Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Galuski is the council's pro temp
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Dunne is making them sweat; smooth sailing for Crawley
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Crawley, of course, has a sympathetic board since all the members were appointed by his longtime friend Mayor Harry Tutunjian. If you remember, the board appointed by then Mayor Mark Pattison, a Democratic, did the same thing for his buddy then Executive Secretary Mario Musolino.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
More names for Rosamilia's seat
Then there are two young council candidates – Seamus Donnelly and Dan Mahoney - who stuck their neck out there and if the GOP wants to revive itself after the trouncing the Democrats gave it on Nov. 8, it’s going to need some new blood. And Debra Lockrow ran as a Republican in District 4 as well, though she initially wanted to run with the Democrats so at best she is a long shot.
My bet is, though, it’s Mayor Harry Tutunjian who is term-limited out and an extra $20,000 for not a lot of heavy lifting is appealing to anyone but it’s especially appealing to someone who needs a job. More importantly, he is leaving with a 67+ percent approval rating and has already won city wide twice.
Whoever the GOP picks, i.e. Rich Crist, will be someone who has a shot at winning next year because right now the party holds a super majority, but if they lose next year, the “veto-proof” adjective before their caucus goes away. CORRECTION: If the Democrat wins next year it will still be 13-6. My bad. I failed math.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Who's going to be Lou's deputy (Updated 10:05 a.m., Friday)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Let's talk about Election Day
Obviously, we can talk about the mayor’s race, which has been razor thin before Democrat Lou Rosamilia opened up a 10.9 percent lead according to our last poll thanks to the guys from Gramercy Communications.
However, we didn’t take into account the minor party lines and Republican Carmella Mantello does have the Conservative and Independence parties next to her name. In year’s past, those two lines have been worth as much as 10 to 15 percent.
I think it’s going to be close. Let’s hear what you have to say.
Or we can talk about any of the council races across the city, some I think are going to be close, some not so much.
Or, we can talk about the sheriff’s race between incumbent Jack Mahar and his Democratic challenger Gary Gordon. I thought this one was going to be close until the embarrassing tape recordings were released last week that captured Gordon, who works in the DA’s office, talking about what sure sounded like he was planning to fix tickets for political supporters.
Or the DA’s rave between incumbent Rich McNally and his challenger Republican Joel Abelove. I thought this one was going to be a blowout but it’s been a rough two weeks for McNally. Is it to little too late for Abelove?
In addition, there are some contested town races as well. While I admit I’m less familiar with some of the towns I’d like to hear what you have to say.
So, pop in for a while anytime between 6 and 7 p.m. tonight and tell us what’s on your mind with Election just about 12 hours away.
Friday, November 4, 2011
What are they thinking?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I can't believe he put it in print
That’s about all I can say about the latest bombshell by Brian Premo, the attorney representing Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough in the ongoing voter fraud scandal.
Somehow Premo got his hands on an Aug. 3 email from the special prosecutor Trey Smith to two State Police investigators where Smith just slams an FBI agent who presumably wanted to look into the role District Attorney Rich McNally played in the whole thing as a way to bolster his career. Smith also claims the FBI agent, Alexander MacDonald, is in cahoots with Premo.
“Premo has a willing instrument in MacDonald, who appears to suffer from a number of defects, notably judgment and ambition,” the email states. “I assume that McDonough has maintained his innocence in the WFP matter to SA MacDonald and that MacDonald has bought into it.”
“MacDonald is a very strange individual and I do not trust him,” the email continues. “Anything in his presence may be repeated to Premo.”
I won’t waste time quoting too much of the email as it is attached (scroll to the end.)
Premo Letter 10/31/11
But I have to wonder how Premo got his hands on it. It’s an email from the special prosecutor to the State Police investigators said special prosecutor is supposed to be working hand-in-glove with. It had to come from the State Police and that tells me what some others have been saying is true – some in the State Police don’t like Smith. I guess that was proven when they went ahead and arrested former City Clerk Bill McInerney without Smith’s knowledge.
Also, I’m not really sure, but I’m guessing the FBI doesn’t like to be bashed around by a special prosecutor in Rensselaer County. That’s just a hunch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they take a more active role in the whole thing.
Smith even has a veiled threat for the State Police regarding what to do about “the possibility, however slight, that McNally has committed a crime or crimes” and what direction to take the case back in August.
“… you both need to think long and hard and draw your own conclusions about how to proceed going forward.”
I can’t believe he would put something like that into print, even if it’s in the supposed confidence of the State Police who are supposed to be on your side.