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SARATOGA SPRINGS: End of an era

Scirocco commended McTygue for his long career in city politics. "The guy did a good job, and I think he deserves a hand," Scirocco said. "Tonight, this is history."

McTygue, in turn, had some words of caution for Scirocco.

"This is a pressure cooker job. Mr. Scirocco's not walking into a picnic," McTygue said. "He's in for quite a surprise, because now he's got to deal with all the people who were whining to him about me."

McTygue argued during the campaign that two separate smaller recreation facilities should be built, one on the east side and one on the west side of the city rather than one larger center on Weibel Avenue. He has also been vocal on going to Saratoga Lake as an alternate source of water for the city, instead of signing on to the Saratoga County plan. When asked if he would still be vocal on these issues after he left office, McTygue said he'd try to get as much done in the next two months as possible.

"I know that'll be difficult, but it should be easier to get things moving when the City Council changes. A lot of the inactivity on the council has been due to the mayor, who cannot move off the dime on anything," McTygue said of Mayor Valerie Keehn, who was upset by Republican challenger Scott Johnson. "That should change when the council changes."

But will residents see McTygue on the other side of the City Council table, advocating his recreation center or water plans?

"Oh, you never know," he said. "But for the present, let's see what can be done before the end of the year.""

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