July 24, 2017

Barnhart Calls for More Childcare

Rachel Barnhart has proposed adding 1,000 childcare subsidies. The city would work with Monroe County to administer the additional subsidies. These subsidies would supplement, not supplant, services already provided to city families. “If we’re serious about reducing poverty, the city must step up the plate and help fund childcare,” Barnhart said. “We can do this by spending less than 2 …

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June 28, 2017

Barnhart Calls for Full Accounting of Poverty Funds

Rachel Barnhart called for the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative to release its annual budget, including staffing, contracts and other spending. “We know millions of taxpayer dollars have been diverted to RMAPI, but these off-the-books expenditures are not transparent. We need to know how this money is being spent. We cannot evaluate this major initiative without this information,” said Barnhart. Assemblyman Joseph …

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June 24, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

  My parents celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary today. They met while teaching at Charlotte High School. They bought a house in the Maplewood neighborhood, where they raised two children. They sent their kids to city schools. I got my love of the city from my parents, especially my dad. He has encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s history. He knows …

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June 19, 2017

Barnhart Proposes Ethics Reforms

  Rachel Barnhart is calling for major reforms of the city’s ethics code. “Lovely Warren’s inappropriate relationship with Uber exposed the need for big changes. We must do everything we can to preserve integrity and prevent conflicts of interest in city government,” Barnhart said. Barnhart proposes: The Board of Ethics will accept and consider complaints from private citizens. Anyone who …

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June 14, 2017

Statement on Ethics Board

I’m pleased to see the Board of Ethics take up my complaint about the relationship between Warren and Uber. Let’s be clear. This complaint isn’t about a job fair. It’s about pay to play culture. It’s about a mayor shilling for a troubled corporation. It’s about a mayor who promotes herself at the expense of citizens. I spent my career …

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June 1, 2017

Barnhart Files Ethics Complaints

  Update at end of post. Rachel Barnhart will file a complaint against City of Rochester Former Chief of Staff Jeremy Cooney for illegally lobbying city government on behalf of his client, Uber. The complaint against Cooney will be filed with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. It details how he failed to register as a lobbyist, …

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May 31, 2017

Warren’s Ties to Uber Raise Ethical Questions

There are very serious questions about a panel that took place at City Hall regarding ridesharing. This forum was organized by Mercury Public Affairs, a lobbying firm for Uber. There’s a banner up at City Hall with Uber’s logo. Why is City Hall allowing Uber to use it as a billboard? Why is the city promoting one ridesharing company over …

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May 30, 2017

Warren Sells Out Poor on Internet Access

Lovely Warren has endorsed a broadband internet program that discriminates against the poor and won’t do anything to improve access. Charter Communications has launched “Spectrum Internet Assist.” This program offers $14.99 a month internet, but comes with all kinds of restrictions. Participants must have children who are eligible for school lunch programs or they must be at least 65 years …

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May 25, 2017

Statement on Population Loss

New census data shows the city has lost 1,700 residents since 2010.  A City Hall official expressed surprise to the Democrat and Chronicle, since downtown is booming and home sales are brisk. Talk about being out of touch! It’s disturbing that City Hall assumes the city is growing because of what’s happening in affluent areas. There are many things that …

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May 21, 2017

Warren’s Budget Hurts Businesses, Renters

The proposed 2017-2018 city budget does nothing to create jobs or reduce poverty. In fact, it does the opposite. Lovely Warren touted a $35 average savings for homeowners, thanks to a property tax reduction combined with a fee increase. True property tax reduction provides relief and creates value. This only gives residents enough money for a dinner out. What’s more …

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