Thursday, April 24, 2014

We Missed You, Art!

 
After returning home after over 11 years away, working all over the United States and Europe as a Engineering Supervisor, I see a lot of changes. I see a city where Main Street is full of empty shop fronts and large numbers of empty offices, and a city that is trying to reinvent itself. But people are shopping at the malls in the suburbs. Even the RTS bus service is limited to the suburbs now, and in some cases, service has been stopped completely.
I also see a county government not working with city government to better downtown Rochester for the whole community, but instead building up its support and staff in the suburbs. However, one great thing I have seen is the growth of the arts in Rochester. We come together to celebrate the arts on the first Friday of each month and at the Jazz Festival and other Festivals, like during the 4th of July.
I have just returned to the Town of Greece to live again, and where my family lives, I see a community that is more diverse in color and a company, Kodak, that has gone from 63,000 employees to approximately 5,000. Our community has suffered from the large loss of jobs in the community and commerce. I see a large amount of development and the completion of the east-west corridor though the town. That was only in the planning stages when I left Greece to work in Europe.
I see a town government and services that have been affected by scandal and political changes. I also see a Town Government that was open to the community at the old town hall moved to a new location, where it is not so user-friendly when it comes to getting services and information in-person. The Greece Neighborhood Association that opened the doors to town and county government as a not for profit organization was not intended to be a platform for inspiring politicians from both side of the house. The purpose was to bring the community at large together on common issues from all over the town and present them to all levels of government though monthly meetings presented by the Greece Neighborhood Association. The group was made up of a board of directors from the north, south, east, and west parts of the Town of Greece. We have a local newspaper that has changed and no longer reports the local news in Greece like it used to do. And The Democrat and Chronicle has got less news and also has reinvented itself with U.S.A today.
On returning to Greece, I was told by Town Hall that this asset to the community is no longer in operation. No one will step forward to give me an explanation. Why?
So I am appealing to the community at large, the way I did when we first put this organization together, to come back to the table. We can join all the neighborhood association groups and crime watch groups together on common issues all over the Town of Greece to help Town Government better manage its business with open and transparent communications. We are the stock holders and they manage our business. You can reach me at buddaughton@gmail.com or call me at 585-478-9005. Look forward to meeting you all. Let's join together again!
Arthur Daughton, Community Activist

SCATS ~~ Well Art, the Greece Neighborhood Assn. wasn't CONTROLLED (keyword!) by the Town Supervisor, so it HAD TO BE ELIMINATED! It's former head got elected to the Greece Town Board and became another of the "yes" men "serving the community." Art, while you were away, our town became wholly run by Republicans alone, none of whom EVER question or disagree with ANYTHING the Supervisor brings up for a vote! We are no long a democracy in Greece, NY.
  


28 comments:

george hubbard said...

1. Welcome back Arthur – kinda like ‘Welcome Back Kotter’, but no comedy implied. To the contrary, your points are serious.
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2. Your snapshot of changes that have crept in over 11 years is thought-provoking… may I offer a few items to flesh out your outline.
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3. The footprint of news reporting by Greece Post and D&C has been reduced, but Public Access TV 12 to cover school board and town board meetings is gone entirely.
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4. Loss of Kodak jobs is compounded by loss to property tax base and taxes paid by Kodak.
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5. Perhaps other SCATS readers will post additions to ‘Art’s List’.

SCATS said...

George ~~ Excellent point about Ch 12!!

Re: the D&C, Greece Post ~ the BOE just DITCHED THEM BOTH for placing their legal posts!!

RE: Loss of Kodak jobs ~~ I'd say that it has impacted the area by changing the working population from one that was largely in possession of advanced degrees (Rochester had one of the highest per capita populations with advanced degrees in the 1980's!) to one where we've become more of a service industry-based economy with less education. That translates to LOWER WAGES which has in turn caused housing prices to stagnate or even drop.

Anonymous said...

Monroe County largest employer is not-for-profit University of Rochester - pays little or no property tax. Residential & small business carry a bigger load.

SCATS said...

To 11:34AM ~~ Another great point. And then there's the impact of COMIDA tax breaks on everything from restaurants to car dealers.

COMIDA ~ County of Monroe Industrial Development Assn.

SCATS said...

A few other items of note ~~
Greece Central has gone from 21 schools and a population that was approaching 15,000 students to 17 schools (2 closed bldgs are up for sale) housing barely 11,000 students. ALL students pre-k to 5th grade get a bus to school.

Barely 3000 residents bother voting in school elections as apathy infects the community, regardless the age group.

Anonymous said...

SCATS
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Who was the former head of Neighborhood Assoc. and became member of Town Board?

SCATS said...

To 1:23PM ~~ Bilsky.

Anonymous said...

10:40AM

Yes, less Greece Post and D&C in last 11 yrs., but note addition,,, 2006-2014 for SCATS.

SCATS, does Art post on SCATS?

SCATS said...

To 2:47PM ~~ How would I know?? lol

I'm not sure if he's "discovered" it or been told about it yet, but I do hope he joins the discussions.

Anonymous said...

New openness/togetherness -

$3,000 per person for select few to see and hear Supervisor luncheon May 1st.

No charge for less affluent to see and hear fireworks July 4th.

Just reaching out to make a good town great again!

Anonymous said...

To 11:19 Scats...
Please provide proof of statement regarding your statistic of advanced degrees?

More importantly, in the days of USA manufacturing dominance, many HS graduates went to work for $30 to $40K wages at Xerox, Bausch, GM, EK, and supporting companies. Those blue collar employees fueled the economy with purchases and taxes paid - driving an economy that went unmatched for almost 30 years.

Then a gentleman by the name of H. R. Perot came along and explained a sound that most married gentlemen never heard again after their vows. Excepting of course our next President, who along with his ##$$^^@@ wife, began the dismantling of this great Country!

SCATS said...

To 6:13PM ~~ As I recall, it was related to some statistics contained in the census ... probably from 1980. Kodak used to refer to this factor, too.

Anonymous said...

One thing that has not changed is Art still is not a US citizen.

SCATS said...

To 8:48PM ~~ Your point?

Arthur Daughton said...

My name is Arthur Daughton I was the Chairman of the Greece Neighborhood Assoc. I hope you read my Guest Essay in yesterdays Greece Post. I am now back living in the Town of Greece close to my children on Long pond road and going to get back involved in the Community. I would love to here from you and see how we can build a stronger community presents in The Town of Greece Government as stated by the New Towns Supervisor when he ran for office in a D&C news Story in October 2013. I am here to make sure that takes place. Anyone who knows me, I .am about solving problem not finger pointing. My time away was spent well working all over the United States and Europe and have been involved in some great community projects and some amazing people that is the gift I have come home with. I am a Community Activist and always will be and some of my children have taken that on to. So lets start here and now to rebuild that community bond and tack the ball game to the Town Board. You can reach me at buddaughton@gmail.com or 585-478-9005 please get in touch.
Best Regards Arthur Daughton Community Activist in Greece New York.

arthur daughton said...

Thank you for the welcome back and yes I am not an American Citizen like my Father and my 3 Sons and 1 Daughter. I am an immigrant born and Educated in England and have served this Country well, even more than some elected officials you may know. The Greece Neighborhood Association was formed as a non political community group to hold all levels of government accountable for community issues, and we did just that as a Team. We were a force to be reckoned with and got results. I am going to do every thing with the knowledge that I have gained in my travels to make sure that the Town Board is held accountable for the decisions they make and open Government up for the people. So if your out there and reading this also the Greece Post Guest Essay on Thursday April 24 2014 Greece Post I am back. You can write a blog or you can Email me at buddaughton@gmail.com lets have a community conversation on how we make this community better for our stakeholders lets get the politics out of Town Government and grand standing and open town hall up again for all the people.

Anonymous said...

Art why are you coming back to this area and before getting a lay of the land believe you need to be at odds with local government. If there is an issue you don't like that is one thing. You describe yourself as an activist then you feel you must always have a cause to be of value. You will look for an issue just to be relevant. If its broke fix it but if its not broke why go around causing trouble for the sake of your relevance?
Maybe the hot dogs were not warm enough at the forth of July! Go get em'. Maybe you don't like the new picnic area at town hall or the design on the new police cars? Really!
Maybe now that the Brits run everything perfect you can come here and be our local anarchist.

SCATS said...

To 10:58AM ~~ REALLY!? You don't think he gets "the lay of the land" after reading his editorial?? It seems to me that he has gotten caught up on the local shenanigans PDQ!

Can YOU tell us how things in Greece IMPROVED during his 11 yrs. away??? Just an FYI ... those were ALL Auberger years ;)

SCATS said...

To the person who posted about a certain individual's past ~~ There is a huge difference between a private citizen (which he still is) and an elected official when it comes to what is "fair" for public discussion. You brought up something I have no knowledge about, so I will not risk a lawsuit by posting it. People who are employed in a tax-payer funded job, elected to office or otherwise attain some sort of celebrity status within a community are seen as fair fodder given the light they decided to let be shone upon themselves.

SCATS said...

To the person who wrote: "Who else moves back to Greece and is greeted the way Art is right here on this page and now you denie he has " sort of celebrity status within a community are seen as fair fodder given the light they decided to let be shone upon themselves."

Yes, I "denie" (sic) he has ANY celebrity status because he's been absent over a decade! I'm not sure how many ever knew of him previously AND who remain in the area. I'm also not sure he will assume any sort of title in the near future, either. IF/WHEN that happens, we shall see, but that doesn't mean I'm going to revisit incidents from more than a decade ago that weren't related to his community work, either.

As for your veiled threat about nearly taking a case to sue this BLOG, it's NOTHING I haven't heard a dozen times before, so please take a number and get in line. In reality, the mass media often "reports on" the same people/topics as I have. One example would be the fellow who was working for the county AND collecting unemployment at the same time. The only difference for SCATS is that I don't have a platoon of lawyers at the ready, so I'm an easier target.

Anonymous said...

To 10:58am,

If as you say, Art must always have a cause, how will he pick from so many possibilities?

Art, what do #3,000 (private)contributors get in return for (private) lunch with the Supervisor (public official) on May 1?

Anonymous said...

Am I reading between the lines correctly, SCATS? Someone has something they want to comment on ("fair fodder") related to the topic of this thread and you won't post it. Then they tell you they nearly sued you for doing something similar in the past, is that it? Sounds like an attempted set-up to me! Stay smart, SCATS!

Anonymous said...

To: Scats,

4:10pm says #3,000 (private) contributions... probably means $3,000 contributions.

Can you re-post the invitation from a few weeks ago, "Please Join Us in Supoorting Supervisor Bill Reilich".

Is the money raised for public use? How will it be accounted for?

SCATS said...

To 4:23PM ~~ You are damned close ;)

To 8:57PM ~~ I'm not going to make another BLOG about it, but feel free to revisit the original at:
http://greeceschool2006.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-dems-wont-win-in-greece.html

Anonymous said...

So for the benefit of those who don't know, who was Bud Daughton, and what was this neighborhood association all about?

"Community Activist" says nothing much intrinsically, and what little it says is sort of negative. He could have been a good guy, but nothing in his lengthy op/ed really says anything to catch the imagination.

SCATS said...

To 9:08AM ~~ The Greece Neighborhood Assn was an umbrella group for all of the MANY (back then) neighborhood groups located in Greece. For example, there was the Maiden Lane Neighborhood Group (they fought against the Tops Intnl Store and lighting up Apollo's fields), The Buckman Rd. Neighborhood Group (who fought against letting traffic from the Famous Dave's/Hampton Inn complex traverse their street), and many others that are no longer in operation. GNA held monthly meetings (as I recall ?) where info, ideas, etc. was exchanged.

Arthur Daughton said...

What ever credits I got and there was a lot it was excepted on be half of the Greece Neighborhood Association we even got a award from Goals for Greater Rochester at a dinner in the Convention Center for our work in the Community. Our group was about solutions to problems not grand standing, we did our home work and reached out to all our neighbors to allow them to be part of the solution. Channel 12 and the Greece Post also the D&C played a large role in that because they new we got results.
By the way Bud Daughton is my Father an American Citizen.

Arthur Daughton said...

Just a note of research campaign money info from the New York State Board of Elections Bill Reilich for Assembley at end of year 2013 $220,764:84 on January 11 2014 $185,672:32 were transferred in to Bill Reilich for Supervisor the largest contributor by far was The Monroe County Republican Party also Maggie Brooks most other donations were Developers and service's attached to that process who do not live in the Town of Greece. Now for the fund raiser on May 1 2014 at the Brooke House. You can find this info just like I did with 1 phone call. Best Regards Arthur