GETS IT RIGHT
In their endorsement, the Times-Union is blunt:
"Although this is his first run for elected office, Mr. Madden is well prepared for the difficult tasks he would face. For three decades, he has run the nonprofit Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, or TRIP, which has worked to provide affordable housing to city residents primarily through the restoration of older, rundown properties. The organization has also helped many in the city’s poorest neighborhoods become homeowners, a key to reversing the trend of neglected rental properties and absentee landlords.
At TRIP, he has handled multimillion dollar budgets for years and has a keen understanding of the process, including the need for multiyear financial planning. That’s a far cry from the way the city’s budget adoption is now hurriedly squeezed into the final two months of the year."
On Gordon (R):
"First-term Republican councilman Jim Gordon refused to discuss his candidacy with the Times Union Editorial Board amid a controversy over a 911 domestic call to his home. His reticence does not speak well of his temperament or suitability for such a high profile public post."