Comments by birmy
Posted on May 19 at 7:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I have no problem if the "little guy/gal" who inherited a stake in a successful product gets to have some share of the profits. It seems untoward that studios can simply hope the co-creator dies and in the midst of all the paper shuffling the inheritors get zilch. Here is a novel idea. The 3 people who created Trivial Pursuit were eventually BOUGHT OUT for 80 million prior to a major push by the company to create and fund multiple new revenue streams with regard to the product. Let the studios buy out her interest if they so choose.
Posted on May 16 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Joe was a sympathetic character in that he was 85 years old and did shovel tons of money to Upstate as opposed to downstate. I think most people would agree that having a consulting arrangement with a company that you are awarding millions of dollars of grants to is a huge conflict of interest. Why not make it illegal to have an outside income EVEN IF YOU ARE A LAWYER which Bruno wasn't and raise legislator pay 20K to a base of $99,500? Anyone ready to talk loopholes?
From: Bruno not guilty
Posted on May 13 at 6:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Horse racing is a profitable industry. Saratoga always makes lots of money. Big profits and Big Growth at Saratoga RaceTrack equals Big Contract for the Biggest Employee.
Posted on May 12 at 6:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Who gets more federal aid? Niskayuna or Schenectady? My understanding is city districts get more federal aid. But getting more federal aid is not Spring's argument it appears.
Posted on May 8 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Buy low sell high!
Posted on May 8 at 6:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Will the horse be called to testify?
From: Bruno trial eyes money
Posted on February 9 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)
312 million does sound low? Saratoga Racino does over 2 billion a year in revenue right? or was it one billion? What is the profit margin on this? At 10% that is 100-200 million but remember it is only a Racino. Table games and such at a casino figure to make way higher revenues.
312 million a year for 4 casinos….hmmm. maybe the owners of the casinos keep all the rest.
Posted on January 9 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Health insurance cost $2,000 for a family plan in 1991. It now costs $15,000-$16,000. Say what you want about teacher salaries but health insurance costs have been and continue to be outrageous. 8% a year increase?
I don't understand why small school districts are able to survive and many large districts have massive deficits. Maybe it is simply harder to manage a large ship and especially one with a lot of needy kids? With all the taxes homeowners pay in Schenectady it is a shame the district still does not have enough money.
Posted on December 22 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Be honest. Schenectady's problems are being thrust on all of Schenectady County. I have a letter Hugh Farley wrote to me stating he did not support this idea of the City NOT MAKING the county whole. I wrote to him years ago on this issue. Obviously, Schenectady figured out a way to shirk a bunch of their responsibility by changing the law. Whether its Niskayuna, or other residing towns you are getting no great deal on County taxes. If your home is assessed at $300,000 you are paying $4,000 or more already! This deal simply means those bills will rise. Is the answer to spread the pain around? IMO the residing towns already feel pain. Is this going to fix Schenectady's problem? Maybe this will delay the city of Schenectady's eventual bankruptcy?
Posted on December 8 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Wait a second. I've read that teaching is easy! This doesn't sound like an easy job. So much so that anyone who becomes a principal runs for cover as soon as they can.
I read this. "McEvoy wanted every teacher to respond to tardy students in the same way — let them enter class quietly and punish them later, when the teacher had a free moment." How many "free" moments does it sound like they have???!!!! LOL!!!!!
THE ABOVE IS DONE SO THAT THE 2 ADMINISTRATORS ON STAFF DON'T HAVE 30-50 KIDS IN THEIR OFFICE FOR BEING TARDY. THEY PASS THE BUCK TO THE TEACHER FEELING THAT IT IS THEIR ONLY CHOICE. OTHER SCHOOLS MAKE TEACHERS LOCK THE DOORS AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT COMES OVER THE SPEAKER AND THOSE KIDS WHO ARE TARDY GO TO ATTENDANCE OFFICE WHERE THEY GET A DETENTION SLIP. HALLWAY MONITORS ARE OFTEN IN LARGE NUMBERS AND CARRY OUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ESCORTING KIDS FROM THE HALLWAY TO ATTENDANCE ETC.
We have learned the problem is not the paraprofessionals not being in the building. Its not the decisions of the Superintendent that led to this. Its not the merging of the school... I'd be interested to learn whose fault all of this is? Maybe we can start blaming the teacher this time? I've never read that in the paper before.