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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 13

Rochester, New York
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Saturday, June 15, 1968
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2B 4B 5B 7B ocal News SECTION ROCHESTER, N. Y., SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1968 I d Readers Ask oca once ooar Weather Religion TV-Radio Theater ml WII'.HblM. P IT Guarantee on Mower Q. I have just been having one whale of a time trying to get an Albany store to honor its "satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" promise. I bought a mower which went on the fritz and I have been totally unable to get it fixed (or my money back). I think they are trying to stall me until the guarantee expires in July. I have included a list of the extensive phone calls, promises, etc. that have been made in connection with this matter. Now I ask for HELP! to step in, please! W.W.S., ALFRED STATION A. Action pronto. They gave up on trying to fix the mower and they have given you full guarantee credit for it. They sincerely regret the delay in handling the adjustment. HELP! A Moved Window Q. In January of 1963, we had siding put on our home by a Rochester firm. At the time they put the siding on, it was drawn up in the contract that if we ever changed our bathroom window, they would come and fix the opening free of charge. We have just had the window changed. I have written them two letters and have not had a reply. We still have our contract and, after five years, we are wondering if they still shouldn't fulfill their part of the contract. . MRS. R.W., WALWORTH A. The firm sticks by its contracts and will be happy to take care of your window, according to the letter sent your way by the president of the company. He says they never received your letters. Wrong ZIP Code, maybe. HELP! A Fire Sticker Q. About two months ago, the fire department was at our apartment house for an inspection. My husband is a wheelchair patient. They told me that we should have a fire sticker on the window to indicate this. They said we would get one, but we never did. The other day HELP! had a number to call to get one of these stickers. I called the number at the fire department and the person who answered said, "Sorry lady, I don't know what's in the paper." Please, I am such a rattlebrain in an emergency . . . may we have a sticker? MRS. H.G., ROCHESTER A. Public Safety Commissioner Mark Tuohey personally saw to it that you now have a sticker. HELP! also looked into the "communications gap" between the folks who answer the phone at the fire department and HELP! We think we have that straightened out. Should anyone else want a sticker, the number to call is 232-3380. HELP! Missing Trunk Q. Last Dec. 27, we shipped by Greyhound Bus Lines two trunks of clothing to our daughter in Tacoma, Wash. She received one of the trunks, but up to now they haven't been able to locate the other trunk. Although we have contacted the company from both ends several times, the problem is still not resolved. Your HELP! would be appreciated. C.C.G., ROCHESTER A. HELPI's helper who checks into these matters at Greyhound investigated and found that what is needed is a list of the contents of the trunk which they previously requested from you. As soon as you send the list, they'll send the check. We've sent you details. HELP! Glass for Bin Q. I broke the glass over my refrigerator vegetable bin. I ordered a replacement from General Electric in Buffalo on March 12 and sent $9.20. 1 still have no word what happened to the glass or any reply to two letters I sent. R.E.T., ROCHESTER A. Glass lost in transit. Replacement shipped to you this week. GE is sorry for delay. feedback Recall the lady who lost her real estate tax exemption status by moving across the street when the state condemned her home for an expressway? Also recall that the bill in the Legislature to resolve this dilemma went down the drain in Albany? HELP! suggested people write to State Senator William T. Smith, Chairman of the Senate Tax Committee, and ask why. Sen. Smith advises us that the bill had been reported out of his committee and passed by the Senate. It died in the Assembly. Our , error. We are sorry. Sen. Smith suggests citizens direct "Why?" questions to Assemblyman Harvey M. Liffset, chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and Anthony J. Travia, Speaker of the Assembly. "These two men effectively blocked the passage of remedial, legislation," says Sen. Smith. He adds: "This legislation to help people like Mrs. T. P. from Rochester is needed and should have been passed. I would hate to think that these bills were blocked in the Democratic-controlled Assembly just because all of the sponsors were Republicans, but since no other reasons have been given, that is evidently the reason." HELP! cannot accept phone .calls. Write: Gets OK f rom Court D&C Photo by Pat Crowe Golfer Terry Dill caught in periscope's eye. j Sub's-Eye View Of Open Action Hundreds of U.S. Open golf spectators, stymied by tall ladies with big hats or a big guy who got a spot next to the green first, are peering at the action through cardboard periscopes. The $1 periscopes, using same principle as submarine scopes, allow the golf fan to grow 16 inches instantly, and to draw a clear bead on the contestants. One ingenious (and short) fan taped two of them to gether for a view from the top. Dr. Arthur May, Historian, Dead Dr. Arthur J. May, professor emeritus at the University of Rochester and an authority on the history of modern Europe, died unexpectedly Thursday (June 13, 1968) in his home, 78 Arvine "Heights. Dr. May, 69, attended UR commencement exercises June 2 and addressed several alumni groups. At the time of his death, he was preparing to leave for his t V ! n ft. iJ i. HELP! Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., 14614 summer home in Maine. Dr. May was the father of City Councilman Stephen May. Much of His knowledge of the dramatic events in modern Europe was first hand. Dr. May took the last train '4 out of Berlin be-k fore England and ! France declared iwar on Germany I in 1939. In 1967, he went to the Soviet Union for the 50th anniversary o f ' XI T- 1 t. M j ine uoisneviK ne-VW, f volution. Dr. May was born in Rockdale. Dr. Arthur pa. He taught at J. May the University of , Pennsylvania and Brown University before coming to the UR in 1925. After he retired from teaching in 1964, he became university historian. He was a popular lecturer among undergraduates, and frequently attended UR athletic contests. He continued to take an interest in his students after they had been graduated. Although not a UR graduate he obtained his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and master's and doctor's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Dr. May was equally popular among UR alumni. A citation from the UR Alumni Federation in 1964 called Dr. May ... "a dedicated teacher with a keen understanding of students. He came endowed with masterful eloquence, robust and lively humor and an inexhaustible spirit ..." Dr. May, a tall, erect man who frequently wore bow ties, was working on a history of the university at the time of his death. He lectured in this country and in Europe on historical and contemporary issues. His many books included "Europe Since 1939"; "The Passing of the Hapsburg Monarchy, 1914-18"; and "Vienna in the Age of Franz Josef." He was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Association of University Professors, the International Committee for Study of the Hapsburg Monarchy, and the Philosophers' Club of Rochester. Dr. May was the first president of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and a past Please turn page By EMMET N. O'BRIEN Gannett News Service ALBANY The Rochester Police Advisory Board (PAB) is constitutional. t ' The Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, so ruled yesterday, 6-1, overriding an appeal brought by the Locust Club, Rochester police organiza tion. The majority of the court sided with the majority in the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, which had upset a Supreme Court justice's ruling ' that the board violated the constitution and the city charter. Associate Judge John Scileppi, of Queens, strongly dissented, holding that the presence of the board was in violation of the charter. He said the PAB could become the "adversary" rather than the advisor to the public safety commissioner. The majority wrote no opinion. The crux of the case was whether the city had the right to delegate power to the advisory board to hear charges of brutality against a policeman brought by a citizen. The Locust Club argued that this was the sole duty and responsibility of the Chief of Police and the ' public safety commissioner. The city insisted that the board had no authority to im pose sanctions, and could only hear evidence in private and make recommendations. But, Car Theffs In City Up 20 Youths are stealing cars in Rochester at an alarming rate and an all-out drive is on to stop them. In a 10-day period this month, 21 youths were arrested in stolen-auto cases. They were responsible for 25 car thefts, said Detective Capt. James Cavoti. Eight had been arrested previously for auto theft. Five were arrested twice and one three times in two months. Three were awaiting court action from previous cases and one was on parole. Thirty-eight per cent of the 21 arrested were repeaters, according to Detective Supervisor Richard Cutt and Detective John Culella of the Auto Theft Squad. Ten youths were 16-years-old, four were 15, two were 17, three were 19, one was 21, and the other was only 13. Car thefts in the city were up 20 per cent in the first quarter but arrests also were up. The average weekly arrest total for car thefts is four of five, said Cavoti. The 21 arrests in 10 days shows the sharp increase. Both Cavoti and Cutt said the biggest police problem in car-theft cases is the fact that the owners had left the keys in the vehicles. They blamed this for the increase in stolen cars locally. In almost all recent cases, the cars were taken for joy rides and abandoned. Joy-ride thefts always rise in warm weather, the investigators said. As an added deterrent to car thefts, Rochester police last week began lodging traffic charges against ear thieves when possible, in addition to a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. countered the Locust Club, this was the same as a public hearing because, if the commissioner failed to act, the PAB, under the city ordinance, could make public recommendations. This could constitute an accusation against a policeman, violating . his constitutional rights and not giving him a chance to rebut, the Locust Club contended. The city argued that the right to discipline always remains in the hands of the Public Safety Commissioner. It said that the ability to publish findings would alleviate tensions in the ciiy. The PAB was set up five years ago, but has functioned only briefly, due to court actions. The way now is clear for it to assume full responsibilities. Judge Scileppi said, in his dis sent, that he did not reach the question of constitutionality since "The ordinance in question is in direct conflict with . . . the Charter of the City of Rochester" . . . and "therefore, invalid." : His dissent also said, in part: "An analysis of the authority and functions of the Police Advisory Board . . . demonstrates Please Turn Page Florence Wins Upset In FIGHT Election Alinsky sees Xerox Agreement as a Model. List of Convention Resolutions Page 6B. By BILL O'BRIEN Minister Franklin D. R. Florence returned to the presidency of the FIGHT organization last night after his opponent made a dramatic withdrawal at the Negro group's annual convention. Bernard Gifford, former executive vice president, was the front running candidate for the presidency until convention delegates were about to vote for him. Then Gifford took the micro phone and began: "I have been troubled by personal attacks on my candidacy and because I believe in the FIGHT organization and don't want to see it divided He was interuppted by loud shouting and protests from his youthful supporters. "N, no. Go, go, Bernie. Don't quit." Gifford continued over the din: "In the next year FIGHT will face many challenges, we do not want a divided organization, we must present a united front and for that reason, I am withdrawing." Minister Florence was swiftly declared the winner and the convention fell apart. Most of Gifford's young and vocal sup-proters stomped out of the steaming hot Ritter- Clark gymnasium. There were no victory speeches, no visible loser's congratulations to the winner. Gifford said that he knew he had the votes to win when he withdrew. "My election, though I had it won in votes would have destroyed the fabric of the organization," he said. "Winning is much more than counting votes. This isn't politics, it's a community organization we're talking about. People from the steering committee came up and said they wouldn't work with me if I won. There were personal attacks made to me, not on the floor, but directly to me. I knew it would be a spirited fight, but I never dreamed it would degenerate into these kinds of attacks," Gifford said. Most observers around the conventionagreed tha Minister Florence did not apper to have half the delegates who stood for a head count by tellers. Neither Robert Rose, conven tion chairman, nor William Green, parliamentarian, would lease the official tally of votes recorded for Minister Florence before Gifford made his withdrawal. Green told reporters that "the Please turn to 3B REV. FRANKLIN FLORENCE County Seeks JY Building By BRUCE LAMBERT JR. County officials want to buy the seven-story Jewish Young Men's and Women's Association building for an inner-city community building. County Manager Gordon A. Howe said yesterday that negotiations are under way for the possible purchase. He said if the building is bought it would take the place of the county's proposal to build an Olympic-size swimming pool and recreation center in the inner city. The JY building, at 380 Andrews St., has a 30-by.-75-foot heated pool. "Here is a unit already set up that lends itself extremely well," Howe said. "It embodies all the things needed." The 30-year-old building has a basement and seven stories, and 117,258 square feet. In addition to the pool, it has showers, lockers, a gymnasium, club rooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a kitchen, dining room, lounge, game rooms, 3 Fall Over Bank Three teen-agers were rescued after they fell over the bank of the Genesee River about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. One girl fell more than 100 feet. A fireman said the soft dirt at the bottom of the cliff saved her from serious injury. A girl and a boy stopped after rolling half-way down the bank. Lynn " Shaw, 14, of 229 Fulton Ave. fell in front of 179 Maple-1 wood Drive. A fireman was lowered by rope to the river, tied the line arourv? the girl and was pulled to safety. She suffered a cut elbow in the tumble. Donna Ward, 15, of 366 Glenwood Ave. was caught in a tree about 70 feet from the top. Joseph Cocco, 14, of 167 Emerson St., landed in a hole nearby and stopped. JYM & WA BUILDING . . . going to county? snack bar, library, health sec tion, handball court, and offices. The building also has 165 dormitory rooms which, Howe said, could be used for emergency housing or for senior citizens. Howe said the building is in excellent condition and would cost $3 million to duplicate. The county has estimated a new inner-city swimming pool and recreation center would cost about $1 million. Howe said if the JY building were used instead, he would hope the price would be no more than that. Philip Liebschutz is representing the JY in the negotiations. He is president of the Columbia Banking, Savings & Loan Association and former Republican leader of the town of Brighton. The JY plans to construct a building in Brighton and it may be two years before the county could take over the old structure. Workman Pinned under Earth Mover By TO? AN For an hour yesterday morning, Robert J. So-doma, 21, was only inches from death. He was pinned in the cab of a 10-ton earth-moving machine that had rolled down a bill and tipped upside down in a ditch. The mangled metal of the cab imprisoned him. His body was twisted at an angle and his head was sticking out of the cab. "He was like in a coffin," Trooper R. E. Bes-ser said. A small army of men Brockport firemen, troopers, wrecker and tow truck operators, ambulance crews, and a gravel truck operator-worked feverishly to free him. They feared the huge machine, which was settling in soft mud, would crush Sodoma. Conscious but in shock, Sodoma watched re- cuers do their best to get him out as quickly as possible. Only moments before, about 9:50 a.m., he had been driving the payloader to his uncle's labor camp on Gordon Road, Brockport. He had driven it up a hill on the Sweden-Walker Road and reached the peak by the Barge Canal and Gordon Road, east of Brockport, when it ran out of fuel while he was waiting for a car to pass. The payloader rolled back down the hill, went off the west side of the road and down a 15 to 20-foot embankment. It overturned and landed on its cab in a ditch partially filled with muddy water. "The ditch probably saved him from being killed," Trooper Besser said, explaining it prev ented the cab from being completely crushed by the weight of the machine itself. A huge wrecker, used to pull tractor trailers, arrived and hooked up to the payloader. The combined weight of the wrecker, a tow truck, and a passing gravel truck was used to tip the machine so that Sodoma could be extricated by a fire department emergency crew. He was taken by ambulance to Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. Sgt. Raymond Meyering and Trooper Besser reported Sodoma appeared to have escaped with minor injuries. He was in "fair" condition. It took several more hours to remove from the ditch the 10-ton machine which almost buried him. Sodoma lives at 4520 Sweden-Walker Road, Brockport.

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