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Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

Because of his vote and support for Cuomo's detestable SAFE Act Ted O'Brien needs to be defeated. He is an intelligent decent man who will succeed elsewhere but he should not represent the 55th District.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/21/2014 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Does anyone know what time the Board meeting is on Wednesday?

Posted by Jennifer Olson-Stuckless on 10/21/2014 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Housing Authority shakeup gets ugly

Has the press circled back to the mayor to see if Moses' prepared statement satisfied her questions in the letter? He certainly didn't answer the press (as a proxy for the public) questions, seems like resignations are in order. Most of us suspect she will do some foolish acrobatics to protect him, despite overwhelming evidence that he is not up to the task of chairing a $62 m public authority.

Personally, I think the letter and the press conference were just different acts of the same play. Warren, Moses and McFadden have been plotting this for months, publicly denying it all the way, but openly taking about it amongst friends. It's an incestuous bunch too: Warren's campaign advisor and donor is Moses' lawyer. Another RHA lawyer is married to Adam's assistant. Adam's cousin reps Adam, hilariously writing a legal opinion abut no conflict of interest.

I hate to be a crass taxpayer, but what's the pricetag of this amateur hour going to be? Severance package, forensic audits, outside counsel, possible federal penalties, advertising fees for the bogus national search everyone is now talking about. This debacle is costing taxpayers a fortune. Will any of these costs be covered by director's insurance or does it all come out of the general fund that could be paying for, oh I don't know, exterminator or painter or locksmith services for residents?

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 10/21/2014 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Housing Authority shakeup gets ugly

I am sad to learn that Castro was fired... more so, that Castro does not even live in Rochester. He does live in the Town Of Brighton. How can a person ( Castro) chair a board (RHA) when he does not understand the "two rochester's" that Warren and McFadden describe to the public... by not living in the City. At least McFadden lives in the City and we will indeed get rid of him forever as Chair of the City Council Committee when it concerns the RPD and the police reorganization plan. We really should put a body camera on MCfadden to see if he serves ethically and without any racist actions or board decisions in the "heat of the moment".

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 10/21/2014 at 6:12 PM

Re: “O'Brien and Funke go on the attack at first debate

Ted O'Brien is an opportunist of the worst order, who showed with his vote on the SAFE act that he is happy to vote in a reactionary fashion on poorly drafted bills. His continuing pride in casting a decisive vote for this unsavory, unenforceable law disqualifies him from further public service. Good luck in your next job Ted, you're fired.

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Posted by Bill Of Rights on 10/21/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Housing Authority shakeup gets ugly

Gotta: Langston McFadden, Adam McFadden's cousin, is an attorney with Pullano & Farrow. And yes, he is on the team doing the audit. He was asked directly if there's a conflict, now that Adam McFadden is leading the Housing Authority. He denied it.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 10/21/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Housing Authority shakeup gets ugly

Does anyone know if it is true that attorney doing the audit to support Moses's claim that there were issues with Castro is a relative of Adam McFadden ?

Isn't this a conflict in itself? This is comical. Moses has to go and Mcfadden has surrender.

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Posted by Gotta Ask It on 10/21/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Todd Bullard used to be a Monroe County Legislator and was the minority leader in 2000-2002(?). Chris Wilmot was an ally of his. He was overthrown by Jose Cruz and Joe Morelle. He works with Harris Beach,

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Posted by steve on 10/21/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

The attorney to Moses' left at the presser is Todd Bullard, long time friend and campaign advisor to Warren. He hosted a fundraiser for her at Harris Beach last year. Hard to believe they aren't coordinating.

The real costs of this Castro ouster are adding up. 5 lawyers, 2 firms? A forensic audit? That presser alone cost thousands of dollars. Not to mention Castro's severance package. It's troubling that Moses seems to be sparing no expense to cover his behind. Is the full board authorizing these expenses or does he have control of the checkbook? From what I can tell, the RHA board stopped posting its board minutes when the new board (Moses' board) took over. A public body is required to conduct its business in public, not in secret. If the board's claims are legit, should be some public record of these 'questionable business practices' and 'stonewalling' in the minutes, no?

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Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 10/21/2014 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Moses was either seriously misguided by the Mayor and now needs to put his head in the sand, or he is simply arrogant by doing something that would clearly jeopardize the Mayor in which case he should publicly apologize. Either way he and vice chair Page need to go. There selection process was simply childish. They should not be in positions where they can so easily abuse power.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 10/21/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Police chief responds to problems with city's red-light camera program

Photo enforcement is a misuse of advanced computer and camera technologies. The privacy issue is a red herring. The real issue is that these red-light cameras are money machines. They will be removed when income stops being generated. It's too good to be true that a safety benefit can also be a money maker. We really need our federal leaders to wake up and put an end to these abuses.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/21/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Warren wants answers on RHA dismissal

Pass the popcorn, this is getting interesting.

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Posted by Jonsey on 10/21/2014 at 11:45 AM

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

Please... This is just another one of Maggie Brooks budget tricks to raise money for the County she has long ago thrown overboard. COMIDA is not in the business of real estate and has no legitimate reason for buying this property. This is poor fiscal management of our County at its worst and it is obvious to most taxpayers. An inept and corrupt County Executive and an inept and corrupt COMIDA is not a good mix!

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 10/21/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Hawkins, to protest and push progressive ideas

I LIke Mike! McDermott for Governor! I think since this was written his website has a lot more on it. You should check it out! Be informed www.votemcdermott.org

Posted by Drew Beeman on 10/21/2014 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Endorsements 2014

A note to express appreciation for the handling of the Gubernatorial endorsements. I have often thought City newspaper has shown poor (or perhaps just timid) judgment, particularly in local politics. However, you have usually allowed people to say so, at least on line. That is no small thing. In the absence of agreement about the race for Governor, the approach taken here is fair, and most likely to provide your readers with the greatest range of information to make their own choice. Well done.

I think Ms. Towler has it more nearly right here. Cuomo will be reelected, because the Republicans have not bothered to run a serious candidate, or support that candidate. While Cuomo is not a bad Republican himself, and it is certainly legitimate for Lefties to hold back support on that basis, the truly disqualifying issues about Cuomo are ethical. The state has been hurt too badly, for too long, by an entrenched culture of heavy handed abuse of power and process. It simply must be confronted.

Finally, I had no idea City was so widely read by 2nd Amendment enthusiasts, whose comments reflect such concern for your success as one of the last print outlets. So much for my theory that you were only read by a few snobs in the SE part of the city. Having grown up in Hilton, where we still like to shoot em up for the tourists, I feel like I am at a reunion reading these comments, and it is nice to see them feel welcome to join the fray here.

Tom Brennan

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Posted by Tom Brennan on 10/21/2014 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Preliminary hospital designs to be shown

I live in the neighborhood and think it is a great idea to expand on the current footprint! Healthcare of the highest order!

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Posted by Jennifer Valentine on 10/20/2014 at 10:52 PM

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

the mayor did overstep R.H.A. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS / CHAIR PERSON SHE CAN'T HIRE OR FIRE ANYONE IN HOUSING. THAT IS THE REASON FOR HAVING THE 7 MEMBER BOARD. THAT IS THE BOARD JOB TO FIND THE / C.E,0./ E.D THE BOARD DO THE HIRING & FIRING OF THE DIRECTOR THE director is over everyone under him he' s their boss i never heard a mayor doing the board job. before when i was on the board of commissioners in 2005 we made those decisions

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Posted by Joseph R. Kelley on 10/20/2014 at 8:03 PM

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

Howard: What does Elaine Spaull have to do with RHA violating the conflict of interest provision of its contract with HUD when they hired McF? What does Maggie Brooks have to do with the RHA board firing Castro without cause? Nothing.

Regardless of transgressions of other agencies, Mayor Warren and the RHA board should be accountable to the public and open to scrutiny. After all, she campaigned on greater transparency and ending the old boys club.

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Posted by GeorgeOconnor on 10/20/2014 at 6:19 PM

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

Since Carol Schwartz obviously has lots of time on her hands, and since she obviously has an interest in research --- perhaps she can research contracts between the RCSD and the Federal Government, and report to us what those contracts say about City Councilwoman Elaine Spaull (as Director of the Center for Youth Services --- an agency which illegally takes in children referred by RCSD staff --- without first notifying Child Protective Services --- regarding alleged child abuse, and an agency which allocates 3/4 of it's Budget to staffing) receiving millions of dollars in contracts from the RCSD (although, as a City Councilwoman) she votes on the RCSD's Annual Budget. Is it possible that the RCSD is "violating [its] contract [with the State and Federal Education Departments, and therefore] risking its [state and] federal funding — millions of dollars annually?" What's good for the goose....

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/20/2014 at 3:26 PM

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

Dear George Oconnor,

If "Schumer, Gilibrand and Slaughter [are going to] step up ASAP to protect those federal funds and the interest of the residents" --- they will probably be very busy for a very long time --- surely you agree that they can't look exclusively at the RHA. I'm sure you agree that they need to check out both the Brooks Administration and the RCSD (from top to bottom). Agreed?

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/20/2014 at 3:03 PM

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