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Glenville gets short end of stick in county

Glenville gets short end of stick in county

James Martin, Glenville

 

Where are our county representatives? Residents of Glenville continue to have little or no county representation in the Legislature, as it’s still very apparent that our Democratic legislators Catherine Gatta, Rory Fluman and Grant Sochia are more interested in supporting their political party’s interest rather than the needs of the people they represent. 

The most recent example comes with the announcement of county funding for the bike trail. Funding for Rotterdam, Schenectady and Niskayuna is mentioned, but nothing for Glenville. The lack of funds for the Glenville trail continues despite our status as the largest town in the county; despite of the focus of a bike trail in Glenville in our recently adopted Comprehensive Plan; and despite the glaring need and poor condition of the current trail.

Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of the county sales tax issue and the need to adjust the formula. Real property taxes continue to increase while sales tax receipts to the county and the city increase to unprecedented levels. Yet, there’s no mention of the inequity to the municipalities of the county. After all, the election is over and they all got re-elected by wide margins as they promised to focus on this issue. 

Well, the election is over and they go back to putting the party first rather than taking up this serious issue of lowering the property tax burden to the residents by directing more sales tax revenue back to the communities.

James Martin

Glenville

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