Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lawyering up


BILL DUNNE
Two people at the center of the FBI inquiry into the goings on in Troy – albeit for different reasons – now have attorneys.
Sources tell me Bill Dunne, the Planning Department commissioner, has retained Jim Long, a longtime attorney who has done extensive work for the Democratic Party on both sides of the river. And City Engineer Russ Reeves, who was recently questioned by the FBI, has retained Michael Shanley, a longtime attorney who was described to be as an “old warhorse.” It is not believed Shanley  - who is not the ADA by the same name and it's not Terry or Don Shanley - accompanied Reeves when he went to Albany to talk with the FBI.
To recap, the FBI is asking questions about the demolition on King Street, the installation of sidewalks in North Central and the questionable use of federal Community Development Block Grant money and the deal to sell the Scolite property to RJ Valente.
RUSS REEVES
Reeves was called in to answer some questions and generally the FBI doesn’t call in potential targets. Dunne was suspended for five days without pay for not fully informing his boss, Mayor Lou Rosamilia, about the new sidewalks in front of Freedom Park in North Central – which were not among the CDBG projects approved by the Council.
While Dunne wasn’t directly involved in the demolition of buildings adjacent to Bomber’s Burrito on King Street it was questionable in they were vacant for years but were declared such a threat to public safety Fire Chief Tom Garrett ordered them immediately torn down without taking time to abate the asbestos. Also, coincidentally, the demolition was ordered while Reeves was on vacation. The questions on everyone’s mind is why were they demolished and who ordered Garrett to take them down?
CHIEF GARRETT
Dunne also played an integral part of putting together the deal to sell the Scolite property to Valente, which the Council is set to vote on Thursday. Other bidders, including Perry Companies, a conglomerate that includes Don Fane, claim the city modified the parameters of the Request for Proposal after bids were taken and are threatening a lawsuit should it be approved. Modifications include the construction of a $9-plus million road and the ability to lease the property with a $100,000 down payment rather than the $1 million purchase price.  

Most recently Long represented former City Clerk Bill McInerney during the years long voter fraud scandal. McInerney admitted on the stand to forging scores of minor party absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots during the ’09 election but struck a deal with special prosecutor Trey Smith to avoid jail time.

39 comments:

  1. Bill,
    Let Fredrika Bimmel go now. The FBI are on the way and know you keep her in the pit outside where you incubate the moths.

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  2. Ousted Dorm Supervisor. Home Theater Guru Morphs into Costanza mode over at Alb Med. Frequent town cryer throwing out scandelous statements about former administration. All the while waiting. In the wings for his shot to be big a
    Big shot. Stupiid is as stupiid does. the envelope please. Not to mention driving the attractive state auditor out of city hall on smile friday

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  3. Well anyone who ever talked with Dunne better buckle up your seatbelts. Long is notorious for having his clients blow the whistle on everyone else to save their own butt. Pete for your sake I hope none of the rumors about you are true.

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    1. Monica is his cohort she will go down. Why donyoubthink she works there?

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  5. Sad to see how far Bill dragged down a good man like Lou. Tom Wade forced him on Lou and now the administration is being investigated by the FBI. Even if this investigation does not move forward, the fact that it began and that Tom Wade provided Bill with Long-ball, the damage is done, there is no turning back.
    So Bill, you can keep calling people names, and bullying people that work for and around you. At the end of the day, and the day is coming, you will have not started and completed a single project.
    And for the people of Troy, we will go another Summer without dining in the alley.

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    1. Let's remember next time mr graham needs something

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  6. People who do no wrong don't lawyer up. Someone put Garrett up to this and smells like dunne

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  7. Is the FBI asking why dunne the number 3 guy in the city does not have a city issued phone? Can they sopena his personal phone records and should city business be done on a personal phone. So many questions

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  8. Everyone has city phone but billy boy

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  9. Why not hire Tom Kenny ?

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  10. Sheeran wearing a jean jacket rockin out to bad company

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  11. As the drama continues at City Hall the focus on Lou and Pete is lets determine what lawyer to retain. The Monday staff meeting topics of, why did TU reporters Churchill, Crowe and Lyons turn on us, we're democrats. More talk of Troycrazy tweeter Mccashion, Harry Tutunjians' no good and keep an eye on that loudmouth Mark McGrath. Outside in the real world city streets are filthy dirty with sand, salt, dirt and dust and car damaging potholes. I know Troy is historic but do we need to go back to the days before the roads were paved? This administration has ruined this city.

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  12. Nobody talkin about the out of control cops, everyone talkin about corruption in city hall! At least the cops are happy.

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  13. No one got lawyers there is nothing wrong just progress and it makes people nervous. City is on an upward swing. Deal with it harry

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    1. Harry can't stand how Troy has flourished since the voters flushed him down the toilet. Twice.

      It's a true measure of his narcissism that Harry won't acknowledge any progress in Troy that comes at the hands of this administration. A true public servant and responsible citizen supports progress and gives credit where credit is due, Not Harry and his crew, including Jim Gordon. They would be overjoyed to see the ruin of Troy if it meant ousting the Dems. It won't work, because voters have had their fill of these petty lowlifes and know what they really care about, and it isn't the city. They only care about themselves.

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    2. Bill dunne your word choices slide you. Narceisim ? Stop blogging and clean out Your office

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    3. I don't care for politics and all I'm asking is to get my street cleaned (5th Ave). You can use terms like "upward swing, progress and credit" but I can't get a street cleaned? The entire city is a pig sty and I haven't seen a truck or sweeper out at all. I swept the sidewalks into the curbs but it blows back up when the cars go by. HELP!

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  14. The Bridge over the River Kwai was built quicker than the repiair work on the Spirng Ave bridge what will Dunne morpih into after losing this job

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  15. I'm actually embarrassed for the people living in Troy because of all of the comments in this blog. So childish and it is 100% obvious that Troy is full of corruption and deception. Glad I moved out when I did because you people could not pay me to live there.

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    1. Yet here you are, reading and commenting. Thanks for stopping by and don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

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    2. Well said, as a person who supported nearly all of the Democrats I am truly disenchanted. For some 10 years now it has been one investigation after another. In the same time frame maybe one or two from our opponents. When one has a strong belief in a party as I do, what do you do when your party is obviously full of bad people. You need to clean house, the same stale connected people have been running the party for generations and they never know what the FBI is talking about, they are oblivious to all of this right under their noses. Well you know what, they are the problem, they let it all happen and I would think unless they are total fools, they know what's going on. We need changes now within the party. As for the people running things in City Hall, your obvious favoritism is found out, you won't get away with it. f Lou really doesn't know what's going on, that's even sadder. Do the right thing, post pone this charade before the City gets sued again!

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  16. Not Only are you 100% Correct Anonymous April 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    But I will Add This little tidbit These People what ever Party there operating for They are making up to an even some times more than 2000 Dollars a month in salary's.
    Lotto says its profits go to schools but school taxes go up every year for the last 20 years.
    One of my friends called Lou Today Lou says 5.5% Tax Increase.
    Look at the last 7 years add all Taxes City,School and County it adds up to 49% increase.
    I myself called the City Superintendent and asked how since Troy is getting over 7 Million Dollars when do we get our Checks for a School Tax Rebate and conformation on a Tax reduction?

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  17. Jim, you should double-check your sources. I can assure you, Dunne has not retained Long.

    As a former blogger, I can appreciate the glee when something that looks juicy comes along. The problem is, there is nothing particularly interesting here. There is no 'there' there. The FBI will not be pursuing this because the only thing done improperly was the lack of an air monitor at King Street (important yes, criminal no). Garrett already answered questions and took full responsibility at the PS Committee meeting. Garrett can do what he did. Why he did what he did? It seems like a big FU to Reeves, not corruption.

    Scolite: RFP's, not bids. Fane's RFP was the only one to mention the road. FOIL the RFPs. The rules are different than bids and this process was fine in a legal sense. Unfortunately, all it takes is some unattributed internet buzz to have Ken and Rodney cave. The deal will die, the property will lie dormant and only Troy will suffer.

    A few Republicans are grasping at straws in an attempt to feel relevant.

    I will post an apology if this goes anywhere. FBI interviews are done. No one committed any crime and Fane's lawsuit will fail. RFP's are not bids.

    Funny thing about these scandals: A property that needed to be demolished was, paid for by the owner, not the city. A new sidewalk, paid for by the contractor, a property developed and put to use. Wow, that does sound like corruption.

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    1. Welcome back you phony f#€Ker. So the FBI should investagate because the Troy Public Safety Committee already did. They should bow down to this group on the PSC in Troy. Your still as delusional as ever. Go back to what ever hole you've been in

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    2. Great read except:
      -Chief Garret has no authority to order a building demolished

      -the sidewalk was order installed by Dunne on private property and going to be paid with federal funds until he got caught, WHY?

      -air quality/asbestos abatement is covered under federal law and the law was not followed

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    3. Wow, what an arrogant dick. This isn't about party affiliation, this is about right and wrong.
      It's too late to aplogize for Bill. Let him man up on his own.

      You have to be an idiot if you think borrowing 27 million dollars is good for the taxpayer.

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    4. It's bill dunnes girlfriend writing. Only returns when he's in trouble. Plus the twitch

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    5. Not Bill's girlfriend, in fact she's quite nice. Let's focus on democratus. Question, what kind of shyster attorney would file a bogus political suit for a client, get hired by the municipality who the suit was filed against, lobby to settle the suit as an employee in which he'd profit and then quietly get let go when it was discovered? What kind of slithering snake would do such a thing? A wannabe judge? A political gadfly only second to the top gadfly? Again, what kind of slimeball would ever do something like this?

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  18. Intentionally (or recklessly) exposing the public to toxic substances is indeed a crime, and a federal one at that.

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  19. The ends justify the means that's your answer? God please tell us you have no children.

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  20. How's the streets in front of Roddys house? How clean are the streets in front of your house? Peter Ryan spending as much time on cleaning the street or taking care of his Friends? Where are the street sweepers!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Hi, thanks for posting.

    I said in my post that just because the FBI is asking questions doesn't mean that they will conduct a full blown investigation. I'm guessing the FBI asks a lot of questions about a lot of things - probably in an agent's job description somewhere. The fact they are asking questions, though, is hardly uninteresting or simply "juicy" fodder for a blog or newspaper.

    Last I knew, Boyajian hasn't paid the city for the demo, but I could be wrong on that point. And I think there is more to it than Garrett's spite for Reeves. How much more I really have no idea.

    I understand the difference between an RFP and a straight up bid ... but the parameters of what was there to propose on changed dramatically since the initial request. Criminal? I doubt it. But in the least it should go back out to bid with a better, more universal, understanding of what is down there and, more importantly, what the city's end of the bargain is.

    About the sidewalk ... are you sure Casale paid for it. The last I knew the city was going to but I could be wrong on that point. It was a bad move by Dunne, which he readily admitted so on that end it's a moot point. Where it go any further, I have no idea. I thought it was a done deal until the FBI inquiry.

    Anyway, thanks for posting. Your observations and insight are always appreciated.

    Jim

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    1. Very profound statement! " I'm guessing the FBI asks a lot of questions about a lot of things - probably in an agent's job description somewhere." May be more technical than what you wrote but FBI guys are the top of the food chain. They don't waste their time looking at everyday silliness. This deal stinks and their are problems. That's why they are here! They are the smartest of the smartest, and thank God for the good work they do!

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    2. corruption is a crime. we need a legal definition of corruption.

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  22. Has the State DOT ever inspected the Spring Ave. Bridge? It seems to me something can be done to at least open 1 lane down the middle. How about restricting truck traffic and putting up lights to allow alternate 1 lane traffic. I hope we are not going to be without the road for another 3 years on the knee jerk reaction of Russ Reaves. It seems like every year the south end loses major road for an extended period of time. I hope Russ never looks under the bridge on Campbell Ave near the firehouse.

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