Rotterdam brush fee is worth the price
I am writing in response to the Republican and Democrat candidates for supervisor of the town of Rotterdam. They state that they want to rescind the curbside pick-up fee.
I think the fee is a good idea because it saves me the trouble of hauling my trash all the way to the Burdeck Street compost facility. Also, if they rescind the fee, does it mean I’ll have to buy a trailer to haul the trash, which means more of an expense for me?
I’m sure a lot of other senior citizens are in the same predicament.
Experience, not party, should inspire voters
On Nov. 3, the citizens of Duanesburg, at least those that took the time to vote, saw fit to elect Patrick Wren as town justice over incumbent Camille Siano Enders. To say I am in disbelief is an understatement.
Ms. Siano Enders was on every line except Republican, and yet Mr. Wren still won. This should come as no surprise where Republicans have a stranglehold on town government and have for many, many years.
However, I have to ask why anyone would vote for an individual who was not thoroughly vetted for the position and has no legal experience? Was his backing a favor to former Republican “star” Justice Bob Butler, who left in the middle of his term to move south?
Over the past four years, Ms. Siano Enders has proven herself to be a justice with the knowledge and integrity to serve the town in an unbiased manner and who has been able to bring monies into the town due to her acumen and legal skills. She has 20 years of experience as a lawyer, with a number of accolades along the way, as well as many years as an active community member.
It seems that the town was voting against its own best interests merely to preserve the party line.
Perhaps next time it would behoove residents to become better acquainted with a candidate’s experience before voting based only on party affiliation. After all, experience counts.
Deborah C. Peters
Adirondack trail will be boon to economy
The newest operating business in Saranac Lake was garnered by the fastidious care given to the infrastructure of the historic Adirondack Scenic Rail Corridor.
The owners of railexplorers.net had looked the world over for any possible rail corridors for their use and found our corridor, having been maintained over the course of some 40 years by a crew consisting primarily of volunteers, to be impeccable and up to the standards they required for the safe operation of their business. The combined adirondackrr.com and railexplorers.net brought a $7.5 million impact to the region in 2015.
That report came along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deeming of those crews of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over these 40 years as “selfless.” As any volunteers know, those kinds of accolades are few and far between. Only those who love what they are doing are so committed for so long before that kind of business success and recognition is garnered.
Now we hope the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will see the 17-mile trail through the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks from Lake Placid to Tawahus upgraded for an Olympic Training Trail.
A state Department of Environmental Conservation proposed trail study supports an added impact of $2.7 million for the region.
This connector through the Adirondack High Peaks would serve recreators, tourists and athletes alike by making one of the corridors from Utica to Lake Placid and Tawahus to Saratoga Springs.
The 17-mile trail and those corridors it connects would be a tour second only to the Alaskan rail, but through the Adirondack wilderness preserved at the back door of all New York state. There isn’t anyone worldwide who wouldn’t put us first on their to-do list.