Albany's Boxing Program...The Even Dirtier Side

Last week, I met up with John D’Antonio and Tony Butler when they successfully swiped the 5-Star Karate Program out from under the City of Albany. After the successful coup, I had a little chit chat with some in the know types about the Albany boxing debacle which began when a questionable video was produced after hours in a City owned boxing gym.

All the information presented while at a previous Albany Committee Meeting was confirmed – and more. I was told that the leadership of Albany’s Parks and Rec is destroying the entire department and that the employee they seem to be protecting, Jerrick Jones, has always been a problem at the Boxing Program.

So, if you haven’t been following – catch up! When this fiasco was brought to light (see above link), the citizens got more dirt than any bootleg video could deliver from the city owned gym. During the Committee meeting, Jonathan Jones, “Mayor” Sheehan’s appointee at the P&R, attributed the departure of 35 (or so) gym patrons to the Cohoes gym with an infuriating shrug.  “The kids don’t wanna come back.”

Jones skips tracks by disregarding Albany youth outmigration by address what he thinks the committee wants to hear. He states that the guy who opened the doors and permitted access to city property was “disciplined” and charged a fee of $120…or the equivalent of renting out the gym.  (How much ya wanna bet the insurance company wouldn’t have liked that if an accident occurred.)

With a room full of disgruntled boxers behind me, I listened as councilfolk Fahey (Chair), Flynn, Robinson, Commisso, Bailey and Golby listened to Jones “defend” his program. “Well, Jerrick Jones” the culprit in shooing Albany youth to Cohoes, “is not an easy person to work with.” Let’s just say it, Jerrick Jones is not just detrimental to the boxing program but to all the youth (and adults) in Albany.

I appears that Jerrick Jones has a practice of prohibiting anyone from training at the gym who is not training with him. His strategy for maintaining his control over the property is to kick people out for no reason and then, when they protest, he calls to police for an official record of their being kicked out…for no reason. Dang right their pissed off!

Surprisingly, or not, when the chair kept shutting down the speakers with her undeclared time limit, the Committee members demanded to “let them speak!” The room full of frustrated citizens reached out to the Committee, we’re “crying out to fix this!” Jerrick Jones should be ousted from the boxing gym…for the good of the youth in our Community.

 

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