Just so much hog wash
To the editor:
In a recent letter, Ms. Koslowski worried about how "average" people reading a July letter from another Broadalbin resident might interpret it. I located the letter, which was a taxpayer thanking Town Supervisor DiGiacomo and his council for approving repair of a washout and for reopening his road.
Every time I see it claimed that one public official can't do their job because of another public official, I hope the readers know that this is so much hog wash.
For every office in the towns of the state of New York, there is a book: "The Office of the [blank] -- drop in the title "Assessor," "Town Clerk," "Highway Superintendent," "Town Supervisor." The duties and limitations of each office are prescribed by law. Every function is detailed as to when, where and how it is to be carried out.
The legal guidelines by which every town highway department in every town operates are the same under New York state town law. Contrary to Ms. Koslowski's assertions, the Broadalbin highway superintendents of the past had to operate within the exact same guidelines by which the current highway superintendent must now abide.
In like fashion, town Supervisor Joe Digiacomo is obligated by his oath to uphold the laws of the town of Broadalbin and the laws of the state of New York. The duties of his office leave no room for innovation or personal interpretation. That is why, when people running for office claim, "I am going to do things differently," they are blowing smoke.
We have been very fortunate in Broadalbin to have a tax rate of .89 cents per $1,000 for over 12 years. Joe DiGiacomo has continued to hold that line by preparing a budget which is properly funded without overburdening the taxpayer. That is Supervisor DiGiacomo's job, prepare and administer the budget as chief fiscal officer of the town, and represent the best interests of the people of the town of Broadalbin at the Fulton County Board of Supervisors.
Joe DiGiacomo has done a remarkably steady job of both while navigating a great number of curves thrown at him by outside government agencies, unforeseen local expenditures, and detracting personal agendas.
Having served as town clerk under three town supervisors, I think that word -- "steady" -- best describes Joe DiGiacomo. I only hope the voters of Broadalbin realize how lucky we have been, and vote to return Supervisor Digiacomo to office.
Bring the Mets to this area
To the editor:
In the great state of New York we have two major league baseball teams: the Mets and the Yankees. We also have several minor league teams: one A team in Troy (Tri-City ValleyCats), and three Triple-A teams in Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo. None of these teams is affiliated with the Mets or the Yankees. The Mets do have a Double-A team in Binghamton, but we would like to propose bringing the Mets Triple-A team to our immediate area.
Triple-A teams are at the top in minor league baseball, just one step from the majors, and only a few cities can support them. There is one local region that has so much to offer, yet it lacks a Triple-A team. This is the area north of Albany and into Saratoga.
The Mets Triple-A affiliate is currently located in Las Vegas, Nev., which is over 2,000 miles from their major team. Everything about this location is wrong. It's too far, it's too old, it's too hot, and it's crime-ridden. The players have referred to it as the worst possible place to be. The ideal time to make a move is when their contract is up in 2014.
The Mets need a prime location in the same state as their major team. We are less than 200 miles from New York City, and can enhance the fan base for both the major and minor teams. The shuffle of players between the two teams would be so much easier.
The area near Saratoga has shown tremendous growth. GlobalFoundries is a new industry. There are plans for a casino. We have the race track, the performing arts center, and so much more. The addition of a Triple-A team would only make this region better.
We are a father and daughter who have been Mets fans since their inception in 1962. We don't have the clout to make something like this happen; however, we hope to spark interest in the professional people who can bring this to reality. Can you help us, sports editors and writers, planning boards, and government officials? Other Mets fans, will you speak up in support? Let's go out to the ball game ... right here.
Ed Palmer, Galway
Merry Lee Kraft, Averill Park
Suicide Prevention Month
To the editor:
Did you know that over 38,000 die by suicide each year in the United States? That's one person every 13 minutes. These are more than just numbers; they represent our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
For the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has declared September as Suicide Prevention Month in New York state. What better time for our community to learn more about suicide and how to prevent it? Learning some of the key suicide warning signs such as feeling hopeless, withdrawing from friends and family, and making suicidal statements can help save lives. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or just needs to talk, call (800) 273-TALK (8255). Help is available 24 hours a day, every day.
Another way the community can help is by participating in the upcoming Capital Region Out of the Darkness Walk for RITA on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Saratoga Race Course. Whether or not you have been personally touched by suicide, I encourage you to participate. The money raised at this event will support the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) by funding national and local suicide prevention programs and research.
To register for the walk, please visit www.afsp.org/capitalregionny or call (518) 791-1544.
Together, we can and will save lives.
The writer is board chairwoman of Walk for RITA, co-chairwoman of Survivor Outreach Program, and coordinator of AFSP Capital Region NY.