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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Remarks of former County Chair Disgraceful

Former Democratic County Chair Tom Wade appears to live in a world of obsessions which have needlessly hurt the subjects of his attacks, enveloping them in total falsehoods. His comments about Andrew Ceresia were the latest example of over the top and untruthful attacks by Wade.

The above letter published in the Advertiser scratch the surface of Wade's hypocrisy. While criticizing Ceresia for accepting a cross endorsement from Republicans, Wade has literally handed Republicans key county offices without a fight. He has never run a candidate for County Executive in all the years he held the county chairmanship. Last election cycle he refused to call a county meeting so the committee members could nominate a candidate for Sheriff if they chose to. There were two Democrats interested but Wade disliked them so he refused to allow anyone to run against the GOP's candidate. He thus handed the GOP the office unopposed, a back handed cross endorsement.

As the above letter notes, Wade endorsed a non party member for Troy Mayor over two registered Democrats he did not favor. Never mind that the candidate happens to be the brother of the sitting GOP County Executive. To Wade, disloyalty is a narrow and singular view within his mind alone.

Fortunately Wade is no longer Chairman. However, he sits on the party's Executive Committee where he continues to embarrass the new Chairman and nearly every party member with his disgraceful rants. So while we agree he should  apologize for his remarks regarding Justice Ceresia, he should also resign from the Executive Committee. Don't worry, there won't be a movement to purge him as he did to one committee member he removed with an outrageous unjust if not unconstitutional party hearing. Most Democrats feel such actions denigrate everything the party should stand for just as reasonable Democrats, a vast majority, feel Andrew Ceresia has an impeccable reputation, one that Mr. Wade's rants can't blemish.

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.