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Majority Democrats in the Schenectady County Legislature plan to appoint Thomas P. Constantine as director of emergency management Tuesday night. Constantine was one of three people interviewed for the position, which was posted on the Schenectady County Web site and in local media, said county spokesman Joe McQueen. Constantine was a top contender for the vacant position of Schenectady County sheriff until he was knocked out, going so far as to change his party membership ...


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ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
11:50 a.m.

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More patronage at the expense of the county taxpayers.

ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
11:51 a.m.

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Let us see how quickly Mr. Constantine will lose his new appointed positions if he switches his enrollment back to Republican.

resident
March 9, 2009
11:59 a.m.

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Look, the business of Emergency Mangement is to critical to leave to the Politicians, The role of Emergency Managers is to understand based on experience and to implement Emergency Policies. Its time to remove individuals who lack experience but relie on political connections.... It is another dad day in Schenectady....

Warm
March 9, 2009
12:15 p.m.

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This is Schenectady, $60,000 means $1.7 million with overtime.

ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
12:42 p.m.

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I can't speak to Constantine's qualifications. But, the role of political connections in filling this position is obvious and disconcerting to me. And, Democrats have the gall to deny Quid Pro Quo?

There is no place in our county budget for political patronage.

Lastly, this report substantiates claims of those who challenged the present leadership of the Conservative party for control last year that the Democrats and the Conservatives are conspiring to elect Democratic candidates to county office.

harolds
March 9, 2009
12:50 p.m.

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He sounds like the perfect candidate for this position with his strong background in both police and fire. I guess some of you rather hire a Republican hack that delivers newspapers for a living!

harolds
March 9, 2009
1:20 p.m.

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"Lastly, this report substantiates claims of those who challenged the present leadership of the Conservative party for control last year that the Democrats and the Conservatives are conspiring to elect Democratic candidates to county office."

Oh yea, appointing a well qualified candidate to an exsisting vacant position is definitely a political conspiracy..... give me a break. It's obvious you have some sort of an agenda "view from the right". Certainly at least a political agenda!

ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
2:05 p.m.

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harolds,

What does the course of events say to you?

Constantine switches enrollment from Republican party to Democratic party with promise of Democratic endorsement for Sheriff. Constantine candidacy for Sheriff dismissed by Democratic party who instead choose Conservative Dagostino with promise from his mother that she will run for reelection to the County Legislature on the Democratic line. Constantine is awarded a lucrative position in county government.

No principles, no conviction in beliefs, just more of the same old political donkey crap.

ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
2:17 p.m.

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"I guess some of you rather hire a Republican hack that delivers newspapers for a living!"

BTW, to who are you referring?

harolds
March 9, 2009
2:31 p.m.

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I'm referring to any individual would have a (r) next to their party registration. An appointment is being made to an individual that has the right background and experience for the position. Please name a better candidate who is interested in the position.

I don't care if a person is a dem or repub but lets hire quality individuals who are right for the job. In my opinion, that is exactly what is happening here and others want to call it a comspiracy without proof.

The question to me is, is he the right person for the job? There's no doubt in my mind that he is and I'm waiting for someone to name one candidate who was or is interested in the position who has better qualifications. I won't hold my breath.....

ViewFromTheRight
March 9, 2009
3:21 p.m.

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harolds,

It would be nice if we, the residents of Schenectady county, were provided information regarding if and when the position was posted, who expressed interest and/or interviewed, and what the documented requirements are for the position.

Though Constantine may be a good man and, based on your assessment, qualified for the job, his appointment will look political without this disclosure.

The reporter went to great lengths in his news story to describe the political ties.

harolds
March 9, 2009
11:07 p.m.

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"Constantine was one of three people interviewed for the position, which was posted on the Schenectady County Web site and in local media, said county spokesman Joe McQueen."

Sounds to me like it was correctly posted and all qualified candidates were interviewed. I don't see anything wrong with the process and I don't subscribe to the political nonsense listed. Lets look at qualifications and quality of the individual, what else matters?

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