Patty Morrison, who is competing to be the Democratic nominee for Commissioner of Finance in the upcoming June 25th primary, has sent out a mailer to registered Democrats. In the mailer she makes the following allegation regarding her opponent, Michele Madigan:
“Supports developer requested rezoning variances”
In Saratoga Springs, zoning variances are the responsibility of the Zoning Board Of Appeals. The City Council has no role in them.
Making a statement like this is very troubling. Aside from demonstrating that Ms. Morrison does not understand how land-use issues are dealt with in this city, it reflects an approach to public discourse that is unnecessarily combative while playing loosely with the truth.
This city has endured years of poisonous meetings where gratuitous conflict has clouded discussion. Mayor Kelly has achieved what many thought impossible: meetings that are collegial and efficient. I think the above allegation has to make many of us worry how Ms. Morrison would affect this dynamic were she to be elected and serve on the Council.