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Letters to the Editor Friday, Oct. 16


Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

City waste collection fee hike is unfair

I must agree with Schenectady United Neighborhoods President Tom Carey’s assessment (“Police spending scrutinized at budget hearing,” Oct. 14) that the mayor’s proposed waste fee increase for 2021 being both regressive and disproportionate.
I looked at the waste department portion of our proposed budget and for the life of me cannot get my arms around why the mayor has proposed raising the trash fee approximately 22%.
If one looks at the expense lines which include admin costs, waste collection costs, waste disposal costs and waste recycling costs totaling $3,248,599 and subtract those costs from the waste revenue lines which include the waste fee for one-,two- and three-family homes proposed at $5,756,192, along with commercial pickup at $231,417 and outside the city (Scotia) $552,000 the elephant in the room is the grand total revenue of $6,539,609 which leaves $3,291,010 after expenses are paid.
Clearly the brunt of this $1.2 million increase is on the backs of one-, two- and three-family homeowners, since commercial accounts, even after the proposed per gallon increase is included, only will bring in a paltry $231,417.
My question to the City Council charged with adopting the budget is, “What’s the justification for increasing the after expense adopted number of $1,704,069 for 2020, to a whopping $3,291,010 proposal for 2021?” Isn’t a $2 million contingency enough? Add this $1.2 million fee increase to the proposed 2.82% tax increase and the homeowner is looking at a total increase of approximately 6% to live in their home next year.
Vince Riggi

Attend Duanesburg solar meeting Oct. 21

On Sept. 19, 2019, Duanesburg Planning Board approved Eden Renewables’ special use permit and site plan for a combined 10MW/AC solar power plant sited on 65 acres with 45,000 photovoltaic tracking panels, which abuts my 2,500 foot property line.
On Oct. 16, 2019, I filed an Article 78 against the developer, landowner and town. I learned of the project just nine days before the public hearing. Access to the disorganized application file was frustrating.
Eden Renewables presented project documents that omitted my home, which is 600 feet from the solar array. The approved resolution has the incorrect project address, project acreage and solar array coverage. The decommissioning plan is incomplete, and funding is inadequate. The site plan does not protect my views.
The case is pending in the Appellate Court, Third Division.
On Oct. 28, 2019, NYSERDA approved incentives over $4,700,000 to Eden for two battery storage projects that are not mentioned in the approved resolution or incorporated into the final site plan.
On Nov. 14, 2019, Duanesburg Supervisor Roger Tidball announced a resolution to enact a solar moratorium allowing review of the town’s solar law.
On Oct. 21, 2020, Duanesburg will hold its first meeting to review the town’s solar law.
Attend the virtual Solar Review meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 to ask questions, request stronger laws and protect your property rights. Details are available on the town website or contact the town clerk at [email protected] or 518-895-8920.
Duanesburg deserves better legal oversight.
Susan Biggs

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Robert F. Jewell

Quick rundown of Trumps presidency so far

4 chiefs of stafff
4 press secretaries
6 communications director
281 former republican lobbists hired
3 government shutdowns…one lasting
34 days…longest in US history
4+ TRILLION$ added to national debt
2 Articles of impeachment FOREVER
2 requests by Trump for foreign
Interference in 2020 election!
96 campaign rally’s and 12 telle rallies
282 DAYS PLAYING GOLF at a cost to the taxpayers of 142 million $
8 associates indicted or convicted.
20,000+ documented lies!
6 celebrities who played Golf with him reveals Trump CHEATING a lot at the game!!
1 assaulted cameraman at a rally!

The Lord of Lahar

Into this world fell a dark star,
Destined to be The Lord of Lahar,

With malice afore thought he’s running this nation,
Down a nasty black hole of Rasha creation.

Under his leadership all will despair,
While spewing disease upon aerosol air.

Our once promised land,
burned deeper by far,
By racism embraced
By the Lord of Lahar.

Funny how a certain republican whines and opines about taxes.
No complaints from Trump worshippers crying about their MESSIAH greedily spending tax payer money frivolously!!

Robert F. Jewell


As a 63 year old retired civil servant, veteran I I am PROUD TO SUPPORT!!


As our next Presidential TEAM!!

William Marincic

Joe Biden was handed softball questions as usual. Nothing was mentioned of his scandal with Burisma, he thinks he can hide from it but he can’t even though the major news networks are not even mentioning it sooner or later they will have to. While President Trump was bashed and attacked by the NBC moderator. No shock there.

Terry Ryczek

Softball questioning by a Clinton staffer is being too kind. It was more of like GS tossing a beach ball to Joe and saying …catch Joey…. and he still had difficulty answering. Amy Barrett went through 30 hours of questioning with no notes in-cognoscente Biden couldn’t remember 3 numbers without a cheat sheet. My easiest prediction was Joey wouldn’t get asked about Hunter. In their “town hall” meet Savannah (under orders) interrogated the President and he answered her with no notes. Trump won the “town hall” NBC debate.
At the conclusion of the Barrett hearing Sen Feinstein hugged Sen Graham. Now loony radical psychotic liberal Brian Fallen wants her removed as ranking member. What a tolerant loving caring compassionate mob those woke libbies are. Antifa will be at her mansion in California soon.


Well, if Trump wasn’t such a screw up, he could have been praising himself for slowing the pandemic, getting the economy to recover, paid income taxes, etc. So what was with one of Trump’s “plants” visible behind him nodding at every lie he made? He does have trouble with strong assertive women. Just look at how Pelosi has him all twisted. Name calling is not a strategy.


I forgot to mention Trump best lie last night was that 85% of people who wear masks get coronavirus. Yeah, he listens to the scientists!

Terry Ryczek

NY Post…
GOP lawmakers ask FBI if it had Hunter Biden laptop during Trump’s impeachment
By Ben FeuerherdOctober 15, 2020 | 11:03pm

More than a dozen GOP members of the US House of Representatives have asked the FBI to reveal if the agency was in possession of the laptop that contained emails between Hunter Biden and top officials at a Ukrainian energy company during impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The 19 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to the FBI Thursday, arguing it would have been a “gross error in judgment” if the agency had the material, but withheld it from Trump’s legal team.

“If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given even more weight to the president’s legal defense, this was a gross error in judgment and a severe violation of trust,” the letter, which was published.

The letter comes a day after The Post published a report that indicated Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. Joe Biden’s campaign said there’s no record of meeting in his schedules.

Biden doesn’t get one question on Hunter exposé during town hall
The Post report stated the FBI had control of the laptop in December 2019, during impeachment proceedings against Trump.

“A large portion of the president’s legal defense case revolved around strong evidence that former Vice President Biden’s son Hunter was peddling his influence to his father to land lucrative jobs overseas that he might not have otherwise been qualified for,” the letter says.

“Why did the New York Post have the information about this laptop and hard drive before the American people?” it adds.

Terry Ryczek

NY Post:
Obama conference call leaked to Burisma: Biden emails
By Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle FonrougeOctober 14, 2020 | 5:00am | Updated

An associate at Blue Star Strategies then emailed a memo with minutes of the conference call hosted by the White House to a top Burisma executive, Vadym Pozharskyi, as well as to Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Hunter’s business partner, Devon Archer, both of whom sat on Burisma’s board.

The trip, in December 2015, turned out to be the one during which Biden later bragged about forcing Ukrainian officials to fire a state prosecutor who was investigating Burisma by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee.

The memo, sent shortly after the Dec. 2, 2015, call, also “outlined the trip’s agenda and addressed several questions regarding US policy toward Ukraine.”

Blue Star has said it began working for Burisma and contacting Ukrainian officials on its behalf in November 2015, and an email shows that on Nov. 18, 2015, Pozharskyi sent the Blue Star contract to Hunter Biden, Archer and Eric Schwerin, president of the Rosemont Seneca Partners investment firm.

Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad

Hunter Biden and Archer were among RSP’s founders, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz, Reuters has reported.

“Could you kindly have BS countersign it and forward back to me?” Pozharskyi wrote. “I am kindly asking you to schedule either a conf call or advise us as to the foreseen action plan for November-December 2015, and if anything has been already done by BS, could kindly you ask them to share with us this information?”

A Blue Star spokesman declined to comment.

Robert F. Jewell

Ahhh…cries from the collective…

In mid state New York,
There dwells a collective.
Whose evil and Putin
Helped get Trump elected.

He led those numb lemmings,
Right off a cliff.
TRUMPONA 19 rendered them stiff.

Squatters of Delusion, Republican Vision?

The Eyes of the Dead stare in Derision!!

Robert F. Jewell

210,000 dead Americans!

Who is at the helm?

Where will history put them?

In the box marked..”FAILURES”

When will this virus finally stop?

When ALL RESISTANCE by republicans

To masks and protocols is over!

A new Presidential TEAM is coming!


Terry Ryczek

The mask goes over your mouth and nose not your eyes.
And ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.

Where’s Hunter?

Terry Ryczek

Amusing that Covid Kamala used her senate office to question Justice Barrett then was photographed entering a crowded elevator. The leftist hypocrisy never ends.

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