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Commissioner now can handle police discipline

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The Democrats in the City Council kicked Councilman Vince Riggi out of Monday’s budget discussion so they could secretly talk out their changes to the 2013 budget. The council plans to vote on the final budget today at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Council members would not explain what budgetary items were so sensitive that they wanted to talk about them behind closed doors without Riggi, the only non-Democrat on the council. But their discussion ...


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SchenectadyScott
October 30, 2012
6:28 a.m.

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They should be ashamed of themselves...(Brucker,Perazzo,Porterfield, King and Erikson)..but the are not....abusive and a slap in the face to the people of Schenectady. How do these people sleep at night or look in the mirror. They will all answer for their actions when they seek reelection...how people vote for representation like this is unconscionable...there is no moral compass. Open and transparent is non existent in the dark and seedy world of a ONE PARTY SELF SERVING MACHINE!.."Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."~Abraham Lincoln

wmarincic
October 30, 2012
7:02 a.m.

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This is the way democrats work. That is why America is a democratic "Republic", so this stuff doesn't happen. You idiots just keep voting these crooks into power and then keep complaining that they steal your money with higher taxes. It would be so funny if it were not so true. I bet you wish we had Roger Hull now.....

JIMOCONNOR
October 30, 2012
7:36 a.m.

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The Dems are embarrassing. They are acting like sophomores on a high school student council. They do not evan have the finesse to caucus amongst themselves, to avoid being seen as totally power hungry.

As a citizen, I view Mr. Bennett as standing out as one of very few professionals employed by the city. He's an asset

The Dems are a group of naive sophomores.

cpills
October 30, 2012
8:38 a.m.

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I don't know how the democrats on the city council can live with themselves. It is so obvious to the people of Schenectady what is going on and why. Brucker, Perazzo, Porterfield,King and Erickson, could care less. They have their own agenda that does not include what is right for the tax payers. It make me sick to think that people who do not live in the city have so much influence on our elected official through their unions, shame on the city council. Mr. Bennet is an asset to the city and I for one support him.

SchenectadyScott
October 30, 2012
9:34 a.m.

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McCarthy, Brucker, Perazzo, King,Erikson, and Porterfield....all thank and praise the PBA for their support during their campaigns....to support Bennett and open hearings to get rid of corrupt and bad officers...would go against the power they want to remain in control. Thank you Mr. Bennett for doing all you could in this matter. Boss Gardener and His Puppet machine of McCarthy, Brucker , Perazzo, King, Erikson and Poerterfield will do all they can to keep their cozy relationship in the darkness of evil they support and breed.

SchenectadyScott
October 30, 2012
9:43 a.m.

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And where is Mr. Hull?....He should of been at every meeting this year....If he truly cares about this city and wants to have change he should be down there every meeting supporting Vince Riggi and expressing change for the city...writing a few op eds..does nothing for change and support for what needs to be done for transparency and open government...The Gazette editors are equally guilty in this matter...they bury this story in the obituary section...This should of been right on the front page..How this is not major news in their eyes is a disservice to their journalistic oath to Truth...totally disgusting.

poupore
October 30, 2012
1:23 p.m.

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Good ole Schenectady, some things never change. Secret meetings and backdoor deals with the unions; it's a modern day Tammany Hall. They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Keep electing these folks, just don't be surprised by the results.

dlombardo
October 30, 2012
2:39 p.m.

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The city council basically just went into conference. This happens all the time with the state Legislature, in the state Senate or Assembly, when the majority party will call for a break in the session to hold a conference meeting. In this meeting they decide how to vote on an impending issue.

What happened in the city council meeting isn't unique to a specific political party or level of government. That's not to say it is good or bad, but that it is a recurring element of our two-party system.

kmoore
October 30, 2012
2:58 p.m.

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dlombardo: what's interesting here is that this is NOT a recurring element in Schenectady. This is, in fact, the first time I've seen this happen in all the years I've covered the City Council.

mezz3131
October 30, 2012
4:57 p.m.

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KMoore, get your facts straight. The Police Union does NOT control the Conservative Party. The Union has changed leadership twice since you have first reported this. Wake up and confirm your information before you write it. I realize that this is NOT something that you typically do, in all the years that I have covered your reporting.
As for Commissioner Bennett, he is an excellent man who will not be the first excellent police commissioner to be axed based on politics. This reinforces our Civil Service System and (civil servants need for protection) from politicians. As for Erikson, bravo to you for working hard to find solutions. But please don't get crazy. Fire Chief as Commissioner? Seriously? Pay a Commissioner $1 to do the job? Making comments like this hurt your credibility, not help it.

JIMOCONNOR
October 30, 2012
5:59 p.m.

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DLOMBARDO, you just defined 'caucus.'

wmarincic
October 30, 2012
6:03 p.m.

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I may not like the brass at SPD but the one thing you can say about Wayne Bennett is that he is fair and he is honest.

SchenectadyScott
October 30, 2012
6:18 p.m.

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DLOMBARDO.....Vince Riggi does not belong to a political party...There is not a "Two Party" element working here...Just one party and a non party councilman...And Mezz....boy that would be great news to know that the Conservative Party is not controlled by the PBA...that would be amazing....So...who controls the conservative party now that the PBA doesn't control it?....Is this the same for the Working Families Party being controlled by the Firemen?....Please share what you know about the PBA not controlling the Conservative Party in Schenectady....That would be great news...seeing that Vince Riggi was not even interviewed by the Conservative Party for support or non support....They did support...Brucker, Perazzo, King.....etc...interesting news there..Hopefully Kathleen Moore can get these facts on record to dispute what has been all these years in Schenectady.

ajames
October 31, 2012
12:43 a.m.

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Wow, SchenectadyScott is just stuffed full of mis-information... Working Families Party controlled by the Firemen? Please do some research before you state obvious mistakes. And if I remember correctly, Brucker and King were not endorsed by the Conservative Party last year, Dukes and Tiberio were.

SchenectadyScott
November 8, 2012
6:26 a.m.

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Wow, ajames.....I didn't just fall off a turnip truck....The Working Families is the Fireman's Party...if you don't know the history and the lineage of the party...you should...misinformation....your the one misinformed....as for King and Brucker...you want to argue over how many years the Conservative Party controlled by the PBA supported them go right ahead...get your facts straight before you write anymore misleading nonsense...Anyone who has lived in Schenectady for some time knows the Truth of what is going on here....otherwise you are just a fool brainwashed...for your own agenda and not Schenectady and what is best for the city.

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