Capital Region

Letters to the Editor Friday, Nov. 5


Nisky should leave chaos in the past

Congratulations to Niskayuna’s newly elected town supervisor, Jaime Puccioni, PhD. It’s clear that Niskayuna residents are weary of the conflict that had become a staple of how the current board conducted the people’s business.
As a college professor, Jaime brings a strong history of independent, well-researched thoughts and support for her student community. Niskayuna residents and town employees expect and deserve that same independent, thoughtful leadership as the newly constituted town board takes charge.
With a majority of new faces leading the way, let’s leave the old chaos where it belongs — in the past.
Lynell Engelmyer

Woolbright will be missed in village

On the evening of Oct. 25, during the Ballston Spa village board meeting, Mayor Larry Woolbright resigned as mayor, citing an unproductive relationship with Trustees Elizabeth Kormos and Ben Baskin. This was a sad week for Ballston Spa, which promotes itself as a “Village of Friends.”
When we moved to Ballston Spa in 2009, among the first village residents to welcome us were Larry and Meg Woolbright.
They brought us hybrid lily bulbs to plant in our new garden. Larry got us involved in activities of Friends of the Kayaderosseras, where we became acquainted with many dedicated town residents, young and old. Larry engaged us in appreciating the creek.
Kormos bought the wooded lot between her house and ours two years ago. Poison sumac grows in the front corner of that lot next to the entrance of our driveway. The previous owner had annually cut it back.
Zlata told Kormos she was allergic to sumac plants and asked her to cut them back. Trustee Kormos refused; sumac multiplied.
Last spring during the village election at the League of  Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates event, Baskin suggested his opponents might pursue “conflict of interest” as trustees because two were volunteer firemen and one was the wife of the chief of police. His opponents were forced to defend themselves and had little time to describe their plans for the village. Dirty tricks politics?
We village residents are losing Larry Woolbright, a tolerant leader, while meddlers have their way at Village Hall.
Zlata and Forman Phillips
Ballston Spa

City, utility need to work with residents

Poor communication, or lack of the same, leads to issues and problems that could easily be avoided.
Two weeks ago, National Grid began construction of the microwave tower at the end of River Street. There was no advance communication to the neighborhood from either National Grid or the city of Schenectady.
As East Front Street is a tiny community of five streets, the major one being Front Street itself, this led to parking issues, traffic stalls and negative impact on two local businesses.
No Parking signs were put up after 3 p.m. with no indication as to why.
It turns out that National Grid needed to transport a huge crane required for the installation.
This necessitated all cars to be removed from Front Street but, again, no one in the neighborhood was alerted to this situation.
A week later, No Parking signs were again put up just before 7 a.m. — not the typical 24-hour warning when such a large endeavor is undertaken. As my own car was towed and ticketed, along with others, I question whether it is safe to park my vehicle on the street until this construction is completed. It would behoove the city and National Grid to work with the neighborhood instead of against it.
Donna Wojcik


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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

William Marincic November 6, 2021
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If you have Sumac growing next to your neighbor’s house and they are allergic to it I would think as good neighbors you would cut it back.

POLLY WINDELS November 5, 2021
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I wish that the Phillips were as good as doing research as they are as about carping about other’s front yards. Both might be surprised to know that sumac is not only NOT POISONOUS, it is very beneficial to wildlife. I’m sure that they are confused about poison sumac which is an entirely different plant. Geez is your life so miserable that you have to bitch about a beautiful front yard?

William Marincic November 5, 2021
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God help Niskayuna.