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Posted on August 23 at 6:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Does this translate into any savings and/or return of programs to Schdy schools?

From: 320K homes to lose STAR exemption

Posted on August 21 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great page ! Schdy needs this. Also, with reading so much about about the "ALS bucket challenge" and that it has caught fire and raised more than $31 million dollars just for one cause- perhaps some clever Schdy resident or student will come up with a similar challenge to improve something, anything important to them in the community-....

From: Editorial: High Notes

Posted on August 21 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

a great story !- and one that reveals why some skip class....

From: Newest Schenectady graduates used summer school as ‘life lesson’

Posted on August 13 at 4:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm so sad..about Robin Williams too- and sad for everyone who has ever lost a loved one this way-

From: Longtime driver recalls Robin Williams as ‘great guy’

Posted on August 11 at 8:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the sale price of an average home in Capital district will only buy you a few years.
then what happens when your money runs out?

From: Assisted living convenient, costly

Posted on August 11 at 7:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Time to vote for a Third Party Candidate like HOWIE HAWKINS - GREEN PARTY-
a serious smart guy who not only knows all the issues but he actually lives a working class life on our earth and level, not the privileged super wealthy super connected Cuomo or Astorino. Both of these are not for ordinary people. They support their wealthy upper class and corporate class. Want corruption to stop in NYS, Vote for HOWIE HAWKINS- GREEN PARTY.

From: Poll: NY voters call Albany corruption serious

Posted on August 11 at 7:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maintaining local control is important. If you want a model to follow- look to Massachusetts which eliminated their COUNTY level of Govt. And the TOWN Meeting structure gives residents more control over their budget. Some towns actually take an online survey to determine which specific line items in a budget are important to the residents. Firehouse open or senior shuttle bus? Raises for school administrators or a new school roof? the people have more input on their budgets. Its not all or nothing. Property taxes in MA are considerably lower I think because of this better structure.

From: Editorial: Reduce layers to save money

Posted on August 11 at 7:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This scenario is playing out across the country and it always seems to be this breed of dog. Clearly, its an aggressive dangerous breed. And I agree with Scott regarding the naming of the pets- both named after violent aggressive fighters. That is telling about the owners intention or view of their own dog. I'm not sure how I feel about having the dogs put to sleep, perhaps an alternative is a "Doggy jail" deep in the Adirondack's away from people- that the owners are required to pay for if they don't want their dogs put to sleep. But these dogs def should never be allowed to reside near other people.

From: Editorial: Dogs, owners prove they can't be trusted

Posted on August 5 at 7:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So Mr McCarthy wants to RAISE taxes on an already stressed city?
Assessments need to be objective and based on simple criteria everyone can figure out
First- when a property is sold that is not in forclosure or abandoned- the selling price IS the market value- People buy based on what they can afford- If you increase their taxes beyond this amount- you make the property unaffordable. It should not take the Assessor any time to change these assessmentsas they happen saving the time and aggravation of Grievance. All other properties not for sale- should be put into basice catagories first ( single family vs 2 family vs multiple vs commercial and based on simple OBJECTIVE criteria - like square footage or number of bedrooms- is how assessments should be done. Home owners should not be penalized with triggering higher property taxes for fixing up their houses like new paint jobs or new roofs or new windows . These are ordinary maintenance items that the City needs to encourage residents to take on. Its completely backwards to increase taxes based on current market values that could actually be back to BUBBLE territory. Schdy needs serious tax relief. If and when the city prospers on its own, and if and when demand for housing in the City rises - those current real time sales should automatically adjust the Assessments.

From: Schenectady mayor opposes reassessment

Posted on August 3 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dave Hart,
What you seem to miss is that current min wage for ANYONE is not a living wage
unless you are still a student supported by parents. Perhaps you haven't taken a good look at who are behind these min wage jobs- I see people over 18 and sadly many seniors. Perhaps a solution is to increase taxes on the high earners and completely eliminate taxes on the those earning minimum wage- but only after they raise the minimum to be an actual living wage.

From: Boosting food service pay will decimate labor market

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