Thursday, January 29, 2015

Council answers the fiscal crisis by spending $2,352 on new chairs


WILTSHIRE
I realize I haven’t weighed in on the Council report on the demolition projects but there really isn’t anything new in it. Not to belittle the content, but it’s just a summary of the six hearings the Council held publically so anything that’s in the report has already been out there.
However, while the Council was focusing on the controversial demolition projects – which it should – it’s largely ignored the fiscal crisis. In fact, I dare say again, it’s adding to it.
I wrote about the Council’s decision to hire Adam Sanzone as its confidential secretary. Nothing against Sanzone. He did intern for the Council and volunteered to video tape the meetings and what not so he’s probably a good pick for the job.
But, he takes the place of Emily Rossier, who I understand was a no-show for the past year or so. One anecdote is a member of the Council walked into the office and found 118 messages on the machine that had not even been listened to let alone responded to.
ZALEWSKI

Since the Council has survived a year with a confidential secretary in name alone it stands to reason it could have saved the $10,000 it’s paying Sanzone.
I also wrote about the Council’s rush to hire an assistant city clerk for $27,000-plus. The justification was that the city clerk provided such vital services that without an assistant she could not take any time off. I don’t doubt those who visit the city clerk’s office do expect someone to be at the window to get their dog licensed or permit to fish in the Tomhannock. I do, though, find it hard to believe someone already on the payroll couldn’t be trained to fill in once in a while.
Another rationale is that the mayor’s office hired the former the assistant to fill a secretarial opening. That much is true too, but two wrongs don’t make a right.
I have not reached out to anyone on the Council yet, but I would certainly like to hear how they justify spending $2,352.60 on nine new chairs.
BODNAR
As you can see from the purchase order below, nine new “high back chairs” at $261.40 a pop were ordered from Superior Office Products on Jan. 22 and set to be delivered to the Council’s office in City Hall.
I won’t speculate on why the Council – after the scathing state Comptroller’s Report that said the city spent $5.9 million more than it took in over the past three years, after Moody’s gave the city’s finances a negative outlook, and after the Council punted on any layoffs knowing there are two huge one shots totaling more than $2 million in this year’s budget and all six unions are without a contract – why the Council found it necessary to upgrade the office furniture.
No, the $10,000 here, the $27,000 there and the $2,300 over there won’t solve the city’s money problems. But, it is a start. And I don’t see how the Council majority and its President Council Rodney Wiltshire can possible, in good faith and with a straight face, raise taxes or lay off employees – one of the two or both are inevitable – while he and the other eight are sitting pretty in brand spanking new chairs bought with the taxpayers’ dimes.
And they didn't even buy them from a Collar City company. 

 
 

56 comments:

  1. That's Troy politicians for you...If you're going to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, they might as well be new!

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  2. We can definitely have fun with this one. Right Jim?

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  3. Are those chairs more necessary than taking food out of our children's mouths?really? Keep digging ourselves more in debt for your unnecessary spending. I wouldn't get too comfortable in those chairs. Think you really pissed off many tax payers now.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. Really.

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    2. Who gave you a copy of that purchase order Jim. It should have been FOIL requested.

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  4. Maybe they're comfy enough for anastasia to stick around when she doesn't like what she's hearing?

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    1. Maybe they're waterproof for when Jim Gordon gets nervous and angry

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    2. Maybe they have a trapdoor bottom for Ken when he starts with his blathering bullshit.

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    3. They're magic. They can teleport Rodney from Disneyworld for crucial budget votes, all with a wave of his tongue

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    4. Too bad they're not electric shock chairs that shock the person every time they lie.

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  5. But the firehouses and trucks are falling in disrepair.

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    1. So are the fire hydrant's, scary.

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  6. Didn't Peter Ryan work at Superior Business Products? Does he get any commissions from the sale? Should have called Davies Office Furniture and told them Paul Vandenburgh sent you, would have got a great deal and saved some money.

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  7. Too bad most of their asses aren't going to be sitting in those chairs come Jan 1, 2016. Oh and Rodney, your ass isn't going to be sitting in the Mayor's office either.

    Buh Bye!

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  8. This order has Wiltshire the Boy King written all over it.

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  9. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

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  10. Ken are you sure it was the chairs?

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  11. And why is it that the city council just does not get it ? ? ?
    When bond ratings are lowered, and a deficit looms, a rational person does not purchase new chairs. Rodney is not fit to command in a distressed financial environment. The council should sue to recover what monies were paid to Emily for all the reasons that everyone knows. Employees do not have the right to refuse to come to work and the number of unanswered messages is totally inexcusable. The council should go public with a laundry list of items that pertain to her poor job performance. The real question is why was it allowed to continue for so long ? ? ? This council needs a crash course in corporate accountability.

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  12. Yawn. I think the Pulitzer Prize is safe for another year.

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  13. Brass balls. Does the Rod even have a clue what fiscal crisis means?

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    1. Bill Dunne sure as hell doesn't.

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  14. Would not want their sore asses to be a constant reminder of the sore asses that we the residents of the city or Troy have!

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  15. Rodney, we'll give you a chair with a big red ribbon on it when you actually show up for a budget vote.

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  16. I'm sure Galuski needs a new chair every few months.

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    1. He should be in a super-sized high chair

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  17. I am really unhappy with this governing group called the City Council. They should be working on folding chairs and folding tables. In my life I have never seen such wasteful spending by a representative group that was supposed to represent us. They clearly do not have the public's interests at heart. They should be setting an example by cutting back not spending. I am just really tired of throwing money in the pot that winds up in just plain WASTEFUL SPENDING.

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    1. It's not just the Council. It's the business transactions in general.obviously comptroller and his bleached blonde assistant don't know what the f!#& is going on if they keep processing things like tgis

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  18. How come we don't hear from Rodney, Kopka or Sullivan-Teta on these arson cases? How come Sullivan-Teta is mute on everything except roll call? Why does Anastasia go missing for weeks at a time? Why do the council members find it necessary to spend more and more money? Why do people still live in Troy?

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    1. Rodney's too busy posting how hot his wife is on facebook to notice any arson cases.

      Since the fires haven't happened in Washington Park Kopka doesn't care.

      Sullivan-Teta hasn't opened her mouth since she took the oath of office.

      Anastasia can do as she pleases, if you dare say otherwise you're racist.

      Why do people still live in Troy? Million-dollar question right there!

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    2. What about Jim Gordon? Why is he so afraid to challenge Chief Tedesco? He went on TV demanding reinstatement of the SCU to protect his constituents from shootings, murders, arsons. The Chief swatted him away and he slunk off like an obedient child. Man up, Jim! Stop playing on twitter with silly jokes about chairs and stand up for the Burgh.

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    3. Tedesco has a history of swatting D1 councilman. Sent the big buffoon home with his tail between his legs. He did embarrass the Chief and appointed the commissioner but, they're all gone and Tedesco is still there.

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    4. And the city is still plagued with crime.

      At least the former councilman tried to do something about it, instead of being Tedesco's lap dog.

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  19. Just think of what Rodney of the financial ruin Troy is in for if he gets elected as mayor. Not too politically savvy.

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  20. You should see Mahar's chair!
    GG2015!

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  21. "I am really unhappy with this governing group called the City Council. They should be working on folding chairs and folding tables."

    Technically they are. Those are the same cheap plastic folding tables and folding chairs from the church meetings. If folks want to get pissed about something get pissed at the state for making Troy buy a building so the court can take over the second floor of the police department. What a nightmare that is going to be.

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    1. All for a judge that doesn't know her ass from her elbow and claims not to know she was suspended from practice for five years. God help us all.

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    2. Is this Kathy Jimino posting? It's the States' fault that the City of Troy has the most inept council and administration ever elected to office? Keep it up, Kathy, Crist and Marty Reid even look good.

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  22. They have enough for all of these worthless purchases, pay for a comprehensive plan and bond $1 million for upgrades at the golf course. But these morons have not negotiates one contract since they have been in office. City employees have not received a raise in 5 years, you can't blame the fiscal crisis on the unions.

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    1. Sure you can. All the CSEA union reps(that were not chosen by employees but yet hand picked -yes, that's how the got their positions) have high paying salaries and are getting questioned by the FBI. It is all relative. Get the employee roster, it's a family tree, and where has all this nepotism gotten the City? IN A DEEP SHITHOLE

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  23. You people are stupid. How dare you question us. The chairs are dangerous and contain asbestos. They are being replaced under incident command, which allows us to disregard budgetary procedures and basic fiscal responsibility. Next Thursday at the meeting Chief Garrett will demolish them in full hazmat gear in the sealed council chamber while the public is present. Bring the kids. It's perfectly safe and appropriate. So shut the fuck up.

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  24. It's remarkable how this council makes the last one look like a bunch of geniuses. I marvel at how someone with Gary Galuski's IQ can dress himself and drive a car.

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  25. I think this is a 5k raise in the hours after election.

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    1. Kind of like a mid-year raise for a former mayor and his wife who can't pass a civil service exam.

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    2. Signed the 40 year old rookie fireman who is related to the deputy Mayor.

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  26. Sad it took this long to realize Emily was a no-show or was it conveniently ignored until it couldn't be hidden anymore?? Crap seems to happen all over City government !

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    1. You mean the next councilwomen Emily? Just another thieving, dirty dem.

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    2. Maybe, but her heart lies with the showers-optional WFP.

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  27. Actually it might be a very good thing if the State took over Troy's finances. Only then will the people in city government realize what we are saying when we say "stop spending".

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  28. State take over PLEASE. Full audit.PLEASE!!!

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  29. The help is worse and trying to make the admin look bad. Today its snowing like hell. I see three plows on my way thru Troy, two driving thru downtown with their plows up, one with the driver sleeping and hidden. One of the two working had taillight out. What a mess. Is there anyone in charge of these clowns? As a taxpayer I am sick of hearing about all the overtime while my taxes go up. Its bullshit, fix it. These guys are screwing the pooch for more overtime. They should just pay professionals to do the work and rid themselves of these idiots. One thing about Mirch, he kicked their asses and made them work. Come on Mayor, hire a boss!

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  30. Bring back Mirch. He got the job done and displayed respect to the average taxpayer/homeowner.

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  31. What was the real reason why Emily was hired and tolerated for so long ?

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