Seven dime bags of marijuana hardly seems worth the effort, but as long as it is as illegal as it is, the police must enforce the law. The reform of marijuana laws is not big on my list of priorities, but it seems that it would be important to move part of this discussion to state legislators. I would guess that last week, there were many, many grams and dime bags of marijuana sold on the patios of Pittsford, the garages of Gates and the backyards of Brighton, but those youth seem to be exempt from these laws.
Can we require that the Strong Museum improve its dreadful record of serving the poor children who live right outside their doors, if, as taxpayer and citizens we opt to support this big project? Let's get real. Childhood poverty is our community's most daunting problem and the Strong Museum, as a leader in children's education, has been hiding away for too long.
Let's see which Republican cronies are in the background here: Advertising at the airport has been managed by Maggie Brooks' BFF Arnie Rothschild and the Frontier Business Center came to be in partnership with Frontier's Ann Burr, currently a Board Member of the allegedly corrupt and fading fast COMIDA and wife of former local Republican Party Chair. Some of this artwork was removed to make way for Republican Crony projects.
Both locations have merit, but the Legacy advocates have failed to articulate how this location will benefit our community more than the Sibley location. It appears to me that the Legacy location is tailor made for suburban flight--easy to get to from the expressway, and very easy to leave once again, perpetuating an old, ongoing problem. The Legacy advocates owe it to our community to expressly detail how they will ensure that the Legacy location will serve our community. We do not want to hear any vague promises. What are their EXACT plans to ensure that downtown clearly will benefit? The Sibley advocates have long already made this case. Regarding the SUNY Polytechnic Institute: they are getting off to a very bad start if this is how they expect to work with local leaders. The Gov should rein them in.
Thank you for telling us your agency mission Mr. Carpenter, but you are seriously lacking in of your stated values "Fresh Thinking: We take time to discover and develop ideas that create value for our company, our customers, and our community." As a quasi-public agency that has reaped great benefits from public dollars including a spanking new transit center, this is inexcusable behavior. Roll up your sleeves Mr. Carpenter and start doing some of that "Fresh Thinking" you supposedly value so much.
This is clearly a problem of the Board's creation and the Board's sheer inability to understand how to set educational priorities. Of all the challenges that our schools face right now, Willa and her misguided colleagues choose this issue of Vargas's staff as the must-do item on their agenda, even as they admit it has been a problem of many years. No Willa, we do not buy it. If it is a problem that has endured over the tenure of several superintendents, you and Board Members are most culpable. While cutting costs is an admirable effort, the way you are trying to accomplish this is detrimental to our district and to the children you claim to care about.
Ruth Scott is spot on. This entire report is weighted toward the old guard party leadership. The real story here begins where Ms. Fien ended. Except for Bannister, I don't think Ms. Fien interviewed anyone under the age of 50 years old. If she were to really probe deeply into the party, instead of this same old, same old reporting, she would have focussed on the many young Democratic voices who are revitalizing the party, while the old guard is still involved in decades old resentments. There is new leadership emerging that understands the party machine but will be able to transcend those rusty gears and mechanisms in order to inspire our entire region. And perhaps there is no one better to lead that charge than possible-maybe-undecided County Exec candidate Vinnie Esposito. Just saying...
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