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How to comment on an article

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4 Responses to How To Comment

  1. Ann Sullivan says:

    Tom O’Meara working hard, every day, for the mega millionaires of the Southern Tier

  2. libby says:

    I would appreciate any response regarding a situation I am involved in. Hopefully, someone can suggest what we might be able to do to have a say in our community and perhaps a solution for us to have some property rights to enjoy our home which has been taken away from us since they have started construction of this Community Center.
    I live in Brooklyn, New York adjacent to a 6 story Community Center that is being constructed. Our driveway is located approximately 1/2 foot before their 35 car underground garage on a narrow 1-way street. So their traffic and all traffic goes past my house first. They will probably have to turn right before their driveway in front of mind in order to go into their underground garage (which will cause us not to be able to park in front of our own driveway. Another problem might be that their clients park in front of our driveway as their construction workers already do and the police have done nothing about this. Another issue is that if we are parked in our own driveway we will not be able to take our car out since it will be blocked.
    Construction workers for this Community Center has damaged our property, has thrown garbage and lit cigarettes in our backyard, we have had constant debris which this construction. There have been so many issues I could not possible write them all down. Also, the fact that we can not predict what other future issues that Center will cause us and our neighbors.
    This Center will be open from 6:30AM to 10 or 11PM/7 days a week. Cars will be lining up right next to my home waiting to get into this garage forcing us to inhale these toxic fumes day and night. Most of their Clients will only need to be at this Center for approximately 1 hour or less so there will be in and out traffic all day and night forcing us to deal with noise and these toxic fumes day and night/7 days a week. The fact that these people can see in our homes and backyards takes away our privacy. Also, we will not be able to entertain in our yard due to the fumes and noise, as well as these people can see directly in our yards from their windows and balcony. That goes along with the pedestrian traffic hanging out by our home looking in our yard. The pedestrian traffic which will cause other problems such as loitering littering,and smoking (as they will not be allowed to smoke by that Community Center). This could also increase crime in our community since many of these people do not live here and this might encourage them to see what the neighborhood has.
    We have spoken to the Community Board, local Politicians, Public Advocate, Police Community Team, DOB, etc., unfortunately no one has been willing to help us after hearing the name of the organization that is opening this Community Center as they are very politically offiliated with these people. The organization that is opening this Community Center has had their board members on the local Community Board past and presently, they have a board member who was a Chaplain in the local precinct, they have a board member who works for the DOB, the chairman of the local Community Board’s wife works for the Congressman’s office, etc., etc. After making numerous complaints regarding illegal issues we have been harassed by the construction crew, as well we have made complaints to the police and the police have not even come to investigate. The people in my community are afraid to make complaints against these people as they have said they are afraid that someone will kill or hurt them or their families. Other neighbors have said that even if they complain no one will do anything about it, so why bother. My husband and I have made many complaints, all of these complaints were either closed or nothing came of them.

    We hope that someone might have advice on what we can do about our rights to live in an environment that we will not be forced to deal with noise and toxic fumes day and night, as well as stop these people from taking away our right to enjoy our homes as well as allowing us our privacy, etc. I do not think we should have to ask for these things, I think this is our right to have!!!! I would truly appreciate any advice on my comment.

  3. Oblong Valley Indivisibles says:

    Reclaim New York COMMUNITY ALERT
    Published in New Yorker Magazine (letter to the Editor) – first April edition 2017:
    “As a former NYS Attorney General investigator who rooted out corruption within the NYC criminal justice system during the 1970s, I was pleased to see the coverage of Mercer in this magazine and in other publications, but little attention that has been paid to what one of the Mercers’ companies, Reclaim New York, has been doing in the state. Ostensibly a nonprofit advocacy group that opposes government spending, Reclaim has demanded data from municipalities and schools to use in its databases, in order to push its libertarian and so-called alt-right political agenda throughout the state and the country. Reclaim has even gone so far as to use the Freedom of Information Act to “request,” and sometimes sue, for financial documents from more than two hundred and fifty schools, villages, towns, and cities in Orange, Westchester, Putnam, Delaware, Broome, and other counties in New York. Through companies like Reclaim, the Mercer family’s circle of influence extends far beyond even what has Mayer exposed. Mayer writes that not only does Reclaim share a corporate address with Cambridge Analytica—it shares a corporate officer, too: Steve Bannon. Reclaim is also holding “workshops” in these counties to build a “citizen army” that will flood their communities with FOILS. Their goal is to overwhelm small rural town governments and schools to, as Steve Bannon stresses, “deconstruct the administrative state”.
    Joyce St George

    Link to Bekah Mercer and Bannon’s RECLAIM NEW YORK:

    April 26, 2017 5:30-7:30
    The Affordability Crisis: Is It Time to Get Out of New York?
    Dasher’s Pub
    2 N Main Street
    Homer, NY, 13077

    The man who booked this is: George Phillips
    George Phillips was a 2016 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 22nd Congressional District of New York.Phillips was defeated by Claudia Tenney in the Republican primary.
    Phillips was also a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the same seat. He withdrew before the primary.

    May 3rd 5:30-7:30
    Hampton Inn
    26 Water Street
    Cortland, NY, 13045

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