Trump was one of our best presidents
Why do they knock Trump? He was one of the best presidents, behind Roosevelt, Washington and Truman. He tried to protect us and the country.
When Clinton and Obama were in power, they had our men killed. Remember that. Or did you forget it? You should all be ashamed to forget that.
God bless these Democrat liberals; they need help when they voted for Biden. This country is in trouble. I am a World War II 100% disabled veteran. Is this what I fought the Japanese for?
High tax states will benefit from tax cap
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the federal tax cap deduction for state and local property taxes (SALT) itemized deductions to be removed from your federal tax form. Right now, according to Cuomo, it’s capped at $10,000.
Looking at the 2020 1040 tax form the standard deductions are: single-$12,400, married/jointly-$24,800, and head of household-$18,600.
If you are 65 and older, you can file a 1040SR, your standard deductions are: single-$14,050, married/jointly-$26,100, and head of household-$20,300.
These are the results of the Trump tax cuts. The only taxpayers who would benefit from the removal of the SALT deduction are the high personal tax and high property tax states like New York state.
For myself, I am taking the $14,050 standard deduction because I cannot even come close to that if I itemized. I am sure upstate taxpayers are very happy with these numbers.
City needs better council candidates
I’m writing in response to the Jan. 6 Gazette article (“Two to seek council seats.”)
Brendan Savage is mentioned as one of those emergent candidates. Evidently being a “21 year-old Siena College student,” being “politically active,” having endured the hardships of growing up in Niskayuna and having a county-Democrat-power-broker for a mother has proven him to be eminently qualified to help us solve Schenectady’s challenges.
So much so, that he has earned the coveted backing of at least one City Council member… ironically, the departing Ed Kosiur.
I’m guessing other council members are considering the same. One also wonders if Ed Kosiur’s untimely exit and the young Savage’s emergence have anything in common.
I’m curious, does any single council member honestly believe a 21-year-old Schenectady college student would ever be considered for appointment to the Niskayuna Town Board, even if he/she bought a house in Nisky with a few siblings?
Please, do the right thing Schenectady City Council members.
Do some genuine recruiting of capable members of our community. Raise the bar. Attract more candidates. Create a competitive environment for a challenging and important job.
Appoint someone with some beneficial work experience, some experience-based passion, someone with longer-term involvement in our wonderful city (warts and all).
That all being said, I am all for Mr. Savage running for one of the open seats come November … on his own merits.
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