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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 18

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 18

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 18
Albany Medical Center's EmUrgentCare building at 1769 Union St. in Niskayuna is shown Dec. 10, 2018.

No need for second ambulatory center

We don’t need another ambulatory surgical center when we have a fine one already in place less than two miles away.
It smacks of a large corporation trying to nudge out or take over a smaller one. Unfair.
Mary Siegel


Ballston residents will pay big for sewer 

A $3.9 million cost to 134 homes for gold-lined sewer in the town of Ballston will be $1,575 to each home per year. Those 134 homes will pay $211,050 total per year for the golden sewer. The cost per home for 30 years will be $47,250. The 134 homes will have spent $6,331,500 over 30 years. Most homeowners do not need or want this, nor do they want their taxes to more than double. Just wondering if this might be the highest sewer tax in New York state?
Bill Heimburg
Ballston Spa 


Action was needed before limo crash

Let’s close the barn door now that the horse has gotten out. The Dec. 12 article in The Gazette about the illegality of modified limousines as opposed to ones made in the factory really brought home the fact that the industry has been getting away with murder, literally, for a long time. And the limo carrying the people who died in Schoharie, whether it was modified or one from the factory, was not safe to drive, never mind ride in without seat belts. There is a lot of blame going around about the driver, the vehicle’s owner, the intersection and the unsafe condition of the vehicle itself. Eventually someone will find the answers,. But it would have been nice if the door to the barn had been closed before the horse got out. More people would be celebrating Christmas this year if that had been the case.
Holly Russo


Take tougher stance on immigration

The Constitution Party of New York insists that every individual group and/or private agency which requests the admission of an immigrant to the United States, on whatever basis, be required to commit legally to provide housing and sustenance for such immigrants, bear full responsibility for the economic independence of the immigrants and post appropriate bonds to seal such covenants. We oppose the provision of welfare subsidies and other taxpayer-supported benefits to illegal immigrants, and we reject the practice of bestowing U.S. citizenship on children born to illegal immigrant parents while in this country. For further information on our immigration platform visit www.constitutionparty.com/platform
William Wilday
The writer is vice-chair of the Constitution Party of New York.


Questionable ethics decision in Nisky

Let me begin by saying that I personally have no ax to grind with Denise Murphy-McGraw and in fact want to commend her for her active involvement in our community and on our Town Board. 

That being said, I was interested to read a recent article regarding the town’s Board of Ethics review and dismissal of a complaint against her for voting on a contract renewal for Open Source Media. Apparently, this company is a client of her lobbying firm, Hill, Gosdeck and McGraw, and was contracted with the town to broadcast town meetings. Murphy-McGraw indicated that work performed was pro-bono and the town Ethics Board agreed there was no conflict of interest. I retired from state government several years ago as a contract manager, and despite what many read about state ethics with our elected officials, we had a pretty stringent code of ethics we followed. I recall we had yearly government ethics training and were obligated to behave lawfully in the execution of state contracts and to also avoid any actions that would be perceived to be unethical by the general public. 

I’d be interested to hear how the Niskayuna’s Ethics Panel made its determination, as it has not announced the rationale for its findings. Maybe the town of Niskayuna has a lower threshold of what it views as unethical than what was required of us.  
Thomas McGarry 
The writer is a member of the town GOP Committee.

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