Ad unfairly attacks effective Joe Landry

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I usually don’t pay much attention to a lot of the political mail that comes our way. But one arrived today from the state Republican Committee that made my jaw drop. It included a photo of a rowing team and claimed that Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry “violated our environment and put our kids’ health at risk.” Talk about “fake news.”Well, the fact is Joe Landry was the driving force behind the town receiving a $150,000 state grant to make safety and environmental enhancements to Aqueduct Park, home to Niskayuna Rowing. This leveraged an additional $150,000 in community support to install public bathrooms, add additional dock space and construct a new retaining wall to protect the Mohawk from pollution and runoff. What’s more, the town was just awarded an additional $35,000 to make the park’s waterfront safer and more accessible for all to better enjoy the river.As a parent of a rower, I also question the appropriateness of the GOP using a photograph of children without parental permission in such an attack piece.Joe Landry has worked very hard behind the scenes to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Niskayuna. He deserves another term. Not such misleading attacks.Richard BennettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits England star is short of confidence

first_img Harry Kane 1 Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane is short of confidence and believes playing for England under-21s contributed to the striker’s loss of form.Kane has scored only twice in the 16 Spurs appearances since his memorable England debut in March and the forward is yet to get off the mark for his club this season.Spurs have been eager to protect Kane and expressed reservations about his involvement in the under-21 European Championships last summer – a tournament that involved three matches across 10 days in the Czech Republic and meant their star player arrived late for pre-season.Kane has not looked tired, and has played well for Spurs in his overall game, but Pochettino believes his talisman is lacking the confidence he enjoyed a few months ago.“The striker sometimes needs confidence and trust and maybe he has lost his confidence a little bit,” Pochettino said.“It’s our job to give back his confidence so he can start to score. I think he is the same person and he has the same mentality as last season.“But maybe at the end of the season he rested, went to the Euros, didn’t score at the Euros after three games, he came back late for pre-season and you need time to recover.“Sometimes you are not in the best scoring condition when you start to play and your confidence goes down.“This is probably what has happened. But this is a good experience for the future, to manage a young player like he is.”Hype surrounding Kane’s rise to prominence reached its peak after he notched within 79 seconds of his England debut while Tottenham fans revelled in the success of their home-grown hero.“This is why last season towards to the end we tried to explain that last season for Harry Kane was very, very hard,” Pochettino said.“Not only on the pitch, but off the pitch with the pressure – he is a hero for Tottenham and England – it was unbelievable how people see him.“It’s not easy to recover because it’s not only physical, also mental. It’s true that maybe the summer did not help.”Kane is not the only high-profile striker struggling to find his stride, with last season’s other three top scorers – Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa – mustering only two league goals between them so far.“You can improve a lot in the bad moments,” Pochettino said.“For Harry it’s a very tough moment. He is still young. You can improve and realise who are your people and the people who can help you.“When you are on the crest of a wave, there are a lot of people around you.“It was easy when he scored to talk about him but now maybe the confidence he needs…but this is football.“The club have very good people, me and my staff at the club. We are all behind him to help him.”last_img read more