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Editorial: Schenectady must do more to protect abandoned buildings from fire starters

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Fires are one sure way for Schenectady to rid itself of its many abandoned buildings, but hardly an efficient or safe way. The city has been plagued by a rash of suspicious fires in abandoned buildings the past couple of weeks, and so far it has been lucky: There haven’t been any fatalities or serious injuries among firefighters, and no adjacent homes have been ignited. But a family living next to 942 State St. was ...

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May 30, 2012
4:09 p.m.

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Add the reporting of these unsecured buildings to the new on-line crime reporting system ... one of today's Gazette stories too.

May 31, 2012
8:50 a.m.

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Are you kidding? You can't "secure" the incredible number of abandoned buildings in this city. Why aren't the owners being forced to do something about this before it gets so bad? Most of these buildings need to be removed. BERFORE they get burned. A determined person or group of people looking for a place to hang around, do drugs, sleep - they won't be deterred by some boarded up windows. There are also houses in the city that have been burned out that still sit there - an eyesore, lowering property values, dangerous - but there they sit. Who would buy a house anywhere near that?? This editorial is inane and wrong headed.