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Tuesday, January 3

New City Council - Old dynamic?

After two years of four ayes and one nay in the City Council, it will be interesting to see how the new 3-2 Dem lead in the chambers will shake out this year.

It was before my time, but I have heard stories of the old council where shouting and political maneuvering were par for the course.

A former City Coucil members told me the other day: "You'll have fun this year... as a reporter."

I agreed.

How these discussions go tonight, though, will be interesting and will give a little insight into how the council will function this term.

Anthony "Skip" Scirocco said he is optimistic. "They seem to be willing to work with us and obviously we have to work with them," he said, referring to the only other Republican member of the council, Scott Johnson.

For example, it seems that the new Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen seems to have decided he wants to discuss his campaign platform in its entirety, tonight.

Everyone else's agenda is short and sweet. The mayor said last week the first meeting of the year is generally short and simple, to let the new people get acclimated.

I don't think Mathiesen got the memo.
His agenda is:
1. Discussion: Late Night Alcoholic Beverage Sales
2. Discussion: Ambulance Service
3. Discussion: Safety on entry ways into the City

And the seemingly-apolitical:
4. Discussion: Recommendations from City Real Estate Committee presented at the 12-6-11 City Council meeting.

And just to be clear, I'm not against these things being discussed. As a reporter, it gives me something to write about on an otherwise sparse agenda.

Well, hell, welcome to 2012, we're going to get right into it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commissioner Mathiesen knows what he's doing...and he's extremely brilliant..

January 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change is what it is...Good..Bad..or indifferent.. Change always MAKES US THINK and REACT...Saratoga Springs has a political "change" today bringing new "questions"..Asking for "New answers"....Neither are guaranteed winners... To all the new "Sheriffs" in Saratoga a tip of my my hat!! The only thing we ask for is this... Do your best for Saratoga..Do what you know is right in your heart ... Be prepared for Saratogians to "Speak up" and challenge your decisions at times..(that is what we do)....thanx

January 3, 2012 at 6:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope "we the people are..." are represented. It seems the mayor and his deputy have had it "their way" too long.

January 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one for you Lucian..

Check out why, yesterday, Commissioner Scirocco had to rescind the eight promotions he recently granted to his DPW cronies. This was an action he recently engineered through the Office of Civil Service but, because of the current stipulations in the CSEA Labor Contract, he had to rescind all promotions previously granted and properly post the job offerings to all DPW labor class employees. After four years in office you'd think he would have known how to do this right... even with the CSEA Union leader siting there as his office manager and advising him? Blind leading the Blind... I'd say!

February 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM 
Blogger Lucian said...

I'll look into it Anonymous.

February 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM 

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