Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Multiple cigarette butts strewn on business properties indicate accumulation, not one day’s discards. Storm drains covered with debris speak of council’s indifference.City officials negotiate union contracts. If the work detail isn’t spelled out, excellence suffers.The Comprehensive Plan calls for beautification to all neighborhoods. Others may make a mess that it is council’s responsibility to have a clean city.The incumbents have failed in their duties to the community. On Nov. 7, look elsewhere for representation.Mary B. McClaineSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Before Schenectady voters go to the polls on Election Day, please take the time to look at the corner of Albany Street and Brandywine Avenue.If the trip doesn’t convince you that the incumbents have neglected the city’s neighborhoods, try shopping on Van Vranken Avenue or drive to the casino via Seneca Street. The experience is enough to make a taxpayer cringe.The incumbents had four years to address the issue of litter for the city. Conditions are worse now than they were in 2013.Cleanliness doesn’t require technology, just old-fashioned elbow grease. Weeds must be pulled. Sitting on a lawn mower won’t do it. When weeds can grow three feet high, it means neglect.