Comments by dagiacalone
Posted on February 26 at 8:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is a victory for every New York State resident -- present and future -- who believes our state environmental review laws must be taken seriously and not treated like a joke, which zoning and planning boards and Supreme Court justices around the State have been doing for years. I hope the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals will have the opportunity to affirm the ruling by Judge Devine that “The failure to strictly comply with requirements set forth in SEQRA must result in the law’s annulment." And, I hope that other judges who have been rubber stamping even the most irresponsible and facetious SEQRA rulings by local boards will pay attention and start doing their job, which is to ensure that local boards follow SEQRA requirements.
Posted on February 15 at 8:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Despite the storm, about two dozen pink (plastic) flamingos returned to Lawrence Circle in the Stockade for Valentine's Day, reviving a fun and romantic Stockade tradition. Check out the colorful display at
From: Area digs out yet again
Posted on January 24 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"There would also be a protected lane for walkers and bicyclists to connect bike and hike trails on each side of the river." Interesting. For 40 years, walkers and bicyclists on Western Gateway Bridge were protected from traffic by both a shoulder and a guardrail. Now, after the newly competed "rehab", they are "protected" by only a curb, although more and faster bicycles are expected on the new ped-bike connector pathway.
NYS DOT Regional Director Zhou insists that having only a curb on the high-speed bridge is no different than with sidewalks on City streets and that the WGB sidewalk users are safer than before. Since that is DOT's idea of putting safety first and protecting sidewalk users, I suggest that the public remain vigilant and local leaders raise their voices early and often.
Posted on January 17 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)
p.s. I apologize for posting a broken link yesterday. This link to "suns along the Mohawk" will work:
Posted on January 16 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It was especially beautiful along Riverside Park and the Schenectady Stockade yesterday. See photos
Posted on January 13 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)
See photos of the developments along the Mohawk over the weekend at Riverside Park here:
And, see a couple dozen photos taken under blue skies at Riverside Park this morning, here:
Posted on January 13 at 8:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The experience with the Western Gateway Bridge shows how very important it is for the public and local officials to participate and then monitor the development in the design and construction of a bridge. DOT's lack of common sense and the lack of vigilance by local officials cost us not only a beautiful scenic vista but also very important safety protections for users of the Bridge's sidewalks. For the WGB story see
Posted on January 12 at 11:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Sunday morning it looked like there would be no flooding at Schenectady and the Stockade. But, by 10 PM, the Mohawk River was at a standstill and near flood stage along Riverside Park, with water up to the top of the banks in the Park and in some backyards on Cucumber Alley. For photos from throughout the weekend, see
Posted on September 10 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Thanks should go to the Gazette editorial page for raising this issue, and helping to preserve the eastern view. Sadly, the more majestic "natural" view is on the western side of the bridge. Local and state elected officials must look into the "design-build" process to assure that important design factors -- aesthetic and environmental -- are discussed openly and publicly and assurances given on important issues prior to giving a design-build contract.
The Governor says that design-build saves money and inconvenience, but we need to know how just how much time was saved with the concrete wall, when there are many approved see-through railing designs available, and how any such savings compares to forever losing a valuable scenic vista. In addition, we need to ask whether the contractor saved the State or itself any added expense.
Every river bridge shown on the websites of the contractor and architect has a see-through railing. When they decided Schenectady and Scotia travelers -- and our grandchildren -- could do without the scenic vistas of the Mohawk, we were robbed of a valuable regional asset. I would certainly endure the extra time it might take to re-do the westside railing in order to regain that treasured view.
Posted on September 8 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)
See the winning art at the Stockade Outdoor Art Show here: