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Posted on October 27 at 12:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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While my wife Cindi was involved in restoring the Flint House in Scotia, we learned a lot about the last owner Lillian Flint. She deeded the house to the village as long as it would be used as a museum & park land.
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Lillian Flint was an amazing woman and one of her many roles was teaching dance classes at the Van Curler Hotel. I spoke with many older residents who remember lessons from Ms. Flint. These weren't the kind of dance classes our kids take. They were part ballroom dancing, part charm school and part lessons in manners. She taught young men how to be a gentleman when attending class and made a long lasting impact on her students. The Van Curler provided a perfect environment for this even as it lost its former prestige.

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Some older locals will recall Ronald Reagan's visits to Schenectady when he was a spokesperson for General Electric. He stayed at the Van Curler and according to AllOverAlbany President Reagan is known to have written a letter to his wife Nancy while staying at the Van Curler during an April 1960 snow storm.
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The letter includes the following...
"Now you might think [the snow storm] would curtail some of our activities -- but think not so. Nothing interferes with one of these d-n 'nut & bolt' fiestas"
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Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios


From: SCCC marks 90th birthday of former hotel


Posted on September 21 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've commented before on the effect of having more casino's than gamblers but besides failures in Atlantic City search on what has happened in Illinois when they allowed more gaming.
The document does talk about the successful Des Plaines Casino and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
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The Rivers Casino owned by the same proposed developer of Mohawk Harbor has been in the news for disputes with unions but you need to search deeper to find out why. It seems the training of "documented refugees" from countries like Bosnia and Bhutan is cost effective.
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From Gaming Today Sept 1st...
“ 'The best word to describe them,' Rivers Casino Vice President Andre Barnabei told Prine, is ‘outstanding.’ Name the department, and in nearly all of them, you have immigrants: food services, table games, valets, marketing. And many are becoming supervisors.”
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It doesn't take long to research why Mohawk Harbor is a beautiful idea but a casino won't provide the anchor. I originally was just going to comment that I'd like to see one of the beautiful photo-like renderings represent our winter. In the 1075 pages there was no mention of snow removal. I suspect they expect to plow it into the river.
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Bill Pytlovany


From: SDEIS for Mohawk Harbor project now online


Posted on August 14 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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I've long considered this area of Schenectady to be ideal for some kind of river front development. At one time I often traveled to other cities and the more successful locations had one thing in common, a vibrant, inviting riverfront.
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I've photographed the former Locomotive site from many angles and I'm glad others share a vision that would transform this location. The public has viewed only a handful of my aerial photos or they've see how valuable the property is positioned.
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Unfortunately, the plans are still missing what computer developers call "the killer app." Schenectady has a history of gaming from the old neighborhood bookies to the birth of New York State Lottery. Many in power have a nostalgic view towards the building of a Casino and are ignoring the figures and data.
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No matter how unique and attractive they build it, they won't come. Atlantic City has a beach, history, a boardwalk and major investors yet earlier this year "The Atlantic Club" closed. This month they're losing "The Showboat Hotel Casino", the Trump Plaza is shutting its doors sending out 1,000+ pink slips to employees. Even the 2 year old 57 floor Revel with 3,000 employees will soon become a boardwalk ghost building.
This trend is expected to continue even though New Jersey's Economic Development Authority has given millions of state tax incentives.
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I look forward to amazing improvements to this site but the only way this dream can come true is if it's realistic and has a long term component.
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Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios
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From: Mohawk Harbor plan given new review


Posted on January 26 at 11:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I like hearing you'll have more photos. Perhaps I'll have an opportunity to share some of my best of Scotia-Glenville shots. ;)

Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios


From: New press underscores Gazette’s print commitment


Posted on November 3 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I disagree with your premise that the current bridge some how has its roots in the bridges which formerly connected Washington Avenue in Schenectady with Washington Ave in Scotia, at the corner with Schonowee Ave.
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The resurfacing and restyling of the 2nd Western Gateway bridge does have a wonderful history with the previous concrete masterpiece. The original bridge connecting Route 5 with its dead mans curve. It was the path of many workers starting and finishing their shift at General Electric. This bridge has its own history.
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Did you read the document by Union College’s geology department or books by Larry Hart? There is plenty of information about the bridges that connected the two Washington Avenues. The Burr Bridge was only one of the spans. The history behind the bridges connecting the East end of Scotia with the Stockade include the first passenger railroad, a historic covered bridge, a toll bridge and multiple problems caused by ice jams.
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The changes to the current bridge have no roots to the 1800's. Congratulations in adding to the dismay of all historians. By documenting the headline in todays paper you've rewritten history and confused future generations.
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Bill Pytlovany
VisitScotia.com


From: Western Gateway Bridge has roots in early 1800s


Posted on January 24 at 11:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You have got to be kidding? Is Duanesburg that desperate they're willing to put more lives in danger? Maybe the town board should visit Heather Bynum and her family to see what pain and sorrow this event can bring. How many will die this time.
Shame on you Duanesburg.

Bill Pytlovany


From: Camp Bisco set for 7th year


Posted on December 21 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best ... buggy whip you ever saw."

I'm pleased to see someone else with the passion to want the Daily Gazette to survive. For the record I'm not suggesting the Daily Gazette give away any content their reporters work hard to gather and verify. I want a news team that works independently of one group of advertisers. I want a news team that includes a fact checker, a copy of the AP Style guide and has an education in journalism. The staff I know from the Gazette are professional journalists. I certainly don't want to depend on Twitter of Facebook for my news.

The Daily Gazette does not have the audience of the WSJ or NY Times. They will not be able to provide the news I described based on a subscription model. If it was possible I'd say go for it but they can't live in denial like our friends in Rochester did. Sometimes you need to change or you die. I'm not saying a partnership with WRGB is the solution but it can't be business as usual.

I'm also with Dan. I used to work at ABC/Disney and they didn't have a clue what WTEN was doing.

Bill


From: WTEN, WXXA share staff under new plan


Posted on December 19 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's too bad they didn't include the Daily Gazette in the shared services agreement. As I recommended many year's ago the only way the Gazette could make it online was to find a partner.

For me it's worth paying for the E-edition of the Daily Gazette. We've been subscribers since day one but we're rare and I know you're losing money. It's annoying that I can't share links to local Gazette stories on Twitter or Facebook (although there are tricks if I really want to)

Maybe you guys need to talk to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the owners of WRGB.

Bill Pytlovany


From: WTEN, WXXA share staff under new plan


Posted on May 19 at 6:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's a reason why I don't watch Major League Baseball and why I look forward to the Little League World Series every year. It's called emotion and passion.

I think it's great to see more major leaguers enjoying the game.

Bill


From: Walk-off = turn-off


Posted on March 16 at 10:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't do you love how the owner of Rolling Green now tells channel 6 she never ever saw the officer in there before.

Bill


From: Sen. Farley vs. Schenectady


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