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

Monday, June 02, 2008


A Troy City Councilman who requested an investigation now appears to be hindering his own request.

Councilman Mark Wojcik asked the City Council to investigate rumors that Councilman John Brown cut a deal with Rensselaer Republicans. According to the rumors, Brown, in return for support, agreed to save the City of Rensselaer money on their overdue water bill. Rensselaer owes Troy, depending on the day, anywhere between 2.3 and 3.7 million for water.

The unsubstantiated rumor resulted in Councilman Wojcik requesting an investigation. In response, Mr. Wojcik received the following request:

To date, the request has gone unanswered.

Just how is the Council going to fulfil Mr. Wojcik's request if Mr. Wojcok refuses to reveal the source of his information? These are serious charges and the Council should investigate. However, they need the cooperation of the man that leveled the allegations. Why won't he aid them? Also, why did Mr. Wojcik fail to request an investigation prior to 2008? The debt has been outstanding for many years, including those years when Troy and Rensselaer shared a Corporation Counsel. Yet, no request for an investigation by Mr. Wojcik.

It's imperative that Mr. Wojcik disclose the source of his information in order for the investigation to proceed. If not, one can only conclude that the entire rumor was manufactured for political purposes.

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