Clifford is Democratic Leader of the 28th Legislative District and should resign her leadership position for being exposed for not supporting the Party's nominee. She is free to support who she wishes but not as a Democratic Party Leader. To make matters worse, she doesn't even live in the 28th District. Shameful conduct and shame on Chairman Morelle for allowing this to happen free of consequence.
Saying this is all about race is ridiculous. You make it sound like Rochester has never had a black mayor before. One who was pretty overwhelmingly elected, if my memory serves me correct. And I know that City solidly endorsed him.
Clint, City will not be honest about this story. They are just as guilty as those you rightfully point to.
I think it's interesting that you say, "conventional wisdom casts third parties such as the Greens as agitators who exist on the political fringe..." By "conventional wisdom" I assume you mean to take the Republican-Democratic Party (singular) stance of "you get to _choose_ between Kang and Kodos" and give it some kind of aw-shucks homespun spin. It is not "conventional wisdom" at all, but a deception that has been parlayed iteratively for the past 60 years of politics.
And when you speak of "the media" and how it "hasn't paid a lot of attention to their campaigns" or how it has excluded Green Party candidates from debates, it sounds like you're referring to an outside third-party. I don't know if you were aware, but The City is part of said "media" and just as culpable.
The "Weekly Alternative" years ago became part of the loathsome Rochester Establishment. This comes as no surprise and demonstrates once again that City Newspaper no longer represents those principles it espoused when it came into existence.
I want to apologize, in advance for the bluntess of my comments. First, there is no small amount of racial implications to all of this. If, for example, Elaine Spaull had won this primary, non of this silliness would be going on. Instead, because a black woman won, we go through this dance.
Second, the Mayor was out because of family responsibilities but, if he is annointed, he will not say he will not serve. As a democrat, this hypocrisy is sickening to me. It will take our party years to recover from this.
Third, Patty Mc Carthy is close to Joe Morelle, as is Fran Weisberg (sp?) so, it is apparent that he is also involved, because they both are. So, all in all, the big tent party has become a big tent when blacks suit their need, but, not when they may lead.
City, hopefully, will be honest about this story. This is about race...we need to stop this farce and rally behind the real democrat!
In defense of shallow insignificance? Now there's a unique position I would have never predicted.
Rochester New York is a far cry from D.C. Just like common sense is a FAR cry from stupidity.
He dropped out of the race. And that is true whatever ones political position. This is bizarre and in my opinion counterproductive. I think that this suspension of belief and acceptance about the results of a fair election has the potential to be very divisive - setting the entire community back. It is as if you are saying some citizens, the ones that bothered to vote, don't matter.
I live in the South Wedge and my partner owns a bar in the area. I have recently been victim to car vandalisms, car break in, and home robbery. We'd like to be involved in any planning to make our neighborhood a safe place.
Thank you, City News, for very clearly defining the issues as they are. What matters here, what has always mattered, is who can best lead the city? Politics aside, that answer is painfully clear.
I have read and appreciated the work of City Newspaper for over three decades. And while I have not always agreed with the opinions I have always found them to be fair and well considered. I find your decision to endorse a person that is not running an utter and complete shock that contradicts everything I have respected about City News in the past. Are we to believe that this city has only one person capable of serving as mayor? I will find it extremely difficult to pick up or go to your website from this point on.
Long time reader
I like the changes made by the D&C. Before the change, everyone at lunch would pass sections of the D&C around, look through them quickly and pass them on. Now we all manage to find something of interest to read.
I would say that in 2013, quality over quantity does not apply to print news media. With few exceptions, everyone has cut the number and quality of stories. So, especially in the case of the D&C, quantity makes things more palatable without an increase of quality. Now, at least, the D&C can be a part of my news gathering.
What is the point? What is the point of endorsing a candidate who is no longer running? Your endorsement (or is it an anti-endorsement?) shows a sad lack of courage to make a decision based on reality. While you are clear to point out candidates you believe are unworthy of the position of Mayor and, therefore, the votes to get there, you totally missed your own point by telling people to vote for a candidate who does not want the job. Your endorsement of Tom Richards belongs in the realm of pure fantasy.
Endorsing Richards may also be extremely disrespectful of the reason he stopped campaigning. He left to focus on family issues. Your endorsement might seem like an intrusion into his family time.
Most important, your endorsement of Tom Richards does nothing to help the people of Rochester decide between the two candidates who are still running and who truly want to be mayor.
Maybe voters can boil it down to one simple personality trait: courage. Alex White wants to debate the issues with Lovely Warren, but Lovely is afraid to debate. Lovely will not honor the voters of Rochester with a much-needed discussion of the issues. She is afraid she cannot shine compared to White and she is also afraid to validate White as a candidate. The next Mayor of Rochester has to have courage. Alex White has courage…Lovely Warren does not.
I would love to be a part of this. My partner and I bought a house in the heart of the Wedge and I would like to help keep it safe.
Emily Good is the only challenger to the Republican incumbent for County Sheriff. When given the opportunity to reach readers, she makes a strong case for restorative justice, and points out ways that we could be participating in local governments and communities, but do not -- and the reasons why we shirk these duties. She is also very well versed in the corruptions that take place under the current status-quo-maintaining administrator.
Having gotten to know Good over the past few years, I've begun to understand the vast difference between how she is portrayed and who she really is. Whatever your feelings are about Good, the driving force behind her decision to run for sheriff deserves a closer look.
MJN: I love republicans who come to the light and become Democrats. We need more of them, especially in the County. I say, "Welcome!"
Kudo's to a wonderful actress. We want to see more of Thomas Smalley (Aggy Dune)
Why do stories like this have to start off with the idea that Lovely has nothing to gain by debating. There is a supposition that this is all about the candidates and not at all about citizens needing information to elect someone with ideas to lead a city.
Thanks, Christine. Totally understand. Look forward to hearing more about this and the progress the group makes - I also agree that that park at the corner of Alexander and South has become a trouble spot and prized location for people hanging out and drinking.
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