Stefanik needs to start being honest
According to her neighbor, Elise Stefanik is to be lauded for her role in holding Cuomo accountable.
Funny, where was Elise when Trump was “grabbing them by their ‘p—s’”? Nowhere to be found.
But her shrill voice is all over Cuomo. We used to call that two-faced. Now it’s just being a Republican.
What is really disturbing is that Elise Stefanik has no clue what her job is. She was elected to represent her constituents in Washington, D.C. She is not on the New York state payroll, yet she seems to think that her role is to meddle in state politics or anything that will get her a guest shot on Fox and Friends.
She is so confused about her job that she expects her voters to think that any federal money received is due solely to her advocacy, when she almost always votes against funding. Little do they know that almost all the money they receive is allocated by government formula, not by the hard work of Ms. Stefanik.
She cares little about the needs of those who elected her to office unless it’s getting high praise for “bringing home the bacon.”
Lucky for her, most of her voters don’t read the paper or watch any real news, so her duplicity goes unnoticed.
I just want her to be honest. Is that too much to ask?
Thanks to those who keep us all safe
Thank you for printing the Aug. 24 editorial (“A reminder of the risks they take to serve and protect”) about Trooper James Monda. It was well written the way you described the service that all these public servants provide us. They are all true heroes who deserve respect. Facing each day with no clue of how it will end – that’s penance.
For all of us who truly appreciate what you are doing and what you are sacrificing to keep us all safe – I say thank you, thank you, thank you.
Rotterdam official must live in town
On Dec. 9, 2020, the Rotterdam Town Board hired a financial director, Resolution 318.20, at a salary of $110,000. New York State town law is very specific: Sec 23 (1), all appointed officials must be an elector of the town they work in.
The financial director is an appointed official of the town and lives and votes in Niskayuna.
Current Rotterdam town code only exempts the town assessor, comptroller and town attorney from having to live in the town.
The financial director, by virtue of their responsibilities, is an official of the town. Other hires in the town do not have an official capacity under the law.
I am not an attorney, but I have checked with four attorneys that an elector has to live in the town they work in.
In the end, who is supposed to know and follow the laws? The Town Board of course!
The writer is a former Rotterdam town councilman.
Busy intersection needs a roundabout
Regarding the Ballston Spa intersection at Eastline Road and Route 67. Well, it finally happened: I missed a train in Rensselaer. I got there as it was pulling away.
Sure, should I have left earlier? Yes.
However, the real reason is because of the backup of traffic all the time at that intersection.
It usually goes all the way to Curtis Lumber several times during the day.
Why can’t the engineers and traffic pattern reviewers realize that this intersection, more than any other, needs a roundabout?
There were all those built around the Northway which work great. Why didn’t they put one there?
If any of the New York state brain trust has a reason, or if anyone disagrees, please respond.
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