Comments by Will1960
Posted on December 21 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Just before the murder of these two officers, Pat Lynch circulated a petition for his officers to sign that stated that in the event they are killed in the line of duty, Mayor Deblasio not attend their funeral services. This move was an obvious in-your-face attempt to ratchet up tensions between the police and the Mayor. Lynch's adversarial style is the last thing New York needs during such trying times. Both sides should lower their rhetoric and unite in condemning this despicable killer of these two cops.
I don't have much confidence in Mayor DeBlasio's ability to DE-escalate such a tense atmosphere, either. However, the Mayor could take a good first step toward the healing process by dropping Al Sharpton from his meetings on how to improve relations between police and the community.
Posted on December 18 at 12:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Even if the Casino fails, the fact that this waterfront property is going to receive a major overhaul and development that will infuse outside investment in Schenectady. This announcement is great news for Schenectady going forward. What's the alternative, here? To have the old Alco site gathering mold, not collecting any taxes or producing any new jobs. No Thanks!
Posted on December 10 at 6:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
You don't know what the circumstances are that led to this man being shot dead. For you to attempt to tarnish his reputation in this manner is rather despicable. From the reporting done here, it appears that Wayne Best Jr. lived a law-abiding and productive life. Have a little respect for this man's family. I don't think they appreciate their deceased, loved one having to endure a character assassination from you while you type your vile ignorant, stereo-typical, assumptions from behind the safe confines of your computer.
Posted on December 10 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This is great news. I recall Ray Gillen spoke at the Unitarian Church about Metroplex's and Schenectady's future some seven years ago. At that event, Gillen articulated his vision for Metroplex with a three-fold plan: 1) Developing the Downtown corridor. 2) Expanding the availability of downtown residential apartment units. 3) Improving the city's surrounding Neighborhoods.
This latest news appears to indicate that Metroplex in still in the phase I stage. Expanding the available space for business offices is a worthy investment that enhances the other two areas that Mr. Gillen spoke of. These projects on Broadway will have a positive financial impact on Schenectady beyond just those sites and the city's tax base. Investing in infrastructure for business expansion benefits most of Schenectady, not just downtown.
Posted on December 3 at 11:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The people who are getting the breaks are police. Grand Juries seem to be incapable of indicting cops and on the rare occasion that they do, their almost always acquitted of the charges. And the cops should have had another goal that could have prevented this tragedy and that's to take Mr. Garner into custody without killing him.
Posted on December 3 at 4:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Lawrence Springer has attempted to take on the 800 pound gorilla in the room which is a New York State education system that routinely short-changes teachers and kids in Schenectady. For that, Mr. Springer deserves our applause and gratitude. He is wise enough to realize that this first step is a small victory and he has the fortitude to continue the fight for Schenectady schools.
Posted on December 3 at 4:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This case is different on many levels than the Michael Brown shooting. The video shows the officers faced no threat of danger from Eric Garner when they decided to bring him to the ground. I am sure they were aware that the use of choke holds was banned by the NYPD. Another cop shoved Garner's face into the pavement as he pleaded that he couldn't breath. They didn't make any effort or attempt to resuscitate him, either. I imagine a civil suit will be the Garner Family's only measure of justice.
This decision not to indict the officer who choked Garner sends a message that Police won't be held accountable even if there's compelling video evidence that they have committed a crime. This Grand Jury decision will embolden the bad cops while poisoning any faith African-Americans might have had in our criminal justice system.
Posted on December 2 at 9:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Kudos for Lawrence Springer who had the knowledge to collect, analyze, and present the data in cohesive and stark manner in filing this lawsuit. Superintendent Springer is such a contrast from the previous bozos who have held this post. Schenectady is quite fortunate to have such a perspicacious individual fighting for a better education for its kids.
Posted on December 2 at 10:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
How many of these heroin overdoses are due to the fact that there's no quality control of the drug? This issue will never be addressed as long as we have elected leaders such as Senator Schumer pressing the policies and politics of drug prohibition. In the 1990s, Germany and Switzerland voted and passed laws to have heroin maintenance clinics. This change resulted in heroin overdoses being cut in half after implementing that policy. It's unfortunate that the only response we can expect from our politicians is more of the same failed approach.
Posted on November 25 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Sara Foss makes reference I believe to the case in Georgia earlier this year where an officer tossed a flash grenade into the play pen of a nine month old baby causing severe burns. In that case, there were no arrests made or drugs found at that residence. Yet, the Grand Jury declined any charges against the officer. Within the deference already given to officers who are charged criminally, there seems to be an even greater level of impunity given to those in law enforcement who are involved in these SWAT style, drug raids.
While society will hold law enforcement accountable in civil court, when it comes criminally penalizing their conduct in drug raids, police appear to be given carte blanche in their enforcement of drug prohibition.