• Pittsford Town Board Recognizes Groundskeeper Tim Romeo for Outstanding Service

    On November 21st, the Pittsford Town Board recognized volunteer groundskeeper Tim Romeo for his outstanding service as the caretaker of Pittsford Cemetery.

    Over the last three years, Romeo cleaned and repaired hundreds of headstones, painted fences, and maintained the grounds – all as a volunteer with no paid staff.

    “His efforts are an inspiration to others, and his kind and caring greetings, shared freely and frequently as he works, bring warmth and cheer to those he meets,” said Pittsford Supervisor Bill Smith in his commendation. ” . . . [his] efforts have helped maintain the dignity of final repose for the interred.”[1]

    Following his commendation at the Town Board, Romeo received a standing ovation.

    “Our region is lucky to have such a strong spirit of service and volunteerism,” said Monroe County Democratic Chairwoman Jamie Romeo. “It is people like Tim Romeo who make our hometowns truly feel like home.”

    [1] http://www.townofpittsford.org/files/minutes/townboard/minutes_current.pdf

  • Democrat Howard Maffucci Wins Seat on Monroe County Legislature

    On Tuesday, November 7th residents of East Rochester, Brighton, and Pittsford elected Howard Maffucci as their representative in the Monroe County Legislature.

    Maffucci, a long-time Pittsford resident served as Superintendent of East Rochester Schools from 1996-2010.

    “My goal as a County Legislator is to deliver smart, practical results for the county,” said Maffucci. “From the earliest days of my career, I’ve fought for the policies that mattered most to our children and our community.  As a school superintendent, I embraced a simple planning process – What do you want to do?  How do you want to do it?  How are you going to pay for it? – and emphasized finding creative solutions to organizational problems.” [1]

    Maffucci succeeds the term-limited Republican legislator Anthony Daniele.

    “I am evidence that our community can and will do better,” said Maffucci. “I am honored to be a county legislator.” [2]

     

    [1] https://www.maffucciforcountylegislature.com/the-maffucci-family

    [2] http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/11/07/election-2017-monroe-county-legislature-10th-district-results/841574001/

  • Democratic Challenger Steve Schultz Defeats Incumbent Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore Pledging a New Era of Transparency and Accountability

    In an upset election, Henrietta residents elected Democratic Challenger Steve Schultz to replace Jack Moore as Town Supervisor.

    Schultz, the founder of Pictometry International ran on a platform of ethical government, financial responsibility, and transparency.

    “Personally, I am fiscally frugal. That does not mean I want to slash and burn programs—it simply means I want to run programs as cost effectively as possible and spend tax payer money (your money!) prudently and with proper oversight,” said Schultz.

    “I get very frustrated, for example, when I see how much we’ve spent on our Rec Center and how little we’ve gotten for it,” he explained.

    “Nearly $240 per square foot for what is essentially warehouse space. There are no locker rooms, no air conditioning in the gym, and not even an air handler that can deal with gymnastics chalk. So, what did we spend all that money on? Especially considering we used our highway department to prepare the site and our parks department to do the landscaping.” [1]

    For many residents, the election was as much about realizing Schultz’s vision as it was about removing Jack Moore from office.

    Multiple complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have been filed against Jack Moore for discrimination and racist remarks. [2]

    As News 10 WHEC reported:  “Witness testimony verifies that the Supervisor made the comment ‘this desk is heavier than ten dead n—ers’ while moving the Charging Party’s desk during her [an employee’s] involuntary transfer.” [3]

    Schultz hopes to usher in an era of transparency, accountability, and responsibility.

    “No more counting developments-in-progress as empty space. No more saying there are no proposals on the table when there have been. No more skirting referendum laws by holding off making capital payments until after everything is rezoned,” said Shultz. “We need to restore town trust.”

    Henrietta residents also elected Rob Barley and Michael J. Stafford to the Town Board, creating a fully Democratic town government in Henrietta.

     

    [1] https://chooseschultz.org/

    [2] http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/11/08/backlash-moore-democrat-steve-schultz-wins-henrietta-supervisor-race/843200001/

    [3] http://www.whec.com/news/eeoc-henrietta-town-supervisor-discriminated-retaliated-racial-slurs/4618062/

     

  • Pittsford Elects Local Democrats Stephanie Townsend and Kevin Beckford for Town Board

    On Tuesday, Nov. 7, residents of Pittsford elected two Democratic board members: Stephanie Townsend, a small business owner and adjunct professor at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher,  and Kevin Beckford, a business leader who has worked for Kodak, PNC, and Rochester General.

    “This is a very big change for our town,” Townsend said in a recent interview.[1]  “It’s been a very one-party board. And it has been for about 80 plus years. But one-third (of Pittsford residents) are Republican, one-third are Democrat, and one-third are Independent. That is a very different story than what the stereotype [about Pittsford] leads you to believe.”

    Both expressed the importance of using their new roles to support local businesses, seniors, and young families.

    “The town of Pittsford must harness the power of technology and innovation, support its small businesses, explore revenue opportunities, and develop a fair tax system that provides long-term economic security for our town and its residents,” said Beckford.

    The two new board members were sworn in on Tuesday, January 2nd.

    [1] http://trailblazerspac.com/2017/08/newcomer-no-more-stephanie-townsend-stakes-her-claim-on-pittsford-politics/