Comments by jerryrock
Posted on December 18 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
She should have been ticketed for endangering the welfare of that child as well.
Posted on October 22 at 2:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The only rights being violated are those of the couple denied service because of thir sexusl orientation. NYS Exectutive Law Article 15 Sub Section 296 2. (a) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, or disability or marital status of any person, directly or indirectly, to refuse, withhold from or deny to such person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof, including the extension of credit, or, directly or indirectly, to publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement, to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place shall be refused, withheld from or denied to any person on account of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, or disability or marital status, or that the patronage or custom thereat of any person of or purporting to be of any particular race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex or marital status, or having a disability is unwelcome, objectionable or not acceptable, desired or solicited.
Posted on August 11 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It really doesn't matter what the naysayers think. That phase of the project has long since passed. The project was approved and is moving forward. The input needed now is what extras, if any, should be installed on this extension of Riverlink Park. How much more should taxpayers spend on this project?
In Amsterdam, it seems we reflect on our history often and live a little too much in the past. We have the Walter Elwood Museum, the installation of the Panted Rocks in Riverlink Park to commemorate the Mohawks; that would be the Native Americans, not the ball team. We have Shuttleworth Park dedicated to them! We also have the Noteworthy Indian Museum and the Sanford home that serves as City Hall.
Our elected officials hold these public meetings because they are required by law or to further their political agenda. All too often in Amsterdam, the public comes out to these events, voices their opinions and they are completely ignored by Mayor Ann Thane who does exactly what she wants despite objection by the citizens. It is puzzling why public officials would wonder why turnout to these events is low.
That being said (I really hate that expression), The bridge/walkway/park should reflect Amsterdam's present. It should reflect the community that lives here now, working to better the City. It should represent our diverse cultural makeup of Latino, Italian, Polish, Irish, German and Chinese. It should have bike and skateboard paths, benches and water fountains. It should be more utilitarian than decorative or commemorative. It should serve our purpose here and now. We have enough reminders of our industrialized past that polluted the same waterway this bridge will overlook. It should represent hope.
Gerald J Skrocki
Posted on August 9 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)
"Creative Connections" is the same group of political appointees hand selected by Mayor Ann Thane. The plan from the start was to create a private foundation that Thane could control. This effort has not been approved by The Amsterdam Common Council that has the sole legal authority, by charter, to determine use of City property or contract with private entities.
This girl's club is not representative of the citizens of Amsterdam who attended and were interested in using the building as a community art center. The majority of the appointed group never attended any of the planning meetings for the center and are there only to represent Thane's agenda. Creative Connection USED "volunteers" to clean and paint the building and now wants to make money off these same people. They plan to charge individuals to become a club members, an additional fee to submit artwork for show and sale that will also garner an additional 20% commission for Creative Commons.
The Art Sale by this now private entity, is piggy-backing a scheduled free Riverlink Park Concert to take advantage of the good natured concert goers in attendance. Forcing this scheme on a captive audience and tainting the concert is just unconscionable!
Another instance of Thane's micro-management and control issues.
Gerald J Skrocki
Posted on July 23 at 1:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I love the boxing photos, your apparent forté. Reading both parts of your column, one can't help but notice the similatities in the barbarism of these "sports" performed in the name of entertainment. We haven't evolved that much from the carnage of the Roman Coliseum. Instead of euthanizing injured racehorses, maybe we should nurture them back to health so they can perform one last wagering spectacle. It could be a fight to the death with a retired boxer suffering from Dementia pugilistica.
Gerald J Skrocki
Posted on July 3 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard and can activate the unit to respond to emergency situations as needed.
Posted on May 29 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Great article Carl! The Buddhists in Amsterdam have been a very positive presence. Bridging cultural differences has been challanging at times and often difficult to understand which is Buddhism and which is Chinese. The two have been Intertwined for so long, I'm not sure they even know or if it really matters. They do bring something to Amsterdam's ever-shrinking table.
Posted on May 17 at 9:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The State addresses bullying and discrimination (including sexual orientation) in the Dignity for All Students Act as part of NYS Education Law that takes effect July, 1, 2012. (EDN/Title 1/Article 2)
Gerald J Skrocki
Posted on May 16 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The Greater Amsterdam School District DID adopt a contingency budget of 16.5% last year after voters turned down the same budget at the polls.
Posted on April 24 at 7:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The Shrine does not pay sales tax, visitors to the Shrine pay sales tax for the trinkets in the gift shop. The visitors are not tax exempt. The Shrine acts only as intermediary, passing the sales on to the taxing authority.
The Shrine did the right thing, can' t say the same for the stubborn Montgomery County Board of Superviors. Now THEY can go fly a kite!
Gerald J. Skrocki, local taxpayer and complaintent