On Thursday night, the Troy City Council approved a new PBA Contract. The Ordinance that approved the contract also called for the residency requirement in the City Code to be replaced by the the contract provision that allows officers to reside outside the City in exchange for certain "givebacks."
We've never supported the police residency requirement. We just find it atrocious that City Officials can violate residency laws while the police have to be punished. Even the Administration admits that the police got nothing in exchange for their concessions:
“The residency requirement has never been enforced, and I believe you try to enforce it, you would lose in court,” Crawley told the council.
Corporation Counsel David Mitchell agreed, noting that too many past administrations had appointed or promoted city employees who did not live within the city’s boundaries.
As long as everyone is happy, we're happy.
OUR MISS BROOKS
Congressional candidate Tracey Brooks will be endorsed by Albany Mayor Gerry Jennings. No cavity searches are scheduled.
And speaking of Albany, for all the people who think Cops should dole at punishment at their own discretion - this is what can happen. A man with numerous felony convictions walks away with over a quarter of a million dollars. That's why you play by the rules!
The Business Improvement District is once again a possibility. The proposal calls for a district, that would improve business. This is the type of topic that made us start drinking to begin with.
What did catch our eye was the economic climate reported by some:
“We have a lot of struggling businesses in Troy and that money means a lot to small business owners throughout the city,” said Councilman Henry Bauer, R-At Large.
“Downtown retailers really need a boost right now and this is a great way to do it,” said Hedley, who was pleased to see the project continuing to progress.
Pay raises for top Troy officials when small business owners in the city are struggling? And you want to be our latex salesman...
Another entry in the 21st Congressional District sweepstakes. Darius Shahinfar, a former aid to Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, has thrown his hat into the ring.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
A forum to discuss the future of Hoosick Street is scheduled for tonight.
Where: Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 10th and Hoosick streets;
When: Monday, March 10 - 6:00PM
Personally, we'd attend this if you have nothing else scheduled. When the Presbyterians are involved anything, and we mean anything, could happen.