Supervisors Struggle Over Animal Shelter Appointment – by Harold Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, March 19 – No one expects to get turned down for a job to the strains of a cheering crowd.  Christina Abele of Halfmoon had that experience, today, in the chambers of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, in her quest to succeed recently retired, longtime Director of the County Animal Shelter, Daniel Butler.

Of 23 supervisors, six were absent, which as Waterford's John Lawler noted, "are automatically no votes."  That alone presented a serious hurdle for the nomination, because of those who remained, seven voted against the appointment. These included one of the two supervisors from the County's second largest municipality, Saratoga Springs; and both from the largest municipality, Clifton Park. Especially with so many absentees, those three supervisors essentially doomed the appointment because of the weighted vote tally, based on the population of a supervisor's municipality.

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