Well were to begin? At tonight’s City Council meeting Scirocco was more confused then ever to the extent that at one point he blurted out“I don’t care what the charter says”. The little man is in clearly over his head as John Franck Commissioner of Accounts berated him for proposing illegal changes to the 2010 comprehensive budget that after a mind numbing forty-five minute incoherent speech where he attempted to justify his lawbreaking action as somehow justified because he thought it was best for the taxpayer. His motion was quickly shot down by the adults at the table. Later a similar lame attempt to circumvent the Charter by Kim was also shot down in flames.
NEXT CUE THE VIOLINS BUT DON’T FORGET THE GOLDEN PARACHUTE.
In what was being touted as a selfless act both Fire Chief Cogan and Police Chief Moore announced their impending retirements. One must remember that these men will receive generous pensions, free heath insurance for life for themselves and their families and will be free without any budgetary restrictions to seek other employment. Rumor has it that Chief Moore has his eye on the vacant Albany Police Chief position but I sincerely doubt that the political savvy Albany Mayor Jennings would take such an application seriously. He also walks away with a check from the city for $60000 for having his feeling hurt by then Deputy Commissioner Erin Dwyer. Since these positions must be filled it is doubtful the city will save any money at all much less the amounts Kim claimed. I being of a more cynical nature wonder if the timing of these retirements have more to do with allowing Kim a chance to name there successors than real budgetary saving.
Marilyn Rivers Risk & Safety Director put out a Fleet Safety Policy that was adopted by the Council after describing in blood curdling detail a culture of rampant drugs, weapons and alcohol abuse among drivers of the city fleet specifically DPW where employees have continued to operate city trucks after being arrested for drunk driving and drug charges. All and all it was a damming report on Scirocco’s management skills. Scirocco said drunk or not these were his men he loved them and would stand by them and I wonder why DPW hit 37 cars so far this year.
There was also a loud drunken women who has taken to catcalls during the Council meeting, she was also one of the plotters who led Scirocco’s failed attempt to take over the City Republican Committee and is an outspoken supporter of all things police. One can only hope she will be removed or given a job driving one of Scirocco's dump trucks next year. God know she’d blend right in.