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Re: “Marina may miss a season

Frank I bet the reason Pike did not speak out is because the city threatened to sue if they speak out. This would not be the first time that the city gagged the contractor on this project. There is a serious problem at the site. More information on the issue will come out after the bid conference on Tuesday.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 01/03/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

Geeze, how difficult can it be to dig a hole in the ground? Is this is any indication of how the rest of the project will go?

What are the chances of finding a replacement contractor that wouldn't think exactly like Pike? The whole thing is in a state of limbo that could last years.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/01/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

The only contractor interested in completing this is Edgewater as they have a special interest in having boats to bring in people to their disaster ridden hotel. Unless someone is completely transparent about the how and why Pike was let out of a contract with no consequential damages, I don't believe we will find another interested general contractor.

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Posted by Patti O'Brien on 12/31/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

The city needs to provide more details. Why wouldn't they be more transparent?

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Posted by Lorilyn Bailey on 12/31/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

The problems and additional cost of tax payer dollars that are apparent with this ill-thought out marina project are nothing compared to the problems and additional cost to tax payers that will occur unless someone or something can stop the City from proceeding with their current plan for development at the Port. There is no way the unstable, water-logged (and did I mention contaminated???) soil will be able to support 10 story buildings over an extended period of time.

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Posted by Suzanne Phillips on 12/31/2014 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

It's because Pike couldn't hit bedrock and they deemed the project unsafe. So they walked off the job. Is there even another contractor that will touch this disaster of a project? I haven't heard of one. This whole thing is a huge mess and it will just get worse.

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Posted by Lisa Denise Warnick on 12/31/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Rochester's health care revolution

This is one of the very best articles on this subject I've read from any news outlet in the region! Is a great resource for anyone who wants a good overview of the future of healthcare.

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Posted by RochesterMom on 12/31/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

I did ask repeatedly, Frank. The only explanation I was given was that the disagreement had to do with the continued excavation and the de-watering of the basin.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 12/31/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

Could you please explain the "disagreement" over how to approach the project? I would think that when the city contracts with a firm do to work for the city, the firm does the work that the city asks. If there is an ethical reason to object - for example, the city's approach would be structurally unsound and a danger to citizens - then the firm has an obligation to speak up. Otherwise, the city is paying you, so shut up and do the work. Now, the city has to pay multiple firms for this job, and there is no way that two firms will cost less than one for the entire project. This wasteful spending deserve an explanation, Christine.

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Posted by Frank Thomas Jr. on 12/31/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Landowners' lament

I could make money using my home as a brothel, but the state won't allow it. The state owes me compensation for the money I could have made as a pimp, if not for that pesky government interference. Otherwise known as "Public Assistance for Me, but Not for Thee."

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Posted by Frank Thomas Jr. on 12/31/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “The legacy of New York's fracking decision

The fracking ban is, in a way, a do over. Earth Day 1970 was a definitive event that marked a turning point. We decided not to turn. With NY's fracking ban, the future of energy has a new chance to start. What will we do?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 12/29/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “The legacy of New York's fracking decision

Maybe the greatest victory for the anti-fracking activists in New York State is to switch the burden of proof from the victims to the producers. A hallmark of European environmentalism is to place the burden of proof on the industries producing products—making them prove their products will do no harm to the public or to the environment before they are allowed on the markets. The reverse has been true on this side of the Atlantic.

Decades of environmental and public health abuses by polluting industries have been allowed to continue business as usual until enough time and energy and research brought the polluters to court.

This statement by acting New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker could have profound implications on how we address environmental concerns in our hemisphere: "Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in NYS," Zucker wrote in a letter to Martens that accompanies the public health report.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 12/25/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Henrietta Dems resurrected

" When then Henrietta Supervisor Mike Yudelson announced last year that he was switching from Republican to Democrat, it was a big deal. As the town's top elected leader and, before that, a longtime Town Board member, Yudelson was an important "get" for the Dems ".

I like Mike too and I believe him to have good intentions. Yet the HDC is not telling the entire story in Henrietta and about the HDC. 2015 will be an interesting election in local, Henrietta Govt' indeed. SO with that said...if the new Town Leader, Simone and the new Chairman do not choose to tell readers the entire story that is their choice. However , I thought that open, transparent Govt' would be part of the upcoming campaign ? Already the HDC is misleading folks by not telling the entire story.

Craig Robert will see, in Henrietta, more of my name and my ideas for Henrietta, NY after Jan., 1st, 2015.

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Posted by crm135790 on 12/11/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

Why not just require an exterior inspection? If a tenant doesn't want an inspector to enter, then that's his or her right. As an alternative, the tenant should be allowed to use a smartphone to take and email photos. Carla Palumbo, needs to understand that tenants are better served when they freely participate in the process and when their rights aren't being stripped away from them.

The inspections occur every six years. So, fortunately city dwellers don't have to get their rights trampled on very often.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/03/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.

As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 12/03/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Contaminated houses coming down

charlotte project has hazardous materials and the city officals are sweeping it under the rug.. we are having a meeting at the robach center thursday dec 4 at 7pm .. about the materials found and why no local developer will touch it.. who is gettng paid off here.. wait till these condos sink.

Posted by Lorraine Parzuski on 12/02/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

As an NP who cares for hundreds of HIV + and negative gay and bisexual men, I would say that the biggest reason that the HIV epidemic is not under better control in the US is that the health care system has dealt with prevention as a behavioral issue and change is very difficult to apply to something like sexual behaviors. Those strategies will work for disciplined people who do not have sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Now there is finally a medical way for people to prevent acquiring HIV, by taking one pill a day (which still requires some disciplined behavior) but the number of health care providers telling their patients about it is miniscule. "Chemical prevention" works for measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis, HPV....even pregnancy. We in health care should treat HIV prevention as we do many other conditions.

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Posted by Theresa Schwartz on 12/01/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Immigration plan's winners and losers

During the depression. People came here llegaly. I repeat llegaly. An had a hard time. Being called not so nice names. And now people come here from god knows.where.and they demand citizenship. Do it llegaly end of story.

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Posted by Robert Snipes on 12/01/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

So Sean Murphy thinks one reason the problem of rising HIV rates in men who have sex with men is because "disease prevention that requires a fifth-grade level of communication is going to be challenging." Seriously? Rising rates of HIV transmission can be halted by materials written at a second-grade level: "Men--stop putting your penis in another man's rectum!" Oh, and BTW--stop hooking up with dozens and hundreds of strangers for anonymous, promiscuous sex on Grindr, Scruff, Adam4Adam, ManHunt, Craigslist,"

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Posted by ludovico on 11/28/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

I LIKE WHAT KAMAKAZZE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOW TO FIX THE RCSD... I hope the board ( VAN WHITE ) and the Supt. read this...this is a way to make it work. Stick with this plan for 10 years with no deviations.

1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.

2. Make the folks at the top accountable in the same way as teachers are made to be accountable.

3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state - and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.

4. Utilize BOCES.

5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this...then do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make $75 k a year, a director in charge of RCSD discipline (seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on, and on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS TO SUCCEED AND GRADUATE ON TIME.

6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more often. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the Dep. superintendent work as a building substitute for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.

I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/27/2014 at 8:50 AM

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