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Kosiur can’t serve two masters — city and county

Saturday, March 8, 2014
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Kosiur can’t serve two masters — city and county

Schenectady City Council members who voted to appoint Ed Kosiur to the vacant council seat have done a disservice to city residents [Feb. 25 Gazette].

Mr. Kosiur is a county employee making $85,000. As a city councilman, he will be making $14,000. Holding the two positions, he cannot faithfully protect the interests of the county and city simultaneously and with impartiality.

There will be conflicts of interest when the two municipalities are negotiating a contract between them, and his loyalty will be divided between the two entities — grounds for political parties and candidates to legally challenge placing his name on the ballot in November.

Section C13-2(G) of the Schenectady City Charter prohibits the mayor and any councilman from becoming, in any way, directly or indirectly, interested in any contract to which the city is a party. Article 18 of the General Municipal Law prohibits municipal officers and employees from having interests in contracts with the municipality for which they serve.

Courts of New York state have held public officials to a high standard of conduct. Some courts have even concluded that employees of the contractor are considered as indirectly interested in the contract without regard to the fact that they derived no direct benefits from the contract itself.

Furthermore, budgetary and non-contractual issues may arise where he cannot protect the interests of both offices simultaneously. On these occasions Mr. Kosiur may abstain from voting because of perception of conflicts and the appearance of impartiality.

Abstaining from voting is itself a breach of duty, and may require Mr. Kosiur to vacate his county position, because the Schenectady city voters deserve a clear understanding of where their councilman stands.

Mohamed Hafez

Schenectady

The writer had applied to fill the council seat that Kosiur was appointed to.

Life too good for child rapist, murderer

Re March 6 article,“Prosecutor: Man raped girl, killed newborn”: If this “man” did as charged, he should experience the joy of the death penalty.

In prison, the other inmates will mess with this guy. Most of the inmates were abused as children, so they have a special regard for fellow inmates who have abused kids. A kid killer gets the “Hotel California” treatment — you check in, but never check out.

It is ironic that society — New York state — will allow a creature like this to live, yet inmates — criminals — know what is called for.

I hope this guy is innocent, I do not want to imagine that one human can do such things to two others.

Men who father children without regard for the children’s well being are not men and have no respect for themselves. The Schenectady killing is the ultimate expression of a man destroying that which is a part of himself. As a species, we do have the capability to self-destruct.

Edmond Day

Rotterdam

You can almost feel winter’s demise now

They say she’s the worst month of the year. Perhaps it’s because the temperature adjustment is so difficult to achieve — your fingers still seem to ache from the cold despite easily sweating underneath your down coat.

Or perhaps because this month does not guarantee fluffy snow, but instead blesses our streets and sidewalks with black ice, hidden to the eye. And if she can’t injure you with ice, her puddles will certainly ruin your shoes.

But this year, I say we look at March with a little more light — literally. The stars can’t shine without darkness. So in the midst of slipping on ice, say to yourself that it’s all part of the melting process; things must temporarily die to be beautiful again.

And if that’s too philosophical, wait it out and try to appreciate the good weather to come. Just don’t fret over losing that hour of sleep on the 9th.

Jonathan Covey

Schenectady

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