Commissioner Michele Madigan should not expect an apology from the Times Union in spite of the 5-0 vote last night to accept her proposed budget.
An earlier post on this blog published the Times Union Sunday editorial taking Commissioner of Finance Madigan to task for not including money for the Greenbelt Trail in the city’s capital budget. Commissioner Madigan had proposed postponing this funding until the city secures grant money for the project. The TU editors rejected this reasoning out of hand and instead accused Commissioner Madigan of postponing this funding because of animus towards the Mayor for whom this was a priority. This was, they claimed, “petty politics at their worst” and they accused Madigan of having “an ax to grind.” The editorial announced that the Mayor was suggesting a separate vote on the capital budget something they endorsed so the Council could “tell Ms. Madigan to get her priorities straight.”
Well, at the City Council meeting last night the Mayor did not suggest a separate vote on the capital budget. Instead the Mayor joined in the enthusiastic love fest of praise for Commissioner Madigan’s budget which passed unanimously. All this can be seen on the city’s website.
One has to wonder again where the TU is getting its disinformation on Saratoga politics.