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Kavanaugh’s lies cannot be overlooked

A number of letters to The Gazette have said that there was no corroboration of Dr. Ford’s charges of sexual abuse by Judge Kavanaugh when he was in high School. 

That’s true, but there have been multiple people corroborating that Judge Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony on the amount of drinking and other behavior during those years wasn’t truthful. What might have been passed over as youthful indiscretions can’t be passed over for a Supreme Court candidate lying under oath.

Jim Murphy



Tedisco is a strong voice for education

When it comes to being a strong voice and standing up for Schenectady’s schools, Sen. Jim Tedisco is a great friend to students, parents and teachers and one of the legislature’s strongest voices for public education. 

As a former teacher, Sen. Tedisco understands what we need in our classrooms and has been outspoken in his longtime advocacy for fully funding all of our schools and giving educators the support they need to help children learn and grow.

Mr. Tedisco fought tooth and nail for a fairer share of education funding for Schenectady and secured a record $17.7 million state aid increase and $9 million Foundation Aid increase over the past two years in the New York state budget. Tedisco also obtained an additional $150,000 in state aid for Schenectady to be used for counseling services for students and for the school’s summer enrichment program that provides educational opportunities for over 1,000 children. 

The senator also helped secure $80,000 in state funds over the past two years for the Schenectady Weekend Backpack program, because as a former educator, Sen. Tedisco recognizes that if children come to school hungry they won’t be able to focus on learning.

James Keough



Unlike Stefanik, Cobb will be accessible to all

This midterm election, voters in the 21st Congressional District have a choice between an incumbent who controls constituent access and a candidate who embraces meeting voters and listening to their stories and concerns.

Elise Stefanik has held 17 “Coffee with your Congresswoman” events since she was elected in 2014. Most were held midweek during working hours and attendance was typically less than 100. The most recent was in April, nearly six months ago! Her challenger for Congress, Tedra Cobb, has committed to holding open town halls in all 12 counties in the district for every year she is in office.

This contrast is even more striking in the upcoming candidates debates.

Stefanik has declined two open forums where she would be face-to-face with her constituents. Instead, she has agreed to appear in televised debates on a closed set without a studio audience. Cobb would prefer all of the debates to be open to the public.

Is Stefanik afraid of confronting voters? Her last televised town hall was in 2017 at Mountain Lake PBS, with 100 people chosen by lottery to attend. By all accounts, it was a carefully staged event. Nevertheless, several people criticized her vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which would have kicked 64,000 of her constituents off their health insurance.

Tedra Cobb is open and accessible. Elise Stefanik is controlling and hard to reach. The difference couldn’t be clearer. Who would you rather have representing the North Country in Congress?

Mary Sterm



Letter on Garofalo’s closure misleading

Concerning the Mary Jo Venditti letter: Mary Jo Venditti is the reason Garofalo’s has closed. Our closing is the result of a decade-long legal battle between my aunt, Marie Garofalo, and the author of the previous letter, Mary Jo Venditti. 

Mary Jo has never owned any portion of the business, and was only able to force our closing because of the very small portion of land she owned, upon which the business was situated.

There were no poor business decisions that led to the business’ demise. We’ve simply been forced to close by Mary Jo Venditti.

We have retained all sausage recipes, and none of them have been made available to Mary Jo.

She has never worked in the store and does not know the very specific process required to create our fine product. Please do not be fooled by any imitation she may try to create.

I deeply regret that I will no longer be able to serve the community, and I appreciate all our loyal customers who have been so supportive in this dark time.

Thank you all for making the business the institution that it was. 

Jordan Bradshaw 



Labeling ads shows paper’s responsibility

I’m noticing that large format ads are recently again being identified top and bottom as advertisements.  

Congratulations on reverting to responsible journalism, in spite of the increasing financial challenges of the paper press.

Thank you.

Thomas P. Herrmann


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