Well one thing I can say with confidence, this is one Council that likes to hear itself talk. I just got home at 11pm after another 3+ hour City Council meeting .I swear if each of them would just stop pontificating they could wrap these things up in 2 hours or less.
Note to Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen, number one reason to keep the bars open till 4am? City Council meetings.
Front page of the TU
Saratoga Springs housing authority oversight debated HERE
I read this in my 2 minutes of fame in the public comment period.
"First the Public housing Authority is a disgrace and nothing less than the removal of the board and the firing of Spychalski would do.
Last Thursday members of the Council said that the public should be able to weigh in on this 40% increases in ambulance frees.Members of this council campaigned on being OPEN and transparent but here 5 days later I find the fee increase buried with the dumpster fees.Mr.Mathiesen claims these fees are in line with surrounding communities and he is correct. What he’s not telling you is the surrounding communities have insurance contracts in place to pay for transport? The City has not been approved by MVP, CDPHP, Medicare, Medicaid? So with no contracts in place the patients will be billed for using out of contact providers.
Will the city be forced to hire a medical director?
Do they have insurance (general liability, MV and malpractice)?
The only contact they seem in a rush to sign is with MultiMed Billing Service. A million dollars no bid contact, that doesn’t seem very open or transparent.
Next I see the City is in the eviction business.List is below
I would remind the council they are throwing 5 families on the street, this will be adding to the city’s homeless population. I wonder if any are veterans and if a Catastrophic health emergency or unemployment led them to be in this situation. Are there children in these homes and where will they go? The fact that the city will be recouping much more than the taxes and fees owed and will in in all likelihood net a considerable profit while desirable is at the expense of these families and is nothing to be proud of.
And finally I see a completely unnecessary new position on the Public Works agenda.
I would remind the council that they serve the public and not union interests and the collection of Revenue should be used to decrease taxes and not to feed the incessant and endless demands of the cities workforce. Do what is in the best interest of the people and not in your narrow political interests."
Many people got up and voiced similar concerns. The only one interested was the Mayor as this whole deal was cooked up in Eileen Finneran's kitchen a long time ago.
Next was a nauseating question and answer period with Housing Authority Board of Directors, Eric Weller. Weller was Skyped in from Florida. He was condescending, arrogant and evasive.
Next the Parking garage passed quickly.
Then Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan who has been named official mascot of the International association of Firefighters was adamant she wasn’t trying to conceal any fees.
Mathiesen also chimed in this was all above board. But what’s funny in this video look at the cubby women behind Mathiesen. Yea that’s Eileen Finneran, she must of got a little testy after a couple of hours with no feedbag. Well anyway watch as Mathiesen claims he’s innocent and misunderstood, you can see the humorless Eileen start to wave at me, but what I didn’t catch on camera was her flipping me the bird.
Well what can I say but
Stay classy Eileen
And finally the handful of people left way past 10 got to see Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco get gangbanged by the Council.
The reservation coordinator is a dead issue, deal with it.
Then Tim Cogan woke up, Eileen went to the McDonalds 24 hour drive-thru and the city will awake to a new "Ambulance TAX”