The Albany County Legislature is said, by some, to be too big.
The real problem is not size but impotence of that body.
Legislative leaders are now touting a proposal to downsize the county legislature from 39 to 25 seats- to save money. Really, the move is about assuring Democratic Party control of the county legislature. Fewer and larger districts will assure that.
Republican members will all but disappear. Larger districts will make it harder for ordinary citizens to get on the ballot and to be competitive in elections. Special interest groups will support and finance candidates who dance to the tunes of those interest groups. Downsizing the county legislature will do nothing to save money or assure better representation of the people of Albany County. The real budget buster for city town and county taxpayers is the fact that Albany City/County is an ever growing social services mecca that requires ever increasing property taxes to fuel the beast. Albany needs more independent qualified, effective county legislators to properly represent the people of the respective districts and county as a whole. This can be achieved by informed voters, voting in large numbers in the 2015 party primaries and general election. In addition, minor political parties will play a greater role in local elections in the wake of the decline of the Democratic and Republican Party organizations in Albany County. Conservatives have ballot line Row C Greens have ballot line Row D The Working Families Party Row E and 2 new minor parties - The Womens Equality Party and Stop Common Core Party will appear on Rows F and G in 2015. Prospective candidates- start your engines- now!
Voters - fill your political viagra prescriptions! Joe Sullivan
No amnesty or benefits of citizenship to those who have illegally invaded our country and violated our laws.
Ban all travel from West Africa Ebola countries until the Ebola epidemic has been contained and eradicated in those places.
Bring home our military from West Africa.
Quarantine all who have come to the US, from Ebola lands,directly or indirectly since October 2014, until they are judged to be Ebola free.
Congress is the lawmaking branch of our government not the President, not the Courts.
Congress (The House) has the power of the purse. Use it!
The federal government has only those powers and responsibilities enumerated in the Constitution. All else belongs to the states and the people. Those elected by the people are not our rulers, but are our representatives, that have the solemn obligation to do the will of the people. As for bipartisanship put aside party allegiances; put America First!
English is our language. End government policies that enable, promote and enforce bilingualism in government, business and education. One language. One Nation. Respect our history, culture and institutions. Joe Sullivan
CONSERVATIVE ROW C
FOR MAYOR CITY OF ALBANY NY
November 5, 2013 Election
U S Navy Veteran
BS Geography, U Wisconsin
(Korean GI Bill)
MA Geography, U Minnesota
28 years as founder and president, Buckingham Pond/
Crestwood Neighborhood Assoc.
maintaining/improving neighborhood residential integrity and quality of life.
Leadership resulted in creation of Buckingham Pond
Park in 1993-94, as well as
many other open spaces.
for list of leadership results.