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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

VETO



Mayor Lou Rosamilia vetoed the City Council's decision to eliminate the position of Director of Parks and Recreation, currently held by George Rogers. Initially, the Council wanted to actually eliminate George Rogers. Cooler heads prevailed and the Council decided to eliminate the position but leave Rogers physically unscathed. From The Record article:

The council voted 5-4 at a special meeting Nov. 30 to eliminate the position, arguing the duties could be rolled into those of the director of a new general services department that will be established next year as one of several changes to the city charter approved by voters in November. The new department will consolidate the city’s public works, code enforcement and parks and recreation operations.

Rosamilia said last week he was concerned the new department head would not be able to singlehandedly take on all the duties of the recreation director, which he said includes supervising a staff of 14 full-time and nearly 100 part-time employees. But he also said Wednesday he was concerned with the timing of the job cut, since the charter change does not take effect until July.

The Council's position is not unreasonable. Under the new City Charter, the Director of Parks and Recreation will be a vassal of the General Services Czar. However, both the current Charter and the future Charter mandate that there be a Director of Parks and Recreation: "There shall be..."

The Council should be able to override the veto if they want to push the issue.

COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES

Speaking of the General Services Czar, it is now well-known that City Engineer Andrew Donovan has expressed a desire for the position. Donovan was hired in June of 2014.

Prior to his current position, Donovan held positions with Smith & Mahoney, PC, Ryan Biggs Associates and Edward Keegan Associates. Donovan was president of his own engineering practice, and served as a full-time instructor in the Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department at Hudson Valley Community College.

Donovan received high ratings on the website Rate My Professor. He received a 5.0 in clarity and a 5.0 in helpfulness. He was not rated for 'hotness.'

Choosing Donovan would be a cost-cutting selection. The City would not need to hire a City Engineer.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

That a great idea. Never lived in Troy. Has no intention to move to Troy. Could give to shits about Troy other than its where he picks his check up. Couldn't tell you where row A or east over road is. This would be a great move.

Anonymous said...

When Kathy Gimino speaks, people listen!

Anonymous said...

Illegal land sale on cemetary road!~~!

Anonymous said...

There should be residency requirements for all city employees.

Anonymous said...

Grew up on 8th St,educated in Troy schools raised his family in Emerald Greens,helped countless Troy kids get into good colleges, and owns property in the city. Row A is right next to Row B, and its a trailer park. Don't come a-knockin till you get the facts straight.

Anonymous said...

If they can save money by having the Commish of Gen. Sev also be the city engineer, go for it. Every little bit helps.

Anonymous said...

I heard it is going to be Steve Dworsky so he can finally finish bankrupting the city.

Anonymous said...

Vandenburg one week, Donavan the next. Will you guys make up your mind. Next week it'll be Mirch is back. You should have McCashion come over and revive this snore-fest blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Carlo

Anonymous said...

Pay off those tax warrants yet Kev. What is it, 30,000+?

Anonymous said...

Because talking about Monica's pants and pockets is so very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Democratus should just make shit up. That would be real interesting, McAsshole. Pay your tax judgments. Once you're a productive citizen people may take you seriously.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately Mccashion broke the story of the girl in the river and the step father in jail. It's a better read than some guy from wherever named Donovan or some pissing match between a boob of a mayor and a group of boobs on the council.

Anonymous said...

It's a political site, dipshit. Besides, getting a text from a cop isn't breaking a story it's just repeating shit. Maybe Teddy should investigate the leak of an active investigation.

No to Mcidiot said...

A tweet is not a "read". I read TP and completely ignore Mcwhatever because Democratus writes sentences and paragraphs and uses facts. McWhosit is unintelligible, mean spirited and almost always wrong.

Anonymous said...

Lmao that he "broke" the story. Stop posting, Kevin. You're looking desperate these days. Get dumped again?

Anonymous said...

No, the breakup between me and your sister was amicable.

Kev

Anonymous said...

Shut your pie hole fatso.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Kev is apparently taking up serious space in your head, being you bring him up so much. Mission accomplished!

Anonymous said...

Is that really a worthwhile goal? Getting into people's heads? Looks like The Polloi gets into Kevin's head. Why is he always writing about it and stealing stuff from it?

He needs more busted boilers.

Phana24JG said...

Maybe Donovan could help mend fences in your party. Sounds like his background would be sufficient to undertake any needed pool rehabs for unsuccessful Mayoral candidates. Just a thought in bipartisan cooperation.

Anonymous said...

3:19 aren't you the same asshole who brings up Bill Dunne whenever possible?? How bout you just shut up, pay your tax warrants and get out of mom's basement

Anonymous said...

Phana, not sure if fences can be mended with the Team Troy leadership. I am not suggesting everyone, but if Wiltshire remains the de facto leader, his bitterness is too great to mend fences. I think the remainder will float back and vote democrat or even republican in the future. Right now, Wiltshire is surely plotting a comeback.

Anonymous said...

Tuned into Franco & Friends today & was amazed - and I didn't think it was possible-but this Gully guy sounded as dumb as Gordon. And God help us for the next 2 years, having to listen to Carmella. She is so F-in whiney, it gives you that fingernail across the blackboard feeling.

Anonymous said...

Rogers has protection...in the form of a very high up position.