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Schenectady should increase number of wards, council members

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As Yankee great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” In June 2010, Carl Erikson was appointed by the Schenectady City Council to fill a vacant seat left by now-City Court judge Mark Blanchfield. In April 2012, Marion Porterfield was appointed by the council to fill a vacant seat left by now-mayor Gary McCarthy. These appointments were well-documented by The Daily Gazette and caused a swell of public discourse. It’s happening again. ...

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February 23, 2014
11:43 a.m.

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I'd support a petition and referendum. If for no other reason than to dilute the power vested in all the political parties appointing committees.

I view all the party committees as ignoring candidates proven capabilities only to nominate based upon a person's perceived racial or ethnic ability to garner votes. The transparency is embarrassing, and dangerous. Having a quorum, majority, or, deadlock, is irrelevant if those making them up are incompetent to start with.