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Schenectady council at odds in choosing programs for funding through CDBG

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The Schenectady City Council is rebuilding the Community Development Block Grant budget from the ground up, trying to find a way to fit in all the programs it wants to fund. Council President Margaret King began a discussion of the proposed spending plan Monday by saying that the council is “definitely not all on the same page at this point.” Councilwoman Denise Brucker wanted to direct some money to the school district for reading programs. ...

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April 16, 2013
10:10 a.m.

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Erickson is right on. Use funds to bolster real 'concrete' infrastructure. As with the school district, CLF has its own inherent funding mechanisms. Let them use them if they really see a need in Schenectady. Businesses, especially new ones, fail more often than they succeed. Although laudable, reading instruction alone does not result in guaranteed retention of the 'readers' and their skills.

Good roads, sewers, sidewalks do more to attract viable businesses, residents, and ultimately tax payers/

April 16, 2013
2:29 p.m.

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everyone who has needed advice for loans has done so on their own so far, dont need to help them. cdbg funds should not be used because the school district did not file paperwork on time, their fault. if a child needs help reading that is a parents reasponsibility not a special ed teacher, remember when there was family accountability? and if a house is abandonded, demolish it and bill the owner. the IRS can garnish wages for back taxes, why cant the city?