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Thursday, November 5

Thoughts on the new council

Things around here are unbelievably quiet since the election. That's fine with me, the election contained enough stress for me to last until next summer, when we can start thinking about state and national races in the area.

The biggest question I have regarding the newly-elected City Council is the role that Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco will play. He often voted with lame duck Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Kim, a Democrat. Now without his reliable ally, will he come back into the GOP fold?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really don't need Skip and his left wing agenda,Andrew did you know that 4 employees have lost their driving priviledges because of DWIs,these men drove the big trucks,that means 4 less trucks on the roads this winter,big lose and the dept. heads keep it quiet,check with Maryilyn Rivers she has the information.

November 6, 2009 at 6:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew J Bernstein:

Skip Scirocco was re-elected as Commissioner of Public Works. He's not the "newly-elected . . . Commissioner of Public Safety" as you wrote in "Thoughts on the new council."

That would be Richard Wirth. And the most important question is not what the returning members of the City Council will do. It's what the new guy is going to do.

Scirocco has been a Republican office holder for most of his life. We know what to expect from him. What we don't know is what Wirth is going to do about his wacky idea that "TERRORISM!" is the number one public safety concern for Saratoga Springs.

By the way: Don't forget that Public Safety is the biggest department, with the biggest budget, and the most important job in city government Keep your eye on the ball.

November 6, 2009 at 7:57 AM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

anon 7:57: I apologize for the error, the post has been corrected.

anon 6:01: I fail to see how enforcing city policy and keeping drunk drivers off the road constitutes a "left wing agenda."

November 6, 2009 at 8:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left wing agenda I'M sure comes from his friendly relationship with the greedy unions and ron kim,val keehan,lew benton and elieen finneran,as far as the DWIs' in DPW that's alarming,just what else are they keeping from the taxpayers,as far as wirth and terrorism goes lets not forget Ron created the swat team and also applied for federal monies to obtain a $250;000 crowd control vehicle.The Repblicans don't need skippy and his left wing friends,he's no longer a it or not.

November 6, 2009 at 8:53 AM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

anon 8:53: Commissioner Kim did not create a SWAT team. The grant you are referring to will be used to fund training of officers, and to purchase crowd control equipment. A vehicle was not part of the funding.

November 6, 2009 at 9:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell me why someone who drives a truck for a living can get a DWI and keep their job? The unions are way too powerful. Criminals and Drunks who make bad decisions should NOT be working for the city. Fire them and hire people who are honest and will work hard (and stay sober).

November 6, 2009 at 10:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're wondering why the leaves aren't being picked up this week,the trucks are haulling sand all week long and tomorrow skippy will pay time and half to his union supporters total waste of money,it's hard to believe Andrew you support this total disregard to the taxpayers pocketbook,there's no money in the budget and he's rewarding the unions with support.

November 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

anon 10:52 a.m.: Why would you think that I support any kind of "disregard to the tax payer's pocketbook?"

November 6, 2009 at 3:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A SWAT Team does not imply a vehicle.

November 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your paper endorsed him...remember.

November 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM 
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

I hate to break it to you guys, but there was nothing "Left wing" about Keehn or Kim. Spendthifts? Certainly. Political disasters? Of course. Folks with the common sense of your standard rotted turnip? Yes. Total freaks of nature? Definitely. But liberals? Hardly. I defy anyone to explain how they are.

November 7, 2009 at 2:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the leaf pick up will be done by the 10.00 a hour part timers. The ones that will go in Jan. Leaf pick up, snow plowing, ect will all slow down come Jan. In Jan. 2007 there were 154 employees and now there are 134 employees, with maybe another 20 to go. The City keeps getting bigger, so the employees are spred thinner.

November 7, 2009 at 8:29 AM 
Anonymous mamie said...


No use in arguing with these clowns. It's Tighe and Diamond spewing garb again. Just check out his useless blog and see it is just him making all the comments in hopes of deceiving people. Once we start ignoring him he will mosting be talking to himself. Newsflash! John! Go back to looking in the mirror and talking to yourself there.

November 7, 2009 at 5:06 PM 
Anonymous mamie for two more years said...


Is there any truth to the rumor that Pat Design is retiring and in January Donna Buckley will take over as Skip's deputy?

November 7, 2009 at 5:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont understand why they are trying to paint Commissioner Scirocco as a left wing liberal.He has recieved the Conservative party endorsement in every election he has ever been in. Simply because he has not rubber stamped the Republicans on every issue dose not a liberal make, he makes his decisions based on what he thinks is right for the city not the party and i hope he will continue to do so.

November 7, 2009 at 7:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see a lot of comments about left wing friends of Skip Scirocco. I can tell how inexperience you are when you wright these kink of comments. You are listening to the Mayor and the chairman of the city republican party. I understand he did not give Skip any money for the election ask him when you see him. He still won and won big that just tell you that he is the people choice. He is what the other want to be and are affarid to speek up. The rec center he was not against he just thought it would be better built when the city had more money. 4 million dollars is a lot of money for basketball courts on top of the 2 million spent already get the real figures.Union workers have been keeping this city clean for years If people are crying about the pay join the union and get a good salary. You are going to need it in this city after the taxes go up. But dont cry on this blog anymore because you elected them right back in office.

November 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No truth to the Buckley rumor, however it is possible that Design may retire.....who knows ?

November 9, 2009 at 7:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:29am,sorry pal that's a lie the people I SAW AND TALKED TO are permanent employees of DPW and were very grateful to Skip for the overtime,overtime goes to the permanent employees first,with 154 employees in the dept. now and 20 to be laid off leaving 134,that's plenty to do what has to be done,instead of the employees telling the greatest deputy in the world what they would like to do for a days'work,maybe he should spend less time in the restaurants and more time on the streets,this winter has all the makings of being a complete diseaster for the city because nobody in PUBLIC WORKS has any managing skills.ONE OTHER NOTE,,scirrocco made a deal with Kim and keehan not to get involved with the johnson campaigned in order to give Kim an advantage and Mayor Johnson knows it, ask skip hows' that crow taste.

November 10, 2009 at 6:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scirocco made no deals with anyone. He ran unopposed because both parties liked the job he has are an idiot.

November 11, 2009 at 5:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A deal was made,sorry...! :)

November 14, 2009 at 10:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think what you will.. sadly nothing can change that type of thinking

November 17, 2009 at 5:24 PM 

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