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Plan to expand the Colonie dump stinks

first_imgAll the inept town supervisor, Paula Mahan, and the inept Colonie Town Board want is the revenue in order to hide their fiscal ineptitude.If the person or persons who will be deciding this expansion at the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have any compassion for human beings and the environment, they will deny this expansion.If the DEC approves, then the person or persons who approve this expansion are nothing more than incompetent, uncaring-for-human-beings bureaucrats.I invite Paula Mahan and the DEC to move their offices next to the current landfill so they can wake up and smell the landfill.John KenneyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The town of Colonie wants to expand the current Colonie landfill to twice its size.At its current size, the landfill spews out horrible odors, unknown hazardous materials into the air and Mohawk River and adds unnecessary extra truck traffic to Route 9.The town of Colonie need this expansion due to the ineptitude of its government fiscal policies. The landfill is supposed to close at the end of 2017, but Colonie needs this revenue.Obviously the town has no concern about the environment or the health of the residents who live near the landfill.last_img read more

Guest Column: Can a sitting president be indicted under the Constitution?

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionAs we enter the 13th month of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, there has been a great deal of chatter in recent weeks about whether a sitting president can be indicted.That is, can criminal charges be brought against a sitting president? Donald Trump’s legal team, most prominently Rudy Giuliani, all say no.There may be strong public policy reasons not to indict a sitting president. The special counsel’s mandate may not permit it.But what of the Constitution? Does the Constitution allow it?  Political commentators have tended to focus on the nature of the president’s office and the structure of government. The actual words of the Constitution have barely been mentioned. Let’s go to the source, the actual words of the Constitution.  A constitutional discussion must begin with the Impeachment Clause: “Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office or honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”The clause mentions both impeachment and indictment.It does not explicitly state that impeachment must come first, but the clause does discuss impeachment before it discusses indictment.By discussing impeachment first, did the constitutional framers intend to preclude indictment prior to the impeachment process? Or, having limited the penalties that can be imposed through the impeachment process, does the clause simply make clear that the official subject to impeachment also remains subject to the criminal process?Other provisions of the Constitution and past practice suggest the latter.The impeachment power extends beyond the president to include the vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States.”The House of Representatives has issued Articles of Impeachment – the first step in the process – at least 19 times, including against two U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Other instances include one U.S. Senator, a Cabinet member, and 15 federal judges. There is no other reference to the president regarding impeachment or indictment. This is all the more notable because the text of the Constitution does provide a limited immunity for members of Congress.“They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”In other words, the framers of the Constitution did not want members of Congress hauled off in cuffs while in session.The text of the Constitution does not include similar protection for a sitting president.If a president cannot face criminal charges, that conclusion must be based upon something other than the words of the Constitution.  Hermes Fernandez is senior partner, Bond at Schoeneck & King, PLLC, in Albany. He is a former assistant counsel to Gov. Mario Cuomo; former attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Justice Department, Washington, D.C. (Main Justice); and past vice president of the New York State Bar Association.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homescenter_img In at least three of those cases — the 1986 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne of Nevada, the 1989 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Walter Nixon of Mississippi, and the 2009 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas — the judges remained on the bench following criminal convictions and were only impeached after refusing to leave office.   There are two recent prominent cases in which federal criminal charges – indictments – were brought against sitting federal officers without impeachment proceedings ever having occurred.In 2014, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm was indicted on multiple felony counts, pleading guilty to one. He later resigned his office. In 2015, Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted. His trial ended in a mistrial. He remains in office.The most well known example, though, is Spiro Agnew, vice president under President Richard Nixon.Agnew went so far as to file a motion in court arguing that a sitting vice president could not be indicted.Ultimately, Agnew pleaded no contest to a felony charge of tax evasion and resigned his office the same day.  The text of the Constitution makes only one special accommodation for the president regarding impeachment: “[T]he Chief Justice shall preside” at his impeachment trial.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRep. Stefanik serves as an inspirationI am so proud to call Elise Stefanik my congresswoman.She has been doing a spectacular job speaking out at the impeachment hearing.Rep. Stefanik has proven herself to be well prepared, articulate and professional.She serves her constituents well by promoting lower taxes, small businesses, local farms and advocating for our military and veterans.She has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and our school safety.She is an amazing role model for young girls like me.I aspire to be like our congresswoman some day.I am looking forward to helping with her upcoming campaign for re-election.Meg MessittWiltonThe writer is a student at Saratoga Springs High School.Balance Adk. task force, issue permitsYour Nov. 9 editorial about protection of the Adirondacks focuses on overuse and damage to portions of our largest wilderness, the High Peaks.While the state DEC is to be credited for forming a task force to study the problem, we noticed how few wilderness advocates were appointed.Just two of 13 appointees are associated with organizations espousing wilderness protection, ostensibly a key purpose of the task force. Most appointees, eight, are state and local government employees, who should be represented but who ought not to dominate.Second, your list of High Peaks priorities mirrors that of the DEC: trail repair, redirecting hikers, enforcing parking rules, guidance for visitors. These measures, while important, have proved insufficient.They leave out a tool used in other popular wilderness areas: a permit reservation or limited entry system. The DEC would set limits on the number of people hiking off the most heavily impacted trails to the peaks. They would issue online permits up to those limits, just as DEC has done for years at state campgrounds, holding back some permits for same-day use.They would monitor and evaluate its benefits which may include less damage to trails and natural resources and greater opportunities for hikers and campers to have a true wilderness experience, free from over-congestion.Permit fees could be dedicated to wilderness trail maintenance and forest rangers. Adirondack Wild encourages DEC to test such a system in 2020.David GibsonBallston LakeThe writer is managing partner with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Bracknell IT Companies – Going for IT in a big way

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La palme d’or

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MEPC and Regus link up in profit-share deal

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Stuck in the rough

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Utilities: Grid lock

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The market in minutes

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£15bn going offshore

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