Stefanik should reveal all she knew
It has been almost a year since some of our fellow citizens were duped into believing a myth portrayed on them that our elections were not legitimate.
These individuals led by then political leadership were encouraged to cause harm and damage on our Capitol and political leadership not aligned with the then-president.
I think it is time that we ask our political representative what she knew about this action and if she encouraged and supported any of these factions.
Releasing her text messages, emails and phone records would go a long way in assuring the NY21 district her honesty and integrity concerning this event.
I for one would welcome the release of these communications by Rep. Stefanik.
If Stefanik supported these individuals, she should be proud of her actions. If not, she should welcome the opportunity to exonerate her image. Doing nothing is just an action of a coward.
So I encourage everyone to request that our NY21 representative speak up and let us know where she stood.
Lawmakers must serve all the people
Our New York state lawmakers started their 58-day work year on Jan. 5. I would like to remind my Assemblyman Chris Tague that he actually represents all of the people of the 102nd District, not just those registered in his political party.
Hopefully during this 2022 legislative session, he and his colleagues can put the people first and their political parties second. This seems to be very hard for some, especially Assemblyman Tague, who also happens to be the county boss of his party.
So in 2022, which happens to be an election year for all of them, can we have at least one real accomplishment and much less of the political rhetoric.
In other words, earn some of that $110,000.
Nisky off to bad start with bipartisanship
I am disappointed to see that the bipartisanship promised and hoped for after the last Niskayuna Town Board election is quickly unraveling.
Supervisor/Professor Jaime Puccioni is barely through Town Hall doors and is already shutting the door on lone Republican and top vote-getter, Councilman Jason Moskowitz, thwarting the will of the voters. No committee chairmanship for him, thereby breaking with tradition and all semblance of good, fair and representative government.
Supervisor/Professor Puccioni will not be at the Town Hall full time. She will be busy at UAlbany with “a class online this spring, another that is in-person and online, and practicums, in which times are arranged to meet with students.” She will have Jessica Brennan (a full-time social worker and staff member of the Niskayuna school district whose salary is funded by your tax dollars) fill in for her as town supervisor in her absence.
In addition, Councilwoman Brennan will also serve as chair of two committees — Public Safety and Community Programs. While governmental novices Puccioni and Brennan continue working their full-time jobs, Councilman Moskowitz is left out in the cold.
It’s not a wonder most voters felt they had very few choices for worthy and competent representatives this past November. They were correct.
The writer is a retired Niskayuna Justice Court clerk.
Climate change effort must be reasonable
Dr. Slezak’s Dec. 29 letter (“Reducing carbon could backfire on us”), inquired about the implications of a carbon neutral industrial age.
Though her delivery was a bit cryptic, I believe her intent was to say that if we reduce our carbon dioxide production, plants and trees won’t thrive, and therefore oxygen availability will diminish.
While I agree that the complete elimination of all carbon dioxide on the planet would be detrimental, I am not aware of any climate policy seeking to eliminate all carbon dioxide from the planet.
Climatologists, environmentalists and policy makers understand that a balance must be struck.
As a result, my understanding is that any reasonable interpretation of climate policy to curb carbon dioxide emissions poses no threat to plant life (or the oxygen supply). I think complete elimination of carbon dioxide is virtually impossible, and at this stage of the game, the least of our worries.
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