A Republican spin that has brainwashed many. Just because the tax rate stays the same doesn't mean your property taxes are not going up. Maggie and her Republican friends need to stop talking about the tax rate and be honest about are taxes.
Let us all bow our heads for a moment of silence for the most cryptic piece of graffiti in the Rochester region, which once adorned this building:
"In 1999, the Euro was created..."
Yup, and Hilary Clinton is unfit for office because her husband was impeached. (he's also a liar and can't be trusted around other women)
And how exactly does Mayor-elect Warren intend to enact her education platform without pushing for mayoral control? Without any legal authority to enact education policy, her proposals are simply hot air (not that that's anything new). Time to start mobilizing the community against this assault on the public education system.
DEBUNKING FOOLISHNESS...................DEBUNKING FOOLISHNESS
- "White attributed the victories at least partially to what he calls a growing understanding among voters and the community at large that the district’s problems were there before the incumbents arrived. He says that rational minds know that they didn't create the district’s problems."
- RESPONSE: If there is a so-called "growing understanding" (based on the numbers of participants in the election) --- such an "understanding" can only, possibly exists among less than 10% of eligible voters --- since more than 90% either voted for someone other than incumbents, or did not participate at all (with of course a full 69% falling into the latter category).Thus, Commissioner White has no idea, and no means of determining what "the community at large" believes or "understands." Just because less than 10% who supported incumbents MIGHT "know that they didn't create the district’s problems" --- this does not mean that they are automatically more "rational" than the 90-plus% who apparently understand that although the incumbents did not "create the district's problems" --- over the past 8, 6, and 4 years (respectively) they have done nothing to improve the district's problems, which have clearly grown worse. In fact, it is easy to construct a legitimate argument that the former group is possibly less "rational," and just might be flirting with insanity, i.e., doing the same thing over, and over again, i.e., reelecting the same people over and over again, but expecting a different result.
- “They don’t blame us because they know we’re not responsible, but the majority do trust us with the responsibility of fixing the district,” White says."
- RESPONSE: As spelled out above, if we're judging by the full outcome regarding participation in the election, as opposed to fabricated, positive-spin, then the exact opposite of the latter quote is true, i.e., the overwhelming majority do not "trust [incumbents] with the responsibility of fixing the district,”
- "Her enchantment with charter schools could also encourage her to help begin the transference of charters’ most effective practices into city schools..."
- RESPONSE: WHAT??? WHAT??? Is Tim Macaluso, and City Newspaper
attempting to place a magic wand into Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren's hands? Based on the latter quote above, it sure sounds like it.
- A recent study by Mathematica Policy Research and the Center on Reinventing Public Education shows that charter management organizations cited three practices for their success: smaller schools, reduced classroom sizes, and strict behavioral conduct. Could Warren use the influence she says she has in Albany to support such reforms?"
- RESPONSE: With regard to urban education in particular, we didn't really need another "study" to inform us that "practices [such as] smaller schools, reduced classroom sizes, and strict behavioral conduct [are conducive to] success." We have known this for decades. However, we should think very carefully about Mr. Macaluso's question as to whether or not Ms. Warren "could use the influence she says she has in Albany to support such reforms?" The reason why we need to think carefully is because, in essence, what he is asking is --- can Ms. Warren (apparently, single-handedly) do something that the entire local, political establishment has been either unable, and/or unwilling to do, i.e., convince the Governor, and State Legislature to appropriate significantly more financial resources to the Rochester City School District, which would be absolutely essential --- in order to produce significant numbers of "smaller schools, and reduced classroom sizes?" I'm not saying that she can't, but my belief is that she would need a lot of help, and support in the process.
And "Birds of a feather, flock together". Sometimes they even marry & use power and influence to gain for themselves. That's called corruption, right? It's just more greed. We have it on a national, state & local level. And of course, Maggie won't recuse herself from the investigation!!!
Dennis is Maggie's cooking spray. He stands beside her and in front of her to make sure nothing penetrates Maggie's Teflon. Will something stick this time?
Maggie's husband would be a personal issue IF he had nothing to do with county government. Since he is connected to county government, he involvement is not personal.
Maggie's style continues to be reactionary. She will be credited for taking action as soon as something became public and no one will ask the tough question about why she isn't proactive and why she surrounds herself with less than upstanding people.
Let's see this clearly although it is so obvious it barely needs to stated: Maggie Brooks uses county tax dollars to hire highly partisan republican Dennis Vacco to deliver the almost singular message that Maggie Brooks did no wrong. And she expects that this will give us confidence? Can Vacco leave now so we can really get to the bottom of this mess? And sorry Maggie, but your husband is not just a personal issue, he is unfortunately a county and taxpayer issue as well, which could have been totally avoided if your family just kept their alleged hands out of the Monroe County cookie jar. That is your fault, Maggie Brooks.
I'm glad the top cops of NY came to Rochester to clean up this inside bid-rigging; it's systemic in the county's culture that if you get elected you can assist your family & friends achieve wealth that rightly belongs to tax payers!
hi - thanks for report, Our Nutrition Outreach & Education Program is housed at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. or LAWNY.
His "intentions" are now irrelevant.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
It has been a long race.
First, and foremost, I would like to thank all of those who supported our campaign, especially Ms. Carla Williams, Ms. Kashima Morrison, Mr. Mark Friedman, Mr. Tim Adams, Ms. Dominique Thomas, Mr. Dana Bratcher, Mr. Jerry Hunt, Mr. John Rouse, Ms. Olivene Adams, and of course my running-mate, Mr. Ronald Hall, as well as many others who supported us financially, and in other ways. I thank my family for their tremendous patience, and understanding. We are humbled by the support of two-thousand-plus voters who backed us at the polls on September 10th, and again on November 5th. WE SINCERELY THANK Y'ALL!
Apparently, the majority of the relatively small percentage of eligible voters who came out for the General Election are not ready for change in the Rochester City School District. Because the majority of this relatively small group of participants have chosen to go with the status-quo (again) --- this virtually guarantees that conditions will not improve substantially within the Rochester City School District.
PLEASE DO NOT VIEW MY LATTER STATEMENT AS REPRESENTING SO-CALLED "SOUR-GRAPES," OR ANY OTHER SUCH SILLY IDEA. Brothers, and sisters this is very serious business, and I'm asking you to think --- I mean really THINK. The three incumbents --- whom were just returned to the Board for four(4) more years --- have (collectively) been part of the leadership of the worst performing school district in all of New York State, and much of the nation for eighteen (18) years (eight, six, and four years respectively). Have conditions improved over the past eight, or six, or four years? Of course this is a rhetorical question. We all know the answer. So, what would make us think that these Board members will suddenly gain the knowledge, commitment, expertise, and intestinal fortitude, which will be necessary in order to produce widespread, fundamental change, and improvement? Precisely because it is crystal-clear that conditions will not improve, and are in fact, likely to get worse under the current "leadership" --- we will begin preparing for two years from now (2015) when four Board seats (the majority) will be up for re-election. It is our hope that by 2015, even many so-called "prime" -voters, and staunch supporters of the status-quo will come to their senses, and realize that in order to produce substantial change, and improvement --- new, bold, knowledgeable, committed leadership is necessary.
Of course, a major task for us will be figuring out how to produce more involvement on the part of massive numbers (the clear majority of eligible voters) who currently (for many reasons) choose not to participate in the electoral process.
Brothers and Sisters, so-called "democracy" in Rochester is not healthy. When the vast majority of the electorate are not participating (for decades) --- "democracy" is not healthy. When an incumbent school board member who has been part of the leadership of the worse performing school district in the State, and much of the nation for six years --- out-polls the next Mayor of the City by almost 3,000 votes --- that's a clear indicator that something is wrong with the health of democracy. When two novice candidates for school board who have no real, in-depth knowledge, or understanding of educational issues, and no real records of service to Rochester City School District students, and families, out-poll two committed, veteran educators with long records of service (at the level where the rubber hits the road i.e., the classroom) that's a clear indication that something is very wrong with the health of democracy.
WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND WE HOPE THAT OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS Y'ALL WILL JOIN WITH US TO HELP PRODUCE WAY-OVERDUE, MUCH-NEEDED CHANGE, AND IMPROVEMENT, WHICH OUR CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES SO RICHLY DESERVE.
The Struggle Continues...
THIS ARTICLE BELOW (FROM CITY NEWS PAPER) IS VERY, VERY INTERESTING:
"What this means for the school district is hard to say."
NO IT ISN'T. I'VE JUST SAID WHAT IT MEANS (ABOVE).
ROCHESTER SCHOOL BOARD
Despite the Rochester City School District’s abysmal academic performance -- something that has dragged on for years, marked by a declining enrollment and increasingly disengaged parents -- voters tonight returned the three school board incumbents for another term.
Board members Jose Cruz, Cynthia Elliott, and Van White, all Democrats, have beaten their challengers in the general election, and they've done so with fairly wide margins.
Led by White, the incumbents grabbed the lion’s share of votes -- well more than 60 percent. And even though candidate Candice Lucas came extremely close to overtaking Cruz in the Democratic primary, she was no threat to him tonight.
What this means for the school district is hard to say except that a strong majority of the voters who turned out tonight passed at the opportunity to remove nearly half of the school board.
And while voters also showed their support for Lovely Warren as the city‘s next mayor, who incidentally campaigned heavily on an education platform, they weren't necessarily giving her a green light to make big changes.
in respect to traffic cams:
1. The company that runs them was drummed out of chicago for bribing politicians.
(hosts of transgressions look them up online).
2. The systems DO NOT work the way people think which is why there is no court option. They do not use infared, they do not use trip sensors. Nope. They have camera's pointed at the actual lights! No PERSON monitors them. Its automated. Further, if you wish argue one they want show you VIDEO not actual photo as NO actual photo EXISTS. In court every snap would be thrown out based on the system itself not being able to be truly accurate.
3. They are allowed cams on city roads. However, NOT STATE ROUTES. For example Ridge Road is a State Route!
4. They pull license data from downstate DMV. In doing so they also pull use social security number!
5. If one doesnt pay they pass the fine to collections which requires the SSN.
6. No party under federal law can obtain your SSN without your express permission.
Who is to say that entities that work for this redlight company dont randonly steal identities. They have everything to do so, your drivers license and SSN and addressing.
Lastly. This was all told to me by a officer in casual talk. He feels they are not only an infraction on civil rights but they are completely illegal operating on state routes as they are allowed on city roads only and the DMV passing SSN data resulting in collections and/or damage to a persons credit rating based on said collections actions is both illegal and the city could be sued for.
Anyone who sees a glimmer of something positive is not really looking, but rather are simply buying the rhetoric being fed to them by RCSD administration & board. Unfortunately, I too have only wild guesses as to why voters haven't voted these incumbents out. What I do know is that RCSD is in the worst shape it has ever been in, at least in the 10+ years I've been in a position to know. Moral is at an all-time low. The extended learning program Vargas is touting is a joke & a huge waste of money - at least the way it's being implemented. Cutting Student Support Centers? Foolish. Attendance blitzes? Ineffective and only for show. Let's remember this superintendent has NO experience as an administrator - at ANY level. Nor does he have ANY experience working in an urban setting. Wake up Rochester!!
Tim Macaluso, and City Newspaper are literally making stuff up about the Rochester City School District:
"...you have to wonder what's really on the minds of voters when it comes to the school board seats. This is a wild guess, but voters may be seeing a glimmer of something positive in the district and maybe they want to give it a chance." WHAT??? WHAT??? !!! IT SURE IS A "WILD GUESS" REAL WILD!!!
"And Superintendent Bolgen Vargas seems more comfortable and confident after having made some dramatic changes to the district."
"DRAMATIC CHANGES"??? WHAT??? WHAT???
Just all of us get out and vote, we do not have to worry about Richards and his team anymore.
Unfortunately, We need to thank City Newspaper for pumping the worse aspects of this election up to a more bizarre and more divisive level by endorsing a candidate who endorsed someone else. Perhaps your ill-advised promotion of a secret campaign helped push this once respectable Mayor into becoming the central player of the ludicrous farce. This is the poorest example of journalistic judgement that I can ever remember coming from this paper. Your track record is much better, as you have often been one of the few media voices with sense of grass roots ethics. Please resume THAT course when and/or if you get back on the rails of common sense.
City should announce the retraction of their endorsement of Richards.
Please ...how can you be disappointed. He is the best choice and anyone who really cares what happens to this city for next 4 years knows this, We are incredibly fortunate that someone like him wants to do this job, You know there really are some honorable, truthful people out there ...even in politics. I say don't let a few thousand people determine the future of this city, Get out there and vote!
@Al His supporters won't respond. A lot of people speculated today's interview and follow up spin was in the works from the beginning. Anyone that believes otherwise, I have a bridge for sale.
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