Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton's decision not to seek the House seat being vacated by Mike McNulty is a disappointment to those local politicos who looked forward to a spirited and -- ultimately -- successful campaign. But, for the City of Schenectady, it's great news!
Stratton has transformed Schenectady from a down-and-out city to the place to be in the Capital District. Been downtown on a weekend recently? It's fun and funky; stuff's happening and it's come under Mayor Stratton's leadership. So, congratulations to Brian for doing what's right for his city. Again.
Of course, the Schenectady political infrastrucure is running out of options -- Stratton and Savage are out. That leaves former Assemblyman Paul Tonko as Schenectady's best bet for the 21st Congressional District. And not because he's all that's left. No -- Paul is an outstanding public servant; would be a dynamic candidate; and strong, effective representative once he gets to Washington. He deserves strong consideration -- he has my support -- and we'll all be well served if Paul Tonko jumps in.