Monday, September 8, 2014

Wade vs. Wiltshire in ED 8

       Primary Day is Tuesday, and one of the most interesting is a lowly committee seat in the City of Troy.

As first reported here, Chairman Tom Wade, who has been a committeeman for decades, will go head-to-head with Council President Rodney Wiltshire in Election District 8. Their respective running mates are Rebecca Sweeney and Rev. Tim Sherman.
It’s an anomaly in that political parties often have a difficult time filling committee seats let alone have more than two people to fill the slots in each of the 30 election districts city wide. And, it is because two of the party’s leaders are battling each other for the thankless, unpaid position.
The fallout began last year when Wiltshire accepted the Independence Party line from the Republicans setting him up for the presidency, knocking party loyalist – in other words a Wade ally - Lynn Kopka out of the spot.
Wiltshire, however, said he knew he wasn’t getting any support from the party and was fighting for his political life. As such, he was left no other option but to take any line available.
The president also alienated himself with the party proper by appointing GOP members of the Council to chair committees. His strongest ally, Councilman Ken Zalewski, also backed a Republican candidate, Dean Bodnar, R-District 3, during the election a year ago over the party’s candidate, Michelle DeLair.
When Wade and the Democrats refused to circulate nominating petitions for the two in June, the chairman threatened to bounce them from the party if they opted to run on their own. Obviously, they took that option.
There are only 344 enrolled Democrats in Election District 8 and of those 300 are “active” according to the Board of Elections. If 35 percent of those show up to the polls – or are taken to the polls by Wade or Wiltshire – it will be a healthy turnout.
Both sides are working hard too. Below is a letter written by Zalewski to a number of Democrats, including City Hall employees. Notice he “signed” the email as his Council title, president pro temp. As I said, Wade been involved in the nitty-gritty of Democratic Party politics for decades and nobody in the county can count votes – or get his people to vote – better than he.
In the end, regardless of who wins, and it could conceivably be Wade and Wiltshire, it won’t matter too much in any practical manner. Wade can still be chairman without being a committee man and not being a member of the committee does not prevent Wiltshire from holding onto his Council seat or running for higher office like mayor.
If one is on the losing end, however, it will be a blow to their egos and will certainly be used by enemies in either of their future political endeavors.
Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

There are a number of other committee primaries across the city. Here is a link to a map of the Election Districts in Troy. And here is a link to all the primaries in Rensselaer County.


  1. Any news on turlte? What about the cox trial?

  2. Rodney, Rodney, Rodney--- You've associated yourself with the Irrelevant Tim Sherman. It reeks of desperation, reeks!

  3. Time for Wade to let go!

  4. Wiltshire and Zalewski, the Abbott and Costello of the city counsel. They hate the cops, waste time and tax dollars on hearings to nowhere and play politics while Lansingburgh burns. Now that's leadership

  5. Clem Campana? Yeah, we need him back in politics. He explained how his dad got into THA housing yet? Ken e-mailed that letter throughout city hall. Convene the Ethics Board!

    1. Clem Campana's Father was paying the highest amount of rent you can pay
      So who is screwing who out of what ?

    2. Thanks Neil. But he wasn't qualified for that housing to begin with. So what if he paid the highest rent? Even the top rental rate is subsidized and CHEAPER than market rate. That's why there are income requirements and people on the waiting list. Go back into exile.

    3. I hate the fact that someone went after an elderly man. That housing gets approved through the Feds you idiots. They calculate all of a person's income,assets,savings,annuities,etc then subtract out cost of living costs. Whoever leaked information that the man's income exceeded whats allotted would have been someone who works in THA and should be fired. That information is confidential.

  6. How is Rodney's enormous ego going to fit into that little voting booth ?

  7. Rodney, zalewski and Doherty all need to go away. Disloyal piss bags

  8. Wade suckasses having a little problem

  9. Rodney Wilshire Lmbo what a joke. Big shot, big wig. Big solar guy.

  10. Ken Zalewski = pompous ass who screws over his friends.

  11. And who is running against all of these guys? Vote against ALL of them. VOTE FOR THE UNDERDOGS