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Much illegal activity taking place in Woodlawn Preserve

Much illegal activity taking place in Woodlawn Preserve

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Much illegal activity taking place in Woodlawn Preserve

Hunting season is again open in certain areas of New York state, but hunting is not allowed at any time in the Schenectady or Niskayuna (Stanford Park) portions of the Woodlawn Preserve.

Motorized vehicles are also prohibited in all areas of the preserve.

In spite of this, there are several tree stands that exist within the preserve, and the sound of gunshots, both day and night, are being reported from area residents. Both hunters and ATVs have been seen entering the Fillmore Avenue (Niskayuna) entrance at about 7 p.m. Evidence of illegal activities, including ATV tracks, fires, arrows from illegal bow hunting and spent bullet casings, are regularly observed by hikers in the preserve.

We are told that a regular patrol is cost-prohibitive, but calling the police when the activity is observed is often met with no response. In spite of this, we encourage area residents to call police non-emergency numbers (Schenectady, 382-5264; Niskayuna, 374-3159) to report incidents.

Hunting after dark is prohibited in all areas of New York state, and should be reported to DEC officer Jason DeAngelis at 346-4580. These activities pose a danger to those who live around the preserve and to those that are in the preserve to enjoy its beauty.

We would hope that with enough expressed concern, something will be done to curtail the illegal activities.

Janet Chen


The writer is chairwoman of Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve.

N.Y.’s license contract a sham in black and white

I just read [Nov. 16 Gazette] that, facing a decrease in funding, New York state solicited bids from driver’s license manufacturers a year ago. They reviewed several bids and awarded a contract to a Canadian company for $88.5 million.

If approved, the contract will cost $38 million more to the taxpayer than we are currently paying. Who is making these decisions? Are you kidding me? I can’t figure out the logic. These licenses will be black and white, and less secure.

If we can’t keep the work here in New York, we should at least try to keep it in the United States.



Thanksgiving a day for families, not commerce

Nothing should be open on Thanksgiving [Day]. Thanksgiving is about families getting together for the holiday.

Carol Doremus


Politicians have vested interest in making war

Thank you for Daniel Weaver’s Nov. 18 [Viewpoint]. His assessment of the politicians involved in making war policy is right on the mark.

Sen. Charles Schumer has a vested interest in adhering to his established agenda. No antiwar talk from him. Ain’t gonna happen.

And Rep. Paul Tonko is particularly compliant when it comes to supporting the war. He “talks the talk” but does not “walk the walk.”

They are both prime examples of why we need term limits.

John Newell Jr.


Whatever happened to ‘Christmas parades’?

I remember growing up in Philadelphia, and my parents taking me to the annual Christmas parade. I moved to Schenectady in September 2010 and today [Nov. 17] I attended my first Schenectady “holiday parade.”

I have many questions, but I’ll probably get few answers. What happened to the word “Christmas?” The parade had very few references to Christmas.

There were wizards, warlocks, zombies, several dragons and even bikers. One float even had “Highway to Hell” playing. None of these items would make me think, or even dream, of Christmas. I only heard two bands playing Christmas music.

People wonder why America is falling apart? Wonder no more, as we can’t even say “Merry Christmas.”

Robert Werner


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