This race is an anomaly in this election cycle, because it's the only City Council race without an incumbent. Carla Palumbo is stepping down to devote attention to her new position as head of the Legal Aid Society.
Palumbo's chosen successor and the party's endorsed candidate is Molly Clifford, who has a long history in city government and Democratic politics. Her last position with the city was director of fire administration. When Lovely Warren was elected mayor, Clifford left city employment and became executive director of Community Health Strategies in Rochester.
Clifford is being challenged in the Democratic primary by LaShana Boose, whose campaign did not respond to requests for an interview with the candidate.
The northwest includes the Brown Square, Charlotte, Dutchtown, Maplewood, JOSANA, Lyell-Otis, and Edgerton-Dewey-Driving Park neighborhoods.
The district's main issues are the same as those throughout the city, Clifford says: jobs and economic development, education, and safe and healthy neighborhoods.
The northwest has healthy businesses, she says, including the much-touted Eastman Business Park. But, she says, many residents haven't been trained for the jobs that are and will be available at the park, for example.
Monroe Community College's Damon Center is moving into former Kodak offices in the northwest, and Clifford says that she wants to work with the college and northwest businesses to create job-training programs for area residents.
Clifford says that she also wants RGRTA to expand bus service in the northwest quadrant.
Streetscape improvements are needed, Clifford says, on the quadrant's three major arteries: Lake, Dewey, and Lyell Avenues. Residences and businesses along those corridors need help, too, she says, adding that she'd work to make grants and home-improvement loans available for this purpose.
The northwest district also includes the controversial Port of Rochester project, which includes a hotel, town houses, and condos. Some residents say that the proposed development would be too big and would alter the character of Charlotte.
Clifford says that she, too, thinks the project is too big and that she would "hold the developer's feet to the fire" to make sure the neighborhood gets the best project possible.
From the City Newspaper Article:
Democratic discord is playing a role in this year's primary elections
September 2nd, 2015