September 19, 2018

City Council Right to Reject East End Garage Sale

Rochester City Council rejected the sale of the East End Garage in a 7 to 2 vote, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester for All had raised questions about the appropriateness of a sale to an ownership group that included Thomas Masachi. His company, DHD Ventures, has properties in foreclosure and hasn’t paid a number of vendors. Masachi’s holdings …

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September 19, 2018

Southeast Rochester: Progressive Record at Polls

Author: Rachel Barnhart Andrew Cuomo dominated the Democratic primary for governor, winning with 66 percent of the vote. However, there are pockets of resistance to the two-term incumbent. The entire Albany region went for Cynthia Nixon. So did several Rochester neighborhoods. Turnout in Monroe County nearly tripled from the 2014 gubernatorial primary to 46,765 voters. Cuomo won Monroe County with …

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September 18, 2018

Deputy Mayor Joins Ranks of Double Dippers

Author: Rachel Barnhart Deputy Mayor Cedric Alexander will be able to collect his pension and salary at the same time. New York State does not allow retirees under the age of 65 to return to work and earn more than $30,000 a year unless they receive what’s known as a 211 waiver. But in June, the Rochester Civil Service Commission …

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September 18, 2018

City’s PAB Proposal Same Old, Same Old

Author: Annmarie Van Son There are major problems with the city’s proposal for a police accountability board. First let’s keep in mind the five pillars of police accountability sought by the Alliance for a Police Accountability Board. The Alliance proposal calls for a PAB with the authority to: Conduct independent investigations of complaints of police misconduct; Issue subpoenas to compel …

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September 6, 2018

City Should Not Sell East End Garage to Masachi

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the City of Rochester is considering selling the East End Garage to Thomas Masachi and partners. Legislation has been submitted to City Council for approval. The city should not sell this important asset to Masachi, because the FBI has scrutinized his company, DHD Ventures, as part of the mortgage fraud scheme involving Morgan Management, …

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August 21, 2018

Rochester for All Comments at COMIDA Meeting

COMIDA approved tax incentives for 4000 River Road LLC on Tuesday. Here are comments made by Rochester for All Director Rachel Barnhart at the meeting: I represent Rochester for All, a nonprofit citizen watchdog organization dedicated to good government and fiscal responsibility. First, I want to address issues of transparency related to COMIDA’s public hearing process. COMIDA should post the …

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August 20, 2018

Update to 4000 River Road LLC – Is Morgan Out?

The public got to see 4000 River Road LLC’s application for tax abatements for the first time at a public hearing this morning in Henrietta. The property was purchased by a subsidiary of Morgan Management last year from Rochester Institute of Technology. Robert Morgan signed the mortgage and deed. No other records pertaining to the property have been filed since …

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August 17, 2018

COMIDA Should Turn Down Tax Breaks to Morgan for Henrietta Project

Rochester for All calls on the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency to reject tax abatements for a project owned by Morgan Management. COMIDA is holding a public hearing on Monday for 4000 River Road LLC, a student apartment building in Henrietta. COMIDA is meeting the following day, presumably to vote on the deal. Morgan proposes renovating the existing complex …

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August 15, 2018

City Must Provide Public Accounting on Morgan and DHD

Rochester for All calls on City Council to demand an accounting on all outstanding loans and grants connected to Morgan Management and DHD Ventures. The Wall Street Journal reports both companies are under investigation for mortgage fraud, calling it one of the biggest investigations of its kind. Several arrests have already been made. DHD has defaulted on nearly $60 million …

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August 6, 2018

City Financial Disclosure Forms in Limbo

City Council strengthened form in January. People complained about the extensive reporting requirements. Corporation Counsel directed the Board of Ethics/Office of Public Integrity to issue extensions on forms. Moves appear to violate City Charter. One of the first pieces of legislation passed by City Council in 2018 beefed up the annual financial disclosure form that elected officials, senior management and …

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