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Posted on August 25 at 11:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is not journalism ... it Is total alarmist drivel.

There is a body of law .... NYS Landlord Tenant Law which defines tenants rights and landlord rights.
Any lease that attempts to diminish tenants rights to less than NYS Law provides has no standing and is unenforceable
It appears that what SLOC is doing is advising landlords to use a lease that exercises their rights rather than waiving them.

With regard to allowing barbecues ... There is a NYS Fire-code provision that specifically states that charcoal grills or gas fired grills with a bottle capacity of greater than 2.5 lbs are NOT permitted on apartment building decks or patios. So that is a right that tenants do not have .. And it is only reasonable that tenant leases should not allow such barbecues.

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Posted on February 14 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In recruiting a new assessor I think it is appropriate to have residency as a requirement.

However Ms Dimitriadis was appointed by the previous mayor without such a residency requirement being applied.
By my reckoning she has done a good job in her two years here ..
.... especially considering the chaos created by her predecessor, that disaster Pat Mastro, who almost single-handedly destroyed the residential real estate market in Schenectady with his disregard of the New York' "Welcome Stranger" law and his unfair assessment policy regarding the reassessment of new and recent property owners.

I say to Mayor McCarthy .... keep her on, because she's good .... and as long as she continues to be good ... But when a reappointment is made, go with a qualified City resident

From: Schenectady assessor likely to lose residency fight

Posted on January 29 at 7:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)


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Posted on January 3 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sharon is an amazing person ... and what a bargain for $25/hour.
Without her organizational skills Mayor Stratton could be in deep do-do.
For the good of the City let's hope she will hang around for a bit longer

From: Schenectady director of operations appears close to retiring

Posted on October 14 at 11:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A sad day for Schenectady.
Mastro's assessments which have consistently discriminated against new buyers have destroyed the real estate market in Schenectady.
Nobody in their right mind will buy here while Mastro is still around.
It is my understanding that the Mayor and the City Council have no power to "remove" Mastro until the end of his contract.

From: Schenectady assessor rescinds retirement

Posted on August 27 at 11:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good riddance to Pat Mastro .....

In his tenure as City Assessor he has single handedly managed to bring the real estate market in the City of Schenectady to its knees.

His unnecessary rudeness to taxpayers, appraisers and City officials are legendary.

Mastro's recent City wide property reassessment, which penalized recent property buyers with much higher assessments and real estate taxes than the owners of comparable non-sold properties, has caused many financial hardship, diminished property values and much heartache.

His discriminatory actions have scared off new buyers of homes and commercial properties and the current real estate sales activity in Schenectady is just about zilch.

The City's potential legal costs, currently unbudgeted, for the future defense of the large number of tax grievance law suits in process, is going to further detract from Mastro's legacy

From: County looks at uniting positions with city

Posted on May 16 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mastro's actions are those of a tyrant and a bully.

After being exposed for giving a totally outrageous reassessment on the Lowry residence he now also threatens the neighbor.

Examining the City's tax records ..

... at a 2009 Assessment of $85/sq ft of living area Lowry's house is already the highest assessed one-family on the block.

... the proposed assessment of $147/sq ft is way higher than any other property in the City.

No reasonable person would let an Assessor of Mastro's reputation into his house ... because he could not expect a reasonable outcome.

Now both Lowry and DiCrescenzo are going to be burdened by the considerable cost of obtaining independent appraisals.

Who would want to buy a house in Schenectady with an Assessor like Mastro?

From: Schenectady seeks to resolve assessment flap with inspection of home

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