• From the MCDC Chairwoman: I’m Angry

    I’m angry, to a point beyond words at this moment but please bear with me.

    My son is six now and listening to everything – particularly the television. Whether its one of his Lego shows or the news, he’s listening. And I had to tell my family to keep the news off TV today.

    I can remember where I was the day of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. I was in my office in the County Office Building, and I’m pretty sure I watched the news all day and accomplished nothing. I then went to my farewell party, as I was about to take the exciting transition from my beloved Democratic Caucus in the County Legislature, to start managing then-State Senator Ted O’Brien’s transition. It was supposed to be an evening of laughs, drinks, and fun. And my skin was on fire every moment I was there and I left as soon as I could.

    Then I get home. I pick up my just a few weeks past one-year-old son and I weep. I hold him for minutes and just cry with the world; then quickly try to dry my face so everyone can stay happy.

    But these disasters are not uncommon. Gun violence is ripping through families throughout our country, and in our community, on a daily basis. But the growing sense of helplessness and despair on this issue just seems to grow stronger. I sit here now and think, how will I explain this? How will I not instill fear in him of the world, but still make him smarter and aware?

    But we are not helpless, there is so much we can do. And eliminating all guns is not the answer and not a reasonable solution. Yes, we need smarter and effective legislation (particularly at the federal level) but we must also make ourselves better gun-sense citizens. I steal that from a term I have heard at our local Moms Demand Action group, right here in Rochester, New York.

    We should know how to have conversations with our family and neighbors about guns in the home, safe storage, proper training without having to devolve into a political nightmare. We’ve sent people to the moon damn it – how can we not find a constructive way to talk about this issue?!

    I sit here with pain in my heart that can only be a drop compared to what parents every night go to bed with after losing a child to this tragedy. But I want you to know that you don’t have to feel helpless. MCDC has been proud to host the Rochester chapter of Moms Demand Action in our offices, and they provide some incredible tools, including the Be Smart campaign among others. There are ways we can fix this. We can be the change we need to see in this world. That’s why I wanted to share this with you tonight.

    – Dominic’s Mom
    [Jamie Romeo, MCDC Chairwoman]

     

     

    Moms Demand Action is a part of Everytown for Gun Safety and has an active chapter here in Rochester NY. Formed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook, we are now in our 5th year and while Congress struggles to act – we’ve been working locally, in communities, cities and states – to take sensible action to keep our communities safe. Check out one of our upcoming meetings or events or invite chapter lead, Cha Ron Sattler-Leblanc to come and talk to your group about Moms Demand Action’s strategy and how you can join them. (Moms Demand Action is a single issue, non-partisan group open to all who want to work toward common sense gun reform.  You don’t have to be a Mom to join!)
    Find us at these upcoming events:
    Change on Tap! February 28 at 7 PM, Lock 32 Brewing
    March Meet-Up – Topic – ADVOCACY DAY – working with State Legislators – March 4, 1 PM, 1872 Cafe
    If you have questions, contact Cha Ron at charon.rochester.ny@gmail.com
    Thank you for taking a moment to read this tonight.
  • Rochester City Council Approves Xerox International Jazz Festival 2018 and Party in the Park 2018 in Unanimous Vote

    In a unanimous vote, the Rochester City Council approved its 2018 agreements with the Xerox International Jazz Festival and Party in the Park.

    Both events draw large crowds and are a major boon for the local economy. In 2016, the Jazz Festival alone drew an estimated crowd of 205,000, and has an estimated economic impact of $8 – $10 million. [1] [2]

    Headliners for the upcoming Xerox International Jazz Festival 2018 include Seal, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and Alison Krauss, with more of the lineup set to be announced during the spring. [3]

    The lineup for Party in the Park is typically announced in May.

    “The Xerox International Jazz Festival is one of my favorite local events,” says Monroe County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Jamie Romeo. “It is wonderful to see people from all over the Rochester area coming together with dancing, celebration, and music. I see people of all ages and all walks of life, from the couple who has attended every year since the first festival in 2002, to the wide-eyed child who is taking it all in for the very first time. Rochester’s beloved jazz festival is a testament to what we can achieve when artists, businesses, City leadership, and the Rochester Police Department work together.”

     

    [1] http://www.rochesterjazz.com/php/about.php

    [2] http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2016/06/29/downtown-rochester-businesses-get-sales-boost-xerox-rochester-international-jazz-festival/86478412/

    [3] http://www.rochesterjazz.com/press_room/?id=474