Comments by ronzo
Posted on March 16 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
NY has inside-out politics. You have a governor from the "big government" party who offers millions and millions of state $$$ to Upstate and Long Island towns, villages and school districts that are populated and governed by people of the "we hate big government" party to share, consolidate, merge and dissolve. The original offer is not only being ignored, but voted against by the taxpayers. So now the big gov't guy wants to sweeten the pot by offering the "hate big gov't" taxpayers lower taxes if they succeed in pressuring their "hate big gov't" elected officials to get rid of their town, village or school district and in return, he'll lower their taxes.
New Yorkers prove year after year that they really don't mind paying the egregious property taxes that they let their local politicians and school boards force on them. Because if they did mind, they'd do something about it. Instead they constantly vote themselves property tax increases when they vote (or don't vote) every May for school budgets, and they consistently elect those town, village and school district people who stand firm on keeping the layers and layers of local gov't in NY's Upstate counties.
I have met with and written to my "hate big gov't party" town supervisor about merging with the adjacent towns, or at least having the county take over the highway dept. and water dept., since all roads in the town are in the county and the county is the source for the water supply. The result was an unenthusiastic response about consolidation and merger. Soon after, the town built a new town highway dept. garage, at town taxpayer expense. So therein lies the root of the problem.
Posted on March 12 at 6:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
NYOH currently has a facility on Riverview Rd. in Clifton Park. This new one will not be the first NYOH facility in Clifton Park.
Posted on February 13 at 7:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)
One way to concentrate efforts to fund the best education for students could be to, short of merging with another school district, merge areas like transportation, building/grounds maintenance, administration with Mohonasen and/or Scotia-Glenville, or God forbid the Schenectady city school district.
Posted on February 5 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)
A typical upstate NY story: Let's keep all those things that make our property taxes as high as they are, because this is how we like things here. Joe Villano would be run out of town if he was truly serious about what he said about eliminating their police department. But then again, upstate NY Republicans are all about maintaining and perpetuating large local government, while hypocritocaly criticising the Fedaral Government for its largess. And the Democrats in NY have no solution to the high tax problem as well.
Posted on February 3 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Carol: My observation from living in many different parts of the U.S. is that where there is more ethnic diversity there seems to be more effort in language pronunciation, especially non-Anglo name pronunciation. In the DC area where there are many people from other countries, is a good example of people taking the effort to not insult someone by butchering their name. There is a Kosciuszko bridge on the BQE between Brooklyn and Queens. Guess what that bridge is called by everyone including the TV and other media? Why? B'klyn and Queens have many foreigners living there. Here it seems that people, including the mass media, just don't want to take the effort to try not to offend someone who's name is not "normal" to them.
Posted on January 8 at 6:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic: The hateful words that you spew toward some people via this venue seem to indicate the frustration that you might have about your life. It's understandable that you may resent how some people live, who are different from you, who have values they believe are important to them, but not exactly like yours. But the hate toward our society, government and political leaders that you continually indicate in your comments here can make a person concerned about your well being.
Posted on December 24 at 7:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Phils2008: Are you having difficulty comprehending my statements? I am totally against public worker unions and how they scam taxpayers. I have not bashed firefighters and policemen, even though some of them are part of the taxpayer scam through their strong unions. I am totally against their worker union, not against any of them and the jobs they perform. And the right wing government leaders? I am not aware of many right wing city leaders, since cities tend to lean liberal because of the makeup of the populace. I'm referring to all the layers of government in a county in addition to cities. Villages within towns, towns within counties, multiple fire and police departments, multiple school districts, highway departments, layers and layers of government and burearacracy within a single county; in most of upstate NY governed by right wing politicians who gladly slam the taxpayers with their bureaucratic government largess, then bash the "liberal" Federal government for doing the same. You sound like a city dweller who might want to better understand government administration in New York State outside of cities, and how that byzantine form of government negatively affects the taxpayers.
Posted on December 23 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
BROBERTS1: I do not believe that all firefighters and cops scam the system. I do put firefighters and cops in the same group as other municipal workers relative to unions in response to wmarincic's statement about public employee unions that scam the taxpayers. And they are allowed and even encouraged by municipal leaders to get away with it. That's the hypocrisy about the right wing local government leaders and their followers here in upstate NY who create, sponsor, perpetuate and refuse to give up their big bloated multi-levels of local government, have no problem stuffing their bloated government cost to the taxpayers, yet loudly voice their opposition to the largesse of the Federal government. Hypocrites.
Posted on December 23 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)
So you guys favor an exception to the pension system scam. It's OK for cops and firefighters to scam the taxpayers, but not OK for anyone else who performs a municipal job. And those unions. They're OK for cops and firefighters but no one else? That's a double standard. All municipal workers are equal in that regard. No exceptions. No wonder why we disagree. You are inconsistent.
Posted on December 23 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic: the top 10% pay 70% of the taxes because they earn more than the bottom 70%. And there's all those corporations that are on welfare - they pay NO taxes but receive government services that you and I pay for. I totally agree with you about giveaways to foreign governments, cable TV in prisons, and ALL municipal worker unions including fire and police workers. What makes cops and firefighters so special? It's just a public service job. They scam the pension system the same as the ditch digger. I'm all for cutting wasted spending not only at the federal level, but especially at the local level, where the duplicate and crap programs are everywhere and the waste is encouraged by people of all political affiliations, especially here in upstate NY which is mostly hypocrite Republican. Since I agree a lot with you, what does that make you? A liberal by association?