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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

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

4 likes, 7 dislikes
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.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
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

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/27/2014 at 12:55 AM

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.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
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.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
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?

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/25/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Cuomo says fracking report due by year's end

We have history to rely on to make a decision about fracking. It is clear that fracking, which would open the door to at least 30 more years of fossil fuel use, is the wrong thing to do. If we frqck, there will appear to be no need to develop clean, alternative fuel sources.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/25/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Council member calls for investigation of RHA dismissal

Re: “Garretson elected to lead Dems; Gantt leads walkout”

David Gantt used language in a City Newspaper interview earlier this year saying that members of his Democratic Committee "think that we are still on the plantation". I found this to be inexcusable and wrong. I sent a letter to City Council, the Mayor's Office and David Gantt's Office. No response or actions of punishment were taken or given. I even contacted City Council President as I wanted to talk about this issue at a public meeting. I was told it was not appropriate and that my issue did not belong at a council meeting.

Mr. Gantt has helped or endorsed most people that get elected and continue to serve or get re-elected in Rochester,NY. The notion that no one would speak up against such statements and condemn his behavior speaks loudly for City Government. This is, in my opinion, why there are so many problems in City Govt'; the RHA; the RPD; and, more.

Craig R. Moffitt

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by crm135790 on 10/24/2014 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Cuomo says fracking report due by year's end

"Cuomo says fracking report due by year's end"...what year?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bart on 10/24/2014 at 7:07 AM

Re: “The ballot proposals: Yes to 1 and 2

Prop 1 is nothing more than same-old, same-old political posturing. What we need to do is to aggressively call out the insincerity and hypocrisy of our politicians again and again until they offer meaningful reform (or until we replace them with those who will). I'm just one person with a single voice, but CITY Newspaper is a widely read news publication here in Rochester. I expect better.

Posted by Joe D on 10/23/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The ballot proposals: Yes to 1 and 2

Zephyr Teachout encourages a NO vote on proposition #1 and I believe she has identified the corrupting lynchpin of the proposal. How can the proposed select committee create an independent redistributing plan when the members of that committee will be named by the political cesspool called the New York Legislature?

Vote no on prop #1

Tom Burke

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tom Burke on 10/23/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Pittsford cries fowl

We need to think about the consequences of our actions. Be considerate of the people who have to clean up the mess. Don't feed the birds.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/23/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Pittsford cries fowl

Maybe if they'd like people to feed the ducks something specific, the shops along Schoen Place should sell that feed. The article states that corn is bad, but the businesses sell $1 bags of cracked corn to feed the ducks with. Switch that out for pellets or whatever and I'm sure 90% of the people will use that.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by PixelHustler on 10/23/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Legality of McFadden's appointment to RHA questioned

"The RHA board and indirectly, the administration of Mayor Lovely Warren, have come under fire for replacing former RHA Executive Director Alex Castro with McFadden. They say it’s cronyism at its worst — a reward for McFadden’s loyalty to Warren and her mentor, State Assembly member David Gantt. They also decry McFadden’s lack of background in housing"...direct quote from writer Fein.

We have a direct conflict of interest with Mc Fadden's temp. appointment to the RHA. So... we make sure he stays out of any city council matter when it involves the RHA. Although, I am glad that Adam ,at the very least ,lives in Rochester unlike the former Alex Castro. If I were Mc Fadden,.. take the job permanently thus resigning from City Council. But I would want to make sure that Adam wears a body camera at all times to make sure he is doing a good and fair job in Rochester for those that really need a home to live and work. As well, a body camera on David so we know that he is fair in his ideas for legislation in the NYS Assembly. It does not seem to me that Lovely is behind any of this mess at the RHA. But she better make sure that Adam has no vote or say in any City Council matter when it comes to a vote involving the RHA.

Craig R. Moffitt

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 10/22/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Pittsford cries fowl

Informative signage in Perinton Park seems to be doing the job there. It merely states that feeding ducks human food, like bread, can actually harm them. The duck population is noticeably smaller than before the public education program began.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by John Jongen on 10/22/2014 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Housing Authority shakeup gets ugly

"Back in May, Moses and Page wrote to Warren, complaining of rushed board meetings and that commissioners "were even counseled not to use a lot of the staff's time in meetings." The letter questioned an estimated $8 million in RHA loans to various entities shown in a 2012 audit. They also questioned RHA's commitment to hiring minority and women-owned firms or targeting economic opportunities to low- and very low-income residents, as required by federal regulations — saying the policies should be implemented "without excuses."

This is coming from D&C. So what happens if RHA board is correct and something was a miss? The knee jerk reaction and overt racism on facebook and stuff is just insane and makes this city look like its ungovernable. 65 Million Dollars is alot of money. If they find even a million in fraud and save that do we not realize how many more affordable housing units can be created with that? I hope they do find what ails our housing stock at RHA and get it back to the intended purpose to provide low cost affordable housing. McFadden and the other stuff is childs play compared to the elephant in the room. Were the fourth poorest city in the country. Whats our plan to fix it.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Christopher Hennelly on 10/22/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Monroe County plans to sell Riga land to COMIDA

Auction it off. It's not COMIDA's job to take on the risk of an unsalable property.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Denise Skidmore on 10/22/2014 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Jennifer, the meeting is at noon.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 10/22/2014 at 9:04 AM

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