SARATOGA SPRINGS: Mayor's nods delayed

McTygue said Keehn has not tried to replace Dake because she knows she does not have the votes to do so, whereas with this round of appointments, McTygue said Keehn has already conspired with Finance Commissioner Matthew McCabe and Public Works Commissioner Ron Kim to ensure the votes are there.

"There's no question that this was politically motivated," McTygue said in a later interview. "The mayor's the one who always talks about open government, but boy is she good at the backdoor politics."

Keehn could not be reached to address McTygue's assertion, but McCabe said, in his case, at least, there was no "private meeting" to discuss the issue.

"My approach has been to look at the appointees, respect the (Mayor's) office, and cast my vote," said McCabe. The commissioner added that he has not endorsed either Boyd or Keehn for mayor."If Gordon Boyd and Tom McTygue want to duke it out with the mayor, that's not my fight."

At the end of the city council meeting, Keehn said, "I think that no matter what names I put out there, I would not get two particular votes."

But the tabling of the appointments of Mark Hogan, who works for Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company; Rick Higgins, president of Norstar Development USA; and Dorothy Knowlton, owner of Saratoga Soles, were not related to Keehn's appointees, said Franck.

He and McTygue pointed out that this is a critical time in securing funding for expanding the City Center, and that replacing three of the seven authority members may not be the best idea.

"We're on the 1-yard line with this $12 million funding for the City Center," said Franck.

"(Keehn) has the right to propose anyone she likes," McTygue reiterated. "My concern isn't whether her appointees are qualified"I'm sure they are"but they don't have the background in the history of what has happened in the in the past three years to get this funding.""

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