As the nation holds its collective breath, we enter Day 10 - Sinkhole Watch!
Last week, City Hall announced that repairs would be completed by Friday evening and Campbell Avenue re-opened to traffic. The administration was unable to fulfill that promise as negotiations with the sinkhole hit a setback on Thursday. No new timetable has been announced.
Crowds have gathered at the sinkhole to protest. Chants of "Madden lied, traffic died" could be heard as the crowd grew angry. Another citizen told this reporter: "We don't want no sinkhole." Impeach Madden signs could be seen in the crowd. The feeling is one of betrayal.
Meanwhile, citizens have begun to hoard food and other necessary supplies. Bottled water, Skittles, rifles and Gogurt flew off the shelves immediately following the news that repairs have stalled. Prayer groups have been formed.
Mayor Madden will address the nation tonight at 9:00PM EST.
COMISSIONER OF PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Former Councilman and Commissioner of Economic Development Bill Dunne has left the administration. His last day was February 29, 2016. Dunne was a four-term councilman (District 4) and was Commissioner PAED for four years, under former Mayor Rosamilia. According the Mayor Madden, his administration wanted to "go in a different direction." No replacement has been found.
Dunne, a stalwart Democrat, won the enmity of the Tutunjian Administration by the constant questioning of Tutunjian's dodgier activities. Economic development boomed under Dunne's watch and his office was often seen as a bright spot in the Rosamilia Administration. Dunne, sometimes seen as abrasive, won his share of enemies in the past twelve years: Mayor Tutunjian, David Mitchell, Daniel Crawley, Rodney Wiltshire and Mark McGrath.
Dunne's public career did have some bumps in the road: numerous 911 calls from his home; Division of Human Rights Complaints, Civil Law suits, Unemployment Fraud, voter fraud, perjury, pay-to-play corruption charges, DWI charges, cholera outbreak, ...oh, wait, those were other public servants.
Dunne has been appointed a Contractor Manager by the New York State Construction Fund and begins his new employment March 15. He will be missed. A true public servant who placed Troy's needs above his own.
One of Dunne's last achievements was to help secure a FEMA grant to repair Troy's seawall, damaged during Tropical Storm Irene.
With Dunne's departure, the Rosamilia appointees are now gone. The only one who remains, is Deputy Comptroller Joe M, who is working part-time until a Comptroller is appointed.