Cheers and jeers
CHEERS – To sharing a position. Fulton and Montgomery counties are considering consolidating their director of community services positions into one position, which would serve both counties. The change could save the counties more than $50,000. The counties’ directors of community services work as liaisons between their counties and area counseling agencies such as Lexington Center, St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Charities. The two counties should approve the plan and look for more ways to consolidate jobs, services and equipment use.
JEERS – To the cost of state legislators. The lawmakers serving New York state residents are costing taxpayers a fortune. Not only are the taxpayers paying for legislators’ big salaries and work-related expenses, but also for their outside attorneys. A report from the state Empire Center for Public Policy shows state legislators spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money on outside attorneys during a six-month period. The Assembly paid $657,629 to five different law firms, while the Senate spent $418,574 on services from the firm Jones Day. Published reports have linked some of the law firms to work related to the Moreland Act Commission, investigations into sexual misconduct by Assembly members and the 2012 redistricting process, according to the Empire Center. This is the second time in two years legislators have reported spending more than a million dollars of taxpayer money on legal fees in six months. We have to wonder, are you comfortable spending all this money on these legislators?
CHEERS – Railfest. Local residents listened to music, went on carnival rides, visited vendors and ate delicious food at the 10th annual Railfest last Saturday at Trail Station Park. It was a beautiful day for a festival, and people no doubt were enjoying themselves. We applaud the organizers of this festival for bringing it to city residents each year. Gloversville needs more festivals like Railfest. We often hear about crime, blight and poverty in this small city. Bringing the thousands of good citizens in the city together for a celebration is a breath of fresh air.