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Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

"He supports Lovely by dragging everyone else down by suggesting that everyone speeds. " Totally true! Unless you define "speeding" as even 1 mph over the speed limit. I've received a single speeding ticket in my life, and that was many decades ago. (For 38 mph in a 30 mph zone.) I have never come close, anywhere, to 92 or 97 mph, and I suspect extremely few other people have. So the argument that it's no big deal because everybody does it just doesn't cut it. Speeds that high endanger everyone -- our mayor, others on the highway, and state troopers trying to enforce the law.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 01/17/2014 at 6:28 AM

Re: “New York gets a "D" in education policy from Michelle Rhee

@Troll: The last item in your list is false, and the rest are all in Rhee's favor. We need many, many more civic leaders with the backbone to take on the pernicious power of the unions and other corrupt vested interests and WIN.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 01/16/2014 at 11:27 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

I hope no one fell for Ken Warner's support of Lovely Warren in the D&C. He supports Lovely by dragging everyone else down by suggesting that everyone speeds. This is simple not true. I cannot afford a speeding ticket and I have respect for the law, therefore I don't speed.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/16/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

Shake it up, shake it all up! SMUGTOWN USA has change on its plate.

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 01/16/2014 at 9:30 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

And I would just like to add one more thing about the mayor and her security. If she were paying for it herself, none of this would be an issue. Since she is not, then ALL (with some exceptions) must be out in the open. And this has NOT been done. If you don't like it, I don't know what to tell you, that's the way it is in a Democracy.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 01/16/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

Remember that this security detail was created by and for the mayor. It was wanted because the mayor wanted it. The mayor is handling her security in the way she wants. She is only revealing what she wants about it.

Any criticism of it is a criticism of her. She felt she had to do this at the time and perhaps she was right.

I would advise the ethics board to do something to relieve her of the burden of responsiblity for her own security so someone else can be accountable. The mayor has much to do without having this to manage and defend.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 01/16/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

Response to Kenneth Warner's Blog about Mayor Warren Jan.16th, 2014 D&C Newspaper


Yes Kenneth.. it is time to stop challenging Mayor Warren's integrity, morals and her judgment. It is time to support her next four years as Mayor of our " Two Cities of Rochester. " And, I can help her and our "Two Cities" by suggesting the following actions be implemented:

1. Call the NYS Police Department and have a speeding ticket issued to her driver ( Uncle Reggie ).

2. Keep the current security detail in place and temporary for now... then make the positions open to all qualified candidates through Civil Service that want to apply to the City of Rochester Human Resources Dept. for the positions as of February 1st, 2014. The hiring decision is made by the Deputy Mayor if indeed the detail reports to the Deputy Mayor... as reported by our local media and the Democrat and Chronicle.

3. Mayor Warren should consider demoting Spencer Ash to his original position in City Govt', where ever that may have been, since he allegedly lied to her in the initial interview for New Development Director. My own opinion is that he should be replaced. Employers can and do terminate or demote newly hired employees , if after hiring a person, determine that the person lied in the initial interview.

4. Lovely can do what ever she feels is necessary as our newly elected mayor but I hope she is fair and balanced in her decisions on these issues being discussed. I am going to support her efforts in the future.

Craig Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 01/16/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “ASAR proceeding with no-confidence vote against Vargas

There is no leadership and without that you have chaos. In city schools this has devastating and long-lasting effects. This is not about tenure. It is about trust and vision. These two things are completely lacking.

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Posted by Just Gotta Say it on 01/16/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

Buffalo Business First magazine has rated the academic performances of 429 public school districts in Upstate New York, based on four years of test data from the New York State Education Dep't. Rochester is dead last with Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany 2nd, 3rd, and 4th worst. This is a statewide problem with Cuomo, Gantt and other state wide politicians perfectly happy to have segments in our local districts argue with each other, so that the blame is not properly placed on their Sate Capitol doorstep. So argue away you immature Principals, piss on each other Teachers and Parents, steal as much salary as you can Administration. That is just way Albany needs it be.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 01/16/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

"Urbanski said he is disappointed by ASAR's consideration of a no-confidence vote."

Based on the quote above, it's possible to draw a conclusion that Dr. Adam Urbanski is not satisfied just being President of the Rochester teachers union, but that he also wants to have influence over the building-level administrators union (ASAR).

I find Dr. Urbanski's quote above to be very interesting, especially in light of the fact that when teachers took a no-confidence vote against former superintendent Jean Claude Brizard, a few years back --- ASAR had been participating at the table of a broad-based coalition, which had been formed primarily to work against mayoral control. It was around the time that a discussion began at the coalition-table relative to teachers contemplating a vote of no-confidence against Brizard --- that ASAR pulled out of the coalition. This obviously meant that they were not supportive of the idea, but the interesting thing is that ASAR never made a single, public statement about teachers decision to take a no-confidence vote. I'm not speculating or making this up. I was there (at the coalition table). You would think that Dr. Urbanski would now return the favor, and not comment publicly against ASAR's contemplation and/or decision.

It's a strange political dynamic (to say the least) --- for the teachers union President --- to like the superintendent so much --- that the teachers President sides against building-level administrators (as opposed to administrators who are part of the Superintendent's Executive Group, and whom are not union members) --- in support of the superintendent. Surely ASAR must be feeling somewhat betrayed.

Also, the following quote (from the "comments" section at the end of the article) --- is most interesting: "The teachers all feel the same way [as ASAR does] but because their president is so friendly with the superintendent-there is no outcry." WHAT??? If this is true, it raises an issue that is seen all too frequently in the Rochester City School District (RCSD), i.e., role confusion or reversal. Namely, in this particular case, if the quote is true --- it raises the question: Does Dr. Adam Urbanski work for teachers, or do teachers work for Dr. Urbanski?

Either way, this is potentially, a very important issue, which RCSD parents, and the broader community, should pay very close attention to --- since it could possibly have broad and sweeping implications.

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 01/16/2014 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

Glenn, if that is true then I stand corrected. Not sure if I feel better knowing that... or worse. Kinda makes me question some of his moves even more, knowing that he has had that experience. Anyway - I still believe he was underqualified when he was hired and that he's in over his head presently.

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Posted by swk on 01/15/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Mayor Warren speeds into trouble

Lovely is going to send Rochester the way Detroit has gone. She is going to squander city coffer's on her own narcissistic agenda to be famous. She doesn't care about ethics. She is about taking credit for herself and not being accountable for her mistakes. If a mistake is made she wants to sweap it under a weave and not deal with it until it can no longer be ignored and then she will point the finger. Her ya know bla bla bla ya know might warm the hearts of her un and under educated voters. Her buying her Lafamilia SUV's to her around in might draw a tear to her voters eyes who have gotten family members jobs at Kodak and such. Yet the lets give em work cause they are family is part of what tanked companies in Rochester! Why take school seriously when your family holds a spot for you at a company. Companies need a better pool of qualified workers these days. The days of family getting family a job is over. Yet Lovely fails to see that such has corrupted companies here to either leave town or downsize to weed out the unqualified workers. She wants to enforce the urban dictionary and try to bring in ghetto justice politics. Yet we have Sudan refugees and they can tell you such doesn't work. She plays the victim to get what she wants... Yep she said she was threatened but no proof. She plays the child... Ignores the mistake she made and hopes you will just go away and forget. Look she put her nose in and held up college town because she needed her mark on it something she could boast about. Now she has done it with Costco and other projects that were in the works by others way before she was mayor. Yet she put her mark on it so she could be famous in her mind. She is narcissistic and she will tank Rochester.

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Posted by Jason JamesMichael O'Beirne on 01/15/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

swk, I believe Vargas was a counselor in the Rochester City School District before he went to Greece.

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Posted by Glenn Long on 01/15/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

When Vargas conceded his authority to colleges for running the schools what little respect I had for him faded. Why employ someone who is so ready to give up. Give me the job and I guarantee I will clean up CO, go to Albany as a supporter of some alternative to the Common Core, which is a "one size fits all" plan that does not take into account that all students do not learn the same way or at the same pace, and I would point out the numerous problems that have been showing up in the supplemental resources given to teachers to teach students the Common Core. I would not be afraid of letting teachers run a school as an alternative to a charter (which are only 17% successful nationally) as long they have a really good plan since I have always said that teachers are never given the opportunity to show the admins how to properly run a successful school. I believe the only reason Mr. Vargas would not agree to this is that he and his administration friends may get shown up by a bunch of intelligent urban teachers.

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Posted by Glenn Long on 01/15/2014 at 8:31 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren says she welcomes ethics board review

I would really like to hear more about Uncle Reggie's qualifications. I understand he was a state trooper for many years - that's a good start - but the security he provided for governors is of particular interest to me. Did he participate in the planning and coordination of said security, or was he simply one of many state troopers that served on the detail? Was he responsible for driving the governor around or did he sit in his cruiser blocking access to a side road while the governor's vehicle drove past? Was he permanently assigned to the governor's detail or did he only participate when the gov was in the Rochester area?

The fact that he was a state trooper may be enough to be considered "qualified" - I don't know. What I do know is that the mayor's office has repeatedly cited his past as a member of the governor's security detail - first as justification for hiring him, then as justification for traveling at reckless speeds on the thruway.

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Posted by swk on 01/15/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Mayor Warren speeds into trouble

I would really like to hear more about Uncle Reggie's qualifications. I understand he was a state trooper for many years - that's a good start - but the security he provided for governors is of particular interest to me. Did he participate in the planning and coordination of said security, or was he simply one of many state troopers that served on the detail? Was he responsible for driving the governor around or did he sit in his cruiser blocking access to a side road while the governor's vehicle drove past? Was he permanently assigned to the governor's detail or did he only participate when the gov was in the Rochester area?

The fact that he was a state trooper may be enough to be considered "qualified" - I don't know. What I do know is that the mayor's office has repeatedly cited his past as a member of the governor's security detail - first as justification for hiring him, then as justification for traveling at reckless speeds on the thruway.

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Posted by swk on 01/15/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Dems question makeup of Water Authority board

The Water Authority demonstrates to most of the community the level of corruption and criminality that Republicans in the county seem to get away with.

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 01/15/2014 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Mayor Warren speeds into trouble

If you have never learned the difference between wrong and right. You will probably make the wrong choice. Within 2 minutes of meeting our Mayor I was able to ascertain that she doesn't like white Males and puts conversations about Women's Fashions over having a conversation with a constituent concerning her policies. Her recent actions reveal to me that she has very little concern about others.

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 01/15/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Principals may take vote of no confidence against Vargas

Agreed. The ship is completely lost. No vision, no support and no inspiration. The teachers all feel the same way but because their president is so friendly with the superintendent-there is no outcry. No one knows who is in control and if Vargas is not to blame but SED is, then why hasn't leadership been vocal about this? The ^%$#@*&^ is hitting the fan so now everyone points fingers. 25 years of this.

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Posted by Blow it up on 01/15/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “That's a lot of fracking money

It's WAY past time to just get on with it. Fracking now!

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Posted by b.d.g. on 01/15/2014 at 6:21 PM

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