Ongoing issues prevail at the Pines of Perinton after last year’s devastating fire

Re: The Pines of Perinton and my comments made to the Perinton Town Board at its 1.25.23 Town Board Meeting

First, here are two links for any reader to first review to help with understanding my comments to the Board:

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2022/01/25/pines-of-perinton-apartment-complex-fire-perinton-ny/9207992002/

https://www.rochesterfirst.com/perinton/pines-of-perinton-candidate-for-new-york-historic-registry/

The following is what I presented to Board:

It is great we could be here tonight on the first anniversary of the devastating fire at the Pines of Perinton (PoP) last year to recognize first responders, fire fighters, and the overall Community response involving scores of people and organizations

It is also great that Governor Hochul recently recognized the PoP by naming it as a recommendation for the State and National Registers of Historic Places

But I’d like to frame both of these recognitions with some questions for the Town

Why hasn’t the cause of the 1/25/22 fire, with 18 apartments destroyed and 168 residents displaced, been determined after a year? (Note: after my presentation, the Town’s fire chief confirmed that the investigation determined the cause to be “undetermined”)

What is the status of the numerous Town code violations identified AFTER THE fire? Why did the Town have “no comment” to the press as quoted in a 9.21.22 news article about a Negligence Lawsuit filed by a tenant? What might your comment be today? Per another 9.9.22 news article, there were (26) Code violations that were ordered by the Town to be fixed by Winn Residential (the property management firm based in Boston, MA) by the end of last September; what is the status of these violations?

Rochester K-12 education: What do I need this ‘stuff’ for anyway?

Most often the response by a student as to why he/she dropped out of school is, “What do I need this s— for anyway?” It seems to me that if we address that question, respond to that question with a well thought out solution and implementation, we will have a lot fewer kids throwing in the towel. That begs the question, why don’t we show kids professions and/or careers early on and throughout their K-12 journey? Why don’t we show them how those boring academics are connected with, or related to, the many opportunities that exist and are available to them? If we could find a way to do that, we would increase the odds of keeping kids in school and graduating with a purpose and a clear pathway to a successful post-high school education. Whether a certificate program, a college/university, or a job opportunity with additional business-sponsored training/education, it would lead to a living wage future.

Nursing homes are in financial crisis: Our seniors deserve better

Nursing homes across New York State need your help. There are approximately 614 nursing homes in New York State. We say approximately because nursing homes have been closing at an increasing rate. If not closing, these facilities are forced to take vital beds offline, which means they are unavailable for people who need them. If you, your loved ones, or family members depend upon nursing home care in your community, this statistic should scare you. 

The end of 2022 marked a new milestone of which most people are unaware—but one that is vitally important to the health care system.