- Published on Monday, 07 March 2016 15:39
Thank goodness I relocated to Dallas just in time to avoid the Albany School vote. You know I’d be attending a meeting or two of those very long and very boring school board meetings. But, that’s what I keep Comptroller Conners around…to do battle when I’m afar.
I voted in Albany for several years and realized that hashtags like “#albanyvote, were the best way to alert everyone of voting irregularities in real time….for immediate resolution. I guess my innovative ways exited Albany with me…in steps Mike Conners.
I’ve been watching this mess develop. I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that the bond was approved because, of course, that’s Albany. I will never forget the first time I realized that if New Yorkers don’t like the way a vote went down (in any situation) they called do-overs. After new High School plan was voted down, the board just “tweeked” the plan and put it out for another vote…a vote that couldn’t fail.
Amazingly, these people who are tasked with providing Albany children the best education possible rigged the election to get their way. Yes, I said rigged and the entirety of that school board supporting the ethically challenged vote should resign…do the citizens really want these characters educating their youth?
I mean, come on, there were 12,000 votes in the original….then they down-tweeked it and ordered ONLY 5300…ya know, cause the huge turnout in October would indicate that people would forget about the battle and stay home. Right, get rid of the bums!
To complicate the matter more, voting machines went in the wrong directions, polling places didn’t open up in time and, besides not having ballots for 2600 people….the lines were long and frustrations led to a bypass of civic responsibility. For many of the hardest working folks, the day starts at 7:30 or 8AM and, with getting to the polling place can’t be delayed. If those folks are anything like me, they aren’t going to want to come back and stand in a long line after they’ve worked all day….especially where there are no ballots.
I tell ya folks, I don’t miss it at all but I have been hearing from people that Albany has gotten even worse since I moved. Citizens have told me that they don’t know who or what to vote for because they don’t have the backstory….the corrupt behavior of those in power now comes as a surprise to the citizens rather than an “I told ya so” moment from ACO. Stay involved, and pay attention…and remember, when things like this Albany vote happens….watch that other hand.
- Published on Friday, 04 March 2016 09:48
While I’ve been enjoying the silliness of Albany from afar, I can’t help but feel a little sad about missing the passage of the “super secret” bonds through the finance committee and on to the Common Council. Now, these bond meetings are public…but boring as all get out. It’s kinda like Student Government night…just pass it and let me go home and worry about my immediate taxpayer concerns. And, that’s how it works….rob the future….a future where there will no one left in Albany to pay this administration’s debt.
Last night, the Finance Committee held a meeting on the two below rather vague projects adding to your grandchildren’s debt $2,390,000 over the $12.5 borrowed from their future to fill the City’s Budget hole. (And, that’s a regular thing!!)
When I asked how the meeting went, I was told that there is minimal attendance as “Judy runs that…it’s crazy.” To quote W.C. Fields…“If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” The oh-so-common council is full of it.
Ordinance Number 5.22.16 - $1,595,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,595,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (REPLACEMENT VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT)
Ordinance Number 6.22.16 - $795,000.00
AUTHORIZING CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $795,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT)
If you didn’t represent last night, you’ve got another chance to say “whoa!!” as another in an ongoing series of Bond issuances against your future will be slid under your nose on, Tuesday March 8th at 5:30. This committee will add another $6,829,640 to your grandchildren’s bonding debt to a growing total of $9,219,648….add that to your $12.5 million. (Tip: Google maps….directions: Albany to anyplace else…try it!!)
Ordinance Number 7.22.16 -$194,640.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $194,640.00 SERIAL BONDS (GAS ISLAND CANOPY PROJECT)
Ordinance Number 8.22.15 - $2,400,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $2,400,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (STREET RECONSTRUCTION)
Ordinance Number 9.22.16 - $480,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $480,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (SIDEWALK RECONSTRUCTION)
Ordinance Number 10.22.16 - $205,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $205,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (ADA COMPLIANCE)
Ordinance Number 11.22.16 - $1,000,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,000,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (RENOVATIONS TO CITY BUILDINGS)
Ordinance Number 12.22.16 - $500,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $500,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS)
Ordinance Number 13.22.16 - $150,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $150,000.00 SERIAL BONDS OF SAID CITY TO PAY THE COST THEREOF (WASHINGTON PARK IMPROVEMENTS)
Ordinance Number 14.22.16 - $150,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $150,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (NORMANSKILL FARM IMPROVEMENTS)
Ordinance Number 15.22.16 - $1,500,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $1,500,000.00 SERIAL BONDS OF (HJB BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS)
Ordinance Number 16.22.16 - $250,000.00
CERTAIN PROJECTS BY THE CITY OF ALBANY AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $250,000.00 SERIAL BONDS (ASBESTOS ABATEMENT)
If you want any details on the above bonds, or the terms of the bonds, you’ll need to attend the Finance Committee meeting, chaired by Sheehan fan, Judy Doesschate at 5:30 next Tuesday. I won’t be there…I’m in God’s Country.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:11
Happy Super Tuesday!! I like the results!
As most of you know, I’m writing from Dallas, Texas where life is good and I’m enjoying double dose of Spring….but I can’t forget my friends back in Albany.
For those who don’t know, I vacated Albany on Election Day (November 4th). My decision was well-planned and not dependent on the result of any election…not that I was pleased with the results, but I’m not one to take my ball and go home if things don’t go my way.
I enjoyed my time in Albany but I enjoy Albany even more in the rearview mirror. I missed my first State of the City and State of the County in many years but in reviewing, they were nothing unexpected. In Dallas, I’m delighted by my lack of involvement, (I can sleep at night!!)…there are plenty of journalists here covering most of the news but there are still some gaps for me to fill with some very entertaining gadflies inhabiting Dallas City Hall.
Still, I hope to do some writing on certain topics of discussion in Albany, those topics include, Mr. Conti’s trash bill’s potential repeal, the CDTA bus girl’s drama, the loss of Green Tech on Tuesday night (that was for Mr. Bailey), and how Albany looks from the warmer parts of the world.
So, while Albanians continue to study how to make Albany relevant, let me share with you a few interesting observations about my move “home”…
The U-haul truck I rented to drive to Dallas cost me over $2500 for a week, in Dallas, it was $40 a day. (I know, cause I returned it an hour late by mistake.)
The gas in Dallas is under $1.50 a gallon and, still, the transit system is something to marvel at….CDTA should take a look at this most innovative system.
In Dallas, the libraries aren’t filled with homeless and drunks…they are very strictly maintained in silence…yes, even in the “not so nice” areas.
Jobs, the employee is in the driver’s seat in Dallas. Every establishment has signs screaming “now hiring!!” They are aggressively hiring and offering “work at home” options just to get people in seats.
The food in Dallas it the best!!! I love me some barbeque and, while I make some pretty darn good smoked meats at home, I love spending time finding the absolute best BBQ in North Texas.
Veggies….I can’t wait until the two seasons of tomatoes start coming off the vine and the Freestone peaches overflow in the Dallas Farmer’s Market!! I might even start eating healthy.
Still, there is a downside to living in Dallas,
When the Cowboys lose a game, the entire city loses a game.
The sun and heat can be merciless…I might be as tan and “the Mayor” by June
There are so many things to do, I find I have no time to hibernate with the Lifetime Network.
I miss my friends in Albany….you know who you are (Vince!!)
Stay tuned, I have some scores to settle…and I hope to find the time to do it.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 16:47
While I wasn’t at the Common Council Committee meeting to do a “live” update on the Krasher-sponsored legislation to repeal the Conti sponsored-trash tax legislation…neither was Mr. Conti. Luckily, some of the proponents of the repeal keep me in the loop.
Jordan, of course, presented a “non-biased” article a couple of hours ago on last night’s meeting (which makes me wonder if he was as far from the chamber as I was), but I’m not sure he captured the moment.
First, there were approximately 30 people crowded into the committee meeting (which usually means that Mr. Conti ordered the smallest room accommodations for them), 10 to 15 speaking in support of repealing the trash tax….none opposed the repeal.
Second observance by the proponents, my Councilman, Richie Conti, could not attend the 5 person meeting and was not there to voice his opinion either way. Ya see, Mr. Conti had a conflict which prevented him from listening to citizen’s criticizing his trash tax. (I will add here, I don’t recall him ever missing a meeting due to a conflict…even during session…even if it wasn’t a committee of…what’s up with that?)
And, the third observation by, Ms. Castelli, one of the more vocal of the proponents of the repeal, and also a constituent of Mr. Conti’s, this overwhelming reaction by the sane citizens of Albany, forced the chair of the committee to send the repeal legislation to the full Common Council for a vote….with “no recommendation.” (That means, my little citizens, the committee is scared of the citizens, the “mayor” and Conti Wrath.)
Here’s the Committee:
Law, Buildings and Code Enforcement
Members: Joe Igoe, Richard Conti, Judy Doesschate, Judd Krasher, Michael O’Brien
Ms Castelli adds:
“For anyone opposed to the trash fees and the complete inequitable way the fee was charged, please reach out to your local council member. Your voice and opinion counts. Make sure your local representatives support you.”
Here’s a link to the Council Member contact info….but, I see that they don’t have the “real” numbers to get in touch with them…ya know, that number for only the “special citizen one types.” In that case, use their email, call the Common Council office and while you’re doing that…call the mayor’s office…hey, if the TU isn’t able to get in touch with them for comment…maybe they’ll take a call from the citizens they represent.
- Published on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:27
I was just informed that Christina Ryba, candidate for Supreme Court, was terminated from her current position ...I'm awaiting confirmation. (And, as you know, I have no issue printing rumors!)
Unfortunately, PJ Peters hasn't supplied me with her personal cell phone so, with the courts closed today...I'm just going to have to wait and see. PJ, you know where to find me if you want to confirm.
Oh, for the curious, I hear that the one person who might be able to confirme is Libby Post....she won't take my calls! (Smile)