The Times Union story about Hudson's most recent "Gang of Four," whom the article calls the "Recently Unemployed Four," is now online: "Fired for taking stand on a story about sitting." It should be noted that writer Chris Churchill's assertion that "Friedman has been declining to stand for many months" is something of an exaggeration. Gossips is present at all Common Council meetings, and this behavior on the part of Alderman John Friedman (Third Ward) was noticed for the first time on November 8, when the start of the Pledge of Allegiance was interrupted by Alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue (Fifth Ward) wagging his finger and denouncing Friedman for not standing. After the meeting, Friedman admitted to Gossips that he had done it once before, because he "didn't feel like it."
On the same topic, Victor Mendolia has announced that, in addition to airing the prerecorded interview with Tom Casey, Francesca Olsen, and Adam Shanks, this Wednesday's @Issue will feature a live interview with John Friedman, the alderman whose sin of omission is at the heart of the turmoil. @Issue can be heard at 10 a.m. on WGXC 90.7 FM or online at wgxc.org.
The photograph by Lori Van Buren is from the Times Union.