Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cooney (Buchanan) could join crowded race for sheriff


COONEY
John Cooney, a former Troy police captain and well-known spokesman for the department, is “seriously considering” a run for Rensselaer County Sheriff, according to a number of sources.
And, while the sheriff does not run as a team with his undersheriff – the latter is appointed by the sheriff – his first choice for the number two spot is another former Troy police captain, Terry Buchanan.
ASHE
Cooney’s name is the only one that will appear on the ballot. However, getting there may be a challenge for the political newcomer. He is an enrolled member of the Conservative Party and as such would either have to run on that line alone or seek permission from a major party to run on its line - a piece of paper known as a Wilson Pakula.
Meanwhile, Bob Ashe, the Hoosick Falls police chief, sent a letter to Republican committee members touting his extensive law enforcement history as well as his electability – he served on the North Greenbush Town Board from 2000 to 2004. In 1978 he began work as a dispatcher, moved up to corrections officer and then to the North Greenbush Police Department where he earned the rank of sergeant. He has started a Facebook page touting his candidacy.
FRAGOMENI
Mahar’s undersheriff, Pat Russo, another ex-Troy cop, has also been mentioned as a potential candidate should Sheriff Jack Mahar not seek a third term.
Also, former North Greenbush Police Chief Rocco Fragomeni is said to be interested. He was a lifelong Democrat but recently changed his enrollment to Republican.
MAHAR
What the Republicans do depends largely on what Mahar does. It is clear many in the party would rather he not but will likely hold their nose and back him rather than engage him in a primary. As of this writing, he has not formally said one way or another and party leaders say he has not reached out to them either. (As an aside I didn’t even try calling him because he has not returned a phone call since the last time he ran… and even that was iffy)
Mahar beat back a spirited challenge four years ago by Gary Gordon, another former Troy cop and a registered Conservative who ran with Democratic Party backing.
GORDON
To say the race was contentious is an understatement. In the end, a handful of people filed lawsuits alleging Mahar and his staff inappropriately and illegally accessed their medical records and two officers of the now dissolved jail guard’s union came under a federal investigation for misappropriating union funds.
Gordon, who was also dirtied up during the campaign, has yet to decide if he will take another run at Sheriff.
                       

 

33 comments:

  1. Mr. John Cooney is exactly the time of leader that we need to lead the department. I would hands down vote for him as sheriff. The kind of compassions, respect, hard work and dedication he shows is rare these days, especially in law enforcement. Furthermore, the compassion he shows for victims of assault shows what kind of integrity Mr. Cooney has. He's a rare find these days in a land filled with cynicism, crime, and low morales.

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    1. His opponent would only need to run the video of Cooney being interviewed leaning back in the chair, feet on the desk and giving his answer to the unprecedented crime wave "there's nothing we can do".

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    2. No, 3:24, that's Tedesco's job.

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  2. Please NO more Troy cops for sheriff.
    Bob Ashe for sheriff

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  3. This years silly season is going to be legendary. We have Hatfield and McCoy type feuds, (rumored) infidelity, scandals galore, dirty demolitions, twerking legislators. whoa doggie I think I'll break out the top shelf stuff to watch this year.

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  4. Fragomenti headquarters will be at the OTB

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  5. How am I going to know if he's just going door to door or stalking me?

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  6. Think about it Johnnie colorado. IS IT WORTH IT?

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  7. has the Sheriff concluded his investigation into the HIPPA violations? The one that started 4 years ago? How much has it cost us?

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  8. Why all the anonymous?

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    1. We're a very large family!

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  9. Ditto no more Troy cops and no Democrats that never were cops.

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  10. Rocco has been on the Democratic teat since his father was the Democratic supervisor of North Greenbush. And the dems put him in his current job and he's going to turn into a Republican now lol. Oh and didn't he arrest Bob Ashe back in the day? Only in Rensselaer County. Its raining rectums.

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  11. Cooney is a great golfer but that's it!

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  12. Funny there no more Troy Cops for sheriff and wanting Bob Ashe considering his kid is a Troy Cop...

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  13. How can Ian Silverman chair the charter commission? What's in the Bill Dunne dormitory authority records?

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  14. Rematch. Mahar vs. Gordon

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  15. What happened to Scotty Ryan?

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  16. Sheriff Pat Russo and Undersheriff Jack Smith!!! That is the winning ticket right there.

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    1. Russo will run only if mahar gives him back his testicles.

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    2. You are gross! You must be one of Gary Gordon's(AKA Garbage Pail) minions.

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  17. As a life long Republican I must say that Mahar must go. I like Pat Russo but if he is going to wait and be asked it will not happen. Ashe seems to be the only Republican out there that is showing that he has the guts to stand up and go for it.

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    1. Russo is no better than Mahar. Watch what you ask for.

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  18. Let's get back to talking about meeeee

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  19. Pat Russo - go for it. Make your announcement, send your letter of intent out to city committee and county committee.

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  20. Mahar is out - Coward. Good for the CO's. Of course there is that whole, devil you know vs. devil you don't thing. Good Luck.

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    1. Some CO's should be scared. Dirty, dirty, dirty!

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  21. Sheriff Lanzillo. Under Sheriff Bub

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  22. Skinny Jeans for Sheriff! Let's bring $5 Friday's back!

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  23. Post our Cooney TRUTH comments Franco! Expose this scumbag!

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