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Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Patron Saint of downtown? Seriously? Could this interview be any more one sided?

When I saw the cover of City Newspaper I was stunned. I thought sure, this is going to be a puff piece. .

It is hard to get the true story out of corporations but I think it is time for developers to pay their own way rather than sucking up our diminishing resources.

There is nothing in this piece about all the money that Buckingham Properties taken from the city, county and NYS. There is nothing about the purchase of valuable real estate from the city for pennies on the dollar, if that. Nothing about the failed job development that caused Buckingham Properties to have tax incentives taken away by NY State. Most companies don't hire new employees when they move they just shift them around from place to place and get tax breaks.

Fair and balanced article? I think not.

The city and all the taxpayers are paying for a lot of these projects in the city.

Below is an excerpt from the article in The Rochester Business Journal with the link to the article included below.

The board's thumbs-down came May 4, upholding regulatory changes included in then-Gov. David Paterson's 2009-10 state budget. The decision was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of the Empire State Development Corp.

"The Cuomo administration has been clear that it views the Empire Zone program as a waste of taxpayer dollars, and we moved aggressively to eliminate the program," Adams said in a statement. "Therefore, I am pleased with the decisions by the Empire Zone Designation Board not to overturn the original decertifications by the commissioner."

Adams, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Inc. from 2006 through 2010, was recruited by Cuomo to lead the ESDC in January 2011, replacing Pittsford resident Dennis Mullen.

"Applications were reviewed in a thorough and open process, and now a final decision has been reached by the board to affirm the decertification of businesses that were not in compliance with the requirements of the Empire Zone program," Adams said.

The three Buckingham Properties sites were among those decertified three years ago by the ESDC.

"We've been fighting it since 2009," said Laurence Glazer, Buckingham Properties CEO, of the ruling. "They were in place. They were halfway through, or two-thirds of the way through, the whole program."

Tax breaks for the 33 entities were quashed after they were decertified by the ESDC for failing to meet newly imposed requirements for job creation and capital investment.

All Empire Zone participants were reviewed by the ESDC in 2009 to determine whether workers and/or real estate were transferred to a business with similar ownership and whether investments met program standards.

Manufacturers were required to generate $10 in wages, benefits and capital investments for every $1 in tax credits to be accepted into the program, the 2009-10 budget stated. Non-manufacturers in Empire Zones were required to show a projected ratio of $20-to-$1.

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Posted by Dorothy Paige on 07/03/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/2

Good for Feedback writer Lori Marra! She asks the correct questions regarding the overlay of a special downtown tax zone...the same questions Ann MacQuay and the residents of Grove Place asked back in the early 1990's when this proposal last came bubbling up from RDDC. Sorry but Red Shirts, et. al, are NOT a magic pill solution. Nor is a special tax overlay without very specific information. And once in, these never go away no matter how abused.

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Posted by Shirley Dawson on 07/03/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

An optimist among nay sayers, what a breath of fresh air. Thank you for refreshing the minds of Greater Rochester of the incredible central cities in America. Rochester's potential can be seen 60 miles to the west.
Your understanding of risk, (which our region is often adverse to), remains an important component of change. Downtown has left the starting gate of a new future lets hope the crowds cheer and join in the race. I certainly will!

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 07/03/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “CSI: invasive species

According to some sources, the Erie Canal (or in its earliest incarnation, the canal, or Clinton’s ditch) issued the sea lamprey to the Great Lakes. There might be more invasives that made their way to the Great Lakes via the canal, but I don’t think the canal is just “taking on a new, undesirable role as a pathway for the spread of aquatic invasive species.”

Note: “It is not clear whether it is native to Lake Ontario, where it was first noticed in the 1830s, or whether it was introduced through the Erie Canal which opened in 1825.[”

More on Invasive Species in our area:…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 07/03/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Bob Duffy's mythology doesn't always stand up to scrutiny

I will stand with Bob Duffy until someone even begins to do the things that he prevented risking his life and starting with an armed robbery on Lyell Ave.; countless wins over the spread of Narcotics in Rochester while Captain of Narcotics Squad; the undercover sting of two prominent policeman at very high levels in the Police Dept. in the late 80's and early 90's; Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police.

As well, a difficult win for the Mayoral Seat against all odds; pulling the plug on the Fast Ferry ; reorganization of a fragmented police dept. to save money; zero tolerance when an officer was shot and almost killed; and then BEING ASKED to be a running mate of Andrew Cuomo; touring the entire state on a regular basis to help improve the entire NEW YORK STATE ECONOMY...did LT. Gov. Patterson put forth such an effort while LT. Gov. ( no he did not but could have ). I say " you don't know what you've got til its gone ". Show or tell me about another person with such distinguished service. Ryan, Johnson, Mayor Warren... not even close. But we shall see soon.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/02/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Back in the eighties, Buckingham bought up a bunch of warehouse space on University Avenue, near Culver. Everyone though they were crazy. I remember Mr. Glazer saying they wanted to be ready when the new University Ave. off-ramp from the newly rebuilt Can of Worms brought more traffic to the street. Now that piece of University is humming. Genius.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 07/02/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Can you crowdsource prosthetic limbs? Yes, you can.

I am teaching a group of Academic level international students and we used this article for a reading comprehension quiz. Additionally,they had to define "crowdsource," "profound" and "creeping," for instance, and use them in a sentence that matched the way the words were used in the article. "Upend" was a challenge: it doesn't literally mean to turn something upside down but to change dramatically. Similarly, "entangle" was supposed to be understood as literally becoming enmeshed, yet some chose the metaphorical meaning of being entangled in problems.

Despite these difficulties, the students, many of whom are majoring in engineering and industrial design, appreciated what e-NABLE is all about and a few even saw the "robotic hand" at Imagine RIT.

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Posted by Lori D. Nolasco on 07/02/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “CSI: invasive species

Although it gets no press, pale swallow-wort is also using the canal, highways and rail lines to spread as well. The canal path edges are choked with it in some spots.

Posted by Tom on 07/02/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Police reorg splits Southeast

What really matters, in my opinion, is where and how tax revenues are spent in Rochester, NY Money spent on controlling crime by police is at the "tail-end"of the system which is very expensive... Courts, attorneys, jails, corrections facilities etc.

Perhaps another way to spend money would be at the beginning of the system through intervention programs like Teen Empowerment and living a moral life. Teen Empowerment is one way to help and the rest is up to proper parenting ( living a moral life... in particular during the summer months. Another way is through a good, solid education. If we focus on these three things then perhaps things will change in Rochester. As well, the final step is being able to earn a living wage. We need jobs in Rochester and we need to repopulate the City with good, solid taxpaying citizens. The population has fallen to 210,000 from just over 300,000 citizens.

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/02/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Day 8: Frank reviews Bill Frisell, the Dirt Daubers

Good review of my favorite band(s); go see them if you get the chance.

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Posted by Barbara Lopez-Lucio on 07/01/2014 at 11:35 PM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 2: “You Found Me”

The 2011 date threw me for a loop, too. Without doing a LICK of research (always the basis for a good internet comment) here's my thought on that: most seasons of TB tend to start and stop moments after the previous one, correct? So, if it premiered in 2008, entire seasons happen over the course of only a couple weeks (so MAYBE, combined, all of these seasons amount to roughly a year of time), and then if we've only had 2 major jumps in time (FairyLand vacation, and the one in last season's finale), I guess 2011 does make sense. PERIOD PIECE!

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Posted by Matt DeTurck on 06/30/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Crunch time in the Legislature

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will soon have to make a decision whether or not to renew the contract with Redflex. I hope she will be honest and upfront when the results of the study are available. I have my doubts though. The red light program might just be producing so much easy money that nobody on the receiving end would want it to end; No matter what!

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/30/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Sultan Lebanese Cuisine & Bakery

Thanks for the comment PixelHustler and, speaking only for my own review style, I make it a point to be as objective as possible and provide a balanced look at a restaurant without glossing over the negatives. I'm glad that came through in this piece!

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Posted by Chris Lindstrom on 06/30/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Final Night: Frank reviews Cyrille Aimee, Joe Beard, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys

Bill, thank you for the catch. We updated the story to reflect her French background.

Posted by Jake Clapp on 06/30/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Final Night: Frank reviews Cyrille Aimee, Joe Beard, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys

sorry frank but Cyrille Aimée is all French maybe with some American mixed in ...

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Posted by Bill Johnson on 06/30/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 2: “You Found Me”

The angry town mob looked like a master's class of actors who previously appeared on at least one episode of Law and Order: SVU.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 06/30/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 2: “You Found Me”

I was wondering the same thing about how the vampires managed to take people from their homes in St. Alice without being invited in! No one else seems to have picked up on this. Bloody handprints on the wall and half-eaten dinner? Doesn't make much sense to me. Couldn't everyone in the town just stayed in their homes and not invited any vampires in?

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Posted by Scallywag on 06/30/2014 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest, Final Night: Ron reviews Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, Stephanie Trick, and Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz

Not reviewed by anyone this year, but surely one of the Festival's most outstanding acts, was pianist Gwilym Simcock playing solo at Christ Church last night. Simcock, who is equally at home in classical and jazz, belongs on any list of the finest pianists in the world right now, and his performance was clear evidence of that. His technical sophistication, combined with an ability to penetrate to the essence of the music he is playing, resulted in a breathtaking experience for the audience, which reacted accordingly. He really needs to be in Hatch Hall, preferably with his trio.

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Posted by Dan on 06/29/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2014: City's Daily Jazz Blogs

The 13th Edition of the Jazz Fest was one of the best. This year many of the groups I found the most interesting were from overseas. On the last day Gwilym Simcock and the Norma Winstone Trio were both terrific. Norma Winstone is an absolutely top flight singer and this trio featuring an Italian pianist and German reeds player do more than play music, they create art. Can anyone forget Belgium's Flat Earth Society. In the same tradition as groups like the Willem Breuker Kollektief, Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra and the Italian Instabile Orchestra they gave us a new slant on what a big band might be. Brian Kellock and Tommy Smith from Scotland played tunes from the Great American Songbook with humor and great facility in a memorable show. The Shai Maestro Trio at the Rochester Club was great but didn't get much press.

Other outstanding shows were the Sun Trio from Finland, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Harris Eisenstat's Golden Gate, Manuel Valera, Bill Frisell and the Pat LaBarbera Quartet. Featuring his brother Joe on drums and fellow Toronto musicians on piano and bass this group was the festivals best example of what straight ahead jazz was and could be. After finishing the set, two Rochester musicians, trumpeters Clay Jenkins and Mike Cottone came on stage for two additional numbers. They sent the already 20 foot high ceilings of the Rochester Club into near earth orbit. A great set.

Can't quit without mentioning Cecile McLoren Salvant and Vijay Iyer. Both played great sets and proved they are artists who are redefining their genres and bringing original voices to the music we call jazz.

There were other show I liked and I am sure many outstanding acts I couldn't fit into my schedule. Anyone have other favorites to add?

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Posted by bengtnorgaard on 06/29/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Police reorg splits Southeast

I hope Mayor Lovely Warren will rethink her police reorganization plan. We don't need time and money wasted while community relations continue to deteriorate. It's disingenuous for the mayor to champion this plan as a cure-all.

Southeast community organizations will fail if policing gets split up as proposed. The mayor and police should be shoring up community groups, not tearing them apart.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/28/2014 at 12:09 PM

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