Comments by ronzo
Posted on January 19 at 7:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
There are alternatives to wired internet service. Dish Network has excellent satellite internet service (from personal experience). Hughes also has satellite internet service. Both competitively priced with cable and telephone broadband. You do, however, need an unobstructed line of sight to the Southwest sky where the satellites are located.
Posted on December 8 at 7:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I too hope it succeeds. But the odds are against it due to all the reasons you stated. I give it five years. Two years to build, one year of novelty, one year of so what and one year to shut down in bankruptcy. Who's kidding who? Do they think that people will be coming here from far away places to stay in their hotel when there are numerous casino venues within a short driving distance? So it'll be locals who support the place. Just how much gambling money do they think there is in the area? Ever go to the racino in Saratoga Springs? You'll see what I mean.
Posted on November 5 at 6:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If you live in a city, I can see why voting for municipal governing positions is important. But for those who don't live in cities, to me it doesn't matter who gets elected at the town level. There's hardly any difference other than personalities. So I don't vote in those elections. If anyone wants to give their time to serve on a town board, let them do it. To me, a town is a useless added layer of government. This is the only state I've lived in that has, other than cities, these layers of government below the county, so maybe I'm biased.
Posted on April 30 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Hey Vincent Belardo: Are you the guy in that newsreel who shouted that you don't want the government taking over your Medicare? And you left out a few other important points. You do know that Obama is giving free cellphones to all illegals at your expense. And he has been raising the price of gasoline so he can pocket the profits. But you do have to give him credit for lowering the prices of high definition TVs over the last 6 years. The odds are that since you came back from WWII you owned at least one Japanese or German vehicle.
Posted on February 19 at 7:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Since zip codes were created in 1963 who decided that a zip code should be aligned with the name of a city, town, etc.? And specifically since the early '80s when zip plus 4 went into affect, that numerically identifies your exact location (home or business) it is actually not even necessary to address anything more than to who and the 9 digit zip code that will get mail delivered correctly. It sounds that some 911 dispatch systems do not use zip plus four which they should. Some zip codes cover areas in more than one state. So what's the big deal? When I address outgoing mail, if I have the full zip code I never include anything more than the addressee and the 9 digit zip code and have never had any mail returned to me as undeliverable.
I believe this issue has to do with some people's need to feel an association with a place they call "theirs" as exemplified by the statement of that state representative - “We are Halfmoon Proud". “This code puts a stamp on who we are”. You can be Halfmoon proud without causing the Postal Service to make a special arrangement for you. That just adds cost to mail delivery, plus if they do it for one, then all of a sudden how many more places will "demand" the same? That would cause mayhem within a very efficient mechanized delivery system.
I like Sen. Schumer a lot but he's way out of line on this. He should spend his time correcting the damage that the 2006 Congress did to the postal service stealing billions from their operating funds instead of playing up to a few people who have this passion for the name of some geographic boundary.
I would bet that if you conducted a truly unbiased poll of people who live in Halfmoon you would find that most people couldn't care less one way or another.
Posted on February 13 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Why should state legislators get paid at all, except a per diem to cover expenses? When public money is involved, graft and corruption will accompany it. New Mexico, where I came here from, has citizen legislators. They do not get paid a salary. They get about $160 per day as per diem when the legislature is in session, and when they work on behalf of their constituents. Because they do not get paid a salary, they are incentivized to get the state's business done quickly so they can get back to whatever they do to earn a living whether they are small business owners, ranchers, independently wealthy or just middle-class people. Granted, New Mexico does not have the same issues as New York, but by taking salary out of the equation, it would attract people who truly want to work to make the state better rather than just collect a high salary for a part-time job with an opportunity to steal even more from the people and get a pension to boot. Plus, it would further incentivize many who do serve to do it for a short period of time rather than make it a career like they do here in New York. That would be a built in term limit without an official term limit.
Posted on February 10 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Upstate would lose - I've seen reports that make your numbers low. In other words, the 52 counties that are upstate get even more state revenue and contribute less than your numbers but yours make a valid point. The fact is upstate NY does not contribute its fair share to the state treasury. The irony is that outside the cities, the party that governs most of those 52 upstate counties, towns and villages is the one that supposedly hates big government and welfare. They're hypocrites. They love all the local government they can create and keep upstate while they take all the State welfare they can get and still complain that it's not enough. With my Saratoga County tax bill is a "complaint sheet" that describes why the taxes are what they are. The list is a bunch of excuses blaming everyone but themselves. But of course they do not state what they will do to lower costs that will lower property and school taxes, since most of the direct costs that taxes fund are within their control. And they have the people upstate convinced that it's all New York City and downstate's fault. That may have been true in the 50's, '60's, and '70's when upstate was booming with manufacturing and NYC was broke. But not today. I'm not favoring NYC. The only thing I want from New York City is distance, and for them to continue to be the economic engine that powers New York State until upstate pulls itself up by its bootstraps and becomes more self-sufficient.
Posted on January 27 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Nice example to the people who this sheriff serves. How should he expect the people who he supposedly protects obey laws that they do not agree with when he does not. He's a hypocrite. I do not believe that every person in his jurisdiction agrees with his attitude. And they wonder why some people have disrespect for police agencies when some cops, like this guy, don't respect laws that are created by others who are elected by the people. Respect goes both ways. People need to respect the police agencies that enforce laws whether you like the law that the cop is enforcing or not. Police agencies need to respect the laws created by legislators whether they like the law or not. A cop's personal feeling and belief about a law that s/he swears to uphold should not be brought to the job. Actions like this further put a wedge between police and the public. He's taking the coward's way out. There are other legal ways to enact laws that he likes and change laws that he does not like. The state police should arrest this guy for breaking a state statute.
Posted on January 23 at 7:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)
sparkling: you keep affirming what I keep saying - people would rather pay the high property taxes in NY in order to keep their small town, village or school district. That may be OK for you, but I'm guessing it's not for the majority of New Yorkers who seem to speak loudly about the unaffordability of living here. The exception is that they are not willing to do anything about it but complain. And for people like me who have experienced living in other states, where a sense of community is very present without all those multi-layers of local government, it's difficult to understand why New Yorkers are the way they are about the subject.
Corporations merge to obtain savings by eliminating duplication and replication. I know that governments are not corporations per se, but the principles of consolidation and benefits apply. It's been proven over and over in other states where cities are merging with counties like in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and others.
I understand that the Village of Scotia has some of the highest property taxes in the Capital Region. If that's what you want and like, I guess that's up to you. I am not willing to pay these high taxes. I'm just saying that's not for me and I've tried in many ways to get people interested in changing the system, to no avail. I guess that's what makes us different. I do not need to see a town hall building with a sign on it to give me sense of community where I live. What makes me feel no sense of community is annually getting the egregious property and school tax bills. That turns me off completely about the New York system of local government. And I do not blame the State for that. They're trying to affect change. It's the locals who want it that way. And the irony to me is that in most upstate suburban towns and villages, the people who govern are from the party that is allegedly against big government. But they are the sponsors of enlarging local government. And the governor is of the party of allegedly big government and he's trying to entice the locals with cash to reduce their size of government. That the paradox.
Posted on January 22 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)
sparkling: not sure you got the jist of my message. What does the identity of a location have to do with who or what governs that location? What do parades, fire works and other public events have to do with a village government? Why is it important for someone to personally know a municipal employee? The Governor and State does offer to give to local towns, villages and school districts millions of dollars of support for them to consolidate and merge. So far there's not too many takers. Small government is more accountable. The question is, how much are you willing to pay for those multiple levels of very small local government?
I do not know anything about your specific local politics between the two individuals you speak about.
How do you actually know that merging governments in the state will not realize savings to the taxpayers? And how can you guarantee that the property taxes will not go down? Here's what I know coming from outside New York.
New York is the only state where I have lived that has other than cities, these multiple levels of local government - multiple towns, villages, school districts within a county. Each entity does the same thing - courts, clerk, highway department, tax collection, police and fire service, school districts, etc. redundantly in their own small way, each with their own bureaucracy and staffs replicated many times within that county. And I can unequivocally say that my property taxes (plus school tax) here are the very highest I've paid anywhere by a lot. This is the only state I've lived that has school taxes.
You sound like the person I spoke of earlier. You do not mind paying the high taxes if you can keep the identity of your small local government. And I believe that you speak for the majority of upstate New Yorkers.