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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Mayor's nods delayed

A series of appointments introduced by Mayor Valerie Keehn at the Tuesday, March 6, City Council meeting drew flack from some fellow council members.

Keehn attempted to replace mayoral challenger Gordon Boyd and two other members of the City Center Authority whose terms are ending, but a vote will wait until a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 a.m. The expiring six-year terms belong to Boyd, who is running for the Democratic mayoral nomination, Phil Diamond and Mary Ann Barker.

Appointments to the City Center Authority (CCA) and Downtown Special Assessment District (DSAD) require a majority vote of the City Council, and while one was reached for the appointment to the DSAD, Public Works Commissioner Tom McTygue asked that the vote on the CCA appointments be tabled until the special meeting.

McTygue and Commissioner of Accounts John Franck criticized Keehn for adding the appointments to the agenda at the 11th hour after the Monday morning agenda meeting. The two were the only votes against appointing Lisa Schroder, owner of the Clothes Horse and past president of the Downtown Business Association, for the DSAD.

"I find it very hard to believe that you didn't know about these appointments before 9:30 yesterday," said Franck.

Franck said he had no problem with Schroder's qualifications, who went on to be confirmed with a 3-2 vote.

Keehn said she pushed the appointments because she wanted new people and new perspectives on the boards, and that her office has entertained agenda items that were introduced by other departments after the agenda meeting.

McTygue pointed out that CCA member Bill Dake's position has been extended on a month-to-month basis for nearly a year.

"I'd like her to explain that, because that really disproves her whole theory that she wants new people and new ideas on these boards," he said.

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