Towns should seek input on relief funds
The recently passed American Rescue Act of 2021 will result in funds being given to local and regional governments as outlined in the article (“Relief bill contains millions for area”) published in The Gazette on March 9.
The previous pandemic-inspired relief act known as CARES and also the more recent Consolidated Appropriations Act both suffered from the appearance of some of the money being spent foolishly.
Investigations continue, but reports of banks giving loans to individuals to purchase Lamborghinis and yachts abound. I hope we can avoid these mistakes with the new funds.
As a resident of Princetown, I read in The Gazette that my small township will get a bit north of $200,000 from the American Rescue Act. Similarly, other townships, cities and counties in our area will all be receiving funds from this act.
It is my firm belief that Princetown could set a great example for other local governments by starting a public discussion to seek input from our community of how these funds should be spent and approval of any decision made relating to the expenditures.
Furthermore in light of Sunshine Week it would be appropriate for the town to promise a public and transparent accounting of where the money is eventually spent.
Action needed on scooter street safety
Regarding gas and electric bicycles and scooters. With the warmer weather approaching, we are again faced with illegal and unlicensed vehicles on our city streets.
We all have seen the dirt bikes and ATV’s running rampant on the city streets. Now we have gas powered bicycles and electric scooters to contend with.
I recently almost had a collision with an older woman and a young child who failed to pay attention to the street signs to stop. The scooter had directional lights, they were wearing helmets, everything that would be needed to be a licensed vehicle.
I called the Schenectady police and was told that they do not stop these vehicles because prosecutors will not enforce the V&T laws related to these vehicles. I was told to contact the city council member for public safety.
So I sent an email to Mr. Mootooveren and his reply was that the council is a legislative branch, not-day-to-day operations. So welcome to Bureaucracy 101. We have enforcement willing to keep the public safe, prosecution that could not be bothered and finally an obtuse city council unwilling to create laws for the safety of the community.
Such a simple request. I guess when some reckless teenager gets hurt or killed, then maybe they will do something and name the law after the deceased. I was also told that the police were informed not to pursue, so maybe if this sparks some debate keep that point in mind as well.
NRA’s Project Exile can save lives in cities
Every time someone is shot in one of our local cities, the mayor of the city is quoted as saying how awful it is, and how hard they are working to prevent such tragedies in the future, bla, bla, bla.
They establish groups and committees to study the problem and get zero results.
In one city, a person who steals a firearm has only to contact the local religious-based “fence” to sell it.
It appears that these mayors have been influenced by Gov. Cuomo’s hatred for the NRA to the point that they will flounder around with half-baked, useless, solutions while more and more people die in their cities before they will ask the NRA for help.
The NRA has developed a program called “Project Exile,” which has proven very useful in reducing crime in many cities. It is my understanding that this program essentially centers around enforcing all federal firearm laws, already in effect, many of which carry mandatory jail terms and fines.
Many people feel that the federal laws are too strict, and perhaps rightfully so.
However, every mayor who really cares about crime in his/her city should stand up to Gov. Cuomo, contact the NRA, explore the details of Project Exile and learn how it can reduce crime and save lives in their city.
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