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Thursday, November 17, 2016

D.A. Getting well deserved attention,lots of it.

From arming his often replaced assitant D.A.'s in local courtrooms to creating a needless $75 k job for Lou Desso's son as a "spokesman" Rensselaer County's DA Joel Abelove has managed to get some attention and well deserved criticism.
 After enduring a blistering Times Union editorial calling on him to resign and another front page article today explaining why the Attorney General is seeking authority to investigate his conduct, today he is the subject of an excoriating article in a national on line publication called the Daily Beast. You can read the article here.

Abelove was recently the subject of a NY Times editorial critical of his action and performance. The Daily Beast went through the litiney of refusing to prosecute his political pals while prosecuting his enemies.

With so many murder cases pending in the county, the last thing we need is more dismissals for failing to prosecute on time as occurred with three cases in Rensselaer recently.

One thing is for sure. If the Governor does remove Abelove, his politically connected and needless spokesman will be looking for a new job. Stay tuned tomorrow as the Daily Beast goes into some of the political patronage in Rensselaer County.

UPDATE: The Daily Beast published its followup story today which you can read here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sign of the Times

If your street wasn't paved this year, don't worry, Lou Desso spent enough on this electronic monster and cement to pave a couple of town roads! Without FOILING the records, sources estimate it to be near $70,000. Yep, Lou managed to get the concrete pour to a relative, hey what is family for if you can't get your kid a job in the county or one for yourself by changing the requirements of a couple of college degrees? So what's a big concrete pour after two county jobs and a whopping 16% property tax assessment reduction for your home, right?

Anyway the town's new "Green Monster"could serve a purpose. Imagine if it let you know when Lou was in town hall in his newly refurbished office! It could flash the words "Dr. Desso is in" and all of us could note the times and days so they could be compared with his county Time and Attendance Records along with the official Payroll Certification in which one of his Supervisors must affirm under penalty of perjury that Lou was actually working during the hours he lists on his time sheets.

Lou has been spending a lot of time in Town Hall hall and thanks to some prying eyes we have a good record of the dates and times which will soon be compared to the next round of payroll records being FOILED from Rensselaer County where Lou collects $81,000 plus a year in what was a professional job requiring both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree.

Yep, connections count almost as much as the cost of that sign! For certain folks are noticing like the owner of the Highway Recreation just down the street.  He has a sign but he knows what it's like to work for a living and earn your dollars. Take a look for yourself at the sign in front of his business. Frankly, we like this one a whole lot more than the Green Monster!

Editor's note: It's ironic that the Green Monster in front of town hall shows how shoddy the building is next to the new sign. You'd have to agree that the  Highway Recreation building always looks great and inviting.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Desso's Sewer Agenda For Friendship Acres

Lou Desso is wasting no time as he pushes the buttons to get sewers in his neighborhood without letting folks know what's driving his desire. After grabbing an extra $1897 a year in property tax reductions for himself, he's able to pay what would likely be an enormous yearly bill to build sewers in his neighborhood. And what's driving his desire to dig up the neighborhood?  He wants to subdivide his property to permit his son to build a house in the spring. He can't do that legally as long as there are no sewers and so he's going  to try to get enough people to sign on and help him pay the bills that would allow him to subdivide his land.

Desso held his cards close to his vest at the Town Board meeting held tonight which was filled with residents from his neighborhood both for and against what is likely a highly unaffordable project. But if he gets 51% of the identified benefit units, the total number of homes to be included in his sewer district, he'll likely get the town board to pass a local law to create the sewer district that is subject to a permissive referendum that most people will not understand.

He will likely pass the local law in the dead of winter to make it more difficult for anyone opposing it and trying to get the needed signatures on a petition to permit a vote by all of the district's residents. Without a petition with sufficient signatures filed within 30 days of the local laws passage, it becomes law with no public vote. The Lou Desso can award the contracts, tear up the neighborhood and subdivide his property.
And the best part, he has already insulated himself from the cost by grabbing a huge and unjustified tax reduction on his home thanks to his friends in Brunswick who approved it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Desso secretly grabs hugh tax cut

Lou Desso never thought anyone would find out that his friends in the county changed the job description of a long vacant job Deputy Mental Health Commissioner removing the requirements of two college degrees so he could grab an $82,000 pay check. He never figured he'd offend people by using his influence again to get his son a newly created job in the DA's office. And he never figured folks would find out he pulled strings to grab himself a huge 16% property assessment reduction by having the work done in another town.

He was wrong on all three counts and has made the front page of the Times Union Capital Region for all the wrong reasons today. You can read the full article here. The move will put an extra $1897.00 a year in his pocket, money that comes out of the pockets of the school district, the taxpayers who pay his county salary and town taxpayers who pay his salary as Supervisor. Ironic considering he's in a better financial position than most people to pay his fair share of taxes and is taking the money from the very employers who have feathered his 3800 square foot home complete with swimming pool. As the full article points out, one of the so called comparable properties is 92 Macha Lane. It is listed with a market value of $372,692 while Desso's home was set with the new market value number of $313,500. Desso's home has a pool while the 92 Macha Lane does not, yet one year ago today it sold for $407,000 according to on line listings. Clearly Desso's home was grossly under assessed.

So what are taxpayers to do about this ethically challenged move done behind their backs, ask Town Board he controls to investigate? Hell no, not one of them said a word of concern or criticism. How about the District Attorney? Whoops, he hired Lou's son in a newly created job as "spokesman" and Louie put up all those campaign signs for him. Well, about the only place to go might be the State Attorney General and his Office of Public Integrity.  Mr. Schneiderman, are you reading the paper today?