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Historian Rittner was worth well more than his $25,000 salary

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Historian Rittner was worth well more than his $25,000 salary One has to wonder what was occupying the space between the ears of Schenectady County legislators who adopted a budget cutting out the salary of county historian Don Rittner [Oct. 23 Gazette]! County spokesperson Joe McQueen tells us it was a “cost-cutting measure,” but what about the cost to future generations of Schenectadians? Prior to Mr. Rittner becoming county historian, I and many others read ...

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October 31, 2012
4:44 a.m.

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How's that Gary?....It should be and was before Mr. Rittner's time a volunteered Larry Hart had it for many years. There are plenty of people out there from Schenectady who would be willing to volunteer this position. When a city has no money and a county that has no money...we need volunteers to step up and take positions like these. I believe we will do just fine without this in the budget. May be in a few years when the city is financially stable there can be a stipend for this position. This is reality...may be you can kick in a few bucks of your own to help him out. Great letter of support..I am sure your intentions are appreciated.

October 31, 2012
7:47 a.m.

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Scott the city and county being financially viable would mean that the political makeup would have to change from democrat to republican. Too many union people and too many free entitlement people for that to happen. Your father getting elected was a step in the right direction but I don't know that we will ever have the majority that we need.

October 31, 2012
11:24 p.m.

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Rittner should collect from the film companies who can better afford to pay him than city residents/taxpayers!

November 1, 2012
6 p.m.

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To Reply to Joe Tomkowski -
I have yet to meet any Republican who would eliminate their own position out of a budget. The difference btwn having a GOP or a Dem in that position is that with a Dem, your tax dollars would most likely go to servicing the public good at large, versus the GOP where your tax dollars go to lining the pockets of a few key "private enterprises". If your concern is overall taxes- look to neighboring Democratic Massachusetts that completely eliminated their County Level of Government.