Comments by dagiacalone
Posted on November 1 at 9:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The money spent at print shops tells us something about the usage, not the utility (usefulness, benefits) of the mailers. (It also makes us wonder whose brother-in-law or cousin owns the print shop.)
It would have been useful if this article told us what it costs to design, print, and mail the typical political mailer. Also, the effectiveness of mailing 6 rather than 12 or twenty for a particular candidate is a good question. Do Mr. Kosiur and Mr. Ferrari, and all the other candidates whose names I cannot remember despite the deluge of mailers, really think that seeing their faces and similar slogans more often makes us more likely to vote for them?
I think I'll mail a few of these political flyers to the casino Location Board, so they can see the same politicians who told the Board how destitute Schenectady is take credit for the miraculous revitalization they have produced.
Posted on October 28 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Many thanks to all the volunteers.
To see a Before-and-After collage, go to
Posted on October 23 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
P.S. I sent larger versions of the photos taken by the DEC engineer to Don Rittner (former City and County Historian, etc.). Don replied:
"The bottom line is a professional archeologist should have been hired to document the site before destruction. This was such an important part of Schenectady history that we may never know what those tunnels were for. Could they have been secret passageways in case of war, later used for other purposes, hence the small pipes that obviously were not part of the original purpose?
"If it was something special to Building 332 then what was it? This should have been part of the EIS from the beginning."
Posted on October 22 at 10:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The "tunnels" or "utility corridors" were discovered on August 5, prior to Metroplex opening the comment period for the approved supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The site's DEC remediation engineer told me on Tuesday that the "corridors" were large enough to be called tunnels, and are far larger than needed to protect the narrow pipe running through them. He also said the contractor could not have known in advance that they were there.
Perhaps they were simply utility corridors despite their size, but we now will never know, as they are demolished and the location covered with tons of fill.
Go to the following link to see a collage of six photos taken by the DEC engineer of the "apertures".
Construction of Building 332 was completed in 1905, but was apparently built over the foundation of an earlier building. If a professional archeologist had the opportunity to examine the tunnel-corridors, we might have learned what their original purpose could have been under a building that played a significant role in the history of ALCO and Schenectady's industrial and wartime past.
Posted on October 6 at 9:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A lot of us would like to know where the candidates stand on the Schenectady casino proposal. Did your reporter forget to ask or did the editors want to avoid the issue? I have heard that Ferrari is strongly for the casino, even though most Democrats in the City are against it. What does Mr. Barnes have to say?
Posted on October 3 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)
How many of the Schenectady Casino jobs have been promised to Gloversville and Amsterdam, and offered to other locations in return for public support? Most of the casino supporters at the Schenectady City Council meeting of June 9th also came from outside the City. So, just how is the Casino going to solve Schenectady's unemployment and low-income problems if Gary McCarthy is promising jobs in exchange for letters of support that are very unlikely to affect the decision of the Location Board?
Has the Gazette pressed Mayor Thane and Mayor King and Mayor McCarthy to learn if any jobs have been mentioned as likely to result in exchange for supporting the Schenectady Casino?
Posted on September 30 at 1:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I'm concerned that the Gazette has again forgotten to mention the strong Stockade opposition to the casino, which has focused on the traffic issue for the past two months. Instead, you speak with the President of the Stockade Association, who has refused to have a meeting on the casino, which she supports, and talk about a traffic letter that received a few minutes of attention almost as an afterthought at an Association meeting.
Casino opponents collected 126 signatures by Stockade residents on their petition, as compared to the membership of the Association which is under 100, and compared to the 18 people who voted for the "neutrality position" at the September Association meeting.
Had you spoken with us, we would have pointed out, as was stated on August 14 at StopTheSchenectadyCasino.com, that the Applicant's traffic study predicted casino patrons would generate 681 new vehicular trips during morning peak rush hour and 1,615 new trips during evening peak rush hour, not 680 during the day and 1615 at night, as your article states. In fact, the traffic report states that the peak rush hour numbers are those at the peak of the nearby roads, and that the casino's even higher peak numbers come at different hours (which are never discussed in the Report).
The Table from the Traffic Report with the trip generation numbers can be found at this webpage:
It is strange that after 40 years of constant worry about traffic from development, the "leaders" of the East Front Street Neighborhood Association "don't mind the traffic" from the casino. Yes, Front St. will get the traffic, and two-thirds of Front Street is very narrow and runs through a very densely populated portion of the Stockade neighborhood. For photos and description of the traffic problem likely to be created by the casino, see
Finally, the Casino's access plan has an arrow directing exiting traffic west up Front St. If that is any indication of the good working relationship between the casino Applicant and the Stockade Association, perhaps we are lucky the Association has decided to disarm itself and abandon its role of protecting the residential nature of the Stockade.
Posted on September 27 at 9:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
You can find 50 photos from the 2014 Walkabout here
Posted on September 23 at 1:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Thanks for correcting that headline. As much as Schenectady County might feel at times like a dictatorship, "New Schenectady County Legislature named" did not seem correct.
Posted on September 23 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
It is disappointing that Schenectady's "newspaper of record" does not mention that there was opposition to the Schenectady Casino at yesterday's event. Readers can find the 20-page Statement explaining our opposition, which was submitted yesterday to the Location Board by Stop the Schenectady Casino, along with links to attachments, at