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Re: “Downtown rising?

I am very pleased with the hard work that has made the International Jazz Festival what it is today. Thank You to Mr. Nugent and all others. Now let's take some of the money that has been made and put it to use on what is important and needed in Inner Rochester.

Programs like Teen Empowerment that take kids off the streets and change their outlook and teach them to live moral lives. Programs like these stop the murder, violence and drug use at the early stage. As Ms. Towler says... the downtown area has plenty of investors such as " Glazer isn't the only one. Morgan Management, Mark IV, Gary Stern, John Billone, and others continue to invest in downtown and nearby neighborhoods".

Yet ,I cannot help to believe more of these developers and their money could help programs grow such as Teen Empowerment. The sooner we help teens that do not have " good" parents with guidance the sooner all streets will be safer for all areas of Rochester. Not just downtown...

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/04/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

Ms. Towler, every year you indeed do comment on how the Jazz Fest gives us a glimpse of what the city could be. There me a connection to this anecdote- over the last decade or so, many of my fellow musicians in Rochester have noted that the music scene has picked, we all work a lot more than we used to (fifteen or twenty years ago).

Maybe some Rochesterians have learned that live music is really fun and they want to support it more often than once a year? Maybe less suburban people are afraid of "the city" than they used to be? They went to the jazz fest and the boogie man got them, but in a good way?

I'm probably naive in saying this, but if the jazz fest gives us a glimpse of what we could be, why weep about our lack of Fortune 500 companies? We have one of the most musical cities in the country; is it possible that re-branding and investing in Rochester as a music city, rather than a tech and financial city, could be the path to take Rochester into fully realizing herself?

Another related note: The RCSD (with the help of the Rochester Education Foundation) has been investing heavily in the musical education of its students. If that trend continues, perhaps all of Rochester's residents will get a taste of how music can transform individuals and communities.

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Posted by Alan Murphy on 07/03/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Patron Saint of downtown? Seriously? Could this interview be any more one sided?

When I saw the cover of City Newspaper I was stunned. I thought sure, this is going to be a puff piece. .

It is hard to get the true story out of corporations but I think it is time for developers to pay their own way rather than sucking up our diminishing resources.

There is nothing in this piece about all the money that Buckingham Properties taken from the city, county and NYS. There is nothing about the purchase of valuable real estate from the city for pennies on the dollar, if that. Nothing about the failed job development that caused Buckingham Properties to have tax incentives taken away by NY State. Most companies don't hire new employees when they move they just shift them around from place to place and get tax breaks.

Fair and balanced article? I think not.

The city and all the taxpayers are paying for a lot of these projects in the city.

Below is an excerpt from the article in The Rochester Business Journal with the link to the article included below.

The board's thumbs-down came May 4, upholding regulatory changes included in then-Gov. David Paterson's 2009-10 state budget. The decision was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of the Empire State Development Corp.

"The Cuomo administration has been clear that it views the Empire Zone program as a waste of taxpayer dollars, and we moved aggressively to eliminate the program," Adams said in a statement. "Therefore, I am pleased with the decisions by the Empire Zone Designation Board not to overturn the original decertifications by the commissioner."

Adams, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Inc. from 2006 through 2010, was recruited by Cuomo to lead the ESDC in January 2011, replacing Pittsford resident Dennis Mullen.

"Applications were reviewed in a thorough and open process, and now a final decision has been reached by the board to affirm the decertification of businesses that were not in compliance with the requirements of the Empire Zone program," Adams said.

The three Buckingham Properties sites were among those decertified three years ago by the ESDC.

"We've been fighting it since 2009," said Laurence Glazer, Buckingham Properties CEO, of the ruling. "They were in place. They were halfway through, or two-thirds of the way through, the whole program."

Tax breaks for the 33 entities were quashed after they were decertified by the ESDC for failing to meet newly imposed requirements for job creation and capital investment.

All Empire Zone participants were reviewed by the ESDC in 2009 to determine whether workers and/or real estate were transferred to a business with similar ownership and whether investments met program standards.

Manufacturers were required to generate $10 in wages, benefits and capital investments for every $1 in tax credits to be accepted into the program, the 2009-10 budget stated. Non-manufacturers in Empire Zones were required to show a projected ratio of $20-to-$1.

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Posted by Dorothy Paige on 07/03/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/2

Good for Feedback writer Lori Marra! She asks the correct questions regarding the overlay of a special downtown tax zone...the same questions Ann MacQuay and the residents of Grove Place asked back in the early 1990's when this proposal last came bubbling up from RDDC. Sorry but Red Shirts, et. al, are NOT a magic pill solution. Nor is a special tax overlay without very specific information. And once in, these never go away no matter how abused.

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Posted by Shirley Dawson on 07/03/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

An optimist among nay sayers, what a breath of fresh air. Thank you for refreshing the minds of Greater Rochester of the incredible central cities in America. Rochester's potential can be seen 60 miles to the west.
Your understanding of risk, (which our region is often adverse to), remains an important component of change. Downtown has left the starting gate of a new future lets hope the crowds cheer and join in the race. I certainly will!

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 07/03/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “CSI: invasive species

According to some sources, the Erie Canal (or in its earliest incarnation, the canal, or Clinton’s ditch) issued the sea lamprey to the Great Lakes. There might be more invasives that made their way to the Great Lakes via the canal, but I don’t think the canal is just “taking on a new, undesirable role as a pathway for the spread of aquatic invasive species.”

Note: “It is not clear whether it is native to Lake Ontario, where it was first noticed in the 1830s, or whether it was introduced through the Erie Canal which opened in 1825.[”

More on Invasive Species in our area:…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 07/03/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Bob Duffy's mythology doesn't always stand up to scrutiny

I will stand with Bob Duffy until someone even begins to do the things that he prevented risking his life and starting with an armed robbery on Lyell Ave.; countless wins over the spread of Narcotics in Rochester while Captain of Narcotics Squad; the undercover sting of two prominent policeman at very high levels in the Police Dept. in the late 80's and early 90's; Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police.

As well, a difficult win for the Mayoral Seat against all odds; pulling the plug on the Fast Ferry ; reorganization of a fragmented police dept. to save money; zero tolerance when an officer was shot and almost killed; and then BEING ASKED to be a running mate of Andrew Cuomo; touring the entire state on a regular basis to help improve the entire NEW YORK STATE ECONOMY...did LT. Gov. Patterson put forth such an effort while LT. Gov. ( no he did not but could have ). I say " you don't know what you've got til its gone ". Show or tell me about another person with such distinguished service. Ryan, Johnson, Mayor Warren... not even close. But we shall see soon.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/02/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Back in the eighties, Buckingham bought up a bunch of warehouse space on University Avenue, near Culver. Everyone though they were crazy. I remember Mr. Glazer saying they wanted to be ready when the new University Ave. off-ramp from the newly rebuilt Can of Worms brought more traffic to the street. Now that piece of University is humming. Genius.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 07/02/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Can you crowdsource prosthetic limbs? Yes, you can.

I am teaching a group of Academic level international students and we used this article for a reading comprehension quiz. Additionally,they had to define "crowdsource," "profound" and "creeping," for instance, and use them in a sentence that matched the way the words were used in the article. "Upend" was a challenge: it doesn't literally mean to turn something upside down but to change dramatically. Similarly, "entangle" was supposed to be understood as literally becoming enmeshed, yet some chose the metaphorical meaning of being entangled in problems.

Despite these difficulties, the students, many of whom are majoring in engineering and industrial design, appreciated what e-NABLE is all about and a few even saw the "robotic hand" at Imagine RIT.

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Posted by Lori D. Nolasco on 07/02/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “CSI: invasive species

Although it gets no press, pale swallow-wort is also using the canal, highways and rail lines to spread as well. The canal path edges are choked with it in some spots.

Posted by Tom on 07/02/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Police reorg splits Southeast

What really matters, in my opinion, is where and how tax revenues are spent in Rochester, NY Money spent on controlling crime by police is at the "tail-end"of the system which is very expensive... Courts, attorneys, jails, corrections facilities etc.

Perhaps another way to spend money would be at the beginning of the system through intervention programs like Teen Empowerment and living a moral life. Teen Empowerment is one way to help and the rest is up to proper parenting ( living a moral life... in particular during the summer months. Another way is through a good, solid education. If we focus on these three things then perhaps things will change in Rochester. As well, the final step is being able to earn a living wage. We need jobs in Rochester and we need to repopulate the City with good, solid taxpaying citizens. The population has fallen to 210,000 from just over 300,000 citizens.

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/02/2014 at 9:46 AM

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