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Posted on October 2 at 5:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Based on the article, it would seem the dispatchers (I'm assuming that is the 24 employees they are referencing) are no longer city employees, which carries with it the implication they are not on city payroll, and/or the County is paying their benefits? Or, maybe the county benefits are cheaper? Doesn't the city have to pay to be a part of the county dispatch? And, those payments formula can change in the future. It would be interesting to see the numbers on that.

From: 3-percent tax hike in proposed Schenectady budget

Posted on October 1 at 6:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Up until a few years ago, whenever they posted these numbers - the police and fire departments were evaluated individually. Most of the minorities work for the PD.

A significant part of the problem is getting people to take the examination.

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Posted on October 1 at 5:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The one issue that may surface is if some companies received tax incentives to move here.

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Posted on September 30 at 8:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RE: NFL and domestic violence. Patronage of NFL and its' products is voluntary. The sponsors are concerned that criminal acts by the NFL's employees will hurt the brand, which in turn, impacts their ability to market their products. Fans and advocacy groups are applying pressure to ensure the NFL's employees do not commit violent crimes. These events and the reactions have a lot to with football, the business of football.

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Posted on September 30 at 7:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Both Harris and Garzone concerts were fantastic. Thanks to "A Place for Jazz" saw Garzone for only $15. Unbelievable.

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Posted on September 12 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

First, congratulations to Niskayuna High School.

tonijean - "how sad to have such a divide only a few miles apart" Indeed. I think it's deeper than teachers and students. I suspect that attitudes towards education and support systems at home are also critical.

From: Niskayuna High School among nation’s best

Posted on September 7 at 8:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Debates, at least one, should be mandatory. This is just another glimpse into the character of our Governor.

From: Debates a needed part of process

Posted on August 29 at 6:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

And the reason all the children didn't attend this was...?

This also makes me wonder if pre-school should be mandatory.

From: Some new Schenectady pupils get a head start

Posted on August 25 at 8:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Holder went there because of the unrest. Absent two weeks of chaos, he would have never gone down there. No one else seemed to have an answer re: how to solve the problem.

Chavez presents presents the typical conservative talking points - he wasn't a kid, he wasn't harmless (they said unharmed - not harmless), discredits the witnesses against Wilson while presenting the officer's version. The other side won't be happy unless the officer is arrested, convicted, and imprisoned.

This event says more about what people's views on race and politics are than it does about what actually happened on the day in question.

From: Linda Chavez: AG Holder fueling racial tensions

Posted on August 24 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I question whether the editorial writer "understands what's happening here" with respect to the investigation of this case. I think it would have been prudent to provide some proof to support the allegation that the deputy was unjustly suspended deputy due to "hypersensitivity" to an event occurring halfway across the country. I see no such evidence provided in this article.

Management is certainly not infallible, but, this article basically second guesses the decision of a manager, who certainly has more facts re: the situation, than the Gazette editorial board. And, they do it based on the thin premise that because there is a highly controversial use of force case in another part of the country, local law enforcement managers will rush to judgment.

The writer also seems to base their argument on the wrong headed premise that the choice is always between deadly force or taser.

From: Editorial: Reserve judgment in Taser case

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