first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have the opportunity on Election Day, Nov. 7, to get some new blood on the City Council of the city of Schenectady and diversify its mostly one-sided party makeup. In my opinion, it is more important to have council members with common sense rather than the proper party affiliation. Proof positive is Vince Riggi, who was never previously a politician but has become an outstanding council member.I would like to see Mohamed Hafez join Vince on the council as a practical, reasonable check against monolithic party rule. Mr. Hafez, owner of Crane Insurance Services, would bring his financial expertise to a city that often seems to lack common sense in that area.As a representative of the Republican Party, Reform Party and Green Party, he’s a practical person who wants to take action to solve problems, rather than simply discussing them in ad finitum. This includes middle-class issues like property taxes, but also crime reduction and investment in our lower-income neighborhoods to strengthen and lift up the city overall.Please join me in voting for Mr. Hafez on Nov. 7. It’s far past time to have more voices with new ideas on our city council.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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