Saturday, November 07, 2015
MANTELLO ANNOUNCES TRANSITION TEAM
Aside from the fact that a transition teams seems a smidgeon overkill, the choices Mantello made are more interesting for who was not included than for who was included.
According to Record reporter Molly Eadie, Mantello has asked Frank LaPosta (former Councilman, former City Council President and former mayoral candidate); Henry Bauer (former City Council President and defrocked judge); Andrea Daley (small business owner), Dean Bodnar (Dist. 3 Councilman); Mark McGarth (Dist. 2 Councilman-elect) and former City Manager Steve Dworsky to lubricate the new majority's entry onto the City Council.
The selection of LaPosta immediately makes the team bipartisan as he changes political affiliations twice a week.
Notice, to Mantello's credit, not one Republican currently, or recently, steeped in the GOP's city party apparatus. No Tutunjian, no Wojcik, no Crawley, no Gordon.
Hank has been out of the game awhile and was never overly partisan. LaPosta is overly bipartisan but has been staying clear of Troy politics, at least publicly. Bodnar and Daley, again, not rabble-rousers. McGrath is a rabble-rouser but was never a favorite of the city party, who he fought with just as much as he fought with the Democrats. Dworsky? Why people still seek his guidance is beyond us. Best advice, when Dworsky advises there's a good chance you'll want to do the opposite. Also, never say anything you don't want broadcasted to the entire city. Hopefully, the knife in the back doesn't go in to the hilt.
Mantello has also asked the administration for the names and terms of office for people serving on the various boards and commissions that litter city government. One wonders if she'll attempt to trade appointments for a few board/commission seats. Not a bad move as long as she doesn't overreach.
We'll assume good intentions on everyone's part, starting with the premise that both Mayor-Elect Madden and City Council President-Elect Mantello will be reasonable, compromise and not engage in unnecessary partisanship.