• 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/

  • Jack Moore Does Not Speak for Us

    By now you have probably heard about the EEOC findings in the Town of Henrietta, where federal authorities found that there is “reasonable cause” to believe Moore has discriminated, finding “direct evidence of bias” by Supervisor Jack Moore against Town workers. This should not be surprising to us, as two years ago the Supervisor again was recorded using racist and bigoted language and still refused to step down.

    This disheartening part of the Jack Moore episode was the fact that he was re-elected to the position he still currently holds. That is why now more than ever, we need your support to make sure every voter in the Town of Henrietta knows they have a choice on Election Day, November 7th, and to send a clear message to our community that Jack Moore does NOT speak for us.

    You can start by joining us at the protest organized by MetroJustice outside of Henrietta Town Hall (475 Calkins Rd, Rochester, NY 14623) on this Wednesday, October 4th from 630pm to 730pm. Many members from the Henrietta Democratic Committee will be present and ready to get you mobilized to help talk to every voter in Henrietta so they know, they have the power on Election Day to make their voice heard in Town.

    After Wednesday, we hope to hear from you to get involved. You can check out the Henrietta Democratic Committee, and get more information on our candidates Steve Schultz for SupervisorRob Barley and Mike Stafford for Henrietta Town Board.

    Thank you, let’s get to work.

    – Jamie

    MCDC Chairwoman

  • We Remember

    Today marks the 16th anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorists Attacks, a day we take to reflect on the lives list, sacrifices made, and courage that brought us together as a Nation.  Our Democratic Family has lost some amazing members over the past week; each having contributed to the vision of a better community for our neighbors and the next generation. Rev. Vernice Warfield, a local civil rights icon and minister; Jacque Cady, a fierce advocate for the children in our community; Andrew Caverly, a longtime Democratic advocate; and Lauren Morelle, who took on cancer by the horns and courageously shared her path to help empower others families.

    Loss often drives us to reflect on our own lives and actions. Following the 2016 Election, a number of us found ourselves in a similar reflection on the state of our democracy, and what our roles are in it.

    Regardless of whom you support, MCDC will continue to work to make sure every voter can have access to the ballot box on Election Day. You may not be eligible in participating in a Primary Election as a voter, but you can volunteer those who need assistance getting to the polls. You can sign up here to pitch in here.

    Let’s all do our part to make our democracy stronger.

    Thank you.

    – Jamie

    MCDC Chairwoman

  • The Dust has Settled

    Last night, the voters decided and their will was clear. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has decisively earned a second term, and we have our Democratic Teams for Rochester City Council in Loretta Scott, Jackie Ortiz, Malik Evans, Willie Joe Lightfoot Jr., and Mitch Gruber; and for Rochester City School Board with Van White, Cynthia Elliott, and Natalie Sheppard.

    Many people heard President Obama’s call to action earlier this year and ran for office this year. We congratulate and commend each candidate for their efforts and enthusiasm; running for office is no small task and takes courage to put yourself out there. But more importantly, we hope you will stay involved and engaged and support our Democratic Team that has been chosen by voters yesterday. There is a place for everyone in our Party. We all are motivated by the same cause, to create positive change in our community. We may disagree on the methods and priorities, but no single level of government will be able to tackle the problems our community faces alone. We need to elect Democrats to bring our voices to governing boards across this County.

    We cannot take for granted the General Election that we have in November, both in the City of Rochester as well as in towns across this County. We have many candidates and volunteers from across this County, and a lot of experience and knowledge coming from our races yesterday within the City. We have many opportunities to support Democrats in November. We look forward to working with everyone as we continue the hard work towards November 7th.

    Thank you.

    – Jamie

    MCDC Chairwoman