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Letters to the Editor Friday, Nov. 26

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Nisky needs fiscal sanity, transparency

Thank you, Niskayuna residents! I am committed to doing what’s right and am laser-focused on restoring trust in town government.
Transparency, accountability and sound fiscal planning are among my top priorities. The majority of our current board members won’t be accountable to residents come Jan. 1, but Supervisor-elect Puccioni, Councilwoman-elect Brennan, Councilman McPartlon, Councilman Della Ratta and I will be.
Therefore, I have carefully reviewed the 2022 $17 million budget that was recently adopted by the board. This budget relies heavily on $1.7 million in one-time federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act. How will we fill this hole in future budgets?
Significant gaps remain in the wastewater treatment plant revenue, and the $230,000 budgeted for 2022 has no reasonable expectation of being realized.
Budgeted retirement contributions and health and dental costs exceed 2020 actuals by a six-figure amount. The comptroller’s personal services line is up $25,000. The budget admits that we need a “Human Resources Specialist to bring credibility back to the town,” but does not appear to allocate funding for that position.
Furthermore, we do not know how 2021 actual spending compares to budgeted, and there are many areas where these will not align, including police overtime and legal fees. Funding has been added for a “Director of Operations” position. Why? These are alarming examples.
Overall, our expenditures outpace our revenues, and this is a big problem. Transparency, accountability and sound fiscal planning must become everyday practices, and I won’t let the new board forget it.
Jason Moskowitz
Niskayuna
The writer is a Niskayuna town councilman-elect.

Stefanik doing the job for constituents

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for all the outstanding work Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is doing not only in Saratoga County, but throughout the North Country.
I’m not sure how she manages to do it all, but Elise has proven she is the fighter we need to represent us over and over again. Elise’s work this year is a true testament to her courage and her strength, and I am proud to call her my representative.
Most notably, Elise is calling out all of the destructive policies that have led to the position we are in now. Parents are being kept out of the classroom, inflation is skyrocketing and Biden has failed again and again to secure our border and unite this country.
Elise is the warrior we need, and nothing can stop her. I think I speak for all Republicans in Saratoga when I say, Elise, you’re crushing it! Don’t back down!
Brandon Myers
Schuylerville

Concerns about power line are unfounded

In his Nov. 10 letter (“Find alternatives to Champlain Express”) to The Daily Gazette, Tom Ellis perpetuates unfounded statements about the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project and Québec hydropower.
As we’ve previously pointed out when responding to his letters:
• The science on hydropower is abundant and clear; on a life-cycle basis, Québec hydropower is one of the lowest-emission-generating options per kilowatt-hour produced.
• CHPE will reduce carbon emissions in New York by 3.9 million metric tons each year.
• This project will not result in an increase in GHGs in Canada. Provisions included in the New York Public Service Commission order specifically state that hydro deliveries under Tier 4 cannot be offset by fossil resources elsewhere on the grid.
• Since 2003, a major buildout in Québec has brought new generation capacity totaling 5,000 MW online – that is what enables us to propose long-term contracts today.
• Hydropower development in Québec is not subsidized in any way by governments.
• The New York portion of the project’s buried transmission line was carefully designed during a multi-year state and federal permitting process to avoid sensitive aquatic habitat and protect the Hudson.
Facing the climate crisis, it’s time to collaborate among all resource types including across the border to bring clean renewable energy into the regions that need it most. CHPE is fully permitted and scheduled to be online in 2025: an earlier contributor to meeting the goals of the nation leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).
Lynn St-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The writer is a Hydro-Québec spokesperson.

 

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28 Comments

William Marincic

So between Wednesday and yesterday myself, Zachary and the two moderate Democrats Florida and Joe wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. That says more than you think. I hope everyone had a great day.

For those too shy to promote community wellbeing by sharing your thoughts I suggest contacting your local board of elections and becoming a poll worker. The task offers, the pride that comes with being a good citizen, a chance to meet your community, and some cash.

LOUIS RESTIFO

Brandon Myers:
“Elise is the warrior”…Yep, fighting right along side and in alignment with Jacob Chansley, the insurrectionist wearing the horns during the storming of the capital.

“Elise, you’re crushing it”. If you’re talking about democracy, I totally agree.

The Gazette is to be commended for including letter writers’ professional connections, which may influence their opinions, and writers obviously are entitled to their opinions, and we the readers are entitled to know about those connections. But oddly left out was Brandon Myers who is likely the same one who was elected Saratoga Town Chair in 2011, and apparently still serves on the Town of Saratoga Planning Board.
saratogagop.com/local-leadership/saratoga/

That he proclaims his support for Stefanik, who proclaimed her support for a twice-impeached, losing ex-President speaks volumes. Apparently in the Retrumplican world we now face, words mean nothing and loyalty is everything.
Loyalty over all else, eh?

William Marincic

Chuck you do realize that 71% of Americans say we are on the wrong path. Biden is now going to reimplement the remain in Mexico policy, “In compliance with the court order, we are working to reimplement MPP as promptly as possible,“ DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa told Axios. You liberals talk about Trump but because of Biden and his policies, it would be a landslide today and probably will be a landslide in 2024. Disparaging people that don’t vote like you is why so many democrat voters are telling the party bye bye.

William Marincic

Why has the U.S not imposed travel restrictions on Africa like 27 other countries did to stop the spread of this new Covid variation? Is Biden still taking his nappy?

The more Americans that die the less contribution the country makes to climate change. If find this assessment harsh, ask yourself why our border criminals are not vaccinated?

Wait, so now we’re supposed to take the virus seriously and take measures to curb its spread? Why are you trying to restrict my personal freedom to travel to Africa Bill?

William Marincic

If you remember Trump took a lot of heat for his early travel restrictions, he saved million because of it, you probably didn’t hear because it wasn’t on CNN

Perhaps. But he also did zilch here at home when it came to promoting simple measures to save lives, like mask wearing and getting vaccinated.

William Trump didn’t stop travel from Europe until mid March …The horse was already out of th barn by then !….He didn’t save “million of lives” as you ay …Maybe he made millions of dollars …but didn’t save any lives. Remember Trump said we had 12 cases soon to be down to zero back then ….or did that not get through the Trump bubble you live in?

LOUIS RESTIFO

In regards to horses, the situation was that the rear most posterior part of a horse’s anatomy was calling the shots back then. The “stable genius” did an outstanding job of working through the logistics of the pandemic. For verification just ask him, or read the label on a bottle of bleach indicating the benefits of it’s virus thwarting medicinal uses.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Amazing how they desperately try to make Trump look like the pandemic savior when they know the voters hold him accountable for ignoring the virus to devote his time to his failed reelection.

RAYMOND HARRIS

FYI – President Joe Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged, administration officials told CNN.
Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

RAYMOND HARRIS

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado apologized on Friday after facing a barrage of criticism for telling a story implying that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was a terrorist.

“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” wrote Boebert on Twitter. “I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”

As Adam Kinzinger said, she is still “trash”.

Wonder why we have a gun problem? Why aren’t all the legal owners pressuring Congress to fix this? Maybe some like all the disarray?
Did you know?

• In some states across America, it is legal for

an out-of-state teenager (not yet military age) to open carry high-capacity weapons capable of mass murder.

• In some states, if an out-of-state teenager is confronted by someone else with a gun, and they then point their guns at each other, it is the one who shoots first who can legally claim self-defense. The dead guy has no claim to the self-defense plea. He’s dead! Dead men can’t grab lifelines.

• In some states, it is legal to make a citizen’s arrest based on a hunch and zero evidence.

• It is also legal to self-determine that deadly force is necessary to detain said perceived and unarmed threat. Any questions? Simply claim self-defense! Again, the dead guy can’t claim self-defense. He’s dead. Dead men can’t grab lifelines.

• In some states, a simple act of kindness, such as handing out bottled water or snacks to someone waiting in line to vote, is against the law. In fact, one can be arrested, fined and sent to jail for doing so.

• In some states, it’s more important to stop the vote than to stop the killing.

Things that make you go hmm …

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