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Feedback We welcome your comments. Send them to themail@rochester-citynews. com, or post them on our website, rochestercitynewspaper.com, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed, @ roccitynews. For our print edition, we select comments from all three sources; those of fewer than 350 words have a greater chance of being published, and we do edit selections for publication in print. We don’t publish comments sent to other media. ‘Drug-free’ plan: pro and cons On City Councilmember Adam McFadden’s proposal for drug-free zones in Rochester (News Blog): I cannot fully express how bad an idea I think this is. And it’s illegal – not just on constitutional grounds, but I believe an illegal use of zoning codes. DAVE ATIAS have probably never even heard of can’t seem to find the illegal drugs that flow through Rochester and other urban communities like water flows from High Falls? I would propose as an alternative that y’all (city and county leaders) help pull people together who are sick-and-tired-of-being-sickand-tired of our neighborhoods being flooded with illegal drugs and weapons, and develop a comprehensive plan by which we make a concerted demand that those listed above do more to solve the problem now – by going to the root, as opposed to continuing to fiddle around the edges. We need a movement. HOWARD EAGLE new digital media world – and did so while expanding its commitment to local, regional, and investigative reporting. And that’s a good thing for the community. ROBERT BERKMAN News. Music. Life. Greater Rochester’s Alternative Newsweekly October 23-29, 2013 Vol 43 No 7 250 North Goodman Street Rochester, New York 14607-1199 firstname.lastname@example.org phone (585) 244-3329 fax (585) 244-1126 rochestercitynewspaper.com On the cover: Green party mayoral candidate Alex White. 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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without permission of the copyright owner. Assessing the D&C What a great idea! Adam McFadden is a visionary leader. FRED MULDOON How about some real solutions, like ending the Drug War and a serious conversation on ending the school-to-prison-pipeline? DREW LANGDON The last thing we need is another war on petty, street-level drug dealers. We know what that has reaped over the past four or five decades: jails and prisons filled with mainly black and Hispanic youth, many of whom are literally slinging drugs as a means of survival. In many cases they have little to no education, no job skills, and often, no hope – while the real culprits behind the multitrillion dollar, illegal drug industry continue to go free. It IS time for a war on drugs (a real one): on the big-shot, super-wealthy, mafia-types who ship drugs into the harbors and fly them onto the private airstrips of this corrupt nation, by the ton-loads. How is it that young children in our neighborhoods can tell you where the illegal drug spots are but the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriffs, New York State Police, FBI, CIA, ATF, Secret Service, Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies that we 2 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 While I completely agree with the principles you articulated on what makes for good journalism, I completely disagree with your overall negative assessment of the newly launched and designed Democrat and Chronicle (“The New, ‘More,’ D&C,” Urban Journal). In a time when so many local newspapers are folding, shrinking, or eliminating any semblance of deep reporting, we should applaud the D&C for its expanded commitment to quality local investigative journalism, its expanded coverage of New York state politics, and the smart decision to focus on Rochester innovation and business. Its inclusion of USA Today is a logical move too, since due to the Internet, national news has become more a commodity. And while there is a downside to relying on a single publisher’s reporters, reading stories from Gannet’s journalists is far better than the D&C plugging in prepackaged national wire service stories, as many other local newspapers now must do to save on reporter salaries. Yes, some of the local stories highlighted on the front page seem minor and are given disproportionate attention. And the new editorial page design leaves something to be desired. But these are quibbles. The bottom line is that the D&C has survived the very treacherous transition to the I’m inclined to be more supportive of the D&C than you are in your column. I give them credit for experimenting with business model changes that keep the paper in print at all –going all electronic (as many peer newspapers have done) is a sorry capitulation. Perhaps your frustration is more appropriately aimed at the readers, not the publishers. There is no newspaper without readers. To your closing question – what do research scientists, etc., read – I think they are doing what I do: read the New York Times online and subscribe to The Economist, The Atlantic, etc., and skim the D&C for local coverage, including the investigative stuff (which I agree is important and often quite good). I generally don’t bother with USA Today when given free in hotels and I don’t read it now – but USA Today does offer more attractive coverage of nationalinternational news than the D&C has been providing. Maybe, just maybe, more of the readers who don’t seek out more robust coverage will be captured to read a bit more of this kind of news than they did under the old model. KENT GARDNER More cheap eats Some new suggestions here (Cheap Eats 2013). Thanks; but so many glaring omissions. Here are the first couple of dozen that come to mind, in alphabetical order. Arnett Café, Banzai, Bombay Chaat House, Breathe Yoga, Brooks Landing Diner, Dac Hoa, Deli Sandro’s, El Latino, The Gate House, Grill and Greens, Hot Rosita’s, Jitters, John’s Tex-Mex, The Lunch Box, Martusciello’s, Mise en Place, The Old Toad, Open Face, Orange Glory, Owl House, Palmer’s Market, Philly Steakout, Polska Chata, Starry Nites, Sugar Mama’s, Unkl Moe’s, Voula’s Greek Sweets. KEN MAHER ROCHESTER GENERAL ELECTIONS 2013 COVERAGE CONTINUES ON PAGE 6 Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards ENDORSEMENTS BY CITY’S EDITORIAL STAFF A UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR! HOLIDAY PARTIES BOOKING NOW! 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We are still convinced that Richards is the far better candidate. He has kept the city financially stable through an exceptionally difficult economic period. He has encouraged new business and residential development. He has worked with employee groups to keep labor costs down and worked with unions and contractors to insure jobs for city residents on public projects. He is experienced, progressive, and pragmatic, and he is uniquely qualified to lead Rochester in this challenging time. For the general election, then, we’ve been faced with a difficult decision: do we endorse Richards, even though he is not campaigning for re-election; endorse someone we feel is not qualified for the job; or simply not endorse? The members of our editorial staff who determine our endorsements have been divided on that question. Some argued for no endorsement at all rather than endorse a candidate who isn’t running. But Richards is on the ballot, and that does give voters a choice. Since we believe strongly that Richards should serve another four years, we are endorsing him. On Alex White: Running for mayor for the second time, White is an energetic, interesting, often entertaining candidate. But he lacks the experience and knowledge that is essential for the mayor of a city Rochester’s size. And while some of his ideas sound appealing, they’re often naïve and based on the thinnest of research. A prime example: He would give the Rochester school district all the money it says it needs, and he says the city could finance the increase by not giving tax incentives to Experienced, progressive, and pragmatic, Richards is uniquely qualified to lead Rochester in this challenging time.” developers. As much as this newspaper objects to tax incentives, the City of Rochester is in intense competition with its suburbs and with other regions for development. He says that redevelopment at the Midtown Plaza site would have happened without incentives. Where was White during those years when Midtown was emptying out and multiple attempts to lure development led nowhere? Tax incentives don’t last forever, and new development provides new taxes. And it frequently spurs other new development. White says that our inner-city deterioration and street-corner drug sales are the result of giving incentives to developers rather than investing in education and jobs. No, they’re not. They’re the result of sprawl and concentrated poverty, and without new development in the city, those problems will get worse. On Lovely Warren: As we said in our Experience The Dark Side of Rochester’s REAL History… ou Handle The Truth? Can Y THE LANDMARK SOCIETY GHOST WALK ONE WEEKEND ONLY! • OCT. 25 & 26 Tix Tix $17 $17 in in advance, advance, $20 $20 at at the the door door www.landmarksociety.org www.landmarksociety.org (585) (585) 546-7029x11 546-7029x11 or or Parkleigh, Parkleigh, 215 215 Park Park Ave. Ave. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN OPTION FOR YOUR BIPOLAR 1 DISORDER ‘HIGHS’ AND ‘LOWS’ ? Finger Lakes Clinical Research needs volunteers with Bipolar 1 Disorder to participate in a clinical research study endorsement of Richards in August, Warren certainly has strengths. She has been a strong advocate for Rochester’s poorest, most vulnerable residents, pushing for better housing, better schools, better neighborhoods, and more jobs. She has pushed for more minority hiring by the police and fire departments, and she personally helped recruit candidates. She has become an eloquent, charismatic public servant, and her primary win was impressive. It does not erase our concerns about her, however. Some of her initiatives will be expensive, and we think she’s naïve about how they can be paid for, given the city’s financial challenges. She wants city government actively involved in education, and her plans to help continues on page 11 IF YOU QUALIFY, YOU WILL RECEIVE AT NO COST: • Investigational Medication • Study-related physician care • Compensation for time and travel No health insurance or referrals required For more information: Call Dr. Sarah Atkinson, FINGER LAKES CLINICAL RESEARCH (585) 241-9670 (8am to 5pm) 885 S. Winton Rd. at “12 Corners” Brighton • FLCLINICAL.COM rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 3 [ NEWS FROM THE WEEK PAST ] Apartment plan tabled After a long night of testimony on both sides, the city’s Planning Commission opted to table Morgan Management’s proposal to build a 99unit apartment building on University Avenue, in the East Avenue Preservation District. The application should resurface later this month. Supporters say that the project would inject life and vitality into the corridor, while detractors object to the size of the project. Critics also say that the building is inappropriate for a preservation district. its first set of charges. Dan Lynch, president of Treadstone Development Corporation, a firm that contracts with two county-connected local development corporations, was arraigned on a charge of second-degree larceny and two charges of falsifying business records, says a press release from the Attorney General’s Office. News PUBLIC SAFETY | BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN Resurrecting Richards King reschedules forums State Education Commissioner John King has rescheduled community forums on the Common Core curriculum. King had cancelled the forums after his first presentation was met with strong resistance from teachers and parents. The forums will be held in cities around the state, including Rochester. First charges in LDC probe A grand jury investigation into Monroe County-affiliated local development corporations netted A day after the Independence Party of Monroe County called for city voters to cast their ballots for Mayor Tom Richards in the general election, the Democrat and Chronicle reported that two prominent city staffers are behind the effort. The D and C says that Gary Walker, the city’s communications director, and Molly Clifford, the city’s director of fire administration, colluded with Independence Party chair Steve Corryn in an attempt to get Richards back into the race. Richards lost the Democratic primary for mayor to City Council President Lovely Warren, but is still on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence lines. Richards hasn’t campaigned, though, and it’s unclear if he would serve even if he won in November. Some residents of Rochester’s South Wedge are forming an anticrime group to address what they say is poor police response and follow-through, as well as a failure by the local media to report the truth about crime in their neighborhood. “The people of the South Wedge are left with little recourse or remedy except to organize among ourselves, to track and monitor the frequency and location of violent assaults on our streets, take measures to protect ourselves and, finally, to devise measures that would help prevent their occurrence,” says an invitation to the group’s first meeting. The meeting is later this week. Statistics provided by the Rochester Police Department do not show a surge in what are called “part I crimes,” such as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The South Wedge has had three rapes so far this year, 23 robberies, three incidents of aggravated assault, and 20 burglaries. The RPD provided statistics covering a five-year period, and the 2013 year-to-date figures are in line with previous years, going back to 2008. The exception is burglaries; there were 60 in total last year. But one of the organizers of the South Wedge group says that there’s suspicion that the numbers are underreported. And the group seems to be responding to anecdotal reports of assaults and other confrontations. “Personally, I’m afraid to walk home alone at night,” says Wendy Painting, a group facilitator. “We want to know what we can do. I don’t know if the answer is to drop more cops on the street. I don’t know if the answer is to put more cameras on the street. I almost think it’s not. But information would go a long way.” South Wedge crime fighters South Wedge resident Wendy Painting cites the area of Alexander Street and South Avenue as a trouble spot. 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Cost of War AFGHANISTAN TOTALS — 2,288 US servicemen and servicewomen and 1,105 Coalition servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in Afghanistan from the beginning of the war and occupation to October 21. Statistics for Afghan civilian casualties are not available. American casualties from October 6 to October 18: -- Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, Quarryville, Pa. -- Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, Norfolk, Va. SOURCES: POLITICS | BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN Duffy to return? The rumor that Bob Duffy will depart the Cuomo administration to head the Rochester Business Alliance when current RBA leader Sandra Parker retires is sprouting legs. Neither Duffy nor Cuomo has done anything to quash the speculation. Instead, Duffy’s refusal to discuss it has stoked the buzz into a near roar. (It’s unclear how Parker’s decision to delay her retirement affects things.) Duffy’s selection as lieutenant governor was likely meant to burnish Cuomo’s appeal upstate. But downstate drives Albany’s machinery and some say that the cognoscente didn’t know how to take this too-tall ex-cop with the nasal “a.” Rochesterians consoled themselves for the loss of Duffy with the knowledge that at least their former mayor would have the governor’s ear — whatever that meant. Duffy’s tenure as Cuomo’s right-hand man hasn’t been particularly remarkable — though it’s tough for a lieutenant governor to stand out. Duffy has been a traveling salesman for Cuomo’s budgets, and he chairs all 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, though the councils’ locally based representatives seem to do the heavy lifting there. Duffy hasn’t hurt Cuomo, either, though his intrusion into Rochester’s mayoral race was ill-conceived — a fact he later acknowledged. (Duffy told the Democrat and Chronicle in January that Lovely Warren should stay out of the mayor’s race. Warren entered the race anyway and wound up winning the primary Bob Duffy. FILE PHOTO election. And Duffy got dinged for opening his mouth.) As head of the RBA, Duffy would undoubtedly do a lot of courting of investors — a task that he’s very familiar with and for which he is well-suited. He would also be the face and the voice of Rochester’s business community. Duffy certainly knows the economic and financial topography here, so in that sense, he’s a good match for the RBA. But in the past, his attacks of indecisiveness and impulsivity have been counterproductive. Duffy’s relationship with Warren is another question. He has been one of Warren’s strongest supporters, but it’s not clear if his ill-timed remarks about the mayor’s race damaged that bond. If Duffy does get the RBA job and he and Warren are able to mend fences, it could help settle the business community’s stomachs over a possible Warren administration. NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT | BY JEREMY MOULE Housing help The City of Rochester formed a land bank to give officials some flexibility in addressing vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent houses in its neighborhoods. But fulfilling that mission requires money. | Enter the state Attorney General’s Office, which is taking $20 million from New York’s share of a nationwide mortgage lender settlement and distributing it among the state’s eight land banks on a competitive basis. Officials with Rochester’s land bank have applied for a $3.3 million chunk of the money. | In the application, the officials say that $2.5 million would be used to purchase, rehab, and resell 50 houses. The land bank would acquire the properties and then turn them over to the HOME Rochester program. | HOME Rochester, which is administered by the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership, rehabs homes and sells them to first-time homebuyers at market value. The rehab costs often exceed the sale price. | Approximately $478,000 will be used to build six affordable, owner-occupied houses, according to the application. The rest of the money will cover staff costs, including a full-time employee with expertise in real estate, finance, or property management. iraqbodycount. org, icasualties.org, Department of Defense BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE TUESDAY NIGHTS NO CORKAGE FEE 4pm-9pm With Dinner Service Bring your own Bottle of Wine on Tuesdays. Enjoy dinner and we’ll open it for FREE! Your wine… and our ambiance and dinner service. The Perfect Evening. 137 W. Commercial Street | East Rochester | 385.8565 | lemoncello137.com rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 5 ROCHESTER GENERAL ELECTIONS 2013 GREENS BY JEREMY MOULE Truthfully, Democratic mayoral candidate Lovely Warren doesn’t have much to gain by debating her opponent, the Green Party’s Alex White. With the exception of a few elected officials at the county and state levels, the City of Rochester is a Democratic lock. By agreeing to debate, Warren would elevate White to an equal — a worthy competitor. (Warren has said that she won’t debate White.) But for the local Greens, the whole point of running is to be taken seriously, both by candidates and by voters. “It’s about sending a message to the people of Rochester that we’re legitimate, we’re here, and we’re here to work for you,” White says. And if the party can get at least one candidate elected this year, the Greens say, it’d send an even stronger message. The Green Party of Monroe County’s slate consists of White; City Council candidates David Atias, Drew Langdon, and Dorothy Paige running for three of five open seats; city school board candidate Lori Thomas running for one of three open seats; and Monroe County sheriff candidate Emily Good. Conventional wisdom casts third parties such as the Greens as agitators who exist on the political fringe and can’t really win elections; influencing the debate is the best that they can hope for. But local Greens vehemently reject that thinking. The Greens are running to win, Atias says. And when the candidates are competitive, he says, they force their opponents and the public to pay attention to issues that they may otherwise ignore. The Greens generally focus on topics such as protecting the environment and creating an economic structure that emphasizes communities and local enterprise over the wealthy and over large corporations. This year, local Greens have been particularly critical of the city’s approach to development, especially the tax incentives given to deeppocketed developers to build upscale housing. The Greens also say that they provide inter-party opposition and competition that’s otherwise absent in the City of Rochester. The Greens are running more people for office this year than the GOP, which has fielded few candidates in recent city elections. 6 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 Meet your (This year, Mia Hodgins is running for city school board on the Republican line.) “We are Rochester’s second party, perhaps disproportionate to our membership,” Langdon says. And while the sheriff’s race is countywide, Republican incumbent sheriff Patrick O’Flynn wouldn’t have a challenger if not for Emily Good. It’s difficult to measure the influence that In recent local elections, the number of votes received by Green candidates vastly outperformed the party’s enrollment 2012 137th Assembly District election DAVID GANTT, DEMOCRAT 33,081 votes (71.5%) DREW LANGDON, GREEN 4,498 votes (9.7%) NEITHER 8,443 votes (18.2%) Total votes cast: 46,253 Green Party registration: 179 talked about implementing homesteading programs and creating community gardens to address those issues.) The Times Union obtained a state report about a 2009 inmate death at the county jail, which included a recommendation that the county terminate its contract with CMC. But the contract persists, according to CMC’s website. (O’Flynn’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.) Good says that she also wants the sheriff’s office and the courts to make more use of restorative justice programs. And that she wants to replace the DARE programs in local schools with programs that teach conflict resolution skills. Good says that as sheriff she’d advocate for drug law reform at the state and federal levels. But Good’s campaign has been relatively low-profile. She’s made appearances at forums and events, and has talked to bus riders waiting at stops downtown. But she says that she doesn’t have a large number of volunteers or a significant campaign operation to work on her behalf. “The people who I do manage to talk to, I have really great conversations with the majority of the time,” she says. And Good’s campaign hasn’t had a perceptible influence on her opponent. O’Flynn has also kept a relatively low profile. the Greens have had on local elections. The media haven’t paid a lot of attention to their campaigns, and the candidates haven’t spent a lot of time courting media attention (although White has held press conferences on education, crime, and other issues). The Greens did get some coverage, however, when City Council was considering selling Midtown Tower to a partnership of Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management for $2. Green candidates protested by showing up at the City Council meeting and making their own offer for the property. (Council went ahead and approved the Buckingham-Morgan sale.) The stunt was part of the Greens’ broader campaign opposing tax breaks and loans for large residential developments. In addition to earning some news coverage, it put the campaigns of Lovely Warren and incumbent mayor Tom Richards in a position where they had to explain or defend the sale. Former Rochester mayor Bill Johnson, a Democrat, says that the Greens do give voters a choice in city elections and that they encourage discussion around issues. Johnson, White, and Richards waged a three-way mayoral race in 2011. During that campaign, White pushed the idea of a municipal power company. Richards didn’t support the idea, but at least the public got to hear the discussion, Johnson says. Johnson says that the Greens field thoughtful candidates who bring solid ideas to their races (though he’s clear that he’s not endorsing them). But Johnson also says that sometimes, the Greens rail against problems without addressing underlying issues. He says that while the Greens have attacked tax incentives for developers, he hasn’t heard specifics about how they’d address vacant properties. (The Greens have Some issues raised by the Green candidates don’t seem to have gained traction with the other candidates in the races or with the public. For example, sheriff’s candidate Good is raising substantial issues related to mass incarceration. Good is a well-known local activist who’s been particularly vocal about police misconduct and accountability. Good entered the public eye after she was arrested while filming a Rochester police officer conducting a traffic stop; the charges were eventually dropped. She’s also been arrested at protests, which means that she’s spent some time — albeit minimal — in the county jail. What she saw was a dehumanizing booking and holding process, she says. For example, she says, one women’s holding cell is directly in front of a deputies’ workstation and has a transparent front. Some women are in jumpsuits and have to strip down to use the toilet’s cell, Good says. Good is also concerned about the medical care at the county’s jail facilities. And she questions why the county has maintained its jail health services contract with Correctional Medical Care. Earlier this year, the Albany Times Union published a lengthy article highlighting ongoing concerns from the state Commission of Corrections about forprofit jail health care companies, including Correctional Medical Care. The Green Party has a numbers problem. Countywide, its enrollment pales in comparison to the Democratic and Republican parties, and even the Conservative and Independence parties. continues on page 10 WHITE WANTS a Rochester `for us, by us´ BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN Alex White, the Green Party candidate for Rochester mayor, is fired up about Costco. But not in the way you think. Costco, a membership-only warehouse store, will be part of the CityGate development planned for the intersection of East Henrietta and Westfall roads. Costco received property tax abatements from the county’s industrial development agency worth $3.6 million for its new store. And that’s what has White riled up. That money could have been used to rebuild vacant houses in the city, he says, or to educate students in the Rochester school district. And the store will be redundant, he says, because the site is close to a Tops supermarket. “It will take business away from other places in the area,” White says. “It will be almost commercial-neutral to the general area. Are we really hurt by not developing that area? Is there really a burning need to put something down there? I don’t think there is.” White, who has run for mayor and City Council in recent years, owns the gaming store Boldo’s Armory on Monroe Avenue, and is a director of the Good Business Association of Rochester. He lives on South Clinton Avenue in Rochester South Wedge neighborhood. White is a longtime critic of the incentives given to developers by COMIDA and by city government. And he’s made it the main thrust of his mayoral campaign this year. White will face Democrat Lovely Warren in the general election on Tuesday, November 5. Incumbent Tom Richards has the Working Families and Independence lines, but is not actively campaigning. The argument for incentives is that few projects would get done without them, and that at least the municipality will get some tax money from the completed project. A vacant building doesn’t generate any tax revenue and has a deleterious effect on the surrounding area. But White says that private investment might step up if the city and COMIDA leveled the playing field. Smaller investors can’t compete with the big guys and their multimillion-dollar incentives, he says, so they don’t even try. “And I don’t buy the premise that if we don’t give the money, nothing will ever happen,” White says. “That’s absurd.” But White’s critics point to projects like the Academy building, which has undergone a beautiful renovation with assistance including a $700,000 bridge loan from the City of Rochester. The building languished for years and was visibly deteriorating until the city found a way to make the financing work for a developer. Now the building has 21 market-rate apartments. By helping to finance housing projects, the City of Rochester is picking winners and losers, White says. The population of the region is not growing, so every time a new house is built, he says, a vacancy is created somewhere else — most likely in a neighborhood that can ill afford it. “But more importantly, without this influx of new housing, we would have the possibility to fix up and fill the vacant houses in the neighborhoods, which is an incredibly important part of the problem because that’s driving down property values,” he says. And low property values make it difficult for people to get home-equity loans to maintain their property, White says. The city could, instead, invest its money to rebuild vacant houses using local labor, he says. And once the houses are fixed, the city could implement an urban homestead program, White says, which would build owner-occupancy in neighborhoods, create jobs, and boost property values. “This is an alternative way that we could use our money to actually create jobs and build wealth,” he says. Rochester did have an urban homesteading program at one time in which people bought vacant houses for $1 and were then given a set amount of time to make repairs. The new homeowners were on their own to find financing for the overhaul. The problem in many cases was that the cost of repairs was more than the houses were worth on the market once they were fixed up. Where Rochester’s program worked, say people who were involved in city government at the time, was in neighborhoods with decent property values like the 19th Ward and the South Wedge. Alex White is the Green Party’s candidate for mayor of Rochester. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Lovely Warren, City Council president and the Democratic candidate for mayor, has made education the keystone of her campaign. White, by design, hasn’t had a lot to say about education or the Rochester school district during his run. “I’m running for mayor of Rochester,” he says. “I’m not running for school board. And the only way the mayor has any say over education other than the financing of education is if we go to mayoral control, which I am completely opposed to.” White does say that the way that Rochester provides its share of funding to the school district is backward. Instead of finding out how much the district needs from the city to properly educate students, White says, the city gives the district the base amount required by state law, and then the district figures out how much education it can afford with the money provided by the city, state, and other sources. “We need to find a way to pay for what the school district tells us they need,” he says. On policing, White has said several times that if elected, he would replace Police Chief James Sheppard. Sheppard is good on outreach, White says, but poor on management and supervision. He cites a few examples to make his case, including the rampant “fixing” of parking tickets uncovered by the Democrat and Chronicle last year. “I see officers behaving in a way that indicates they are poorly supervised,” White says. “It may be in the culture. It may be difficult to fix. But [Sheppard’s] not doing it.” White has also released a 10 p.m. plan to combat street-corner drug sales. Young people would be given jobs through the summer, and then paid to stay in school during the academic year, as long as they meet “acceptable standards for student attendance.” White says his vision is a Rochester that invests in itself and lifts itself up — the whole city, not just a privileged few. “I have a vision of a for-us-by-us Rochester, and that we are building the things we need, making the stuff we need here in Rochester to lift ourselves up,” he says. “I did not grow up in the lesser Rochester, but that doesn’t mean I can’t understand it. And I have gone to a great deal of effort to come up with solutions, rather than just talk about my experience growing up.” rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 7 ROCHESTER GENERAL ELECTIONS 2013 Greens take aim at tax incentives BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN The Green Party of Monroe County is fielding three candidates for the five open seats on Rochester City Council. David Atias, Drew Langdon, and Dorothy Paige will face Council incumbents Carolee Conklin, Dana Miller, Jackie Ortiz, Matt Haag, and Loretta Scott (all Democrats) in the November 5 general election, as well as Working Families candidate Marlowe Washington. Washington also sought the endorsement of the Democratic Party, but lost to the incumbents in the September primary. The Green Party’s candidates have a common message: they want to stop government from giving tax breaks and other incentives to big-ticket developers. They say it’s unfair, and that the city could use those millions of dollars to begin addressing child poverty, the underperformance of the Rochester school district, vacant housing, and Rochester’s many additional persistent problems. Profiles of the Green Party’s Council candidates are below. Profiles of the five incumbents and Washington ran in the August 21 issue. Dorothy Paige (left to right) David Atias, Drew Langdon, and Dorothy Paige. PHOTOS BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Dorothy Paige has worked extensively with the underprivileged in Rochester, so her concern for them comes from an authentic place. Paige, who was born in New York City, has spent much of her adult life working with the disadvantaged, particularly the homeless. She spent two years working in an overnight shelter in the South Wedge through AmeriCorps. Paige also worked with homeless women at the YMCA, homeless children at the Center for Youth, and for a federally funded job training program for senior citizens. Paige, who lives in the Dutchtown neighborhood in northeast Rochester, is currently unemployed and has spent two years looking for work. “My unemployment ran out, so I’m living on my savings,” she says. If the city or the county Industrial Development Agency is going to give incentives to developers, Paige says, they need to make sure that they get something equal out of the deal. 8 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 “We just give away too much stuff,” she says. “It’s really unbalanced.” Another issue: vacant properties. City officials aren’t doing enough, Paige says, to rein in absentee landlords. The city should be able to take properties from negligent landlords, she says, and then work with nonprofits to rehab the houses to increase home ownership in troubled areas of the city. Paige also talks about the need for more job training programs for city residents, and for developers to provide job training and jobs for city residents in greater numbers. David Atias David Atias is a local activist, longtime member of the Green Party, and has twice run for Rochester school board. A former teacher, he is currently the assistant director of advocacy for the Center for Disability Rights. City officials like to trumpet the investments they make in Rochester’s neighborhoods, Atias says, but much of that is for roads and other infrastructure. The city should invest in locally owned businesses, he says, which can serve as the nucleus for a neighborhood’s rebirth. Rochester needs jobs less than it does wealth creation, Atias says. The city’s many empty lots can be converted into for- profit urban farms, he says, and attendant businesses will spring up to support and serve the farms. And the assets would stay in the community, Atias says. Atias also talks about exploring single payer health care coverage for city residents, and creating a municipal energy company as a way to attract business. City residents have been hearing only one party’s ideas — Democrats — for too long, Atias says, and it’s time to bring diversity to city governance. “There needs to be different kinds of dialogue,” he says. “Lots of people don’t believe in the direction we’re going.” Citing tensions between police and the African-American community, Atias says that Police Chief James Sheppard needs to be replaced. And he says that the city needs a fully independent review board to ensure police accountability. Drew Langdon Drew Langdon works in sales and merchandising for Lord & Taylor in Eastview Mall, but says that’s just to pay the bills. His main occupation, he says, is activism. Langdon participated in statewide campaigns for marriage equality and the passage of the Gender Expression NonDiscrimination Act, and he’s a founder of the Rochester Organization for Workplace Democracy. The latter promotes an alternate form of economics where the workers own the company, Langdon says. “No fat bonuses for failing CEO’s,” he says. Langdon formerly ran for State Assembly against powerhouse incumbent David Gantt, a Democrat. Langdon opposes the incentives awarded to developers who “only create minimal jobs.” He advocates for locally owned cooperatives to build wealth and create opportunities. “The big-business model is all about profit and enriching the few,” he says. Langdon says he pushed to convert the men’s clothing store Hickey Freeman into a cooperative before it was sold earlier this year. Langdon also says that the city needs a level of government that’s closer to the people than City Council. Council members’ territories are too vast, he says, and constituents have limited access to their representatives. Neighborhoods or quadrants could have their own councils, he says, that control everything from speed limits to zoning. Langdon also calls for citizens to have more influence into the city’s budgeting process. Many choices remain for school board BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO Lori Thomas. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Mia Hodgins. PHOTO BY LARISSA COE There are three seats available on the Rochester school board this year, and incumbents Van White, Cynthia Elliott, and Jose Cruz are asking voters to return them to office. Our profiles of the candidates who ran in the September Democratic primary appeared in the August 21 issue. Though all three of the incumbents were able to fend off their primary challengers, some of the challengers are still in the race and will appear on the ballot in the November 5 general election. Candice Lucas is running on the Working Families Party line. And both Howard Eagle and Ronald Hall are running on the Freedom line. All are registered Democrats. Lori Thomas is a Green Party candidate and Republican Mia Hodgins will also be on the ballot. Their profiles are below. Lori Thomas Lori Thomas is a retired teacher in the city school district and a Green Party candidate for school board. She spends much of her time writing blogs about education and advocating for changes in local, state, and national education policies. Teaching is a second career for Thomas, who was born in Batavia, raised in Rochester, and graduated from James Madison High School. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees after working for the City of Rochester for 18 years as an environmental services operator. Thomas is an outspoken critic of the district and the school board. She regularly attends school board and community meetings armed with a battalion of questions and comments that often challenge central office administrators. Thomas says that her biggest concern with the district is the lack of accountability, particularly at the administrative level. “Failure fuels funding,” she says. “You don’t get money [in urban education] unless you fail.” The near total absence of parental engagement and oversight has allowed the oversight problem to become systemic and system-wide, Thomas says. She says that her first priorities as a board member would be to cut the number of cabinetlevel positions that the superintendent can hire, and to dissolve the administratorlevel union contract. Giving management cover through a union contract doesn’t make sense, she says. “Everyone talks about how teachers can’t be fired,” Thomas says. “No, no, no; administrators can’t be fired. They mess up and they just move them to a different school.” Thomas says that she is bothered when people say that 85 percent of the district’s budget goes to salaries, because that assumes that the money is going to pay teachers. But the district is top-heavy with highly paid administrators, she says. And she says that many never have meaningful contact with students, teachers, or parents — something she finds preposterous. “That’s why we have to change the system,” Thomas says. “We can’t reform it.” Mia Hodgins Mia Hodgins is assistant director of alumni relations at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is her second run for school board, but this time she’s running as a Republican. continues on page 10 rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 9 ROCHESTER GENERAL ELECTIONS 2013 Meet your Greens continues from page 6 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERIES With Holly Roth, Assistant Vice President Business Banking at Citizens Bank Practical Strategic Planning PRESENTED BY Citizens Bank Whether you are aiming to enhance cash ow, maintain liquidity or nd new ways to streamline your company’s nancial operations, we will have the advice, insight and depth of solutions to help. JOIN US FOR THIS For info, or to RSVP , call 263-4269 Monday Nov. 25th - Small Business Marketing Carlson Metro Center YMCA on Monday October 28th from 5:30–8:30pm Free Event Future Events The county’s approximately 1,100 registered Greens equal less than 1 percent of either registered Republicans or Democrats. Since the end of 2011, however, the party’s enrollment has been growing, marking an important shift after several years of declines. And in recent elections, Green candidates have performed at levels disproportionate to the party’s enrollment. White received 2,221 votes in the 2011 mayoral special election — approximately 9 percent of the 25,726 cast. And in a 2012 challenge against Democratic Assembly member David Gantt, Drew Langdon received 4,498 votes, or almost 10 percent of the 46,253 cast. The Greens say that they hope that running fuller slates, as they are doing this year, will convince more people to enroll as or to vote for Greens. And that’ll be crucial headed into the 2014 gubernatorial elections. The Green candidate has to receive a certain number of votes for the party to keep its official state recognition for the subsequent four years. That recognition makes it easier for the party to get its local and statewide candidates on the ballot. But to grow the Greens ranks, the party also has to do outreach, which is where campaign tactics come into play. And while the Greens say that they are frustrated by their exclusion from mediasponsored debates, they are encouraged that community groups are inviting their candidates to forums and meetings. “They want to hear our ideas,” Council candidate Atias says. “Will some of the folks who were there vote for us? I don’t know. I think so.” And former mayor Johnson also has some advice for the Greens on growing their party and influence. He says that they need to keep speaking out on issues after the elections are over. In recent local elections, the number of votes received by Green candidates vastly outperformed the party’s enrollment 2011 mayoral special election TOM RICHARDS, DEMOCRAT 12,471 votes (48.5%) BILL JOHNSON, WORKING FAMILIES/INDEPENDENCE 10,732 votes (41.7%) ALEX WHITE, GREEN 2,221 votes (8.6%) NONE OF THE ABOVE 44 votes (<1%) Total votes cast: 25,726 Green Party registration: 302 The big-party candidates have many paths to reach voters, such as paid advertising and polished websites. They also harness substantial volunteer networks to knock on doors and to staff phone banks. But many outreach efforts require money, and in that, the Greens are lacking. Instead, this year’s slate is running campaigns that are, in a sense, more traditional. The candidates knock on doors and talk to anyone who will listen. They also go to community gathering places like the Public Market to engage potential voters. And they’ve embraced social media as a means to connect with voters and to spread their message. But they’re also trying their hands at an unconventional approach. Over the summer, the Greens began holding interactive Livestream events, where candidates had free-wheeling conversations devoted to various issues. Viewers could join in the discussion. For example, Good and Langdon held a Livestream in August devoted to criminal justice and public safety issues. The candidates continue to hold Livestreams each Tuesday — an approach that gives them a direct connection to voters, sans filter. The Greens say that they want to win elections, but that they also have different ways of measuring success. Increasing the number of registered Greens is one measure, they say, and keeping their state recognition is another. In the longer term, building a party that is an active and meaningful participant in city elections would be an important milestone, they say. “A victory is going to look like people having better lives,” White says. “That’s what success in politics should be.” Choices remain for school board continues from page 9 Hodgins has a 10-point plan to improve student performance and raise the district’s graduation rate: increasing parental involvement, improving reading proficiency, and providing more arts, music, and sports to help feed students’ interests and keep them from dropping out. She says that she supports Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s efforts to give students more instruction time through expanded learning programs, and that she wants to help provide more training and development for teachers. 10 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 One of Hodgins’ biggest concerns is making the best use of the district’s resources, she says, and maximizing the district’s $780 million budget to the fullest extent. “Without drastic cuts in the budget, huge tax increases, or a dramatic increase in state aid, the way we manage funding of our schools is unsustainable,” she says. Grants, partnerships, sponsorships, and collaboration with other organizations offer innovative opportunities for developing new funding, she says. Bright, young, and congenial, Hodgins clearly wants to help city students and her community. She says that she strongly believes in the value of community service. Even though the city is heavily Democratic, Hodgins says that her values are not confined to one party. And she says that she doesn’t believe that running on the Republican Party line will hurt her chances of winning a seat on the school board, though clearly there are limitations given the city’s current political landscape. Endorsements continues from page 3 Vote no on casinos one is “growing, prosperous, and has a bright future.” The other, “often invisible Rochester,” she says, “is characterized by high rates of unemployment, crime, poverty, and despair.” The residents of both of those communities – but particularly those of the poorest and most vulnerable – need and deserve the best mayor possible. We remain convinced that Tom Richards is that person. ENDORSEMENTS BY CITY’S EDITORIAL STAFF charter schools will undoubtedly undercut the efforts of the Rochester school district. As we said in our pre-primary article, Warren is eloquent when she talks about Rochester’s problems. She is less strong when it comes to having realistic ways to attack them. And most important, she does not have Richards’ deep management experience and his broader view of what Rochester needs. As Warren has noted repeatedly, Rochester is very much two communities: Of the six proposals on the ballot in the November election, we are focusing on the most controversial: the measure permitting more casinos in the state. If voters approve the proposal, the state could get as many as seven new casinos. The first four would be in Upstate New York, but none would be in Rochester or elsewhere in western New York, where Indian tribes have exclusive rights to operate them. (Discussions continue about the possibility of an Indian-run casino in the Rochester area.) Promoters of the casino ballot measure – including the governor, state business leaders, and, of course, casino interests – have been lobbying hard for its passage. They promise at least 10,000 new jobs – and hundreds of millions of dollars for the state and for counties throughout the state (including Monroe), distributed from taxes on casino proceeds. And, the supporters say, the casinos will boost the state’s tourism economy by drawing out-of-state visitors and by appealing to New Yorkers who have previously gone elsewhere to gamble. If experience is a guide, new jobs will indeed be created. And the casinos will generate new tax revenue, which could lower local taxes and help pay for schools and local government services. So what’s not to like? A lot, frankly. First, we should take those job-creation and revenue figures with a big grain of salt. New York already has five Indian-operated casinos (with possibly more to come) and nine racinos: race tracks with electronic gambling. They’ll compete with the new gambling venues. Supporters of the casino ballot measure note that many New Yorkers now frequent out-of-state casinos. Why not have them spend those gambling dollars in New York State? And presumably, many of those folks will indeed start gambling closer to home. But at some point, unless there is an endless appetite for gambling, we’ll reach a saturation point. New casinos will draw business from existing ones, and job growth in a new one will cause job loss in older ones. As for New York’s casinos boosting tourism by attracting gamblers from other states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio already have casinos. Some casino supporters think casinos will help nearby businesses. That’s a pipe dream. Casinos are one-stop entertainment, dining, and stay-over venues, designed to keep gamblers contained within their walls. They’re far more likely to suck business out of other restaurants, entertainment venues, and hotels – closing some of them and lowering local tax receipts. A third concern: the social costs resulting from the increased gambling and gambling addiction that casino expansion will bring. Nobody disputes that this will happen. And then, given the amount of money involved, there’s no end to the avenues for corruption. Gambling interests have already been spending money to influence public officials and New York voters. And as the New York Times noted earlier this month, the casino industry would almost certainly try to influence the officials who will decide where the casinos are located and who operates them – and to press for continued expansion. It did not lower the smell factor when the governor and state legislators revised the legislation calling for the casino expansion. Initially, it had barred casino developers from giving campaign donations to state officials. Suddenly, and quietly, that ban was taken out. The opportunity for corruption is enormous. And New York has no lack of history, talent, and inclination in that area. There are better ways to raise money for important government services than gambling, better ways to boost economic development, better business sectors to focus on: better industries for our vision of what New York can become. New Yorkers should vote no on the casino ballot proposal. Rochester City Council Council’s five incumbents – Carolee Conklin, Matt Haag, Dana Miller, Jackie Ortiz, and Loretta Scott – won the September Democratic Party primary for their at-large seats. In the November 5 general election, they face Marlowe Washington on the Working Families line and three Green Party candidates: David Atias, Andrew Langdon, and Dorothy Paige. Ortiz and Haag also have the Working Families line, and all five of the incumbents are listed on the Independence line. No other third-party candidates or Republicans are running. Atias and Langdon are good candidates, and they have an important activist role to play pushing some of the Greens’ stronger positions. But both, like Paige, have a narrow, fairly simplistic view of government and its challenges, and Paige lacks the knowledge to serve in this important position. Washington has important ideas, including creating zones of distressed neighborhoods and singling them out for intense public-private investment. But he hasn’t made the case for unseating any of the incumbents. The five incumbents have broad experience, both on City Council and in their careers. They bring expertise in finance, technology, and public service, and they represent a broad urban constituency. With a new mayor likely taking office in January, their experience on Council will be invaluable. Rochester school board Eight candidates are on the November 5 general election ballot for the three open school board seats. All three incumbents – Jose Cruz, Cynthia Elliott, and Van White – are running for another term on the Democratic Party line. Cruz and White are also running on the Independence and Working Families lines. The other four on the ballot: Green Party candidate Lori Thomas; Republican Mia Hodgins; Candice Lucas, on the Independence and Working Families lines; and Howard Eagle and Ronald Hall on the Freedom line. As we did for the Democratic primary, we endorse Cruz, White, and Lucas. The school district’s challenges are enormous, and its options for improvement are limited, given the poverty in which most of its students live. That doesn’t mean teachers and administrators can’t improve; they can and must. But their effectiveness and morale are under almost constant siege as officials at the district, state, and federal level come up with one initiative, change, and demand after another. A high-quality school board is crucial, and the current one isn’t as strong as it should be. But the board isn’t the reason Rochester’s children aren’t doing better in school. Every one of the board’s seven members is intensely committed to those children and the schools that serve them. Jose Cruz and Van White have played valuable roles on the board and deserve to be re-elected. Cynthia Elliott is one of the community’s strongest advocates for Rochester children. And she has toned down the harshness and combativeness she was known for in her first years on the school board. But our endorsement for the third seat goes to Candice Lucas, who lost her primary bid but is continuing to campaign on the third-party lines. Lucas has served as president of the district’s parent council, advocating for increased parent engagement and working both with parents and guardians and with district personnel. That experience has given her valuable knowledge of the district, its finances and operations, and its challenges. Mia Hodgins and Ronald Hall are well intentioned but don’t have the strength and insight necessary for the board. Lori Thomas and Howard Eagle are knowledgeable and dedicated, but their combative style – for which neither apologizes – would cause serious problems on the school board. City will have election-night coverage of Rochesterarea races after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at WWW.ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 11 For more Tom Tomorrow, including a political blog and cartoon archive, visit www.thismodernworld.com URBAN ACTION This week’s calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.) Council, Mayor Tom Richards, and District Attorney Sandra Doorley. The forum will be held at Faith Temple Apostolic Church, 141 Arnett Boulevard. Sunday, October 27, and will feature a panel discussion as well as a community charrette for the Village of Lima. The events are free, but registration is recommended since space may be limited. For a complete schedule of events, times, and locations: www.rrcdc. org or call 271-0520. Casino debate The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester and the League of Women Voters will sponsor “More Casinos in New York?” a debate on the pros and cons of approving additional casinos, including one for the Rochester area. Jim Bertolone, president of the Rochester AFL-CIO, will present the pros and David Blankenhorn with the Institute for American Values will present the cons. The event is at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at 1050 East Avenue. Meet Rochester school board candidates The Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute and the League of Women Voters will host a public meeting to introduce voters to Rochester City school board candidates. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street. Prayer case examined Police brutality forum Charrette for Lima The United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will present a public forum on police-community relations at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. Organizers have invited City 12 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design and the Rochester Regional Community Design Center will hold three day of workshops and discussions in the Village of Lima on, “Saving Our Small Towns and Villages.” The workshops will be held from Friday, October 25, through The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Rochester Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, and the Monroe County Bar Association will present “Town of Greece v. Galloway: the Future of Legislative Prayer in America,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. The panel discussion will feature attorneys Heather Weaver from the ACLU and Brett Harvey from the Alliance Defending Freedom regarding the local prayer case that will be heard by the US Supreme Court next month. The event is at Nixon Peabody, 1300 Clinton Square. Dining NY, that makes herb blends, herbal soaps, and Mountain Rise Granola, a hearty combination of whole grains and other goodness, like cocoa in the Chunky Cocoa version, or raisins, cinnamon, and ginger in the Spice of Life blend. A few of the granolas in the Mountain Rise line are vegan, and all are baked and packaged in Mountain Rise’s nut- and peanut-free bakery. Get your granola on at places like Abundance Co-op and Wegmans in Canandaigua and head to mountainrise.com for more details. You’re told that when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. But this is Western New York, and when you’re confronted with a pile of grape guts, you make grape seed oil. Romulus, NY’s Seneca BioEnergy cold-presses the byproducts from a couple dozen wineries to make Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil, a light-bodied oil that’s excellent as both an ingredient (it contains the “good” kind of cholesterol) and a cooking fat thanks to its relatively high smoke point. You can find Finger Lakes Grape Seed Oil at retailers like Casa Larga Vineyards and Pittsford Wegmans; visit fingerlakesgrapeseedoil.com to learn more. “Do you dukkah?” the flyer salaciously wondered at Allens Hill Farm’s booth at the Brighton Farmers’ Market. From the Arabic word meaning “to pound” (which really doesn’t help to make it any less dirtysounding), dukkah is actually a nut-andspice concoction of Egyptian origin that’s traditionally used as a topping or mix-in. The Bloomfield, NY, farm sells a few varieties of dukkah, along with baking mixes, granolas, sea salts, and owner John Loveland’s applecider molasses. Look for Allens Hill Farm products at shops like Red Bird Market, or visit allenshillfarm.com to order online. Confession time! At last month’s gutbusting Festival of Food, there was one vendor I visited twice, and that was Happy Earth Tea, the thoughtful infusions of owner/operator Niraj Lama helping to both warm and soothe on a long, brisk night of indulgence. Lama — a native of Darjeeling, India, if you’re looking for bonafides — offers organic, single-origin black and green teas, as well as various herbal blends and chais. The Happy Earth Tea website provides gorgeous photos and tempting descriptions of flavor profiles, along with instructions for brewing. Experience Happy Earth Tea at restaurants like Red Fern, or pick up some for home enjoyment at Happy Earth Tea’s Etsy shop and at happyearthtea.com. Chow Hound is a food and restaurant news column. Do you have a tip? Send it to email@example.com. rochestercitynewspaper.com CITY 13 Toasted maple-cinnamon Monks' Bread with Once Again Nut Butters' almond butter, and Mountain Rise classic granola. PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN Local flavor [ CHOW HOUND ] BY DAYNA PAPALEO The dwindling daylight reminds us that the 2013 harvest is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean locavores can’t still find homegrown vittles. Our region is teeming with talented and enterprising individuals who are committed to crafting good things for us to eat, often with ingredients that they too have scored in our big, shared backyard. This is the third installment in an occasional series that spotlights locally made edibles. Is there an area food company you’d like to put on our radar? Then do it! Add a comment to this article on rochestercitynewspaper.com, Tweet at us @roccitynews, or e-mail food@ rochester-citynews.com. The Abbey of the Genesee, a wee bit northeast of Geneseo in Piffard, New York, is home to about 30 Trappist monks who avoid the problem of idle hands by immersing them in dough. Since 1953 the abbey has been making Monks’ Bread, now available throughout much of Western New York in that very familiar packaging. Among the current varieties are stone-ground whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, sunflower with rolled oats, and caraway rye, with seasonal holiday breads on deck. The monks’ baking repertoire has expanded to include cookies and cakes, and ordering directly from the abbey allows you to personalize gift boxes with handcrafted products from other monasteries. Call 877-264-6785 to learn more, or visit monksbread.com. Totally employee-owned, Nunda, NY’s Once Again Nut Butter has been roasting and grinding since 1976, with fair-trade and sustainability models that go back much further than the recent wave of consciousness. Once Again produces a number of peanut butter (think old-fashioned, organic, crunchy, no-salt) along with variations on cashew, almond, sesame, and sunflowerseed butters, plus packaged roasted nuts and the Dawes Honey line. You can find Once Again at places like Abundance Coop and Lori’s Natural Foods, or online at onceagainnutbutter.com. Geulah’s “Claim to Flame” Spicy Tomato Spread is the creation of Geulah von Perlstein, owner of Geulah’s Café and Deli at the Jewish Community Center. A versatile and all-natural condiment co-starring garlic, cumin, and crushed red pepper, the spread takes advantage of the tomato’s inherent umami to enliven whatever it’s used on or in, be it chili or a rice cake. Look for Geulah’s “Claim to Flame” Spicy Tomato Spread at shops like Parkleigh, Lipman’s Kosher Market, and Lombardi’s Gourmet Imports, or just pop by Geulah’s Café. Check geulahs. com for more info. If you visited an area farmers’ market over the summer, you may have encountered Jennifer Brake slinging herb-and-spice mixtures under the banner of VonBrake Spices, a family business devoted to handblended rubs and seasonings. VonBrake spice blends include cajun, jerk, thai, and garam masala, along with prosciutto and pastrami rubs, plus the intriguing espresso blend and a poblano mole that did wonders for my Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce. VonBrake provides recipe ideas as well; follow the company on Facebook to see where it’ll pop up next, or visit vonbrakespices.com. South Bristol’s Arbor Hill Winery has a lot on its proverbial plate, and most of it is grape-related. There are, of course, a number of wines, but Arbor Hill has been offering a line of gourmet foods since 1980, such as jams and preserves, flavored vinegars, finishing sauces, and Healthy Purple grape-pie filling, plus addictive grape gummy bears and licorice twists. Look for Arbor Hill products at shops like Red Bird Market and Aman’s Farm Market, or visit thegrapery.com to order online. Glenn and Marcia Litwiller’s Mountain Rise Organics is a farm in the hills of Naples, Upcoming [ JAZZ ] XRIJF Club Pass Friday, October 25. Various locations. $174. rochesterjazz.com [ R&B ] December 7. Blue Cross Arena. One War Memorial Square. 1 p.m. $18.50. 758-5300. bluecrossarena.com [ CLASSICAL ] WDKX Holiday Step Jam ft. The New Boyz Saturday, Music RPO: Gala Holiday Pops Friday, December 20-Sunday, December 22. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. $10-$92. Various. 454-2100. rpo.org Rochester Chamber Orchestra SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 HOCHSTEIN PERFORMANCE HALL, 50 NORTH PLYMOUTH AVE. 3 P.M. | $10-$30 | ROCHESTERCHAMBERORCHESTRA.ORG, 734-6163 [ CLASSICAL ] At its concert on October 27, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the start of its 50th season. Headline composers for the concert include Mozart and Haydn, including Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in C,” featuring cellist Cicely Parnas (pictured). The concert will also include works by Chevalier de Saint-George, Lucile Grétry, and Francois-Joseph Gossec. The Rochester Chamber Orchestra is led by music director and conductor David Fetler. — BY PALOMA CAPANNA Daniel Carter & The Moon MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 BOP SHOP RECORDS, 1460 MONROE AVE. 8 P.M. | $10 | BOPSHOP.COM , 271-3354 [ JAZZ ] When Daniel Carter plays free jazz, the freedom extends to his choice of instrument. Carter is adept at saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, and keyboard, playing all of them with furious energy. He’ll be joined by The Moon: former Rochesterian and wildly experimental guitarist Adam Caine, and powerhouse drummer Federico Ughi. — BY RON NETSKY PRESENTED BY GREECE COMMUNITY BROADCASTING INC. EVENING OF WINE AND JAZZ! Thursday, Nov. 7th • Tickets: $25 On sale October 7th Held at the Waterside Room of Pier 45 at the Port of Rochester EIGHTH ANNUAL DUSTIN JIM ROCHESTER ’ S NEW COMEDY CLUB! $20 • NO Drink Minimum JokeFactoryComedyClub.com RESERVATIONS GOING FAST Reserve Your Seats! EVERY WED • IMPROV NIGHT • 8pm $15 • NO Drink Minimum gourmet food, live jazz by Jive Street Five, a silent auction and more. Featuring wine and beer tasting, chocolate sampling, great DUSTIN DIAMOND “SCREECH” From “Saved by the Bell!” JIM FLORENTINE From VH1’s “That Metal Show” and Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers!” FRI-SAT OCT. 25 & 26 MC: Bill Moran from WCMF SPECIAL EVENT FOR RESERVATIONS Plenty of Free Parking Call 328-6000 MC: Bill Moran from WCMF FRI-SAT NOV. 1 & 2 SPECIAL EVENT More info at JAZZ901.ORG 14 CITY OCTOBER 23-29, 2013 At The Holiday Inn Airport 911 Brooks Avenue WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 [ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Jeff Riales and Bruce Diamond. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 585-292-5544. stickylipsbbq. com. 6:30 p.m. Free. Weekend SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 THE BUG JAR, 219 MONROE AVE. 9 P.M. | $10-$12 | BUGJAR.COM [ POP/ROCK ] San Francisco-based band Weekend Sweet Tea Project performed at Richmond’s on Tuesday, October 15. PHOTO BY FRANK DE BLASE Adios to Audio? [ REVIEW ] BY FRANK DE BLASE Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge.com. Call for info $7-$10. Rob & Gary Acoustic. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 248-4825. woodcliffhotelspa.com. 5:30 p.m. Free. Tom Quigley. McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W Commercial St. East Rochester. 348-9091. mcgrawsirishpub.com. 7 p.m. Free. [ BLUES ] Mandolin Orange Album Release Party. Abilene delivers a wash of ambient, 80s New Wave influenced post-punk with a relevant, contemporary edge. The songs on its recently released album “Jinx” present a sound that is clearly influenced by New Wave acts such as Joy Division and The Smiths, complete with the pop sensibility of both bands and many others within the genre. Like its shoegaze and new wave predecessors, Weekend takes a raw, punk rock sound and places a soft filter over the surface.The end product winds up, creating a wall-of-sound, each part coming together to create a haunting, hazy tribute to the bands that came before. — BY LEAH CREARY The Nighthawks. Dinosaur Judah SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 MIRACLE DELIVERANCE CHURCH, 69 WHITNEY ST 4 P.M. | $5-$18 | 354-5440 [ GOSPEL ] Turns out Rochester has its own gospel super group: Judah. The group is celebrating its fourth anniversary and its new CD release with a blockbuster gospel music event this Saturday. The lineup also includes comedian Les Long as the MC, Jason Monroe and the Elim Christian Fellowship Choir, Chosen Generation, Shawn Brown and Da Boyz from St. Louis, The Gospel Believers from Grand Rapids, and Hiz AhNoint’d from South Carolina. — BY DAVID RAYMOND Ed Roland’s Sweet Tea Project rolled into town Tuesday, October 15, not to steep, not to brew, not to percolate, but to rock the joint like a diesel-powered Dixie-fied deep fryer. The man’s music is instantly recognizable, thanks to seven No. 1 hits with his band, Collective Soul — and so is his voice. What’s new and not something you would necessarily pin on Roland is the instrumentation behind Sweet Tea Project’s sound. It’s pure Americana; not too honky, not too tonky, with just the right amount of dirt, dust, and twang. You can thank the exquisite application of lap steel and the banjo, an instrument which admittedly isn’t often known for its exquisite application. The band filled the newly revamped Richmond’s to the walls on Tuesday. It was hot and sticky, sweet and sweaty as the steam heat from the eager bodies shoehorned in to dig the scene, mingled with that of the fry cook cranking out those hot wings. The band plowed through material off its debut “Devils ’n’ Darlins” with a Man in Black detour and a Collective Soul encore. The five-piece band seemed right at home playing authentic barroom rock ’n’ roll in an actual beer joint, with the crowd piled in almost nose to nose with the band. We’ll be talking about this one for a while. Is it adios to Audio Influx? With the exit of key members Chris “Hollywood” English and MDot Coop, you’ve got to wonder. But everyone in the band’s camp says no. A new drummer has already been rehearsing with the remaining players. Now I’m not saying the band should hang it up, but those are some big shoes to fill. Anyhow, it was a farewell gig of sorts at a packed Dinosaur Friday night, where the band jammed its hip-hop-soul for the kids. The band was incredibly tight with a soulful vocal tag team attack over its thick groove ’n’ grind. Slid over to Richmond’s once again for North Carolina hard-rockers Blanco Diablo. This band is loud with a borderline ferocity that threatened to blow the lid off the joint. Digging this band in this size joint was like watching a Panzer park in a phone booth. I’d seen the trio once before and it seems like it has moved in a slightly more metal direction, at least in its guitar attack. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St. 3257090. dinosaurbarbque.com. 9:30 p.m. Free. [ CLASSICAL ] Brighton Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert. 7:30 p.m. Cherry Ridge Auditorium, 900 Cherry Ridge Rd. Webster. Call for info. Live from Hochstein: Ad Hoc. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 4544596. hochstein.org. 12:10 p.m. Free. [ DJ/ELECTRONIC ] Captain’s Attic, 37 Charlotte St. 546-8885. Call for info. DJ Adam. Nashvilles, 4853 W Henrietta Rd. Henrietta. 3343030. nashvillesny.com. Call for info. DJ Reign and Ladies Night. 293 Clarissa St. 232-3430. 10 p.m. 21+. Call for info. Raye Black. Vertex Night Club, 169 N. Chestnut St. 232-5498. Call for info. Teen Set 45 Party. Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. Free. continues on page 17 Ladies Nite: High Heels and Mini Skirts New Wave Wednesdays. Club Clarissas, EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 EASTMAN SCHOOL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, NEIL VARON, CONDUCTOR Music of Grieg, Mozart, and Schumann Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 pm Free Eastman Theatre Box Ofﬁce: 585-454-2100 facebook.com/ConcertsAtEastman THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 EASTMAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND NEW JAZZ ENSEMBLE, BILL DOBBINS AND DAVE RIVELLO, DIRECTORS, BILL HOLMAN, GUEST COMPOSER AND DIRECTOR Music of Bill Holman Kilbourn Hall, 8 pm, Free FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 REPERTORY SINGERS AND WOMEN’S CHORUS, PHILIP SILVEY AND RENATA DWORAK, CONDUCTORS Music of Hangen, Paulus, Ramsey, and Mozart Kilbourn Hall, 8 pm Free ROCHESTER CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL SERIES: DIANE MEREDITH BELCHER Asbury First Methodist Church, 8 pm Tickets $12 general admission, $5 students available, at the door MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 GUEST RECITAL – GAUDETE BRASS Hatch Recital Hall, 8 pm Tickets $10 general admission available at the door, free to U/R Id Holders TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 EASTMAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, MICHAEL BURRITT