Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 19

first_imgCounty voters should remember pay hikesAt a special meeting of Schenectady County Legislature on Dec. 4, the following raises for county clerk, county sheriff, and county legislators were on the agenda for approval:The just-adopted 2020 budget listed a salary of $93,989 for the county clerk (the daughter of the current county legislative chair). The ink is barely dry on the budget, but that salary is now being increased to $98,000. The county clerk also “shall be eligible to receive management longevity payments.” For the sheriff, the just-adopted 2020 budget listed a salary of $99,379 for the sheriff (the son of the previous county legislative chair). That is now being increased to $112,500. The sheriff also “shall be eligible to receive the longevity rates and supervisor differential – the special rates of pay as established in article 6, and holiday payment.”And lastly, effective in 2021, legislator pay will increase from $14,093 to $19,000, a raise of 35%. Of further note: These actions are timed just after the election. Isn’t that interesting? Voters hopefully will remember this, but those in power right now are betting that they won’t.Jim MartinGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCounties can offset education expensesThe Dec. 10 article “Regents seek rise in school funding” indicated the state Educational Conference Board supports the Regents’ proposal to increase funding, including expansion of mental health services.I think school districts partnering with county government to administer the Regents “Guidelines and Resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning in New York State” will enhance a “whole child” approach throughout the community.County government officials’ decision needs to include school districts in the planning and administration of the county Shared Services Initiative to achieve social-emotional learning standards and opportunities for youth.Collaboration among school districts’ guidance counselors, supportive health practitioners, county Youth Bureau social workers and county mental health counselors can enhance resources for students.The coordination of social, emotional and mental health resources and services on school grounds and in community settings while sustaining net budgetary savings will qualify for Local Government Efficiency Program matching funds.In addition, application to the Capital Region Economic Development Council for consolidated funding from the state Dormitory Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can finance construction of energy efficient facilities, such as 21st Century community learning centers.Of course, coordinated approaches to problem-solving of social harassment, drug dealing and gun violence will promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our children/grandchildren.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Exercise doesn’t require a machineIt’s no coincidence that snowblowers are heard in every neighborhood throughout the winter, cars riddle our streets all year long and “going to the gym” is our “workout.”The fact that we’ve invited conveyances and conveniences into every aspect of our daily lives, to the extent that we now need to make time to exercise, is laughable.If the bulk of us started using our bodies for what they are made to do, move and work, we would quickly improve our personal and community health and our neighborhoods would smell better.Consider this before buying a new car, gadget or gizmo for your loved one.Ian KlepetarSaratoga Springscenter_img Business owner has earned RPI degreeThe Dec. 13 story about the success and generosity of Anthony Constantino and his Amsterdam company, Sticker Mule, is certainly “note”-worthy.It would be a wise and generous gesture for RPI to bestow a degree on this smart and ambitious young man, even though he was one class short of graduation before leaving to help his family’s business.He is a credit to himself, employees and family. It seems those RPI economics courses played a part.Leslie SittnerBallston SpaMore 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?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img