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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ILLEGITIMACY ON THE RISE IN TROY

According to The Record, Corporation Counsel Kevin Glasheen and Deputy Mayor Kurzejeski failed to sign the oath book within thirty days of assuming office. Pursuant to Public Officers Law, such a failure results in the office being vacant, making both Glasheen and Kurzejeski illegitimate. It looks as if both will be re-appointed at the May meeting.

Council President Mantello has assured everyone, numerous times, that the Council will not "make political hay" out of the oversight. Really? What would they do? Not vote to confirm a second time? Puh-leeze!

Under Public Officers Law, the Oath Book must be signed within thirty days of election or appointment to office. The signing is typically done at midnight, in the woods, during the vernal equinox, using the blood of a former mayor or city manager. A ritual sacrifice is common but not mandatory.

A big deal? Not really. But, kind of.

These are the little mistakes that undermine confidence in a regime. If they can't get the little, ministerial things right, can we expect them to get the big things right? In this case the error can be remedied. However, elected officials have lost their seats for failure to comply with this law.

Mayor Madden will fly to the Vatican in April and seek a special dispensation from the Pope that will legitimize both Glasheen and Kurzejeski. No one deserves to go through life under a cloud of illegitimacy. Hopefully, no one at school will pick on them.





25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake this is Lou II.

Anonymous said...

Does that make any of the things that they officially did since January of 2016 not legal ?

Anonymous said...

Like fire Dunne

Anonymous said...

Wonder what else they may not know.

Anonymous said...

The comment about not "make political hay" is pretty disingenuous. Carmella ran right to the Troy Record so she could get credit for not being political. Sadly, Carm is going to be obstructionist and start running for Mayor from The City Council. I don't think she knows how to be bipartisan, it is not in her nature.

Anonymous said...

Pretty embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Carmzilla and Shitunjian two of a kind

Anonymous said...

Why didn't the clerk and the former clerk that work in the office remind them to sign the book?

Anonymous said...

Scary shit. If they can't handle the basic stuff....

Anonymous said...

Let's all put this stuff behind us and start to work together. I have a great idea to show a bipartisan way we can all get together for a common goal. Let's help Bill Dunne sell that house and get him out of New York and down to Texas. He'll never make it down there but that's Texas problem once they get him. Let get a Pilot and an IDA loan for however step up first to buy the house.

Anonymous said...

Since the Clerk is responsible for keeping the city's records, why wasn't she working to ensure that the oath book was signed like previous clerks?

Was it for same reason Council staff "discovered" this issue a day or two after the book couldn't be signed?

And was this reason the same reason Carmella decided to not play politics by sending the letter to the Record (and probably other news outlets as well)?

Surely this couldn't have happened because Carmella instructed the Clerk's office to remain silent so she could use it for the kind of petty gamesmanship that makes her so beloved.

Anonymous said...

Amen 8:23 PM. YOU GOT IT WIRED. From Dworsky's mouth to Carmella's press stastement. She should have checked first---City Clerks and County Clerks notify appointees to be sworn by a deadline quoted in writing.

Anonymous said...

Could this effect the 10 new firemen that were sworn in recently?

Anonymous said...

PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE POLITICS. Just after Lou took office someone in the assessor's office failed to send out a notice to tax dead beats on time and it ended up giving them an extra month to pay up.

Anonymous said...

What 10 new firemen? What's that cost?

Anonymous said...

Am I the only person who wants to paint Joel's enormous head like an Easter egg?

Phana24JG said...

Come on guys, if it was the Reps who goofed, you would be having some fun. I think the response was reasonable, albeit somewhat political. If this is the biggest goof Pat's team makes this early on, no problem.

Am I the only one somewhat concerned that there is no apparent movement on a permanent comptroller? I agree that delay to find the right person is worth it, but we need to know where we stand and should be formulating some sort of plan to deal with what is going to be an ugly 2017 budget.

Finally, I don't get/understand Pat's seeming reticence to do more things publicly. OK, we know he is a low-key guy who wants to appear professional. However, there are times when the Mayor should be out front -or at least have his team out in front. You can objectively make the case Carm goes too far in the opposite direction, but can't someone find a middle ground?

Finally, will one of you guys tell Salka to lose the man purse?

Anonymous said...

Smokey or smokey

Robert Cox said...

Troys Going to File For Bankruptcy Vary Soon.
All the people who really work hard will get Fucked.
No Pension Fund Moneys Rome Lasted 500 Years Troy Will Pass The Titanic on the way Down !~~!

Anonymous said...

This city is FUBAR

Anonymous said...

Mr cox please come crack to Troy. We are in desperate need of your strong leadership skills.

Officer Dean

Vito said...

U R Vary Crazier Than A Shithouse Rat~~!

Phana24JG said...

Troy will not be entering bankruptcy,although there would be some benefits of such a move. It would be a legal nightmare, and any benefits would be more than offset by negatives. I appreciate you posting something that at least addresses issues and is not an ad hominem attack. Play nice, Bob.

Anonymous said...

Can't come back cause like St. Patrick running the snakes out of the old country, Vito's warrant ran Cox out of Troy

Creshic said...

I will buy his house and move to troy. Dire wolf