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Schenectady councilman may face opposition from his own party

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It turns out some Democratic committeemen don’t want a councilman who sometimes agrees with the opposition. Councilman Carl Erikson is in danger of not being endorsed for a second term when the city Democratic Committee meets next week. His term is up this year, and without an endorsement he can’t run for re-election unless he wins a primary or takes an endorsement from another party. Generally, incumbents are endorsed without debate. But this time, some ...

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safny
February 27, 2013
6:16 a.m.

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Jerks. Keep spending our money unnecessarily til no one's left. I'd vote for him or Riggi, none of those others.

justapto
February 27, 2013
7:06 a.m.

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Bung of self serving greedy people who say Tow the Party Line and to he'll with the city tax payers. How many of these one bid contracts went to special interests with us overpaying with our tax dollars.
I only wish Neal Golub and Roger Hull would re-emerge. I will gladly pound the streets and get out the vote for them.
Golub put his money into a headquarters in Schenectady. Thank You one thousand time.
Vote the McCarthy 'team players' OUT!!!

JIMOCONNOR
February 27, 2013
9:28 a.m.

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Golub put OUR coupon bait n switch funds into our city and philanthropic hedges. They deserve no special note. Mayor, council president, and Erickson are only ones smarter than their party chair. Riggi reigns by dint of perseverance and other's lassitude about Bellevue.

fjcjr
February 27, 2013
9:42 a.m.

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Carl Erickson has more intelligence and ability than any other person in City government. The fact that he is capable of independent thought is a huge benefit to the tax payers in Schenectady. It's obvious why the party wants him out - he thinks for himself. Hence, Erickson is not the problem, it the rest of the leadership that has to go!

comanche
February 27, 2013
9:55 a.m.

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Hows that for doing what you feel is best for the city. Follow and get in line with the majority democrats even if it leads into a ditch, or we leave you behind. Makes the Republicans look like Boy Scouts.

reader1
February 27, 2013
10:03 a.m.

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Brilliant - the Council person with the strongest resume and experience re: running a business the size of the City and some want to get rid of him.

Wrong headed, political partisanship at its' worst.

schdyres1
February 27, 2013
10:04 a.m.
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schdyres1
February 27, 2013
10:09 a.m.

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If Carl continues on his path of thinking for himself, and supporting legislation that is researched and fair to the taxpayers, he'll have my vote whether supported by his party, or not.
There's been too much "sticking together," such as the county sales tax distribution which Carl rightly saw as detrimental to the city.
Stay on the course, Carl.

schdyres1
February 27, 2013
10:12 a.m.
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cidbil
February 27, 2013
11:21 a.m.

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Oh yeah, Carl is a real pioneer for independence.......all he's done is ask a few questions, and then vote along party lines anyway...........not exactly a renegade IMHO..

cidbil
February 27, 2013
11:50 a.m.

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A few more thoughts on the "rebel" Carl:

This is staged. It's part of the show. It is a manufactured controversy to give an appearance the Democrat Party is diverse with many opinions within the party, and the city is not "one party rule". No need to vote republican because there are democrats that are critical of their own members and can check their own power.

At the end of the day, after playing make believe that he's a rebel democrat, he will get the endorsement and go back to walking lockstep with the party until next election.

justapto
February 27, 2013
12:37 p.m.

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Seems some of the posters here are 'afraid' that the truth is finally coming out concerning the special interests and the Democrat party. If not for the city unions, (who depend on their pay checks off the backs of taxpayers), and the insider dealers with the city, (check the purchasing history and you will find several well known connected and influencial merchants), the Democrat party would lose every election.
Go ahead and bash Golub for moving people from Rotterdam to the city and all the work Roger Hull put into getting Union college to volunteer to do clean ups, revive Seward place and finally his decision to retire here instead of Florida.
Why these two great men work selfishly for Schenectady is beyond me. After the last election was rigged and corrupted against them with the smear campaign doesn't surprise me that they are now low key. Vince Riggie is an elected councilmember who is shut out of all meeting, decisions and knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors. This is Democracy at work??
Property values continue to decline, sales are still rock bottom, the taxes are the highest in the state, the county is the smallest in size yet we have the biggest government expense. Bless you all if you still invest in Schenectady and are proud to say so in the company of other local leaders from Albany, Saratoga, Glens Falls etc.

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