Christine... in case you have not lived in Rochester Monroe County for a very long time ? Allow me to explain a aspect or view of Democratic and Republican Control of City and County Govt's.
Republicans control the County of Monroe and Democrats control the City of Rochester... Mark Assini almost beat Louise Slaughter and may do so in his next bid against her. Republicans are taking control of the NYS Senate and Democrats control the Assembly.
If Doorly wanted to win this year she had no choice but to switch to the Republican Party to win this year, as District Attorney, in Monroe County by her choice. Cheryl Dinalfo will be the next County Executive ... My hope, in the future, is that Cheryl and Lovely will really begin to work together in more than words and committees...but real meaningful financial commitments and collective, cooperative work between the MC Legislature and City Council... with taxpayer dollars beyond the Morin Ryan Tax Share agreement.
All I would ask of Sandra would be to raise her conviction rate to 99 % instead of the current 94%.
And, finally Sandra Frankel will be the choice of the Monroe County Democratic Committee to run against Cheryl in my opinion. And, I am pretty sure that Sandra approached the Chair of the Monroe County Republican Committee but not in your theory. We will never get the truth in any event...
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Totally agree with other comments. Same old same old. People need decent jobs and an education that prepares them to get one. Here we have an education system that does the opposite. It lies by rewarding mediocrity and allows failure on a grand scale. Eventually these students turn to young adults and likely parents, many of whom will depend on the very agencies who depend on this failing cycle. The agencies leading the fight to fix the problem are in business because the problem exist. What would happen if no one needed public assistance?
Bandwagons are great. Come up with a "no brainer" idea and everyone will jump on board. But as George O'Connor points out, if this issue was truly in the hearts and minds of politicians, the problem would be solved by now.
But then again, "task force" is simply the illusion that something is being done. In reality it is just more window dressing that politicians put up to temporarily satisfy the public and ultimately hide what is actually going to solve the poverty problem--not much .
As for Joe Morelle as a replacement for Louise Slaughter, we can do better. Louise's replacement should be female and someone far more dynamic than Joe. Someone fresh and untainted by a career in state politics would be nice.
How can City report this with a straight face?
How long has Morrelle been in office anyway? I don't remember him EVER taking a courageous position on poverty, minimum wage, child care, affordable housing, gun control, education or other issues that Democrats care about. Everyone in the know--with the exception of this paper, apparently--understands that Morrelle's getting ready for a bid for Congress and is angling to shore up the base before he's tapped as Louise's heir apparent. This task force is just a ploy to create a record where there isn't one, with the bonus of co-opting Warren's agenda and pissing off Gantt.
As an added benefit, the task force gives Morrelle a platform for one of his rising stars/cronies-- Vinnie Esposito-- to talk up poverty too before he announces his bid for County Executive. That was on full display at last week's Poverty Breakfast at the RBA whose Duffy is getting dangerously cozy with the Morrelle side of the Dem's civil war. Looking forward to Vinnie putting his money where his mouth is and including some of that poverty rhetoric into the economic development plan. I'm sure the fat cats won't mind.
Dear friends on the task force: you've been played and now you're on the hook for endless meetings and photo opps that will lead to no change. Be that a lesson, Rochester.
At first, I thought this headline said "Porsches." And I had less sympathy.
I am in the Transit Center several times a week, often in the afternoon, and it is much worse than this article or its accompanying editorial portray. Kids are constantly in motion and there is a culture of intimidation. God forbid it is perceived that you might be looking at someone the wrong way. I have heard numerous stories of kids sucker punching strangers as they exit the bus, for fun. I am a big advocate of both downtown and public transit but this situation is out of control. These kids should not be on public transportation. Period. Does someone have to die or be severely injured to put this issue on the table? I suggest your editor and your staff writers spend the hour between 3 and 4pm on a school day in the Transit Center, then write this stuff.
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I see two (2) possible solutions:
1) bring back neighborhood schools where children go to schools without having to go downtown. No bussing.
2)any city bus that services a school does NOT stop downtown at all..
Why cant First Transportation buses be used to pick children up in their neighborhoods like they do in the suburbs? Are the neighborhoods that unsafe that school buses cant be used? Is the cost that much different from RTS busing students vs First Transportation or some other busing company busing students?
If you look at the numbers and the continued growth in poverty levels, one conclusion you can come to is that organizations like ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation have made no impact whatsoever on reducing the problem. Neither organization - or any other group supposedly "battling poverty" - is willing to tackle the true drivers of poverty: an explosion in out-of-wedlock births and rampant truancy for school age kids in the city of Rochester.
The article states that the high cost of housing contributes to poverty. What irks me is how many of our elected officials are millionaires and how many own rental property.
Rochester has a poverty problem which cannot be denied. That said, the data from the Rochester Area Community Foundation needs to be examined closely. The poverty rate data works against old northeast and northern midwest cities which suffer from arbitrary boundaries - boundaries which make the cities a tiny percentage of the metro area as a whole. For instance. the city of Rochester comprises only 19.4% of the entire metro area. Conversely, Raleigh, NC comprises 35.5% of its metro area and Oklahoma City comprises 46.3% of its metro area.
If the city of Rochester were redrawn to include Irondequoit, Brighton, Greece, and Henrietta, the city would then make up 40% of the metro area and an apples to apples comparison could be made. Under such a circumstance, the poverty rate would fall from 32.9% to 19.9% - BELOW the midpoint of 22.9% for similarly sized regions. That would place Rochester in the ballpark of Raleigh (16.2%), Oklahoma City (18.2%), and Salt Lake City (19.9%).
Again, this is not to deny our poverty problem. It simply serves to:
1. Promote a more fair discussion
2. Avoid making our self-perception problem worse than it needs to be
Everyone interesting in fixing climate change needs to read Naomi Klein's latest call This Changes Everything.
It was all part of the status quo game they play.
It is the responsibility of Mayor Lovely Warren to solve this problem because a perception that downtown is unsafe will keep people away. It appears that these knuckleheads preferred to be outside in the bitter cold so they could fight. I don't know what the answer is.
I get it that this article is mostly about the older students who use the transit system, but I think there's room for improvement in how younger students are transported too.
I sometimes walk to work during the morning hour and this experience has given me the sense that the school district has a wrong idea of where many of the grade school-aged children live in my neighborhood. I see a lot of yellow buses repeatedly stopping and honking their horns but with no kids ever coming out of the house. Two or three stops in a row I've seen this go on.
There's many different yellow buses swarming the same streets in my neighborhood, I think because area kids are enrolled to many different schools.
For decades, politicians on both sides of the aisle kowtowed to the teachers' union. Oh they'd spout a few platitudes about needing change, but ultimately it was business as usual. Now that finally someone has actually stated that changes will happen, it's war. Sorry teachers' unions, the party is over. I just never guessed it would happen under a liberal governor with the last name of Cuomo.
Morelle didn't have the support of the downstate Democrats who control the state.
Morelle certainly didn't have the support of the upstate Republicans.
Morelle never sought the support of his local Democratic arch-enemy David Gantt.
The fifth amendment of our Constitution states "..nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law". This has been extended to prohibit the regulatory taking of land by depriving you the USE of your private property. Tom Reed has a good point here.
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