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Posted on February 9 at 12:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

312 million does sound low? Saratoga Racino does over 2 billion a year in revenue right? or was it one billion? What is the profit margin on this? At 10% that is 100-200 million but remember it is only a Racino. Table games and such at a casino figure to make way higher revenues.

312 million a year for 4 casinos….hmmm. maybe the owners of the casinos keep all the rest.


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Posted on January 9 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Health insurance cost $2,000 for a family plan in 1991. It now costs $15,000-$16,000. Say what you want about teacher salaries but health insurance costs have been and continue to be outrageous. 8% a year increase?

I don't understand why small school districts are able to survive and many large districts have massive deficits. Maybe it is simply harder to manage a large ship and especially one with a lot of needy kids? With all the taxes homeowners pay in Schenectady it is a shame the district still does not have enough money.


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Posted on December 22 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Be honest. Schenectady's problems are being thrust on all of Schenectady County. I have a letter Hugh Farley wrote to me stating he did not support this idea of the City NOT MAKING the county whole. I wrote to him years ago on this issue. Obviously, Schenectady figured out a way to shirk a bunch of their responsibility by changing the law. Whether its Niskayuna, or other residing towns you are getting no great deal on County taxes. If your home is assessed at $300,000 you are paying $4,000 or more already! This deal simply means those bills will rise. Is the answer to spread the pain around? IMO the residing towns already feel pain. Is this going to fix Schenectady's problem? Maybe this will delay the city of Schenectady's eventual bankruptcy?


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Posted on December 8 at 7:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wait a second. I've read that teaching is easy! This doesn't sound like an easy job. So much so that anyone who becomes a principal runs for cover as soon as they can.

I read this. "McEvoy wanted every teacher to respond to tardy students in the same way — let them enter class quietly and punish them later, when the teacher had a free moment." How many "free" moments does it sound like they have???!!!! LOL!!!!!

THE ABOVE IS DONE SO THAT THE 2 ADMINISTRATORS ON STAFF DON'T HAVE 30-50 KIDS IN THEIR OFFICE FOR BEING TARDY. THEY PASS THE BUCK TO THE TEACHER FEELING THAT IT IS THEIR ONLY CHOICE. OTHER SCHOOLS MAKE TEACHERS LOCK THE DOORS AND AN ANNOUNCEMENT COMES OVER THE SPEAKER AND THOSE KIDS WHO ARE TARDY GO TO ATTENDANCE OFFICE WHERE THEY GET A DETENTION SLIP. HALLWAY MONITORS ARE OFTEN IN LARGE NUMBERS AND CARRY OUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ESCORTING KIDS FROM THE HALLWAY TO ATTENDANCE ETC.

We have learned the problem is not the paraprofessionals not being in the building. Its not the decisions of the Superintendent that led to this. Its not the merging of the school... I'd be interested to learn whose fault all of this is? Maybe we can start blaming the teacher this time? I've never read that in the paper before.


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Posted on December 7 at 7:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AGREE.


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Posted on December 3 at 9:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

LOL. Amazing this place cannot make a profit. All those $400,000 paid employees didn't do the trick?


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Posted on December 3 at 9:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It appears that the City's financial problems will be shouldered more by the County if Schenectady does not have to make the County whole for taxes not paid by City homeowners. If you live in Schenectady you want this change as it could conceivably ease financial issues in the City. If you are a County taxpayer who does not reside in Schenectady you want nothing to do with this change because your tax rate while lower than Schenectady doesn't help much because your tax bill might be much higher because your home is worth more. I am not sure if there is a long term solution proposed by the Schenectady City Council. They want to share the pain.


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Posted on December 2 at 10:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We can all complain about teachers, cops, fireman, government, ObamaCare and all the rest of the things in world that are not perfect. But when we have idiots who are immoral and think its funny to shoot innocent people in the face with a BB Gun risking loss of eyesight or worse it makes it almost impossible for things to function or work properly in the world. It's just hard to believe it is a 30, 40 or 50 year old doing this. If you are doing this type of thing for fun I can only imagine the other things they are involved with that lead to a less civilized life for everyone else.


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Posted on November 24 at 7:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't like the idea. If you have a 2 million deficit more time should be spent on saving $500,000 here or $500,000 there. I know someone that just withdrew their kid from Niskayuna because of a large class size. They supposedly had an unanticipated enrollment jump with district transfers. Ever dollar counts but... I don't like this idea. Time better spent focusing elsewhere.


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Posted on November 20 at 6:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hmmm. That is my first thought when I read "inadvertent". Second thought is I really wonder if people think teachers are able to fix all these problems exhibited by students. Are students throwing chairs in the direction of adults in other districts?


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