Politics shouldn't be a game where it's right for me and not right for you. If it's right it's right, if it's wrong it's wrong, period! I was lambasted during the election and for the better part of last year for, (and I'll repeat the ridiculous term here), being a double dipper. More from Councilman Malone than any other member of the democratic party, but the party as well, were so outraged and offended by the double dipping practice, that they had Phil Danaher and myself removed from the board by the court. Hey ya win some ya lose some.
The hypocrisy of opposing an individual, who by the way followed a long standing practice in the County, of holding one paying position at the County and then another at the Town must make one wonder why THIS SAME board, would condone three people, who by the way did not train or plan for a replacement, but three people to retire taking advantage of the retirement incentive, and THEN hiring the very same people back as independent contractors TO DO THE SAME FREAKIN JOB!
Forget about double dipping at different levels of government, this board is actually condoning it in the same position. Is it me or is this a contradiction of epic proportions? OK we'll move on, maybe I'm wrong.
How about passing over a long standing town resident who has been an active member of the fire department and a competent guy to appoint three new officers to the police department. I'm sure that the three officers are qualified, but at least one does not already live in Town. The individual who got passed over is of outstanding character, would have been a lateral move and has paid taxes in this Town for years. Surely he should have been at the top of the list... maybe he just has the wrong last name... again, I could be wrong.
Ok, so let's go to the article submitted by the Chief Fiscal Officer of the County this week... Mike Slawson. Mr. Slawson corrected, in this week's advertiser, Mr. Malone's contention that "Rensselaer County Taxes are among the highest in the State."
Mr. Malone will likely spin this and dismiss it as a mere formality of facts, but Mr. Slawson is very clear about the inaccuracy of Malone's statement, although he doesn't name him. It's one of those instances where you shouldn't believe the facts, just what you're told by those in office. That makes sense. Here is what Mr. Slawson left out of his article, likely for brevity, which I tend to totally disregard: