BREAKING BREAKING NEWS;Front page of the TU Today
Spa City wants audit HERE
Well the action is starting to pick up with the Mayor sending out this press release which I will republish in its entirety.
City of Saratoga Springs
MAYOR’S OFFICE CITY HALL
474 Broadway Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 Telephone 518-587-3550Fax 518-587-1688
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 30, 2012CONTACT: Scott T. Johnson 518-587-3550 ext. 2520, 518-860-9984
The Housing Authority was established in 1951 and chartered under state law as a NewYork State non-profit government agency. As such, it is under the jurisdiction and review by the Comptroller’s Office in instances, such as this, wherein a financial accounting is desired. The audit is requested following recent issues surfacing in the media and under public scrutiny that alleged concerns over potential financial irregularities and spending practices such as salary, compensation, travel and business expenses, and claims of nepotism in hiring.
“Initially, the concerns that surfaced were dealing with claims of bed bug infestation, which alone carries significant and serious consequences to residents potentially at risk and our community reputation”,Mayor Johnson said. “Upon the issue of potential infestation being raised, I have been in contact with both the Executive Director and Chairman of the Housing Authority Board to ascertain the plan of action to be implemented to address that issue. Certainly, I wanted to provide the Housing Authority with sufficient time to design and implement an effective plan of action. The effectiveness of the treatment plan is one of ongoing analysis and, in fact, the subject of two public forums to be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
I will with hold any definitive opinion on the effectiveness of the response until all information has been obtained, in fairness to all parties involved.”The latest allegations involve matters of fiscal accountability and require a different approach. “Once the allegations of fiscal impropriety were being raised, the issues have changed and broadened to require an independent, third party analysis and findings on spending practices”, Johnson added. “In order to ensure transparency in the Authority’s budgets and financial practices, an independent review will best serve the public interest and eliminate uncertainty. This scrutiny is needed in order to put some finality on the allegations being raised.
Any conclusion will be withheld until all facts are available”, Johnson concluded. In other action today, Mayor Johnson appointed Albert Callucci, of Saratoga Springs, to the sole remaining vacancy on the Housing Authority Board. “I am very pleased to appoint Al Callucci to this important position, particularly during these difficult times for the Housing Authority Board. He brings with him a wealthof experience in management and a dedication and commitment to the well being of our community”, Johnson said. The appointment is effective February 1, 2012 and will be a five year term.
First I would like to commend the Mayor for calling for a full audit. I also comment him on his choice of Albert Callucci for the authority board. I know Al Callucci, in fact I consider Al Callucci a good friend. I predict he will be a valuable member of the board and I doubt he can be bought off by a few free trips.
I am disappointed that the Mayor didn’t call for the firing of Ed Spychalski and the resignation of Authority Board Chairman Dennis Brunelle and the rest of his high rolling cronies and yes that includes the “flying nun”. But I understand Scott is methodical in his approach.
That brings me to my third point. Johnson and the rest of the City Council need to hear your stories first hand. Everything I tell them that I didn’t witness is “Hearsay". Spychalski and Brunelle will no doubt pack these meeting with toadies to delude the truth, don’t let this happen.
In other news this story and me have gone national. This went out last week to 575,000 via email. Also on his web site; tweeted (6,000+); and on Facebook (6,000+). HERE
For those who are still afraid.