Comments by schdyres
Posted on April 30 at 3:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Are we to believe that Philip Morris and Ray Gillen know more about the casino developer's plans than the Schenectady City Council that was about to vote to alter the zoning code? Scary! Let's get the open and public discussion underway.
Posted on April 30 at 11:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Any so called "neighborhood leader" who supports a proposal in the absence of detailed information is irresponsible. Those in nearby communities who have taken the time to examine the facts are not in support of casinos. A full discussion of the costs and benefits should occur before anyone claims to represent opinion in the neighborhoods. The most impacted neighborhoods have not held meetings to discuss the issues at this point nor are they quoted in the story above. The story headline "most" also is misleading as several "leaders" did not feel they were in a position to take a position at this time. Several other neighborhoods were not contacted. Not a very good piece of journalism!
There is an attempt in Schenectady by the political leadership, developers, and seemingly the Gazette to push a rush to judgement. With more time and critical examination of the facts it is likely that citizens in Schenectady will not want a casino.
Posted on April 28 at 7:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This represents a regrettable attempt to fast-track a change without significant city resident input. It makes a farce of the 2020 Plan which outlined -after widespread discussion- citizen views about the future of the city and its neighborhoods. No casino mentioned! There is extensive evidence that casinos do not deliver on promised benefits and come with serious costs to community residents and local business. Saratoga rightly decided against a casino after widespread public opposition. The last time there was an attempt to fast track a proposal for the Alco site we were to have a waste incineration plant located there. It was soundly defeated after resident protest.
Residents need to organize quickly to stop this nonsense as well.
Posted on April 25 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)
JOE K uses terms like bogus and baseless but has nothing substantive to say about the documented legitimate concerns that led the majority of upstate residents to vote against casinos much less the objections of the business community and taxpayers in Saratoga.
Posted on April 25 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
It will take a mobilization of city residents just as in Saratoga to stop it. The city council already has out the rubber stamps!
Promises of tax relief and jobs!, jobs! jobs!--the usual scam while the 1% benefit. The Stockade leader had better call a meeting before she speaks out of order again.
Posted on January 22 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It's time for the city council to stand up to Carl Olsen's sweet talking and support the Finance Commissioner. Taxpayers are already shouldering the high costs of debt service on his unnecessarily expensive Bureau of Service Building (The" Taj MaCarl"). The Council should never have approved that waste of money. Let's use any future savings(documented!) he promised from his operations there to support additional funding for his staff. Further, There are many highly qualified managers working in comparable cities in the region that might be recruited and employed should the city face retirements in the Department of General Services. The Council should not fall for the silly argument that there would be no one who could manage his operation except someone who has risen from previous work in that department!
Put the rubber stamps away!!
Posted on January 7 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Please! Not another "rubber-stamp" to join King. All the "newer" council members have brought much more to the council then the "veteran" King. She is a competent parliamentarian but has offered no vision for the future of the city nor leadership during her tenure. How about adding to the growing diversity of the council by finding a hispanic candidate? That would be most appropriate given the growing population in the city.
Posted on December 3 at 8 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Let's hope the Council stands firm with Erickson and refuses to let the county bully us again. I fear the City Council "rubber stamps" will again prevail and not act in the interest of city taxpayers. The Gazette reporter needed to query every member on where they stand at this point. And what's up with the city reps.on the SchenectadyCounty Legislature-- are they loudly advocating for their constituents?? Let's find out Gazette reporters!
Posted on November 21 at 12:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Once again in Schenectady-who cares about the residents, neighborhoods, and taxpayers!!!! Institutional zoning rules. It's time to change the BZA and PC memberships and challenge those who made the hack appointments. Strichman useless as usual.
Posted on November 9 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Very sad as the outcome of the election would not have been different if he had been honest. The Gazette failed to followup after the debate and should have investigated and reported this prior to the election. Probably the reporter had the story and it was held by the editors. My comment raising these questions was posted at the end of the Gazette debate story and was then later pulled by the Gazette. Why?
Most importantly, Kathleen Moore's story remains incomplete----Other "facts" not investigated-- his age?? --and his "claimed" educational background?? Let's have the full story now!
Reporting on the election also was inadequate as she failed follow-up and ask the Republican candidate Kelleher about his stated support for some "Tea Party" positions.
Finally, Carl Erickson's comments are silly and disturbing!