A Man Among Men

A few years ago, I began a self-destructive journey into rogue “journalism.” The adventure began after a series of life-altering events and triggered my obsessive nature. While I spent countless hours researching, investigating and attending public meetings, my health, mental and physical, suffered.

Along about the fourth year, I attended one of the many City of Albany events that I obsessively attended. And it was at this event, the Delaware Avenue Street Festival, that my path toward self-destruction was altered.

I walked up the Avenue checking out the street fare when some of my friends at the fire department lured to their Health Check table. They, along with Chief Forezzi, egged me on to let them “test” me…and I sat at the urge of The Chief.

The fire fighters pricked my finger, they cuffed my blood pressure, they took my pulse…and then they did it again. I was, apparently, rather successful in my self-destruction.

The fire fighters urged me to seek medical attention for my blood pressure – I laughed it off. They advised that they could call an ambulance…I told them I’d think about seeking medical assistance. They looked worried – I moseyed on over to that pricey ice cream place and spent more than I intended on a healthy smoothie – believing completely that this one healthy drink would fix my health issues.

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Daddy, Buy Me An Election!!

I plan on doing a collage of all the negative campaign materials I’ve collected from Dan Egan, candidate for County Executive. I’ve not seen anything like it in all my born days! I, like Team McCoy, pondered how the ill-informed candidate was paying for his manufactured campaign of negativity. 

My best guess, and I still believe I’m correct, his Daddy, the venerable, John Egan, ultimately carrying the financial burden of the campaign. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a fascination with John Egan since I moved to Albany…I love an intelligent, well polished man….and John Egan broke that mold. I remember being so confused when I moved to this town, and worked in nonprofit, I was puzzled…what doesn’t this John Egan do…he has more jobs than “Three-job Mirch!!”  I saw his name everywhere….Commish of OGS…President of Renaissance Corporation of Albany,  His name was attached to the New York State Dormitory Authority the New York State Department of Transportation and the Albany International Airport. Heck, even when the prison escapees made the news, Egan the elder, was the go to guy as a former warden of Dannamora. And to top it off…he was a Judge in his spare time.


It didn’t take me long to learn that Judge Egan was actually the handsomer and, much more entertaining of John Egan’s sons but that still makes John Egan (the elder) an overwhelmingly productive element of Albany Society. I was most impressed with the man…but marveled at how far this Dan Egan fell from the Egan tree of wisdom. I attended several School Board meetings only to question the relationship…I pondered Dan Egan’s eyebrows as not aligned with the John Egan (elder/younger) features as well as the intellect…also not aligned with the Egan intellect.


What was up with that…I mean, besides not brandishing the distinguishing looks, Dan Egan holds none of the desirable attributes of the two John Egans…he pummeled the gentlemanly family name by aiming below the political belt with falsehoods…and, while Egan was practicing the unethical behavior the John Egans would be appalled at…he was doing it with a smile on his face. (Oh, how I’d love to wipe that smile off his face…soon enough Egan the little.) I must figure that Egan has tired of sleeping at the state job desk and woke up one morning to decide he wanted to be County Executive…no experience necessary…just a Daddy with lots of money and clout.


Sometimes, a Dad just doesn’t know what to do with that “other son.”

While the TU reported on the “self-financed” campaign Egan is running (as well as the falsehoods of his claims in his lit!),  I noticed WHO that “financing” went to. Of course, as I’ve mentioned before…the disgruntled ex-County Commissioner of Aging, Judy Coyne, and her family are on the payroll but what I’m hearing is that Albany Counilman, Judd Krasher, has taken over the reins from Josh Hyman as Campaign Manager…and the expenditures also seem to indicate that. I’m proud of Josh for leaving the campaign and I’d like to think it is for the ethically challenged practices of Dan Egan. As for Judd taking over the campaign…it explains a lot.

For example, I got an urgent call on Saturday morning…that call was from an Albany Common Council member who had heard from the big guy…County Executive, Dan McCoy. Ron Bailey, wants Dan McCoy, me and everyone else in Albany know that, contrary to Dan Egan’s latest mailing, Bailey is not “endorsing” Egan for County Executive. (See the “Official Endorsement list and compare it to the lit.)


Seems that Dan Egan may have mixed up the two Rons. Ron Scott, Albany Housing Authority cockblock, is supporting Egan because…as he says, his bank is open.(Please see Scott’s Facebook post about Egan providing sponsorship for his Labor Day Party.) Ron Bailey is not supporting Dan Egan…. I mean, that would be political suicide in Albany County!! 


So, there ya have it. My ponderings about the Egan bloodline, the origins and motivation to create such a negative campaign….and some insights into how one Councilman adamantly claims that his endorsement on the recent mailing is just one additional lie to the Dan Egan campaign.


See ya at the polls!




Mayor Primeau Speaks His Mind

The following post is from Cohoes Mayor George Primeau. And should make everyone a bit nervous about one of the Mayoral Candidate’s social behavior and motivations. Here’s an open statement from Mayor Primeau to Candidate Nolin….pay very close attention readers:

 With the recent events of the Mayoral debate, I think it is about time that I set the record straight once and for all! I NEVER do this and it may be lengthy but well worth the read if you are interested in making the right choice for the future of this City.

This is NOT about Shawn Morse but about Dianne Nolin coming after me earlier this year as she thought she would be running against me in the Mayor's seat. However as I am sure most of you know and as she knew being my pharmacist, I am battling a disease every day that has prevented me from furthering my career as Mayor. She has done everything in her power to stop progress with this administration so she can gain ground for her own political aspirations which is appalling. Her recent attack on me as not being a Full-time Mayor and that this City is in need of dire leadership just goes to show how inaccurate, deceitful and uncompassionate this person truly is. I may receive 1-2 chemo treatments a week but there is not one person that can say that it has slowed me down one bit especially as my role as Mayor. I continue and will continue to serve the Cohoes community everyday 24/7 to the best of my ability throughout the remainder of my term.

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Cohoes: A Vote for Pride

Yeah, I was a bit under the weather over the weekend…still suffering with that URI but I’m getting there. My holiday was clean a little, rest a lot and drink a beer…then rest more. So, I’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

First up, I was a little bummed when I saw a Facebook post from Randy Koniokwa, Candidate for Cohoes Common Council, Sixth Ward.

I would like to call Randy a friend, but I can’t. I can’t officially call Mr. Koniokwa a friend because is in a class above me and in a class way above local politics. Koniokwa is the first of the local politicians that I’ve admired solely for his passion about his City. While rubbing elbows is a necessary evil in the political realm, Koniokwa always took the high road even in casual chitter chatter unbecoming this “lady.”

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County Executive McCoy: Zero Tax Hike in 2016 Budget Reflects Administration’s Fiscal Stewardship

From the County Exec:

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today presented the Executive Budget for 2016, a document that once again shows that the county is moving forward to build on the strength of a growing economy in the county. For the second consecutive year the $610 million spending plan proposes NO tax increase, reflects the administration’s efforts to cut spending, work within the tax cap and maintain quality services. This is the third consecutive year that McCoy’s executive’s budget proposal has come in under the state-mandated tax cap, and the fourth year he has presented a balanced budget.

 “This budget shows we’ve done the tough job of working within our means, in partnership with the county workforce, and that we can provide needed services without raising taxes,” said McCoy.  “Just four years ago we faced a devastating tax increase and only through our work to stabilize our finances have we been able to reduce costs and stay within the tax cap.”


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