2017 Fair Election Campaign Practices Pledge

Did you know that the HRC Candidates signed the League of Women Voters (Rochester Metropolitan Area) 2017 Fair Election Campaign Practices Pledge?

  • Jack W. Moore (Henrietta Supervisor)
  • Kristine M.Demo-Vazquez (Henrietta Town Council)
  • John J. Howland (Henrietta Town Council)

All three of the Candidates signed the pledge.  See for yourself here.

This pledge is part of the Fair Election Practices Campaign, that was established in the 1970s to promote issue-oriented and civil campaigning among candidates for public office. All candidates have been requested to sign a pledge to that effect. The FEPC Committee was established to hear complaints from those who feel their opponent has violated the pledge.  The League of Women Voters/Rochester Metro Area (LWV/RMA) and The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR) select the FEPC Committee members. Two members who have been politically involved as Republicans and two as Democrats are selected. In the search for the four members of the committee, a major effort is made to select those individuals who are known for their fairness and sound judgment, and who can be relied upon to give the facts of any case their due consideration and reach conclusions based only on the evidence and not their partisan leanings.

More information about the FEPC is available here.

The State of Henrietta in 2017

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This year has been a tremendous time for so many improvements and accomplishments in the Town of Henrietta.  The dedicated staff of town employees have been focused, Innovative and resourceful in achieving all of the goals of 2016.

Some improvements are easy to see, still others are never seen but extremely important to the foundation of our community.  Our town employees are a tremendous group committed to serving the residents of Henrietta.

We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

They are truly A Team – Working together – For Henrietta.

What have they accomplished, and what are their goals for next year?

This is what they have accomplished.

  • Our New Henrietta Recreation Center
    • The building was completed ahead of schedule by 60 days
    • And was completed under budget by 1.2 million dollars.
    • The center includes
      • A state of the art Gynmasium
      • An elevated walking / running track
      • Dedicated gymnastics area
      • Community meeting rooms
      • and so much more
  • Henrietta’s Parks Department Accomplishments
    • Painted the exterior of 50% of the Town’s Buildings
    • Built a new fitness station at Lookup Park
    • Added additional walking trails to Breese Park
    • Renovated Roberts Cabin in Veterans Memorial Park
    • Created new bike racks for several town properties
    • New bathrooms in the Veterans Memorial Park
    • 24 additional planting beds for the Community Garden
    • Removed 160 dead trees from Veterans Memorial Park
    • Added a new fitness station to Lookup Dog Park
  • Town Clerk’s Office Accomplishments
    • Increased transparency by making all Board Workshop Minutes available on the web
    • Provided access to services by offering night and weekend hours
    • Web services expanded with online forms & payment options
  • Town Facilities
    • Completed an update to the 39 year old heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in our library.
    • Updates to the Town Hall’s Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system and electrical service is currently being addressed.
    • New front door have been installed at the Senior Center for easier access and energy conservation.
  • Henrietta Highway Department Major Accomplishments
    • Paved and performed preventative maintenance to 12 miles of town owned roads
    • The Highway Team has made a tremendous contribution to the construction of the new Recreation Center helping to keep it on time and under budget.
    • Constructed 80 new parking spaces at Bushmen Cabin
    • Assisted in the removal of over 300 diseased trees in the town parks
    • Installation of a new town vehicle two-way radio system
  • Sewer and Drainage
    • Sewer and Drainage
    • Installed sewer and storm systems for the new Recreation Center
    • De-silted pond on Fitzpatrick Drive
    • Completed all the site work for the Recreation Center concrete pads
    • Flushed sanitary sewers along “restaurant row” (Jefferson Road from
      West Henrietta Road to East Henrietta Road)

And this planned for the upcoming year:

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  • New Commercial Business
    • Renovations to the Dome Arena
    • Riverwood Tech Campus
    • Rochester Regional Health
    • Empire Soccer Building
    • Dorschel Infinity
    • Dorschel Toyota
    • Erie Station Business Park
    • Calkins Corporate Park
    • Park Grove Self Storage
    • Van Bortel Subaru
    • Dunn Tire Warehouse

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  • New Retail Business
    • PI Craft Pizza
    • Pigtails & Crewcuts
    • Scrubs & Beyond
    • SmashBurger
    • Starbucks (New Location)
    • Corelife Eatery
    • Osaka Sushi
    • Ridge Coin
    • An expansion of the Jefferson Road ALDI Store
    • Carter’s
    • OshKosh B’gosh
    • Skip’s Meat Market
    • ReStore – Habitat for Humanity

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  • Residential Projects
    • Fox Field Subdivision
    • Queens Park
    • Barberry Cove
    • East River Road Development @ Lehigh Apartments
    • Town Center Apartments
    • The Lodge – Student House

State AGs Warn the EEOC over Gross Federal Overreach

The chief legal officers representing Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia warned the EEOC that their position on criminal background checks violating Title VII is invalid.

What is Title VII?  That is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Specifically it prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

The EEOC issued Guidance in April of 2012 stating that a neutral policy of using prior criminal convictions as part of a job screening has a “disparate impact” on minorities.  Even though this policy has been routinely criticized, they have continued to file lawsuits using this policy as their basis.

The critiques for this policy are:

  • The EEOC’s guidance would illegitimately expand Title VII protection to former criminals.”
  • The EEOC does not have the authority to create a policy of shielding individuals from their criminal history, that would have to be  created by Congress.
  • The “individualized assessment” that the EEOC has required would be financially ruinous for employers.

Once again, the EEOC exceeds the authority granted to them by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and attempts to create the law instead of enforcing the law as written.

The full article is here, please take a look and make your own decisions.

The EEOC May Find You Unreasonable If You’re Not Traumatized by Single Insensitive Email

The Court system is our check and balance against the Judicial and Executive branch of the Government.  So, how is it that the Court system does not consider a single insensitive workplace email or remark to be Insensitive, but the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, considers it to be “Religious harassment” and a fine of around $30,000 – 40,000.

Hans Bader discusses this situation in his article on the CNSNews.com.  In it he discusses how the EEOC’s rulings have been found to disregard the guidelines and prior case law that exists when it is contrary to the EEOC’s decisions.  In this particular case, the ruling from the EEOC was “inconsistent not only with court rulings, but also the language of the relevant status, which only bans harassment when it is sufficiently pervasive as to affect ‘terms’ or ‘conditions of employment’“.

Thankfully the Court’s due have a say in these rulings, and the EEOC has been restrained, but this is immense overreaching on their part.

The original article is here – https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/hans-bader/eeoc-may-find-you-unreasonable-if-youre-not-traumatized-single-insensitive

New York State Constitution Convention

The media has been discussing the upcoming vote on the NY State Constitutional Convention, I believe it is important that we make an educated decision to vote for or against this.

Here are some facts about the convention and some websites to refer to for more information:

  • The current State Constitution was drafted in 1938
  • By law a vote to hold a constitutional convention must be held every 20 years.
    • Last convention was 1967 – all proposed changes were voted down
    • In 1997 it was voted down
  • Some view this as an opportunity to make changes, others see it as opening Pandora’s box.
  • If the vote is to hold a Constitutional Convention then:
    • Delegates (3 from each senate district and 15 others statewide) would be elected in 2018
    • Those delegates would meet in April of 2019 for the convention
    • any proposed changes would go before the voters in the 2019 November election.  No changes can occur to the constitution without statewide approval at the ballot box.
  • Backers are the NYState Bar Association and extremely liberal groups
  • Main stream Republicans, Democrats, and Conservatives are opposed to it
  • Even Unions are against it
  • NY City residents have the most to gain from this

The Constitutional Convention, is a topic that we need to be informed about if we are going to make an educated decision for or against.  Keep in mind, while the delegates would come together with unlimited abilities to propose amending the constitution in any and all ways.

What has not been emphasized is that any amendments approved by delegates would need to be ultimately approved by the voters. This is important to remember: No changes can occur to the constitution without statewide approval at the ballot box.

Please take a few moments to look at the following websites before voting on November 7th.

The New York post has a very well balanced look at the convention, including the potential special interest concerns, and the Conservative concerns.

A Pro-Constitutional Convention viewpoint is over at Syracuse.com.  Their stance is that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to use the convention to clean up Albany’s politics & corruption, revise the New York state Electoral system, and add term limits.

A Con-Constitiutional Convention viewpoint is at:  newyorkconcon.info.

Dr. Alveda King speaking in Rochester

Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martini Luther King Jr., will be speaking in Rochester on October 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on 304 Joseph Avenue.

For those unfamiliar with Dr. King:

Alveda Celeste King (born January 22, 1951) is an American activist, author and former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.

She is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King. She is a Fox News Channel contributor. She once served as a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a conservative Washington, D.C. think-tank. She is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the founder of Alveda King Ministries.
– From Wikipedia, for more details see Alveda King @ Wikipedia

Cover Image by Priests for Life.

HRC 2nd Annual Golf Tournament 2017

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#HenriettaGOP #A_Team #For_Henrietta #PeopleFirst

Synergy, es·prit de corps, and teamwork best describes our 2017 HRC 2nd Annual Golf Tournament. The best feeling in the world is knowing your presence and absence both mean something to someone.

A very special thanks to our:

Beverage Sponsors Cart Sponsors Tee Prize Sponsors
  • Jack Driscol
  • Faber Homes
  • Joseph DeGeorge
  • Read’s Ice Cream
  • Sickles Corporation
  • Scott Adair
  • Joseph DeGeorge
  • Finger Lakes Dental Care
  • Genesee Valley Ford
  • Howlett Farms
  • Law Offices of Kristine M. Demo-Vazquez, P.C.
  • LeFrois Builders & Developers
  • Monroe Tractor
  • Alliance Door
  • BME Associate
  • Joseph DeGeorge
  • Senator Patrick Gallivan
  • Lebella Associates, PC
  • Lyons Bancorp
  • Tra-Mac Group

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Next Committee Meeting:
Monday, September 11th @ 7:00pm
Henrietta Town Hall
475 Calkins Rd
Rochester, 14623