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Posted on October 27 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"“Two hotels are definitely what we need here in Schenectady,” Buicko said. “We’re sending people out of the area because there aren’t enough hotel rooms."
3 of the hotels "out of the area" are in Rotterdam: Belvedere, Quality Inn, and Super8. All three collect MetroTax for the COUNTY, but Metroplex seems to pour the bulk of the money collected by merchants INCLUDING THOSE THREE into downtown Schenectady.
Maybe the 0.5% Metro-tax should only be imposed within the city limits? BTW, wasn't Metroplex funds to go to improvements within 1/2mile of Rt7? All three hotels meet that criteria.

From: Work begins on Marriott hotel at Mohawk Harbor

Posted on October 27 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Elected people should make NO MORE than we pay an E-5. Plain and simple.
Our state and federal lawmakers should reside in barracks and eat at the chow hall.
Stop the damn per-diem and travel reimbursements. Start serving the people instead of themselves.

From: Vets should demand Schalmont tax credits

Posted on October 27 at 6:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Daryl Kosinski is "Tired of ‘horse toilet’ spoiling streets, trails".

Weren't the towpaths of the canal once big depositories of horse (and mule) droppings?

Sounds like the waste is adding to the authenticity of the canals!

(I've got a mule, her name is Sal .....)

From: Column minimized hall of fame effort

Posted on October 27 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Richard Cohen give the PERFECT reason why restauranteers should end tipping at their restaurants:

"The waiter is my guy for the duration of the meal. He’s my agent. He looks out for me and, if he does a good job, I look out for him."

In other words, the employee no longer gives his/her allegiance to the employer. S/he gives it to Mr/Ms BigTips.
"Sure, I'll give you extra sour cream!",
"That dessert is on me!",
"I didn't charge you for the ice cream on your pie."
"This round is on me!"
All acts of theft from their employer!
What would other employers do if their employees were skimming from them? Restaurant owners should pay a real wage to their employees and stop allowing customers to bribe them.

From: Richard Cohen: Give up tipping? Not just yet

Posted on October 27 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rather than NOT vote for someone who would give up his salary, I instead would ask "WHO *ELSE* WILL FOREGO YOUR SALARY and TRULY serve the people?"

From: Polimeni best for Schenectady council

Posted on October 27 at 5:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hissah! (Sid Gordan) - just because drones are made, and just because people can afford to buy them doesn't necessarily mean they should be allowed. I agree that only government should be allowed to operate them .... NOT corporations!

From: Restrict drone sales to government only

Posted on October 27 at 5:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's another item on which the mayor has dropped the ball:
Pedestrian crossings on Erie Boulevard.
After complaints about how unsafe it is to cross, we finally got red lights in each direction for vehicular traffic during pedestrian cross signal "green lights". McC said that's all he could do until the MillionDollar Makeover of Erie was done.
Well, the makeover is done, and the signals are back to how they were before, with exception of State & Erie, cars still have green lights while pedestrians try to cross at Liberty and Union.
Thanks-a-lot, mayor!

From: Why didn't McCarthy take action on issues

Posted on September 23 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe the windows at City Hall could be painted black?
Seems apparent that the administration hates transparency, so make them opaque!

From: End secrecy over Schenectady casino sign review

Posted on September 23 at 2:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think that body cameras will most likely help police with photographic proof of what happens in their interactions with the public.
However, I'm concerned that an officer might be able to disable his camera. Pictures of the devices that I've seen on TV look like some models have a "shutter" over the lens that must be opened to activate the camera. I'm concerned that one of the few bad officers might "forget" to turn on his camera.
Perhaps using RFID technology, the cameras could be automatically activated as soon as the officer is 3 feet from his squad-car dashboard?

From: Burdeck Street railroad repairs only temporary

Posted on September 23 at 2:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's no public parking nearby!

I doubt many attendees have a SCCC parking permit!

(county/college can sell parking!)

From: Schenectady’s first MMA card Saturday

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