The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

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.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pat's first move is a doozy. Can Silverman and keep Dunne. Here come four years of anguish.

Anonymous said...

This is too bad, Ian (Ron Jeremy) Silverman has made quite the name for himself around the capital region. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

The post doesn't say he was canned. Maybe Silverman has had enough. Four years of craziness is enough for many people.

Anonymous said...

Ian has something lined up.

Anonymous said...

Silverman is a gentleman and will have no problem finding employment or greener pastures. Dunne on the other hand is unemployable.

Anonymous said...

That's a loss for the city

Anonymous said...

It's a net plus for the city. Getting someone in there with experience who can rely less on outside firms is a money saver.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the problems over the last four years could have been avoided if Lou and Pete listened to Ian.

Anonymous said...

You can tell a lot about who's behind this blog by the comments that don't get posted.

Anonymous said...

Oh, do tell.

Anonymous said...

Here's a question for all you legal eagles. Madden a lawyer hires Kevin G as deputy mayor another lawyer. They keep a " bad seed" with a checkered past on in city employment. This employee displays actions from his past that result in charges brought against him. Thus opening the flood gates from past and or current employees and people doing business with the city. With there legal backgrounds does this elevate a lawsuit settlement. Kinda like a Bill Cosby situation. What's the city liability?

Rob LaFlamm Esq. said...

If I understand your question: a employer can be held liable for negligent hiring, retention and/or supervision of an employee if they have notice of an employees behavior. Notice cannot be based on unfounded rumor or rumors propagated by political enemies. However if the same conduct was occurred elsewhere and the current employer knew about it, it could be the basis for at least the notice element of negligence.

It's a good thing no one like that works at city hall. Unless you have more than rumors to share.

Anonymous said...

Like a guy who got the police called to his house?

Anonymous said...

A councilman is not an employee of the City. He is an elected official. They are different for purposes of this analysis. If you're worried about people at the county building maybe you should speak up.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Ian.

Anonymous said...

No need to speak up. Fortunately for the county workers, it's all public record.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 2:35 that answers my question. If I was the Mayor elect I would be running from this employee before it has dire Economic Development directly.

Anonymous said...

What's Ian know about the stolen 911 tape and is that related to his sudden departure?

Anonymous said...

Kathy Jimino asked the republicans to cross party lines and vote for her brother now will she cross party lines and demand a new Economic Development Director for the city of Troy from her brother? I believe they call that a quid pro quo. We held up our end Kathy now deliver for us.

Anonymous said...

There are two or three people who give a damn about who took the 911 tape. The person who took it and the Gordon's. No one is on the edge of their seats waiting for IA to figure it out. Go away.

Anonymous said...

Carmella got a cop to take it. Gave it to the Dem Operative who passed it on to Lyons. How about that theory? That opens up a space for her to run in 2019. Just as plausible as anything. I've heard.

Anonymous said...

Ian's all class. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

What exact has this employee done? Anyone have proof of anything?

Your doing lines said...

4:19
Kathy Jimino demands you take Jim Gordon. I believe that one is call tuum in ano.

Anonymous said...

Of course not. Just the nasty rumor mill started by Mirch and Co. His constituents never bought it. Just a few Nast people who pretend to know but never give us facts. Oh, there's the separation agreement but it reads like every one and doesn't say much. Cowards

Anonymous said...

No tax warrants either.

Anonymous said...

I love when you bring Mirch into the mix. He lives in Florida. That the old divert your attention play. Funny thing is though this defense of your never existed till the days to the end clock started to tick tick tick........51 days till unemployment. You need an economical development in 52 days. But the past keeps biting you in the ass.

Anonymous said...

Why would he need a defense? He hasn't done anything. If you signed your name and explained what you know and how, someone might take you seriously. He's in. Four more years.

Anonymous said...

Mitch was a piece of shit. Good he is gone. He cost the taxpayer enough.

Anonymous said...

7:19 if you believe that then I have an accounting professor from HVCC that will get the city of Troy out of debt. He's gone baby gone.

Anonymous said...

From Mitch,
"there's the separation agreement but it reads like every one and doesn't say much"? I'll swear under oath to change my enrollment and vote democrat the rest of my life if someone else out there can tell me they had to sign a "separation agreement".

Anonymous said...

It happens Mitch. You don't work for the state or an authority. I live the fact that there is actual evidence against Gordon and Crist but you fixate on Dunne. No one has told anyone what he did. We have an affidavit about Crist and Mrs. Gordon's own words. Any comment? Keep voting Republican. They seem like your kind of people. Hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

It's very common in white collar employment, dumbass

Anonymous said...

Right on 8:39 Hahaha.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Ian. Hope you enjoy the new job

Anonymous said...

Sorry Amy, looks like you're out--again.

Anonymous said...

Oh Bill. You should probably be working on a resume or checking the want adds. Not trying to put your spin on a "separation agreement" and deflecting from your past by diverting attention. Rich and Jim have an office to go to on January 2nd you don't. Now start to put thing out about taxes and 911 if it makes you feel better. Oh wait...what's that? The phone is ringing.....oh boy....its just the Record calling about trying to get you to take the paper. No one else is calling. 52 days big boy.

Anonymous said...

Did she ever want in?

Anonymous said...

Dire wolf?

Anonymous said...

Got nothing to say about Gordon or Crist. Partisan pussies. Got nothing on Dunne, evidence against Crist and evidence against Gordon. So, who shouldn't be in government?

Anonymous said...

Let's see their separation agreement

Anonymous said...

Don't need to. We have affidavits from Colleen on Crist and a phone call by Gordon. That mean anything to you? Staring you in the face and you're still chasing rumors. You're a partisan hack. Got anything but rumor I'll listen. Other than that, I don't talk with blatant hypocrites.

Anonymous said...

I hope Pat brings Dunne back.He'll sink Pat's ship just like he did Lou's.

Anonymous said...

Perfect

Anonymous said...

Good news Bill. Opening at BOE is imminent. Looks like someone had their phone and computer confiscated over night. Oh one other thing is the part about the troopers daughter not true? Or is that blatant hypocrites?

Anonymous said...

So we need to get rid of Dunne because McTaxwarrant says so? Because Bob Cox says so? Because Crist, Tutunjian, McGarth, Franco, Reeves, Roehr, Wiltshire, DeSeve, etc. say so? Sounds like an iron-clad case for keeping the guy.

Anonymous said...

You got us Bill we are all together taking shots at you.

Anonymous said...

Bob Cox says Dunne has to go? I would think Bill would fit right in with the Samaritan ward crew of Cox, Amy, Kev and Coop.

Anonymous said...

Vespasian here; and I would like to comment on Democratus' post about the new economy. I believe the reference to the incubator was a great shout-out to an idea that has proven successful in other markets, and is more in line with how new businesses are started and opportunities are identified and followed.

Let's do a bit of a SWOT analysis:

First, to the strengths. In my day, it took family lineage, lots of money and at least a legion of Rome's best to get anything done. An incubator creates a low-cost environment for ideas, with a little money, to be turned into concepts. In addition, the multiple start-up environment allows for creative thinking from one to infect the other (make sure there is plenty of penicillin handy).

Second, to weaknesses. Incubators do not guaranty success; nor do they guaranty a boost in the economy. They should be thought of more like aqueducts and roads. Back in my day, it was the aqueducts roads that made Rome what it was. . . well. . . that and a completely bad-ass military that we weren't afraid to use (see my comment regarding the conquest of Latham for more on that).

Now to opportunities. They exist; they just remain hidden. Hidden beneath the aged infrastructure of the way things are there exists tremendous creative energy and potential waiting to be unleashed and then purchased by corporate America. I would have just taken it, but these days modern emperors, like Bill Gates, have to actually provide fair value - which makes them kind of wimps in my book.

Finally, threats. I would not say that an incubator helps against the threat of invasion from Menands, but even in my day economic threats were very real. While it has taken me many centuries to accept this notion, allowing for entrepreneurs to make a go of it for themselves creates economic opportunity for others. And success breads success - there is a reason Detroit is motor city and San Jose is Silicon Valley; related businesses tend to aggregate near each other physically. Accordingly, success can make Troy more attractive for other similar businesses; economic success attracts economic success; and aggregation helps when organizing orgies as well.

Best,

Vespasian

Titus said...

Maybe we need pyramid shaped granaries.

Vespasian said...

Pyramids have lost their charm - don't know why. I like upside-down pyramid building design better.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where Ian landed? An agency? Private? I hope he enjoys the time away from all the nuttiness. Good luck, Ian.

Anonymous said...

Again, your fixation on these individuals is troubling! Get a life Harry!

Anonymous said...

The world is Ian's oyster. Private law, Albany DA's office, federal prosecutor or actor in adult films. He's got the world by the proverbial balls! Good man and best of luck.

Anonymous said...

No wrestling on cable.
..........Bluce Ree

Anonymous said...

I have seen Ian's oyster and it's not ready for the world. It's more suited for a limited tour of the greater Capital District.