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Tuesday, April 30

City Council 2013 — VIII

Well played Ken Ivins...

Keeping it a secret what he planned to run for was a good play to get news coverage of an announcement that he would be running for supervisor, or at least to ensure it (particularly at 8 at night. I've got stuff to do!).

What he was planning to announce, in fact, may even have been a secret from him. He told me Monday he made up his mind about what to run for last Thursday. 

Ivins said "some people have really twisted my arm big time," to run against Accounts Commissioner John Franck. Ivins said he seriously considered it. In fact, I'm told he may have called Franck to tell him he was going to do it.

"That would have been rough on Ken," said Democratic Chair Charles Brown. "He probably made a good choice" to go for supervisor.

He took a couple of potshots at the Democrats in his announcement.

"This has probably been the most contentious council we have had since the Val Keehn days and I think we owe that a lot to the Democrats at the table."

But mostly he talked about the offices he decided not to pursue in lieu of a run at supervisor. 

He said he wouldn't run for public works or public safety because Skip Scirocco and Rick Wirth are running for those, but he was then able to run through the other three seats at the table as possibilities, since no one has announced a run at finance, accounts or — most importantly — mayor on the Republican ticket.

GOP Committee Chair Dave Harper said they have a candidate for that office, but won't say who yet.

He said it will be announced "on or before" May 13, when the GOP Committee will make their endorsements.

I've heard rumor for a little while here that it may be Deputy Mayor Shauna Sutton making a run at mayor and she has not denied it.

I called her today to ask about it. She called me back after 5 p.m. (you're not supposed to conduct political business during business hours as a city employee) and said she gave her word she would remain silent about who is running for anything, so she declined to comment.

"But I notice you are not calling me to deny that you are running for mayor," I said to her. She, again, didn't deny it.

Just rumor, but...

Harper said they need two more candidates to have a full slate (Which if they have mayor, would leave finance and accounts, assuming they endorse Rick Wirth). 

A few of the names he dispelled, though, were Jay Rifenbary, former Saratoga Springs School Board member and current motivational speaker, who Harper said "gave (running for Public Safety) strong consideration but pulled out." Similarly, he said Vice Chair of the ZBA Kieth Kaplan has also pulled his name out of consideration for any office (I had heard he might run for finance commissioner, but I guess not).

When I asked him about whether they would have a full slate when push came to shove, his eyebrows went up and he said "I'm not sure about that."

On Democratic Chair Brown's end, he is confident his side will have a full slate. 

At this point they'll need two supervisors and a Public Works Commissioner, which they didn't run in 2011. Brown said "I think we have one" and that he would not be a "paper lion."

For supervisor, Brown confirmed that Peter Martin is "genuinely considering" a run at the office. He is currently the interim Saratoga County clerk, but said he won't be running for that office.

He last ran in 2009 when he lost to Ken Ivins for Finance Commissioner, so it would be deja vu all over again like in the Public Safety race.

Brown, of course, said he doesn't think it will end the same. "Ken is qualified, but I suspect he won't be our next supervisor." 

In fact Christian Mathiesen told me he has spoken to Wirth about his run at his job and essentially said he would like to see the race run (and end, I'm sure) the way it did two years ago.

It was, I must say, a positive and respectful race on both sides.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope it's true that Rick Wirth is running again, he did a great job in office and we need his leadership now more than ever!

April 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commissioner Matthieson is a good man but his deputy writes the script. He has no onoing opertional contact or knowledge of the position. They claim OT has been reduced but the question is how. Look at the salaries and hours worked and the numbers don't add up. EMS although operationally excellent in now way had the net revenue that was stated. Without the Safer Grant contribution that was well over $300,000 but will not be existant in 2103 and a quick coputation of the correct projected costs there are two conclusions that can be reached. One is that gross revenue is oversatted and costs have been understated. The real numbers will be available soon and this time they will be accurate and not the snow job at the Council presentation. Look at the salary levels and hours worked for the top 25 FF and they are higher than police and loaded with OT It appears they have loaded up their top three years for retirement purposes for thos who understand the contract. Just ask why the Police were denied $10,000 for use of the PBA range and now travel to Warrensburg for pistol practice on city time and with city vehicles. Interesting decision to save $10,000 and spend three times that much yearly to accomplish the same goal. That is not good fiscal management.MORE TO COME

April 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken Ivins couldn't win in any of these positions. If you think he's qualified he has got you snowed. Shovel out now before it is too late!

April 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Public Safety needs someone with knowledge of the position, and knowledge of the contracts with the PBA and the IAFF.
Those unions both have huge war chests full of money, highly paid lawyers who do understand the contracts and are willing to take on any city that dares disagree with what the PBA and IAFF do.
Where will the city find a candidate with the guts to take on these unions? I don't see anyone on the horizon who is remotely qualified, in either party.

April 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM 
Blogger Kyle York said...

Rick Wirth is all about responsibility, professionalism, and personal involvement with the men and women of PS and their daily concerns and issues. He is NOT about grandstanding, spotlight-stealing, or self-promotion. During his administration he was often criticized for silence and short PS agendas. I hope those malcontents have now seen the horrors and the damage of an incumbent Commissioner who is all about seizing Center Stage for as long as the public can tolerate. Count on Rick Wirth to restore responsibility and integrity.

April 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sutton runs for mayor, Saratoga is in deep deep trouble.

April 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reply to Kyle, as follows: Rick wirthless did what Scott Johnson told him to do, that is why he was so quiet. Along with not knowing anything about the job. He is just another carpet bagger who wants to be somebody in Saratoga springs. You heard him say he wa running with or without the republican nomination, arrogant! dud dudla and Tom curly will surely run a dirty campaign against comm. Matthiessen. Best of luck to Chris.

May 1, 2013 at 6:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is someone out there who thoroughly understands the contracts and would stand up to the unions and the BS. He chose not to run although qualified for several positions but he might show up as a Deputy somewhere. he has the business and political experience to assume any responsibility thrown in his direction. Sometimes qualifications matter and not politics.

May 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dems are praying that Sutton runs for mayor. She has alienated many (most) in City Hall and has demonstrated that she is unable to move any projects: Waterfront Park, labor contracts,etc.. and presided over operating deficits at the Rec. Center & the City attorney's office every year.

She claims she can't talk about politics on City time but she works a second job at Greenridge Cemetery on City time. That will all come out if she runs for anything.

Running for any public office in large part so you can have paid health insurance and build your pension is not a good idea.

Poor choice. GOP needs too look elsewhere.

May 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:29,maybe they should pick yepsen,another poor choice... a legend in her own mind,Sutton has it all over yepsen and if she runs she'll win...the Dumbs know this that's why they have been smearing her for the last 4 years,it won't work try something yepsens' leadership skills,the dumbs are the smear artist party in this city,just ask the Mctygues'what their party is capable of......end of story!

May 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dudla and Curley are not part of Wirth's team. They are both losers and have proven that in the past. Anyone who thinks that is not informed at all. Rick is well qualified and his own man. He doesn't answer to any political machine. He answers to the people.

May 2, 2013 at 4:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inviting the media to a fundraiser is the most ridiculous thing I have seen in politics but consider the source. Ken Ivins has no record to run on. He is John Herrick's puppet and has always needed a political position to survive. What was his career path. Was he successful with a Fortune 500 company or at least a major player. The answers keep coming back No No and No!!

May 2, 2013 at 4:42 AM 
Anonymous The Bookie said...

Ken Ivins took the easiest path to leach off the public payroll. The facts are as Finance Commissioner, he was an incompetent, self-aggrandizing blowhard who got re-elected by the slimmest margin of any candidate, and then got deservedly trounced by a political newcomer.

The other sad fact is that as it stands now, he will probably win. Dems! Wake up, you are the incumbent-- please run somebody who will send this cow out to pasture once and for all.

May 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is city time? 8 am to 5 pm. Foil Sutton's time cards, schedual and calander see what she does. This is all public information.
Post them on your blog City Issues for all to see. I bet the paper can not get these, even though Robert Freedman will say you can.

May 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City time for a deputy can be anywhere from 9 to midnight depending on what the issues are for that day. Should be the same for DPW and DPS along with Mayor's office. All operational departments have split schedules. Get off the Cemetary BS and look where you can find Shauna at 9 in the morning or 9 in the evening. No common sense just ignorance on the part of the commenter. Just bitter words. The facts reflect differently. It is almost impossible to find the Deputy of Public Safet at anytime of the day except for cocktail hour. An office that always had a light on at 8 in the morning remains dark most of the day.

May 3, 2013 at 5:41 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:18 - Deputies don't utilize time cards. Most work i various time periods depending on that day's issues, meetings on and off site etc. Another reflection of the ignorant always criticizing without the facts.

May 3, 2013 at 5:46 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the post about the police firing range. Just take a look at the area of the old range and use your head. The range is within spitting distance to the new stores and apartments on Weible ave. use your head before you speak. The pba knew this would happen when the buildings were built. Just a price of progress. I bet the new buildings more that make up in taxes and fees for the price of the firing range..

May 3, 2013 at 6:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So there is no accounting for the Deputy's time, as there is no time card.

Is that what you are saying?

You may see her at 9am and 9pm but not in between.

May 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans are having a hard time finding candidates to run or I should say candidates with sense. Wirth was beaten by an unknown, ran on campaign promises and has followed through, much to the dismay of the Republicans. Wirth could have been a no show for 2 years and no one would have noticed. Rumor does have it that Sutton will run for Mayor with Johnson backing her financially, but with her track record, the rumor may have been started by the Republican Party. I did read somewhere that Andrew Jarosh is lurking around looking for a post to run for.
Yepsen has proven she can win elections; remember she took Saratoga Springs in the race against Roy McDonald. Veitch will be elected for sure but if the Democrats run 2 candidates Ivins is out and 1 of the Dems is in. Madigan and Franck are keeping their chairs and Scirocco will finally have a strong opponent this year. Also on the County view, look for Democrats to pick up seats on the Board of Supervisors. After the Herrick maneuver with the young lady and the animal shelter issue, the fact is that after the meeting, the absent Supervisors would have voted yes, to put her in the job. This will come back to bite Herrick and Harper in the behind. Also, the Watergate controversy between Saratoga & Wilton will hit Republicans and also their Party leader who is the attorney for the builder benefiting from our water.

May 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't even think Curley and dudla are not part of the worth campaign. They meet several times a week. Curley is the advisor because he knows everything, just ask him. Dudla loves the spotlight and always wanted to be a policeman. While he was counting toilet paper at the prisons he dreamed of being a real police officer. He was and is a loser. Remember birds of a feather stick together...wirthless dud, and Curley. The three something's.

May 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do we have to read in another paper about Yepsen's fundraising website stating that political donations are tax deductible? Yes, I know it was probably a clerical error but it does call into question her judgment as to who she hires to perform specific functions when she's running for office. This combined with some other campaign disclosure mistakes and the ill fated "too few petition signatures" from a few years back shows a disturbing trend of hiring errors. I'm sure you must have heard about it. Give us the scoop. I like reading my hometown newspaper, not others.

May 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:00am,too funny almost sounds like you were talking about tommy,billy and joanne,amazing how many pictures one brush can paint.

May 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM 

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