The City of Troy, New York, "Where Henry Hudson Turned Around."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Troy City Councilman John Brown has been subpoenaed to give testimony in the City's suit against Rensselaer for unpaid water bills.

“I really don’t know what they would want to question me about, considering that the lawsuit only covers the debt until the beginning of 2006, and I didn’t take any active role in pursuing any type of settlement until this year,” said Brown.

We would want to know if any Rensselaer officials stated what they believe Rensselaer owes and whether that dollar amount differs with what those officials say publicly. We'd also ask if any Rensselaer officials have stated what they were able to pay.

That's just our guess.

Councilman Mark Wojcik, R-District 1, sent a letter to Council President Clement Campana, D-At Large, in late March expressing his concern about rumors that Brown had been involved with pre-election discussions of the water debt with Rensselaer officials and that he had used the promise to try and approve a settlement in order to be elected in November.

Brown denied those allegations.

When that rumor surfaced it was the subject of at least one television story. Of course, there was nothing to document the rumor. In fact, Councilman Wojcik has not provided any proof or names to substantiate the rumor. We guess such substantiation is no longer required by the print or television media.

It would be very helpful if Councilman Wojcik would reveal the sources of those rumors and turn over any documentary evidence to substantiate his claim.

While the media reports rumors, dead silence on this story. Imagine if the subject of the story had been Campana, Dunne or another Democrat.

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