Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mason's letter to McNally calling for a "criminal investigation"
But he didn’t and it’s ancient history so safe to say, I doubt McNally does anything with Mason’s letter and I can’t say I blame him.
So, I don’t think Mason’s letter goes anywhere in any official capacity and odds are it was written and sent in an attempt to embarrass Wade and diminish his power as chair. A power, I dare say, which suffers with those who refuse to support the party like Mason, but also like Mason, are in political jobs. I can’t say I blame Wade for being upset as there are only a few such jobs available and campaigns aren’t cheap.
The grumblings about Wade and the grumblers displeasure with his chairmanship are getting louder but I don’t think that’s unusual given some of the choices Wade has been forced to make – like chasing Clement Campana out of the mayor’s race, a race he would have certainly lost, and clearing the way for Lou Rosamilia to coast into City Hall.
In the end, Wade has a pretty good record as chair and the grumblers don’t have anyone credible to put up against him.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Top of the third: McGrath 2, Wade 0
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wade vs. Mcgrath
I’m guessing it’s a preemptive strike in an effort to head off any moves against his chairmanship. Those grumblings have been going on nearly since Wade took sole command of the party in 2006 after he shared the duties with Lynne Mahoney for a couple years – which was a disaster since the two didn’t really like each other much. Those grumblings though, turned to whispers and have now evolved into outright screams by some factions in the party.
I don’t think Wade has done too much to help himself over the years either. He and Mahoney parted with not a lot of love and she represents the former Mayor Mark Pattison faction and a couple years after that he butted heads with former Council President Beth Walsh, another Pattison faction loyalist who is now a judge. Then there was the bunch around Council President Clement Campana, who Wade chased out of the mayor’s race with good reason because Campana would have got trounced.
Here are a few facts:
- In calling for McGrath’s removal, Wade comes on the heels of a similar declaration by GOP city Chair Jim Gordon. Only in Troy will one party chairman mirror another of a different party.
- Council President Lynn Kopka has been silent on the issue and didn’t return a phone call for comment the other night. She, and Councilman Gary Galuski, did vote against Mason earlier this month. Those in favor were MCGrath, Ken Zalewski, Rodney Wiltshire, Nina Nichols and Dean Bodnar, a Republican.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday's print version (I'm on vacation and being lazy)
In other words, there were some pretty sound reasons for Wade to chase Campana out of the race and replace him with Lou Rosamilia. Evidently it paid off for the Democrats because Rosamilia went on to win by some 10 points.
Wade tells me he’s just trying to put the entire voter fraud fiasco behind his party and one step towards that end is getting Mason out of the picture. But, it could be directed more at McGrath because while he is knee deep in the scandal — he struck a deal and testified for the prosecution during the first trial and will certainly be a witness in the second as well — Mason was only on the fringes.
So, I guess that’s a long, convoluted way of getting to the point — there is a rift in the Democratic Party. That’s not anything really new since the Democrats are known for infighting but what struck me is how McGrath was able to pull together five votes while Kopka (Wade) only got one other. And that person, Galuski, stands indicted alongside Campana in voter fraud and ironically has a job at the Board of Elections.
All that said, the Mason’s appointment is probably for moot since there is a good chance his appointment was illegal. According to the charter, legislation not placed on the agenda at the Finance Committee meeting needs unanimous approval before it can be addressed at a regular meeting. It wasn’t on the agenda, and wasn’t unanimous so they will probably have to do it again.
Which comes as no surprise, really. This Council is good at do-overs. And who knows what will happen between now and then.
The Marchione camp
Thursday, April 5, 2012
All I’m 100 percent sure of is he on a 30-day unpaid suspension. What actually preceded that suspension is anyone’s guess because the administration is being understandably tight-lipped since it’s a personnel matter and Christopher was unavailable for comment. But, more on that later because I have a pretty good idea from a number of sources.
Anyway, he’s suspended for 30 days rather than being fired because he is protected by Civil Service, which entitles him to a suspension without pay for up to 30-days and a hearing. He can remain suspended longer than 30 days, but if the city doesn’t hold a hearing and either terminate his employment or call him back to work within that time he has to get paid.
Christopher was hired by Tutunjian, who created the title giving Christopher the Civil Service protection, after he was let go from his gig doing promotions for the ValleyCats baseball team. While not holding any hard and fast political ideologies either way Christopher was Tutunjian’s guy and Tutunjian is a true blue Republican. And as Tutunjian’s guy, he often squared off against members of the Council who didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with his boss on any number of issues.
One battle in particular that stands out was with then Councilman Bill Dunne, who now heads up the city’s Planning Department, after a committee meeting. Christopher called Dunne a bunch of names and in turn Dunne said Christopher doesn’t have a say because he’s not an elected official. It was a very loud and, thanks to a video that made it to the internet, a very public dispute.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Marchione to announce, Casale to endorse her and Bruno makes a phone call
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Pulver reverses course, orders separate trials for LoPorto and McDonough
In this ruling, though, Pulver said he has had the luxury -- or as he called it the “unusual position” – of presiding over the first trial and as such determined that “severance will help to reduce the complexity of retrial.”