Monday, March 10, 2014

Mason is a marshal without the mess


MASON
By unanimous vote, the Troy Council approved the appointment of five city marshals, bypassing the drama that accompanied the largely benign position two years ago.
To get around the drama, the Council lumped all five marshals – Jack McCann, Rick Mason, Keith McDermott, Mike McDonald and Mike DeViddio - into the same resolution that it unanimously passed at last week’s meeting. Even though some of their terms have not yet expired, the Council opted not to stagger the appointments thereby isolating certain marshals that in the past have drawn political fire. McCann's term isn't up until the end of the month, for example, and Mason's isn't up until May.
If you remember, two years ago, Rensselaer County Democratic Party Chairman Tom Wade came out strong against the Mason’s appointment in part, because he was a friend of then Councilman Kevin McGrath. Initially the Council passed Mason’s appointment 5-2, Mayor Lou Rosamilia vetoed it because of a technicality and a month later it passed by a 5-4 vote. In the middle of all that, Wade made the unprecedented call for McGrath’s resignation.  In the end McGrath won the battle and eventually the war.
This year, however, everything went off without a hitch or even a whisper. Obviously, the dynamics have changed in two years. McGrath (pictured right) opted not to run for another term, Rodney Wiltshire usurped Lynn Kokpa as Council president – the former not being nearly as loyal to Wade as the latter – and he’s willing to cut some deals with the GOP minority while still appeasing the Wade crowd.
By approving the marshals en masse everyone gets what they want without raising the ire or egos of those involved.
The anti-Wade crowd gets Mason, the Wade crowd gets McCann, McDermott and McDonald the GOP get DeViddio – who has been a loyal party soldier for years.
The marshal is a pretty benign appoint in that their paycheck is based on the number of summons and eviction notices they choose to deliver, but with the limited number of jobs at the Council’s decision it is seen as a way to pay back those loyal to a party or a person.  

28 comments:

  1. Mcgath decided not to run because of new job duties with Nat Grid but somehow still finds the time to make it to every council meeting? Hmmm

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    1. it's for the kids!

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    2. Making you nervous, Flash?

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    3. Bring it on Friedo

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  2. Hey....great pics though I'd have to dispute a point. If McGrath had won the war, why he'd still be on the Council. There are reasons the former felon isn't there any more, but I'm not telling. That Mason? Hope he doesn't have to climb too many steps. Looks like a prime candidate for a heart attack with all that flab.

    On a more serious note with regard to the KoKoKoKoKoCrapCrapCrap and all the other allegations of police misconduct, not all of which I buy, though there is some truth. Hell, any dope who gets into a fight stemming from a FB dispute? Enough said.

    Why not, for once, have Troy be at the forefront of change that is certainly coming. Easy to fund and you can't argue with the results. 88% drop in allegations. 60% drop in actual use of violence in the first year alone. See the quote and stats below. Being used in Los Angeles now I see and maybe soon in NYC.

    Have the cops,...ALL the cops...wear lapel video cameras. Cheap these days. Easy and useful. Don't they already have dash cams? If not, where do we get all those Cop shows on TV?

    The Rialto Chief loves it. The people love it. The cops have become used to it. They have 66 cops on the force. How many do we have?

    Article is from last year in the NY Times...here you go about Rialto, CA...

    In the first year after the cameras were introduced here in February 2012, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the previous 12 months. Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period..... the Rialto Police Department believes it stands as an example of how effective the cameras can be. Starting Sept. 1, all 66 uniformed officers here will be wearing a camera during every shift.

    NYTimes article: http://nyti.ms/1gC2uMK

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    1. Already in the works.

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    2. McGrath can get District 1 back anytime he wants it. And it just kills all of you, doesnt it?

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    3. Hey....great pics though I'd have to dispute a point. If McGrath had won the war, why he'd still be on the Council. There are reasons the former felon isn't there any more, but I'm not telling.
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      Your not telling because there's nothing to tell. Easy to make anonymous insinuations on a blog, coward.

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    4. Mason has more chins than a Chinese phone book yet he keeps getting his sponge jobs.

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    5. Only Kevin and his huge ego could dream of a comeback. he and Mason were knee deep in crime with voter fraud and skated because "the rat gets the cheese".

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    6. He still has a lot of friends

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    7. Prove it. People that say hello or bought things from you are not friends.

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  3. wade/mccann are weakMarch 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I think he was there to make sure Mason was appointed and the new Council circle jerk didn't mess it up.

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  4. The lapel cams are a great idea with audio that they can't shut off , unfortunately most of the footage would be from their couch or kitchen table,with a few hours of Stewarts coffee protection detail . But, A seriously good idea,Cameras can't lie .There is no BLUE LINE

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    1. Just what will your story be if and when the street officers are using dash cams or lapel cams? You will find something else to mindlessly bash the PD with.

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  5. They commit the crimes, and they still get the dimes.

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    1. If you have some specific details of TPD officers committing crime it is your obligation to report that activity. Have you reported that activity?

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    2. I don't believe that was directed at TPD, more at Kevin Mcgrath and Mason for stealing votes from the impoverished.

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  6. "Mason and no mess" you've got to be kidding. The picture alone spells mess.

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    1. Why is that? Rick grew up in the Taylor Apartments and knows most of the people in public housing where most of the eviction notices are served. Because he knows them the process goes much smoother than it would with a stranger. The only6 "mess" involved is the state of your non-functioning brain.

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    2. How many notices has Ickey served in Corliss Park (the scene of the crime) since Crawley's been there. 0

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  7. Oh dear. Vito won't like this puff piece on Kevin. No not at all. Very bad, Jim. You mustn't anger Vito.

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  8. Jim, I hope you enjoyed your 1 term. Tic tock tic tock. It comes quick.

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    1. Give it a rest Kevin. You're finished. Everyone knows it but you.

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    2. If Mcgrath was to come back I think he would beat Gordon but never Vito. Sort of strange that people don't care for Jim, they like Kevin but love Vito. It must be that "Troy Crazy" everyone's talking about.

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    3. Kevin would crush you Vito. How about you step up and run and lets see? Nah didn't think so.

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    4. Since Kevin will never run again we'll never know. He will never get the dem line. His dream of Rabbit being chair is as delusional as his stance that he's done nothing wrong.

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  9. McGrath will never be on the city council again because people who have family with drug problems will remember guys like him are part of the reason.

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