Comments by SchenectadyScott
Posted on July 25 at 10:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
City Councilman Mootoveran FAILED to bring to a vote Councilman Riggi's Proposal At Monday's Committee Meeting for the Committee that he chairs...of July 21 2014 as reported by Katleen Moore in Tuesday's edition. As released in the above Press Release of what was Proposed last Monday and not even recognized to be discussed and brought up for a vote.
Posted on July 25 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Continued from the Press Release of July 17 2014:“Public safety must be a priority and while Assemblyman Tedisco moves forward with statewide legislation for a municipal Dangerous Dog Alert system, in the meantime, the City of Schenectady has an obligation to give people as much information as possible to protect their family and pets from irresponsible dog owners,” said Riggi, who has requested for the agenda and will be bringing the Dangerous Dog Alert forward for discussion on Monday’s Schenectady City Council Public Safety Committee meeting.
“Our family is devastated by the loss of our sweet dog Templeton who was truly a beloved part of our family. If I had known there was a dangerous dog on that block, I wouldn’t have walked my dog there. With the State of New York and City of Schenectady moving forward with a Dangerous Dog Alert system, this is a positive step forward for public safety. If this alert was in place then Templeton would still be with us. I wholeheartedly endorse this effort,” said Rebecca Cigal, who noted that her 15 year-old son has taken Templeton’s death very hard as the dog was his constant companion.
Tedisco also is sponsoring legislation (A.4518A), the Dangerous Dog Owners Deterrent Act that enables law enforcement to charge an irresponsible dog owner up to a felony if their dog seriously injures someone or another dog, carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
In August 2011, a 59-year-old woman was viciously attacked and disfigured by three pitbull dogs on Hulett Street in Schenectady while walking home. The owner of the three pitbulls had been cited twice before for harboring dangerous, unlicensed dogs.
Posted on July 25 at 10:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Press Release July 17,2014 :Tedisco and Riggi Call for New Dangerous Dog Alert
Following savage dog attack, Assemblyman and Schenectady City Councilman call for new alert system to inform residents, dog walkers of those convicted of having a violation and dangerous dog in their neighborhood
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and Schenectady City Councilman Vince Riggi today announced they are pursuing new statewide and local legislation to create a new Dangerous Dog Alert to protect people and pets from irresponsible dog owners.
The legislation, which is being drafted, would instruct municipalities to alert constituents via the web, email or social media when an owner of a dangerous dog has been convicted. The legislation would protect individual privacy by noting the block in which the violator lives in and not any identifying details such as names, addresses or phone numbers.
Since the Dangerous Dog Alerts would piggyback on existing technology such as a town or city website, email, facebook page or twitter, there should not be any additional cost to local governments to inform the public of a dangerous dog on a block through this list of violations.
Tedisco recently met with Rebecca Cigal of Niskayuna, who on June 30th took her dog Templeton for a walk on Dean Street in Schenectady, when two dogs that had two previous charges of attacking others, savagely mauled Templeton, ultimately killing the dog.
“Our residents shouldn’t have to live in fear when they go for a walk because of irresponsible dog owners. We want to mitigate future dangerous dog attacks by giving more transparency and information to the public about dangerous dogs that are in their neighborhood so they can be more aware of their surroundings while out for a walk,” said Tedisco, who was the driving force behind passage of Buster’s animal cruelty felony law.
Posted on July 22 at 11:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I guess Schenectady needs a Casino...instead of a big time manufacturing facility...good call...congrats to Malta and Saratoga County!!
Posted on July 22 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What else is new???...Short window to comment publicly....at least this time there is a window to do so...
Posted on July 22 at 10:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Great to see the bipartisan support from our council for the protection our our dogs and their owners...Thank you Mr. Mootoveran....Great job on that!!!..Silence speaks Volumes!!!
Posted on July 18 at 9:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Smallvoice...what is being asked is "legislation requiring online alerts when anyone is convicted of having a dangerous dog."...being licensed has no requirement when someone is convicted of having a dangerous dog, you have a dog licensed or not and have a record off attacking and and convicted......People have the right to know the general area of where not to walk your dog, and to be on alert of this being a dangerous area, just on the record of convictions of that person having a dangerous dog in that area. If I know there is a dangerous dog on this particular street...I am not going to walk my dog on that street, plain and simple. It was clearly stated in the piece.
Posted on June 17 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Blessings to Denise for all her service at SCCC. She was a huge supporter and inspiration for all alumni. She will be missed. I wish her all the best in all she does.
Posted on June 12 at 3:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)
So are we not considered 'Friends and Family"...and where is our free meal as we the Taxpayers of Schenectady are Partners in this endeavor, I think we deserve at least one Free Meal for all the money we laid out for them to open this massive restaurant.
Posted on June 10 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The quote Vince Riggi used as part of his reasons to vote no were from Congressman Tonko's April 17 interview with Alan Chartok on WAMC. The Gazette should of printed this. "New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, spoke with WAMC for an upcoming Congressional Corner segment on Thursday. He was asked about the many possible casino proposals being discussed within his district.
"You know, I’ve seen these dividing communities along almost a 50-50 threshold. If there is going to be an issue that people decide, if there is going to be a casino in the area, I hope it’s going to be a situation where it’s not in a poor neighborhood because of the disproportional impact on the poor," he said. "But in general, I’m concerned about us hinging our hopes for a better economy on casinos. I think there has got to be a better way, a more straightforward way. What we have is a dependency on perhaps someone to lose their retirement check or their week's salary so that we can invest in children and their future through education. Somehow that doesn’t make sense to me."
"I know people have been saying that it equals jobs and it provides for economic recovery. I don’t know if the soundness of that recovery is as great as we would like to think; you look at the economy in Las Vegas and Nevada, it has not been that great, the property values have dipped precipitously," he added. "I talked to my colleagues from Nevada, they have had tough, tough times and you see this growing number of states in the Northeast that are delving into this concept of casinos. I have to believe there is a finite amount of money that people are able, not necessarily willing, but able to give. After you have drained some of those paychecks and retirement accounts, what’s left? And of course the impact on the cultural industry in these towns: Proctors, SPAC, the track itself in Saratoga. This has to be done in a way that puts together a plan that can avoid however possible, the negative impact on some of the standing cultural entities or entertainment entities as they exist today and also just being conscious of just where we provide for the setting so that it is not going to make it so convenient for some of the poorest amongst us."