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Schenectady council budget keeps Bennett

Cops trimmed; 1.7 percent tax hike set for 2013

Jason Cuthbert, left, and City Councilman Vincent Riggi, go over paperwork at City Hall Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Jason Cuthbert, left, and City Councilman Vincent Riggi, go over paperwork at City Hall Tuesday.
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Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett got to keep his job Tuesday, but an assistant police chief was cut as the City Council slashed the 2013 budget. In the end, the council cut $2.2 million from the final budget and approved a tax increase of 1.7 percent. For the average homeowner with a house assessed at $100,000, taxes would increase by $23 next year. The tax rate will be $13.58 per $1,000 of assessed property. The ...


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SchenectadyScott
October 31, 2012
4:06 a.m.

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Great picture from Peter Barber. That tells the story not printed in this article. No mention of the fired budget analyst Jason Cuthbert and the work he put into this budget with Councilman Riggi and Councilman Erickson to arrive at the budget Councilman Erickson presented to the council. The picture here tells the real story for and how this budget came about. Thank you and God Bless Jason Cuthbert for this work for this city. The city owes you a great debt of thanks in making a difference this year. You are an honorable public servant that despite being fired by the Mayor and protested by the finance director, stood strong in his convictions to do what is right for the people of Schenectady. Thank You!

SchenectadyScott
October 31, 2012
4:14 a.m.

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You may find the full story at the competitors news paper out of Albany.

wmarincic
October 31, 2012
7:34 a.m.

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As far as Comm. Bennett I would say good deal, I was speaking to someone that worked with Bennett for 15 years at the State Police and he gave me a whole history. The bottom line is that Bennett is a fair and good guy. As far as Brian Kilkullen, thats too bad since Brian is the hardest working Asst. Chief in the dept. We should be adding more cops to the city and THEN we will be heading in the right direction.

safny
October 31, 2012
8:34 a.m.

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The point is not whether he is a good guy - the point is that we are drowning in taxes and we cannot afford this. Why do you have one person in charge of the fire department and another in charge of the police department - then we have to spend even more money to have someone over both of them? If more and more home owners and tax payers decide to leave - who'll pay his inflated salary then? He already gets a pension. this city is not going to attract people to buy houses if they keep doing things like this.

cfield
October 31, 2012
8:51 a.m.

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marincic - and you know this how?

Never even been a crossing guard but we can count on you to chime in on every SPD article.

SchenectadyScott
October 31, 2012
10:31 a.m.

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This is not an SPD article...the point is if it were not for Jason Cuthbert..this would of been a even more bloated budget proposal than what we have...Bennett is the right guy for the direction of this city...because of mismanagement of the past and present administrations...he is needed...Do we need a fire Chief?...Police Chief with Bennett as commissioner...probably not...other municipalities operate efficiently in this manor..saving on the bloated salaries and benefits of those positions...a two for one deal..

cfield
October 31, 2012
12:45 p.m.

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Scott - Do you even know what the Chief or each Asst. Chief does?

Bloated salaries - getting knocked back as hourly versus salaries employees may mean they will make more money.

Life's real simple when you annoint sinners and saints without really knowing all the info.

FYI: it was the PD, not the Mayor or the Council or the Mayor, who eliminated the 1st AC position.

artbarb
November 1, 2012
12:23 a.m.

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NO ONE! on city council or in the city realizes (or admits) that the city is losing more than 1 million dollars $$$ a month! the city is losing $10 to $20 million a year! No one understands the city's financial statements! what is the result of the State Comptroller's audit? Every month! the city spends $1 million more than it collects in taxes and other income!

The city has to borrow $20 million MORE each year to keep operating! Taxpayers will have to pay for this!

The city's debt is being downgraded! interest rates will go up to 7% percent!
Fools are in control! No one understands. All are helpless! most don't care. The leaders of this city are making the problem worse!

cfield
November 1, 2012
9:58 a.m.

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artbarb

You raise one very interesting point - the Comptroller's report will be important reading.

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