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Garofalo’s won’t stay closed for long

I want to extend my sincere thanks to all customers of Garofalo’s during its 114-year history.

I, too, was taken aback by its closing. I’m the half-owner of the business left to my brother and I upon my Father’s death. It was poor business decisions by past management that caused Garofalo’s to close.

Rest assured that Garofalo’s will be reopened by myself, the Third Generation, in the near future. And all will be welcomed with a smile.

Mary Jo Garofalo Venditti



Provide updates on city’s development

My wife and I regularly check out the exciting new construction in Schenectady’s downtown.

We load our dog Ace into the car (because he also enjoys viewing the city’s progress and, of course, a McDonald’s cheeseburger with ketchup).

All in all, it takes us about 10 minutes to make our rounds. 

During our little treks, we often wonder how all of these projects are progressing — the occupancy of the new residential/commercial Mohawk Commons, the expected occupancy date of the new Mohawk Commons Townhomes, the expected start date of the old Grossman’s overhaul, the new rail station expected ETA, etc.

With all of the outstanding and significant projects and improvements being undertaken in Schenectady, may I suggest the city’s administration proactively develop and publish, in The Daily Gazette, a monthly progress report on all current projects and initiatives, as well as those approved and planned but not yet started.

This will keep those of us interested in the rebuilding of Schenectady updated while filling the news pipeline with positive Schenectady news. Further, may I suggest Mayor Gary McCarthy publish, in The Daily Gazette, a quarterly State of the City providing budget, strategic, operational and tactical action plan updates, as well as any other pertinent information or announcements.

I believe there are many Schenectadians who, like us, are rooting for Schenectady, Mayor McCarthy and his administration. 

I further believe these reporting initiatives will surface a legion of latent Schenectady rooters and will help build a more positive image of Schenectady.

Dave Heckler



Plenty can be done to end poverty cycle 

The Oct.2 article, “Poor Schenectady children grow into poor adults,” indicates individuals and families earning low incomes have difficulty living in Schenectady, as well as Albany and Troy.

Mayor Gary McCarthy’s comment on expanding deployment of internet/high-tech light poles to neighborhoods such as Hamilton Hill is interesting.

The possible deployment to those neighborhoods and city school district’s community learning centers is definitely a step to close the educational gap.

Kristin Diotte, Schenectady director of planning, zoning and community development, commented that “new city programs aim to connect residents to job training and other ways of strengthening the city’s overall workforce and pairing people with jobs.”

Expanded cooperation among the city, school district and SUNY Schenectady (Schenectady County Community College) to apply to the National Science Foundation for grant money through the Advanced Technical Education program additional skill development will be available.

“The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs) and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels.

The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities.”

Expanded employment opportunities for skilled workers and entrepreneurs as instructors, teacher assistants and mentors could be funded by application, before March 2019, to the state  Labor Department’s  Apprenticeship Expansion Grant.

Improved career and technical education can be accomplished for those living in poverty.

I hope more will be done.

Michael McGlynn


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