When Schenectady was chosen as the site for a casino, Rush Street Gaming was required to locate it here. That put the mayor and the council in a perfect position to negotiate with Rush Street Gaming to fund the extra costs that will be incurred by the police and fi re departments, the schools and the hospital. And the city could have certainly negotiated something better than an 80-foot flashing sign. But the mayor gave it all away with no contract. Did he not know any better or did he just not care?
The fire on Jay Street, which resulted in four lives lost, is a shocking example of poor code enforcement . Downtown is looking very good these days. So why wasn’t the block directly across from our beautiful City Hall not in pristine condition?
It is hard to believe that given the mayor’s experience as an investigator for the district attorney’s office, he couldn’t tell by looking at the outside what the inside probably looked like. And what about all the complaints by the occupants and local preservationists? Did the mayor not know any better? Or did he just not care?
Finally, it is shameful the way the city has neglected the people whose homes were flooded in 2011. There was no effort to help people beyond hauling away the ruined belongings left behind by the flood waters. Houses and their owners have been waiting years for assistance and guidance that has yet to come.
The application for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding that was submitted last month is a start, but why weren’t the people directly affected consulted first? Did the mayor not know any better? Or did he just not care?