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Mom's grant doesn't pass sniff test

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At least give the Schenectady City Council credit for insisting that a $60,000 grant to the mother of one of its members be approved by the city’s ethics board. That the ethics board currently has no members, and hasn’t for years, is an issue, but it should be resolved soon. The grant itself may be another story. It’s a ticklish question complicated by the fact that the councilwoman in question, Marion Porterfield, lives in her ...

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January 18, 2013
7:32 a.m.

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PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY ANY ONE APPLICATION WOULD GET $60,000.00 ?? Grants or home improvement should be capped at no more than $3,000- $5,000.00 Each and more taxpayers struggling to maintain their homes should get relief. New good quality windows cost around $200 each installed- a new roof an average size home around $5,000.00, is Ms Porterfield building an addition? Who is overseeing this grant program and who are the contractors inflating the cost estimates? Stop Hosing the tax payers !

January 18, 2013
7:51 a.m.

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I paid out of my own pocket to have all new windows and my house totally insulated with blown and hi R insulation. It cost me $17000 out of my pocket for my 2 family house in Vale. Somebody is making a killing here.

January 18, 2013
9:26 a.m.

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Thanks Art! The " Something's rotten in Denmark" smell gets worse when you factor in the fact that the grant is very similar to the amount paid the CC woman as the site co-ordinator of the failed "Weed & Seed" DOJ program. One has to wonder since the Feds begged her to get paperwork in on time, how this application made a deadline. It smells worse for the Mayor since a fund raiser was held at this location for him.
The big picture is, how many of these grants are let out, particularly by CLT, whose sphere has shifted to the North End. Are there family members at HUD or Freddiemac? How do we always seem to have unvetted persons appointed to positions when so many qualified persons are looking for work in the "Community"? Many questions.
On the Plannining Commission members recuse themselves when there is even the possility of future personal gain, the same standard should apply to CC and salaried staff.