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City Council members take oath of office

Jugde Mark Blanchfield shakes John Mootooveren's hand after Mootooveren was sworn into office on Wednesday. Pictured with Mootooveren  is his wife Rita and children Hema 8, and Vinaya, 14.
Jugde Mark Blanchfield shakes John Mootooveren's hand after Mootooveren was sworn into office on Wednesday. Pictured with Mootooveren is his wife Rita and children Hema 8, and Vinaya, 14.
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Schenectady began the year 2014 with the inauguration of a diverse City Council that now includes a member of the city’s Guyanese-American community. “This is a day of many firsts,” said City Court Judge Mark Blanchfield before swearing in new council member John Mootooveren, the first Guyanese-American to be seated on the council. Blanchfield recognized the city government’s second “first,” Councilwoman Marion Porterfield, the first black woman to be elected to the city’s Democrat-dominated council. ...


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wmarincic
January 2, 2014
7:23 a.m.

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I do not believe Mootooveren is an American citizen. I would like him to prove that he is. If he has nothing to hide and proves it I will apologize personally to him.

tonijean613
January 2, 2014
8:27 a.m.

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Wmarincic- what on earth would make you question Mr Mootooverens citizenship? My guess is that you are so ill spirited and racist that you believe anyone who is not white is not American. But you know something, your comment shows you have an UNAMERICAN SPIRIT- which to me is worse. Please live and let live and until you have some solid proof- all people in this country are innocent of all accusations so stop putting negativity out there- its ugly.

grant18
January 2, 2014
10:02 a.m.

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wmarincic has shown his paranoia over Democrats being elected to ANY position so often that he has clearly lost ANY credibility. It isn't hard to see his adoration of the race-based "birther" wing of the Republican party & its futile chase after President Obama. Schenectady Democrats are a model of a local political party that is firmly committed to diversity & the results show it's path is the right path. One last word to wmarincic that he'll probably recognize as coming from his own distorted background, "Schenectady - Love It or Leave It!"

JIMOCONNOR
January 2, 2014
3:40 p.m.

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Bring back some balance. Elect Joe Lazarri, and oust the 'Type A person.'

wmarincic
January 4, 2014
3:52 p.m.

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I was told that a reporter from this very newspaper is questioning his citizenship. He lied about the fact that he had employment when in fact he was let go. Many of the Guyanese in Schenectady are not citizens. I was also told by a former city official that they had doubts about his citizenship. I stand by my statement, if he is a citizen then prove it, just because it is a local office he and every one of them should prove citizenship. As for Tonijean, I'm surprised tha you haven't left for Colorado yet, I hear the new law is in affect.

wmarincic
January 4, 2014
3:56 p.m.

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grant18, obviously your limited intelligence has clouded your mind and don't know that it was Mayor Jurczynski who is a Conservative Republican that brought the Guanese here. Also I spent Christmas eve for the last 8 years at more than a half dozen homes of Guyanese people. You might want to rethink the racist comments. Remember, liberalism is a mental disorder. Dismissed.

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