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Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

" But Clifford said this morning that the election is not about Warren, but about the people of Northwest Rochester, who couldn't care less about party politics. "

Disloyalty to the Democratic Party ? I highly doubt it !!! Molly ran Duffy's Campaign and got him elected. Many of us were very sad to see him go but he is back in Rochester now and trying to create jobs. As well, I believe Wade Norwood to be in a better position of power to really help the area in Health and Education. Duffy pulled the plug on a real mess when it came to the Fast Ferry and I am sure Molly had a hand in that too. Cut millions of dollars in spending to the RPD and formed the EAST / WEST system of coverage with 24 / 7 coverage as Police Chief while under the Johnson Admin. Now we have to call 911 for everything instead of being able to call both 911 and the Police Station. Molly got her appointment from Duffy but worked for it above and beyond politics in my opinion.

Have any of you readers actually gone to a committee meeting for Democrats in Rochester as I do not think I have ever seen more disagreement and lack of harmony.
Always bickering about whom is in control be it Gantt, Morelle MC Fadden or now Garretson instead of getting things accomplished by putting politics aside. Whom ever actually follows through with putting aside politics and works for the people of said neighborhood will win every open seat this year in County, City and Town Politics in my opinion.

Molly is a person that I know will follow through with that promise of working for the people of that district.

Craig Robert Moffitt
Republican / Democrat ( Independent Thinker)

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Posted by crm135790 on 02/26/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Rochester's fighting chance for a turnaround

Bart, I've been saying this for a long time. You hear people complaining about how much money is in politics, as in contributions in return for favors to the contributor.
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When do you hear about the real problem. "Vote for me and I'll give you free stuff"? That message is much more damaging to this country. As Mitt Romney correctly stated--"47% of Americans pay no taxes". That figure has grown in the past 6 years. Once it reaches 51%, we are ALL doomed when you can simply vote take your neighbors money.

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Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Wow, Molly has had a lot of jobs, but you failed to list any real accomplishments. Or is she a shoe in because she's a Democrat and a women? If you want diversity, how about a ....a.....a....Republican?

Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

John, all working people are now slaves. We aren't even entitled to about half of our hard earned wage. Disgusting.
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These people aren't undocumented--They're illegal. Go through the proper channels to citizenship like everyone else.
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"doing the type of work that most Americans — for whatever reason — are not willing to do"--um, could it be that someone else is paying for your housing, heat and food?
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Yes, the immigration system is broke-building the fence will fix it.

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Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

We have a pathway to citizenship and many LEGAL immigrants are following it. Are these people law-abiding or are they just stupid for following the rules? Why doesn't everyone who wants to come to America follow the rules? Why must we make exceptions? Because "undocumented immigrants" is code for Future Democrat Voters.

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Posted by Bart on 02/26/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

'Undocumented immigrants' is code for slavery. Legislators and employers have always exploited and owned them for their cheap labor and then pretend to be sanctimonious about the practice. So who is kidding whom?

Posted by John Jongen on 02/26/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Ellen "Molly" Clifford's entire career -- including patronage appointments to city jobs she proved ill suited for -- is connected to her role as a party and campaign operative. She now insists that her record in these roles is off limits in weighing her bid for city council. While people could indeed "care less" about the petty factionalism that drove almost every action Clifford took in local politics, they are rightly concerned about the integrity and good faith of people in positions of public trust . The issue is not who anyone preferred in the last mayoral primary. Many fine individuals differed about that. What offended many people, supporters of both candidates is this: Clifford sought the leadership of the 28th district, where she did not live, after the winner of the mayoral primary was known. She then secretly worked against the winner of that primary, abusing that position of trust, when her personal financial stake in the outcome was reasonably presumed, and responded abusively and arrogantly when (at first courteously) questioned about it. She then ignored the requests of committee members for a copy of party rules, which might have resolved the situation. The result was massive committee primary challenges last year, with former County Chairperson Clifford holding her own committee seat by only a single vote. Needless to say she was not reelected Leader. However, she is now running for the city council for the district she just moved into last year. She had not lived in the NW for decades. The conduct is typical of her. The NW deserves better. For City newspaper to report on this topic, and overlook these facts, is journalistic malpractice .

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Posted by Tom Brennan on 02/26/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Roman announces County Lej bid

I think Yversha Roman will be a wonderful change for this county.

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Posted by Becky Miriam Rodriguez on 02/26/2015 at 6:42 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Christine has left important information out of this story, including Clifford's carpetbagger status in the Northwest, and ethical questions surrounding her conduct in party leadership positions, which are quite apart from honorably express differences in mayoral candidate preferences. I will address them here shortly, after double checking a few things. Furthermore, Mr. Plonczynski is not a NW resident, and the NW does not require his instruction in these matters. His last foray into NW civic affairs, his last of many unscrupulous intrusions, was last summer, when he invoked the serious illness of a NW party committee member to denigrate NW residents for participating the primary and petition process in committee selection. A committee member was ill, so how dare people take part in the democratic process. That was his argument. It was disgusting. And typical of him. It surprises me that somebody this lacking in common decency and good judgment has the nerve to show his face in public, let alone instruct other communities in how to run their affairs.

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Posted by Tom Brennan on 02/26/2015 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Rochester's fighting chance for a turnaround

Buffalo gets a BILLION dollars from Cuomo. Erie County is one of the few Upstate counties that Cuomo carries in his re-election in November. Hmmmm. Now seven upstate "regions" - as defined by Cuomo - must COMPETE between themselves for only three $500 million grants. Winners to be judged and awarded by Cuomo. (The losers get ZIP, ZERO). How can anyone think that Cuomo isn't using state taxpayer funds solely to benefit his political interests? The Upstate/NYC divide is alive and well.

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Posted by Bart on 02/26/2015 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Brighton eyes solar law

Clean low cost solar as long as you avoid an expensive solar lease or PPA. Today a name brand, average sized 4.75 kW grid tie solar system that will produce up to 600 kWh per month with only 5 hours of peak sunshine per day.can now be purchased for less than $2.20 a watt after applying the tax credit or less than $11,000. Don't get blindsided by the solar leasing company's balloon payment or their 2.9% annual payment increases.

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Posted by Ray Boggs on 02/26/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Another waltz

I spent many mornings chatting with Andrew about music, theater, and towards the end, the maddening red tape he faced getting social services.

I loved listening to his accordion. My favorite thing he played on it was "Because" by The Beatles. Those harmonies were great on the accordion and he played with a gentle, haunting feel. I'll miss him.

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Posted by Jon Gary on 02/25/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Who catches what

This debut Left-Handed 2nd Baseman album is a really great listen. You can check it out at Spotify http://open.spotify.com/album/2VONRUxNmxVfYPonoEJC6q - and if you haven't seen FIA live go see them - great band.

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Posted by Pilot Suits on 02/25/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Last call for Chopsie

An institution, indeed. 20 years later, we still head straight to the far left end of the bar. RIP Chopsie.

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Posted by Renee Short on 02/24/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Another waltz

The first I became aware of Andy's talent was when we saw him as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof. I believe there were two Hammonds in lead roles in that show. The talent , along with Keith Parsky, Karin Kasdin, and Anna Lank,was beyond impressive. So when I joined the cast of JB with Andy, I was so intimidated. however, he made all of us feel that we had equal amounts of talent. I didn't, but he made me feel special. We went on to many more Tom Avery productions together both in BHS and summer programs..... Andy coached us thru our million runs of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". He was a pleasure to work with as well as a privilege to have shared a stage with .
A gentile soul who found love in his music. RIP Andrew Hammond.

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Posted by Deborah Zwick Rosenberg on 02/23/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Kudos on the evocative article about my brother Andy. He was indeed a unique and talented individual, and it would have pleased him very much to know that people are remembering his music and his stories.

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Posted by ghsobota on 02/22/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Another waltz

So very sad. I'm glad I had a chance to know Andy. Love and condolences to his brother Chris - my classmate - and the rest of his family.

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Posted by WriterRuth on 02/21/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Andy was the kindest upperclassman at BHS when we were aspiring Thespians. Always had kind words and a smile for all. RIP my highschool friend and please continue to entertain all of our classmates. Give Mr.Avery a big hello.

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Posted by Cindy Blair on 02/21/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Another waltz

Oh, what a sweet man. We'll miss him.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 02/21/2015 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Another waltz

I met Andy during the production of Mercury Opera Rochester's production of Showboat. He was just one of the nicest people I ever met, very down-to-earth, very smart, and very talented. I would see him whenever I went past Javas and I always worried if he had had enough to eat, was he warm enough. He would never ask anyone for anything, but sometimes I would get him a coffee and one of javas jumbo-sized cookies. I have no idea if he even liked sweets, but he always graciously accepted it. I'm really sad to hear that he passed on.

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Posted by Lynn Zicari on 02/21/2015 at 3:39 PM

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