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Posted on June 8 at 5:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A few comments:

First, the assumption that the guilty verdict was inevitable is dubious because the editorial writer is not cognizant of the strength of the case. The point being - there was no guarantee of him being found guilty.

Second, re: the case being dragged on - is it unusual for cases like this to take a while to go to trial? And, if I was the defendant, it would not be in my interest to expedite the case going to trial.

Third, what is the penalty for similarly situated defendants? Two misdemeanors - what do other defendants receive in those cases?

These questions need to be answered before alleging favoritism. Either the writer did not ask them, or if asked, failed to include that information in this piece.

From: Editorial: Road rage deal for cop falls short

Posted on June 6 at 8:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Disappointing but anticipated response from marincic.

Unfortunate that John's career ended like this, but, Commissioner Bennett and Chief Kilcullen do not take having to dismiss officers lightly. Regardless of how firm they were in their conviction that John needed to be dismissed from the agency - they knew John personally, worked with him for years - these decisions are unpleasant but necessary.

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Posted on June 5 at 11:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Too 1984? Well, the government's actions in recent times have not helped in reducing those concerns.

We'll have to see what happens and revisit this issue down the road.

From: Schenectady council seeks OK for red-light cameras

Posted on June 5 at 4:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't fall for the conspiracy theory that the government wants to use plate tracking technology to monitor your every movement. That technology is used is identify people who do not pay parking fines, etc. The cameras in the city are used for public safety - to deter and solve crimes, and the footage is not stored indefinitely. People seem to have an exaggerated notion regarding how interested the government is keeping tabs on them, at least at the local level.

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Posted on June 4 at 8:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cost effectiveness can be built into the system. Install the system on a test basis and ascertain if it pays for itself. Structure the contract in a way that makes fiscal sense for the municipality. If it doesn't, don't enter into the contract.

Be careful who you loan your car to. Do you want people who borrow your car to be running red lights? I would think most people would want to know if someone used their car and was driving recklessly.

If you are rushing to a hospital, you plead not guilty to the ticket and explain what happened in court. Should be fairly easy to prove.

Having a camera focused on traffic at a red light is hardly able to capture "every move we make", and some moves particularly dangerous ones need to be captured.

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Posted on June 4 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Editorial missing some information: In the past internal investigations were done as soon as the allegations became known. The hearings were not scheduled because of concern it might negatively impact the criminal proceeding. These decisions are generally made based on discussions with District Attorney's Office. Additionally, many of the cases were held up due to the legal battles over the new disciplinary procedure.

From: Editorial: Get officer off Schenectady payroll

Posted on June 4 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Unfortunate, but not surprising. Whenever I went in there I always wondered how they were paying overhead, salaries, etc. with never more than a dozen people in the store at a time. And, a lot of that traffic was browsing, maybe making one purchase. Too bad, it was a very nice place to hang out.

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Posted on June 4 at 9:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not?

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Posted on June 2 at 4:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why would it be a "pleasant surprise" that if their internal investigation led them to conclude that he did commit the act they would seek to terminate his employment?

And, what does the "blue wall" have to do with this particular case?

From: Blue wall no shield in road rage case

Posted on May 21 at 8:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The facts will come out.

I will say though that pulling in front of the car is not necessarily indicative of intentional wrongdoing. Officers might have been told she was trying to leave the scene, if so, pulling in front of her vehicle to block her exit would be logical. So, the accusations of wrongdoing and necessity for an overhaul are premature.

I also have no idea what kind of person Ms. Herrera is or the people "she represents". At any rate, I'm confident the facts will come out.

From: Excessive force by Schenectady cops alleged

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