. . for background facts and issues, see tinyurl.com/TimelessLady
. . this campaign started in March 2018 . .
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. . with Jessie Malecki (Gazette, March 14, 2018):
(March 23, 2018): Click the thumbnail to the left to see a Letter published in the Albany Times Union by David Giacalone (click for online version).
. . Lance R. Jackson (online; Gazette, March 27, 2018). .
. . James A. Wilson (Gazette, April 8, 2018, online)
. . Tom Hodgkins, Sunday Gazette Guest Column (April 28, 2018)
And, James Wilson’s September 10th Letter in the Gazette: “Restore Lady Liberty Statue by October 28“, the anniversary of the dedication of the original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor,
- The Daily Gazette Editorial Board’s editorial “Don’t Move Lady Liberty“ (April 5, 2018), saying “City officials deciding the fate of the city’s 8-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty should end the tug of war over the statue and return it to where it was always intended to be, in its place of honor at the gateway to the city of Schenectady in Liberty Park.” (Click on thumbnail to the left to see the entire editorial from Friday’s Gazette.)
Who knew we’d still need letters 15 months after the first ones?
. . May 20, 2019: James A. Wilson continued his series of Letters asking for the return of Lady Liberty, including this one, appearing in the Gazette on May 20, 2019. Mr. Wilson expresses “hope”, a virtue that only makes sense to me when dealing with those acting in good faith.
. . above: Gerald Plante’s first LTE about the Lady, May 29, 2019, in the Gazette., and his appearance at a Rally for Lady Liberty’s return in May . .
. . CONTACT THE MAYOR & COUNCIL MEMBERS [email addresses below] . .
AFTER Installation at the NEW LOCATION on August 28, 2019 [story and images here]
GAZETTE EDITORIAL Lady Liberty’s new home: Try again: Historic statue needs a more appropriate location than busy street corner. (Gazette Editorial Board (August 30, 2019) [pdf version] Image to right by Gerald Plante. Excerpts:
“Oh God, you can hardly see it.”
That was the reaction of one Schenectady native upon leaving the downtown train station Wednesday afternoon after someone pointed out the historic Statue of Liberty replica situated in its new home at the corner of Erie Boulevard and Union Street.
She wasn’t alone in her disappointment.
. . . Mayor Gary McCarthy — without input from the public or the collective City Council — appears to have unilaterally decided to dump it on one of the city’s most cluttered street corners — uncleaned and unimproved — where it’s difficult to see clearly from either side of the five-lane road, against a thick, ugly metal power pole and utility boxes, and in the shadow of an unsightly train bridge at the end of a parking lot.
. . . Anything’s got to be better than the manner in which this location was selected and where the statue ended up.
Lady Liberty deserves better.
Dick Curtis of Scotia wrote to the Gazette (published Sept. 3, 2019):
AND, the LETTERS HAVE CONTINUED INTO 2020:
Dick Curtis, Gazette (Jan. 8, 2020, C6):
Joyce M. Cockerham, Gazette, Jan. 28, 2020 . .
. . Lance R. Jackson (Daily Gazette, March 14, 2020)
PLEASE SEND YOUR OPINION to MAYOR GARY McCARTHY & CITY COUNCIL
- Mayor Gary McCarthy – firstname.lastname@example.org – who has not offered any justification for changing (ignoring) an important element of a very important and approved Plan, that he supported and signed in 2013.
- John Mootooveren –email@example.com, City Council President as of January 2020, who has sat silently whenever the issue has been raised.
- Ed Kosiur – firstname.lastname@example.org, who signed the Goose Hill Petition to move Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park, despite its gross factual errors, and has declared without explanation that “only the Mayor has the delegation” to make this decision.
- John Polimeni – email@example.com, who signed the Goose Hill Petition to move Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park
- Leesa Perazzo – firstname.lastname@example.org, who sponsored the 2013 Resolution adopting the Implementation Plan, but has been most silent on the topic
- Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas – kZalewskiWildzunas@schenectadyny.gov, who signed the Goose Hill Petition to move Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park. (Update [Sept. 3, 2019]: According to the Aug. 28 Gazette, Ms. Z-W “liked the location, citing its proximity to the Schenectady Train Station and the Stockade, and thinks most residents will find it to be an acceptable location.”)
- Marion Porterfield – email@example.com, who suggested in March 2018 we might poll the affected neighborhoods, but has been silent since.
- Carmel Patrick – firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, Mary Moore Wallinger, email@example.com, who changed her mind after designing Gateway Plaza and writing the approved Implementation Plan in 2013, and now says Lady Liberty “does not fit in” with Wallinger Plaza’s contemporary theme. [See “Wallinger’s excuses for exiling Lady Liberty” (May 20, 2019)]