"...they’d put the region at an extreme competitive disadvantage over communities who do offer the deals. "
That seems like a hell of a statement. Most of these developments are meant to service the people of Rochester. You can't build a restaurant for Rochester customers in Syracuse. You can't build a condo for Rochester residents in Buffalo.
A lot of developments could still be very profitable while paying a tax rate that allows us to maintain the city's infrastructure and raise the next generation of Rochester (and the next generation of these businesses customers too.)
Never will you hear an estimate about how well the current actual and proposed solutions will work; funny.
Finally, after scouring local news for two days I find a Rochester-area media that mentions yesterday’s release of IPCC (AR5) Climate Report: “Human influence on climate clear, IPCC report says” http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/ar…
Yesterday’s news release is just the first installment of a collection of scientific climate change studies that'll come out over the next year. But it does stagger one’s mind to see at this late dale so few of Rochester’s media unwillingness to report on the greatest crisis of our age—a crisis that will have a profound effect on our region too. Climate Change is about planning ahead and though we are in the middle of a mayoral campaign nary a word from the candidates or the press about how our next mayor will lead on Climate Change. Two weeks ago I listened to a governmental expert say that NYS temperature figures are on a trajectory for a 6C rise by 2100. That’s game over.
It isn’t just about how hot it’s going to get, it’s about the speed it going to warm—far faster than any animal or plant has ever had to adapt before. This should galvanize the public to demand that their next leader provide their platform on adapting our transportation, telecommunications, and water infrastructures for more extreme and frequent rainfall. What will the mayoral candidate do to provide adequate shelter for more extreme heatwaves and in the increase of warm-climate diseases, like West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, malaria, and dengue fever—for those homeless and without health care? What will the next mayor do to prepare our region, rich in fresh water and productive soil, for the probable influx of those not blessed with such resources?
Rochester should be preparing for not only future disasters, but future prosperity because of our region’s abundance of transportation options (think canal too for heavy freight), farmland (as yet, un-Fracked, growing renewable energy, and did I say fresh, clean water?
BTW: This IPCC (AR5) study, though a world-wide study by the majority of the world’s climate scientists, had to be approved by not only other climate scientists (95%), the study also had to pass through the powers of many nations. It is a very conservative study (that many scientists say is too milquetoast) and it is not the only climate study around. There are many, many climate studies from many governmental agencies, universities, groups, and industry (like the re-insurance companies) that are all saying the same thing: You cannot ignore Climate Change and continue business as usual. Thanks to Rochester City Newspaper for the world crisis mention. For without continual coverage on Climate Change by the local press, the public will get deluded that this issue will somehow bypass us. I don’t think so.
"School officials blame student behavior, not transporation for problems on East Main Street"
As they should! Don't blame buses for kids fighting, blame the kids and their parents for thinking its ok to just brawl whenever they feel like it. What exactly are they fighting about anyways? Maybe we should look into the causes.
I ride by Monroe High School every day where there are lots of kids hanging around before and after school, and they manage not to fight each other.
Ms. Elliot has unfortunately displayed some behavior in the past toward other Board members and/or members of the public that would merit suspension or expulsion if she was a student. Why would anyone be surprised that she's defending students' misbehavior?
While responses with "aggression and defensiveness" might unfortunately be relevant to the culture of some students in their neighborhoods, it is not appropriate for schools, and when it becomes disruptive to the learning of other students it is unacceptable. Ms. Elliot seems to justify behavior that is harming the ability of all students to learn. Inside a school building it is a pretty objective to measure, independent of racial/gender/cultural factors, when behavior of some students creates a roadblock to the learning of the majority of students by disrupting learning and instruction. If Ms. Elliot is not aware of some of the ridiculous behavior that is displayed by some students on a regular basis that merits suspension, she might want to spend a little more time in school buildings to earn some of the $20K+ she's earning yearly as a School Board representative.
"The Rochester Police Department will continue to deploy significant resources to deal with problems that may arise, but ultimately this is an issue that the RCSD must address in a permanent manner," the statement says. "
Pardon me? The RCSD"s responsibility should end the moment a student steps onto public transportation. At that point the student is no different than any other bus passenger and responsibility for ensuring the safety of all passengers passes to the transit authority. And once that student steps off the bus at the Liberty Pole, or any other stop, responsibility for pub;lic safety falls to the police.
As a self-identifying "young person", I'm highly offended by your characterization of the culprits.
After his weak showing and loss of incumbency, Richards is in no position to demand anything.
The mayor should call a press conference and call out the so-called black community.
It's a community issue (home, community, then all else), a "cultural crisis". As an African American grassroots leadership advocate, I am dishearten, disgusted and embarrassed over the so-called black community inability to manage its future.
The social chaos exhibited at the liberty pole by predominately black youth was yet another live and consistent testimony of the so-called black community inability to manage its future. The so-called black community "cultural crisis" is devastating. Most Politicians and the RCSD leadership are taking advantage the this "cultural crisis" for personal gain and are committed to using all elements of this "cultural crisis" as expendable pawns in the game. Designed unnecessary confusion.
Justin Feasel's statement is what, back in the Watergate days, Woodward and Bernstein called a, "non-denial denial". Added to that I notice he found it expedient to respond to Lightfoot's complaint with a personal attack.
They should be using an image of a leering Uncle Sam to illustrate the NSA's domestic spying on American citizens.
That the Right finds it necessary to utilize such sleaziness says far more about their personal demons then it does about Obamacare.
Oh my! Are these the same conservatives who advocate pillorying anyone who in their view are disrespectful of that other US symbol, the flag?
I think that tightening the eligibility restrictions is perhaps not the right move at this time. Despite that some people will game the system or grow too comfortable on it, I think that's just the cost of having a working safety net. Anybody's situation can change and I for one know that I would not want to starve.
There is a fair bit of food stamp fraud in my Rochester neighborhood. I've seen people trading in their food stamps to corner stores for cash - the stores pay about 50 cents on the dollar. I've been approached in Save A Lot by other shoppers asking to cash out my groceries with their food stamps in exchange for my cash, offering me a discount. I've seen tenants lend their food stamp cards to landlords as a way to cover whatever remainder of the rent was not paid by social services.
People who need food assistance and get food stamps but for whatever reason don't manage to convert their food stamps to food end up getting food mainly by working the soup kitchen and food pantry circuit. There are multiple free hot meals served throughout the city daily, enough so that you could go from one to the next all day long.
I would like to see a concerted effort to identify and reduce fraud, especially going after stores and recipients who are colluding to sell the food stamps basically for drugs. As it is, I don't see that this is happening. I have never heard about any arrests or seen any corner store's food stamp machine taken away. In the grand scheme of the overall program, the fraud may be a relatively small percentage. But in some of our city neighborhoods the fraud is pronounced. It's waste to the taxpayer and I think ends up harming the benefit recipient too. If we would aggressively tackle this fraud, I think the general public would feel better about the program and the good that it does.
Or maybe these teenagers PARENTS, the ones who are supposed to teach them how to be good adults, should give them a good whupping or teach them some manners. Don't make the town or a movie theater do the parenting.
It is difficult to understand and at the same time frustrating, for me,that after countless reviews of the recent, infamous You-Tube Video of the unfortunate incident between a Rochester Resident and the Rochester Police Department (RPD); that this incident is still being brought into the "lime light" by the NAACP and more recently Rochester City Council (RCC). This past week RCC questioned, in a public forum, Police Chief James Sheppard and his officer's actions or behavior for the method through which his officer arrested the Rochester Resident. As well, City Council is also questioning Sheppard's " insensitivity " to the event and his responces to the public over the last couple of weeks.
Granted the review process by the Mayor, RCC, civilian and police internal are needed to be fair and impartial to the police officer, at the scene, that made the arrest. Perhaps even Chief Jim Sheppard's future with the RPD. The review process will certainly generate and then recommend praise or punishment for both Police Officer and Department Chief.
In my opinion the video clearly demonstrates a very uncooperative citizen with total disregard and lack of respect for anything or anyone at the scene that day. Clearly, she did not follow any of the officer's commands to comply and submit to being hand-cuffed. Also, she punched the police officer before the video process began and also threatened the officer with pepper spray.
It is also documented in the video that the police officer did not punch the woman in the back of the head but rather using a semi-opened fist hand slapping the person in the back of the head. The officer then took the resident to the ground to be hand-cuffed. The police officer showed extreme restraint and followed Rochester Police Procedure in every possible way.
As reported by the Democrat and Chronicle: " While inside a patrol car just after the altercation, Hardaway repeatedly threatened to harm the involved police officers and used profanity, court documents allege. She also allegedly kicked the interior of the patrol car, spit inside the car and admitted she hit an officer to prevent him from arresting her brother. She’s also accused of wielding a can of pepper spray ".
" Hardaway is facing a six-count indictment, which includes two felonies — second-degree assault and attempted obstructing governmental administration by means of self-defense spray device. She is also charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, unlawfully possessing or selling noxious material, third-degree menacing and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. Her brother, Romengeno, was charged last week with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and was released ".
Hardaway has been arrested, charged and indicted by a Monroe County Grand Jury of her piers for several counts but the NAACP is still asking for Chief Sheppard's resignation and punishment for the arresting officer. Please help me to understand why the NAACP is asking for Sheppard's resignation ?
I have met Jim Sheppard and found him to be one of the best Police Chief's in the history of Law Enforcement in Rochester, NY. Jim worked his way from the " bottom to the top " of police ranks by reaching out to the community; by involving people in their own specific community problems; by providing solutions to take back their streets in positive ways while working with the Rochester Police Department; by helping to create a new downtown police headquarters as per the Mayor of Rochester's wishes; and countless other efforts to include and reach out to the community.
What are the issues with the NAACP ? Why are the NAACP trying to continue to embarrass the Rochester Police Dept. and undo any positive progress made to date ? Why was I taught to respect and follow commands / directions by any police officer and why wasn't Hardaway ?
When is the day that our Rochester Community will work with police instead of against police ?
May I , respectfully, be the voice of reason? First, for Richards to run, he needs a campaign organization...but does not have one, because his was the Democratic party organization. Second, he needs the money to run, and , unless he funds himself, business people from outside of the city are his funders. And, worse, all the Democrat elected officials from the Governor down, must support Ms. Warren! Which then means, he is toast!
That said, there is one unfinished piece of business...the Sienna pol. Please check the records. Since a "pol" with a political agenda, started to run the poll (which he sells to media companies who do not want to be seen as stupid), they have been wrong time and again! Please look at their poll in the Dorley-Taylor race for DA. Same pattern, I fear.
Last, why are we worrying about this anyway? Richards will exit and Lovely will be Mayor! All the rest is articulated by the song "Rosie it's you and me tonight"...
Mr. Richards should continue to campaign because he has a good chance of winning.
How Alex White changes his strategies is irrelevent. He has no chance of winning.
Replacing Joe Morelle? There are plenty of Democrats in Rochester who would be willing to do it.
Will David Gantt clean out City Hall and replace them with his people? Yes.
Will Chief Sheppard go? Yes.
Will Mr. Gantt's chief acolytes get jobs at City Hall. Yes. Many of them are already on the city payroll.
The business community? They will continue to do as they have always done. Nothing will change there.
How much influence in Rochester's government will Mr. Gantt have? Mr. Gantt will be the most powerful man in Rochester, and control it just like he has controlled his candidate's campaign with an iron fist from start until the finish.
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