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Split decision

Members upset with DSIC

City Council asked to reject annual budget

Ashok Mirpuri, owner of the shop Paisa Mizer on Jay Street in Schenectady, in his store Tuesday
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Ashok Mirpuri, owner of the shop Paisa Mizer on Jay Street in Schenectady, in his store Tuesday
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There’s a new schism in the contentious Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. A group of business owners, mostly on Jay Street, signed a petition asking the City Council not to approve the 2013 DSIC budget. In total, 41 people signed — including 17 owners, some residential tenants and a few customers who walked into the stores last week. The DSIC board approves its budget each year, but must get final approval from the City Council. Board ...

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gina99
November 28, 2012
7:38 a.m.

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An extra tax on doing business Downtown. The DSIC is too political and does not represent the small business community. They can't even run an Arts Night. The City Council should abolish this.

JIMOCONNOR
November 28, 2012
11:14 a.m.

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Time was when all shops were open till 9 one night, the same night, every week. This was a big deal to lots of folks from surrounding areas. If this were adopted, publicized and routinized, it would increase traffic and sales

catherine9966
November 28, 2012
12:16 p.m.

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The DSIC is responsible for any misinformation. There is not open communication with DSIC members. There used to be a communications committee, but it apparently no longer exists. Petition passers weren't focusing on flowerbaskets, but on the increased fees.

Re. the baskets on Jay St - they have always had them and suddenly this year they did not, which is why the Jay St merchants/property owners inquired after the DSIC budget had been set. The DSIC told the Jay St folks that the arms that hold the flower baskets had gone missing. (Perhaps they were stolen with the tree grates).

The DSIC knows nothing about retail, or how to properly manage a marketing campaign. Unless they're working on their own fundraiser. I'm sure most shop owners ALWAYS have their best merchandise showcased. And how are you supposed to force a coupon on a freeloader? Chase him down as he scurries from your store to hit the next free food station?

The DSIC needs to change or it needs to go away.

SchenectadyScott
November 28, 2012
3:01 p.m.

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First of all....do not forget the fiasco of their workers stealing the iron grates around the trees.....there should of been head rolling on that one....no accountability..(the were allowed to resign and the insurance covered it..still at the cost of the taxpayer)..wow!!..they are like metroplex...they ask for money and show no accounts. They have a large budget and with huge overhead in administration salaries....Where is the breakdown of a budget of salaries, costs, expenses...etc....I failed to see this in print or made public....These poor business owners have been shaken down like the Black Hand in Godfather II....What do and why do we have a DSIC?....how did the city ever make it all those prosperous years before the shake down of these snake oil salesmen...How?...Metroplex and DSIC and the money they shake down from the taxpayer and the small business owners is unconscionable...down right evil.

gina99
November 28, 2012
5:19 p.m.

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The recycling of City owned tree gates was the biggest success of this DSIC. According to Mr. Salengo they were "hard working employees". How many DSIC employees live in the City? The DSIC is an employment agency for half wits connected to the Democratic machine. That's why McCarthy and his tax crazed rubber stamps won't get rid of it. Abolish it now and let the businesses run their signage and advertising.

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