More from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This just in — “Niskayuna homeowners have the highest tax bills in the Capital Region.” Not exactly news if you live in this town. The town and school boards never miss a chance to increase the tax bills for our residents, even when they easily could. The school board approved a program expenditure increase of over $3.2 million, increased staffing of 17.2 personnel, and will have you believe that it did us a favor by only increasing our tax levy by 2.64 percent. The board also is sort of bragging that it could have been worse because the increase is below the tax levy limit.The two boards in this town have a long history of tax and spend. The 2015-16 school revenues were increased dramatically due to the state owing back aid. Yet instead of lowering our taxes, they proudly managed to keep the it at zero percent. The last time a school vote failed, that board put out the same budget for a second vote and went on record saying the residents just didn’t understand the budget. The residents sent it down to a resounding defeat. We understand perfectly.It’s time for a change in the make-up of our two boards in this town. The entire politics of these boards are tax-and-spend liberal Democrats, with the exception of our newly elected town supervisor. She could use some help from a more conservative team. It’s not surprising that one of the town board members quickly went on record stating that nothing was going to change. And by all indications, they aren’t supporting our supervisor. I will be hopeful that people that know fiscal management will run for open seats in the future. This long trend is putting a huge strain on our senior citizens and residents at large. I support the school. The education my children received was phenomenal. But what I see in way too many budgets are niceties, not necessities.BRIAN KREISNiskayunaThe writer is a retired school business administrator.
Associated Press SD State looks to extend streak vs SD February 21, 2020 ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: South Dakota has depended on senior leadership while South Dakota State has been fueled heavily by freshmen this year. For the Coyotes, seniors Tyler Hagedorn, Stanley Umude, Tyler Peterson, Triston Simpson and Cody Kelley have collectively accounted for 83 percent of the team’s scoring. In the other locker room, freshmen Douglas Wilson, Noah Freidel and David Wingett have collectively scored 47 percent of South Dakota State’s points this season, including 52 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.TERRIFIC TYLER: Hagedorn has connected on 53.5 percent of the 129 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 6 for 17 over his last three games. He’s also converted 81.6 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: South Dakota is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 19-5 when scoring at least 70.PERFECT WHEN: South Dakota is a perfect 9-0 when it turns the ball over nine times or fewer. The Coyotes are 10-10 when they record more than nine turnovers. The South Dakota State defense has forced 9.6 turnovers per game in conference play and 13 per game over its last three.DID YOU KNOW: The South Dakota State offense has scored 78.1 points per game this season, ranking the Jackrabbits 26th nationally. The South Dakota defense has allowed 74.1 points per game to opponents (ranked 254th).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Dakota (19-10, 9-5) vs. South Dakota State (21-8, 12-2)Frost Arena, Brookings, South Dakota; Sunday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Dakota State looks for its eighth straight conference win against South Dakota. South Dakota State’s last Summit League loss came against the South Dakota Coyotes 99-84 on Jan. 19. South Dakota fell 77-74 at home to North Dakota State in its last outing. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com