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Posted on June 22 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"We aren’t about to go back to the days of Prohibition just because some under-21s are able to find a way to get beer at the store. What we do is we enforce the laws and punish the lawbreakers. We don’t throw up our hands and ban all alcohol sales."

This excellent point raised by Mr. Keller was totally ignored with Governor Cuomo's heavy handed, micromanaged bill that makes patients jump through a lot of hoops before they are able to seek relief. Giving Cuomo the power to pull the plug on this law at any time for any reason is another slap in the face to patients, in addition to having a deterring effect on business people who might have otherwise been interested in supplying the demand.
Passing this law is a win for Cuomo, it's something he can hang his hat on. Yet, it's almost as if Cuomo wants Medical Marijuana to fail in New York State. With this watered down bill he will most likely succeed at the expense of those who really need MM the most.

From: State needs to get past fear of medical marijuana

Posted on June 9 at 10:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"The December drug buy was set up in order for investigators to make the arrest, according to the filing."
The Feds had their eye on seizing this car from the beginning. Asset forfeiture laws give an incentive for the Government to seize as much property as they possibly can. These asset forfeiture laws have driven a stake through the 4th amendment. How someone who is never charged with a crime can legally have their property confiscated by the government is just a scam by the Feds to obtain more money.
The owner of the car thought she was doing herself a favor by revealing knowledge of the drug sale. This admission shouldn't give the Feds license to steal her car. Usually the threshold for a seizure was property or cash obtained through drug sales. The Feds have been successful in lowering the bar for seizing property. I hope the owner of the car has a good lawyer. She'll need one.

From: Feds try to seize car allegedly used in Schenectady drug deal

Posted on June 5 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Is the former Alco site sufficiently cleaned up to break ground for this casino? I haven't read that the site heavily populated ground was ever thoroughly cleaned up. I am aware that the soil was the victim of years of Alco operating with no environmental standards. If landing the casino there results in getting that clean up project done; its another benefit for Schenectady. Also, the riverfront property is the best fit for a casino when compared to the competition. I hope the bid goes through.

From: Schenectady chamber gives unanimous OK to Alco casino proposal

Posted on June 1 at 7:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I applaud Darlene and Frank Then for taking a chance in a neighborhood that sorely needs a shot in the arm. Schenectady would benefit with more entrepreneurs like this family in the restaurant business or any business. It's a gamble and I wish them success in this endeavor.

From: Schenectady couple seeks OK for restaurant, puts emphasis on community

Posted on June 1 at 7:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with Mr. Keller's POV. What's frustrating is that the USA seems incapable of looking at and replicating other countries that have dealt with the problem of Heroin in a much more successful way. Germany and Switzerland provide Heroin clinics to addicts where their drug use can be monitored a doctor while they work a job and live with their families. In this country that approach is viewed as 'soft on crime' or enabling the user despite the results which show a significant reduction in overdoses and drug-related crime.
I'm not at all impressed with Schumer's antiquate solutions to ending Heroin use. He caters to those in law enforcement who seek to bolster their budgets with the get-tough approach that has failed by every measure in lowering Heroin use and its related-crime. Until society rejects criminalizing this health issue, we will continued to be plagued with this viscous cycle of Overdoses and crowded prisons while a few enrich themselves fighting the drug war.

From: Give heroin users rehabilitation, not prison sentence

Posted on May 26 at 9:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent article! The media by-and-large turns a blind eye to the transgressions of the NFL. The major sports station, ESPN has been silence on this subject(s) due to their huge TV contracts with the NFL and their fear of reporting on anything that might offend them. They didn't even cover or analyze the Ray Rice press conference.
It's refreshing to see a local sports writer take on the NFL in such a humorous and deft manner. Job well done!

From: Amazing what NFL can absorb

Posted on May 21 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If there's visual evidence of what transpired between the police and Ms. Herrera, then its case closed depending what's on the video. I find it curious that that the police parked their car in front of the suspect to avoid a video recording from their dashboard camera. More than anyone, the police should know that in today's world of cellphones and security cameras, everything is under surveillance.

From: Excessive force by Schenectady cops alleged

Posted on April 20 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)


Who and how would these designated police zones be determined? Would your neighborhood be included in these special police zones? Not! This notion of having a police state in high crime areas is quite appealing to a lot of folks in the Capital Region. Fortunately, this pipe dream for Law & Order Zealots won't be able to get past a little thing called the Constitution.
To quote Ben Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

From: Man shot in front of Schenectady store

Posted on April 17 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What was the probable cause for doing the sting operation in the first place? At his sentencing, the informant, James Slater lamented that he was pressured by law enforcement to come up with more leads for them to make drug busts. I'm sure Attorney Luibrand will use that bit of information as a centerpiece for his lawsuit.

Donald Andrews suffered from spending a weekend in jail, tarnishing his reputation in the community as well as revenue loss affecting his business. He deserves some compensation for this debacle. The Sheriff's department needs to be held accountable and include procedural change to prevent such blunders from occurring in the future. If the Sheriff's department had done their due diligence, this injustice would never have happened.

From: Wrongly accused Scotia shop owner files $5 million lawsuit

Posted on March 26 at 8:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Changing the culture of the Secret Service which has permitted alcohol use is hard to do. However, they could start by firing these agents and send a message that drinking won't be tolerated when the Secret Service is on assignment to defend the President. This is a huge embarrassment for the White House, yet with President Obama's reluctance to hold anyone accountable for their failures on the job, I doubt anyone here will be punished, either.

From: 3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

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