So the South End’s not good enough for you?

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE -

A smart plan to give a boost to Al­bany’s South Pearl Street re­veals what looks like bias on the part of Al­bany County’s two elec­tions com­mis­sion­ers.

The plan is to re­lo­cate the county Board of Elec­tions of­fices to the soon-to-be-va­cant Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles site. GOP Com­mis­sioner Rachel Bledi says she and her Demo­cratic coun­ter­part, Matthew Clyne, are against it. Mr. Clyne de­clined com­ment.

Ms. Bledi calls the area dan­ger­ous, and says the of­fice’s es­ti­mated 1,200 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally would feel un­safe.

They shouldn’t. Plenty of peo­ple are un­afraid to live and do good work there, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers at the Cap­i­tal City Res­cue Mis­sion, staff at an el­e­men­tary school across the street, and city fire­fight­ers, po­lice and court em­ploy­ees — all within a block of the site.

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