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Vaugh: Thanks, Art


Ogdensburg City Councilman Nick Vaugh, whose term ends at the end of the year, wrote a goodbye note to Ogdensburg residents that pointedly thanks could-be outgoing city manager Art Sciorra, but leaves Mayor Bill Nelson off the accolades list.
"I want to thank my family, girlfriend Caley, the late Russ McDonald, other friends, City Manager Art Sciorra, City Staff & everyone who has supported me throughout my term," Mr. Vaugh wrote on Facebook. "Most of all, I thank the citizens of this great city for the opportunity to serve."
Mr. Vaugh has been at odds with Mr. Nelson, a fellow Republican, over the firing of Mr. Sciorra. Mr. Vaugh was Mr. Sciorra's strongest advocate on City Council, and protested the meeting at which Mr. Sciorra was fired by not attending.
Mr. Vaugh worked to make sure Mr. Nelson wasn't re-elected, but then — awkwwwwarddd — Mr. Nelson did get re-elected, making for a couple of interesting City Council meetings. Mr. Vaugh, 24, did not seek re-election to City Council.
Besides lacking a shout-out to Mr. Nelson — no surprise at all — the note also lacks an acknowledgement of Mr. Sciorra's firing (Mr. Sciorra can and will appeal that decision) and of the spectacle in Ogdensburg that surrounded 819 Knox St., a home in which a family was allowed to live rent- and tax-free for three years.
As a quick aside, you may ask The Rent Is Too Damn Low-Gate was such a big deal in Ogdensburg and for us ink-stained wretches. That's pretty easy to explain. This is a city where many people are struggling just to make ends meet, to buy groceries, to deal with post-industrial urban blight and drug crimes and the unsolved slaying of a neighbor. Put yourself in somebody's shoes who has been evicted by a landlord or owes back taxes, and then think about a family who, for three years, because of governmental incompetence, didn't have to worry about any of that. It's not the family's fault, of course, but on a very basic level, it was totally unfair.

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