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Charter review deserves time

Charter review deserves time

first_imgMayor Meg Kelly has formed a new Charter Review Commission comprised of the commissioners and deputies, to review the existing charter and propose improvements. Fortunately, the 2016-17 Charter Commission produced a compendium of recommendations in this direction (separate from the Council Manager proposal) that the new commission would do well to consider.Amending the existing charter was our hedge against the possibility that the council/manager proposal was defeated at the polls. So in this way, at least, the mayor’s initiative is in keeping with the former commission’s mandate. If the new commission’s proposal is on the November ballot, there will be plenty of time and space to comment.For now, advocates of charter change need to lower their voices so that the discussion can be heard how the commissioners want to change things. We also need to give Mayor Kelly the consideration due to anyone who enters a competitive election and ends up on top. The voters made their choice, and the outcome deserves its time on the stage.GORDON BOYDSaratoga SpringsThe writer was treasurer of the 2016-17 Charter Review Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLast November’s referendum on the Saratoga Springs City Charter produced an excruciatingly close result. The 10-vote margin against change, out of more than 9,000 cast has, if anything, amplified the voices on both sides who want the issue to be settled their way. As a member of the former Charter Review Commission and an activist in the Yes campaign, I think it is in everyone’s best interest at this point to lower the volume and give the community a breather.last_img read more

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK Sharing Insights into Industry’s Future

first_imgDelegates from across the oil and gas industry are being invited to learn about the current state of the subsea industry and what the future might look like at a networking event with Scottish Enterprise.Taking place at the AECC on Wednesday February 7, the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’, will provide guests with a networking opportunity and demonstrate different opportunities across the sector.Industry body, Subsea UK will deliver a presentation on the current landscape and the latest developments and opportunities to unfold.The organisation’s latest business activity review revealed that 80% of large companies and 65% of SMEs believe that their exports will grow over the next three years. Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK will be on-hand at the breakfast event to provide guidance on how delegates can capitalise on these business opportunities and more at Subsea Expo.David Rennie, head of energy, oil and gas at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Scottish Enterprise aims to work with ambitious companies to support business growth. By helping Subsea Expo delegates understand what the future of the UK’s subsea environment will look like and the opportunities available to them, we are looking forward to providing the necessary guidance and support.”Chief executive of Subsea UK, Neil Gordon, added: “Networking opportunities like the ‘Scottish Enterprise Business Breakfast’ are invaluable in providing important industry insights and predictions for the future to delegates at Subsea Expo. We’re encouraging representatives from organisations across the region to register their attendance and take advantage of the insights and support on offer.”last_img read more

Lawson breaks school scoring record; girls hoops Lakers go 2-1

Lawson breaks school scoring record; girls hoops Lakers go 2-1

first_imgAmid a busy final full week of the regular season, the Cazenovia girls basketball team had a chance to spoil perfection and, along the way, see senior forward Lindsey Lawson make some history.The Lakers faced 19-0, state Class D no. 3-ranked Brookfield last Thursday in an attempt to deny the Beavers the only undefeated regular season of any Section III squad.Yet it was Brookfield demonstrating why that perfect mark was justified, taming Cazenovia 63-34 as it bolted out to a 33-12 halftime lead and never got caught.Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott produced a triple-double for the Beavers, amassing 28 points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals, to go with six assists as Madilyne Kupris added 18 points and 10 rebounds.Back on Monday, the Cazenovia seniors were honored prior to its game against Hannibal, and then the Lakers proceeded to defeat the Warriors 51-34.Lawson, Julia Bauder, Molly Brown, Josie Avery, Molly Schwartz and Megan Hughes received the pre-game accolades, and unlike some Senior Night games, Cazenovia was quite sharp, building a 44-17 lead through three quarters.Though she finished with 24 points, Lawson did not have to do the work alone. Carleigh Szalach had nine points, with Bauder getting six points as Schwartz and Hadley Schug had five points apiece.Against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown a day later, the Lakers won again, this time by a bigger 57-31 margin, where Lawson achieved another milestone.By putting up 21 points, Lawson passed Helen Baroody as Cazenovia’s all-time leading scorer. Baroody put up 1,392 points during her Lakers tenure, with Lawson standing at 1,400 at the end of that game.Just as important for Cazenovia was seeing Szalach break out and match Lawson’s total of 21 points, with Bauder contributing seven points.Chittenango returned to action after a nine-day break and welcomed back Mekenzie Dahlin to the lineup after she had missed most of the season with an injury.And it was Dahlin leading the Bears to a tough 66-59 overtime victory over Skaneateles last Monday night, pouring in 21 points, including three 3-pointers and six free throws.After holding a slim lead for most of regulation, Chittenango was caught, 49-49, but then outscored the Lakers 17-9 in the four-minute OT period, overcoming a career-high 25 points from Emma Keady and 16 points from Tatumn Pas’cal.Aside from Dahlin, Ally Shoemaker finished with 16 points, nine assists and five steals, while Emily Moon got 11 points and eight rebonds. Cassidy Kelly gained 14 rebounds to go with her nine points.Going for its fifth win in a row against Fayetteville-Manlius on Thursday, the Bears nearly got it with a late comeback, but fell just short in a 53-51 defeat to the Hornets.F-M outscored Chittenango 29-19 in the second and third quarters, led by Lexie Roe, who poured in 24 points overall. Down 37-28, the Bears closed strong, but fell a basket short.Kelly was sensational, earning 22 points and 14 rebounds. Moon had 10 points and eight rebounds as she and Kelly nearly made the Hornets pay for all the attention on Shoemaker, who still had nine assists, five steals and four rebounds. Sarah Lanphear earned eight points.On Saturday, Chittenango lost, 54-37, to Homer, to finish its regular season at 12-8. Shoemaker was held to three points as Kelly got 10 points and Lanphear had nine points. Gracie Patriarco paced the Trojans with 21 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Cazenoviagirls basketballlast_img read more