Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Sunday, Dec. 27


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.
Kevin Duffy

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.
Rick Splawnik

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.
Lucia Byrd


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Robert F. Jewell

Mr.Splawnik, it sure seems that way.

Jerod Cushners dad was given a pardon by


Cushners purposefully setup his brother inlaw with a prostitute, secretly taped it and sent the tape to his sister…
A REAL TRUMPER pure evil!!
Trump pardoned him for tax evasion!

Where is TRUMPOLEAN now!!

Tweeting his little fingers flying and cruelly

chuckling to himself at the suffering

of all the democrats and republicans

“I’ll teach them”….he whispers….

Robert F. Jewell

Funny how Melanie got her Slovenian parents into America using the chain immigration rule..Her father was a registered COMMUNIST…

Trump railed and stated on TV the the United States must end the Immigration
Chain rule….AFTER he was done with it.

Wonder if Putin was envious…

William Marincic

Lucia Byrd My 87-year-old father-in-law has been walking in that mall for at least 15 years every day, he also has been giving it money for the last 15 years by purchasing from its stores.

William Marincic

In this election there are five states where there are questions about their voting machines. The Democrats will tell us that we are crazy that we are insane that there was no election fraud, OK, prove it, let the Trump campaign with your people watching examine these voting machines by dominion. If there is nothing to hide then prove us wrong and Trump will concede. The fact that these five governors refuse to allow the machines to be forensically examined says it all. You have a chance to prove yourself right and us wrong, why aren’t you?

“The Democrats will tell us that… there was no election fraud”
And another convenient distortion of the truth so you can get some more attention.
IN FACT, many Republican officials and Republican appointed judges said this too.

Why is it so hard to face the truth?


Apparently your “truth” didn’t work in 50+ courts, including twice in the Supreme Court. So where is the facts to back it up?

William Marincic

Release the voting machines because that’s the proof. Even 20+ percent of democrats believe the election was stolen. Anybody think that this clown that hid in his basement got more votes than Obama with 400 less states than Obama is a bigger idiot than anybody thought. Statistically impossible

Robert F. Jewell

Just want all of us who ate well tonight.

In 2019 it was conservatively estimated
11 million children went to bed hungry.

Fast forward to tonight.

30 million children will go to bed having been terrified by the adults AND HUNGRY…

….and the Senate is well fed…and Trump
is playing God….


Knock knock, who’s there? Trump. Trump who? Trump the scam artist.

Keep sending him your hard earned money folks. He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

William Marincic

A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Biden fans.

Not really knowing what a Biden fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny .

The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different… again.

Little Johnny said, “Because I’m not a Biden fan.”

The teacher asked, “Why aren’t you a fan of Biden?” Johnny said, “Because I’m a Republican.”

The teacher asked him why he’s a Republican. Little Johnny answered, “Well, my Mom’s a Republican and my Dad’s a Republican, so I’m a Republican.”

Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, “If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”

With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, “That would make me a Biden fan” 🙂

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