Comments by FlyPTi
Posted on January 7 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I know that it is hard to believe that there could be anything worse than a boarded up building. New construction like the massive tax free structures proposed by Community Builders and endorsed by Ray Gillen, Mayor McCarthy and others filled with people with government assigned labels could be a lot worse than a boarded up building.
Posted on January 7 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Blight is a word used by government and not for profits to get money. The people who experience life in these neighborhoods know that blight is caused by crime. Each "blighted" property can be traced back to a crime... arson, drugs, over taxation, unsupervised tenants in programs paid to take care of a vulnerable population, etc. You have to reduce the crime and increase program accountability to really impact blight. Otherwise structures built today will be tomorrows slums.
Posted on December 20 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This reminds me of 2008 in Schenectady on the 700 block of Stanley Street. Four Loko was consumed liberally. The dramatic range of behavior that I observed over the course of consumption, intoxication, and the resulting behavior, all to often ending with an ambulance ride to the emergency room, was devastating for all who came in contact with it.
Posted on October 26 at 10:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)
To rswanker from Darlene Lee. I have a much better plan. But, I spent 3 years as Interim Weed and Seed Coordinator,as a volunteer because "it wasn't about the money" writing, organizing, and achieving what all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't, I got official recognition with a strategy that became a model for the country. All the members of the Steering Committee cashed in big time! I could write a book on what happend next. You all know who got the paid position. Now if you want my services, you will have to pay for them!
Posted on October 26 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Point taken. They should buy our property instead of taxing and flooding the neighborhood with hard to place, chronically addicted, yadda yadda. There is nothing random about the condition of the neighborhood.
Posted on October 26 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Versions of this grant have been rejected at least twice. How many time do they get to keep resubmiting a bad idea? I can think of 10 things this neighborhood could benifit from instead of more people that have special needs and no one or plan to care for them.
Posted on October 26 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The previous comment was posted by Darlene Lee. The Hamilton Hill Neighborhood, no longer has a library, the Schenectady Police Department Traffic Center, the Charlie Mills Neighborhood Network Center, Schenectady Fire Department Call Boxes, Pay Phones, United States Postal letter box, a Catholic Church, a Methodist Church,and let's not forget that the city tried to foreclose on most of the African American Churches, a laundramat, and on and on.
This plan begs for regulation and transpancy in grants. All grants should have to file for a permit. (for a fee) All grants should be published and available in public places for the public to view. All parties and letters of support provited by politicians should be public information. All too many politicians sign letters of support without reading or comprehending the financial burden on the residents of the city and as a favor for a friend without any accountablilty. Oh yes, does everybody remember that the first thing Community Builders did when the Vale Project was done was to ask for a correction of their tax assessment?
Posted on October 26 at 8:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is not a plan to revitalize anything! This is a plan to allow the Boys and Girls Club and Hometown Health,(former owner of Hometown Health on Craig Street)and BNI to cash in/cut and run after deliberatly flooding the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood with failed programs, crime and unmet promises sending local property values into the toilet. Don't forget that Schenectady Municipal Housing/Section 8 will benefit from the increase in the number of Section 8 units in the city. Cities like Troy and Saratoga limit the number of Section 8 units to maintain a balance in their housing mix. Craig Street is referred to by the locals as "Kids Corridor" This is the main walking route to a campus of schools, Martin Luther King, Mont Pleasant, Pleasant Valley, Steinmetz, and Washington Irving School. The Schenectady School District plans to redistrict. I have been told that they will try to keep the children closer to where they live. Read the grant. It is horrible! I wonder what the veterans will do when the gaslines explode rocking the neighborhood like an earthquake hit, or on the 4th of July when the fireworks are more like mortars and bombs than a show of patriotism and sparklers. If the local, county, state and federal legislators don't get this than we need to vote in some that do. And, wmarincic is right on target. Get in your car, better yet park your car and walk the Vale Neighborhood and see what Community Builders did for that neighborhood with your tax dollars.
Posted on October 15 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Once again, the Hamilton Hill Library remains closed. Money is spent in other libraries for security camera's while Hamilton Hill has no books. We just have no representation on the Schenectady County Legislature!
Posted on August 13 at 11:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
There is a growing mistrust of government in general in Schenectady County. The opinion rendered by Gary Hughes only increases the mistrust of government. It is the people's government.