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Grateful to Nisky police for response
I would like to thank the Niskayuna Police Department for the rapid deployment of an officer to Congregation Agudat Achim after news of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The department’s quick recognition and action is reassuring. I believe this quality of response shows an understanding that benefits the entire community that the department serves. The department understands the anxiety such events may cause. I hope I speak for all residents and visitors when I say thank you. Your officers’ work is very much appreciated.
Ken Carpenter
Niskayuna
The writer is president of Congregation Agudat Achim.
 
 
John Faso is honest, honorable official
I would like to express my support and admiration for Congressman John Faso. 
I have known John for many years and served with him in the state Legislature. He’s an honest, bright and honorable person. 
His record of public service is superb and I urge his re-election.
Sen. Hugh T. Farley (Ret.)
Schenectady
 
 
Salvation Army is working on cleanup
I read Dale Mancini’s letter (Oct. 22) regarding the Salvation Army’s store and donation center in Glenville with much dismay. As the letter suggested, we have struggled with the issue of after-hours dumping of material outside our donation boxes. It’s an eyesore for our neighbors, and it prevents us from making the most of much-needed donations, for which we are incredibly grateful.
Moving forward, we are in the process of gathering bids for heightened security; making changes to our signage to ensure supporters are aware donations should be made during donation center hours only; and working to ensure daily pickup of all donations.
We are confident these changes will promote a better experience for everyone while allowing us to continue offering our rehabilitation services in the Capital Region, which provide help and hope to families who have lost everything to alcohol, drugs and other issues.
We are incredibly grateful for the community’s support and patience as we work to resolve these issues. We encourage donors who are unable to visit during the donation center’s regular hours to call 800-SA-TRUCK or visit SATRUCK.ORG to schedule a convenient, free in-home pickup, especially for larger, bulky items such as furniture and other household items.
Major Joy Labbe
Salvation Army ARC, Albany
 
 
Tedisco works for vets, small business
When it comes to the race for the 49th Senate District, Sen. Jim Tedisco is the only choice, especially for small business owners. 
As a retired Niskayuna small business owner for over 20 years, as well as a Vietnam Veteran, it comes as no surprise that the NFIB would endorse Tedisco. Tedisco has always been an outspoken advocate on the issues that matter most to small business owners – lower taxes, fewer mandates and common sense regulatory reform. Tedisco truly understands that small businesses drive our economy.    
Jim Tedisco is the only candidate in the 49th Senate District race with a real record of accomplishment, something I truly admire him for. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and has never backed down, even when faced with adversity. Jim is a natural born leader.
Tedisco has always been a strong voice for veterans and continues to advocate for us to ensure we aren’t forgotten. Tedisco, authored and sponsored legislation – G.I.V.E. Back NY Program —  which would allow disabled veterans to participate in the Senate and Assembly annual legislative internship program. 
I will be supporting Jim Tedisco for Senate on Nov. 6, and I hope you do as well. 
Robert R. Wagoner
Schenectady
 
 
Green Party offers voters an alternative
Why would anyone vote for a third party like the Green Party? Maybe to vote for a decent future for all of us. To vote for change from putting most of our money into making and selling arms, and aiding and abetting wars and their leaders who have horrendous human rights records. Change from watching our leaders continue to aid and abet the destruction of our planet by Big Oil and other corporations. Change from watching Big Pharma and other corporations fund lawmakers’ campaigns to buy their votes. The Green Party’s priorities are slowing climate change, which is the greatest threat to humanity now; reducing nuclear weapons; environmental conservation, clean energy and the jobs that would result; and working for solutions on poverty, social justice, equal and human rights, violence, health and safety and infrastructure. We can be a better nation if we use our wealth and resources to lift up our people and stop allowing the few to rule the world by greed and war. Don’t let apathy and disillusionment silence you. That’s what the powers that be want. Vote for the change you want. Say yes to green and clean. Here’s a patriotic song to inspire you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gApvH1WDr_g
Terri Roben
Glenville
 
 
Dems are hypocrites; Don’t vote for them
Silence is a cowardly way of condoning repulsive behavior.
Virtually all local and state Democrats and most Democratic voters have failed to denounce the corrupt, immoral and unethical of their national leaders. They’ve failed to speak out against the racist, anti-Sem-tic rhetoric of Louis Farrakhan.
Failed to speak out against the violent provocations of Maxine Waters. Failed to condemn the corruption of the Clinton crime family.
Failed to reject anti-American violence of the anti-fascists sponsored by George Soros.
Failed to call for the resignation of Democrats as Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Rahm Emanuel and Eric Holder.
Failed to speak out against the sexual assault of women by Keith Ellison, Eric Schneiderman, Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer.
Their silence is an endorsement of the status quo and an overwhelming indication that they place party over country and personal power over the welfare of their constituents.
Democratic incumbents, by virtue of their deafening silence, do not reserve re-election. This Nov. 6, don’t vote for Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, Michelle Ostrelich, Carrie Woerner or Paul Tonko. Don’t vote Democratic. They are hypocrites. Vote any Republican or third-party candidate. The Establishment swamp must go!
Mike Blyskal
Ballston Spa
 
 
Vote Delgado, bring balance to Congress
The election on Nov. 6 will decide the direction that our democracy will take. We all recognize that President Trump has challenged some of the important aspects of our democracy, including our ability to trust facts, to disagree civilly and to compromise. In this election, we will be choosing between the principles of democracy or a growing authoritarianism.
There are many key issues that separate the two major congressional candidates of NY19. Our current representative voted to gut our health care by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while Antonio Delgado has a plan to get us to universal coverage by creating a public option, giving everyone the choice to opt into Medicare.
However, the much larger issue is the health of our democracy. It’s imperative we change the makeup of the submissive Congress that does not challenge President Trump. Regardless of how you voted in 2016, your vote Nov. 6 will determine whether we create enough balance in Congress that we might get back to debating issues and governing in a civil democratic manner.
Please vote for Antonio Delgado. Not only will he be a competent representative, but together we can to bring balance to our one-party government.
Gary Bischoff
Saugerties
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