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Posted on June 7 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"The victim suffered a concussion, broken bones to a hand, tooth damage and torn-up skin on his knees, prosecutors said." ….. Defense attorneys were expected to dispute that the injuries rose to the level of 'first degree assault'. HMMMM. Second chance indeed. Hopefully there are no reruns of that movie that got the boys in a tizzy.

From: Schenectady movie theater attackers get ‘second chance’

Posted on May 20 at 11:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People support higher taxes. The proof is in the pudding folks.

From: School budgets approved in all but one area school district

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.

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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.

From: NYRA details payout given to executives it fired

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.

From: Schenectady schools super to complain to feds again about state aid

Posted on May 8 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Buy low sell high!

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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.

From: Casinos facing uphill battle

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.

From: Schenectady school district projects $10 million deficit

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