Behind the Scenes in Albany County

I feel I’ve become immune to most election campaign literature and signage. Now, it’s just cute when the candidates tells me, or announces on Facebook, “I might not win the election but I have the best signs.” Ya gotta love that attitude, especially when the candidate is running unopposed. (You know who you are!)

With that said, there is one campaign sign that is a refreshing burst of honesty. It showed up on my EVO a few months ago and I don’t know who actually sent it to me but it is my favorite campaign sign of all time so I must share. This sign is the genius of my boyfriend friend, Ralph Signoracci, who, as part of Cohoes Royalty, and is running for County Legislature to fill the seat of Shawn Morse, who is running for Mayor of Cohoes. (I’m betting 80/20 on that win…same as my County Exec bet!)

 

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Morse Smeared in Cohoes Mayoral

This morning I read the TU article about Shawn Morse’s opponent for Mayor of Cohoes, Dianne Nolan (with support from Assemblyman John McDonald), declining to seek support from the City Democrat Committee because, in a nutshell, her opponent is bullying the Committee members.

Dear Ms. Nolan, I have a feeling I know who advised you to take the strategy and I see it as a “chicken shit” move (as we say in Texas.) You know you’re going to lose the election….and you’re going to lose big. Cohoes is the last bastion of old-Albany politics and that old bullying

you suggest isn’t even needed there anymore.

Shawn Morse has a lock on this and with the press release you sent out, you embarrassed yourself with a whine. Think about it, Canvassing the committee is what candidates do…you know you didn’t have support because you were doing what you are accusing Mr. Morse of doing.

 

Morse, on the other hand, has no need to canvas the Committee because he has a lock on the Committee…..he has for a long time. That’s how it works. Seems to be there was an over-estimate of Nolan support and it’s too late to exit the election. So, from here on out, it appears the strategy will be to dirty up Morse for future elections.

Hey, whatever floats the prog boat. Just know that this act was sheer cowardice. I’ve always called Morse a bully, that doesn’t mean I don’t like him. Ya see, I’d rather have someone in the Mayor’s seat that is tough as nails and not someone who is only able to stand on their own two feet “for the people” when they have some prog leader bolstering their ego and guiding their actions.

Go back to your sheepherding or whatever it is cowards do when they aren’t making accusations….and grow a pair.

 

Albany County Earns National Achievement Award for Veterans Program

Albany County Executive McCoy announced today that the county has been selected for a national achievement award for the Veteran Identifier program administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The Achievement  Awards from the National Association of Counties serve to honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.   

The Albany County Veteran Identifier program is the first of its kind in New York and provides a link to services to veterans who may need assistance from DSS and other agencies. The county employs a social worker who is a veteran to assist veterans and their families and to provide information on the programs and services that are available. Since the program was launched in June of 2014, more than 260 veterans have been identified and served by the Veterans Identifier Program in the county.

 

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County's 2nd District Election Just Got Nastier

I was with some political folks the other night lamenting the epic fail the quality of Albany’s elected officials. Not all of them mind you, just some. Last night, I was reminded of how nasty one such elected can be. Ya see, Joyce Love, elected by the people to the 108th District of the New York State Committee as the “lesser evil” over Wanda Willingham, has harassed me by both phone and texts when she didn’t like what I wrote about her.

I must say, the harassment I suffered was not as nasty as her most recent attack on Common Councilman, Ron Bailey, but I know by experience that she is a very tenacious harasser. In case you didn’t know, there is bloody political battle developing in the County’s 2nd Legislative District. The sides are clear, and Love makes them even more clear in her below texts to Bailey. It appears the only pol Love doesn’t inject in the harassment is Sheriff Apple.

Behold the illiterate vitriol of your elected official Joyce Love in texts to Councilman Bailey:

Fwd: over the last few years I found out how stupid you are you don't stick with anyone long just 4 years ago you were against Wanda and Carol and 2 years

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More Than A Store In Store

I am a member of several Albany listservs and the chatter is so telling of the attitude in this City. For instance, a great deal of time is spent discussing things like the placement of a crosswalk sign…all in the name of “quality of life.” Then, out of the blue, one of those observant of signs asks if anyone’s been to the Delaware Avenue PriceChopper lately…something’s changed…anyone else notice? Yes, thank you, I have.

Ya see, over the last several MONTHS, my little PriceChopper has been transforming itself from the well-known bottom of the PriceChopper barrel. The store, frequented largely by transportation challenged urban types, stayed open throughout the entire transformation. The products were re-shelved and re-shelved again….the ceiling was removed, the floor tiles extracted….everything was in a different place every day which made grocery shopping during the rebirth quite the adventure.

PriceChopper had helpful smiles all over the store, acting as guides to find those aspirins that were oddly placed with the pet food….I was grateful for every day that that private enterprise restored pride in my PriceChopper. Interestingly, across from the PriceChopper there is a building, long vacant, that has been the topic of discussion as all the urban “know it alls” have demanded the “city” or “anybody” sink millions into it to restore it for….for what? They don’t know….they just “WANT.” Keep dreaming.

On one side of an Albany Street is an example of just one of Albany’s deteriorating vacant government-owned buildings…and a fine example of Albany’s “Public Works” efforts with prog direction. (Follow that last link for the timeline of the crumbling.) This presents an interesting philosophical juxtaposition of project/non-projects, as the opposite side of Delaware Avenue proudly hosts the former “Ghetto” Chopper (I hate referring to her as that), a shining example of what the “evil” empire can do. Now, I shop a lot, and watching the rebirth of my PriceChopper has filled me with Conservative Pride with every trip. I didn’t grumble at all about the scavenger hunt for groceries, well, maybe once, because this corporate giant cared enough about my neighbors, not just to rejuvenate the store, but to continue to provide service in the midst of the rebirth.

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