Barnett Teams Sweeps Hills Election- with video!

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett was re-elected to his second full term Tuesday, beating former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis with 77 percent of the vote. The council candidates who ran with him—incumbent Mike Webber and newcomers Adam Kochenderfer and Mark Tisdel—also won. “I am a very blessed person,” Barnett told supporters at the Concorde Inn. “I’m so grateful to have a job I love and an opportunity to have it for four more years.” Turnout was 21 percent. Tisdel came in first in the … [Read more...]

Rochester, Rochester Hills face city, school elections

Voters in the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and the school districts of Rochester and Avondale will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8. In Rochester Hills, former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis is challenging Mayor Bryan Barnett for the second consecutive time. At least two new members of city council will be elected in the wake of the death of Councilman J. Martin Brennan and the decision not to run for re-election by Councilman Vern Pixley. The candidates for Brennan’s District 2 … [Read more...]

Hills to hold line on taxes

Despite shrinking city revenues, Rochester Hills residents will not see their property tax rate rise next year. City council voted Monday to maintain the same tax rate, 9.706 mills, that the city has charged for the last 12 years. Mayor Bryan Barnett said it’s the lowest tax rate for a city over 5,000 in Oakland County. Still, there are worries about the next few years as the economy struggles to improve. The projected 2012 budget shows a drop in property values of 6.3 percent, or about $2 … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Primary Election Update -With video

The day has finally arrived for the Primary Election in Rochester Hills. Rochester Media had a chance to stop in at Precincts 18 and 25 in District 2 and talk with several candidates and supporters. With less than 100 votes reported by noon today in these two precincts, the candidates are expecting a fairly low turnout. Candidate Mark Tisdel was told that approximately 70% of the  over 5200 absentee ballots requested were turned in so far. Candidate Jordan Kotubey said he knocked on over 2000 … [Read more...]

Three Vie for Open Seat in Rochester Hills Disctrict 2

J. Martin Brennan’s decision not to run for re-election to Rochester Hills City Council as he battles cancer has opened up an interesting contest in the Aug. 2 primary election. Adam Kochenderfer, M. Jordan Kotubey and Laurie Puscas are running for a chance to move on to the general election in November. Voters may vote for one in the primary. The winner in November will earn a four-year term on council. The newly realigned District 2 includes the north central part of the … [Read more...]

Laurie Puscas Runs for District 2 City Council Position

Twenty-two-year resident and mother of two Laurie Puscas is running for the District 2 seat on Rochester Hills City Council. Puscas, 51, has a background in banking and owns a small business, Independent Expressions Photography. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a second major in journalism from Oakland University. “After covering the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills for a number of years while contracting as a writer … [Read more...]

Laurie Puscas Running for City Council in District 2 of Rochester Hills

Laurie Puscas is a devoted resident of Rochester Hills and is committed to furthering the excellent tradition of community involvement as a member of the Rochester Hills City Council. A wife and mother with a background in large and small business, Laurie believes in a diligent and responsive City Council through a commitment to transparency, common sense solutions and responsible decision-making, with the best interest of Rochester Hills’ residents as first priority. Laurie received her … [Read more...]