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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Posted by PixelHustler on 10/23/2014 at 10:29 AM

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.

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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.

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Posted by Christopher Hennelly on 10/22/2014 at 2:44 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?

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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: “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: “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

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: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Andrew, 99% of the people who passed this insipid law know little to nothing about guns. They were like Amish farmers making a law about cars.

Tom wrote,

"Safe Act has been around long enough for the haters to have developed their own better plan....but where is it? "

I love how gun haters ask gun owners, "What's your plan?" after they didn't ask us before passing asinine gun laws. Cuomo and his supporters didn't even ask law enforcement before shoving this garbage through. Neither did the governors of Colorado, Connecticut and other states that passed similar reactionary laws. It would have been good if they asked gun owners who actually understand gun for input before passing laws that do absolutely nothing to prevent what they're supposed to prevent. Even if someone hates guns and supports something like the SAFE Act the law that passed is full of stuff that makes no sense at all. A military style semi-automatic tubular magazine shotgun with a pistol grip is not defined as a so-called "assault weapon" but a semi-automatic shotgun with a thumbhole stock designed for turkey hunting is. That's just one ludicrous example of how the people who passed this law are ignorant of how guns work. If any of them have ever shot a gun it was probably a bolt action .22 at summer camp or at a relative's house in the Catskills as a kid. That's the level of experience I've heard from every gun control advocate I've ever talked to who ever shot a gun. The vast majority of legislators who voted for the SAFE Act have never touched a gun. They know absolutely nothing about them and feel no responsibility to learn anything before making laws that restrict our constitutional right. All they know is that guns are bad. Maybe there should be a law that lawmakers need to know at least something about what they're voting for before they dump it on us.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/20/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

"There are still way too many guns in NYS." SAYS WHO?

I have to laugh at idiot politicians who pass laws about things they know NOTHING about. Several firearms manufacturers are making and selling semi-automatic rifles that are fully compliant with the ridiculous NY SAFE act. They operate exactly as the banned weapons. So the features that politicians deem as dangerous really don't mean anything do they? The politicians simply make everything more difficult and expensive for lawful and law-biding gun owners, and create more paperwork and bureaucracy for the sake of their anti-gun agenda. What a waste of time.

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Posted by Andrew on 10/20/2014 at 6:22 AM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Mike Bruton, semi-automatic so-called "assault weapons" as defined by the SAFE Act (there is no definition of "assault rifles") were banned for sale or transfer in New York State the second Cuomo signed his detestable law on January 15, 2013. From that moment on such firearms, which if you knew anything about firearms have no fundamental difference from other semi-automatic firearms except military-looking cosmetics, were permitted only for existing owners who registered them with the state. Any owners who did would never be allowed to leave them to family members or any New York State resident. Upon their death the guns, which can cost $1000 up, would need to be turned into the police for destruction or sold by the estate to a gun dealer for half its value for sale in the majority of states where they are legal. Almost no owners of so-called "assault weapons" have registered them. They have converted them to magically non-assault weapons by changing the stocks to ones manufactured in response to the law. By eliminating cosmetic features that define them as "assault weapons" under the SAFE Act yet leave them mechanically and functionally the same owners can own and shoot them legally and leave them to their families or sell them for their full value if they can find a gun dealer who will do the now required background check for private sales for the $10 the state says is the maximum they can charge. Some have sent their unaltered guns to friends and families in other states in hopes that they will be legal again in New York. Others have chosen to take the risk and keep their unaltered guns here.

You are typical of anti-gun people in your belief that "There are still way too many guns in NYS". Like others who think like you the problem is not just what kind of guns there are or who has them but that the number of them in general is too many. People like you who hate guns want the United States to adopt the gun laws of Europe and the rest of the world that has banned or severely restricted the private ownership and carry of firearms, the "to keep and bear arms" part of the Second Amendment you wish didn't exist.

History lesson. Americans fought a violent revolutionary war against England that began when British troops tried to confiscate Americans' guns at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. They fought that war not to be like England but to declare our independence from it, to be something new and different, a country that, still stained by slavery, would become the freest in the world, its citizens exercising liberties never seen before. One of those liberties was the right of citizens to own and carry (keep and bear) firearms.

Most Americans still believe in that right. Americans like you clearly don't. The Second Amendment stands in the way of your goal of European-style gun laws. Please be honest and admit it and please, no "well regulated militia" argument that the Second Amendment applies only to organized military units. The Supreme Court has ruled on that and determined that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right not dependent on belonging to any military organization.

I welcome people like you trying to repeal the Second Amendment because it will expose how you really think and feel. I welcome it because I don't think you will ever convince 2/3 of the states to repeal one of the original amendments of the Bill of Rights.

Of course I could be wrong. America passed the 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol for 13 years before ending it with the 21st Amendment, the only amendment repealing another. If America could do something that stupid it could possibly repeal the Second Amendment. I doubt it but for you and other anti-gun Americans there's always the chance. Go for it.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/19/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

There are still way too many guns in NYS. And, semi-automatic assault rifles have yet to be banned. So, in my opinion, the NY SAFE Act is flawed in that it is too permissive. After Sandy Hook, it would have been irresponsible for Governor Cuomo to have done nothing. O'Brien did the right thing when he voted in favor of the NY SAFE Act.

Putting a tv celebrity on the ballot is a ploy. Rich Funke will act in Republican lockstep. It's an illusion to think we know him.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/19/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Arguments for and against redistricting prop

The City News article mistakenly states that "[e]lected officials would be unable to serve on the panel...;" while in reality only state level elected officials and some others may not serve. The amendment allows local elected officials, including county executives and legislators who may be considering a run at the state legislature, to participate in drawing the lines for themselves and their potential fellow legislators, with whom they will be soon negotiating for power. Other states with such commissions include an ethics provision that prevents commission members from running for such offices for a period of time. NY Prop 1 does not.

This is one of the many overlooked serious flaws with the proposed amendment. While it may be a baby step forward, it is a small step into cement, entrenching a still too flawed system into the constitution where it will be even more difficult to improve. New Yorkers should reject this illusion and insist on real reform before the next redistricting.

As a NY judge stated in his ruling that the word "independent" did not fairly describe this proposed commission, “Legislative semantics do not change the reality that the commission’s plan is little more than a recommendation to the Legislature, which can reject it for unstated reasons and draw its own lines.”

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Posted by Sarah Y on 10/19/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Tom, people leave cars and kitchen knives around where children can get them. Michelle Wright, a 13 year-old black girl, brought a kitchen knife in her backpack to Jefferson Middle School in 1995 and fatally stabbed 12 year-old Stephanie Givens, another black girl, in the neck over a boy. I had just moved from a street four blocks away that had five murders in the 18 months I lived there. How's this for a plan, license kitchen knives, enact mandatory storage and training laws and prohibit access to minors. While we're at it we can enact the same restrictions on hammers, screwdrivers, bleach, wasp spray, antifreeze, gasoline, baseball bats and anything else that could possibly be used as a weapon. We could enact legislation holding the owners of cars personally responsible for any crimes, deaths or injuries committed with their cars by unauthorized users like car thieves. According to that law my neighbor would be in prison for allowing pot to be smoked in her car by the thieves who stole it from their driveway and left it reeking on Avenue D.

Or we could work to change the mindset of people who commit murder including 13 year-old girls who commit premeditated murder over the attention of a boy.

Or we could lock up murderers for life to protect the public so they can never kill again, at least out of prison.

Or we could keep gun laws we already have that might possibly do some good and get rid of ones like the SAFE Act that do nothing than make anti-gun people feel good that they're "doing something".

I grew up in New Jersey, the worst state in America for gun owners, where the equivalent of a New York State Pistol Permit is required for a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun, the same as Ralphie longed for in the film "A Christmas Story", because NJ classifies air guns as firearms. NJ is the last state in the nation that doesn't allow citizens to carry concealed handguns for self defense. Permits are automatically denied to average citizens and only issued to retired cops and probably the judges and politicians who enact the policy. In NJ hunters and target shooters must travel directly to and from the range or the hunting area with no "deviations of travel" like their hunting partner's house, a restaurant or anywhere.

I lived 14 years in Manhattan where bb guns are illegal, it is tremendously expensive and difficult for average citizens to own rifles or shotguns and concealed carry pistol permits are only issued to wealthy people like Donald Trump and Robert De Niro. In NYC all guns including rifles and shotguns are registered with the New York Police Department. Because of that when NYC passed a new law banning rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 5 rounds the NYPD was able to notify the owners, who legally bought and registered the guns for a fee of around $160 each, that their previously legal gun was now illegal and needed to be turned into the police for destruction, removed from NYC permanently or mutilated by a gunsmith to hold no more than 5 rounds. These were not cosmetic military style so-called "assault weapons", which were already illegal in NYC, but common hunting guns. That's why gun owners say confiscation follows registration.

People say why don't we register guns like cars. No one is trying to ban cars or certain kinds of cars. When the government mandated safety belts it didn't mandate installing them in Model T Fords or any car manufactured before the law. It didn't make car owners turn in cars that didn't meet the new law's requirements. Government, as evidenced by NYC, does do that with guns.

I have lived my entire life in states with the most draconian restrictive gun laws in the country. NY and NJ do not need more gun laws yet they keep piling them on. If not for the Second Amendment states like NY and NJ and municipalities like Chicago, NYC and Washington DC would (and have but are being slowly repealed by courts) Australian style confiscation and severe registration laws designed to keep normal citizens from owning and using guns.

Nancy Lanza probably used bad judgment teaching her son to shoot. Despite that, my reading of the case is that she had her guns locked up in a safe which he defeated while she was out of town on a three day trip. That could happen to anyone the same as having their car broken into and stolen by their teenager or a thief. Some things can't be absolutely prevented. If given enough time a determined person can steal anything you own.

To absolutely eliminate future mass shootings would require eliminating all the guns in America. That can't happen without repealing the Second Amendment. If that happened we'd probably have mass resistance to confiscation that would inevitably turn violent.

Will you volunteer to be the first one through the door on the confiscation squad?

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/18/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Sandy Hook was committed with a legally purchased gun left lying around by the mother of a mentally ill child.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/18/2014 at 11:37 AM

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