I had a bit of a debate about downtown development economics with Alex on Facebook (we don't know each other) and I was shocked at his ignorance regarding development and taxation issues. He has a simplistic and naive viewpoint based on extremely shallow evidence of supposed 'gifts' to developers by the city. This totally ignores the tax and socio-economic implications of rebuilding the center city. For small investments like selling gutted buildings for a few dollars, the city gets a totally revitalized center city: Midtown, Sibley's, the new Main St Hilton, the Morgan project on the river, the Inner Loop fill...all of these projects are funded and underway. So why critique what are a series of huge wins for Rochester based on strategic investments by the City?
This might be a simple technical issue: The Independence Party needs to gain a certain percentage of votes to stay on the ballots for future elections.
Frank your right climate change is a real problem for the future and that is why, as you know, I have included the following items in my platform:
· Include renewable energy systems in the building modernization plan for Schools – This will help save the City School District money through reduced energy costs. It will also decrease the carbon footprint of the city and help keep our air healthy and clean.
· Switch the city’s fleet of vehicle to renewable energy – The increase in both popularity and effectiveness of alternative energy vehicles has made it practical to save the city money and keep our environment clean through the use of electric vehicles. In conjunction with a public utility and renewable energy at the schools, this will greatly reduce the operation costs of our fleet.
· Provide a property tax credit for installation of clean renewable energy systems.
· Push for home pick up of electronics at least monthly.
· Explore energy generation through wind turbines at Durand Eastman Park, low flow turbines on the Genesee River, energy transference walk ways, and solar panels on city buildings.
· Make tree lined streets a priority – Whenever the city removes a tree they need to replace it and make trees a mandatory part of all street redevelopments projects.
As well as have had a press conference about bicycling and talked about light rail.
Ideas like this will greatly reduce our carbon footprint, prepare our city for a changing future, and reduce costs for everyone.
Thanks for bringing this up again.
Race, may play a big role but, also , some people want to keep their position inside Richards' administration and outside favors. This so called '' grassroots'' is nothing else but mere personal gain and have nothing to do with the interests of the citizens of Rochester. What is amazing, however, is Richards attitude in being unable to give straight answer about people acting on his behalf. It seems to me he is conflicted between his desire to do right and the evil push of his ''friends''. Every sensible person knows that an executive wont have any difficulty of ordering people acting on his/her own behalf to stop what they are doing. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, is Democratic party should reconsider the way betting their candidates. From now on, democrats should not accept a candidate who is supported by other parties. H. Barry
they wouldn't have to check the trunk of his car because his car was going nowhere near then and they were going to kill him anyway
How come no one here is stating the obvious? Tom Richards has proven himself to be our area's finest political leader since Tom Ryan (who was under-appreciated then, we might recall). He has also been, by far, the most unifying leader we have seen in a long, long time (another under-appreciated quality Mayor Richards has). He was been so low key about this that it escapes immediate observation.
Lovely Warren will be our next mayor. I pray she governs with maturity and grace, and consults with Mr. Richards. I doubt if he'll ever steer her wrong.
There are many worthy points on the comments here, but upon re-reading, Ms. Towler makes an awful lot of essential points. And at the very least Mayor Richards' deserves the tribute she has paid him.
There are people who believe in the Loch Ness Monster.
Her are people who believe in Bigfoot.
There are people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens (from Outer Space, not from Mexico).
There are even people who believe that Obama isn’t an American Citizen.
And to this gullibility list we can now add people who believe the bilge pumped out by the D&C about expanded local coverage and how the public benefits from a paper that’s degenerated to little more than a 4-color advertising circular stuffed with soft “news”.
Clifford is Democratic Leader of the 28th Legislative District and should resign her leadership position for being exposed for not supporting the Party's nominee. She is free to support who she wishes but not as a Democratic Party Leader. To make matters worse, she doesn't even live in the 28th District. Shameful conduct and shame on Chairman Morelle for allowing this to happen free of consequence.
Saying this is all about race is ridiculous. You make it sound like Rochester has never had a black mayor before. One who was pretty overwhelmingly elected, if my memory serves me correct. And I know that City solidly endorsed him.
Clint, City will not be honest about this story. They are just as guilty as those you rightfully point to.
I think it's interesting that you say, "conventional wisdom casts third parties such as the Greens as agitators who exist on the political fringe..." By "conventional wisdom" I assume you mean to take the Republican-Democratic Party (singular) stance of "you get to _choose_ between Kang and Kodos" and give it some kind of aw-shucks homespun spin. It is not "conventional wisdom" at all, but a deception that has been parlayed iteratively for the past 60 years of politics.
And when you speak of "the media" and how it "hasn't paid a lot of attention to their campaigns" or how it has excluded Green Party candidates from debates, it sounds like you're referring to an outside third-party. I don't know if you were aware, but The City is part of said "media" and just as culpable.
The "Weekly Alternative" years ago became part of the loathsome Rochester Establishment. This comes as no surprise and demonstrates once again that City Newspaper no longer represents those principles it espoused when it came into existence.
I want to apologize, in advance for the bluntess of my comments. First, there is no small amount of racial implications to all of this. If, for example, Elaine Spaull had won this primary, non of this silliness would be going on. Instead, because a black woman won, we go through this dance.
Second, the Mayor was out because of family responsibilities but, if he is annointed, he will not say he will not serve. As a democrat, this hypocrisy is sickening to me. It will take our party years to recover from this.
Third, Patty Mc Carthy is close to Joe Morelle, as is Fran Weisberg (sp?) so, it is apparent that he is also involved, because they both are. So, all in all, the big tent party has become a big tent when blacks suit their need, but, not when they may lead.
City, hopefully, will be honest about this story. This is about race...we need to stop this farce and rally behind the real democrat!
In defense of shallow insignificance? Now there's a unique position I would have never predicted.
Rochester New York is a far cry from D.C. Just like common sense is a FAR cry from stupidity.
He dropped out of the race. And that is true whatever ones political position. This is bizarre and in my opinion counterproductive. I think that this suspension of belief and acceptance about the results of a fair election has the potential to be very divisive - setting the entire community back. It is as if you are saying some citizens, the ones that bothered to vote, don't matter.
I live in the South Wedge and my partner owns a bar in the area. I have recently been victim to car vandalisms, car break in, and home robbery. We'd like to be involved in any planning to make our neighborhood a safe place.
Thank you, City News, for very clearly defining the issues as they are. What matters here, what has always mattered, is who can best lead the city? Politics aside, that answer is painfully clear.
I have read and appreciated the work of City Newspaper for over three decades. And while I have not always agreed with the opinions I have always found them to be fair and well considered. I find your decision to endorse a person that is not running an utter and complete shock that contradicts everything I have respected about City News in the past. Are we to believe that this city has only one person capable of serving as mayor? I will find it extremely difficult to pick up or go to your website from this point on.
Long time reader
I like the changes made by the D&C. Before the change, everyone at lunch would pass sections of the D&C around, look through them quickly and pass them on. Now we all manage to find something of interest to read.
I would say that in 2013, quality over quantity does not apply to print news media. With few exceptions, everyone has cut the number and quality of stories. So, especially in the case of the D&C, quantity makes things more palatable without an increase of quality. Now, at least, the D&C can be a part of my news gathering.
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