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Pay raises spark heated Schenectady council debate

Olsen says bumps only fair; DeGenova warns of fiscal peril

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The city’s new finance commissioner reluctantly interrupted a City Council meeting Monday to explain, as respectfully as she could, that the council was making a huge mistake. “I’m sorry I have to do this in public,” Finance Commissioner Deborah DeGenova said. “And I’m sorry I have to disagree with a colleague that I have the utmost respect for. … I’m telling you, respectfully, or I’m trying to be respectful, we can’t afford this.” And then ...

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