Don’t rely on gov’t for Craig St. revival
The July 8 article concerning the “Craig St. Revitalization Strategy” (“Tonko calls Craig Street strategy a possible ‘model’,”) was illustrative of the dependency on government which is growing at alarming rate.
Why are the property owners and residents of Craig Street waiting for the city, the county, or worse, the state or federal government to “save them” through a so-called revitalization strategy?
Why can’t this be done by the residents and property owners to self-organize and self-fund their own revitalization?
It would certainly be more responsive and hugely more efficient.
What was missing from the grand standing and photo opportunity by the mayor and our dear congressman was a true explanation of the inherent mandates that will come with the “generosity” of state and federal funding.
By the time they get through with threading the needle associated with the onerous government mandates and social engineering, the project will be years in the making, hugely more expensive to pay for the bureaucratic process that comes with enforcing the mandates, and barely recognizable by the residents who provided the community input.
We’re constantly barraged with reliance on a ubiquitous state and federal government. I encourage all residents to become more self-reliant.
I say self-determine your future with direct, genuine community direction free from the shackles of our big brothers at the state and federal level.
Residents and property owners of Craig Street — you can do this.
You don’t need to be beholden to the government to improve your circumstances — this would be a real “model” for others to follow.
Lamenting loss of rehearsals at SPAC
SPAC rehearsals no more.
One of summer’s delights is gone. Lovely mornings with the orchestra followed with lunch by the Victoria Pool, gone.
Afternoon sessions with the ballet that stretched into late afternoons. Perfect for retirees. No crowds, darkness or parking woes.
You did have to be a member of SPAC, but at any level and you could bring guests. I’m sure all blamed on the pandemic — and perhaps a little mismanagement?
Thanks for putting on parade for grads
On behalf of all the parents and students who worked to ensure the Niskayuna High School Class of 2021 was able to celebrate their graduation, I want to thank the town of Niskayuna for a wonderful car parade that allowed the seniors to wrap up their high school careers in style.
For the second year, Niskayuna Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw worked with our PTO leadership and the Niskayuna Police Department to secure a safe route for our students to drive their cars and be cheered on by their family, friends, and neighbors.
Special thanks go to Deputy Police Chief Stevens and Officers Pardi and Relation for leading the parade and manning the route.
Thanks, too, to former Police Chief Wall for approving Councilwoman McGraw’s request for support.
Many residents remarked the parade is a new tradition our town should keep in future years.
I have to agree!
The writer is parent coordinator for Niskayuna Class of 2021.
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