...unless something comes up.
Repairs to the now legendary Campbell Avenue sinkhole are anticipated to be completed by Friday evening. Earlier in the week workers performed a colonoscopy on the sinkhole. No polyps were found but more fiber was recommended. The sinkhole was ordered to relax and stay out of work for three days.
Some have questioned the timetable, or lack thereof, for repairs. Various contractors have intimated that they could have performed the repairs within 48 hours. What they fail to account for is Mayor Madden's political strategy. Madden has intentionally delayed repairs on the sinkhole as part of his re-election bid in order to inconvenience voters.
FORMER PBA PRESIDENT IN THE HOUSE
In other news, former PBA President Bob Fitzgerald was in town yesterday to testify in an arbitration involving former Mayor Rosamilia's 'agreement' to shorten the years of police service needed to qualify for health benefits from twenty years to ten years. This 'agreement' caused quite a stirred when it was sent to the City Council last December for ratification after fermenting in the Mayor's office for over a year.
According to witnesses, the former PBA President popped his head into former Councilwoman Carolin Collier's cubicle to say howdy. Collier yelled at the former PBA President who smiled and took his leave of Ms. Collier. Fitzgerald currently lives in Virginia (no last name known).
ST. AUGUSTINE SCHOOL TO CLOSE
We were saddened, but not surprised, to hear that St. Augustine School will close. The school has been in fiscal distress for a number of years and could not pull themselves out of the all to familiar nosedive experienced by many of the areas Catholic schools.
The Bishop laid the blame for the school's pending closure squarely at the feet of New York State for failing to pass legislation that would essentially credit private school vouchers. While that is a debate that can certainly be had, the Bishop made no mention of the millions of dollars spent by the church to cover-up and then defend priests who committed pedophilia.
Hopefully, Sacred Heart and St. Jude's will continue the Catholic school tradition in the area. St. Jude's enrollment and reputation has grown since the closure of Our Lady of Victory. We do not know the fiscal health of Sacred Heart.