Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More to King Fuels than a gas line and butting heads (DOCUMENTS)


REEVES
 The way I see it the administration had a choice … Planning Department Commissioner Bill Dunne or City Engineer Russ Reeves.
The two have clashed on more than one occasion and even came close to fist-a-cuffs at one point. This time, it appears, the administration made up its mind and went with Dunne because Reeves apparently had had enough and submitted his resignation earlier this week.
The latest dust-up revolves around the demolition of 12 buildings at the old King Fuels site in South Troy. The project was through the Local Development Corporation, a quasi-governmental body where Dunne serves as executive director.
In his resignation letter dated Monday, Reeves said engineering work was done by non-engineers and that the demolition crew had come close enough to a main gas line putting public safety in grave danger. As such, since he is the city engineer, he said his license was also in danger should anything have happened. There are a number of ancillary stories depending on who you talk to, but that’s the gist of it.
I’m not saying who is wrong or right, but despite the two not hitting it off the process at King Fuels has been ongoing and, to say the least, convoluted.
-On June 7, 2013 the LDC, which owns the King Fuels site, requested bids to take down 12 buildings. The RFB included performing an asbestos survey, asbestos abatement and the removal of all friable material.
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-Before the bids were due on June 20, 2013 the LDC withdrew the RFB, citing the need for an asbestos survey first. The FRB clearly states the contractor who is awarded the bid would need to perform the asbestos survey but the lack of one is the reason it was withdrawn.
-In November, 2013, according to LDC minutes, two of the buildings were condemned and were to be taken down by emergency decree. The board said it had set aside $200,000 for the demolition and were entertaining three bids with the award eventually going to Provincial Contracting Services. Since the buildings were vacant for at least a couple decades, it’s unclear why the emergency demolition was necessary on the isolated, unpopulated site.
-In December, 2013, according to the minutes, Dunne told the board demolition could not proceed on two of the buildings – it’s unclear if it’s the two buildings mentioned above – until Reeves obtained an engineering report.
-In January, the LDC Facebook page shows photos of a company knocking down the former Benzoil building, one of the 12 listed in the June, 2013 RFB. The January minutes also mention an engineering report related to two of the buildings and to a gas line – presumably the one mentioned above that sparked the latest Dunne/Reeves pissing match.
-On March 1, a Saturday, the LDC again requested demolition bids using a website called BidNet, a site that charges either by the month or the year. The bids were due on March 6 and Casale Construction was low bidder out of five companies and was awarded the contract. Work on the site was ongoing until last Friday when it was shut down because of the gas line. It has since picked up again. Here are the TLDC March minutes. I'm awaiting the answer to a FOIL request to see the particulars of the RFB.
-When Reeves submitted his resignation he cited the gas line and public safety as the most recent threat to his engineering license, but he also referred to the controversial King Street demolition where patrons of Bombers were seen coming and going while the asbestos ridden building next door was demolished as per emergency decree. He was asked for an emergency demolition permit but refused, according to sources, so the demo was ordered by Fire Chief Tom Garrett while Reeves was on vacation.
-Reeves was invited to Albany by the FBI to talk about that project as well as redevelopment of the Scolite property and the controversial construction of sidewalks in North Central.
-Dunne is front and center in all three projects and some Democrats are wondering how much longer he will survive in his present position.
-The Council, according to President Rodney Wiltshire, is set to look into what transpired at King Fuels and it will be interesting to see if they utilize subpoena power.
-Reeves met with Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Deputy Mayor Pete Ryan and Corporation Counsel Ian Silverman Tuesday morning.
-There are fears in City Hall that the administration will go after some of those close to Reeves, for what reason I’m not sure but the fears are very real.
-I don’t think this one is over yet. Never let it be said I don’t have a knack for the painfully obvious.   

120 comments:

  1. "Dunne is front and center in all three projects and some Democrats are wondering how much longer he will survive in his present position."

    No, MOST Democrats are wondering how much longer he will survive in his present position. Are they waiting for him to blow up South Troy? Maybe a major building collapse with fatalities? Seriously, what does it take?

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    1. If it's not a natural disaster, it's...DUNNEZILLA!!!

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    2. It's amazing what a sweat band short shorts tube socks and a Walkman and winger tape will do for a body. That and a planet fitness membership make Sheeran ripped 6 pack abs

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    3. Sheeran no longer has a washer. They wash his clothes on his wash board abs each Sunday night. He called Bernie marine to get the washer

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  2. Look more into kreshnick. The sidekick of bill dunne. The one that lives in east greenbush. The one that wants to be city engineer even though he holds an accosiates degree in forestry. Has been clashing with Russ since day one.

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    1. He's also the guy behind bedrock. The riverfront park that looks like Fred and Barney should live there. Trees anyone?

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  3. How about reeves being threatened and being told he would be fired by the nice guys.

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  4. Perhaps Silverman shouldn't be threatening a stand up professional like reeves especially of he wants to contend for a judgeship.

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    1. If this is so about threats made by Silverman he shouldn't even be considered for a position on a bench.

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    2. Maybe Reeves was about to be fired, resigned to save face, and is trying to throw the administration under the bus out of spite. Gee, there's a thought!

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  5. Good luck finding someone the caliber of reeves. The Lou ship is sinking fast. Worst admin ever.

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  6. Kreischek and dunne prane around city hall the last 2 days like a victory was obtained. Colleen is plotting her revenge. Look out. Flip flops hurt

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    1. Kreshnick is getting the cold shoulder in city hall. Everyone knows his know it all attitude did this. Time for him to go

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  7. As long as Tom Wade calls the shots Bill Dunne will stay. Lou and Peter have never looked so weak and manipulated. It is sad that a licensed professional was forced out by inept political hacks hellbent on corruption and cronyism.

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    1. Take out dunne and put in the grants writer

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  8. Dunne the new Bob Mirch he will sink our party.

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    1. Bill wants to be mirch. He can never be. He's a hack

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    2. Who the hell is Mirch!

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    3. Mirch rode around in a chauffeur driven pickup on city time and city inflated pay practicing politics day after day under Harry's regime.
      THAT is a classic example of a hack ! Dunne is a professional with two degrees.

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    4. "Dunne is a professional with two degrees" HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA. Very thoughtful of you to toot your own horn Bill

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    5. Difference between Mirch and Dunne is Bob knew where the line was. Dunne keeps crossing over

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    6. Mirch. Dunne is more like Minch

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    7. Difference between Mirch and Dunne is Bob knew where the line was. Dunne keeps crossing over

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    8. The difference is that Bob had three jobs and Bill can't even hold on to one.

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    9. Dunne has been seen with Minch and Steve pierce recently. What are they plotting?

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    10. I know Bob Mirch and Dunne is no Bob Mirch

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  9. I guess this comes down to who you believe. Bill Dunne (Lou Pete) or Russ Reeves. Well?

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    1. Dire wolf is useless. Sondra knew. He was on his way out

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  10. Bill. Who's gonna engineer the small poorly built homes up in the burgh now? Kreshnick? Will they be bedrock homes and they can sell to Fred Barney and Wilma?

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    1. That park he built was so awful. A travesty to troy. Do it in east greenbush. Residency requirements?

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    2. They do to need engineering or funding from city. All private investments. Something bill should embrace rather than taunt

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  11. Word is kreshnick will be placed on leave during the investigation. Who will rub bills feet now?

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    1. He's useless. Should have been gone years ago. Was let go from state. Know it all.

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    2. Colleen will rub his feet, if he paints her nails

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    3. Saw Bill in Harlem Swagga today buying some hoodies, flexin and lookin fresh. He saw the cops and had to dip.

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  12. What a herb that rodney is. Using his powers. He's so important. What does jole think?

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    1. Rodney already used his powers as he was quoted in a TU story that he (and Bob the Boob) had looked into the King Street demolition and found "no improprieties". Rodney, sit back and relax there will be openings in the admin soon.

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    2. Rodney should have subpoenaed some people to his fundraiser.

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  13. Three individuals who are thrilled to see Reeves leave, Dunne, Ryan and Garrett. All three are the core of the FBI probe. You people voted for them, you reap what you sow. Where's the "upswing" hack lately?

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  14. Spokesperson Morris said "the LDC or administration did nothing wrong". Wasn't this the same guy under Sheldon Silver that said "the assembly did nothing wrong" when assembly people Boxly raped the women and Lopez groped a teenaged girl? Morris, have Bill pass the chips!

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  15. Morris the Cat said "safety is our main concern" haaaaaaa covering the asses of who's lined their pockets is your main concern. Almost choked on that one.

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  16. Casale workers were still doing work down there (despite Lou calling it to shut down on Friday)early morning Saturday and Sunday in early morning hours....many saw them...ask the residents that surround that area...businesses have cameras all in the area....

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    1. I saw that...big trucks going down the hill from Hudson valley on Saturday morning on my way into troy

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  17. New questions are being raised in Dunne's involvement in using code enforcement to threaten his neighbors. There is a new probe into the letters he sent to his neighbor on Congress St. forcing her to pay him for an easement. He held her project hostage for cash, she was forced into foreclosure by the city. Dunne then handpicked the buyer and approved the sale himself. Many questions are being asked. More details to come.

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    1. Speaking of probes, still waiting on those Dunne emails about his "interest" in the Lansingburgh Stewart's expansion. Heard she wasn't lovin the flip flops.

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  18. kreshnick wont have a chance when I am Mayor

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  19. What an unbelievable chain of events we have had these past few months. It is absolutely astonishing that nothing has been done to clean up what is obviously some form of funny business in city government. There are just too many instances of the same players names coming up in most of these questionable projects. You can bet dollars to donuts that someone else will clean it up if these political leaders in Troy continue on this path.

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    1. Donuts being the key word/hint

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  20. Russ Reeves is a good guy, an honest man and a very qualified professional. For the record he is also the most educated man in the building know as City Hall having obtained a license as a professional engineer. Russ has been involved in all of the permitting, grants and communications with the State Government on all of our projects. The idea that he would be allowed to leave in the middle of all his good work and allow a political guy that is obviously tainted on several deals is incredible. Shame on you Mr. Mayor, this will cost Troy to save a job for a political hack that can't even work in several state run facilities because of his past. Now the taxpayers of Troy will probably be burdened with excessive consultants bills to cover the work of Mr. Reeves.

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    1. Thanks Harry. Now scoot back under your rock

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    2. he's got some mental issues tho - lots of greevances from city staff against him

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  21. Who was behind the Stoneledge SlipNSlide World in the burgh? Because if that was Reeves, good riddance

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    1. How about Lynn please
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    2. You can thank Kevin Mcgrath for pushing the project with dunne giving it his blessing. Russ wasn't a big fan either. He and Harry and Sondra saw the potential environmental impact issues which have become a reality for the residents living below the development,You let vindictive fools row the boat and this is what happens

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    3. You can thank Kevin Mcgrath for pushing the project with dunne giving it his blessing. Russ wasn't a big fan either. He and Harry and Sondra saw the potential environmental impact issues which have become a reality for the residents living below the development,You let vindictive fools row the boat and this is what happens

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    4. Classy. Nice moderation Jim. In the interest of equality, can we assume it's ok to joke about politicans penis size? Because we could really have some fun with that material (or lack thereof).

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    5. Lynn is actually the one with poise and etiquette and waiting to get all the facts in before commenting ...the rest are very much professionals but have to answer to the general public, if they didn't then people would complain about it...don't you see? Damned if you do...damned if you don't...we all know what needs to be done but no one is doing it....the actual tax paying residents need to voice their opinion on how their City government is run or actually how they WANT it run....obviously the City has not progressed from the way it is currently run no matter who the mayor is....there is corruption going on and the FBI needs to help get that addressed....there have been issues with City for a long time coming...before Lou, before Harry....usually things like this can be tracked through the financial trails...somebody start looking into the paper trail...

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  22. Am I the only one who remembers "good guy, professional" Russ Reeves is the same man who demolished our city hall on New Years Eve day, the same man who was so concerned about "public safety" that he tore down the marquee at Cinema Art because it was in "imminent danger" of collapse. Remind me how many hours did it take for the marquee to come down and how many thousands of dollars did that cost taxpayers after the city was sued. Professional please he's a political hack who creates emergencies based on what Harry wanted.

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    1. @ 8:51, I'm glad you "remember" considering your lack of facts and deep democrat delusions. City Hall was Harry and the marquee was Garrett. That's right, the same Garrett that put the public in grave danger when he demolished King Street, when Reeves was on vacation. Maybe Harry ordered Garrett to remove the marquee but he dam sure didn't order King Street. Next!

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    2. I hear Steve Pierce from the sanctuary of commie media is sniping on social media. Steve, is it illegal to take federal funds that aren't yours or is it just illegal for an official to give it away? How's that sidewalk?

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    3. Yeah and was there an FBI investigation? DA? AG? Any arrests? Any crimes committed? Anyone fined or found guilty of anything? Did he resign then? Was his license in jeopardy then? Remind us how many tens of thousands the Media Sanctuary extorted from the city for their bogus lawsuit that was tossed out of court? How much did the freedom square sidewalk favor cost the city. Dunne was suspended for it and admitted he conspired against the mayor.

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    4. Reeves a Suck ass he gets about 70 Grand a year plus his private practices get him.
      Every one leaves Troy With There Pockets Full Except the Tax payers and the actually people who do the work and there will not be much left vary soon.

      Troy Get Raped By hundreds of hacks and they all get a big pay out

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  23. He's a self important pompous ass. Good riddance

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    1. Said only a person who is a part of the problem

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  24. Gary Galuski went to South Troy Tuesday on county time to talk to some of the residents who had concerns about truck traffic,King Fuels, and his support of the Scolite sale. They gave him a hard time and didn't believe a word he said. Lucky for him he is term limited.

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  25. Who is in charge City Hall?

    Rose miller ? or troypolitics?

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    1. Check the employee roster and their expenditure reports and you'll get more of an understanding of who is running the city

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  26. I am still a proud Troy Democrat. Republicans are evil. Remember to vote D down the line every time!

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  27. Yet another debacle in Troy so it is time to update the odds on next years mayors race. Lou R 50-1 Rodney W. 3-1. Cindy D. 7-1 Kenny Z 25-1 Ed M100-1 Lynn K 200-1. Mark M 7-2 Deb W 10-1 Jim G 50-1. Dean B 50-1 Carmella M 35-1.The chances of the FBI taking control of the city 25-1.Signed Vinny Vegas

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    1. Bill Dunne: 7-1
      Russ Reeves: Scratch

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  28. Kevin vandenburgh was seen meeting with Pete behind closed doors today. Rumor is they want him to take over for reeves. With his construction history and project managers skills many within the administration see this as a good fit. Question his can he play nice with dunne?

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    1. Word is they want Kevin to run for Mayor!

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    2. Maybe he can replace dunne. At least he gets projects done

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    3. The city would look like Allentown. Small poorly built stick homes on tiny lots all over. Like putting 5 pounds in one pound bag That's not a developer. That's a tuna can packer

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    4. Looks good in a bathing suit too. I watch him vacuum the hair upi after mcgrath comes over for a swim

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    5. One piece or two piece

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    6. Tube top and a thong.

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    7. That's Harry's outfit, except with a nice pair of heels

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  29. Dire wolf needs to go back to east greenbush. On another note maybe the FBI can figure out what a dire wolf is.

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  30. Dire wolf is an old English term meaning a know all a crony of large red face man. Also means Bought and paid for.

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  31. You're all a bunch of freaks and none of you looks good in a skirt.

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    1. Hightop does

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    2. large is as large does

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  32. Bill Dunn 69 thousand dollars gone for what.

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    1. The city is in an upswing. Progress in all areas. Business openin all corners. Housing oopurtunities all over downtown. Interest by large developers. Harry can't handle what has been done in 3 years in contrast to his miserable 8

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    2. Is that bill dunes signature saying. City in upswing. Give it a rest. Harry laid the foundation for today's success

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  33. Harry's wife is now on the county payroll. Is there NO END to the Republican patronage mill? Thank a Republican for that fat tax bill, folks!

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  34. Dunne has such issue. With Harry's hires. What about amazing kreshnick. That was Harry's mistake.

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  35. Just read where the city council's planning committee meeting wants Troy to be a safer city. Putting bike lanes on narrow streets where cars can barely clear, ROPS = having your property inspected at a cost to the property owner, and they mentioned the fire department doing the inspection. If they don't like your house they demolish it. And no more convenient stores because Nazi Jim doesn't like middle eastern people. Please bring back Nina Nichols and Mark McGrath! That's how bad these clowns are.

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  36. Morris the Kat stated "King Street demo is a dead issue" I wonder if agents Johnson and Johnson (no relation) concur on that.

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  37. The council investigating King Street and King Fuels and wants answers from Reeves and Tozzi? What morons, if they were involved it would have been done properly. Just ignore the 800 Pd. bid rigging predator who wears the sweater vest and his coors light guzzling lackey. Prediction, Rodney will say we looked into it and found no improprieties. Oh, that's right he already said that once in the TU.

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  38. Walking into the special meeting Tuesday night will be like walking on a airplane and looking for the Air Marshal so if you see 2 guys dressed like Russell Ziamba with the pony tail and Daisy Dukes on there the FBI Agents.

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    1. I'd prefer dr death in his carhart mini skirt

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    2. Please no mini skirts unless its Jolene or Amy O'Conner!

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  39. No more bodegas in Troy? Look forward to a visit from The Anti Arab Defamation League. You'll have a better chance of eliminating Kung pao chicken from Troy.

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  40. Hey Lynn Kopka I didn't see a ferrel cat smoking lane next to the bike lane. WTF? NO KITTYS NO PEACE!!!!! We will be protesting this blatant disrespect by placing our cats in trees till they come to there senses.

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    1. Only an insensitive dimwit would criticize a woman who spends her free time rescuing and neutering feral cats. Kopka doesn't get paid for performing this community service. She should be praised for attempting to keep the cat population down as well as benefiting your neighborhood.

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  41. Could someone please post directions and what floor the meeting will be on for Tuesday night? I think the time is set for the meeting is at six right? How are the accosticals in the meeting room? Will we be able to record the sound in the room? Will Bill Dunne, Cheif Garrett , don Boyagian and Cristo going to be there? How about Peter Ryan? We know it's his golf night hope he's there. Any info will be helpful signed Agents Johnson and Johnson (unrelated).

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  42. Mark McGrath fundraiser coming up? Hmmmmmmm

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    1. Wiil be at Pip's. Raisin money so that he and his new business partner Bill Mcinerny can build a bail bond fund in the event that either one gets in trouble again. Checks should be made out to Felons for Freedom.

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    2. where do I get a ticket? This is great news!!!!!!!

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    3. When and where?

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    4. It will be Tuesday May 22 2014. It will be at the Boat Club in Lansinburgh from 5:30 to 7:30 suggested donation is $75 per person. Flora O'Malley will be at the door should you like to pay that night. Any one who would like to help with the campaign can go to the web site www.Markformayor.com and fill in the "I'm for Mark" icon and we will get back to you. We are also looking for hole sponsors for our golf tournament to be held on Tuesday August 5 at Frear Park shot gun start at 10:30 lunch at the turn dinner afterwards at the Park Pub. $475 a foursome. Look forward to your support and LETS GO MARK !!!!!!!

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    5. Guess it'll be Felon Fridays instead of Smile Fridays

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    6. I've hear that Mark McGrath and Bill Mcinerny are rolling in dough with their private business. Why would he run for mayor? If he does we need to ask, when is enough enough?

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    7. Finally somebody who's honest, what else needs to be said.

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    8. Mark is in Virginia, this is all bull sh*t.

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    9. November 2015 Mark your ballet for the return of true leadership. Vote Mark McGrath for Troy Mayor. Taking back Troy with a proven qualified candidate. The count down starts NOW.

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  43. Felons for Freedom this is 100% on the money.
    Harry's Felons Have Felon Will Travel.
    Also The Snobby Junkies Club up in Lansingburgh Junkies Rule in the burgh if you haven bought sold or done hard drugs your not in.
    Also another vary important Social Club is the Rehabbed and I was lost but now I am found club.

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    1. The Snobby Junkies Club. Piroudly Keepiing felonius junk yard owners out of the Burghy for more than a decade

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    2. Looking for a car but need to illegally transfer the Vin#, can anyone help me? Also want to know if I get caught stealing from family and friends what's the best way to skedaddle out of town and make my way to Florida. I'm great at washing dishes and once cut down a sapling. Need help.

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    1. Sure about that bobby?

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    2. Crack heads Junkies and Bears

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  45. I doubt that Florida Flyer could pass a drug test.

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