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Schenectady councilman seeks crackdown on quality of life offenses

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The day may be coming when you get a ticket for tossing a candy wrapper on the ground. City Councilman Vince Riggi is calling for a 30-day crackdown on littering and walking in the street, as well as other quality-of-life problems. “We have to have tickets,” he said. “If tickets aren’t issued, we’ll be whistling in the wind.” He envisions something similar to seat belt checkpoints. Police would, at times, enforce the smaller violations during ...


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Hamelot
August 18, 2014
6:29 a.m.

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Also, set up speed traps by the old ALCO plant and on the area coming out of GE and by SCCC and the city will have all the money it needs.

safny
August 18, 2014
8:02 a.m.

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Why does Wayne bennett have to discuss this? The police can't issue tickets without permission?? This city is FILTHY because of littering, garbage not properly placed out for collection, and owners refusing to clean up. Too many absentee owners. It is well known that stopping people to give out quality of life tickets helps find people with warrants. Schenectady is rapidly becoming diriter and generally worse, so this can only help. Go, Vince!!

JIMOCONNOR
August 18, 2014
9:04 a.m.

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Rudy Guillanni used this tactic to clean up NYC. It worked. I think he called it ZERO TOLERANCE. Seemed to at least make broader public think twice.

dagiacalone
August 18, 2014
9:11 a.m.

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A patrol officer on foot at any corner with a traffic light or stop sign would more than pay for his salary by ticketing people talking on handheld cellphones.

angelo
August 18, 2014
10:32 a.m.

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I think a lot of this stems from the unrealistic taxes in this crazy county. Why, because people can't afford to live and buy in Schenectady county, so there is an abundance of rentals and renters don't care for a property like an owner would. So therefore you get a lot of people in an area the have no pride in where they live. You look around the city and see some well cared for homes in undesirable areas, they are owner occupied and you can tell. Then two doors down you have a house that looks like crap, because it is being rented out and the people that live there don;t care. KEEP RAISING TAXES IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY, YOU WILL RUN EVERYBODY OUT AND IT WILL BE A GHOST TOWN, OR FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

wmarincic
August 19, 2014
10:42 a.m.

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I have been posting about this same thing for over ten years. Go Vince, it's about time.

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