The June 19 Common Council meeting had some astounding moments.
At one point during the Common Council caucus, the Honorable
James R. Scalzo, Ward 10, said that the Albany Pine Bush Preserve “Commission
is prostituting itself” because the home rule bill included
provisions that the Commission would receive $2 a ton from the
landfill tipping fees, an increase of the current tipping fees
of 75¢ per ton.
What does he mean? How is the Commission prostituting itself
when it was the City that proposed and negotiated the bill
and planting a landfill in the Pine Bush is contrary to the mission
of the Commission? What is Mr. Scalzo talking about?
If more members of the public attended these meetings and discovered
how their elected representatives behaved, I think there would
be a revolution in the voting booth.