First off, the TROY NY facebook page has some great, vintage photos of Troy. Hat tip to Andrew Cooper.
Now, on to our story.
More numbers for people who care. We know many of you like to crunch the numbers, so here's a few. If you don't, settle down, take out a book and read to yourselves.
We have the enrollment numbers for Troy from 2014. These won't be exact. People move out, move in, die.* The numbers should be roughly similar today. We suspect the WFP numbers have gone up a bit.We might be able to track down the up-to-date number but, screw it.
Democrats - 8,457
Republicans - 3,617
Independent - 1,474
Conservative - 1,237
Working Families - 481
Blanks - 6,603
There's a smear of Green Party enrollees but barely enough to notice. There's an even smaller number of 'other' parties, so small that they're not even named.
The total number of enrolled voters for Troy is 20,395, roughly twice the number that actually vote.
What's this tell us? No idea, really.
Based on our last post we no that Mayor Lou received 5,000 votes and Mantello 4,100. We know Mayor Tutunjian, in 2007, received 5,400 to former Deputy Mayor Conroy's 4,100.
Do these tea leaves really tell us anything? It tells us Trojans are true Americans, with our 50% voter turnout (which includes forged absentee ballots). We do not have the breakdown of how many of each party, or how many blanks, voted for whom. So, we guess the best questions to ponder are:
1. Can Gordon get as many votes as Tutunjian? Mantello? Tutunjian was an incumbent whose image didn't get tarnished until his second term. Half of Tutunjian's budgets included a 0% tax increase (because he raided and depleted Pattison's reserve fund, we now face a double-digit tax increase). Mantello's name recognition is much higher than Gordon's as she had been around Troy politics for 73 years.
2. Is the Democratic vote evenly split? Wiltshire ran the type of campaign that does create strong support among his supporters. The type of voter that will vote in a blinding downpour or raging snowstorm (or vice versa). That type of support has a ceiling. It is interesting to note that Rodney secured just about as many votes in the primary as 'likes' on his facebook page.
3. Does Wiltshire support slowly shrink (you know about shrinkage?) as the prospect of a Gordon administration grows? That is another phenomenon with third-parties. People will start to lay-off the Wiltshire bubbly for fear of a Gordon hangover.
4. Will Gordon's refusal to request, and disclose, the 911 tape hurt him?
Our best guess, and it is only a guess, is that the election will break down as follows:
We may be generous in almost doubling Wiltshire's support.
Now on to our newest feature, GUESS WHO'S THE DOUCHE
Which area politician has their bowels in an uproar about the newly painted crosswalk mural at Fifth Avenue and 101st Street?
We'll give you three guesses, but you're not going to need them.
This bone-chilling, sinister sturgeon is another manufactured micro-aggression in the mind of:
a) Ken Zalewski
b) Carmella Mantello
c) Mark McGrath
d) Gary Galuski
The answer is here.
What's next? Stripers! Salmon! We must resist!**
* Yes, they may still be eligible to vote
** According to the artist the intent is to resist McGrath's descent into an Alzheimers-like nuttiness.