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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!)

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Posted on August 31 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I do not see what is so uplifting about wasting taxpayer money for a police escorted motorcade for a horse.
Or have all cases been solved but I hadn't about it?

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Posted on August 28 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, rather than secession, some of the counties bordering Pennsylvania might wish to be annexed by PA rather than create their own state(s). They would have the resources of a long-time established state that understands the economic benefits of fracking and 2nd amendment.

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Posted on August 28 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not bring some containers of water? Freeze them ahead of time.

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Posted on August 28 at 11:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe next time the Gazette can do a story on someone who feeds rats. Same thing 'cept no wings on the rats.

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Posted on August 16 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cars pass buses stopped at "Steuben Station" like a bat out of bell. Often driving in left turn lanes even though no left turn is intended. I cannot count the times I've stood at the crosswalk at "Division Station" trying to cross when no car would allow me to.
There are signs ("Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalk") signs both near Proctors and the Schenectady Light Opera. None on upper State Street busy crossings.
I guess only highbrows going to "the performance" need protection from motorists?

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Posted on August 16 at 3:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As a merchant of goods, I must charge sales tax on the amount of my sales and remit the sales to the state, not pay the state on the price I buy my inventory for.
While I might buy something for $50 and sell it for $100, I've got to remit the sales tax on $100, my selling price.
These booking thieves sell their inventory for $100, charge the customer sales and occupancy taxes on $100, but only remit the taxes on $50, and call the extra "service charges".
Why should they have that advantage over every other local business operator in the state? There's no longer any reason to give "newborn" internet business breaks on their operating expenses. They are no longer "newborn", but have grown to be ferocious giants, putting many brick and mortar businesses out of business.
Time to level the playing field, and to raise local (and state) revenue so the rest of the citizens aren't shouldering more than their fair share.

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