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Redesign I-890 off-ramp at SCCC or simply close it down The Aug. 4 Gazette editorial on the danger of students crossing Washington Avenue from the new SCCC student apartments has correctly identified the problem, but missed badly in suggesting the solution. The danger stems from the state’s decision years ago to convert that stretch of Washington Avenue into a highway off-ramp. Construction of new student apartments across the street from the main SCCC campus means ...


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patricca
August 10, 2012
6:20 a.m.

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Property taxes are increasing while property values are decreasing all over the state of NY. Good luck trying to get it under control. I tried and failed, so I moved out of the state.

MMRMIKE68
August 10, 2012
7:38 a.m.

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MOVED OUT OF N.Y. IN 2010. NEVER LOOKED BACK. MY TAXES HERE FOR THE YEAR ARE LESS THEN I PAID FOR THE QUARTER IN SCH'DY AND MY HOUSE IS MUCH NICER, AND I HAVE A BUCK IN MY POCKET................MIKE

robbump
August 11, 2012
3:46 p.m.

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Tom Carey seems to wish to continue our ever-growing attempts to become a nanny-stste, protecting us from ourselves.

I am a student at SCCC, albeit older than most. I walk across all the major downtown intersectios except Nott Terrace multiple times each day. While yes, a car does from time to time disregard traffic signals, it's the students themselves disregarding signals that put themselves at risk. But we all are adults, all but a handfull 18 years of age or older. Please, Mama Carey, let us decide our own risks. The taxpayers of Schenectady and you will not be driving in our cars with us, making decisions on our behalf, nor going to bootcamp with us and anvising the D.I. as to what activities are safe or dangerous. We don't need you "helping" us here either. Let those of us who take risks suffer the consequences.

Want to improve that intersection and make it safer? Start by enforcing traffic llaws already on the book, by violators both afoot and on wheels. You might campaign toofor better timing of the walk lights. If one presses the button just a little too late, he must wait an entire cycle before finally getting the walk signal.

In fact, do away with a requirement to press a button altogether. I've never had to get out of my car to get the light when driving, why must I make the foolish electronic request to proceed when walking.

Niether dows Carey address WHERE all those vehicles are to go if the road is torn out - nor at what expense, and to whom.

It is not the state's fault that a grandiose "Gateway Park" is being shoved down the throats of Schenectady's taxpayers. The ramp was part of existing design when the VanCurler Hotel became SCCC. The traffic was as it is when the decision was made to locate "College Suites" on that street. There is no valid reason why taxpayers should spend more money fixing poor local decisions.

Treat adults like adults, letting them (us!) suffer our poor decisions, don't enlarge parks near major intersections, and finally, end the nanny-state mentality.

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