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Brighter future: Inmate education reduces crime, saves taxpayer money

“ALBION — The more educated the person, the lower the recidivism rate.

It is with that thought the governor’s office awarded $7.3 million to fund educational programming and reentry services at 17 state prisons over the next five years — including Albion Correctional Facility.

Medaille College out of Buffalo has partnered with the women’s medium security prison for at least 10 to 15 years, and the grant — $400,000 of which was given to the college — would extend the program another three to five years, while expanding the facility’s capacity to teach 80 women. A maximum of about 40 women were previously able to take the college courses, in which they can take classes or complete an associate’s degree in liberal studies.

All classes within the liberal studies program is available for the participants.”

Shouldn’t we be rehabilitating all of our inmates by raising their level of education thereby reducing the rate of recidivism and saving future tax dollars?

Does this award only include incarcerated women?  

Does this award only target individuals who have a high school diploma or GED?

Are we ignoring incarcerated young men and women who first dropped out of school and then fell into prison?

Not all that glitters is not gold.  We must read between the lines and then ask, “Who is this “award” really supposed to help.


Tensions Flare as Cuomo Confronts Democratic Rift


As he looks to heighten his national profile, criticizing the Republican health care bill and President Trump’s immigration policy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has been forced to confront a political schism far closer to home.

For five years, a group of renegade Democrats has enabled Republicans to control the State Senate, even though they are in the minority. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has at times benefited from that strange reality: Having a divided Legislature allowed him to position himself as a deal-making centrist.

. . . Reunification was the agenda of a strategy session last month in Mr. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office, attended by nearly two dozen Democratic state senators.

. . . Mr. Cuomo suggested to the assembled lawmakers — many of them from New York City — that the leader of eight breakaway Democrats, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, had a better understanding of the suburbs than they had.

That was all Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate minority leader who represents the suburbs of Westchester County, needed to hear.

“You look at me, Mr. Governor, but you don’t see me. You see my black skin and a woman, but you don’t realize I am a suburban legislator,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said . . .  “Jeff Klein doesn’t represent the suburbs,” she said. “I do.””

Does this represent our elected officials speaking with the voice of their constituents or the voice of a party whose leader would rather make a name for himself by pandering to the “old boys club” than recognize the facts.

Taxpayer money was and is being spent on the stroking of egos not the solving of problems.

Register and vote “No Party” and bring the priority of government back to the people.


Cuomo to Give Colleges $7 Million for Courses in Prisons


“ALBANY — Moving ahead with a plan that has drawn criticism from conservatives, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is awarding more than $7 million in grants to a variety of colleges around the state to offer courses to prisoners.

The plan, first announced in January last year, is the culmination of an effort that began in 2014 but was attacked by Republicans and others in the state who objected to using public money to help convicted criminals, an idea that was derided as “Attica University.”

On Sunday, Cuomo administration officials sought to mitigate concerns, reiterating that the grant program — which creates classes for about 2,500 inmates — will be financed with money from large bank settlements secured by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., rather than general state funds.

In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Vance said that such classes were part of a “public safety strategy” to reduce recidivism, calling that goal the “first premise of penal law.”

Inmates in New York are already eligible for classes in about half of the state’s 54 prisons, but they are largely funded by private sources. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat in his second term who is said to have presidential ambitions . . .”

Since lack of education is the number one reason for juvenile crime, why wouldn’t public funds be used to educate inmates?

What were the lawsuits that promulgated the “large bank settlements” which provided the grant money?

This is another promotional scheme by Governor Cuomo to increase his chances at winning the next gubernatorial race leading him to the presidency.

Party politicians would rather spend taxpayer money to maintain high recidivism rates that secure the prison industrial complex profits than use those funds to educate individuals to become productive members of society.  That is what the Governor should be saying, not securing private funding to finance a program that will do little to change the face of crime and incarceration.

City considering sale of Inner Loop parcels for Strong Museum expansion


The city council is now considering legislation that would sell four pieces of city land that would be used for a Strong Museum of Play expansion.

According to the legislation, the museum is looking to expand onto two sites available after the Inner Loop East fill-in project as well as two other pieces of city property near the museum to create a “Neighborhood of Play”.

The two Inner Loop sites, Sites 4 and 5, are located across from the museum’s parking lot. The additional two locations, 15 Manhattan Square Drive and 47 Savannah Street, are located on the north side of the museum’s property.

The project would include a 100,000 square foot museum expansion, 250 housing units, retail spaces, a hotel and restaurant along with a 1,200 car parking structure.

The museum and a developer will pay $2 million for the city property. According to the legislation, a state environmental review is underway.

If this is to be a “Neighborhood of Play” why aren’t we building more than 250 housing units.  Rochester has three hotels in the area that can serve the museum.  There are plenty of retail spaces available downtown and current restaurants are struggling for customers.  A 1,200 car parking structure is unnecessary as there is a parking structure across the street on Chestnut Street and one at East Avenue.

This area can easily accomodate three times more owner-occupied homes that will not only increase the tax base of Rochester but increase the customer base of the museum as well.

One wonders what type of tax breaks this new project will cost Rochester’s citizens?

Cuomo rakes in campaign cash
ELECTION: Governor prepares to make case for third term


ALBANY — With a political war chest brimming with nearly $26 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have plenty of resources to amplify his message to New Yorkers should he seek a third four-year term in 2018.

As aides to the Democratic governor tell it, Cuomo is prepared to showcase a long list of accomplishments when he swings into full campaign gear.

His greatest polling strength, according to the latest snapshots of public opinion, is with liberal Democrats, the type of voters who support his initiatives to offer free college tuition to those from family income less than $125,000, his ban on fracking for natural gas and his success in enacting marriage equality, paid family leave and a minimum wage that will gradually rise to $15 an hour.

Despite the fact that New York has the highest poverty level in the US, that businessess and people are leaving due to its high tax rate and that its government is rife with corruption, Governor Cuomo has amassed $25 million dollars from campaign donors that will pay for the publicity that will win his election.  This speaks more to the political nature of citizens than to Cuomo’s campaign.

The people are more swayed by what they see in commercials than what they hear in the news.  

A candidate who believes in and carries the voice of the people should not have to be wealthy to win a campaign or reap donations from the wealthy, thereby owing a debt of gratitude, in order to win an election.

The people should demand that candidates run their campaigns out of their own pockets, they should demand public servant salary caps that do not exceed the average worker wage of their State, and they should demand a louder voice in public policy.

Register and vote “No Party” and begin a new era in politics.

ABC’s programs to get $7M grant

Action for a Better Community’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs will receive a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department ofHEALTH  and Human Services for education programs for children, infants and pregnant women in Monroe County.

“Ensuring access to health and education services for young children is critical to ending the cycle of poverty that affects too many families in our community,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, in a statement. “Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start are a key component of making sure our kids are ready for success in school and life.”

ABC’s Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to 5. The program supports six centers in the Rochester region and provides direct services to more than 1,330 people.

ABC received a $6.9 million grant for the programs in 2015.

We must make sure, as a community, that these dollars actually reach the children they are intended to serve.  Preparing children for entrance into the system of education we currently support

Rochester ranks 38th on most educated cities list

Rochester is among the most educated cities nationwide, a new report shows.

WalletHub’s 2017’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America ranked the nation’s largest 150 metro areas based on factors including the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher, the racial education gap and the quality of the public school system.

Rochester ranked 38th overall. The region ranked 32nd for its educational attainment and 69th for its quality of education and attainment gap.

The question is does this report concentrate on the city of Rochester or include the Greater Rochester Area?

We know that Chili, Greece, Irondequoit, Pittsford, Henrietta, Penfield and Fairport are graduating their students and that their students go on to complete college requirements, gaining their degrees.  We also know that this is not the case for the Rochester City School District.

Charter Allies Pouring Money into Cuomo Re-Election Campaign

It’s no secret that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. But first he must be re-elected in New York in 2018. He has already stockpiled more than $25 million, which will intimidate potential challengers.

. . . Among his biggest donors are charter supporters.“Ravenel Curry III, founder of Eagle Capital Management, chipped in $65,000.

{Curry is a founding member of DFER, Democrats for Education Reform, Democrats leading a political reform organization that cultivates and supports leaders in our party who champion America’s public school-children.}

“Great Public Schools PAC, which is headed by Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, contributed $50,000. Financier John Petry on the Success board, donated $20,000

“Walmart heir Jim Walton, a charter-school advocate, and Carrie Penner, the granddaughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, each gave $25,000.”

This is how party politicians make their money and cast their vote.  Their interests lie, not with the concerns of the people, but in the pockets of their donors.
Register and vote “No Party” and become Independent of those who would utilize our tax dollars to profit their corporate donors.

Report: NY taxes leave families with no way to save for the future

By Chris Baker

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — After paying taxes and basic living costs, families in Central New York are left with next to nothing for their savings, according  to a new report from an Albany watchdog group.

The report from the non-for-profit Reclaim New York details the “wake-up” expenses of a typical New York family, and says the state’s tax system is creating an “affordability crisis.” According to the report, most New Yorkers are left with just two percent of their income after paying taxes and basic living expenses.

“New York families are struggling through an affordability crisis whether  you make $45,000 or $120,000,” said Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir. “The largest expenditure they’ll have in a year is government.”

Rochester, New York, sales tax rate is 8.00%. Income tax is 6.45%. The income per capita is $19,180, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $30,784. Sperling”s Best Places

The citizens of Rochester must demand change and bring ourselves out of the poverty that has plagued us for decades.

Register and vote Independent and change the direction of our city from failure to success.


Health Buzz: These Are the Most Stressed Cities in America

Some cities on the list had many stressful variables in common.

By David Oliver 

“Stress permeates our daily lives, from work to relationships to politics and more. But does where you live make a difference?

WalletHub’s latest ranking, “2017’s Most & Least Stressed Cities in America,” out Tuesday, listed the most and least stressed cities in the U.S.

. . . AnalystsDETERMINED  the rankings by looking at four groups of data: work stress, financial stress, family stress and health and safety stress. Among these four categories, analysts evaluated 30 metrics, including unemployment rate, poverty rate, strength of social ties and share of adult smokers.
Some cities on the list had a number stressful variables in common. Researchers found the highest poverty rates in Detroit, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio, Brownsville, Texas, Rochester, New York, and San Bernardino, California. The highest divorce rates were in Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Birmingham, Alabama, Rochester, New York, and Richmond, Virginia.”

Rochester ranks number eight on the list of top ten stressed cities.  High poverty rate is one of the common stressors that continues to plague our citizens.

By working together, as a community, we can end the cycle of poverty that has been our legacy for decades.

Voting the same way will produce the same results, more poverty.  Register and vote Independent and begin to change the direction of Rochester toward success and relieve some of our stress.

Cuomo raises $5.1 million for reelection bid

By Chris Bragg

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised more than $5.1 million over the past six months and has about $25.7 million in his campaign account , his most-recent campaign finance filings show.

As has been the case in previous filings, Cuomo’s biggest campaign donors include people from the New York City real estate  industry and supporters of charter schools.

Cuomo has said that he plans to run for re-election in 2018. There has been speculation that Cuomo could launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

This is the way of party politicians, receiving money from millionairs who buy their way into our government creating legislation that suits the best interest of their donors and not the interests and concerns of the general public they are sworn to serve.

Register and vote as a “No Party”, Independent and make your voice heard over the sound of the money machine.

It’s time to take back our government, united, our numbers will out-vote their money.

Court: Cuomo administration must turn over records related to scandal
New York Times took FOIL request to court

Chris Bragg

“ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration must provide the New York Times with records related to a scandal involving his former top aide and others, an Albany County state Supreme Court justice ruled.

. . . The Cuomo administration  has repeatedly denied open records requests – including from the Times Union – regarding the federal inquiry into upstate development deals and other matters because they were being “compiled for law enforcement purposes.” A subpoena, issued to the Cuomo administration in April 2016 by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, had sought records pertaining to two dozen individuals or companies.”

Party politicians are ensconsed in corruption from the local to the federal level. Register and vote Independent and end the corrupt nature of the beast.

More Than 400 People Charged for $1.3 Billion in Medicaid and Medicare Fraud

Abigail Abrams

The Justice department  charged more than 400 people across the country in a major crackdown on health  care fraud, officials said Thursday. The accused individuals cost the federal government $1.3 billion in false Medicare and Medicaid billings, according to authorities

The investigation focused on opioid-related crimes as the government continues to try to address the public health crisisthat has been sweeping the country. Many of the health care providers charged had billed Medicaid and Medicare for drugs that were never purchased, while others took advantage of addicts by giving out unnecessary opioid prescriptions for cash or charging for false treatments,ACCORDING  to the Justice Department.

“Some doctors wrote out more prescriptions for controlled substances in one month than entire hospitals were writing,” Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said on Thursday, according  to NBC News.

This article by Ms Abrams was posted in Time U.S.  As written, it first appears as though individual citizens were the culprits of this fraud when health care providers and doctors were the actual criminals, taking advantage of the citizens who were in their care and those who provided the tax dollars that support Medicare and Medicade.

We, the people, must work together to change our Nation from one that worships money to one that honors humanity.

2017’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America

Richie Bernardo

Running a city is a tall order. The governments of large cities, especially, can be more complex and difficult to manage than entire countries. In addition to representing the residents they serve, local leaders must balance the public’s diverse interests with the city’s limited resources. Consequently, not everyone’s needs can or will be met. Leaders must carefully consider which services are most essential, which agencies’ budgets to cut or boost, whether and how high to raise taxes, among other important decisions that affect the daily lives of city dwellers.

But how do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership? One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency. In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.

Reports ranks city of Rochester near bottom

Rochester ranks among the most inefficient cities nationwide, a new report from WalletHub contends.

In its 2017’s Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America, the online personal finance website ranked 150 of the nation’s largest cities based on 33 key performance indicators. Rochester ranked 132nd overall.

For each city, WalletHub analysts constructed a “Quality of City Services” score—comprising the key performance indicators grouped into six service categories—that was then measured against the city’s total per-capita budget.

Rochester’s total budget-per-capita rank was 139th, while its quality of city services rank was 83rd.

The best run city, according to the report, is Nampa, Idaho, while the worst is Washington, D.C.

When broken down further, Rochester ranked 144th for its economy, 98th for its education and 78th for its financial stability. The city received high marks for its infrastructure and pollution, where it ranked fourth.

This is the result of party politics wasting our valuable tax dollars while not responding to the needs of its citizens.

Anti-poverty initiative to get millions in funding

“The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative will receive nearly $5 million to support the expansion of early childhood anti-poverty initiatives.

The programs target children and caregivers in the city of Rochester pilot neighborhoods targeted by the initiative, including the EMMA neighborhood of East Main, Mustard and Atlantic Avenue; Beechwood; and Marketview Heights.

“Fighting poverty and providing opportunity to all New Yorkers is a top priority of this administration,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Through these strategic investments and collaborative community efforts we are helping to ensure young New Yorkers receive quality care, access to new learning opportunities and are moving the Finger Lakes Forward toward a more equitable and prosperous future.”

Finger Lakes Forward is the region’s strategic plan to grow the economy and create new opportunities for businesses and the community.

The two-year anti-poverty pilot program will include home visiting, summer learning and child care initiatives.”


Why will it take two years and 5 million dollars to tell us what we already know, that Rochester lacks owner-occupied housing; it needs a more successful system of education and a less expensive, safer, and more educationally grounded child care system.

Will this be another example of the inefficient use of tax dollars?


Veterans to Cuomo: Allow medical marijuana for PTSD

BY Jon Campbell

ALBANY — Veterans groups are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow those with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana, urging him to sign a bill that will soon head to his desk.

The state Senate voted late last month to add PTSD to the list of illnesses and ailments eligible for the state’s medical-marijuana program, about six weeks after the Assembly voted to do the same.

It remains unclear, however, whether Cuomo will sign the bill, which could significantly expand the number of eligible patients in New York’s medical-marijuana program, which is among the more restrictive in the nation.

The state Council of Veterans Organizations wrote to the Democratic governor last month, asking him to approve the measure while noting PTSD affects veterans at a higher rate than the general public.

Why is our government forcing citizens to pay for a plant that can be grown in anyone’s back yark.  There have never been any reported deaths linked to marijuana use and its medicinal value is highly documented.  As states pass individual legislation allowing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, New York State is still incarcerating men and women for making marijuana available to those who cannot afford to purchase it under the law yet benefit from its medicinal properties.

Register and vote “No Party” and end the control of party politics over our civil liberties and Constitutional rights.

New York state enhances medical marijuana program to meet increasing demand


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Health is boosting New York’s medical marijuana program to meet growing demand.

Effective immediately, nurse practitioners can register online and certify patients the same day. Officials say that will help streamline and simplify the registration process and make it easier for nurse practitioners to speed up the process.

The Health Department also has approved the addition of a second course on the medical use of marijuana for nurse practitioners who want to participate in the state program.

The state’s medical marijuana program has more than 22,000 patients, and that number is on the rise. In late March, the department added chronic pain as a qualifying condition and since then an additional 7,504 patients have become certified.

New York State has now joined a host of other States who wish to profit from people’s pain.  Marijuana, which can be grown in the home can only be used legally if purchased from licensed growers who have to pay the State for their licensure.

Research has proven that marijuana has little to no hazardous effects and can actually reduce the number of heroin addictions that are currently on the rise.

Still, individuals are being arrested and jailed for selling this non-lethal plant on the street, making even more money for the politicians who maintain that marijuana is harmful.

Party politics is more harmful than marijuana.  Register and vote “No Party” and break the bonds of control over our Constitutional right to liberty.


Rochester City Council approves budgets for city and school district


The city council approved budgets for the City of Rochester and Rochester City School District during  a meeting Tuesday night.

“I am pleased that again taxes will decrease for City homeowners, all while maintaining city services and amenities,” said Council President Loretta Scott in an emailed statement.

The city budget was approved by a 9-0 vote while the school district budget passed by a vote of 8-1 with Councilmember Carolee Conklin voting “no.”

Speaking with News10NBC about the school budget, Conklin, who is retiring this year after three terms in office, did not mince words.

“It’s a district that’s failing its students,” says Conklin. “It’s not preparing them to go out into the world forJOBS , for adulthood, even to maintain a checkbook.”

. . . “We’ve been innovative,” says White. “We pulled in the U of R, the largest employer in this region. We recently signed an agreement, a letter of intent, with SUNY Geneseo to run one of our elementary school. We have a smart phone app where parents can look at their phone and look real-time in terms of when their kids are going to graduate — that’s going online. We gave a car away to increase attendance, so we do think there is some progress.”

The mayor agreed.

It is easy to identify inconsequential movements as innovative however, handing off schools to be run by colleges, allowing parents smart phone access to their child’s graduation date and giving away a car to increase attendance are merely placative and ineffective responses to the real problems that plague the RCSD.

Enticing attendance does not educate, parent access to graduation dates does not educate, bringing in colleges to do your job, for which you are being paid, does not educate.

Motivating students to want to learn by showing them they are gifted and talented with something valuable to offer society will cause them to want to become intelligent, knowledgeable members of their society.

Charter Communications agrees to $13M settlement

The state Department of Public Service and Charter Communications Inc.—the largest cable provider in the state—have reached a $13 million settlement over the company’s failure to meet requirements of its 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., officials announced Tuesday.

Charter Communications failed to build out its cable network as required by the deal, which closed in January of last year.

“The commission conditioned its approval of the merger on Charter’s agreement to undertake several types of investments and other activities,” said Gregg Sayre, department interim CEO, in a statement. “While Charter is delivering on many of them, it failed to expand the reach of its network to un-served and under-served communities and commercial customers in the time allotted.”

Under the settlement agreement, Charter has agreed to pay $1 million in grants for equipment to provide computer and internet access to low-income users, and to set aside $12 million as a security to meet its network expansion commitment going forward, officials said.

Who in New York State will be privvy to these grants for equipment?  How will low-income users be made aware of this opportunity?  How will grant monies be awarded?  So many questions, so few answers.

NY state’s $500M to ‘transform’ CNY economy: More hope than results so far


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative was pitched as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put Central New York back on its feet.
The goal of pouring half a billion dollars of state taxpayer money into the region was to revamp the local economy, according to a 2015 guide to the program.

. . . “Try to be transformative,” the manual said. “Revitalization plans should identify how the regions would transform.”

But thus far many of the CNY projects to get grants from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative are far from transformative.

The most expensive project was already rolling before the URI came along. Other projects are longshots appearing to go nowhere.

Several others involve conversion of old buildings into upscale apartments, a familiar sight in Syracuse that often happens without state funding. At least 12 of the projects never promised to create any jobs in return for state money, records show.

. . . The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council won the URI money in December 2015. The council’s plan, called “CNY Rising,” made big promises to create 6,000 jobs and drive down poverty.

But council leaders and state officials had few big-impact projects ready to start on Day One of the URI. So the first year also featured a grab bag of mostly smaller projects that had already applied for state money before the URI came along. One-fifth of the $500 million was awarded right off the bat to projects that had little or no connection to CNY Rising.

. . . Under the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, three regions including Central New York won a competition for $500 million each, to be distributed over five years. The money comes from $9 billion in settlements the state received from multinational banks in recent years, a one-time windfall that Cuomo called “a gift from above.”

Our elected officials are spending tax dollars in the same way across the state with little to no impact on poverty or educational success.  It is time to change the face of government by voting for individuals who truly wish to represent the people and not the corporations who fund their campaigns.

City and Irondequoit get grants to combat zombie properties

The City of Rochester and the Town of Irondequoit are two of 18 cities and towns statewide that will receive grants to address and transform zombie properties.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday announced the winners of the first phase of the Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement grant awards. The investment will total more than $10 million over the next two years.

The program aims to innovatively address and transform blighted, vacant or poorly maintained problem properties through the use of housing and community data from various state agencies. Cities RISE was launched in April as a strategy for helping New York families and communities rebuild from the housing crisis.

The funds will come from settlements made with large financial institutions that contributed to the collapse of the housing market, officials said.

This funding could create enough individual home ownership to potentially lift Rochester out from under the “Big Five” control over our school board and place that control in the hands of the people where it belongs.

Register and vote Independent and make Rochester great again.

NY teacher’s win in state assembly election sends shock waves

by Félix Pérez

As an elementary school reading teacher for 25 years and a mother of two daughters in middle school, Christine Pellegrino was not supposed to win the special election for New York’s Ninth District in the state’s Assembly of Delegates. But win she did, and the world took notice, including as far away as Great Britain.

Pellegrino won the Long Island district 58 percent-42 percent late last month. Because the district is heavily Republican and President Trump won it with 60 percent of the vote, the commonly held observation was that the win by Pellegrino, who had not run for office before, was a harbinger of voter discontent with Trump politics. Not so much, said Pellegrino.

Instead, she credits her win to local issues that are not affiliated with any political party or Trump. “It doesn’t matter what party you belong to. You still want clean drinking water. You still want great public schools,” she said in an interview with Nomiki Konst of The Young Turks. She said she spoke with voters “not as a politician, not as someone who’s been involved in politics, but as someone really wanting to make a difference and a change, and that really resonated.”

People are beginning to recognize the truth in politics, it’s not about the party it’s about the people.

State DOT to share plans for Mt. Read project

The open house-style meeting is slated to run 3 to 7 p.m. June 14 at Theodore Roosevelt School No. 43 on Lyell Avenue.

The proposed project will resurface Mt. Read Blvd. and include safety and operational improvements throughout the corridor. The roadway will be restriped to provide two lanes in each direction and the raised median will be removed.

Officials said the excess pavement width will be repurposed for a two-way center turn lane and five-foot wide shoulder to accommodate bicycles. The project also will replace the existing signalized traffic circle at the intersection of Buffalo Road with a modern roundabout and provide a defined drop-off area on Mt. Read Blvd. near School No. 43.

Highway users, residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the open house to view design plans and speak with DOT representatives.

What will be done to improve inner-city streets that are riddled with pot holes?

Listen to WXXI’s Connections at noon on June 15, 2017 as I talk more with Kevin Dawson about my vision for Rochester and the Rochester community.

Beechwood Neighborhood Association will hold a Town Hall Meeting for mayoral candidates on Thursday, June 1 from 7:15PM – 8:30PM at the Thomas Ryan Center located at 530 Webster Ave.


Car slams into Times Square pedestrians, killing one, injuring 22

We are not giving our veterans the mental health help they deserve once exiting the  service.  Move and more acts of violence are being committed by former military personnel because they are not properly assessed upon release for PTSD. Even when diagnosed with PTSD our veterans do not receive the mental hygiene help they deserve.

Hydroponic commercial greenhouse to bring 137 jobs to region

Monroe County soon will soon be home to the country’s largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse based at Eastman Business Park, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. The project is expected to add 137 full-time jobs to the local economy.

Fifty-five of the new jobs are reserved for veterans or those who are underemployed to support the region’s anti-poverty initiative, officials said.

It is clear that the vision I brought to our political leaders four years ago to create a co-op of veterans and community members who maintained community greenhouses was a good one. As mayor, I will work with the Governor to facilitate other projects that will move Rochester towards becoming a successful city. 

May 11, 2017

Attending the Worker owned co-operatives and urban farmer Shift Change event at the Central Church of Christ, 101 S Plymouth Ave., from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

May 19, 2017

The Rochester MAAFA Celebration Committee presents: Malcolm’s Vision of the O.A.A.U. Friday May 19, 2017 6:00-8:00pm Gandhi Institute. “The purpose of this event, held on Brother Malcolm’s birthday, is both to celebrate his life and to challenge and inspire people of African descent (and their friends) in the Rochester area to carry his critical work forward in tangible ways, modeled on the O.A.A.U.”

May 25, 2017

AtteningPlex Mayoral Candidates Forum70 Corretta Scott Landing, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM

June 1, 2017

Attending Beechwood Neighborhood AssociationTown Hall meeting , Thursday, June 1 from 7:15PM – 8:30PM at the Thomas Ryan Center located at 530 Webster Ave

April 27, 2017

Attending St John the Evangelist Church annual meeting at 533 Humboldt St. at 7 PM.

April 26, 2017

Housing dedicated to female veterans closing

Zion House in Avon closing due to a possible misuse of funds

AVON, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – It’s been a growing problem for decades — homeless veterans in America.

The Zion House in Avon, dedicated to serving female veterans in our area, is closing its doors due a possible misuse of funds.

The last two remaining residents at Zion House say they have been told have to be out of the house by May 31.

The women say finding affordable housing is one of the biggest struggles of transitioning back to civilian life.

Our veterans deserve to be given every opportunity to live successful lives after their service to America has ended.  The Military Greens project gives them that opportunity.

April 21, 2017

Listen to WXXI Connections with Evan Dawson interview on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370 when I will be interviewed.

April 18, 2017

Don’t forget to watch Need to Know this Thursday, April 20th @ 8pm on Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Meet me at the Public Market this Saturday, April 22, 2017 to find out who I am, why I’m running for Mayor and what I plan to do once elected.

April 3, 2017

Another mayoral candidate in Rochester

April 02, 2017

Retired teacher Lori Thomas becomes fifth person in Rochester mayoral race