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Posted on November 10 at 10:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

LOL at Republicans stating this is a jobs killer. In bed with big business. And I do not vote party line but come on… jobs killer my arse,

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Posted on September 24 at 3:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Did anger get the best of Tony?

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Posted on September 17 at 10:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Expelled. Jail time. Or if parents have a lot of money no jail and suspension at school.

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Posted on August 13 at 10:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Tyson sounds like a nice dog - jumping out the window and helping to kill the dog walking by. How about a microchip in the McKearns brains for acting like selfish, stupid, and inhumane people? The reality is you know these people will end up buying some other nice dogs regardless of what happens. It honestly is annoying to even read this article. These people must love the attention they are getting. I agree with the judge. It's a show.

From: 1 Schenectady dog to die, other’s fate uncertain

Posted on August 7 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agree with safny. sympathy for dogs? LOL. Killer dogs. Idiot owners who steal the dogs back.

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Posted on July 30 at 8:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Schenectady's chances of changing the law when it appears most municipalities are already in compliance appears to be a tough climb. The best they could hope for in my opinion is that retired officers do not get their pension amount lessened in addition to paying back any monies. Maybe there is a statute of limitations with regard to this? The harsh reality is the comptroller's interpretation of the law as well as the fact that a private establishment is paying wages and NOT future pension obligations when hiring a police officer. Those 2 things would appear hard to overcome. But I'm not a lawyer.

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Posted on July 28 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Notice how the thefts do not state the streets and is vague as to when and how often it occurred. I am not sure if this is a strategy of the Niskayuna Police Department or an effort by them not to show how much it is happening on their turf. Not trying to be rude or disrespectful to their profession in any way. One way to catch a crook might be publicizing all the incidents to make neighbors aware that the person 4 doors down whom they've never spoken to just got hit so they can be extra vigilant.

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Posted on July 21 at 8:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice pro charter school article. So in select charter schools the behavior of impoverished students is reflected by the fact that "36 percent of the selected 'charter' kids engaged in at least one of 11 risky behaviors, compared with 42 percent of the other teens." Then the article states, "Math and English scores after freshman year were higher in selected 'charter' kids than the other teens." Not sure why the AP doesn't list the scores? (Higher could mean 1% difference.) We can infer the scores were likely not too different from charter versus public/low performing because if it was startling difference they would of listed that fact. Very next sentence. "Moreover, just 9 percent of the selected kids dropped out of school, versus almost 1 in 4 of the others." That might mean a difference of 9 percent versus 22 percent (almost 1 in 4). Without any hard data to go on but vague things like "almost 1 in 4" and "scores were higher" we are left with no real data to chew on. Did the students who did not dropout in charter schools graduate in 4 years? Did the students who did not dropout have access to vocational skill studies in addition to regular liberal arts curriculum? We just don't know - but the absence of stats and the slant of the article is pretty clear. Makes me wonder who wrote the article… AP likely picked it up from a pro charter school source.

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Posted on July 15 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From my experience, with a re-assessment in the Capital Region, the newer construction homes which are assessed at around their new construction cost start getting some relief from their older neighbors who start paying more... But beware… The larger and older homes (which have not been reassessed in a decade plus) of 3,000 square feet and more pay around $100-$105 a square foot (after the reassessment) and the smaller homes jump to around $140-$145 a square foot. This was described to me by an associate of GAR (reassessment company) as follows. "Do you know when you go to COSTCO and you buy bigger boxes of items such as cereal or what have you - you get a discount. The same principle applies to homes." So keep in mind - the people who bought smaller sized homes will pay more per square foot than the people who could afford larger homes. So the "smaller home" people will subsidize the cost of the people living in larger homes once the reassessment is complete. Not sure how the business reassessment works other than they have a completely different price per square foot that they pay. As far as Subway goes - looks like that $5 sub is being paid for by Schenectady taxpayers. :) They got a good deal with an assessment lower than what it cost to build.

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Posted on July 14 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder where the bank get the money to pay for this? Oh, I forgot. All the banks were recapitalized by giving the depositor almost next to nothing in interest for how many years in a row now? Guaranteed money maker for the banks - you get nothing for deposits and we loan you money at 3,4,5,6,7 percent or more depending on type of loan! This is a drop in the bucket for the banks… no one ever went to jail over this ether.

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