I read with great amusement the latest demands of City Accounts Commissioner John Franck to remove every member of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority board. Never mind the fact that two members Olivine Westcott and Johanna Dushlek have been democratically elected by the residents of public housing. He also failed to mention that Albert Callucci and Ken Ivins have been doing everything possible to reform the board. Roman Catholic nun Charla is already leaving in two weeks but he also failed to take that into account. Now I admit that Eric Weller/Chairman of the board is a PR disaster but according to the state comptroller’s office “they found mismanagement but no criminality”.John is also fond of saying “my department did nothing illegal” too.Now that’s what I call setting a high standard.
But this really isn’t about the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority board. This is about Franck making the Mayor look bad and deflecting scrutiny away from his accounts department. Franck has slowly morphed from a fiscally conservative council member to the stark raving bully of the council. From brow beating Mark Baker, President of the Saratoga Springs City Center to any member of the public who publicly disagrees with him. Franck has become increasing unstable. Drinking heavily and becoming more and more unhinged he threatened people as diverse as Saratogian staff to me who he publicly and privately threatened and continues to threaten.
Now he demands the entire board of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority board be removed or he will do what? Hold his breath, drink a bottle of scotch and bang Citizen Clancy? Two words John, fuck you. I look forward to your performance Tuesday night, no I relish watching you. You are the funniest politician on the council since Ron Kim picked up his marbles and went home.
Funny back in 2005 John Franck ran on a platform against Steven Towne on one issue. Namely that Towne reduced the commercial assessment of Towne's boss and first cousin Tom Roohan. Seven properties owned by Roohan had their assessments reduced. Franck filed a complaint with the cities ethics board and the state attorney general. Both found no evidence of impropriety but the damage was done and Franck was swept into power.
Now Franck has made lowering commercial properties assessments along with his own personal assessments into an art form.
From friends, to the cities rich and powerful Franck has lowered the assessments of all. In some cases before the property owners even asked for a reduction. So remember folks look at Franck’s right hand and not at his left. Because it’s pretty ugly.
Tomorrow I will be at the pre-council meeting and the formal sentencing of horse abuser Ann Arnold
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