I still feel wretched but I am the home of the wretched after all. Seriously I stuck my head out today and the sun felt warm upon my face. I think illness is God’s way to remind us to appreciate our health.
I’m trying to keep up and expect my posts to be a bit limited as I recover. But enough about me.
The long awaited ambulance year-end report came out and “Toothy” is giddy with joy. He claims $667,000 in revenue for 3,223 calls. That 200k in uncollected bills? Well kiss that goodbye. They average about $200 a call and that’s about the industry standard. That’s as good as it’s going to get folks and reimbursements rates will continue to trend down.
The untold story in this affair is the behavior of the “Beast of Lake Ave” Fire Chief Williams. Chris “toothy” Mathiesen has no idea what goes on in his department. Sources tell me “toothy” is a complete stranger to his men. One rank and file member told me “I wouldn’t know him if he was in front of me at Wal-Mart” To make these numbers look good and ensure Mathiesen’s reelection Williams has run his man to the bone.
The department has two levels. The “untouchables” descended from fire house royalty and everyone else. Some do no wrong. All the others do no right. All least 20 members are looking to transfer out. And remember folks the rank and file are no close friends of mine. By reaching out to me they show how truly desperate their situation is.
In funny news. Val Keehn raised her head out of the dustbin of history this week. She reached out to Saratogian reporter Lucian McCarty HERE. Keehn who was voted out of office and relocated out of the city took great umbrage with Mayor Johnson’s comprehensive review commission. But I’m going back to my cave to rest for a fight another day.
Saratoga in Decline
We never Sleep
Because I keep coughing.