Early in the evening at the public comment period Mathiesen was the target of criticism from Jeff Clark President, Saratoga Springs Downtown Business ... Todd Shimkus,President Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and Todd Garofano President Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau as this exclusive video shows.
Seems Mathiesen has been on a media crusade in both the press and radio to paint the town as a seedy, dangerous, cesspool of alcohol, drugs and violence. Funny most directors of Public Safety in other cities try to reassure the public but Mathiesen has been on a scare campaign, basically warning residents and tourist alike to stay out of the city after dark.
Funny but later in the public safety section of the Council meeting that took place well after 11pm. Mathiesen seemed genuinely stung by the criticism, especially from fellow chamber of commerce members. He seemed truly perplexed as to why everyone doesn’t agree with him.
Commissioner of Accounts John Franck came to Mathiesen's aid in what can only be described as a rant calling out the business leaders for dare opposing the good dentist. He went on to describe bloody streets, mayhem and the greed and ignorance of anyone who disagrees with this assessment. Again calling downtown a hellhole. But being cool and trendy here in Toga why not start a non-profit called “Friends of hellhole Saratoga Springs”.Maybe you can put Lew Benton in charge?
Frankly after hearing this discussion I’m surprised anyone outside of death wish thrill seekers would visit Saratoga.
In an effort to be helpful in Mathiesen’s plan to turn Saratoga into Disneyland north let me offer three suggestions.
Why not ban coolers in the Flat track? I’ve seen some pretty drunk people in the backyard and a fight or two. Really ban everything and put up a nice Carousel and let the kids eat ice cream while daddy plays the ponies. So it will kill the track, think how safe we’ll all be.
Next on your agenda. Chris you seem to paint the good children of Saratoga as angelic scholars so why not ban CDTA bus 50. Come on now Chris say what you think. You know who rides that bus, minorities and poor white folk. You don’t want them here do you?
That brings us to another of your “goals” scapegoat illegals.
Mathiesen,the next time an illegal immigrant so much as looks at a local women cross eyed round them all up. You know swat team a temporary detention camp, fuck’em there not like us.
Might seem a bit harsh but do it for the children, of course you’ll need a dozen or more cops and a new police station but that’s been the plan since you read the Kim/Benton report in Maine last year?
So Chris don’t stop just because some weiney business owners bitch, just don’t expect the City to thank you.