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Posted on July 21 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I might not have known what a legal firework was but I would venture to guess that virtually everyone know what an illegal firework is.

You can not purchase illegal fireworks from a store anywhere in NYS. Illegal fireworks come from out of state and you have to go there or know someone who is going there to purchase them. They are then illegally brought back into the state.

Legal fireworks "sparklers" are available for purchase locally.

Here in the Upper Union area we heard fireworks throughout the weeks prior to and after the 4th. This year was particularly active for illegal fireworks.

It is hard to discern how far away a firework is once they are in the air.
Sound travels much farther when it has no objects (houses) blocking it.

I was a bit surprised the one night I was driving on Route 7 between State street and 890. There were firework shows going on, on both sides of the highway. These were obviously illegal fireworks because they were shooting several hundred feet into the air above houses. It looked like a small version of the empire state plaza at one point and several cars had pulled to the side of the road to watch them.

Based upon the amount of smoke that permeated my neighborhood a lot of people were lighting legal fire works myself included. At one point the smoke from our yard was so thick that the house behind us was not visible. We had fun and so did our friends and neighbors watching our legal fireworks.

I understand that fireworks are a quality of life issue but the city council should stop wasting time worrying about eliminating legal fireworks and get on with what really needs to be done to improve our city. The other fifty weeks of the year should get more attention.

From: Schenectady council may seek fireworks repeal

Posted on July 1 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Motor homes are basically a metal frame with wooden walls and roof. There is very little structural integrity when the vehicle is rolled over. If the interior was stripped out of the motor home as I suspect it was then the structural integrity was compromised to begin with.

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Posted on June 4 at 3:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unbelievable... I hope this guy sues the officer and the city and sees a big payday. Say goodbye to you job officer.

From: Saratoga Springs police move to fire officer

Posted on March 27 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Screw the campus conduct system. Being classified as a penetration by incapacitationist is much better than being a rapist. He doesn't have to admit to being one because the college made sure the little bastard will never see his day in court by telling this girl that she shouldn't report the incident. I hope that the college president is proud of the way the counselor protected the college's name by brushing this incident under the carpet.

From: Accused Skidmore student suspended two years

Posted on January 13 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You can bet on it being a total sham!!!

Casinos have one purpose; to make money. How do they do that? They keep people inside gambling!

Anyone who has ever been to Atlantic City or Vegas or Turning Stone can attest to the fact that the number one priority for any gambling establishment is to keep people gambling. They do that by providing everything a gambler could want within the casino. That's what the term "mixed use" really means. How many restaurants or retail stores will be included in the Casino plan? Why would anyone leave to go spend money elsewhere when everything necessary is available at the casino?

What about the companies that are being forced (or strongly encouraged) to relocate outside of the city. There is no where for STS or Precision to move and remain inside the city. By all means Mr Mayor, push companies who have chosen to locate here in the city to leave. Maybe they're not as glamorous as a spanking new casino... so what! They made the choice to locate here but you go ahead and force them out so that a developer can move ahead and make a boatload of cash off the taxpayers in the city. That's progress!

When will Schenectadians wake up and see that the mayor and Metrofraud are once again leading us down the primrose path. They have been lying to us for years and continue to serve their own purposes and those of their partners in crime. Give away the farm to any developer willing to build yet another pink elephant. Then, give them more money to expand the elephant. And when the buck stops guess who's left holding the bag? The taxpayers, AKA the cash cow.

Schenectady is not going to improve until we solve the crime, tax and education problems that exist in the city. If you think a casino is going to do that then I have some swampland off upper Union Street I'd like to sell you.

From: Schenectady mayor bets on continued growth

Posted on November 2 at 4:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Current employees both union and non union are stuck with a high deductible medical plan with one exception. Higher level management and e-band (executive) employees still have the plan the regular employees lost. They have co-pays with no deductible.

Why is it that highly compensated employees are given this. GE seems to value at least some of their employees.

That is until they move the next business to another state or country. It will be interesting to see what the future hold for schenectady now that GE is purchasing Alstom. Part of the Alstom purchase includes a modernized manufacturing facility in Chatanooga TN where there are no unions and the employees get stuck with whatever GE is willing to throw at them.

GE moved the gas turbine engineering and manufacturing out of Schenectady to Greenville SC years ago. Now GE has started to lay off engineers and designers in Greenville and move design work to Mexico. To top it off they force current employees to train people who will replace them. The current employees just don't know when they are going to be replaced.

Earlier this year GE sold the appliance division to Electrolux. A What do you think is going to happen to those appliance employees? Sure some of them may be employed for a while but dollars to donuts Electrolux moves the whole operation overseas to keep their "real" employees working while US employees are treated like excess baggage and left to fend for themselves. But of course that won't be GEs fault because they sold the division and got money for their stockholders who I turn reward top level management with ridiculous salaries.

GEs current business model is to take cost out of their product by whatever means available. It could mean using less metal in a product or employing cheaper labor in another country.

This has led to cheap crappy products being produced to maximize profits. Customers are taking notice and seeing that GE products are not as good as they used to be. In some cases the products aren't worth purchasing, period.

The last GE appliance I owned was a washing machine. The casting on the transmission was so pourous that in the 18 months I owned it before it died the oil leaked out through the metal casting, not past a gasket through the metal, leaving a stain on the basement floor. You could see where the oil level was simply by looking at the casting. That's the kind of quality that has led me to decide that there will be no more GE appliances for me.

From: Retirees sue GE for lost benefits

Posted on October 18 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

pnotto is part of the problem here in Vampire state. Retired cop receiving full medical benefits for life and able to retire after 20 years on the job. Why not retire and move away he can afford to live on hallf of his falsely inflated income never having to worry who is going to pay his medical bills. He's as much a vampire as the politicians he blames for the problems. Good riddance.

From: Competition drives gas price below $3 at Schenectady station

Posted on September 29 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When we visited family living in NJ it was nice to go into the local Wawa convenience store and be able to get cash from their ATM without having to pay a service fee. Wawa it seems had come up with the idea that if you let people take out cash from your ATM without charging an ATM fee then it's quite likely they will buy something while they are in the store.

Too bad Stewart's doesn't do the same thing. They would get a lot more business from me and quite possibly others as well.

Does it really cost a business that much to provide this service to their customers?

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Posted on August 11 at 10:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why wait to pass judgement?? If Reverend Al knows what happened without an investigation then we should just take his word for it. Remember Tawana? He was correct then so he must be right now... Oh that's right he wasn't. He let a 15 year old girl take him down the primrose path.
He isn't a civil rights leader he's just a big mouth who likes to get is 15 minutes of fame over and over again.

From: Killing of unarmed man draws criticism

Posted on June 26 at 3 p.m. (Suggest removal)

daily.... perhaps you didn't hear about the police officer who while off duty had a road rage incident which ended with him retrieving his gun from his truck to intimidate the other people. forget about if he actually pointed the gun at them the simple fact that is was displayed was patently wrong. The now former officer was paid for the last 13 months of his career and allowed to retire. And he can even work for another police department. Now there's somebody I want to interact with as a law enforcement official.

Miscreants and dumb asses should be fired, plain and simple.

From: Lawmakers try to limit power of Sch'dy official

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