Well for two people who ran their political campaigns on open goverment and transparency nothing could be farther from the truth.
First we have Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco shafting locals while lowering the cost of the Casino for out-of-towners. Wood-be Saratoga brides will be paying $2800 up from $2500 but lower than the proposed $3000 that Scirocco originally wanted. The increased passed with Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen being the swing vote.
Next Empire ambulance was granted the secondary ambulance contract. I love Empire and I credit them with helping to save my life in my 3am transport from Saratoga Hospital to Albany Med. Empire made the trip in 27 minutes flat and allowed a Priest to ride with us as he administered last rites over my fading carcass back in June. My insurance Greater New York Heath Care SEIULocal1199 has a contract with Empire so my bill was paid in full. The surprise of the contract was the rental fee for the West Ave station that was in Mathiesen’s original proposal was reduced from the claimed 100k down to 40k. Already ambulance projected revenue is down 60 thousand. No details of the bidding process were presented and the amateurish Mathiesen left the contract open ended until it was corrected by the mayor.
Next we have the MultiMed Ambulance Billing Service contact,it passed with little debate and few details. What wasn't discussed was that in the Multi Med Contract in Section 1a it refers to allowing Multi Med to turn over any billing for collection or legal actions deemed necessary. Chief Williams when presenting this program stated their intentions were to soft bill. So much for open and transparent government.
And finally drug testing for police and fireman. Accounts Commissioner John Franck said random drug testing should be instituted in both departments. Accounts Commissioner John Franck called “It’s a no-brainer” but Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen still said he didn’t feel it was necessary even though we have a crack addict fireman in jail. They still won’t answer if he is getting paid. Not very open . Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan also felt it wasn’t necessary and doesn’t like people turning over their body fluids for testing.
I guess Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was her favorite movie
"Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream!...You know when fluoridation began?...1946. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love... Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I — I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women, er, women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake...but I do deny them my essence."
I just got off talk 1300 with Steve Coffey and will have a post on that later today