Thomas J. Morrisey 
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Tom Morrisey lives in the City of Rochester, New York on the border of the Park Avenue and Pearl-Meigs-Monroe neighborhoods. He works for the Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature as an analyst and is a former member of State Senator Ted O’Brien’s staff and current member of the executive board of Monroe County Young Democrats. He has worked on a number of political campaigns, most prominently Senator O’Brien’s and the 2012 re-election efforts of State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo. Tom’s passions include political campaigns, government and international relations. He spent six months travelling abroad after completing his master’s coursework, spending time with college friends in Pakistan, India and Israel. He also taught undergraduate courses at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and has significant professional background in I.T. and software development, working for a small manufacturer in Orchard Park, N.Y. He was born in Lackawanna, New York, just south of Buffalo, grew up in nearby Hamburg, and graduated from Orchard Park schools. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University and is working on a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. His sister, Meghan, is attending nursing school at Trocaire College and his parents, John, a chemical engineer, and Cheryl, a human resources professional, still live in the Buffalo area and are approaching retirement.

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Re: “Wiesner pleads guilty in bid-rigging case

Johnny, even when high-level members of your party plead guilty to felony crimes, you're still trying to blame unions and their members' desire to earn a decent wage for their work for the problems in Monroe County! Unbelievable. Working folks wanting to feed their kids is a crime, actually committing a crime isn't a crime.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 01/27/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Animals on the carousel? Yes. Racist art, no

City - I know the image is offensive, but I think you have to include it with stories like this so commentators can't get away with saying "Oh, it's just a picture of an African-American child, how is that racist," etc. You need to show that it is a warped caricature straight out of historic racist iconography!

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 01/21/2016 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Have county Dems hit bottom?

I showed up not knowing a single person in Monroe County in Fall of 2012, worked hard with Democratic candidates and have found myself on the staff of State Senator Ted O'Brien and, currently, the County Legislature, as well as being a trusted presence and go-to guy at Democratic Headquarters.

I can only speak for myself, but I have not experienced one iota of this "suspicion and fear" outsiders are supposedly treated with. Likewise, on any campaign I have been even marginally involved with, those who are willing to work are welcomed with open arms.

I felt compelled to share my experience because I do not want interested progressives to be turned off from the local Democratic Party. Those who show up and are willing to work are quickly entrusted with increasing responsibilities. Like any organization, you have to be willing to start out doing some of the muck work. And in an almost all-volunteer operation, that never goes away. Elected officials and their top staff are out there making phone calls, walking door to door, passing out literature, and giving rides to polls almost as much as volunteers.

I can't speak to how people were treated during the Dean campaign more than 11 years ago, as I was still in high school. But in the Monroe County Democratic party of today, I welcome all Dems to come on in, the water's fine!

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 11/12/2015 at 5:04 PM

Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2015 Final Ballot

Michael - agree it's a shame Richmond's isn't on there, but much like "real" elections in the city, a lot of the contest is in the primary, not the general!

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 09/25/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Primary warfare

Elaine Spaull's family is investing money in downtown and fixing up a vacant building, bringing new housing and vitality to our historic city center!? This is shocking news. Someone whose relatives would do such a terrible, evil thing clearly shouldn't be in office.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 09/03/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Frankel unveils anti-violence plan

I believe Sandy is the first candidate or elected official in Monroe County to address our summer of violence directly with policy proposals and suggestions. This is the kind of leadership we need.

4 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 09/01/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Getting Off Campus

Bravo for trying to get college students off of campus and involved with the wider community!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Thomas J. Morrisey on 08/24/2015 at 11:07 AM

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