Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

The Spin Doctor

In the midst of an election year, Tim Becker decided to restart his stalled Amsterdam WordPress blog Pars Nova after about a year of inactivity.  The blog was only active a few months and contained some excellent commentary on marketing the City, the Comprehensive Plan and economic development. I am glad he is back with his honest, insightful commentary.

Checking his blog today, I came across Becker’s most recent entry, The 2011 Mayoral Race So Far, describing the ineffectual communication on the part of our Mayoral candidates and lack of a good plan to move the City forward, which reflected my sentiments exactly. I’m sure the majority of Amsterdamians that are paying attention also agree.

With less than three months until election day, our candidates need to vocalize their plans for the city. They also need to make themselves available to the public to answer questions posed by the citizens of Amsterdam.

Becker did manage to stroke Mayor Ann Thane’s ego a bit in his blog entry, by complimenting her website and structured approach. This, of course prompted a reply from the vacationing Mayor.

Thanks for noting our many differences here, Tim. The fact is, I have also have been dissatisfied with the lack of a well thought out vision or plan by elected officials (please see my post:http://wildthane.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/any-meat-on-those-bones/), at local levels and all of the way up the state and national chains. There is quite a bit of rhetoric and very little substance. We deserve better.

For almost four years, I’ve made it a point to articulate my goals and the processes I expect to follow to get us there. My successes are many and can be measured against what I said I’d do from the start. I hope that my methodology is plainly evident to the electorate come election day and will distinguish me from my opposition.

As far as a pay cut from either of my opponents, they’ll both be taking payment from the retirement system. They’re just taking money from my state tax pocket instead of my city tax pocket. It’s a parlor trick, really, and we are wiser than that.

I, like many others, know who posts the anti-Emanuele site, though I didn’t at first. It is no more my right or responsibility to insist that the author take it down than it would be to think I could make Gerry Skrocki or Bob Going or any number of local bloggers, including you, take down their sites. Misinformation and cruelty are stingingly served up daily on some of these sites and have, in fact, destroyed two sites that had were considered staples of the local blogging community.

I have no need to participate in the dysfunction. I have my own blogs (wildthane.wordpress.com and mayorthane.com). I always state my name when I post elsewhere, I stick to the truth as I know it, and I am interested in issues, not nonsense.

I like your blog. It is thoughtful and offers solutions. I wish you’d consider running for office. You’re just the kind of person we need (intelligent, organized, committed and honest) to move this community forward. In the meantime, thank you for focusing on topics that are salient. Please continue to point out the stark differences in platforms, or lack thereof, as the election season moves forward.

Ann Thane must be visiting the Spin Doctor wherever she is vacationing because her accusatory comments are way off base.  In order to be a good leader, you have to listen to your constituency.  This quality is severely lacking in Ann Thane who prefers to censor those that do not agree with her rose garden views.

I find it ironic that the Ann Thane campaign is using the goals created for Amsterdam’s Comprehensive Plan as her ideas for the future of Amsterdam.

The Comprehensive Plan was created under Mayor John Duchessi Jr.’s administration that included a Common Council composed of Joe Emanuele III, Anthony Pallotta, Vincenzo Nicosia, William Wills and James Martuscello.
The Comprehensive Plan Committee was composed of Michael Chiara as Chairman, Bob Fetterly, Vice Chairman, Mark Zumbolo, Bob DiCaprio, Anthony Duchessi, Doug Nadler, Mike Palmer, Joe Emanuele III, Fr James Gulley, Dr, Ronald Marsh, Walt Curran, Diane Hatzenbuhler and Todd Fabozzi.

Ann Thane was not involved with the plans creation or any other part of public service until elected Mayor in 2008. Mayoral candidates Joe Emanuele III, William Wills and 4th Ward Alderman candidate Diane Hatzenbuhler CAN claim the goals of the Comprehensive Plan as theirs.

My personal experience with Mayor Ann Thane’s censorship  is chronicled here:


I am not alone in this opinion, it has occurred with others as well. Government Officials should have a policy of open communication that supports our Constitutional right to Freedom of Speech.  Any citizen who emails or writes their elected representatives should have their questions or comments respectfully answered, not ignored.

Receiving no responses, my inquires were literally ignored by Mayor Ann Thane. This was a factor that contributed to establishing The Grove Street Grumble to speak for me.


We need more information about the positions of all three candidates and a debate should be held for the benefit of the voters. Unfortunately Ann Thane cannot handle controversial questions or issues, preferring to ignore them in hopes that they will just go away. As critical as she has been about local blogs and WCSS radio, she participates in both to further her agenda, using her position to help silence the Bob Going and Mike Chiara radio show on WCSS as shown in the following link.


Bob Going, Mike Chiara, Gavin Murdock and Jim Nicosia now broadcast live every Friday morning from 10am-12n at the Go Where I’ve Bean Coffee Shop on Church Street in Amsterdam, NY, run by Mayor Ann Thane’s first executive assistant Sue Blazejewski.  The show is re-broadcast from their website so you can listen at your leisure.

Speaking of local radio, I have to give a big shout out to Bob Cudmore who gave my blog, The Grove Street Grumble a big plug on his morning show Monday. The Bob Cudmore Show can be heard every weekday from 6am-10am on WVTL 104.7 FM.

Getting back to the Mayoral Race, Ann Thane must be dizzy from all that spinning.

Did anyone forget the Uri Kaufman debacle, or Mayor Thane wishing her fellow Common Council members’ demise at the bottom of the river? That doesn’t say much for her ability to work as part of a team.  Refusing to let go of the Chalmers development scheme after the public repeatedly said no, reflects an inability to listen to will of her constituency.


How about the time Ann Thane tried to raise our water rate by 37%?



Or failed to address the socio-economic concerns of our ever-growing Latino Community?


Freedom of Information and Freedom of Speech are ideals that I hold dearly as should any American citizen. I expect the person elected the next Mayor of Amsterdam will also recognize their importance. Censorship should never be an act of an elected government official sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws of New York State.



Spin it as you will.

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