Now that the Council is wrapping up its investigation into questionable demolition projects in the city – as well as a couple other things – I can’t help but wonder what the end game is.
Of course, there are those who say the probe has already accomplished its goal – to embarrass the administration of Mayor Lou Rosamilia. But even if that’s the case, there has to be some sort of formal resolution in addition to scoring intangible political points.
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I suppose it could come in a few ways: The Council, under President Rodney Wiltshire, could refer their findings to other agencies like the Department of Labor, the District Attorney or the FBI; it could write a report and make recommendations including any disciplinary action it would like to see taken against members of the administration; or it could take action on its own.
As far as I can tell, not much new came out of the hearing last night when the Council heard from Dave Sheeran, a long time code enforcement officer, Planning Commissioner Bill Dunne, Ben Brucato, who lives at 51 Third St. and Andrew Kreshick, who was overseeing the demolition at the King Fuels site.
As I wrote before, the Rosamilia’s administration is out of control and everyone seems to do as they please with little regard for protocol, the Charter or even the mayor. The latest two hearings didn’t do anything but reinforce that observation.
Much of last night’s marathon was spent talking about the city’s decision to shutter 51 Third St. for lack of a certificate of occupancy. The building, owned by Igor Vamos, a former member of the anti-establishment “Yes Men,” was used as a gathering place for some who were protesting the Troy police and how they handled a melee at Kokopelli’s Bar. The accusation is that the shuttering was an effort to discourage – or intimidate – the potential protesters from joining in an anti-police rally.
There is some validity to that concern given the fact Dunne and Sheeran used information garnered from this blog to investigate the building and then used Facebook and a computer program to determine the building did not have a CO, even though Vamos has owned it and it was occupied for more than a decade. Plus, I’m told the normal course of business – or at least one avenue available to the city in such situations – would be to issue a temporary CO and give the building owner time to get everything in order.
Anyway, back to the end game, my guess is the Council will write a report, outlining the already well known issues (in addition to forwarding its information to the Department of Labor, which has an open case about the King Street demo and has already requested such.)
Some recommendations the report could include:
-The Troy Local Development Corporation, which owns the King Fuels site, is out of control and needs more oversight.
-Fire Chief Tom Garrett acted beyond the scope of his duties by unilaterally ordering the demolition of the King Street buildings, and even negotiated with the owner for payment, and should be reprimanded
-Order someone – be it the owner, attorney Don Boyajian, or the city – to at least clean up the lot and take that God-awful tarp off the building that wasn’t knocked down on King Street.
-Dunne acted beyond the scope of his duties by sticking his nose into the Code Department in shutting down 51 Third St. and should be reprimanded. Or, if he is terminated, it would make life a lot simpler for the administration and a whole bunch of Democrats.
-Lobby the state Legislature to enact initiative and referendum in this state to cut Rosamilia’s term short.
Good for them! Don't stop now...keep going. With the drastic increase in taxes alone, increase in crime (and yes, Troy is the wild wild west as someone denied before) and now City employees deciding they can do whatever the hell they want without repercussions the residents deserve action to be taken by the Council. Go to the NYSDOL and have the feds also come in and review ALL financial records...this bs has got to stop and people let go.ReplyDelete
Where was the posting that Dunne and Sheeran referenced? And if there is any truth to that statement then WHY oh WHY don't the rest of everyone's statements get looked into...there have been tons of complaints on here and on other Troy affiliated Facebook pages...like small children playing on broken steps on the back of the old Thornies...why? Because people are getting their bread butteredReplyDelete
To get back to the non certified code officers in the City of Troy. Mr. Wiltshire should look at this. NYCRR Title 19 Part 434.5 (2) ii and 434.7. These inspectors can not legally close buildings, order demolitions, cite violators, etc. etc. unless they are state certified and have successfully kept up with there annual 24 hour re certification. Why is this being overlooked? Just call NYS Codes division. They will explain it better.ReplyDelete
I was in court not too long ago in Troy. I heard high tops testifying under oath that he is a state certified Code Officer. This is not true. According to state codes. Maybe the Attorney General's office should investigate? What do you think there Mr. Wiltshire?Delete
You should personal message him this info OR you can foil request a copy of his NY state current certication or do you want me to just let me know on here what you want doneDelete
Dave you made a fool of yourself last night and showed your true lack of professionalism and your child like anger for people who are your boss. You made it very clear that the previous administration rewarded your wife for her good work by promoting you to a position you are not mental strong enough to hold. God forgive the day that the "cheese slides of your cracker" and your true mental state is revealed.ReplyDelete
Let me get this straight- you want Dunne to be fired for enforcing the law in regards to the 3rd st property? Say they were having one of their gatherings, and God forbid there was some sort of unexpected malady that occured. Say in their haste to get out of the building, someone gets trampied and seriously hurt. Guess who gets sued once some shiester lawyer finds out the city turned a blind eye to the lack of CO? Dunne has done some shady deals in other cases, but actually protected the taxpayers by enforcing the law in this case.ReplyDelete
At 634 kind of like what happened at the old Leonard Hospital and the building next to the Bike place...those are long standing issues but dont get the fire chiefs or dunnes undivided attentionDelete
the enforcement is only to help the administration and for their benefit which is most likely monetary in some form, be it contributions to campaign chest or personal ventures.Delete
End game? There is no end game. They proved it last night with that pathetic, unfocused scattershot joke of a hearing.ReplyDelete
We have Bob "I HAVE NEVER CONDEMNED THE POLICE!" Doherty
We have Rodney "You're a Tool" Wiltshire
We have Kenny "The Patronizer" Zalewski
And, after countless hours of "testimony" we have .... nothing at all. We have city officials lecturing council members on code procedures. We have council members who don't understand social media. We have the press laughing at us. We have a council president so inept, Republicans are breaking ranks to defend the Democratic administration.
Good job, Rodney! You proved yourself to be the flaming ass that most of us knew you were.
Thanks Amy. If Ian wins, the job is yours.Delete
It proves the City is going to shit due to pompous assailed like you. This is just the beginning honeyDelete
Why is the Lansinburgh councilman always absent from council meetings?ReplyDelete
You know you're incompetent when Bill Dunne makes you look like a bunch of mouthbreathing dumbasses. I never thought it possible, but this council is more inept than the last one. That's really scary.ReplyDelete
There were only 5 council members at this meeting and Robertson was reading prepared questions that often asked what had just been answered. Rodney has backed himself into a corner and does not know it.ReplyDelete
How much Chapstick did dunne go thru. Did he adjust his pants. Clear his throat? All nervous signsReplyDelete
Free drinks for everyone after hightops testimony at the all troy clubReplyDelete
funny most of the pompous narcissists who mostly post on this blog think there large and in chargeReplyDelete
well the party's going to come to an abrupt end
code in troy is going to cleaned out there is an investigation coming from Albany that is going to rock city hall to is knees
the end game is near
Yeah, just like the Kokopellis investigation exploded into a national scandal. LOL you people are so delusionalDelete
I still don't agree with what went down that nightDelete
And I'm sure that's of great concern to exactly no one.Delete
Albany investigation? Please. The end game is a dead end street!ReplyDelete