Monday, September 14, 2009
Democrats Open Headquarters
North Greenbush Democrats have been busy breaking in a new campaign headquarters on Main Avenue in Wynantskill. The spacious facility will facilitate state of the art technology including computer generated robo calls.
Democrats also hope to to make the facility available for meetings, small fundraisers and meet the candidates evenings for the public. It is located across the street from the Hiway Recreation bowling alley.
You can read about it here in today's Record here along with more details on a forgery caper that involves one of Lou Desso's and Leon Fiacco's key campaign consultant's, Richard Crist. We can't wait to see them grow the kahunas to demand Crist's resignation for forging a union leader's name to one of their running mates campaign pieces sent through the US Mails. Surely Fiacco and Desso are intolerant of those who commit forgery to win a primary and use the mails to perpetuate election fraud. You are intolerant of such folks, right boys?
Overtime Pay Anyone?
It seems like the Town Clerk is going through a great deal of trouble avoiding releasing overtime dollars expended in three departments over two years. One of those departments is the town clerk's office which is supposed to cover town board meetings and take minutes. Over the last several years, there have been more than just one member of that office attending the meetings and apparently, when it is not the elected Clerk at the desk, overtime is being paid to a deputy. How much we can't say yet, although it could easily amount to $4,000 over the course of a year.
The problem of course is that NO Overtime has been allocated in the town budget for this purpose so all of the money is an expense which neither the town board or the Clerk anticipate in their budgets.
When shown a multipage document provided in answer to that FOIL request, the town Comptroller, whose, office provided the data looked stunned. It had been whited out in an area in which he had writtten a date as part of a comment. That date was to make clear that from a point in July of this year forward, the overtime beign charged from the clerk's budget would now be charged to the town board's budget. The clerk, however, had written a long self serving letter which implied all overtime for that purpose was charged to the town board's budget. The Comptroller also indictaed he had provided a document with the actual dollars expended and budgeted for the three departments requested over the two year period requested. In other words, a simple, clear and short answer to to the foil. However, that document was not turned over by the clerk's office. It must have been too clear!
Stay tuned on this one as the excuses for the amount being concealed are sure to be as creative as the effort not to disclose the information via a FOIL request.
Posted by The North Greenbush Pipeline at 6:00 AM