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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News Blog

Re: “[UPDATED] Cuomo announces $1.5 billion competition for Upstate

I urge our regional elected leaders to forgo the usual political mumbo jumbo. What we need is a collaborative effort to figure out how to get better at what we are already good at.

Unfortunately, this money is not for friends, or the poor, or for the general fund. In addition, I'm sure Governor Cuomo would be impressed if we had a plan for safeguarding this money from corruption.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants massive and innovative infrastructure improvements that would also include better broadband internet. We can do better.

I've noticed that the traffic here is pretty light compared to other cities. Why not consider intelligent traffic signal controllers to further reduce traffic congestion delays? What else? Anyone?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/18/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Cuomo announces $1.5 billion competition for Upstate

Andrew Cuomo gave a billion taxpayer dollars to Buffalo, and Erie County was one of the few upstate NY counties to vote for his re-election last November. Hmmmm. Now he offers a 'competition' in which seven upstate regions will try to out-beg each other for three $500 million "awards". Four losing regions will get NOTHING. I don't know where to start with this ridiculous farce. Why didn't Buffalo have to compete? Why do any regions have to compete? Upstate is being killed by income taxes, property taxes, state mandates and punishing business regulations. Yet we have to dance to Cuomo's tune and beg for table scraps for his amusement! We are gladiators sentenced to fight each other in Emperor Cuomo's Coliseum!

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Posted by Bart on 01/18/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

To manhattanmike: The Monroe County DA is Sandra DOORLEY, not Drooley. Either you don't know her name or didn't correctly spell her name. If you were trying to put her down by purposely misspelling her name as a joke, you should know that resorting to immature name-calling rarely wins anyone over to your argument.

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Posted by Bart on 01/18/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

County Republicans have been involved in scandal after scandal over the past few decades while the prosecutor's office has either refused to investigate their actions or unable to do so effectively. We would know nothing about county officials' recent escapades if not for the Attorney General's investigations.

Now, Drooley, who obviously has her eye on higher political office, has switched to the party of those under investigation, which includes--surprise, surprise--Maggie Brooks's husband. Does anyone actually think that Drooley will risk her career to throw some of these bums in jail?

We have lacked honest county government in decades. Without an honest, dedicated watchdog in the DA's office, we'll never have one again.

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Posted by manhattanmike on 01/18/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

Whom is it that gives a c@#p !!! Just get reelected and make the office conviction rate 99% ; not 97%, or 94%. There is nothing new ABOUT the County being controlled by Republicans and the City Controlled by Democrats. If all would just work together in partnerships that benefit the entire area.

I am more concerned about whom will win the County Executive Seat whether it is Cheryl DInalfo or Sandra Frankel...please work together and put aside politics and bring back cooperation. Work with the Mayor of Rochester and let us see the great things that can be accomplished.

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/17/2015 at 7:05 PM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Molly Clifford has been in Rochester / Monroe County Politics for many years... Bob Duffy's Campaign Manager; former Democratic Party Chair; a few appointments to City Govt'; as well as more that I am unaware of over the years.

Molly would be an asset to her neighborhood and the community at large...

Go for it Molly...

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/17/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

Ok, so we know a little more about why Ms. Doorly switched parties. Denied the Republician endorsement by the powers that be she became a Democrat to gain their endorsement. Always a Republican at heart, she waited for a time to go back to her original party with assurances that she would be their nominee next time around. Pretty smart, playing both parties to get what she wanted and probably deserved. The Dems certainly do not have a corner on virtue. I just wanted to hear more information about what went into her decision at this time. It seems clear to me now that it was just her own political strategy. Pretty smart. She has played both parties and won!

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Posted by Newyorktaxpayer on 01/17/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

Flashback 2011: GOP Chairman Bill Reilich issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon saying, "Sandra Doorley ran an entire campaign stating that experience matters and that she would run an office free of political influence. With her transition well underway, Doorley has abandoned both with the firing of five Assistant District Attorneys – who have a combined 49 years of experience in the DA’s Office - because of their political affiliation or the suspicion of their lack of support for her campaign."

It continues, "Making decisions for political reasons is a dangerous way to operate a District Attorney’s Office and these firings fly in the face of everything Sandra Doorley claimed she stood for."

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Posted by Steve Barnhoorn on 01/17/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Good Luck Molly, your voice is greatly needed on City Council.

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Posted by Anthony Plonczynski on 01/17/2015 at 10:11 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Cuomo announces $1.5 billion competition for Upstate

Why does this man bellow when he talks? He always sounds like he is about to have a hernia. At least New Jersey's governor Christie has an excuse in that he is fat.

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Posted by Michael Meggison on 01/17/2015 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

I hope she loses...she is a "legacy" politician, as her father was a local politico. I think she has always had a silver spoon in her mouth.

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Posted by Michael Meggison on 01/17/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “DiNapoli's report on school safety raises serious questions

You don't need the community help to fix this. You need clear, high expectations that are understood and followed by all. This is a best practice at all of the better schools regardless of location or student demographics. It is just plain silly to think that student behavior will improve when no one in the system at any level has an understanding of how important school culture is. A new code of conduct policy or community forum will not help. You need to hold kids, teachers and parents accountable but the real problem is that this can't be done because there is no preparation in the district. What other large organization on the planet would have its employees report the day before the business opens and expect things to go smoothly?

It is laughable that the RCSD has most staff report 24 hours before the kids arrive. How much understanding or continuity can happen given such a pitifully short period of preparation? The U of R is having the East staff spend 3 weeks preparing. 3 weeks! Why aren't all of the other schools doing the same? $$$$$ that's why. If you want to solve the discipline issues, you need have everyone on the same page and that won't happen in a ten minute meeting the day before school starts.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 01/16/2015 at 6:32 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

Newyorktaxpayer wrote "I am disappointed with Ms Doorley's decision to switch parties...The county Republician Party has been involved in many scandals that have not yet been resolved.. Is there something about the Democrats that made you jump ship?" I would answer YES: There are plenty of scandals in the Democrat Party to point to: Locally there are all of the Lovely Warren missteps as well as those by McFadden. Statewide, Cuomo decommissions the Moreland investigative committee, Sheldon Silver probed for failure to report income. Democrats don't have a monopoly on virtue.

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Posted by Bart on 01/16/2015 at 2:00 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

This is just the latest piece of evidence of a major rift in the local Democrat party with two wings battling it out - the Lovely Gantt wing and the non-Lovely Gantt wing. Anyone associated with the latter (a classification that includes Doorley) is actively evaluating their options. It goes a long way in explaining this move.

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Posted by Animule on 01/16/2015 at 7:34 AM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

I could be wrong. Anyone have any ideas as to who the Republican party is going to throw in the ring for County Executive, hmm...

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Posted by badthingk on 01/16/2015 at 6:48 AM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

I am disappointed with Ms Doorley's decision to switch parties. She seems to be doing a stellar job as DA. She is in the courtroom on a regular basis. This said, I voted for her as a Democrat. She will not automatically have my vote as a Republician. I believe there is much more to this story and she owes us, the voters, an explanation. The county Republician Party has been involved in many scandals that have not yet been resolved. It is very much an "old boys" club despite the occasional female candidate. Why, Ms Doorley would you choose to align yourself with them and why now? Is there something about the Democrats that made you jump ship? Please explain your decision.

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Posted by Newyorktaxpayer on 01/15/2015 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Some City Council members want say in RHA appointments

It doesn't matter how you slice the pie. Nothing can change the fact that Adam McFadden essentially appointed himself as RHA Director. He wanted to make needed changes, but, also didn't mind the gigantic pay increase. HUD didn't approve, and since they control the purse strings; he's gone.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/14/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Rochester's big growth area: poverty

It's folly to spend more to fight poverty. Let's put people to work at 40 hrs/wk minimum. In addition, we need a government that encourages people to save more and to be responsible. Leadership by example is ALWAYS in good taste.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/12/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Some City Council members want say in RHA appointments

And what does the city charter have to say about what you propose, Mr. Haag?

Steve Bathory
Rochester, New York

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 01/10/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Parent makes tough decision concerning RCSD

Teacher here. I will keep this short and sweet. I found out that pretty soon our building won't have paper to make copies on , and students and staff will NOT have toilet paper. The district didn't have the decency to properly fund our schools. Look no further than the recent D&C article outlining the embarrassing, inept way our district budgets our schools. Shortchanging our students must stop. Again and again we see blatant examples like this. I applaud this parent. Why would I keep my child in a highly dysfunctional , unsafe environment that doesn't hold its high ranking officials accountable? Why?

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/09/2015 at 6:51 PM

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