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Questions about parade changes
I am writing to ask a couple of questions about the Niska Day parade this year.
1. Why was the beginning of the route changed to avoid Union Street? I have heard it was because Albany Med did not want its entrance blocked. This situation could have been avoided by putting a sign out front or a notice in the newspapers that the front entrance would be blocked for a time period and that patients could use the rear entrance through the parking lot of St. Kateri School.
2.The residents of Brookdale have long enjoyed front row seats to the performances in the parade. It would be a shame to deprive them of this pleasure.
Was any accommodation made for the residents of Brookdale to make up for this loss, such as transportation to/from the grandstand, with seating provided? I look forward to any response.
Puerto Ricans are American citizens
Bob Cudmore’s article in the June 3 edition of The Gazette continues the false narrative that Puerto Ricans are foreigners, not American citizens.
The article’s headline, “Puerto Rican immigrant marks milestone birthday,” is incorrect.
Puerto Ricans would move or relocate to a state, not immigrate, as Puerto Rico is an American territory, not a separate country.
Immigrants are those who leave one country to permanently live in another.
Recent articles of a Puerto Rican being denied a car rental in New Orleans and a family being denied boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Puerto Rico because one child did not have a passport are examples of the misconception that Puerto Ricans are not American citizens. Mr. Cudmore’s article’s unfortunate use of the term “immigrant” adds to this misguided notion.
Fields’ condition a mark on McCarthy
There are over 100 Schenectady kids playing recreational baseball this spring on the Little League fields on Oregon Avenue and Route 7, where generations of city kids have played before them.
But the state of those fields is a testament to the lack of leadership that the McCarthy administration has shown over the past 12 years.
The fields sit on city parkland, but the fence is patched with nets; the roofs, the equipment storage sheds and the dugouts rot away; and the field sign dedicated to fallen Officer Eric Verteramo at the field entrance stands faded and forlorn.
Why haven’t public funds been used to revitalize these facilities in the same way they’ve been used to upgrade others the city owns?
It sends a message to the kids who play there that they don’t really count. To the thousands of cars that pass the fields daily, it shows that the “progress” the city has experienced under Mayor McCarthy is only for certain people in certain parts of town.
That’s one of the many reasons I’m voting for Marion Porterfield in the Democratic primary for mayor of Schenectady on June 27.
Road improvement won’t last too long
Thank you from this resident of Eastern Parkway for the beautiful new paved road we have. It is such a joy to drive on.
However, it will only last for the next 12-18 months because of all the tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks that use the road illegally. Why doesn’t Schenectady have CCTV on these and other roads?
Eastern Parkway is also a road wherein people run the stop signs and speed between every stop sign as if it was the Indy 500. I was told that even if Schenectady had CCTV, they couldn’t ticket anyone for running a stop sign or speeding.
That is the purpose of CCTV; it not only captures the car, but the driver as well. Time to move into the 21st century and do something to better the life of Schenectady’s residents – New Schenectady – time to stand up to the name and give your citizens something new.
Barbara J. Kerr
Stop unfair attacks about Ostrelich
Would someone please tell me who is Kevin Duffy?
He keeps writing such mean things about Michelle Ostrelich. I don’t understand his obsession. I find it creepy. If you know him, please help him find a better, more constructive way to spend his time.
I know and admire Michelle Ostrelich. She’s smart, supports causes and issues that make for a better society, and represents me very well in the county Legislature. She took on an entrenched politician when she ran for state senate and informed us about his extremely conservative voting record.
I appreciate her values and her bravery. Duffy’s attacks seem so inaccurate. Even if there’s a small bit of truth in there, he dishonorably frames things until they are so exaggerated that I don’t recognize the Michelle Ostrelich I know.
His attacks sound a lot like the awful anonymous Twitter account that attacked her with disgusting videos all last year.
Michelle is too classy to stoop to his level and call him out for his despicable behavior. Kevin, get out of the mud, clean yourself up and stop.
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