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City vs. School District

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City vs. School District
Wednesday, March 12, 2014  The city of Rochester has received several million dollars to renovate a number of its school buildings. With that much money on the line, it was obvious there would be some fighting. So, how do the heavyweights match up? In a battle of city versus school district, who has the upper hand? Read More ...
Aaron E. Wicks - 2 opinions posted

Henrietta Not Willing to Roll the Dice on Casino

Don't expect to see De Niro or Pesci in Henrietta anytime soon, or any other casino types either.
Henrietta Not Willing to Roll the Dice on Casino
Monday, March 10, 2014  Rochester, NY -  I attended the most recent Henrietta Town Board meeting, last Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  By evidence of the jam packed hearing room, and the 85 or so opponents of a Native American casino in Henrietta, one would conclude the project is dead.  Days later, even the town board, and, Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore had come out against the project.  So, is a casino dead-on-arrival in Henrietta?  Hardly. Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot - 1 opinion posted

An Ignored Anniversary?

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An Ignored Anniversary?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014  In less than five months, Rochester will observe a notable and unfortunate anniversary. Fifty years ago this July, Rochester experienced mass unrest unlike any seen previously in our community. As one might expect, it prompted much soul-searching and left the community shaken and forever changed. But is Rochester – once called “Smugtown USA” – about to allow this anniversary to pass without any significant community effort to account for our progress – or our inexcusable lack thereof? Read More ...
Aaron E. Wicks

Want to Take a Bite Out of Crime in Rochester?  Outlaw Handguns

A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.
Want to Take a Bite Out of Crime in Rochester? Outlaw Handguns
Monday, February 24, 2014  Rochester, NY -  As this publication, and particularly, this journalist, has well documented, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's new administration is off to a rocky start.  How might Mayor Warren take the focus off her rookie mistakes, and redeem herself with City residents?  By heeding the compelling--and alarming--statistics about firearm deaths in the Flower City, and propose a city-wide ban on the possession of handguns. Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot - 4 opinions posted

Watch the Latest Episode of the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight
In the 2nd episode of our new TV show, the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight, we focus on the redevelopment of Downtown Rochester. Our guests are: Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.; and, Larry Glazer, CEO, Buckingham Properties. Our show airs on RCTV, Time Warner Cable channel 15 (only available in the City of Rochester). Read More ...
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