Champlain Express will be very beneficial
A letter from Tom Ellis (“Find alternatives to Champlain Express”) in the Nov. 10 Daily Gazette contains assertions the author has repeatedly made about the project that simply are not true.
Let me give you the facts.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express is a 339-mile renewable energy transmission project that will deliver enough clean power to meet 20% of New York City’s electricity needs.
This will remove the carbon equivalent of 44% of cars from New York City streets and do so while creating more than 1,400 well-paying jobs with a commitment to utilizing union labor.
In addition to the enormous environmental benefits it will deliver to New York state, the local benefits to Schenectady County are very real as well.
These include more than $85 million in new revenue that will flow to schools and local governments over the first 30 years of the project.
That figure does not take into account the additional local jobs that will be created during construction, or the additional economic activity generated at local shops and restaurants while the CHPE is being built.
The CHPE has strong support locally and statewide because the environmental and economic benefits are real.
New York is going to need every available source of renewable energy available to meet its ambitious, laudable, clean energy goals.
Having the CHPE in place is a smart way to get there.
New York City
AG should look into Cuomo’s spokesman
Isn’t it time for the state attorney general to investigate the mouth of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi?
This minion is constantly in the news slandering everyone who has investigated his self-proclaimed king of New York.
I’m going out on a limb here, but if Cuomo is found guilty of perjury, shouldn’t Azzopardi be charged with the same crime? After all, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
When all the dust settles, I hope Cuomo’s convicted Richard Azzopardi can share the same jail cell so he can continue to do his minion duties of his king.
Nisky officials ignore Rexford residents
After the trees in Aqueduct Park were removed as part of the River’s Ledge Apartments construction this spring, a petition was sent to the Niskayuna Town Planning Board and other town of Niskayuna elected officials by 45 residents of the hamlet of Rexford.
It detailed our concerns toward light and sound pollution, as well as loss of natural riverbank habitat and views to our residents.
Though visited shortly after receiving our petition by a Niskayuna Town Board member and town attorney, nothing positive has transpired since.
Our requests for information through the state Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) go unanswered, with deadlines long passed.
To read The Gazette’s Nov. 12 front page article (“Rivers Ledge plans 60 senior apartments”) on the town Planning Board addressing more development at the site without addressing our concerns first shows a total disregard for our petitioned grievances.
Perhaps The Daily Gazette will send the reporter to meet with the petitioners to write a front or any page article on our concerns about the River’s Ledge and Aqueduct Park developments.
Time to put attention on America’s future
In his inaugural address, President Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
Though long ago, the admonishment is still relevant.
Past generations of ordinary and extraordinary Americans have molded this country into what it is, the most admired and prosperous country in the world.
Those hard working, determined men and women who built this dream have earned and deserve our admiration and respect. People everywhere continue to dream of living in America.
Contentious public dialogue about past events to defile and replace the heroes and leaders who often sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country is a punch to the gut.
Many of our most heroic, well educated, humble and wise leaders have been marginalized in an attempt to remove them from honored positions in America’s history.
Americans need to regain pride in who we are, where we’ve been, and how we got here. We can all take measures to maintain our greatness without rewriting our past. Embrace American history, good and bad. No amount of manipulation by the media, educational institutions and various levels of government can change what’s happened. It’s done. Move on.
Let’s focus on supporting American business. Insist on buying products made in America. Madeinamerica.com is a great place to find them.
Open dialogue about how to move forward with gratitude for all this country has given us and still has to offer, don’t take a wrecking ball to our past.
Kudos to Niskayuna police for response
When I got up at 4 in the morning the other day to go to the bathroom, I looked out my window to see a car parked on our front lawn, lights on, engine running. Dressing quickly, I called the Niskayuna police.
Within a few minutes, two officers showed up. Turns out a neighbor, name unknown to us, fell asleep at the wheel. Other than ruts in our grass, we incurred no significant damage.
We commend the two Niskayuna police officers for a prompt, courteous and professional response.
Ted and Norrine Thompson
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