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Cuomo’s tax-free zones would only hurt existing businesses I was shocked to read a Gazette editorial supporting Gov. Cuomo’s new ridiculous tax-free plan [May 30]. As a retired Tax Department administrator with 40 years service, if there was one thing I learned it was that tax incentives usually do not work. They are given at the expense of others, and very often, when the exception period expires, the beneficiaries move out of the state or ...


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kopacham
June 14, 2013
4:04 a.m.

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In stories related to the BSA allowing gay scouts but not gay leaders and the Southern Baptist Convention rumoring to kick out scouts due to this policy, I see a whole bunch of hypocrisy going around. Is allowing gay scouts but not allowing gay leaders akin to allowing girls as acolytes or servers in church but not allowing them to be to be priests? If the book of Leviticus is the mark by which churches are so anti-gay, shouldn't they be boycotting pork and bacon, let alone bottom dwelling sea creatures like catfish, shrimp and clams?

gina99
June 14, 2013
7:03 a.m.

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Ms Dicerbo please try reasoning with the Gazette and Schenectady Chamber of Commerce who both support this Cuomo disaster. Just want we need a two tier system Statewide? We see what has happened to existing businesses Downtown with Metroplex's never ending tax free competitors. If everyone paid a fair share we wouldn't be in the current fiscal mess.

ronzo
June 14, 2013
5 p.m.

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School district created its mess - they give the taxpayers the old pinch test. Leak out a "possible" 11% tax increase to test the response. Then keep notching it down until they feel they've got a number people will accept. If they sensed that people would go for their high number, they'd stop there where they've accomplished their goal of not having to work to keep costs in control. This time they got surprised. They guessed wrong and the people told them so. Of course there will be the usual threat to school parents emotions about eliminating art classes and the athletic program. They'll blame the state, the governor and everyone else but themselves - and they'll get what they want again without having to work to implement efficiencies that will provide the students with the best possible education within the limits of what is financially possible. They'll get what they want because how many people will go out to vote on a Tuesday at the end of June, except those who have kids in school who succumb to the threats, and the few senior citizens who have paid their school dues over the decades.

Phils2008
June 14, 2013
8:04 p.m.

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Josephine Davis, this is just another case of a group having standards they believe in and liberals deciding they don't have that right. Its nauseating that Homosexuality is pushed on us at every turn. You've made it the cool thing to be by indoctrinating our children in our schools and through the media. The Boy Scouts of all groups are your latest target. "On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight". Please tell me where God and morality fit in the homosexual community, and then tell me why pedophiles wont be the next in line to demand their "rights".

jjhehir
June 15, 2013
10:09 a.m.

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Ronzo, the school district did not create this mess. Over the last five years, state aid was reduced $13 million to balance the state budget while benefit costs, promised by the legislature, went up by almost $5 million.

ronzo
June 15, 2013
11:27 a.m.

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jjhehir - school districts perpetuate a mess that cost taxpayers dearly and you wonder why property taxes are so high that people don't want to move to or stay in New York. It's the ridiculous number of school districts in a county. 700 in a state that has 57 counties. Six in little tiny Schenectady County. Twelve in rural Saratoga County where I live. All that duplication and replication cost reduces the ability to provide a better education for the students. When financial support changes, the manner of delivering education service needs to change. Consolidate. You can't expect the taxpayers to continue funding an out dated education system like this is 1963. This is the only state I've lived in that has more than one school district per county. NY operates it's schools like it's 1913 not 2013.

jjhehir
June 16, 2013
9:46 p.m.

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Ronzo, its not the school districts that are perpetuating the fiscal mess they are in. It is your legislators and the teachers' union; they make the rules, the boards of education pay the bill.
The chances that the Niskayuna District School system would merge with adjoining districts is zero.

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