Amsterdam must fix up apartments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI just read the Nov. 19 article about residents from Puerto Rico making Amsterdam their new home after being displaced by the hurricane.While Amsterdam is, I am certain, in better circumstances than Puerto Rico to provide basic human needs and a better quality of life, I can’t help but feel sad for these newcomers. Many of the apartments in Amsterdam would not even pass code inspection. If you’re fortunate enough to get into the “projects” of Amsterdam, then you are set. I laugh writing that. I come from south Florida. I have seen projects. I never imagined people would fight to get in them instead of out. No one should have to live in poorly maintained apartments. It just seems the overwhelming amount of slumlord-owned properties that are going to take further advantage of these unknowing new citizens of Amsterdam. They’re already vulnerable from the losses ripped from them by the storm. I think it’s horrendous that the city of Amsterdam will allow these families, or anyone, to live in and pay rent to a landlord who doesn’t meet code enforcement standards. The fact that Montgomery County Social Services helps pay rent to these landlords is more mind-blowing. They send an inspector to make sure applicants, seeking help, aren’t being fraudulent, but aren’t concerned with the fraud the landlord is committing.If an apartment isn’t up to code, I’m talking bigger things — electrical, smoke detectors, right amount of exits, gas appliances etc. — then rent should be with held until repairs are made. Why does the county pay the rent on these thrown-together apartments?I welcome my new neighbors. I just hope they don’t have to settled for housing that barely gets its taxes paid, let alone the proper care and repairs.Deborah PiellucciAmsterdam More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 16

first_imgNott St. renovation work is long overdueI’m writing in response to the planned renovation of Nott Street between Clifton Park Road and Balltown Road. I’m sharing my opinion as someone who runs, walks, cycles and drives through this stretch of road and uses all the businesses in this complex on a regular basis.This project is long overdue. My preference is Proposal No.2. It’s designed based on modern-day best practices and traffic engineering, and it’s ADA-compliant. The shift in Nott Street will slow traffic. The curb will prevent traffic from running over pedestrians and prevent drivers from backing directly into Nott Street traffic. Yes, the project will be inconvenient in the short-term, but doing nothing and relying on paint to solve these problems is short-sighted and foolish.Amanda BrazeeNiskayuna Gov. Cuomo, you say you are a green governor and have banned fracking and promote an environment for people and businesses to flock to. Fix the Thruway. Make it three lanes north and south along its entire length. Install and maintain fast electric-charging stations at all rest stops on the Thruway.As of now, my daughter is still stranded waiting for a tow to a charging station that works. She left at 11:30 a.m. and it is now 5:30 p.m. with no end in sight.Shame on you Gov. Cuomo and shame on ChargePoint and the New York Thruway.Harold HaberNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionInvest in upgrades to state ThruwayAs I write this letter my daughter and granddaughter are stranded on the obsolete New York State Thruway. She set out from Hague N.Y., to Princeton, N.J., in her electric car, a distance of about 273 miles. With her car being fully charged, that could be accomplished with one charge of about an hour’s time at the halfway point.The two ChargePoint charging stations at Ulster and Modena rest areas both were nonfunctional. The help-number operators were of no use, as they said the stations were down (duh!). My daughter called her car’s roadside assistance and was told that the Thruway was a restricted road and they could not help. After several hours and four customer service agents, she was informed that only the Thruway Authority can tow her to a charging station.The Thruway Authority should be disbanded. That highway is the most dangerous in the state. Two lanes for most of its length causing massive traffic jams going south every Sunday. Cars passing in the right lane out of frustration as trucks are in the left lane trying to pass but are unable to. Tolls that were supposed to have been dropped years ago still being collected. And to whose benefit?center_img Not everyone who disagrees is a racistThe term “racist” is getting worn thin by overuse and calling anyone who disagrees with the left a racist.Does anyone know a racist? Can one define it? How many members of Congress do you think are really racist? Do you really think the president is a racist with mixed family members from other cultures?I personally do not know anyone who is a racist, and I was raised in Virginia in the 1950s.Some did not like people of color, but no one fit the description of a right-wing white supremacist racist.The left and the mainstream media have been calling anyone who disagrees with them a racist. Do you agree with that? I do know that many of my circle of friends and acquaintances who vote differently than I do cannot seem to enter into a dialogue over major issues. But I don’t believe any see me as a racist, although I have been called other names.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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