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Schenectady councilwoman wants employees tested after vehicle crashes

Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Porterfield wants city employees tested after vehicle crashes. (Photo from April 9, 2012)
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Porterfield wants city employees tested after vehicle crashes. (Photo from April 9, 2012)
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Accidents with city vehicles are still high, so Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Porterfield proposed Monday that every driver be tested for drugs or alcohol after a crash. City officials told her that they always test city employees after serious crashes in which the driver causes more than $5,000 in property damage or injures someone. But Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said it would be “virtually impossible” to change the police and fire contract to require ...


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mezz3131
November 5, 2013
7:09 a.m.

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I am beginning to believe that Bennett is the only logical thinking person in city hall during council meetings. Its like they just woke up and said "I want to be a council person. Yes. Thats a good idea". Maybe taxpayers should encourage people who know public adminitration to run for city government. Not business or community or sports leaders, but people who know the challenges of public employee unions, public budgeting, public spending, forming coalitions, etc. Our council tends to spend too much time on nonsense- nonsense that experienced people know better. Think outside your box but do your homework. People actually bevieve these ideas you speak of publically then begin to expect them and get mad when they do not magically appear.

JIMOCONNOR
November 5, 2013
7:58 a.m.

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She waited a week too long to pose such a spurious non issue. A week ago would have had her name out there once more, and deflected away from her absence in REAL budget issue dialogue. Like mezzz3131 says, we are too savvy for such pap.

reader1
November 5, 2013
9:46 a.m.

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Does not make sense to exclude anyone from the council. Anyone can read the contracts. There are a lot of "logical" people who work in the public sector, management and union reps, who think there needs to a change to how contracts and other work related matters get settled.

The public sector could learn a lot from private businesses.

Her idea is intuitively appealing but possibly not the best idea based on Bennett's arguments. Certainly does not disqualify her from serving on the Council.

wmarincic
November 5, 2013
10:36 a.m.

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Get out and vote for common sense.

wmarincic
November 5, 2013
2:29 p.m.

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daily how do you know that? Are working for the NSA now?

davidsen105
November 5, 2013
4:44 p.m.

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players in football and baseball are subject to random testing, shouldn't people who make life or death decisions do the same?

mezz3131
November 5, 2013
6:13 p.m.

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I don't understand the logic, the fear of drug testing will stop the accidents. They already have random drug testing and if you cause over $5000 in damage in an accident they have to submit to chemical testing. Let's do the math every city police car is used 24/7 365, so the chances of being involved in an accident is up. So let's punish the employee that has to drive a city vehicle to protect us and we should also ask out of all those accidents was the other person at fault.
I wish our elected official had some common sense

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