- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 22:18
I’ve never missed my computer more than I did this afternoon when, after returning from an emergency evac – yup, a real one (!) – I discovered that someone had tipped off the TU that Sam Coleman (perpetual candidate) was arrested on some pretty serious drug charges. And then, oh joy, I discover that Mark Mishler is representing Coleman.
Remember with me, Mishler, attorney non-extraordinaire, is in cahoots with the DA on multiple fronts….here’s an example of just one. (I’d list more but I’m beat!) Soares and Mishler had one “disappearing ‘charge’ act” in a courtroom other than Keefe’s and it makes the front page when Carter attempts to bring a bit of real justice to Albany County. (Bet that DA/Keefe/Mishler threesome hits the rocks with the Judge demoted to traffic court…I may take a day off just to attend that first gavel-in. Oh, and congrats to Judge Stiglmeier!)
Need I point out that Coleman was the Prog/Soares/Sheehan “endorsed” candidate over Mark Robinson, who won the Democrat primary over several candidates. So, with Mishler as a defense attorney in political and judicial cahoots with the DA – and a DA supporting Coleman’s election campaign along with a few other progs (see insert below), illustrates typical prog judgment. Wouldn’t this be a perfect time for the DA to select a special prosecutor?
- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 06:20
Below is a plea to the NIMBYs, and other progs, to “unite” in opposition to an Article 78 brought against the City for restrictive and targeted regulation of businesses. My comments are in paranthesis and at the end…but I’m betting you already know what I have to say about this:
On September 25, 2013, the City of Albany’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) heard the application of the “L.A.X. Lounge” (LAX) for a special use permit (SUP) to be able to stay open and sell liquor until 3 a.m. The BZA denied LAX’s application to operate as a “tavern/lounge” until 3AM, instead requiring it to operate as a restaurant (as the property is zoned) with the standard closing hours of 11PM that apply to other restaurants in C-1 zones in the city. (Like Café Hollywood two blocks away?)
Unfortunately, in a decision that undermined the BZA’s unanimous upholding of the surrounding neighborhoods’ wish to have no further late-hours taverns established, the City’s Department of Buildings and Codes in a non-public decision allowed the business to open with hours to at least 2AM and possibly 4AM (I wasn’t aware that “neighborhood wishes” were enforceable by law…and I’m part of the “neighborhood,” it’s not my wish.).
One month after LAX received that decision, its owner decided to sue the City of Albany to attempt to overturn the BZA’s decision on behalf of his business and “similarly situated businesses.” (Finally…someone who can afford the balls to challenge the NIMBIES!!!) Moreover—and this is very important for all neighborhoods in the City to understand—LAX’s owner requested the Court to find that the City is pre-empted by state law from requiring any alcohol-selling business to close earlier than 4AM, and to prohibit the City from imposing such regulations in the future and to vacate any limitations put on other alcohol-selling businesses. (Sanity may return to Albany!!)
- Published on Friday, 29 November 2013 10:53
Interestingly, the TU picked up a story on the two AWOL Albany Common Council members who, not surprisingly, lost their bid to remain in their seat. Of course, as I do every election season, I mentioned the regular practice five days prior to the TU’s “stunning” article.
I hate to break it to you Times Union readers, but the practice of not attending meetings after an elected has lost his/her election, is fairly standard practice. I’m shocked that the TU merely took the quote from Common Council President, Carolyn McLaughlin without question….this happens every four years at both the City and the County level.
McLaughlin has not only seen this happen for 16 years, she is quite aware that I’ve written about her very own sister NOT showing up at the County Legislature when she lost her election. Of course, there are several County Legislators who have attendance issues so maybe DeMare didn’t notice…of course, when you only cover the meeting in person once a year, it’s hard to determine a pattern of absences.
- Published on Monday, 02 December 2013 19:59
Tonight I’m at the County Executive’s Public Hearing on Local Law A which prohibits the use of Styrofoam by chain restaurants inside of Albany County….and the house is packed with a mix of sandal wearers and business types. The runs six supermarkets in Albany and I’m wishing I would have sat in a more viewable area….but, I’ll be in the background of at least one television camera. This guy thinks that this new legislation would create more confusion on the part of the consumer….”it will be costly,” he says…and he asks that the legislation be modified to include the word recyclable.
Next up is a rep from the Albany Chamber of Commerce….and he urges a veto of LLA…and he believes that we should work toward a comprehensive statewide regulation. “This piecemeal legislation only hurts local businesses. We are over taxed, over regulated and over burdened.” He says what I’m been thinking, while many of the local franchises s are owned by small time but, like Mr. Subb, Subway, McDonalds,” this is a heavy burden for those small businesses which just appear to be big chains.
Jim Rogers is up next and he is with the food service industry….he questions the terms of the legislation. Article four mandates an alternative to Styrofoam but, he holds up a muffin container he purchased at a grocery store over the weekend, “under this law, this would be banned. He requests a simple and environmental amendment adding the word recyclable to compost-able.
- Published on Thursday, 28 November 2013 17:46
While I usually celebrate Thanksgiving by writing something I really want to write about…today I dedicated my time to having My Perfect Thanksgiving….finally!
Here it is:
I woke up at midnight to cook the cranberry sauce…with real cranberries! (A first for me.)
I was able to fall back asleep after cooking….without meds!
I happily got out of bed at 6AM to clean the house a bit and prep the bird.
By 10AM…I had the bird stuffed, potatoes peeled and in the crock pot and the pie finishing off in the oven.
At 10:15 the bird went in and I left for Mass.
A man full of smiles bounced out of The Mansion “reminding me that God blessed me on this glorious Thanksgiving morning” this while on his way to the crackwhore’s house across the street….where he shouted through the door “wake up Mark and Laura!!”
I had a decent conversation with a squirrel I called “chubbikins” in Academy Park and he followed me to Mass at St. Mary’s…..yes….really!
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