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Sidewalks: On 2nd thought...

Mayor unenthused over enforcement plan

This sidewalk in front of 10 Marshall Avenue in Schenectady, comes to an abrupt end.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
This sidewalk in front of 10 Marshall Avenue in Schenectady, comes to an abrupt end.
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The city may not enforce its sidewalk rules after all. This month, the new city engineer, Chris Wallin, announced that he would require homeowners to replace any missing concrete sidewalk slabs β€” even those buried under blacktop at the bottom of a driveway. He said enforcement would begin June 1. But Mayor Gary McCarthy indicated that he might not support that enforcement. β€œHe should talk to me before he does some of these things,” McCarthy ...


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gina99
June 3, 2013
6:37 a.m.

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More hot air from the City Hall incompetents. McCarthy doesn't have money to do anything including knocking down abandoned eyesores all over the City. He should start a new sidewalk fee to further ripoff City property owners.

rswanker
June 3, 2013
1:50 p.m.

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Some might see it as a ripoff. Others might see it as a way to make the city better. I'd like to see some of my neighbors (one in particular) be forced to actually take care of their sidewalks...this absentee landlord's broken, unusable sidewalks are a hazard, and they bring down the value of my home and the neighborhood.

robbump
June 3, 2013
4:08 p.m.

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If neighbors to both sides of you (even if they're not immediately next door) have sidewalks, and your property doesn't, there's a pretty good chance that there is supposed to be a sidewalk on your property to.
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Some complain about it not being fair if one bought a house and there was no sidewalk.
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Well, it's not fair that some of your neighbors are (hopefully) spending money and effort to clear their sidewalks of snow or ice, while you don't. It is especially unfair to pedestrians trying to get around that there is a sub-standard or no sidewalk at all in front of your property as well.
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City Engineer Chris Wallin is doing the right thing and the mayor should be backing him up instead of backstabbing Walling while putting his head into a seemingly impossible location.
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Speak of sidewalks: by what authority are sidewalks "closed"? Does one not need some sort of special permit to "close" the sidewalk? And how about the SCCC owned building at State & S Ferry where contractors have closed sidewalks on both sides of the street, blocked of part of the street, parked vehicles into areas marked for no parking anytime, while taking up more of the very few parking spaces there are in that area? Can anyone "close" a sidewalk?

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