We almost forgot. There are actual Council races this year. Everyone is so focused on the Mayor's Race, the council races may have some self-esteem issues. We know they seek some validation and need some tender loving care.
This northernmost district should be called North Troy as it is the northernmost district of Troy. But it's isn't. It's called Lansingburgh, which is north of North Troy. Lansingburgh was once an autonomous municipality. It was annexed by Troy after its defeat in the Trojan War. This district was formerly represented by Mark Wojcik, Kevin McGrath and Jim Gordon.
Often Heard: I can't believe Wojcik was the good one.
Geography: District 1 covers the most northerly part of the City of Troy. Due to it's location, the weather is often harsh with temperatures sometimes falling into the sub-zero range for weeks at a time. For six months out of the year there is daylight for only 2.3 hours daily. Debate rages as to who was the first man to reach District 1. Some say Peary. Others Cook.
Past Voting History:
K. McGrath - D 1002
J. Gordon - R 627
K. McGrath - D 1,228
F. LaPosta - R 592
J. Gordon - R 770
S. Scales - D 591
A tough district to analyze. The Democrats do well with a name but it feels like a Republican district. Obviously, the McGrath name is still big. We get the feeling that if Kevin McGrath ran again, he'd still do well. Don't know what that says about the district or the power of a family name.
In the past three elections, the Republican's best tally was 770 votes. Previously, from 2003-2007, the Republican garnered 1000+ votes, with the opponent garnering anywhere from 600+ to 800+. Draw your own conclusions about garners.
Enrollment statistics show:
Hot Button Issue: Why did that nice white couple call 911?
Laurie Ryan - D
Maybe we're doing something wrong on this internet-thingy, but we can't find much at all about Ryan. That's a plus, as we won't be disappointed. We believe she's related to Pete Ryan.
Jim Gulli - R
Checked out his facebook page. Seems like your standard, law-and-order Republican. Nothing impressive here or actively offensive.
Jessica Ashley - G
One of the organizers of the Troy Citizens Complaint Board. The board was organized in response to the Jan. 25 melee between police officers and the mostly minority community patrons at Kokopellis, a bar at 124 Fourth St. The board is a subcommittee of the Citizens United for Justice in Troy, NY. It was formed to help residents "file their complaints of excessive force, violence, racism, discrimination and witness intimidation used by the Troy PD."
We're just not feeling it. A non-factor
Did you know? Colonel Seth Warner, leader of the Green Mountain Boys and Revolutionary War Hero, never visited Lansingburgh.