Joe Angelino announces bid for State Assembly

first_imgAngelino is a combat veteran who served in the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. He also served as the Norwich Chief of Police and fire chief. The announcement follows current Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch’s (R-Bainbridge) decision to not seek reelection. (WBNG) — Joe Angelino announced his bid for New York State Assembly in the 122nd District for the 2020 election. Angelino is running as a republican.center_img The candidate says he will fight for “Upstate values” and “common sense” in a press release sent to 12 News. “New York State government is moving in the wrong direction. Andrew Cuomo and the Downstate liberal politicians are pushing a hard left agenda that helps criminals while ignoring crime victims, raises taxes, exports our jobs and young people, and infringes on our rights,” he said.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 2

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionParaprofessionals deserve a pay hikeLet me start by saying that though my wife works as a paraprofessional in the Schenectady school district, this is my perspective alone and reflective of my thoughts. Superintendent Larry Spring is at it again.He cannot seem to stop himself from being a disrespectful elitist.The lesson that the city’s chief educator wants to promote is that people working entry-level jobs that require less education don’t deserve a living wage.His elitism is so blinding that he seems to have no idea of the scope of responsibilities covered by paraprofessionals throughout a given school day. He doesn’t acknowledge the physical and psychological risk of the position.Paraprofessionals help to deliver curriculum, develop lessons, are the front line in dealing with behavior management and school safety. My wife had a tooth knocked out and comes home with bruises, bites and scratches weekly, sometimes daily.She works on projects and is in contact, day and night, with the teacher about classroom issues.Because the position requires less training and education, Mr. Spring believes these contributions don’t deserve a living wage.He stated that these lowest paid positions with the worst contracts should have to give something back instead of experiencing the well-deserved increase in pay and benefits.I agreed with one thing, that more training should be provided, more opportunities to better the education and skills of all district employees. If that happened, perhaps, Mr. Spring would have known the word he was searching for was amenable, not amendable.James CiminoSchenectadyNo debate among experts on climateDr. Walcek’s Aug. 10 letter suggests we should listen to all sides of the climate change debate.There is no debate. Global climate change is a fact and is ongoing. For example, global land temperatures have increased more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1800s and mostly since the 1980s (https://tinyurl.com/y6rv28z9). We’ve known the relationship between CO2 and air temperature since Arrhenius quantified it in 1896. We also know the additional CO2 comes from burning fossil fuels (by using the geochemical fingerprint of fossil fuel CO2).I know the survey Walcek writes of, and the same group published another survey two years later (in 2016) showing 81 percent of American Meteorological Society members understand humans are causing the warming (not a subset this time, total membership).When only scientists actually studying climate change are surveyed (i.e., experts), this percentage goes up to 97 percent agreeing that  global climate change is human caused (Cook et al. 2013, 2016).Walcek is right, science isn’t done by consensus. But acceptance of scientific ideas is done by consensus of scientists, and the experts have reached consensus. He knows this.David GillikinAmsterdamThe writer is a professor of geology at Union College.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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The better version

first_imgDear Editor,As I reflect on David Hinds’ letter to the press dated June 11, 2019, captioned “There is a difference between whistle-blowers and political spies”, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the political opportunism of David Hinds.But reading his piece confirmed in my mind with much clarity that Dr David Hinds is not the sort of public commentator who can bring reason to the “political and intellectual chaos” in Guyana.I say this because what is in the Guyana Standard News (Gov’t needs to flush out PPP moles from public service – David Hinds) clearly attributed first to Dr Hinds that he said: “the Government needs to flush out PPP moles from Public Service”.This is not reconciling to what Dr Hinds is saying in this letter.Rather, what Dr Hinds sought to do with his letter was cast aspersion on the Leader of the Opposition and former President of Guyana, Bharat Jagdeo. But he failed to deal with the comments attributed to him just over a week ago in the Guyana Standard News.My fore parents taught me that we must beware of such persons who seek to distort the issue by distracting and sidestepping the source of the debate as they attempt to change the narrative and tag the issue on someone else. Aren’t people who embody such characteristics liars, cheats and intellectual slime?This is what the Guyana Standard News quoted Dr Hinds as saying: “he shares this concern of the PPP’s access to citizens’ personal information while noting that the Government needs to act quickly and flush the public service of PPP moles”. As an academic, what evidence does Dr Hinds have that the whistleblowers are PPP moles or work for the PPP? Or is this his attempt to deceive the nation with his brand of subterfuge and trickery?Dr Hinds is further quoted by the Guyana Standard News as saying that “the PPP is using the public service to undermine the Government and “it is just plain wrong”. Again, where is his evidence that the PPP is doing this? Why can’t public servants who genuinely care about the levels of the financial waste in this Granger regime not leak information to the public as a means of bringing this financial plunder to an end?Reading Dr Hinds’ letter leaves the impression that he has suddenly woken up from a deep slumber. Hello, is anyone at home upstairs Dr Hinds? From day one, team Granger attacked many professionals in the public service and only this month we were reminded that two endangered species – one Valmiki Singh in the Telecoms Sector and one James Singh in the Forestry Sector are soon to be axed.So, is Dr Hinds encouraging the construction of public service with no independence of mind and no persons with adequate professional competence to ensure that checks and balances are adhered to at all times? Is Dr Hinds advocating for a public service that is totally populated by political minnows and bootlickers?We had such a situation in 1976 when Burnham made the Sophia declaration when he said that the “State is but an arm of the party”. And guess where that took the nation? Within a decade of such a sycophantic PNC attitude of mind, Guyana was totally bankrupt, uncreditworthy in the books of the international donor community and was experiencing the highest rate of malnutrition and ailments ever seen in all of the histories of independent Guyana.Is this what Dr Hinds is condoning? Is he “ok” with putting into the grave, all of the political principles his former leader, Dr Walter Rodney, preached? Some honesty for once, Dr David Hinds, would be a welcomed ingredient to the public political discourse. Especially in these challenging times, it is mandatory especially from people like Dr Hinds, who tries so hard to claim the title that he is an independent thinker. Or is it all a political sham and what we are seeing here is more hot air from another first-class political BS artist who claims that they are for the empowerment of the people?Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Papandreou calls IMF chief to convey complaints

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou has called the managing director of the International Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to convey Greece’s dissatisfaction with comments made by officials from the IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank – collectively known as the troika – on Friday.Earlier, the Greek government had issued a statement condemning the comments about the Greek economy as “unacceptable” and an attempt to meddle in Greece’s domestic affairs.According to the prime minister’s office, Papandreou called Strauss-Kahn to explain why Athens was so unhappy with the troika’s comments.In approving the fourth tranche of Greece’s emergency loan package, worth 15 billion euros, the troika warned that Athens would have to speed up its reforms and to sell 50 billion euros worth of state assets, including public property.It appears that this last suggestion in particular has angered the Greek government.“The behavior of the representatives of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank during Friday’s news conference was unacceptable,” said government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis in a statement. “We asked for their help and in return we have kept to the letter in all the pledges we made.“However, we did not ask anyone to intervene in our country’s domestic affairs. Everyone has to be aware of their role and this is something that we will make clear to our partners.”Greece turned to the troika last May for 110 bullion euros in emergency loans to avoid bankruptcy. But in order to qualify for the loans, the government had to agree to a raft of structural reforms.“We are in need but we also have limits,” said Petalotis. “We are not willing to negotiate the limits of our self-respect with anyone. We only accept orders from the Greek people.According to Papandreou’s office, Strauss-Kahn expressed his understanding and respect for the Greek government and its people.The prime minister was also due to speak with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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