For those of you who didn’t see it, I reproduce below an item from Hugh Reynolds’ article Stuck in neutral (Kingston Times – February 21, 2014):
The usual practice when offices change hands is for the outs to oust the ins. To the victors go the spoils has been the rule since Brutus stabbed Caesar.
Not so, it would seem, in John Parete’s “bipartisan” county legislature. Democrat Parete, recall, won election last month as chairman of the legislature by forming a coalition of Republicans and three Democrats, much to the dismay and irritation of majority Democrats.
The coalition mode continues with Parete’s recent appointments of legislative staff.
Democrat Jay Mahler, a former deputy elections commissioner, joins the staff as Parete’s confidential secretary, replacing Republican Fawn Tantillo, who remains as a legislative clerk. Nattie Tomshaw, a Republican, returns as a secretary. Tomshaw was let go by former chair Terry Bernardo in one of those office intrigues few outside the office understand.
Krista Barringer, a jack of all trades and master of many, remains as a deputy clerk.
Gone but fondly remembered (at least in these quarters) are legislative employees Lisa Mance and Frank Reggero. Parete said he asked the county executive if he could find work for them in his downsized government.
It galls some who follow the plots of patronage that the Democratic chairman of a Democratic majority favored Republicans with these appointments, the inference being that central to the deal with Republicans who brought him to power was retaining most of their people.
Funny, nobody mentions the dirty fingerprints lifted from these musical chairs.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco