Monthly Archives: October 2017

Buffalo continues to loss population while Amherst, NY continues adding 47.22 residents per month, making Amherst the fastest growing town in Upstate New York.

Amherst is adding 47.22 residents per month, according to latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the fastest rate of increase among the 82 Upstate cities and towns that contain at least 15,000 residents.

Buffalo, on the other hand, has experienced the sharpest rate of decline, losing 61.75 people per month.

Rochester, like Buffalo has loss 24.22 people per month 

The Census Bureau issues annual population estimates for all cities and towns across the country. (Villages were left out of these rankings because they are subdivisions of towns.) The latest figures, which were released earlier this year, are for July 2016.

Slightly more than half of the 82 cities and towns — 45 in all — lost population between 2010 and 2016. The other 37 posted increases.

Four Western New York towns are among the 10 Upstate communities with the sharpest monthly increases: Amherst, Clarence, Lancaster and Hamburg.

At the opposite end of the list are three cities from the western end of the state in the bottom 10: Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown.


Given the Democratic Party’s big lead in voter registration in the City of Rochester, the Democratic Primary for city elected offices is sometimes considered the real election. But many city voters are not registered Democrats. For them, the general election is their only chance to choose city leaders.

This year, that chance comes on November 7. Three city offices are on the ballot: mayor, City Council’s five at-large seats, and three school board seats. (The winners of the Democratic Primary for school board – incumbents Van White and Cynthia Elliott, and newcomer Natalie Sheppard – are running unopposed. Beatriz LeBron’s name is on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence Party lines but she is not seeking election.)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren handily won the Democratic Primary in September, but she faces three more opponents in the general election. In the primary, all three candidates were liberal Democrats. This time, voters have a dramatic choice: the liberal incumbent, a conservative Republican, a Green Party candidate, and an independent. (County Legislator Jim Sheppard, who challenged Warren in the primary, is still on the ballot on the Working Families and Independence Party lines but is not seeking election.)

The four candidates:

Tony Micciche, Republican, Conservative, and Reform Parties: A former GM employee who has invested in numerous residential rental properties in the city, he lives in northwest Rochester. He is serving his second term as a County Legislator representing northwest Rochester, Greece, and Gates and chairs the legislature’s public safety committee.

Micciche did not respond to several requests for information, but his positions on key issues are included on his campaign website. A strong conservative, he says he wants to boost business in the city by reducing fees and regulations and speed up the permit process.

He wants to eliminate the city’s Sanctuary City policy, reduce the mayor’s salary, impose term limits (two terms for mayor, three for City Council members), and cut city property taxes by 10 percent.

He says that he would push for drug testing for people receiving public benefits and for eliminating state mandates, and that he would work with state and county officials to establish childcare centers staffed by people receiving public benefits. He would push for a “surge” in law enforcement and would establish neighborhood police precincts in schools.

On education: The mayor has no authority over the school district, and state law requires city government to raise taxes for the school district rather than having the district raise its own. The mayor can, of course, advocate for changes in the district and in state law, and Micciche’s website includes extensive education recommendations.

He says that he would give the Rochester school district one year to restructure, reduce administrative staff, ensure that all teachers are qualified, and raise the graduation rate to at least 65 percent and that he would withhold school district funds if the district failed to do that. He would push for legislation requiring the school district to raise its own taxes, and he wants to eliminate school taxes for city residents over age 70. He wants the district to eliminate busing and return to neighborhood schools. And he wants the district to establish a “tough” reform school for disruptive students.

His website:

Lori Thomas, People’s Party: A retired teacher, secretary, and city refuse collector, she has been active in Metro Justice, CAFEE, and police-reform citizens groups, writes a blog on education accountability, and is a former school board candidate. She lives in the Beechwood neighborhood.

In her campaign, she emphasizes her independence and says that frees her from political-party influence. She opposes giving tax incentives to large downtown developers and instead wants to support the renovation of buildings and would provide tax incentives that help their owners rent to small, locally owned businesses. She supports community co-ops and other efforts to boost entrepreneurship, help provide jobs for youth, reduce poverty, and create “a self-sustaining workforce.”

She supports the reforms recommended by citizens groups pushing for independent civilian review of police. She wants to cap the salaries of the mayor and the mayor’s staff at $75,000.

She wants the city to create opportunities for more residents to own their own homes, which she says will increase the city’s tax base. She wants a return to neighborhood schools. She wants to create a “tiny homes” project, building housing for veterans on vacant lots in city neighborhoods.

Her website:

Alex White, Green Party: A long-time community activist and frequent candidate for city office, he has been involved in numerous community and small-business groups, including United Christian Leadership Ministries, the Monroe Avenue Task Force, and the South Wedge Planning Committee. He is owner of Boldo’s Armory and Regrow Rochester and lives in the South Wedge.

He has been a harsh critic of providing tax incentives for developers, which he says has benefitted the wealthy, is gentrifying the downtown area, and saps funding needed for vital city services. He says the Warren administration is too beholden to special interests and lacks transparency, and he says the city’s ethics rules need to be reformed.

Development money should be invested in small businesses and neighborhood amenities, he says, rather than developing large downtown buildings. He wants the city to encourage more features downtown such as a food park, skate park, outdoor concert space, and graffiti museum, and to focus more on the river.

He wants the city to empower residents by forming neighborhood councils that would participate in drafting budgets, zoning regulations, and development plans. He wants the city to use eminent domain to acquire vacant houses and sell them to owners who will repair them.

He wants more police foot patrols and a police reorganization that has officers serving smaller areas to encourage more interaction with residents. He would boost the involvement of Pathways to Peace in youth outreach efforts and have zoning staff handle nuisance complaints. He wants an independent civilian review board for police oversight, more emphasis on conflict resolution in police training, and an end to stop and frisk action.

To reduce poverty, he wants the city to expand its summer youth jobs program, expand vocational training, expand living-wage requirements, expand child-care offerings, and improve public transportation.

His website:

Lovely Warren, Democratic and Women’s Equality Party: Warren, completing her first term as mayor, is the first woman and only the second African-American to hold that office. Previously, she was on City Council for six years, four of them as Council president, and served as legislative aide to her mentor, State Assemblyman David Gantt. She lives in the city’s northwest area.

As mayor, she has been heavily involved in boosting downtown development and has pushed for development in underserved city neighborhoods such as Bullshead and Hudson Avenue.

She has continued development initiated under her predecessors and begun new ones. Not all of her development moves have gone smoothly. Her seemingly abrupt change in selecting developers for Parcel 5, for example, brought criticism from some residents and arts organizations. But several new downtown housing complexes have been completed, and much of the Inner Loop Phase I infill is complete and developers have been selected for large parcels of it.

She led the city to reaffirm its City of Sanctuary resolution, and has spoken out on the Trump administration’s positions on immigration and other issues.

To increase jobs for unemployed and low-income residents, her administration launched a community co-op program and a program that provides loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses. She has pushed for better public transportation to job centers for city residents, and she helped get a van pool created for city residents working at the Del Lago casino. And she has been heavily involved in the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.

During her administration, Rochester adopted a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city, continued its program to make streets more bike friendly, and brought Zagster’s bike-rental program to the city.

Her campaign website:

City Council plays a key role in city government, not only listening to and reflecting the concerns of city residents but also providing oversight of the mayor – reviewing and approving the city budget and voting on legislation.

In January, Rochester will lose three valuable current Council members: Matt Haag and Carolee Conklin, who are retiring, and Dana Miller, who failed to win in the September Democratic primary. Miller and Conklin will leave a particularly big hole because of their long experience in public service. Conklin is completing her third term on Council and before that was City Clerk. Miller is also completing his third term on Council and has been an important leader in the 19th Ward community.

Eleven people are running for the five at-large seats on the nine-member Council: two incumbents, two people who currently hold a different elected office and want to join Council, and seven who have never held elected office. (Also on the ballot, on the Women’s Equality Party line, is Matt Juda, who lost in the September Democratic Primary, and is no longer seeking election.)

The newcomers

Pam Davis, Working Families Party: An artist and activist who lives in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, Davis has been active in numerous neighborhood and community organizations.

Her concerns about the current administration: There is a “severe lack of communication” between Rochester citizens and many of the departments in City Hall, she says, and the administration fails to include residents in decision making.

On police oversight: She says police need to show more respect for citizens, and she wants more training on policy, procedure, and cultural competency.

On downtown development: She warns that downtown could become “a playground for the rich,” that most new residential development isn’t affordable for many city residents. She would vote against a proposal for an RBTL theater and an apartment complex on Parcel 5, citing her concerns about the extent of public financing and the affordability of the apartments.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: She wants the city, county, and state to create public-works jobs for the poor.

Her other interests: Curb the stray pet population, increase funding for libraries, and establish a translator service for neighborhoods and community groups for the hearing impaired and non-English speakers.

Her campaign Facebook page:

Shawn Dunwoody, Working Families: An artist and activist who lives in Marketview Heights, Dunwoody has been active in numerous arts and youth organizations. He was a founding member of Fashion Week (which benefits the Center for Youth) and MuCCC.

On police oversight: He says the current process doesn’t work, and he supports a review board composed of people “from various walks of life.”

On downtown development: He stresses the need for focusing on the riverfront and for serving the needs of people who already live downtown, not just specific audiences who might come downtown. A strong downtown needs people on the street, he says, and a good mix of development and green space. He wants Parcel 5 used as half green space, half commercial and residential.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: The anti-poverty initiative’s success will depend on public-private partnerships, he says, and he wants City Council to be actively involved. A blanket approach likely won’t work, he says; instead, efforts should be tailored to the needs of individual neighborhoods.

His other interests: Encouraging an embrace of the culture of the city; using City Council to build strong connections with the public; fostering an understanding of the unique attributes of individual neighborhoods; helping the city prepare for future opportunities and challenges, including climate change.

His campaign website:

Chris Edes, Libertarian and Reform Parties: An information technology specialist at Datto, Edes founded the local Libertarian Party and has been a board member of the regional Civil Liberties Union and the Rochester Civil Liberties Coalition. He lives in the Mt. Hope area.

His concern about the current administration: He accuses it of corporate welfare in exchange for campaign contributions, and he criticizes the bulldozing of the “Sanctuary City” for the homeless in 2014.

On police oversight: He supports a civilian review board with subpoena power, open meetings, and the power to discipline officers and says the police chief shouldn’t be able to overrule its decisions.

On downtown development: He says current initiatives are “misguided and ineffective,” benefitting wealthy developers and large corporations. Downtown should be treated like a neighborhood, he says, and should be encouraged to develop its own character. He opposes development of a theater for RBTL on Parcel 5. The city already has enough buildings and not enough green space, he says.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: He says the city’s economic development policy, in effect, takes money from the poor and gives it to the rich. He opposes using the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative to pass funding to anti-poverty efforts and says money should go directly to the poor and to the people directly helping them.

Among his other interests: Paying down the city’s debt.

His campaign website:

Anthony Giordano, Green Party: A resident of the Highland Park neighborhood, Giordano does contracting-construction work, sells his own brand of birch beer, and has been involved with the ROC/Acts community organization. He has run for elected office several times.

His concern about the current administration: He says it has entered deals with large developers that don’t directly benefit city residents and neighborhoods.

On police oversight: He supports an independent review of police.

On downtown development: He believes current plans don’t benefit city residents and new housing isn’t affordable. He wants Parcel 5 preserved as open green space with food carts, art displays, and other amenities. He isn’t opposed to a new RBTL theater downtown but wants it located somewhere other than Parcel 5.

He says the city should do more to fight poverty, should have provided more help for the House of Mercy as it sought more space, and criticizes the city’s destruction of the “Sanctuary City” for the homeless in 2014.

His Facebook page:

Mitch Gruber, Democratic Party: The program director of Foodink, he has helped bring about many of that organization’s public-health programs, and he serves on the governor’s Council on Hunger and Food Policy. He lives in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and has been active in its community organization.

On downtown development: The city’s most serious problem is outside of the Inner Loop, he says, in neighborhoods that have been neglected for decades. Rochester is a very segregated city, he says, and Parcel 5 offers a chance “to build something that encourages an integration of people.” He wants new development to be used day and night. He also wants development that adds taxable revenue, and he wants existing downtown parks better utilized.

On police oversight: He supports the recommendations of activists working for independent civilian review. And he wants police officers walking neighborhood beats and getting to know neighborhood residents.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: The region has a huge middle-skills worker gap, he says, and unemployed residents need training so they can get those jobs.

His other interests: Promoting urban agriculture and other productive uses for vacant lots; helping erase factions on Council and in the Democratic Party; encouraging the city to help build up neighborhood associations, including providing money for some of them.

His campaign website:

Andrew Hollister, Republican, Libertarian, Conservative, and Reform Parties: The owner of a small IT company that builds apps and designs network infrastructure, Hollister is a native of the 19th Ward, has lived in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood, and recently moved to Charlotte. His community service has included volunteer work at the Boys and Girls Club, EMT, and emergency-communications work with the Red Cross.

His concern about the current administration: He says the mayor misrepresented the local jobs numbers and has failed to create more jobs.

On police oversight: He wants a more transparent process, and he says that police officers with whom he’s talked also want reform.

On downtown development: He says the city has indulged in excessive corporate welfare and tax subsidies and that the policy has created too few jobs. Future development should be aimed at creating a strong local jobs market, he says, and should include planning for all forms of transportation including bicycles, walking, and public transit, and should incorporate green space.

On Parcel 5: He thinks the mayor and RBTL are over-promising on the theater proposal. He prefers the Visionary Square proposal to preserve open space for public events and spur adjacent small-business development.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: He says the city should be willing to take bold steps to generate jobs. In particular, he wants Council to focus on the permit process, fees, and zoning, to encourage rather than discourage business development. He says the city needs to have more neighborhood areas zoned for mixed use to provide accessible retail, services, and jobs for city residents.

He is also concerned about the amount the city pays on interest, which he says could be spent on essential programs. And to increase accountability of public officials, he proposes having term limits for elected city officials and replacing the five at-large Council members with additional district council members.

His campaign website:

Mary Lupien, Working Families Party: An activist who has had extensive community involvement, she’s a community organizer for the climate-action group Mothers Out Front, is former program director at St. Peter’s Kitchen, and worked on the local Bernie Sanders campaign. She is a substitute teacher with the Rochester school district and lives in the Beechwood neighborhood.

Her concerns about the current administration: She says money seems to influence important decisions and the city needs to better engage with residents and neighborhoods.

On police oversight: She says the current system doesn’t work and that it lacks accountability. She supports independent civilian oversight.

On downtown development: She likes some of the city’s development plans, particularly plans for Charles Carroll Park along the river. But she is concerned about the large amount of expensive new housing under way. She wants the city to stop providing tax breaks for high-end residential development. And the city should require developers to provide bike racks and trees to encourage biking and make downtown more attractive, Lupien says. She wants the city to start over with finding a developer for Parcel 5 and she doesn’t think an RBTL theater will provide the jobs or the business boost that its supporters anticipate.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: Every decision city government makes impacts people who live in poverty, she says, including development and transportation planning. The anti-poverty initiative needs better transparency and better communication with the public, she says.

Among her other interests: promoting a comprehensive transportation plan with more support for bikes; promoting efforts to support the environment.

Lupien’s campaign website:

Ronald R. Ring, Green Party: Attempts to reach Ring for information about his candidacy were unsuccessful, and he does not have a campaign website.

Familiar faces

seeking a seat

on City Council

Malik Evans, Democratic and Working Families Parties: Evans, an executive with ESL, hopes to move to Council from the Rochester school board, where he’s served since 2004 and was president from 2008 to 2013. He has been active in numerous community organizations, including the United Way, Prevention Partners, Catholic Family Center, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. He lives in the Cobbs Hill neighborhood.

On police oversight: He says the city’s oversight process must instill confidence, and currently it doesn’t. An independent accountability board could be good for both citizens and police, he says, and the city should study successful models in other parts of the country.

On downtown development: He wants the city to focus on both large and small developments and says that if developers promise job creation, government should hold them to that promise or claw back the benefits. And city officials should ask not only how many jobs each project will create but also how each one will improve the lives of the citizens of Rochester. New housing should include not only high-end condos but also housing for low-, moderate-, and middle-income residents, he says.

He’s undecided about proposals for Parcel 5 but says that while he would like some of it devoted to green space, it must have development that produces jobs and revenue.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: He praises the anti-poverty effort for “moving the conversation” and pushing training. He emphasizes job training and creation of good-paying jobs.

His campaign website:

Willie Joe Lightfoot, Democratic Party: A Rochester firefighter and small business owner, Lightfoot served on the County Legislature for 10 years and is the son of the late County Legislator and prominent Democrat Willie Lightfoot. He’s a resident of the 19th Ward and has been extensively involved in community work in the city’s southwest area.

On police oversight: The current system doesn’t work, he says. He supports an independent review board with subpoena power. It’s essential, he says, to restoring faith in the police.

On the city’s role in fighting poverty: He likes the concept of the anti-poverty initiative but says City Council should be more involved, seeking input from the public and finding successful solutions to problems raised by the public. People want to be involved, he says, and they want results. The city should seek simple, obtainable solutions.

On development: He praises city officials for spurring development in areas where it hasn’t happened before. He wants the city to identify and offer incentives for small businesses and to make sure that new development doesn’t lead to gentrification. He likes the RBTL proposal for Parcel 5 but also wants development to provide some green space for outdoor activities. And he wants Parcel 5 development to include “a community piece so that the inner city is not left out of the picture.”

Other issues: He suggests that the city should provide more support for entrepreneurs and other small-business people, should create a faith-based initiatives, and should host mental-health fairs.

His campaign website:

The incumbents

Jackie Ortiz, Democratic, Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality Parties: The only Latinx on City Council, she has been an at-large Council member since 2010. She’s been active in numerous Latinx community organizations and events and is a mentor with the Red Cross Youth Leadership Development Program. She’s a State Farm insurance agent and lives in Charlotte.

She chairs City Council’s Neighborhood and Community Development Committees and chairs an ad hoc education committee of representatives of Council, the Rochester school board, and the county.

On Council, she has pushed for stronger action on vacant and abandoned properties, pushed for the creation of a land bank to help low-and moderate-income people buy foreclosed property, pushed for a landlord registry to ensure that city officials know who owns rental property, and has pushed for an overhaul of the city’s nuisance-points system.

Her campaign website:

Loretta Scott, Democratic and Women’s Equality Parties: A City Council member with deep experience in both elected office and city government administration, Scott has been on Council since 2010 and has been president since 2014.

She served as the city’s commissioner of parks, recreation, and human services from 1992 to 2005. Her extensive community involvement includes serving as board chair of the Jordan Health Center, vice chair of Alternatives for Battered Women (now called Willow Center), founding member of the Greater Rochester After School Alliance and the African American Leadership Development Program, and board member of the Landmark Society, Action for a Better Community, and the United Way.

She and her husband operate Scott Professional Cleaning Services, and they live in the Browncroft neighborhood.

On Council, she supported police body cameras, and she has been shepherding legislation related to reviewing the city’s current police oversight system. She has been a strong supporter of Mayor Lovely Warren.

Her campaign Facebook page:

By: Mary Anna Towler – City

A flood of reactions hit when news broke Monday night of the Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick.

“What? They’re trading him now, and not in the offseason?”

“Hmm, surprised they only got a second-round pick for him.”

“Who’s going to be the backup?”

“Wow, Garoppolo might be a great fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Can’t wait to watch him play.”

But when the fog cleared, the most important aspect of this trade became obvious.

“The Patriots are all-in on 40-year-old quarterback Tom Brady playing several more years.”

Brady has told anyone who will listen he wants to play until he’s 45 or older. He created an entire lifestyle brand about it, and recently wrote a book about it.

Many of us thought it was just lip service, Brady’s way of fending off constant questions about the end of his career.

Former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told me this summer, “When Tom is asked the question how long can you play and he says, ‘Oh, until 45,’ to me that’s him saying, ‘Stop asking me this question. I want this question to go away.”

But the Garoppolo trade seals it. Brady may not make it to 45, but the Patriots are buying in on Brady maintaining his high level of play for several more years. As of Monday night, he was the only quarterback on the roster. The two youngsters, Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, have been traded away for spare parts.

The Patriots were worried about Brady at age 36. They drafted Garoppolo in the second round in 2014, the highest they ever picked a quarterback under Bill Belichick.

“We know what Tom’s age and contract situation is,” Belichick said that night.

But two Super Bowl titles later, the Patriots are no longer worried about Brady. He has found the fountain of youth, and Brady will play as long as he wants to. There’s no reason to doubt him anymore.

At 40, he’s still the best in the NFL. Brady has 478 more passing yards than any other quarterback, on pace for his second career 5,000 yard season. He has 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has the Patriots at 6-2 and primed for another Super Bowl run.

Brady has mastered the art of quarterbacking and dissecting defenses. And unlike pretty much every other quarterback ever, his body isn’t failing him yet at 40.

“I have the answers to the test now,” he told Sports Illustrated shortly after winning his latest Super Bowl.

And Garoppolo isn’t the heir apparent after all. The next heir is probably in college. Maybe high school.

We thought the Patriots loved Garoppolo after developing him for four years, and thought they put high value on the backup quarterback spot. They still might.

But they love Brady a lot more. And they’re not worried about him getting hurt this season. That was supposedly one of the reasons for keeping Garoppolo this year — he could still lead a Super Bowl run. Guess the Patriots don’t really care to think about Life Without Tom this year.

Trading Garoppolo should end any speculation that Brady could pull a surprise retirement this year or next. No one was twisting their arm to trade Garoppolo or Brissett.

Whomever the Patriots acquire as a backup this year is simply a seat-warmer. They’ll have to draft another quarterback in 2018, and start the developmental process all over again. In the meantime, at least they have that Brady guy sticking around for at least 2-3 more years.

The compensation for Garoppolo is interesting. The Patriots reportedly were getting all kinds of wild offers for Garoppolo this offseason, which included multiple first-round picks.

Now they’re trading him a day before the NFL trade deadline, and getting only the 49ers’ second-round pick.

NFL Network reported on Monday, after the trade went down, that the Patriots only were offered a second-round pick for Garoppolo before the draft. It might be true, or it might be the Patriots covering themselves.

Either way, the fans are upset that the Patriots didn’t get enough. But a second-round pick for Garoppolo sounds a lot more like his true value than a package of first-round picks.

Garoppolo has played 1½ NFL games. He looked great, but we’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks look great in a small sample size. He hasn’t proven that he can lead a team for 16 games or make the playoffs. He hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy. And Patriots quarterbacks have a stigma that they don’t succeed when they leave New England, fair or not.

This notion that teams were throwing themselves at the Patriots this offseason to try to get Garoppolo seems to have been driven by the agent, or maybe from the Patriots trying to up the ante.

Let’s not forget that Garoppolo also was set to be a free agent this coming offseason. The Patriots could have made it work with a franchise tag between $23 million-$25 million, but they have a budget, and it doesn’t include spending $45 million on two quarterbacks. They could have tried to franchise Garoppolo and trade him, but that high salary would have hurt his trade value. They could have let him walk away in free agency, and received a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2019.

In the end, Garoppolo was traded now for an early second-round pick in 2018. The Patriots drafted him with a late second-round pick. Seems fair. The fact that the 49ers now have to sign Garoppolo to a big contract this offseason also factored into the trade compensation. If he were cheap next year, the Patriots would have gotten more.

But the Patriots did get a valuable draft pick in return. The 49ers are one of the league’s worst teams at 0-8, so that second-rounder could be pick No. 33 or 34. The No. 33 pick also comes attached with extra trade value as the first pick of Day 2 of the draft.

Patriots fans might be upset, but this trade is great for everybody.

Garoppolo finally gets his shot to prove himself as an NFL quarterback.

The 49ers may have finally landed their franchise quarterback, for the bare bones price of a second-round pick.

The Patriots, meanwhile, just added a high draft pick next year to go along with, hopefully, the No. 32 pick.

And Patriots fans get to watch Brady quarterback their team for several more years. Probably until he’s 45. Or maybe 48.

The Patriots are willing to ride it out for as long as Brady wants.

By: Ben Violin – Boston Globe

En anticipo a los millones en fondos federales que llegarán a la Isla para la recuperación de María, el economista Gustavo Vélez urgió al Congreso de Estados Unidos que se apruebe legislación que ponga la administración de este dinero en manos de agencias federales y no del gobierno puertorriqueño, al que tilda de tener “clara incapacidad” para atender la crisis y manejar este presupuesto.

La propuesta de Vélez, esbozada en una carta al presidente de la Cámara federal, Paul Ryan, es que se apruebe legislación en el Congreso para que sea un componente formado por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA), el Departamento de la Defensa y la Junta federal de Control Fiscal, los que administren el dinero federal que se envíe a la Isla en respuesta al huracán.

“Ante la clara incapacidad del gobierno y ante los potenciales riesgos sistémicos para la economía y la estabilidad del territorio, el Congreso debe legislar y crear un ente administrativo que tome las riendas del territorio en estado de emergencia”, reza la misiva, en la que añade que “para agravar el panorama, hay un serio problema de legitimidad de las instituciones locales ante sus ciudadanos que impide una gobernanza efectiva en medio de la emergencia”.

En entrevista con Panorama, Vélez usó como ejemplo el contrato de Whitefish Energy para justificar su planteamiento de que son las entidades federales las que deben asumir jurisdicción sobre el manejo de los fondos que lleguen a la Isla. Habló, además, de los casos de corrupción que ha habido en la Isla. Cuando se le preguntó sobre los casos de corrupción atendidos a nivel federal –y que tan reciente como ayer marcaron a allegados a la campaña del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump – dijo que no se han tratado de señalamientos contra FEMA o contra el Ejército.

“Quien está cuestionado por esto de Whitefish no es (Jeffrey) Buchanan ni el jefe de FEMA ni la propia junta. Quien está cuestionado es el gobierno de Puerto Rico, que no ha dado explicaciones claras. Y eso que todavía no ha entrado la cantidad de dinero que va a llegar”, dijo Vélez. “Lo que hago es un planteamiento práctico porque si el gobierno federal tiene desconfianza y dice que no va a enviar el dinero, eso va a tener unas consecuencias terribles”.

Al cierre de esta edición, no fue posible conseguir a la comisionada residente Jenniffer González para hablar de esta propuesta.

El cirujano cardiovascular Iván González Cancel, quien aspiró a la gobernación por el Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) dijo por su parte que la intromisión del gobierno federal en los asuntos diarios de la Isla ya comenzó con la designación de Noel Zamot como oficial de transformación de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE).

Recordó, también, que existe una historia de corrupción con fondos federales en la Isla que no permiten descartar del todo que el gobierno entero esté eventualmente en una sindicatura federal.

“Con este fiasco de Whitefish no queda otra alternativa que decir que no solo bastó la ley (Promesa), van a tener que estar involucrados directamente y la primera manifestación es el nombramiento de Zamot”, dijo González Cancel. “Estamos cosechando las consecuencias de nuestros actos”.


Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) is tackled by Oakland Raiders middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

No team has gone to Buffalo and won this season. The Raiders were the latest to fall to the Bills in Orchard Park, losing 34-14. Here’s what we learned:

1. The Bills‘ formula is remarkably consistent: Win the turnover battle (4-0) and let Tyrod Taylor do the rest. The Bills‘ defense forced four turnovers, gift-wrapping 13 points in a game that wasn’t as one-sided as the final score indicated. Give head coach Sean McDermott and his hard-hitting group credit. Even without two key members of the secondary and recently departed starter Marcell Dareus, who was traded to Jacksonville, the Bills forced turnovers with hard hitting and flying to the ball. Buffalo leads the NFL with a +14 turnover margin and is now 4-0 at home and in great shape for playoff contention at 5-2.

2. Buffalo is especially dangerous because their running game has become unlocked after their bye. After re-introducing some of the concepts that worked for the team last year, LeSean McCoy had his best two games of the season. He finished with 151 yards on 27 carries, making a lackluster Raiders linebacker group including recent pickup NaVorro Bowman, often grasping for air.

3. Oakland’s offensive rhythm displayed against the Kansas City Chiefs was short-lived. Amari Cooper was handled by Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White for much of the day. And don’t blame Oakland’s struggles to establish the run on the absence of Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders‘ offensive line has allowed penetration far too often this season.

4. The Raiders are built in such a way that the offense needs to be special. It’s not. Meanwhile, the defense simply fails to get stops week after week. Oakland’s pass rush was absent all day, allowing Tyrod Taylor to buy time and find another surprising cast of pass-catching heroes (Andre Holmes, Zay Jones and Brandon Tate this time) for enough third-down conversions to keep moving the chains.

Donald’s Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was told to hand himself over to federal authorities, as was one of his former business associates, it was reported on Monday.

Donald Trump sent an extraordinary fusillade of angry tweets about the investigation into possible ties between his election campaign and Russia, amid reports that the special counsel leading the inquiry could make its first arrests as soon as Monday.

According to the New York Times, Manafort and Rick Gates, who was a junior business partner of Manafort’s, are the first people to face charges in the investigation run by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion in that effort.

CNN also reported that Manafort would hand himself over on Monday.

Manafort left his apartment in northern Virginia soon after 8am, shielding his face from television cameras. He entered the FBI field office in Washington at 8.15am, accompanied by his lawyer.

Before becoming Trump’s campaign manager in the summer of 2016, Manafort had extensive business ties to Ukraine, where he represented prominent pro-Moscow figures.

Gates is said to have been involved in setting up subsidiary companies in Cyprus that received money from east European sources. He also worked for the Trump campaign.

Manafort was told to quit his campaign post in August 2016, after just five months in the job, after revelations of his business dealings in Ukraine came to light. Sources told the Guardian at the time that Trump had never really bonded with Manafort.

Gates remained part of the campaign and worked on the Trump inaugural committee. He was reported to have been a frequent visitor to the White House since the Trump administration took office.

It was unclear what charges the two men are facing. The Mueller investigation is a broad inquiry, covering collusion, as well as money laundering and tax evasion.

A spokesman for Manafort did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Manafort joined Trump’s insurgent campaign in March 2016, as Republicans faced the possibility of the first contested convention since 1976. The veteran operative helped Trump, who was unprepared for the grinding process of winning delegates, not only win the majority needed but also avoid any unpleasant floor fights in Cleveland.

Although Manafort did not formally assume the reins of the Trump campaign until 20 June, when former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was fired, Lewandowski said after his ejection: “Paul Manafort has been in operational control of the campaign since 7 April. That’s a fact.”

Manafort also played the decisive role in ensuring that Trump picked the Indiana governor, Mike Pence, to be his running mate.

A longtime Republican operative, Manafort helped guide Gerald Ford to victory against Ronald Reagan in 1976, then worked for Reagan in 1980. He has advised several other Republicans, including former president George HW Bush and Bob Dole, who lost the 1996 election to Bill Clinton. His international career precluded him from taking a position with John McCain’s campaign in 2008.

Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello attends a news conference days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Puerto Rico’s governor is calling for a controversial contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings to be terminated immediately.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Sunday asked the Governing Board of the Electric Power Authority to cancel the contract, according to the governor’s official Twitter account.

“There cannot be any distraction that alters the commitment of raising electric system as soon as possible,” Rossello said of the contract, which came under scrutiny last week.

The island will begin coordinating with Florida and New York to reinforce brigades, Rossello said.

Rossello also asked for “a detailed and thorough investigation” into the recruitment process for emergency services, which led to the Whitefish contract, and for the installation of a trustee in the area of procurement and contracts.

The $300 million contract between Puerto Rico’s power utility and the Montana-based energy firm has been criticized in recent days.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is from the same hometown as Whitefish Energy, said he had “absolutely nothing” to do with the company receiving the contract.

It was also reported the contract bars the government from auditing the costs or profits related to the company’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Wednesday called for the contract to be voided.

In response, Whitefish Energy said on Twitter, “We’ve got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived. Do you want us to send them back or keep working?”

The company deleted the tweet and apologized later in the day.

If the wild, extra-innings slugfest in the second game of this captivating World Series was unhinged, Game 5 was certifiably insane. It was also an instant classic. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ formidable ace, Clayton Kershaw, was cruising yet let slip a four-run lead. The Houston Astros blasted two game-tying three-run home runs yet had to come from behind again … only to blow a three-run advantage in the ninth inning.

The World Series balls are reportedly a boon for power hitters and a bugbear for finesse pitchers and here was more evidence for that thesis, an evening of big blasts, bad pitching and momentum shifts that twisted from one team to the other in the swing of a bat. This is a series that makes fools out of anyone who makes assumptions. No lead was safe, no matter how big, no matter how late in the game.

At the end of a contest that felt like it might never end, as Sunday night in Texas became Monday morning the Astros grabbed a 13-12 extra-innings victory that put them 3-2 up in the best-of-seven match-up: one win away from their first ever World Series title. Their pitching staffs in smoldering ruins, the teams return to Dodger Stadium for Game 6 on Tuesday and the Astros will deploy their ace, Justin Verlander, against Rich Hill.

“Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favourite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that,” said Astros manager AJ Hinch. “It’s just two really good teams throwing haymakers at each other, trying to outlast each other.”

Astros calls to the bullpen have lately seemed like handing an arsonist a flamethrower and pointing him in the direction of his own house. On Saturday night, his culpability in a 6-2 Dodgers win rendered the Astros’ regular season closer turned postseason disaster, Ken Giles, virtually unusable for the rest of the series. It is hard to know whether Hinch was making bad selections or whether no good ones existed in the circumstances. Either way, woeful relief pitching has hurt the Astros in their roofed-and-rocking ballpark in the past two games, undermining the work of their array of power hitters. It certainly cost them in the ninth inning on Sunday.

It seemed both a practical problem – a dearth of trustworthy relievers – and a psychological one, a loss of confidence after the home bandwagon developed engine trouble on Saturday as the Dodgers became the first visiting team to win at Minute Maid Park this postseason at the eighth attempt. But the Dodgers’ bullpen was also wrecked on Sunday by an Astros line-up that, like the Dodgers’, combined immense talent and a refusal to buckle when headed for a soul-sucking loss.

And to think we expected a pitching duel. But this repeat clash of hirsute, left-handed, 29-year-old former Cy Young winners was short-lived and strange. Kershaw outpitched Dallas Keuchel in Game 1, a 3-1 victory for the Dodgers, and did so again here – until, suddenly, he didn’t.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts struggled to explain Kershaw’s rapid demise. “He was rolling, throwing the ball well, good rhythm,” he said.

It seemed as if the ninth-inning bullpen implosion that saw a 1-1 game finish 6-2 to the visitors still weighed on Houston’s minds when Sunday’s game began. Los Angeles capitalised on poor pitching and slack fielding to build a lead that, with Kershaw imperious, felt like it was unassailable.

Keuchel, normally masterful in Houston, started with a leadoff single for Chris Taylor and a walk to Justin Turner after one out. Another walk, to Enrique Hernandez, loaded the bases. Keuchel struck out Cody Bellinger, LA’s spark on Saturday, but Logan Forsythe drove in two runs, sucking much of the energy out of a crowd that had just given a raucous welcome to the man who was about to be elected US president the last time the Dodgers won the World Series, in 1988, and a former owner of the Texas Rangers.

But Bushes HW and W had little to cheer soon after their roles in the ceremonial first pitch. To make matters worse, a throwing error by Yuli Gurriel allowed Forsythe to reach second as he tried to steal a base. Hernandez crossed home plate to make it 3-0.

The third inning saw the first hit off Kershaw, a hard-hit fly ball to centre by Evan Gattis, but Marwin Gonzalez then grounded into a double play. The Dodgers added another run in the fourth with an RBI single courtesy of Austin Barnes. Keuchel did not make it out of the inning: an early exit to load even more pressure on the beleaguered bullpen.

In the bottom of the fourth there were signs of life as George Springer walked and Carlos Correa delivered a hit, then Alex Correa lifted the crowd with an RBI double to left field.

Kershaw’s vulnerability in this postseason has been the home run, and the volume from the stands reached eardrum-destroying levels as Gurriel cannoned the very next pitch into the Crawford Boxes for a three-run home run that tied the game. Gurriel would not have been on the field but for the decision of the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, to delay the first baseman’s five-game suspension for a racist gesture in Game 3 until next season.

LA’s riposte was immediate, as it was when they went 1-0 behind on Saturday. It was also significantly abetted by feckless pitching, as Collin McHugh walked the first two batters to start the fifth, his first game action in almost two weeks. It was not much of a shock when Bellinger devoured a non-curving curveball, clobbering a 378ft home run that gave LA a three-run lead.

Kershaw’s night was done in the bottom of the fifth when he allowed two men on base with two outs, bringing in Kenta Maeda, who had not given up a run in his past eight appearances and had impressed in Game 3. Here: not so much. With the fans roaring “M-V-P! M-V-P!”, Altuve spanked a three-run, two-out home run towards the petrol pump above the centre field wall. It was the second baseman’s seventh home run of the postseason – one shy of the MLB record.

On to the seventh inning, which began with Turner falling inches short of sending a Brad Peacock pitch over the right field fence. Hernandez laid down a poor bunt and Turner was tagged out going for third base. Then, horror for Houston: Springer, the centre fielder, dived for a bouncing shot from the ever-more influential Bellinger but missed, allowing Hernandez to score from first.

As fate would have it, Springer was first up for Houston in the bottom of the seventh. Brandon Morrow’s first pitch was a 95mph fastball. It was dispatched on to the train track above left field, sending up a puff of smoke as it landed. 8-8. Altuve doubled to deep left centre field, and Alex Bregman, who had singled, beat the throw to home. 9-8.

Up came Correa. Morrow’s first pitch to him was a ball; the second, a 96mph fastball. The shortstop pounced, unfurling a high, high, shot in a languid arc that transfixed everyone in the stadium as it landed just over the left field scoreboard. 11-8. Giddy with joy, Correa pumped the air with his right fist as, in the bedlam, a streaker rushed on to the field.

Of course, this was nowhere near over. Joc Pederson doubled, then Peacock hit Taylor. Hinch terminated Peacock’s night. In came Will Harris, whose first pitch was sent to deep centre field by Corey Seager, scoring Pederson. But Chris Devenski, the sixth Houston pitcher of the game, emerged and preserved a two-run lead that was elongated again when Brian McCann hit a solo home run off Tony Cingrani in the bottom of the eighth. It was Houston’s fifth home run of this astonishing contest.

The Dodgers were not done: Yasiel Puig propelled a two-run home run to left field, then Barnes doubled. Pederson grounded out but Barnes advanced to third. With the clock at midnight and two strikes on Taylor, the centre fielder singled off Devinski and the runner scored from third. Tied game.

Finally, in the tenth inning, a plainly weary Kenley Jansen – who gave up a home run on Saturday – could not quite hold off the Astros. Having relied so much on the long ball, they manufactured the winning run, driven in by Bregman with two outs.

After more than five hours, it was over at last.

“I think this whole series has been an emotional rollercoaster,” Roberts said. “It’s the two best teams playing for a championship.”

Al 27 de octubre este es el estado de los abastos de combustible, de las carreteras, agua, luz y otros servicios

Información actualizada al 27 de octubre de 2017

80 refugios

3,577 personas refugiadas
109 mascotas refugiadas

Energía eléctrica AEE

27.6% capacidad de generación
54 hospitales con energía eléctrica or generadores a través de 9 municipios 
65 hospitales operacionales per con 
1,028 farmacias operando
De un total de 1,045

Agua / AAA

77% clientes con servicio de agua a nivel isla (Pero No Portable/ Not Drinkable) 

58% de los clientes en el área norte
67% de los clientes del oeste
72% de los clientes en el este
89% de los clientes en el área metro
89% de los clientes en el área sur

67% de los clientes tienen servicio celular
902 antenas de celular restablecidas
De un total de 2,680
1,019 torres de celular restablecidas
De un total de 1,619

Comercios y bancos 
236 sucursales de bancos abiertas
De un total de 314
1,069 cajeros automáticos operando
983 negocios procesando la tarjeta PAN
De un total de 2,513
265 cooperativas abiertas
420 supermercados abiertos ( Muchos Con Productos Limitado)
De un total de 471
122 oficinas de correos abiertas (Muchos Con servicio limitado) 
De un total de 122

392 millas abiertas
De 5,073 existentes en Puerto Rico
1,366 contenedores despachados
100% puertos abiertos


Abastos en la Isla

1,163,245  barriles de diésel (11 Dias de diésel)
1,455,531 barriles de gasolina ( 9 Dias de gasolina) 9Days supply 
(1 barril = 42 galones)
83.51% gasolineras abiertas
927 de 1,100 en total

Open enrollment for 2017 coverage is over, and open enrollment for 2018 coverage will run from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 (HHS plans to keep this same schedule in future years as well). For most people, that means the opportunity to purchase individual health insurance is very limited for the rest of the year. But there are still coverage options available.

Native Americans can enroll year-round, as can people who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. And applicants who experience a qualifying event gain access to a special open enrollment window to shop for plans in the exchange (or off-exchange, in most cases) with premium subsidies available in the exchange for eligible enrollees (note that HHS stepped up enforcement of special enrollment period eligibility verification in 2016, and has further increased the eligibility verification process in 2017; if you experience a qualifying event, be prepared to provide proof of it when you enroll)

But without a qualifying event, health insurance is not available outside of general open enrollment, on or off-exchange. (Nevada is an exception: off-exchange plans in Nevada are available for purchase year-round, but the carrier can impose a 90-day waiting period before coverage takes effect).

Unfortunately, this fact has caught many people by surprise over the last few years. And although the open enrollment period for 2017 coverage followed the same schedule as the one for 2016 coverage, the first three open enrollment periods (2014, 2015, and 2016) all had different start and end dates, which further added to the confusion. The first open enrollment period was six months long; the second and third were both three months, but the dates were different.

For 2018, HHS had originally planned to keep the same November 1 – January 31 schedule, but a market stabilization rule finalized in April 2017 shortens open enrollment for 2018, scheduling it to run November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017 (the same schedule that was already planned for 2019 coverage and beyond). The change was not without controversy, as there’s disagreement in terms of whether a shorter open enrollment period for 2018 coverage will have a market stabilizing effect. California’s Insurance Commissioner, for example, believes it will do the opposite. And Colorado announced in June 2017 that they would add an extra four weeks at the end of the scheduled open enrollment period (state-run exchanges that have their own enrollment platform have some flexibility on issues like this that states using do not).

Millions of Americans secured coverage for 2017 during the last open enrollment period, and many more have obtained coverage later in the year during special enrollment periods triggered by qualifying events.

But for those who didn’t enroll in coverage by the end of open enrollment and aren’t expecting a qualifying event later in the year, the options for the rest of the year are limited to policies that are not regulated by the ACA. This includes short-term health insurance, some limited-benefit plans, accident supplements, critical/specific-illness policies, dental/vision plans, and medical discount plans.

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