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Sch’dy landowners have civic duty to shovel snow In my seventh Schenectady winter, I remain amazed at how few owners clear the sidewalks in front of their personal and business properties. As the Dec. 17 Gazette story points out [“Unshoveled sidewalks add to Schenectady’s snow removal burden”], the city is challenged to keep up with the foreclosed properties it owns, but the problem is certainly not limited to unoccupied buildings. Even in areas where some ...


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Phils2008
December 20, 2013
5:39 a.m.

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Raymond, we can all thank the Democrats for that dark road. They always yammer about corporate greed, but its personal greed that Democrats have been dandling in front of their ignorant base for years. They have worked diligently to buy an amoral society based on taking from the responsible and giving to the irresponsible. They have systematically destroyed the education system, respect for authority, the Family structure, parental rights, the Constitution, our Judeo-Christian values and the fundamental American foundation of a work/reward system. They are dragging whats left of true Americans kicking and screaming over the cliff to third world status. You can thank many of the brain dead Nyers you see every day for whats ahead.

cidbil
December 20, 2013
12:01 p.m.

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Sheila Schaninger: you are a prime example of the "pot calling the kettle black".........as if the Democrats in Rotterdam have never employed the same type of tactics......you've got some nerve.....you forget, that's how politics work these days...

gina99
December 20, 2013
3:03 p.m.

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Funny letter from Sheila. Boo Hoo! For once the Rotterdam GOP fought back from the tidal wave of lies from Democrats. The Democratic Supervisor wanted to dump REMS. Too bad he wasn't also opposed in November. Maybe the City voters will soon also wake up?

wmarincic
December 20, 2013
6:35 p.m.

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Sheila Schaninger quit whining you sound just like Obama.

ThePhilistine
December 22, 2013
11:11 a.m.

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Civic duty lol

robbump
December 22, 2013
10:07 p.m.

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Valerie M. Ackerman ("Sch’dy landowners have civic duty to shovel snow") is absolutely right. Schenectady is far too easy on its property owners in getting sidewalks cleared.
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I24 hours is enough time to clear ones sidewalks, especially commercial property.

Especially maddening are the commercial properties where the PARKING LOT has been cleared down to dry pavement, but the sidewalk is still a mess. The only thing worse is when snow is pushed onto the sidewalk in order to clear the parking lot snow.
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I propose this for commercial properties where snow is not promptly removed:
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Revoke whatever permits allow them to open their doors for business.
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Be it occupancy permit, restaurant permit, permit to perform motor vehicle inspections, sell food - whatever business they are in. They, in failing to clear snow/ice, have created a dangerous condition. Dangerous to the public, dangerous to employees, and dangerous to customers.
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Close them down until they correct the problem.
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It might be argued that why should property owners have to clear sidewalks, when roads are cleared by government? Well, government COULD clear the sidewalks, but how much additional tax do you wish to pay? Besides, unless you have owned your property for a VERY long time, the requirement to clear your sidewalk was there when your bought your property; your acquisition of the property was agreement with that requirement.
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Now there IS a way to cut taxes here.
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I would estimate that messy sidewalks slow down my walking speed to 25% to 33% of my normal speed on dry pavement. If we only spend enough money clearing the roads to where cars should be able to travel 8 to 10 mpg, and the roads are no more or less clean then the sidewalks, then we all can share in the tax savings, and we can all share the inconvenience of slower travel.
But is that what the public really wants?

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