• Keep LaShay Harris for City Council- South District

    Council member LaShay Harris was recently appointed to City Council on April 30th due to a unanimous vote, solidifying the trust and confidence of the community. Prior to her appointment, Harris completed a full term as County Legislator for the 27th District being the second African-American Woman to serve on county government– the first was the late-great Constance Mitchell. She will continue to be a strong advocate for city residents and support a fiscally responsible government, strong neighborhoods and thriving small businesses, and continuous economic growth.

    Councilwoman Harris began her career in EMS for the National Ambulance, Rural/Metro’s predecessor, as an EMT, eventually becoming a paramedic in 1997 after graduating from the Western New York Emergency Medical Services Training Institute. She previously served as a Paramedic Preceptor, CPR Instructor, and continues as an Educator. In 2003, she took a full-time position at Irondequoit Ambulance as a Paramedic, later promoted to Deputy Operations Manager where she served until her 2008 appointment as the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Rural/Metro Medical Services, Rochester, NY. During her time as the PIO, LaShay developed a robust and responsive Media Incident Alert Program instrumental in forming a partnership with the local media agencies.

    LaShay has been instrumental as an instructor coordinator for the EMS Pathway of the Career Pathways to Public Safety Program and initiated the implementation of EMT training at REOC of the College at Brockport. These programs involve key partnerships with the City of Rochester, Rochester City Schools District and the College at Brockport.

    Vote 10A on June 25th for LaShay Harris for City Council- South District.

  • Elect Mary Lupien for City Council- East District

    As a mother, community activist, city school teacher, Mary Lupien will continue to fight for the protection of renters’ rights, police accountability, the expansion of public transportation and creating a more green and sustainable future as your Councilwoman for the East District.

    “Mary’s dedication to her community, through her work with the Citywide Tenant Union, and as a bilingual city school teacher, is emblematic of our ideals and of the greater fight against inequality in our communities,” said Jesse Lenney, State Committee Member for Working Families Party in regards to Mary receiving their endorsement. Mary was also endorsed by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Labor Union.

    Mary is fighting for a thriving, livable city where all residents have stable, quality and affordable homes, police accountable by the communities they serve, and where walkable, bikeable streets and fantastic public transportation connects us to our work, schools, and families while creating a more sustainable future. Additionally, Mary aims to earn the trust of the community, partners, and fellow activists to carry forward the shared vision of a better Rochester for All.

    Mary is a board member of the Beechwood Coalition, and a volunteer with the City Roots Land Trust and City-Wide Tenant Union, which aims to prevent displacement of neighbors due to the effects of Gentrification by creating opportunities for stable, affordable housing. In addition, Mary is the organizer with Mothers Out Front, a group mobilizing to preserve a livable climate for our children.


  • 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!

  • To “I” or Not to “I”, That is the Question that Will Not Separate Democrats.

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    A Case for Drafting Articles of Impeachment

    By: Lottie Gonzalez-Habes

    Two distinct inclinations appear to separate Democrats across Monroe County just like throughout the nation after the release of Robert Mueller’s report.  The much-awaited document laid out many instances of evidence demonstrating that Donald Trump engaged in acts to obstruct justice and more disturbingly, attempted to hide and obscure similar actions using and pressuring aides and advisors.  The questions posed by the talking heads on television, as well as, print and social media have changed from: When will the duly elected Congress be “allowed” to read the un-redacted text of the investigation conducted by Mueller? to: What will the duly elected Democrats do with the results of the report? The narrative has morphed to suggest or predict a splintering democratic unity.  However, as true blue democrats, the writers of this article announce that much to the chagrin and irritation of Republicans, we don’t agree with that divisive premise.  We each see the Democratic Party as the big tent institution in which diverse opinions and analysis can be debated and considered without fear of retribution. The varied principles of pursuing social justice,  fighting against economic inequality, defense of the environment and defense of Democracy prove that voters are united by more than one issue.

    The Mueller report lists clear findings in support, at minimum, of drafting articles of impeachment and recording the action for the benefit of future generations of voters to come.  These facts are substantiated in the 2nd volume of the report: a) President’s conduct toward Flynn and his questionable Russian connections, b) President asking for Comey’s loyalty and to let go of Flynn’s investigative effort, C) Unsuccessful Efforts to fire Mueller, d) Efforts to force Sessions to un-recuse himself and take over the investigation, e) Orders given to Don McGhan ( White House Counsel) to fire or pressure others in the administration, f) Statements in favor of Manafort, lamenting legal process against his convicted campaign manager and g) Actions to prevent disclosure of Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives, to mention only six of many contained in his report.

    The report also reveals the Special Counsel’s quiet disagreement with the premise that a seating president cannot be indicted. Granted, the numerical reality is also clear.  There is a lack of enough principled Republicans in the Senate; who would vote “Yes” to denounce and record their outrage for  Donald Trump’s unethical, corrupt and unpatriotic actions. Republicans will not show a spine to achieve removal from office.

    Regardless, this Democrat believes that defending America’s style of democratic government is worth the effort. It is imperative that we teach future candidates, like Trump, that Americans of diverse political views, will never overlook and will not give a pass to the public or veiled attempts of decimating democratic institutions. It is indeed worthwhile to at minimum draft articles of impeachment, and to introduce those articles into history’s record.  Democrats, in the 2020 election cycle will not only have the opportunity of winning seats in Congress with hard-fought senatorial and house of representatives campaigns. We will have the ability to win the White House, plus additional seats in Congress because that power will come from voters, tired of the dishonesty and corruption in plain view at the Trump White House. Whether voters come from rural districts in the heartland, the rust belt, or the big urban centers in the east or west coasts; they all want to elect principled leadership for the country.

    The United States wants to elect leaders who commit to legislating in favor of American families, our economy, leaders who want to protect the environment and leaders who have public safety in mind. Where our candidates stand on the “bread and butter” issues is a priority, but just as important is the priority, to support leaders committed to returning respect to the presidency, and those who defend the idea of shared government responsibilities among the three equal branches of government.  Americans will reject Trump’s authoritarian attempts at the ballot box. More importantly, American citizens will not be kind to those who ran for cover and did little to reject Trump’s damaging administrative policies and his executive and moral deficits.

    “Not Worth It,” A Case for Not Initiating Impeachment Proceedings

    By: Briana Scott, MCDC’s Press Secretary

    “Whether it’s articles of impeachment or investigations, it’s the same obtaining of facts,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter to her Democratic constituents, citing a clear divide within the Democratic party since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on April 18th, about deciding whether to proceed with filing the articles of impeachment would be a proposition that politically would harm the prospects of victory for Democrats in the 2020 presidential election. Pelosi continued stating, “We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”

    House Speaker Pelosi is correct: The Democratic Party should not rush into PURSUING impeachment and should only focus on getting President Trump out of office in next year’s election. Filing articles of impeachment will only further divisiveness within the party and even nationally, possibly costing the Democrats a very likely electoral win. Wasting time and energy on impeachment proceedings would not only be a mistake. It would also provoke a political implosion, especially since the Republican-controlled Senate under Mitch McConnell will not pursue the required next steps following impeachment, which is a trial in the Senate.

    Additionally, the Washington Post-Schar School conducted a poll last month and found that half of U.S. adults say the Mueller report will make no difference in which candidate they will vote for in 2020. According to Vox.com, 36 percent of voters were in favor of President Trump’s impeachment. Since the release of the Mueller report, that number dropped to 34 percent. Democrats fear if they pursue the articles of impeachment, they will not have public support, once again raising the concern of losing next year’s election. This hesitation stems from the consequences the Republican’s experienced after impeaching a President Bill Clinton, costing the party House seats in the 1998 midterm election.

    Furthermore, Democrats have at their disposal many mechanisms besides impeachment for holding President Trump accountable. Currently, House Democrats have launched investigations into Trump’s history of lying, which according to the Washington post, as of April 26th, has crossed the 10,000 lies mark; his net worth and debts on official financial documents; allegations that he made foreign policy decisions to enhance his personal wealth; and concerns that personal confidants, like Jared Kushner received security clearances despite being susceptible to foreign influences.

    2020 Presidential candidate Eric Swalwell is one of the few Democrats siding with Pelosi opposing moving forward with impeachment. He explaining on Fox News Sunday, “you only get one shot at this. I want to make sure we get it right. I think that means first getting the full Mueller report unredacted, getting Mueller to testify himself, getting people like Don McGahn in,” said Swalwell. He continued “we are winning in the courts right now. The president is outnumbered with the subpoena power and the court rulings that are on our side. I think that’s a road would go down, but we are not going to do Donald Trump justice here because we only get one shot to make sure the rule of law still stands in America.”

    Democrats must continue to investigate and unveil the wrongdoings by President Trump and the complicity of his Republican Party. And the best course of action is to continuously report their findings to the American people, remaining transparent in their course of action and continuously make strides of making Pres. Donald Trump accountable for his unprecedented actions during his administration.