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Letters to the Editor Tuesday, April 27


Residents should keep an eye on town

Duanesburg residents should be alarmed by Shenandoah Briere’s April 22 article in The Daily Gazette.
The absence of public comment at the town of Duanesburg’s public hearing for revisions to the town’s comprehensive plan is disturbing. Public hearings provide the citizens an opportunity to improve laws, direct the town’s economic growth, and strengthen land use policies. Lack of citizen review and input on town actions opens the door to fraud and unwanted development in our beautiful town.
Duanesburg leaders have provided reasons for citizen concern and increased scrutiny. The state comptroller’s Feb. 5 audit report indicates poor record-keeping and failure to accurately record more than $590,000 in revenue. In March, The Gazette reported Supervisor Tidball was unaware that the town would receive federal aid from the American Rescue Plan. The town may receive $690,000.
In April, the planning and zoning boards reviewed draft Local Law 1 of 2021, solar facilities law, without it being on the agenda or providing the document to the public.
The town consistently fails to provide minutes within two weeks as required by Open Meeting Law. Let Ms. Briere’s article ring the alarm. I encourage Duanesburg residents to participate in town meetings and public hearings. Review the comprehensive plan on the town website at and submit comments to the town clerk at [email protected] before April 30. Right now is your best chance to protect your biggest investment, the security of your home and family, in a town that you love.
Susan Biggs

Chestnut opposed to transparency

It’s time to vote for Schenectady school board of education members. I won’t be voting for Andy Chestnut.
Several years ago when he first ran for an open seat on the city’s board, I and fellow S.C.O.P.E. members interviewed him. It was a very public and all-inclusive vetting process. We had a dozen applicants and chose four who all won their seats.
Andy was one of them. But his recent comments about “a closed process is necessary to garner the best candidates” for a new superintendent are so outlandish and off the mark that I can’t support him a third time. Three strikes and you’re out Andy!
How dare he want to keep a public process private and secretive. That’s the problem with the present long time board members. They’re too secretive.
Don’t forget the alleged sexual harassment charges against former Superintendent Larry Spring. Now, board members face a $7.8 million lawsuit against them.
So much for secrets and not helping to get to the real problem. That’s Andy — not there to help the paying and voting public. Vote!
Gerald Plante


Predatory fees also affect the wealthy

I read your editorial “End state’s predatory court fees” in the April 20 Gazette. I agree with your comments, except I do not understand why it is only targeted to the poor and minorities?
Are there no rich underserved people? Why is it that the progressives/liberals all have to interject race/gender into everything?
Doug Stahura


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“Are there no rich underserved people?”


Exactly Doug Stahura, perhaps you should start a go fund me page so trump can afford to pay for the New York State Court fees that will result from Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr’s criminal probe.

Here’s today’s brain teaser, kids:
Which of the following is actually true?

“President Trump was able to manage the illegal immigration problem on the border which Biden has completely destroyed and he now has a huge humanitarian mess of his own making.”


The former President refuses to accept his loss and did, and continues to lead an armed insurrection against the USA.

Only one is demonstrably true, and if you think it’s the first, you’re likely a Republican (and wrong)!

Not sure why this isn’t getting US airtime yet, but it has national and international implications:

Police killings of Black Americans amount to crimes against humanity, international inquiry finds.

In devastating report, human rights experts call on international criminal court prosecutor to open an immediate investigation

The systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human rights lawyers from around the globe has found.
A week after the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death, the unabated epidemic of police killings of Black men and women in the US has now attracted scorching international attention.

In a devastating report running to 188 pages, human rights experts from 11 countries hold the US accountable for what they say is a long history of violations of international law that rise in some cases to the level of crimes against humanity.

They point to what they call “police murders” as well as “severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, persecution and other inhuman acts” as systematic attacks on the Black community that meet the definition of such crimes.

They also call on the prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague to open an immediate investigation with a view to prosecutions.


Another appallingly violent arrest, this time from two of Loveland Colorado’s finest.
“After violently arresting a woman,( who, by the way was white)73, with dementia, police laughed about it video shows:” “We crushed it”
They fractured her arm and dislocated her shoulder, then fist bumped their abhorrent behavior while watching a video of the incident.
It can be seen if You google search the incident.

Hell no , we don’t need police reform.

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