition
very sad, nothing is worth risking losing your family
"It’s extremely important for the health of the nation to push politicians, including Democrats, to fix the ACA"
I'd say it's the Democrats' mess; let them clean it up if they can. But hasn't Obama been tweaking and 'fixing' the law all along without involving Congress - Democrats or Republicans? Why does he need Congress? There isn't enough lipstick in the free world to make this pig attractive. Better to start over.
What a joke - absolute chaos. This is what liberals do - create chaos with comprehensive unplanned plans. Then they spend the rest of eternity and the nation's resources "tweaking" their mindless schemes. The way to "fix" obamacare is to get rid of it and start over with a bi-partisan initiative that identifies the problems and addresses those one at a time.
I am not sure I agree with your take on this situation, Jeremy. Let me propose a more political and sinister view of this situation and a proposed different outcome. First, Wiesner was added to the indictment for political purposes...the re is no detail of an allegation against him. The AG office would not let him testify so they could add his name without the grand jury stopping them. If he appeared and was cleared, they could not do that. Then the perp walk was scheduled and the media notified the day before to embarrass Wiesner and his wife, Maggie Brooks.
Then after violating the law by the perp walk, but getting what they needed for television, the AG office agreed to drop the charges because they were so blatandly political it was working against them. And, if they put together another grand jury after this handling of the first...they would be obviously more political!
I hope that the attorneys for the defendents, the judge, and the media come down hard on Eric Schneiderman and all concerned for such and abuse of power and public trust! Remember, he origninally wanted this show the week before the election, when, coincidentally, he would be in town at a seminar, He should be forced from office for all of this!
The Democrats knew best what was good for the country when they unilaterally passed Obamacare. They knew what was in it before they passed it (even if they didn't read it). They own it lock, stock and barrel. Yet Obama has been continually re-defining and altering the law without bothering to involve Congress (how is this Constitutional?), exempting individuals and groups, delaying the business mandate but not the individual mandate, etc, etc. Now he flip flops to allow people to keep their coverage as he promised, shifting the blame to state insurance regulators and insurance companies themselves, as he attempts to provide political cover for Democrats in the voters' crosshairs. It won't work. This train wreck has to be stopped.
Look for story soon to break that Vacco's services are terminated by Monroe County. due to major scandal in Vacco's background. While he was US Attorney in Buffalo (1988-1993), Vacco refused to prosecute the NYAG's office for corruption.also involving the district court there ( despite having evidence that guaranteed convictions). Schneiderman knows all about the scandal and knows that Vacco can demand favors because of his prior protection of NYAG Abrams who was forced to resign his office in 1993 before the completion of his term, as was NYS Comptroller Ed Regan. email firstname.lastname@example.org
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