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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

The big energy advantage Rochester has over its suburban neighbors is its relaxed policy on snow and leaf removal. Perhaps this is by default, but the nominal savings in capital, labor and health cost cannot be overstated. City residents get a chance to rake their own leaves and shovel their own walks all the while getting healthier for the exercise it provides them. Meanwhile the environment is cleaner, healthier and less noisy.

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Posted by John Jongen on 01/22/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The stakes are high for scrambling local Dems

Breaking News from the Rochester D&C today on Joe Morelle's boss: "New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was arrested Thursday. FBI spokesman Peter Donald confirmed the 70-year-old Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. at FBI headquarters, 26 Federal Plaza, in New York City." Silver was arrested on federal corruption charges for failing to report payments from a New York City law firm.

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Posted by Bart on 01/22/2015 at 10:19 AM

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

Comeback?? Who knew or even cared she was gone? Do we really need another career politico as a representative? How about just someone who cares about their community?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/22/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “The stakes are high for scrambling local Dems

I don't why Democrats even blink an eye at the Doorley defection....obviously they are better off without an imposter in the ranks.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/22/2015 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The future and the race for the Cuomo Billions

Disabled and elderly people account for most of Rochester's poor. How Is fixing the schools going to help these people? And giving more money in support of generational poverty can only expand the problem.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/21/2015 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The future and the race for the Cuomo Billions

More money will not help city schools unless they hire lots of folks in the city and pay them a good wage. Social engagement and a willingness by the haves to associate their children with the have nots will solve this problem; new schools, new administration or new teachers won't solve this.

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Posted by Steven Terry on 01/21/2015 at 7:59 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Former Police Chief James Sheppard to run for County Legislature

Great news! Sheppard always seemed like a top-notch individual, and I was disappointed that he was (by most accounts) forced out of his job as police chief by the Warren administration.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 01/21/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

Cool Rochester ( had hoped our partnership with the City several years ago would have gotten them off the dime, but it takes a lot to start up a freight train I guess. Good points per usual, Frank!

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Posted by Margie Campaigne on 01/21/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Funke to respond to Cuomo address

It does not surprise me , at all , that Rich Funke would be chosen to give a response to the "State of the State". He may be the best public speaker on the bench. So ... looks like NYS is headed in the same direction as Congress. Same old ... same old bickering and fighting without positive results that serve the people and not our elected leaders.


Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/21/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

The City of Rochester, NY starts to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast but it’s a start.

It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change with the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership; this is hedging your bets politically.

Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts.

Number one on the Climate Action Plan should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER…), which is fantastic effort and constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector) ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned.

You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about.

You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so that will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year.

More on Climate Change in our area:…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/21/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “The stakes are high for scrambling local Dems

That's true to an extent, Istvan. But given the deep split in the Democratic Party right now, I think there will be intra-party fights over who gets the nominations. And I'm almost certain that there will be primaries.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 01/20/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The stakes are high for scrambling local Dems

Realistically, the only races the Democrats will worry about are those in the County Legislature and for that of County Executive. They already own Rochester's City Council and School Board, no matter which Democrats win in those races.

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 01/20/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

Intra-party infighting has no effect on the day to day operations of the DA's Office. Ms Doorly has said herself that her political philosophy has always been more in line with the Republicans. She said she is more comfortable with them. Her switch to Dems was purely self serving. Blame whoever you want, but that is it in a nutshell. The Dems are a mess, but please do not try and pretty up a cold and calculating political move with a "she just had to do it" excuse. I for one do not buy it. She was is and always will be a Republican. She has made that party relent and say "uncle" and endorse her in the next election . She has got her way. Congratulation Ms Doorly ; one has to admire your smarts.

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Posted by Newyorktaxpayer on 01/19/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

When Joe Morelle left as chair, the party went into free fall. There was enough discord prior because of the battle between him and the Mayor, but, the party chair battle was the complete end of any chance for continued cooperation.

When Dave Garretson became chair it made the situation worse. Doorley wrote a letter to her supporters which explained all the problems. I would rather have a strong DA doing a good job, as she is, then lose her because of political party chaos. I will vote for her for relection.

But my vote aside, how do we fix the party? Who steps up to pull it together? We cannot survive this way! We just lost the highest elected official of the Democratic party...and, I cannot even blame her for making the move. We can gnash our teeth about what happened or we can recognize that this is a real problem...pick one!

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Posted by weaselover on 01/19/2015 at 5:09 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Cuomo announces $1.5 billion competition for Upstate

I urge our regional elected leaders to forgo the usual political mumbo jumbo. What we need is a collaborative effort to figure out how to get better at what we are already good at.

Unfortunately, this money is not for friends, or the poor, or for the general fund. In addition, I'm sure Governor Cuomo would be impressed if we had a plan for safeguarding this money from corruption.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants massive and innovative infrastructure improvements that would also include better broadband internet. We can do better.

I've noticed that the traffic here is pretty light compared to other cities. Why not consider intelligent traffic signal controllers to further reduce traffic congestion delays? What else? Anyone?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/18/2015 at 10:54 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Cuomo announces $1.5 billion competition for Upstate

Andrew Cuomo gave a billion taxpayer dollars to Buffalo, and Erie County was one of the few upstate NY counties to vote for his re-election last November. Hmmmm. Now he offers a 'competition' in which seven upstate regions will try to out-beg each other for three $500 million "awards". Four losing regions will get NOTHING. I don't know where to start with this ridiculous farce. Why didn't Buffalo have to compete? Why do any regions have to compete? Upstate is being killed by income taxes, property taxes, state mandates and punishing business regulations. Yet we have to dance to Cuomo's tune and beg for table scraps for his amusement! We are gladiators sentenced to fight each other in Emperor Cuomo's Coliseum!

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Posted by Bart on 01/18/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

To manhattanmike: The Monroe County DA is Sandra DOORLEY, not Drooley. Either you don't know her name or didn't correctly spell her name. If you were trying to put her down by purposely misspelling her name as a joke, you should know that resorting to immature name-calling rarely wins anyone over to your argument.

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Posted by Bart on 01/18/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “County DA Sandra Doorley jumps parties

County Republicans have been involved in scandal after scandal over the past few decades while the prosecutor's office has either refused to investigate their actions or unable to do so effectively. We would know nothing about county officials' recent escapades if not for the Attorney General's investigations.

Now, Drooley, who obviously has her eye on higher political office, has switched to the party of those under investigation, which includes--surprise, surprise--Maggie Brooks's husband. Does anyone actually think that Drooley will risk her career to throw some of these bums in jail?

We have lacked honest county government in decades. Without an honest, dedicated watchdog in the DA's office, we'll never have one again.

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Posted by manhattanmike on 01/18/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Everything is safe when something promises money and jobs.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/18/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Something worth mentioning AGAIN here is the abject HYPOCRISY exhibited by Yvonne Taylor and the "Business Coalition" Wineries as the try to deprive others of LPG, yet use it freely and depend on it themselves. For the proof in pictures see these two articles:

The 26 Mythical Constructs of Gas Free Seneca are covered in this 4-part series ending here (with links to the first 3 parts):

And as to how well THE ITHACANS are received in Watkins Glen:

And to find out about the already 29-OTHER ENERGY STORAGE FACILITIES IN UPSTATE see the NYS DEC Map in:

GET EDUCATED and you won't fall for the idiots preaching "Gloom and Doom" on their soapboxes!

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Posted by David Crea on 01/18/2015 at 3:10 PM

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