Comments by geneshan2
Posted on July 30 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I have to question WHY the bidders for the 4 new casino venues have to reserve 2% of their slot revenue to protect the Racino purses......This is ALL private enterprise, why do they get to enjoy profit protection from competition? My small business has new competition on a regular basis....I'm on my own, as they should be!
Posted on July 15 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Shouldn't our tax dollars be spent with a NYS company?
Posted on July 5 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I have to agree with much of what you have to say, but the fact remains that the Town needs revenue to survive. The residential homes carry the largest property tax burden of any town in the county and we have NO town tax. One main reason for that is the number of ag exemptions allowed on farm properties. No stones being thrown here, farming is a profession most of us would never want to tackle because of the hours alone and tax concessions are warranted, but it is what it is. If we want to maintain our rural atmosphere we need some tax paying entities. The casino, as planned, will not encroach on the town more than a few hundred yards down Rt.30. If there is some commercial development, good for us. I would love to see a market that offered better pricing than the convenience stores, and housing at the site and a hotel will help with our sales tax revenue.
There's an often used comment "take a chance, Columbus did" that comes into play here. If we do nothing, we get nothing. If we do something, maybe we'll get something. We can and will control any future projects because we DO want to protect what we have, but we have to look to the possibilities at hand. Our Industrial Parks will, in short time, be generating tax revenue. The problem is that that revenue will be bound for the county because we have no town tax (which is what I hope continues) so the trickle down from this revenue to the town will be minumul. We need our own sources of revenue.
Posted on June 28 at 8:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I sure wish I could require a cut of any new competitor to my business. What makes these people any more "special" in that they can be guaranteed their business wouldn't be hurt when a new player (no pun intended) enters their market?
Posted on April 28 at 7:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I have to wonder why the Gazette didn't list the Montgomery County Exit 27 location as a possible casino site. Clairvest IS one of the largest casino investment companies in the gaming world. Maybe the residents of Montgomery County don't buy enough papers.......
Posted on June 14 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Does anyone else see a potentail problem with arming the rebels when they have ties to al-Qaida? I can see al-Qaida with OUR wepons being used against us. Am I off base here?
Posted on February 25 at 7:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Everyone is missing another important part of raising the minimum wage level (which I really have no problem with). Imagine the payroll dollars that will become taxable and the lessening of assistance dollars. The government(s) make out the best. Higher taxes coming from the ones least able to afford them and less Social Service benefits paid out. The government wins, again on our backs.
Posted on January 16 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What a great political ploy Mr. Cuomo. Do you actually think this will help you collect enough votes to win the presidency? In reality, there seems to be little evidence that assault weapons have been used in virtually ANY crimes in NY. No public input, little discussion, but you beat the president to the punch. Good Job Andrew...This is going to cost you your political career.
Posted on December 27 at 7:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Every town has one....
Posted on December 21 at 2:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)
If they would go back to "neighborhood" schools and stop the expensive practice of Magnet Schools, that allow any child to go to any school in the district with free busing, maybe our school taxes would get a reprieve, at least in Amsterdam. I realize that the theory behind this type of schooling is to balance the educational standards so each school in a district is similar in opportunity to the rest, but how are we going to continue to support this expensive program. This all started with the State "gifts" to the district to implement this type of program, but then the "gifts" went away. BEWARE the State bearing gifts!