January has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to better focus attention on this horrific crime and the exploited victims whose lives are forever changed.Many of our state and local politicians have been so very instrumental in co-sponsoring and/or supporting various bills which treat survivors of human trafficking as the victims they are, rather than as criminals. I would personally like to thank: Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, City Councilman Ed Kosiur, state Sens. George A. Amedore and James Tedisco, Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara and Phillip Steck, U.S. Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Paul Tonko. Since its inception in 1985, Safe Inc. of Schenectady, located at 1344 Albany St., has been at the forefront of providing emergency shelter and outreach services to more than 8,000 adolescents, teens and young adults.Its two highly regarded programs, Safe House — a co-ed youth shelter for homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth — and Project Safe, a continuum of services including counseling, health and wellness care, job training and life skills development (for ages 18-35), offer positive alternatives to street life where sexual exploitation and victimization are so rampant.Safe Inc. of Schenectady is the designee for New York state’s Safe Harbour initiative in Schenectady County. Safe Inc. of Schenectady has developed a collaborative task force, a community awareness campaign, provides case assessment referrals in collaboration with the County Multidisciplinary Team and Child Advocacy Center, refines interview strategies for the Department of Social Services and Safe Inc., and trains all staff in trauma-focused care.Barbara DworkinSchenectadyThe writer is board president of Safe Inc. of Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Queensland’s most viewed property this week was at 24 Dobson St, Ascot. Picture: realestate.com.auIt was a contemporary home at 24 Dobson St, Ascot which was the Queensland property most potential buyers wanted to get a better look at this week.New figures reveal the home was the most viewed in Queensland and fifth most viewed in Australia this week on realestate.com.auThe 1920s four-bedroom house is listed Cobey Parnell of Shaw Property Group.It underwent a complete architect-designed rebuild by its current owners. The home has imported oak parquetry and natural marble. 7-13 King Arthur Drive, Sovereign Islands.The seven-bedroom home known as Chateau de Reves, is considered a Gold Coast trophy home.It is the first time the house is being offered for sale. It occupies at 3070 sqm site and has 85 metres of water frontage.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago7-13 King Arthur Drive, Sovereign Islands.The home was built in 2001 and took three years to complete. Features include imported Venetian Murano glass, an Italian imported timber balustrade and Botticino marble floors.At the cheaper end of the scale a home at 16 Wiltshire Drive, Mudgeeraba was the third most viewed Queensland property this week.The home, listed through Ray White – Robina’s Greg Corcoran, is listed for offers of more than $550,000. 16 Wiltshire Drive, MudgeerabaThe four-bedroom house has a covered entertainment area which opens up to a large swimming pool.The back deck is made of Merbau.A tri-level home at 1 Miriam St, Holland Park West, was the fourth most viewed property in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week.The three-bedroom home which is listed through John Kubatov of Class Real Estate – Bulimba,is seeking offers in the mid to high $600,000s. 24 Dobson St, Ascot. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has traditional cathedral windows with French shutters, hand cut sandstone and travertine security fence. There are five metre high ceilings and custom wall panelling.A stunning mansion on the water at the Gold Coast was the next most popular listing this week.The home at 7-13 King Arthur Court, Sovereign Islands is listed through Paul Arthur of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. 57 Castile St, IndooroopillyA home at 57 Castile St, Indooroopilly with a price guide between $3 million and $3.3 million rounds out the top five this week.The home which is listed through, Alex Jordan of McGrath Real Estate Paddington, overlooks the St Lucia Golf Links. 57 Castile St, IndooroopillyIt is on an elevated 708sq m block. Inside is an open plan lounge and dining zone. There is a secluded terrace and a self cleaning, heated swimming pool plus spa. 1 Miriam St, Holland Park WestThe townhome has views of the city skyline. On the lower level is parking and a laundry and a timber staircase which leads to the middle level, which has the living areas.The bedrooms are on the upper level.