Niskayuna needs to be more transparent
The Gazette’s Nov. 19 editorial (“Ethics cases should be transparent”) on Niskayuna Ethics Committee and the Nov. 20 article on the permanent police chief’s position (“Kochan permanent police chief”) demonstrate that transparency and accountability are lacking in the town government.
When an ethics complaint is made public by an employee or resident, the community has the right to know if the complaint has merit.
The Ethics Committee is not window dressing for town government. It should be autonomous from the town board. Its spokesperson shouldn’t be the town attorney.
Some town officials didn’t hesitate to make public their investigations of employees and to publicly discuss their findings.
Why the change in rules for the Ethics Committee?
After two months, the police chief’s position was made permanent.
The decision to do so wasn’t discussed at the Public Safety Committee, nor was the board member chair involved in the decision.
Kudos to Bill McPartlon for voting no because it demonstrated that he has the best interest of the police chief, the department and the community at heart.
The rationale for doing this was disingenuous. Supervisor Yasmine Syed referred to former Chief Daniel McManus, stating his probationary period was four months.
She left out that he served as deputy police chief for six months before becoming chief and in addition, he had a four month probation period.
The current chief has no administrative experience. Also, McManus served in the department for 21 years. There’s no comparison.
Why the rush to make this position permanent? Only the two outgoing board members and supervisor can answer that question.
Not all share views on politics, religion
Thank you for publishing letters from Anthony J. Santo (“Americans must stop worshipping idols”) and Gerard F. Havasy (“The faithful must stand up against left”) in the Nov. 20 Gazette.
Both letters inspired me to submit my views on the subjects, a Minority Report if you will.
In my humble (and tiny minority among Christians) opinion, God did NOT (sorry, Mr. Santo) send COVID-19 to Americans to punish them for idolatry and following false gods.
For one, the golden calf-like statue of Trump did not appear until Feb. 2021, about a year after COVID-19 did.
No one puts sugar into the gas tank of a car they have built and loved as a child, no matter how much it misbehaves.
Also, in my humble opinion, the Catholics and Christians who voted for Biden did NOT (sorry, Mr. Havasy) make a serious mistake against their own religious convictions.
Both religions are equally divided between those who voted for Trump and those who voted for Biden.
Just as the religious people who in the past opposed faith people such as Peter, Paul, John and Jesus were divided into Pharisees and Sadducees, so are today’s religious people who oppose faith people divided into Republicans and Democrats.
As a faith person living by New Testament faith in Jesus, I get opposition from both religious groups.
Well, those are my thoughts.
I do hope that I have shown respect for Mr. Santo and Mr. Havasy, for both are worthy of it, having gotten published by The Gazette for one.
System is too easy on repeat offenders
It’s beyond belief what’s going on.
These elected officials should be arrested for negligence. They are responsible for caring more about the criminals than they care about the civilians, than they care about you, me and everyone else.
People are being arrested again and again and allowed back into the streets. What does that do to law enforcement? What does that do to the rest of us? They are pathetic. It is shameful. It is disgusting what is going on.
The suspect in the holiday parade massacre in Wisconsin had a lengthy criminal record and was out on $1,000 bail. Think of all those people who were murdered by that individual.
Do you know who’s responsible? The DA should be arrested. People wake up. We need law and order.
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