Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paterson's Poison::: Closing Thacher Park

Anyone who has lived in the Capital Region for any length of time has been to Thacher Park. Although the pool closed right after Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings made a "big announcement" in 2007 with The State Parks Commissioner, promising that millions would be spent to upgrade Thacher's recreation and pool area, work was never begun...  nothing ever happened.

Deep in my heart I KNEW that once they tore up that Thacher Park Pool, that was the end. The end of dozens of wonderful amazing summers in the Heldebergs: at the pool, on the trails, playing tennis, picnicing, checking out the view from the Overlook. All of the Albany kids who grew up taking the 1pm 10 cent bus rides along Delaware and New Scotland which delivered us to the park in the scorching summer heat and brought us home at 6pm. And the never-to-forget Fall Season, stopping to view the foliage from the Overlook after a drive out to Indian Ladder for Hot Cider and Donuts!

Take it all away, all the good stuff. But if Thacher closes, there's ONE person who will be blamed: Our "accidental" Governor David Paterson. Once loved, once so dear to those who relish in serendipity, this is it. He shot himself in both feet! The people can forgive and forget a lot of "stuff" but when you shut Thacher Park down, well... And what about all of those other parks? Places I am certain are just as endearing to their local residents as Thacher is to us!

The word came late morning Friday to the WAMC Newsroom. I wasn't shocked at all. Like I said, once they closed the pool I knew it wouldn't be long until Thacher reached the end of the line. In gathering information for my story on the Parks that aired Friday evening, I ran across Anni (pronounced ON-e) Murray, who says she may never have moved to Albany had there been no Thacher Park.

Ms. Murray has created a Facebook page to Save Thacher Park as well as a Twitter page.

Stop the closing of John Boyd Thacher State Park - The Petition Site

New York State Park Closures

Albany political activist Joe Sullivan was up posting on his blog very early today about Thacher, pointing out that more money was SPENT on Penguins than will be saved by closing Thacher:
...the 2 million dollar grant that Congressman Paul Tonko recently delivered to Siena College for Penquin study in Anarctica.
Question! WHY is Siena College, supposedly a private Catholic University, always getting these sweet money deals? This is the same Siena College that for years played thug rap music on its far-reaching radio station, the kind of rap music that promoted violence and abusing women! Incidentally, they did so well with the (c)rap music that commercial radio station JAMZ once actually begged them to stop because 88.3 was killing the Altamont FM in the ratings! They worked out some kind of little deal, which is the real reason why the rap stopped on WVCR.

And while we're talking radio, Joe Sullivan recently posted some ABSOLUTE NONSENSE on his blog about 590 WROW pulling the plug on talk radio because of the Obama administration, or something like that. Not quite - it was simply all about money. 590 was getting hammered by Talk1300, losing $$$ in the process! Better to dismiss the staff and simulcast for the time being! Besides, there's PLENTY of talk radio available in the Albany market: WAMC, WRPI, Talk1300, WGY, WABC from New York City... and if you love oldies on AM try 740 at night, which comes booming in from Toronto!

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