Families in court deserve judge’s respect
I was disappointed that Judge Jennifer Jensen Bergen has opted to seek reelection to the Saratoga County Family Court. I have had experience with both Saratoga County judges currently on the bench and the differences between the two are alarming. Judge Pelagalli conducts his court with reverence and professionalism. My experiences in Judge Jensen’s courtroom left me appalled at her courtroom demeanor, her brashness and willingness to humiliate and disparage those in her courtroom. Families utilizing the Family Court System should not have such a drastically different experience within the same county.
I implore the voters of Saratoga County to google Judge Jensen and read reviews that have been left by the men and women who have appeared before her. Family court proceedings are difficult enough; we should not have an elected official who makes the process any more difficult or humiliating. It is time for Judge Jensen to step aside and give Amy Knussman the reins. Saratoga County needs a family court judge who will conduct its business not only judiciously but with the kind of respect for human life that has not been afforded to many entering Judge Jensen’s courtroom in recent years.
These programs are necessary
When I read about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. being called “popular” programs, I feel the importance of these is being downplayed. I understand that “popular” in the literal sense means many people like them, but ice cream socials can be considered popular. Labor Day cookouts are popular. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are necessary and without them people will die. I would like to see writers refer to these programs with the weight of meaning that they deserve.
Landfill isn’t ‘a good neighbor’
The Rensselaer Dunn Landfill is owned and operated by Waste Connections, a wealthy Texas-based corporation that operates many landfills in the United States.
The Dunn Landfill is the largest dump in New York state, covering over 90 acres, that accepts construction and demolition debris from New York City and seven states.
The Dunn Landfill is located less than 50 yards from the Rensselaer City Public Schools, which has students from Kindergarten through grade 12.
The students at the schools and the nearby residents in East Greenbush, North Greenbush, and the City of Rensselaer have continued to be adversely affected by the obnoxious hydrogen sulfide odors as well as other odorless but harmful chemicals and particulate airborne matter. Every weekday from early morning until late afternoon, there are hundreds of large debris-laden, noisy trucks going through Rensselaer City en route to the Dunn Landfill while spewing diesel fumes.
Neither Governor Cuomo nor the Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has been responsive to repeated requests from citizens, the Rensselaer School Board, and from political authorities to close down the Dunn Landfill.
The growing mountain of debris in the Dunn Landfill is clearly visible from the DEC headquarters in Albany.
Basil Seggos told my family that the Dunn Landfill must be “a good neighbor” however, “a good neighbor” would not be creating obnoxious odors and health hazards.
View a Feb. 22 press conference on YouTube which includes comments from parents whose children have experienced health problems due to the Dunn Landfill.
MARTIN LYDEN, PH.D.
Ellis ER needs more MDs: stat
On Feb. 25 I had the unfortunate experience of having to go to the Ellis Hospital Emergency Room when my daughter, who has had several health issues, including an infection in her single kidney a few months ago, had severe symptoms. Since the nearby Urgent Care was not yet open, my wife and I drove her to the ER 10 minutes away. Everyone there was very pleasant, helpful and efficient, from the receptionists to nurses and, finally, to the doctor.
The problem? We arrived at 6:45; our daughter received an initial exam soon after, but it was 11:15 before the doctor finally saw her and ordered blood work and other tests. Only one doctor for the entire ER. Finally, after having the tests, the doctor treated her, ordered a prescription from the pharmacy, and discharged her.
The bottom line? It is ridiculous for a hospital the size of Ellis to have only one doctor for the “emergency” unit, and unacceptable to have to wait 4+ hours for a doctor when you are in pain. In the future, if we ever have to go to a hospital, we will not go to Ellis; we will drive the extra 15-20 minutes to St. Peter’s, which we know from experience handles emergencies as emergencies in a timely manner.
ROBERT G. MEANS