Comments by mezz3131
Posted on September 2 at 10:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I have nothing against Councilwoman Barbra Blanchard and I feel sorry that she had a stroke and is disabled and requires caregivers. But I find it funny that she and her husband are bashing the Fire & Police Departments on overtime and pensions when she is taking advantage of the system herself. She has been out disabled for a year or more and has left a vacant council seat that could have a vote. As quoted in Kathleen's article "Blanchard is also receiving pay as a councilwoman until the end of the year, when her term expires. Blanchard, who is now disabled from a stroke, must rely on that money to help pay for caregivers." So what has been said before one should not throw stone at glass houses.
Posted on September 1 at 10:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)
First of all, the fire dept has a much better retirement than the police.(based on final single year and extra .6% for every year past their 20) Also, the police don't get more overtime closer to their retirement. It is on a rotating list within each position. Take a look at how many Detectives go back to patrol and get on the same rotating list with the one year rookies. I believe the fire department OT is offered to senior guys first. If it is not in writing then it is just agreed upon by the rank and file. FOIL the numbers for both and see how the OT is distributed. That being said, the department has "reduced staff and cut back on overtime considerably". Has the call volume and crime gone away? Hire more staff, less overtime. It's well know by administrators and city leaders that it's cheaper to hire overtime than hire more staff but they won't admit it publicly. Get tougher on criminals and code enforcement and maybe fire and crime calls will go down...
Posted on August 31 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
watch the road and the car in front of you....pull over after you cross and lookie-lou all you want.......go to Thatchers Park if you want a view. Whichever barriers are cheapest and safest should be used....
Posted on August 26 at 9:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The city should have increased the police presence downtown and cared more about cleaning garbage as soon as (or before) all the business owners invested their lives in the city. It should be safe and clean ALL the time. It's just another case of, "we got them where we want them, now let's stick it to them!". All these businesses pay for their own security and police already, as well as trash pick up. Wooden barricades take five minutes to drop off and pick up, especially since they drop them off sometimes the day before and pick them up long after any event, when they have staff on duty. The city should be ashamed but historically, the City of Schenectady government has no shame.
Posted on August 16 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I've hosted and attended several events at Riverstone Manor and have never been disappointed. The owner, Skip is an extremely friendly person and very hands on with everything that goes on there. I see him serving food, tending bar and even clearing plates to make things run more smoothly. I didn't know the other guy even existed. He also seems to be very respectful to his employees. I know people that have worked for him and have never heard of him being any worse than any other boss trying to run a very demanding business. Sounds like a little bit more to the story than Mr. Monteparo is saying....
Posted on August 13 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Air is free....breath in all you want, but if you want it in your tires, it takes a machine to put it there. The machine isn't free nor is the power to make it work.
Posted on August 12 at 8:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Redskins, Dago, Mick, WHO CARES. Get a life and some thicker skin. Racism and name calling exists because people bring attention to it and it will continue as long as people know that it bothers you. Are the U.S. Marines going to cry if someone calls them a leatherneck?
Posted on August 9 at 9:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I heard from several people at the festival that people were putting something into water bottles and spraying it onto people. Alot of drugs can affect you by just getting in through your skin.
Posted on August 4 at 11:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
No to all of the above grant18. You get an "A" for effort on cheating though (you threw out some other scams I am sure you approve). My guess is you yourself are a "cheater" and therefore do not have a problem with it.
Posted on August 4 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Maybe, according to Kathleen Moore, he should have exchanged some of his food stamps and purchased a holster with the cash. Cause you cannot buy a holster with Food Stamps and he really needed one. Poor guy.