Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here and There Majority Leader Senor?
So much going on with all the elections in Ulster County it's hard to keep up, I went to the LWV's debate today and several people asked me why the blog has not been updated, I've just been buy and I apologize.
To address the 50 commenter's that kept writing in asking why their comment had not yet been posted, they are all up now, I did not have a chance to sit down and read them to moderate them last week.
Speaking of comments, I got a ton of comments ( like 30) that were informing me that Rich Cahill won the chamber debate last week. Nobody cares enough to write the same comment thirty times unless there last name is Cahill and first name begins with an R. For the record, Cahill may have carried the debate in the humor department but as far as substance, it was all Gallo.
The League of Women Voter's held their debate today and that was a complete different ballgame, Shayne Gallo won hands down, it was not even close. Gallo came across extremely competent, well prepared and with a great knowledge of the city and a real vision to move Kingston forward. I am voting for Shayne Gallo but I tried to look at the debate objectively and I was very impressed by Shayne, he has progressed as a candidate and as an individual over the last eight moths. Cahill was ok, did a good job explaining his points, I just disagree with the approach and direction he would try to move the city in.
I was not impressed at all with Ladin or Pollacco, Ron is a good friend of mine and I think he is a great guy but I don't feel he is ready to be Mayor, he does not have the experience that Gallo has, we need a Mayor that is well versed and ready on day one and Polacco is not.
A few other interesting observations on the race for Kingston Mayor:
--Last Sunday's profile of Shayne Gallo was really good, I enjoyed it a lot. However, who does Tony Sinagra think he is? He had some nerve speaking on behalf of Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale. Pretty much what he said was him and Frank tried to find candidates that were new and fresh. It's funny because his comment also took a shot at Polacco who Sinagra did not endorse. What was really hypocritical though was what he was actually saying. Tony Sinagra is a former Alderman and is a charter member of the Good Ol' Boy Club in Ulster County, give me a break!! The good thing is Tony is a has been and no longer taken seriously.
---While Democrats are uniting together, Republicans are still divided. Rich Cahill is staying in on the Conservative line and Turco Levin has kind of stayed mum on the Mayor's race, instead doing a lot of work as an Alderwoman (she is one hard worker and very involved in community events). By contrast I saw Hayes Clement in Shayne Gallo's head quarters and at a Gallo fundraiser, the two seem very cozy with one another and Hayes Clement has endorsed Gallo's candidacy. It's good for party unity and should help Gallo. However, it also speaks to the kind of gentleman that Clement is, it's not easy to support your formal rival but Hayes like Gallo loves Kingston and wants our City to succeed.
--- Regardless of the outcome of this race, as someone that has watched it closely, it's been fun to watch, both major parties had primaries and both of the" favorites" of those respective races lost by such close margins. The general has an unprecedented four candidates, one who has a dog as their running mate, it does not get much better than that!
Kingston Common Council Endorsements
The following is who I am supporting for Alderman. Note all wards are being done now, I am saving a few...
Ward 1- Matt Dunn Matt is a bright young lawyer that has a great passion and energy about him that will serve our city well. He is married and has a lovely young daughter and I know this guy will do great things on the council.
Ward 2- Tom Hoffay Alderman Hoffay is for better or worse my friend, I enjoy talking with the guy, he's an intellectual and truly cares about Kingston. He lives and breaths this stuff like I do and I have a great deal of respect for Alderman Hoffay, we may not always agree but he deserves another term.
Ward 3 Charlie Landi - Charlie always comes to meetings prepared and ready to go. As Chairman of the Kingston's Finance Committee he has done a lot of work to put forth a budget that is in the best interest of the taxpayers and residents. He is a tough guy and an asset to his Ward.
Ward 6 Elisa Ball -- Elisa is someone that never stopped working for the ward since she lost two years ago, the GOP did not even bother to field a candidate against her. Every time I see Elisa she has a smile on her face and is ready to roll, always helping people and making Kingston a great place to live...
Ward 7 Maryann Mills -- My Alderman (the guy that got me involved in politics) Bill Reynolds is retiring after 18 years of service, my Uncle Tony Crespino was Alderman for 16 years before that. Maryann Mills is someone that really gets it and is probably one of the most impressive candidates running for the common council this year. Mills has gotten a lot done for the Ward already answering and addressing concerns of residents as she goes to door to door. Imagine what she will do if she gets elected, I will be proudly casting a vote for Ms. Mills.
Ward 8 Bob Senor --- I recently was talking with an older gentleman on Hanratty street, who was telling me how he used to have a lot of issues with Bob from what he read in the paper and than he meet him. The guy said he was having trouble with a storm drain and called his Alderman, Senor was there in one hour, rolling up his sleeves and unclogging the leaves that caused the blockage. Alderman Senor like Landi is a guy that comes to meetings prepared with facts and figures. Senor can be stubborn but also willing to compromise if it's in the best interest of the ward/city. There is a good possibility Alderman Senor, could become Majority Leader Senor come January 1st...in my humble opinion, he has earned it.
I will cover remaining wards next week
District Attorney's Race- Jonathan Sennett has come out swinging against D.A. Carnright and it's about time, this is long overdue. Jon's campaign has missed countless opportunities to really hit home his message and it's a bit disappointing, I think the campaign could have been stronger, it's certainly not from a lack of work on Jon's part and I will leave it at that. I'm glad Sennett himself is continuing to run strong and his campaign is getting some traction now. Jonathan sort of hulked up last week, launching a series of press conferences with a simple but effective theme: The People have a right to know. Sennett has hammered Carnright on his failure to recuse himself from the Matthews case, Carnright refuses saying that he has no conflict. However in the same breath attacking Jonathan Sennett for releasing a voucher signed by Carnright (done by foil) that Holly says is evidence in a grand jury proceeding. Well, if the voucher Holly signed is part of the evidence in a grand jury proceeding against Matthews, how can Holly claim he does not have a conflict?? You can't have it both ways. Just a note: Judge Don Williams recused himself from the case almost immediately.
There is nothing more that I would like than to see Jon win the District Attorney's race, he is extremely honest, intelligent and would make a better district attorney than the one we have now, he is the entire package. Carnright is also very bright and a nice guy, he has the money, the endorsements and the power of incumbency behind him and will be tough to beat..we all need to get out and vote for Jonathan Sennett for District Attorney or we will lose.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 4:39 AM