Rexford Bridge plan should be expanded to entire corridor

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Rexford Bridge plan should be expanded to entire corridor

I’m glad state Department of Transportation and local planners are addressing the problem of the aging Rexford Bridge. The proposed third lane shows they are thinking ahead, but I am concerned that they are being too myopic [Jan. 31 Gazette].

The aging structure should be an impetus for studying the entire Balltown Road transportation corridor, from Route 5/State Street to Route 50. This route has been stressed beyond capacity for more than a decade, and about to become more so if Niskayuna rezones the O.D. Heck parcel to mixed use residential/commercial.

What is needed is a comprehensive corridor plan, studying impacts on the environment, air and water pollution; pedestrian, bike and vehicle traffic flow; impacts of congestion on businesses, residents and schools; open land; recreational opportunities, safety; and, above all, quality of life. This plan needs to include community-developed goals for life in the corridor and creative, measurable indicators against which all aspects are measured. Officials should consider third-lane shuttle services along the length of the corridor, linking homes, schools, stores, medical services and work.

Studies which include such projects have informed some of the best and fastest-growing communities across the United States and resulted in planned growth and livable communities.

Melinda Morris Perrin

Niskayuna

The writer is a retired executive director of the Conservation Research Institute and project director of the TCSP Route 47/Kishwaukee River Corridor Planning Project, McHenry County, Ill.

Enough, already, with political dynasties

Am I the only person who finds it revolting that the Democratic front-runner in the polls for president in 2016 has the same last name as the 42nd president?

On the Republican side, there’s talk of the brother of the 43rd president, and son of the 41st president. If one of these two candidates were to win the presidency, it would potentially mean that since 1988, the White House would be occupied by the same two families for 24 years or more.

What is wrong with the voting public? There are 300 million people in the United States — are these two career politicians the best we can do?

Regardless of one’s opinions on Andrew Cuomo’s policies, he was groomed and nominated solely on the basis of his last name. If he wins another term, the same family will have occupied the governor’s mansion for 20 of the last 36 years. Of the 19.5 million people in New York, is the ex-governor’s son the best we can do?

New York is not alone by any means. Massachusetts has the Kennedys, Alaska has the Murkowskis, Nevada has the Reids, Georgia has the Nunns, and so on.

There are thousands of examples across the country, in both parties, of family rule in politics.

North Korea has been ruled by the same family for decades; is that what we want here? It seems to be where we’re headed.

Frank Lowe

Amsterdam

Pols, businesses must pressure Bow Tie

I totally agree with the Gazette’s Jan. 30 editorial,“Where’s Oscar? Not in Schenectady.”

The Bow Tie [Cinema] in downtown Schenectady does not offer top movies that would interest moviegoers. For example, “American Hustle” is the only top movie playing there now. Most other area theaters have been showing this film for weeks.

If they did show top movies in a timely manner, more people would support Bow Tie Cinema.

It would be nice if local politicians and downtown business owners would apply some pressure so that quality films, as well as foreign films, are shown in Bow Tie in the future.

Mike Meola

Niskayuna

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