For the past two weeks we've heard Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian blast the Democratic City Council for "endangering millions of dollars" in Community Development Block Grant Money. That is, grants distributed to cities by the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
The Mayor has repeatedly stated that the Council will miss the May 17th 'deadline.'
However, a call to the HUD Department's Buffalo Office, the office responsible for the CDBG money, paints a different picture. According to Karen Kist at HUD, The City Council has endangered 0 (zero) dollars in HUD grants.
The May 17th deadline is the deadline imposed on mayors for submitting the required One Year Plan (there is also a Five Year Plan submitted every five years). The Executive Branch of City applicants is required to submit a plan by May 17th. Not just a spreadsheet, but a narrative as well. The final numbers, after the legislative branch reviews and votes on the allocation of funds, must be submitted by August 17, 2008.
Well, that's what the people who hand out the money say.
Looks like the only thing endangered in Troy is the truth.