- Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:32
From the APD: Albany Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on the Quay Street ramp to Broadway.
On July 27, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., officers responded to the area of Centre Street and Water Street for an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious, unresponsive 36 year old male. Officers then located an unoccupied motorcycle on the ramp above that had clearly been involved in an accident.
Preliminarily, it appears that while traveling the wrong way on the ramp from Quay Street to Broadway, the victim lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected off of the ramp onto the street below. Albany Police Accident Reconstruction Specialists were called to the scene to reconstruct the accident. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending family notifications, was pronounced deceased.
- Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 15:24
While all eyes are focused on the press release happy progressive push to get Peg Walsh on two judicial benches simultaneously, a rather quiet feud continued to brew over in the third where County Ledger Mert Simpson and his nutcase wife, Joyce Love, were, along with the rest of their slate, kicked off the ballot for the Democratic Committee in Albany County.
Apparently, Mert and Joyce haven’t learned any political lessons along the way. Together they filed petitions for the Third Ward’s 8th, 1st, 7th and 6th Election Districts. That’s eight seats on a County which, I’m told, has 16 seats! (I tried to look that up but heaven help the person who wants to know anything about Democratic Party specifics.)
So, James Bouldin Jr. and Alfred Leigh were booted off the ballot by Lasone Garland Bryan who noted, and it was confirmed by the Board of Elections, that one of the two sheets of 19 signatures was turned in without a total…this is a no-no. Mr. Bouldin himself made this error to get both he and Leigh removed from the ballot.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:52
On Monday night, I attended the Albany Common Council meeting in which the main public commentary was directed at the red light issue. If you haven’t heard, there is some discussion to install cameras which snap a picture of your license when you run a red light. Also for discussion was more limits to tobacco sales…ya know, the regular ill-informed stuff that has nothing to do with the business of the evening. Still, there was zero attendance press conference on the front steps of City Hall and the “citizens” and sleepy-eyed council members got to listen to the “advocates” drone on for more than an hour.
I kind of worried about two of the advocates in opposition to the Red Camera Lights when they were unable to figure out how to traverse the chamber to get the four feet from their seat to the microphone…and then discovered that, not a one of the three advocates lived in Albany County. While I much agree with some of the points, the validity of their arguments grew laughable as they stated the red light cameras would cause stress to the roadways as “breaking” would be heavier and, with the mentioning of possible blindness or recurrence of PTSD in response to the “flashing” cameras.
- Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:00
Statement by NY20 Congressional District Candidate, Jim Fischer (R/C - Ballston) on Tonko's erratic driving caught on camera
Ballston, NY - While all of us,at times, exceed the posted speed limits, the recent video showing Congressman Paul Tonko reportedly driving 93 miles per hour on the New York State Thruway, weaving through traffic, tailgating and hitting the "rumble strip" on the shoulder multiple times, indicates a profound lack of judgment and concern for the safety of other motorists and their passengers, while raising serious questions as to whether he feels he is subject to the same laws as the rest of us.
This incident, combined with "The New York Times" article about Governor Cuomo's alleged corruption of "The Moreland Commission", is a double dose of abuse of power by elected officials who seem to think they are a law unto themselves.
This is exactly the kind of arrogant behavior that breeds cynicism in voters and undermines any belief that there is integrity in government. The voters of the Capital Region deserve better than this type of behavior from those whom we have put into positions of power. An acknowledgment and apology is simply not enough. We deserve an explanation for this extremely dangerous and potentially deadly act on the Congressman's part.
- Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 20:11
Tonight I’m being hosted by the Albany County Legislature….along with a whole b unh of Veterans wh are supporting Mr. McCoy’s “Soldier On” project (which is rumored to be tabled as a slap at McCoy.) With over a hundred Vets, the Dems left the Chamber for a hurried caucus…probably trying to figure out how to get out of the building alive.
With the Dems in a super secret caucus in a Chamber void of the majority, the Vets rose and sang “God Bless America,” which didn’t draw the Dems out of hiding. (I’m looking for the back door exit.) Andrew Joyce is up first and, as a Veteran, states that he will be extremely disappointed in the Dems should this Soldier On project be tabled. Morse states that any thought about this body (ACL) was never opposed to Soldier On. Sign one that this will be tabled.
Domalewitz is up next and states that we’ve done enough talking, all the questions have been answered and we need to get the shovel in the Soldier On ground….rousing the already “roused” crowd. Gary calls for an emergency Finance meeting to get this project going. A guy from Soldier On is up next and he reminds folks that tonight’s vote is just to take the first step…this is not to approve housing for 172 housing units at the old Ann Lee home.
John Downing, president and CEO is up next and the crowd surrounding me silently walks to the front of the room. Downing says that, because there is no housing for Veterans in Albany, he is housing nearly 73 of Albany’s Veterans in Massachusetts. Downing states that the VA in Albany contacted Soldier On because they can’t even get emergency beds in Albany….Downing took in our Vets for us.
Ms. Lockhart asks how many homeless Vets there are in Albany County….Downing states the official count is 75, but there are actually 6 to 700. He notes also that a huge percentage of those that are not homeless are below the poverty level. And, the 37 Vets each take to the microphone….I want to give them all a home…I think I have enough room!
The first guy was an Army medic and alcoholic whose life was saved by Soldier On…which gave him hope for his future. (Morse takes note…”I gotta figure out how deliver that sincerity.”) The next speaker is a Marine….always. Mr. Kelly is next and he is from downstate NY and came to Albany for assistance….he needs the Soldier On project. The next Vet states, “it’s a long road to find help, and I showed up, and Soldier On, saved my life.”
The next Veteran is up, and he reminds the Legislature that the last time they came to ask for support for Soldier On, it was tabled. “If you look at how your Vets are being treated, it shameful, people are dying. If we had another World War, what would you do if we wouldn’t fight?” he asks in response to the Legislature inaction. “Our Vets are dying because of this government.”
I am saddened with every Veteran who states that they “respect the legislative process,” as if this is a legislative process and not a Majority political power play. I should point out here, there is money available to house these Veterans at Albany’s Soldier On…this wouldn’t cost our County a dime.
Speaker points out that every day 22 Veterans commit suicide, a month’s delay means the life of many Veterans. The next speaker glows as he speaks about the programs that saved his life and asks that there is no more stalling because behind him, “there are thousands more.” One of the Soldier On Veterans is sobbing behind me as the others comfort him. A Veteran with a Yankees cap states that he is happy to live at Soldier On at Leeds. The next speaker emotionally states how Soldier On gave his life value. Tom is up next with four years in the US Navy, he is homeless…and the next Veteran makes a plea…and states “Go Red Socks!”
The next speaker is from Schenectady and he states that he ould be anywhere tonight but he is here in support of Soldier On and he prays that the County supports it. And with that, the Soldier On group leaves us in silence to make the long trek back to Massachusetts where our New York Veterans are living.
The next speaker is the Commander of the Watervliet VFW and points out that Ann Lee didn’t pick and choose who could seek respite at her house, it was a refuge and she knows that “Ann Lee is looking down on this Legislature to do the right thing.”