An interesting article appears tonight on the O-D Website: Brindisi spent $17,000 on campaign for Utica school board.
"The amount of money spent in the Utica race was higher than most school board races in the state, according to the New York State School Board’s Association.
About 61 percent of school board members reported in a 2008 survey that they spent no money in their last campaign, and just 4.1 percent reported spending more than $1,000.
But it’s not unusual for Utica school board candidates, who regularly spend far more than average for mailings, signs and media ads to win the five-year seats.
Now look at who contributed to the campaign:
Brindisi’s list of contributors reads like a who’s who list of Mohawk Valley officials and also includes three current Utica school board members — Margaret Buckley, Barbara Klein and Chris Salatino.
Also contributing were newly sworn-in Utica Police Chief Daniel LaBella, U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, and New Hartford’s new budget director Heather Mowat.
“When I announced my candidacy, friends and family came forward with overwhelming support,” Brindisi said.
"Family and friends," my eye! The same old - same old names are behind the election. The area's "elite" take care of their own, regardless of party affiliation, to ensure that they remain "in charge" of one of the biggest pots of public money in the region.
What good have they accomplished? ... other than for themselves?