Comments by tonijean613
Posted on November 3 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Gina99- what "retail mess" are you referring to? please be specific. I see nothing but progress in last 9 yrs- PROCTORS is hardly a mess, Bow Tie is great! All the restaurants popping up are great!- the YMCA and new hair salon- great! The cute little shops on Jay St- pretty good- Villa Italia Bakery- awsome and always busy! I was sorry to see the Bookstore close and Rudnicks close- but other than that- back up your claim with specifics.
Posted on November 3 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
How do we donate ??
Posted on November 2 at 4:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Its so sad! sometimes I wonder if social media has made being a kid or a teen harder - but then I think back to my school days before computers and I remember the bullying. I remember being teased as the "new kid" when I changed grade schools. I remember 2 high school boys I knew fairly well who committed suicide. One was an odd outcast who I really tried to be extra nice to when I passed him in the halls bec I remember kids teasing him- and the other was a really popular kid who took his own life bec his girlfriend broke up with him. So, I think it all comes down to "sad broken hearts" and the only thing that has a chance to counter that horrible feeling is friendship, and going out of ones way to befriend a victim of bullying and to try to be there for anyone experiencing the loss of a loved one whether from a relationship heartbreak or any personal loss. Feeling accepted, supported and truly liked and part of a larger group of friends- doesn't that matter the most to everyone not just kids?.
Posted on November 2 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I am so impressed with Mr Spring ! He is a true advocate for Schdy kids! And he is right on ! Just look at the disparity btwn Nisky/Schdy ! Its outrageous! and right next door! Frankly, I would like to see a grand experiment and swap half the kids from each school and see what happens- would the rich kids suddenly do poorer? Would the deprived kids thrive? Is it the teachers or is it truly an impoverished environment that effects learning? hmmmmm...What if you swapped all the teachers for one year? hmmmmm???
Unions/tenure as the problem? don't know- MA spends less per student with same union protections and better results...why? whats different there?
Posted on November 2 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Forget regaining Control- obviously the solution is to completely eliminate County level of Govt as they did in Massachusetts. Why is County Govt needed exactly? We need a model of Govt more like MA which as liberal as it is- has considerably lower property taxes, very good schools across the entire state- not just the richest towns, and for 7 yrs has managed to provide a Universal Health Care for 97% of residents. No County level govt! More local control with residents having more voting control on local town and school budget(line items) via Town Meeting model of govt.
Posted on November 2 at 2:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
BRAVO Jacob Ettkin ! A leader in the making !!
Posted on November 2 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)
IF YOU CARE ABOUT CONTROLLING TAXES- I agree with JImOcconnor with exception of Lazarri- Isnt Mr Lazarri a retired military/police officer getting one of those bloated pensions and free health benefits at the root cause of our tax burden?
If so, I would argue it means Lazarri would be an easy ally for police and support of their bloated budget/overtime/pension padding. So I would vote NO on Lazarri not for any association to the Tea Party but for a close association with the police/military. Riggi and Erikson have done a great job. Mootooverin an accountant by trade- can prob "SEE" and "Understand" the budget better to control it- and Mr Kelleher has just made a good argument to elect him above.
But Mr Lazarri? I think not- sorry. PS- the next focus of discussion I hope is why NYS even needs COUNTY LEVEL Govt? Eliminating this level would put more control in local residents and lover taxes- like they did in Massachusetts .
Posted on October 31 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
HOW SAD that this is happening (in 2013) by the very teachers that are supposed to be setting an example and protecting such students from such treatment. Larry Spring is the best thing to happen to the Schdy Schools- HE GETS IT! He understands POVERTY and Discrimination and what that means for students and the psychology behind it. I hope the teachers guilty of this are swapped out for ones that truly have a sensitivity to this. I trust Larry Spring will take correct action and deserves our praise and thanks for tackling such a difficult district and more importantly for showing how much he cares about the kids.
Posted on October 31 at 9:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I really like Leesa Perazzo- she is smart, and has brought much needed creative thinking and energy to the Council- BUT- she needs to understand that in an Impoverished community like Schdy- the "$8.00 increases in taxes ADD up" and yes- every line item needs serious debate to justify it. Vince Riggi has been spot on to his approach and the Council needs follow his lead more. I was glad to see they will pursue reducing the cost of trash removal by increasing recycling- its one important line item. But curtailing high salaries, and abusive overtime which is directly related to padding already high pensions is the biggest item to chop away at.
Posted on October 29 at 8:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Ms Perazzo- the community is poor and taxpayers ARE DESPERATE FOR TAX RELIEF ! there is nothing "desperate" about cutting the health care budget line item as Erikson defends, its sounds like an easy common sense item to cut. Also, where is the "desperately needed" BAN on Overtime? , and ban of take home cars? Why are you rewarding for bad efficiency and rewarding for living outside the city? And what is the Dept of Public works head doing to reduce trash expense and increase recycling? It is not right for you increase Trash and Water fees that residents do not have direct control over since there are not water meters and unless you move to a "PAY As You Throw" model of trash removal (which would seriously reduce the cities trash expense)-. If you task a manager of a large commercial building that has hundreds of tenants with reducing the trash expense, its immediately done via education on recycling, the "tools" to make it easy to recycle, and enforcement- so why not task the Dept of Public Works with the responsibily of reducing the trash expense? Its not rocket science- you just need caring "can do" department heads.