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Schenectady City Council to consider increasing block party fee

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Getting room to party may soon cost more in Schenectady. The City Council plans to hold a public hearing on the fee the city charges businesses to hold block parties. Some downtown bars and restaurants close streets and parking lots for daylong events with outdoor bars and live music. They pay just $10 currently, but the events cost the city much more, as they station police to redirect traffic and keep crowds orderly and safe. ...

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August 22, 2013
7:45 a.m.

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If the city council came up with a stupid idea fee then the city could lower taxes. News flash, these block parties bring people to the city that buy and use city businesses that charge TAX and the city makes money. DUH!!! Why is it that the only plans liberal democrats have are to raise taxes. Other than Vince Riggi is there anyone on that council that has even once had an original idea?

August 24, 2013
7:14 p.m.

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Block parties (with associated street closings) should be confined to events where there is a social, cultural or education component of the event, such as the Jay Street Italian festival. -- or when an entire group of neighbors wish a party.
Inconvenience to the public from closed streets, etc., should not be at the benefit of one or two businesses, so that they can effectively double, or even quintuple their serving space. They should have built that big if that's the customer base they are targeting. The streets belong to ALL, not to one or two bars.
Not considered is the cost to society of subsequent crashes (I never call them "accidents") -- since most of the block parties are really booze parties.