Guess I better get caught up on what is turning out to be a wild year in the City of Troy.
-As expected, Councilman Jim Gordon, R-District 1, got the GOP Selection Committee’s nod. That recommendation now goes to the full committee, which is also expected to approve his nomination. If recent history is any indication, he will also have the Conservative and Independence Party lines.
-The Working Families Party is holding a press conference Monday (May 4) to announce at least a partial slate of candidates. As expected Council President Rodney Wiltshire, D-At Large, will head up the ticket. Other incumbents include, as expected, Democrats Anastasia Robertson in District 2 and Bob Doherty in District 4.
Also slated to speak at the press conference at the top of The Approach is Peggy Kownack, A Democrat running for an At Large seat. Anasha Cummings, who had one of the corniest press conferences in recent memory to announce his bid for an At Large seat, is not listed as a speaker but he was out of town and is expected to run with WFP support.
Others in this year’s lineup include District 1 candidate Jessica Ashley, who served on the Council in the early 2000s and who ran in 2013 on the Green Party line, and District 5 candidate David Bissember.
The WFP is going to be a major player. If the status quo holds true there will be a three-way primary for the all-powerful Democratic Party line with Patrick Madden getting the party proper support (that of Rensselaer County Chairman Tom Wade and company) and newcomer Ernest Everett also running.
That means even if Wiltshire loses the primary he will still be the WFP candidate on the general election ballot in November. If Wiltshire wins the primary, however, it could be the end of the Democratic Party hierarchy as we know it.
-The same could apply for the GOP with Carmella Mantello all but announcing her candidacy for mayor. She said she is starting her own line – Keep Term Limits in Place – so if she loses to Gordon in the primary she will be on the ballot. If she beats Gordon, he will still have the I and C lines and still be on the ballot.
-While it doesn’t seem likely any candidate would wage a serious run on the I or C minor party lines the WFP can and have rallied the troops and could use Wiltshire’s campaign to make their every increasing influence all the more significant.
-The Wade Democrats will likely not endorse Doherty in 4 or Robertson in 2 and it’s still unclear who they have to run for those seats.
-Incumbent At Large Councilwomen Lynn Kopka and Erin Sullivan-Teta – both Wade Dems – have not announced their intentions but it would be surprising if they don’t run again. Especially given this year’s wild dynamics and the fact they are loyal to a party that needs them.
-Former Councilman Mark McGrath announced he is running for his old seat in District 2 and the enrolled Conservative will get the Wilson Pakula from the GOP. It’s not clear if the Wade Dems will challenge Robertson or not.
-Gordon can’t run for his District seat and for mayor and the neither Wade Dems, the Wiltshire Dems nor the GOP have not announced a candidate in District 1.
-Republican Dean Bodnar is running for his fourth and final term and the Dems – both Wade and Wiltshire camps – haven’t said anything about any opposition at this point in time.
-The Wade Dems will likely find someone to run against Doherty in 4.
-The GOP will find someone to run in 5 and the Wade Dems might too.
-District 6 is wide open.
-One more thing … word is Madden might be getting cold feet and who can blame him. Politics has always been called a “blood sport” in Rensselaer County and this year the metaphor could cross the line into the literal. And, the surviving candidates will have to deal with a multi-million deficit, six unions without contracts, likely indictments from a grand jury and that’s including all the other stuff like a crumbling infrastructure, racial tension, crime, arsonists, an eclectic electorate with a host of different needs --- and as sure summer is here now winter will come back and some pipes will surely freeze.
The smartest guy of the whole lot is Mayor Lou Rosamilia who opted to not run again.
Anyone but Jim Gordon , please!ReplyDelete
Don't worry, 9:34. He has no shot at the R line. He has even less of a shot on either or both of the minors in the general election. And since he has to relinquish his council seat to run, next year he'll be totally gone.Delete
Makes you wonder if that's what the GOP wanted all along... doesn't it?
On the R side or in general? Because Rodney will destroy this city.Delete
Doesn't matter who wins.dem or rep, until Bharara gets a sniff of Troy and its own corruption, it will be same old same old.Delete
How will I notice 12:09???Delete
I'm excited to see Gordon in the race!ReplyDelete
Me too. The jokes are as endless as the pants wetting.Delete
Can't wait to see the emails!Delete
Jim Gordon "REALLY!" Carmella has my vote.ReplyDelete
~You clearly have been "absent" in her three failed attempts!Delete
His skeletons are ready to come out of the closet. Stay tunedDelete
How many times has Jim Gordon run and lost? He couldn't even beat Kevin McGrath and he wants to run city wide? LOLDelete
Gordon was the swing vote & voted No his first week in office on two buildings in Troy for private sale.ReplyDelete
Now the buildings are crumbling and roofs collapsing his hatred for north central is legendary.
Gordon is still wet behind the ears not vary mature whatsoever and also a hateful man.
Which buildings were those? No sarcasm; I really want to know. And what was the reason for rejection?Delete
He's more stupid than hateful. regardless, terrible choice.Delete
There are no cold feet on the Democratic side of the mayoral race. That rumor was started by Republican Mark McGrath, known for his penchant for stirring the pot. Madden will romp.ReplyDelete
He will still remove you from position b dunneDelete
Or should I say mccashions momDelete
ok bill dunne. I heard that all the prospective mayoral candidates have been handed the Dormitory Authority dossier.Delete
Sorry Jim, your sources are wrong on this one. Madden is in it to win it. He doesn't do anything half-assed.Delete
This is best you have in the city of troy?ReplyDelete
Only if you want her to spend YOUR TAX payer dollars playing golf all the timeDelete
Instead you can have Jim Gordon spending your tax dollars campaigning and stalking reporters on county time.Delete
Where has Carmella "physically" been during all these fires, murders,etc...consoling these people? No..out golfing and posting all her "hard" work on fbDelete
No Jim Gordon! Look at the Burgh in the last 2 years. My god imagine what the rest of the city will turn into.ReplyDelete
Time for new young blood! Although I wasn't sure at first, I want to see Ernest as Mayor. Enough with has beens and losers!
mayor Lou was new blood and how did that work out for ya?Delete
The Burgh has been destroyed since Jim took office. Mind blowing that the Republicans think Gordon can run on that record. Theyre handing Rodney the win by endorsing someone so weak. But maybe that's the plan.Delete
Ernest couldn't manage his way out of a paper bag, let alone the city of troy. He's a con artist.Delete
CON ARTIST? REALLY? The real conartists are the City Hall employees who directed Lou in the wrong direction and now that they know they are all in deep shit are retirin,4 highly PAID salaried employees have retired so far that are caught in the web they weaved.Delete
Whoever removes bill dunne gets my voteReplyDelete
I'll second thatReplyDelete
I would love to see Gordon in office especially for his tech vision. Troy could become a "Silicon Valley" of sorts by having the right connections. This is the direction we are headed and we need somebody that has in with tech companies.ReplyDelete
BWHAHAHA that Jim Gordon has connections. If that were true, why is Lansingburgh such a complete shithole? It's worse than it ever was! Dream on!Delete
That's not Jim.Delete
Ernest is itReplyDelete
We want Franco back at the recorded ,,,I purchase the paper for years just to read his blogs ,,Maybe now that I've cancelled and several thousand have cancelled the recorded will give Franco back his job ,,,ReplyDelete
With this group I think this is Carmella's year.ReplyDelete
yup. That sums it up better than any blog post ever could.Delete
4am, you shouldn't think.Delete
Great to see Rodney and his merry band of misfit cop haters the other day. Is anyone going to take these retards seriously?ReplyDelete
Jessica Ashley and Anastasia Robertson don't have enough brain cells between the two of them to tie a pair of sneakers.Delete
Get rid of these kids Jim & Rodney. Let's GO Carmella.ReplyDelete
Why'd you leave out Adam Sanzone?ReplyDelete
What about Adam Sanzone?Delete
What does Adam have to do with this?ReplyDelete
Just curious, why's that?Delete
Your clueless that's whyDelete
Claim to fame park of a unknownDelete
I think that is the point - to make someone known who wasn't before. Not much fame though - he is more known for his work with the council and the pawling statue project.Delete
Jessica Ashley never served on the council. She's an A#1 cop hater.ReplyDelete
Jessica Ashley served on the city council, Jim?ReplyDelete
I'm a 53yo (white) Troy Boy until the day I die. And I say, give Ernest a shot. We have nothing to lose. It's already all gone..ReplyDelete
I agree. The only one who has no political ties and knows money.Lou knows money but doesn't know when people are screwing him over.Delete
Look at Republican Party & Gordon's Times Union Announcement Not One Black or Latino in the Group So much for Diversity in Republican GovernmentDelete
Gordon's a tool. Literally, and in the slang sense.Delete
How many arsons in Lansingburgh while he's been councilman? How many stabbings? Shootings? Break-ins? It's the f-ing Wild West up here and getting worse by the day and he wants to run for Mayor-- ???
If he had a chance of winning, it would be scary. Thank God he doesn't and it's just pathetic.
Adam who? Never heard of himReplyDelete
Throw the Bums out starting with JiminoReplyDelete
kathy and Frank better pay attention to what is going on in Albany. They are doing the same thing here in Rensselaer County.ReplyDelete
How about Kathy and Frank flip and you get to run on Martin and Rich's record? Maybe you can get Harry to start his primary rumor again.Delete
Good news, Pat Madden is finally getting smart......he has reached out to Clem Campana for help on his campaign.ReplyDelete
Clem is losing his flippin mind. Madden needs to reach out to PattisonDelete
7:13 --posted the same thing on facebook bobbytardReplyDelete
Good news for the GOP, a deal has been brokered by Mark Mcgrath, he has made a deal with Carmella...she will be announcing she is now going to run for an at-large seat now the Dowd has opted out. This clears the way for Jim Gordon.ReplyDelete
Yes, it clears the way for Jim Gordon to lose the general, as opposed to the primary.Delete
Lol 7:47. So trueDelete
Hold on to your hats folks. Tom Wade's "Democratic" candidate for mayor,, Patrick Madden, hired Gramarcy Communications to help him learn how to answer questions properly! Bet his sister, the GOP County Executive, could have helped him for free!ReplyDelete
Bill dunne sulky after learning Monica would rather date rocky dennisReplyDelete
Russo endorsed by the Republican Committee. The race is over or is it?ReplyDelete
One of the candidates tried to give his wife a .45 tonsillectomy and cant even carry a firearm. The other guys village called and they would like for him to come back... It's a one horse race, everyone else should stop posturing and hoping for a job.Delete
Who is the one posturing for a job. You sound like a person that is trying to kiss ass.Delete
That is going to leave a mark 4:08.Delete
Lynn Kopka -- autocorrect changes her name to kook -- so appropriate for such an elitist feral cat loving snob. I'm sure she cares about the folks on Madison. #troycrazyReplyDelete