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

Monday, April 14, 2008


What the hell? We take a break and look what happens.

The Democratic City Council will withdraw their veto override of an ordinance that revoked a pay raise ordinance. This early withdrawal leaves us feeling....unsatisfied. Also, the Gods appear to be angry as well.

The City Council move will save the taxpayers money. The Tutunjian pay raises have cost the City more than $40,000, plus the bill for John Bailey's legal services. Best of all, and the real reason for the withdrawal, the Democrats won't lose in court. We'd prefer they go down swinging but....

The Administration insists this in not about the money. It's about the integrity of the City Charter. If that's true, it would be the first time they cared about the integrity of the City Charter. And, since they have won, they can now voluntarily return their raises at a time when rising food and gas prices are hurting many residents. That is, if it's all about integrity.

Why is it that when the GOP wins the taxpayers lose?

Next, we hear that the Mayor will sue Code Enforcement? You know, to ensure the integrity of the Constitution?

Let the Mirch sycophants gloat. They deserve it. It's their first victory in a long time. Despite the win, they have already lost in the court of public opinion. Council members Wojcik, McGrath and Bauer fought harder for Mitchell and Crawley then they have for anything else these past few months.

As bad as this makes the Democrats look, and it makes them look bad, Tutunjian looks worse. Fighting tooth and nail for the good of Troy is one thing. Going to the matresses for the salaries of your top cronies is quite another.

UPDATE: We just read Jim Franco's Talespin (not yet available on-line. He sums up our feelings quite nicely.

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