A Reuniting with the County Legislature

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!!

AFD Fights More than Fire in "Mayor's" Budget

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.”

Read more: AFD Fights More than Fire in "Mayor's" Budget

Breslin No Longer Runs Unopposed

From Joe Sullivan:

This is unacceptable when the control of the State Senate hangs in the balance..
Voters of the 44th SD have a choice - write in (print)  Joe Sullivan
in the write in space on the ballot-  be sure to fill in the oval and stay within the write in space bounds
Control of the State Senate may come down to one vote - winner in the 44th State Senate District.
I am an enrolled Conservative, read my website  http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/ which is read nationally and worldwide.
Compare what I stand for with what Neil Breslin does. Make the right choice on November 4.
Restore our Constitutional Republic and defend our Liberty.
PASS THE WORD TO ALL YOU KNOW.      Thank you   Joe Sullivan    438 5230

 

APD Promotes Officers

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
     

Business Group (NFIB) Endorses Fischer over Tonko

From the Fischer Campain:

Congressional Candidate, Jim Fischer (R/C-Ballston), today received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small-business association in New York and the nation.

NFIB's New York State Director, Mike Durant, announced the endorsement during an event with Fischer at Krause's Homemade Candy an NFIB member and multi-generational family business in Albany. The current Congressman, Paul Tonko, has a zero rating with NFIB on key votes of importance to small business members.

"The Capital District's business community needs a leader in Washington who will stand up for them against excessive taxes, regulations and Obamacare's confusing and costly mandates. I will do just that as your next Congressman," said Jim Fischer. "As a small business owner for nearly 25 years and a proud NFIB member, I can attest that elected leaders like our current Congressman have treated small businesses as the enemy. Small business owners employ most of the workforce and create the most new private sector jobs. They care for their workers and their communities. Instead of setting policies to promote more growth, Congressman Tonko follows partisan leaders like Nancy Pelosi to install more harmful taxes, fees and penalties. They are a distraction from businesses ability to focus on growing their markets and reinvestment that stimulates job growth. When elected to Congress, I will be a strong voice for the 900 small businesses and their thousands of employees working hard every day to do a good job.

I am sincerely grateful for the support of NFIB and its members here in the Capital Region."

During his visit to Krause's, Fischer met third generation owner, Anne Marie Krause and her employees. The Krause family as been in business since 1929. Fischer heard first-hand how excessive taxes, fees, regulations and the skyrocketing costs of healthcare due to Obamacare are crippling the local economy. The costly burdens are making it difficult to compete and to invest in growth that would create more good paying jobs.

 

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