1688Roland Bower's Letter to LH on 8/3/00
- Sep 4, 2000Rail Trail a big waste of taxpayers' money
I worked on the FJ&G Railroad for 10 years. When I worked there, the
railroad owned the land, maintained its own road bed, maintained its
own traffic controllers, plowed the snow, cut the brush and policed
the entire route. The railroad also paid Gloversville, Johnstown and
Amsterdam city taxes, Montgomery and Fulton County taxes and school
taxes to the Northville, Mayfield, Broadalbin, Johnstown, Fonda and
Amsterdam school districts.
The notion that the Rail Trail fiasco is going to produce some
pie-in-the-sky revenue for this area is beyond ludicrous &emdash;
it's absurd. This is another classic example of politicians throwing
away our tax dollars. Where is this grant coming from? A member item
in the state pork barrel slush fund? We've had a mugging on the
and last week, a man was charged with sodomy after an incident on the
Gloversville and Johnstown have several hundreds of miles of
sidewalks to walk on. What's better than a nice brisk walk on
historic Kingsboro Avenue in the summertime?
By law, the railroad had to blow its whistle at all grade crossings.
This used to be the chief complaint of the residents. Who is going to
police this monstrosity beyond the city line to Dennie's Crossing?
Please stop throwing good money after bad.
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