Charter change could have negative effects

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Nov. 7, residents of Saratoga Springs will vote on a proposed new charter, replacing the century-old mayor-commissioner system with an unelected city manager to run the city.Since 2001, a number of attempts to change the commission form of government have been rejected decisively by the voters. By now, most of the arguments pro and con have become familiar and even hackneyed.The commission form of government has its flaws, to be sure. It can be creaky and cumbersome.The members of the charter review committee are well-intentioned and thoughtful. But they are looking at the proposed new charter through rose-colored glasses. A city manager will not solve all the city’s problems, and it will bring new and unnecessary risks to city government as well.Several excellent ideas from the committee — a much-needed salary increase for the mayor, an annual external audit—could easily be implemented by the current council without requiring a city manager.Eleven members of the charter review committee have voted to propose a change in the charter. But now, the decision is in the hands of the city’s nearly 18,000 voters, as it should be.Think carefully about what we are as a city and what we want to become. Maybe instead of the promised utopia, a charter change will make us a lot more like other, less desirable, places to live.Kenneth KlotzSaratoga Springscenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Arsenal transfer chief Raul Sanllehi flies back to London to complete double deal

first_img Coral BarryMonday 22 Jul 2019 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Arsenal transfer chief Raul Sanllehi flies back to London to complete double deal Sanllehi is back in the UK (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi has flown back from America to London in a bid to get two transfer deals over the line, according to reports.The transfer chief was in America with the rest of the Arsenal squad, where Unai Emery and his players are preparing for the new campaign on a pre-season tour.The Mirror claim Sanllehi has returned to the UK with Arsenal closing in on a double signing.Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba are poised to join the club, and Arsenal will push ahead with plans to land Kieran Tierney.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal are closing in on signing Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Ceballos is expected to arrive on a loan deal, while Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne for the coming campaign once he becomes a Gunner.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe double signing will be a boost for Arsenal, as Emery has struggled to land his top targets.Emery has been handed just £45million to spend and Arsenal has struggled to meet the asking prices for players. Arsenal also want to sign Celtic defender Tierney (Picture: Getty)Asked about potential incomings, Emery played down fears the modest budget was hindering Arsenal’s progress this summer.‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution. Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players,’ he said.‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Arsenal are working with a modest transfer budget this summer (Picture: Getty)‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family.‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible.‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more