"Sometime in the next decade, New York will be awash in casinos. I wonder if the politicians and business leaders who wanted them will be sorry."
This is what you get with government who enacts legislation with no thought of the long term consequences. People seem to buy the instant gratification scheme. But it is just that...a scheme. A political scheme.
"More money for Rochester, of course, would probably also mean less money for somebody else. "
Very true statement. Let's just look at the "Buffalo Billion" for instance, where NYS taxpayers are GIVING a billion dollars to the Buffalo area. Rochester is about 5% of the population of NYS, so we in Rochester are forced to give Buffalo $50,000,000. How is that fair? Add the $125,000,000 for their football stadium and hundreds of millions for other projects and ...wow. We being screwed in Rochester.
@Two: "there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything"
In point of fact, human history is full of evidence that in any endeavor, accountability improves results.
@Two: "Opt out of political idiocy!"
Only one way to do that: separate school and state.
I teach in the Bronx where we have rampant poverty as well. The current teacher evaluation system punishes teachers for working with the neediest students. Two years ago, the best teachers in my school all left for schools with higher achievers, afraid of this evaluation scheme.
This evaluation regime came as part of Race to the Top and the Common Core standards which demand students cite evidence and provide research to back up their claims. Ironically, there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything, and there is solid research showing the links between poverty and family dysfunction and low performance.
Thus, the system, rolled out by Obama and Arne Duncan is a move meant to blame teachers knowing full well low performance is primarily caused by other factors. In NYC, our schools are also cherry picked by charters, leaving higher concentrations of at-risk kids.
The most absurd part of teacher evaluations are that test scores in Math or English get tied to the performance ratings of teachers of Art, Music, Dance, Foreign Language, Gym, Science and Social Studies. How could a rating on a test in a different subject possibly be accurate? The government doesn't care - this is a bold strike against the profession of teaching and that is why major grassroots protests are ongoing. The next is Sat May 17 at City Hall Park in NYC.
Opt out of political idiocy!
Just proves that Morelle and Duffy don't actually have any power in Albany. Maybe Louise should quit wasting her time on high-speed rail (which will, and should, never happen here) and focus on this. These people are a joke.
Trump has played his supporters once again. He will never run for public office. He has to be anointed to accept any office because he does not have the personality or brains to go through a real election. He could not take the rejection of a loss. I wonder if the politicians who he lead on feel foolish now? How many times will people fall for his nonsense?
Trump will do anything for free publicity. I wonder, do all those politicians that he flirted with feel foolish now? He will not stop advertising himself and he will never run for public office. He does not have the personality or the smarts to survive public scrutiny. He also will not risk the public humiliation of losing. Oh, and the millions he makes on that boring tv show which is the only money he makes. Everything else is mortgaged to the hilt. Wasn't it BT Barnum who warned us that one was born every minute? Trump followers prove that rule!
No surprise, he's not running. He "has much bigger plans." He has never run for public office, just teased. What a creep anyway.
It would be interesting to note that the continual upgrading our Rochester transportation system to include bicycling is also a way our city is adapting to Climate Change. Part of that goal, of course, is to make bicycling safe, which will include drivers, the media, and law enforcement.
If you read the city’s web page “Office of Energy & Sustainability” [http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.asp…] you come to “Energy Management and Climate Action Status Report” and when you download that you see this: “Municipal transportation accounts for approximately 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by the City. Many opportunities exist to reduce the use of fossil fuels in both the City fleet and by the public. Some of the initiatives and projects that have been completed include: …, Bicycle Enhancement Program installation of bicycle lane markings (i.e., exclusive bicycle lanes and shared use lanes) and associated signage on approximately 15 centerline miles of arterial and collector streets…, Complete Streets Policy to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with disabilities.”
There’s a pattern here and we ought to talk about it. One of Rochester’s most effective strategies for addressing Climate Change is increase active transportation (walking and bicycling) and as we get more folks comfortable and safe on our public roads we will reduce greenhouse gases. Let’s connect the dots and talk about Climate Change and transportation.
More on Transportation in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/communting…
Without bike laws and enforcement, and the training and licencing that goes with it, the bike scene here remains lawless and dangerous. This anarchy leaves bikers with no rights. If a biker has an accident on a sidewalk the investigating police officer simply says not to ride on the sidewalk. But if a biker has an accident on a public road he will also be told that he should not have been riding on the road. I am not making this up. In contrast my bicycle course and exam in Europe was rewarded with a licence that is personally signed by the mayor of my town.
I actually think he could run this time. But only if unopposed in the Republican party like he says it would have to be.
I predict that the Republicans will remain divided right up to the finale of The Apprentice.
The "Donald" loves the free attention. He will not run , nor spend any of his money on such a losing venture. The local politicians look silly running after him. When will they learn Trump is only in this for himself. His super sized ego makes Cuomo look normal!
I wonder if Ted O'Brien is proud of being parts of Cuomo's NYSAFE act charade and the way it was rammed through begind closed doors in the dead of night and without any public debate or input. He states he "fought to clean up Albany". What exactly has been accomplished to combat corruption in New York? Later, Ted.
And the race begins! While O'Brien has a Democratic enrollment advantage, Funke is well-known from his decades on 10NBC (I watched him for years until his retirement) and seems to be peddling the "reasonable conservative" message. Can he do what Maggie did and make the leap from local celebrity to politician? This will be an interesting race.
So giving free college degrees to prisoners is an "investment" to keep them off unemployment and welfare? How about we also give them jobs, cars to get to and from work and free mortages too. We have to spend tax dollars to house, guard, clothe and feed prisoners. We shouldn't have to give them free college degrees.
O'Brien is saying the right thing (opposing Cuomo's plan) for the wrong reason (not enough 'resources'). Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. O'Brien is following his constituents' wishes but still playing to liberals (calling the plan 'well-intentioned').
The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan. Why is the only option to give away FREE college degrees?
Sean...they are not planning to force all NY inmates into college courses. It will be an option for those interested and capable.
"Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here." In other words, he's representing his constituents, correct?
I would rather have some of my tax dollars invested in an inmate's. education rather than a lifetime of unemployment benefits, food stamps and other public assistance.
I agree with Cuomo on this issue.
Unless shown proof elsewhere, I'm sure the $5,000 comes out of our taxes. Instead of forcibly educating criminals who made a conscious choice to commit an act against our society's laws, how about we take that $5,000 per inmate and put it into the chronically underfunded State University and City University system? Most criminals have rational choice. Very few are forcibly coerced into turning to crime. They could stay in school and go to college, without being a convicted criminal behind bars when they do it. I did. Thousands and thousands of other college graduates of the SUNY and CUNY system did. WHY ON EARTH should taxpayers have to pay $65,000 so a criminal with a better than 50:50 chance of reoffending can get a degree in painting or poetry or whatever? If they want to go to community college after they finish their prison sentence, take loans and fellowships like everyone else and get a college degree. But it is offensive to me and many, many others that we should have to pay for a convicted murderer or rapist or burglar to get a college degree from our tax dollars when many of us spend YEARS earning our degrees while holding down legitimate jobs and keeping out of trouble. This is offensive.
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