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Editorial: First honey, then vinegar for violators

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Time will tell whether Schenectady’s get-courteous, as opposed to get-tough, approach to residential code violations will achieve the desired effect, or simply be treated with scorn by scofflaws. It’s worth a try, perhaps, but only if the city is serious about following up when violations turn up. As we’ve noted in the past, the city doesn’t always hold residents and business people accountable for their actions, or inaction — whether it’s motorists running red lights, ...

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July 6, 2014
9:07 a.m.

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The first one to be held accountable should be the city. They seem to allow work /construction to be done without following their own codes. When that happens to damage someones property then its then its prosecute the victim. If plans are not constructed to code and its allowed - I think that is on the code enforcement. They should too be held accountable.

July 6, 2014
10:26 a.m.

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Courtesy notices is clearly the best approach. But, Mayor and Council should revisit and remove small items that most would agree should not be violations and stop adding such outrageous penalties for small issues. There are too many impoverished people too many elderly. Clearing the sidewalks of snow should be a city obligation and they should use those small sidewalk bulldozers you see many well run cities use. Most in Schdy don't have any place to put snow other than in the street to allow it to melt quicker which is common sense. Instead, the City is giving out violations for this? Residents cant control how much snow falls. And we cant expect our elderly/disabled to shovel or pay others.. Sometimes it's safer to walk on snow than shoveled sidewalks that tend to be more slippery after shoveling. So Code needs to make sense and fines need not be so high.