Spa City must have more accountability

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Again, it was the public policy be “dammed” when it came to the city’s long-standing regulations requiring all developers to pay into a city fund designed to help with long term water infrastructure improvements.One year later, it was the scheme to swap a downtown city-owned parking lot for construction of a new EMS station on the city’s eastern ridge. Even in the face of strong public criticism, it was the City Council’s sheer ambivalence toward good public policy that almost lost the city a key Broadway parking lot and with it nearly $700,000 in value. What proved to be salvation for the city and its taxpayers, last year the New York State Attorney General blocked the transaction as being illegal.It’s time to turn the page and adopt a new City Charter for Saratoga Springs. Vote “yes” on the new mayor/ manager/ city council form of government.Thomas G. McTygueSaratoga SpringsThe writer is a former Saratoga Springs commissioner of public works.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% My decision to support the proposed changes to the Saratoga Springs City Charter should come as no surprise to those even paying minimal attention to the goings-on within City Hall over the past several years.What used to be a system of political checks and balances within city government no longer exists.City Hall has morphed into a system of self-preservation among a three-person majority alliance on the City Council. The result has been a series of bad public policy decisions that have cost our city dearly.Four years ago, it was the city water connection fee scandal, whereby this “working majority” simply protected the Department of Public Works commissioner in his hour of need when caught giving the store away.last_img read more

Unai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat

first_imgUnai Emery makes admission about Arsenal top-four chances after Manchester City defeat Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against the Gunners (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘They showed their superiority in 90 minutes. They held their level in 90 minutes and our level in the second half was worse than the first.‘Our challenge now is the next week, continue to work and improve, and think how we can work and be better.’After his hat-trick helped down Arsenal, Aguero told Sky Sports: ‘It was important to win. The other day I scored early and we lost, today I am very happy.’Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Liverpool to two points. The Reds face West Ham on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal will need ‘big help’ from their rivals to finish in the top four of the Premier League after the humbling defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.Reigning champions City outplayed Arsenal at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero’s tenth Premier League hat-trick helping the hosts clinch a 3-1 win.Aguero scored in the first minute before putting City back in front on the stroke of half-time as Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser proved futile.Argentine superstar Aguero completed his hat-trick with a controversial goal that appeared to go in off his arm.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe defeat sees Arsenal remain in sixth position, a point behind Manchester United, who defeated Leicester City on Sunday.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether he is still confident that Arsenal can secure a top-four finish, Emery said: ‘Yes, but after losing 3-1 it’s not easy to say that.‘I have confidence in our work and in our way. I know now we need to pick up and have some big help.’City created a number of opportunities against the Gunners and Emery felt Pep Guardiola’s side showed their ‘superiority’ in the Premier League encounter.last_img read more

LeBron James and other stars in crowd for Dwyane Wade’s final game

first_img“We all started this journey together — obviously CP (Paul) came into the league a couple years after us — but we have a brotherhood that’s so much more than basketball,” James said. “CP played last night, we (the Lakers) had our last regular season game last night and Melo (Anthony) is right here in New York so we made the plan, made the decision to come up here.”Listen, we couldn’t miss D-Wade’s last game. This is the last time he’s going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3. So we’re happy to be here supporting him.”James added: “He’s given so much to this game. [He’s] one of the best players we’ve ever seen in this game from as soon as he came out of Marquette. It’s an honor for me to be alongside him for four years and to also be his brother for the last 16 years of my career.” Dwyane Wade: Miami ‘forever going to be my home’ James played with Wade in two stints — including the 2010-2014 seasons in Miami, winning two NBA championships together — and said Wednesday they couldn’t miss this moment. Related News The boys were back in town.In the final regular-season game of Dwyane Wade’s 16-year career, his best friends — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul — were courtside. The trio traveled to Brooklyn to see Wade off one last time.center_img Heat honor Dwyane Wade during last regular season home game Wade, a 13-time All-Star selection, is averaging 14.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Heat this season.In his final outing, Wade recorded a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Heat fell 113-94 to the Nets.last_img read more

Mason City police warn about phone scam

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City police say there’s another phone scam going around in the community. The department’s Mike McKelvey says a Mason City business got a phone call on Monday with the correct Alliant Energy company phone number spoofed on the caller ID. A recorded message stated that Alliant had the business on a disconnect notice and that action needed to be taken to avoid an interruption in utility services.The recorded prompt stated that a representative of the utility company had received the order to disconnect in 30 minutes and that they should call a toll-free number to make payment arrangements to the delinquent account.The business did not call the fake phone number. McKelvey says they called the number and spoke to someone, and when asked to identify where their office was, the person hung up. McKelvey says people should avoid giving out any personal or payment information over the phone to unsolicited callers or emails, especially if there’s pressure or urgency attached.He says you should contact your local affiliated representative, look up the business customer service number and call yourself. Police say once you give out your personal information over the phone, or do a wire transfer, it’s too late to stop the transaction.last_img read more