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CocktailThe Rochester area has more bartenders per capita than the state and national average.

That’s according to a study from CareerBuilder.com. There are about 580,000 bartenders in the U.S., or about 1,8 per 1,000 residents. New York State has 2 bartenders per 1,000 residents.

The Rochester metro area has 2.3 bartenders per 1,000 people. Buffalo ranks third in the country, with 3 bartenders per 1,000 residents. That puts only New Orleans and Las Vegas ahead of Buffalo!

According to state labor department data, the median wage for the more than 2,600 bartenders in the Finger Lakes region is $19,120. They could be in line for a raise, as the tipped minimum wage is scheduled to go up at the end of the year.



Links of the Day:


– Both Rochester and Buffalo have school boards fighting with their superintendents. Watch for mayoral control to sneak into budget talks in Albany. The governor and allies will smell blood because of this chaos.

– “Cuomo, these people said, forbade toasts at his wedding to ensure there were no off-color stories told about him.” A new biography is out about the governor.

– The “LLC Loophole” allows money to flow freely to politicians in New York State.

– The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is worth nearly $27 million.

– Aging parents are worried about who will care for their children with developmental disabilities.

– ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson, but the phrase now has broader meaning.

– Shaken Baby Syndrome is in doubt, impacting alleged homicide cases all over the country.

– What is a “safe space?” It’s a place where dissension and differing viewpoints are not allowed.

– Monica Lewinsky is a survivor of “slut-shaming.” Now, she’s back on her own terms.

3 Responses to Cheers!

  1. March 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm RaChaCha responds:

    Hey, in the short time I’ve lived in Buffalo we’ve elected bartenders to: the Board of Education, Common Council, and the County Legislature. The bartender we elected to the County Leg is the best legislator of all of the legislators, in my opinion (and I’m tough to please). He’s bartender at the South Buffalo Irish Center, has red hair, is Irish through-and-through, and has an uncle who owns another corner bar in South Buffalo. You just don’t get more “Buffalo” than that. He also has a political science degree, is very savvy, and always seems to be looking to do the right thing.

    He’s one of many bartenders that people in Buffalo know by name, where good bartenders can be something of an institution. That’s how it is here.

    I think Rochester could have some fun with a fundraiser where reporters tend bar for an evening, for charity 🙂

  2. March 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm Bill Pruitt responds:

    Hi Rachel,

    I really enjoy your blogs. I can learn more about reading one posting from you than from a month of D&Cs. I am surprised you picked up the Times’ Lewinsky piece uncritically. Monica Lewinsky is the Great Opportunist par excellence. More significantly, as this follows on a number of Times front pages pieces about Hillary’s email missteps, which seem in toto like a totally non-starter, it would appear that someone at the Times has it in for Hillary. I mean, look at the timing of this piece. Coincidence that Monica is getting back on her feet, so to speak, now?

    Bill Pruitt

  3. March 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm Tony Mittiga responds:

    The writer George Washington Plunkett in his hilarious accounts of municipal politics in New York City in the Robber Baron Era, said that if someone hollered into a meeting of the aldermen, ” Your tavern is on fire!” the room would empty! A different time to be sure!

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