Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scare Tactics

Public Safety Commissioner Ron Kim would rather gnaw his own foot off at the ankle and then use the dismembered limb as a gavel at the bargaining table than come up with a cogent plan to reduce costs in his department. Or at least he’d like city tax payers to think that’s his attitude toward the $1.3 million worth of cuts he’s been asked to make in the Spa City’s police and fire budgets.

Kim’s posturing in wake of the proposed budget cuts has been no less dramatic than if he were performing the aforementioned self-inflicted amputation. He told an audience choked with firefighters and police officers that the budget cuts would force him to hand out pink slips like they were Broadway parking tickets during peak race season. In the commissioner’s estimation, he would need to lay off 14 firefighters and 19 cops in order to meet a requested 6.8 percent reduction in 2009 spending.

“If we don’t work together, I believe this city will regret taking this kind of step,” he said Wednesday.

People will wait hours for a cop or firefighter, according to Kim. And that’s only if someone is there to dispatch the call. Kids in school will start snorting coke and pounding vodka smoothies on the playground, because there won’t be anyone there to tell them it’s wrong. Those school children not geeked on hard drugs will assuredly fall prey to the hurtling automobiles, because there will be no crossing guards to help them traverse the mean city streets.

Overweight tandem tractor trailer trucks will charge down Broadway leaving chunks of uprooted pavement in their wake. Surely, they’ll cause traffic snarls during track season, because there will be no cops to guide the ebb and flow of racing congestion. Malicious criminals will flock to Saratoga from the oppressive, over-policed cities of Albany and Schenectady because there will be no police patrols to stop them. Bleak and hopeless, fire and brimstone; famine, plague and pestilence. The horror. The horror.

But this is all a gigantic scare tactic Kim is using to achieve the end game for his department, which is to forestall any cuts to the budget in the hope an economic turnaround will come to the rescue. Anyone who has dealt with the commish during his nearly four years in office will understand he has a flare for the dramatic and really doesn’t mind making a jack ass out of himself in public if there’s a slight chance he can pander to his constituents. These constituents happen to be the police and fire union leaders and the chiefs that have persistently and successively failed to curb out-of-control spending in their departments.

The worse of the two are the Saratoga Springs Police under Chief Ed Moore, who has spent money like it were being printed with a seized counterfeiting machine in one of his department’s jail cells. His department is the largest annual expense incurred by the city. And each year, this expense seems to rise.

The union-beholden Kim is always the defender of the police budget each year, and will even trot Moore in front of the public to bemoan a lack of personnel or how the overtime costs are simply out of their control. This repetitive process plays out like clockwork every year there is a budget crunch. But for two years under Mayor Valerie Keehn, there was no crunch; nor was there much of one when the Johnson Administration first took office.

The reasons for this were threefold. First, the city council always had the state’s VLT aid to plunder each year. Secondly, there was the fund balance to raid with the VLT money didn’t come through. And lastly, there were the unions to handle; among them, the omnipotent and all-powerful police union.

Now push has come to shove. The city’s coffers are empty. The state aid is gone and will never return. Yet the city’s police union is still barking as though it had the leverage to make demands. The saber rattling reached a feverish pitch Wednesday, when union head Ed Lewis brazenly likened the police force to a burgeoning business.

“When a corporation looks at cuts it’s because of a lack of business,” he blurted out in a moment of unfettered stupidity.

Well Ed, if the city police were a corporation, the CEO would have been fired long ago for mismanagement of assets and burgeoning overtime costs. Or this executive’s failure to uphold workplace standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor, resulting in a federal lawsuit successfully being lodged against the aforementioned corporation. But why go there?

The police also trotted out wounded Officer Adam Baker as a tangible example of what will happen if the public safety department is forced to cut $1.3 million. Some of the less fickle residents of the Spa City may recall the police chief flippantly using Baker as the exclamation point on his push to restore cuts to police overtime in October.

At the time, Moore suggested Baker might not even be alive today were it not for a veritable cadre of police ready to spring into action –and make lots of overtime –when his jugular was nicked by a troubled Four Winds patient wielding a box-cutter. Now he’s expecting residents to believe Baker’s job will be part of the aforementioned cuts?

But admittedly, the police brass and union leadership don’t honestly think any of their fear mongering will ever come to pass. They even admitted as much during their dog and pony show, which has been ongoing since Kim and Lewis flashed their mugs before the hopelessly fickle television media before the Memorial Day weekend.

“This is more political, this whole thing,” Lewis admitted to the Daily Gazette. “It’s more of a poker game that is going on between these commissioners.”

And one that is taking place at the behest of honest taxpayers who are simply trying to figure out whether they’re going to need to buy a hand-held howitzer to defend themselves against the masses or if they should simply take out a fourth mortgage to make next year’s city tax payment. Bravo, gentlemen. Way to uphold your duty as sworn elected officials.

Kim’s solution to all of this is to liquidate the city’s assets and stamp parking meters on every corner like Albany Mayor Jerry “The Tan” Jennings did in Albany. But truth be known, one-time increases in revenue won’t solve this problem. In fact, one-time revenue boosts were exactly what got the council into the mess that it’s in now.

Even sustained revenue streams like paid parking won’t solve this budget crisis. And Kim’s ridiculous posturing certainly won’t fix the problem. What it will do is curry him favor among the less cognizant residents that are likely to wage a witch hunt against any commissioner complicit in the budget crisis. His blathering is a way to place the onus on Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins, who does bear some responsibility in this crisis, but only for not playing hardball with Kim last year, when it was blisteringly apparent the Public Safety Department’s budget was the most bloated of them all.

47 Comments:

Blogger muldoonmedia said...

Chief Moore should have been fired a long time ago.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta keep reelecting Kim - listening to an a-hole like him makes the day go well. It gets even better when he gets the whine going, and he as at his best when he storms out of a meeting - taking his ball and heading home. Saratoga voters, ask yourself if you really deserve a fool like this.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HO.....you hit the bulls-eye with this new story. The PD had to reach back a couple of years to find an incident where an officer was in physical danger i.e. Adam Baker.
What about the guy who walked away from Four Winds this past winter? What did that cost the city? I heard that the guy wanted to go to church, so why did they search the woods and the park? The neighbors weren't even told that someone with mental problems was on the loose.
Four Winds has their own security personnel, so why did taxpayers have to suffer the overtime charges?
Twenty years ago the Public Safety entire budget was $4 million, and now it's $20 million. That's a 500% increase, or a 25% increase per year for 20 years. What's it going to be in another 20 years at this rate? And somebody said that the police and fire depts. are understaffed and underpaid?
Sounds like we are headed for bankruptcy.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post - Franck

10:56 AM  
Blogger george said...

I’m waiting for a picture of Kim pointing a Glock at the police horse with a caption.

RESTORE MY BUDGET OR I’LL SHOOT THIS HORSE!!!!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Sarcasm said...

"Where have all the flowers gone? Gone,Baby,Gone!"

Ron was right on the mark!

SIx Flags! More Flags! More Fun!

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George...Speaking of the police horse. I wonder if Kim will fire cops before he sells the police horses and related equipment.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Just wondering WHY? said...

Rec Center...Police protection

Rec Center...Fire fighters

Ivin's Dog Park..... Public Safety

Johnson's Beach...Snow removal

Johnson's Sister Inlaw 75K salary to answer the phone ...2 patrolman

Billy McTygue's 110K salary..3 firefighters salary.

Linda Tericola's 90K salary ..2 police officers.


hmmmmm?

As a taxpayer and a VOTER.... these do not seem like tough decisions.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we only knew what really happens behind the scenes we would all demand the funding for PS.

I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the work these people do on two seperate situations this year.
Our neighborhood was experiencing quite a bit of drug related activity.
In a matter of days the PS solved the problem with several arrests.
Those arrested were from out of town and had quite a long history of arrests. The drug dealers were actually working with one of our own City residents to sell drugs in the city.
The problem was solved and the activity has stopped.
There was no big story in the Saratogian, but 40 residents were very happy they had a professional Public safety department.

And before you start bashing me..I do not work for PS or even know anyone that works there.

I am just a satisfied customer!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Public Safety Czar said...

It is amazing how incredibly stupid you are and more astonishing you show that stupidity to the world. If you are going to comment on Public Safety at least do yourself the justice of knowing a little more about it than once being a school crossing guard. Freakin idiot!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face facts

We are a destination CITY.. Not a sleepy little village.

The SS city budget has and always be made up of primarily payroll.
We have nearly 350 full time employees
Anytime you review any CITY budget
you will see payroll as the overwhelming line item.
Every city in NYS has been handing out benifits like candy for decades.
Those benefits now cost far more than candy!
Guess what? We are no different.

Our city hall receptionist makes 70,000.00 a year PLUS benefits. Can she fight as fire or arrest a drunk?
I am sure she is a very nice person, but 70K + benifits to answer the phone is too much.

The list goes on!

We pay our city asseser nearly 90K plus benifits and he will retire long before we reassess the city again.
In fact Commissioer Franck is now qualified to be the assesser so we could save some money there too.

Lets look at non-essential personel before we look at essential city services.

A destination city needs essential service far more than it needs over paid telephone operator.

Lets get our priorities in line with our politics boys!!

6:54 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

5:32,

I think you're getting a few issues confused. As far as I know, the beach deal was quashed last year. I'm not sure about the 'dog park' you speak of; I could be simply having a mental margarita right now...it is Friday and my Tequila lust is rising.

But you bring up entirely valid points about the directors, which seem a bit superfluous with the deputies in place. The problem is, they're civil service, and I don't think either of them can be laid-off thanks to the unions.

On a side note, I praise you for mentioning Tericola and her bloated salary. She runs her department like a fiefdom...a very poorly managed fiefdom. In fact, were this medieval times, her vassals would be starving. Now she gets a $6 million garage to park her bloated salary. I've said it before, this is the issue that could singularly doom the Johnson Administration. Assuredly, there's a quid-pro-quo here, much in the same way there was with Kim's stumping for the PS facility and --on a lesser note --Scirocco taking the CSEA and local union endorsements. In Johnson's case, I think what he'll get politically in return will pale in comparison to the outrage many of us are feeling over the rec center.

5:44,

Don't confuse my disdain for PS spending as a commentary on the police force. Saratoga Springs has a number of very fine officers that are responsive and uphold the law. But they also have a bloated administration that doesn't feel the need to seek out cost savings.

But about the drugs...don't for one minute believe they stamped out the problem. Your drug dealer or dealers simply picked up stakes and moved to a different area of the city. Drug dealing is a five-headed hydra. You lop off one head in one area of the city, two more will pop up elsewhere. I know of one particular apartment in the city that has had drug dealers for almost two decades now. I've seen swat teams in it, I've seen the dealers come out in cuffs. Different ones each time, and almost always totally unrelated. You could put 200 cops on Lake Avenue, and drugs would still lodge themselves in the city's nooks and crannies.

7:04 AM  
Blogger george said...

Talk about waste what does Eileen Finneran do, arrest drunks?

There is so much fat in the city budget it’s a joke.

I see Public Works has hired back Greg Benton. I thought they were going to be laying people off?

Speaking of Benton’s anybody ask Lou if he finished the tree count.

And once and for all can anyone tell me why we spend more per capita than Albany or Schenectady on public safety.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SS is a very sad community! The first time someone suffers from a violent a violent crime or a house burns down that may have been saved all those who have nothing better to do then point fingers, bitch and moan about the uniform services (for the idiots that don't know that is your Police, Fire and EMS) those very same people will be shouting loudly about the failure of these people to respond.
It's funny how our current President stumped while on the campaign trail how too much was being spent on Homeland Security and how he was going to change all of that. His views have certainly changed and they changed immediately after he endured his first classified briefing as to what is really going on out there.
Funny how attitudes change when you are trust into the reality of an issue you know nothing about.
All those out there claiming to have a clue what the Police, Fire and EMS folks deal with on a daily basis need a real dose of reality. Easy to sit at a computer and throw shots, none of you would have the guts to put on the uniform or even go on a ride along. Sad, sad bunch!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HO
Can I have a Margarita too!
Thank god it is Friday.

Yes the proposed work on the beach was postponed, but we still have an asset that could be sold and put it back on the Tax rolls. It is unlikely that we will have the disposable money to further develop it. It was purchased with Open Space Monies but there is a sizable debt service expense on the property.
Commissioner Ivins in March and early April had been working on establishing a dog park for Saratoga Springs. Why not go out and lobby for VLT monies, collect back taxes etc etc.....
Can the 3 smaller departments be consolidated into 1?

You are right.Linda T has been underperforming for years.
Most of the parents try to get their kids in Wilton's or Greenfield's rec programs.
90K doing down the drain.
That position should pay 45 at best.
Her assistant makes a big salary too.
Lets have the REC department be run by the YMCA and use our school gyms to their fullest potential.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Is that Ron Kim playing tamborine in Skippy's band? said...

I can't imagine the thought of stuttering Ron Kim chairing the city council meetings as mayor. It will take 5 hours each night!

As much as I hate to say it:

Time to bring those Democrats for Johnson signs out of the garage, boys.

Who's with me?

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Sarcasm said...

Just Wondering WHY -- Don't forget the Planning Department as part of your list. Jackie Hakes is a great addition that can more than fill the shoes of overpaid smoe that is her boss.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People in city hall and the PS department go on thinking that there is no end to other people's money. When you chase the middle income class from the city to the burbs the party will be over. There won't be enough million dollar condos to pay the whole bill.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey bandman

Sorry The sign should say Republicans for KIM.

That is what is going on my lawn.

Wanna Buy a Rec Center

5:32 PM  
Blogger george said...

Kim will be setting a sanguineous course in his reckless pursuit of power under the twin banner of Progressive / NXIVM and charter change. The citizens of Saratoga with be the victims of this perverse agenda. Kim will decimate what is left of the Democratic Party’s good name while dropping the cloak of altruism and taking malevolence to a whole new level.
and remember it was Ron Kim who bonded the rec center money.but when did the truth ever matter to Kim

RON KIM FOR MAYOR
A Little Duplicity, a little hypocrisy…whatever it takes, right folks? "

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Cheese and dog pizza said...

Just think Kim will be the first Mayor with his own SWAT team. This will open the way for the new NXIVM headquarters at 23 Greenfield Ave.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Faulkner said...

Ahem... take a look into the crystal ball and see your near future:

"North Providence on brink of insolvency, mayor says"



http://www.projo.com/news/content/NORTH_PROVIDENCE_CASH_FLOW_05-29-09_OFEHGE6_v46.40458d4.html

Better start taking notes people.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Sarcasm said...

How is it possible we get so many good candidates in one year? Clearly Hank K. will be in the drivers seat. NOT! "This is Lawerence,Kansas. Is there anybody out there! Is there anyone at all?"

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Um um huh um uh um uh ummmm said...

I'd hate to be the janitor who has to clean up all the saliva that Ron Kim's spews at each council meeting.

Thinking of attending one? Bring a raincoat!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ok to leave the city, really.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people of this community should be ashamed to even show their faces after reading the terrible comments in the Saratogian and the same crap here. If all of you morons think you can do a better job then those who were elected to office then put your name in the hat. The lot of you would rather bitch, moan and throw crap at those with the balls to be out there trying to make a difference. A bunch of freakin cowards! The saddest part of all, you are all allowed to vote, people gave their lives to give you that right and you are never happy. What is even scary, some of you have been allowed to reproduce and spread your defective genes! You all make this community a laughing stock across this state.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anytime somebody rationally suggests cutting public safety, the predictables come out. Increased crime, rape, pillage, dope peddlers, convicts on the street. Just look at some of the TV adds about the Governor cutting correction officers. It's so bogus, fostered by both the administrators who want to keep their fat cat situation, and the unions, who also want to keep their members fat cat situations. Budgets can be cut, managers can, if they have the guts, make the decisions they get paid to make, and we will not suffer from that.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Public Safety Commissioner has again transformed the Council Chamber into to the Spa's other little theatre. Unfortunately, the rank and file along with the public has become victimized by a nonexistent administrator. Our officers and firemen and women have been led into believing that the reality of the current budget problem for them, has everything to do with an unappreciative public instead of a concern by the public for more efficient department management and cost reductions, an obligation which was ignored for most of four years.

As always, the resident taxpayer is being asked to shoulder expanding budget requests and today's avoidable budget shortfall with solutions that are no more assured than yesterday's evaporated VLT revenue stream. With so many non-tax-contributing resident employees in his department, should city residents be asked to bear a greater responsibility for their employment and benefits during this current recession than for their own? Shouldn’t a closer look at efficiency and effective management be considered first without daring to hold the public hostage for services that any public minded elected official should also value?

Furthermore, these financial concerns are not about dishonoring our uniform services for their vital, yet often thankless work, but about acknowledging in part, the Commissioner's myth of the perfect world that assumes unending revenues and municipal departmental growth while city residents quietly accept impending tax increases.

The brutal reality of fulfilling political promises and campaign rhetoric are understood, yet in his initial bid for office he revealed that his job, "requires both a leader and a legislator, not a manager" because, "the Department is already blessed with very competent Police and Fire Chiefs." Further pledging, "that no member of my campaign or of a political committee will be appointed to a departmental position" and that "No boss will own me. My top priority will be to listen to your ideas and concerns about the Department and our City. My interest will be your interest and my door will remain open to you." Most disappointing was the last sentence's resident voter’s focus that was clearly lost in translation. Can today's quest for Mayor under a City Charter that he publicly denounced and initially, with a political majority Council, saw fit to engage in and encourage chaos on, be any more encouraging?

In today's budget crisis, all City departments are being asked nothing more than what is already being asked of ourselves as taxpayers by conserving more, budgeting wisely and compelling ourselves to become more efficient and self sustaining. Consider this is a public knock on all City Hall doors - open or closed. The public is tired of politics in Public Safety and on the Council.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The current police chief is quoted as saying that we now only have 36 patrol officers, but in 1976 we had 49. Then why is the dept. shelling out overtime as if it were going out of style?
What the chief doesn't say, is that HIS dept. is top-heavy with more high ranking officers than they have room for desks for all of them.
In 1976 they didn't have Chiefs, they had Indians.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re anonymous 6:11,



Wake up dude. This board is a representation of what is called The Democratic Debate. Messy, sometimes ugly, but all in all a good forum to discuss issues that aren't addressed elsewhere. The anonymous nature allows for frankness without fear of retribution. What is cowardly is to not call people out on their shit. If people are making false claims, then there is a place to refute it.

And speaking of patriotism and who died for what... wasn't America FOUNDED on confronting oppressive government. Isn't the whole point to question our leaders and make sure we have a viable democracy?

And your defective gene theory is an interesting one. Why don't you go back in time and work for Hitler, because you both have a lot in common.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw my democratic team in the paper today. Am I going to change my affiliation and become a Kimeac in order to keep my head up my ass?

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Mamie said...

How about all the high ranking department heads? They would be the easiest to cut loose. A couple of directors come to mind that aren't police or fire. Public Works and Planning can cut some of their big boys that due virtually nothing all day. I see it every day so I know.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until taxpayers find out how much more money they are going to have to cough up because of these huge losses in the public employee retirement funds.

Public employees are in the same sinking boat as the autoworkers and steelworkers once were, only they haven't realized it yet.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason Autoworkers and Steelworkers are in a sinking boat is because of..... Hmmmm.... Unions..... They make close to 80 bucks an hour to turn a screw, or move a hood from one pile to the other.

The unions need to go. Letting contracts go to arbitration cost more money, retro pay costs more money, paying lawyer fees cost money, paying fines for illegal dumping cost money, paying people to sit in big chairs to do nothing costs money.

This city needs to stop being stupid, and do things one time, and the right way the first time. It would save a hell of a lot more money than having do-overs all the time, and paying fines out the ass

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wide awake you fucking moron! I'm talking stupidity not ethnicity, DUDE!

3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the rec center was Keene's idea????

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re Anonymous 3:29,


Nope. You are a Genesee drinking redneck idiot getting a rush on calling others out without even thinking about what the real issue is. You are the real embarrasement of this town, and should stick to spouting off your opinions at the Racino where your fellow Mongoloids hang out. You couldn't put a coherent arguement together if your life depended upon it. You are wide awake like the way my dog is wide awake after getting hosed with cold water. You are definitely "talking stupidity." You're a moron who doesn't even get that Hitler was interested in creating an uber race of people, thus the play on your dumb comment about people spreading their defective genes. The irony is that you are the kind of person who normally loses in the Darwinian battle of natural selection if left to your own devices. I'm sure we'll read about you in the paper next week after running an ATV into a tree. You would have been a loyal prison guard at best.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Guess I hit a nerve..DUDE!!!

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re Anonymous 5:47

That's the best you got? I don't spar with mental midgets.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Saratoga Truth Squad said...

The Governor needs to call in the National Guard to hose down these Public Safety hoodlums that were running wild in our streets tonight.

Kicking babies in their strollers; pushing old people; spitting in the faces of people that weren't happily high-fiving the drunk bastards.

When I opted not to honk my horn in support, I was spayed with warm Budweiser while my children screamed.

Governor Paterson: help!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen DUDE, you have no idea who you are messing with! You are genetically inferior to me in every way and I refrain from using big words to further and graphically demonstrate your bottom dwelling position in life. Go back to the rock you crawled out from under, continue to be the coward you are and let’s hope you have not spread any of your inferior genetic material past the mistake your parents made years ago.

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Phil Diamond hiding around the corner videotaping the event. He ought to scared after all the bad mouthing he's been doing. The cops will be watching.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That warm budwieser was from the cans your leader Comm. IVINs had you out picking out of the garbage for him.Nickels= dimes= quarters = dollars= ammo. By the way Ken, nice campaign speech, you covered it all with responsibility to prudent government, Youre all about the kids, hootnanny in congress park on July 4th. Is this what the GOP now stands for? hootnannys in congress park????

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to "last hired, first fired? Last year one of the first acts of this new council was the creation of three new positions "administrative assistants". Combined salaries plus benefits $200,000. or more.How did the city manage for years without these functionaries in the past? Kim justified his need by saying it would free up his deputy to lobby in Albany for our city. She was supposed to have a direct line to the Govs office... well some lobbying...we lost the VLT money. It cost the city the VLT money and the deputy's salary and the "administrators salary" on top of it. Common sense would dictate that Public Safety does NOT even need a deputy since there are already two trained professionals in charge of the police and fire dept daily operation. Kommisar Kim is solely responsible for the panicin the press because it was he and he alone who said police and fire jobs would be cut if he had to reduce his bloated budget. How can Kim aspire to Mayor when he has failed miserably to address the responsibilities of the present office he occupies. He has failed to work honestly and responsibly with the rest of the council in this time of fiscal uncertainty. He has monopolized the meetings by filibustering at every opportunity encroaching on the so called "public comment " part of meetings. Frankly, he and his deputy are the foul ball leftovers from the failed Keehn regime. Their strategy is to be disruptive, to ham string the council to ultimately change our local system of govt to a " strong mayor, with Finneran or Keehn of NEXIUM fame as deputy. Voters BEware!

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Fly on the Wall said...

WTF is a hootenanny?

I listened in to the Kim for Mayor campaign team's meeting this morning. They were trading ideas for his new slogan:


"Vote for Kim or he turns the PS mob loose on the streets again"

"Ron Kim: striving for the record of most departments f***d-up in the city"

"A vote for Kim is really a vote for Val Keehn"

"Ron Kim will add seven new deupty mayor positions if elected! Now THERE'S a stimulus package"

"Ron Kim for Public Safety AND Mayor!"

"Vote for Kim: Because Mental Illness Needs an Icon"

"Kim for Mayor: at least it gets him away from the guns."

"Ron Kim: Elect as Mayor and Receive a 20% Discount on your Bankruptcy Filing Next Tax Season"

7:16 AM  
Anonymous mamie said...

Getting rid of Billy Mctygue and Paul Male is a good start but why stop there? Planning Department head Bradley Birge is paid a great deal of money and has people in that department that make a lot less and do all the work. These three alone will cut $500 thousand off the budget if you count benefits.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Charles Giacalone said...

Chief Moore did more in one summer, with underbudgeted projects including the lowest paid CI in the united states, but managed to place a damper on narcotics flow in the city, while opening new doorways to protect its officers and informants. All because of the hard work of a few. Taxpayers always need something to cry about, but if they actually participated in what it takes to give them what they want, they would realize that they want piccasso for a 1 penny, and it look like a billion $$$$.

10:28 PM  

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