But the groups I mentioned are funded by taxpayers and carry great responsibilities toward our children, parents and community members. The solution is simple... no matter what color, race, or gender; when a police person gives you an order you follow it even of it leads to an arrest. It is the law of the Sate of New York. Follow the orders and then sort it out in court later with legal means by a judge and jury. See ? Problem solved regarding body cameras and we saved $1 million dollars that we can use to create jobs and better educate our children to learn that people should follow the direction of a police officer. I however learned it for free by my father and mother's guidance.
The rest of those groups you mentioned don't carry firearms, don't have the authority to take away our freedom by locking us up (sometimes for nothing at all) and don't have the right to kill us (as the police do from time to time) and make up a reason why. There has not been an unjustified shooting in the city of Rochester in decades, even though many of those people were unarmed. Amadou Diallo in N.Y.C. was shot *19* times b/c he was reaching for his wallet to identify himself. He was unarmed. Police officers are different than the rest of those people you mentioned for the reasons I have mentioned above. They are supposed to enforce the law and are bound by the laws as well. Too many of them think they ARE the law. They are not. They should be made to wear body cameras that they can't shut off. If they don't want to, they should resign or be fired. They supposedly work for us but act like an occupying army with armor, tanks, machine guns, tear gas. I have a certain degree of sympathy for them but I didn't ask them to become police officers and get paid $4.8 million in overtime pay and be able to retire after 20 years with pensions soaking up hundreds of millions of dollars. The police don't even have an obligation to protect you from crime but to maintain public order. Sometimes I'd rather deal with a problem myself than call the thug idiots carrying badges.
We also pay the salaries of all elected officials, teachers, RCSD Admin., Fire Fighters, City Council, County Legislators, Mr. Stewart's Ministry salary at his church is paid by the members ( same thing )... my point being that if police have to wear cameras then all the rest should too... right ? Not many trust politicians so we make them wear cameras ? Many people feel that teachers and the RCSD can't do the job so we make them wear cameras ? Where do we start and stop with body cameras ?
We pay police's salaries and trust them to keep us safe. Too many of them abuse that trust. From something as simple as speeding without their lights on, to more serious abuses like police brutality and murder. When they are in taxpayer vehicles, on taxpayer time, they have no right to privacy. There is a reason we need body cameras on police. Too many of them abuse the public trust and the public dollar that pays their salaries and overtime. What are they doing in their taxpayer vehicles that they feel they need to hide? If they are all honest and honorable men and women, they don't need to fear public scrutiny. They should welcome it.
I would say that body cameras are a bad idea for the RPD and the $1 million to be spent could be better spent upon hiring more police officers of all races and or male, female officers of both genders or creating jobs in the problem areas.
I would also challenge Mr. Stewart to wear a body camera so we can make sure he is ministering safely and properly to the public. I would also challenge the Mayor and City Council to wear body cameras too so that we know that they are performing their jobs correctly too. We may as well add in City Teachers, RCSD Administration and the Board too. Let us add "bad" parents too for not keeping their children off the streets past 10:00 pm. Heck...I'll wear one too if asked.
I will vote in protest for Hawkins, Green Party. Let us not forget that Astorino or Cuomo cannot do anything without the full cooperation of the Assembly and the Senate together... If there is cooperation then all of us will benefit in the end.
When will the executive and legislative branches work together to make our great state prosper for all people ? When will our elected officials stop thinking in terms of Republican and Democrat ? What happened to a good solid set of ideas that work well for all of us ?
Craig R. Moffitt
Prop 1 is nothing more than same-old, same-old political posturing. What we need to do is to aggressively call out the insincerity and hypocrisy of our politicians again and again until they offer meaningful reform (or until we replace them with those who will). I'm just one person with a single voice, but CITY Newspaper is a widely read news publication here in Rochester. I expect better.
Zephyr Teachout encourages a NO vote on proposition #1 and I believe she has identified the corrupting lynchpin of the proposal. How can the proposed select committee create an independent redistributing plan when the members of that committee will be named by the political cesspool called the New York Legislature?
Vote no on prop #1
We need to think about the consequences of our actions. Be considerate of the people who have to clean up the mess. Don't feed the birds.
Maybe if they'd like people to feed the ducks something specific, the shops along Schoen Place should sell that feed. The article states that corn is bad, but the businesses sell $1 bags of cracked corn to feed the ducks with. Switch that out for pellets or whatever and I'm sure 90% of the people will use that.
Informative signage in Perinton Park seems to be doing the job there. It merely states that feeding ducks human food, like bread, can actually harm them. The duck population is noticeably smaller than before the public education program began.
"Back in May, Moses and Page wrote to Warren, complaining of rushed board meetings and that commissioners "were even counseled not to use a lot of the staff's time in meetings." The letter questioned an estimated $8 million in RHA loans to various entities shown in a 2012 audit. They also questioned RHA's commitment to hiring minority and women-owned firms or targeting economic opportunities to low- and very low-income residents, as required by federal regulations — saying the policies should be implemented "without excuses."
This is coming from D&C. So what happens if RHA board is correct and something was a miss? The knee jerk reaction and overt racism on facebook and stuff is just insane and makes this city look like its ungovernable. 65 Million Dollars is alot of money. If they find even a million in fraud and save that do we not realize how many more affordable housing units can be created with that? I hope they do find what ails our housing stock at RHA and get it back to the intended purpose to provide low cost affordable housing. McFadden and the other stuff is childs play compared to the elephant in the room. Were the fourth poorest city in the country. Whats our plan to fix it.
Has the press circled back to the mayor to see if Moses' prepared statement satisfied her questions in the letter? He certainly didn't answer the press (as a proxy for the public) questions, seems like resignations are in order. Most of us suspect she will do some foolish acrobatics to protect him, despite overwhelming evidence that he is not up to the task of chairing a $62 m public authority.
Personally, I think the letter and the press conference were just different acts of the same play. Warren, Moses and McFadden have been plotting this for months, publicly denying it all the way, but openly taking about it amongst friends. It's an incestuous bunch too: Warren's campaign advisor and donor is Moses' lawyer. Another RHA lawyer is married to Adam's assistant. Adam's cousin reps Adam, hilariously writing a legal opinion abut no conflict of interest.
I hate to be a crass taxpayer, but what's the pricetag of this amateur hour going to be? Severance package, forensic audits, outside counsel, possible federal penalties, advertising fees for the bogus national search everyone is now talking about. This debacle is costing taxpayers a fortune. Will any of these costs be covered by director's insurance or does it all come out of the general fund that could be paying for, oh I don't know, exterminator or painter or locksmith services for residents?
I am sad to learn that Castro was fired... more so, that Castro does not even live in Rochester. He does live in the Town Of Brighton. How can a person ( Castro) chair a board (RHA) when he does not understand the "two rochester's" that Warren and McFadden describe to the public... by not living in the City. At least McFadden lives in the City and we will indeed get rid of him forever as Chair of the City Council Committee when it concerns the RPD and the police reorganization plan. We really should put a body camera on MCfadden to see if he serves ethically and without any racist actions or board decisions in the "heat of the moment".
Craig R. Moffitt
Gotta: Langston McFadden, Adam McFadden's cousin, is an attorney with Pullano & Farrow. And yes, he is on the team doing the audit. He was asked directly if there's a conflict, now that Adam McFadden is leading the Housing Authority. He denied it.
Does anyone know if it is true that attorney doing the audit to support Moses's claim that there were issues with Castro is a relative of Adam McFadden ?
Isn't this a conflict in itself? This is comical. Moses has to go and Mcfadden has surrender.
I LIke Mike! McDermott for Governor! I think since this was written his website has a lot more on it. You should check it out! Be informed www.votemcdermott.org
A note to express appreciation for the handling of the Gubernatorial endorsements. I have often thought City newspaper has shown poor (or perhaps just timid) judgment, particularly in local politics. However, you have usually allowed people to say so, at least on line. That is no small thing. In the absence of agreement about the race for Governor, the approach taken here is fair, and most likely to provide your readers with the greatest range of information to make their own choice. Well done.
I think Ms. Towler has it more nearly right here. Cuomo will be reelected, because the Republicans have not bothered to run a serious candidate, or support that candidate. While Cuomo is not a bad Republican himself, and it is certainly legitimate for Lefties to hold back support on that basis, the truly disqualifying issues about Cuomo are ethical. The state has been hurt too badly, for too long, by an entrenched culture of heavy handed abuse of power and process. It simply must be confronted.
Finally, I had no idea City was so widely read by 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, whose comments reflect such concern for your success as one of the last print outlets. So much for my theory that you were only read by a few snobs in the SE part of the city. Having grown up in Hilton, where we still like to shoot em up for the tourists, I feel like I am at a reunion reading these comments, and it is nice to see them feel welcome to join the fray here.
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