Letters to the editor

The citizens deserve better

To the editor:

One got a clear view of how obnoxious the mayor and her corporate counsel can be. The mayor referred to the audience as "The Peanut Gallery" and threatened to have residents removed from the meeting when her appointment of non-city residents to her Golf Course Committee was questioned. The appointment is a violation of the city charter.

When Alderman Dybas requested that Mr. DeCusatis write a statement regarding his explanation of the rule violation, so that he could forward it to the attorney general, Mr. DeCusatis pooh-poohed his request telling the alderman that the A.G. would not involve himself in such matters. He further "challenged" that if anyone doesn't like my ruling, they can bring a "lawsuit" against me, his way of bullying those who were unwilling to accept his phony defense of the wrong doing.

The mayor did not answer any of the comments with sincerity, but felt comfortable making snide condescending remarks to the audience.

The residents of the city of Amsterdam may be stuck with two more years of the sitting mayor and her corporate counsel, but I hope they consider how rude, manipulative and unprofessional this duo can be when it comes time for re-election.

The citizens of the city of Amsterdam deserve better.

Carl F. Leo,


Thanks for neighborhood support

To the editor:

The Market Hill Neighborhood Watch would like to thank everyone who came out for our fifth annual Meet Your Neighbor event. It was a great fun-filled day for everyone.

We would like to thank our members who helped to plan and promote the event and worked behind the scenes to make everything go smoothly: Tiffany Redmond, Fernando Marotta, Chuck and Carol Hesselink and Mary Lou Baldwin.

Thank you to those who donated their time that day: Nancy Carr and staff from the Amsterdam YMCA who provided great activities for kids, Carlos Aleman who provided his DJ services, Peg Knack of Michael's who kept the kids busy with great craft activities, Dorothy Kwiatoski who cooked all the hot dogs, and Orlando Rivera for letting us use his electricity. Also thanks to the APD K9 unit for their demonstration and the Amsterdam Police Explorers for lending a hand.

Thank you to those who donated food for event: Linda Burns, Millie Silva, Dorothy Bardascini, Wanda Rivera, Eddie Russo, Joe Isabel.

Thank you to area businesses for their contributions: Walmart, Price Chopper, Hannaford, Fastrac, McDonald's, Burger King, Stewart's.

Finally, thank you to Sgt. Tom Nethaway for all of his help, the Amsterdam Police Department and Mayor Ann Thane for their continued support of Neighborhood Watch.

Tim Becker

and Nancy Lisicki


Fighting domestic violence

To the editor:

Project ACTION Tobacco-Free Coalition of Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery Counties partners with local organizations in our community. One of the local partners is Montgomery County Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services of Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The program has been very busy because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Oct. 5 (today) they are hosting "Purple Paws for a Cause," a dog walk to raise awareness of the correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse. The event will take place at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam at 10 a.m. Oct. 16 is National Wear Purple Day and we ask that everyone wear purple on that day to show their support for domestic violence awareness.

According to the U.S. Human Society, 85 percent of women and 63 percent of children entering shelters discussed incidents of pet abuse in the home. We share the common goal of healthy families and a safe community. Montgomery County Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services provides free, confidential services to all victims. Should you need help or more information please call the 24 hour hotline (842-3384) or visit the website at http://catholiccharitiesfmc.org/domesticviolence.htm.

Sue Arminio,


The message is a simple one

To the editor:

The announcement that concerted efforts are being undertaken by the people in charge of economic development to elevate the Saratoga Springs community up to a recognized global tourism center, with besides the flat track, high end luxury hotels, motels and possibly a casino stated to be added to the landscape, has resulted in field representatives hired by Canadian, European and Middle East thoroughbred horse racing connections are commencing to make low-key, unannounced, "tourists" visits to all of the counties adjacent to Saratoga looking for suitable sites to possibly establish their own American-based operations, or seek out potential investment possibilities involving businesses, that can readily accommodate foreign cultural tourist collectors and horse racing enthusiasts coming into the area.

The message being defined by these activities is a rather simple one: The Saratoga flat track should experience a humongous increase of attendees which translates into a cash flow deluge of foreign tourist revenue, inside the track and outside.

Every single business in every county surrounding Saratoga that connects with especially catering to thoroughbred horse racing and the advanced numbers of tourists that will be coming, can be assured they will share in the inundated profit levels that materialize.

On the other hand, if any municipality allows the economic barriers they've created for themselves to remain intact which keeps them out of the loop, eventually a New York state legislature decision concerning the future of their county will be forthcoming and will certainly not sit well with all those involved.

Anthony Biscotti,