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The Daily Take For Friday, April 6th, 2012

     It has been quite a while since we've heard from Albany Common Council member Anton Konev.  It seems Anton is calling on Paul Tonko's campaign for using UAlbany students to get the necessary signatures required to appear on the Independence Party ticket for his upcoming November election bid.  Konev said that he received a call from a member of Tonko's staff who allegedly told him not to expect too much from the congressman in the future.  Tonko's staff evidently new the law by listing their addresses locally.  Did you ever think Anton, that maybe the students who are probably studying Government or Communications were getting a little taste of working in government?  Oh, by the way.  Albany democrats wouldn't do anything like that........This has been a topic since last year:  The ongoing (now done with) situation regarding the leadership of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority.  As expected, the scapegoat was the Chairman of the Authorities Board of Commissioners Dennis Brunelle.  He and Executive Director Ed Spychalski have been under intense fire the last few months for the running of the authority.  This all started with the bedbug situation at Stonequist Apartments which is an authority property.  Then there was the nepotism in the hiring of Ed's children.  And of course his salary and contract.  Then there were trips to Vegas and New Orleans for authority business etc. etc.  The board would fire Spychalski to if it wasn't for the four years remaining on his self written contract; The contract that was never approved by the mayor.  You'd think the city could come up with a solution. They could also pay the $608,000 dollars to let him go ........What we need right now is Donald Trump for president.  He says we are poised for a major inflation.  He also says the unemployment rate is more like 20%, not the government reported 8.3%.  In some places of the country he just might be right

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Jonathan Mazur

I began writing after a 25 year career in engineering, most recently as a Project Engineer for a structural steel fabricator and previously as a Project Representative for an ENR top ten International Environmental Engineering firm. It was there that I received formal writing education in order to write the Technical Manuals associated with the projects I was assigned to.

My first love and still my passion is for the media. My Dad did a radio program on a local Albany radio station and I hung around the radio station from the time I was in grade school. I eventually did some radio work on my own, on that station and a few others. I read a lot of newspapers both in print and online and I watch the news. In the city of Albany, there is never a shortage of political issues, so there is never a shortage of topics to write about.

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