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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 1

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 1

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Polimeni shows true meaning of service

I am writing in strong support of Councilman John Polimeni, who is coming up for re-election on Nov. 5.
I want to comment on the eminent response and service he has provided to his constituency in the last four years.
I spend a lot of time in Schenectady with family and friends, and their comments about Councilman Polimeni have been stellar.
He has been highly responsive and dedicated to his constituents and is the epitome of integrity and service.
Ray Chandrasekara

Glenville candidate has a clear conflict

To be clear, Scotia DPW Superintendent Andrew Kohout holding a Town Board seat in Glenville is a conflict of interest.
It is a conflict since it directly violates the Village Code of ethics in Chapter 24, Section 3C.
The first standard states: “No village employee shall accept other employment which will impair his independence of judgment in the exercise of his official duties.”
The code is found online, and I encourage town and village residents to read it.
Letters from the Democratic town committee chairperson and the village mayor attempt to deflect voters from this fact.
These standards exist to protect us from overly conflicted persons who cannot vote on vital issues because they violate these standards.
How will Mr. Kohout vote on matters regarding service districts (water, sewer, and fire)? Receiving a salary from both municipalities, how will he vote on budgetary matters? Why elect someone who cannot fully represent all residents on vital issues? This is not personal. It is not a matter of political leverage. It is a matter of common sense and making sure that we have proper government by electing people who do not violate our adopted ethical standards.
Clarence W. Mosher

Marc Schultz photo brightened the day

With all the negative energy being generated by our dishonest, incompetent and mean-spirited president, we all needed a good laugh, and The Daily Gazette gave us one on Oct. 29.
Kudos to Gazette photographer Marc Schultz for capturing the wonderful Halloween display you have titled “Oops!” in the paper.
This is a photo that certainly deserves national (shall we say) exposure?
John Kucij

Jaquith shows off her leadership skills

Early voting is here in New York and I’m excited to vote early for Rosemarie Perez Jaquith for Niskayuna Town Board. I’ve known Rosemarie for over 10 years, and witnessed her dedication and hard work, continually serving our community as a tireless, caring volunteer and school board member, creating lasting, positive change.
Rosemarie has served on the school board since 2014, and her leadership as a consensus builder during her term as president, She took our school board from conflict and chaos, to the effective, collaborative board we have today.
For example, when the later high school start time idea was petitioned by parents, rather than assert her own opinion as board president or put it on the agenda for a vote, Rosemarie acknowledged the benefit for students. But she also understood the impact and complexity of scheduling, especially on our sports program. So she supported the formation of a committee of stakeholders to look more in-depth into implications. Flash forward: The committee recently presented findings, and the board voted unanimously to begin feasibility studies for an 8:30 a.m. start time.
Rosemarie will bring respectful listening and leadership skills to the Town Board, and I’m urging Niskayuna residents to vote for her.
Anne Skrebutenas

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