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Fiscal policy at heart of Schenectady council campaign

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In November’s City Council election, the choice may come down to fiscal philosophies. Councilwoman Marion Porterfield, a Democrat appointed early this year, would support efficiency — such as consolidating city purchasing with the county’s procurement department. Challenger Richard Patierne, endorsed by Republicans and the Alliance Party, would push for more aggressive efforts to cut spending. But both agree the city is facing tough times that call for frugality. “We need to look at things under ...


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