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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on August 3 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If kids a truly hungry, they will eat the healthy food offered them. Does't make sense that portions could be too small yet food was being left on plates?
Clearly, if they are not going to eat that apple offered, then kids/teens should not be required to put it on their tray only to be dumped. But it also means the kids who are provided with free lunch, can't be hungry if food is left on plates. What's important, is that the healthy food is offered. 1/2 the battle is changing taste buds, and you can't accomplish that by going back to fatty, salty, greasy unhealthy food. Adding protein to the salad bar is a no brainer. How did they miss that? Vitamin water? That is a luxury food fad most can't afford. Basic water and protein rich milk should be free. Back to basics is what gets kids healthy and fed

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Posted on August 1 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know that much about the Israel/Palestine conflict-
but it seems to me Israel should have stopped the land grab and stopped building on Palestinian land and instead created 2 separate States which they refused to do- if they had- they would have peace if they really wanted peace. I don't think Israel wants peace. If digging a tunnel is only way Palestinian people can get out for commerce/jobs/food/- then of course they would build a tunnel. what disturbs me, is that you don't drop bombs and kill civilians and destroy infrustucture to stop people from entering Israel from the tunnel- I guess Israel has not heard of blocking tunnel exits. And as far as we know- Israelis could be using those tunnels too.

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Posted on July 29 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The overtime and pension abuse has to stop- Schdy poverty is overwhelming- middle income and elderly residents are under serious economic stress. The City cannot improve while paying for the outrageous salaries and benefits/pensions of Police and other over paid officials. Public employees should not be getting rich off the backs of poor and low income people they are paid to serve ( especially since they are not required to live in the City that pays them. If there was a residency requirement and the police had to live here, you would see how quickly the quality of life would improve because then they would have to pay the same property taxes and would have a real incentive to reduce crime and improve quality of life for their own children .

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Posted on July 29 at 6:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Schdy homeowners cannot afford any increase in property taxes- Every residential
home needs a decrease. Commercial property should have a higher tax rate, GE and Union College should be paying more and the Mayor and City Council needs to focus laser light on reducing the costs that are the biggest burden of City Budget- Police salaries, all overtime and trash expense, City owned vehicles etc. All perks should be eliminated. What is being done to significantly lower these expenses?

From: Editorial: To reval or not reval: City faces tough decision

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