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Politician’s Facebook post over double-parked ambulance backfires

Albany, NY Common Council member is swamped with comments

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Albany, New York Common Councilwoman Judy Doesschate took pictures of a Mohawk Ambulance double-parked outside a convenience store and of the crew inside grabbing a drink. She posted them Monday evening on her Facebook page asking what people think about the double-parked ambulance. Doesschate found out pretty quickly. When I looked last evening about four hours after the post there were almost 500 comments, mostly telling Doesschate what they think of her. There were 2000 plus by the time she took it down around noon today.

Amanda Fries, Times-Union:

Commenters quickly jumped on Doesschate, expressing outrage that she would target emergency workers and calling for her to lose her job. It was shared nearly 900 times as of 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, and had over 2,000 comments. Albany City Hall had received many calls expressing outrage over the post as well, city officials said.

Doesschate pulled it down around noon.

The councilwoman had just come from a meeting on New Scotland Avenue’s proposed streetscape, where residents were invited to discuss what improvements they’d like to see. Doesschate said many of the comments called for improved pedestrian and traffic safety in the corridor.

Mohawk Ambulance Service officials said the crew was just coming off an extensive cardiac arrest call and had a few minutes to grab a drink.

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