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Urge Congress to fight Alzheimer’s

Recently, I met with Julia Alford, staff assistant to Sen.  Charles Schumer, and delivered hundreds of cards addressed to the senator by local residents reminding him that nearly one in five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The cost of the disease is staggering, and it’s not just financial: One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

Investing in medical research has a proven history of saving lives and will stop Alzheimer’s from bankrupting our country.

As a new Congress convenes early next month, I invite others to join me in asking Senator Schumer to continue to support a strong, accountable National Alzheimer’s Plan; ensure Alzheimer’s and dementia research is a priority at the National Institute of Health; strengthen federal programs serving people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers; and ensure a robust public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s intervention.
William Hinrichs


Fire equipment not a frivolous expense

The saga continues in Ballston Spa with regards to its financial problems.

It seems the village just signed a new contract with the town of Milton to provide fire protection to its residents. The Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company presented a proposal to the village board to purchase two fire trucks; one rescue truck for EML, replacing a 35-year-old truck, and one for Union Fire Company No. 2 to replace an older ETA in their department.

To most people this may seem, with the village’s financial troubles, a bad time to buy new vehicles.

Actually, this is a good time to buy. Signing a new contract with Milton will provide the needed funds without affecting the village budget.

The money received is for “fire protection,” which means just that.

This contract isn’t to be used for general-fund expenses, but to keep the fire equipment up to date. It should be earmarked for the fire companies, and any unused funds should be in a fire reserve. The village has wrongly used this as general-fund money, along with sewer and water department money. 

The fire companies are two of the best in the state. They need equipment. Let them buy it, within their budget. All money from the contracts with the towns should be in the fire budget. The village has big financial problems, but the fire department isn’t a part of these problems. I know I want my family protected by the best equipped fire department possible. 
James Capasso
Ballston Spa

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