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Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

I also would like to see The Mayor and City Council partner with the Towns of Henrietta,Brighton, and Gates since these Towns border Rochester and that these Towns should take an interest in what happens both financially and in planning as well as by meetings between Mayor and Town Supervisors. Lovely is trying with Maggie Brooks and Maggie is trying with Lovely. That my friends is s good start.

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/03/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Medley owner sues over tax incentives

Like father like son.....the development of Destiny USA in Syracuse was laced with similar shady practices....the Town was foolish to think that the son would not behave in a similar manner

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Posted by tectonic on 06/03/2014 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

The Mayor and City Council's control of over $151,000,000 million dollars would be the best thing to happen in Rochester since nothing else has ever worked. I would like to see it tried for five years to see if things will improve. If the City is healthy the County of Monroe will be healthy. As well, the inverse could be true. We can do it now or later..

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/02/2014 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

Why is Mayor Lovely Warren acting like she's still running for mayor? I sense lots of missing pieces. Maybe mayoral control means Gantt control. Warren needs to start revealing more because this isn't adding up.

The mayoral control bill is going nowhere anyway. So, in this case, their relationship seems to be one of synergistic failure.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/02/2014 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

The RCSD has about 6,500 employees, while the city has about 3,500. That would be a big pill to swallow! If I was the mayor taking over the school district would make me very nervous.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 06/01/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

"She used to work in his office..." Seriously? She is/was his Chief of Staff. Why the attempt to distance the two? He cleared the decks for her to get appointed to City Council. Why deny that Gantt and Warren are joined at the hip?

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Posted by Animule on 05/31/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Kimberly and Beck are hysterical trashing trans people

Sorry meant to type Matthew Sheppard. Correction.

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Posted by Steve on 05/31/2014 at 1:25 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Kimberly and Beck are hysterical trashing trans people

America certainly has changed. All of you who are happy they got fired, there will be a time when you get in trouble for something you say. We cannot have this public lynching. Whether or not you agree with their statements, most of the country does agree. Yet we all have to keep quiet about it. This is very Orwellian and scary. It's Donald Sterling getting booted out of the NBA for being illegally wiretapped in his own private life or it's radio DJs getting fired for not violating any FCC rules. Understand this, this PC movement will affect you in your own personal life. Then I hope you will see the error of demonizing people with a differing opinion from yours. There is a HUGE difference from what they said and hateful speech. I'm sure people like Michael Sheppard would have loved if people only said these trivial things to him. In your efforts to be tolerant, you have become intolerant of other people's opinions.

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Posted by Steve on 05/31/2014 at 1:22 AM

Re: “With Working Families nod in question, Cuomo digs in on campaign finance

So-called public financing is another outrageous taxpayer ripoff that shovels your hard-earned dollars into the grubby hands of incumbent politicians and vested interests. Since they control the purse strings, you can forget ever getting a reformer on the ballot. Oh, and of course, you will be supporting — completely involuntarily — candidates and causes inimical to your own beliefs and interests. It's an insane, unconstitutional, un-American scheme.

About right, some might say, for the Defunct Empire State and her Little Caesar.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 05/30/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

Mike ...I did not say that at all. Try reading the comments again. Most of my comments were about the Rochester City School District's miserable failure in educating all students and graduating students in 12 years with an education that means something ...and not just going on to college if at all. Then I moved on to the lack of jobs in Rochester irregardless of Race. I also commented on Mayor Warren's fear of getting Mayoral Control and then not getting re-elected as a result of that single issue. Maybe I was not clear in my writing and comments. No where did I say what you have implied. You said it... Look at the NYS statistics on unemployed in Rochester. I believe you will find the real statistics alarming .

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 05/30/2014 at 4:58 PM

Re: “With Working Families nod in question, Cuomo digs in on campaign finance

FYI. Ravitch has already withdrawn her name from consideration.

Posted by Dave Atias on 05/30/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “FBI investigating schools modernization project

A good example of central planning vs free market. Now it's time for the additional layers of bureaucracy ; investigation and enforcement. Keep those tax $$$ coming.

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Posted by John DeMarle on 05/30/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

Craig are you seriously saying jobs should be given to people based on color? How about giving jobs to people based on their QUALIFICATIONS?

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Posted by Michael Wolf on 05/30/2014 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Kimberly and Beck issue apology

They should not have been fired! Out of all the comments made about politics and crime and sex ect over the last 13 years and they are fired over this. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions about life in general. This show was always a controversial talk show. To me this punishment was unjust. It's like saying to Kimberly and Beck.. hey your wrong for thinking the way you do! Everyone should believe it's OK to be gay,bi-sexual,transgendered or whatever! Totally unjust!!!

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Posted by Kyle Michaels on 05/29/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

I can speak for me too and something needs to be done now. After 50 years of more or less nothing...someone has to do something. Lovely can do it but she is concerned about not getting elected again. As well, it will take about 5 years of drastic change in the system to raise the graduation rate to let's say 80 % or more. Money is not the answer but parenting is the answer and one cannot legislate that issue. Jobs are the answer to the opportunity in disguise. How can we as Rochester Residents get faces of color into jobs ? How can we help create jobs ? How can we change concentrated poverty ? How can we give students a reason to graduate if there are no jobs waiting ? I have some ideas but not one will listen or at least take the 15 minutes to hear me out.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 05/29/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Kimberly and Beck are hysterical trashing trans people

I did not agree with K&B's opinions and my heart goes out to anyone that is struggling to be a gender that is not really them BUT never ever would I protest or fire people that disagree with me. How arrogant is that? I turn the station or turn it off. The message I heard was that transgender issues are far more important and sensitive than any others. Not so.

Their apology was stupid and screamed that it was written by some corporate heads. I don't believe they were fire because they were offensive, they always have been offensive. That is why the show was great. I think some big advertising contract threatened to walk away. So it wasn't about offending transgenders, it was only about money.

Entercom acted too fast without thinking. They lost a #1 morning show, they lost listeners and will never EVER get any of that back. If they kept them, they would of a lost a bit at first but slowly built it back up.

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Posted by Deb on 05/28/2014 at 5:40 AM

Re: “Kimberly and Beck issue apology

Kimberley and Beck spew hateful garbage on-air and get canned; Lonsberry posts the virtually identical screed on his company's website (as well as his own), pulls it after sober second thoughts and gets a free pass.

Here's the proposed playbook: Lonsberry plays nice - contrite actually - for a while until the flap blows over, then it's back to business as usual. That's been his M.O. for years and slack-jawed groupies buy into it... exactly as everyone did over his 'sensitivity training' and subsequent public apology to former Mayor Bill Johnson. His smirk spoke volumes of insincerity (how does one 'prove' insincerity anyway?) so Lonsberry skips merrily along having met the requirements to hold onto his job.

So why pull the blog unless there was something about it that could get 'someone' in trouble? Smells like guilt to me, but like a proverbial Eddie Haskell sucking up to curry favor, Lonsberry breaks out the smooth-talk and the gullible buy into it as they've always done. He's still on the air, isn't he? I'd say that's a clear sign of approval from the local community.

Debra JM Smith's plaintive hand-wringing over people losing their jobs due to chronic obnoxiousness (or in Lonsberry's case, master baiting) is pathetic. The First Amendment does *not* guarantee a mic and broadcasting rights using the public's ('possessive') airwaves. Presumably, the Rochester community would balk at a White Power Hour talk show and justifiably so. If community standards are to be respected, then that implies lines that won't be crossed... and pink slips issued to those who *do* cross those lines.

It obviously wouldn't be the first time Lonsberry has been canned and *this* time, the public needs to ensure his feeble mea culpa falls on deaf ears.

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Posted by cannat on 05/27/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Better odds for ex-offenders

An alternative headline could be Worse odds for non-offenders.

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Posted by Warner on 05/26/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Police chief responds to problems with city's red-light camera program

I won't make a right on red if I know that a red-light camera is watching me. I don't trust the cameras enough. Even if the car behind me is honking, I still won't do it. Also, I don't think I'd even make an exception for an emergency vehicle behind me with sirens and lights going. That's how much I don't want a ticket.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 05/26/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Police chief responds to problems with city's red-light camera program

It is correct that Rochester's red-Light program is deeply flawed. City council will probably still vote to continue this super-easy method of revenue generation. The RPD is getting ever more costly to fund; especially pensions.

It would be nice if the cameras were turned off and eventually removed. However, the fiscal realities are such that many think an expansion of this program is justified. The cameras supposedly are keeping us safer, yet the evidence isn't there. Rear-end accidents have actually increased.

Police have a duty to enforce laws. However, with so much talk about how fees are unfairly burdening the poor, wouldn't not extending the city's contract with Redflex be a step in the right direction?

Posted by Mike Bruton on 05/26/2014 at 2:27 AM

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