Loffredo the Dog wishes
to make a serious run for
Mayor of Schenectady!!!
Make Loffredo your write in choice for mayor!
(This site was constructed in the Spring of 1999 for a papillon named "Loffredo" who did make a serious run for Mayor of Schenectady. Loffredo received an estimated 30-40 votes. Since the election of 1999, the City of Schenectady has continued to deteriorate. Loffredo and his human companion are leaving Schenectady in May of 2002 in search of better opportunity on the west coast. We hope that someday the government of Schenectady can do something positive for the city, although it seems unlikely. Please enjoy Loffredo's Web Site! He met many good people during his campaign, and enjoyed many fun moments up to the election.)
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Campaign Update 5/14/99
Loffredo meets with some of his political advisers following recent media attention. They discuss Loffredo's next step in his campaign.
Loffredo and I were
surprised when we were notified by Animal Planet and the Daily Gazette
that they were interested in Loffredo, his breed and his campaign for Mayor
of Schenectady. An article appeared in The Gazette this morning,
and we were then contacted by television and radio stations. Loffredo
and I would like to thank all the stations we did have contact with, we
had a very good time today, and hopefully the Mayoral Campaign for all
the candidates, and the City of Schenectady will benefit! Thank you
Animal Planet Daily Gazette WPYX WGY News Center 6 Channel 13
Channel 10 WXXA Fox 23 KSRO 1350 Santa Rosa, CA
I would also like to thank my father, sister, and grandparents for offering their moral support today!
Campaign Update 6/3/99
Rich and I were on "Waking Up with the Wolf" on WPYX, Albany. Although
Rich was a little nervous, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
We thank PYX 106 for having us!
While we were on the radio, listeners were asked to make slogan suggestions for the City of Schenectady. One was amusing, the rest were negative, in particular "You can't polish a turd". Time and time again, my owner Rich tells people where we live, and he is answered with a sneer, or an "Oh", or a "too bad". For the record, Rich and I recognize Schenectady needs improvement, but it is our home, and we like it! I am running against the sneers, and for the improvement of Schenectady; especially the revitalization of downtown. We would like to see people give Schenectady more credit, especially people who live here, like the young man who suggested what can't be done with poop.
Rich and I were asked by The Wolf what our mission statement was, not having one, Rich answered with a few planks from my platform. We have decided to add a mission statement to the campaign:
The mission of the Loffredo for Mayor campaign is to highlight the urgency that a genuine effort must be made to improve the City of Schenectady, at the same time, focusing on the good qualities of the City, and having fun in the process.
We look forward to responses from people who have suggestions, complaints, or comments about Schenectady, and my campaign. We have been met with positive feed back so far, and have enjoyed Mayor Jurczynski's and Councilman McCarthy's reactions to the campaign. Rich and I are hoping for a productive election year that contributes to the betterment of the City.
Loffredo The Dog
PS. Thanks again to WPYX,
and all the people involved with "Waking up with the Wolf"! WPYX
Update... August '99
It has been a quiet summer for my campaign. My owner has been leaving me with my grandparents and going to someplace called "work" far too much! However, should I get elected Mayor of Schenectady, I will have my own "work" to go to. Rich (my owner) left me for a whole week this last month, and went on something called a "vacation". I don't know how he could have had fun without me! And, to top it off, he came back with a suitcase full of clothes with the scent of a CAT on them! I like cats, and all, but he spent a whole week with a cat, and enjoyed it...huh! I'm glad he's back. We are both looking forward to the election in November! Loffredo.
Rich on the right, at Mt. Rainer, Washington this August.
Loffredo & Rich participate in...
7th Annual Fire Plug 500
Walk for Animals
Saturday, September 25, 1999
Central Park, Schenectady
Loffredo & Rich recognized as the 4th highest
in individual fundraising for the Fire Plug 500!
Thank you to everyone who gave!!!
Special Thanks to Jeanne!
Loffredo received a generous donation for the
from his friends at the
Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital
36 Freemans Bridge Rd.
Glenville, NY 12302
Loffredo and I had a great time at the Fire Plug 500, and are pleased all that fun was for a good cause! The weather was beautiful, people and dogs alike were in good moods! We entered the raffles (didn't win), spun the DAD'S wheel, won a leash! We spoke with a few people about Loffredo's run for mayor, gave out some pamphlets and buttons. Loffredo and I enjoyed the company of my mother, and grandparents during the walk. The best part of the day for me was the Blessing of the Animals. It made me reflect how important our animals are to us, and nothing could ever replace the joy that is unique to owning a pet. Rich.
A link to this web site appeared on the Kim Komando Komputer Klinic web site's "Kool Links" this week! If you are not familiar with Kim Komando, she is the "electronic goddess", "the queen of the Internet"! You can listen to her radio show for up-to-date computer information and and advice on Radio 810 WGY Sunday mornings from 10am-1pm. Also, you can access the Komputer Klinic web site @
Loffredo and I thank our queen for adding the link to her site!
Al Jurczynski (Winner of the Election)
Gary McCarthy (unable to locate web site)
October 19, 1999
At the Ramada Inn between Albert P. Jurczynski and Gary McCarthy
My owner attended the
mayoral debate between Mr. Jurczynski and Mr. McCarthy Tuesday night Oct
19. Of course, I was not invited, and I do think I would have looked
good sitting on top of a podium. I could have answered with a stern
growl for “no” and a chipper yelp for “yes”.
Rich did brief me on the debate. He thought the candidates performed better than he expected. From what he described to me, I would like to comment on one issue, at this time. I support Mr. McCarthy’s effort to provide funding to the upper Union St. business district to further improve the area.
Mr. Jurcynski did not object to the premise of McCarthy’s effort, but did object that there has been no public debate, and that business owners in other parts of the city were upset, siting the Union Street district remains to thrive steadily in spite of economic conditions in other parts of city. These points are well taken, especially in regard to opening the issue up to public debate. However, I believe the upper Union Street business district has done well for the City of Schenectady, and I hope to see “Schenectady’s downtown uptown” receive the same augmentation that downtown has already received.
Thank you to everyone who supported Loffredo's campaign!
To those who may have had
difficulty writing in Loffredo, we apologize. The method by which write
in votes were cast at the voting booths was not the method that was described
to me during a visit to the Board of Elections. Whether there was
miscommunication, or the method was intentionally altered I can not say
for certain. However, a citizen's option to write in a candidate
during this election was obscure and difficult.
Memories of old downtown Schenectady
By Mary and Gene, Colonie NY
I (Mary) grew up in the town of Rotterdam;
the Curry Road/Altamont Avenue area. I married Gene, who grew up
in Scotia. We both have very fond memories of downtown Schenectady.
Gene would often walk the Western Gateway Bridge to shop or go to the movies.
I remember taking the bus to downtown State Street to shop at Carl Company, Wallace Company, and Barney’s. These were the main department stores. I remember they would offer free delivery to your home if you purchased an item too cumbersome to carry on the bus.
It was always a pleasant sight to see “Mr. Peanut” walking along State Street and offering everyone a sample of hot roasted peanuts. Quiet often I would buy a bag at the peanut store, which was on the corner of State and Broadway, and snacked on them while the bus ride home.
Downtown Schenectady was always very busy with shoppers, moviegoers, ect. We had three great movie houses at that time: Proctors, State Theater, and the Plaza. The Plaza Theater was beautiful and a pleasure to visit. I was disappointed that they decided to demolish it.
We had some great restaurants also, like Nicholasis’ and others.
Also, every year we looked forward to seeing the Carl Company Christmas display in their window. It was always a pleasant sight to see, and enhanced the Christmas Spirit in all of us.