Eidens’ resignation came as no surprise
I’m not surprised to read about the resignation of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Eidens.
I don’t know why Mr. Eidens made this decision. However, when he was first hired, I was concerned that he would burn out with all of the responsibilities expected of him.
Not only was Mr. Eidens expected to oversee the Schenectady police and fire departments (and their unions), but also code enforcement and possibly some additional responsibilities.
I also felt that the $130,000 salary should have been higher due to Mr. Eidens’ oversight of such important city departments. Maybe if Mr. Eidens had a magic wand?
Knowing Mr. Eidens personally by working with him via the League of Women Voters’ justice committee on alternate courts, I found him to be of the highest character, working for positive change for Schenectady residents.
I believe that it’s myopic and naïve for anyone to expect one person to bring positive change if the members of the different departments are not working together. That’s not to say that some weren’t.
It’s important that city officials (including Schenectady City Council members) work together in coalition with the Public Safety commissioner in dealing with disgruntled employees, unions, corporate council, department heads, etc., in order for the city to move in a positive direction.
Thank you, Mr. Eidens, for your service to Schenectady and its resident. I wish you all of the best in your future endeavors.
Flora L. Ramonowski
Case for collusion? Connect the dots
It’s hard for me to see any United States ties to Russia except for the Roger Stone things, and the Manafort, Cohen and the Flynn things, and the Maria Butina/NRA thing, and the Tillerson thing, and the Sessions thing, and the Kushner thing, and the Carter Page thing, and the Felix Sater thing, and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing, and the Azerbaijan thing, and the Sergey Kislyak thing, and the hack of the DNC thing, and the Guccifer 2.0 thing, and Trump’s request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing, and the Trump house sale at $100 million Russian fertilizer king thing, and the Wilbur Ross with his Cyprus bank thing, and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing, and the election hacking thing, and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing, and the Steele Dossier thing, and the Sally Yates firing thing, and Trump warning the Russians before the bombing thing, and Flynn’s Turkish lobbying paid for the Russians thing, and the Trump asking Comey for a “loyalty oath” thing, and the Trump firing Comey thing, and the finding out that Trump actually tried to fire Robert Mueller in June 2017 thing, and the lying to the American public during the campaign about having no business in Russia thing and the Ivanka super-duper Moscow hotel spa thing.
So there’s probably nothing. It’s coincidental, and those dots don’t make the picture that you are seeing.