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Locals offer wide range of resolutions (with video)

Locals offer wide range of resolutions (with video)

With the imminent arrival of 2009, the Gazette asked some Capital Region citizens for their new year

With the imminent arrival of 2009, the Gazette asked some Capital Region citizens for their new year’s resolutions.

Here are their responses:

* Angelo Mazzone, owner of the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, Aperitivo in Schenectady and Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany: “I think this year’s resolution will be to try to balance business, family and leisure time and to stop sweating the small stuff.”

* Elaine Houston, reporter and anchor at WNYT television: “I try to make resolutions all year long, pretty much to live the best life that I can; to work hard and to play hard. This year, while in graduate school, I read about a doctor who was reconstructing the reproductive organs of women who were raped in the Congo. I found out that these women sew, and I was able to send them money and they got a new sewing machine. That’s the life I should be living. You can’t live a good life if you’re not helping other people.”

* Ed Baker, interim president at Schenectady County Community College: “My resolution is that I don’t want to be a post turtle. A post turtle is if you are driving along a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle on top of it. He doesn’t know how he got up there. He don’t know what to do up there, and you wonder what kind of an idiot put him up there to begin with. I don’t want to be a post turtle.”

* Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti, members of the rock band Sirsy:

Krahmer: “My new year’s resolution is to catch up on the band’s e-mail. I have over 632 e-mails in the in-box from fans that I have to e-mail back. I try to e-mail every single person that e-mails the band. On a more spiritual level, I want to try to be more inwardly calm and not as affected so much by the outside world; to try to stop caring so much about what other people think. It tends to hold you back in your art. I want to become a person who can just write a song and believe in it and go forward.”

Libutti: To try to practice the piano more so I can play the piano more in our live shows. I am also working on my carpentry skills. I am currently building a recording studio for us to record our new album. I also want to perfect my Jedi mind tricks and my driving skills as well.”

* Matt Hathaway, general manager at Salisbury Chevrolet in Schenectady: “My new year’s resolution is that somehow in the near future, the whole economy turns for the better, not just the car business.”

* Paul Ward, vice president and certified financial planner for Morgan Stanley in Albany: “I would say to make sure that I review all my clients’ objectives and make sure that their portfolio is still properly allocated based on their goals. Typically, a new [federal] administration coming in tends to be a good thing for the market.”

* James Howard Kunstler, author, social critic and blogger: “My hope for 2009 is that President Obama will usher in a new period of reality-based politics and policy. A changing of the guard in the White House does not guarantee this. It will take courage and resolve, since the problems we face in energy, banking and geopolitics are very severe. Personally, I resolve to resume publishing my local newsletter, Civitas, here in Saratoga. It’s time for me to re-engage with local issues.”

* Albany Roman Catholic Bishop Howard Hubbard: Diocesan spokesperson Ken Goldfarb said the bishop does not make resolutions.

* Mayor Kris Kastberg of Scotia: “My new year’s resolution is to get in better shape and lose a little weight. For the village of Scotia, the resolution for this year would be to find a way to keep the village functioning in this economic climate and maintain our level of service and the quality of life here and deal with the financial situation without having to raise taxes too much. It is a tough thing to do.”

* Alan Chartock, president and chief executive officer of WAMC/Northeast public radio: “My number one resolution is to keep WAMC alive. It’s going to be tough going. So far we haven’t had to lay anybody off. We are just holding on. My second, much more trivial, personal resolution is not to eat any carbohydrates for a year. I’m a great follower of the Atkins diet. I know it works. I’ve started it already and I’ve already lost 5 or 6 pounds. I have that little roll around my middle and I’m going to get rid of it.”

* The Rev. James Guenther, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Niskayuna: “I pray that God would enable me to accept whatever circumstances this new year brings and help me to see how he wants me to respond. Secondly, I pray that I would be sensitive to the needs and hurts of others, as it appears it is going to be a difficult year for many people.”

* Jennifer Mowers, match support supervisor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region: “In terms of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, with the more difficult economy, we’re going to have to do more with less. So we’re all sort of coming together as an agency to try to do that and still be able to service a lot of children in the community. Like everybody else, our budget has changed as well.”

* Assemblyman George Amedore Jr., R-Rotterdam: “I don’t really set resolutions, but I have always set goals. I also try to teach my children to be goal oriented. I think we are all happy that 2008 is gone. As for myself being an elected official, it is a privilege to serve. As a leader you need to really know how to navigate. I believe that effective leaders need to practice that law of navigation, which really says that anyone can steer the ship, but it really takes a leader to chart the course. I try to do that in my business and in my family and now being involved with the state government. We need strong leadership so we can chart a course through these challenging times and to really get the best possible results.”

* Charles Hayward, president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association: “My new year’s resolution is to make sure there are no more than three days of rain at Saratoga this summer. Then my second one is working with Delaware North, a big hospitality company. They have been selected to be the video lottery terminal (VLT) vendor at Aqueduct. They are also the VLT vendor at Saratoga Harness and at Finger Lakes. When the VLTs are up and operating, the state will get over $1 million a day for education and we will get money for purses and money for breeders. This probably is one of the biggest items on the agenda for NYRA and for the state. Now we have to work with the governor to get the project off the ground. I also hope to work more collaboratively with the state off-track betting network.”

* Rep.-elect Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam: “ My resolution is to work hard to grow a strong economy.”

* Gina Castelli, Siena Saints women’s basketball coach: “First, I want to win more games. Personally I’d like to be healthier.”

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