Niskayuna needs to be more open, too
I read Robert Godlewski’s Dec. 20 letter (“Board should resolve to be transparent”) about the Rotterdam Town Board’s lack of transparency, because, when I saw the headline, I naïvely assumed it was about Niskayuna.
Every criticism of Rotterdam in the letter applies to Niskayuna.
However, no one in town has said a word.
The local “progressive” group, that led a pre-election crusade against the Democratic town clerk over meeting minutes (even though all proceedings are available online in a variety of formats) has remained silent about the fact that Niskayuna has not had a single town board meeting agenda submitted complete and on-time since Joe Landry left office. Not one!
This fits with the group’s politically motivated push to ruin the life of the former town comptroller over a Halloween costume, while ignoring documented turmoil in the police department amidst a national debate over policing.
I find it mind-boggling that the members of this “progressive” group, who take part in the town board’s privilege of the floor each month to pursue politics of personal destruction, don’t seem to notice that Supervisor Yasmine Syed is incapable of providing the town open, transparent and timely governance documents.
She also regularly calls hastily thrown together “executive sessions” of the board with little or no notice, including mysterious meetings that resulted in a new police chief and a 32-year employee, who routinely held the supervisor accountable, being kicked to the curb.
I thank the residents of Rotterdam for their concerns about open government. Maybe someone in Niskayuna will take notice.
Living in the Twilight Zone of news stories
Ever wonder if you and many others are stuck in the Twilight Zone after reading the local newspaper or watching your local TV news?
There are the stories in the news about what plans the cities are going to implement to be better prepared for cleanup on huge snowstorms related to plowing city streets. Ask yourself how many years have you been reading this?
How many times have the leaders promised new plans will be implemented going forward?
Also what about news and promises on taking the streets back from gun violence and drugs and thugs?
Remember reading about that five, 10, 15 years ago? President Nixon declared the war on drugs in June of 1971. Has it gotten better since then?
“This is the area, which we call The Twilight Zone.” Nothing changes. Everything remains the same — or worse.
Via Port Mall walkers good for business
Recently I spoke with someone at the Via Port Mall in Rotterdam (which has been dying a slow steady death) and was told they did not want mall walkers getting their exercise in the mall. Seriously?
Lately, this seems to be the majority of the mall’s clientele. Everyone is abiding by the COVID-19 rules, so this can’t be the reason for this inconvenience.
Via Port is a subsidiary of a family-owned company named Bayraktar Construction, also referred to as Via Port Properties.
They are cutting their own throats by telling people in the surrounding neighborhoods, mostly former and current GE employees, that they are not allowed to get their exercise walking in the mall.
Might I suggest that Via Port reconsider this and do something that benefits the community with whom they are trying to co-exist?
Along with mall walkers being allowed to exercise, perhaps the food court, the aquarium and the other businesses could offer discounts to local residents?
Since Via Port is not offering any new businesses, there really isn’t much motivation to go there. It seems that the goal of any business would be to get traffic walking past their business.
Before the cold weather, the mall walkers had an alternate place to walk, on the bike path, along The Mohawk River.
I think the Via Port Properties should step up, reconsider, and do something positive for the community.
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