Support study of Mohawk crossing

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion If people wish to end gridlock on U.S. Route 9 and the Northway, they need to contact the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) at cdtc@cdtcmpo.org and request a study of a new Colonie/Clifton Park bridge. The CDTC is requesting public comments on its 2018-20 Unified Planning Work Program Document until March 22.The original plan from the 1960s said that the Colonie/Clifton Park bridge would be needed by 2020. The new American Infrastructure Act, which will include highway funding if adopted, would provide most of the funding for the new bridge. Also, this part of the Mohawk River is controlled by the New York State Canal Authority, which is now owned and operated by the state Power Authority. The Power Authority could provide the state and local part of the funding required under the American Infrastructure Act. A study is required for funding the new bridge.The current CDTC plan doesn’t include a study of a new Colonie/Clifton Park bridge across the Mohawk River, to be located somewhere between Vly and Albany Shaker roads on Colonie/Latham side and between Van Vranken and Vischer Ferry roads on the Clifton Park side. This Colonie/Clifton Park bridge will reduce pressure on Route 9 and the Northway, which now gridlock whenever there’s an accident. Since town supervisors and city mayors in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties are on the CDTC board, people should also email their supervisor/mayor as well.John Bergener Jr.Latham More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

We should all hope for Trump’s success

first_imgRe John Osterlitz’s March 11 letter, “Don’t forget all of Hillary Clinton’s flaws”: I agree wholeheartedly with John’s letter. It’s about time that people started respecting our president. President Trump is doing everything he can to repair our country from the damage done by our previous president and company. He’s doing his best to keep his campaign promises, despite the lack of support from some on the left, right and mainstream media.President Trump loves America and the American people; he is on our side. It blows my mind to think that some American people would choose to elect Hillary Clinton as our president, whose political life has been riddled with one scandal after another and the subsequent cover-up of these scandals. Hillary Clinton’s agenda as president would be to enhance her power and money; Trump’s agenda is to help all Americans live better and safer lives. This “deplorable” feels much safer that President Trump is in office.Whether you like President Trump or not, he’s our president. We should all get behind him to unite this country and make America great again. Some people want President Trump to fail. But remember this: If President Trump fails, we all fail.TONI ANN KINSELLASaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOT money could pay for more officersI’m not particularly strong in math. But it seems to me that the amount spent on overtime for our police department could get us three or four more patrol officers – and that’s including benefits.And the current officers would have more time off for their families and other pursuits. Just sayin’.Mary SiegelSchenectady Senate trial rigged for Trump acquittalNow that the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is about to begin, the Republican senators are in a tizzy. Mitch McConnell has made it very clear that having witnesses and additional documents admitted into evidence is not what they had in mind.He has already announced that he will not be impartial, and that is most likely the prevailing sentiment among the GOP senators.To see them all raise their right hands and swear to be impartial was a sight to behold.When a person takes such an oath, although he has no intention of complying, could that be construed as lying to Congress? After all, lying to Congress is what got Bill Clinton impeached.In my opinion, “trial” is synonymous with “witness,” and McConnell coordinating with the Oval Office to determine trial procedure is tantamount to the jury consulting with the plaintiff. It is not the proper way to conduct a trial.Just remember, Andrew Johnson was acquitted by only one vote, but the stigma of impeachment still lives on 157 years later.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyGrateful for man who removes snowI’d like to extend my gratitude to an amazing gentleman for his incredibly generous efforts when it snows heavily. I live on the southern end of Ballston Spa Village on the west side of Church Avenue (aka Route 50) between the light at Route 67E and McMasters Street. This man snow-blows our sidewalks clean along the entire stretch from Stewart’s to McMasters, clearing driveways and bus stops. He does this before we homeowners can even get out there to do it ourselves.We are especially grateful to him for removing the snow from those walks that are never cleared.It is a particularly difficult task because the added snowplow piles become compacted and brutal to clear. This gentleman accepts no payment, cash or other offerings. Even “Thank you, sir,” interrupts his appointed rounds.On behalf of all of us who live on this stretch of the village, we thank you most heartily, kind sir, whoever you are.Leslie SittnerBallston SpaLocal events to mark abortion oppositionOn Friday, buses from the Capitol District area will be bringing people to Washington, D.C., to join in the annual March For Life, in remembrance of over 61 million babies whose lives brutally ended in abortion.Locally today, on the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, churches in Johnstown, Gloversville, Northville, Fonda and Amsterdam will be chiming (tolling) their church bells at noon in sad remembrance of all these precious children.Listen for the church bells and wherever you are at noon today, stop and pray:‘Please Lord, put an end to this evil, touch hearts with your love and forgiveness and help us to do all we can to put an end to abortion.’Madeline DerwinJohnstown  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right waylast_img read more

The expert’s view: a matter of opinion

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Is footy fit for a Kings Dock?

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Edinburgh store plans speculative office scheme

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The gloves come off

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E&G revival continues

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City asset sale on cards for iii

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The big questions for Europe

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