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Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Contrary to some of the above "self serving" propaganda "Vicki Henry" writes:

Academics advise three things are needed for successful re-entry; a job, place to live and a "positive" support system.

Actually the three components that make a perfect storm for re-offending is re-entry to and around an unsuspecting public, a job that offers up opportunities to expose the offender to new victims and "positive" support systems are rarely found when returning the offender back into the chaos that originally allowed him to offend in the first Place. Think about it? Almost 100% of sex offenders was surrounded by this "criteria" when he targeted his "first victim"??

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Posted by Valerie Parkhurst on 03/13/2015 at 5:48 AM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

The reality is that the SEG group designation was a bad idea that got progressively worse. Absolute power in the hands of the wrong individual is bound to lead to abuse. The article states that the board is comprised of individuals that do not have a background or training in education, well neither does the superintendent!
I have tried back in 2010 to get the board to realize the damage that this kind of absolute power has caused and I glad to see that they are finally doing something about it!. In fact, when I researched SEG through State ED (in 2010) they had never heard about it and had to get their attorney to research it. I finally got the information from Malik Evans. Also, the New York State School Board Association informed me that if the board is not satisfied with the "addendum" policy then all they had to do is vote it out of the superintendent's duties. This is an option that was made available to some districts, not a mandate required by law. Vargas, as well as pass superintendents, have continually abused this privilege which has led to numerous lawsuits, including contract abuse, abusive spending practices, hiring uncertified and unqualified personnel for district-wide administrative positions, and the list goes on! In fact, I recently petition the district to provide account of the $31 million (800%) increase in the spending allocated to the Chief of Schools Department and sadly, they were unable to provide an account for the money! So these practices cannot continue to continue or their won't be anything left to abuse! I feel that the action from the board should have came sooner. But "better late than never!" Congratulations school board...keep moving forward on this effort!

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Posted by Josh J. Mack on 03/12/2015 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Academics advise three things are needed for successful re-entry; a job, place to live and a "positive" support system. I think the communities are ignoring these facts and they are doing so based on fear mongering by the media.

Many law enforcement officers will say "off the record" they can't manage all the laws and restrictions they are expected to enforce with registrants. This reminds me of the cycle some corporate executives practice....they promise it, engineering is expected to produce it and the grunts are expected to put it in place, on time, and maintain it....sound about right?

Did anybody see the story on the news the last two days. There were three siblings, 10 year old boy, 8 year old girl and an 18 month old in a stroller at the playground....unsupervised no less. The babysitter was not there. A guy came along, took the baby out of the stroller and started running away. The other two kids started screaming and running after him. They got the attention of the adults and teens in the area. The teens joined in the chase. The guy put the toddler down and ran away......that is perfect. Now, do you think the now identified 15 year old was on any s*x offender registry...... That is the point train children what to do because 95% of the time it is not a person on the "tool" that is supposed to keep everyone safe.

Vicki Henry, Women Against Registry

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Posted by Vicki Burton on 03/11/2015 at 10:31 PM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

Can I ask if any of this means putting staffing and scheduling back at the building level? I have never experienced the mismanagement as I have in the past 2 years and it gets worse - CO has no idea the needs of a particular building

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Posted by Lisa DiRenzo Englert on 03/11/2015 at 9:42 PM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

"The superintendent says the board is trying to take away authority that both state law and his contract allow - authority he needs in order to carry out his responsibilities."

That's funny--this is the same argument schools have about Central Office! Give the principals and schools their authority back because WE need it to carry out OUR responsibility, which is to TEACH OUR CHILDREN!}

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Posted by StatingTheObvious on 03/11/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Both Greg Kamp and George Herbert, who head camps for kids, should know that children should be safe, they also should know that parents should take the responsibility of educating their children about sex and not strangers! Strangers are not the ones committing sexual crimes on children. Child sex crimes are usually committed by people they know. look at the research data on recidivism for registered sex offenders, which shows a 2% rate of which is the lowest of any given crime. Wilcox and other politicians should be careful when they play on the fear of the public. Nothing sensible comes out of sensationalism and fear on any subject

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Posted by love prevails on 03/11/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Thank God Wilcox will facilitate studying the research. What he will find is zero evidence supporting residency restrictions. In fact, ironically, what he will find is what he has stated in the last sentence of the article: a feel-good measure that not only does not reduce the re-offense rate but has the potential for raising it.

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Posted by Shelly Stow on 03/11/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “COMEDY | Katt Williams

Williams is also known for not showing up for events, walking out in the middle of shows, and canceling events on short notice. You are better spending your money elsewhere.

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Posted by Frank Thomas Jr. on 03/11/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Our crisis of poverty, racism, and segregation


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Posted by JA on 03/11/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Our crisis of poverty, racism, and segregation

I've lived in this city all but 4 years of my life. I'm 35 yrs old. This is of the reporters opinion, but it's true. Rochester used to be a place of opportunity for all so it seemed, and now it's an empty she'll of dreams and promises. Racial segregation exist widely here, is known, and not dealt with. I hear alot of people talk about people who are receiving Public Assistance (as it was called Welfare), however the picture and image that you have is out of touch with reality. Which is the one of the reasons why not only does.segregation exist but is rapidly growing. My family and I have been in need of assistance in recent times. I am severely disabled and have attempted to work anyway causing alot of medical setbacks. We're were a house hold that made over $70,000, great credit, NO criminal history, and we're still unable to find housing to except us, unless it was low income housing, even though we weren't a low income family. Now that I need these services, I've been told that I can't buy a home because SSI can't be my only income, this is very untrue. Or the rent is so high for a neighborood where you don't hear or see crime on a regular basis, or feel terrorized by law enforcement. Employment or employment programs, for not only ethnic but also for disabled and handicap are almost non existent.

Some if you who make quick and unlearned opinions believing hem to be the truth because that is all you know, may want to look A little harder. Unfortunately the hard core truth is not everyone wants to live proverty, yes segregation is still a thing, yes some do try to do and be better, but you're only going so far with a ceiling over your head. The sky is not the limit for everyone. It's hard to understand the other side especially when we've become so seperated. That is the reason for the need to acknowledge that it a real thing and do something about. One thing that we call do is start with yourself and consider is it possible that we may not completely understand each other and begin to listen.

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Posted by JA on 03/11/2015 at 8:41 AM
Posted by Jimmy Filingeri on 03/11/2015 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

Sorry I flat out disagree with your summary about poverty trumping personnel. Poverty may be the single biggest hurdle in all of this and it complicates learning beyond the comprehension of most but this is all about personnel and this has never been more clear to everyone that works in the district. The district has never had so many high level changes, large-scale blunders, principal discontent, student shuffling, superintendent vs board chair anxiety, volunteer unhappiness, parent confusion, etc. etc. It is criminal and yet everyone stays silent.
Meanwhile district leaders go on creating committees trying to fool everyone that progress is happening. It is sickening. Poverty will always be an issue but until those in power understand and implement front line solutions, things will continue to deteriorate. The one option that has never been fully developed is giving the schools back to those who are in them. Only ownership will change this and the people at the top know this. Nothing could be more personal than that!

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/10/2015 at 4:51 PM

Re: “I Scene It: St. Vincent at Water Street Music Hall

The unfortunate truth is that Water Street is the correct size venue for St. Vincent.

General Admission - Too big for St. Vincent: The Armory, BCA, Harro East
General Admission - Too small for St. Vincent: Bug Jar, Montage, Flour City Station
Seated - Too big for St. Vincent: Auditorium Theatre, Kodak Hall
Seated - Too small for St. Vincent: Kilbourn, Little 1, Hatch

I'm not up to speed on why Water Street doesn't always open the balcony (safety? security?), but it seems like they're missing out on an opportunity to make some extra cash by charging a higher price to be up there. They could probably build a few rows of tiered seating up there for not too much money. I'd gladly pay an extra $10-15 to sit up there and enjoy a performance without having to stand with the herd down below.

Rochester could also benefit from an alcohol-free venue, but that's my pie-in-the-sky idea. I'm fairly certain it wouldn't fly because I just don't think most adults would want to go somewhere where they couldn't get a drink, again, because they prioritize the alcohol/socialization over the music/performance.

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Posted by Stephen Lopez on 03/10/2015 at 10:52 AM

Re: “I Scene It: St. Vincent at Water Street Music Hall

I know exactly what you mean, Stephen. And thanks for the different perspective. I may have been too far forward to hear the chatter, but I know that's always annoying.

You raise a good point about venues in Rochester, too. Along with those seated theaters you mentioned, there is also the Armory, but I'm not sure if that would have been a better fit, either.

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Posted by Jake Clapp on 03/10/2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “I Scene It: St. Vincent at Water Street Music Hall

Jake, we were in the rear, roughly 3 feet from the back of the balcony. Couldn't see a thing back there (I'm 5'9", so... very average). I've been to Water Street dozens of times before and the view from anywhere beyond the front balcony support beams is generally awful. Obviously the bad view is worsened when the room is sold out.
Not seeing wouldn't be quite as bad if it wasn't coupled with only being able to hear the people around us barking conversation at each other. I was wearing ear plugs and they were still cutting through the mix.
I'm definitely beginning to feel like an old misanthropic curmudgeon even though I'm only 35.

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Posted by Stephen Lopez on 03/09/2015 at 2:47 PM

Re: “I Scene It: St. Vincent at Water Street Music Hall

Thanks for the thoughts, Stephen. Where were you standing in Water Street? Did you have problems seeing the stage?

While this time around I had a good view point, I have been stuck in the back of Water Street, where I couldn't see very well.

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Posted by Jake Clapp on 03/09/2015 at 2:03 PM

Re: “I Scene It: St. Vincent at Water Street Music Hall

Wrong venue for a talented band. I'm sure they enjoy the "dirty rock club" vibe, but their performance demands a venue where everyone can see and hear without distraction; in Rochester, I'd say that limits them to a seated venue, but the Auditorium Theater is too large, Kilbourn and Little 1 are too small, and Geva doesn't do rock music (though it'd be amazing if they tried it).

It's a shame Rochester doesn't have a tiered-venue like Buffalo's Town Ballroom or a converted theatre, with a gently sloped floor, like Syracuse's Westcott Theatre.

It's also a shame that concert-goers in our great city tend to prioritize alcohol and socialization over respecting the performers and their fellow audience members. No opening act, nor featured act for that matter, regardless of how unfamiliar or unusual their music is, should have to perform in front of an audience that is more interested in getting sloshed and being seen than listening to and watching a truly great artist.

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Posted by Stephen Lopez on 03/09/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “MCC's new downtown campus on target for 2017 opening

"Too bad they have decided to alter the historic fabric of the building."

So why didn't you buy the building if you felt it should be saved for historical purposes? Have you ever been inside the buildings they are "altering"?

I am all for preserving history but there is nothing historic being changed here - the portions of the buildings being updated were huge rooms filled with cubicles. The historical significance of Kodak is not lost on me but MCC is repurposing buildings that otherwise do not have much significance or use.

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Posted by ITISME on 03/07/2015 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

Brighton charges property owners about $25 per year for sidewalk plowing, the city charges more like $45, yet Brighton's sidewalks seem better plowed. Why? Maybe there is a way for the city to get better plowing without spending more. Relying on property owners to do it isn't working.

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Posted by Irene Allen on 03/07/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

We had a about underground walking/biking tunnels or covered sidewalks.

Or lets just get people to shovel their sidewalks.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/07/2015 at 10:55 AM

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