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Council can’t, and shouldn’t, leave parking fees up to mayor

Council can’t, and shouldn’t, leave parking fees up to mayor

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Council can’t, and shouldn’t, leave parking fees up to mayor

The Gazette [Oct. 13 editorial] says the Schenectady City Council should hand the parking meter fee “hot potato” to Mayor Gary McCarthy, because parking has always been a controversial subject and “no one wants to be blamed if taxpayers get hosed.” You therefore insist that “the buck has to stop somewhere and one person makes more sense than a handful.”

I suppose, on Columbus Day, we also could say Mussolini made the Italian trains run on time. But talk about a slippery slope... Many other issues are just as controversial in Schenectady.

The mayor and council have decided to ignore the state statute that says, “the legislative body of any city ... may by local law, ordinance, order, rule or regulation: establish parking time limits ... designate hours of operation ... and fix and require the payment of fees applicable to parking where such meters are in operation [NYS VAT §1640a(9)].”

They are also ignoring the courts that have made it clear a city council may only delegate its powers if it adequately states its purpose and sets standards and limits for the implementation of the delegated power. The council has done none of those things.

Our City Council may merely rubber-stamp whatever the mayor demands of them, but he is not the “legislative body” of Schenectady. The mayor asked last May that meter rates be raised to a dollar per hour “citywide” and then asked for full control to avoid the time it takes to have public hearings. He’s also itching to impose a flat $10 at times (after 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays) when no fees at all are charged at meters.

Can we really expect him to “go slowly?”

David Giacalone


If you’re a manager, then show some leadership

There is no “management” in this country. This starts at the top with the president and trickles down to the local level.

“Managers” have no clue what their subordinates are supposed to do. They have never worked the job, nor do they care to find out any information about the job; they just want the bottom line to continue upward. They then lay off the people doing the work and expect more out of the ones left, while expanding “management.”

Whatever happened to the term “working boss?” This term is apparently now an oxymoron. I was a security manager at a past job. I worked with my people — actually did the job — even though I was chastised by others for doing so. But I knew my people, knew their families and scheduled them to accommodate them. To this day, when I see one of them, they thank me for the way I “managed” them.

Our “leaders” need to find out what their “employees” are doing. They need to have sympathy and assist them in any way the can (i.e., if they don’t get paid, neither does the manager). They need to know the job they are asking them to do. This should start with our president and Congress.

Without this, we will continue to see the juvenile antics of our governments, more people out of work, more homeless people, and continued ebbs and flows back to recessions. The time to change is now.

David W. Gallup


One line all that’s needed for this story

I respect the Gazette’s preference for brevity.

We have come full circle: Taxation without representation.

Michael E. Drouin


Time for leaders in D.C. to stop stalling

Watching this fiasco in Washington makes me think of the times we played sandlot baseball as kids.

There were no umpires to call balls and strikes. There was always one kid who would never swing. The pitch was either too fast or not in the right spot. We finally yelled at him to start swinging or else quit. If that didn’t work, we stopped letting him play until he changed.

Maybe it’s time we tell our politicians to start swinging. We could always find someone else who wanted to play.

Pete Pidgeon


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