Comments by CalvinHobbes
Posted on January 25 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Even the most cynical cop basher among the public is hard pressed to see the value in this story. Sadly this is another example by which the Administration of SPD demonstrated how they weakly succumb to the pressure of the media. For Wayne Bennett to justify punishment in this matter is a travesty of justice in its own right. This action is another example that validates the sad fact that neither he nor the administration will not stand behind their men, no matter how absurd the accusation.
Posted on January 4 at 7:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
In the interest of journalistic integrity, I would like to know the specific nature of the injuries the "badly beaten" suspect endured that led to the termination of two officers.
Posted on December 29 at 11:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Posted on November 9 at 6:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)
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Posted on June 18 at 8:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
There is also an open house at St. John's the Evangelist at 806 Union Street TODAY from 9-12. There will be games for the children, refreshments and prizes. There are contests and a chance to win prizes such as a nintendo 3DS gaming system!
Posted on November 18 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A follow up story would be appropriate as this story inspired a host of new questions. What is the Attorney General’s opinion in this matter? Will they be launching an investigation? Will the relationship between Andrew Cuomo and Brian Stratton influence whether this is pursued? What consequence could the mayor face for his obvious deceptive practices? What can the council and citizenry do to make Mayor Stratton accountable? Why would Mayor Stratton be offering overtime to a chief who, because of his position, is exempted from such a perk under the Fair Labor Standards Act? (http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/screen...) Why would this agreement be struck in times of such economic hardship in the city? Is there a motivation to keep this secret due to the fact that the mayor had recommended deep cuts Schenectady Fire Department that the timing of this salary increase would be publicly perceived as deplorable?
The claim of ignorance is an excuse that the mayor himself would not allow from his staff and public workers and is thereby an unacceptable explanation. It can be proven to be untrue as Gazette archives will reflect that Mayor Stratton formally acknowledged how OT boosts retirement numbers when he proclaimed his disdain for this practice. In the face of criticism, Stratton committed to full transparency, yet he is admitting to making secret deals with Blanchfield. The deep breach of integrity and grave violation of the trust of the citizenry does not bode well to his public when he has made a practice of pontificating that he sets the standard for transparency and honesty.
The audience of this paper would appreciate further investigative reporting for the follow up on this matter and provide true transparency on these and other secret practices that mayor Stratton has been employing at the expense of a disillusioned public. It will answer the question that has burned in the minds of many – is the true corruption in Schenectady at the top?