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Online Letters to the Editor for Oct. 16

Sunday, October 16, 2011
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If there is a Democratic ‘machine,’ then the parts are all imported

I have noted with interest that the Republican/Alliance candidate for mayor of Schenectady, Roger Hull, has criticized the local Democrats as a “machine.” I am not certain what he really means by that term. I have always understood that a political machine is very insular and difficult for outsiders to break into. If, indeed, that is the case, then how does he explain that several of our local Democratic office holders have moved into the community as adults and had no association with the party whatsoever until they were nominated and elected to office?

For example, Karen Johnson, former mayor and current county legislator, came to us from Ohio.

Margaret “Peggy” King, prominent member of the City Council, arrived here from New Jersey.

County Legislator Gary Hughes grew up in Oneonta and County Legislator Philip Fields actually grew up in a foreign country, Guyana. There are several other examples I could cite, but you get the idea. The one thing all of these people have in common it that once they moved here they became very involved in various civic (not political) activities. The local Democratic party typically seeks out people with a proven record of achievement and recruits them to run for office.

So I say, Mr. Hull, if this is a “machine,” given the recent record of achievements in economic development and intergovernmental cooperation, then bring it on.

Carmela Isgro DiCerbo

Schenectady

Experience and knowledge is what council members need; Klotz has both

Peter Klotz is an experienced full-time councilman and is running for a second term as Malta town councilman.

Over the past four years, he has shown his leadership qualities. He approaches each town board meeting in the spirit of commitment and compromise.

Peter Klotz is an experienced town planner. He has been the chairman of the Planning Board prior to becoming councilman and has a working knowledge of all site plans and projects before our town — Luther Forest Tech Park, GlobalFoundries and downtown Malta. He also advocates for quality green space.

He is admired for his patience and ability to discern the often complex issues and personalities regarding new projects and the impact they will have on Malta residents.

Malta is at a critical juncture and we need to keep Peter Klotz as our councilman. He has already proven his experience, integrity and dedication. We ask the voters of Malta to support Peter Klotz for Malta town councilman on Nov. 8.

Cliff Lange

Diane Lange

Malta

Councilman Szczepaniak has a proven record on the board

Ballston truly is a great place to live, work and raise a family. In this fall’s elections, I’ll be voting for the candidates who I believe will keep it that way. One of those candidates who will do so is Councilman Tim Szczepaniak. Let me explain why.

Tim is, first and foremost, a decent, honest man who keeps his promises and honors his commitments. He and his wife are actively and enthusiastically involved with various volunteer and charitable activities in our town. His commitment to Ballston has been clearly demonstrated to be rock solid.

Next, Tim is someone who when he sees a problem, he does something about it. He takes proactive, positive action to fix the problem rather than fix the blame. He embodies the notion that a lot can be accomplished when people aren’t worried about who gets the credit.

Finally, Tim is a positive, people person with a can-do attitude and possesses an understanding of the growth and development pressures facing our Ballston community. He knows that we need to take reasonable steps to help safeguard what is great about our town and keep it a good place to live. Tim will continue to be a voice for common-sense solutions that preserve our past and allow our town a chance to become a better place for families.

Councilman Tim Szczepaniak is one candidate worth taking a look at. I think you’ll like what you see.

Patti Mazza

Ballston

 
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