Comments by poupore
Posted on December 4 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
While I'm always happy to hear about successful businesses expanding, I certainly hope there aren't any PILOT or tax abatements associated with this deal. As a taxpaper, I'm sick of seeing very profitable businesses get these corporate giveaways on the backs of taxpayers. PILOTS have become the standard "tool" of so-called economic development in our region and it needs to come to an end.
Posted on June 11 at 9:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What a great story, I can't wait to go there.
Posted on August 23 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I understand that people don't like to be around smoke, but when you're in an outdoor area you can easily get away from the cigar smoke. I am a cigar smoker and I'm always aware of my surroundings and make every effort to not affect the people around me. However, cigar smoking is still approved at the track, and I suspect it always will be. So if you don't like it, sit in the grandstand/clubhouse or some other area where it is prohibited.
Posted on February 20 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
People constantly vote against their own best interests. The village I live in had the opportunity to merge its police force with the town we're in and it would have saved every homeowner in the village over $300 a year without job loses or reduction in services. Guess how that turned out? Overwhelmingly voted down. I just don't understand the shortsightedness and parochialism of my fellow citizens. But we live in a democracy so the majority rules. It's just disappointing to see the same group of people then complain about their taxes when they had a chance to reduce them.
Posted on February 19 at 9:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)
How does a janitor get a $79,000 a year pension? That is the real question. Only in NY!
Posted on December 19 at 3:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I disagree with BilP about making the Gazette online edition free. I won't comment on partnerships, but I will say that the news model just doesn't work when you give away your content for free. That is why the WallStreet Journal and NY Times have a pay wall. It costs money to produce content and web ads, while certainly a source of revenue, have not become a big enough source to fund an operation like the Gazette. I think that rather than encouraging more papers to abandon the pay wall, I think that more papers should adopt it. When I was a kid someone told me that you get what you pay for, and I have found that to be true with free "news". I will continue to subscribe in both print and online and encourage the Gazette publishers to keep fighting the good fight.
Posted on October 30 at 1:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Good ole Schenectady, some things never change. Secret meetings and backdoor deals with the unions; it's a modern day Tammany Hall. They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Keep electing these folks, just don't be surprised by the results.
Posted on October 10 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I know of at least two couples who moved out of Schenectady in the last three years due to the ever-increasing taxes. I know another couple currently looking to sell and move out. These were all gainfully employed, tax-paying, homeowner families the exact type of people that Schenectady is trying to attract. Until the local elected officials figure out how to fix their budgetary issues without raising taxes, there's simply no hope. You can't dig your way out of a hole, and you can't tax your way out of a budget crisis. Until you fix the underlying problems you're just putting a bandaid on the wound.
Posted on October 3 at 4:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)
“People need to listen to the public, and the public is saying no more taxes,” he said following the meeting.
That's right, the public says enough is enough. I hope we all remember who voted for this tax increase during the next election cycle. I'm a registered dem, have been my whole life, but I just can't continue supporting a party that treats other people's money like a bottomless piggy bank. That money comes from real people, who are all struggling. This tax increase is INSANE and I hope that hundreds to people attend the October 15th meeting to voice opposition. I know I will be there. And don't forget you can email your county legislators: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on October 1 at 1:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)
The tax cap at least provides a bench mark, tied to the rate of inflation, by which to measure how bad the local electeds are going to fleece us this year. In the past, they could say, "we're only raising taxes 8 percent and you should be thankful we didn't go for the 16 percent we wanted!" Although wouldn't it be nice if the county and towns had to pass a referendum vote like school districts have to, then you'd see some real change in the budgeting process.