Bill McTygue, Saratoga Springs’ former director of public works, announced Tuesday that he’ll run again for city public works commissioner this fall.
The Democrat, the younger brother of former public works commissioner Thomas McTygue, also ran for the post two years ago, and lost by 462 votes out of more than 8,000 cast.
“I’m looking forward to a spirited campaign. I think my chances are improved this time around,” said McTygue, who was deputy commissioner of public works and then director of public works between 1999 and 2009.
McTygue, 69, will be taking on Republican incumbent Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco, the man who defeated Thomas McTygue in 2007, and who has been re-elected to three more two-year terms since then. He plans to run again.
“I’m going to run on my record,” Scirocco said Tuesday. “Infrastructure has been one of my No. 1 priorities.”
McTygue, however, criticized Scirocco over the city’s waiver of water connection fees for Sonny Bonacio, one of the city’s most prominent builders. About $800,000 in fees were waived last year based on the amount of water infrastructure Bonacio built at his own expense for an apartment complex on Weibel Avenue,
“That would have cost the city $1.2 million to build,” Scirocco said.
McTygue, however, called it “manipulation of the city’s water connection fee program,” and noted that the state comptroller’s office is reviewing the matter.
“I think the issues are much more significant than they were two years ago,” McTygue said. “There are questions of how the commissioner is functioning and how the department is functioning.”
McTygue said his goals would include doing work now done by outside contractors with DPW personnel, focusing on long-term infrastructure improvements, and replacing the current city garage with a more modern facility.
Scirocco said that during his tenure he has worked with an engineering firm to develop a long-term water infrastructure plan, and made repairs to nearly every city-owned building, many of which are historic.
“For the most part, the infrastructure in the city was neglected for many years,” Scirocco said.
Before going to work for the city in 1999, McTygue worked as an engineer for New York state and for Saratoga County. He served as deputy commissioner and director of public works under his brother, who was public works commissioner from 1982 until his defeat by Scirocco in 2007. He was also on the city Planning Board from 1998 to 2005.
“The most fulfilling period during my long tenure in public service was my time as an employee of the city of Saratoga Springs,” McTygue said.
The McTygue brothers’ father, Charles McTygue, service as city public works commissioner from 1947 to 1965.
McTygue has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.