...BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HER THINK
The Madden administration was baptized in the waters of Lansinburgh Sunday when a water main ruptured. According to eyewitnesses, water and pavement flew into the air, cars were overturned, a swarm of locust descended on the city and a cow gave birth to a two-headed calf.
The Boys and Girls Club was closed and twelve residents had flooded basements. Oddly, one person had a flooded attic. However, like Hercules cleaning the Augean Stables, the water was quickly rerouted around the break.
We are sure this was not the way Madden wanted to start his first month in office. The repairs could be costly. While such repairs are factored into the budget, there are bound to be more issues when temperatures dip. The fact that the temperatures have been mild does not bode well for the future. Mains break all the time during the bitter days of February. Now, they're just breaking. The real scandal: Why didn't Madden fix this on day one, before the main broke? Answer us that, Mr. Mayor!
Never one to pass up a disaster, our own Carmella Mantello had to dive in:
"Today is another example of the need of state and federal legislators to direct major dollars for infrastructure in communities like Troy," said Carmella Mantello, president of the Troy City Council.
Mantello, a Republican, said the water main also served homes and businesses across the Hudson River in Menands. She said repair costs will be in the millions of dollars — especially troublesome, she said, considering the city has spent down its water reserve fund over the past three years to offset general fund deficits.
Rather bad form to play politics when events like this occur. Notice, she limits the use of the water reserve fund to the 'past three years'. Actually, dipping into the fund has been going on through most of the past two administrations. Mantello feels it necessary to limit it to the Rosamilia Administration when she knows better.
Secondly, the State and Federal governments are not paying to upgrade Troy's infrastructure. They may help out a wee bit, but not enough to get such a project done. It is not going to happen in Troy, in Syracuse, in Rochester or Binghamton. So, do you have any ideas that may help solve the problem? Care to discuss what is actually needed (and probably will not happen)? Bonding for a decade-long upgrade project is the answer and we know that ain't happening.
Mantello* will be fun to watch. Although the waters did not part for her, she has mastered the politician's age-old art of condensing few ideas into many words and finishing off with a patina of leadership. Bruno's padawan learned much when she was involved at the State level.
* We will no longer allow comments that attack the personal appearance of female politicians. We thought it would end but it hasn't.