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HUD rule needs to change

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The road of good intentions is often paved with government bureaucracy and nonsensical regulations. So it should come as no surprise that the city of Schenectady hit a major pothole in its application for federal money to fund a downtown revitalization project. Late last year, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer pushed for, then celebrated, the award to the city of a $3 million loan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A significant portion ...

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May 8, 2014
5:26 p.m.

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Can HUD funds be used to demolish buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places? The $500,000 being given to Galesi is intended to be used to demolish the Nott Street School, the oldest public school building in Schenectady. Read about the history of the school from the application used to list the building on the National Register of Historic Places.
One thing not mentioned in the application is that the Nott Street School, was the first public school building built after NYS desegregated its schools. The building is a testament to the people of Schenectady working to empower all its people.
The Council needs to rescind its gift to Galesi, and demand that the building is not demolished.