Auffredou has experience in private, public practice
This letter is on behalf of Martin Auffredou, candidate for Supreme Court justice of the Fourth Judicial District.
Martin has the most extensive and varied experience of any of the four candidates for this office. In over 20 years of private practice, Martin represented individuals, businesses, municipalities, school districts and the Lake George Park Commission. For the past four years, he was served as Warren County attorney.
Martin has the temperament and work ethic to be an excellent judge. As an attorney with private practice experience, Martin is best suited to understand the challenges litigants and their counsel face in the judicial process and to make that process fair and just.
In this important race in which candidates are elected for 14-year terms, it is vital that the voters get it right. Martin is clearly best suited for this position. Vote for Martin Auffredou on Nov. 3.
Malcolm B. O’Hara
Mary Farley has all attributes of a great Supreme Court judge
“Supreme Court Chambers, how may we help you?” For 22 years, Mary Farley’s very way of answering the phone as principal law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice David Demarest has shown what she will bring to the bench as a Supreme Court justice.
I write to endorse Mary Farley as the most qualified candidate for Supreme Court justice.
Mary Farley is rated “highly qualified” by the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department.
Thus, she has:
• Outstanding professional ability.
• Outstanding intellect.
• Outstanding judgment.
• Outstanding breadth of experience.
• The highest reputation for honesty, integrity, and good character.
Mary Farley has the skill and patience to solve the problems of the people who come before her. She defines plain hard work. She understands the role of a judge and will be courteous, patient, independent and impartial to all.
It has been my great privilege to work with Mary Farley for more than two decades. I urge voters to go to the polls on Nov. 3, and vote for Mary on the Republican or Reform Party lines.
Richard F. Hunter
Hull on wrong course by proposing to eliminate public safety post
My wife and I read The Gazette religiously. But only after attending the mayoral debate did we realize that the challenger, Mr. Roger Hull was suggesting that Schenectady abolish the position of commissioner of Public Safety to save money. In his next sentence, Mr. Hull promised that if elected, he would accept no compensation for the job of mayor. How could any voter refuse to accept such a deal? Desperate and dubious politics, indeed.
Perhaps Mr. Hull arrived in Schenectady 11 or 12 years ago,, after the problem of police dysfunction, seconder to lack of disciplinary control was already resolving under the guidance of a strongly respected public safety commissioner. Prior to that, the Police Department was plagued by poor management or more accurately almost no management of discipline.
Frequent grievance issues were addressed by court and almost always settled against the city, at significant cost. The ensuing dysfunction resulted in additional work inefficiencies, which further burdened the city’s image. All of this chaos led to the conclusion of city officials that the office of safety commissioner required drastic improvement to ensure real and corrective oversight.
Finally, the hiring of Wayne Bennett involved a proven professional with strong determination. He came with a history of two decades of service in the New York State Police, including five years of managing labor and contract issues, a well as disciplinary and personnel matters “in house.” He then served four years as a well-respected head of the New York State Police.
Prior to his hiring, discipline and grievances were dealt with in court, at the behest of the union. Curiously, most of the issues were handled by the same judge who most often decided in favor of the union. There came to be little or no punishment to control discipline, and grievances were similarly handled. At that time, there were whispered allegations that the union even had a handle on the choice of the presiding judge.
For example, outrageous but unpunished behavior included throwing eggs out of a bus window at passing cars after one particularly raucous retirement partly.
The new effect of Wayne Bennett’s approach, which favored fair, but strict in-house application of discipline was immediately apparent and successful. His salary was an obvious bargain in comparison to the cost of previous untoward events of the city.
Police behavior and attitude improved drastically with new enthusiasm and positive attitudes, including noticeable courtesy and politeness.
In return, the community’s respect of the police and firefighters increased tremendously and was consequently associated with renewed pride, which further engendered effectiveness.
Certainly, there is more crime now, as well as more frequent and serious fires, as is true of all cities with poverty. The workload is up, but the officers are also up to the risk. Effective policing is demonstrated by timely resolution in solving cases and very high conviction rates. Similarly, our firefighters compare in expertise to that found in large cities.
We are about to deal with the arrival of the casino which could increase our challenges. This is probably not the moment to experiment with diminishing changes in public safety as suggested by Mr. Hull and several other candidates wishing to attain public office.
Employee behavior and attitude improved rather quickly with enthusiasm, noticeable courtesy and especially professionalism. In turn, confidence regarding police increased greatly and was associated with renewed pride and effort.
The trend toward “internal control” of discipline, championed by Mr. Bennett, has been extremely effective, except in the opinion of the union. This concept should remain, considering the failed attempt for court management of this problem in the past.
Finally, in regard to Mr. Hull, who in addition to suggesting the abolition of the public safety commissioner, he graciously offered to serve as mayor without pay. Remember the old saying, “You usually get what you pay for.”
The abolition of the public safety position could be the first warning about Mr. Hull’s political decision-making ability, as well as a disaster for Schenectady, which is starting to emerge from its doldrums. Political lust can prove very unfortunate, if not truly dangerous.
Lyle M. Barlyn