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Who's minding the vacant Schenectady stores and other buildings?

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The last time we called attention to Schenectady’s seeming inability to keep vandals, squatters and fire starters out of the city’s many abandoned properties (after four suspicious fires in a 10-day period in May), Mayor Gary McCarthy defended his work in that area in a letter to the editor we published June 6. Among other things, he cited the creation of a “comprehensive ... constantly updated” vacant property inventory, one that police, firefighters, code enforcement ...

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January 5, 2013
7:35 a.m.

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Right, we have so many extra police officers and so little crime that they can do the job of the building inspectors too. Maybe they can help pick up the trash during their shifts too. Wait, they do....

January 5, 2013
10:48 a.m.

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Your editorial misses the whole point. The heavy hand of government intervention won't solve this problem. How about instituting responsible fiscal policies so the city doesn't have vacant buildings. As a landlord, I wouldn't touch a building in Schenectady. Taxes and regulation make it impossible for responsible landlords who do things right to see any R.O.I. in the city. One example is the difficulty in evicting bad tenants. One bad house can spoil a good neighborhood, but regulations and feeble minded do gooders have made it impossible to evict bad tenants before they destroy the house, and possibly the neighborhood.

January 5, 2013
7:34 p.m.

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Years of mismanagement by past mayors and council members are really starting to show.
I also agree that no body wants to invest in rental property when the city is anti landlord. Tenants are instructed that they all have special rights and that landlords are exploiting the poor and minorities.
I moved to Saratoga over 10 years ago and have fewer issues with bad tenants and a hostile city government.