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...
Del Smith was the highly touted bright star in Warren's new administration just a year ago, set to revolutionize neighborhood-based economic development. I was looking forward to seeing what initiatives he would spearhead. There is no way to sugarcoat this: it is a major blow to the Warren administration, especially just as the new Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives is gearing up. This is precisely his expertise. As soon as Rochester gets its streets clear of all this snow and picks up its garbage, maybe we should all take a look at this.
Really, Mary Anna Towler. It is just OK with you for O'Connor to call African-American leaders in our community "poverty pimps?" That is a racist, derogatory term in this context. This from you, a long time white editor in our community who has barely ever been able to hire African-American reporters. Why is that Mary Anna? Does City Newspaper discriminate or is it difficult "able to find qualified candidates?" The white run media in this town, including its white liberal editors and reporters need to take a long hard look at how they contribute to the racist and unequal climate in Rochester, including you. And media whores who count their credibility in clicks to a Facebook page need to be held responsible for contributing to a lynch-like mob mentality that has permeated social media in over the past year. It is ugly and local media have been culpable including the white dominated City Newspaper. Sorry Mary Anna, sometimes the change you are seeking begins with your own business. Go hire more African-Americans.
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