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Tuesday, February 15

Kane: "We can't stop now"

Saratoga Citizen organizer Pat Kane (pictured at left with fellow organizer Brent Wilkes) thinks Mayor Scott Johnson will likely have the votes to initiate an appeal of the NYS Supreme Court decision to validate the group's petition, and that the group will continue efforts to put the measure on the ballot.

"The appeal would be a disservice to the people of the community," Kane said on the phone Tuesday at around 4 p.m.

Kane added that the cost of a special election for the referendum would "pale in comparison" to the amount the city could spend for a trip to Appellate Court or even the lawyers fees for an evidentiary hearing.

"We've come this far, we can't stop now," he said, when asked if the group would continue litigation through the Appellate Court and beyond.

Kane also mentioned support for the council's appeal by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), calling it "perplexing" that officials from cities that do have a council-manager form of government would support the denial of a referendum in a city they are not a part of.

Discussions between city officials and NYCOM were brought up by Accounts Commissioner John Franck during a Feb. 4 meeting with Kane on the group's fiscal analysis.

"I can't think of a better community to do this than Saratoga Springs," he said, referring to the precedent that would be set if the citizen-produced referendum made it onto the ballot.

The City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Make sure to check out the City Desk Twitter feed @SaratogianCDesk for updates from the meeting.


Blogger Speaking-of-Saratoga said...

In a world gone Mad, we can thank our thoughtful stars for Commissioners Ivins and Franck. They see that spending "a little bit" now is either a waste OR the open door to spending "a BIG bit" later. That's just Economic $marts 101.

It's as simple as a decision--
VOTE to stop them now or VOTE to change us forever.

-Kyle York
Ballots. Count

February 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a matter of time before a Mayoral Commission is established. The 40k will be well spent to tidy up a few flaws that can be easily adjusted and generate better fiscal management and accountability. With buth the President and the Governor creating more barriers to economic growth and the country on the edge of a cliff why would anyone want a mjor chnage and added confusion and uncertainty.

February 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4;28, To answer your Question,The Saratoga Citizen,check their line up confusion is probably their strong suit,Gee kyle your group incurred legal fees of $100,000 not apeep out of creditibilty sorry....The city is doing the right thing...thank god for the gray.Econmic $marts 101 by-you Kyle is alittle distorted and blind.

February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM 

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