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Idea can help cities, villages

April 11, 2013

Our villages and cities need people who care enough to invest in, and maintain, their properties....

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Apr-13-13 3:02 PM

and dedicated people. It has been accomplished in some bigger cities. Center city Phila. was as bad as Gloversville at one time. Then some people started to see the benefits of living and being "downtown" real estate and rents were cheap, now after a few years many people can't afford to walk around the area. Rents and condos are for the elite and center city is the place to be -- now

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Apr-13-13 2:56 PM

to "rebuild" the downtownsto be the attractions they once were will take time, money and an aggressive business friendly local government. Convince a Texas Roadhouse to refurbish the old Rainbow restaurant, bring an Old Navy into the old Goulds, rather than put up new buildings away from downtown. BUT you are still in New York State, not exactly a tax friendly place.

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Apr-13-13 8:25 AM

The Cayadutta creek, once a rainbow of colors is now classified by the DEC as class C+T (supports fisheries, trout) from Class D (worse possible). That upgrade has been effect since the mid-90's. The last chem. spill occurred in 2005 when rains overflowed a holding tank at Traditional Leather causing a major fishkill. Nothing since. So we're doing a great job of keeping the Creek clean but that's not really an attraction except for those of us living on the once 'old stinky'.

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Apr-12-13 5:23 PM

teh is the way you always spell the, maybe you mean THE? And look around there are clean lakes all around us. Canada Lake is certified drinkable. Just don't ask a tree hugger everything is filthy to them.

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Apr-12-13 2:10 PM

So there is really NO REASON whatsoever.....

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Apr-12-13 2:08 PM

TOT: "LoyalSocialist Water. plenty of pure clean water! But that is it! Nothing else, nothing!" Is this teh same "pure, clean water" that our tanneries dumped directly into for 50 years?

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Apr-12-13 1:51 PM

One of the Johnstown Mayoral candidates wants to attract computer/tech business and attract and retain young people to the area. Tech workers are generally paid well and want "Quality of Life". They want things to do on their time off to entertain themselves and they like a clean attractive environment. I have been to Silicon Valley and seen this first hand. We need to make our area attractive if we want to draw such entities. There are not many quality entertainment venues and weeds and trash line our roads and streets. We will never draw such business if we cannot offer better. We need to offset the high taxes, cost of living, and weather with good trade offs.

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Apr-12-13 10:11 AM

Who is going to pick up and pay for those tax breaks? If it is the residential property owners who are zoned out of doing any business with their property, then this is just more burden on them. I know quite a few people who keep their properties rather ugly to avoid property taxes going up.

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Apr-11-13 11:50 PM

There is civic duty and then there is picking up after Lazy people who cannot wait to throw out their trash and just huck it out the window. Then there are the elderly who may need to pay to better maintain their property. First impressions are important, why not strive to make a good one. Stewarts in J'town takes good care of the brick work that the state put in at the intersection of 29 and 30a. Burger King, Rite Aide, and the autoparts store/famiy dollar plaza(not so good) lots of weeds.

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Apr-11-13 6:49 PM

LoyalSocialist Water. plenty of pure clean water! But that is it! Nothing else, nothing!

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Apr-11-13 5:25 PM

People who collect social services chould be MADE to work for the county to help clean the sides of roads ETC. Maybe they will get out of thier pjs then.

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Apr-11-13 3:36 PM

I would like to see someone name one good reason why a business would ever want to move into Gloversville's city limits? The homeowners do not have any money to spend because the taxes are too high and the municipal services are limited due to past city leader's incompetence. Everyone else is either on benefits or barely getting by. I cannot see cities like Gloversville & Johnstown surviving once all of the older generations pass on unless they start share services or combine into one city. Its a sad state of affairs, but its reality.

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Apr-11-13 1:45 PM

How about a small tax break for property owners living on the boarders of our counties, villages, and cities to keep their property maintained and pick up the trash that is discarded on their roadsides. The entrances to our communities look horrible and appear that no one cares.

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Apr-11-13 1:38 PM

if we haven't already learned (NUMEROUS times) Tax incentives DO NOT "stimulate economic development" until we get our heads out of teh sand and STOP subsidizing crappy jobs with no benefits, there WON'T BE ANY ECONOMIC RECOVERY. Only when we move a tax base back into the city limits and stop moving all industry out of the city, the local economy will continue to flounder. Until we force companys we subsidize to move here to pay a living wage, the economy will flounder. we need a politician or two to grow a set and speak up.

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