. . . The same law allows judges to take unlimited sick leave. The lax policy has benefited at least two severely overweight judges. Daniel J. McCullough of Queens was finally forced into retirement earlier this week after failing to show up to work for over three years because his morbid obesity kept him in the hospital and rehab center. All the while he was collecting a $193,000 salary and will still retire with a hefty pension.
Another judge, Elizabeth Shollenberger of suburban White Plains, landed a $175,500 seat— but her 400-pound weight prevented her from being able to climb the three steps to her courtroom bench. She’s on a fully paid, indefinite medical leave.”
This type of political party pandering that wastes taxpayer dollars may be the reason why New York State has an unacceptably high poverty rate.
Register and vote “No Party” and become Independent of the party politics that steal your hard earned money to pay for a system of citizen abuse.
Mayor Warren clinches party endorsement with committee win
Mayor Lovely Warren now has enough support to get her party’s endorsement in the mayoral race.
It comes after Mayor Warren got a win in the 27th district committee vote Wednesday evening.
Mayor Warren faces former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard and former TV journalist Rachel Barnhart in the Democratic primary.
“Statement from James Sheppard
While I truly respect the Party process, it is not a secret that no Democrat endorsed by the Democratic Party has gone on to win a Democratic Mayoral Primary in nearly three decades.”
Rachel Barnhart statement
“The Monroe County Democratic Committee designation process is the ultimate insider game. It is a battle of two party factions who have been at odds for decades. This process has picked the eventual winner only once in the last four contested mayoral races. I’ve participated in the process out of respect for the party, to speak with committee members and for the chance to engage with my opponents.”
Even he members of the Democratic party cannot agree as to who should be their leader. No one party should lead all the people. As a “No Party” candidate I will listen to everyone without bias or preference.
Rochester comes in low on list of best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs
In 2017’s Best Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs, WalletHub compared 150 of the largest cities nationwide across 21 key indicators of business friendliness to determine which regions were best for Hispanic and Latino business leaders.
Rochester ranked 135th. Buffalo ranked 143rd.
While Rochester’s Hispanic business-friendliness rank was 98th, the area ranked 144th in terms of Hispanic purchasing power. Rochester has one of the lowest median household incomes for Hispanics and Latinos, when adjusted for cost of living. The region ranked 130th, just ahead of Buffalo.
Rochester has shown itself to be a city of deep seated issues. It is the mission of this candidate to not only address these issues but aleviate them. Power to the people means power to all of Rochester’s citizens.
April 26, 2017
Unemployment rate dips; region loses jobs
The jobless rate in Rochester last month was 4.8 percent, down slightly from 4.9 percent a year ago, not seasonally adjusted. But the region lost 4,400 nonfarm jobs, or 0.8 percent, and 3,900 private-sector jobs, or 0.9 percent. Nonfarm jobs include private sector and government jobs.
April 25, 2017
Mayor Warren Touts Jobs, Development in State of the City Address
By Ryan Whalen
“ROCHESTER, N.Y. — During the last State of the City Address of her first term in office, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren focused on progress and development she says is being made in all corners of the city.
“We’re building off of what we have done. We have reignited the city by working together,” said Warren (D).
Warren made the case for a second term—pointing to decreasing unemployment rate and noting 30,000 jobs have either been retained or created under her administration, numbers her opponents question.”
To cite statistics in the face of reality does not make for effective or efficient leadership. The citizens of Rochester deserve a mayor who will work with all members of the community to create and institute decisions that lead to real change for the entire city.
April 24, 2017
Supervised drug-use sites in NYS? Health care providers, others make push
“ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of health care providers, drug reform advocates and former users is launching a new effort to bring supervised drug consumption centers to New York state.
The facilities allow drug addicts to shoot up or consume their drugs in a safe, secure location under the supervision of medical personnel who can intervene in the event of an overdose.
Similar facilities are in use in other countries around the world but have faced political opposition in the U.S.
After placing thousands of people in jail for life for selling illegal drugs, the health care industry wants to, once again capitalize on the unfortunate individuals addited to drugs. Instead of discovering the reasons why drug use has become an epidemic in rural and suburban areas, they simply mean to make the problem socially acceptable by calling it a disease and treating it with perscribed pharmaceuticals capitalizing on health insurance payments. Are we forgetting that methadone treatment facilities already exist? It is time we address the problem and stop supporting the symptoms.
April 21, 2017
Gov. Cuomo announces $213M to fight heroin, opioid epidemic
“ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday said the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic was the “worst drug scourge” the nation has ever faced.
“This is worse than crack,” Cuomo said during an appearance in Suffolk County to herald $213 million in new state funding to fight the epidemic.
“This is worse than meth, this is worse than old-time heroin,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo cited statistics showing that 91 Americans die each day from heroin or opioid abuse and that 33,000 Americans died from the crisis in 2015.
Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs
The governor said the epidemic was especially prevalent in rural and suburban areas, including Long Island.
“It’s everywhere,” Cuomo said. “It can seduce you legally, which is where a lot of it starts.””
Our governor wasn’t concerned with the use of heroine when it was contained in the cities however now that it has spread to the suburbs it has become an epidemic and must be addressed.
What exactly does he mean “It can seduce you legally . . .”
Party politicians care less about the non-voting poor than they do about the voting middle and upper class. The only way to change that is to register to vote as a “No Party” voter and then vote for the candidate who cares about the people not the party and their money.
April 18, 2017
How did Cuomo make $783,000 on memoir that sold 3,200 copies?
“ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported his income last year more than doubled from the previous year, thanks to another round of royalty payments on a 2014 HarperCollins memoir that saw lackluster sales.
In all, Cuomo has made $783,000 from HarperCollins for his book. The book sold 3,200 copies since it was published in the fall of 2014, according to tracking company NPD BookScan.
That works out to royalty payments to Cuomo of $245 per book.
“All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life’’ had an original list price of $29.99. New copies of the hardcover book were being sold Monday on Amazon for $13.05.”
Why ask for the taxes of party politicians when they can simply make claims such as this to justify their questionable incomes.
End the control of party politicians by registering as a “No Party” voter.
April 17, 2017
State budget does not please everyone
“The new state budget removes a requirement that Start-Up NY businesses report annually on how many jobs they’ve created and how much money they’ve invested in their operations in return for big tax breaks, state officials confirmed Thursday. The filings, a stipulation since Start-Up NY began three years ago, had been used by state agencies to determine companies’ continued eligibility. Failure to file a report resulted in removal from the program. The requirement was left out of the budget legislation by accident, State Budget Division spokesman Morris Peters said Thursday. “This change was an inadvertent omission,” he said.”
This is an example of innefficient government working against the people. Tis is a tax funded program that now has no acccountability requirements.
April 13, 2017
Rochester police chief covered up alleged beating, lawyer says
Audit finds RCSD payroll and procurement systems ‘rife with errors’
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called the district’s payroll processes disorganized, highly decentralized and said they are not administered uniformly, possibly costing taxpayers more money.
“The Rochester City School District needs to substantially overhaul how it is managing payroll and purchasing of goods and services,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Although the dollar amounts of many of the errors found by auditors were small, the sheer number of mistakes and their potential total dollar value is cause for significant concern.”
The school district has not implemented the controls and oversight procedures it needs to run a sound operation, he added. But he acknowledged the audit did not identify any instances of fraud or misappropriation of resources.”
We, the people, must begin to take an active interest in the way our government operates. The hundreds of thousands of dollars lost in the mismanagement of educational dollars would have gone a long way in providing our students a better education. Party politics is no longer advantageous to the successful operation of our government.
April 10, 2017
NYS has a budget; here’s what’s in and what’s out
FARM TO FOODBANK
The budget includes a tax credit for farmers who donate fruits, vegetables and other farm products to local food banks. Anti-hunger advocates and agriculture groups say it ensures hungry New Yorkers have access to healthy food while encouraging farmers to harvest crops that otherwise might go to waste.’
This legislation gives power to our Veterans Tiny Home project.
WHAT WAS LEFT OUT
Ethics reform and changes to election laws including easier voter registration and early voting didn’t make the cut. The extension of mayoral control of schools in New York City also isn’t in the budget; lawmakers expect to take up that issue later this year.
Making voter registration easier would mean more people may vote. Why wouldn’t legislators want to increase the voter pool?
Judge sets Oct. 30 as start date for corruption trial
Former Cuomo aide receives jeers outside courthouse
“Lawyers for Joe Percoco, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had earlier this week asked the judge to set a trial date in January, citing what was described as a “staggering” amount of discovery material to sift through.
Percoco and seven others face charges, while lobbyist Todd Howe has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government. The indicted individuals also include former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros as well as executives at Syracuse’s COR Development and Buffalo’s LP Ciminelli.
A criminal complaint brought by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office in September alleges that the defendants took part in an overlapping series of schemes that included bid-rigging, bribery and extortion. Percoco, Cuomo’s confidant and 2014 campaign manager, left the Executive Chamber in December 2015 as the probe was proceeding.”
Either the Governor knows about the elicit activities of his top aid and condones them or he does not know what is going on in his administration. Either way Governor Cuomo is not the leader New York State requires to succeed.
This is another indictment of party politics when we, the people are given only political party choices to lead our government.
Register “No Party” and vote for the best of all leaders, not the lesser of all evils.
April 6, 2017
Alexander Commons holds opening
The Alexander Commons across from Monroe High School features 60 one-bedroom apartments, with 30 units designated for people coping with mental health disorders and 30 units directed to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income.
“The need for quality, affordable housing is a critical issue in our community. Studies show a correlation between the quality and stability of a person’s home and their sense of well-being, particularly for those in recovery from mental illness,” said Greg Soehner, East House’s president and CEO.”
What Rochester “needs” is home ownership and safe neighborhoods. Affordable housing is necessary but does nothing to increase the tax base for Rochester. The only way to bring Rochester out of its impoverished condition is to increase the pride and respect in neighborhood communities home ownership creates.
To construct this type of housing supplies an important need in any community. To place this type of housing across the street from an educational facility is detrimental to the future outlook of the students attending that school. We tend to nagate the importance of perception to our children and fail to provide positive role models and surroundings that create hope for a positive successful future.
April 4, 2016
Monroe County No. 2 for home ownership
“Monroe County ranks among the best places to own a home in New York, according to research from a financial technology company.
Monroe County ranks second in the state, following Allegany County, according to Smart Asset’s third annual study. The study compares average rent and home prices in counties across the United States.
According to the study, Monroe County posted an average monthly mortgage payment of $548, average monthly rent of $1,215 and average home price of $203,873. Its rent versus buy index was 89.5.”
The best way to increase the tax base in Rochester is to increase home ownership. It is less expensive to own a home to rent an apartment; Why are we wasting valuable tax dollars by paying the rent for individuals on Social Services when we can save money, increase the home ownership tax base, and create successful, safe neighborhoods by paying their mortgage instead of their rent?
March 28, 2017
Monroe County Democratic party tensions flare
“Long simmering divisions in the Monroe County Democratic party have flared up with City Council member Adam McFadden asking the party to “investigate the systematic disenfranchisement of black voters in the city.”
The letter from McFadden, emailed on Monday to county Democratic Committee Chairwoman Jamie Romeo, came days after Legislative District 25 leaders accused McFadden of making statements that are “bigoted, disrespectful and false” about the makeup of that committee.”
Clearly another reason to register as a “No Party” voter.
March 25, 2017
Democratic committees give mayoral endorsements
“Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren picked up her first Democratic committee endorsement Wednesday night from Legislative District 24 but is still behind challenger James Sheppard in assembling the votes needed to get the party’s backing.”
City proposes quadrupling fines for littering
“The Rochester City Council is going after the litter bugs. City officials have proposed more than quadrupling fines for littering as part of a new effort to clean up city streets.
A first offense would be fined at $100 instead of $25, and a second offense would jump from $35 to $200. Businesses that violate the law would see fines jump from a $100 for a first offense (plus the cost of cleanup and disposal) to $1,000, with a second offense fined at $2,500 plus cleanup and disposal costs.
The current littering laws are not being enforced, why are the fines being increased?”
This is simply another measure police can use to intimidate certain citizens. A better plan would be to have individuals sentenced to community service clean our streets.
March 24, 2017
Today Metro Justice planned protest at the office of Senator Joe Robach had motorists honking their horns in support of a better education budget for New York State. Education advocates gathered on Ridge Road with signs in hand informing the public of the unfair and inequitable education budget. Best sign of the day, “Invest in weapons of Mass Instruction”.
March 23, 2017
The upstate counties that gained population since 2010 include Monroe, up an estimated 3,300 people . . .
“Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016 . . .
The fastest growth was in those lower-density suburbs. Those counties grew by 1.3 percent in 2016, the fastest rate since 2008, when the housing bust put an end to rapid homebuilding in these areas.
Those figures run counter to the “urban revival” narrative that has been widely discussed in recent years. That revival is real, but it has mostly been for rich, educated people in particular hyperurban neighborhoods rather than a broad-based return to city living. To be sure, college-educated millennials — at least those without school-age kids — took to the city, and better-paying jobs have shifted there, too. But other groups — older adults, families with kids in school, and people of all ages with lower incomes — either can’t afford or don’t want an urban address.
SLOWEST GROWING METROS –
. . . even with increasing wealth of many big cities, U.S. population growth is settling back into familiar habits rather than finding a new path. . . ”
Urban flight and regentrification do little to help Rochester’s citizens move out of poverty. We must fight to keep our city “ours” through our home ownership and entrepreneurship.
March 22, 2017
COMIDA OKs $3.6M townhome project in East End
“A Home Leasing subsidiary received tax breaks Tuesday on a $3.6 million project to build more townhomes next to the Inner Loop redevelopment project.”
Townhouses and taxbreaks only benefit the wealthy. Rochester residents deserve the opportunity to own their own homes, increasing the city’s tax base and releasing us from the “Big Five” control of New York State.