James Smith Jr

commented on Green New Deal for Rochester 2013-08-29 14:12:32 -0400 · Flag
I also think that a Green Energy push could healthily stimulate the city and provide low-cost electricity to all. I could see this city allowing and encouraging the development and implementation of home-sized wind turbines, which would create local jobs to build and maintain said turbines, while also easing the financial burdens of the poor and poverty-stricken. Knowing that utility bills easily break $500/month during winter months for many families who only bring in $1500/month is heart-breaking, considering 31% of Rochester is at or below the poverty level.
Something needs to change. Supporting local businesses and small business owners is just the start.

signed Petition for Commissioners of Education to Resign 2013-08-29 13:58:34 -0400
The teachers struggle to educate our future generations with poor leadership dictating what teachers can and cannot do. It’s time for a change of that leadership.

Petition for Commissioners of Education to Resign

22 signatures

We, the undersigned residents of the City of Rochester, draw the attention of the Board of Regents to the following:


  • Historically the Rochester City School District leadership has failed to provide an excellent education to the majority of its students.
  • The Rochester City School District has and continues to operate under severe financial loss.
  • Commissioners of the Rochester City School District School Board, by entering into an agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the Managing Money Smartly Grant Program, have admitted that they are unable to effectively and efficiently make resource decisions for the Rochester City School District.
  • The current Board of Education does not meet the Board of Regents Characteristics of Effective School Boards.

THEREFORE, your petitioners request the New York State Board of Regents to call for the resignation of each Commissioner of Education that voted to adopt Resolution 2013-14 as an admission of their inability to effectively and efficiently manage the Rochester City School District.

President Malik Evans

Commissioner Jose Cruz

Commissioner Willa Powell

Commissioner Van White