Joanne Yepsen Announces She Will Not Run Again For Mayor

Mayor Yepsen announced today that she will not seek another term as Mayor.  She also announced that her deputy, Meg Kelly, will be running for Mayor.  The city Democratic Committee will meet on Saturday to decide on endorsements.

 

15 thoughts on “Joanne Yepsen Announces She Will Not Run Again For Mayor”

  1. Reading the tea leaves here…. Since Yepspin was already in full campaign mode and doing fundraisers, to change her mind at the last minute makes no sense at all – unless she gets an opportunity to run for a higher office with better pay. Yepsen vs. Stefanik anyone? Her kids are gone, she sold her home, she needs $$$….. It all fits. She ran for mayor because she couldn’t win as a senator. Many in her camp told me it was a ‘stepping stone’ of sorts. She lives for this stuff…. But it also sets up another Trump/Clinton fiasco where people are forced to vote for the lesser of two evils….. Either way, I’m glad to see her G-O-N-E because #TheMayorsGottaGo

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    1. “Yepsen vs. Stefanik anyone? Her kids are gone, she sold her home, she needs $$$…”

      Wrong on three counts:

      1. Joanne sold her home on Fifth Avenue for $822,500 and bought another home near Saratoga Lake for $438,000, a transaction that likely solved any financial problems.

      2. Stefanik represents the 21st CD, which begins north of Saratoga Springs and does not include the Yepsen residence.

      3. Compared to “Robot Chicken” Elise, it would be a relief to have Yepsen in Congress (but that’s not gonna happen). Right now, the only announced Democratic candidate for CD 21 is a complete jerk (he was the last jerk’s campaign manager), so the Dems will once again fail to unseat her. I suspect that Joanne would like to succeed Paul Tonko, who’s in a safe Democratic district, but he’s going to be around for awhile. If she runs for office again, look for her to try for State Senate (less likely) or the County Board of Supervisors (more likely) or Assembly if Carrie Woerner moves on.

      Seriously, Dave, your ongoing hatred of la Yepsen is fundamentally irrational. I mean, you got your wish and you’re still not happy.

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      1. Oh, I’m happy Joe, believe me. But as I noted, I’m just ‘reading tea leaves’ is all. There are obviously many directions she can go. As long as they don’t lead back to Saratoga or state politics I’ll be good. But who’s to say that Carrie or Paul won’t want to move higher up? Joanne would be a good fit for the party in Carrie’s spot, or Paul’s who she appears to be quite cozy with (and let’s be honest here, anyone can by some property and claim ‘residence’ to run anywhere).

        It’s funny you compare a ‘robot chicken’ to a proven unethical ‘leader’. Again – it’s Trump/Clinton. Pick your poison.

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  2. I saw in the paper she was complaining about working 80 hours a week for part time pay. Maybe if she cut back on the photo ops she would find the job took a lot less time.

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  3. Rather presumptuous of the Mayor and Meg Kelly to assume Kelly would be the endorsed candidate. Another attempt to get something done behind the scenes – exactly how Yepsen works. Kelly was not endorsed today nor was she even met with as better minds saw thru the ruse and decided to wait and go through the proper procedures for an endorsement.

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  4. Her entire political career was one of opportunity they have run out,Madigan has beat her to the punch every time…Yepsen basically is a failure and it’s best she leaves providing that she believes her exit is best for the City and it’s unique form of gov’t…..that works in spite of her and the mctygues!

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      1. I think what ABM (Angry Bill McTygue) means is that the only people that don’t genuflect to Yepsen and her possee are Republicans.
        Regardless, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Yepsen’s inept reign ends 12/31/17!

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  5. As long as The Donald was mentioned……videos of his middle east visit have appeared on TV. He looks like a clone of Boris Karloff when he walks with dignitaries. a/k/a “The Mummy”.
    Such an embarrassment for our country to be represented by him. Especially at this time.

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  6. Good evening John,

    I rise to put forth some facts not previously introduced into this fascinating discussion:

    1) Might as well start off with offending everyone: this speculation about Mayor Yepsen’s future is highly unhealthy for all participants.

    2) When I wrote the original story on the hospital expansion / recusal on April 15, 2016, I was surprised at the amount of emotion it caused to bubble to the surface….

    For my part, there was never any animosity towards the Mayor. Far from it. But she did screw up, make her bed, etc. and when a pile of evidence was presented to me, I was not going to look away.

    But I actually wish her well. I did say in that same story that I voted for her, every time. And I’m not a bit sorry, even today.

    3) I am a bit sorry though, in that Mayor Yepsen made a classic politician’s mistake: She had a large enough support to survive admitting her mistake, but that’s a call many politicians have trouble making – all the way up to the Oval Office.

    4) Lastly, I rise to support brother Levy and his dismay over brother Morris’ continued (for decades!) Quixotic quest to eradicate all evidence that the McT’s existed – Dave, unless Tom’s grandchild runs for office, can you give it a rest already?

    It detracts from the important discussions that you lead and contribute on important topics like housing, complete streets, and other things, which is a shame.

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    1. Arthur,

      Re:
      “4) Lastly, I rise to support brother Levy and his dismay over brother Morris’ continued (for decades!) Quixotic quest to eradicate all evidence that the McT’s existed – Dave, unless Tom’s grandchild runs for office, can you give it a rest already?

      It detracts from the important discussions that you lead and contribute on important topics like housing, complete streets, and other things, which is a shame.”

      No. And here’s why: that influence is still in city hall (mayor’s office) and within the party, which is causing all the strife within it now – and make NO mistake about that. It’s absolutely, positively, part of the problems here whether they run or are in office or not. I WILL say I relish the day when I will NOT have to mention that horrible name in a political discourse again however.

      Sometimes, you just need to take out the trash – ALL of it, because eventually it will start stink – and badly.

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      1. Look, it’s up to you. I think it diminishes what you bring to the table on other subjects to behave like a one-man Taliban and attempt to revise and/or eliminate history.

        I won’t get into a debate with you about the merits and accomplishments of Tom McTygue’s tenure, but how many others have said the streets were plowed better, the flowers looked nicer? Of course there are other factors that may determine why this is not the case today, but that proves the point: there are two sides to this, and you only see one!

        Of course, the McTygues have advised the Mayor- as did Klotz, Walkin and many others… What would you expect.

        Dave, you were banging this anti-McT drum long before Joanne Yepsen became Mayor. I doubt the McT people had any influence with Johnson/Sutton – but there you were: Hysterically and blindly ranting to the point that I am sure people see comments from you and just skip them. Which is a shame, because as I said, you have a lot of good things to contribute about other, important current issues. Too bad.

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      2. I want to keep this in context, so I’ll reply directly to your comments:

        “Look, it’s up to you. I think it diminishes what you bring to the table on other subjects to behave like a one-man Taliban and attempt to revise and/or eliminate history.”

        What I am is a citizen that speaks out when he sees a problem, nothing more. I think ALL citizens should that truthfully. And anyone that knows me understands this: if I am wrong, the first thing I will do is admit I was wrong, apologize and shake the hand of who was right. And that’s because I learned something from them. But when I know I am right? I’m a bulldog and I won’t quit. That’s what you see on housing and that’s what you are seeing on the Geyser Crest trail. I fought the casino and airport ‘wars’ in the very same fashion. What I ‘bring to the table’ is this: facts, figures, truth and honesty. Sometimes people have have a hard time with that. But that’s not my problem – it’s theirs. If you chose to call me a ‘one man taliban’ than I will take that as a compliment because it means I am out there fighting, alone or not. Doing the right thing isn’t always popular, and I MORE than understand that. But I can also look in the mirror and know I did all I could possibly do and sleep well at night. Most just turn their heads away. I’m not like that and never will be. If that offends you or others, I’m not going to apologize for it.

        “I won’t get into a debate with you about the merits and accomplishments of Tom McTygue’s tenure, but how many others have said the streets were plowed better, the flowers looked nicer? Of course there are other factors that may determine why this is not the case today, but that proves the point: there are two sides to this, and you only see one!”

        I’ve never said the McTygue’s didn’t do some good things in and for the city. I WILL say – and have – that the BAD things they did outweighed the good. While they may have done a bang-up job plowing, removing leaves and planting flowers, they also ignored the infrastructure of this city (we have WOOD pipes under B’way. WOOD. PIPES. Inadequate water supplies for fire hydrants. Flooding issues that were ignored for years (and yes, my own personal situation plays REAL big there, because they couldn’t fix the problem in 50 YEARS – and ONLY attempted to do something twice – and the last was ONLY because I was going to post 50 years of pictures of cars floating down my street in the local papers with a nice story on how they didn’t care that a handicapped person fresh off of two major heart attacks had to sandbag his home because the DPW commissioner was to inept to solve the problem, which, btw? Skip Scirocco DID). So please understand it isn’t me that isn’t seeing ‘both sides of the story’ – it’s you.

        “Of course, the McTygues have advised the Mayor- as did Klotz, Walkin and many others… What would you expect.”

        I would expect him to walk away from the office he THINKS he still runs. I would expect him to be a man and own up to what he DID do – and didn’t – and that includes the ridiculous claims against Commissioner Scirocco as well.

        “Dave, you were banging this anti-McT drum long before Joanne Yepsen became Mayor. I doubt the McT people had any influence with Johnson/Sutton – but there you were: Hysterically and blindly ranting to the point that I am sure people see comments from you and just skip them. Which is a shame, because as I said, you have a lot of good things to contribute about other, important current issues. Too bad.”

        Actually Arthur, I did not. I didn’t become politically active here until the casino issue (I never made the flooding issue public until the last ‘attempt’ by McTygue to fix the flooding problem, of which he ONLY did because I told him what would happen if he did not. And he STILL screwed it up. In fact, I never even spoke before a council until the casino issue – not even the flooding issue. That was all done via phone, email and personal meetings with the commissioners. But hey – nice try though. I MUCH prefer doing things one on one, without a public display. I ALWAYS give that courtesy to the commissioners as well – and even let them know if I am going to ‘blast’ them, minus one. But that ‘one’ refuses to meet with me because truth, honesty and integrity seem to be a problem with one council member.

        Whether you like it or not Arthur, it’s relevant because that faction is still in city hall. You know it, I know it, and everyone else knows it. So please: I understand you don’t like me. I’m fine with that. Many don’t I’m sure because I’m a pretty blunt and straightforward person and am not out to impress anyone. But if I have something to say you can bet your sweet bippy I’m going to say it. But you got this story wrong. As for me? I’m going to continue on doing as I have always done: making sure the right thing gets done for the people, not the party, and positively NOT for the politician. For the people. For our city. And again, not because it’s popular, but because it’s the right thing to do. Best……

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  7. Hey guys and gals you are missing the point with Mr.Morris. He has a major DISDAIN for elected officials that don’t do the job they were elected to do. You know like some elected official that like to take credit for others hard work and perfer the Photo Op instead of actually doing the job.

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