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

Friday, February 26, 2016

TROY STARTS TREND

Troy's illusion that it was somehow unique was shattered yesterday when numerous municipalities decided they wanted their own sinkholes. In addition to the now-famous Campbell Avenue sinkhole, Krumkill Road needed repairs and Old Niskayuna Road in Colonie got its very own sinkhole. Troy will seek royalties from the two competitors.

On the Campbell Avenue sinkhole, it was tired by Monday afternoon. The coverage this has received in the media is ridiculous. One would think that every bridge leading to and from Troy collapsed, leaving the city isolated and forlorn.

The bigger issue is that it seems very likely that the entire stretch of Campbell Road, say between Franklin Terrace and the old Barna's, is compromised and could be lost. This probably started after we were hit with the tail end of Irene. Ever since that event, that stretch of road, adjacent to that drop-off, has had issues. Our prediction is that the saturation that occurred with Irene will ultimately cause a major collapse along a significant stretch of Campbell Avenue. We'd suggest that the road be studied now, before it's too late. But, no one listens to us.

 In fairness, the Colonie sinkhole is better than our sinkhole. It is bigger, muddier and a vehicle actually fell into that hole. So they got that going for them.

In other news, District 2 Councilman Mark McGrath proudly flies his  ignorance flag.

From: Mark.McGrath
> Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:14 AM
> To: Patti.O'Brien
> Cc: Monica.Kurzejeski; Carmella.Mantello; citycouncil.; Patrick.Madden
> Subject: LDC
>
>
> Patti, as acting auditor I would request if you would obtain a copy of
> the 2012 LDC loan and grant given to the Bombers Burrito project and all
> receipts that have been paid back or are outstanding from that
> transaction. I believe the city's comptrollers office would have that
> information. Thank you

Not for the first or second time, McGrath needs to be reminded by the Deputy Mayor:

-----Original Message-----
> From: Monica.Kurzejeski
> Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:32 AM
> To: Mark.McGrath; Patti.O'Brien
> Cc: Carmella.Mantello; citycouncil.; Patrick.Madden;
> jmiller@HarrisBeach.com
> Subject: RE: LDC
>
> Hi Mark and Patti,
>
> You can request the information from the Troy LDC directly - either
> informally or through FOIL. They are a separate entity from the City and
> aren't reviewed by the City Auditor - they have their own independent
> audit and procurement policies. I've added Justin Miller, their legal
> counsel, to this email if you would like to request the information on
> the Bomber's transaction.
>
> Thank you,
> Monica K.

Now Mark, you can't be a watchdog until you understand the relationship between various entities. It is common knowledge, however, that Bomber's has paid back both loans. You may want to investigate the IDA's decision to aid the two failed enterprises under Tutunjian's reign (the publishing company and the market). Those loans have not been paid back as of this date and nothing suggests that they will be paid back.

Also, Councilman McGrath seems to be operating under the notion that the IDA is taxpayer funded. It is not taxpayer funded. The IDA is actually funded by fees from private entities. How did we get this insider information? It is in the Authorities Law and actually on the City's website.

If you need anything else, Mark, ask Monica. She seems to know what she's doing.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Day of the Locus looms large.

Anonymous said...

How can a sitting councilman not know the IDA is a separate entity? Didn't he serve on the Council before? Embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

He's trying to embarrass Dunne for some reason. Mark, time to move on. Dunne has. The IDA is not the problem. Maybe he can investigate those three times Harry abused CDBG grants to fill budget gaps and then we had to pay them back to the tune of 500k plus.

Anonymous said...

McGrath..hahaha. The very idea that he and Robertson can win elections explains a lot about 2.

Anonymous said...

Like d6 Carolyn ????

Anonymous said...

2 things: First you put the lotion on the skin, then you cover the sinkhole with a tarp

Anonymous said...

Democratus, the city could use an engineer. Your assessment of Cambells Ave. was spot on. This city desperately needs your expertise.

Anonymous said...

Because the voters think he's related to Pat

Anonymous said...

The LCD loan in 2012 must not have been endorsed by the hate filled Troy GOP, They are so petty and transparent. I used to enjoy when these morons made fools of themselves, but now its kind of pathetic! The bigger issue seems to ne that the Troy GOP either are dumb enough not to know or worse yet they know and dont care that we are on to all these silly, childish, petty, transparent, pitiful partisan games! Mark McGrath needs to grow up and these childish stunts. They are so bitter they dont realize what fools they look like. Thank yku for pointing out the silliness, keep doing it

Anonymous said...

If McGrath ran anywhere else in the city he would have got trounced! Mcgraths dog could have beaten that dumb as nails trainwreck Anastasia. And the dig is probably a little smarter than both

Anonymous said...

This blog sucks. It's so far up the administrations ass that it's not even interesting anymore. Come on

Anonymous said...

@ 10:53 PM:
Who's making you read this blog?
Bet anything you won't stop.
You have enough time to post comments here, why not start your own blog?
If Troy Republicans were literate, maybe they'd visit and post comments attacking the Administration.

Anonymous said...

Dude, we love it! Which one are you Harry, Vito, Christ, Pirro or Mark McGrath, your the only 5 people in the city who dont like this blog! Get over it, nothing you do or say will change our minds. You are 5 jealous humps who justvwont go away!

Anonymous said...

I hope you dont think thisvwas McGrath's idea. This smacks of a Crist Tutunjian idea

Anonymous said...

The Troy GOP had a blog and it failed, its called troy/tailspin! They even have their own cokors green and yellow. Green for envy and yellow for cowards. 😄

Anonymous said...

You need to mention McTaxless on this blog. He's begging for your attention, Democratus. Ease his pain. Kevango Down.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this blog is up the administration's ass. It's written by Dunne so they won't to attack Monica. No, wait, it's in the bag for Madden. Try and be consistent with your bullshit.

At least this blog doesn't pretend to be fair and balanced. they're up front about their partisan leanings.

Go to that great Republican blog. Oh, wait, they don't have one because no one has the wit or literacy to write on the issues. Can't stand it, can you?

Phana24JG said...

10.30, please keep posting. Childish syntax and the 90 IQ sentence structure combine to make your rants highly amusing. If you are going to parrot the thoughts of your media puppetmasters, you may want to attend Cut and Paste 101.

Guy Fawkes said...

Skrew ewe, Phana. Wut iz rowng with a 90 EyeCue?

Anonymous said...

Monica is drowning. Not her fault. Madden is asking her to do two jobs at once. He let a competent Bill Dunne go and has no replacement for him. They supposedly have applicants but have not advertised for the position. Aren't there Federal & State rules about posting public positions?

Robert Cox said...

Baaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Anonymous10:48 AM Quite Some One Might Figure it Out

Anonymous said...

Christ is in heaven. Be blessed

Anonymous said...

Give it up. 520 still closed and no dinner for u tonight

Phana24JG said...

Kudos, Guy.

Anonymous said...

Monica very busy. Madden very busy. Tutunjian has time on his hands. Maybe he can take Dunne's job or be the comptroller.

Anonymous said...

Dunne will be missed in that administration. He did a good job and was a good boss.

Chef Charlie prudhomme said...

Dunne was good boss

Anonymous said...

That fucking McGrath, now the LDC is under investigation?

Anonymous said...

Nah, only in McTaxless' feverish dreams. What is under investigation is why District 2 remains a shithole after 8 years of McGrath. H should repay his salary until he can accomplish something.

Anonymous said...

Another nice headline in yesterdays TU depicting Troy as lOUservillle. Lou and Bully Bill really showed Harry didn't they? Great job on 1 monument square guys. Job well dunne.

Anonymous said...

Nice try, Markie. Hey Spring is almost here! Time to put the top down and start cruising.

Anonymous said...

Yes, shame on Bill Dunne for having the balls to pull Harry's horrendous proposal. We dont need public housing at the new sight. Which explains why Tut lied about the inclusion of the low income housing. Bill stood up Tut and company when it came to what was best for Troy. And you humps hate him for it

Anonymous said...

It's all true! 90 IQ or not!