Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pop Goes Albany Politics & Technology

A lot of interesting stuff going on in New York's Capital City!

A partnership announced Monday advances nanotechnology and potentially opens doors for economic growth in the Capital Region and beyond:
Today, Lee Kindlon, Democratic candidate for Albany County District Attorney, called on incumbent DA David Soares to finally accept his challenge to a series of public debates.

Last December, after announcing his candidacy, Kindlon invited Soares to participate in a monthly series of Conversations with the Candidates. Soares declined Kindlon’s invitation, replying "After we find out when the election will be held, and candidates have qualified for the ballot, I’m sure we'll have some good conversations."

On July 9, Kindlon wrote Soares, once again asking the Incumbent DA to participate in public forums.

“The DA is out of excuses,” Kindlon said. “The election is set, we have both qualified for the ballot – it’s time to debate.”

Kindlon continued, “Mr. Soares has been in office for nearly eight years. It’s time for him to finally answer questions about his record, not run away from it. I hope the DA will accept my challenge.”

Kindlon is proposing four public debates across Albany County between now and Election Day, September 13.

I'm not sure if I were DA I'd be interested in debate: it seems more fitting for other types of public office. There's also a report floating around that the sitting DA's cash coffers are low.

And perhaps most notable, Brian Scavo, the Albany County Legislator whose turf was pulled out from under him when neighborhood lines were re-drawn, is mounting a serious challenge for the NYS Assembly. He sent out this email:
Former Democratic Lawmaker Brian Scavo has filed petitions for the 108th assembly race.

Brian Scavo a Vietnam era Combat veteran 101st airborne US ARMY,
Responsible as a county legislator for defeating major tax increases
such as 1%sales tax increase and the 50% tax increase,
created and sponsored many innovative laws such as the ground
breaking Cyber Bullying law, Animal Abuse registry and the Gun Buy Back program,
a leader in the battle to build and protect the Albany county Nursing home.

Scavo a life long democrat has said

" it's the bread and butter issues that people of New York are focused on,
less government spending, tax relief and creating and bringing into
New York State jobs, putting people back to work in New York State"
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Staff Writer for the Albany Times Union, draws some interesting conclusions. Among them:

The more I thought about it overnight, the more it seemed that Scavo’s candidacy could be a threat to [Carolyn] McLaughlin in the sense that her base is the city of Albany. If you assume McDonald does well in the River Cities and Rensselaer County, McLaughlin may need every vote she can get from Albany — so much so that even a small number siphoned off by Scavo could be trouble.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see McLaughlin’s camp closely vet Scavo’s petitions in a bid to bounce him off the ballot.

Also, I neglected to point out last night that it was McLaughlin’s sister, former County Legislator Wanda Willingham, who once accused Scavo of making a racist blog comment about her in this very forum.

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