AT ST SOPHIA'S 7/17
As Jordan notes, only the 3
Democratic candidates were
The audience of a 100 ,or so
half of which were Ellis and
Sheehan supporters, about
a quarter were politicians
and a quarter local seniors.
The usual questions were asked
and responded to in the usual
Ellis wants mayoral term limits.
We have terms limits every
election - if voters would make
informed choices, rather than
relying on lemming- like party
line voting behavior.
Electing older candidates - say
in their 70's - would achieve the
Ellis also wants to weaken the
power of the mayor through
city charter changes giving more
power to the Common Council.
Albany voters would be foolish
to support this proposal.
Albany needs a strong mayor
who is a leader, not a figurehead.
Sheehan vowed to offer incentives
to lure Albany police and fire-
fighters, most of whom live
outside the city, to move back
into the city neighborhoods they
Sheehan offered no specifics and
has none. What police officer or
firefighter wants to have to send
their children to the Albany schools?
Living in the same neighborhoods
they serve would amount to being
on duty 24 - 7. Not to mention
subjecting them, and their families
to harassment from perps, gangbangers
and assorted anti-social malcontents.
Marlon made some valid points
but, once again, may not make
Whitehall Senior apartment residents
complained of a problem adjacent
to their apartments. The three Dem
mayoral candidates responded with
This is a ward problem to be resolved
by the Common Council Member
representing the 8th Ward and
the management of the senior
apartments and neighboring JCA.
The best way to keep seniors in
their homes is through property
tax relief. None of the 3 Democratic
candidates said so.
Recall what President JFK said:
"Ask not what your country (city)
can do for you. Ask what can you
do for your country (city)."
Participate in your neighborhood
association, become informed and
cast informed votes, rather than
blind partyline voting in the hopes
that government will take care of
You are the government!