March 1, 2017

Statement on Crime Statistics

Barnhart Statement on Crime Statistics “It’s disappointing that Lovely Warren and James Sheppard want to twist crime statistics to bolster their campaigns. In his statement on Warren’s press conference, Sheppard berates Warren for doing the exact same thing he did as chief: tout crime data when it appears favorable. “The fact is, these crime statistics are a mixed bag. Residents …

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February 27, 2017

A Wired City

About five years ago, I visited an Advanced Placement class at Fairport High School. The students had created their own internal Facebook-style social media network. They used it to communicate in the evenings on homework and class projects. The students were technologically savvy and literate in digital media. More importantly, they had constant access to an entire world of knowledge. …

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February 23, 2017

Stepping Up on Childcare

Every new parent finds out quickly that childcare is expensive. The cost of childcare in the Rochester region is around $10,000 a year for an infant. That’s prohibitive for families who don’t earn a lot of money. Childcare plays a vital role in helping parents maintain stable employment. Quality childcare also benefits children by providing a stable, nurturing environment. Monroe …

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February 17, 2017

Statement on Sanctuary City Status

Rachel Barnhart’s statement on Rochester’s status as a sanctuary city:  Rochester should be a sanctuary city in practice, not just policy. Unfortunately, our relationship with the Monroe County Jail means undocumented immigrants have no protection. I’m calling on County Legislator James Sheppard to introduce legislation making the county a sanctuary county. In addition, we also need to ensure police are …

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February 15, 2017

Property Tax Plan: What Does it Mean to Me?

Here are some frequently asked questions about our plan to dramatically cut property taxes, investing in housing and businesses. Why cut property taxes? People with choices are often not choosing Rochester. We have to figure out a way to attract new residents and businesses. We also have to figure out a way to help our current homeowners and renters, many …

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February 15, 2017

Statement on Homicide Study

Rachel Barnhart issued the following statement in response to Rochester Institute of Technology’s study on Rochester’s homicide rate over time: “This report from RIT shows Rochester continues to struggle with deadly violence. “It’s disheartening to see an upward trend of homicides over time, when crime overall has declined in recent years. “There’s no greater crime against the people of our …

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February 13, 2017

Why I’m Running for Mayor

Many of you share my love and passion for Rochester. We have a rich history of social justice and innovation, beautiful architecture and amazing natural resources. We have what it takes to be a thriving city of opportunity. But Rochester is not working for everyone. The only way we can reach our full potential is by rethinking what is possible. …

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February 6, 2017

Barnhart Announces Mayoral Candidacy

Rachel Barnhart kicked off her campaign for Rochester mayor by announcing a bold plan to grow the economy, reduce poverty and improve the lives of residents. Barnhart’s plan calls for a 50 percent reduction in property taxes, childcare funding for one thousand eligible families and fiber internet for every home. “I have concrete solutions to the issues facing our community,” …

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