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Make assistant police chief point man on parking tickets

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After union bumping rights were exercised, the city of Schenectady would have saved, at most, $40,000 by cutting a second assistant police chief’s position from next year’s budget, as the City Council initially agreed to do this fall. So the council’s decision last week to restore the position is somewhat defensible — but only if it holds the department to some of the performance standards mentioned by President Denise Brucker at last Wednesday’s meeting. Specifically, ...

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December 31, 2012
8:18 a.m.

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People ignore tickets because they can't afford to pay them on top of their exploding tax bill. The problem is not revenue-it's out of control spending and a total refusal to budget. City Council proved once again it is incapable of cutting anything. The taxpayer is someone to be gouged. There is nothing wrong with the City of Schenectady that a qualified Mayor and new City Council could not fix.

December 31, 2012
8:34 a.m.

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Finally gina99 putting the blame where it is due. Thank you and Happy New Year.

December 31, 2012
11:15 a.m.

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Alternate side parking is there to allow snow plowing, traffic movement and-Fire Department vehicles to navigate narrow streets.
Unfortunately; parking tickets have become a major revenue source for cities. Erie Blvd is an example of what can happen to business when aggressive ticket enforcement drives customers away. The malls have no parking problem other than overflowing at holiday rush hours. Schenectady once had a vibrant down town until parking enforcment drove many visitors out.

January 9, 2013
3:36 p.m.

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I have shopped in downtown Schenectady for years, and now work there as well as taking some classes. I have never had a parking ticket. Why? Because I am mindful of the rules. If the limit is 2 hours, I've removed my car by then. If I pay for an hour of meter time, I return to pay more or move my car.

Parking fines are paid (or ignored!) by people who flaunt the law. Better it be them that support city coffers than those who obey it. Bring out those "boots".