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City eyes tougher residency rule

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The Schenectady City Council is restarting the controversial Residency Board, which could lead to a stricter enforcement of the city’s requirement that all municipal employees live in Schenectady. Councilwoman Barbara Blanchard said she wanted the board to meet regularly to enforce the rule. “I believe that people who work in the city should live in the city,” she said. “I think they would take good care of their houses. They would volunteer for community organizations. ...

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September 15, 2009
8:33 a.m.

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I am a landlord on Van Vranken and take great pride in my building and it's appearance, it would be nice if some of our neighbors such as Union College would contribute to the surrounding community and not only where it serves their best interest. I pay taxes they do not, and have no guilt using our services. Retribution is in order.

September 15, 2009
10:44 a.m.

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Think of it this way... if I want to hire someone, I want to do so based on qualifications/talent, NOT because of residency! Does anyone else see a problem with this? To me it sounds like the bottom line is greed... the government wants to keep money local and they intend to do so by limiting jobs to only those people willing to give money back, NOT based on "The best fit for the job." To me this wreaks of discrimination by the government. Someone call an attorney.