Rochester Politics

Rochester City Council approves budgets for city and school district

WHEC News

The city council approved budgets for the City of Rochester and Rochester City School DistrictDURING  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 inAN 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.”

Ms. Conklin stated, ” This is a horrible waste of taxpayer dollars.” As the city’s Democrats again approve “the horrible waste of taxpayer dollars” we are given yet another reason to break free of the control of party politics.  Register and vote Independent and take back our city.

Cuomo prober finds $49 million in ‘sloppy’ billing on Buffalo Billion, other projects

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The Manhattan attorney hired by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to review state procedures in the aftermath of subpoenas related to the Buffalo Billion project has identified SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS” in the state’s handling of $49 million in bills.

. . . “Our extensive reviews of payment and performance issues found problems with the approval, review and inspection processes for the authorization for release of New York State funds relating to the Buffalo Billion and Nano projects,”

. . . TheDOCUMENTS also indicate the cost of the contract with Schwartz’s Guidepost firm jumped from $500,000 to more than $1 million because of the increased servicesREQUESTED by the Executive Chamber.

. . . the federal government cast a far more serious pall over the Buffalo Billion last September when then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara lodged charges of bid-riggingAGAINST eight men across the state as part of an expose of a “pay to play” culture.

The eight defendants, including Cuomo’s longtime friend Joseph Percoco and Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to a range of corruption charges. They included bribery and extortion, all of which raised questions about the awarding of some of the Cuomo administration’s signature economic development projects in upstate, including the Buffalo Billion’sSOLARCITY construction contract won by LPCiminelli.”

Millions, possibly billions of taxpayer dollars are being stolen by party politicians who say the work for the people while they pour our money into the pockets of their friends and funders.

8 Years of Rust Show as New York Senate Ethics Panel Finally Meets

Effort to examine campaign funds sparks Albany legal battle

By JOE MAHONEY

ALBANY — The Republicans who control the State Senate are fighting an effort by a top elections enforcer to acquire copious documents kept by committees thatHELP their party, calling the inquiry a “political witchhunt.”

. . . Housekeeping committees have been criticized by government reformers for having the ability to amass unlimited contributions from corporate and otherSPECIAL interests seeking to exert influence over candidates and political parties.

. . . In a 2013 report, Common Cause/NY called housekeeping accounts loopholes that both campaign contributors and committees exploit to bypass donation limits. The advocacy group also argued that without tighter controls on big dollar donations, corruption wouldCONTINUE to flourish in New York politics.

“In New York, it’s become so easy to circumvent the (campaign finance) law, why would you bother breaking it?” Horner said.

. . . A spokesman for Senate Democrats, Mike Murphy, contended the legal fight over the GOP campaign committees’ records highlights the need for ethics reform at the statehouse.

If the Republicans are amassing unlimited contributions from corporate and other special interests then it is a safe bet the Democrats are as well.  It is becoming more and more obvious that money controls our government, not the people.  Register and vote Independent and take back the power of the people.

Foes of breakaway Democrats allege charter school ‘pay-to-play’

Group alleges independent panel accepts campaign donations from charter schools

An new report from an education advocacy group accuses members of the state Senate’s eight-member Independent Democratic Conference of betraying traditional public schools inEXCHANGE for campaign donations from charter school supporters.

The report, “Pay to Play: Charters Schools and the IDC,” is being issued by the Albany-based Alliance for Quality Education, a nonprofit that receives some of its funding fromTEACHERS unions, which have warred with charter schoolSUPPORTERS.

Since four members of the main Democratic conference broke away and formed the IDC in 2011, IDC senators or its campaign arm have received nearly $677,000 from affluent charter school supporters or their political action committees, the report states. The IDC has gradually expanded to eight members, and since 2012 has been allied with the chamber’s Republican conference in a “majority coalition.”

Democrats and Republicans working together to get rich.  Donations to campaigns win their elections while the public’s voice goes unheard.  Meanwhile our children are no more than pawns in a game of educational failure.  Register and vote as an Independent.  Stop the graft and start being listened to.

Labor Markets in the Age of Automation

BERKELEY – Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are powering a new wave of automation, with machines matching or outperforming humans in a fast-growing range of tasks, including some that require complex cognitive capabilities and advanced degrees. This process has outpaced the expectations of experts; not surprisingly, its possible adverse effects on both the quantity and quality of employment have raised serious concerns.

. . . The activities most susceptible to automation in the near term are routine cognitive tasks like data collection and data processing, as well as routine manual and physical activities in structured, predictable environments. Such activities now account for 51% of US wages, and are most prevalent in sectors that employ large numbers of workers, including hotel and food services, manufacturing, and retail trade.

. . . On balance, automation reduces demand for low- and middle-skill labor in lower-paying routine tasks, while increasing demand for high-skill, high-earning labor performing abstract tasks that require technical and problem-solving skills. Simply put, technological change is skill-biased.

. . . Over the last 30 years or so, skill-biased technological change has fueled the polarization of both employment and wages, with median workers facing real wage stagnation and non-college-educated workers suffering a significant decline in their real earnings. Such polarization fuels rising inequality in the distribution of labor income, which in turn drives growth in overall income inequality – a dynamic that many economists, from David Autor to Thomas Piketty, have emphasized.

As the rich get richer the poor will get poorer as unskilled labor jobs will replace humans with machines.  Manuel labor jobs will be all that is left for those that have been mis-educated and under-educated.  Fewer jobs will cause crime to increase which will provide profits for the privitized prison complex, “The New Jim Crow”.

 

In Albany, Stipends Known as ‘Lulus’ Feed a Culture of Scandal

Research Foundation wrote off $57 million in SUNY Poly debt

Report: Rochester not a great spot for summer jobs

 If your children are on the prowl for a great summer job, Rochester probably is not the best place to look. A new report from WalletHub ranks Rochester in the bottom half of cities nationwide for summer jobs.

Unemployment rate rises in Rochester region in April

 The Rochester region lost thousands of nonfarm jobs in April and the region’s jobless rate increased year-over-year, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The Rochester metro area lost 4,500 nonfarm jobs, or 0.8 percent, while private-sector jobs fell by 4,100, or 0.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester was one of three metro areas statewide with job losses in April.

The unemployment rate edged up to 4.6 percent in April from 4.5 percent a year ago.

No jobs for our youth and unemployment for adults means more crime and more poverty for Rochester’s residents.  It is time to vote for the only “No Party” candidate in order to stop the status quo and start on the way to a successful city.

Defendants seek dismissal, or separate trials, in Buffalo Billion case

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Louis P. Ciminelli, Michael W. Laipple and Kevin C. Schuler, all former top executives of the LPCiminelli construction company . . .  indicted in the Buffalo Billion bribery and bid-rigging case are seeking to have the charges dismissed, or – if that fails – at least to be tried separately from the other defendants in the indictment. . .

The federal indictment described four different conspiracies around the state, including in Buffalo, with eight defendants. . .

The indictment, which underwent some revisions in a new version filed May 11, accuses the three men of engaging in a pay-to-play scheme that won LPCiminelli a $750 million contract for the construction of the Solar City plant in South Buffalo.

That project, a key part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development package, was overseen by a not-for-profit State University of New York entity called Fort Schuyler Management Corp., which awarded the contract.

Todd Howe, a lobbyist and former staffer for Cuomo and his father, the late Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, was working as a consultant to SUNY Polytechnic Institute, whose job was to create public-private development partnerships.

The indictment alleges Howe took the bribes and worked with then-SUNY Polytechnic chief Alain Kaloyeros, who also was indicted, to rig the bids on the solar panel plant in LPCiminelli’s favor, after the Buffalo company made contributions to the Cuomo campaign.

How can this occur without the knowledge of Cuomo?  He is consistently unaware of the illegal activity that exists all around him.  This Trumpian like ignorance should not be tolerated when managing the State or the Nation.

$9.8M housing development in Gates opens

Albany to study impact of slavery in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. >> Legislators rolled out a bill Tuesday to create a state commission on the impact of slavery on New York and what kind of reparations should be made to the descendants of freed slaves.

These legislators don’t seem to realize that we have yet to be freed.  They are comitted to party politics which tells them that there are political ways to end the injustice of American laws.  Register and vote “No Party” and end the party politics that perpetuate our unjust legislative system of government.

New York Senators Were Paid For Others’ Jobs

Jesse McKinley

Stipends paid to Democrats to keep Republicans in power. Republicans paid for work not done.

It is clear that neither Democrats nor Republicans are above usurping tax payer dollars for their personal benefit. It is time to register and vote “No Party” so the voice of the people will be heard and our tax dollars will not be stolen.

We now know COMIDA is acting illegally!

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.

For Group of Breakaway Democrats in New York, It Pays To Be No. 2

Jesse McKinley New York Times

 

Senate GOP blocks bid to expose Trump’s taxes

By Joe Mahoney CNHI State Reporter

May 2, 2017

May 4,2017

Mayor Warren clinches party endorsement with committee win

WHEC

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.

April 27,2017

Rochester comes in low on list of best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs

 Rochester is not very friendly to Hispanic entrepreneurs, a new report contends.

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

 There was little to crow about in Rochester’s economy in March, with little improvement in the unemployment rate and the largest job loss statewide, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

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

The Associated Press

“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.

Supporters in the state of New York include a handful of Democratic lawmakers and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, who has said it’s time the nation considers new ways to address the drug problem.”

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

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“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?

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“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

It is for this reason that we, the people, citizens of Rochester, must begin to govern ourselves to no longer be disgarded as unimportant members of poverty to be treated as sub-groups to the “middle class” and elite.
 
This treatment will continue under the political party eye of Democrats and Republicans because they feel they are above the law that they control.
 
We must break free of the political control of party affiliation by registering as “No Party” voters who are aware of the issues and concerns of the public and will vote intelligently on them.
 
It is the only way to gain the respect we deserve.

April 11,2017

Audit finds RCSD payroll and procurement systems ‘rife with errors’

“An audit of the Rochester City School District’s spending has found its payroll and procurement systems “rife with errors,” the state comptroller’s office said Monday.

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?

April 7,2017

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

 “A new affordable housing development on Alexander Street celebrated its completion Wednesday.

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

Rochester Business Journal
March 27, 2017

“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 Business Journal
March 23, 2017

“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

Rochester Business Journal
March 24, 2017

“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

I leave NY: Upstate hit hard as more migrate out

The upstate counties that gained population since 2010 include Monroe, up an estimated 3,300 people . . .

Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year

“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 –

Rochester, NY -0.2

. . . 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.

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