Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why would this happen? So congressional leaders can give large tax breaks to some of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals and corporations in the world.Those leaders had a real opportunity to tackle tax reform and deliver meaningful support to our working families and the small businesses that drive the New York and U.S. economies.That’s just not what this is, and I am grateful to Keith for sharing his story and shedding a little more light on the millions who would be worse off if this plan becomes law.I voted no, and if it comes down to it I’ll do it again.Rep. Paul D. TonkoAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Re: the Nov. 26 letter from local graduate student Keith Preble expressing concern that the GOP tax plan will hurt him and other students in our region, I share Keith’s concerns and voiced my opposition when the bill came up for a vote in the House.Not only would this bill hurt students, parents, teachers and schools, it raises taxes on millions of our middle class and working poor families, especially in New York, and explodes the deficit just to give tax breaks to billionaires and wealthy corporations.Unfortunately, the plan is even worse for students than Keith describes.More than 140,000 graduate students in the United States pay for their education with something called tuition waivers. These waivers are given by colleges and universities to allow students to attend college tuition-free in exchange for working at the school. For many, this is the only way they can afford an advanced degree in many vitally important specialties.The GOP tax plan closes that door by taxing these waivers as income. In the simplest terms, this means a graduate student making $30,000 to work as a teaching assistant and receiving a tuition waiver of $50,000 in graduate credits would be taxed as if they were making $80,000.For many graduate students like Keith, that will mean a 300- to 400-percent increase in their taxes that could force an early end to their graduate careers.
30 Balgowlah Street, WakerleyA LUXURY mansion at Wakerley has cracked the million-dollar mark.REMAX Advantage marketing specialist Todd Gerhardt sold the five-bedroom home at 30 Balgowlah St for $1.15 million earlier this month.“It was only on the market with me for two days,” Mr Gerhardt said.“I had a buyer who I knew what they were looking for and that house fit them perfectly.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020It sold for much higher than the suburb’s median sale price, which was $740,000 according to the latest CoreLogic market trends data. 30 Balgowlah Street, WakerleyMr Gerhardt said the beautiful home, which was well maintained by its previous owners, was worth every cent. “There’s not many like this on the market at the moment,” Mr Gerhardt said. He added that there were a lot of buyers on the market for luxury homes at the moment. “I think they’re just looking for a spacious home,” Mr Gerhardt said.He said there was more value for money in Wakerley compared to suburbs closer to the city, including Carindale and Camp Hill.“That’s the place to be if you want a mansion,” Mr Gerhardt said.
The Lady Bulldog softball team opened the season tonight with a home victory over Rushville by a score of 8-4.Abby Westerfeld got the win. She tossed two strike outs in the 1st inning to set the tone for a masterful 6 inning pitching performance. The Bulldogs score a run in the 1st inning with hits from Kylie Laker (double), followed by a Kara Obermeyer single. The second Bulldog run came in the 2nd inning when Abby Westerfeld scored off a single by freshman, Sydnee Schaefer.A defensive stance by the Bulldogs left Rushville scoreless again in the 3rd when freshman catcher Emma Belter caught a Rushville base runner stealing 3rd after a strike out pitch. Batesville scored 2 more runs in the 3rd inning with 2 outs with hits from Paige Oldham (double), Emma Belter (double), Westerfeld.Rushville scored 1 in the 4th, and 3 in the 6th to tie the game.The first 2 Bulldogs outed in the 6th inning, but hits hy Kylie Laker, Kate Burkhart (double), Ellie Waechter, Obermeyer (double), Oldham, and Belter scored 4 runs.Rushville’s first two batters of the 7th inning reached base. A double play (tag, then 4-3) by Burkhart, and a right field catch by Chloe Saler ended the game.The Bulldogs finished the game with 9 singles, 7 doubles, 2 triples, and only 1 strike out and no base on balls. Westerfeld finished the game with 3 strike outs and 2 walks.The Bulldogs are 1-0 on the season and 1-0 in the EIAC. Next Up – the Eagles of Jac-Cen-Del away at 5:30 pm on Tuesday 4/2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.