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Mayor is mum on her decision to delay action

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Updated: 10:50 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

alissa.scott@recordernews.com

Though the Amsterdam Common Council passed a resolution Tuesday night forcing non-city residents off of the city's boards and commissions, Mayor Ann Thane has not returned it to the clerk's office.

Thane said Wednesday night that she was still "deciding what to do."

The resolution requires volunteer board or commission members to be city residents. It also limits volunteers from serving on no more than two boards.

When asked what her reservations are, Thane did not comment.

Third Ward Alderman Ronald J. Barone Sr. said the council will be prepared with an override if the mayor vetoes the resolution. A four-fifths vote is required for overriding a veto.

"Absolutely, oh yeah, we'll have the override ready," Barone said. "It just makes sense."

Barone said the council will do so because the members believe only city residents should serve on city boards and commissions, and by limiting people to just one such position, it will help get more people involved.

He said the mayor is just "playing games," and if that's the case, the council can "play back."

Thane, who expressed her displeasure with the resolution during a committee meeting Tuesday, said she hopes the council will be proactive in suggesting replacements for the handful of people who will be forced to resign.

"I would appreciate you coming to me with names of those who are interested in being involved," Thane said Tuesday.

Thane said she has a tough time making appointments because there are few volunteers, so if a person is on multiple boards and doing a good job, there should be no reason to remove them. She also said the reason many serve on several boards is because they are linked in some way.

"It's very difficult to get people to come forward to volunteer on these boards and commissions," Thane said. "It's really hard. So I would appreciate you bringing names to appoint to boards. The more the better, I agree. The more people who are engaged in the governmental process, the healthier it will be."

Thane recently refused to approve unanimously passed resolutions that authorized her to sign contracts with former golf pro Joseph Merendo and former concessionaire Laura Elmendorf.

She issued vetoes for those resolutions 15 days later, the maximum amount of time she's allotted to release a written reason.

But just as she dropped her vetoes off at the clerk's office, she was met with prepared overrides by the Common Council.

Barone said if Thane continues not returning the council's unanimous resolutions and vetoing them, the council will continue to override them.

     

Comments made about this article - 1 Total

Posted By: Mike Dailey On: 1/23/2014

Title: What an opportunity

It's really too bad that the Recorder does not [yet] have an in-house political cartoonist. Mayor Thane facing Alderman Barone with a sword in each one's hand would be priceless.

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