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The Recorder’s statement in yesterday’s editorial (June 8, 2013), “A mayor, for example, need only know how to maneuver a giant pair of scissors near an out-sized grand opening ribbon, know which end of a gavel (or trowel) is the business end, and delegate to those around him or her who have been selected for their ability to say “yes, sir” or “yes, ma’am.“, indicates an innate ignorance of the importance or purpose of the Mayor’s position.

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The Mayor is the driving force behind collaborative effort and progressive change; otherwise all parts move independently without direction or goals. This scenario was compellingly modeled by the Emanuele administration. From 2004 – 2008, the comprehensive plan gathered dust and projects languished as the Part-time Mayor spent his days at another job in Fonda. Conversely, we may look at municipalities where the Mayor is intelligent, involved, organized and a strong manager to see progress being made in tough economic times. I am proud to cite the work of some of my personal heroes and friends: Sam Terisi of Jamestown, NY; Cory Booker of Newark, NJ; and, now Assemblyman John McDonald of Cohoes, NY.

This inability to understand effective management may speak directly to the decline of the paper and its sale to a new owner. The new owners should look carefully at their administrative staff and think about replacements. Good management is the lynch pin of success.

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