Comments by tonijean613
Posted on July 16 at 7:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Let's see- there are MANY more already abondoned and vacant houses that have been sitting around many more years without the City ever moving to foreclosure than this house, that have not paid taxes in many more years- so why hasn't the city foreclosed on those houses before getting to this one? Those that are structurally unsound. The City could easily have buyers for newly abandoned homes but they let the unpaid taxes rack up for too many years making it impossible for someone to buy it for back taxes only. The City should be focusing on foreclosing very fast when an owner has made it clear to the City they dont ever intend to make future payments and catch up.
This particular situation smells very fishy. Does CODE/Mayor really think being homeless on the street is safer than having a shelter without electricity?? That Schenectady will be visually improved with more homeless people on the corners to look at? It may not be comfortable to live without electricity or heat, but forcing people to become homeless without FIRST providing them an alternative place to live is simply wrong and heartless. There are clearly worse off properties already vacant the City should focus on.
Posted on July 14 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I totally agree with Leslie Kendall- want your property and state taxes to go down-
stop voting for politicians who thrive on this over the top use and abuse of police. Also makes me wonder why in the world anyone would believe its even true that our country needs to use drones and bombs
thousands of miles away in mountains of no mans land to catch a so called "terrorist' spending BILLIONS oftaxpayers dollars- yet they cant seem to catch 1 criminal in the woods of NYS? Really? after 3 weeks and 500 police and dogs?? Why didn't they just use a drone? And its also not believable without seeing video from a body camera if the escapee who was shot and killed by the border patrol
was really justified.
Posted on July 14 at 8:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I don't think its at all funny that citizens are so afraid of police that they would keep their hands up and out the window for duration of traffic stop. Why is this cop yelling at drivers? Learning that all police do not have designated areas and they are driving around all over the city randomly explains why when I called the police for assistance with a dispute with tenant to prevent it from escalating- not only did I wait 3 hours but the SAME police officer drove by me 3 times and told me he had other calls across town and another would be responding.
?????? So why did he drive by me 3 times? Despite the fact I told him I was not ok was visibly upset- he didn't stop to help me. I had called the dispatcher 3 times- to check on the other officer that was suppose to be stopping but never came- the 4th time I called was to cancel the call. So I imagine all the calls the police log are duplicates and not at all representative of how busy they actually are. And my experience shows the how inefficient they are- if the police closest to me was not going to respond to my call.
Posted on April 2 at 7:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)
What a nice story of a nice man who clearly loved his community. My sympathy to his family and especially little Raymond who lost a GREAT Grandfather too soon. May he always be inspired by him and continue his good work.
Posted on March 30 at 10:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)
To Lana Harrison-
This is America in 2015- not a third world country we should be comparing ourselves to. We are in America- and Not allowing women, teens and young girls to choose Abortion and/or access to a safe abortiong IS OPPRESSION and that should not be tolerated by a modern society. In my opinion, forcing any woman and especially young girls/children to endure an unwanted pregnancy is TORTURE. Forcing child birth is condemning that young girl to a lifetime of mental trauma, physical trauma and possibly lifetime reproductive issues. A young teen or girl's entire life and mental health can be permanently damaged. - to me this is cruel and unnecessary torture and barbaric for our times. None of us truly knows why a woman/girl may seek an Abortion- whether its rape, incest, serious medical issue, deformed fetus) -
Just because another country has not advanced to our level of civility and equal rights- should not mean we should accept less for American women because others have it worse. That is truly going backwards..
Posted on March 30 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)
In response to Mr Hilton- preventing Fire repeats- (aside from sprinklers) basic education would go a long way- The City or Fire Department should create a simple document on Prevention- that Landlords can copy and provide to each new tenant- No smoking inside, no use of candles, not overloading circuits and banning use of certain space heaters to prevent wiring from overheating and catching fire within walls- explain how circuits can be overloaded- simple install of FIRE Extinguishers and best place to place them)- closing doors behind you if you can do so safely while exiting an apartment on fire- How to prevent grease fires while cooking (cleaning hood vents) and clearing lint from dryer vents to prevent dryer fires- replacing batteries in smoke alarms 2x year when we fall back or spring forward- There is so much the average tenant has not thought about to be fire hazards
Posted on March 30 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Barry Groat- I did not know we had a white slave problem in America-
Please tell us who they were, how many, which State(s) and who freed them or how were they freed?
Posted on March 19 at 8:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)
It is not clear from this report if the smoke and fire alarms were hardwired and cannot be disabled by a tenant or if the smoke alarms are the basic battery ones. Were any fire extinguishers available to use?
Whatever the cause- the danger from smoking, using space heaters (which overload electrical circuits), burning candles, disconnecting batteries from smoke alarms, hoarding conditions, dirty stoves/vents that cause grease fires, are all life threatening fire dangers. The best landlords cant stop tenants from doing these things -shy of eviction court.
Posted on March 4 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Your criticism of Mr Spring makes no sense. If the district is underfunded,
where is Mr Spring going to get the money to raise the wages of the para-professionals who no one is disputing deserves to be paid much better?
Do you know where money is that the rest of us don't? Last I knew, the taxpayers of Schenectady are very poor compared to districts like Loudonville and Niskayuna, Guilderland and Clifton Park.
Posted on March 4 at 10:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The root of problems at Ellis begin with greed and the For Profit model that does not belong in healthcare. When there is plenty of money and fundraising going to building unnecessary and over priced parking garages, and when the Administrators are GIVEN over $300,000- $600,000 salary which is undeserved, money is taken away from hiring high quality nurses with higher education and higher skill sets- REQUIRED to be able to recognize and react properly to a patients changing medical condition. How can you trust your families care to Ellis Hospital? If you have ever been to a hospital in a major City like Boston or Minneapolis, you immediately see and feel what quality care is. The nurses are of a higher education and skill set, and the Doctors pay more direct attention to patients. I also had a bad experience at the new Ellis Urgent Care in Clifton Park- the place was empty when I arrived for a Colitis flare up- I only needed to be re-hydrated with IV and given a medication. Yet I was there for over 8 hours- the bill I received was out of line $8000.00 - no different than an ER charge- which is what going to Urgent Care is supposed to prevent- and reduce cost of care. So, my second flare up, I went to a walkin urgent care clinic in Loudonville on Rt 9 - 30 minutes total- and cost $100.00- no IV but the $2.00 RX I needed.
The issue is the For Profit environment, and the CEOS are raking in the dough- instead of providing quality care the community deserves.