I am enjoying my new focus on city issues. This was the first week that I have not written any education-related stories, so I have officially cut the cord. This beat offers a different dynamic since even though the players are different in the various districts, there are always the same issues involved: school funding and taxes, personnel matters, curriculum changes, test scores and various controversies such as who coaches the football team and how severely students should be punished for skip day.
It is election season – in case you haven’t noticed all the lawn signs popping up everywhere. This was a great time to take over the beat because I am getting to meet the Glens Falls candidates for mayor, Common Council and the Warren County Board of Supervisors. They have been coming into The Post-Star for editorial board meetings to talk about their vision and goals.
Among the concerns have been blighted and neglected properties, aging city infrastructure, downtown redevelopment, the minimum the city charges for water use regardless of consumption, and of course high taxes. It is a good training in city issues.
I have also been making the rounds to various boards including the Common Council, Planning Board and the alphabet soup of economic development agencies.
It is nice to learn some new things.