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Posted on September 21 at 2:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stop the Schenectady Casino campaign is about much more than preserving the livability of the Stockade, as important as that goal is. See more at

From: Public to have its say on casinos

Posted on September 11 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for showing your concern, Tom. If Rush Street is willing to invest millions to become the industry leader in luring children from social media into real-world casinos, I wonder what it will be willing to do to lure Union College undergraduates across the street to the old ALCO site.

From: Viewpoint: Too Tempting?

Posted on September 11 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Was Joe anticipating this promotion when he gave his strong support to the Schenectady casino, despite the fact that in November 2013 every single one of the Town's 20 election districts voted against casinos, with 61% of Niskayuna voters saying No to Proposition One and only 35.4% saying Yes? As a lifelong Democrat, I am tired of being embarrassed by the tactics of Party Leaders. It would be great if Joe Landry started giving Democrats outside the Party's inner circle reasons to stay in the Party. A good start might be letting elected officials vote without constant fear of Party retribution for disagreeing with its "leadership". Saying "no" to Gov. Cuomo when his desires hurt our County would be another move in the right direction.
Majority support for Zephyr Teachout in this week's Primary was not merely a vote against Andrew Cuomo. It was also a message to the County Democratic Party, as was the election of Jill Polk to Family Court over the Party's designated candidate.

From: Landry chosen to lead Schenectady County Democrats

Posted on September 9 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm sorry to hear the Location Board does not believe there is any opposition to the Schenectady Casino. I guess the Board doesn't read newspapers. Stop the Schenectady Casino [] has not filed any lawsuits because we have not seen any issues we believe are colorable (much less winnable) at this point, given the Schenectady fact situation. It is not illegal to tell half-truths and mislead the public, nor for local politicians to accept promises without doing meaningful research, and to chase new revenues without regard to a casino's effects on the community.
Rather than send the Board email messages that are short on facts and only give conclusions, we plan to make a thorough written submission, along with our presentation on Sept. 22 to the Board. We asked for a reserved time slot for the representative of Stop the Schenectady Casino, and they gave us one more than a week ago for 10:00 to 10:05 AM on the 22nd.
It was amusing to hear Rush Street Gaming say twice that one of the benefits of its project is that "you can bicycle to Buffalo" from Mohawk Harbor. I hope the other promises and projections they have made are more meaningful to the average citizen of Schenectady.
In touting their record, they also stated that there was only supposed to be one casino licensed for Philadelphia. Every other account i have read says that the PA Legislature voted to have two casinos in Philadelphia, which RSG knew when it applied for a license. The other license was withdrawn when the development team could not get financing. Despite that, RSG's revenues its first year were 33% less than they had projected. And, they loss when they recently went to court to keep the Gaming Commission from re-issuing the second license. They predict dire results for their Philadelphia SugarHouse Casino if there ever is a second casino.

From: Casino groups make their pitches to state

Posted on September 9 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Public statement? How optimistic of you, Crane. The OpEd piece has not moved anyone at Union College to respond privately to my messages to them (not the President's Office, not the counseling center, not the Faith center, not the Parents coordinator). As yet, no office has even sent an acknowledgement that the inquiry was received, unless you count an automatic message saying the President's assistant had left for another job; naturally, the person I was referred to did not respond either.

From: Viewpoint: Too Tempting?

Posted on September 9 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I just went to the County Board of Elections webpage to find out when the polls open, and it says "Primary Election: to be announced." No date, no time.

From: Editorial: Primary voting a chance to make a difference

Posted on September 8 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Many thanks to the Gazette for quickly letting your readers know Friday afternoon that the Show was postponed until Sunday. It was a beautiful day and Show.
Thanks for sending Stacey to photograph the event. Her Gallery is great, as usual.
You can see all of the winning artists and their work at

And 80 more photos from the Show at

From: Annual art show draws visitors to Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood

Posted on September 1 at 1:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Correction: It was the President of the Union Graduate College, Laura Schweitzer, and not the Dean, who nominated Dave Buicko for this year's YMCA Community Hero award and praised the Mohawk Harbor project.

From: Viewpoint: Too Tempting?

Posted on August 22 at 11:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Poor Kathleen Moore, she has to cover another City Hall deja vu, with a seemingly easy-to-fix problem continuing at City Hall. See, for example, “Businesses want workers to use city lot: Jay Street spaces occupied all day,” by Kathleen Moore, March 14, 2008. At
How hard would it be to crack down on City employees who park on Jay Street and at meters around City Hall? Beyond internal discipline, why not ask the SPD Parking Division to enforce the rule, still on the books, that you may not keep feeding a meter (or kiosk) in order to stay pass the hourly maximum time limit set for that location? Someone at City Hall can surely lend SPD some chalk to mark the tires.
Two questions for the Mayor, who City Council crowned as Kiosk King and Parking Meter Czar last year: Who set his discounted $25 a month fee for parking around City Hall? (By the way, that's only 25 hours worth of parking at his newly-installed kiosks.) And, are you receiving a mileage expense reimbursement for driving your own car?
Clearly, when the Mayor went door to door on Jay Street in June asking shop owners to support his Casino, they should have pushed a bit harder for a crackdown on City employees taking up all the street parking spaces.

From: City Hall workers banished from metered Schenectady parking spots

Posted on August 18 at 9:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A patrol officer on foot at any corner with a traffic light or stop sign would more than pay for his salary by ticketing people talking on handheld cellphones.

From: Schenectady councilman seeks crackdown on quality of life offenses

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