Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Four witnesses slated to testify in front of Council Thursday

WILTSHIRE
Four witnesses are slated to testify Thursday night in the city Council’s ongoing probe of two controversial demolition projects.
 Mike Cristo, the owner of the company who demolished the buildings on King Street; Flora Carr, who was the contact person for when Bethel Baptist Church wanted to buy the lot behind Bombers Burrito; Jack Hanley, who is the backup city engineer and was going to examine the common wall between Bombers and the buildings that were demolished until he was called off; and Ryan Preston, who was described to me as the Troy Local Develop Corporation’s engineer.
Those witnesses are coming of their own volition and were not issued subpoenas.

Council President Rodney Wiltshire and his colleagues are holding the hearings to determine what, if any, improprieties took place on King Street of at the King Fuels site in South Troy.

KING STREET DEMO
The buildings on King Street were demolished last year after Fire Chief Tom Garrett declared the buildings unsafe and ordered an emergency demolition. Questions about asbestos, why it was declared an emergency and why patrons were allowed to stay in the adjacent Bombers arose practically before the buildings fell.

Bethel Baptist wanted to purchase the lot behind Bombers from the city to use as parking but the Council opted not to sell it along with a host of other city owned properties.

DUNNE
Last week Barbara Tozzi, an assistant to former City Engineer Russ Reeves, told the Council Hanley was set to inspect the walls but she was told to call him off shortly before the demolition commenced. Reeves resigned among the King Street controversy and when crews at the King Fuels site endangered life and limb by dumping debris on a natural gas main. Tozzi put in her retirement papers earlier this week.

The King Fuels demolition is currently on hold while state and federal officials investigate the discovery of asbestos scattered about the site. The LDC, headed up by the city Planning Commissioner Bill Dunne, owns the site and awarded the demolition contract to Casale Excavating.

The FBI is also investigating King Street, the sale of the Scolite property, which was squashed by the Council, and a controversial sidewalk installation in North Central. Dunne was suspended for five days following the sidewalks that were installed near the Sanctuary for Independent Media using federal money.

Dunne, Garrett, Deputy Mayor Pete Ryan and possibly even Mayor Lou Rosamilia could testify in front of the Council in the near future. It's unclear if they will come voluntarily or if they will require a subpoena.  
 

22 comments:

  1. Dunne said the meeting contained several inaccuracies and was a “farce.”

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    1. Well Billy boy, let's hear your story under oath before the council. No subpoena required because you want to set the record straight, right?

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  2. Bill Dunne, owns the site

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  3. What about the dire wolf?

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  4. Andrew kreshik has overseen many projects in the city. He was the reason the riverfront park came to fruition and has pushed thru and has everything set and ready for the new ingalls ave boat launch. He has worked and was given additional powers by two seperate administrations and is now also overseeing projects for the quasi govt body tldc He has a proven record with a career in the star followed by a 4 year career with the city this far making his way from technician to assistant planner and right hand man to commissioner dunne. He has done nothing wrong and it's a travesty certain soldiers feel the need to call him out in accurately and to go as far as following this individual to a car close enough to decifer a license plate. Please do something constructive and allow people to continue their jobs legally

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    1. 2 "soldier" there called Johnson and Johnson unrelated.

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    2. Are you serious??????? What a joke. Hey dire wolf. You spoke to the media because your the fall guy. Better lawyer up

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    3. There is no doubt Mr. Kreshik will be the "fall guy". Dunne and Ryan will play him like a banjo. Lou will keep up the "I wasn't aware" of anything act.

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    4. No way. Bill Dunne's ego is too large, and his delusions too great, to not take credit for everything that has happened. He's always right, and everyone else is always wrong, so he doesn't need a fall guy.

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    5. I have a feeling agents Johnson and Johnson (no relation) will take issue with always right - always wrong stance.

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    6. He was the reason the riverfront park came to fruition and has pushed thru and has everything set and ready for the new ingalls ave boat launch. He has worked and was given additional powers by two seperate administrations and is now also overseeing projects.
      Ingalls ave boat launch will never happen or the so called park.
      The so called Park that the City paid an engineer to put on the Troy City Site is a ruse there going to try and sell the property to some sucker.

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  5. And the zba said no to cox again. Biobby couldn't make it. Something with a battery going dead.

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    1. battery or brain going dead

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  6. Meeting to issues subpoenas has a problem, Rod. You want everyone to follow the law but you.

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  7. Dire wolfs new amity plate to read fall guy

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    1. Rumor is it will be pen 15

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  8. FBI would never allow council to investigate anything it was looking into. Just would not happen.

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    1. Yeah ok. You're right, the FBI isn't looking into any of Dunne's projects. They're here to see Cherokee D'Ass perform at Kokopellis with Gary Pavlic and to measure Rich Crist for some new pants.

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  9. brass balls or stupidity...i'm leaning on stupidity...how can a fire chief order a building demolished in less than a 24 hr period when people are eating their meals outside..gd damm..therew's no concern there...and then there's the demo crew...they didn't think about the publc...sound's like a rubber stamp all the way...you people should go to jail

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  10. The City needs a thorough audit

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  11. The City needs a thorough audit

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  12. The City needs a thorough audit

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