Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn early October 2017, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and a couple of candidates running for City Council came to my home campaigning. In conversation, I expressed a neighborhood concern. They all agreed it needed attention. The mayor had someone take the information down and told me he would look into the matter. On Oct. 21, I decided to send the mayor a private Facebook message to see when I could expect the matter to be resolved. I received no response. On Dec. 14, I called the mayor’s office and left a voicemail message. Again no response. On Jan. 3, 2018, I left another private Facebook message and got no response.I then called what I thought was the appropriate office at City Hall to voice my concern and was told: “I’ll pass your message onto the office that handles this type of matter.” I asked to please have someone call me regarding the issue. Again, no response. I also emailed two city councilmen and received no responses. Last but certainly not least, on April 19, I sent Councilman Vince Riggi a private Facebook message. Less than an hour later, he responded by telling me he contacted the appropriate office and would follow up with me.On April 26, Councilman Riggi updated me, and days later the problem was resolved. After thanking him for not only helping me but for all he does for the city of Schenectady, his response was, “Always my pleasure to serve Joanne. If there’s anything in the future, do not hesitate to let me know.”Mr. Riggi, you are an asset to the city of Schenectady and you know the true meaning of serving the people you work for. Your efforts are appreciated.JOANNE HWASZCZSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Press Association “Over the course of the season if you want to be a successful team you need to have those options and you need to have players ready to take opportunities,” he told evertontv. “You need to find out as a team how you cope with injuries and suspensions. “Gareth has played in that position before and has experience, Bryan Oviedo is someone comfortable in that position while Tony Hibbert and John Stones can adapt into that role, as can Sylvain Distin. “In that respect we have plenty of options. It is an opportunity for someone to show they can help the team.” On the positive side centre-back Antolin Alcaraz played his first match after almost four months out with a hamstring injury. The Paraguay international has yet to feature in the first team squad since following Martinez from Wigan in the summer but came through a run-out in a friendly. Hibbert, fit again after a spell on the sidelines, and Stones were also involved in the game. “We had a very good exercise on Monday, a friendly behind closed doors against Sheffield Wednesday,” added the Toffees boss. “Antolin played 45 minutes and showed no signs of not being fully fit, which is very pleasing. “He has had a really difficult time and has been fighting strongly to help the team and I don’t think it will be too long until we see Antolin available and in a position where he can help in this heavy period. “We have 10 games in six weeks so we need everyone ready and available. “It was great to see the likes of Antolin, Tony Hibbert and John Stones showing that they are desperate to play.” “Once more it shows you what an incredible character we have as he never wanted to stay in the dressing room, he wanted to help the team but in the end he had to come off,” said the Spaniard. “We have had the news there is a fracture in his phalange in the right foot. “That is still a little bit up in the air as to how long he is going to be out. “It could be up to six weeks but knowing Leighton it will probably be less than that. It is how he reacts to the treatment he is going to have. “It is a real disappointment to lose Leighton for any space of days, never mind weeks.” Such has been the 28-year-old’s permanence in the starting line-up over the last few years there is no ready-made, experienced replacement to step into the breach. Gareth Barry filled in for Baines at left-back, a role he performed intermittently earlier in his career, but it is unlikely the 32-year-old will continue there in the interim such has been his impact in central midfield. Martinez is looking for someone to come in and grasp the chance but knows it will be a challenge for his side to lose a player who has been the Premier League’s best left-back for at least the last two years. Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits the injury to Leighton Baines will be a test of his squad’s depth. The England left-back has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fractured toe suffered in the first half of in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, which eventually forced him off in the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park. However, Martinez believes the injury further underlined the defender’s character as despite breaking a bone, Baines was determined to play on.