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Schenectady City Council sleeps on budget trims

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In the quest for a tax cut, Schenectady City Council members took a fine-toothed comb to the proposed 2014 budget Friday. To deliver the tax cut that many of them have said the city taxpayers need, they need a combined $1 million worth of spending cuts and revenue increases. And by the end of a long Friday evening, they had individually come up with ways that added up to more than $1 million. The Schenectady ...

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October 26, 2013
8:06 a.m.

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CUT THE ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF ! STOP THE ABUSIVE OVERTIME ! If safety is a concern then hire 1 more entry level police officer to fill the gap IF overtime is truly required. WHY ARE POLICE ALLOWED TO TAKE VACATION DAYS ON DAY THERE IS A SHORTAGE? Intead of Overtime why not give COMP Time that MUST be used before years end instead of costly overtime pay? Police Dept clearly has a scheduling problem! Also if the police are putting in all this overtime how effective can they really be without proper rest and downtime? Perhaps they are less effective and less alert bec too much overtime. Next- CUT THE USE OF TAKE HOME CARS! THERE IS NO ONE IN CITY Govt who NEEDS to take home a city car! If there is some emergency that requires an employee to use their own personal car- then the city should reimburse for that based on a the Federal Standard 55 cents per mile or what ever it is to cover for gas/usage.

October 26, 2013
9:01 a.m.

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Denise Brucker- see ya. You are a lame duck and have been a part of the city's financial mess too long. You are not good at being a leader or a member of the council and only vote for personal reasons, as evidenced by your call, again, to cut an assistant chief. This is a personal agenda of yours. If you are serious about cutting money, suggest cutting a fire dept assistant chief. They have more bosses than the police. But you won't do that because your father was a fireman. You are a disgrace to public officials and should just resign rather than stir the pot. Vince Riggi and Marion Porterfield are the only council members who have stepped foot inside the police department over the last year. You work for a college Denise Brucker. You don't know a thing about running a police department so do everyone a favor and let Commisioner Bennett and Chief Kilcullen make these calls. Enjoy Niskayuna.

October 26, 2013
9:08 a.m.

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Niskayuna's loss is our gain.

October 26, 2013
9:40 a.m.

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So, in addition to running a patrol division or the investigative units - Brucker wants one of the two remaining assistant chiefs to handle - budget, hiring, human resource issues, grants, building and grounds, and the vehicle fleet.

But with her it isn't about dollars and sense - it is about personal and political loyalties and settling personal vendettas.

Toni - there is a scheduling problem - there are not enough police officers. And, if you pay them with comp time in lieu of that creates vacancies which requires OT to fill.

October 27, 2013
12:17 a.m.

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Does anyone know what the police chiefs do? We know the uniformed cops run that place and do all the work that keeps our citizens safe. Maybe the mayor could make them document their daily activity for a month or two to help determine if keeping them is justified. If not axe a chief and add more patrol guys with the savings