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Friday, June 24

Conclusion of Cole-Gate

The Friday-afternoon press conference apology from Saratoga Springs Police Chief Chris Cole more closely resembled Anthony Weiner's second matter-of-fact press conference than his initial tearful press conference as Cole read his apology for the sexting scandal he has been embroiled in for the latter two-thirds of June.
Cole declined to answer questions or speak beyond his prepared appology.
Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Richard Wirth answered questions about the investigation and the actions being taken by the city, but declined to comment on the scandal itself or Lourie Masi who initially went to a news organization with a phone full of sext-messages from Cole-- initiating his press release that thrust the issue into the public spotlight ahead of her televised interview.
News reporters from every agency under the sun as well as blogger John Tighe from were joined by several members of the public who came out to see Cole's statement and Wirth's decision.
Hopefully this really is the conclusion of Saratoga Springs' very own Weinergate.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you folks do a follow up on the Caroline Street brawl.

Specifically, how many SSPD police officers were on duty at the time?

Were any "called in" on OT. Will any who were injured miss work and, if so, how much will that cost in OT, etc.?

Last year Wirth voted with the bar owners and refused to consider changing closing time. Since this incident is reported at happening at 3:49 AM the bar would have been closed had Wirth supported Comm. Franck's proposal. Then, of course, the mayor ran from the vote because he is a part owner of a few bars.

Only a matter of time before yet another tragic death. Wirth seems to put politics before safety.

June 27, 2011 at 1:04 PM 
Blogger The Saratogian City Desk said...

See tomorrow's paper. Thank you.

June 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under Commissioner Franck's proposal the bars would still have been open until 4 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Commisioner Wirth proposed a compromise of 3 A.M. year around. Either way if the county did not adopt the proposal there would have been more lives at stake than currently. People should not make such judgements when they are fully aware of the facts. You cannot legislate behavior or values. Should we eliminate the bars at the track where thousands leave in all directions well over the limit?? The poll currently used should address all seven days not just weekends. This problem is not isolated to the weekend. One of the solutions could be utilizing PT retired police during the summer months walking the beat. Of course the PBA contract will not allow this.

June 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief Cole should have been demoted and a search made for a replacement from outside the area. You can't break the chain without higher levels of accountability.

June 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM 

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