Diane Watkins again on ballot in Gene...

Diane Watkins again on ballot in General Election

There are 18 comments on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story from Oct 2, 2011, titled Diane Watkins again on ballot in General Election. In it, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that:

Although Diane Watkins lost to current council member Adam McFadden in the City Council primary election, it seems she will be given a second chance on November 8th.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

CNNErinBurnettIn TheButt

Rochester, NY

#1 Oct 2, 2011
Maybe Olivia Angerosa should be more worried about whats going on in her own city, Utica, NY??

No-one has a chance to beat Adam.
Diane Watkins

Fairport, NY

#2 Oct 6, 2011
CNNErinBurnettInTheButt wrote:
Maybe Olivia Angerosa should be more worried about whats going on in her own city, Utica, NY??
No-one has a chance to beat Adam.
Olivia is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology completing a college requirement. Please do not attack our young people.
bigsingle

Rochester, NY

#3 Oct 6, 2011
CNNErinBurnettInTheButt wrote:
Maybe Olivia Angerosa should be more worried about whats going on in her own city, Utica, NY??
No-one has a chance to beat Adam.
Adam is beatable, but NOT THIS NEXT ELECTION. ADAM MCFADDEN FOR CITY COUNCIL.
bigsingle

Rochester, NY

#4 Oct 6, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
<quoted text>
Olivia is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology completing a college requirement. Please do not attack our young people.
Doesn't matter if she is a college student or not. She is running for political office. ATTACH ALL OF THE POLITICIANS. IT'S THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND SPEECH THAT'S IMPORTANT AND HOW YOU SAY IT. I'm wondering why she can't do what she needs for UTICA. That city is in such bad shape in the state. NO TO YOU, AND NO TO HER TOO. This is not time for your change. What can a college student tell a dying black man in the streets of Rochester? HOW TO GET A DEGREE? WE HAVE BIGGER ISSUES THAN HER EDUCATION AND YOUR SENSITIVITIES. AND, IT'S NOT AN ATTACK. IF YOU ARE A POLITICIAN, GET USE TO IT, IT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD. NOBODY COMPLAINS WHEN YOU POLITICIANS DON'T DO YOUR JOB AND ATTACK THE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT NATION. STOP THE DRAMA. ADAM MCFADDEN FOR CITY COUNCIL. SOMEONE WHO IS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE AMONG HIS OWN. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL OF OUR DAYS OF NEED IN THIS CITY? HMMMMM. ATTACK HER OR YOU, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE CENSORED BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT OR BECAUSE OF SOME COLLEGE DEGREE OR AGE. SHE IS GROWN RIGHT? SO GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN.
ErinBurnettInThe Rear

Rochester, NY

#5 Oct 6, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
<quoted text>
Olivia is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology completing a college requirement. Please do not attack our young people.
Well how could my comment have been taken as an attack???

But anyways, RIT is NOT in Rochester, neither is or was Olivia.

And even if you are, you have NO chance of winning, not this time or next time.

P.S.- Have you even seen Adam McFadden on here making comments attacking people for stating their opinion???
Diane Watkins

Fairport, NY

#6 Oct 7, 2011
Hi Erin,
I would disagree that RIT is not in Rochester. It is indeed a well respected part of the Greater Rochester Area. It physically sits in a suburban town, which by its very definition would not exist but for the City.
I like your confidence, but I am just as confident that I indeed do have a chance. I have been knocking on the doors of residents in the district for 4 months now. There are over 20,000 people who should have a choice in every election, not just this one. It is the basis of democracy. Alex White is also running in this race. If I lose this race, it will because I was not the voter’s choice, not because I was too afraid to try. Women are 51% of the US population and 13% of government leadership. We much continue to encourage our young ladies to take on these opportunities locally so that they can be prepared to lead at the State and National levels.
To your question about Adam’s attacks and comments, no I can’t say that I have seen him do that in this forum. What I have heard is him talk down to people who call into the radio on Monday mornings when I have the time to listen (I am usually at work for 2 hours before the show even comes on). There are also many incidents of Adam saying irresponsible things on other recorded messages which can be heard online. One of the biggest complaints that I hear from regular people is that he is arrogant and that they feel disrespected by him.
Diane Watkins

Fairport, NY

#7 Oct 7, 2011
I think that it does matter that Olivia is a college student. This community needs to encourage young people and not tear them down for trying to participate. She was assigned to this current election in Rochester, not Utica.
I would encourage you to vote no if you believe what is best for you. There are over 20,000 other voters in the South District, who according to our democratic principles, deserve to have a say in who represents them.
I am unclear about your comments about a dying Black man. Please clarify. I have three adult African American sons, who were raised in the City; two of whom graduated from the RCSD as did I.
We are in absolute agreement about the big issues that we face: slow economic growth and development; crime rates; high unemployment (particularly in the Black community), quality of life issues; poor police/community relations, failing schools and business owners that have not been able to get through the City’s red tape in order to get what they need.
Adam has had 8 years on Council and he has held many media campaigns but when you speak with the people in the neighborhood groups that actually do the work, he is often missing in action (MIA), especially on the South Wedge side of the bridge. He told one neighborhood group that College Town would never happen on his watch.
When the “perks” that we, city taxpayers, allow big developers are compared to the support that we provide homeowners and small business owners someone ought to feel shame. It shows who is valued in Rochester and who is not.
We have given Adam many passes: threatening to beat a business owner with a belt like a child; threatening to “kick the a—“ of a sitting Mayor (Johnson); btw the man who gave him a scholarship to college; yelling and screaming at a Thurston Road business owner in front of the polling site for supporting me; threatening a male RCSD student at Liberty Pole downtown saying that if something happened to a young girl then,“I got you”. This might sound cool to everybody but the family of the student who got threatened by a sitting Councilperson and God forbid anything DID happen to the young man; City taxpayers would get sued again and have to payout a big settlement.
Under Adam’s watch Council allowed two publicly funded stadiums in a neighborhood surrounded with poverty, he was there when they blew the Renaissance Square deal downtown, he allowed the Paetec deal to be agreed upon with nothing in writing. He almost let a junk yard be built near residential properties on West Ave and why is he not as upset as I am about the cleanliness of the West Ave TOPS?!
Adam mentions quite frequently that Rochester has an abundance of housing stock, yet he has allowed two big developers to get tax breaks and other incentives to build housing unit that range from $140,000 to $250,000 in our district. These houses are not for the current residents in the District. Once these developments are built, the property taxes of surrounding properties will increase because of the higher assessments. We should have at least have a say.
So thank you for the opportunity to have a conversation. I would hope that you would continue to engage in the process, we need more concerned citizens like yourself involved. Btw, I am NOT a politician. I am a Teacher and Social Scientist. I have a Masters Degree plus all the coursework for a Doctorate in Education, so I do believe that education is important and that young people need to be taught how to get a degree. My promise is to work really hard with the people on the streets for 4 years. I can promise that my life goal is to sit on City Council until I become entrenched; there are plenty of young people who can do the job if we just teach them how. Another btw, did you that Councilmembers make$32,000? That was a shocker for me. I do plan to provide at least $5,000 a year of that to neighborhood groups to do their work of community engagement.
Thanks again,
Sincerely, Diane
ErinBurnettInThe Rear

Rochester, NY

#8 Oct 8, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
Hi Erin,
I would disagree that RIT is not in Rochester. It is indeed a well respected part of the Greater Rochester Area. It physically sits in a suburban town, which by its very definition would not exist but for the City.
I like your confidence, but I am just as confident that I indeed do have a chance. I have been knocking on the doors of residents in the district for 4 months now. There are over 20,000 people who should have a choice in every election, not just this one. It is the basis of democracy. Alex White is also running in this race. If I lose this race, it will because I was not the voter’s choice, not because I was too afraid to try. Women are 51% of the US population and 13% of government leadership. We much continue to encourage our young ladies to take on these opportunities locally so that they can be prepared to lead at the State and National levels.
To your question about Adam’s attacks and comments, no I can’t say that I have seen him do that in this forum. What I have heard is him talk down to people who call into the radio on Monday mornings when I have the time to listen (I am usually at work for 2 hours before the show even comes on). There are also many incidents of Adam saying irresponsible things on other recorded messages which can be heard online. One of the biggest complaints that I hear from regular people is that he is arrogant and that they feel disrespected by him.
""disagree that RIT is not in Rochester"""??
Well, "1 Lomb Memorial Drive" is not in the City.

""It physically sits in a suburban town"""??
Ooh, now your flip-flopping, Is it in Rochester or isn't it???

That's the problem with alot of the people in City goverment, they don't know or understand WHO they work for. They are always thinking the work for the white people in the suburban towns.

And I live in the district and you never knocked my door, maybe your scared of my area?

And you go on about the "women" stuff, did I say anthing about you not being able to win cause your a woman?? It makes it seem you must be one of those lesbians that only care about women.?
ErinBurnettInThe Rear

Rochester, NY

#9 Oct 8, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
He almost let a junk yard be built near residential properties on West Ave and why is he not as upset as I am about the cleanliness of the West Ave TOPS?!
West Ave TOPS?! There's nothing wrong with the WEST AVE TOPS!!!
It's the best Tops in the "Greater Rochester Area"(as you call it).
Korey_with_a_K

Rochester, NY

#11 Oct 8, 2011
Tops on West Ave is in the Burbs even tho it actually sits in the city.(whatever that means?)
ErinBurnettInThe Rear

Rochester, NY

#12 Nov 8, 2011
Diane Watkins lost.
Good riddens loser.
ErinBurnettInThe Rear

Rochester, NY

#13 Nov 8, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
I think that it does matter that Olivia is a college student. This community needs to encourage young people and not tear them down for trying to participate. She was assigned to this current election in Rochester, not Utica.
I would encourage you to vote no if you believe what is best for you. There are over 20,000 other voters in the South District, who according to our democratic principles, deserve to have a say in who represents them.
I am unclear about your comments about a dying Black man. Please clarify. I have three adult African American sons, who were raised in the City; two of whom graduated from the RCSD as did I.
We are in absolute agreement about the big issues that we face: slow economic growth and development; crime rates; high unemployment (particularly in the Black community), quality of life issues; poor police/community relations, failing schools and business owners that have not been able to get through the City’s red tape in order to get what they need.
Adam has had 8 years on Council and he has held many media campaigns but when you speak with the people in the neighborhood groups that actually do the work, he is often missing in action (MIA), especially on the South Wedge side of the bridge. He told one neighborhood group that College Town would never happen on his watch.
When the “perks” that we, city taxpayers, allow big developers are compared to the support that we provide homeowners and small business owners someone ought to feel shame. It shows who is valued in Rochester and who is not.
We have given Adam many passes: threatening to beat a business owner with a belt like a child; threatening to “kick the a—“ of a sitting Mayor (Johnson); btw the man who gave him a scholarship to college; yelling and screaming at a Thurston Road business owner in front of the polling site for supporting me; threatening a male RCSD student at Liberty Pole downtown saying that if something happened to a young girl then,“I got you”. This might sound cool to everybody but the family of the student who got threatened by a sitting Councilperson and God forbid anything DID happen to the young man; City taxpayers would get sued again and have to payout a big settlement.
Under Adam’s watch Council allowed two publicly funded stadiums in a neighborhood surrounded with poverty, he was there when they blew the Renaissance Square deal downtown, he allowed the Paetec deal to be agreed upon with nothing in writing. He almost let a junk yard be built near residential properties on West Ave and why is he not as upset as I am about the cleanliness of the West Ave TOPS?!
Adam mentions quite frequently that Rochester has an abundance of housing stock, yet he has allowed two big developers to get tax breaks and other incentives to build housing unit that range from $140,000 to $250,000 in our district. These houses are not for the current residents in the District. Once these developments are built, the property taxes of surrounding properties will increase because of the higher assessments. We should have at least have a say.
So thank you for the opportunity to have a conversation. I would hope that you would continue to engage in the process, we need more concerned citizens like yourself involved. Btw, I am NOT a politician. I am a Teacher and Social Scientist. I have a Masters Degree plus all the coursework for a Doctorate in Education, so I do believe that education is important and that young people need to be taught how to get a degree. I can promise that my life goal is to sit on City Council until I become entrenched; there are plenty of young people who can do the job if we just teach them how. Another btw, did you that Councilmembers make$32,000? That was a shocker for me. I do plan to provide at least $5,000 a year of that to neighborhood groups to do their work of community engagement.
Thanks again,
Sincerely, Diane
blah blah blah. you lost. Adam McFadden rules.
Henry

Rochester, NY

#14 Nov 9, 2011
916 votes? hahahahaha
WestSide

Rochester, NY

#15 Nov 9, 2011
Stay out of our Tops Diane. It's a private company.
Eddie

Rochester, NY

#16 Nov 9, 2011
How many names have you used on this thread ronduh? 4?
WestSide

Rochester, NY

#17 Nov 9, 2011
Diane, if you want to fix Tops, maybe fill out an application at the store??
city-man

Rochester, NY

#18 Nov 9, 2011
Diane Watkins wrote:
Hi Erin,
I would disagree that RIT is not in Rochester. It is indeed a well respected part of the Greater Rochester Area. It physically sits in a suburban town, which by its very definition would not exist but for the City.
I like your confidence, but I am just as confident that I indeed do have a chance. I have been knocking on the doors of residents in the district for 4 months now. There are over 20,000 people who should have a choice in every election, not just this one. It is the basis of democracy. Alex White is also running in this race. If I lose this race, it will because I was not the voter’s choice, not because I was too afraid to try. Women are 51% of the US population and 13% of government leadership. We much continue to encourage our young ladies to take on these opportunities locally so that they can be prepared to lead at the State and National levels.
To your question about Adam’s attacks and comments, no I can’t say that I have seen him do that in this forum. What I have heard is him talk down to people who call into the radio on Monday mornings when I have the time to listen (I am usually at work for 2 hours before the show even comes on). There are also many incidents of Adam saying irresponsible things on other recorded messages which can be heard online. One of the biggest complaints that I hear from regular people is that he is arrogant and that they feel disrespected by him.
Hi Diane, I was just wondering, isn't it true that your son went to schools in the burbs??? And if you love our city soo much, why did you only spend less then half of your life living in it???
Now that you lost, are you planning to move back out to Henrietta?
Also did you know that McFadden has NEVER lived in Henrietta??
RacistFireCrotch BarnFart

Rochester, NY

#19 Nov 12, 2011
Maybe now that Diane lost, she will move back out to Henreitta near her friend at RIT, Leah Shea,
and they both will mind their own business in their own community??

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