County Legislature appointments spur debate

For the second Schenectady County Legislature meeting in a row the issue of appointments had GOP members speaking out against Democrats.

The main points of contention during the Legislature's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, dealt with appointments to the Schenectady County Public Library Board of Trustees. Steve Fitz was said to be resigning from his position and John Karl was being replaced on the board. Majority Leader Gary Hughes said Fitz had mentioned to the library board previously that he wished to resign from his position, but didn't give any real reasoning for why.

Both have served the library very vigorously in a lot of different ways. They are both huge supporters of the library, said Hughes, D-Schenectady. "I appreciate John's enthusiasm and the time he puts into serving as a trustee and the thought that he puts into it as well."

Minority Leader Robert Farley, said he was upset that appointments have been coming out of the Rules Committee, which also meets the night of the Legislature's regular meeting. Farley, R-Glenville, wished appointments would come out of the various committees and said it would allow for some time to think over the resolutions.

"It is worth the time to investigate and discuss these items with the people that are involved," said Farley. "I'm always kind of drawn when I hear these individuals praised by the majority the night they're thrown off the boards."

Farley kept repeating that it was "government by ambush" since the Legislature kept repeating itself in passing a majority of resolutions through the Rules Committee. At last month's meeting James Buhrmaster, R-Glenville, was replaced on the County Industrial Development Agency and he said he was only notified of his dismissal five hours before the meeting.

Little notification was also given to Karl about his replacement.

Buhrmaster said he received a call from Karl earlier in the morning and Karl said a reporter told him he was going to be replaced on the library board.

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