Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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.
Posted by The North Greenbush Pipeline at 5:53 PM
Thursday, September 8, 2016
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.
Posted by The North Greenbush Pipeline at 10:46 PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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?
Posted by The North Greenbush Pipeline at 6:37 AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
First he has to have 3 votes on the town board to put any change in the law up for a public mandatory referendum. If he has the votes things will get interesting in a hurry. A public campaign against the change would likely bring it to defeat as part of his proposal includes a change from a 2 to 4 year term. That prevents the voters from changing a town board majority every 2 years if they choose. It could stick them with a board majority for 4 years that they could have changed in 2 years.
But the best part is adding this greed by Desso to his portfolio which includes using his influence to get an $81,000 county job he isn't qualified for by changing the job description removing a 4 year degree and masters degree as prerequisites. Connections count, like getting his son a big paying job in the DA's office and hiring another relative in town hall. And lets not overlook the unprecedented campaign contributions from all those developers who never saw a lot they didn't like. Tens of thousands of dollars were contributed to his campaign account in the last few years.
Yes there is more to tell but for now, lets see if a Local Law appears on the Board agenda to increase the term and salary of the Town Supervisor.
Posted by The North Greenbush Pipeline at 8:54 AM