• Elect Mark Muoio for City Court

    Experience, Justice, and Compassion are what Monroe County designated candidate Mark Muoio for City Court is promising once elected into office. As the current Monroe County Legislature for District 21–representing the North Winton Village, Beechwood and Bensonhurst neighborhoods, and Director of Housing and Consumer Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Muoio has proven his commitment to the City of Rochester and assisted in his legal knowledge needed to be a City Court Judge. Additionally, Muoio has represented more than 4,000 persons in the Rochester City Court in the past decade.

    In the last 18 months, Mark has worked with the Mayor’s Office, members of Rochester City Council, local judges, and others to bring immediate reforms to civil court and provide a vision of what a more just civil court would look like, such as having a single judge sitting in a dedicated Housing Court and allowing tenants a streamlined right of action to sue landlords for housing code violations.

    As a Legislator, Muoio advocates for more ethical and transparent County government and has worked closely with the Monroe County Department of Human Services to ensure all residents receive their entitled assistance– recently assembling a task force expert and elected officials to address the disparities in DHS sanctions. As Director of Housing and Consumer Law Unit, he fights daily to ensure affordable housing for city residents, safeguarding housing security and combating homelessness.

    Mark resides in the North Wonton Village with his wife and two young children.

    Vote on June 25th for Mark Muoio for City Court.

  • Elect LaShana Boose for City Council- NorthWest District

    LaShana Boose, a longtime resident of the Northwest Community and leader of the 28th Legislative District, is running to become our next elected member of City Council for the Northwest Quadrant. She has received labor endorsements from the Rochester Labor Council, Locust Club, Bente Local 2419, 1199 SEIU and AFSCME Local 1635. Ms. Boose vows to fight for a multi-year plan aimed to progressively bring jobs back to the Northwest District. In addition, she plans to partner with current neighborhood business owners to gain a better understanding of their concerns and ensure they are addressed.

    “Not in Our Backyard!” is the motto LaShana adopted as she plans to partner with local police precincts to build better relationships between the community and law enforcement. She also plans to examine basic environmental factors that can assist with crime reduction and add more street and spotlights.

    In May 2018, LaShana was named Democrat and Chronicle’s Women to Watch and in 2017 she became the Emerging Leader of the American Association of University Women Greater Rochester Branch. Additionally, she is a 2014 graduate of the United Way of Greater Rochester African American Leadership Development program. Lastly, LaShana is an Alumna of SUNY at Buffalo, obtaining a BA in Social Science Interdisciplinary and an MA in Public Policy from Regents University.

    LaShana has a lengthy digest of civic engagement ranging from serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rochester to being a Daisy Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

    LaShana is a proud wife to her husband James and they have three children.

    Vote 12A for LaShana Boose for City Council on June 25th!  

  • Vote Tom Flaherty for Webster Town Supervisor

    A Webster resident since October 1997, Tom Flaherty vows to bring a fresh perspective and purpose-driven change as the endorsed Democrat candidate for Webster Town Supervisor.

    Mr. Flaherty believes the Town Supervisor should be a caretaker of the people and overall fiscally responsible and wants the best for ALL Webster residents. Tom proclaims true leadership is not partisan but rather pragmatic.

    Tom graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1987 and obtained his CPA designation in 1991. He later founded FFC Mortage (originally Flaherty Funding Corp.) in 1995 that ran until January 2019, employing over 100 local individuals throughout the years and sponsored several local charities, events, and organizations.

    Mr. Flaherty has served on countless Boards and committees including Bishop Kearney High School, School of the Holy Childhood, Webster Youth Hockey, St. Rita Parish Finance and has been an active volunteer in the Big Brother/Little Brother program. Additionally, he has coached a number of teams for WAA Baseball and Webster Youth Hockey

    He was named an esteemed RBJ 40-under-40 and the Irish Parade Committee’s Irish Businessman of the Year.

    Tom has been married to his wife for over 22 years and have 7 children ranging from the ages of 11-22.

    Vote Tom Flaherty for Webster Town Supervisor in the Democratic Primary on June 25th.

  • Elect Michael Yudelson for County Legislature

    Michael Yudelson is MCDC’s designated candidate for Monroe County Legislature-District 13 and is former Henrietta Town Supervisor, proudly declaring no tax raises under his 6-year leadership. Overall, Yudelson vows to be “an independent voice to advocate for the interests of the residents of [his] district and the entire Monroe County community”. He currently serves as the leader for the Henrietta Democratic Committee.

    Hailing from a family of public service, Michael has a long history of volunteering in the Henrietta community. As the founding member of the Rush-Henrietta Education Foundation, former president of the Winslow Parent-Teacher Association and past Director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Bureau, Yudelson doubles down on his efforts to restore vital services to protect vulnerable youth. As a result, he was selected Henrietta’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1993, “Volunteer of the Year” by Rush-Henrietta in 2001, and was awarded the “Distinguished Citizen” award by the Henrietta Elks Lodge in 2005.

    He was also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and Most Dedicated Youth Leader in Henrietta Post Reader’s poll.

    Vote for Michael Yudelson for County Legislature District 13 on June 25th.

  • Keep Sabrina LaMar for County Legislature- 27th District

    The Honorable Sabrina LaMar represents the 27th District in the Monroe County Legislature after being appointed to the seat on May 14th, serving on the Legislature’s Public Safety and Human Services Committees.

    Ms. LaMar is an advocate for “development without displacement” and her vision is that residents become the beneficiaries of their community’s economic growth.

    Sabrina is also committed to the City of Rochester is reflective of her personal and professional activities: She is the Assistant Director for an all-volunteer based, Rise UP Rochester, whose mission is to establish and maintain a non-violent culture while providing support to families of homicide victims. A recognized leader in the community of advocates, she works alongside community partners in developing and implementing programs that affect change.

    Ms. LaMar currently works as Project Coordinator for the Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization (CERV) project at RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives in the Criminal Justice Department. She also chairs the education committee of the ROC Against Gun Violence Coalition.

    LaMar is also a member of the 19th Ward Association, Baber AME Church, the Black Excellence/Juneteenth Planning Committee, and Roc The Peace.

    Vote 2A on June 25th to keep Sabrina LaMar as your County Legislature for the 27th District.

  • Victor Sanchez for County Legislature- 21 District

    Victor Sanchez was born in Atlixco Puebla, a small city in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 6. After many years living as a legal resident, Victor felt the urgency to obtain his citizenship after the 2016 presidential election– not only because of what it could mean for his future (At a time where immigrants are being attacked at a federal level), but to secure his vote and voice for his community and country representation.

    A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology and currently employed at Wegmans Foods Market in its Development Group as a Building Information Modeling Coordinator, Sanchez has become embedded in the Rochester community since 2006 and is committed to several issues such as–but not limited to: the expansion of job training programs, increasing affordable housing, and strengthening minority ownership and hiring requirements for all county projects .

    Actively involved in the community; Victor currently is the Co-Chair of RocCity Coalition an organization with the objective to attract, retain, and empower young professionals in the greater Rochester area. He represents the Coalition in the Governor’s Regional Economic Council and the Roc The Riverway Management Entity Advisory Committee. He also focuses on goals to improve public transportation access through his work on the Reimagine RTS advisory committee and other transit organizations.

    Sanchez also works on increasing neighborhood stability and the quality of life through working with the Vacant and Abandoned Property Task Force led by County Clerk Adam Bello.

    As a gay person of color, Victor knows how important it is to reach out to members of the LGBTQ+ community who have often been marginalized. With this in mind, he worked to assist the Out Alliance with projects that seek to provide individuals with greater access to health and mental health services. Additionally, he is an active volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign of Western NY working to help support the organization’s mission to gain equal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Trillium Health, a health center that specializes in LGBTQ+ health care and supporting those living with HIV.

    Vote June 25th for Victor Sanchez for County Legislature- District 21!

  • Keep Judge Melissa Barrett

    The Honorable Melissa Barrett aims to provide fairness, respect, and dignity to the Rochester City Court, proving why she earned the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s endorsement. Prior to her appointment in December 2018, Judge Melissa Barrett was a Principal Court Attorney for nearly 15 years and an Assistant Monroe County Public Defender for four years in Rochester City Court.

    The married, mother of two teens currently serves on several Seventh Judicial District Committees including the Administrative Judge Training Task Force, Mentoring Program, Workforce Diversity Committee, and Employee Interviewing Panels.  Her committee work has allowed her to advance the Access to Justice Initiative in Monroe County by going out to community agencies and educating the public on the New York State Court Access to Justice Program.

    Additionally,  Judge Barrett is active with the Rochester Black Bar Association JustLaw Program and the President of the Deaconess Ministry at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church and a parent volunteer for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Science Technology Entry Program (STEP).  Judge Barrett holds a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. She is also a 2005 graduate of the United Way of Rochester African American Leadership Development Program

    Judge Barrett is the recipient of numerous awards including: City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Youth Services Volunteer Award, The Daily Record Leaders In Law Award, Women in the Law Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Trailblazer for Justice Award, Certificate of Appreciation – 7th JD Administrative Judge Task Force, Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award, Rochester Teen Court Volunteer Award, and The Daily Record Up and Coming Attorneys Award.

    To keep Judge Melissa Barrett in Rochester City Court vote 7A on June 25th!

  • The Monroe County Democrats submit record-breaking number of County-Wide Petitions to the Board of Elections

    The Monroe County Democratic Committee is proud to submit our county-wide petitions for the 2019 election season.

    Our county-wide designated candidates– Clerk Adam Bello for County Executive, Shani Curry-Mitchell for District Attorney and both Karen Bailey Turner and Michael Dollinger for County Court Judge persisted through harsh weather conditions to obtain an abundance of signatures to be placed on this year’s ballot.

    “Despite entering into the petitioning season earlier than expected, we are gratified by the outpouring of volunteers and supporters–resulting in approximately 12,000 county-wide signatures to place our candidates on the ballot in November,” said MCDC Chairwoman Brittaney Wells

    “Given the shortened petition period and the sometimes not so cooperative weather I am really amazed to see this many pages in the Countywide Democratic petition that was filed with the Board of Elections.  In my 20+ years here at the Board I have not seen a filing this large by Democrats in Monroe County” said Board of Election Commissioner Thomas Ferrarese.

    Hundreds of volunteers turned out to walk alongside our candidates collecting more than 7xs the required number of signatures.  Democrats are energized and voters are eager for a change to an effective and transparent county government.

  • Clerk Adam Bello and Mayor Warren Announce 2020 Census Jobs

    “With these jobs, local residents have an opportunity to earn a decent wage, gain valuable work experience and help us make sure our population is accurately reflected in the 2020 Census,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren as she was accompanied by Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello and Jeff Behler, Regional Director of the New York Region Census Center, urging residents of the Greater Rochester area to  apply for temporary field positions for the upcoming 2020 census.

    “Our population determines the city of Rochester’s allotment of federal resources and political capital, which helps our residents thrive and reach their full potential. It is, therefore, critical that every one of our residents is counted so that Rochester can be the city it is destined to be,” said Mayor Warren.

    “Making sure that the Census counts every resident is crucial, as Census data is directly used to help determine where and how federal resources are deployed and also is used in decision-making by local governments and nonprofits. If you are looking for work and interested in helping to make a difference in your community, I strongly encourage you to look at local Census positions,” said County Clerk Bello.

    Both Mayor Warren and County Clerk Bello are current members of the New York State Count Commission.

    According to WHEC, the U.S Census Bureau is looking to hire approximately 2,000 people locally.

    The positions available include:

    • Recruiting assistants ($18.50 per hour) travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.
    • Office operations supervisors ($17.50 per hour) assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
    • Clerks ($13.50 per hour) perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
    • Census field supervisors ($18.50 per hour) conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers, and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.
    • Census takers ($17.00 per hour) work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home such as in the evening and on weekends.

    “While a Census is a national event, in order to be successful, it must be conducted at the local level,” said Director Behler. “This starts with hiring people to work in their own communities.  We look forward to working with the City of Rochester to ensure that together we provide easy and ample opportunities for local community members to apply to Census jobs.”

    According to the City of Rochester’s website, the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building will facilitate the online application process and hold open office hours during April, May, June to provide technical support to applicants. Plus, the OCWB is promoting “Workforce Wednesday’s” to assist applicants from 12:30-4:30 p.m. beginning April 4th at the Business and Community Services Center, 56 N. Fitzhugh St.

    Additionally, the OCWB will open its classroom space at 30 N. Fitzhugh St on three dates to provide service to several applicants at a time. These times and dates are: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16; 10 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23; and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.
    For more information on the jobs available or to apply online click here or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

  • Democrat & Chronicle Editorial:

    Race-Baiting: GOP must stop its race-baiting in Dinolfo-Bello race

    “Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust and us-versus-them.”

    Monroe County deserves better– that is why we, the Monroe Democrats, are in full support of Hon. Adam Bello for County Executive.

    D&C: Op-Ed:

    Race-baiting is an ugly political trick. Rather than trying to unite voters around good ideas, race-baiting seeks to further split a community by exploiting its racial divisions. Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust, and us-versus-them.

    This type of campaigning has no place in Monroe County politics. Yet, this year, it is front and center in the Monroe County Republican Committee playbook.

    We call on Chairman Bill Reilich and Executive Director Ian Winner to stop this shameful practice. Now.

    Over the past two weeks, the Republican Committee has issued a series of press releases that focus on the contest for Monroe County Executive. Yet, these releases are not about Republican incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo’s achievements or what she hopes to accomplish in a second term. In fact, her name is barely mentioned.

    A bizarre connection

    The first release contained just 10 words, in the form of a question for Dinolfo’s Democratic opponent, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello.

    Click here for full story.