Thursday, February 03, 2005


If you were at the Albany library last night you would have gotten to hear the Mayor answer some questions. On the question of his willingness to work with community groups trying to work to make Albany better the Mayor had this to say:

"I want people who care. I don't want obstructionists. If you are genuine, come and see me"

He was responding to a question from a representative of the Albany Community Land Trust. This not-for-profit group repairs vacant homes and sells them to poor families in Arbor Hill. Are these "obstructionists"? Are they genuine? How many homes has the Mayor fixed in Arbor Hill in the last 12 years?

I see two problems here.

First, the Mayor refuses to be criticized. If you object to his policies you will hear that you are one of the following:

1) An obstructionist
2) A monday morning quarterback
3) A hyprocrite. If you think there is a problem, you should fix it yourself (When the Times Union criticized his handling of the Wellington Hotel he responded that they should buy the building and fix it if they had a problem with it. )

Second, the problem with the Albany Community Land Trust is that they are "not for profit". The Mayor and his friends can't make money off of them so they don't get a seat at the table.

This Mayor really is becoming a great Republican.

I'd link to the article in the TU by Brian Nearing but they are requiring registration to see it.