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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, June 13

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, June 13

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Many reasons to vote for Madigan

The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan for re-election as the most qualified candidate.

My reasons for supporting her are: Madigan has 7 years of experience handling the City’s finances; our property taxes haven’t been raised for seven years.

The city’s bond ratings by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are high and have been raised during her tenure in office, which has saved taxpayers money by lowering the costs of borrowing.

Madigan has successfully pushed for expanded recreational trails, balanced growth and greater sustainability, as is evident by her direct management and oversight of the 8,000 solar panels on our city landfill, support of the greenbelt trail and downtown trail connector.

She’s worked closely for seven years with our other Democratic office holders — Mayor Kelly and Commissioners Franck and Martin and former Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen. Her good work continues with her recent announcement that the city’s reserves increased by another $1.2 million.

Only one other person asked for the committee’s endorsement. She did so at the last minute, without even participating in our endorsement process (of which she was well aware, being a committee member herself). Unfortunately, after the committee rejected her request, she decided to mount a primary challenge to Commissioner Madigan.

I hope you’ll vote for Michele Madigan in the Democratic primary on June 25 to return for her fifth term.
Courtney DeLeonardis
Saratoga Springs
 

Registration plan a ploy to boost Dems

I believe efforts to institute Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in New York are an attempt to cement a permanent Democrat majority.

With the recent inclusion of online registration, it’s already easy enough to register to vote.

Why is automatic registration needed? Simple — because New York Democrats have chosen to follow the California model by requiring people applying for an operator’s or fishing license to opt out if they don’t want to register to vote.

Why not opt in with an affirmation (under penalty of law for perjury) that they swear to their New York state resident status?

Once undocumented immigrants are granted the privilege of obtaining a driver’s license, I wonder how many will “forget” to check a little box to opt out [“Oops, sorry I missed that.”]

They already found a way into our country illegally. So why not invade the electoral system as well? Democrats have kowtowed to illegal immigration for some time now.

Here’s their opportunity to get their support at the ballot box. AVR sets up the system for voter fraud when driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants is passed. Will municipalities with large illegal populations and under Democratic control commit the resources to uncover anyone illegally on their voter rolls?

They won’t want to know. They just want their votes, and they may get them.
Jeff Nuzzaco
Schenectady

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