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Schenectady official: Dozens of city houses near collapse

City report lists 45 worst ones, seeks funds to raze them

A Schenectady police car patrols the Central State St. area on Monday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
A Schenectady police car patrols the Central State St. area on Monday morning.
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Dozens of houses in the city are near collapse and must be demolished soon, Director of Operations William Winkler said. He and Building Inspector Eric Shilling told the City Council on Monday that they visited hundreds of houses in the city to evaluate their structural integrity. Twenty-three houses were in such bad shape that they didn’t dare set foot inside. “We don’t want anyone to go in. We don’t want our firefighters to go in,” ...


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safny
May 7, 2013
7:14 a.m.

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Well, let's see - how did all those houses get in that condition to begin with?? If they are not owned by the city, then why wasn't someone trying to get after the owners before it got this bad? It is, unfortunately, typically Schenectady to wait this long then whine about the cost. Of course, no politicians or high ranking city officials are likely to live anywhere near these houses. Which probably have rats and vermin as well.

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