Repeal Conti's Trash Tax


While I wasn’t at the Common Council Committee meeting to do a “live” update on the Krasher-sponsored legislation to repeal the Conti sponsored-trash tax legislation…neither was Mr. Conti. Luckily, some of the proponents of the repeal keep me in the loop.


Jordan, of course, presented a “non-biased” article a couple of hours ago on last night’s meeting (which makes me wonder if he was as far from the chamber as I was), but I’m not sure he captured the moment.


First, there were approximately 30 people crowded into the committee meeting (which usually means that Mr. Conti ordered the smallest room accommodations for them), 10 to 15 speaking in support of repealing the trash tax….none opposed the repeal.


Second observance by the proponents, my Councilman, Richie Conti, could not attend the 5 person meeting and was not there to voice his opinion either way. Ya see, Mr. Conti had a conflict which prevented him from listening to citizen’s criticizing his trash tax. (I will add here, I don’t recall him ever missing a meeting due to a conflict…even during session…even if it wasn’t a committee of…what’s up with that?)


And, the third observation by, Ms. Castelli, one of the more vocal of the proponents of the repeal, and also a constituent of Mr. Conti’s, this overwhelming reaction by the sane citizens of Albany, forced the chair of the committee to send the repeal legislation to the full Common Council for a vote….with “no recommendation.” (That means, my little citizens, the committee is scared of the citizens, the “mayor” and Conti Wrath.)


Here’s the Committee:


Law, Buildings and Code Enforcement


Members: Joe Igoe, Richard Conti, Judy Doesschate, Judd Krasher, Michael O’Brien


Ms Castelli adds:


“For anyone opposed to the trash fees and the complete inequitable way the fee was charged, please reach out to your local council member. Your voice and opinion counts. Make sure your local representatives support you.”


From ACO:


Here’s a link to the Council Member contact info….but, I see that they don’t have the “real” numbers to get in touch with them…ya know, that number for only the “special citizen one types.” In that case, use their email, call the Common Council office and while you’re doing that…call the mayor’s office…hey, if the TU isn’t able to get in touch with them for comment…maybe they’ll take a call from the citizens they represent.


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