For Cohoes: A Man of Substance

As the self appointed overseer of “fair campaigns” after the League of Women Voters tossed their hands in the air over Albany Politics, I am calling foul on the media and Dianne Nolin’s campaign for Mayor of Cohoes.

First off, I went to the TU online and searched Dianne Nolin (congratulate me, I spelled her name correctly!) + 2015. It appears that all the articles are rather non-descript accusations rather than factual articles regarding her accomplishments and her ability to lead.

Second, I searched on Shawn Morse on the TU…and found Nolin’s sniping articles and ancient articles on Morse’s, often criticized (by me!!) actions. Oddly, there wasn’t a whole lot of information on the follow through of Morse’s critical leadership decisions.

Perhaps that is because of some lackluster coverage of the County Legislature prior to Jordan Carleo-Evangelist’s arrival in the chamber. I understand, I have a slight black hole of knowledge from my last year in retirement…but I’m not the institution established to maintain legislative history and insights…it must be hard not being able to rely on your own reporting.

So, anyway, in my efforts to bring fairness to campaigning…I will provide my honest insights into each of the Albany County races…the first is the Cohoes Mayoral race. I have first hand knowledge of Mr. Morse’s accomplishments and will provide a series in detail. Since I don’t attend the Cohoes Council meetings…or shop at Marra’s Pharmacy, I am sure Ms. Nolin will provide me some official record of her landmarks in fiduciary responsibility.

Exhibit One

In Shawn Morse’s first year as Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee for the Albany County Legislature (2011), he was given a budget that called for a 21% tax increase, 450 layoffs, closure of the Nursing Home and deep cuts in many other departments.  (I was thrilled….Morse was shocked.)

Morse claimed victory by delivering only 9% of the executive proposed 21% increase, he kept all of the workers at the nursing home and managed to halt the practice of shipping seniors out of this state to other nursing homes. Morse found an 18 million dollar hole that required the County to borrow money every year to stay afloat.

By the end of 2011, Team Morse put together a comprehensive plan to take a county that was in financial ruins and, in four years, boasted a ZERO tax increase. (Yeah, click on that link!)  In addition, under Morse leadership, the county was able to cut the nursing home budget by $8 million while maintaining the quality of service expected by Albany County residents.

I look forward to hearing from Ms. Nolin regarding her similar budgetary accomplishments but, based on her established  political strategies, I predict she will instead criticize Morse for raising the taxes by 8% rather than acknowledging the truth...Morse cut the proposed executive budget by 13%.  

Stay tuned for Exhibit Two for Morse…but don’t hold your breath if you’re hoping to hear anything of budgetary substance from the Nolin Campaign….or should I say *wink, wink” the McDonald grudge match.  

Albany County Finances Best in Six Years; County Executive Says No Need for a Tax Anticipation Note

From McCoy...and "oldie" but a goodie:

 

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy says for the first time in six years, Albany County will not need to request a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) to meet its financial needs.

 

“In the past, we’ve had to initiate short-term borrowing to meet the County’s financial needs,” said McCoy.  “However, our cash position is now strong enough that we will not have to incur the expense of borrowing a Tax Anticipation Note.”

 

Albany County borrowed funds every year from 2010 to 2014, declining from $15.1 million in 2010 and $9.9 million last year.  McCoy credits the County’s strong cash position to his administration’s success over the past four years at dramatically improving the County’s overall finances.  Those financial improvements have resulted in the County staying within the property tax cap in 2014 and keeping property taxes flat in 2015. 

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Albany County Presents World Class Karate Program

I was at the County Legislative meeting last night and the first topic of interest came amidst the public comment with John D'Antonio asking for a waiver for Karate guru, Tony Butler. D'Antonio got my attention when he started vouching for one of his City of Albany directors....my ears perked when I thought, not realizing he was talking about Butler, he was talking about Jerrick Jones (more on his soon!) and the Albany boxing program. Surprise, surprise, D'Antonio was supporting Tony to bring his wonderful karate program which I spent some time with a few years ago, to the entire County. This better be a go...stop playing around and forget the boxing program, get your kids in the County’s Karate program.

The public comment was followed with two "emergency" committee meetings, Audit and Finance and Personnel...wonder what that was about? (Smirk)

And with not so much of a surprise, Resolution 321 was approved....the wonderful Karate Program, with Tony Butler, will be brought to the youth across Albany County.

Wannabee Candidate Fouls

I haven’t received any campaign mailings, that is, of course, unless the trash being mailed out by Dan Egan’s campaign can be considered campaign mailings. Egan’s last mailing merely shocked me as the candidate - former president of our failing Albany School Board – managed to , not only violate my ethical coded, but also butchered the English language along with the names of those Egan boasted as his supporters.

Lesson One in Politics 101 – learn not only to spell your opponent’s name properly (DAN), but also the names of those politicians you claim as supporters. I burned that the Egan letter as a sacrifice to the Albany Education Gods.

Then, just when I had gotten beyond my urge to kick Dan Egan’s ass for “leadership illiteracy,” another Egan mailing arrived at my door. This one was double wide, glossy, multi-colored and, in my opinion, libelous. I wondered of the lily-white Egan pedestal who could have offered this strategy. Heck, Dan McCoy can just sit back and watch Egan make an ass of himself.

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Democratic Legislative Candidate Casts Misinformed Stones

I read with keen interest the “commentary” from Sean Raleigh in reference to a “commentary” by County Legislator, Charlie Dawson, in reference to the Albany County Charter Reform scheduled to be on the ballot this Fall. My curiosity began in wondering who this commenter is…where did he come from?  I don’t remember seeing him in the committee meetings? (Not that I could find a picture of him online but I was, save the LWV members, alone in my presence at those meetings.)

I take exception to Raleigh’s comment that Mr. Dawson didn’t inform anyone of the “Charter” issues prior to Dawson’s July 14th commentary in the Times Union. Mr. Dawson, has been very critical of this long term situation and many other shams within Albany County Government and Dawson never takes the easy way out. Mr. Dawson, unlike Sean the uninformed commenter, was in attendance and in vocal opposition to the sham from the beginning of the Charter Game which, you can see from my articles below, began in 2012.

In my opinion, a candidate running against Mr. Dawson who wasn’t even aware of a nearly three year old Legislative sleight of hand, should be wearing a dunce cap and sitting in the corner of the Bethlehem Dem Committee Office rather than casting stones at one of the most astute of our Albany County Legislators.

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