- Published on Monday, 24 November 2014 21:59
I have never, in my entire life, been to a circus. It’s always seemed to me like the joke is always on the audience…and besides….I don’t like the stench. With that in mind, tonight was the closest I’ve come to being at a circus…my destination? The Albany Common Council’s Legislative caucus and budget meeting.
Since I’ve been with the Common Council since 6:30 and I’m no closer to my bed since the 22 bus drove right by me for the second time in three weeks, I’m going to give you the highlights and will write a full article between now and the next budget caucus…Friday night.
Yes, I said Friday night.
Yes, it was supposed to be passed tonight after Mr. Commisso and team put together the amendment to correct the errors in Ms. Sheehan’s budget. But, surprise, surprise….”Mayor” Sheehan’s water carrier’s (read that Richard “Mumbles” Conti and his progs) delivered the “Mayor’s” list of amendments to her own budget at 50 minutes prior to the meeting.
- Published on Monday, 10 November 2014 20:11
I’m back!!! Well, sort of. Sorry for this long neglected blog but I’m still struggling with that winter-time injury so, after working my paying jobs, my urge to utilized injured limbs is limited. Thanks for all the inquiries about my health, I’m working from a different daytime location now so I may be able to cover more for my readers, if they are still out there.
So, tonight I’m at the Albany County Legislature and I’ve been told that I can expect this to be a fast evening. At this point, the public comment has included pleas for a Car Share parking space at 208 Washington.
Whew hoo...and the public comment ended with time to spare which is a good sign of an early evening. This is a legislative body moving a warp speed.
The first Resolution on the agenda is sponsored by Mr. Mendick and the GOP and, after having several pieces of legislation vetoed for "overlooked" legalalities by the County Executive, the Resolution proposed that all proposed local laws be provided to the County Attorney for comment prior to being considered by the Legislature. This of course, would insure that all laws would be legal (and constitutional) when they are considered and passed by the Legislature.
I've been away too long as I was halfway surprised when the Democrats rose to argue against this (NON-BINDING) resolution which would seek legal comment to be sure that their laws are...well...legal. Mr. Nichols, whose ban on Tobacco Sales was vetoed for such reasons, rised to complain that this (NON-BINDING) Resolution would be too cumbersome.
It's not surprising that this Resolution was voted down by all the Democrats...cause, ya know, creating legislation doesn't need to be cumbersome, or legal. (Oh, I've forgotten what entertaining these folks can be!!)
The next issue was an interesting one involving the conveyance of land to, as I understand it, to create an easement for emergency situations for rail cars at the port…you know…THOSE rail cars. Now, I read through this request several times and still thought, “what ‘s the big deal?” until I turned to the final page and saw the signature on the last page. Richard Stack.
Now, there’s a lot you can say about Mr. Stack but I don’t have enough space here, in cyberspace, to bend your ear. What I can say is that I like him and that he has been dealing hands that have not made some of the local dynasties happy. So, this is what I hear. Stack proposed the property be conveyed for five years, but Mr. Commisso decided that one year would be good enough for now. So, this safety buffer for “bomb trains” in the South End, would be re-negotiated next year….when, perhaps, Mr. Stack has seen the Commisso light.
Whew, after a few discussions in which the GOP made good points and were voted out of the room, we are racing to rubber stamp all the legislation moved out of Committees with thumbs up.
And they called it an early night, see what happens when the Nursing Home folks take a night off!!
- Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:53
From the APD:
On Wednesday October 8 , 2014 at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and Chief Steven Krokoff will be promoting eight Albany police officers at a ceremony inside Albany’s City Hall Rotunda.
Lieutenant. Michael Basile will be promoted to Commander
Sergeant. James Marcello, Jr. will be promoted to Lieutenant
Sergeant Darrell Gipson will be promoted to Lieutenant
Sergeant Willie Flack, III will be promoted to Lieutenant
Detective Matthew Fargione will be promoted to Sergeant
Detective Alfred Martin will be promoted to Sergeant
Officer Thomas Mahar will be promoted to Sergeant
Officer Norah Harrington will be promoted to Sergeant
- Published on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:21
Last Wednesday night, I stood amongst Albany’s Bravest as they booed “Mayor” Sheehan’s slippery slope budget. My heart broke for these men who live their career for the people of Albany, they yelled and sneered at the “Mayor’s” plan which they believe will not only hurt their livelihood, but will harm the neighborhoods over which they, and their fathers before them, have protected with their lives.
I was met at the steps of City Hall by one of the more irritated Fire Fighters who declared that “she is destroying us,” I added, “one truck at a time.” In my heart, I knew it was not the surgical removal of Ladder One pulling my strings, it was the disillusionment.
This is a feeling all of us have experienced at least once, for me, I was sitting at the top of the stairs just days short of Christmas as my parents, the original “Mad Men,” entertained friends in the living room. With visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, I heard my Dad above them all, “well, of course, Terri (Aside note: no one should ever call me this!) knows there is no Santa Claus.”
- Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 19:35
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