Luman-Bailey and Cuffey seek re-elect...

Luman-Bailey and Cuffey seek re-election to Hopewell City Council

There are 47 comments on the Progress-Index story from Jan 16, 2010, titled Luman-Bailey and Cuffey seek re-election to Hopewell City Council. In it, Progress-Index reports that:

Christina Luman-Bailey and Greg Cuffey, both incumbent members of Hopewell City Council, are seeking re-election this May.

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#1 Jan 16, 2010
I hope that someone in both of these wards have someone who will run against both of them.The amount of money that both of these councilor's have voted to spend on downtown is terrible.
Oh really

United States

#2 Jan 16, 2010
Do you mean the half-million spent on demolishing the downtown Patrick Copeland School which could have been restored like Mallonee and Butterworth's? I believe you have your Councilors mixed up. It was Emerson and Harris (plus then-Taylor and Sealy) who wasted that half-million.


#3 Jan 16, 2010
No, I mean the millions that was spent on the redevelopment of downtown, in order to lure a major hotel chain and other retail stores.Instead we get an ethanol plant at the end of Main street..As for the restoring of the Butterworths Bldg.and Mallonee school, we will just have to wait and see if that turns out to be a good decision.The vote to tear down the old Patrick Copeland School was to lure the big Hotel chain. Of course we scared them away when Baily and Cuffey,along with two others voted for the ethanol plant to be built downtown,when we had better locations avalable.
Oh really

United States

#4 Jan 16, 2010
I'm sure the downtown merchants would like to know exactly where the "millions" are that have been spent downtown. Do you mean those red-brick sidewalks on Broadway and the brick road in front of the Beacon? Or maybe you mean the millions given by the City of Hopewell to the Beacon itself (which recently became a private company, so there goes that tax-payer money into private pockets). Where else (and more importantly) exactly what did Baily and Cuffey vote for to spend these millions on?


#5 Jan 17, 2010
the old patrick Copeland School might would still be standing today if Ms. Baily had not brought it up at every council meeting,while council had agreed to put it off while waiting for redevelopment proposals. she brought it up once too often, and irritated Mr. Harris to the point, that he called for a vote earlier than previously agreed to.Sometimes you need to just be quiet and wait, especially when you are not in the majority on an issue.
Oh really

Richmond, VA

#6 Jan 17, 2010
Wow, I don't really know how to respond to that kind of reasoning -- that it was Ms. Baily's FAULT that patrick Copeland School went down (i.e. that three other City Councilors, elected by the citizens, voted with Mr. Harris to demolish that huge building simply because Mr. Harris got annoyed)! Is THIS how the City is run? And doesn't it say more, negatively, about Emerson, Taylor & Sealy (not to mention Mr. Harris...) than it says about Baily?

Delaware, OH

#7 Jan 17, 2010
What we need to do is get rid of Harris he is old stuck in the 1900's, is only worried about his Own people and he will never change and get rid of cuffy all he wants to do is have his nose stuck in the police dept everytime i hear him talk he brings up well huhh while i was patroling blah blah blah ... We need a change come on hopewell
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#8 Jan 17, 2010
Just my observation, but every time I have heard Bailey speak at council it seems to me she speaks with good reasoning and discretion. It seems to me that the same ones who are hurting because their candidate did not win, want Bailey and Cuffy out! I may be wrong, but it seems to be that way to me!

A real issue is why did Nino seal the investigation to the property room when all the citizens have been promised from the beginning that there would be a full disclosure. I have heard that they have sealed the investigation because the powers that be are afraid that full disclosure would erode the citizens confidence in the management and the police department. Also, that the evidence might implicate some very special people in authority so it is a cover-up.

I do not know for sure, but what do you know and what does it say about us citizens who are portrayed by those in authority as being too dumb to be allowed to know the truth about the corruption in the police department!

Is anyone upset that council and the police department has lied to us regarding allowing the investigation to be known?

Is anyone upset that it appears that Nino pulled one last act of corruption just before he left office?

What are your thoughts?
not stuck in past

Morristown, NJ

#9 Jan 18, 2010
i still hear alot of whinning about that old isore of a school being tore down, give me a break, it was a building, some people even put flowers at the gate when the thing was being tore down. Your memories of the school are in your heads. We dont need an ugly old building to remind you of your youth. Get over it. Its gone, its not coming back, and i hope you took a picture. the area looks so much better without it.
Oh no

Danville, VA

#10 Jan 18, 2010
I agree with the need for the demolition of Patrick Copeland School. My daughter went there and it made us both sad to see it go but the memories are sealed in our hearts, not in our eyes. The entire area looks much better and it gives a better view of Hopewell's progress to those entering our town on Route 10. We have a state-of-the-art library (thank you, Mayor Justice!), the Beacon Theater no longer looks deserted and forlorn. That entire area looks clean and rejuvinated now except for that crummy building next to the library on Appomattox Street that I hear is owned by Ms. Luman-Bailey. When the old grocery store is torn down and replaced with the new Human Services building perhaps we will get rid of some of the vagrants in town and get that cleaned up as well. Now if we could only get rid of that "tobacco store" across from Pearl River we would be making progress downtown!


#11 Jan 18, 2010
STARGATE,Why dont you get over Nino, and stop your whining? Your man won, and we were talking about the city councilors not Nino
keep Harris

United States

#12 Jan 19, 2010
please wrote:
What we need to do is get rid of Harris he is old stuck in the 1900's, is only worried about his Own people and he will never change and get rid of cuffy all he wants to do is have his nose stuck in the police dept everytime i hear him talk he brings up well huhh while i was patroling blah blah blah ... We need a change come on hopewell
Curtis cares about Hopewell. He stands up for what is right. In my opinion, he respresents the commuity very well.

Hopewell, VA

#13 Jan 19, 2010
The demo of Patrick Copeland School was just to pay somebody's buddy, who needed a new house, or truck. Greed and lies rule Hopewell. Look at the death of the Beacon, it is from Collins and nothing else.
Star Gate

Powhatan, VA

#14 Jan 19, 2010
Demo to pay a buddy... Exasctly as far as I have read on the subject!
what if

Chester, VA

#15 Jan 19, 2010
when you talk about cuffey i have been told that he did not even live in hopewell all of his term therefor he did not live in his ward which by city and state policy he should have vacated his seat if you do a white pages search it will list last five places lived and several were not in hopewell
on site

Hopewell, VA

#16 Jan 21, 2010
The Patrick Copeland School on Appomattox Street represented many positive lessons and values to many people. More people than not were, and are still disgusted by the lies and deception that brought down the building. Those of you who ridicule others for positives in their lives are abusive. Perhaps you didn't learn anything in grade school.
GI Joe

Gwynn Oak, MD

#17 Jan 21, 2010
IMO, they shouldn't have stopped at Patrick Copeland... They should bull-doze Mallonee too. Nobody's going to want to live in that poison palace.

Calling it the "Hopewell Lofts" is the equivalent of polishing a terd.
Why Dont


#18 Jan 21, 2010
GI, why don't you go live there? It would match the content of your inner conceptual space as well as your outward unpolished communications on this blog..... Ought to make you feel right at home.


#19 Jan 21, 2010
Oh Well, The school is gone. Stargate says that Ms. Bailey speaks with good reasoning. I guess the other councilors just were not listening well enough.
dumb founded

Hopewell, VA

#20 Jan 24, 2010
If you go to council meeting's you will see what a circus we have as council member's to included the city manager. Citizen's this is the time to make a change. Friend's will post good thing's about their candidate, people who care will make a change.
Need we get into the personal live's of these candidates, what happen to moral's, and can't pay your own bill's. You sit on council and handle taxpayor money !
We reap what we elect ! make a CHANGE !!!!

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