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Posted on May 19 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great idea, Assemblyman Santabarbara. Who's going to pay for it?

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Posted on May 17 at 8:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hamelot, that is specific enough for me. In Niskayuna, the Niskayuna Teachers’ Association is endorsing two of the three candidates for a seat on the Board of Education. This fall, negotiations will begin on a new teachers’ contract. It will be very difficult for a person endorsed by the NTA to do his or her job and advocate for the students and taxpayers of the school district in those negotiations.

From: Oriola, Apkarian for Nisky school board

Posted on May 17 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anne and Michael, the purpose of a union is to fight for increases in salary and benefits, and for better workplace conditions for its members. That is it.
The Niskayuna Teachers’ Association is a union and has no place endorsing Board of Education candidates. It should not be encouraged to do so.
The Niskayuna Teachers' Association will be negotiating salary and benefit increases with the Board of Education soon.
When persons at the other side of the bargaining table are beholding to a union that endorsed them, their ability to negotiate in good faith for the interests of students and taxpayers is diminished.

From: Politics prevails again in Niskayuna school district

Posted on May 16 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hamelot, I see many instances of short-term thinking by the board: close this school, no, close that school, no, fire the superintendent nine months after extending her contract, etc. Do you have any specifics on the teacher's union exerting influence on the board?

From: Oriola, Apkarian for Nisky school board

Posted on May 16 at 11:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While Ms Oriola was president of the school board there were two almost school closings and the sudden unexplained resignation of the superintendent. I do not think that the school community can take another three years of Ms Oriola.

From: Oriola, Apkarian for Nisky school board

Posted on May 16 at 12:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To say that the leadership of the board has been poor these last two years is an understatement. The manner at which the superintendent suddenly resigned with the board's approval is a prime example, to say nothing of the on-again, off-again school closings and associated drama. Board President Deborah Oriola should not be asked to continue on the board to send a message to other board members that further dysfunctional behavior on their part will not be tolerated.

From: Environmental policy should be based on facts

Posted on May 10 at 10:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Herb, terrorists attacked an embassy of the United States of America. Our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in the attack. No one was held accountable. You are right it’s old news. Let’s move on.

From: Inapt comparison of Freedom Riders to gun rights activists

Posted on April 26 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The purpose of public education is to have an educated citizenry. Funding that education is the responsibility of all.

From: The way we pay for education is fundamentally flawed

Posted on April 23 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Welcome to Niskayuna, Superintendent Yagielski. Watch your back. The Board of Education gave the same assurances, “that they are on the same page” to Superintendent Salvaggio three years ago.

From: Familiar face takes reins of Niskayuna school district

Posted on April 17 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When two top administrators are retiring, is this the best time for the Board to accept the resignation of the superintendent also? That's like throwing the rudder overboard just to see what happens.

From: Attitude toward fans by police not welcome

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