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Monday, January 24

Front page: Saratoga Citizen reacts to the State of the City, Scirocco to request $200,000 bond for DEC mitigation

Good morning, and welcome to the working week!

If you missed Mayor Johnson's State of the City Address yesterday, complete video of the speech will be posted here later today. Here is today's story on the speech.

The biggest news from the speech was Johnson's personal message to Saratoga Citizen; the City Council will not act to approve or reject their petition of referendum without an analysis of finances.

The charter changers said they will meet with the council for a preliminary analysis of what the transition from a commission form of government to a council-manager form will cost and future benefits from the switch.

Local officials and Saratoga Citizen organizers had mixed reactions to the speech. [Srtgn]

Also in the headlines; DPW Commissioner Anthony "Skip" Scirocco will reportedly ask the council to bond over $200,000 to comply with a DEC settlement agreement. [TU]

Rep. Chris Gibson talks about his goal of bringing nuclear power to the region. [PstStr]

The new State senate Independent Democratic Conference will be offered committee posts, but no chairmanships. (LoHud)

The fight is heating up against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed property tax cap. [NYT]

Cuomo is also being criticized (ironically) for keeping ethics reform efforts behind closed doors. [Daily News]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just how many people have a grasp on this issue. Taking into consoderation a 2% tax cap without a salary freeze will not work. Also with a cap in effect how can Saratoga Citizen propose a costly initial investment of over $500,000 not including the a similar amount for transition cost. Has everyone gone fiscally insane. There is no plan from Saratoga Citizen to address skyrocketing healthcare costs, retirement costs, salary increases on a yearly basis, paid breaks for DPW employees and 33 to 35 hour salaried work weeks for union employees as well. To comppound the issue they recommend that all new department heads would be union employees giving direction to union employees. You can have all the professionals you want and it might save a dollar or two but not the millions we need to recapture to become fiscally souldn. It might even add expenses. People need to wake up and smell the roses because you need to be smoking something else if you feel this is a valid plan.

January 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the employees who could not read simple direction and follow proper procedure should pay their fair share of the fines. This was politically manipulated and look at the overall result. We have a department where ther are more chiefs than Indians, several who feel they are bigger than the department and than have the arrogance to refuse to take direction from the deputy Commissioner. They should be suspended in lieu of a hearing, given a warning and than terminated for a second infraction. Pople open their eyes and don't see. People open their ears but don't listen. people open their mounths and just whine. Never has anyone come to the table with a positive solution or recommendation. They just want their toys to play with and God forbid someone shakes the trees.

January 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was this not bgought up during the Capital Budget hearings for discussion and approval. It obviously was something that had to be addressed. Where is the preparation and planning? If the rationale was to get what you want twice that is poormanagement philosophy!!

January 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM 

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