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Posted on October 27 at 7:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Who would have guessed? And, we have no casino (or Coffee Shop) traffic yet.
Traffic problems? The Mayor did not care, nor did his Democratic puppets, or the Planning Commission. The Casino failed to pay for the roundabout built for its benefit. Maybe they knew it would not help much. It looks like the casino-boosting Chamber of Commerce better expect lots of late-comers to the meetings at their new headquarters.
And, by the way, remember how many times Mr. Buicko told us he needed an 80-foot pylon sign because you could not see the casino or the sign atop it from Erie Blvd. If they got that so wrong, how good to you suppose their income projections will be?

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Posted on October 13 at 8:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

p.s. In a Gazette puff piece on March 7, 2016, Metroplex Chairman and "Schenectady's economic dealmaker" Ray Gillen was asked "What type of synergies do you see with the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor?", the first words of his answer were "You have Lottery Rewards that came here." Perlee was an old buddy from Schenectady 2000, but that certainly did not mean Gillen could secure jobs or a new business for Schenectady.

From: Lottery Rewards relocating from BizLab to Troy

Posted on October 13 at 8:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Fourteen months ago (Aug. 20, 2015), the Gazette told us "Lottery Rewards will bring 18 jobs in five years to Schenectady," and it made a similar claim in Nov. 2015. Its CEO Jeff Perlee was bubbly, saying "We decided to grow our business here because we’re confident that Schenectady will continue its growth as a center of innovation in the public and private gaming industries.”
The November 11, 2015 article had the headline "Startup business places bet on Schenectady." Mayor McCarthy boasted during his campaign about Schenectady becoming the center of the gaming industry service economy. Well, it looks like all bets are off for that dream.
Will Lottery Rewards switch its internship program to Hudson Valley Community College, rather than SCCC? Has it achieved its goal of having "Rush Street use Lottery Rewards for digital marketing." If so, is Schenectady losing the chance of capturing digital marketing jobs from its Casino?
Has Lottery Rewards received direct or indirect Metroplex support? Did Metroplex make any attempt to assure those jobs would stay in Schenectady? How often will the people of Schenectady end up seeing casino and gambling-related jobs go to nonresidents, with spin-off businesses located elsewhere? We keep hearing from County and City officials that Schenectady did not need a Host Community Agreement to guarantee benefits such as jobs (or even first selection rights) for Schenectady residents. I'm not convinced.

From: Lottery Rewards relocating from BizLab to Troy

Posted on October 13 at 10:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

fnb05, You make a very good point. Here's what I wrote a year ago:
NEWBURGH. Rush Street’s actions in its application for a casino at Newburgh, NY, in 2014 also tell a very different story than its assurances here there will be no more crime increase from the casino than from a WalMart. At Newburgh, Rush Street acknowledged there was likely to be increased crime, spreading into other jurisdictions, and an increase in problem gambling. Mitigation dollars adding up to $2.5 million dollars annually, were promised in Memoranda of Understanding signed with the Cities of Newburgh, Beacon and Middletown, plus three school districts, and nearby Dutchess County. [For more detail, go to the end of the posting found at ]

From: Policing Rivers Casino & Resort to be a joint effort

Posted on October 12 at 5:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is good that our new Police Chief acknowledges the need to be proactive about crime around casino. Mayor McCarthy and his parroting party members want us to believe that crime went down around Rush Street's two casinos in Pennsylvania. For a full discussion of crime in the vicinity of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Rush Street casinos, and voluntary funds offered by Rush Street to other cities to combat crime, see
I hope Chief Clifford will be frank with the people of Schenectady about patrols needed to control casino-related crime and the changes in criminal activity in the area near the Casino and in any areas that see increased crime when patrols near the casino push criminals into other parts of the City.

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Posted on October 8 at 8:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The relationship of lawyers, clients, fees, and technology is quite complicated, with much depending on whether we are talking high end lawyers dealing with sophisticated clients and complex problems, or average clients with everyday problems being served by lawyers with average (or less) skills. I addressed these issues often from 2003 to 2009 at a "blawg" [law-related weblog] originally called EthicalEsq, from the perspective of consumer advocacy and competition policy. [ ] In return, I was frequently derided by lawyers who were often very much interested in modern technology, but who had no intention of passing along efficiencies and savings to clients.
Much of the problem is Lawyer Entitlement Syndrome. I, and others looking at the profession and the future, concluded that lawyers were far too worried about losing dollars, control and prestige to new technologies and alternative providers or purveyors of law-related services. I wrote: "It seems that most lawyers expected a very good lifestyle to come automatically with their J.D., along with high social status. They are angry and worried that the marketplace doesn’t value their services as highly as they had expected, and they are bewildered that society doesn’t give them the anticipated respect. . . . The result, as individuals and as a group, is resistance to any change that threatens to further undermine their financial and social position."
For an introduction to this topic and related issues, see my 2008 piece "lawyer entitlement and the cost of legal services" at
I agree with the editor that lawyers have a duty to keep up with basic technological advances, to serve their clients more efficiently. But, finding solutions that take advantage of improved technology depends on many things, including whether the organized bar, law schools, and the judiciary decide to act like a guild protecting their own interests first, or like a learned profession and public institutions seeking to best serve the public interest in creating a truly accessible and affordable legal system.

From: Lawyers need to get tech savvy

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.

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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

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