League hosting voter registration booths

*League hosting voter registration booths *Grateful to trooper for fixing flat tire *Need better tim

League hosting voter registration booths

Thank you for your editorial in the Oct. 4 Gazette reminding your readers to register to vote, as the Oct. 14 deadline for registering is approaching.

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County has conducted eight voter registration opportunities throughout the community this fall and have two scheduled events remaining.

We will be at the Eastern Parkway Price Chopper on Saturday (Oct. 8) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and at Schenectady County Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I hope anyone who has not yet registered to vote will come to one of these locations or visit their county Board of Elections to ensure that they will be able to vote in the November election.

Kay Ackerman


The writer is Voter Services chair for the League of Women Voters Schenectady County.

Grateful to trooper for fixing flat tire

Early last Sunday [Sept. 25], I was driving from Saratoga Springs to Poughkeepsie when I had a tire blow out on I-90 East, Exit 10.

I immediately called 911 to report the situation and the operator said a New York state trooper would be there shortly. Next, I called my roadside assistance plan and told the representative my location. She said she needed the name of the town I was near. Not traveling this area regularly, I didn’t know the town. She insisted she could not send help without the town name.

After 20 minutes trying to get roadside help, the trooper pulled up. He suggested that he would change the tire. I was completely overwhelmed.

Wow, a public servant helping a senior citizen in need. He proceeded to mount the spare tire and said it was his pleasure to assist me. What a super job.

The trooper’s name is Chris Maniscalco from State Police station in Latham.

I can’t thank him enough, as well as all the other police personnel, who daily place themselves in harm’s way to help people and many times take unwarranted criticism in performing their duties. A job well done.

Let’s all look for, and share, the good things our police organizations provide.

Carmen Laporta

Saratoga Springs

Need better timing of lights on State Street

Can any one in City Hall or people in charge of our streets explain to me why every traffic light on State Street is red from Nott Terrace to Schenectady County Community College?

I try to leave at different times, but it still takes 10 minutes to get through this small part of State Street.

It is ridiculous. Can someone coordinate the traffic lights?

Gary Peterson


Rotterdam CVS work is affecting neighbors

If you are familiar with, or traveling in the town of Rotterdam, more specifically at the intersection of Curry Road and Guilderland Avenue, you will see a new CVS pharmacy under construction.

What you will not see, however, is the fact that during the last several months, as construction proceeds, homes near this site have been subjected to tremors so strong that objects have fallen off shelves, dishes and glassware in cupboards have been rattling, and pictures hanging on walls have shifted. This can occur on any given day and can last hours.

In addition, because of the large size of the construction site, dust and debris covers our home and windows with a layer of residue that’s difficult to clean. Our hope is that all of this ground shaking will not be the cause of permanent damage to our foundation and/or walls.

Noted here might be the fact that neither CVS nor any of the contractors involved with the project have seen fit to notify homeowners or give appropriate notice or offer a solution to remedy any damage that may occur.

Not a pleasant way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood, CVS.

Judy Reynolds


Strock uninformed about Jews in Israel

From Carl Strock’s Oct. 1 letter, we learn that, regarding the founding of Israel and the Jewish people’s historic ties to the land, that he is ignorant — possibly willfully ignorant — and that based on his ignorance (or on something else), he condones violence.

This is useful information, as it confirms he need not be taken seriously.

Jessica Hornik Evans


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