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Posted on April 13 at 3:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We are told that charter schools will force public schools to be competitive.
If we are to believe this rubbish, then if my neighbors and I are dissatisfied with snow removal on our street, then shouldn't the town pay a "charter plow service" that our neighborhood desire to plow the street for us? Surely that will force the town workers to be more competitive!
Maybe a "charter governor" and a "charter legislature" is what we need!
Or suppose we just FIX the damn problem instead of throwing money ANYwhere?

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Posted on April 10 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Would it not make more sense to require a notarized statement if one WANTS their brush picked up and is willing to pay for it?

After all, the diner doesn't make me sign for a dessert I neither ordered nor ate. Neither should the town.

And if I am going to pay, then why not have vacuums to pick up the waste, instead of forcing me to buy a large paper bag that only gets one use: to throw away clippings.

From: Brush pickup shouldn't be so difficult

Posted on March 3 at 3:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One is supposed to park within 12 inches of the curb. Not the snowbank, but the curb. All those cars parked in the driving lanes on lower State Street are all guilty of not being within 12 inches of the CURB.
But then, why haven't the snowbanks in downtown been REMOVED? It's past due for some "No Parking" signs to go up and the banks, at least the part that's in the street, to be REMOVED.
The city should look at the snow still on the sidewalk on lower State where the WGY Coin Shop once stood, at the apartment next door, and at the handbag manufacturer in the space that once housed Union Book ... all on the 100 block of State where many students walk between campuses.
And look at the snow around the bus stops called "Woodlawn Plaza" - especially the westbound side of the street. Why have those property owners not be cited and the snow removed? They've dumped snow ONTO the sidewalk, adding to the mess pedestrians must deal with.

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Posted on February 28 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It would be great if CDTA service could include Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Don't forget Gloversville's pulling of its service to Johnstown a few years ago as the mayors got into a pizin contest.
There are many FulMont residents who work, attend school and have medical appointments in the capital district.The time is past due to expand and consolidate coverage.
Must agree that Scott should be included in discussions.

From: Editorial: Find way to preserve bus service

Posted on February 27 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I remember big changes in my 7th grade English class when we stopped using state abbreviations like N.Y., Penn., Mass., and Fla. in favor of 2 letter state codes (NY PA MA FL) and a zip code.
However did firetrucks and ambulances get to an address without it having its unique zip code. It had none at all!
Surely Chuck Schumer can find better battles to fight than this silly zip code issue! (How much did we taxpayers shell out just for his recent presence at the little "pep rally"?)

From: Editorial: No need for Halfmoon to have its own ZIP Code

Posted on February 27 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The reason THIS CDTA rider has taken the bus the past few months is not because of the road conditions, but because of the SIDEWALK conditions surrounding many stops and shelters.
For those shelters in the cities, I don't expect CDTA to be clearing the sidewalks - that's the job of the property owners. I wish the "brass" at CDTA would spend more time calling the mayors and demanding the mayors enforce their own laws about the clearing of sidewalks .... Mayors listen to Carm Basile a lot better than to me.
I will cite just one big example: Woodlawn Station. The west-bound stop is considerably west of the eastbound stop, in front of Aldi's. Passengers who park in the park-n-ride lot and take a bus to Albany must struggle to get through snow to get to the shelter, or walk in the street. When they return, they must struggle with at least 3 mountains of unclimbable snow pushed onto the sidewalk at Pecornino's Auto, at 1573 State St., at Garbo's, at Weidikin Auto Body, and by Colonial Car Wash. One cannot even get to the posts where the walk button is located so that they can get a Walk signal to safely cross the street. How long has it been since a major snowstorm and Schenectady continues to allow this situation to exist? SHAME!
Many other shelters and stops -- like in Colonie on Rt5 -- the town does (eventually) clear the sidewalk, but leaves a mountain of snow between the sidewalk and the roadway, even where there is the "bulb" where buses can pull in out of traffic to pickup/discharge passengers. So passengers end up walking in the street.
So this regular CDTA user has spend a lot more time driving than using the bus. Come on, CDTA, mayors, and code-enforcement types ... make travel for those on foot as safe as you make it for those driving.

From: Winter may end CDTA's ridership streak

Posted on February 27 at 1:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Eight seconds per message or "frame" is too short a period. As stated, it takes 6 seconds to read and comprehend a message. Do we want drivers focused on the ever-changing messages, or on the road and traffic?
15 seconds per message, or 4 messages per minute - is good enough. The driver can scan the board, see and recognise, then go back to DRIVING for the next 9 seconds before the next message DISTRACTS him.
I'm really stretching this to the advertisers benefit when I concede to 4 per minute vs the current 1 per minute, but trying to be somewhat realistic. Come on, Lamar and Lang .... right now a billboard message is 1 message per week or more - you can't have EVERYTHING you want!

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Posted on February 27 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, like some other economic development agencies, claim to be a separate, private entity NOT subject to disclosure laws?
If so, then NO, they should not be getting those occupancy tax revenues.
And as far as the occupancy tax goes, it should be done away with. It's a form of "taxation without representation", since it is a tax imposed on those (visitors) who have no say in whether or how much they will be taxes. If I recall, I think we fought a war a few centuries ago over this issue - one battle right in Saratoga County.

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Posted on February 22 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The community has asked for crosswalks, lights, and signage but the state refuses.
Who knows better what is needed locally than those residing there?
Just as we decry Washington dictating to states we must put an end to state bureaucrats telling local governments how to (or not) do things. This tragedy might have been prevented had NYSDOT not been calling the shots from their Albany ivory towers.

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Posted on February 22 at 5:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have not seen any prostitutes hanging around the Bingo Hall on upper State nor around any of the churches where Bingo (and sometimes other games of chance) are played.

From: Cuomo school plan will hurt entire state

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