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Posted on October 28 at 1:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice job, you guys.


From: Stockade ‘somebodies’ paint over eyesore


Posted on October 17 at 4:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Deepest sympathies to Mr. LaJuett and the families and friends of this young couple. Let it be some comfort that they both found true love with each other, if only for such a short time. Even so, this is such a sad story.
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To pnotto, to think that you actually took time out of your day to post such a thoughtless, cruel remark. My sympathies to you for being that miserable.


From: Schenectady's hospice bride dies of cancer


Posted on October 12 at 9:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To the leaders of the Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs,
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Is this what Jesus would do?


From: Fence adds to tension between shrine, temple


Posted on October 10 at 6:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's always "a little troubling" when governments create offices that seem to single out religious groups for special treatment, said Maggie Garrett, legislative director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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"The concern comes with the details of what this office would be doing," she said. "Is it just outreach and connecting people? That's one thing. Is it actually giving preferred treatment to organizations that are religious? That would be another."
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Agreed.


From: Cuomo wants to create faith-based services agency


Posted on October 7 at 9:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Absolutely fantastic idea, especially if the building is remodeled and not torn down. Hope it comes to be.


From: Senior housing eyed for old Schenectady YMCA


Posted on September 27 at 7:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agree with burdick. I do not favor these cheap ploys, regardless of who is in office.


From: State mailed first tax rebate checks this week


Posted on September 24 at 7:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Womens Equality Act, has four specific provisions:

1. Codifying Roe vs. Wade in state law, allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy up to 24 weeks or when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother;
2. Reinforcing the federal ban on partial-birth abortion in state statute;
3. Reinforcing a medical provider's right to refuse to perform abortions, and
4. Ensuring providers cannot be prosecuted for lawfully obeying these laws.

The fact is that the WEA would not change how abortions are provided in New York or who can perform them. It simply mirrors current federal law to ensure women's health is protected as needed.
It does not lift the ban on partial-birth abortions.
It does not allow abortions in the third trimester unless a doctor has determined the mother's life or health is in danger.


From: Tkaczyk, Amedore trade barbs at state Senate debate


Posted on September 23 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

540 Taser deaths 2001-May 2013

Full article at http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/are-ta...

More training needed for officers. To the media, please continue to put the spotlight on the Taser Company - something is wrong here. Clearly the taser can be a lethal weapon, unlike pepper spray. And when you add an existing heart condition to the mix, then what?

Excerpts from article, noted above.

Dr. Douglas Zipes:
“It’s obvious to me that Taser electric shocks can make the heart stop,” Zipes said. He said a tasered person’s heart can race from 400 to 600 beats a minute and send them into cardiac arrest.

Mr. Jon Firman, research director, Association of Chiefs of Police:
“The bottom line here is that anything a police officer can do to avoid the use of lethal force is a good thing,” Firman told. “It’s the most effective tool we have.”


From: Probe continues in Ballston Spa man’s Taser death


Posted on September 16 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Third trimester abortions would only be allowed if a doctor determined the mother's life was in danger. I suppose the mother's life may not be valuable to some.

Below is from Ms. Tkacyzk's Times Union commentary: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/articl...

Members of the state Senate Republican Conference who are opposed to a woman’s right to choose have been presenting their own distorted facts about the Women’s Equality Agenda.

They say this provision would lead to an expansion of abortion in our state. They say it would allow partial-birth abortions and abortions in the ninth month of pregnancy. And they say the WEA would allow non-doctors to perform abortions.

None of this is true.

The WEA, in fact, has four specific provisions:

1. Codifying Roe vs. Wade in state law, allowing a woman to terminate a pregnancy up to 24 weeks or when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother;

2. Reinforcing the federal ban on partial-birth abortion in state statute;

3. Reinforcing a medical provider’s right to refuse to perform abortions, and

4. Ensuring providers cannot be prosecuted for lawfully obeying these laws.

That is it.

The fact is that the WEA would not change how abortions are provided in New York or who can perform them. It simply mirrors current federal law to ensure women’s health is protected as needed. It does not lift the ban on partial-birth abortions. It does not allow abortions in the third trimester unless a doctor has determined the mother’s life or health is in danger.

The conservative Supreme Court majority is demonstrating that it may overturn federal recognition of women’s reproductive health care rights and allow states to determine their own statutes. And, because New York’s abortion law was written in 1970, three years prior to Roe vs. Wade, women in our state would be subjected to an outdated law that does not include the protections women are currently guaranteed under Roe vs. Wade.

Perhaps the most disingenuous and disturbing lie being perpetrated by anti-choice Senate Republicans is that the WEA would reduce the standard of care for women and seriously jeopardize their health and safety. In fact, just the opposite is true. The WEA would protect women’s health as well as their right to choose.


From: Tkaczyk, Amedore debate to be hosted by Daily Gazette


Posted on August 15 at 9:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Myself and fellow voters welcome a primary challenge to Governor Cuomo. It's called democracy. Efforts to disqualify Teachout (or other challengers) come off as defensive and paranoid, and fit nicely with Mr. Cuomo's reputation as a bully. That surely is not the outcome supporters want...


From: Cuomo backers try again to disqualify liberal foe


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