July 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: July 9, 2013

Starting business

TO THE EDITOR: Have you or any one you know attempted to start a new business in Clinton County recently?

If so, then I am sure you know how difficult it is. You start by obtaining the applications for a state-issued license. You fill it out, mail it in, then wait five to six weeks to get a response informing you are missing information.

Then you fill out the missing information and mail it again, only to get it back six weeks later, missing more information that the office of licensing did not pick up the first time.

And so it goes on for months just to start a business that will create jobs and sales-tax revenues in the county.

The DMV, for example, when you are applying for a garage keeper, car sales or anything that falls under their jurisdiction, will send your application back due to the fact you did not include a copy of your license. That is odd; I thought they have all my information in their system. Why not look it up and print a copy or email you or phone you so you may speed up the process. But, no, you will have to wait another four to six weeks.

It is frustrating and discouraging to obtain any type of state license.

Here is a simple solution for the upstate New York area — I mean the real upstate, not Albany — we should have a licensing review office. Their job is to help the businessperson in this area complete and submit the application so we can open a new business without wasting valuable time.

I hope our representatives in Albany will do something productive.




Chateaugay benefit

TO THE EDITOR: The Chateaugay 10-K Committee held its fundraising event on June 8 to benefit Disabled American Veterans in its efforts to purchase a van to transport veterans to their medical appointments.

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