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Re: “Astorino talks tax plan in Rochester stop

"Living beyond its means and relying on gimmicks disguised as tax relief". Hmm, like how we always hear someone at West Main St. talk about maintaining the property tax RATE, which isn't the same thing as actual taxes paid? Tax assessments keep getting hiked year after year or "one shots" like state aid and tobacco settlement money are used to balance the budget (or things are just cut). Anything to avoid raising taxes. Even if that means the county may be bankrupted by 2020. Not that Maggie cares anymore. She's term-limited and isn't going to run for Louise's seat again. She'll just enjoy her pension and accumulated earnings of almost $1.5 million, on top of her husband's pension and salary.

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Posted by steve on 10/15/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Astorino talks tax plan in Rochester stop

Kind of rich that Maggie suggests that the state uses gimmicks to finance... out of all the county execs, she would know a finance gimmick to make her finance numbers work. Maybe she wants credit for thinking of the gimmicks first?

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Posted by Watcher on 10/15/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

You're joking, right? Are you guys actually journalists? I mean, "professional journalists?"

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Posted by Rich Sloma on 10/15/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

O'Brien says he responds to input from constituents? Only when it's convenient apparently. He voted for Cuomo's anti-gun SAFE ACT like all the rest of Cuomo's rubber-stamp legislators - no debate, no discussion and a highly questionable process. Is O'Brien proud of that accomplishment?

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Posted by Axel on 10/15/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

City is hopeless. You present yourself as some kind of objective truth squad for the media and then you go and gloss over or simply lie about what any non Republican does. Cuomo violated the NY constitution in order to pass the SAFE act, but that's ok because City can't bring itself to defend any aspect of legal gun use in NY, or really anywhere. If Pataki had strongarmed, bribed and made up new rules to ram through one of his pet projects, City would have rightly blasted him for it. No mention of the 400,000 and rising NY residents who have fled the kind of laws and policies Cuomo and City endorse. He might create some jobs in new tech that has failed before, but he certainly has driven out thousands of jobs and business thanks to the SAFE act, but that's ok with City because all those businesses and jobs were related to legal firearms. The day City examines the utter failure of NY gun laws to stop Illegal gun crime, will be a first. I'd love to see the video of someone asking the 3 staffers who wrote this, to describe what is required to own a handgun in Monroe county.
He 'bolstered' food industries? LOL, yeah ask any landowner about the rising property taxes thanks to mandates from Albany via NYC. I'm not a paid reporter like Jeremy, Tim and Christine, but even I know that the $2 Billion school technology effort has 2 parts that would interest your readers. First the payments by the state for any iPads, etc, that upstate might receive from this debt will be over an EIGHT year period. Maybe City is still using some 8 year old computers, but most people don't. Especially people who are training someone for the latest operating systems and programs. The other part of this new debt that might interest City is the fact that part, maybe a large part of the debt is to repair NYC schools. I keep hearing how well NYC is doing, how they really support upstate and then everyone at City along with the rest of us get to rebuild NYC schools that we will never see.
Some would read the Womens's Equality Act as the countries most extreme late term abortion law, but that's the way City always covers abortion. Never a mention of how to handle tragic medical emergencies as exceptions instead of what ever you want to call killing a healthy baby girl or boy. Bill Clinton emphasized the idea that we as a country ought to work harder to make abortion rare. I guess that's not 'militant' enough for many.
When NY state spends millions and years to 'study' fracking and when we are next door to PA where thousands of fracked gas wells are producing gas, is it really too much to ask to expect City to be critical of this Gov for not releasing the NY fracking study? Oh right, the report might support fracking and the objective, looking for the truth, City can't have that.
You really want to mention Sandy? Just because other NY outlets can't be bothered to ask why billions of that aid aren't accounted for, is no reason you guys shouldn't wonder why that effort is still incomplete years after the event. I suppose politicians have to sort out their priorities before they act, but a lot of people suffered unnecessarily because of more talk than action before, during and after that storm. Cuomo ought to receive his share of blame for that instead of you touting him as 'responding well to natural disasters.'
NY state is dead last in too many categories to continue to blow smoke for liberal theories, but it is fun to pretend the problem is the right instead of actually looking at things like, how effective was the ballistic fingerprinting law? What is the crime rate of police in this state vs NY permit holders? Come on, at some point even the most die hard, far left, liberal at your paper must have a moment where you think the propaganda is just not right. You advance this world by being truthful, NOT by pushing a lie or shouting a half truth. You are one of the last surviving print outlets, please do your job better.

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Posted by Registered Democrat on 10/15/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Only the rich are unaffected by The Cuomo Law. They already have effective protection, usually armed security. Others are at the mercy of nuts and felons. If you like the peril, vote democrat. If not, vote for someone else.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on 10/15/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

You write this like everyone was on board with his gun control scheme. I suggest you take a look at some of the front lawns upstate.

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Posted by 173c on 10/15/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Only the rich are unaffected by Cuomo's law. They already have effective self protection, usually armed security. Others will suffer at the hands of nuts and felons. If you like being defenseless, vote democrat. if not vote Republican. Not complicated.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on 10/15/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Cuomo is the most corrupt politician in NY, by a LOT. He is currently under federal investigation for corrupting his "anti corruption" committee. This newspaper is a joke. http://online.wsj.com/articles/federal-investigation-looks-at-cuomo-and-moreland-commission-referrals-1407459680

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Posted by citysucks on 10/15/2014 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

He represents Noone but his own self serving interests. 3 men control the entire 20 million slaves who live in New York. This is not how government was set up according to our Constitution. This is arrogance at its pinnacle and corruption to the highest order. Mr Como belongs in a prison cell.

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Posted by Sherman Kearns on 10/15/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Wow! How hard did you guys have to hold your nose while writing this endorsement?

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Posted by D. Bingo on 10/15/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Unfortunately, rather than objectively look at issues, you advocate for one side..... Left/liberal, therefore not a surprise you support O'Brien. I don't blame Rich for not agreeing to an interview. There is no guarantee it would not have be slanted and biased in both questioning and "reportage".

His views on things other than guns and abortion are documented in his campaigne literature and website/Facebook page. The fact he is leading in the polls by >25% should tell you We the People are a bit dissatisfied with the current administration.

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Posted by Ed Mathes on 10/15/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

Johnny,

I am sure much of my work going back 48 years has made some people very unhappy, especially those who went to prison, lost their jobs or lost election to an office for misconduct or whose subsidies or tax favors were halted. It has also brought joy to the innocent wrongly accused or convicted of things they did not do, the honest being punished for resisting demands that they look the other way and taxpayers who were saved from costly policies, including the more than a quarter of a trillion dollars (over just the first ten years) of tax dodges stopped because of my reporting.

I correct all errors promptly and forthrightly. If you find factual mistakes please contact me at davidcay@me.com. As for roundedness, please advise what facts you think I am not putting on the table.

You err in asserting I teach two days a week for a six-figure paycheck at U of R -- I teach one day a week for five figures at Syracuse. Also, its "spiel," not "speal."

As for whether I "earn" my paycheck, student evaluators consistently give very high marks to my Syracuse law and graduate business school courses on the law of the ancient world and some have said it was the most informing course they ever took; at USC in LA, where I taught once a week for eight years, students rated courses based on value received for their tuition. One year my journalism course was ranked #1 value in the entire undergraduate college. Other top schools have recruited me, and some hire me for lectures, so evidently their deans feel my teaching adds value.

Troll Whisperer, thanks for the kind words. The top 1% in 2012, based on tax returns, started much lower than you wrote. The 1% began at $394,000, with half of those reporting less than $612,000 of adjusted gross income.

Measuring only pay for work (wages, salaries, bonuses, stock option profits) the top 1% starts at $250,000 and the top half of 1% starts at less than $400,000. Half of workers earned less than $27,500 in 2012 and 92.6% were paid less than $100,000.

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Posted by davidcayjohnston on 10/15/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Booting Ted O'Brien and electing a Republican state senate would put Cuomo rightly in his place. Cuomo likes to brag how his "bipartisan efforts" with the senate Republican and Independent Democratic Coalition made all sorts of progress. (Although NY is still the highest-taxed most business-unfriendly state in America. This is progress?). That all changed last June when Cuomo courted the liberal Working Families Party for their endorsement in a move to shore up his liberal credentials, with the promise to pursue a more "progressive agenda". With that he threw away the working arrangement with the state senate. Good luck Rich Funke!

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Posted by Bart on 10/15/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Siena Poll puts Funke well ahead of O'Brien in Senate race

Ted is familiar with the Monroe County part of his district but apparently not with the Ontario County part. If he was he would have known that his vote for the SAFE Act would turn any rural voters who voted for him two years ago against him. If he had voted no or abstained he might be heading for a second term. Voting yes went against at least half of his constituency. A drive to Naples shows the proof with anti-SAFE Act signs lining the roads. Ted believes in the SAFE Act, fine, but it's hard to believe he didn't know what a hornet's nest it would stir up in the rural southern half of his district.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/15/2014 at 2:40 AM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Ted O'Brien's vote for the SAFE Act is why he will be a one term senator.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/15/2014 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Gone Girl"

"He gets a phone call -- the movie never makes it quite clear who calls -- and rushes home to find signs of a break-in and his wife gone."

Nick's neighbor calls him at the bar to let him know that his cat got out. You can tell this because Nick addresses his neighbor by name on the phone. This is immediately followed by Nick pulling up to his house, seeing the cat, then waving to his neighbor and thanking him for calling. I'm not sure how that could get any clearer.

And while "Gone Girl" and "Presumed Innocent" may explore some similar themes, their respective plots resemble one another in only the most cursory of ways.

Posted by Frank on 10/15/2014 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

Um, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting, author of five critically lauded books, working his way up the ranks as an investigative reporter, staring as a teen, authoring an enormous number of quality pieces, to name just a couple of things based on, you know, merit; earning, not "earning." Oh and a six figure salary gets you in the top 20%; to get into the top 1% means making well over half a million per year. And if Johnston does, more power to him. Whatever he makes he has earned through hard work.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 10/14/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

David Cay Johnston must be the biggest blowhard in the world. First, he's one of the 1%ers, "earning" a 6 figure salary at UR to teach 2 classes per week. Second, all he does is contribute to the problem of income inequality by doing nothing but pissing people off. He only states one side of the story. Put ALL of the facts on the table and his whole speal goes away.

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Posted by johnny on 10/14/2014 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

STRANGE PRONOUNCEMENTS

1.During the 2013-2014 school year, the Rochester school district spent $11 million on grade retention (holding students back)." REALLY --- HOW SO???

2. WOULDN'T Y'ALL LIKE TO KNOW WHO COMPOSES THE "12-person leadership team that formed earlier this year [and that] has assembled the Community Task Force on School Climate, which is a broader group of parents, teachers, students, law enforcement personnel, health and human services providers, nonprofit agencies, and neighborhood and civic leaders??? DO ANY OF YOU KNOW A SINGLE "TEACHER" OR "STUDENT" ON THE SO- CALLED "TASK FORCE?"

3. AS USUAL, LOOK WHOSE "LEADING:" "Rubin, who led the development of the task force..."

4. "Board member Mary Adams says, ..." MUST BE GETTING CLOSE TO ELECTION TIME.

5. "To help bridge that gap, [ i.e.,] too many city school district employees don't come from the same background where our students come --- Vargas and members of the task force have sought out the help of the Advancement Project. The nonprofit, which is based in Washington, DC, works with parents and community groups to promote a more culturally sensitive school climate and a fairer approach to school discipline." WHAT??? IT'S NOT "PARENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS" THAT NEED TO BE "WORKED WITH" IN ORDER TO FOSTER "A MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE." WHAT???

6. "The Advancement Project takes a civil rights approach to its work with community groups to break down institutional barriers to change..." WHAT???

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/14/2014 at 1:43 PM

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