Towns, city deserve fair share of sales tax

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There’s a real issue this election that the Schenectady County Legislature has truly hoarded a disproportionate share of the sales tax dollars and is shortchanging every town and the city of Schenectady.Every legislator up for election this year has failed the people who have voted them into office with the exception of Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Councilman Jim Martin — they’re the only ones speaking up. And if we want our fair share, we need to have a clean sweep of the career politicians, especially those who are double-dipping from public dollars on the county payroll.In 2004, Schenectady County sales tax revenues were approximately $48 millio. Since then, these revenues have grown to approximately $98 million. Niskayuna, Glenville, Rotterdam and the city’s share have practically remained stagnant, while these revenues have more than doubled. The bottom line is every local portion of your property tax bill could be reduced by up to 50 percent.Do you want your fair share? Vote Row B and send a message that we are mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.Peter GuidarelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions As a former Schenectady city councilman and county legislator, I can speak from experience regarding the need for our elected city, town and county officials to fight for the people who elect them into office.last_img read more

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Mix of buyers battle for peaceful Wakerley pad

first_imgThe home at 62 Williams St, Wakerley.A YOUNG couple has snapped up a lowset Wakerley home that attracted strong interest from buyers. Marketing agent Gordon Walters of REMAX Advantage said 62 Williams St sold for $610,000. “I had about 40 parties inspect the home and three offers on the property,” he said. “The first contract crashed due to finance but I had plenty of interest still.“I had a real mix of buyers. I had some downsizers, some upsizers, people coming from rentals and I had investors. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside the home at 62 Williams St, Wakerley.“I think in the end it was the price, location and that it had a little bit of a different feel to it, that attracted buyers.“It wasn’t your typical 405sq m skinny block — it had a 13m frontage and a lovely layout with the main bedroom at the back with a little deck and family entertaining area to the side.“It was a really peaceful property backing on to a park.” Mr Walters said the four-bedroom brick home sold to a young couple. “They were thrilled and the (vendor) was very happy with the sale as well,” he said. Mr Walters said Wakerley had remained a strong seller’s market.last_img read more

Impressive revamp of barn-like home to generate buyer interest

first_imgThe after photo of 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Owners Taryn and Russ Quinn bought the home, gutted it and remodelled it from the property’s “bare bones”.“It was a tired looking structure,” Mrs Quinn said.“We both saw the potential in the building, with exposed timbers and open-plan living. It has been totally revamped.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201934 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Restored original beams frame the home which includes a library, media room and solar heated pool.Mrs Quinn said she called the home Rainbow Estate.“In the afternoon, from all the glass around the house, there are so many colours which reflect and can be seen on the floors and walls,” she said. The before photo of 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Mrs Quinn said her husband, a software engineer, was the brains behind the technology in the home.“It’s a smart home and we have used Cbus technology throughout,” she said.“We can control everything from our smart phone. We can open the gates from our smart phone, operate the lights, fans, and even irrigation systems.”center_img Taryn and Russ Quinn with daughter Charlotte at 34 Smiths Rd, Wights Mountain.A remodelled barn-like home in this Brisbane suburb has taken 18 months to undergo a makeover.The home at 34 Smiths Rd, Wights Mountain is one-of-a-kind and features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Architect Dennis Cantwell renovated and extended the existing space, assisted by builder Barry Kuenz of Loyalty Homes.NGU Real Estate principal Emil Juresic has listed the property with offers over $1,590,000.The owners are selling as they plan to do more travelling with their young daughter Charlotte.Data by realestate.com.au found the home was the most popular of all listed Queensland properties last week.undefinedlast_img read more

At least two killed in Central African Republic grenade attack

first_imgAt least two people have been killed by a grenade attack in a rare incident of violence in Bangui, Central African Republic’s capital.Men on motorbikes threw grenade into crowds gathered in three different places in southern Bangui during the evening, residents said.A Medecins Sans Frontieres aid official confirmed that at least 20 people were wounded by the attack.Bangui, secured by French UN soldiers had not experienced any attacks for months.MINUSCA has released a statement condemning the attack.Thousands of Central Africans have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands remain displaced following the two years of violence that erupted after mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country in 2013.Voters are due to go to the polls on October 18 to choose a new president and parliament to replace an interim government led by Catherine Samba-Panza.Preparations are however lagging behind and the head of interim parliament had issued a statement saying that the polls are likely to be postponed again.last_img read more

Sako is a real asset – Pardew

first_img Press Association “I’m not putting him under any pressure to come back,” Pardew said. “That’s just about him and his family and when he feels comfortable. I couldn’t care less if he takes three weeks (off). It’s not easy losing your father.” Bolasie was replaced by Glenn Murray in the line-up, with the striker substituted at half-time for Gayle and Wilfried Zaha taken off for Jordon Mutch. Pardew said: “I thought they both did okay, Glenn and Wilf, but the system didn’t suit them. I was pleased with Jordon and Dwight, I thought they both did really well.” Villa boss Tim Sherwood thought his substitute had turned the game in his side’s favour when Pape Souare diverted Adama Traore’s cross into his own net to cancel out Scott Dann’s header. Then Jordan Amavi gifted possession for Dann to lay on Sako’s winner. Sherwood said: “What you see is what you get with young players, you saw Traore light it up, he’s got no fear. “On the flip side you see a young boy and outstanding player in Amavi make the wrong decision at the wrong time to take someone on that late in game, and unfortunately we came away with nothing. “We created chances and unfortunately we were unable to take them. “Palace came out a better side in the second half. They scored, we managed to wrestle our way back in, (so) to lose with three minutes to go was devastating. “They didn’t have to work hard for both goals.” Alan Pardew believes Bakary Sako could be a fine acquisition for Crystal Palace after the midfielder hit the decisive strike in a 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa. Sako was destined for a place on the bench until Yannick Bolasie was granted compassionate leave following the death of his father. And the Mali international scored three minutes from time to give Palace victory with a goal on his debut after signing on a free transfer from Wolves. “He will be a real asset for us,” Pardew said. “He’s announced himself today in no uncertain manner. “Once he got it on to his left foot I was actually quite confident that he would find the corner because in training he’s been hitting that with real venom.” Sako’s strike stifled any debate surrounding another controversial offside decision, when Dwight Gayle had a strike ruled out after it ricocheted in off James McArthur. The amended law which the Premier League felt compelled to clarify following Liverpool’s defeat of Bournemouth had nothing to do with this week’s decision, but still assistant referee Peter Kirkup and referee Keith Stroud took their time to rule out the effort. “I thought the linesman and the referee made a really good call there. Not often I say that,” said Pardew, who, when at Newcastle, was fined £20,000 and given a two-match touchline ban for pushing Kirkup in a game against Tottenham three years ago. “He made a great call. I said to him ‘why didn’t you flag straight away?’ he said ‘I wasn’t sure if it hit him’. So, spot on.” Palace prevailed despite being without Bolasie, who has been linked with a £25million move to Tottenham and flew to Congo on Friday after receiving his sad news. last_img read more

COVID-19: PBC Update Includes EOC Hotline, School Meals, Election Info

first_imgPalm Beach County Mayor David Kerner said during a press conference late Sunday afternoon an Emergency Operations Center will be open beginning Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (561) 712-6400, to field questions about government services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.He added that no closures are being made at this time to beaches and other county-owned recreational facilities.Florida Health – Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso stated late Sunday afternoon that the county has no new cases of COVID-19.She advised residents to avoid public transportation, and to remain six feet away from other people at public events.Starting Monday, the health department and county clinics will begin screening all employees and clients who enter their facilities.School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy says district officials are still deciding on whether to extend the closure beyond two weeks.Feeding sites will be available at 30 sites for students who are eligible for free meals. Those locations are listed at www.palmbeachschools.org/coronavirus.In addition, Feeding South Florida will be providing boxes of food to families of those students at the same 30 sites on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.For additional information about district efforts and programs during the closure, residents may call: (561) 969-5840.Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link stated that the primary election will continue as planned on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., although 19 voting locations were moved from assisted living facilities. The locations are listed at pbcelections.gov.She added they are taking precautions for poll workers. Gloves and disinfectants, as well as hand sanitizers will be provided for them.Voters are advised to bring their own pen – preferably black – or a stylus, and to wash their hands after completing their ballot. They are also encouraged to bring their own wipes and sanitizers,Officials will be wiping down equipment in accordance with CDC guidelines.To volunteer or for more information, call the Supervisor of Elections office at (561) 656-6200.Vote-by-mail remains available through Tuesday, when the election ends at 7 p.m.Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Begins Monday in West Palm Beach ——————————————————————————————last_img read more

BIGGER IN TEXAS: Hunt shows growth in Texas Bowl victory, solidifies job as SU’s future quarterback

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — Terrel Hunt raced through the Reliant Stadium end zone and into the hearts of Syracuse fans 1,600 miles northeast.With the pocket collapsing on him, Hunt side-stepped to his left and bolted up the middle with 1:14 left in the Texas Bowl, Syracuse’s last hopes of victory hinging on the heel of each swift stride. There were no Minnesota defenders in front of him and no penalty markers down on the field. Just a wide-open gap that Hunt wasted no time in crossing.In the end zone, he dropped the football and held his hands in Jay-Z’s dynasty symbol toward the crowd. The touchdown clinched Syracuse’s (7-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) 21-17 victory against Minnesota (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) in front of 32,327, but the passage signified the completion of a far bigger journey.“It’s all coming together in time,” Hunt said. “It was a good experience and I’m ready to look forward.”The Rosedale, N.Y., native who lost both his parents in high school completed a 10-month whirlwind ride Friday that thrust him from starter to backup and back to starter. Through late-night meetings with Jerome Smith in their University Village apartments last spring and a heartbreaking sit-down with head coach Scott Shafer before this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe same sophomore quarterback who went six games without a touchdown pass to start ACC play was named MVP of the Texas Bowl after his second straight game-winning performance. He finished with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and completed 19-of-28 for 188 yards. After leading the Orange to its third bowl victory in four years and cementing his place as the program’s future quarterback, Hunt was fittingly given a cowboy hat, which he placed squarely on his head at the award ceremony.“Hands down, it’s his turn. His team,” Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “They will go as far as he goes, period.”One person who’s always believed that is Hunt. It’s what he said last spring when he earned the starting job following Ryan Nassib’s departure to the NFL, and what he echoed this fall even after Drew Allen transferred from Oklahoma and supplanted him.His focus and resiliency never wavered.Neither has the destiny he’s trying to complete. One of his mother, Katrina’s, final requests before passing was for him to come to Syracuse and succeed.“He was raised by some really strong people that were great people and had to leave early because they were so good,” Shafer said. “Only the good die young, and I think that he remembers the lessons he learned as a youngster and he takes those to the football field.”Two of those lessons are dedication and patience. Hunt spent countless nights in Smith’s apartment last season, pouring over the playbook and digesting as much information as he could. He won the starting job over veteran Charley Loeb and sophomore John Kinder.But when Shafer told Hunt that Allen would get the starting job the following fall, Hunt accepted the news by the next day. There was no garbage can toss across the room as Shafer did when he lost the starting quarterback job at Baldwin-Wallace 26 years ago.Even when Allen self-destructed against Penn State and Northwestern, Hunt waited his turn.When he got his chance, he seized it: four conference wins including a magical comeback victory against Boston College on Nov. 30.“What he puts out there, that’s what he is,” said Syracuse center Macky MacPherson. “He’s worked his butt off to get where he is.”Two games ago, that place was still unclear, especially with three-star verbal commitments Alin Edouard and A.J. Long coming in to compete under center.But Hunt orchestrated three scoring drives of 75-plus yards in the last five quarters of the season.When the Orange faced a 4th-and-8 against Minnesota midway through the third quarter, he scrambled for nine yards, setting up his 5-yard touchdown moments later that gave Syracuse a 14-3 lead. And when he took over with 2:03 left following a two-touchdown implosion from the SU secondary that put the Orange behind 17-14, he jogged onto the field with confidence unparalleled to any other point this season.The 14 yards he needed to gain would have seemed laughable at the start of the season. Now, they were not only attainable, but almost expected.As he ran free into the end zone, Hunt proved his place at the helm of the Orange. His journey was complete.“If you’re diligent and you continue to work hard and keep pounding that rock, eventually it’s going to split right down the middle,” Shafer said, “and that’s what I’ve seen with this youngster next to me.” Comments Published on December 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

New goal-line drill gets Trojans moving

first_imgTen practices into the 15-practice spring football schedule, coach Lane Kiffin decided that his players needed an opportunity to display their energy and enthusiasm after two days off. Therefore, the Trojans practiced the most exciting situation in football — the goal-line set.Standout · Senior running back Allen Bradford was the star of Tuesday’s goal line drill, often pounding the ball into the end zone. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan With hip-hop music blasting, the offense was lined up two yards away from the goal line. When the offense scored, the unit mobbed the ball-carrier and taunted the defense. When the defense made a goal-line stand, the group retuned the favor.“We tried to create an energetic atmosphere because that is what the goal line is,” Kiffin said. “We are going to go up to places that are loud, and we are going to have to focus. We created an environment that the players are most likely going to [face] in a game. That’s the only way I know to practice goal line.”At one point, all of the players circled around Kiffin and took a knee, and practice appeared to be over. However, sophomore linebacker Devon Kennard did not want to end the practice with the defense losing the drill, so he stood up and yelled “Let’s do more,” and Kiffin complied.“That shows a lot of leadership,” Kiffin said. “We look for guys that don’t accept losing and want to keep fighting.”—Redshirt freshman James Boyd, who was moved from defensive end to quarterback earlier in the spring, threw his first pass.“I was excited just to get it out of the way, so I am prepared for the next one,” Boyd said.Boyd, who had a knee sprain that sidelined him all of last season, began his career at USC as a tight end.“It’s a hard transition to have to make to be a major college quarterback all of the sudden,” Kiffin said. “But, James had a great attitude about it, and we are excited to work with him at it.”Boyd stayed late after practice to get more repetitions at quarterback.“I haven’t been a quarterback for two years, so I am just trying to get my mechanics back down,” Boyd said. “I am going to work on my footwork, get my arm back in motion and my reads down. I am also going to get advice from Matt [Barkley] and Mitch [Mustain], and learn the playbook.”Now that Barkley is entering his second season as USC’s starting quarterback, he is adding a new skill to his tool belt—holding the ball during placekicks.“[Special teams coordinator John] Baxter said it is a good skill to have at the next level,” Barkley said. “I have never done it before. It is a lot easier than I thought, but I have no plans to do it in the fall. If they need me to do it, I will.”—According to multiple reports, former USC tight end Anthony McCoy tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February. Kiffin did not feel the need to use the incident as a reminder about the consequences of using illegal drugs.“That has been addressed with our players,” Kiffin said. “We didn’t need that for a teaching moment. I like to think we are ahead of that.”—On the injury front, wide receivers Ronald Johnson (elbow) and Kyle Prater (sore back) missed a significant portion of practice, only participating in individual drills. Kiffin described their status as day-to-day. Prater suffered his injury when redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo knocked him back during Saturday’s scrimmage. In other injury news, junior defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo returned to the practice field Tuesday, and the 6-foot-2, 330-pound lineman made his presence known by being extra vocal during the goal-line drill.last_img read more

Anastasiya Gorelina’s full health sparks hot streak

first_img Published on September 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ While her team defeated Dartmouth on Sept. 8 in four sets, Anastasiya Gorelina played in one set and recorded zero kills. Then, her production took off.“I don’t know what changed inside of me, but it was like…” Gorelina said. Then she snapped her fingers. “I needed to be more aggressive.”Since that game, she’s caught fire. In Syracuse’s past seven games, Gorelina has had at least nine kills, including a career-high 20 against Boston College on Sept. 20. In her first eight games of the season, she never had more than four. The junior outside hitter’s contributions have mirrored SU’s recent winning run, too, as the Orange (9-6,1-1 Atlantic Coast) have captured five of its last seven.Gorelina’s recent uptick in productivity is because she is finally healthy, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. She had problems with her back all throughout childhood and into college, he added, especially her sophomore year. Despite Gorelina’s apparently ailing back, she played in 105 sets last season, tied for the third-most on the team. In all but one game, she played at least three sets. In the first eight games of 2017, Gorelina participated in three sets or more just three times. Now, after a period of rest, she is playing the best volleyball of her career. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I love seeing my teammates succeed,” Kendra Lukacs said. “It fuels me as well.”Lukacs, a fellow outside hitter, has had ten or more kills in each of her last six games. She, too, notched a career-high in kills against BC with 18. The sophomore credits her chemistry with Gorelina as to why the two are both having such recent success.“I think we’re different kinds of hitters,” Lukacs said, “so I think it’s fun to feed off what the other can do.” Commentslast_img read more