April 24, 2017

Response to State of the City Address

    Tonight in her State of the City Address, Lovely Warren painted a rosy picture of Rochester. She said the economy is improving, neighborhoods are reviving, and our children are doing better in schools. Lovely Warren is delusional. She made liberal use of alternative facts. Warren’s not talking about the Rochester I know. Rochester has a 14 percent unemployment …

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April 22, 2017

Facts Matter

It’s important to me that my campaign adheres to the same rules I did as a journalist. That means we care about accuracy and fairness. We won’t lie or twist the truth for votes. Not everyone shares these values. Lovely Warren plays fast and loose with the facts. It’s important to tell voters what’s really going on. Here are some of the …

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April 21, 2017

Stop Passing Buck on Police Oversight

I’m reiterating my call for a Police Accountability Board. Recent events make it even more apparent that the current police oversight system is inadequate.   1. The Rochester Police Department refuses to explain how a teenager, Rickey Bryant, suffered a broken eye socket when stopped by officers who mistakenly thought he was armed. 2. City Council is using its subpoena …

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April 12, 2017

Statement on Police Accountability Board Proposal

On the first day of my mayoral campaign, I called for reform of police oversight. Our residents and our officers are not served well by the current Civilian Review Board system. I support our police officers. I also support accountability. I endorse the concept of a Police Accountability Board. While I have some questions about specific recommendations put forth this …

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April 3, 2017

Plan Needed to Keep Pedestrians, Cyclists Safe

Our community has experienced several serious accidents involving pedestrians. The latest happened this morning when a student on the way to school was struck by a vehicle on Lake Ave. These are not “accidents.” These are preventable tragedies. They are unacceptable. When I’m mayor, that’s how the City of Rochester will treat fatal and serious injury crashes. Casualties are not an …

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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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