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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.

EEOC Ordered to pay $750K due to ‘unreasonable’ lawsuit

The EEOC often has an “Sue First, Ask questions later” approach, especially in a case in 2011 which involved a Temporary Staffing Firm.  The Fall out from that case hit in 2012, when the an lower court “awarded Peoplemark $752,000 in attorney’s fees and costs after the agency pursued an “unreasonable and meritless litigation strategy” in a racial discrimination claim against the staffing company.

In this case, the EEOC was given the facts necessary to prove that the case was without merit, and then decided to continue to prosecute.  The Judge wrote:

“This is one of those cases where the complaint turned out to be without foundation from the beginning.  Once the EEOC became aware that its assertion that Peoplemark categorically refused to hire any person with a criminal record was not true, or once the EEOC should have known that, it was unreasonable for the EEOC to continue to litigate on the basis of that claim, thereby driving up defendant’s costs, because it knew it would not be able to prove its case.”

This prime example of a lack of Government Oversight on the EEOC, and how they waste your tax dollars.  Take a look at the article from the HR Morning article, and decide on yourself of the merits or foolishness of this lawsuit.