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Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

Shame, shame, shame on Ted O’Brien for his disgusting use of school shootings in his campaign literature delivered to my house today. The ad shows images of Columbine, Sandy Hook and others with the words “12,000 school children have died” and stating “Rich Funke would be a dangerous man to send to Albany”. After Sandy Hook, Cuomo couldn’t let a good crisis go to waste and passed the NY SAFE act, in secrecy, with no public debate and with the support of Ted O’Brien. O’Brien had never acknowledged his support of Cuomo’s law, probably hoping people would forget about it. Now he’s implying, if not insisting, that Rich Funke will cause school children to die. Fifty-two of New York’s sixty-two counties passed resolutions against the NY SAFE act and the New York State Sheriff’s Association opposed it as well. I suppose Ted O’Brien could claim that the majority of NY Counties and sheriffs will also cause more children to die. Sounds a little desperate, Ted.

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Posted by Stu on 10/29/2014 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Train station work under way

I like anything that gets built in Rochester, but, I think this is the wrong thing to build when the money should be used for our bridges that are falling down and roads that are in disrepair. I heard the opponent of Louise, Mark Assini in an interview talking about bridges that are falling down and unsafe. He also talked about major highway intersections that are unsafe and our streets are full of potholes. During their debate on television, Louise said 129000 (I believe that was the number) people ride the train every year...but all of us drive our cars. I would rather have safe bridges, repaired pot holes and safe highways than a train station few will ever use.

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Posted by clint on 10/29/2014 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

I will vote in protest for Hawkins, Green Party. Let us not forget that Astorino or Cuomo cannot do anything without the full cooperation of the Assembly and the Senate together... If there is cooperation then all of us will benefit in the end.

When will the executive and legislative branches work together to make our great state prosper for all people ? When will our elected officials stop thinking in terms of Republican and Democrat ? What happened to a good solid set of ideas that work well for all of us ?

Craig R. Moffitt

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by crm135790 on 10/28/2014 at 10:03 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] McFadden declines mayor's request to resign RHA post

I attended that meeting last Wednesday as a representative of a landlord who rented to an RHA recipient. I was shocked and saddened to see that it became a race issue, as well a political issue...instead of a procedural issue, which in my estimation is exactly what it is on a myriad of levels. I hear the complaints tenants have that they live in squalor in homes not taken care of by landlords. I believe this happens. I, on the other hand, have rented a beautiful, clean, lead free 5 bedroom home in the suburbs to an RHA recipient who caused over $12,000 worth of damage. Nearly $2000 of it was just to remove the garbage left behind so that we could even begin the turn around process. 'RHA supports people with tax payers dollars to destroy taxpayer property' is what I said. Unfortunately, there is no recourse for the landlord I represent. RHA is a GREAT community asset for the city of Rochester, and my experience with them has been a positive one in that they are VERY concerned for the safety of their tenants. Landlords? Not so much. This is simply, in my mind, indicative of a need for change of procedures all around. Good tenants, Good landlords and for those who are less than stellar? They need to be booted out of the program. Immediately. The problem is I see a publicly funded group who seek housing on behalf of their tenants signed up for the program, and not enough properties to serve the needs of their clients. ...so they have to 'settle' . Perhaps if RHA fostered a program in which Landlords (taxpayers) were as well cared for as tenants, perhaps they might find more people willing to open up their rentals to them. But it's not fair or just to put the blame on race, economic resources, RHA, employees, tenants, landlords. It's is a breakdown of all of those factors combined. It's a breakdown of communication, a breakdown of a systemic application. And I believe it can be fixed. Pronto. With a calm understanding and a holistic approach. I plan on attending the Nov 19 meeting, I don't need to stand behind a podium and yell, I simply need to listen and understand....and that's what I will do.

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Posted by Jennifer Olson-Stuckless on 10/28/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “RCSD and non-teaching staff fight over wages

To me.... the City of Rochester and The County of Monroe are or should be one cohesive unit working together. Unfortunately, Democrats control Rochester and Republicans control Monroe County. Monroe County has no say in any school matter and the City of Rochester has no say in the RCSD. If I live in the suburbs or the City I will have my say, or opinion, about any matter that is of consequence to City or County residents. And, I will equally criticize and praise the Mayor, County Executive, RHA, County Legislature, City Council, David Gantt, Joe Morelle, Ted O'Brien, Adam Mc Fadden, unions. non-union folks, Jeff Adair or any other elected official in my district or other districts if I believe, with fact and good reason, that the elected official (s) is not doing their job properly, with balance and fairness to the entire community first...putting his / her personal feelings aside in the best interests of the majority. Our Mayor ??? I helped her get to that office my friend. And, her job is to listen to you and me first...then make the "best" decision possible.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 10/28/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] McFadden declines mayor's request to resign RHA post

The process described in the article is disturbing on a number of levels. Most tragic is the loss of time, resources, effort towards providing quality affordable housing to the citizens of Rochester. Pull it together and return the task of housing creation and maintenance entrusted to the board!

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 10/28/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Concert Review: Deftones

Deftone's first album isn't post-hardcore, and post hardcore shouldn't be associated with Nu metal. If anything, you shouldn't have talked about Adrenaline when this article should have been just about that concert. They've always been more associated with Nu metal and Alternative metal, and experimental rock, not post-hardcore.

Posted by Matt on 10/28/2014 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Feedback 10/8

In August, you wrote an article about Gannett spinning off its publishing business, including the D&C. You posed the question of what it might mean locally. Well, today they announced that there will be layoffs coming this year. Of course, the words used were efficient, lean, and nimble. This is the first shoe to fall, and there will be more over time. You would benefit readers by putting into perspective exactly what changes are coming.

Posted by Michael on 10/27/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “RCSD and non-teaching staff fight over wages

A shutdown is long over due. The district can't open without BENTE staff or RAP. Imagine what would happen if even half of all BENTE/RAP staff called in at once. Respect the hard work BENTE/RAP provide esp. when these are city residence with city kids in the system.
Don't comment if your not a city resident. That's the problem with a lot of you. Just like you want to talk about our Mayor but live in the burbs!...

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Posted by Randy on 10/27/2014 at 7:59 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] McFadden declines mayor's request to resign RHA post

This is sounding very choreographed. The Mayor is now taking sides with the public by asking Mcfadden to leave but given their intensively close relationship she must have known beforehand what his response would be. By saying "no" they both win. She can say she tried and he still keeps the position. The truth is that Moses and Page need to go. They were the two who made all of this happen and by replacing them she brings at least a little integrity back to the process. A new board chair and vice chair would look for a permanent director more fairly. But if Moses stays, McFadden is a lock for the permanent position. If the mayor wants to prove her sincerity she will replace Moses and Page.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 10/27/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “RCSD and non-teaching staff fight over wages

Instead of wasting all of our time and effort on the wages...I would like to see all questions answered regarding teen intervention programs by adding more than one location; creating jobs; police reorganization and making the streets of "two Rochester's" safer for all folks so we can come to the neighborhoods to spend money ( sales tax rev. increase); body cameras; educational improvements in graduation rates as the School Board cannot seem to fix it after 30 years; abandoned homes and business (2000 or more properties). That is what I would like to focus on !!! Cannot give all workers a blanket raise...only those that ,after review ,show up on time, don't call in sick unless absolutely necessary; work hard every day; have a pleasant attitude toward students ( customers ); work extra if called upon to do so... that is the way it works in private or corporate employment. Food service, retail and the like only pay, at best, $10 or less per hour...even in Monroe County outside of the City Limits.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 10/27/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Instead of wasting all of our time and effort on the RHA...I would like to see Lovley get all questions answered regarding teen intervention programs by adding more than one location; creating jobs; police reorganization and making the streets of "two Rochester's" safer for all folks so we can come to the neighborhoods to spend money ( sales tax rev. increase); body cameras; educational improvements in graduation rates as the School Board cannot seem to fix it after 30 years; abandoned homes and business (2000 or more properties). That is what I would like to focus on !!! Thank you however for sending police along with clergy to improve RPD and Community Relations and build trust once again.

Craig R. Moffitt

Posted by crm135790 on 10/27/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Homeless

God bless and help you, Wilson.

Posted by Jodi on 10/27/2014 at 8:38 AM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

The 55th Senate District includes Pittsford, Penfield, Bloomfield, the City of Rochester east of the river and a chunk of Lake Ontario. People and their illegal guns travel in and out of the 55th District causing all sorts of mayhem. Gun control needs to be statewide. O'Brien's vote for the SAFE Act was about doing what was right for New York State. Keeping guns and ammunition out of the wrong hands is what the SAFE Act is doing. It's working. It's not perfect, nothing is, but it's a start.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/27/2014 at 1:28 AM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

The 55th

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/27/2014 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

Nick, I couldn't agree more. It isn't the story that's flawed. As you say, the original production has lasted since 1986.

Doglanta, on November 25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the principal actors will be replaced, INCLUDING Cooper Grodin.

The Phantom will be played by Chris Mann
The principal Christine will be Katie Travis
Raoul will be played by Storm Lineberger

http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour/2014/10/principal-cast-changes-coming-november-25-2014/

Posted by Sally Scheef 1 on 10/26/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

OK, just got back from the Phantom show tonight in Atlanta and I have to say I hated it. Well not all of it but a lot of it. I thought Julia Udine did a good job as Christine, and I thought the stage scenery was better than I thought it would be for a touring version of the show. But, the actor playing the Phantom, Cooper Grodin, was absolutely terrible. It was almost as if he had never actually heard the songs before. He seemed to rush through his lines and songs. Sometimes the songs sounded like he was just shouting words instead of singing. He really ruined the show for me. My daughter said he sounded like he was doing a Saturday Night Live parody of the Phantom, and not a very good one either. The show was not a total loss but it was by far the worst of the 6 version of it I have seen. Disappointing. Plus, unfortunately the sound at the Atlanta Fox Theater was really bad. Many people were commenting out loud that they could not hear the actors let alone understand what they were saying. There were also some key Phantom elements missing from there show such as Christine de-masking the Phantom. How can you remove that from this show? This version of the show may not seem as bad for someone who has never seen the show before but if you have seen the original show chances are you will feel cheated.

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Posted by Doglanta on 10/26/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

Astorino vs. Cuomo. O’Brien vs. Funke. All are well known names in Rochester. Both races and all four candidates are fine examples of politics as usual. All have flooded television and radio with the most negative and misleading political ads money can buy. Also, as usual, all candidates can claim an ounce of deniability since some of those negative ads are not directly from the candidates. It is always good to have rich friends ready to play dirtier than the candidates themselves.

Every year around this time, you—yes YOU—the voter claim to be fed up with campaigns, politics and most of all, the negative political ads. But you—yes YOU—do not do anything significant to send a message to the candidates. Instead, you—yes YOU—vote the party line. Again.

When you finally reach your breaking point, you will realize you do have options. Just do not cast a vote in the races you are fed up with. Withhold your vote and see what happens. Tired of O’Brien and Funke but still want to cast a vote? Send a message with a write-in candidate of your choosing.

Tired of Astorino and Cuomo? There are other choices. Did you watch the gubernatorial debate? Did you enjoy the constant negative comments going back and forth between Astorino and Cuomo? Are you at a point where you do not know what is true and who to believe? Withhold your vote from the dysfunctional two-party status quo. Use your vote for the candidate or candidates who remain about the fray.

The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins is the only truly progressive candidate for Governor of NY. Howie Hawkins is also the only candidate against hydrofracking.

Think about it. Go you own way.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/26/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

candidate against hydrofracking.

Think about it. Go you own way.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/26/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

What is the better alternative to the Safe Act?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/25/2014 at 10:25 AM

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