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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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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