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Why the continued fawning over former Niskayuna supervisor?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSo my faith in the American voter was restored when incumbent Joe Landry was defeated by Republican newcomer Yasmine Syed for Niskayuna town supervisor this past November. Now I read where a Donald Trump-style “love fest” was recreated at Landry’s final 2017 Niskayuna Town Board meeting and baseball fields are to be named in his honor. Hello. This isn’t about baseball or naming ball fields. This is about Niskayuna voters voting against bullying tactics directed at town employees and political candidates. I also see where board member Denise Murphy McGraw still plans on seeking Landry’s “continual counsel” after his departure. What’s that about? I suggest McGraw, as well as the other board members, get with the program as voiced by the people of Niskayuna and support the new town supervisor. If not, I hope to see the voters do the right thing on future election days.John TemplerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

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Tax cut numbers in letter don’t add up

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’d like to give a different perspective on Gary Guido’s May 10 letter on “Trump’s “present to cost us all plenty.”Gary gave a somewhat detailed example related to gas prices and how they’ve increased since 2016 and how they affect family income today. Oil/gas prices are affected by U.S. oil domestic policy, geopolitical events and OPEC, which all presidents have to contend with. Readers, you can do your own research on how OPEC affected the price of oil/gas from 2012 through 2018 and you’ll see why, as Gary mentioned, the price of gas was about $2.10 per gallon in 2016 and is what it is today.Also, if we assume there’s inflation (wage inflation and consumer price inflation) in the market, then people five to six years ago were making less than today and consumer prices were less than today. In Gary’s example, I didn’t see where he mentioned wage inflation, which could offset consumer price inflation.Regarding tax changes, which include changes to the standard deduction and exemptions: For a family with $75,000 income, my calculations indicate a family would pay less under the new tax law and have more in their pocket.Can we now take Gary’s conclusion about President Trump and apply it to President Obama, when in 2012 the price of gas was about $3.50 per gallon?JERRY SMITHRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 10

first_imgWhen Trump released his list of judges for consideration to the Supreme Court, it was all over for Hillary Clinton.Roe v. Wade was a mistake. Change is coming thanks to President Trump.Rather than bemoan the president’s human foibles, let us thank God we live in this country, celebrate Americanism and proudly march in the Fourth of July parades. We’ll send a message to any foreign intruder that you can try but Americans don’t bite.Mary B. McClaineSchenectady As the chairman of the Niskayuna Town Board Economic Development Committee, I’m concerned about the supervisor’s comments. The O.D. Heck facility is still occupied by state employees. If the state decides to turn over a small portion of the property for reuse, the excess parcel will not be “a large swatch of land.”  This section of state land bordering Balltown Road contains a pond that must be protected. Redevelopment would be disallowed under federal and state wetland protection laws.  If the state makes excess land and buildings available for reuse, the zoning change being considered by the Planning Board does not allow for light industrial uses. This area of the Niskayuna is not appropriate for manufacturing facilities. There’s been a lot of misinformation put out about the O.D. Heck property. The state still occupies the vast majority of the site. Any redevelopment at the site must be done responsibly. To suggest there is a lot of property ready to go on the tax rolls for industrial or other commercial uses is incorrect.If any portion of O.D. Heck becomes available, priority one should be responsible development supporting the environment and in sync with nearby neighborhoods.John DellaRattaNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine O.D. Heck land needs responsible review In The Gazette profile of the Niskayuna town supervisor (and subsequent interview on her brother’s television program), Yasmine Syed said rezoning the O.D. Heck property to expand the tax base is “priority one.”She went on to refer to the property as a “large swatch of land” she favors to be rezoned as “light industrial.”center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters didn’t need Russia to back TrumpIf in fact there was Russian influence during the 2016 presidential election, it didn’t affect the outcome.Americans knew how they would cast their vote when they saw candidate Trump come down the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy. No one had to ask, “Who is this person?” He already had name recognition.Throughout the campaign, specific blocs of people publicly declared their support for Trump. One such group was the “Bikers for Trump.” I attended the bikers’ rally held in Schenectady. Believe me, no attendee was going to be influenced by any country, anybody or anything. They knew candidate Trump was the right person for the times.Don’t underestimate the power of the thousands of voters who spent their professional lives holding a secret clearance. They understood the seriousness of Hillary’s private server. Clinton was her own worst enemy. What was that about Russian influence?Also consider the Evangelicals, Fox News viewers and the Rush Limbaugh radio listeners. Is anyone so naive to think the Russians could influence such a conservative bloc of voters?last_img read more

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MoD’s £500m London plan

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Commons backs rating bill reform

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Private lives

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Russian roulette

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Shaftesbury disappoints City

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Boho makes Brighton the Soho of Sussex

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Bottoms up

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