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Posted on September 16 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Isn't it bad enough that Metroplex (Mr. Gillan and our County Attorney) gives the Mayor his marching orders and he leans heavily on his Council members to rubber-stamp Metroplex projects no questions asked? Now, a Metroplex insider will be working from inside the Council, if Ms. Z-W wins. It is more and more embarrassing to be a registered Democrat in this City.
I hope I am wrong about Karen, and that she uses her "financial background and business experience" to start insisting the Casino Gang mitigate the expenses they will create for this City, as Rush Street Gaming does in its other cities, but has not even been asked to do here. Perhaps she could also act like a real Democratic, and ask the City and County and its School District to establish programs to help prevent and treat problem gambling, with education and counseling, aimed at vulnerable groups such as youth, the elderly, and the poor. Del Lago Casino is paying for such programs in Tyre, and Seneca County offers a template for action.

From: Democratic Committee endorses Zalewski-Wildzunas for City Council

Posted on September 10 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ART UPDATE:The Stockade Outdoor Art Show has been moved to the rain date, tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 11, Noon to 4 PM, due to the forecast of rain for Saturday.

From: Downtown Schenectady a happening place Saturday

Posted on August 9 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for echoing my dismay over the obliviousness, irresponsibility, and arrogant feeling of entitlement displayed by so many of our fellow citizens when they are behind the wheel.
Here's a worrisome example: Only official vehicles are allowed to use the asphalt path in Riverside Park. Last week, I saw a non-official vehicle driving on that path with the driver staring down at his smartphone, and waved down the car. When I asked whether he was a police officer, the young man's response was "yes, but I'm off-duty." His excuse for being there was that an ambulance was blocking Front Street, so he took this detour. He was followed by another vehicle. When I then asked why he was looking at his PokemonGo screen while driving through a Park, he said "because I am able to watch the road and my phone at the same time." I let out a mild oath, and was chastised by my companion, who thought I should have been nicer to the man in order to persuade him not to repeat this action. Good luck.
By the way, a lot of the culture of approved distraction started when cowardly politicians, enabled by a media unwilling to give up their ability to phone and drive, agreed to allow the use of "hands-free" cellphones when driving, despite knowing that studies showed such use to be just as distracting as having a phone in your hand.

From: Regain some fear behind the wheel

Posted on August 7 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It sounds like the City is planning to use the roundabout (and later Jay St.) to advertise the Mohawk Harbor Arboretum -- that is, to get more people into the Casino complex. Perhaps, this Gateway to the City should be used instead to let newcomers know that we are much more than a Casino Town, much more than Mohawk Harbor. This Roundabout-Arboretum link sounds like a typical Done-Deal-Trial-Balloon. It is yet another reason to ask why Galesi and Rust Street are not reimbursing the City and State for the cost of the roundabout.

From: Options abound for Schenectady's roundabout

Posted on August 4 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's been, on the whole, quite enjoyable having the PokemonGo invasion in the Stockade. Most of the players are polite and friendly. It would be great if they reminded each other to follow basic traffic and parking rules, and to remember -- especially after midnight -- that this is a residential neighborhood, with lots of bedrooms in homes that are only a few feet from the street and sidewalks.
For more photos of PokemonGo invading the Stockade, see .

From: History and Pokemon intersect in the Stockade

Posted on August 3 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For its own business reasons, Rush Street Gaming chose to take out a mortgage on these properties rather than pay outright for the building. Why does the Gazette make a big deal out of Rivers Casino paying a tax or fee required by law to be paid to the County, City, or State?
Is it an attempt to cover up or otherwise counter the fact that Rush Street has not done in Schenectady what it has done in its other casino locations and applications: Voluntarily pay millions of dollars over and above legal requirements to help mitigate the added expenses and negative effects of operating a casino in our City? Is it an attempt to whitewash the irresponsible failure of Mayor McCarthy and his cowed City Council members to demand some sort of host community agreement to achieve the voluntary payments traditionally made by Rush Street elsewhere and by casinos all over the State and nation?
For examples of the Money On The Table our mayor forfeiting by failing to negotiate a better deal for the City, County, and surrounding towns, see
For other examples of the Gazette acting as the public relations arm of Rush Street Gaming rather than the public's source of full and unbiased reporting on the most significant development and policy issues of this generation in Schenectady, see

From: Schenectady to get another $1M from Rivers Casino project

Posted on August 1 at 11:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The other new casinos in NYS are paying millions of dollars for traffic infrastructure improvement. Rush Street offered to pay Illinois up to $3 million to complete a nearby interchange. But, we build the Casino Rotary without the wealthy developer or billionaire casino owner chipping in any money. The Gazette should be telling that story and the Mayor should be embarrassed over all the money he left on the table by not negotiating on behalf of the City and taxpayers.
For details and examples of the money Gary McCarthy left on the table, see

From: It's official -- Schenectady's 1st roundabout open to traffic

Posted on July 29 at 12:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The biggest problem with "letting the engineers decide" is, of course, deciding which engineers. Mayor McCarthy, Ray Gillen, Dave Buicko, and others of our Power Elite who want our City government to do or not do a particular thing, always seem to find engineers who echo their desires -- and, often, others shortly thereafter with new opinions, as desires change or new puppeteers take charge, or the initial publicity has served its purpose and business profits take over as the real goal. And, public bodies like our Planning Commission merely nod and accept studies, no matter how thin the rational may be for the conclusions.
Where will neutral engineers, who put the longterm public interest at the core of their decision-making be found? How will they be paid in a manner that does not skew the results?

From: Let engineers decide fate of the Nicholaus building

Posted on July 23 at 12:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For views of the JJ Fireworks seen from the end of Cucumber Alley in the Stockade, see

From: Jumpin’ Jack’s fireworks set for tonight

Posted on July 22 at 8:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not set a curfew for the setting off of fireworks?

From: Schenectady County officials divided on fireworks sales

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