Auffredou will be fair, knowledgeable judge
I am writing in support of Martin Auffredou for Supreme Court justice for the 4th Judicial District of New York.
I am an attorney with almost 32 years of experience. Over that period of time, I have had occasion to appear before numerous judges in various New York state and federal courts.
I have know Martin for a considerable period of time. It is clear to me that Martin is not only an incredibly capable attorney, but he has what I would refer to as the judicial demeanor that we would expect one of our Supreme Court justices to possess.
Martin has considerable experience in various areas of the law. He will certainly be not only a very competent jurist, he will most certainly be a very fair judge.
What more can we ask of a Supreme Court justice?
Yepsen has people’s interests at heart
Joanne Yepsen has done a fantastic job as mayor. Her dedication to the job is obvious. More importantly, she has been effective. One of her great initiatives is Code Blue, which provides emergency shelter for the homeless in the winter. She has been an advocate for the homeless, finding housing for veterans and creating the Guardian House, a shelter for women veterans.
These accomplishments illustrate Yepsen’s two most outstanding qualities: She has a heart and she gets things done.
Another area where Yepsen has been effective has been in the preservation of green space, which is crucial to keeping our city’s character and appeal. Most recently, she helped Saratoga PLAN to purchase the Pitney Farm, a wonderful resource for the city. She relaunched the Open Space Advisory Committee, ensured the completion of the Comprehensive Plan, completed the Geyser Park trail and completed the fabulous new waterfront space on the lake. In other words, she puts “green space” into practice to benefit all of us.
Yepsen has also conducted a more open city government. She doesn’t rush complex decisions, but makes sure that all stakeholders are heard and positions considered.
Yepsen has earned our votes.
Sarah Webster Goodwin
Schenectady on solid financial ground now
Four years ago, Roger Hull claimed that Schenectady was about to go over “a fiscal cliff.” At the recent mayoral debate at the GE Theater, he repeated this claim.
So, an examination of what’s happened over the past four years is in order. Tax increases over the four years have been, 1.89 percent, 1.7 percent, 0.9 percent and the proposed increase for 2016 is 0 percent. These numbers are well under the state tax cap, and the trend is certainly encouraging.
In addition, projections indicate that once the casino opens, Schenectady taxpayers will see a decrease in their taxes. In recognition of what’s happening in our city, the state comptroller has identified Schenectady as one of only three municipalities under “no fiscal stress” in 2015. Looking ahead, there is no fiscal cliff in sight.
In addition, Mr. Hull touts the development of College Park as the blueprint for improving our neighborhoods. What he seldom mentions is that during his tenure at Union College, $8 million of property value was removed from the tax rolls.
This created a significant shortfall in taxable property that Schenectady’s taxpayers continue to pay for. And, to the best of my knowledge, Union College never made any payment in lieu of taxes to the city for the many services provided to the campus during Mr. Hull’s stewardship.
Taking properties off the tax rolls and then not paying for the services required to sustain them seems a strange way to revitalize Schenectady’s neighborhoods.
Because of the sound fiscal plan put in place by the mayor and his team, Schenectady is on very sound financial footing, and the future of the city looks bright. The city is much better off than it was four years ago, and Gary McCarthy has earned another four years as Schenectady’s mayor.
Tom Della Sala
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