It is an annual rite of passage, that in my mind is a sign that winter is finally over. Yes folks, the aerators have been installed on Buckingham Pond. This might not sound like much, but to my out of town readers — who I warmly welcome to my blog — the pond is a small sanctuary kind of in the western part of the city, which has a walking path; you can fish if you want. or just sit and soak up the rays. I go by it at least once a day, and just seeing it there covered in three feet of ice all winter is depressing. They install the aerators to replenish the oxygen to the water to keep the algae growth down.……….Speaking of depressing. Most Thursday’s, myself and a couple of buddies venture out to have breakfast somewhere. Sometimes it’s local, but we’ve been known to go to Vermont occasionally. Well, this past week we went to a diner on New Scotland Road, where it intersects with Route 85A (I can’t say the name of the place, but drive up the road and you will find it.) A friend was driving me home, and we went what I call the back way, which encompasses driving down Blessing Road, taking a left onto Krumkill, then an immediate right at Russell Road. You travel to Monroe, take a left, go to North Bridge, take a right and then proceed to Cross Street. Well, when you get to the part of Cross where the creek passes under, my friend says to me “the roads getting here looked like they were just paved. What happened when we crossed the creek?” I told him “we just passed into the City of Albany.” Point being, the roads, especially in my Ward, the 15th, are like driving through a bomb zone. Is there a specific time Ms. Mayor Sheehan, that the city intends to fix the problem ? And I don’t mean sending crews to deliver the patching material, half-ass place it, and more half ass compacting it. That material doesn’t stay put, and messes with the undercarriage of your car.……….Why, with all the other sites, did they recommend they build a casino in Schenectady? According to the our local paper, The ALCO site is so riddled with hazardous waste that the developer has already spent $10 Million to clean it up. Yeah. We really need a casino. The City of Rensselaer had the best site if you wanted to build one. Why can’t that city ever catch a break. I hope our out of town visitors enjoy their stay in our fair city, and you can follow me @jonmazur on Twitter.
And that is “The Daily Take”