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Mayor re-creates historic ride

Journey was to warn Albany of massacre

Schenectady Mayor Brian U. Stratton rides down State Street in Albany in the re-enactment of the historic 1690 ride of Symon Schermerhorn.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Schenectady Mayor Brian U. Stratton rides down State Street in Albany in the re-enactment of the historic 1690 ride of Symon Schermerhorn.
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Compared to Symon Schermerhorn, Brian Stratton had it easy. Schenectady’s mayor hoisted himself onto a saddled draft horse and rode about two city blocks to Albany’s City Hall in the relatively warm weather for early February. He had the luxury of a police escort, a heavy wool cloak and clear roads on his short, late-morning journey. In contrast, Schermerhorn made the 17-mile journey from Schenectady’s stockade to Albany over the course of six hours amid ...


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timsloan
February 10, 2009
4:16 p.m.

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I would have preferred to see him do the whole ride,
in the lingerie. That would be news. But Tom Leykus
already pulled this "Look, I'm on a horse!" gambit
in the early 80's, when he first moved to upstate, I
asked him why (we both worked at WQBK, then), and he
responded: "Just to get attention". What's the pupose
of Stratton's 'pony ride'? What you call "settling",
the Native Americans consider theft and murder: just
a simple Invasion. What's this for? Less attention
would profit him more. Totally Stupid. By "raiders",
do you mean "Insurgents"?

timsloan
February 10, 2009
4:39 p.m.

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This entire Empire State was built on stolen land, by
slave labor. Yes. Slaves. Here. There is nothing to be
celebrated, commemorated or fondly recalled.

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