Former mayor William Johnson honored ...

Former mayor William Johnson honored with lifetime achievement award

There are 43 comments on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story from Oct 19, 2013, titled Former mayor William Johnson honored with lifetime achievement award. In it, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that:

Former Rochester mayor William A. Johnson Jr. received the lifetime achievement award Friday at the 2013 Human Services Awards luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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Kwame Najo Tetteh

Astoria, NY

#27 Feb 2, 2014
Steel City Steelers wrote:
<quoted text>Did you forget the part that it was Mayor Duffy who finally sold the ferry? How about the stupid contract Mayor Johnson gave the people in the terminal to have $1 a year leases for decades? How about the stupid contract he made with Toronto for Rochester to pay for their terminal too? Why do certain people want to rewrite history. We don't all have alzheimer's.
Mayor Johnson didn't do any of that. Are you kidding me? This is all a complete fabrication and slander.
CCs Friend

Rochester, NY

#28 Feb 2, 2014
Steel City Steelers wrote:
<quoted text>Did you forget the part that it was Mayor Duffy who finally sold the ferry? How about the stupid contract Mayor Johnson gave the people in the terminal to have $1 a year leases for decades? How about the stupid contract he made with Toronto for Rochester to pay for their terminal too? Why do certain people want to rewrite history. We don't all have alzheimer's.
We no longer pay for all that stuff you mentioned, but we do still pay for the mess at midtown plus the millions in the 10 or 20 year lease for the RPD substation in the empty Sibley build.
Kryme_Dawg

Chicago, IL

#29 Feb 2, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
He was in charge of getting the city schools back on track and we have seen where that has gone....
WTF are you talking out of your a$$ about....When was Johnson on the School Board or the Dist. Superintendent???
I doubt he's ever been a RCSD employee.
Kryme_Dawg

Rochester, NY

#30 Feb 2, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
How he got charges dismissed against a family member for a burglary at B&L Wholesale.
And this is different from other politicians how? The current Greece Supervisor/GOP Chariman got his kid off of stealing unemployment. While he had two government jobs. Now we have, what should be, a felon working at the airport. Let's not forget the free pass Damelio got.......3 times!
Kryme_Dawg

Chicago, IL

#31 Feb 2, 2014
Kryme_Dawg wrote:
<quoted text>And this is different from other politicians how? The current Greece Supervisor/GOP Chariman got his kid off of stealing unemployment. While he had two government jobs. Now we have, what should be, a felon working at the airport. Let's not forget the free pass Damelio got.......3 times!
My bad.....4 times for Dastealo.
Just because you have "hard on" for Johnson doesn't allow you to hold him to a higher standard than our other Politicos....While I'm thinking of it...how about Robauch(so) knocking boots with the cops wife!

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#33 Feb 2, 2014
Kryme_Dawg wrote:
<quoted text>
WTF are you talking out of your a$$ about....When was Johnson on the School Board or the Dist. Superintendent???
I doubt he's ever been a RCSD employee.
I still see you are as clueless as ever. Where in my post did I EVER say he was on the school board or superintendent ? NEVER stated, NEVER implied. Before you go off the deep end with your mental midget comments learn to read.

Prior to his election, he served for 21 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing a number of programs, in education and youth development, family services, employment training and housing development.

The EDUCATION INITIATIVE/CALL TO ACTION. This program was launched in 1985 as a community-wide campaign to improve the quality of education for all Rochester schoolchildren.

Good Grades Pay. This program connects scholastic performance with summer job opportunities for deserving students.

He also places a high priority on the reform of his city's public schools, continuing work that was began at the Urban League. Educational Excellence is one of the eleven campaigns included in Rochester 2010, and the Mayor knows that no city can be truly revitalized without the turnaround of its educational system.

Nice try there Zippy.

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#34 Feb 2, 2014
Kryme_Dawg wrote:
<quoted text>
And this is different from other politicians how? The current Greece Supervisor/GOP Chariman got his kid off of stealing unemployment. While he had two government jobs. Now we have, what should be, a felon working at the airport. Let's not forget the free pass Damelio got.......3 times!
Did I say it was different....NOPE, just a FACT that you can't grasp.

Keep reaching, so far you are coming up empty.
For real

Rochester, NY

#35 Feb 4, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
<quoted text>
I still see you are as clueless as ever. Where in my post did I EVER say he was on the school board or superintendent ? NEVER stated, NEVER implied. Before you go off the deep end with your mental midget comments learn to read.
Prior to his election, he served for 21 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing a number of programs, in education and youth development, family services, employment training and housing development.
The EDUCATION INITIATIVE/CALL TO ACTION. This program was launched in 1985 as a community-wide campaign to improve the quality of education for all Rochester schoolchildren.
Good Grades Pay. This program connects scholastic performance with summer job opportunities for deserving students.
He also places a high priority on the reform of his city's public schools, continuing work that was began at the Urban League. Educational Excellence is one of the eleven campaigns included in Rochester 2010, and the Mayor knows that no city can be truly revitalized without the turnaround of its educational system.
Nice try there Zippy.
It's not about what you "NEVER" say. But what you do say.
Without having direct control over RCSD, how could Johnson possibly be able to reform the District? Through summer jobs? Even you can't be that naive.
The Urban League has no authority to direct what curriculum the District uses in the classroom or how the District is administrated.

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#36 Feb 4, 2014
For real wrote:
<quoted text>It's not about what you "NEVER" say. But what you do say.
Without having direct control over RCSD, how could Johnson possibly be able to reform the District? Through summer jobs? Even you can't be that naive.
The Urban League has no authority to direct what curriculum the District uses in the classroom or how the District is administrated.
They were programs that he was in charge of, they failed where did I say he reformed the school district ? Oh yeah NEVER stated that either. If you would stop adding things to my posts that weren't said, you might be able to comprehend what is being said. But you just like to twist things and argue.
The man

Rochester, NY

#37 Feb 4, 2014
"Prior to his election, he served for 21 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Rochester, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing a number of programs, in education and youth development, family services, employment training and housing development.

The EDUCATION INITIATIVE/CALL TO ACTION. This program was launched in 1985 as a community-wide campaign to improve the quality of education for all Rochester schoolchildren.

Good Grades Pay. This program connects scholastic performance with summer job opportunities for deserving students.

He also places a high priority on the reform of his city's public schools, continuing work that was began at the Urban League. Educational Excellence is one of the eleven campaigns included in Rochester 2010,..."

And the results were??? A FAILED education system that wastes money With Johnson's help, Warren will do the same. Feel good money and useless award ceremonies do nothing to help the children.

One nitwit mayor helping another nitwit mayor. Just lovely.
For real

Rochester, NY

#38 Feb 4, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
<quoted text>
They were programs that he was in charge of, they failed where did I say he reformed the school district ? Oh yeah NEVER stated that either. If you would stop adding things to my posts that weren't said, you might be able to comprehend what is being said. But you just like to twist things and argue.
Did you not say:
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
Mayor Johnson........ He was in charge of getting the city schools back on track and we have seen where that has gone.....
You always play the semantics game when what you put out there is a load of crap and you get called on it. He had nothing to do with the administering the school district either at the ULR or as Mayor. Say he was in charge of get the schools back on track is BS. Not true and never was.

The programs failed? Hardly! They all still exist today and have expanded.

The SALUTE TO BLACK SCHOLARS. This was founded in 1980 to recognise the academic achievements of black high school students. In 22 years, more than 3,800 students have been cited and tens of millions of dollars in community scholarships have been awarded.

The BLACK SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT FUND. This was founded in 1987 with $1 million. It has since awarded financial assistance to hundreds of deserving college students.

The URBAN LEAGUE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. This non-profit subsidiary was formed in 1986. It has constructed hundreds of new, affordable homes for first time owners. It should be noted that these programmes are still strong and vibrant, nearly ten years after Mayor Johnson's tenure with the League.

The EDUCATION INITIATIVE/CALL TO ACTION. This programme was launched in 1985 as a community-wide campaign to improve the quality of education for all Rochester schoolchildren.

Many of these programmes received national recognition for their innovation and substance. In addition, Mr. Johnson increased the League's programmes from five to 29, and the annual budget from $550,000 to $4.5 million during his tenure. The Rochester league was only one of three of the 114 affiliates that got United Way allocations in excess of $1 million annually. He also trained five of his staff to become affiliate chief executives, and four more to head other not-for-profit agencies.

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#39 Feb 4, 2014
Yep, did I say he was superintendent ....NOPE. When he was at the Urban League he was in charge of getting the city schools back on track. Man , do I have to hold your hand and walk you through everything, learn to think for yourself for once. The programs are a failure, they haven't increased student graduation in any way shape or form. The city school district is in shambles and continues to fail even with these programs in place.

I never said he was in charge of administering the school district, there you go again adding your BS crap once again. All I can tell you is learn to
READ

READ

READ
For real

Rochester, NY

#40 Feb 4, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
Yep, did I say he was superintendent ....NOPE. When he was at the Urban League he was in charge of getting the city schools back on track. Man , do I have to hold your hand and walk you through everything, learn to think for yourself for once. The programs are a failure, they haven't increased student graduation in any way shape or form. The city school district is in shambles and continues to fail even with these programs in place.
I never said he was in charge of administering the school district, there you go again adding your BS crap once again. All I can tell you is learn to
READ
READ
READ
You have to be half-retarded. Where does it say anywhere, other than your over reaching statement, that he was in charge of getting the schools back one track? In 12 years as Mayor he had no control over the schools. How was he going to have it as President of a non-profit?
Where does it say his or the ULR's mission was/is to increase student graduation rates.
During his tenure, none of the ULR's programs were school based or in the classroom.

The only persons that have authority to " get schools back on track" are the City school's Superintendant and the BOE. Positioned which he never held.
Your making these programs and Johnson; out to be something they're not.

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#41 Feb 4, 2014
For real wrote:
<quoted text>
You have to be half-retarded. Where does it say anywhere, other than your over reaching statement, that he was in charge of getting the schools back one track? In 12 years as Mayor he had no control over the schools. How was he going to have it as President of a non-profit?
Where does it say his or the ULR's mission was/is to increase student graduation rates.
During his tenure, none of the ULR's programs were school based or in the classroom.
The only persons that have authority to " get schools back on track" are the City school's Superintendant and the BOE. Positioned which he never held.
Your making these programs and Johnson; out to be something they're not.
Well if I'm a half retard then you MUST be FULL RETARD

I'm gonna use Obama's words in this portion so then maybe you'll understand.

" LET ME BE CLEAR"
I NEVER SAID.....That Mayor Bill Johnson had control over the city school district in his tenure as MAYOR, I did say Bill Johnson, same person two different positions. Did you get it that time ??????? did ya, did ya, huh, huh.?

Did you really read what you wrote ? seriously. If Bill Johnson made these programs in education don't you think they would be there to improve academics among ALL city school students. I mean you don't create programs to have the status quo, you create them to see if they will improve a students education which means that you want to improve the graduation rate because that is the purpose don't you think, to get more children to graduate and have a good education.

So by your account these programs were just in place just to make it sound good and that they didn't have any curriculum base that the City of Rochester schools use.

Do you even know what the Urban League does ? apparently not or you wouldn't be making your half a**ed comments that you are.

Project Ready PSSP provides African American males and females in grades 8 - 12 with the support, guidance and encouragement needed to prepare them for a bright and promising future. Program participants engage in a curriculum that prepares them academically, socially, and culturally for college and career.

Project Excel is designed to prepare 8th grade students for the transition into a successful high school career. Staff provides academic support through homework help and tutoring, facilitate enrichment activities that strengthen leadership skills, and expose them to the community’s cultural resources.

Project Achieve is offered to 7th grade students to provide the support and guidance needed to develop best practices. Program participants engage in academic development, cultural awareness, college exploration, and service learning projects. Participants also receive supplemental support in the areas of math, language, and technology.

YouthBuild

Putting up framework
YouthBuild Photo Gallery
The YouthBuild program provides construction training, GED classes and job preparation and placement for high school dropouts ages 18-24.

Participants receive stipends while they attend GED classes and complete a 200-hour Construction Essentials certificate course at Monroe Community College, and gain hands-on experience building homes with Habitat for Humanity. YouthBuild also provides participants with leadership development training and job placement assistance.

YouthBuild is a collaboration between the Urban League of Rochester, Monroe Community College, the Rochester City School District, and Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

Hey look at that....in collaboration with......OH MY, it says Rochester City School District

Yeah but they aren't classroom based....I mean, you would know better than the Urban League RIGHT ?
The man

Rochester, NY

#42 Feb 4, 2014
"The Rochester league was only one of three of the 114 affiliates that got United Way allocations in excess of $1 million annually. "

Another reason to skip the United Way.
dew4794

Rochester, NY

#43 Feb 4, 2014
AGREE The ferry was a debacle from the beginning: Poor business plan, too big a boat for the market, vetoes from too many governments, Ontario Provence, New York State, US (Customs, Immigration INS, TSA, NSA, Coast Guard, Commerce, just a few), Canada, Rochester and Toronto. Johnson rammed through this expensive project with the results that it has become a shibboleth for all future Roc. Projects. No thank you Mayor Johnson for your piss poor leadership.
Steel City Steelers wrote:
<quoted text>Did you forget the part that it was Mayor Duffy who finally sold the ferry? How about the stupid contract Mayor Johnson gave the people in the terminal to have $1 a year leases for decades? How about the stupid contract he made with Toronto for Rochester to pay for their terminal too? Why do certain people want to rewrite history. We don't all have alzheimer's.

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Since: May 11

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#44 Feb 4, 2014
dew4794 wrote:
AGREE The ferry was a debacle from the beginning: Poor business plan, too big a boat for the market, vetoes from too many governments, Ontario Provence, New York State, US (Customs, Immigration INS, TSA, NSA, Coast Guard, Commerce, just a few), Canada, Rochester and Toronto. Johnson rammed through this expensive project with the results that it has become a shibboleth for all future Roc. Projects. No thank you Mayor Johnson for your piss poor leadership.
<quoted text>
The fast ferry = the Albatross of the Lake Ontario. What a money grab that was at the taxpayers expense.
For real

Rochester, NY

#45 Feb 4, 2014
The_ Patriot_USA wrote:
<quoted text>
Well if I'm a half retard then you MUST be FULL RETARD
I'm gonna use Obama's words in this portion so then maybe you'll understand.
" LET ME BE CLEAR"
I NEVER SAID.....That Mayor Bill Johnson had control over the city school district in his tenure as MAYOR, I did say Bill Johnson, same person two different positions. Did you get it that time ??????? did ya, did ya, huh, huh.?
Did you really read what you wrote ? seriously. If Bill Johnson made these programs in education don't you think they would be there to improve academics among ALL city school students. I mean you don't create programs to have the status quo, you create them to see if they will improve a students education which means that you want to improve the graduation rate because that is the purpose don't you think, to get more children to graduate and have a good education.
So by your account these programs were just in place just to make it sound good and that they didn't have any curriculum base that the City of Rochester schools use.
.
Project Ready PSSP provides African American males and females in grades 8 - 12 with the support, guidance and encouragement needed to prepare them for a bright and promising future. Program participants engage in a curriculum that prepares them academically, socially, and culturally for college and career.
Project Excel is designed to prepare 8th grade students for the transition into a successful high school career. Staff provides academic support through homework help and tutoring, facilitate enrichment activities that strengthen leadership skills, and expose them to the community’s cultural resources.
Project Achieve is offered to 7th grade students to provide the support and guidance needed to develop best practices. Program participants engage in academic development, cultural awareness, college exploration, and service learning projects. Participants also receive supplemental support in the areas of math, language, and technology.
YouthBuild
Putting up framework
YouthBuild Photo Gallery
The YouthBuild program provides construction training, GED classes and job preparation and placement for high school dropouts ages 18-24.
Participants receive stipends while they attend GED classes and complete a 200-hour Construction Essentials certificate course at Monroe Community College, and gain hands-on experience building homes with Habitat for Humanity. YouthBuild also provides participants with leadership development training and job placement assistance.
YouthBuild is a collaboration between the Urban League of Rochester, Monroe Community College, the Rochester City School District, and Flower City Habitat for Humanity.
Hey look at that....in collaboration with......OH MY, it says Rochester City School District
Yeah but they aren't classroom based....I mean, you would know better than the Urban League RIGHT ?
Again with the "I NEVER SAID". We are talking about what you did say. Lets stick to Bill Johnson 20 years ago and him being "in charge of getting the schools back on track".

What the ULR does today is not relavent to our discussion.

With that in mind demonstrate where he was put " in charge of getting the schools back on track". Try and focus for a minute. Do you think you can concentrate on that one question?
dew4794

Rochester, NY

#46 Feb 4, 2014
Duffy tried to get State Legislation to run the city schools from City Hall. That went nowhere. Storm of protests about taking away people's say. The issue was dropped when Duffy left for Albany. Why not let the teachers run the schools, elect the principals, have school boards on the premises? It's been done elsewhere.

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#47 Feb 4, 2014
For real wrote:
<quoted text>Again with the "I NEVER SAID". We are talking about what you did say. Lets stick to Bill Johnson 20 years ago and him being "in charge of getting the schools back on track".

What the ULR does today is not relavent to our discussion.

With that in mind demonstrate where he was put " in charge of getting the schools back on track". Try and focus for a minute. Do you think you can concentrate on that one question?
Look. Bill Johnson was president of the Urban League and he created these failed programs that worked directly with the city school district. You say it irrelevant when it is very relevant. Just because you don't like the wording doesn't change the . When he was president his job was to improve education, curriculum and graduation rates, therefore he was charged with moving the district forward through his programs. You should practice what you preach and stick to the topic without adding things to the mix.

Bottom line here is, even with his programs in place today. The graduation rate among city school district students is dismal. In other words, the programs he created are a failure.

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