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Posted on February 22 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In these days of crisis in the City of Schdy, I believe we have more important problems to address. We have "x" amount of vacant houses with absentee landlords not paying their fair share of taxes. The City is in big financial trouble, etc. These are the things that have effected me. I am a senior struggleing to pay National Grid bills, food bills, repair bills on my home which as assessed two years ago to an outrageious assessment of $150,000. My taxes are $2500 and my house is ready to fall down! My income is a minimal amount of a small pension in the amount of $480 and social security $898.00. I do not get any freebies such as the ones your survey will include. Let's get real here. Most of the survey includes monies for those who are already getting free housing, food stamps, etc. I am very angry that I am being fleeced by this city and nobody helps me. When will this city listen to those of us who are finding it very difficult to meet our obligations? I think you should rethink your survey to include some of us who are the pillars of the community providing all the freebies to those who never stop taking or making an effort to help themselves. These are the people who believe that we should all take care of them and their families. Nobody took care of me or my family. I had to get out and work like a "jackass" and still in my retirement finding it very hard to live in this very expensive city. Unfortunately, I have lived here all my life and cannot afford to move! Your survey is nothing but more ways to get grant moneys, etc and spend them on those in the community who won't get up and find a job. I have an aide who come in to help me bathe. She gets free food stamps, free housing, free medical, etc.,etc.,etc. and she is just one of the many people in this city who is taking from those of us who meet our obligations. Stop listening to all the sad stories. If we stop giving to these people they might have to go and work for what they want.

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Posted on November 9 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good job Governor Cuomo!! About time we have someone in office to go after the wrong doers. I applaud you as well.

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Posted on October 18 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am a 78yr. old senior with a monthly income of $1200 a month. Just a couple of yrs. ago when the assessment in Sch'dy went sky rocketing, I had to fight to get mine reduced. I live on Ave. A and my assessment was increased to $150,000. There is no way I could ever sell this house for even close to that assessment figure. The city did reduce the assessment to 120,000 which still is way too high for a house which is over 100 yrs old and not much has been done to it. Long story short, my taxes were increased and needless to say, I am having a difficult time paying them. If the city insist on raising taxes again, I will have to sell my family home and honestly don't know where I would live and afford rent! I am handicapped and single, I just cannot absorb anymore taxes. It is a crime what poor management of this city has done to our community. If "x" amount of jobs must be cut than so be it. How much more can I absorb for all their "mistakes"?

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Posted on August 12 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is such a disgrace that the City finds itself in the situation. They have pushed all the good paying taxpayers right out of the city. My taxes went up to $2500 two yrs ago without any changes to my 100 year old house. I am a senior citizen who is having a very difficult time paying these taxes. I should have for the cost of these taxes a georgous house in the suburbs, but instead I am stuck here without having a chance of moving due to spending all my money on city taxes. The biggest mistake was to reassess all these houses. Most of us could manage prior to the reassessment, but now we are stuck into never ending tax increases without anything in return. The city must get real and understand that the few of us remaining cannot carry the delinquents, etc.

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