Finally, an article on the first female Deputy Mayor of Troy. What took so long? Monica Kurzejeski was unanimously approved as Deputy Mayor last Thursday night. The remainder of the article isn't really an article. Rather, it's a press release. Couldn't someone do a more in-depth article on the first female deputy mayor?
There is more here than a story about gender. A chief executive's choice of appointees says something about the chief executive and the tenor of the administration. More interesting is the fact that Ms. Kurzejeski is the first Deputy Mayor that is not steeped in the rough-and-tumble world of local, municipal politics. We're not sure if she's been steeped in anything. If she has been, that's between her and her god.
Mark Pattison's Deputy Mayor was a Schenectady Councilman, a registered Democrat and a frequent attendee of political fundraisers. Deputy Mayor Crawley was heavily involved in Republican politics, in Brunswick and then Troy. Pete Ryan had been on the city council and also in the county legislature.
Kurzejeski is not steeped in partisan politics. She was not a regular attendee of Democratic fundraisers. In fact, we are not even sure she is enrolled in a party. She may be the closest thing we have seen to a bureaucrat. That is, a bureaucrat in the classical tradition, not bureaucrat in the pejorative sense.
Kevin Glasheen, also appointed Thursday night as Corporation Counsel, is a democrat. However, he is not what is commonly referred to as a "hack." He succeeded in the private sector and has not waded often into the muck of local politics.
What does this say about Madden? His first real executive decisions are the selection and appointment of people that are outsiders to Troy, partisan politics. We'll have to watch and wait to see if the experiment works when Madden's opposite number, someone who is lifelong politicians, takes off the gloves.
There's an interesting article here. Will a journalist explore the story?
Congratulations to both Monica and Kevin.
In other news, a Trojan Horse virus has infected the Troy City School District computer servers. Yes, a Trojan Horse virus - Troy City School District. Irony. Odysseus is considered a person of interest. Priam and Hecuba were not available for comment.