Not all are allowed to vote in primaries
The Sept. 13 editorial [“Sitting out today’s primaries? What’s your excuse?”] asks what our excuse is for sitting out today’s primaries. For many of us, the excuse is New York state.
Registered as an independent, I’m considered unqualified to express my opinion about Democratic or Republican candidates.
I’m wasn’t allowed to vote Thursday.
Saratoga Bridges provides quality care
Saratoga Bridges has proudly been providing the highest level of services to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years by promoting their abilities and achievements in every aspect of community life.
Our conscientious employees work diligently and with great compassion to care for over 800 individuals by ensuring they are able to realize their goals, hopes and dreams. We’re committed to promoting full, productive and contributing lives as they work, volunteer, socialize and recreate. Saratoga Bridges’s philosophy truly is that every day is full of possibilities. As we rely on contributions for many of our underfunded programs, please consider making a donation at www.saratogabridges.org/. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Larry Fein
The writer is president of the Board of Directors.
Grateful for work to fix water main break
Kudos to the town of Glenville and Schenectady County for their quick work in handling and repairing the water main break affecting the residents of West Glenville. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
Mary Jo Venditti
Higher pay earned by support workers
This past week, Schenectady ARC celebrated Direct Support Professionals Week as an opportunity to honor and appreciate our dedicated, hardworking and skilled Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).
DSPs are the people you see in the community, supporting individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities with shopping, working, recreation and every other aspect of their lives.
I’m honored to say thank you. Our DSPs are at work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to recognize our DSPs with the pay that they deserve. They provide high-quality services to the people we support and are responsible for their health, safety and emotional well-being — we aren’t able to pay them a competitive living wage.
Funding limitations for Schenectady ARC and agencies like ours have resulted in a staffing crisis and an unprecedented number of vacant positions.
The Schenectady ARC Board of Directors supports the “BFair2DirectCare” initiative for funding a living wage for our DSPs. We hope everyone will join us in urging our elected officials to understand that our workforce is essential and their wages must be competitive. Our DSPs, the people that they support and the communities that they live, work and play in deserve nothing less.
You can show your support at a “BFair” rally at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Robb Alley area of Proctors theater.
The writer is president of the Schenectady ARC Board of Directors