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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SABOTAGE?

From the Charter:

§C-70 I. Council and Mayor budget meeting. After the Council committees file their reports with the Clerk and prior to the final public hearing on the budget, a committee consisting of the Mayor, the Budget Officer, and the City Council members shall convene to review suggested changes to the recommended budget.  [Amended by L.L. No. 5-1994, § 47]


K.  Adoption of the budget. The City Council at a special meeting held after the final public hearing on or before the first day of December, or if that day falls on a Sunday, on or before the second day of December, shall by resolution adopt or amend and adopt the budget and submit the same to the Mayor for his/her approval...

From the City Council President:

From: Rodney Wiltshire [mailto:wiltshirefortroy@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 3:31 PM
To: Cheryl.Christiansen; Adam.Sanzone; Anastasia Robertson; Andrew.Donovan; Bill.Chamberlain; Bill.Dunne; bodnard@hotmail.com; Chris.Wheland; Erin Sullivan-Teta; Gabrielle.Mahoney; galuski@troycitycouncil.com; George.Rogers; George.Vanbramer; Ian.Silverman; jgordon003@nycap.rr.com; Joe Licarrdi; Joe.Mazzariello; John.Salka; John.Tedesco; Kelly Cramer Esq.; kcrowe@timesunion.com; Lynn M. Kopka; Lou.Rosamilia; Marian.Drozd; Mike.Hayner; Monica.Kurzejeski; Peter.Ryan; Rhonda.Reed; Robert J. Doherty; Selena.Skiba; Sharon.Martin; Tom.Garrett; Warren.Mueller; Ken Zalewski
Subject: Re: meetings for 11-30-15


To all in the Administration,
 
The mayor and I spoke earlier today about the re-attempt to override the state’s tax cap and pass a budget that exceeds it.
I can only speak for myself, but as President, I will state that asking us to override the tax cap with the budget that has been presented is still not an option, and in order for us to even consider moving the agenda and the legislation, we expect to have a clear schedule of amendments by Monday with details of either cost savings, and or new qualified revenues that lower this tax increase dramatically.
 
Whatever cuts that you, as department heads, or administration staff need to make, need to be spelled out clearly; whether they include service cuts, staff, or other management decisions.  Identify in as much detail as necessary what the changes are to staff, salaries, personnel if particular, and services or schedules as you would propose them to be made.
We as a council will not be charged with making these decisions or choices for you.  
 
Please propose your plan that balances your essential services and staff with the needs of the taxpayers.
Again, these changes to the budget need to be clear, concise, and non-ambiguous.
This detail, and the overall tax increase, is a precursor to even considering the override.
 
Have a great weekend,

Rodney
 
We suppose a reply of: Fuck You would be frowned upon by Rosamilia.

Wiltshire has yet to discover the beauty and grace of brevity. May we suggest the following:

"Please do our job without us and please make sure services remain intact and taxes as low as possible."

It is clear that Wiltshire wants to sabotage* any effort to avoid State involvement. A Friday afternoon e-mail demands that the administration not only do their job but the Council's as well, by Monday? The tax increase must be lowered dramatically? All of that just so an override might be considered.

The mayor has proposed his plan. The Council now counters with their own plan, or, more accurately, their amendments. That's the process. It occurred under Pattison and Tutunjian and for the last four years. We would recommend cutting Wiltshire out of the process but that presupposes he's involved with the process. Ignore him and work with Gordon or Robertson. Zalewski is just following orders and doesn't understand, by his own admission, the budget or budget process. Gordon can be reasoned with, Robertson's worth a shot.

So, why the sabotage? Rodney clearly dreams of escaping Elba and marching on Troy once again. This time, under the banner of fiscal responsibility. Watch for Team Troy. They will be back in a year. Thwarted ambition can be a very destructive force. Another reason Madden will need a political animal in City Hall. Someone who has the institutional knowledge as well as a keen political radar. We're sure Pattison can recommend someone.

* From the French, meaning sabotage

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wiltshire is an alum of the Zalewski School of Non-Decision Making.
Pass the buck. never make difficult decisions. Lie about the fallout and blame the administration for any hardships.
Glad the public saw through these two phonies and voted down their candidates in the election. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

You have a real childish and distorted view of the facts.
Wiltshire is 100% correct in his email. It's all over but the crying, your hero nice guy Lou fucked us.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Rod was more effective when he was on vacation...

Anonymous said...

Who knew the council was a no-show job?

Sending that kind of email at 3:30 on a Friday is a cheap move. But he did say "Have a great weekend," so I guess its OK.

Vespasian

Mickey M said...

Uncle Walt called. He wants Goofy back, pronto.

Anonymous said...

You forgot the "P.S. I'm headed to Disneyworld. Let me know how it all works out."

Anonymous said...

What flavor is that Kool-Aid?

Anonymous said...

Fucking Ted Macks Amateur Hour -- bye Rodney

Anonymous said...

Dunne just told he his last day is Monday. Lou wants him out. Don't know the details yet.

Phana24JG said...

Perhaps Team Troy might be careful what they ask for, they just may get it. If the city falls into de facto control state control, and the Madden Admin and Council manages to make even modest progress in the next two years, having the bully pulpit for two years to lambaste Lou and the present Council will be a very viable weapon. Pat and Carm can blame Lou and the "old Council" for any of the negative consequences of state control, while taking credit for any positive developments. Granted, RW and KZ will remain very viable candidates in future races, but the ability of Team Troy to broaden their support is dubious.

Anonymous said...

Hey Phan RW and KZ can go FO..They want to burn the city to the ground fine.They will never be elected in Troy again..ever. .What limes will they have? The WFP is ripe for picking..I'm gonna make sure they don't get it just like Rod didn't get the Independence line this time..Watch and learn...

Anonymous said...

Progress? How about just survive? Arrogant pricks like you got us into this mess.

Don't burn us said...

Rodney has cancelled the budget meeting on Monday night. The sabotage continues. Sounds like there will be no discussion. Just a nice fuck you from Rodney, Ken, Jim and Anastasia. Their refusal to do what we elected them to do, show up and engage in governing, is reprehensible. Write to them, call them, tell them to put their personal animosity away and do what is right for Troy.

Phana24JG said...

Good luck 4.11, my point was they may well have sown the seeds for you guys (and the Reps) to pound them. Just be careful you are not overconfident. Remember, if whoever ran Bissember's campaign had done their absentee homework, you would be at two seats, and if the WFP was on top of Everett's petition challenge, we would be awaiting Mayor Wiltshire. Are you planning to hire Mirch as a community organizer? Sorry, I just couldn't resist a two-fer.

Anonymous said...

He made his decision at the last vote touch hole.
You think he has to show up until he agrees with you?
Think again bunghole.

Anonymous said...

Everyone notice this blog is starting to sag? With every new story about the demise of Bill Dunne this blog starts to suck more and more. Now with Monica the choice for deputy Mayor and Bill undermining her at every chance he is definetly out. This blog will be gone by the time Monica and Madden are sworn in. This blogs future is as bleak as Bills job prospects.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't Rodney be on vacation? Bye Felicia!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Kev, you're wrong again. God it must suck to wake up being you every morning. Pay those taxes yet?

Anonymous said...

If Lou could get the tax increase down to 5% in just one week since the vote, why didn't he just do that in the first place?
Another scam by the nice guys.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your the one that sucks. People get more news here, first, than anywhere else.

Phana24JG said...

10.19 - A blog like this is hard to keep going in the post-election/budget environment. Most of the Dems have been very accommodating to this RWNJ, and like him or not, one must concede Demo has an entertaining writing style, and a sufficient warped sense of humor to appeal to even the less psychologically stable followers of the blog. Obviously, he makes too many misjudgements, such as deleting brilliant posts and failing to agree with me far too often, but human foibles are a fact of life. Most of the folks here are OK.

Anonymous said...

Then those people are retards. How do you like those apples?

Anonymous said...

Monica gets to pick from 3 jobs and Bill is begging Tom to get him something.

Anonymous said...

RWNJ?

Anonymous said...

I agree. An eliterate monker could write gooder than this crap.

Phana24JG said...

RWNJ = Right Wing Nut Job. An acronym often applied to political Neanderthals like myself by our more liberal friends.

Anonymous said...

That's racist!

Anonymous said...

Stop reading it!!

Anonymous said...

The writer of this blog missed his (or her) calling. The wit, humour and talent of this writer should be used and enjoyed by many others nation wide but obviously in a different capacity

Anonymous said...

RW and KZ have turned their backs on Troy, they will NEVER beca viable option again, they are done