How is it that Gary McCarthy never seems to know anything?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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How is it that Gary McCarthy never seems to know anything?

The city of Schenectady is now an American tragedy thanks to the constant missteps of Mayor Gary McCarthy.

As a councilman, he sold the [liens on] the Unitarian Church, Hindu Temple and Carver Community Center, with other foreclosed properties, to the American Tax Foundation [ATF]— and claims he “didn’t know.”

The city had a deal with [retired] Fire Chief Robert Farstad that would have considerably fattened the chief’s retirement pay checks. Mr. McCarthy said he “didn’t know.”

Schenectady was paying only interest and no principal on the Foster Avenue complex. Again, the mayor said he “didn’t know.”

What did he know when he was negotiating for an eight-year, limited-income, sales tax agreement? The county sales tax agreement was a betrayal by all who were involved, i.e., mayor, council members, lawyers, legislators, etc.

At a recent council meeting, Mayor McCarthy called the citizens who didn’t agree with the sales tax agreement “foolish thinkers.”

Negotiations of any kind required experience and understanding of the issues. Political hacks making deals with each other do not benefit the city. Politicos just want to make one another look good. It is no coincidence that Mayor McCarthy’s pet projects were part of the sales tax agreement.

Where was Jason Cuthbert during the negotiating process? Mr. Cuthbert was the city’s financial analyst. He worked with the city’s figures. He understood the numbers. He knew.

So, too, Councilman Carl Erikson. His knowledge and talent were also dismissed by his colleagues. Where was he during the negotiating process? He is the chairman of the Finance Committee and works with finances in the private sector.

In this day and age, we hear the common refrain, “get educated, go to school, learn a skill.” However, none of these activities matter when it comes to casting a vote for a loaded political issue. Then it’s a matter of marching to the beat of the drummer.

The fix is in. Out are education, understanding, professional skills, expertise, honesty and integrity. Bring on the amateurs, Schenectady.

Mary McClaine


The writer is a former candidate for City Council.

Obama foreign policy critic had it all wrong

Stephen Desmonie’s Sept. 25 letter [“Obama’s foreign policy is apologize and retreat”] made me wonder where he has been for the past three-plus years! It certainly couldn’t have been in the United States, as his remarks about President Obama are ludicrous at best.

I have to wonder whom his remark, “The terrorist know now that they can have their way with us,” was intended for. The terrorists know full well President Obama is the wrong person to get upset. Osama bin Laden, Fahd al-Quso and a host of other al-Qaida leaders will attest to this fact.

As far as our allies not trusting us, I would ask who are these allies and where did Mr. Desmonie get his information? I would also like to know why he calls the media “left wing” and a sham.

It seems when something positive is written about a “conservative,” it is called “good reporting,” but any press given to anyone of a different opinion is a sham. It seems our country has many “ostriches” with their heads in the sand, as they fear the truth.

The truth is President Obama didn’t retreat, but let our military take down those who would try to take away our freedoms. He has authorized more drone attacks to get these terrorists than what was done in the last administration’s almost-seven years of waging war.

Mr. Desmonie’s statement with regard to more unemployment and lost jobs, along with debt, is something out of Rush Limbaugh’s dreams. When President Obama took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month and the Bush administration saddled us with two unpaid wars that in the end will cost us trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of Americans — not to mention the tens of thousands of wounded.

When this letter gets answered, I would hope it will be with facts of truth — not the ramblings of Rush Limbaugh.

Gary P. Guido


Attempts to exploit teen suicides are revolting

Many thanks to Kathleen Moore for her Sept. 30 Viewpoint pertaining to the use of the tragic teen suicides to further unrelated causes.

I have been feeling the same way for quite some time. The same individuals who now point to the suicides as a reason to get an award, highlight the cause du jour or get a grant, never set foot in the “four block” area or even responded to pleas from the community for help.

They make me feel like vomiting when I hear them speak of our loss.

Darlene Lee


The writer is vice president of the Hamilton Hill Association.

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October 3, 2012
3:23 a.m.
janesjoys says...

you go Gary! thanks

October 3, 2012
11:14 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Gary P. Guido,

Obama has time for The View but not the Presidebnt of Israel.

Obama said he would give us his findings on the murder of our Ambassador in Libya but the FBI has not even been there nor have they interviewed anyone who was a witness but we know CNN gor there and picked up the Ambassadors private journal off the floor.

Obama touted Arab Spring as this great thing in Egypt but now it has been taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood who are radical Muslims at best, I told everyone that this would happen and I'm only a guy that follows the news on the internet, why did Obama not know, or did he.

Why was Stevens even there in Libya and why was he there with no security and why did we not have protection of our Embassies around the world on 9/11/2012, the reports are out that we were pre warned.

Obama is a threat to America at best and I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh ever, I read facts both in America and the foriegn newspapers of Europe, you should try it sometime.

October 3, 2012
12:29 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

It's surprising that in all your 'reading' of 'facts', you never came across the 'fact' that the FBI operates inside the USA, while the CIA operates in foreign countries.

That might be the reason that the FBI hasn't been to Syria.

October 3, 2012
4:02 p.m.
robbump says...

SnowGrinch - I'm going to defend wmarancic on this one. Being 60+, there are more and more times I say or write something that is "reversed", even though I know better. Government agencies are a big mish-mash of alphabet soup anyway. CIA, FBI, SSA, ATF, IRS ...

Anyway - I absolutely agree that when to POTUS is appearing on every TV show he can that he could certainly find time for other leaders.

And I credit his ability to find TV face time that of CAMPAIGNING and not PRESIDING. Not unique to BO either, nor just Dems. How much of the work we are paying everyone from local to federal legislators and executives to campaign, when they should be working? Maybe they should all forfeit pay from September until the end of their term.

October 3, 2012
6:20 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

Neither President Shimon Peres, or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have even requested to see President Obama.

I thought we went through that when the wing nuts were up in arms over Obama meeting with a pirate, but not Netanyahu.

I defy you to name even one president that didn't campaign for re-election while in office.

October 3, 2012
6:37 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Snowgrinch wrong as usual.
What authority do FBI special agents have to make arrests in the United States, its territories, or on foreign soil?

In the U.S. and its territories, FBI special agents may make arrests for any federal offense committed in their presence or when they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed, or is committing, a felony violation of U.S. laws. On foreign soil, FBI special agents generally do not have authority to make arrests except in certain cases where, with the consent of the host country, Congress has granted the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction.

October 3, 2012
6:40 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Fritzdawg we may be wingnuts but you have a mental disorder. Hows is that democrat Schenectady Mayor and City Council working for you?

October 3, 2012
6:50 p.m.
wmarincic says...

BTW snowgrinch it is the CIA that can not operate on U.S. soil and also a U.S. Embassy is U.S. soil, it is a soveriegn nation.

Because an embassy represents a sovereign state, any attack on an embassy is considered an attack on the country it represents.

October 3, 2012
7:04 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Again, from your posted link:

While AN EMBASSY REMAINS THE TERRITORY OF THE HOST STATE (so clearly it is NOT US Soil) under international rules representatives of the host country may not enter an embassy without permission—even to put out a fire.

October 3, 2012
8:27 p.m.
wmarincic says...

So where is the FBI in Libya snowgrinch now that again you are proven wrong.

Did you not read this Mr. Semantics?

Because an embassy represents a sovereign state, any attack on an embassy is considered an attack on the country it represents.

October 3, 2012
8:44 p.m.
wmarincic says...

The essential difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals could not exist without conservatives to defend their freedom and support them economically....Conservatives on the other hand could live quite well without liberals. And that IS the truth.

October 3, 2012
10:09 p.m.
SnowGrinch says...

Wmarincic's "truth" is actually his "opinion".

Both Conservatives, Liberals and anywhere in between, defend our freedom in our military.

The states who are the largest drain on the US Taxpayers are traditionally REPUBLICAN STATES.
The states who pay the entitlements used by those REPUBLICAN STATES are the Democrat States.

It's the Democrats who support the Republicans, not the other way around.

Of the top 10 poorest US states, 9 of the 10 are traditionally Republican States.

Of the top 10 richest states, 9 of the 10 are
traditionally Democrat States.

October 3, 2012
10:25 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...


"you have a mental disorder."
Still repeating that vile drivel that Savage spews?
YOU are the ones voting against your own best interests.
Brain washed in the worst way.

"Hows is that democrat Schenectady Mayor and City Council working for you?"

Locally, the Democrats aren't worth a damn, but nationally, the Repugnicants are out to ruin this country.

How's it working out for me?
Well, let's see, I live in Niskayuna. Highly rated schools, low crime, clean, with good land values, and low taxes.

How's that ghetto YOU live in working out?

October 3, 2012
11 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Actually I live in Niskayuna/Colonie border with low Albany County taxes and continue to own property in Schenectady. I didn't know Amanda Way and Shinnecock Hills was considered a ghetto.

October 4, 2012
7:10 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Local democrats are no different than national democrats, just a smaller scale. Duh

October 11, 2012
2:14 p.m.
robbump says...

"liberals could not exist without conservatives to defend their freedom and support them economically.."

I am independent, but without question lean liberal. I think that may be true of SnowGrinch. S/He and I are both veterans, having defended freedom with more than mere lip service. And I sure as he77 pay my share of taxes.

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