Comments by daily
Posted on July 29 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)
something that was not* designed... typo
Posted on July 29 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
A solution: Parents should be parents, instill not only ethics, but a work ethic into their children. That starts at home, leading by example. Get an education, find a job, enjoy life. That should be every Americans dream. Instead, there is a generational shift to the left, of letting other people work for them, and collecting assistance from both State and Federal governments, causing a reliance on something that was designed to support people for their entire lives because they have "A.D.D." or "P.T.S.D.", from watching their father or mother get arrested when they were five years old. The solution starts at home, from a young age, when parents are supposed to teach things like, integrity, ethics, and morals. Somewhere along the line, these principals were lost to a culture of government reliance. Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.-JFK You might find the "Solution" your looking for in that statement.
Posted on July 29 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Joycemadre - Not sure I see anyone here complaining about being a police officer. Its more about pointing out the inaccuracies in certain statements made. There is a residency requirement for the police officers. Their pensions are not determined in the manner in which Ms. Moore states. I am sorry if you haven't gotten a raise due to the economy... maybe you should consider an employment change if you are not happy with your current wage and benefit package. I also remember reading an article in this very paper that stated that the City had over a million dollar surplas last year, so the cash flow must not be that bad.
Posted on July 29 at 7:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Ms. Moore, please check your facts. "Only the last three years of income are used to make the final pension calculation." That is not true. Pension is calculated by the highest three consecutive years, provided that no one year exceeds 20% of the previous year. It does not matter when those three years fall in an officers career.
Tonijean613 - There is a residency requirement. Officers are penalized if they do not live within the city limits for the first full six years of employment. The Chief of Police was required to move back into the City...where does the new Fire Chief and the new Assistant Fire Chief live? Everyone loves to bash the cops. Check your facts. A significant portion of the officers do live in the City and actually own their homes, paying the same high property taxes you do. However, unlike you, they also have the joy of running into the same people they arrest when shopping for groceries, running errands, etc. I guess the quality of their life is not as important as yours.
Posted on July 29 at 6:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The state is wrong to categorize all details the same. Police closing streets or watching over public events such as festas are certainly different than cops walking inside of Crossgates Mall. This will be challenged and won by police unions. Guaranteed. For anyone who doubts me, reason this: you are at St Anthony's Feata and need a police officer because you were robbed one block over, does that officer help you? Of course. Therefore, he is working as a police officer and is entitled to be compensated as such, which includes pension contributions. Period.
Posted on July 28 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
@joyvemadre..is not a question of not liking what they do for a living.. but off the pressures and constant criticism they are under, and yet receive little support..teachers now a days have to be parents, counselors, cops you name it. and people like you and wmarincic, who seem to envy the police and teachers, don't you have skills for better jobs yourselves. By the way this teachers need masters degree's to even teach, I know that itself isn't cheap. you expect them to work for free, this is why we need stronger unions.. A GREAT GIG! @WMARINCIC IF SUCH A GREAT GIG WHY ARE YOU NOT TEACHING? You two should spend your time writing to someone about all these businesses that get to run free of tax in the city and provide workers for outside communities who bash the city....look at the max exodus of employees leaving the city after the work day is unfortunate, and ridiculous, home owners in the city don't get relief, these teachers and cops and any city worker for that matter should get some tax relief and maybe they would be able to afford to live in the city, and not take their commerce elsewhere..
Posted on July 27 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This f-ing city is something else can't wait to move out of this city and county. It's such a joke and disaster
Posted on July 27 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
So what Leesa is saying is that sure people are over taxed and pay way too much on their property taxes but we still want their money so lets leave it that way. Or if the assessments go down to reasonable levels we will just raise taxes to a higher unreasonable level. Great thinking.
Posted on July 25 at 11:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
This is the dumbest article I have ever read. I makes no sense at all, how is Glenville the highest paid work force at 46,617 but the article lists Bethlehem , Guilderland, Colonie, and Rotterdam at higher pay. A family of 4 gets 44,123 a year on WIC and they dont even have to work. Also, out of the top ten people listed in the report only 4 are police. This is why the Gazette is a terrible newspaper and no one reads it anymore.
Posted on July 25 at 4:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Ok so Paul Tonko is allegedly the one in the car speeding you people are getting upset about ok understandable but here's the part I love. What about the guy speeding right behind him taking the video hmmmm people. Oh and if he's the one using his cell phone taking it hmm not to smart. Ever think about that one and not jumping to fact about the license plate in questioned.