Where in the World is Councilman Robinson?

I rid myself from television when the FCC flipped the analogue switch back in 2009….yeah, I’m a stubborn type! Anyway, I’m hearing that Mr. Robinson, the felon turned Councilman in Albany’s West Hill, has been ubiquitously vocal on every single shooting in his hood. And, my friends, sadly….there have been too many.

If you haven’t been paying attention, Robinson, until recently, had been known as known as, not a councilman, but the “neighborhood nemesis. “ Robinson has been preaching, as he is buying up abandoned buildings in the West Hill hood he represents, that he and his brothers are no longer the notorious Robinson family but a group of community activists.

Heck, Obar the Giant Robinson, who likes to tease me for my comments on this blog (I hope that’s teasing!!) even plans on running for office himself. Now, I’ve only lived in the Albany proper since 2006, so I wasn’t around for the Robinson’s reign, but I do have quite a talent for google. What I found is disturbing.

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Common Council Gets Busy...well, not so much

Tonight I am with the Albany Common Council meeting...hey, I told you I was coming out of semi-retirement. Apparently absence makes the hearrt grow fonder.I've been hit by many tips...some more exciting than others but all fun. This evening will be a short one at City Hall, but I think one of the most interesting discussion was had in the caucus room.

With all the Council members toting and grumbling about their new iPads. Seems they need a new system to synch up their emails and files. Ya know, the ones that have been sent via email forever. My Councilman, Richard Conti, hadn't even opened his yet...he calls "opening' "getting familiar with." Ms. Golby doesn't plan to use hers much and prefers the email so that she can access documents easier. The others all seemed to growl at their ability to access the iPad system.

Hmmm...I don't know how much iPads cost but we have 15 seats and several support staff along with the Prez. So, here ya go, the Council has money for the St. Paddy's Parade and iPads all around.....but nothing for Juneteenth. (I've typed all this while Ms. McLaughlin has been orating about Henry Johnson.)

The first speaker, an old die-hard public commenter has a comment de jour...he wants an intervention re: a demolition. Okay...I'm tunin' out. Apparently Ms. McLaughlin has lot track of the time this speaker has used as he just keeps going. (Of course, she was having a discussion Ms. Samel...returning to the mic with, I swear I heard, "what's he sayin?")

Finally, Vincent Rigosu takes to the microphone. He's the real pro commenter. He opens with "Since we're light on speakers, I'd like to speak for 15 minutes." That's my guy!! Rigosu is going on record tonight regarding medical marijuana. Rigosu doesn't want to inconvenience the marijuana distribution to be in the warehouse district. "If this dispenser is in the warehouse district, those with prescriptions will need to find their way to the warehouse district...filled with drinking and partying establishments and not close to the hospitals. It appears that "Mayor" Sheehan wants the medical marijuana dispensary in the warehouse district...why? You know, don't ask silly questions.

So, it appears the overlay for the rezoning of the warehouse district has been sent to committee...to be a discussion for another day. (Sure it is!) It appears as if some resolution just passed unanimously re: medical marijuana...oh my, I've been away too long....I'm not used to this stuff anymore.

Conti calls for a vote on the resolution commemorate the Pride Parade and the Black and Latino Pride Party...what is this....Gay Month? Oh yeah, and there's that Art on Lark thing...no commemoration needed their. Conti tells that it is indeed Gay Month as he salutes the Gay Flag hanging from the front of City Hall....and then, not to be outdone by Ms. McLaughlin's history lesson, Conti waxes poetic on the gay rights "revolution."

Mr. Conti points to his pride in the LGBT Group in his ward..."the oldest in the nation," he glows. Chew on this mumble-mouth...this historic group will not hire anyone who is not LGBT...in my world that would translate to discrimination. I was laughed at when I suggest that practice was discriminatory. (Funny, Conti is now mumblin about discrimination against "his kind.") Heck, what do you think would happen if General Electric refused to even interview someone if they were LGBT.

And, the remaining resolutions are on hold...we call it a night. Well, after that silly Commissioner of Deeds thing.

To all my Council friends, thanks for keeping the evenin moving (except for the two orators) I'll try to get back in the swing of things...and I love a well timed softball.


Albany Politics Just Warming Up

I’ve been away much too long!! This primary season, I’m hearing, is going to be a wild one! First we have Cohoes power juggling with the “three musketeers,” Ralph Signoracci, Shawn Morse and Randy Koniowka. If the cards are played right, Ralph will be granted Morse County Legislative seat and maintain his post as President of the Cohoes Common Council, Morse will take over his uncle’s seat as Mayor of Cohoes and Koniowka will remain as County Legislative Clerk and will be elected to the Cohoes Common Council.

How’s that for a trifacta!!

Back in Albany, I got a frantic call last week when it was learned that SOMEONE would be primarying Mert Simpson in the 2nd Legislative District. Of course, I made calls and the potential candidate remained secret. Then, last night, I peeked at Facebook and I see that Sam Coleman announced that he had he “was unanimously endorsed as the Albany County Candidate for the Second Legislative District.

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Freihofer ReRoute Creates "Commoner" Chaos

Saturday was intended to be a productive day for me. I had several errands to run that I can't do on any other day of the week. After completing a few chores around the house, I headed for the bus at 9:30. Yeah, I read about the Friehofer's Run for Women so I knew it was going to be quite a hike to catch the #1. I, along with several other non-elite runners just trying to get to work, were stalled as the new race route shut downtown down.

The few dozen race supporters rallied the runners as we tried unsuccessfully cross the street. After a half an hour, I realized that I should have taken ibuprofen as my ailing knees were more than a little painful. I sat on a stoop awaiting a break in the runners and checked the CDTA bus alerts.

There I learned that the main artery of all CDTA bus lines was to be shut down from 6AM to "approximately" 6PM. (I would share the details but they seem to have disappeared from the CDTA website.) I, along with those less fortunate folks who work and do their "chores" on their only day off, jumped on a crowded #1 in front of 45 Central. The grumbling was audible on the first leg of my journey as the passengers all seem shocked at not being able to get to their jobs on time.

Oh well, suck is life amongst the working class as they growled at those prancing down Washington Avenue in their bright colored sweat. In years past, the runners began their jaunt at a deserted Empire State Plaza...the route of very very few weekend buses. There they only shut down traffic on Madison Avenue and the few side streets for a few ours.Still, ya had to be patient if you wanted to cross the street but it's wasn't impossible.

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Black Lives Matter...At Least in Writing

On my weekly hike to my local PriceChopper, I happened to pass a Mom and Daughter going the opposite direction. After passing, the woman turned around and called, “Ma’am, excuse me, you look so familiar, where do I know you from?” I got that cold chill that shoots up my spine when someone reminds me of the DA’s social security television ambush…I smiled with not even a remote recollection of her face.

(Of course, I did the same thing to my long term acquaintance, Barb Samel, Common Council Counsel, when I ran into her at the Memorial Day Parade. Hey, I’m old with a fading “insider” status.)

I looked to the smiling child hoping she would provide a clue to my familiarity. “I know,” this woman beams at me, “I know you from Juneteenth over at the school.” I responded with, “good memory, that was a long time ago” and I advised that this year’s celebration will be in Washington Park…the date I was unaware of…as was she.

Now, you all know how I am.  Of course I went home and googled  “Albany Juneteenth 2015.”

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