The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Thursday, March 24, 2005


In a letter to the Troy Record this week, someone alleging to be a Troy City Councilman threw some pretty tough punches at Councilman Bill Dunne. The issue, once again, is the Rensselaer County Jail.

The alleged council member criticized Dunne for talking to the press, suggesting the jail might not need expansion and for believing that the waterfront might be better utilized for commercial/recreational purposes rather than public sector/industrial purposes.

Finally, the AC (alleged council member) indicated he would vote to allow Dunne's proposal to be voted on by the council and he (the AC) would be voting "NO"! on the proposal.

This council member has shown real guts in taking on Dunne. With no support, other than six other Republican councilmen, a Republican City Hall, a Republican Sheriff's Department, a Republican County Executive and a Republican County Legislature, taking on the lone Democrat will be a tough job.

There's only one problem: who is this guy? No one has heard of him. Is he really on the Troy City Council?* I hope he is because Troy needs tough, gutsy leadership like this.

* Rumor has it that the City of Troy Charter will soon be amended, changing the name of the Troy City Council to "The Mayor's non-binding Advisory Board". The name, "A bunch of people who grab their ankles for the mayor" was rejected by a 5-4 vote.

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