Great news! Sheppard always seemed like a top-notch individual, and I was disappointed that he was (by most accounts) forced out of his job as police chief by the Warren administration.
Cool Rochester (http://www.CoolRochester.org) had hoped our partnership with the City several years ago would have gotten them off the dime, but it takes a lot to start up a freight train I guess. Good points per usual, Frank!
The gingersnap cortado at Pour is outstanding. I'm so glad to see it highlighted here!
It's surprising and disappointing that your winter guide has few to no outdoor winter activities listed--like the awesome opportunities Rochester and the area offer for skiing, sledding, snowtubing venues, parks that have great winter trails, ice skating, etc.
It does not surprise me , at all , that Rich Funke would be chosen to give a response to the "State of the State". He may be the best public speaker on the bench. So ... looks like NYS is headed in the same direction as Congress. Same old ... same old bickering and fighting without positive results that serve the people and not our elected leaders.
WILL THIS EVER CHANGE IN NYS ?
Craig R. Moffitt
The City of Rochester, NY starts to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast but it’s a start.
It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change with the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership; this is hedging your bets politically.
Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts.
Number one on the Climate Action Plan should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER http://www.cityofrochester.gov/bikerochest…), which is fantastic effort and constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector) ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned.
You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about.
You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so that will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year.
More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…
That's true to an extent, Istvan. But given the deep split in the Democratic Party right now, I think there will be intra-party fights over who gets the nominations. And I'm almost certain that there will be primaries.
Realistically, the only races the Democrats will worry about are those in the County Legislature and for that of County Executive. They already own Rochester's City Council and School Board, no matter which Democrats win in those races.
These Vatos Rock! Don't miss their shows!
Intra-party infighting has no effect on the day to day operations of the DA's Office. Ms Doorly has said herself that her political philosophy has always been more in line with the Republicans. She said she is more comfortable with them. Her switch to Dems was purely self serving. Blame whoever you want, but that is it in a nutshell. The Dems are a mess, but please do not try and pretty up a cold and calculating political move with a "she just had to do it" excuse. I for one do not buy it. She was is and always will be a Republican. She has made that party relent and say "uncle" and endorse her in the next election . She has got her way. Congratulation Ms Doorly ; one has to admire your smarts.
When Joe Morelle left as chair, the party went into free fall. There was enough discord prior because of the battle between him and the Mayor, but, the party chair battle was the complete end of any chance for continued cooperation.
When Dave Garretson became chair it made the situation worse. Doorley wrote a letter to her supporters which explained all the problems. I would rather have a strong DA doing a good job, as she is, then lose her because of political party chaos. I will vote for her for relection.
But my vote aside, how do we fix the party? Who steps up to pull it together? We cannot survive this way! We just lost the highest elected official of the Democratic party...and, I cannot even blame her for making the move. We can gnash our teeth about what happened or we can recognize that this is a real problem...pick one!
I urge our regional elected leaders to forgo the usual political mumbo jumbo. What we need is a collaborative effort to figure out how to get better at what we are already good at.
Unfortunately, this money is not for friends, or the poor, or for the general fund. In addition, I'm sure Governor Cuomo would be impressed if we had a plan for safeguarding this money from corruption.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants massive and innovative infrastructure improvements that would also include better broadband internet. We can do better.
I've noticed that the traffic here is pretty light compared to other cities. Why not consider intelligent traffic signal controllers to further reduce traffic congestion delays? What else? Anyone?
Andrew Cuomo gave a billion taxpayer dollars to Buffalo, and Erie County was one of the few upstate NY counties to vote for his re-election last November. Hmmmm. Now he offers a 'competition' in which seven upstate regions will try to out-beg each other for three $500 million "awards". Four losing regions will get NOTHING. I don't know where to start with this ridiculous farce. Why didn't Buffalo have to compete? Why do any regions have to compete? Upstate is being killed by income taxes, property taxes, state mandates and punishing business regulations. Yet we have to dance to Cuomo's tune and beg for table scraps for his amusement! We are gladiators sentenced to fight each other in Emperor Cuomo's Coliseum!
To manhattanmike: The Monroe County DA is Sandra DOORLEY, not Drooley. Either you don't know her name or didn't correctly spell her name. If you were trying to put her down by purposely misspelling her name as a joke, you should know that resorting to immature name-calling rarely wins anyone over to your argument.
County Republicans have been involved in scandal after scandal over the past few decades while the prosecutor's office has either refused to investigate their actions or unable to do so effectively. We would know nothing about county officials' recent escapades if not for the Attorney General's investigations.
Now, Drooley, who obviously has her eye on higher political office, has switched to the party of those under investigation, which includes--surprise, surprise--Maggie Brooks's husband. Does anyone actually think that Drooley will risk her career to throw some of these bums in jail?
We have lacked honest county government in decades. Without an honest, dedicated watchdog in the DA's office, we'll never have one again.
Everything is safe when something promises money and jobs.
Something worth mentioning AGAIN here is the abject HYPOCRISY exhibited by Yvonne Taylor and the "Business Coalition" Wineries as the try to deprive others of LPG, yet use it freely and depend on it themselves. For the proof in pictures see these two articles:
The 26 Mythical Constructs of Gas Free Seneca are covered in this 4-part series ending here (with links to the first 3 parts):
And as to how well THE ITHACANS are received in Watkins Glen:
And to find out about the already 29-OTHER ENERGY STORAGE FACILITIES IN UPSTATE see the NYS DEC Map in:
GET EDUCATED and you won't fall for the idiots preaching "Gloom and Doom" on their soapboxes!
Anyone who thinks the Gas Free Seneca site gives "independent" information is a horrible fool!! They are bought and paid for with Park Foundation money, via the Sustainable Markets Foundation to launder it. Also Rockefeller and Heinz Foundations -- John Kerry's fool wife. The Rockefellers want to keep the land cheap -- until they've bought it all up, then sell at a tremendous profit after fracking is finally allowed in some future decade. The 'left' is trying to steal private property rights -- an old Communist/Socialist/Progressive trick. The people living around the project are all for it. NONE have been arrested as the fools from Ithaca have been -- 180 now.
Whom is it that gives a c@#p !!! Just get reelected and make the office conviction rate 99% ; not 97%, or 94%. There is nothing new ABOUT the County being controlled by Republicans and the City Controlled by Democrats. If all would just work together in partnerships that benefit the entire area.
I am more concerned about whom will win the County Executive Seat whether it is Cheryl DInalfo or Sandra Frankel...please work together and put aside politics and bring back cooperation. Work with the Mayor of Rochester and let us see the great things that can be accomplished.
Craig Robert Moffitt
Molly Clifford has been in Rochester / Monroe County Politics for many years... Bob Duffy's Campaign Manager; former Democratic Party Chair; a few appointments to City Govt'; as well as more that I am unaware of over the years.
Molly would be an asset to her neighborhood and the community at large...
Go for it Molly...
Craig Robert Moffitt
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