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2B ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Monday, September 25, 1978 MORTGAGE GIRL From Page IB $300,000 at Empire Electric Supply at the end of 1978, said Manuel Schwartz, Empire salesman. "I'd say the builder who normally builds 30 will be lucky this summer to have built 10," Schwartz said. That means fewer light fixtures, smoke detectors, medicine cabinets and range hoods shipped out of Empire's warehouse. "We're on the road to disaster," said Assemblyman Virgilio. "If the home industry is, over the years, a bellwether, then we have an overall threat to the economy." But whether the Legislature is going to deal with that threat isn't clear. A special legislative session begins today to review the state's supplemental budget. The mortgage interest rates so far isn't listed on the agenda. Both incumbent Gov. Carey, a Democrat, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Perry Duryea favor allowing interest rates to rise to 9.5 percent on conventional mortgages. Yet a spokesman for Carey said Carey hasn't decided whether the Assembly will be asked to consider lifting interest ceiling at a special session. The state Senate approved such a bill earlier this year. Whatever the case, the sentiment for changing mortgage interest rates apparently won't be unanimous among Monroe County's Assembly members. Three local legislators favor abandoning the 8.5 percent limit: Virgilio, Roger Robach and Audre Cooke. Gary Proud and Thomas Hanna are opposed at least, without conditions. Hanna said the savings banks, not the legislature, are the villains in closing off home mortgage money. "What did they do with their profits?" Hanna asked. "Any legislator who votes for this increase would be doing more to fuel inflation than anything else all year," Hanna said. "Anyone who voted for this (raising interest rates) should be thrown out of office." Banks would have to agree to keep half their mortgage loans inside New York state before Hanna would vote for raising rates, he said. Proud said he won't agree to higher interest rates without au agreement by banks not to "redline" neighborhoods. "Redlining" is a practice of denying mortgage money for homes in certain neighborhoods because those locales are considered poor . investments. Many residents in Proud's 131st Assembly District, "haven't been able to get mortgage money for years" because of redlining, he said. The 131st district includes parts of Rochester's inner city. "We're playing hardball here. But I'm elected to represent my district," Proud said. Robach, 134th district Democrat, said he'll refuse to vote on any measures in a special session unless the mortgage interest rate bill is brought to the floor. "It's lunacy to think we can control" interest rates, Robach said. Meanwhile, bankers, builders and realtors are certain to lobby hard for an increase in the interest rates to free mortgage money. "You know, if you're running a corporation and your sales are down 30 to 40 percent, your employment is going to be right behind," said Gerald Stahl, executive vice president of Rochester Lumber Co. "There are going to be a lot of long faces around Christmas time if something isn't done soon," Stahl said. Stahl said he could foresee his sales sliding by $100,000 a month in as little as two months because new homes aren't being built. Michael Tette, assistant director of business and economic development at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, said the state Legislature may be undoing the good it did for the economy earlier this year by adopting tax breaks for new or expanding industry. "If you want to bring in industries, bring in businesses, the people have to have a place to live," Tette said. Bankers who have suspended new mortgages for New York state are lending money for mortgages in other states where interest rates are higher, Benston said. From Page IB all displaced, it was just a mess. She'll probably have some orSl and plastic surgery." A doctor and a nurse who were at the riding farm administered first aid while a Monroe County sheriff's deputy kept Kirsten calm. The first aid was administered without anesthesia. Kirsten will undergo reconstructive surgery this week at Strong Memorial Hospital, where she was in satisfactory condition last night. Dr. Elethea Caldwell, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an assistant professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, is coordinating doctors who will operate on Kirsten's mouth and jaw. "It's a complex fracture, but all the pieces are there, "Dr. Caldwell said. "We'll just have to try to put them back together." Kirsten is scheduled for surgery Wednesday. "It's hard to say how long she'll have to stay in the hospital," Dr. Caldwell said. "She'll have wire around her teeth for four to six weeks while the bones mend, but I don't know how much of that time will be spent in the hospital. I think it will probably be about a week to 10 days." Kirsten has been riding horses for 2'.2 years said her father, senior analyst for Eastman Kodak Co. "She's attended riding camps and has competed in horse shows at the Monroe County Fairgrounds and Highview Farms," Lowney said "She's won about 30 ribbons." Kirsten, who's in the sixth grade at the Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton, also has won silver medals for swimming at meets sponsored by the Rochester District Country Clubs. "She started swimming when she was 4 years old," her father said. "She's also studied piano and violin at the Eastman School of Music. She's a very astute little girl." Kirsten, her father, her mother, Dorothy, two sisters and a brother live at 96 Idlewood Road. "She's the only horse rider in the family, though," Lowney said. This summer Kirsten attended the Brentwood Riding Camp in Angelica, N.Y. The horse that kicked her belonged to the camp and was being boarded at the farm at 2001 Penfield Road for the winter by the Lowneys. "Kirsten never has had a horse of her own," Lowney said. celebrate our 110th... a vintage year 7 3 save now on furniture throws saie 10.19 to22.19 Perk up your rooms with colorful new throws. Solids in gold, olive, brown, brick; multicolor patchwork; floral in gold; Indian print in brick. 70x60", reg. 12.99 10.19 70x90", reg. 17.99 14.19 70x120", reg. 23.99 19.19 70x140", reg. 27.99 22.19 Sibley's Budget Store Draperies wall-to-wall bathroom savings sale 14.99 Reg. 18.99 5x6' carpeting of soft plush nylon with non-slip backing. Machine washable. Just pick your dimensions and cut to fit. 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The same unit price now is $7.64, of which $3.80 is for fuel. Included in that price are 83 cents for taxes and the base rate of $2.93. An old 10-story building could use 2 million pounds of steam in January. "One has to remember the beginning of the steam distribution system was in selling electricity way back at the beginning of the century," said Alvin Spetz, senior representative for RG&E steam sales. Steam was a by-product of electrical production, so it was sold for heating buildings. What developed was a downtown in which most major buildings used RG&E steam." 1 "As improvements of (electrical) transmission occurred, electrical plants were moved to the outskirts of town," Spetz said. Steam doesn't travel so easily, so steam sales fell far behind. As time passed, new buildings didn't connect to RG&E steam, and urban renewal wiped out many buildings that did buy steam. Then came the conversion to making steam with oil, followed by the oil embargo. Prices went through the ceiling. Spetz said the RG&E steam system is old but efficient. Nevertheless, he said, you can't defy the economics of running a utility in which higher costs must be defrayed by selling more power. Andrew Hirsch, an engineer with the Rochester Engineering Society who advises the city on technical problems, said RG&E probably wouldn't be unhappy to get out of the steam business. "I think all domestic power companies would like to get out of it," Hirsch said. But not many utilities will admit that, he said. "What they say is, 'Well, we're having a lot of problems. and we don't know what the future will be.' " Despite an apparent commitment to steam, Philippone said, RG&E is honest with customers about its cost. Philippone said RG&E told him recently he would be better off not using steam in the old Bevier building, now being renovated across South Plymouth Avenue from the county jail. "Even they are not pleased about the cost of their own service," Philippone said. City officials and RG&E officials have talked about the problems and the future of steam, but the informal talks weren't intended to reach a definitive solution, City Manager Eli-sha Freedman said. "Things have just not been in our favor in the last 10 ye.ars," Spetz said. He said he doesn't believe RG&E will abandon steam or that the system will price itself out of business. The company is making improvements in the pipe system, and fuel costs could even out in coming years, Spetz said. "I'm not at all pessimistic about the future of steam," he said. YIPPIE From Page IB conference by anti-gay rights activist Anita Bryant. Kay, who wore a gold marijuana leaf earring in his left ear, s'aid he has thrown cream pies in the faces of many prominent persons, including Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former New York City Mayor Abe Beame. He said he had a cherry pie for Miss Bryant. "We gotta deal with people like Anita Bryant," he said. He said she and people like former California Gov. Ronald Reagan "deserve justice. Justice could be a pie. It could be a bullet. We gotta deal with (them)." Then Kay said, "I think we gotta free Amy Carter. Everybody send Amy Carter one of their best joints. Other narcotics too, if possible." Kay asked how many people in the audience were high school students. After about 30 people raised their hands, he said, "It's time to organize to destroy your high schools." But then he said, "You know what I mean trash the bathrooms with M-80s. "I'm not talking about violence. The people that run the country are the ones that advocate violence," he said. Kay got a big roar from the crowd when, after a tirade against nuclear power, he said, "They (the power companies) could take their nuclear power plants and make them into playgrounds and marijuana gardens." When Kay asked how many people knew what Senate Bill 1 would do, only one non-Yippie put up his hand. 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