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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bruno Retires

To all those so called Democrats who endorsed Joe Bruno for re-election, time to regroup after the not so surprising announcement yesterday that the GOP Senate Majority Leader is retiring, not seeking re-election.

Incidentally, the name of the Democrat you refused to endorse and carry petitions for is Brian Premo. Egg on the face is well deserved boys. Said one Democrat upon hearing the news, "Apparently it was just to much for the Senator to be endorsed by Jeff Spain's slate in North Greenbush." We understand.

Here is the Senator's Official Announcement:
Today, I met with my Republican colleagues in the Senate and informed them that I will not be running for re-election this November.
After 32 years in office, I have decided that it is time to move on with my life and to give my constituents an opportunity for new representation and my colleagues in the Senate who have supported me, an opportunity for new leadership.
Public service has been a blessing for which I will be ever grateful. I have had the opportunity to work for and with hundreds of proud, distinguished New Yorkers. I have viewed my work not as a job, but as a privilege to come here day in and day out and stand up for the people of Rensselaer and Saratoga counties and stand up for the hardworking people I have come to know over the years.
Politics is a tough ball game. Tougher now than it has ever been. But after 32 years of many successes and a few failures, I know now more than ever, and I can say that with comfort and confidence, there is no calling greater than that of public service. There have been few more rewarding experiences in my life. But, timing in life is everything.While there may never be a good time to make these kinds of life decisions, I have decided that it is time for me to move on with my life.
I do so with a heavy heart, but an optimistic soul. And I will rest peaceful in the knowledge that so many great things lie ahead for this great State that I have had the honor and privilege to serve.
Bruno's Deal and Replacement
Our sources say a deal has been cut to file Bruno's petitions for all three political parties and then after declination, they will select Roy McDonald to run for the seat. Bruno will soon resign as Majority Leader but stay on in the Senate.
Seriously Bad Timing
So says the Albany Project referring to the public endorsements of the GOP soon to be former Senator by so called Democrats or those endorsed by Democrats including the Spain slate in North Greenbush. Read it here.
Comprehensive Plan Meeting
After cancelling the regular meeting of June 17th without any publicly posted notice until after The Pipeline noted the failure, the town web site states a meeting will take place tonight at 7PM.

The failure to adopt the completed plan continues to be a stain of the current administration which is playing politics with the issue, most likely to benefit development interests. No one has been attending the meetings which would indicate public frustration with the never ending meetings.

Town Board Workshop Meeting
Another way to view this administration is "Town Board Lite", a majority has offers no solutions to the mess in Water 14, no plan to finish the district or pay the contractor or even sue over the contracts interpretation. Their do nothing approach rightfully angers the public and the contractor.

The workshop meeting agenda lacks much in the line of needed solutions other than a discussion of a lighting district at the Van Rensselaer Mall intersection.

Party Petitions
Apparently the Town Clerk is upset with rival Democrats who are gathering petitions for committee seats. She is urging her followers not to sign these petitions which are carried with a slate of Democrats for various offices, all of which were provided by the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee.

Of course it's easy to understand why she is blogging venom and name calling on her anonymous, spelling challenged, blog site. She and her so called Democratic cohorts on the Democratic Committee refuse to carry all of the Democratic petitions and endorsed the GOP slate for town offices in the last election. She continues to attack Democratic leaders in the party and elected county legislators. Clerk Connolly currently holds a seat on the Democratic Committee in district 4. She is expected to try again for a seat and is expected to face a determined challenge from a Democrat who will support and carry petitions for Democrats like Brian Premo.

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