No state tax dollars for new Bills stadium
I would urge taxpayers to contact their state legislators with regard to the proposals currently being discussed that would provide New York state taxpayer dollars for the construction of a new, outrageously priced, 60,000-seat facility for the NFL and Buffalo Bills.
Legislators should be urged to vote “no!”
Contrary to what is being put forth, there does not seem to be any way New Yorkers — other than perhaps those residing in the Erie County area — can or will realize any benefits from this stadium project.
Our tax burden will more than likely increase to cover the promised dollars.
If the NFL, Erie County, Buffalo and the Buffalo Bills want a new stadium to seat 60,000 and be used maybe 10 times per year, then let these entities foot the bill(s)!
Think outside box on Caroline St. issues
Much has been written about the public safety issue in and around the venue of Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs.
Suggestions have covered the spectrum from blocking the street, to adding metal detectors, limiting hours of operation and even pointing a finger of blame at Gaffney’s justified or not.
None of these actions are a good fit for the image and attraction to the area.
The root cause is a no brainer. Too much drinking, poor judgment by all parties (patrons/owners) and a wink and a nod to bad behavior.
A measured response to cure the problem comes at a cost, specifically to control the alcohol consumption.
Thinking out of the box, is it not possible with simple technology, perhaps a punch card, to develop a tracking system that records the number of drinks purchased and at what time? Using an established parameter, once met the patron would then no longer be served.
The next step is really the more complex one. Once a customer can no longer be served, cut off what prevents them from starting the cycle all over in another bar, pub or restaurant.
Nothing but perhaps good judgment by the patron, those that accompany him or her and the time and inconvenience of moving to another venue.
In the end, the wait staff, bartenders and owners need to focus on behavior, not just the bottom line of making more money.
I know being responsible and a proponent of public safety is pie in the sky. Just a thought.
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