February 17, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 17, 2014

Overwhelmed by support

TO THE EDITOR: I wish to publicly thank the many friends and relatives who sent prayers and well wishes during my recent bout with health issues.

The outpouring of support was, frankly, overwhelming.

I wish to make special mention to my fiancee, Monica Young, and my son, Chuck, who have and continue to provide daily support.

I also want to mention Lowell and Linda Stringer. Without Linda’s foresight, I likely would not be sending this letter.

A thank you also to Dr. Dadian, the staff at Adirondack Cardiology, Kevin Bolan, Jean VanAuken and the Newcomb Rescue Squad. Special thanks to the staff at Glens Falls Hospital for putting up with a stubborn patient.



Town of Newcomb

Important work

TO THE EDITOR: The New York State School Boards Association is in the midst of a statewide campaign that highlights the work of school board members and the challenging — and vitally important — work they do.

Nowhere is that more evident than in the annual budget process.

This year, Gov. Cuomo has proposed a state tax credit in school districts that stay within their property tax caps. Yet the ability of schools to maintain quality educational programs and stay within the cap depends to a large degree on the amount of aid they receive in the state budget to supplement local property taxes.

As always, school boards will work diligently to put together affordable spending plans that meet the educational needs of students.

The decisions they make aren’t easy ones, and it’s important that members of the community participate in the local school budget process.

We also urge everyone to join NYSSBA in recognizing the important work of school board members by visiting our Facebook page (

There you can find out more about our campaign and celebrate the school board members in your community. Let’s honor these unsung heroes who devote their time and efforts to improving the lives of children in our communities.

After all, school board members are your neighbors.


Area director 

New York State School Boards Association

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