Miles and I had a strange bond: I was a conscientious objector and he was a Special Forces guy. He took some shrapnel in Vietnam and walked with a limp. After the war, Miles became a wandering man for years on end, spending time in homeless shelters up and down the East Coast.
News that someone was getting a ticket for sitting on a chair playing the fiddle traveled fast up and down Telegraph. A reporter snapped pictures for the paper. A Channel Two news crew began filming. Officer Cole kept insisting that other people had no right to be on the sidewalk, either.
Albany’s decision to cast the campers out would be a practical disaster and a moral outrage. Albany officials have failed to create a single shelter bed or develop a single unit of affordable housing in the past 20 years of dealing with a large homeless encampment at the Albany Bulb.
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission will investigate the Yes On S campaign “because John Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election day to campaign against themselves.” Caner handed out more than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to homeless and formerly homeless “poll workers.”