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Look to the west, not Alco, for cause of Stockade flooding

Look to the west, not Alco, for cause of Stockade flooding

*Look to the west, not Alco, for cause of Stockade flooding *GOP grandstanding with World War II mem

Look to the west, not Alco, for cause of Stockade flooding

Re Sept. 30 letter, Will ALCO projects cause more flooding problems in Stockade?” : Mr. Martin Byster’s statement that ALCO [American Locomotive Company] property caused flooding along the Front Street corridor is just plain incorrect.

I, too, live on the Mohawk River’s side in the same neighborhood and was flooded out during the Hurricane Irene mess.

I was in my back yard the day flooding started, and once the Mohawk went over the banks on my end of Front Street, the deluge didn’t stop until approximately 5:30 p.m. the same day, cresting right at my back yard deck’s first step. The water came in from the west — upstream — not the opposite, as to Mr. Byster’s statement that ALCO caused the flooding.

How could it come from downstream — east — when the Gilboa Dam is in the opposite direction of ALCO? Because the dam reached its capacity, the water had nowhere to go but downstream and out in all directions — hence, through Schenectady.

If the Gilboa Dam were able to contain this massive deluge, then we would have experienced a lot less damage in our neighborhood. To say that ALCO caused this massive flooding is totally irresponsible.

The last East Front meeting I attended was right after the flood a couple years ago, and Mr. Byster’s same commentary blaming the ALCO property was in full force. He’s been a persistent naysayer regarding any development of the long moribund ALCO property. In other words, not in my back yard.

He’s also part of the same clique that helped to save the city-owned 219 Front St. from demolition several years ago, only to see it still vacant and trashed on a daily basis. Yet Mr. Byster never complains about this biggest problem and eyesore on his beloved Front Street!

Could any previous flooding along this river corridor be blamed on ALCO, especially when it was in operation years ago? Of course not.

With a project of this magnitude, these scenarios have been worked out, as Mr. David Buicko, CEO of Galesi [Group], explained at a recent Stockade Association meeting.

Gerald Plante


GOP grandstanding with World War II memorial

There are no words to describe the pride we should all feel in the actions of the GOP congressmen and senators! They stood up for our World War veterans and took down the barriers so that those great American patriots could enter their World War II Memorial!

The Republican National Committee will supply funds for five security guards so that the Memorial can remain open. Wow!

And that is just the beginning. I am sure that the mega donors to the tea party members will also step up and supply funds for the thousands of people furloughed and the thousands of kids going hungry.

Do these leaders actually have so little respect for these veterans that they believe they don’t know who is responsible for the barricade in the first place?

Marcia Sykes


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