First the monthly meeting of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority was today. The corrective action plan for the Office of the State Comptroller was not discussed in public. It is my understanding it is still in draft form and was debated in Executive session. There have been three dangerous fires in Jefferson Terrace in the last few weeks. The cause of one that the SSFD labeled possibly electrical in nature is being disputed by Ed Spychalski, director of the housing authority. He said “the fire took place in a newly renovated unit. I believe the fire department was premature in its evaluation”
Regardless of its cause two families are homeless as there are no vacancies to relocate them. That is a sad thing.
In other news, well placed sources tell me that Sister Charla Commins has asked the Mayor not to be reappointed when her term is up in March. A well know local women is said to be the early favorite for the spot. She is feisty and outspoken and should be a good fit. Time will tell. Johanna Dushlek/Vice Chairperson/Resident Commissioner, term is also up in March. This is an elected position and she is being challenged by Rev Peter Barrios. Barrios was instrumental into organizing the children’s Christmas Party in the Rec Center. I will have much more on this election in the coming weeks.
In SPA city election news.
Three term Mayor Scott Johnson is said to be still undecided about running for a fourth term. He has told city hall insiders that he will make his intentions known within 45 days.
Popular Retired High School teacher Dave Patterson is waiting in the wings to run if Johnson retires. Patterson was a very popular teacher with students and parents alike. Many democrats also speak highly of him. I hope that if Johnson runs Patterson might consider running for another open office.
Joanne Dittes Yepsen, one of two Saratoga County supervisors is the Democrats candidate for Mayor. Yepsen has been hitting up many people in town for cash. Her last campaign filing shows three thousand in red ink. She will need to raise some serious change. After her embarrassing loss to then Senator Roy McDonald in 2010 the state democratic committee is in no hurry to throw good money after bad.
That brings us to Billy McTygue and Anthony "Skip" Scirocco, Commissioner of Public Work. McTygue after showing early interest in running against "Skip" Scirocco is said to be stepping away to manage Yepsen’s campaign. That will leave McTygue yelling and groaning from the peanut gallery for another two years. Some Republicans are so disgusted by the city Dems giving "Skip" Scirocco another free pass that they might primary him. I’ll believe that when I see it.
Commissioner of Finance Madigan so far has no opponent. Commissioner of Accounts John Franck has at least one republican waiting in the wings to challenge him. Ken Ivins has been quoted saying he is keeping his options open.
Commissioner of Public Safety Christian “ Toothy” Mathiesen is said to be “low hanging fruit” Several republicans have expressed an interest in running against him but Rick Wirth has the inside tract.I understand that this year with Yepsen, out as one of two Saratoga County supervisors both parties are looking to run someone. Peter Martin the retired Wall Street attorney is said to be interested in the democratic nod. All eyes will be on Eddie Miller, county chair of the independence party to see who they endorse this year.
South Broadway alcohol, drug, mental health and future methadone clinic one step closer to reality
The Clinic is on the city's Planning Board Agenda for Wednesday at 7pm.
4. 13.008 135 South Broadway Redevelopment, 135 South Broadway, special use permit for office, medical offices/clinics in the Transect-5 District.
I plan to be there to speak publicly against it. Those of you who wake up on one day and say “how the fuck did this happen” speak up now or shut the fuck up later.
Finally I have a busy week. Tomorrow I will be doing another Marcia White screws the public story. All across the city on the eve of White’s “Dallas” gala, members of SPAC are opening up there 2013 benefit pacts to find there shitty perks have been cut once again. Many members weren’t even aware until AFTER they sent in the renewal money.
Sunday is my pound on the head fundraiser with a NXIVM update with exclusive, until now unseen pictures inside a NXIVM center.
Monday night I follow the cruel and sadistic horse abuser Ann Arnold in Moreau Town Court to see if “noballs” DA Murphy will do anything about her.
Remember this is my fundraising week and I keep soldering on
Saratoga In Decline
We never Sleep
Because now the Spotlight paper is gone.