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Friday, January 7

Tedisco puts up anti-borrowing bill, Gibson to appear on ABC Sunday

Two releases this morning; Assemblyman James Tedisco issued a release calling for passage of his "Truth in Borrowing Act," which has passed in the Senate from 1993 to 2008.

“When it comes to solving New York’s budget woes, more borrowing is not the answer. The state’s been there, done that and our economy and job climate is now a lot worse for wear,” said Tedisco.

Also, Congressman Chris Gibson will appear on ABC's "This Week" Sunday with Christiane Amanpour to discuss his military career and policy agenda.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest speculation on the upcoming City elections is interesting.

If Johnson does not run (likely) Herrick may put up Brian Hollowood, a notorious Republican hatchetman with a particularly mean streak.

The deal would include keeping Sutton deputy mayor, so the rumor goes. Herrick may be out of touch with the community's feelings about her.

Al Collucci - one of two current City Hall gadflies - also wants to be mayor.

However, the Republicans are reported to be having a difficult time finding someone to run for Public Works if Skippy decides to leave. This from the horse's mouth.

Many want Ed Moore to run for mayor or Public Safety. He could gain significant support among moderate and progressive Republicans and Democrats.

Conventional wisdom holds that Ivins, Johnson and Wirth really need to step aside to allow a fiscal restructuring, Ivins is still holding out for a job in Ballston Spa.

Be on the lookput for the first edition of "The City Hall Diarist," coming to a distribution outlet near you soon. This "publication" edited by City Hall insiders will present some interesting insights.

First edition should be available next week

January 7, 2011 at 1:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will Johnson, Franck and Scala come up with now to put off a plebiscite on charter reform now that Judge Nolan has upheld Saratoga Citizen's petition.

You will recall that Franck refused to certify the petition and the Council hired two law firms (each at $200 per hour) to defend the City's action. So, in effect Franck and Johnson with the consent of the other members of the Council appropriated unbudgeted tax dollars to deny us our right to petition our government.

No matter what our personal views on Charter reform, Franck and Johnson should be held accountable for their actions.

Now, presumably, Johnson will appoint a Charter Revision Commission so a vote on reform can be put off until 2012 at the earliest. And then we will only be able to vote on what his cronies give us.

Farnck and Johnson really should reimburse the taxpayers for the ill spent $ to fight the petition.

If we had a working city attorney perhaps he could have prevented this insanity.

January 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM 

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