State finds ways to take our money
I was amused by The Gazette’s Oct. 13 headline “Thruway to go cashless next month.” As I recall, the Thruway was supposed to go “cashless” after the original bonds were paid. That should have been about 1996. I also believe that the original plan called for the Thruway Authority to be disbanded at that time.
However, the governing bodies of the state decided they needed the money from the Thruway. This was like the original sales job given for the state lottery that the money there was to go to education. Somehow, the general fund ends up with the money and the “good intentions” never happen. No matter what changeover happens in the state government, they always need more money from the people.
Walsh stands up for 2nd Amendment
Since being voted into office in 2016, Mary Beth Walsh has looked out for our Second Amendment rights — especially for those of us who are sportsmen.
Before COVID-19 hit, Mary Beth sent a letter to Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club, where I am a member, to inform us about legislation that might come up during the legislative session this year.
Mary Beth has visited our club, as well as the Clifton Park Sportsmen’s Club and the club in Providence, to show support and to discuss what we offer to our community and learn what she could do to support the local sportsmen and women.
I’ve known Mary Beth for at least 15 years, and we served together on the Ballston Town Board. I know she strongly supports our Second Amendment rights and the freedom to be involved in activities relating to hunting, fishing and competitions. Mary Beth took the time to reach out to us, to listen to us, and to vote for legislation that helps us. I know she is on our side.
Santabarbara there for the disabled
I’m a retired one-to-one aide in the special education department at Amsterdam and I worked for Liberty ARC for 12 years. I love to see Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and his son Michael out in our community.
His son has autism, and it warms my heart to see him included in many of Angelo’s events.
Whether it’s helping hand out certificates of simply standing next to his father, it’s a shining real world example of the acceptance and inclusion we need more of in our community.
Angelo has always been a voice for kids with disabilities, never needed more than right now during COVID-19.
He’s been there to make sure special needs kids, direct care workers and adults with disabilities in residential programs have the advocacy they need and are not left behind during this crisis.
He fought to re-open summer camps, personally delivered masks and gloves to our ARC’s and fought for needed flexibility to support special education during the pandemic.
With Angelo as our assemblyman, I know we have someone who always be there for people with disabilities, to be their voice when they need it the most.
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