In addition to naming Monica K. as Deputy Mayor (subject to the approval of the City Council), Mayor Elect Madden announced that Kevin Glasheen will be the City's top lawyer (or Corporation Counsel).
Glasheen is currently Of Counsel with Barclay Damon (formerly Hiscock & Barclay).
This announcement was not much of a surprise as Glasheen was almost immediately mentioned to be in the running for the spot. The real question was whether Glasheen would leave a lucrative practice to take the job. We imagine Glasheen might have been ready to hang up his spurs at Barclay when he made his decision to join Team Madden.
Barclay Damon is a large law firm with offices in Albany, Syracuse, Washington DC, Boston, NYC, Buffalo and Toronto. They also have offices in Elmira?
Our previous Corporation Counsels have been drawn from small law firms or, in the case of Silverman, the District Attorneys Office. It will be interesting to see if a Corporation Counsel from a higher-end law firm brings anything different to the role. Barclay Damon is involved in high-end litigation and commercial deals worth millions of dollars. Perhaps it will make a difference, perhaps not.
The firm of Goldberger & Kremer has done much of the city's legal work in the past, particularly in the area of contract negotiations. Will Glasheen, no stranger to such negotiations, take on this role and save the city some money?
In the meantime, Mayor Elect Madden appears to be taking the City's financial situation seriously and has pledged to devote his efforts to seeking long-term solutions. Well, that's a start.
There was more good news yesterday when we learned that Jeffrey Nesich is on the Madden Transition Team. Nesich is currently with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and is something of a fiscal wizard. He has been consulted by both Democratic and Republican Administrations in the area and is respected by many. If there are some fixes for Troy's budgetary problems, Nesich will find them.
News also reached us that the Transition Co-Chairs have finally met. For the first time. Just days ago. We find it odd that the Transition Team seems to be only just getting off the ground. Perhaps they waited for the budget outcome but there is still much they could have done before then December 1.
That's all we got.