if "none" got 19 votes for politician, shouldn't it have been on the ballot?
It would be easy to look at this as money well spent. It's tempting to want to THANK the No More Casinos Coalition. The problem is; that's blood money they're spending. It's part of the profits from the gambling; the winnings. And the casino, racino, racetrack, etc., ALWAYS wins. So, it's not even fair.
Anonymous Willpower - Fox Sisters - 5Head - best bands in the city. Period.
Pour Coffee - more like new ultra- religious establishment. The Pastor owner and almost entire church affiliated staff using coffee to spread the gospel. There's nothing like a hallelujah hopped up on caffeine!
The "benefit of the doubt" is what Warren might have been granted in January or February-maybe even March when her earlier 'crook and crony' style was revealed. At this point, her lies are so patently obvious that there isn't much of a doubt remaining. Defending the actions of the various parties here is to be willfully blind or partisan.
How much did McFadden previously earn? Of course, we "must" give the benefit of the doubt and assume that $140,000 is just a standard 10-20% raise over his former non-profit salary. (His new salary is undoubtedly for his own profit regardless of the RHA's tax status.)
It's hard to know how to feel about this sort of spending on a new train station. I like the idea of Rochester having a nice modern train station, and it doesn't seem right to forever back-burner a new train station just because there's some road or some bridge somewhere in need of repair -- there always will be.
Despite whatever shortcomings it has, the current train station has worked for a lot of years and the new one is expensive. Meanwhile the idea of travelling by train is no less than a couple generations out of date and - notwithstanding the dream of high speed rail repeatedly trotted out as a Democrat campaign issue - that reality is not scheduled to change.
Amtrak is fine for a weekend trip to New York since it gets you there in good time and because you won't need your car. Passenger rail is an awkward fit for most other travel scenarios for a variety of reasons mostly centered around car or air travel usually being a better option.
Lawmakers should have talked about the SAFE act BEFORE they crammed it through in secrecy. At this point O'Brien is not talking about the law, he's using tragedies for his selfish political advancement.
And as far as this statement: "The actual mission of the agency is way down the priority list." you are entitled to your opinion, but it is just that.................an opinion. With all of your research do you even know the mission statement of the agency? I googled it for you...........................MISSION STATEMENT "Rochester Housing Authority is an essential housing resource for the greater Rochester area providing quality housing opportunities and related services for those in need."
Now please tell me what in McFadden's very public history of serving this city do you think are at odds with that?? Not a thing.
It amazes me how people are so quick to say that McFadden isn't qualified for the position, when few know the extent of his qualifications, and are probably clueless of the job description itself. Without knowledge of those two "FACTS", people are making assumptions. Here's an idea.......what if McFadden IS the best man for the job who just HAPPENS to be a councilman and a friend of the mayor? Oh, and let's not forget..........has a HISTORY of serving this community.
For those with so much negativity to spew................what have you done for anyone else lately???
Cannot wait for the high speed rail too. We will have to build a single, additional line of track for high speed train travel. I have waited about 30 years for this high speed rail...and I can wait a little longer. Rochester Monroe County really needed a new train station as well. Thanks to all that made it possible. Who will buy the locomotive that can travel at speeds up to 100 mph ?
Craig R. Moffitt
It is enough to say that this is merely the latest incident of scandal involving the Warren Administration, her allies and their mentor.
At worst, she has been aware of what was going on, but didn't count on the public outcry against it. Hence her "concerned" pose, demanding McFadden's resignation, which he won't give, and not demanding Moses' resignation, which he would have to give.
She is counting on her popularity to allow this thing to blow over, like everything else that has happened this year.
At best, she is like the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and has summoned up demons she cannot exorcise.
Either way, her fitness to continue in the high office she has attained is questionable.
The Safe Act is about school shootings...why wouldn't those who supported it talk about school shootings?
To Clint's point, I don't think anyone would argue that there aren't roads or bridges that need repair in our community. That said, we seem to spend quite a lot on maintaining and expanding that infrastructure (e.g. $100m for new 390 exits near U of R) and relatively little on things like rail. Replacing the fairly depressing 30 year old "temporary" terminal with something more functional and appealing will likely increase ridership and make it a more viable option for a wider section of our community. While a lot of us have cars, there are plenty of folks who don't or for those who do, would choose to use other modes of transport if they were easy and appealing. I am glad to see they've broken ground on this project.
Thank you for pointing out the mistake, Penfield Players. The story has been corrected.
Warren has showed remarkable "amateurism" to date. I have the utmost confidence in making the assumption that her mayoral term is all but done. No need to go any further w/this one.
'Rob Warren of the benefit of the doubt'?
Maybe if the Mayor issued any kind of transparent and substantive statement a reasonable person could give her the benefit of the doubt. Until that happens one can only form an opinion based on the facts at hand and those are that the Mayor's self-appointed board terminated an employee with a long term contract without cause or explanation and immediately appointed a person closely aligned with the Mayor but completely lacking any qualifications for the position. Then lied about it. All of this could cost taxpayers close to $1 million.
I don't have a lot of love for appointees to important public positions that have zero qualifications - it doesn't matter who it is.
And I think it's telling that the Mayor did not ask for the resignation of Moses, who could not refuse but did ask for McFadden's, who could. Thinly veiled political cover as the article points out.
The entire affair is wrapped in corruption, incompetence, amateurism, half-truths and lies.
I hope this isn't what the public can expect from this administration.
Phone number for advance tickets is actually 340-8655.
Excellent write-up, looking forward to the interpretations.
Finally! This train station gets used a lot. Travel by train is cost effective, better for the environment, and a lot more relaxing than driving. I am GLAD they are building a new train station to promote train travel in WNY and beyond. If we only ever focus on our cars and our highways, then we will become isolated from the rest of the country. Safe bridges and roads are important. And they're working on it. But that train station has needed help for a long time. I am glad they finally got it together and are starting work.
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