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City parking costs hostile to visitors
Talk of “New Schenectady” has me wishing for the “good old days.”
The days when there were at least a few hours of free parking downtown. Not so long ago, I could run downtown to get a book at The Open Door or to stop in at City Hall, and I wouldn’t have to pay for the privilege.
After a breakfast meeting at Bountiful Bread on lower State Street in early December, I came out, less than 15 minutes after my “meter” had expired, to find a parking ticket on my car. That was actually the last time I ate at Bountiful Bread.
Panera in Niskayuna won’t charge me $35 if I stay too long.
I recently spent several weeks in Saratoga and rented co-working space at Palette. Although the office is on Broadway, I was able to find free parking within a few blocks every single day. In contrast, when I tried to use the Palette space in Schenectady, I was unable to find free parking within walking distance.
Instead I had to pay for the privilege of working downtown. A full workday of parking costs $8. A monthly parking pass would cost me more than $50 — every month.
Charging downtown visitors for all parking deters people from visiting and hurts local businesses. If I was working downtown, I would be eating and shopping downtown more often, too.
Instead, the city’s hostile parking rules have led me to go back to working from home.
Packaging bill is not well designed
I am writing in response to the Daily Gazette editorial, “Bills will take more waste out of the environment.”
New York’s beverage companies have been working closely with lawmakers and environmental groups for over three years to implement a best-in-class extended producer responsibility system – one funded by producers and designed to create a circular economy for all recyclables.
Our industry is supportive of well-designed legislation, but this goal will not be reached with S4246A/A5322A.
As amended, the bill will not achieve its environmental objectives and would be costly to small businesses and consumers.
The current bill does not represent a best-in-class EPR system and deviates from the principles of well-designed EPR policy. Specific concerns include:
Provisions to ban the sale of all non-recyclable packaging in the state two years after enactment would jeopardize access to grocery, personal care and home improvement products, harming consumers, as well as New York small businesses.
Banning the sale of certain packaging would have a disproportionate impact on low-income consumers, limit choices of products and disrupt jobs for production line workers.
The amended bill doesn’t take into account proactive measures taken by the beverage industry to reduce packaging while requiring 50% reductions over 12 years following enactment.
State assessment of fees for producers also runs foul of the intent behind producer responsibility – essentially removing substantial incentives for producers to participate.
Beverage companies are eager to continue to work with lawmakers on proven ways that have worked elsewhere to improve recycling of all materials.
The writer is senior market director for Upstate N.Y. at PepsiCo Beverages North America.
Don’t turn a blind eye to Trump flaws
Thank you, Bruce Trachtenberg, for your June 2 letter, (“Get the facts right on Trump’s tenure,”) and trying to inform those who choose to turn a blind eye.
I will blame him forever for so many thousands and thousands of deaths from covid while lying every single day about how deadly it was. He knew it.
He’d take over the daily briefings by those who knew covid was extremely deadly. And let’s not forget the “Border Wall” lie.
Who was gonna pay for it? Mexico — not.
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