Mayor to state: put casino here

— “In the spirit of cooperation, difficult choices should not preclude consensus,” said Johnson.

Johnson also called on the City Council to “keep politics out of government” and instill in Saratogians a “renewed sense of purpose, and commitment, to abandon any personal agendas and earn the respect demanded of City Hall.”

Johnson ended his speech by reminding the audience of an old African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Johnson’s proposal for selection of the comprehensive plan committee won favor with at least two council members.

“It was a compromise,” said Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan after the speech. “I am pleased to have a choice.”

Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen agreed.

“I am happy to be part of the process,” he said. “One choice is better than none.”

Newly elected State Senator Kathy Marchione was also in attendance, and seemed pleased with Johnson’s speech.

“It was very comprehensive,” she said. “He touched on what is extremely important to the City of Saratoga.”

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