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Letters to the Editor Thursday, Sep. 23

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Attend hearing in Rotterdam tonight

I am writing this letter in opposition to the Rotterdam Town Board advancing a spot-zone change at 2625 Curry Road in Rotterdam to permit the construction of 182 apartments.
This apartment complex, if approved, will add hundreds of cars to a roadway that’s already at capacity. Additionally, the vast majority of the residents in Rotterdam feel that the town already has enough apartment units and is opposed to any additional apartment developments in town.
In July, the Rotterdam Town Planning Commission voted overwhelmingly 6-1 against this proposed project.
Planning Commission members noted in their opposition to the project that the addition of these apartments would make a chronically bad traffic situation worse and create safety issues for surrounding neighborhoods.
In every way imaginable, this proposed apartment project is exactly the type of project that the residents of Rotterdam do not want. A survey of town residents by the Rotterdam Town Comprehensive Plan Committee this year showed that 77% of the respondents indicated they are opposed to high density/apartment development; 88% of the respondents indicated they would like the town to encourage single-family homes.
The town of Rotterdam mantra is, “A Nice Place to Live.”
There will be a public hearing on this matter at the Rotterdam Town Hall on Sunrise Boulevard tonight (Thursday, Sept. 23) at 7 p.m.
I encourage those who wish Rotterdam to remain “A Nice Place to Live” to attend this meeting and encourage the town board to vote against this spot -zone change.
Victor Murdock
Schenectady

Niskayuna needs to get different results

Fellow Niskayuna residents: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
So here we are, less than two months away from the election, and one incumbent is looking for her fourth term and the other his third. What have we received from these politicians?
We have our fourth police chief within 12 months, the last three clouded in unrest, allegations and a year-long investigation dropped with no explanation hours before a public hearing was to take place.
Chief Wall, a 36-year veteran, cited lack of board support, amongst other issues, as her reason for retirement.
The former controller, who allegedly was involved in racially insensitive behavior, was allowed to collect his full pension, as well as vacation and sick time, even though the board was advised not to. Again, no explanation.
Where are our town leaders?
Our supervisor, after being constantly pushed around by the Democrats at the table, seemingly has given up the fight and hides behind the cover of “personnel matters.”
The others are too busy discussing “doggy day” at the splash pad or their next photo op with Biden, Cuomo or Tonko.
Choose wisely Niskayuna.
Stephen Benton
Niskayuna

 

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Not surprising that most respondents are opposed to apartment developments since respondents are more likely to be owners of single-family homes, and owners generally have a negative view of renters. The Vista Square Apartments further up Curry Rd. added 200 apartments, and redeveloped a long vacant shopping center, which is now assessed at $25 million and adding significant dollars to the town’s tax base. This new proposed development is right next to I-890, which can absorb any increase in traffic counts. That entire stretch of Curry Rd. is already zoned for business and there is multi-family zoning in the immediate vicinity, and apartments right across the street, so considering this spot-zoning is incorrect. Why should single-family homeowners be the only ones to enjoy Rotterdam as the “nice place to live'”?

It does not matter how much the apartment complex adds to the towns economic base. What matters is the addition to the town’s economic base net of the demand for increased services.

Typical democrat, look at the tax money, what about teachers, classroom size, public safety, water, and roads? There is more to this than tax money.

I’ll part with you on this, Matt. I frequently drive Curry Road, have for decades as my family outings often did before I could drive. It’s insane what’s happened there, and frankly a miracle there haven’t been more pedestrian incidents (especially involving the many children) with traffic. The saving grace for pedestrians is the traffic is so often clogged and backed up, no one can drive very fast anyway. But adding more traffic definitely isn’t a solution.
Certainly this proposed location, being further away from the five-corners and, as you say, close to I-890, probably works in its favor traffic-wise. But not everyone goes straight to I-890. Maybe the town needs to take a closer look at circulation and pedestrian safety in general along Curry. And maybe they have, I’m not a resident and don’t keep up with their internal deliberations.
But, I think it’s a false assumption that home owners generally have a negative view of renters, and that’s the basis of their complaints.

There is a somewhat general movement to live in apartments whether its multi-use buildings like in downtown Saratoga, or in ‘luxury’ apartments that are springing up all over the suburbs. Many people are also just not wanting the responsibilities and maintenance of home ownership, so apartments, condos, and townhouse building appear to be on the rise. It’s not the stereotypical transient, low-income, etc., people looking for apartments these days, and these places being built are often making ‘nicer places to live.’

President Felix Tshisekedi of Congo said reparations, however they might be provided, should reflect not only historic wrongs but also “the scars of racial inequality, subordination and discrimination, which were built under slavery, apartheid and colonialism.”

The above is from the UN’s recent conference on racism. I suggest that since African countries chose to export those that they found undesirable they should pay the reparations associated for slavery. However my view is that disputes between the dead should be settled among the dead not the living.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Your narrow minded views laden with racist overtones are just a means of getting attention.

Your implication that the only reason Black African human beings were forced into enslavement was because “African countries chose to export those that they found undesirable” is ignorant and asinine.
Get the more inclusive picture on slavery, not just your skewed interpretation of one aspect, on the below link.

Furthermore, regardless of how these human beings were forced into slavery, ALL associated with their enslavement should be part of reparations. That includes the good old USA. If someone hires a hitman to murder someone, who is held accountable? Answer; Both people, the person who pulled the trigger and the person that hired him.

When the slaves were finally emancipated in America that certainly wasn’t the end of their White counterparts deeming them inferior. Right up until today, as so many of your posts imply, White supremacy and prejudices abound. The more you post the farther your abyss of racism becomes apparent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery

CYNTHIA SWANSON

Fred, you keep harping on the same tired theme about African countries exporting ‘undesirables.’ Show me your proof. Men and women sold and exported as slaves had to be strong and healthy. As usual, you are wrong, as you are about most things.

Many say these same people have a tendency to leave their keys in their cars and then blame police when they find it stolen…
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Texas Right to Life also argues that the Stilley and Gomez lawsuits are improper. “Texas Right to Life is suspicious that Braid’s op-ed is purely a legal and publicity ploy,” it says. “The abortion industry’s 16 previous efforts failed to stop this law from saving lives so far, and this may be another attempt….Neither of these lawsuits are valid attempts to save innocent human lives. Both cases are self-serving legal stunts, abusing the cause of action created in the Texas Heartbeat Act for their own purposes.”

Contrary to the implication, S.B. 8 does not require that plaintiffs be motivated by a desire to “save innocent human lives.” Its description of potential plaintiffs—”any person”—could not be broader. Private civil lawsuits ordinarily seek to vindicate the plaintiff’s rights and compensate him for an injury. By eliminating any such requirement and embracing legal tricks that conservatives have long condemned, S.B. 8 invited just the sort of gamesmanship that offends Human Coalition and Texas Right to Life.

S.B. 8 not only defines potential defendants and plaintiffs very broadly; it rigs the rules to favor the latter over the former. The statute limits the defenses available to targets of the lawsuits it authorizes, and it bars them (unlike plaintiffs) from recovering their legal expenses if they nevertheless win, both of which make the threat of litigation more daunting. Now that Braid, Stilley, and Gomez have taken advantage of S.B. 8’s provisions to defeat it, the law’s supporters are suddenly concerned about “legal stunts” that “abus[e]” the civil justice system.

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