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Farley's argument on school aid equity doesn't cut it

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Whose side is Sen. Hugh Farley on, anyway? Aren’t taxpayers in the troubled Schenectady City School District his constituents? So what’s he doing telling them, in Friday’s Gazette story, that they shouldn’t bother writing him or others in state government about the district’s financial plight? Farley is absolutely right that high taxes are a concern in Schenectady. But didn’t it ever occur to him that one of the reasons they’re so high is that the ...


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ronzo
December 15, 2012
7:47 a.m.

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You're last paragraph pretty much sums it up. So you get who you vote for. As long as you guys here in New York will not enact term limits, many voters will continue their robotic blinders style voting mentality and keep people like this guy Farley in office for 18 terms. You hear it all the time - vote the bums out - well not my bum. You can complain all you want about him. It's not his fault. After 17 terms voters should know what they've got. If they don't, who's dumber than who? What again is the definition of doing something over and over and expecting a different result?

kopacham
December 15, 2012
10:38 a.m.

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There is a reason for term limits. While Farley is a State senator, the federal government has a mandatory retirement policy for federal judges and for a reason, as far as I can see, needs to be placed on all officials that receive a taxpayer funded job.

tonijean613
December 15, 2012
10:44 a.m.

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Farley also lives on the affluent Niskayuna side of the great divide btwn rich and poor- his children have not been effected. Personally, I think they should combine the Nisky/Schdy schools and mix the students and bus 1/2 of Nisky students to Schdy High and bus 1/2 of Schdy High students to Nisky. See how quickly the Schdy school district would rise to the standards of Nisky.

hodgkins.t
December 15, 2012
11:13 a.m.

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The DG should foil his meeting records and see how many bank lobbyists he met with when he was refusing to meet with his constituents.

sammey
December 15, 2012
11:30 a.m.

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"After 17 terms voters should know what they've got."__AND__"What again is the definition of doing something over and over and expecting a different result?" ___ RIGHT on the MONEY ___ UNFORTUNATELY, we, the voters, have amnesia at election time and/or don't realize that our vote for state & local office have a more immediate effect on our lives than our vote for national office ever will

ronzo
December 15, 2012
11:35 a.m.

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tonijean613: One school district per county like more modern progressive states have would go a long way to helping solve the problem that this editorial is about. The city schools could get better funding and the rural schools could provide a better education to their students. There would be one budget. There would not be an us vs. them mentality. It would be one US per county. The state is almost begging school districts to merge and offers significant financial assistance to do so. But the resistance it too great. The fact that there are 24 school districts in the Capital Region is the major problem. A politician like Farley cannot help if the people don't want change.

myshortpencil
December 15, 2012
11:31 p.m.

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Folks, there is no injustice being done to Schenectady. You have to look at state aid plus federal aid. Compared to other school districts in the area, Schenectady has more total than all except perhaps Albany. You can't look at a half-truth and get the whole story. While I'm no fan of Farley, he is not wrong.

gina99
December 16, 2012
8:29 a.m.

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Where is the same outrage against Mayor McCarthy and his rubber stamps for refusing to pay City taxes due the school district? Instead we get these false arguments. If the City paid what is due all City taxpayers would have lower school taxes. And yes we need term limits on City "leaders".

birmy
December 16, 2012
8:38 a.m.

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tonijean613 wrote that, "Personally, I think they should combine the Nisky/Schdy schools and mix the students and bus 1/2 of Nisky students to Schdy High and bus 1/2 of Schdy High students to Nisky. See how quickly the Schdy school district would rise to the standards of Nisky."

WAIT A SECOND! STOP RIGHT THERE! I THINK YOU JUST SAID IT IS NOT THE TEACHER'S FAULT. YOU SUGGEST NIKSY STUDENTS WOULD DO WELL IN SCHENECTADY SCHOOLS.

I THOUGHT EVERYONE WAS ALREADY ON BOARD WITH IDEA THAT TEACHERS ARE BAD IN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS SO THAT IS WHY THE KIDS DON'T DO AS WELL.

AND THE TEACHERS MUST BE GOOD IN SUBURBAN DISTRICTS WHICH IS WHY YOU HAVE THE HIGHER GRADUATION RATES ETC.

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