Tuesday, November 10, 2015
WANTED - ONE ATTORNEY
According to Tom "Boss" Wade, Corporation Counsel Ian Silverman will not be returning as the city's chief lawyer.
Silverman has been Mayor Rosamilia's only Corporation Counsel. Prior to accepting the Corporation Counsel position Silverman had been an assistant district attorney under Richard McNally. He started his career with a cup of coffee at Bois, Schiller.
Silverman broke from some of his predecessors, namely David Mitchell, for refusing to act as a hatchet man. He was not combative by nature and not a strong presence in city hall. He seemed to get the job done, although the learning curve was initially steep.
In September 2014, Silverman lost the Democratic primary for the new City Court position to "democrat" Keith Gorman, by 23 votes. Gorman went on to face Republican Jill Kehn in the general election. It was a veritable who's that of the legal world. Kehn, who practiced without a license for over five years, would go on to win.
We don't know Silverman's plans but wish him well. There is a recent opening at the Appellate Division Third Department?
Now, the rumors will swirl about Silverman's successor. Traditionally, the Democrats have generally had better attorneys than the Republicans. The best, however, tend to advise from the sidelines and are too successful to hop into the game with both feet. Madden does not have to choose a Troy resident. He can chose an attorney that lives in the county. We think he should give Pat Morphy a call. Or Tom Hagen. If Madden chooses a confidant as his deputy, he'll need one insider that knows government, the players and how to avoid the landmines.
Chances are, it'll be someone we're not even thinking of.
THE NEW ECONOMY
Welcome to the future. This is the new economy. It won't be kind to those that depend on the old economy but it will allow creative and hardworking people to flourish. Grow the tax base, get property taxes down and work on the school district's reputation and Troy could do well.