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Re: “Election results: Slaughter's squeaker, Cuomo wins, Funke unseats O'Brien

*crickets*

I think the rest of Rochester media is stealing your thunder, City.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by George on 11/04/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Wiesner case to head back to grand jury

I have no fan of Maggie Brooks or her husband, but I think this prosecution is politically motivated and the evidence is as thin as water. It is too bad the A.G.'s office overplayed their hand on this one.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by sean on 11/03/2014 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Wiesner case to head back to grand jury

I would love to be on that Grand Jury...

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by crm135790 on 11/03/2014 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending

Well Tom ? What is the answer ? Mike nor I have not said they( casinos) were the answer to our financial woes or lack of jobs. But we did say that the process in Henrietta was unfair and that Finger Lakes Gaming and OTB etc. have the advantage over the Seneca Nation when it comes to gambling. And , that the money raised and the campaign money to beat down the Seneca Nation was blood money from gambling profits.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/02/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

"Maybe that’s exactly what happened. But I’m struck by how eager people are to rob Warren of the benefit of the doubt." You know why that is.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 11/02/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending

Casinos are not an answer...look at Atlantic City or ask Donald Trump why he closed his AC casinos and why the parent company is in bankruptcy for the second time in just a few years.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tom Janowski on 11/02/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

Reform in the RHA is long overdue; however, I'm not sure that McFadden is the cure to RHA's problems.

There is a serious lack of oversight by RHA, especially in subsidizing rent for senior citizens, who reside in a senior living complex, which has income caps to be eligible to live there, as well as to receive a rent subsidy.

Yet, there are many who receive such subsidies from RHA who should not qualify due to income and assets, which must be certified annually.

I have direct knowledge of a senior complex who allows a former, well known and prominent businessman, and has more worth than any one of the Wegman's family, and he's not only living in an income capped complex, but also receives a rent subsidy from RHA.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Raymond AndKathy Richardson on 11/02/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

Who really cares... as long as someone gets back into the position and helps lead the agency through the next 3 months as it is only a temporary appointment by the current board. Maybe Adam will be very good at the job...time will tell the truth. He may get the job as a permanent fixture to the post aftre the three month period . And, this would mean that he has to resign from City Council if he is asked and accepts the position in three months. In the mean time Adam cannot vote on any matter surrounding the RHA. I see this as win-win for all of us in Rochester, NY. Adam is and has been dedicated to Rochester, NY for a number of years. Yet , his presentation for policy change is lacking in temperament and unprepared briefs.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/01/2014 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Downtown district delayed, smaller borders likely

I know that Rochester can put together a team of multi-talented and hardworking city workers to do whatever it takes to maintain the center city. We need to sell this as a great value at a low cost.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/31/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Downtown district delayed, smaller borders likely

Why do we need a special district in the already well developed business districts near the center of the City ? And, why do these businesses need to pay for enhanced services that should already be done by the City Of Rochester for the current property taxes paid ?

The neighborhoods that need attention are " the Crescent "; Bay-Goodman; Portland-Hudson; Lake Ave and Lyell; Lyell and Hague; Chili Ave and Buffalo Road to the Gates Town Line; Avenues A B C D and 1st, second, third, fourth and sixth streets as well as N. Clinton north of Upper Falls Blvd. I guess I just don't understand all that facts but Down Town and the surrounding areas have had enough attention. Comments ?

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 10/31/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending

I with you Mike...

Craig R. Moffitt
crm135790

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 10/31/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending

All of are supposed to have an equal say when it comes to the Henrietta Town Board... yet 1600 signatures and about 125 people or so that night in March, 2014 scared the entire board into a resolution. There are 44,000 people in Henrietta and 1600 people bullied the entire Town Board. I just wanted the Town Board to hear the entire proposal to its legal end through plans and architects drawings; Henrietta Conservation and Planning Board; etc... just like any other business would have been heard that wanted to set up shop in Henrietta. Only after the entire process was / is heard by all in Henrietta Govt' should a fair decision have been made. There is 1600 people that may have been in favor of a casino or at least learning more about the impacts of such a project in Henrietta. However, the rest of Henrietta may not have even cared, in either case , what was built by Native American Indians on Clay Road.

No fair and balanced consideration, for the project, was given to the project by the entire Henrietta Town Board. Meanwhile... while all were on the Board, for the last 6 years, a surplus was allowed to grow to $12. 7 million dollars. The town spent $10,000 dollars to refund $1 million to its residents and kept $11.7 million or so. I have never seen 1600 residents get very upset about this matter ? As well, spending $10,000 per month for the last 10 years on two rental properties for a court house and Rec. Gymnastics Buildings when it could have built it own buildings 10 years ago ? I cannot believe how people can find fault without all the facts. And, the facts are that three of the board members will be voted out of office in 2015 for irresponsible management of our money for at least the last 6 years. Does anyone care ?

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 10/30/2014 at 7:52 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] McFadden declines mayor's request to resign RHA post

Christine-your instincts are good. This is nothing but political theatre. The mayor is banking on the residents being too uninformed to question her grand gesture of calling for McFaddens's resignation when she should be calling for Moses'. I have no doubt Warren, MOses and McF still intend on him having the permanent gig. First, the board will delay the search and extend his interim period, then they will gin up resident support for McF and invite him to apply in a sham search (think Vargas, another unqualified Gantt appointment).

I really hope City starts digging into McF's fitness--even as interim--to run the RHA. Not just his lack of housing experience. Or lack of experience with a staff and budget of this size. What about his racist, homophobic and frankly, idiotic, comments on WDKX. Last week he was recommending that all of Rochester's drug dealers should band together and buy some land in advance of legalized pot so they could start growing. Not to mention his paranoid rants about the media persecuting him and the mayor. Does our federal government condone these sorts of public statements from its agency leaders?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 10/30/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Good government group laments lack of competitive state races

So run. Get out there. Go to the Board of Elections site, find seats with incumbents, learn the basic rules and start a campaign. You can run for school board, town board, village board, village mayor, town supervisor, county legislature, state legislature. Do it. Declare with the Board of Elections as a candidate and learn the rules. Start with your family and friends and spread the word. Get voter registration lists from BoE and start walking to get on the ballot. Go door-to-door. Campaign like you're running for President if you're running for highway superintendent. Raise lots of small amounts of money, so you aren't beholden to special interests. Maybe you'll win. You probably will lose and lose bad. But it can be done. It isn't as hard as people think. Get it done.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by sean on 10/30/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending

It would be easy to look at this as money well spent. It's tempting to want to THANK the No More Casinos Coalition. The problem is; that's blood money they're spending. It's part of the profits from the gambling; the winnings. And the casino, racino, racetrack, etc., ALWAYS wins. So, it's not even fair.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/30/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

The "benefit of the doubt" is what Warren might have been granted in January or February-maybe even March when her earlier 'crook and crony' style was revealed. At this point, her lies are so patently obvious that there isn't much of a doubt remaining. Defending the actions of the various parties here is to be willfully blind or partisan.

How much did McFadden previously earn? Of course, we "must" give the benefit of the doubt and assume that $140,000 is just a standard 10-20% raise over his former non-profit salary. (His new salary is undoubtedly for his own profit regardless of the RHA's tax status.)

23 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TR on 10/30/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Train station work under way

It's hard to know how to feel about this sort of spending on a new train station. I like the idea of Rochester having a nice modern train station, and it doesn't seem right to forever back-burner a new train station just because there's some road or some bridge somewhere in need of repair -- there always will be.

Despite whatever shortcomings it has, the current train station has worked for a lot of years and the new one is expensive. Meanwhile the idea of travelling by train is no less than a couple generations out of date and - notwithstanding the dream of high speed rail repeatedly trotted out as a Democrat campaign issue - that reality is not scheduled to change.

Amtrak is fine for a weekend trip to New York since it gets you there in good time and because you won't need your car. Passenger rail is an awkward fit for most other travel scenarios for a variety of reasons mostly centered around car or air travel usually being a better option.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 10/30/2014 at 5:56 AM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

Lawmakers should have talked about the SAFE act BEFORE they crammed it through in secrecy. At this point O'Brien is not talking about the law, he's using tragedies for his selfish political advancement.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Stu on 10/30/2014 at 5:27 AM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

And as far as this statement: "The actual mission of the agency is way down the priority list." you are entitled to your opinion, but it is just that.................an opinion. With all of your research do you even know the mission statement of the agency? I googled it for you...........................MISSION STATEMENT "Rochester Housing Authority is an essential housing resource for the greater Rochester area providing quality housing opportunities and related services for those in need."

Now please tell me what in McFadden's very public history of serving this city do you think are at odds with that?? Not a thing.

4 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by RT502ROC on 10/29/2014 at 10:59 PM

Re: “RHA scandal scoreboard: everyone loses

It amazes me how people are so quick to say that McFadden isn't qualified for the position, when few know the extent of his qualifications, and are probably clueless of the job description itself. Without knowledge of those two "FACTS", people are making assumptions. Here's an idea.......what if McFadden IS the best man for the job who just HAPPENS to be a councilman and a friend of the mayor? Oh, and let's not forget..........has a HISTORY of serving this community.

For those with so much negativity to spew................what have you done for anyone else lately???

5 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by RT502Roc on 10/29/2014 at 10:48 PM

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