Our Platform

We must focus on creating a vibrant city where people want to live, work, shop and raise a family.  To do this we need to improve the basic building blocks of a strong and sustainable community which are stronger neighborhoods, better transportation and living-wage jobs.

Click below on the headings below to jump to the issues:

Strengthening Neighborhoods
  • Enriched Neighborhood Schools
  • Neighborhood-Initiated Solutions
  • Community-Oriented Policing
Improving Transportation
  • Safer Streets for Walking and Biking
  • Re-imagining Public Transportation
  • Improved Accessibility
Living-Wage Jobs
  • Expand Youth Employment
  • Support for Small Businesses
  • Renewable Energy Jobs


“We are one, our cause is one and we must work together if we are to succeed.” - Frederick Douglass

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Strong, Vibrant & Connected Neighborhoods

We will work towards economic justice, environmental justice and social justice in Rochester by seeking innovative and forward-thinking solutions and by working together to grow a network of strong, vibrant and connected neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Initiated Solutions

We must prioritize holistic neighborhood solutions that stem from the community and involve the community in the decision making process

Community Oriented Policing
Enriched Neighborhood Schools

Improved Transportation

Transportation is not a sidecar to development, but the driving force that will move Rochester forward!  We need to create a more vibrant and livable city to attract people and businesses who want to live here.

 Mobility is a Human Right

"How to get from here to there" is a question central to our everyday life.  For those of us that do not have a car, finding the answer to that question can be complicated, stressful and may mean hours out of our day - if the trip is even possible at all.

We need to increase access to services and the quality of life for our residents by helping people get:

  • from home to a grocery store with lower prices and more selection
  • to a safe place to for children to play
  • to the doctor's office
  • from unemployed to employed
  • from low wage job to a living wage job

No one should have to limit their life choices because of a lack of transportation options!

Transportation as a Driving Force for Development

Vibrant cities are filled with pedestrians, bikers and public transit. Improving mobility is a critical piece improve the quality of life for our residents and making Rochester a place where people WANT to live and work.  This is the spark that will attract jobs and new residents to our city! 

  • Better public transportation that is fast & reliable with satellite transfer stations
  • Coordinated ride-sharing
  • Work with employers to come up with transportation solutions to allow more city residents to access jobs
  • Design infrastructure that makes walking and biking a safe and predictable experience
Fighting Climate Change

The Future must be green to sustain life on this planet and we will need to rely less on personal vehicles. By designing our streets for all modes of transportation not just cars, we enable more residents make the choice to leave their car behind.  The Complete Streets model shows us how we can give walkers and bicyclists a safer and more predictable experience.    

Connecting people to Living-Wage Jobs

Focusing on job creation and working with organizations in the community to:

Expand Youth Employment

Expand the youth employment efforts to fund year-round positions in the community that engage youth as leaders such as organizations like Teen Empowerment who have a successful model to engage and employ youth to be leaders and to organize their peers around important issues. 

Attract Renewable Energy Jobs

The future is green. It must be in order to sustain life on our planet. Rochester is uniquely positioned to support a thriving renewable energy economy with solar, wind, bio gas and bio plastic manufacturing. Promising investments in Photonics and RIT’s recent 70 million award to lead a clean manufacturing consortium are drawing attention to our city that was built on innovation. We have the infrastructure to support these new efforts, and strengthening our neighborhoods will create a vital atmosphere that these companies are looking move into and will encourage additional outside investment, creating steady job growth.

Support Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of a healthy, diverse economy. When small businesses thrive, the community thrives because our dollars are kept in the community and jobs are located where people live. Targeting support for women business owners and business owners of color moves the needle towards racial and gender equity and opens the door to more businesses opening in struggling neighborhoods where poverty is concentrated.