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Thursday, March 16, 2017

D.A. Abelove has cell phone seized

Our district attorney is having a particularly bad day which started off when he arrived at work only to be served a subpoena for his cell phone by the State Attorney General. Sources say it was signed by former DA and now State Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally.

You can read this breaking news here on the Times union web site. Our sources say investigators are also at the DA's home searching for other records. Should be a very busy day for Abelove's new spokesman who is the son of our own Lou Desso. A good PR manager would come in handy right now!

Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

D.A. Under a Microscope

The Times union is reporting that the Governor has honored a request by the Attorney General to investigate the actions of the Rensselaer County District Attorney relating to his improper presentation of a case involving a police shooting to a grand jury.You can read the article here.

This could lead to criminal charges and or removal from office. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Remarks of former County Chair Disgraceful

Former Democratic County Chair Tom Wade appears to live in a world of obsessions which have needlessly hurt the subjects of his attacks, enveloping them in total falsehoods. His comments about Andrew Ceresia were the latest example of over the top and untruthful attacks by Wade.

The above letter published in the Advertiser scratch the surface of Wade's hypocrisy. While criticizing Ceresia for accepting a cross endorsement from Republicans, Wade has literally handed Republicans key county offices without a fight. He has never run a candidate for County Executive in all the years he held the county chairmanship. Last election cycle he refused to call a county meeting so the committee members could nominate a candidate for Sheriff if they chose to. There were two Democrats interested but Wade disliked them so he refused to allow anyone to run against the GOP's candidate. He thus handed the GOP the office unopposed, a back handed cross endorsement.

As the above letter notes, Wade endorsed a non party member for Troy Mayor over two registered Democrats he did not favor. Never mind that the candidate happens to be the brother of the sitting GOP County Executive. To Wade, disloyalty is a narrow and singular view within his mind alone.

Fortunately Wade is no longer Chairman. However, he sits on the party's Executive Committee where he continues to embarrass the new Chairman and nearly every party member with his disgraceful rants. So while we agree he should  apologize for his remarks regarding Justice Ceresia, he should also resign from the Executive Committee. Don't worry, there won't be a movement to purge him as he did to one committee member he removed with an outrageous unjust if not unconstitutional party hearing. Most Democrats feel such actions denigrate everything the party should stand for just as reasonable Democrats, a vast majority, feel Andrew Ceresia has an impeccable reputation, one that Mr. Wade's rants can't blemish.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

D.A. Getting well deserved attention,lots of it.

From arming his often replaced assitant D.A.'s in local courtrooms to creating a needless $75 k job for Lou Desso's son as a "spokesman" Rensselaer County's DA Joel Abelove has managed to get some attention and well deserved criticism.
 After enduring a blistering Times Union editorial calling on him to resign and another front page article today explaining why the Attorney General is seeking authority to investigate his conduct, today he is the subject of an excoriating article in a national on line publication called the Daily Beast. You can read the article here.

Abelove was recently the subject of a NY Times editorial critical of his action and performance. The Daily Beast went through the litiney of refusing to prosecute his political pals while prosecuting his enemies.

With so many murder cases pending in the county, the last thing we need is more dismissals for failing to prosecute on time as occurred with three cases in Rensselaer recently.

One thing is for sure. If the Governor does remove Abelove, his politically connected and needless spokesman will be looking for a new job. Stay tuned tomorrow as the Daily Beast goes into some of the political patronage in Rensselaer County.

UPDATE: The Daily Beast published its followup story today which you can read here.