National Grid has expenses to pay, too
I do not think Gov. Cuomo should be so impervious toward National Grid. If the utility decided that doing business in New York state was uneconomical, it could take a tax write-off and turn the whole operation over to the state. Then with public employee union contracts, we could see far higher rates.
The state Public Service Commission also doesn’t wish to grant National Grid a rate increase. But what does the company make now?
I found I spend less than $3 a day in cold January for its service (supply is another number).
A pack of cigarettes a day costs $10. Car, with gas, loan and insurance, costs $10. A mortgage, about $50 a day.
Perhaps our rates are higher than other states. But so are our taxes and cost of living.
Utilities are the lifeblood of our civilization, without which we would freeze in winters and have to return to candles.
Move Union students out of Stockade Inn
We are in a pandemic and COVID-19 is killing people.
My family and I reside in Schenectady. Union College has chosen to house positive students at the Stockade Inn (currently under renovation). This is right next door to a residency, the Colonial Arms Apartments, where my family lives.
I am in a high-risk group for the virus, so I will not be visiting my family anytime soon.
There is supposed to be security at the Inn at all times. This is not true. Students hang out in front of the Inn all the time. There is no security guard in sight. My family and I are appalled that this is allowed.
Why must they reside next door to a place that houses many tenants?
As you know, this virus is airborne. This is not a panic; this is common sense. The students need to be placed somewhere else.
Landlords group to form in Fulton Co.
Small landlords in New York state are facing more challenges today than ever before as they struggle with eviction bans, high property taxes and government-imposed restrictions.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to prevent evictions during the pandemic have been particularly troublesome. Some tenants have stopped paying rent. But under the state’s new eviction limits, landlords can do little about it.
These landlords have to pay for mortgages, taxes, liability insurance, water and maintenance while receiving no money from tenants and no relief from the state.
Meanwhile, local governments are demanding penalties for late tax payments and, in some cases, forcing landlords to pay fines for property-maintenance violations caused by tenants who pay no rent and can’t be evicted. Some local mandates may even be in conflict with state tenant-protection laws.
Most of us small landlords are willing to help out and work with tenants during difficult times, but we simply don’t have the money to subsidize people’s housing needs on behalf of the government.
It has become obvious to me that landlords need to do something to fight for their rights. This is why I’m joining other landlords to organize a landlord’s association in Fulton County. This group will conduct its first meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Concordia Club in Gloversville.
We’re inviting all people who own rental property in Fulton County to attend this meeting.
We’ll work toward giving landlords a louder voice, improving our communities and making sure both tenants and landlords are treated fairly.
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