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Schenectady tries a gentler approach to addressing code violations

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In an effort to highlight a friendlier, gentler code enforcement department, inspectors hit the streets Monday on an “educational effort.” Inspectors pointed out less-obvious code violations to homeowners in the Upper Union Street and Central State Street neighborhoods, starting from the assumption that the owners didn’t know they were in violation. Then, rather than threaten them with a fine, inspectors explained how the violations could be addressed. Inspectors also argued that improvements would raise the ...


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safny
July 1, 2014
6:05 a.m.

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I have been in Schenectady 15 years. Other than downtown - the rest of the city has largely deteriorated over that time. It's filthy in many areas. The houses look like they are ready to collapse, people NEVER shovel, the city itself cannot keep up with snow removal, and generally it is depressing to drive through. The kinder gentler way is no way at all. Of course they sent the kids to a more affluent area - it would hardly be safe for them in the Hill or Mt. Pleasant - or Yates Village area. With these enormous taxes we should be able to expect more. This is just a pre-election vote grab and I think time will tell, a failure.

summer
July 1, 2014
7:54 a.m.

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Inspectors also argued that improvements would raise the value of their property and help the entire neighborhood. they left out the part that this would also bring your property taxes up. lol

joycemadre
July 1, 2014
4:35 p.m.

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Most people can't afford to keep up their house they spend all their money paying taxes to many places in NY. The elderly are taken of advantage of and the others are unemployed or on welfare. The city brought in too much welfare and now its a problem that is growing

joycemadre
July 2, 2014
8:26 a.m.

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Hate to say this but the most of the code enforcement personnel like Mr.Schilling is far from friendly but very rude. When I brought the water issues to the cities attention they laughed " yeah she's got water" and Mr Schilling at one point told me its my fault that they had a me put in a retaining wall in the basement, since I brougth it to their attention". Wasn't I suppose to and upon review of the plans next door why wasn't there a drainage system installed as required by code ??? Ummm maybe revamping the city internal works should be a start!

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