20 Oct

More must be done about Mohawk River ice jams

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhat can be done to alleviate the almost yearly ice jam along the Mohawk River? Generations of my family have lived on Schonowee Avenue in Scotia. In my 87 years, 70 of those years have seen ice jams and dangerous flooding from Jumpin’ Jacks through the Stockade in Schenectady, past the Waters Edge Lighthouse and the marina in Alplaus and past the Rexford Bridge where the jam begins in the wide part of the river before Lock 7. I read news reports about Coast Guard cutters and excavation activities along the Connecticut River and Penns Creek, and I wonder if our local authorities have considered these or other alternatives to watching the flooding occur and strengthening evacuation procedures. It would be helpful to those of us with homes or businesses along these banks to understand what is going to be done, if anything.Ken FetterScotiaMore 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: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

20 Sep

Andrew Yang drops out of 2020 Presidential Race

first_imgTrailing in New Hampshire, Andrew Yang dropped out of the 2020 Democratic race for the White House as the polls were closing for the first in the nation primary. The 45-year-old entrepreneur and first time presidential candidate had hoped his signature idea of giving every American adult a universal basic income of $1,000 a month would help lift him to the White House. However, while campaigning in the second state to vote in the presidential contest, Yang decided it was time to officially call it quits.“By the numbers, the decision was pretty clear,” Zach Graumann, Yang’s campaign manager told the NewsHour on Tuesday. “It doesn’t feel honest to keep taking money and enthusiasm from our supporters, but also from the Democratic Party. It’s obviously a difficult decision, but we believe the right one.”Graumann said Yang no longer saw a “real chance to win the nomination” but hopes to have a future in politics.Graumann would not say who, if anyone, Yang would endorse, but did say he planned to support whoever Democrats nominate to go up against President Trump.last_img read more