Vote for Wendy Long
On June 26, New York Republicans will have a primary and will vote to select their candidate for the U.S. Senate race in November.
The Otsego County committee has endorsed Wendy Long, the one clear choice for all of New York state residents.
Steve Forbes recently endorsed Wendy Long for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in New York.
Wendy clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and was deeply involved in the debate over judicial confirmations, including that of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. She is a constitutionalist with a commitment to limited self-government under the Constitution.
More importantly, Wendy Long understands and is courageous enough to address the major financial problems that we face.
Please vote on June 26 for Wendy Long.
Sheila M. Ross
Ross is the chairwoman of the Otsego County Republican Committee.
Property not fit for multi-family rental
Having been in 10 Irving Place, I was surprised to find that it was even possible to put more than three people into the house. When it was a convent and I was a St. Mary's School teacher, I was inside. The third floor housed a very small room which was used as an altar. I was always afraid that a fire might start up there since a candle burned inside a votive holder. The stairs up were difficult to climb. Certainly if rented to college students, a fire escape would be necessary. As for the "two-story" garage, Mitt Romney must have installed an elevator for cars to go underground. The garage does not even look tall enough to have a raccoon live above the first floor.
Although many people chafed under the former strict following of regulations applied to rental properties, the laissez-faire attitudes now are leading to many potentially dangerous situations and quite a few run-down properties. Porches are falling off some of these houses and some don't have fire escapes where needed. As more and more houses in the city are turned over to landlords for students, those of us who remain must bear eyesores, noisy neighbors, no available street parking for guests and fire dangers.
It is time to re-evaluate the need for more properties becoming student rentals to make lots of money and force families who wish to rent out of our city. Code enforcement should be strictly followed and inspections should be done frequently. Fines should certainly be higher. Not having working fire alarms is given the same fine as parking on the wrong side of the street. Certainly lives are more valuable than a few minutes avoiding a traffic jam.
Pamela Fitch Tausta