The Troy PBA and the mayors race
Tedesco takes on the PBA
Gotta give credit to Police Chief John Tedesco for trying to actually be a police chief and decide how the department operates rather than allow the union to run things.
For example, he wants stuff like the three officers who patrol the schools to do something besides patrol the schools when the students are on vacation.
But, you can bet the PBA will take him to court and probably win and won't give anything back just cause they are the PBA.
Other issues he wants to tackle include having detectives work night and weekend shifts and the seniority clause in the PBA contract.
You want to hear something really stupid, I'll tell you about how seniority works at the Troy PD. It doesn't matter if you are really good at say collecting evidence. You are meticulous and careful and do a pretty good job at maintaining a chain of custody of whatever evidence you pick up from a crime scene or otherwise. That's a pretty common target for defense attorneys trying to cast a reasonable doubt to dismiss whatever crimes their clients are charged.
You've learned the skill for a year, and then bid-day comes and some sausage-fingered guy comes along with a day more experience than you who can't keep his Rolledex in order let alone complex stuff like a DNA sample or a finger print and he wants to be the next evidence technician.
He gets it.
As for me, I wanna be the next newspaper cartoonist. I've been here a while and damn it, I deserve the job because of that.
I did go buy a box of Crayolas too. Cause I really wanna be a cartonist, damn it.
Mantello's run for mayor
Well, Carmella Mantello is out of a job and, we're told, has her eyes set squarely on being the next mayor of Troy. She is pushing hard to get the Republican nomination though she has been associated with Republicans across the river like former Gov. George Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno than those that matter now on this side of the river like city Chair Jim Gordon, county Chair Neil Kelleher and Rich Crist, the de facto executive director of the county GOP.
Mantello certainly has the resume, but she may face a tough time getting the nomination considering former Councilman Mark Wojick and others who are closer to the Troy GOP than Mantello.