YNN teamed up with the Voice of the Voter partners, WXXI, 13-WHAM-TV, WDKX and the Democrat and Chronicle to conduct the first of two polls with Siena Research leading up to Rochester's Democratic Mayoral Primary. Incumbent mayor Tom Richards faces City Council President Lovely Warren in the September 10th primary.
In this exclusive Voice of the Voter YNN Siena Research Poll, we asked more than 1,000 registered voters in the city of Rochester what they thought of our city parks, city roads and our city's infrastructure.
We asked voters, what they thought of the condition of local roads, sidewalks and other public works. Three percent said excellent, 37 percent said good, 36 percent said fair, 22 percent said poor and two percent said they didn't know enough about it in order to say.
We also asked about the condition of public parks and other recreational facilities. Sixteen percent said they were excellent, 52 percent, the majority, said good. Nineteen percent said fair and five percent said poor. Eight percent said they didn't know enough about it to say.
Charlene Peters takes full advantage of Rochester's parks even though she's no longer a city resident. She raised her children in Rochester but moved to the suburbs once she says her 10th Ward neighborhood took a turn for the worse. She agrees with the majority that most parks in Rochester are in good condition.
"I think they're maintained really well. I don't see as much graffiti as I used to years ago and the mulch is a good depth so kids don't fall and break open their skin. I think they're doing a good job," Peters said.
Charlene also agrees with those polled about the roads – that most of those roads are in good or fair condition.
"When we travel it makes me appreciate this area more because we have good lighting, and good road signs and there's not a lot of potholes, and when there are, they seem to get fixed relatively quickly."
But long-time Rochester resident Jerry Ingram, who was born and raised in Rochester, moved to the suburbs for 10 years but is now moving back, says there's definitely room for improvement.
"I just bought a house on Holster Street. The last time they put sidewalks on that street, I was 10 years old. I'm 55 now. Can you imagine? And we pay taxes over there."
When asked, "Are you in favor of or opposed to the city spending additional monies to maintain roads, bridges and other aspects of Rochester's infrastructure?", 80 percent said they are in favor of it, 16 percent oppose, and four percent say they don't know or don't have an opinion
Jerry says he always votes but hasn't decided yet who he'll check off for mayor this year.
"It's great to have a vision and say you're going to do this or do that or fix this or fix that, but they really don't. They do what they can do within their means. But their promises are sometimes too outlandish, and they don't really do all they can do, because they start compromising. And that's the big issue: who is going to compromise?"
Primary day is Tuesday, September 10. The winner of the Democratic Primary will face Green Party candidate Alex White in the November general election for mayor. Richards will appear on the Working Families and Independence Party lines in November.
Voice of the Voter YNN Siena Research Poll