Comments by birmy
Posted on August 25 at 6:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
LOL. Talk about one sided. I am surprised the lease doesn't allow the landlord to live in the apartment they rented.
Posted on August 21 at 4:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I thought the money spent on the food stamp program was to enable parents to afford to feed kids. The shift of responsibilities from parents to government is not going to end well for anyone. If parents are not feeding their kids the question becomes are they preparing them at home for the new Common Core Standards?
Posted on August 6 at 11:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wow. The justice system works.
Posted on August 6 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Bentia Zahn and Bill Lambdin stated on news tonight that Joe Bruno is 84. Based on the responses I believe this is a game changer.
Posted on July 23 at 7:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The taxes are so high in Schenectady that the homes go for a discount as illustrated above. The problem is the taxes are high everywhere in Capital Region. We can say Latham has low taxes but the reality is it is not that much lower than other municipalities and obviously high compared to other states. And the homes in Latham cost a lot of money on the whole and therefore assessed higher in addition to fact that you are paying upfront for the low taxes in part.
I don't know enough about the $500,000 referred to in article but the company seems like they used leverage making it seem like they would not build apartments unless that got money to demolish the homes. Seems like they would of worked that out prior to buying the properties. There is a price for economic development!
Posted on July 20 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I read the homebuilder accepted the cash. $375,000 or so in bag. It is tougher to take out a loan these days...
Posted on July 12 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The BMX bicycle idea could give the writer of The Pines movie an idea for a sequel? More local non-actors could get big speaking role parts too!
Posted on July 8 at 7:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Regardless of color when students act up in the classroom or commit infractions they get "ejected from the room" and subsequently administered a punishment such as a suspension. If you want equity in suspensions you might need equity in behavior.
Posted on June 14 at 11:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If you own a $300,000 assessed him in Niskayuna you would pay about $8,000 a year in taxes. If we go to the income tax the questions is at what threshold would the owner of that home meet their current tax liability? So if the owner of the home makes $100,000 a year would you like the income tax (now adjusted to account for elimination of property taxes) to be $8,000 extra above and beyond what they pay to state and federal govt.? So every $100,000 the owner pays $8,000 extra in income tax? The point is there will always be winners and losers in this equation. The taxpayers do not vote on fire, police and state worker contracts. It is your personal opinion if you feel we get great value for the taxes paid to support those public positions. You do have a say with school budgets by voting. It sounds like since we cannot get many people to vote for school budgets for whatever reason we need to change how we do it and not have a say like other public worker jobs. Schools are not means tested. If you don't own a car you still pay taxes to fund road repair. Everyone pays to fund schools.
Posted on June 9 at 7:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Elizabeth Lynam, vice president and director of state studies for the CBC, stated “Even in this era of budget cuts, we’ve managed to increase education spending,” she said, adding that how school aid is distributed is “a very rich topic.”
Her statement is misleading. State aid levels are lower than they were 4 years ago. So if you punch someone in the stomach and take $50 and then give them back $30 over a period of 4 years it seems disingenuous to state we've increased education spending. While a technically accurate statement that she said it is very misleading. Don't you think?
In 1991 a family health insurance plan was $2,000. It is now $15,000-$18,000. Do we blame the teachers for maintaining quality insurance or do we blame the health insurance industry? NYS pensions are expensive and that is why new teachers under Tier 6 will work until they are 63 and pay 49% of all the costs associated with their defined benefit. Do state, city, county workers, police and fire get the same pension? For the most part YES!
Teachers in NYS have a high per pupil spending amount but the article did not detail why? Do we have more teachers in NYS than other states? Do we have more administrators? Do we have more transportation costs? Is the pension the #1 determinant in why NYS costs more? Why are we $2,600 more per pupil than NJ? Do we have more school building projects? 50 million here and 50 million there?
I know teachers cannot abuse overtime as I have written before. Teachers cannot earn more than 10% of their base salary doing the chess club or coaching. So we know overtime is not the reason. Is the reason that we have close to 900 school districts? You would not know by reading this article.
I hear a lot of people stating how bad NYS schools are. My neighbor used to live in Alburquerque, NM. He said his taxes increased 3 fold when he came to NYS but he did not mind. He said the school system where he lived was outright awful. I think people look at the graduation rates of inner city schools and they go "gotcha, NYS schools are terrible." The graduation rate in suburban schools is great. No one has a definitive answer for inner city schools. That is why NYS schools get so much bad press. What is the answer?