Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Tomorrow is one of those days that is chock full of different events, culminating in a rather exciting evening.

As was discussed earlier this week, we are expecting a huge turnout Thursday evening at the Italian Community Center for an evening in Little Italy. If you want to come down, please do so and have a great time with all of the people supporting my re-election bid. The response from people in the last week or so has been growing, almost like they sense the election is getting close. It is wonderful to have that support.

As for Thursday night, Senator Joe Bruno will be on hand, as will the great Al Bruno, and the family pleasing Cranberry the Clown. The fun gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

Despite the excitement of the event tomorrow, there is work to be done after the fun. Last week we came to an agreement with the CSEA workers on a new 5-year contract. Similar to the contract passed with firefighters earlier this summer, this agreement is fair to the union workers while benefiting the City of Troy in the long term. The employees will receive a 3.5 percent increase in salary for each of the next five years, while the union agreed to make significant changes to the health care plans in City.

The Command Officers in the Police Department have also agreed to a contract that will be voted tomorrow evening.

The CSEA approved its new contract by a vote of 180-17. Seven of the City Council members petitioned their colleagues to vote on the contract at a meeting last week, but two balked, for whatever reason. Results of tomorrow's meeting to follow.

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