You would think that an answer to that question would be one that would take an enormous amount of thought. How can a city and county with a history as rich as these even raise such a question? But, the answer to the question is an emphatic No. To you out of town folks who might be reading this, the County of Albany is made up of 39 Districts, with 29 Democrats, and 10 Republicans. All county offices: County Executive, DA, Clerk, Comptroller and Sheriff are Democrats. Describing the city officials is quite a bit easier. All, that’s all city officials — and I won’t name them all — are Democrats. You would seem that governing would be a piece of cake. Let’s begin with some county business. Readers of this blog are all probably as sick of reading about this as I am writing about it. Seems we have a county run Nursing Home that is losing $1 million dollars a month, with that cost obviously being absorbed by taxpayers. The County Exec. came up with a plan to privatize the home with a reputable vendor. However, the powers that be in the legislature, namely the Majority Leader and his lackey — I won’t name him, but his first name is Tim and he’s from Latham — now want to hire a consultant to run the money losing home. Over a contentious battle last week in the monthly meeting between legislators, which included the moron Tim (as the boy who brought the ball to the game) which included sniping back and forth like children, they passed the motion to hire that consultant. Remember that the body is heavily weighted by Democrats. Now it goes on the the Exec. for approval or veto. Mr. McCoy, it’s time to show your mettle and stick to your guns. Your county legislature is an embarrassment, and if Albany County voters had any balls they wouldn’t put up with it next election. And by the way. The county dropped the ball on that landbank issue. Combining efforts with Schenectady — who has a problem that’s just as bad as ours — is not the solution. For that matter a landbank is not the solution either. Now on to some city business. This is an election year for our city officials. First a word to you poor four Republican challengers to Common Council seats: Good freaking luck. First we have the race for mayor. Here we have Kathy Sheehan who showed her might by gathering over 6300 signatures (by the way Kathy, I didn’t have any of your army knock on my door in the 15th. Afraid of the Commisso boys) and Corey Ellis, who unless he gets his ass in gear, doesn’t stand a chance. A week or so ago, they held this ridiculous forum held by the self serving Alan Chartock at WAMC’s Linda. Among other things, they discussed raising chickens in Albany, and the more really pressing issue of eliminating I-787. Now when an issue like Albany’s expiring landfill comes into question, nobody has an answer. Corey want’s to create a county wide disposal system (gee could it be like the one Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan successfully implemented in her town.) And now, when the subject of waste to energy comes up, Sheehan takes a wait and see approach. Well you can’t wait and see as mayor Kathy. If you get elected, you better get on an airplane, and visit all the successful operational trash plants you can. Note to next mayor: You cannot find a place to bury trash. Why not look at new technology? And build it in Albany County. Why should the revenue be sent out of county. We need answers candidates. We need direction. Why can’t one of you just come up with one viable solution to one of Albany’s problems.……….Just some more ammo for Leno. Mr. Ding-A-Ling got himself arrested in Gloversville for DWI last week. He of the turf wars with Sno Cone Joe a couple of months ago. Now the kids in the city have to rely on mommy and daddy to go to Stewart’s for ice cream. Didn’t the parents of children in the city have any wonders when they saw the ice cream truck parked in front of a bar?
And that is “The Daily Take”