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AlbanyObserver 11 months, 1 week ago on County commissioners debate funding NYSP

A) "the local version of the National Youth Sports Program" & B) "funding to help pay for its two-week summer program for 500 area youth"

1) Who or what is the local version? 2) What is the total cost, since this is only to "help" pay for the cost? 3) Where will the program take place? 4) What are the qualifications of the entity or persons involved? 5) What are the qualifications for enrollment of the 500 area youth? 6) Will the cost be lesser if only 300 area youth participate?

What connection does the picture have to the article?

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AlbanyObserver 1 year ago on Joe Bishop honored with service award

Joe Bishop is a fine man with a deep rooted love for people and this area of the state. We are more than fortunate to have him in public service. Congratulations!

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AlbanyObserver 1 year, 4 months ago on RiverQuarium gets $150,000 from city

Is this a grant, or a loan? If it is a grant, what assurances did the organization offer that the financial straits would be resolved within the 90 day period? After all, wouldn't it be important to only have a grant if there were a plan for the organization to pull out of the red?

If it's a loan, what are the terms?

We are just on the road to nowhere but financial ruin with the "free government money" mentality.

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AlbanyObserver 1 year, 6 months ago on DCSS reimbursing Title I funds

Unless he is driving a check that is payable from his personal funds, and not funds that are in the hands of the DCSS via the taxpayers, it's all still a shell game.

Who is going to reimburse the taxpayers for this? What program will be cut to get the $100,000 required to repay Title I? Oh, I forgot, we can just eliminate one more consultant.

That's the larger and still unanswered question.

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AlbanyObserver 1 year, 7 months ago on County tables insurance vote as employees complain (update)

"The bi-weekly increase for single employees covered under the base plan would be $1.42, while employee-plus-one would increase $2.76 and families $3.96. That's significantly less than the figures we talked about last week."

You cannot tell me that it is unreasonable to ask that employees pay an additional $3.96 every two weeks to ensure that their families have health insurance. Compare the increased costs of all other goods and services.

What a horrible example of the tail wagging the dog.

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AlbanyObserver 1 year, 7 months ago on Taylor sells city's 5-year plan

Mr. Taylor, I salute you. Please continue to be the voice of reason and logic. Please continue to attempt to bring common sense to city government. No governmental entity can or should be all things to all people. Pare down the scope of local government, to be more in line with the projected tax base, and Albany may be able to survive. Fail to do so, and we will surely fail.

The "build it and they will come" theory does not work. It's actually "build it and we will pay." And pay for a long, long time.

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AlbanyObserver 1 year, 9 months ago on State asks DCSS for documentation for FY 2012 Title I expenditures

Thanks for the link. If this gentleman (Joseph B. Washington) is the person who was paid, it's still bad. Really bad.

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