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December 21, 2008 Poll Results

What was the top local news story of 2008?

Ice storm causes widespread damage, power outages 17% 105 votes
Former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek among those sent to prison for roles in major drug ring 32% 195 votes
Gas prices soar to record highs then plunge at a record pace 15% 92 votes
Longtime Assemblyman Paul Tonko elected to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Michael McNulty 1% 8 votes
AMD chip fab moves closer to reality 2% 13 votes
Massive fire destroys old Johnstown mills 3% 18 votes
NYRA reaches agreement to continue running state thoroughbred tracks 1% 8 votes
Thousands of area jobs disappear as the economy plunges into recession 17% 103 votes
Man jumps from small plane, hits Duanesburg house 6% 38 votes
Schenectady family hit by pickup truck while crossing State Street 2% 15 votes
Total: 595 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


December 21, 2008
9:45 a.m.

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Why is it you can only find ONE positive story in your news archives - and that has to be 30 miles away from Schenectady? You can't even find ONE story that relates to Schenectady, the city/county that is home to, and has supported the "Daily Gazette" for years.

You could have done a lot better. There's much to be proud of in Schenectady (and I'm not talking about Proctors or Metroplex).

Try positive news reporting instead of "doom/gloom" for a change.

December 21, 2008
4:39 p.m.

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countyresident: They can't report positive stories if there's nothing positive going on! And as long as it's 'business as usual' nothing will change. Schenectady insists on continuing down the toilet.

December 22, 2008
12:26 a.m.

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The issue is that when you are taking about "top stories" you aren't talking about happy, feel-good news. Those have little news value. As much as stories on local puppies getting homes are infinitely better to read, doesn't make them more newsworthy.

A recent, great example, of a big impact story that was positive was story about the City Hall switching to CFLs and the difference being a major impact on the Carbon Footprint for the city. While it is a great story and a big story, it is hardly a top story of the year.

December 22, 2008
6:14 p.m.

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surely, the story is the mortgage crisis..fannie and freddie mac and what it has done to the working class.
who are subject now to massive layoffs ..while bank executives still walk away with millions of dollars..

December 24, 2008
10:08 a.m.

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It is kinda sad when the winner of this poll is a drug dealing ex schenectady cop. Why is this rated the #1?

December 24, 2008
10:26 a.m.

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I'll tell you why I think it's the number one story... because it's the ultimate "good vs bad" tale of the supposed good guy who hoodwinked us all and finally got what he deserved! Next to the old "David vs Goliath" parable, this takes a strong second place. May his room-mate be named "Bubba". ;)

December 24, 2008
10:49 a.m.

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YOW! Gazette is just taking a simple poll. Good Lord in Heaven. People never cease to amaze me.

December 25, 2008
10:53 a.m.

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Be Amazed!

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