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The Albany Common Council Editorial Comment by Lynne Jackson

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.