Spaull Sighting at The Maplewood… Councilmember Guest at News & Views
Always looking stylish, but not fashionably late, Rochester City Councilmember Elaine Spaull spent a half-hour mixing it up with residents at our Tuesday, January 10 edition of News & Views. Fulfilling her promise to return to The Maplewood, she wasted no time launching into the fray!
I’ve known Elaine for about four years, seeing her frequently at Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition meetings. She can never be described as unenergetic, shy or boring. Elaine immediately picked up the crowd by honestly tackling several thought-provoking issues.
Elaine’s interest in residents’ opinions produced more of a free flowing two-way discussion. Margaret F brought up the fate of an historic High Falls building. Genesee Brewery would like to demolish and replace this building with part of a planned visiting center. Margaret made her opinion clear that the controversy should not stand in the way of Genesee’s plans. Elaine expertly articulated both sides of the argument. Elaine admitted to being questioned, almost anywhere she goes, by city residents about the recently completed property re-assessment. She ironically pointed that some were displeased with tax increases while others lamented that their homes lost resale value.
The discussion quickly turned to New Hampshire’s Republican primary. Elaine and resident Thorne W openly mused about Mitt Romney for a controversial statement the candidate made before the recent New Hampshire Primary. Elaine predicted that Mr. Romney would survive this. Thorne envisions the party desperately drafting Jeb Bush to run! The two kidded each other about making a small wager on the outcome!
Lastly, talk turned toward Elaine’s future. She asked for our residents’ thoughts on the possibilities. Carole K aimed for the stars, suggesting a presidential run! Others wondered about a county office. Elaine, a bit flattered, countered that she “loves the city” and is content in her present position.
I'm looking forward to another visit by the Councilmember. Besides, someone will have to pay up that bet! Right, Thorne?
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