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Friday, January 21

T.G.I.F. - Snow day!

In case you haven't noticed due to the lack of a front page post, I've got today day off. Something about the Secret Service not wanting me to leave the house when the President is in town... whatever.

So I'll be listening to and reading coverage of Obama's Schenectady visit from the comfort of my office chair while sipping on cocoa.

Another reason why I'm not on the clock is so I can cover Sunday's State of the City Address, the third delivered by Mayor Scott Johnson.

The speech is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the City Center. What do you think the mayor will speak on this year?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consolidation of services - yea that is it. The Mayor is going to discuss how this region has to many local governments and how we need to work together. So lets consolidate services - by sharing various services - recreation, public safety, municipal services between the City and the towns, school district, and county.

January 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the neatness of his goatee, etc., etc., etc.

January 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor will most likely blame public sector unions for all of the problems our city will face in the coming year. For those of you out there who would like to hear an alternative argument that addresses the problems our state and country face, I urge you to follow the link below.

Blaming the financial problems we face completely on public sector unions is terribly misleading and completely ridiculous.

January 22, 2011 at 9:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would help if the mayor identified how he will address the shortfall in the 2012 budget resulting from including the one time $750,000 sale of the Lillian's parking lot in the 2011 budget.

We simply cannot use one time revenues (even if they are REAL) to balance the operating budget.

So next year we are already in the hole for $750,000. This is,, as George W. Bush once said, "Wodoo economics."

We also need to know the sum total of ALL our discretionary legal costs. In other words, how much was really spent in 2010 to defend ill advised actions of the Council or to launch law suits against the Civil Service Commission, etc.

We know that even Finance has the mayor having over spent the 2010 original outside legal services budget by $110,000. That does NOT include the nearly $30,000 spent to date to fight the Charter change initiative.

Now we learn that we have to borrow even more to pay for the contamination "settlement" agreement that the mayor negotiated.

We really need a detailed report on all of these matters.

January 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM 

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