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Adams: Don't play 'Russian Roulette' with appointments

Willie Adams

Willie Adams

ALBANY -- Outgoing Albany Mayor Willie Adams cautioned Albany City Commissioners Tuesday about letting politics or personal issues play into the board's responsibility to appoint citizens to various local government boards, saying the commission shouldn't play "Russian Roulette" with such an important duty.

Under the city charter, the commission must appoint members to its representative boards and to its staff at the beginning of each year.

Usually it's a fairly mundane, yet important, task, but at Tuesday's work session, the commission briefly discussed the duty.

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell started the discussion by bringing up the appointments, specifically mentioning the appointments to the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission.

The City Commission has to appoint two persons to that board -- which oversees the operations of the utility -- that will expire in January 2014.

The positions are currently held by State Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, and former Albany City Clerk Joann Pope, with both asking for reappointment.

Also up for consideration are Jason McCoy, the former candidate for the Ward IV City Commission seat; William Wright, the former president of the Albany NAACP; the Rev. Morris Gurr, a former City Commissioner from Ward III; and Demetria Redding, a businesswoman and former Albany State University Recreation Manager.

Postell didn't elaborate why he brought up the appointment issue for WG&L, but Adams chimed in, "To me, when you're talking about an entity with a $100 million budget, you need to choose carefully who sits on its board. You don't need to play Russian Roulette with a very important responsibility here. ... It doesn't need to be a political appointment."

When the commission decides on the appointments Jan. 25, Adams will have turned over the gavel to Mayor-elect Dorothy Hubbard, who was at Tuesday's work session as a spectator.

Also during discussion, Ward IV Commissioner Roger Marietta asked if people who wish to be considered for a board appointment could still submit a resume for consideration. Consensus was that applications must be submitted by Thursday in order to be considered for a position.

Comments

KaosinAlbany 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, well, well, so the city still wants to continue to funnel the MEAG funds into the general account and keep stealing. Not surprised at all. There are good, moral people who want to sit on some of these boards. The commission is just blocking the way for a better government in Albany. Corruption at it's finest...

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't think the Albany Commission likes "Russian Roulette." The much prefer to play a card game...the "Race" card.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 3 months ago

I think Morris Gurr would be a good selection for the WG&L board. He served the City Commission well and I think he has shown through his actions that he cares about the City's well-being, not just his ward's.

Good luck Mr. Wright in getting on that board. We all know your MO and that is a beaten dead horse if ever I've seen one.

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waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

One would hope that each canidate be evaluated on their experience and documented credentials. Just what does each individual bring to the Board that will benefit the Board? Not what will make someone feel important or appreciated.

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