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Letters to the Editor for March 5

Letters to the Editor for March 5

  • Make replacement bridge in Niskayuna a link to Saratoga
  • Habitat director not looking for a
  • Make replacement bridge in Niskayuna a link to Saratoga

    For decades, the rush-hour commute from Saratoga County to the Schenectady and west region has had a bottleneck at the Rexford and Freemans bridges.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed rebuilding the Rexford Bridge as a four-lane bridge, but nothing ever seems to happen. It seems as if one of the objections to turning Rexford Bridge into a four-lane bridge has been that the increase in traffic might overwhelm Balltown Road.

    On Jan. 17, DOT held a public hearing on a $3.6 million replacement of the Niska Isle Bridge that serves a few families. Hopefully, there is a win-win solution for most everyone in this. Consider if this Niska Isle Bridge is rebuilt as a four-lane bridge to Saratoga County, connecting Ferry Road in Niskayuna with Ferry Road in Vischer Ferry. It needs only a 3,000-foot access road from the river along Vischer Ferry Road to its intersection with Crescent Road. Both Crescent and Grooms roads have exits off the Northway that should be able to handle the increased traffic.

    On the Niskayuna side, Rosendale Road might be able to handle the increased traffic, but it would seem better to connect to Route 7. The shortest connection would be through an improved Merlin Drive, but imagine the screams from its residents. So maybe connect to an improved Mohawk Road or an extended WTRY Road.

    Peter Kent


    The writer is a professional engineer.

    Habitat director not looking for a handout

    I read with interest the Feb. 28 article, “Habitat chief balks at ‘green’ house effort — ‘Gap financing’ concerns cited,” regarding the cost of housing built by Habitat for Humanity.

    I only wish there were more people like Habitat’s Executive Director Jeff Clark running government agencies as well as not-for-profits. His comment regarding his refusal to take a city grant to cover the extra costs to build a Habitat house —“I don’t care. It’s still taxpayer money. I’m not doing it.” — was a refreshing departure from many agencies’ attitude of “What the heck; it’s not my money!”

    Hey, Jeff! Ever think about running for public office?

    Tricia Margas


    Why does ‘green’ Habit house cost so much?

    I was amazed by the March 1 editorial, “Habitat should go for ‘green’ house offer in Schenectady,” that the “green” Habitat house cost twice as much as the traditional Habitat house.

    Could Habitat For Humanity build two houses, side by side, one a traditional house and one a “green” house and start an immediate mid- to long-range cost study? Could the Gazette publish a lot more information on the components of the “green” house that drive the price up so? Could the library host a forum with Habitat volunteers and “green” advocates so that the public can know more about these issues? These are terribly important issues.

    Gregg Millett


    Pleasure to participate in Sch’dy winter festival

    We would like to thank the city of Schenectady for a great Winterfest Celebration in Central Park. We were honored to be invited, and pleased to see over 1,000 residents taking part in the fun festivities. The event was well organized, and enjoyed by all.

    We would like to specifically thank [Commissioner of General Services] Carl Olsen and [Recreation Director] Mike Burke for the attention to detail, from food to music to tubing for kids.

    We hope to see this tradition continue, and look forward to taking part in next year’s event!

    Heather Mason


    The writer is manager of Plaine and Son. Mason organized the bicycle ice race, and Plaine and Son provided all the equipment for tubing and cross-country skiing.

    After reval, what shortfall does Schalmont have?

    The article in the Feb. 27 paper mentioned that Schenectady International [SI] will pay Schalmont $30,000 per year “ .  .  . to help mitigate the shortfall in taxes .  . . ” I would like to know, what kind of shortfall Schalmont will suffer?

    It seems they had a windfall after last year’s reassessment. My school taxes increased by $800, as did most of my friends’ and neighbors’. This is a joke. It seems the adage “much wants more” is very appropriate in this case. Are they setting us up for another increase in taxes to ward off the so-called shortfall?

    I’m a senior citizen who is not eligible for the Enhanced STAR, and as a recently retired educator, know the waste that goes on in schools. When will we stop giving and giving?

    Theresa George


    Strock entertaining in a very intelligent way

    Regarding Mark Alfano’s Feb. 29 letter, I couldn’t agree more that Carl Strock is extremely entertaining.

    It’s so much fun to see how he deftly exposes the delusions, irrationalities, hypocrisies, corruption and outright lunacy that afflict so many people and organizations. The prerequisites for access to this level of entertainment include an open mind, sufficient intellect and an ability to be relentlessly rational.

    Kudos to the Gazette for continuing to provide a forum for this refreshing blast of intelligence, clarity and reality in a dumbed-down and muddled world.

    Tom Keller

    Clifton Park

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