Friday, December 30, 2011
The last legislative seat is still up for grabs
Whoever the GOP picks, as I’ve mentioned before, the candidate will have to run next year and then again for a full four-year term in 2013 so there is an eye on who can win citywide. Tutunjian has proven he can do it and left office with a 67 percent approval rating. The other three are coming off November losses.
Plus, whoever the GOP picks will certainly alienate those it didn’t.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
How republicans are spending your money, Part II
The bottom line is there is a battle brewing between the county executive’s office and the Legislature. There have been token skirmishes between the two GOP controlled entities about budgets and tax rates over the years but by and large the two have played nice largely because they pretty much ignore each other. I’m not sure if that’s by design or convenience, but it seemed to work well enough for them and for the third leg of the triumvirate, the county clerk’s office.
It’s going to be interesting to see if it continues, and if it does who comes out on top. Or, a more likely scenario is the three will just hunker down back into their respective corners and ignore each other.
One indication could be who they choose as the next chair. Right now it’s John Rustin, undoubtedly a legislative guy, but there are calls being made – one by Merola to mayoral candidate Carmella Mantello – soliciting interest from potential new chairs. If Rustin steps aside before his term ends next year, we’ll have to see what camp the new chair comes from. It will tell us who the de facto head of the party is: Reid (Crist), Jimino or Merola.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
How the Republicans are spending your money
That “bonus” equals four times what the county executive just negotiated for the United Public Service Employees Union so now who knows what the standard is when the rest of the unions sit down at the negotiating table.
The move is eerily similar to the across-the-board raises the Legislature gave to themselves and about everyone else in county government a few years back when they modified the budget after it was already passed and right before Christmas.
Monday, December 26, 2011
2011 Winners and losers
Until then, this is all I got.
Happy holidays to everyone.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Rosamilia picks Ryan-Cassidy and Christopher
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Dunne to head up the Planning Department
Even his detractors concede Dunne is no dummy and he knows that Troy, like all older, industrial cities in upstate, desperately needs private development to not only increase the tax base and help offset the cost of owning property, but to bring people in. Say what you want about Mayor Harry Tutunjian but he did a pretty good job towards that end.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Campana pleads not guilty, Brown gets six months, DiFiglio and Renna plead guilty with no jail time
Here's what I wrote about voter fraud. After more than two years, the scandal suddenly became very real for a number of people and I think Trey Smith sent a pretty solid message - work with him and take your licks and you'll be OK. Fight him or the investigation, and if you did something wrong odds are you're going to see some jail time.
A token Republican in City Hall
Most recently he worked for Denise Sheehan in her unsuccessful bid for Colonie supervisor.
If you haven’t figured it out yet … yes Fraser is a Republican. He might not be a rock-ribbed Republican, but he is a guy who made a decent living off the Republicans for a good many years. In other words, he's the token Republican in Mayor Lou’s Democratic administration, and one with a solid resume.
Friday, December 16, 2011
It's crunch time for City Hall employees (UPDATED 5:20 p.m. with a partial list of the soon to be unemployed)
It’s a new administration of a different party and while political affiliation shouldn’t be the determining factor when it comes to hiring, it certainly plays a role. And there are a lot more Democrats in Troy than Republicans. Democrats, I might add, who have been largely been left out of the loop when it comes to jobs in their hometown government.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Is it going to be the chief or the Indians?
He is also one of the more politically astute people and has proven he can pick a winner. What that means now that Mayor Harry Tutunjian is out of the picture come Dec. 31 and Mayor-elect Lou Rosamilia takes the throne is anyone’s guess.
There is already a bunch of chatter – a bunch of it coming from Fitzgerald himself in a letter to PBA members looking for their support - about how Rosamilia will roll back many of the more unpopular changes made by Chief John Tedesco as a return for PBA support last month. The changes, I might add, are designed to get more bang for the buck when it comes to deploying troops while at the same time cutting down on overtime.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
City could "occupy" Pigeon Park
We can put a whole new twist on the occupy movement, and think of the money the city would save.
While the first idea is feasible and the second obviously more of a joke, where the city will find a home is still a question answered by more shrugs than definitive statements.
The one common thread is that a ton of the answers to that question rests in the hands of Verizon’s owner, Sam Judge. He pretty much has the city over a barrel, or the city put itself over a barrel, and he is calling the shots.
Or the city could still purchase the Verizon building and the council gave Mayor Harry Tutunjian permission to negotiate a price, but that again comes down to Judge and what kind of offer he will accept.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Some things about the voter fraud trial
That said, here are a few things I expect to see happen:
- This one is not mine but it’s what everyone else expects – McDonough’s attorney, Brian Premo, will find some kind of a conflict and bail out of the case.
- Bob Mirch’s name will be brought up at least 1,000 times, likely with a bunch of unflattering expletives and/or adjectives attached, while he watches pelicans in Florida.
- I would like to see Michael LoPorto testify. Not that I have any ill will towards LoPorto, actually I like him and I do think his heart is in the right place and he ran for public office for all the right reasons. That said, he’s famous for dropping F-Bombs and has an Italian temper. So, you can bet cross-examination will be a highlight.
- Someone from the Working Families Party is held responsible for something. It’s their party that’s been hijacked for years and they are the ones who were so frustrated by the hijacking that I find it hard to believe nobody from that party knew what was going on, or actively participated.
- Someone realizes this is all a debacle and a huge waste of money, and that anything remotely close to similar could be prevented if New York joined the vast majority of states and banned minor parties from endorsing major party candidates.