April 1, 2017

April Fool’s Message

Rochester is a place where everyone can find opportunity. Parents can find and afford childcare. Residents can afford to stay in their homes. We have integrated, successful schools. We have a citywide fiber internet network. Families are choosing our neighborhoods. Business are creating jobs. Employers are locating on transit lines. You’ve probably guessed by now it’s April Fool’s Day, and …

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March 28, 2017

A Greener Future

Now, more than ever, we need a mayor who cares about protecting the environment. President Trump signed an executive order that will hurt efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. But cities still have power to make our air cleaner and energy greener. I support: Locating jobs near people and on transit lines to cut down on vehicle …

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March 21, 2017

Barnhart Condemns Condo Tax Breaks

Today Rachel Barnhart condemned the approval of lucrative tax breaks for condo owners in downtown Rochester. The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency approved the incentives for Home Leasing, which is building 10 condominiums at 80 Charlotte St. The developer will get sales and mortgage tax abatements on the $3.6 million project. In addition, the units, which start at $400,000 …

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March 14, 2017

Let the Sunshine In

It’s snowing outside, but I’m thinking about sunshine. This is Sunshine Week, a time to talk about open and ethical government. I spent nearly two decades holding government accountable in my role as a journalist. I want to take important lessons I learned to City Hall. Here are some of my proposals: Publish information about loans and grants to businesses, …

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March 13, 2017

Statement on Golisano Theater Pledge

The fact Tom Golisano has pledged $25 million to a performing arts center is significant. We must seize this opportunity and figure out a way to keep RBTL in the city, while supporting our entire arts community. The city’s hotels and restaurants rely on RBTL for business. It would be a travesty if the theater moved to the suburbs and …

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March 13, 2017

Statement on Cedric Alexander

Lovely Warren’s appointment of Cedric Alexander to the position of deputy mayor is troubling. Like James Sheppard, Cedric Alexander had a disturbing record leading the Rochester Police Department. Alexander had SWAT teams patrol neighborhoods wearing full military gear and carrying rifles. He also implemented Operation Law and Order, in which officers “looked for opportunities to search cars and people.” (Democrat …

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March 13, 2017

Team Visits JOSANA After Windstorm

On Saturday, Rachel Barnhart took her volunteers to the JOSANA neighborhood. The group opted not to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of chilly temperatures and the crisis related to the windstorm. Much of the JOSANA neighborhood was without power. The team went door to door carrying snacks and hand warmers. They found families trying to keep warm …

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March 9, 2017

Statement on St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The City of Rochester should postpone Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are expecting temperatures in the low 20s, with wind chills below zero. In addition, we are in the midst of a major cleanup operation in the aftermath of the recent windstorm. This is not a political issue, this is an issue of public safety. It’s unreasonable to expect …

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March 6, 2017

Statement on Warren

Today, Lovely Warren became the third Democrat to announce her run for Rochester mayor. I welcome her entry into the race. I hope Warren and James Sheppard present serious plans to reduce poverty and grow the economy. So far, our campaign is the only one that has put forth transformative and comprehensive proposals to make Rochester a city of opportunity. …

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March 3, 2017

Statement on Blue Cross Arena

This week, the Pegulas again expressed concern over the condition of the Blue Cross Arena. They want to know the arena will be upgraded to ensure the Amerks can have a suitable home for years to come. A consultant recommended $37 million in improvements to the arena. That’s about what we spent 20 years ago to upgrade the War Memorial. …

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