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Budget ends don't justify council's means

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The process Schenectady City Council Democrats followed in making last-minute budget changes sure was ugly, and the results might eventually prove to be, as well. But at least Schenectady taxpayers will catch a break in the meantime, seeing their taxes go up only 1.7 percent next year instead of the 4.2 percent Mayor Gary McCarthy had proposed and the council had seemed prepared to go along with until this week. There are, of course, a ...


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cfield
November 1, 2012
10:09 a.m.

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Interesting how the Gazette and others credit the Commissioner with all the reforms at the Department, implying that the rest of the Command Staff had nothing to do with them.

Also, on repeated occasions the Gazette has intimated the Chief, in particular, did nothing. For example, re: the disciplining of numerous officers -Kathleen Moore wrote "it is unclear what role the Chief played..." Why not do some actual reporting and find out?

And, this was followed up by the Editorial Board not giving any credit to the Chief or his Command Staff but in a left handed compliment asserted "Well, at least he (Chief) did not stand in their (Bennett and Stratton's) way."

Wonder why the Gazette has taken this approach?

tonijean613
November 1, 2012
5:09 p.m.

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They really excluded a fellow council member from a council meeting? oh my..
And what's up with 3 police candidates for assistant chief not wanting to live in the city they police and serve? Why are they allowed to live outside the city anyway? That's simply wrong. Why is an assistant chief even needed? Which is probably the point of City Council doing the right thing and cutting that asst chief position out of budget.

wmarincic
November 1, 2012
6:59 p.m.

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Well Niskayuna, Glenville and Scotia is basically Schenectady and after five years of living in the city you can move outside the city as a police officer or firefighter. The asst. Chiefs are needed because they discontinued the Captain positions but they should discontinue the Asst. Chiefs also since the Lt's. and Sgt's. basically run the departments anyway. SPD is top heavy and they need to get rid of all of the Chiefs and get some more officers.

cfield
November 2, 2012
10:44 a.m.

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First, there is a difference between middle management and upper level management.

Second, the sergeants and lieutenants are bargaining unit members - you do not run a public sector agency with all its' managers and workers in the same union. that's commen sense.

SchenectadyScott
November 8, 2012
6:30 a.m.

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Agreed cfeld....that is common sense for anti corruption and fairness...but that is not what we have in Schenectady...

cfield
November 8, 2012
9:35 a.m.

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tonijean

The City Council alleged they cut the position partly out of misguided notion that it was not needed and too expensive.

SFD actually has more supervisors and their budget increased.

Mayor won't promote any of the ACs because they don't live in the City, yet, he promoted DellaRocco to Chief who does not live ion the City.

Wonder why Gazette does not ask these questions?

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