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Hearing today on unfinished Schenectady budget

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The City Council is only halfway through its line-by-line review of the 2014 budget, but it will hold a public hearing today to find out what residents think about the proposed spending plan. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Overall, the $79.6 million budget would increase the average homeowner’s tax bill by $68 a year. Of that, $38 would be in higher sewer and trash fees. The rest would be in ...

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October 15, 2013
6:13 a.m.

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One issue Moore does not report is all the officers in training count against salary but provide no relief re: overtime. If an officer is in the academy or in field training they cannot work the shift assignments unsupervised. So, you are paying for their salary but they cannot lower ot costs. Once training is completed and they are considered staffing - that is when the new hires reduce ot costs. (This period covers their first nine months of employment.)

Senior officers do not get "first dibs" at OT. It is a rotating list. Once an officer works a shift their name gets placed at the bottom of the list. You can sign up to work overtime again but anyone whose name is above theirs on the list, due to the rotation system, has the right to work the shift first. Senior officers have no more right to the OT than the most junior officer, provided the officer has completed all their initial training.

October 15, 2013
7:48 a.m.

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In Albany Mayor Jennings has cut his budget by over $500,000. In tax crazed Schenectady another huge increase in spending and more idiotic revenue generating schemes. Local Democrats have proved again and again to be fiscal incompetents with no new ideas. It's time to get off the couch head to the polls throwing the bums out. Two term limit for all City and County offices.