Get facts on state’s eviction moratorium
The eviction moratorium is misunderstood.
It doesn’t ban evictions.
Evictions can occur if a tenant has not certified to financial hardship. If the tenant makes a false representation, then the landlord should bring that evidence to court. If the court is unwilling to consider it, then the landlord should go to the police, because misrepresenting financial hardship is akin to criminal welfare fraud.
The landlord may also seek payment for lost rent from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). In one program, the tenant requests payment to the landlord because of the tenant’s financial hardship.
In another, the landlord may seek payment with or without the tenant’s consent. A tenant’s certification of financial hardship is proof of the landlord’s entitlement to relief. Without certification, the tenant may of course be evicted.
The tenant remains liable for unpaid rent, though we recognize collection can be difficult.
Mortgage and tax foreclosures on the landlord’s property are stayed. Further, a tenant who is a danger to other tenants can be evicted.
I understand landlords feel there should be no interference with their property rights and do not want to apply for government assistance.
However, there is almost no industry that is not subject to regulation. Employment and housing are the two most important economic activities in our lives, and both are subject to regulation.
The Legislature cannot intervene to open up the court system to more cases. The courts are a separate branch of government that we do not control.
The writer represents the 110th Assembly District in the state Legislature.
Take time to honor invaluable nurses
Nurses are celebrated this month. Nurses’ Week honors nurses nationwide. These women and men work 24/7 usually without fanfare and laud.
This COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all that medical/healthcare personnel are incredible.
These unsung heroes are always necessary in American lives.
It’s important to recognize nurses every day, not just in one month or in one week a year.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) selected the theme for this May: Nurses Make A Difference. Nurses contribute to our health and well-being everyday whether or not there is a national emergency. Celebrate these wonderful people who DO make a difference.
Nancy Michela, RN
Send message, vote no on Nisky budget
Thank you, Therese Assalian for your May 10 letter, (“Time for budget reset in Niskayuna”) regarding Niskayuna’s school budget proposal.
Niskayuna is a great town, but what is less than great is the leadership/Board of Education that saw fit to increase the school budget by over $2.2 million. A tax and spend tactic that has gone on for decades.
The district is seeing an increase in state aid for 2021 of $3,335,084 and they are spending it all and asking for another $2.2 million? How ridiculous!
Last year, the district used over $4.58 million from the fund balance and now they have to use this state aid to make up for this mismanagement.
They started the budget season in a $4.58 million hole. Of course, many residents see that the tax levy is only an increase of 1.7% and think that is not as bad as some years and vote yes.
Say NO this year and send a message to the district. What is going to happen to your taxes when they borrow for the new capital project? Taxes are ridiculous in the state of New York and the district is part of it. Get your financial house in order already.
The writer is a retired school business administrator.
Saeed’s expertise is needed by district
These extraordinary times are taking their toll on young people.
As a mother of young adults, I witness my children working to make decisions about their futures while feeling detached from the world they will live in, tenuously connected by an electronic device.
Even before the pandemic, schools struggled to address depression and anxiety afflicting students growing up in a world where interaction was decreasingly “in person.” That trend has accelerated in the last year, as has schools’ need to confront it.
This reality is a key reason I will vote for Aliya Saeed to join the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Saeed will bring expertise to the board that could not be more necessary than it is now.
In addition, she has experience in capital campaigns and is driven by her personal history to give back. As a friend, I know her to be compassionate and to care deeply about children, families and the community. She asks questions and seeks input before forming opinions and making decisions.
She would be an asset to our board at any time — and especially in this one.
Paper portrays Liz Joy in unfair light
As a mother, I am very disappointed to read the disturbing criticisms of Congressional candidate Liz Joy.
The Daily Gazette has a history of printing editorials, articles and letters to the editor that continually berate any candidate that doesn’t meet their liberal, socialistic view.
Hardly fair, balanced or objective “journalism.”
I found Allison Marinucci’s May 7 letter (“Liz Joy not worthy of moms’ votes”) so naïve and ignorant of the author, to label Liz as an insurrectionist, just because she was in D.C. at a rally with hundreds of thousands of other American citizens supporting American values, while she was sitting home in comfy Niskayuna.
If the author knows anything about Liz, it’s that she fought off a dear friend’s domestically violent husband that was trying to murder her. She risked her own life to save another. Liz is a fighter.
As a mother, my vote is for the fighter who will risk everything to save me, my family and our democracy.
Will work to remove shameful Stefanik
Elise Stefanik has sold out her own political values, her Roman Catholic upbringing, and her notion of patriotism by her politically expedient alignment with Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy.
She cannot any more with a straight face claim to be a moderate Republican, a devout Catholic, or even a patriot faithful to the Constitution.
She has shaken hands with the devil, disguised as a pretentious, mendacious, corrupt former president who in the name of his own disordered narcissism has propagated a big lie about the last election that endangers our democracy.
I have recently purchased a condo in Ballston Spa, which is in Stefanik’s district. I’m retired and have not been politically active in some time.
Her despicable and hypocritical slide into fealty for a lying authoritarian has inspired me to get active again to work in opposition to her re-election. She may claim that she did this because her constituents need confidence in our elections, but this is sheer nonsense. After 60 lawsuits, no substantial fraud was found to have affected the election. The claim of fraud was pure hot air from the mouth of a pathological liar who couldn’t stand to lose.
Shame on Stefanik. She needs to be voted out. Democracy needs to be preserved. Truth needs to prevail over nonsense and alternative facts. And those who believe the lies need to take a refresher course in civics, and introspectively question their religious vows.
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