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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: “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: “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: “Profits or passing grades?

Johnny: in order to do that, the GOP would have to bother to put forward candidates for school board, city council, and mayor. They don't.

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Posted by Mark McKinzie on 02/21/2015 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

The problems at Rochester's schools border on absurdity. It is beyond audacious for a company like Pearson to claim to be able to fix troubled urban schools with it's online curriculum. Elected officials spend hundreds of millions of our dollars on these unproven programs. It's hopeless.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/16/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

As Istvan quoted very well, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach."

To take this further, but factually true-Those that can't, CAN'T do, while those that can, CAN teach, and do all the time.

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Posted by johnny on 02/14/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

"White’s management of his personal finances is not out of bounds, and some people will draw connections between his personal and professional lives. But it’s a bit naive to think that other prominent business and community leaders in Rochester are completely free of financial and-or legal problems"

I'm gathering that you don't have a problem with this? Anyone with personal money problems shouldn't be involved with government in any form. Did you know that most businesses won't hire someone with a financial issue. Why are we hiring these people?

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Scors, that's the liberal way. They don't have real solutions. Their solutions always make the problems worse. And of course they always have the solution to the new problem too--raise taxes. Will the voters ever wake up?

Put a Republican in charge of the school district. Vote a Republican into the Mayors seat. Things WILL change for the better.

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

It seems that some comments have been deleted. ????

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

I think that Mayor Lovely Warren was being honest by not saying how much she begged NBR Commissioner Del Smith to stay. The real reasons for his departure will be forthcoming.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/13/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is how the govt spends our money. Our money. Our money is being spent on a failed system . Our kids gain nothing. Then we look around and wonder who will fix this. Craziness abound.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Mr. Smith is returning to academia because he could not translate academic theories into practical realities.
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.
That's why he is leaving.

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 02/13/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Del Smith was the highly touted bright star in Warren's new administration just a year ago, set to revolutionize neighborhood-based economic development. I was looking forward to seeing what initiatives he would spearhead. There is no way to sugarcoat this: it is a major blow to the Warren administration, especially just as the new Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives is gearing up. This is precisely his expertise. As soon as Rochester gets its streets clear of all this snow and picks up its garbage, maybe we should all take a look at this.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 02/13/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Finger-pointing won't solve youth fights

More people are waking up to the fact that much of the disintegration of neighborhoods, increased violence and decreased student success began when neighborhood schools were dismantled. Time to return to neighborhood schools. And, that is just a starter. Time to hold parents accountable for their childrens actions. Time to hold tenants equally accountable for their behavior instead of issuing "points" to property owners!!!! Time to put responsibility where it belongs.

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Pearson also owns and operates the DATA system used by most districts including the RCSD to input APPR scores, etc, etc. We are all pawns in their game.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 02/11/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

In NYS, Pearson designs/sells the tests that are used to evaluate students and teachers, and makes sure that they are designed so that the majority of students fail. Pearson designs/sells the remedial materials and progress monitoring materials that districts are required to implement to "fix" the failure. Pearson designs/sells online resources that worried parents/teachers/districts use to help. It is a "fixed" system alright, and Pearson is the only winner. Follow the money, for money is "the root of all evil". None of this has anything to do with improving education or benefiting kids.

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Posted by retiremenow on 02/11/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is what happens when education is no longer classroom based as it was when I started teaching in 1964.

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Posted by Donald B. Bartalo on 02/10/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Coalition: State should consider poverty when awarding money for child care

The community agenda for Rochester Community Coalition was released asking for 4 million dollars in child care subsidies. They are trying to not only raise money for child care, but change the way it is granted. They plan on doing so by lending this money to child poverty organizations since that is the root of the problem. By spending more on high quality child care they state it will reduce overall welfare and jail fees in the future. To break the cycle of child poverty there needs to be more spending on child care facilities. I completely agree with the Rochester Community Coalition; better funding on child care equals less funding in the future. These children need to be given a chance.

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Posted by Ann Day on 02/10/2015 at 8:03 PM

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