Rochester’ mayoral election: the city is ready to move on from Tom Richards while welcoming its new mayor Lovely Warren
Last September, the primary voters of the Democratic Party elected Lovely Warren over the incumbent mayor Tom Richards; and yet, the sitting mayor was the candidate of the establishment. The election results left most people in shock, because no credible political analyst or statistical polls couldn’t predict the debacle of Richards ‘campaign. However, the supporters of Lovely, known as the ‘’Believers’’, were convinced and expected the positive outcome of their efforts. Now, after the party backed the winner of the primary election and Richards, graciously and with humility, withdrew his campaign and announced his support to his former competitor; still few Richards’s fervent supporters are working hard to put him back into office by using the back-door means through the Independence and Working Family lines. They believe their defeat came from the low turnout of their voters- i.e. the white electorate- and the ‘’ cynical tactic’’ attributed to Lovely campaign which is, allegedly, based on racial divide. Ironically, they are using the same tool which they formerly criticize their opponent of making use of.
In fact, Liz Serling wrote an article: ‘’Tom Richards is who the times, and Rochester, need’’ in which she said ‘’and I really hope Lovely Warren continues to advocates a different type of voice about the tale of our two cities, because she is educated serious and passionate about our community’’. It is clear, this statement intent to discredit Lovely and to depict her as a divider of our communities. In doing so, one may think, the Richards supporters are engaging in the same strategy they are accusing their opponent of. Thus, this is a loaded concept that signals to the white communities of Rochester that, it is acceptable to reject Lovely Warren and reinstate their candidate in office. With her article, Liz is suggesting that Lovely Warren should stop telling the truth about the situation of our beloved city and find something else to talk about. I believe’’ the tale of our two cities’’ is based on the facts. Although, this reality doesn’t fall on Richards administration alone, because the situation has been there way before Richards became the Mayor. In addition I found misguided to ask Lovely Warren to bury the truth about the gap that exists between our different communities. How can you fix something broken, if you are ignoring the reality of it- to begin with?
Now, what is clear is that, Richards’ friends are playing ‘’kitchen sink’’ politics, by throwing everything and anything on Lovely’ campaign. At first, they question her qualifications and skills; but it did not work well for them because her long experience as a public servant (city council member and president) shows she is more qualified than Richards at the time he became Mayor about three years ago. Then, they came up with Lovely Warren will not be an independent mayor. A well -connected friend of mine told me that ‘’those people cannot stand David Gantt and that is the main reason, they are doing this’’. However, they should remember Lovely is an independent individual, ‘’educated, serious and passionate about our community’’, if you want to believe Liz Serling’ words! Thus, you get to believe Lovely when she says ‘’I am an independent thinker. I have a Bachelor’ degree in Government, and I have a law degree. All those things I have earned on my own right and I stand on my own two feet’’. Finally, they are coming back to the accusation of racial divide. It’s a scare tactic intended to deny Lovely the majority of the’ ’white vote’’. However, their plight becomes a lost cause.
In fact, I can assure you the call that Lovely Warren made has been already heard and answered, there is no going back. When she said ‘’ no one can look at this seat and look at the city and do it by themselves. It has to be all hands on deck’’, all the citizens of this city nodded their heads and said we support you and we are with you to overcome the challenges of our communities. As a volunteer with Lovely campaign, I can report to you about my experience acquired on the ground. For months, now, I have seen during my many walks door to door or working on the phone, there is a great interest of our communities in Lovely campaign and her agenda for this city. If you visit her campaign headquarters situated at the different locations you would find crowds of fine men and women from the white community working tirelessly for the success of her campaign. Believe me, none of them is what you may consider as ‘’crazy white liberal, do gooder’’. You also would see small business owners stopping by to express their support with cakes and candies as treats for the volunteers. These people are supporting Lovely because they know she is one of those few politicians who speaks her mind. They like the fact that she is telling it like it is. Who wouldn’t like to hear the truth out of the mouth of a politician these days? They are supporting Lovely because they believe in her agenda on the education of our children, safety of our streets and economic development of our city. Finally, they are supporting her because they know, she will use a great sense of pragmatism to solve this city issues.
Amusingly, I red in different papers some ‘assertions’ from friends of Richards that, the revival of his campaign is worrying Lovely’ camp, however what they don’t realize is that, from the day they made public their intention, the volunteers became more excited and motivated than ever before. I also noticed the citizens of Rochester show more interest in Lovely campaign because they felt unfairness from the Richards ‘friends deeds. At the end their attempt became a vehicle of motivation and source of energy for Lovely people. Finally, I can say Rochester is ready to thank Tom Richards for his service (God bless him and his family) but our communities are moving on and are welcoming our next mayor: Lovely Warren.
I am convinced that everyone will get out and vote, to do his/her part in supporting Lovely because no one would want to miss the boat that will make history- which is electing our next first female mayor. I can say I am proud of being part of it.
"For most of the families we talk to, SNAP doesn't meet all of their food needs," Segelman says....
The name of the program is the SUPPLEMENTAL Nutrition Assistance Program. It is not intended to meet all of a families' food needs, it is intended to supplement.
Regardless, I do not support the decrease in benefits. People need to eat.
Go to work and stop your crying. If you don't like what Wegmans is offering, go to work for someone else. That is what is great about America. Freedom.
Thank god, this NIMBY garbage needs to stop. When a developer comes along with a GOOD development plan and gets this level of hassle from the community, how are we ever going to turn things around in Rochester?
Christine – I agree. Why would anyone suspect City of stacking the deck by their coverage of the Morgan project merely because Ms. Towler has already stated her NIMBY opposition to their proposal? Or because City recently opted for repetitive use of a photo of the Eastman House’s Mr. Barnes despite having used neutral photos of the property in past reports? Or because the Eastman House’s land grab is given current and repeated coverage whereas the opposition from the property owner is relegated to the occasional past mention buried deep within an article?
Thanks for your comments. I fixed the post so it includes the correct info for the proposed raise.
It was just not the issue of 18% over six years, the wording in the contract needs to be redefined . It's also about Wegmans taking work from us and giving it to outside vendors, taking delays away which means loss of money, there are times when you break down and your stuck for hours we would normally get paid road delay, or going to pickup a backhaul and having to wait hours on end for the load which we would normally get paid for. Lets not forget the middle man nothing in the contract for them! The Wegmans family wants to take money from us , would they like it if someone took money from them? The Pension is huge for a lot of member's who have put the time and money in and have 25-29 years in and get nothing! is that right?
18% is a six year raise and that is the only money some of these guys will see from their pension. There is no moving over to Wegmans Retirement it is starting over with Wegmans Retirement. The only ones talking strike are Wegmans themselves. None of the Union members have said strike. The rejection of any offer gives the Union that right so this was not a special vote to also strike.
Today’s lesson, boys and girls, is on Plastics, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, bits of plastics. Where besides oceans can you find them? Great Lakes, that’s right! And who put them there? We did, that’s right. And, are they likely to make fish and our drinking water healthier? No, boys and girls, they will not.
The amount of entitlement demonstrated by the GEH is absolutely appalling and embarrassing. I went to the meeting they held on this last year - their biggest reason for opposing Morgan Management was because their "viewscape" is apparently in danger and they need more parking. Downtown is already 50-60% parking; the last thing this city needs is more goddamn parking lots. The GEH is angry because they had a chance to acquire this property but were "asleep at the wheel" (those were the exact words the director used.) So now because of their past carelessness they're acting like a bunch of entitled crybabies. Get over yourselves.
your election guide is a joke, yes return the same old same old. fill in our inner loop spend 20 million dollars on a beauty project?? spend 30 million dollars on condos in a public park??? the list goe s on and on with these city council members maybe the problem is they are all lawyers. they sell off rochester piece by piece to developers but you suppor this because they fund your paper!!!yes richards is behind all this with his buddy duffy!!!
Sorry, Ben Lewis. The conspiracy doesn't hold water. We have written about the GEH's failed attempt to acquire the property more than once. Here's one such story: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/roch…
And another: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/roch…
As for the art? It was all I had available at the moment I put up the piece.
Interesting that every time City posts an article about the Morgan Project we see the same mug shot of Mr. Barnes. But we never hear about how the Eastman House had a chance to obtain the property in question but lost out after attempting to double shuffle the current property owners, the veterans group Monroe Voiture (who by the way now oppose the Eastman House’s efforts).
To darlingdyan: The purpose of our website is to foster a discussion of issues. We routinely delete comments that are personal attacks against other commenters.
Hey City--Your censorship of this conversation is pretty agregious, especially for an "alternative" paper. Let the people have their dialogue without your petty interference.
ROCstar--your comments sound a lot like what Molly said to Jim Lawrence, detailed in his editorial, "Molly Takes Exception". http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/edit…
Glad all you City Hall "turnoutforTom" operatives are using the same talking points. Message discipline is key for these astroturf efforts. ROCStar, everyone knows you are the man behind the curtain.
Nice to know that there's a lot if sheep in Rochester
You asked a specific question of me, allow me to give a specific answer. You asked whether I thought Lovely Warren was ready to be Mayor. The answer is an absolute yes! In fact, more qualified than Bill Johnson was after running the Urban League...more qualified than Bob Duffy, who ran a paramilitary organization as a police chief. More qualified than Maggie Brooks who was a county clerk, and, more qualified by her 6 years on council, and 4 as council president than Tom Richards, who ran a utility was when he took office.
The reason is that she has woked in the legislative branch of city government and knows that side well. She now, in a strong mayor city, can work between the legislative and executive departments to create a better Rochester.
I believe that whe will be a collaborative and outreaching Mayor. I believe that she will have challenges, but, she is an agent of change when we need one. Someone said..."this is the end of the "smugtown" era of Rochester...the era when white business people told the city what to do and how"...I agree with that assessment!
The Democrat and Chronicle got it right with their endorsement editorial today. Now, we should all rally around Lovely and work together to make a better Rochester. I fear that the current attempt to derail her election will damage the Democratic party for years to come.
ROCStar, you are asking me how do I know, who is part of their campaign?
This is the answer below:
1. I am a concerned citizen of this city
2. I am curious about anything political around this environment
3. It became an open secret, about who is who in this campaign due to the different mistakes Richards’ supporters made.
Thank you for asking.
Not a big deal, Chris Fien?
-UNICON is a nonprofit, and as such, is barred from political activity...but I guess those pesky IRS rules are for the other guys.
-The Independence Party has not filed a single disclosure report since their Turn Out fundraising campaign. That's a criminal offense which you've neglected to report.
-Gary Walker wrote both the Corryn op-ed and the ambiguous Richards statements--a troubling conflict.
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