Polimeni best for Schenectady council
I am writing this letter about City Council Candidate John Polimeni, whom I have met several times on Hamilton Hill doing projects to help Hamilton Hill in various ways. I am voting for him. Check him out and see what you think. He has my vote.
Wavering but leaning toward McCarthy
The mayoral race in Schenectady seems pretty close between our current Mayor Gary McCarthy, and Roger Hull. I must confess to wavering myself.
They both seem like decent fellows, so one day I’m for McCarthy and the next for Hull. Recent events, however, have finally made up my mind for me. Two items in particular: first, and most importantly, I want a mayor who knows what it’s like to need a paycheck. One who knows that most families in Schenectady would go belly up without a regular income — specifically, going for more than a few weeks without a paycheck would put them in serious financial trouble.
Secondly, and it is related to the first issue, regards Roger Hull’s declaration that — if elected — he will not accept the mayoral salary. This is alarming and a bit scary. I don’t think I want a mayor who does not need to worry about earning a living, someone who does not need to earn his daily bread.
So, I may waiver again, but at this point I’m going with Gary McCarthy.
Safford will take lead in Saratoga Springs
As a captain of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department for 21 years, now retired, and a member of this great department for 39 years, I believe Mayor Joanne Yepsen is looking out for herself as a career politician rather than the city.
Yepsen is a synonym for endless dialogue. She prefers to talk, talk, talk rather than making decisions or accomplishing what needs to be done.
The debate on adding a hotel and spa (one of the things which made us famous) at the Saratoga National Golf Course has been going around like the Kaydeross carousel because the mayor hasn’t provided leadership.
Ditto for building the City Center garage, which we need to help tourism and keep down taxes. Yepsen just praised a significantly bigger development with apartments and businesses, which would cause even worse traffic and parking problems. The one thing she has accomplished is to delay the vote until after the election, allowing her to hide her opinion.
Let’s vote for John Safford for mayor. He is the opposite of Mayor Yepsen. He is straightforward, has good judgment, makes decisions and will take the lead to accomplish what needs to get done.
Jack A. Dejnozka
Young understands how to serve Malta
I am writing is support of Cynthia Young, candidate for town of Malta supervisor. Cynthia is a 28-year resident who has been actively involved in the town government, business community, schools and local service associations since arriving in Malta. She is bipartisan and has worked with everyone to make Malta a better place to live. She understands the value of listening in order to build consensus.
She will work with, not against, town department heads to provide and improve services within the town. Cynthia believes in Smart Growth policies in place to protect our rural areas, while developing businesses in our downtown.
Finally, Cynthia understands the development and financial pressures on the town and its citizens as a local small business owner and as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment and Review. I encourage everyone to look past party affiliation, and vote for the best candidate for Malta supervisor, Cynthia Young.
Carol P. Henry
Yepsen refreshingly true to herself, city
As someone who worked with Joanne Yepsen for many years at Skidmore College and has been her friend for more than 25 years, I said two years ago that she was the best choice for mayor of Saratoga Springs.
I feel strongly that Joanne is still the best choice for mayor. It is rewarding to see her continue to advocate for open government and transparency. It is inspiring to see her advocate for the homeless of Saratoga Springs and work to improve our environment and increase our open spaces. And it is refreshing to hear Mayor Yepsen say what she will do, then get it done, while reaching out to those with opinions different from her own. It is refreshing — but not surprising. Mayor Yepsen continues to be true to herself; she continues to be true to the people of Saratoga Springs; and she continues to be the best choice for mayor of Saratoga Springs.
I encourage you to vote for her on Election Day.
Barbara M. Casey
Young has dedicated self to town of Malta
I am writing to endorse Cynthia Young for supervisor of the town of Malta. While I do not know Mr. Vince DeLucia, I can only compare the two candidates based upon what I’ve researched.
Based upon my research, it is clear to me that Cynthia Young is the most qualified to act as our town’s supervisor. I have had the pleasure of serving on at least two boards with Cynthia Young and have seen her in action. She is committed to transparency in government and has the leadership skills to reach compromise on issues which matter the most.
It is important to note that Cynthia Young has been a long-time volunteer (25 years) in the town of Malta. From her tireless efforts for eight years on the Zoning Board, more than 10 years on the Board of Assessment Review, in her capacity as the Youth Commission chair and then employed by the town of Malta as the deputy town clerk and as an assessment data collector, Cynthia Young has become acquainted and knowledgeable about our town government.
Beyond, town government, Cynthia Young has also volunteered in other capacities that demonstrate her commitment to the betterment of the town of Malta, including in the Malta Rotary and as a member of the Malta Business and Professional Association.
Between the two candidates, Cynthia Young is not only the better, qualified candidate for the position of town supervisor, she has shown her loyalty and commitment to the town of Malta through her volunteer work, something that I believe her opponent is lacking.
I truly believe that Cynthia Young, if given the opportunity, will not let the residents of Malta down. I am voting for Cynthia Young for supervisor of the town of Malta.
Cheryl L. Sovern
Sen. Farley supports Mary Farley for judge
I am enthusiastically endorsing Mary Farley for election to the state Supreme Court for the 4th Judicial District. She is eminently qualified and deserves election to this important position. (Although we do share the same last name, Mary Farley and I are not related.)
Mary Farley has been rated highly qualified — the highest rating available — by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission, the judicial screening commission in New York state.
She has had a distinguished legal career and clearly is an experienced candidate with her many years of service as a principal law clerk to a sitting Supreme Court Justice from the 4th District.
Mary Farley has my wholehearted support for election to the Supreme Court, and I urge my fellow voters to cast their ballots for her on Nov. 3.
Hugh T. Farley
The writer is the State Senator for the 49th Senate District.
Conte-Green a breath of fresh air in Malta
Maria Conte-Green is a class act and has my vote for Malta town clerk.
I attended the debate held by the League of Women Voters and was very impressed with how Maria handled herself in the unexplained absence of her Republican opponent. Her opponent’s nonattendance, according to the equality rules set forth by the LOWV, negated the opportunity for a true debate and reduced Maria’s involvement to a 2-minute public statement.
In her address, Maria spoke of her desire to “restore the public’s respect and trust for the office of town clerk” and create a “welcoming and transparent environment” where all who enter or work there will be treated with dignity and respect.
While what Maria said was everything one could hope for in a town clerk, her actions spoke volumes. She never once trashed her opponent for her no-show and instead pulled herself up by her boot-straps and spoke to the matter — her desire to serve all Malta residents in an honest and ethical manner.
Maria Conte-Green deserves your vote for Malta town clerk on Nov. 3. She’s the breath of fresh air we have all been looking for.
Help neighborhoods thrive in Schenectady
I see a list of more buildings being razed in the city. I wonder what is ever going to be done with the buildings on Albany Street. I’m all for progress and any new construction on the Hill.
In regard to the low-income apartments that are going to be built on the 700 block, replacing two established business, including American Electric and tearing down the bank building, I wonder why they couldn’t be built on the 800 block where there are four abandon or uninhabitable buildings, including the old pork store.
These buildings attract some unsavory people who seem to think they can just hang out, drink, sell and do drugs out in the open. There are literally people dying on the street from heroin overdoses. This seems to be accepted and doesn’t even make the news. To top this off, the city is giving money to the two business to move.
I feel like with all the great things going on in Schenectady, the Albany Street area has been forgotten. How about doing something positive for the remaining businesses. Our taxes are ridiculous. Where are the mayoral candidates and what will they do for us? Here’s an idea — slash our taxes in half. This would allow for more jobs, better upkeep of our properties and a chance to make our neighborhood a better place to live and work.
The writer is the proprietor of Viscusi’s Aluminum.
Hull a non-political voice for Schenectady
I lived in Schenectady for over 35 years and loved it except for its high sales and property taxes. During those years, it didn’t seem to matter if it was the Republicans or Democrats in power, things never seemed to change for the better.
However, voters have a chance to elect someone who is not a politician but a proven independent leader who simply wants to do what is best for Schenectady. That person is Roger Hull.
I met him when he was president of Union College, and I was impressed because he could make a decision, even it if was controversial. He doesn’t have to ask himself if a decision might hurt his next political campaign. He is a concerned citizen without political ambitions.
Also, it was refreshing but not surprising to see that he would give his mayor’s salary and benefits to the city and use that to hire more police officers while removing an extra layer of management. I remember when he devoted his spare time to Schenectady 2000.
Roger Hull is clearly not a career politician in the game for double dipping and he won’t be thinking about how much his unused sick time and overtime can add to an already hefty public sector pension. Obviously, there are some who do not want to upset the status quo, so dirty tricks during elections seem to continue again this time to keep an independent thinkers like Roger Hull, who founded the Alliance Party, from having that party designation on the ballot because of a so-called Board of Election “oversight.”
So he will have to run under the Republican and another party designation, making it difficult for those voters who vote straight tickets. Roger Hull is not a professional politician with a label. So look closely at the ballot to find his name and know that he is not beholden to any party politics.
It is time Schenectady had a dedicated non-political leader running things. I just wish I still lived in Schenectady and could vote for him. It would be great to come back to a thriving, proud city.
Joyce best leader for town of Princetown
I would like to comment on Mr. James Pavoldi’s and Mrs. Carol Duchesne’s [Sept. 18 and Oct. 19, respectively] letters of dirty politics — I could reply in the same way with negativity, but I’m above that.
Although it is interesting the Mr. Pravoldi himself also sent a letter around town, to approximately the same houses as the Myer’s letter and on the same day, my household received both. It’s a shame that these letters are circulated to distract the voters from the real issues. It is not the first letter to go around, as current Supervisor Mike Joyce also received this same style of letter two years ago. Speaking with other residents in the town, it has been going on for years and they have not been party-specific. They are merely sent to distract the residents of Princetown from the real issues at hand.
The mailings from the Princetown Citizens for Open Government are letters and information written by a group of citizens from all parties, myself included. These letters are sent to inform all residents of the Town Hall work (business) being completed, not completed, or stalemated. These letters are not sent anonymously. The last one as signed by Mike Joyce himself and contained accurate information on town board meetings. Not all town residents are able the make it to town meetings or are able to view the meetings via the town's website and Internet access.
The role of a supervisor is to manage the town's business, one aspect of which is to work with outside agencies that operate within the town, i.e. the state troopers, sheriffs and the fire departments/districts. The town, county, schools and state all have budgets with a tax cap as mandated by the state, this year set at 0.73 percent.
The supervisor is working with these agencies, not only to bring out-of-date contracts from the 1990s current, but also to have the agencies' budgets stay under the same tax cap. In today’s litigation-prone world, these contracts protect the agencies and members of them, protect all town residents, and work to mitigate the need for a town tax.
Under the management of Mike Joyce, the town will continue with a no-town tax agenda, and work to protect all residents' property rights, both current and future, as well as the town's infrastructure.
Denise J. Slater-Mau
Support Rotterdam roads, back Lamora
“All politics is local” so said Tip O’Neill, famous Speaker of the House. I would submit that it can’t get any more local than the street on which you live, in my case, Ghents Road.
In next month’s election, I will not be voting for Mr. James Longo for town of Rotterdam highway superintendent. In June 2012, as superintendent, an independent officer by statute, Mr. Longo oversaw the destruction, by a developer, of a large vehicle turn-around which was an integral part of the western end of Ghents Road. Further, Mr. Longo allowed the developer to seize that same property for the building of a home.
The turnaround, on this dead-end road, was built 20-25 years ago, ironically, while Mr. Longo was a town Highway Department employee. The turnaround was paved while he was superintendent of highways.
For all the years of its existence, it was maintained and plowed by the town of Rotterdam Highway Department. This portion of Ghents Road was used by vehicles, including large school buses, trucks, waste haulers and fire trucks to turn, in one sweep, without having to use someone’s driveway.
Mohonasen school buses and other large vehicles now have to do a three- or five-point turn between two homes where small children live. Some Monday mornings, waste haulers back down the entire road, approximately half mile, at 6 a.m., unsure of how they would turn around at the end of the road.
Finally, multiple requests to Mr. Longo while he was superintendent regarding drainage problems and standing water on this street were never acted upon, despite promises to do so. I will be voting for Larry Lamora to keep this post. During his brief tenure, he has been very responsive to the issues regarding Ghents Road, despite being hamstrung by the current town administration, which has not budgeted any funds for pavement.
Milone will continue to protect Schoharie
People in Schoharie are frustrated that for a decade now, our town has had to use precious tax dollars to defend itself against Cobleskill Stone Products, a company that has been suing the town to mine away the town’s residential farmland on the edge of the village — trying to void our shared town and village land use laws and comprehensive plan in the process.
Many of us shake our heads in disbelief that in the wake of this decade-long assault, Cobleskill Stone Products General Manager Chris Tague is running for Schoharie town supervisor. He would have people believe that his run for office is fueled by a sudden passion to lead his hometown to greatness, versus a wish to secure his company’s objective to mine away its landscape.
Nowhere on any of his promotional material does he even mention that he works for Cobleskill Stone, let alone that he is its general manager. That is a connection he hopes voters will not make.
Tague is running against Gene Milone, an unyielding defender of the Comprehensive Plan and Town Land Use laws, and a supervisor who works as hard on behalf of his constituents as any person in political office I’ve ever seen.
The upcoming election will be one that will dictate if Schoharie has a shot at sustaining the beauty that has put it on the map and drawn many of us to move here, or whether it will become a place of which people will in the near future ask, “How could they have let this happen to such a uniquely beautiful place?
Young gets A-plus in Malta supervisor race
Happily, Malta voters will get another chance to elect the only truly qualified candidate running for Malta supervisor, Cynthia Young.
No, she hasn’t been the principal of a school. But in my opinion, she has a doctorate in Malta town government. Cynthia has done her homework and participated in extra-curricular activities regarding Malta, all while raising three children and running her own small business.
Here’s her report card for a 25-year marking period: community volunteerism, A-plus; attendance at town board meetings, A-plus; member/chair of committees such as Malta Youth Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review, A-plus; knowledge of current issues affecting Malta, A-plus; working relationship with town department heads, A-plus; member/treasurer of the Malta Rotary, A-plus.
Clearly Cynthia Young loves this town. Her devotion is unmatched. I will proudly vote for Cynthia Young on Nov. 3. I look forward to the fresh, positive and humble authority she commands as a leader and am thrilled that I get a second chance to cast my vote her way.
Grateful to help after fall in Schenectady
I would like to publicly thank the several City Hall employees who assisted me so kindly and generously on Oct. 14 when I tripped on a heaved slab of sidewalk outside City Hall and fell.
There were a few anonymous bystanders who helped me up from the pavement, and I thank you. Any fall is scary, but as I close in on my 75th year, it could have been disastrous for me. I especially thank the following city employees: Bill Macejka, senior solid waste supervisor, who helped me to the mayor’s office; Linda and Megan in the mayor’s office; and Ryan Bailey from the attorney’s office who all did their best to ensure I was made comfortable while waiting for an “incident report” to be filed.
A special thank you to Police Officer Nick Contomposis, who wrote up the details for the “incident report,” had my injury checked by two wonderful paramedics, and later escorted me safely to my car. I was rather overwhelmed by what happened, but I also was overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and concern shown to me by all of these employees. You’re the best.
Safford will make decisions in Saratoga
Since Mayor Joanne Yepsen hasn’t been able to make decisions on the critical issues facing this city, including Saratoga National Golf Course, City Center garage, and selling the Collamer lot, I am voting for John Safford for mayor.
Safford has made it clear that we should add the resort hotel at Saratoga National Golf Course and build the City Center garage. Plus, he criticized the linked sale of the Collamer lot, which the attorney general and comptroller are both investigating.
Neighborhood Watch needs more volunteers
If you have decided to live in an urban or suburban area, joining Neighborhood Watch is a must.
T here is a phrase used to describe someone that responds to an emergency or unplanned event — “first responder.” We have come to accept the fact that should be rephrased to say, “first professional or highly trained responder.”
The fact is in a situation requiring immediate action, you will be the “first” responder. The decisions you make and the actions you take will often determine if there is a positive outcome from the situation. The average police officer or firefighter undergoes thousands of hours of rigorous training. Even highly trained pros run into situations that tax their skills. The average citizen has little or none.
Yes, it is true that the roots of Neighborhood Watch are in crime prevention. Often the initial raison d’être for the formation of a “watch” group stems from a rash of car- or home break-ins in an area. While learning “urban survival” skills is still the foundation of Neighborhood Watch, for those that have decided to do their best not to be victim, there is much, much more.
We need volunteers to look for lost children and adults. We need volunteers to prepare for human caused or natural disasters. Far more property is lost to disasters than theft each year, but larceny gets more of our personal attention. We need trained citizen observers, who give the right information to dispatchers to optimize the time of professionals when they respond to a call.
Please go to our website, schenectadynw.com, and sign up today.
The writer is president of the Schenectady Neighborhood Watch.
Clerk is imposing her religious viewpoints
This is in response to Kathleen Mancuso’s Oct. 9 letter about Kim Davis and her religious beliefs and her job.
Kim Davis’ religious beliefs have nothing to do with it. She was hired to do a job, which includes signing marriage licenses, which she is refusing to do. It doesn’t matter if she agrees or not — it’s her job.
Nor does it matter if in the state of Kentucky, same sex marriage was not legal when she took the job. The same people who elected her to the job can also unelect her — so that’s not an issue either.
George Bryjak [Oct. 10 letter] is absolutely correct; Davis is trying to force her religious beliefs on others. She’s not being forced to sign the documents — again, it’s her job. Ms. Mancuso’s comment about “an important point to understand in a democracy” is that all people are equal under the law — that's now how Davis wants to see it.
Again, she was hired as a public servant to do a job which requires her to sign marriage licenses, a task she refuses to perform. She’s not doing a job she was hired to do — simple.
Ms. Mancuso, your comment, “Davis does not believe that her religious rights are more important than yours” — yes, she does.
Pope Francis lacking understanding of US
As I sat watching Pope Francis appear before our Congress, I had to ask myself if this was all staged for a reason and why?
Clearly the pope isn’t of our nation. He admits he had to “study up on America” before coming over here. Being brought up in a mostly socialist country of governmental upheavals and quick-changing governments, his “opinion” of global warming is just that — an opinion, not fact.
If all the world, including China, India, Iran, North Korea, etc., would try to cut pollution, fine. But here, the progressives want to tax and regulate middle-income workers and poor into the ground. That’s what’s pushing global warming here in North America. No one on the face of the Earth can control nature — fact. Anyone saying they can improve nature is a liar.
Also, why didn’t the pope speak out on issues pertaining to abortion and other issues? Glancing over by saying, “Take care of life at all stages,” just didn’t quite do it. He says he’s not a liberal. You folks decide.
As far as the death penalty, I say bring it back in all 50 states. You’d see murder rates and cop shootings drop like a rock.
I also shook my head in disgust looking at 144 Democrats who voted for Planned Parenthood funding, even though babies are kept alive for body parts. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Vice President Joe Biden, good Catholics, must be proud. What hypocrites. Biden goes to Mass every day? Something is definitely wrong with that picture.
Anyway, I had to get that off my chest. You “Catholics-Christians” decide for yourselves, along with everyone else. Charity begins at home.
Be wary of climate change predictions
Patrick Allitt, a historian at Emory University, in his book, “A Climate of Crisis,” makes two pertinent points about climate change — aka global warming.
One, that the Earth “has a long history of climate fluctuation and change, nearly all of which was not caused by human activity,” and two, that “humanity has a long history of making predictions about the future, nearly all of which have turned out wrong.”
A salient example is the warning by NASA scientist Stephen Schneider in 1971 that modern industrial activity would lead to a global cooling period, that the Earth’s surface temperatures could fall as much as 3.5 degrees Celsius. Temperature records between 1940 and 1970 did show a cooling trend.
He was supported by Reid Bryson, a professor of meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, who said the dust created by farming, forestry, industry, aircraft, etc. would cause global cooling.
A report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences confirmed this possibility. Indeed, some saw in this report written by “some of the most prestigious, cautious scientists” the possibility of an Ice Age.
On March 1, 1975, the cover of Science News showed a huge ice glacier crushing the skyscrapers of New York and featured the title of the lead article: “The Ice Age Cometh.”
Allitt writes: “In 1976 Bryson wrote that a majority of climate scientists now believed the earth’s temperature was changing and ‘of that majority, a majority believe the longer trend will be downward.’”
The National Academy of Sciences and others did studies about how society could adapt to “shorter growing seasons, severer winters, and advancing ice sheets.”
In 1976 a book by Lowell Ponte, “The Cooling,” said the effects had begun: chilling fog off Southern California, frost and snow damage to coffee harvests in Brazil, thick pack ice in Alaska, and advancing glaciers in China, Russia, Canada, Alaska and Iceland.
Today, Stephen Schneider is a leading exponent of anthropogenic global warming and published a book in 1989 entitled, “Global Warming: Are We Entering a Greenhouse Century?”
The latest objective data from all the technological devices and satellites measuring global surface temperature has shown no significant increase in the last 17 years.
We all agree climate does change and fluctuate over time. History is one perspective in the study of time, and we might be wise to consider past history in forming an opinion about the present “crisis.”