Another commenter nailed it: Is Lovely ready for prime time? The answer is "No". Forget about race! The obsession with skin color in this community, and nationally for that matter, is sickening. Who is the most qualified candidate? I think the answer is obvious.
mabarry... How do you know who is a part of their campaign? And anyways, what exactly is wrong with the fact that the people who have worked closely with the mayor for years, watching him rebuild this city and help it avert financial DISASTER, are supportive & want him to stay around? I'd be willing to bet big money that Gary/Molly/whoever would work just as hard to get elected whether they had a job to lose or not.
Everything is not a damned conspiriacy theory. Geesh!
Clint, I COMPLETELY disagree with you. Race-baiting is, in my opinion, one of the lowest forms of discourse - and certainly political strategy. Dispicable. What matters is not that Lovely is black or Tom is white. It's that she will very likely undo all of the hard-fought gains that the mayor has won for our community. Seriously. You think she's ready for prime time? A capable, intelligent, ambitious woman - absolutely! A well-seasoned manager, surrounded by an experienced team? Nope.
I urge you to look more closely at this contest. Race has absolutely nothing to do with it.
What Rochester needs (as does Buffalo, where I now live) is to have police patrols on foot in these neighborhoods. Driving around in police cars does nothing to prevent crime; it is only a resource that allows the police to respond quicker.
What is interesting is that the design of the APPR scoring was to distribute the ratings on a bell curve. I may not be a math person but I do not think 91 percent should be above the median (effective and highly effective). Also the highly effective should have been less than 10%. Something is not right here, and I know a teach in the developing group, her school made a lot of changes to scores and moved teachers up. She teaches Art and no review was done for them.
Good for Bruce Barnes for opposing it, and keep up the good work. Much of University Avenue is, in atmosphere, a "dead zone," but how things are now is not how they were, or how they would be with proper planning in the years and decades to come. The City has done well re the Neighborhood of the Arts; give the Eastman House, which is central to that concept, the opportunity to do as it needs to do in the future there. It is against the interests of the entire community for space in the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House to be blocked off from future development in keeping with its location by the kind of project Morgan Management wants to do, which is as short-sighted, mercenary, shallow, and unwise as are the arguments in support of fracking. I've known the Voiture/40&8 since my late father was County Commander, the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House has been home to me virtually all my life, and my church is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation next door. I know the area as well as anyone does, and I know what I'm talking about here. Plus, problematic parties ow have devastated the neighborhood's trees, all of which are in a preservation district and none of which are to be taken down without permission of the preservation board, without seeking the permission of the City and too often without being sanctioned by it as proper, already. Put it somewhere else, Morgan. It doesn't belong there. One trusts that the Planning Commission and the Preservation Board will act in the best interests of the city and leave this space as is so that something more supportive of and conducive to what this city can do and be in the future than a mere apartment house can manifest. Kindly remember the folly of ca. 1960, when the City wanted pink apartment houses; I remember, in fact, when the City insisted that an irreplaceable mansion be torn down and that one be built. Sure, Morgan wants the location. But it's not the appropriate use of the space. May I suggest that rather than approving Morgan's Folly, the Preservation Board exercise its authority regarding the trees in the neighborhood.
In response to the two prior comments, if the number of hypothetical residents of this hypothetical apartment or condo project who would visit and even donate to the Eastman House -- if they did -- is sufficient to make a significant difference to the Eastman House, then George's legacy is less than we thought. In terms of the Eastman House's "right" to "possess" the property, well, how much does the Eastman House mean to the community versus how much Morgan Management does? I have no reason to be a fan of City Newspaper's management, but honestly I do not see how it is failing to be objective in this instance. What is a pity is apparent inability to understand why it is important not to split an infinitive.
That's sort of correct, but applies only to gubernatorial elections. So in the next gubernatorial election, which is in 2014, the Independence Party needs to receive at least 50,000 votes on its line, for its candidate, in order to keep its official recognition by the state. And the same can be said for any New York political party.
In other words, the number of votes the Independence Party receives in the mayoral election won't determine whether it stays on the ballot.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
I would love to be a part of this. My partner and I bought a house in the heart of the Wedge and I would like to help keep it safe.
MJN: I love republicans who come to the light and become Democrats. We need more of them, especially in the County. I say, "Welcome!"
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