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Straight No Chaser: Cheryl Dinolfo for President

Op/Ed By Gloria Winston


gloria newIt is apparent to me that Cheryl Dinolfo is no joke, and has brought a clean broom with her as she has settled into the county executive seat.

She is certainly unafraid of criticism, and has found two people of color to appoint to key roles in her administration, so far.

I also like the way she has handled the media. The media is always slow to compliment, but quick to crucify newly-elected officials, a.k.a. those who have inherited the mistakes of others upon taking public office.

History seems to get lost in the shuffle when so-called journalists make an attempt to secure a Pulitzer off the backs of politicians who have been in office less for than three months.

And, Cheryl Dinolfo seems to be trying to rid her administration of any baggage, or trash, that someone else may have forgotten to carry to the curb.

I like this lady’s style.

Maybe she should be running for president.

She certainly comes across as a fair person, so far.

I don’t know how she’s going to end her term, but she seems to have gotten off to an impressive start, if you ask me.

And, yes, I believe her appointments of, not one, but two black women, have demonstrated her objectivity and sincere interest in putting qualified people into the positions they deserve, regardless of politics, or race.

She also didn’t sneak them in through the back door, as she could have done.

I don’t know what her handlers felt, privately, about the appointments, but the fact she has made them demonstrates a rare courage that is not often seen here, in the political arena.

As much as I can criticize, there are times when I can compliment as well.

As a rule, I haven’t really followed county politics since re-registering as a Democrat, because in this county, history has shown Republicans rule.

However, being a Democrat does not mean I have problems with Republicans, per se, because Democrats have always taken my people for granted.

I also feel we can’t afford to have all of our eggs in one basket, as a people. So, to my black Republican friends, let the record show, I respect your going against the grain, and not being a slave to the Democratic Party like some of us have been.

Back in the days, cross-party endorsements, were not unheard of. However, I digress.

Just in case you missed the news, or don’t have a clue what I am talking about, a quick visit to the county executive’s Facebook page would reveal the following:

(Posted March 1, 2016)

“Today I announced the appointment of Corinda Crossdale as Commissioner of the Monroe County Department of Human Services. Corinda Crossdale is a highly respected leader within the Human Services community, and her vast experience at both the local and state levels allows the county to continue to offer quality services to Monroe County residents. Corinda previously worked for Monroe County as the Office for the Aging Director, from January 2004 until June 2012, and currently serves as the director of the New York State Office for the Aging.”

 (Posted April 5, 2016)

“Today we announced the appointment of Dr. Nadia Granger as Monroe County Medical Examiner. With ten years of experience in medical investigations, pathology, and laboratory medicine, Dr. Nadia Granger is incredibly qualified, and the right choice to serve Monroe County as medical examiner. We are proud to entrust Dr. Granger with the task of lead examiner, and manager of the medical examiner’s office, which serves Monroe County, and our nine surrounding counties.”

How historically beautiful are those appointments???

Sorry for losing my objectivity, but these appointments made me smile, and HOPE again.

I am not suggesting that blacks don’t get hired in the county, but these positions are key compared to the other positions which  have been filled lately.

As a result, I had to take the time to applaud the new county executive. I wish I could get as excited about the Democrats, and some of their politics.

Which brings me to my next point, these appointments also beg a serious question.

I have always wanted to ask the former, and now current, leadership of the Monroe County Democratic Party, “What have you done for me lately??”

I, for one, have not forgotten how Mayor Lovely Warren was treated, and backstabbed, then sliced and diced by alleged party loyalists after winning the primary. None of us should forget that, and we should be organized enough to punish those who are leading the party, instead of rewarding them.

I am also one of those folks who feels the chairman’s seat should be held by a person of color.

I stopped going to local conventions, and meetings, because I am sick and tired of seeing one black face on the stage, year, after year, after year.

Change is way overdue.

We have qualified folks in our community who should be at the helm.

We have Simeon Bannisters and Adam McFaddens who have been party loyalists for ages.

As a matter of fact, how did Adam Bello, a virtual newcomer to the arena, wind up getting appointed to his recent position?

According to his constituents, he left them in the lurch in Irondequoit, all the while receiving political favors without the benefit of a protest from my community.

The way I see it, the way Democrats have treated us has been sad, and they continue to treat us badly.

Look at the way they have been positioning themselves to unseat a great legislator like Harry Bronson. There are polls being conducted, which allegedly ask if Rachel Barnhart can unseat him.

Huh??? Rachel Barnhart??

I hope Harry’s constituents are ready to fight, if that is the case. I hope they can see she is potentially the Sarah Palin of local politics.

Right now, as we speak, there are probably some elected officials in smoke-filled rooms, scheming, and trying to put a machine in place that will not support my mayor for a second term.

I hope my folks are paying attention to what they really do behind closed doors. They sit at tables we are not invited to.

It is not always POLITCS that gets in the way; RACE does too.

Yeah, I said it.

I consider this, and all of the aforementioned issues, to be key.

Sometimes I feel like the Lone Ranger, but I know in my heart of hearts that I am not.

Much of the aforementioned will impact our lives on a daily basis. At times, we spend too much time and energy on the wrong things, collectively.

There are bigger fish to fry.

Thank you, Cheryl Dinolfo, for the big skillet on your stove, frying fish that are big enough to feed many.

Maybe we should consider Cheryl Dinolfo for president.

At least she projects an image of fairness in our community. Lately, it’s something that seems to have gone missing in action.

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