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Hamilton Hill library branch abruptly closed

Neighborhood left waiting for new facility to be built

The Carver Community Center on Craig Street in Schenectady Friday. The center is scheduled to close December 31.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
The Carver Community Center on Craig Street in Schenectady Friday. The center is scheduled to close December 31.
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The Hamilton Hill library branch has closed suddenly, which may leave the neighborhood with no library for a year or more. The branch was inside the Carver Community Center, which as recently as last month was advertising that it was making a comeback as a revitalized and stronger organization. But then it closed its doors without any fanfare — leaving the library branch locked up and inaccessible. There may be no library for the neighborhood ...

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safny
December 27, 2013
5:01 p.m.

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That is a total crock - the two years before someone's friends build the "no-bid" library will be wasted as far as that neighborhood is concerned. No one who works for the county will ever comment as county employees are barred from speaking to the press without permission and the "leadership" will just issue more nonsense. It's like the old Soviet Union - all traces of ugly history are removed!! That way they never existed.

pbd
December 27, 2013
7:13 p.m.

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This is nonsense. Why is it closing? What about neighborhood/ community input?

ChuckD
December 28, 2013
12:55 a.m.

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Hey, but what about that lower State street scene, eh? What a jewel. Bang-up job there Metroplex.
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Just thinking out loud here, but wouldn't it be great if a major learning institution (that happens to enjoy property tax-exempt status) and one of the largest corporations in the world, who happens to reside here, and a major regional health insurer who's also based here, could get together with other local businesses and provide some support? It is their community too. And maybe the city could provide the leadership? Because libraries are really important.
I guess not.

reader1
December 28, 2013
8:24 a.m.

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It's probably more complicated than any of you are making it. First, Carver Community Center needs to assess their status and determine their course for the future. Carver housed the Library, so, before anyone can help Carver has to take the first step. I doubt it as simple as another entity just pumping more money into it just to keep the library open.

safny
December 28, 2013
8:55 a.m.

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If the people who run the county and the library knew that there were problems that might cause the library to close - then they should have been trying to figure out what to do instead of waiting until it closed and acting like they're surprised. I don't think it's about money - I think it's about incompetence and corruption.

rentable
December 28, 2013
9:54 a.m.

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Where was the outcry from the city council member who resides on the Hill?Think anyone would have noticed if it was the Niskayuna or Rotterdam Branch?

reader1
December 28, 2013
10:39 a.m.

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It's not the typical situation. You have a governmental entity housed within a private institution. Unless the Library personnel had access to all of the Carver's administrative records, particularly the financials - they would only know what Carver shared with them. The point being, they might have been caught totally off guard by the reality of Carver's situation.

RE: the City Council member who resides on the Hill. They may have been caught off guard, as well. This was only made public yesterday, so, you have to give them time to assess what happened. And, why is the assumption that "outcry or outrage" is the proper reaction?

This is far from over and may actually create some opportunities.

gina99
December 28, 2013
5:04 p.m.

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Another great job by the working together machine. The incompetence is countywide. How's the progress on the promised Duanesburg expansion? It's been over for Hamilton Hill for many decades.

FlyPTi
December 31, 2013
9:02 a.m.

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When the County Leg. blasted through the state property tax cap and henceforth earning the ire of the property owners and the governor, I objected. I was taken aside by multiple County Leg. and told that they were forced to do this for the "poor"! How do you explain this? The residents of Hamilton Hill have to wakeup and know that is simply paving the way for a first phase of a 9 million dollar low income housing project across the street from Carver. It is the first step in gutting Kids Corridor on Craig. First Carver and then the Boys and Girls Club.
$$$$ rules!

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