Friday, July 18, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: EPA, DEC investigators met with former city engineer

REEVES

Representatives from the criminal investigation units of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation visited with former City Engineer Russ Reeves earlier this week.
Barbara Tozzi, who was Reeves assistant in City Hall before he resigned and she retired, was also present. She now works for Reeves in his private engineering practice.
The focus of the nearly three-hour meeting was controversial demolition projects at the King Fuels site and on King Street.
Sources said the two investigators inquired about who paid for what, but were more concerned with the procedures that were followed - or not followed. Sources said both investigators showed up at Reeves house armed and wearing badges.  
KING STREET DEMO
The names discussed with Reeves and their activities regarding both projects, according to sources, were Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Deputy Mayor Pete Ryan, Corporation Counsel Ian Silverman, Planning Department Commissioner Bill Dunne, attorney Don Boyajian, who owns the King Street buildings, Fire Chief Tom Garrett and others.

It's unclear where the investigation is headed but sources said the two agents were "well versed" on the two projects and already had a firm grip on what transpired.   

When contacted, Reeves said he could not comment.
According to the Times Union, the city Council turned over transcripts from its investigation to the EPA. Reeves was previously questioned by the FBI and sources say the three agencies are now working together in a joint federal/state effort to uncover what actually transpired in the Collar City.  At a hearing in front of the city Council in its ongoing investigation into the demolition projects, Reeves said Boyajian had come to the city looking for permission to take the buildings down by emergency decree. He was denied under the administration of then Mayor Harry Tutunjian.
Late last summer, Reeves went on vacation and the buildings were condemned by Fire Chief Tom Garrett and taken down. There was no asbestos abatement done and the building next door occupied by Bombers was allowed to remain open and patrons were seen walking in and out while the wrecking ball swung.
Buildings at the King Fuels site were taken down without following the recommendations of a licensed engineer. In addition, there are questions about improperly demolishing the buildings without conducting asbestos abatement.
The project was temporarily shut down when crews came dangerously close to a gas main that runs through the site.

Below is a video depicting the demolition of a building at the King Fuels site. It's relevant to the investigation and just too funny not to post again. Warning: it contains graphic language.
 

47 comments:

  1. All those people of accusing Rodney of a witch and being political, oh well!
    Can't hide behind politics or Wade anymore. Only question is, who talks first and who gets thrown under the bus?

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    1. Something to ponder, Chief Garrett is on record saying he ordered the demolition. He also said they were looking at only city owned buildings yet went to Boyajians building first. Reeves was asked to tear them down but refused due to law and asbestos concerns. Would Garrett take an order from Dunne, Silverman or nemesis Reeves? Who would he take the order from? Lou or Pete? If Lou can still play the beginning of alzheimer role that leaves only one person. Peter Ryan. Although it was Dunne's plan Ryan ordered it. Dunne will throw him under the bus in a New York minute.

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    2. You're a couple bricks short of a load. Keep sniffing that asbestos.

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    3. When does their term end? It's almost as bad as waiting for last winter to end

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    4. @ 757, maybe it wasn't an order, maybe there's a connection between Garrett and Boyajian?

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  2. This bullshit has got to come to an end. It's ridiculous that valuable employees keep leaving City Hall because of all the behind closed doors deals going on.

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    1. Feel free to run for office and make Troy a better place. We all know you're going to keep sitting on your ass in front of a computer eating cheetos.

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    2. I say have Francie Flynns grandson run he owns property on Troy and knows finance

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  3. Hey Bill, how does it feel under the steamroller? !~~!

    You were worried about the noise from The Ruck keeping you up at night? Soon there will be other noises keeping you up.

    Maybe Josh Sabo can represent you. !~~!

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  4. My Orange Dunne Buggy is for sale. Many good times driving it, Ripping down lawn signs and stealing them. Ridin through city smokin weed and scoring hydros and oxys. Liked driving by political big shots houses. Bought dunne buggy from NASA in Florida when I had my million dollar tree business working for FEMA. Dunne buggy was used on moon. Wife says sell, need new battery for truck, she sick of jumpstarting it for me.
    Buggy has no serial numbers or title scratched off by NASA. Will use money to help nephew buy all houses he can see from his bedroom. We will buy equipment to start gypsy paver business too. Will go to Lake Placid, Vermont and Newburgh to meet new people who don't know us. Make lots of moneys.
    Coming soon I will expose all kinds of corruption going on in city. You will see soon and be surprised. We have the proof.
    Gotta go to bed now. Big meeting of the smarts people at Mannorys in the morning. That where we make up great stories and believe them. Tommorow we talk about Illuminatis in Troy, Tom Wade, King Tut, Merch, and no good Caprod. Met with Caprod eyebal to eyebal. Caprod was gonna write the big story before Fox news. Maybe Caprod will print it tomorrow.

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  5. harrys crew had russ to bullshit every one with his I am a professional and I can blow smoke up your ass better than any one because I have my License and get paid lots of money and my secretary has a great body she deserves all the over time she gets and I get fringe benefits too
    normally I just scam the tax payers but if I can get a date too and get paid to scam the tax payers its hole in one for me
    pete plays golf and chases little balls but I am Russ and I have big balls and I am smart Sondra will tell me what every one is up to and be my snitch and do my dirty work too she is a professional
    cant wait for a real leader who comes to town and can get things done rite all this money being spent on go no where and do nothing political hacks
    harry has got all the answers he has got a huge YouTube following over 65 views and counting harry will lead the Legislature on ways to get stronger laws passed to keep every one in line
    meanwhile at the THA there figuring out how sarris and crowley can make a come back and have all that power again and crowley can say this is my town and call a cop and be a tough guy Jay can make faces and brood and strut around like a big boy Jay wants to be in the big leagues like Vito and be a star and have as many people as Vito does on YouTube well time will tell and when the well runs dry they will all go some where else and find other victims there is money to be made if we all stick together and keep all the tax payers in line
    remember we can just use the mushroom treatment on them keep them in the dark and fill them full of shit
    that's all folks




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  6. Now Helen can finally be with d dean. Thanks Doris

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    1. Hightops hair has been perfectly coiffed as of late. Little pep in his step too.

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    2. YOU SHOULD ALL GET A LIFE- HA HA

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    3. Ha ha right back at you, the corruption is only just beginning to be uncovered with an arrest today in Troy...so I trump your ha-ha with a ha-ha-ha-ha...loser

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  7. Learned lots more today at Mannory's. Chappy and Chef Mike real smart men, not jerkwads like others. Voter fraud not big deal for them. Lots of crackheads in Troy, Mike knows lots of them, some worked in his businesses. They working family voters. Mike knows the hookers too, good friends !~~! they vote too. Guys on street sell seafood to him for restaurant and they vote too. Keeps votes in newspaper. Chappy smart, nose in books, got many degrees. Chappy ready to run for Mayor. Cox family will be all set !~~! Finally. Towing contract and 8 houses junior can see from bedroom window. I will get tree contract for all city trees in parks. We will build ferris wheel on old Jacks propertey for all to use.Vito will operate carny booths. Good times coming for Troy. Still have dunne buggy for sale. may drive it to pig out and race Vito in golf cart, look him eyaball to eyebal. junior will make video for Youtube!~~! Gotta go see squirell in backyard and i am hungry!~~!~~!

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  8. Cox jr try to get rid of troy matress? Owner won't sell and city to foreclose which means he will never get it

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  9. Jeff buell ad ed fonzy. Oh boy

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  10. Peter where going to need to see your credit card slip from Browns showing you infact did pay for the rehearsal dinner. Thank you Johnson and Johnson FBI.

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    1. Smoking gun.

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    2. Give it up. Nobody cares.

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    3. 931...I have conversed with DiNapoli,if you have something that is of interest,send it to him,he has people that will look into it because there are already so many complaints about how things are run

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  11. How many sworn statements do investigators have in hand

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  12. I see Jim Gordon has recovered sufficiently from a weekend of pissing himself to post a load of bullshit on Facebook about the rising crime in Lansingburgh.

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    1. 5 murders in 3 months including a pregnant mother and you call that bullshit. You are a sick bastard and very delusional or possible can't see all the crime in the Burgh from your house on Red Rock. Loser.

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    2. Five homicides in the Lansingburgh while Jim Gordon has been our councilman. All unsolved because he's so out of touch and a weak political pawn. As bad as Kevin was he knew the landscape. Flash Gordon, one term.

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    3. Jim Gordon is the one minimizing the homicides. He says they don't matter because the victims knew each other. Really?? He needs to put on his big boy pants and get his head out of Tedesco's ass. The burgh needs solutions, not an empty suit who will only show up when cameras are around.

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    4. If the Republican party says jump, Jim will jump. I hope Rich Crist doesn't ask him to punch out some kids.

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    5. 6 in Troy 5 in the Burgh.

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  13. Jim is a true opportunistic republican
    When crimes are up he will come around and look at the dead body's and say he is on the job
    On another front Vito has teemed up with Tonko at the Pig Out
    Tonko is really slumming when he teams up with Vito lets face it
    Evidently Tonkos polls are not looking good
    I will have to keep the people in the burgh from being brain washed any more than they already have by Gordon
    Its time to act and put out all those fires now

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    1. Jim was thrilled to point out violent crime when he wasn't councilman and could point fingers. That's all he knows how to do. Now by default he finally got to be councilman and crime is getting worse. He's a joke and the burgh is getting worse every day under his "leadership"

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  14. False comments about people peeing in their pants are okay to be posted but if you mention someone's documented criminal history that was given in a courtroom, it gets censored, Nice.

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    1. Probably because mudslinging about someone's past has nothing to do with the problems facing Lansingburgh.

      Jim Gordon hiding out in his house in fear instead of proposing real, action oriented plans to combat crime and blight has everything to do with the problems in Lansingburgh. Residents deserve more than they are getting from this councilman.

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    2. They both suck. One an arrogant criminal the other a Harry political puppet.

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  15. Does anyone know of a good hairdresser? Preferably in north troy Thanks

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  16. Thank God Troy has Vito. What a weekend, between the Pig Out and Powers Park he banged it. Even Congressman Tonko came to congratulate him. Too bad Lou, Ryan, Rodney and Cox didn't have enough class to participate and thank him. Well thank you Vito from all of us.

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    1. Vito banged what? I'm afraid to ask.

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  17. MARCH 15 2010....THE DAY EVERYTHING STARTED TO GO WRONG FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE CITY OF TROY.LOOK WHAT ARE CITY IS LIKE NOW.

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    1. What happened 3-15-10

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  18. Smoke another Joint Pal
    what a jack ass Congressman Tonko is another phony too
    when will this end

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    1. It's says a lot when Vito and Tonko stand together and Vito not only has the most integrity but is much more respected. Vito, run for mayor!

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  19. When u go back to Florida bobby. The zba said no. Now go

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