-Yesterday, a diverse group of community leaders cut the ribbon on 122 TenEyck Street, a single family home built by public agencies on a vacant city-owned lot in what is a very nice neighborhood.
Some years back the same "in-fill" project fizzled over design disputes and I kept beating the drum for it. Neighbors of Watertown came up with a great design and the notion of filling in vacant spots in neighborhoods can continue.
-Sticking up for patients and employees prevailed as a plan has been hatched to keep Mercy Health Care open for the time being while Samaritan Medical Center builds a new nursing home with the help of a state grant. Again, many people helped avert a crisis, although much work remains as the propsoed scenario of just walking away from the physical plant on Stone Street is to put it politely, poor urban planning.
-Senator Darrel Aubertine's campaign was rattled this week by poll numbers showing him trailing Patty Ritchie. Mr. Aubertine's office performed well on the Mercy issue and is using his role as his party's 32nd vote to gain favors for NNY.
The issue comes down to whether voters are comfortable with a continuation of a Democrat controlled state legislature and an election framed in those terms is vexing for Mr. Aubertine.
-The battle was joined for Congress and Rep. Bill Owens hit the air first touting his own folksy persona, while ripping opponent Matt Doheny as a Wall Street snake....The debut of the new Michael Douglas movie on the subject was coincidental but beneficial to Mr. Owens.
Mr. Doheny needs to be blunt in taking on Mr. Owens support of key Obama Administration policies.
-Meanwhile a preliminary Census report shows NY may lose two seats, so the duration of any GOP seat upstate is in question.
-The Assembly campaign in the 122nd chugs along. Ken Blankenbush seems to have found a footing with a well organized campaign staff and numerous personal appearances. Opponent Brian McGrath launched his first TV ad this week.
-Sheriff John Burns and GOP foe Chuck Ruggiero both did a good job on the HOTLINE this week.