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Work required to beat blight

December 8, 2013

Talking about blight will not clean up Gloversville; real work needs to be done to straighten up certain properties in the city....

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TiredOfTax

Dec-10-13 10:59 PM

Hey how about the firemen doing the clean up work? I believe that they have a lot of time between fires and we are paying them already. Lets get something for out tax dollars!

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getreal

Dec-10-13 7:19 AM

Please some people do not even bathe themselves, you want them to clean up the neighborhood..Thats asking alot from people who don't even know what a bar of soap looks like.

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Pards13

Dec-09-13 2:30 PM

If you want to eliminate the blight problem then you need to up grade the tenant population. All the better tenants are in some form of subsidized housing. Quality tenants take care of their apartments. Until the bums are made accountable for trashing apartments and not paying their rents you will see sub standard housing.

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taxtired

Dec-09-13 1:18 PM

adk read what I said.

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adkkev

Dec-09-13 1:05 PM

taxtired, are you volunteering? If so, I commend you on your spirit.

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taxtired

Dec-09-13 12:52 PM

If the city or county does NOT want to maintain them; then give them to someone that will and get it back on the PLUS side of the tax role.

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1stwardcitizen

Dec-08-13 3:32 PM

What's wrong with the DPW workers that have been doing this job for the past 3 years??? Why not fine the County for not taking care of their properties within the City??? The Mayor said the City will be broke in 5 years. Why are we hiring people and giving everyone raises???

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MrBoB51

Dec-08-13 3:22 PM

Dave, if what you're saying is we should get rid of the DPW workers we have and 'invest' in workers who can do these jobs then I agree. If you think adding one more to the pile is an 'investment', stay out of the Stock Market, you don't know what an investment is and you'll get hammered. As Claimer stated, make the property owners responsible...oh wait, aren't we talking about City and County owned properties? Oops, properties you taxpayers own, are responsible for and are on the hook for once again. I wonder how that would go in Court. Probably something like "Ok City and County Property Taxpayers the City and County are going to fine themselves (you) every day until you grab your ankles, a shovel, hammer and nails and get this place fixed". While they play this continuous shell game, nothing ever gets done so the answer is..hire another worker to do nothing about 'blight' or so that the other workers can continue to do nothing about the 'blight', it sure fits.

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drugsrus

Dec-08-13 11:43 AM

wow Dave, you hit this one. The problem is the same bureaucratic thing that always happens, they will talk it to death thinking that something is being accomplished by the hot air being blown around. As the editorial headline says it takes real work as in labor expended. Talk is cheap and gets nothing done

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DaveGibson

Dec-08-13 10:50 AM

Hiring a DPW worker to maintain city and county owned properties isn't an expense. It's an investment, with a return.

Good editorial, LH.

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Claimer

Dec-08-13 10:40 AM

The money required to tackle blight is adequate. The biggest roadblock to cleaning up blight is the court system. Until the judges make people responsible for their violations, nothing will change. I have been there and know of what I speak.

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TiredOfTax

Dec-08-13 10:04 AM

We have fire trucks, there is many local fire departments with trucks and there is a huge firetruck in Johnstown that was paid for with STATE TAXPAYER money that should be available. I want to know why we the taxpayers should pay for redundant services? When will our politicians learn that there is a limit to the wasteful spending?

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Knickman

Dec-08-13 9:14 AM

That new fire truck mentioned by TOT might come in handy when some vagrant accidently sets one of these abandoned buildings on fire probably by smoking in them.

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MrBoB51

Dec-08-13 8:34 AM

I suppose if there is no one at the DPW that is willing/able to do these repairs then they have the wrong people. Why not ask the 'blight committee' to pick up a hammer and saw while they're 'busy' looking around at the blight? Why would any property owner keep their place kept up while the City and County lets our taxpayer funded property go to seed? Pride. This isn't Detroit.

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TiredOfTax

Dec-08-13 8:16 AM

It takes MONEY to take care of the problems... when you spend your money elsewhere (firetruck for one example) then you haven't the funds to do the real things we need done. It is easy to be influenced by neighboring blight letting your own property start to suffer and tire of cleaning up what is dropped or blows in from others. Lead by example, find ways to limit the mess on the properties that are held by the cities and county or sell them off so that they can be cleaned up.

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