Glendale Home move went as director promised
It was not so many weeks ago that I attended an informational meeting as to the plan of action for the move from the old Glendale Home to the new Glendale Home (May 29 Gazette).
As I listened to Director Ed Marchi speak on the way the move would be accomplished, I will admit to having some doubts in my mind. He said that the residents would have their breakfast in the old building and lunch in the new building.
Mr. Marchi is a man of his word, as that is exactly what occurred on moving day. It was, in my opinion, a well-organized event. It has been a while since I saw so many individuals working together as a team.
My aunt is a soon-to-be-96-year-old who calls Glendale her home, and on behalf of us both, kudos and many thanks for making it all happen, especially to Mr. Marchi. And, thank you, Schenectady County legislators.
Questions remain on benefits of casino
I am against a gambling casino in Schenectady for a variety of reasons too numerous to list here. I will instead focus on several areas to which I have been unable to get viable answers.
I have asked a City Council member and a person with influence in Schenectady County governments for information regarding the financial advantage to Schenectady. I was told an arbitrary percentage that my property taxes will go down. When pressed, this person could not provide factual data. Monetary figures were also thrown out regarding the amount the city and the county would receive.
When I asked how this money would be used, I was told that there couldn't be a decision without knowing if the casino would be in Schenectady or not.
How am I reassured that if the casino is in Schenectady, any monies received don't disappear? Shouldn't some financial data be provided to the residents so we can better weigh the advantages and disadvantages?
How do I, as a city resident paying property and sales taxes, benefit? Seventeen states already offer casino gambling, including our neighboring states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Where is the customer base coming from? What local businesses will suffer? When will the novelty wear off? And then, will I have to pay tax dollars to bail out this gamble?
Editorial on cameras missed the mark
The June 6 editorial for red-light cameras in Schenectady should have read, "How we can milk more money out of our population to support our poorly run city," or perhaps "How we may pay off our poorly negotiated public services benefits contracts."
Your editorial ties in well with the police detective who pulled his weapon on a family at a traffic light and was allowed to retire with full retirement instead of being fired.
I would ask you, would this "benefit" have been allowed to happen in this manner if committed by an ordinary citizen?
It is my understanding that most of the revenue of these cameras goes to the camera company, and the owner of the vehicle is "taxed" without due process or a mark on their license if they "pay up." Blackmail.
I would suggest you re-examine your priorities and consider alternatives to this "NSA-like" electronic surveillance.
Properly identify those with disabilities
We at the SAIL (Southern Adirondack Independent Living) Center very much enjoyed reading the April 6 article regarding the Puzzles Bakery & Cafe. It was great that you chose to make known items benefiting individuals with disabilities.
We do, however, take exception to the wording, "New Schenectady cafe to employ the disabled."
It is far kinder to use "person-first" language such as "employ individuals with disabilities."
I could send a copy of the "People First" language print-out.
Robert J. Brayman
The writer is an advocate.
Writer got military salute incorrect
Kurt Von Maucher had a detailed June 3 letter published on "The protocol in honoring war dead."
I would like to correct one item he listed. The three-volley salute is not performed by a "firing squad" but by a "firing detail." A firing squad is used as a method of execution.
His lesson was so specific, I though he would welcome this correction.
Rotterdam is not as nice as it used to be
As you enter the town of Rotterdam, the sign reads, "A Nice Place to Live."
The Hannaford Plaza, Crane Street and Altamont Avenue are an embarrassment and area tarnishing our nice town. No longer is it nicely groomed with flowers, trimmed hedges or stores you enjoyed shopping in.
It's been replaced with garbage in the parking lot, potholes and discount stores. What a disappointment it has become.
Blanchard deserves credit for innovation
If there ever was an elected official who should get credit for a new enterprise that happened in the city of Schenectady, that person is Barbara Blanchard.
And yet her name was never mentioned during the Greenmarket presentation given on May 26 in the City Council chamber.
It was Ms. Blanchard's individual initiative that made the market a reality.
Three years into her first four-year term of office, Barbara gathered a group of people, myself included, and we drove to Troy to learn and observe the dynamics of that long-established market. The rest is history.
If every person who ever held a City Council seat had brought vision, ideas and initiative to the table a la Barbara Blanchard, Schenectady would be in a better financial position today.
My vision for Schenectady is a mini-operation like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
Our city has plenty of historical significance.
It can offer the tourist many attractions, such as the Stockade, GE [Realty] Plot, old churches and cemeteries, dining at the Schenectady County Community College culinary school, etc. Colorful trolleys could bring visitors to each venue.
And if touring historical places isn't enough, how about an aquarium located on the Mohawk River?
Forget the casino. The voters already said they didn't want one in the Capital Region.
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