Leading up to the Democratic Primary for Mayor, YNN teamed up with Voice of the Voter partners WXXI, 13-WHAM-TV, WDKX and the Democrat and Chronicle in an exclusive Siena Research Poll.
Incumbent Mayor Tom Richards faces City Council President Lovely Warren in the September 10th primary.
When it comes to employment, Rochester has fared better than other upstate cities. But a lot of people who want to work are finding it difficult to land a job that pays well.
"Job prospects in the city is shallow, real shallow especially for the African-Americans. I don't feel that it's right but hey, what can we do about it these days," said Rochester resident, David Campbell.
In an exclusive Voice of the Voter YNN Siena Research Poll, only one percent of the 1,056 people polled believe the ability to obtain suitable employment is excellent. Twenty percent say it's good, 39 percent fair, 28 percent poor, 12 percent said they didn't know enough about it in order to say, and one percent refused to answer.
We also asked poll participants who would do a better job managing economic development in Rochester, Mayor Tom Richards or City Council President Lovely Warren.
Fifty-nine percent said Richards. Warren received 22 percent while 19 percent said they didn't know or had no opinion.
"If you look at some of the projects that he's been strongly behind, the Midtown project, the Collegetown project and now the project down by Ontario Beach, I think he's really looking to grow jobs and enhance the overall economic strength of the area," said Sandy Parker from Rochester Business Alliance.
When it comes to creating jobs, Richards was favored by 51 percent compared to 24 percent for Warren. Twenty-five percent said they didn't know or had no opinion. Many of the jobs being created are in the area of high tech. Gone are the days of the manufacturing lines at places like Kodak, Bausch and Lomb and Xerox. If you're looking for a manufacturing job today, you have to have some skills.
"A few degrees will get you a long way, that's why I'm thinking about going back to school. I'm thinking about going back to school for a little while and whatever I can get on the side to pay the bills," said Shaquella Ambers, a Rochester resident.
Primary day is September 10. The winner between Richards and Warren will face Green Party candidate Alex White in the November general election where Richards will also appear on the Working Families and Independence Party lines.