Friday, November 30, 2012

Troy City Council

     Well last night was the Full Moon and let me tell you the Lunatics were out mainly at the Finance Committee meeting. I was so very sorry I couldn't make it as I usually do, because I had a lot I wanted to say, but I guess that was good for the lunatics. I will say it here, then they will have the opportunity to read it over and over, in case they can't believe what they did.

    First of all they should be completely ashamed of themselves, I voted for a couple of them, out and out supported Lynn Kopka, and now "I" am ashamed I did both of those things.

     Second, this is a big waste of Taxpayers money when Troy is in such sad shape financially. $30,000, for a part time 20 hr. position plus benefits. I think you Council Folks should pay that out of your pockets, please don't spend my money on such crap. We do not need a Commissioner to oversee the Chief and 1 Asst. Chief and one Deputy Chief, I think there is already plenty being spent there in salaries and tons of knowledge and experience, what on earth is a Commissioner going to do besides appease Bob Fitzgerald? He isn't even a Taxpayer. We all know what is behind this, pure politics and sour grapes. For those of you spreading around the word the Chief was appointed in the dead of night behind closed doors, I guess you don't know AM from PM and Mayor Tutunjian waited months before he made a decision on who he chose and he made it based on who he thought could rectify the problems in the Police Dept., mainly the runaway overtime and other internal problems which were quite serious. Seeing the previous Chief suddenly retire should make any ones ears perk up. Neither Tedesco or Tutunjian made him do that, and that left the position open.

     My thoughts are that the person the Mayor is going to appoint is Tony Magnetto, someone I personally like. But I care very little for sour grapes, he left the dept, and should stay there. He and Tedesco were great friends, started on the force the same day, rode together as partners for years, what happened here Tony? Should he be appointed to the position, no. No one should obviously be appointed to this and should he and he accept it I am sure he is going to regret it, this City is messed up, Politics have ruined it. Mayor Rosamilia states he is going to take a while and find the absolute best candidate for the position, do I believe that? No. The Council will push him around like they already have and tell them who they want and who could he find that is an 'excellent' candidate for $30,000 and a 20 hr part time position in a City with a Council partly comprised of inexperienced people, who try to run a Police Dept with experience in Policing that they don't have? He would have to be a nut too.Maybe Bob Fitzgerald will quit his Patrolman's position and then apply. We will have to run for cover as taxes will go sky high and there will so many Officers doing other things than patrolling crime will really go crazy.

     The main problem with Tedesco being appointed was he has no skeletons in closet that Fitzie can pressure him with revealing, if he doesn't get his way, so he has to resort to suing the City (umm you and me)and telling lies to newly appointed Council members who eagerly eat it up and run out and do stupid things without any proof or experience and think they are doing good. If they were so concerned with Public Safety and knew what they were doing, why was Kevin McGrath a convicted Felon appointed to the Public Safety Committee? I think that has to fall to, I am very sad to say, my former good friend Lynn Kopka. Also Tedesco bent over backwards for Lynn for years like he did for all of us heads of Neighborhood Assn leaders. Thank you Lynn.. I am sure he would like to say that but I will say it for him. Nina Nichols, I don't recall her being involved in any City Committees regarding Public Safety previous to her run for Council, so where is her background in the Police Dept.? None of them can disagree with anything of what is being written here. After they all fail to be re-elected next term they will leave behind a never ending stream of conversation of 'remember them'? Whew glad they are gone! Am I angry? No just confused on how we end up with such irresponsible people doing such brainless deeds and they get PAID for it with YOUR money! Something is "screwie" here and that may be the key word.

     I know very few of the new cops on the force now, and there are a lot, I use to know 80% of them. I can't conceive of how they can work under these circumstances, all created by their PBA head, I think those that support their Chief should speak up and tell him so, some are so new on the force they really know nothing of previous problems and probably really don't want to. Some probably want to run for shelter.

     Well here we are at the end and as always, I leave my opinion as "That's the Way it Is", and more people should, and more should speak up and maybe we could stop hiding all the crap that goes on in Troy and make it a nice City to live in. Write the Pulse of the People in the Record and spit it out.

      My opinion is the Chief should run for Mayor next election, he would win hands down unless, of course, there is the ultimate Democrat  regime that will cover the city to make sure we stay king of VOTER FRAUD! Our crowning glory.........

My second opinion is that they should completely dissolve the Police Dept., privatize it, hire back the cops that WANT to be cops and not just come here and punch in everyday and can't wait to get the hell out and of course NO UNION. Then the Citizens of Troy can feel like those Policing us want to be here and care for our safety and well being.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Murders, Fights and Fires!

     Well things aren't getting any better in North Central, matter of fact, they aren't getting any better in Troy in general. We are on a downside and it feels as though someone used wax paper on it. We have had vindictive people setting homes on fire, people wild in the streets where the whole dam Police Dept. had to come out to contain them, then the girls fighting in the street, the next night the guys fighting in the street and now yesterday a murder in the stairwell of the Taylor Apt. High rise.Though the murder scene is well removed from North Central it is still a Hugh concern.

     What is causing all this? What is making people lose control and just how long can we live like this? Not too much longer if you talk to people who live in North Central or anywhere in Troy for that matter. In a city with taxes higher than the Empire State Building it is just disgusting and I personally am dam disgusted! Who the heck is in control here anyway??? It doesn't appear to be anyone at the moment and we better well do something about it now!

     People are screaming for the return of the Street Crime Unit, which did a heck  plan
 a job of squelching the last flare up but our Mayor apparently doesn't see the value of it. Lou Rosamilia is a very nice man, but to repeat the phrase of "nice guys finish last" is NOT where we want to be .Mayor Lou's last involvement in Troy had nothing to do with problems of this sort and in situations like this those who have been there before and for years should take the control and let the History of what stopped the problem repeat itself, no time for "trying something new". The
P E A C E plan has not worked, no one has seen any Officers walking the streets. Why? I'll tell you why, they are too dam busy running around the City answering calls like crazy. If you listen to the Scanner, you will end up in a Panic Attack over all of the fights and violence they are responding too, so how the hell can they walk the streets!

     Chief Tedesco has been on the Police force for 36 years......yes Folks 36 years AND he has a Master's Degree in Business Administration, so he is no "bumbling idiot". So why would anyone who has not served one day on the Police force feel they know more than him, and feel they can tell him what to do? And believe me there are a variety of people trying to do so, and then it makes it look like he is the fool. Let me tell you he is not and neither are the Citizens of Troy. Nina Nichols won her bid for City Council and then was named head of the Public Safety Committee. She won on the popularity vote, but unfortunately has no prior experience in the problems in the City of Troy. Nina has someone filling her head with garbage and directing her to spend her time attacking the Chief. If you attended the last Public Safety meeting, you would have thought you were someplace else as it had nothing to do with Public Safety! It was one pretty nasty attack after another on the Chief, which had nothing to do with the safety of the Citizens of Troy. Now who do you think set her up for that and wrote her scripts? I will leave that for the"Comment Gallery" and I am sure that very person will be the first to comment......of course Anonymously!

Let's get back to the business of protecting Troy and it's Taxpayers, I am sure all of these people causing the problems are NOT paying taxes, matter of fact don't even live in the City of Troy, and as for the murder on Canal Street aren't even Citizens! We are not made of money and cannot afford a penny more in taxes, so let's maximize what we have and let's stop the Comedy Show and cheap entertainment as I for one do not think any of it is very funny. The History of what you all say and do is going to follow you for a long time after you are out of office, and right now it is pretty negative.

     A lot of the problem with the uncontrollable people is a combination of the Drug Trade and abusing Social Services. I will go into that next BLOG as right now I need to cool off a little. And let me tell you there are a lot of people out there as burned up or more than I am and you all need to take notice of that, before the 'normal' people get out of control and there are a lot of angry people out there trying to control their tempers.

This is definitely THE WAY IT IS!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whitney Houston

    I really don't care for Sports, might watch a little Baseball, but when someone has it on TV I always make sure I watch the singing of the National Anthem. Some have made a mockery of it, others good, some OK. I can honestly say I have never heard anyone sing it as beautifully as Whitney Houston and none will ever be able to top her.Simple, plain and show stopping.

  We received the bad news this Saturday of her passing. Whitney in the last few years had some Demons within her she struggled with and they won. I hope she didn't know it. I hope she was relaxed and asleep when they came to get her and she left peacefully with her spirit.

    Her demons had been with her for years. Some are now saying they tried to help her, when she reached out, did they really? Or did they say, 'that is her problem to deal with'. How many of us have reached out for help and found out those closest to us have turned their back on us, close friends, Family, and then when the tragedy happens they are the first to say, I tried, I tried, what is that for, to cover the guilt? In any event, Whitney isn't suffering anymore.

   Now the craziness begins. All the wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her death. I watched footage of her body being returned to Newark to the Funeral home handling the service. People were screaming and laughing and hollering her name, just where do these people come from? Don't they have any class to offer up to the recently deceased? What are they thinking, that she can hear them, maybe invite them all in and be best Buds? This poor Woman has just passed and her Family is grieving and that isn't just a word if you have ever gone through it. It cuts right through your body and no amount of tears can make the hurt go away and it aches and aches. Her poor Family. And the crazies are making a Circus out of it.

   I am happy to hear the Family has decided to have a private Funeral in the Church she once sang in, by invitation only, but can you imagine the mob outside, that is going to cut into the solemn service and they probably won't be able to hear themselves cry. I thought the earlier talks of having it at the Newark Prudential Center were just ridiculous. The poor Family, there for the lines of gawkers, who didn't know her possibly only to have something to talk about later.

   Even the final disposition will be a problem. If she is buried in a Public spot, I can just imagine what will go on there, perhaps better to Cremate and take her home. I can honestly say, I am very glad I am not famous and when my day comes it will be normal. My prayers are with her and her Family, she will lead the Choir in Heaven with that beautiful voice!

This is just my opinion and That's the Way It Is...........What about yours?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


McDonald's, proposed for Hoosick St. at the corner of 15th seems to be on a lot of folks minds. I attended the last hearing on this in City Hall and there was a large crowd. The crowd filled the room and there were folks out in the hallway, but I couldn't tell you how many as in the position I was in I could only see those crowded in the doorway. Some folks had their say and then left and others quickly filled their seats.

The Principals for the project presented their case and then the Planning Board allowed comments of which there were many and most of them were concerned about the traffic area as was I. My thoughts were with the added traffic, and may I say, it is a high traffic area anyway and they is NOT going to go away but there will be some added to it. The REAL problem is: most of this traffic now is moving along, but adding the McDonald's will add a lot of stop and turn, stop and go traffic which will really slow things down. My concern was as Hoosick St. has a incline to it going East, and there are so many Tractor Trailers that utilize this route, for each stop and go of the Trailers it is going to be a real slow go for them to even get back up to speed again going through all of their gears only to have to stop again and try to get started again on that hill.

As for the other vehicular traffic, the Intersection lights are going to be a challenge to try and time correctly to keep anything moving smoothly. We already have gridlock at the bottom of Hoosick and 6th where the traffic lights are badly timed. The area between 6th and the end of the exit of the bridge is short, the traffic light is terribly long. So no one on 6th wants to be stuck waiting through a 2nd light cycle go bumper to bumper on the Intersection at high traffic time and the flow of traffic on 6th going North and South comes to a standstill due to the gridlock. This same thing will happen at Hoosick and 15th.

After thinking about this for a while I could only think as much as I detest them is to put a "Rotary" in at the 15th St. intersection, it would have to be wide with a small center to accommodate the Tractor trailers but at least it would keep things moving smoothly with no gridlock and few accidents.

It as always, only my opinion, but That's the Way It Is...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Occupy Albany/ Occupy Everything

  All week long, if you turned on the TV, or the Radio, or read the Newspaper all you hear or see is Occupy Albany and still some of the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland. Most of what you hear are people that are very negative towards the protesters, but I am on the opposing side, I am 'for' the Protesters.
   This country isn't in very good shape economically and the morale of the US Citizen is not very good. For the last few years I have been saying that this Country is headed for a Revolution. The American Citizen has had enough, they are starting to  get vocal and speak out and no one seems to be listening and I am talking about Government and big Corporations. The Administration isn't listening at all and they aren't watching things either. They have been elected to speak for us and protect us and they have done neither, we are in a big mess, created by our leadership. They have let big Corporations such as  Insurance Companies and Credit Card companies fleece us and the Government whether it is Federal, State or the smaller leadership, tax us, fee us, surcharge us or whatever label you want to put on it, to death! Our protests got a start in the last election by voting some of them out but not enough, I don't think they got the message, so now Society is taking the next step, they are grouping together and protesting. Groups are mostly small but some larger and more agressive. There is a LOT of anger out there and we are fed up with what is going on. What does disturb me though is there are some people that just don't seem to get the message that they are doing this for us. If I could be there with them I would. I have been listening to the Radio Shows and some people calling in and saying 'get them out of there"! What are you KIDDING ME?? This is America and they have every right to their Freedom of Speech and they chose public areas where they can be seen. I am very surprised Paul Vandenburgh on Talk 1300, our only local talk show now on the Airwaves, has been pounding away all week on this, and he doesn't seem to be getting the amounts of calls he would like to on these protestors agreeing with him. Paul has his microphone, every single morning, and he reaches a huge number of listeners and when he goes on one of his rampages over something that is either upsetting him OR is blatanly wrong and he needs to get it out there and hammer away on it ( and that is a GOOD thing) he has his microphone. What do the Protestors have? Just there voices and their signs and whatever Media coverage they can get, lately the Media has been beating up on them. What is WRONG with everyone? Can't you see the Govenment is not listening nor anyone else and that by their total ignorance or as out in Oakland the violence that started with heavy Police action, they are causing more problems for themselves. I congratulate Mayor Jennings and D. A.  Soares on their decision to leave it all alone. They know they have their rights and I would venture to say that they agree with them and are just sitting back and monitoring the situation. We have American soldiers in other countries that are fighting for other people's freedom of speech and liberties and getting killed for it, and we can't speak out here in our own Country? You have to be kidding me, to coin Paul's phrase, ya just can't make this stuff up Folks.
  People will say, 'well just what are they protesting about'? Well, have you been living under a ROCK? Is everything so perfect in your world that you don't have a clue what is going on outside of your Soap Opera or Sports game? And if you think everything is OK, then I want some of the Kool Aid YOU are drinking! Each person is speaking out about different problems in our Country, for a few, High Taxes, Corrupt Politicians, Double standards, out of control Welfare System, people defrauding our Social Service program left and right, Illegal Immigration, Illegals getting benefits people paying the taxes for can't. The Unions. The Justice system letting  people off one after the other, Politicians not being prosecueted, the rich not being prosecuted. Look what is going on with the Hollywood 'Elite', do just what ever you want and the Judge will say..........ok, play nice and you can go. u-m-m-m-m Linsday Lohan anyone? We are just sick to death of it all and us small  people are paying for it all and paying and paying and paying. These groups are going to get larger and larger, and the same dumb people won't listen and the Revolution will start. It happened before and it can happen again and I am for one sure it will. I don't know if I will live to see it, it is going to take some time, but if I am still alive, I will be  part of it, can't think of a better way to go!

As always, "That's The Way It Is"..........

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sound Off, Comments and so on

There are various ways the Folks in Troy respond to stories that they read in the RECORD, or comment on things they know are going on, or hear on the street or TALK RADIO. Some are general comments, some made in anger or just being a little upset over how things are going and they vent. Some sign their names, and they are not ashamed of it, these are usually posted in the 'Pulse of the People', or they anonymously call into Sound Off or create a cute little name and respond in the "comment" section of the online version of The RECORD directly after the story.

I read these occasionally and find them to be amusing, sometimes right on the money and other times downright lies of people posting to try and sway the general publics thoughts on a specific matter,to their way of thinking, or just to throw them completely off base. In most events no one signs their real name, they use one of the inventive "made up names". Some are pretty funny, like "Gonnagetemville" or "SouthTroygirl", "Flapper", "FormerNYer" or whatever. Some of the names are very descriptive of the way they write or their mission with the post.

Today I found myself reading the comments that were being made under the article describing the tug of war between Mayor Tutunjian and Councilman Bill Dunne mostly regarding the lawsuit that is being brought against the City of Troy (us Taxpayers) by Officer Robert Fitzgerald, over his loss of Life's Enjoyment or a similar title. There was quite a bit of 'beating up" going on with these comments and quite a few were fairly easy to figure out who was writing them.

Years ago on a popular morning radio show, MASON & SHEEHAN there use to be a very entertaining segment of the show called "Dear Bobby". Folks would write in with some hilarious problems and Bob Mason would either solve their troubles for them or just make a very colorful comment to it. I use to enjoy writing letters in myself, under a fictitious name and listen to the results.

Nowadays, I don't entertain myself or others with that type of thing, I like to write about serious issues or concerns within the City of Troy or other areas and sign my name, which I occasionally do in the Pulse of the People.

So when reading the comments in the above mentioned article, I came across one from "Concerned Troy Resident". In this comment Chief Tedesco and both Mayor Tutunjian were getting beat up together over their handling of the PBA and the Police Dept. in general. In a 'hit' to Chief Tedesco the verbage was "Oh and let's not forget about his favorite TINA that will write into Sound Off for about a month or two after this". So geez I guess I have to revert back to the old MASON AND SHEEHAN show with this, so here goes...

Dear Bobby,
Thank you for mentioning me in your comment. I thought you forgot about me. I would like to point out a few things for you. No. 1, I don't have to call into Sound Off to make comments, I have my 'very own' BLOG now to do it, online with the RECORD for all to read and comment and guess what? I SIGN my name, no need to be sneaky or make up a name. I didn't know I was his "favorite" I thought I was Asst. Chief, remember when you gave me that title? But Chief Tedesco IS "my" favorite, and I also have to add I do have other lesser 'favorites' in the Police Dept. they know who they are and if you would like me to list them at some point I will. All are favorites because they pay attention, listen and react and make all of the citizens happy. Chief Tedesco is my leetle favorite because for the last 12+ years when he was barely just a measly little Captain, I happened to call upon his assistance when he first became associated with and then headed up the Community Police unit. I called for help, received it and have been getting the SAME results continuously. I have to tell you, before that fateful day I had a VERY negative view and relationship with the Troy Police Dept. and stayed as far from them or their assistance as I could. He changed all that for me and a LOT of people. He listened, he advised, he helped and he steered all of us in the Community Groups in the right direction. He had a band of Merry Little Community Police Officers that liked working for him and boy, they got it done, no disputing that and they KNOW it! He really helped in mine and others efforts to shape up North Central where before it was ignored like the Bubonic Plague. As he went up the ranks he continued. And because he is so well liked with the Community, he is despised by others including you. Though there are many in the TPD that absolutely admire him and work well with him. For these efforts he has been bestowed with the highest honor, from the Community, he has been awarded THE CAPE! He also knows that at anytime this prestigious award could be taken from him if he falls from grace...but I don't think so.

So in ending my 'Dear Bobby' letter, I invite you to pick up the phone and call me anytime and we can discuss issues in Troy, the PBA, the TPD or even the price of Kool-Aid these days, and who is drinking it, whatever..... Whoever you think is 'Sounding off" in that column is not me, but someone else defending the Chief and feeling the same as me. So now the new mission for you is to look farther to find out who, other than me, is "Sounding Off " I can always use a Partner!

And...... here it is! My Name in bold letters!

Tina Urzan

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mosley Trial

Well the Mosley trial is over and no one is surprised over the outcome. The evidence the Prosecution had, mainly his DNA overwhelmed any story Mr. Mosley could make up of where he was or how his blood got there. I for one never went for the Snowboarding story to cover up how he cut his hand. Besides the testimony of the weather conditions that day, I recall he also said he met his Son after work (4:30-5:00 PM?) and I would have thought the lighting conditions, if it weren’t dark already would not have been beneficial to Snowboarding in such a dangerous area anyway. I didn’t go for the stopping by to give him a ride, was he already dead when he called for this ‘ride’?

What I was surprised at was the emotional scene created by his Mother when the verdict was announced. She went on the stand stating he spent the night with her that night, believed by few. She had to know in her heart he was guilty though no Mother I know would want to believe it and held hope against reality in her heart somehow he would get off. Listening to her on the news hollering “NO” and “get me out of here I want to die!”, made me immediately think of Arica’s Mother Robin. I am sure when her Daughter’s body was discovered; “she” wanted to die, over and over and over. The pain of losing a child is devastating but knowing she was murdered as horribly as she was and wonder over and over how long did she suffer, did she die quickly or linger, had to rip the heart out of Robin and you can see the toll it has taken on her body. Wilma’s Son is going to prison but is still alive, Robin’s heart dies again and again, day after day knowing she will never see her Daughter again, Wilma can visit and talk, Robin visits and stares,….. at a Tombstone.

The whole story is so very sad, I wish it never had happened for both parties sake, but it is done and over with. Perhaps Robin can get her health back, her heart is another story.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Downtown Parking Woes

The Council is going to meet on an ongoing problem about parking in the Downtown Troy area. Street cleaning has become a problem with the cars that are parked there overnight. We all know it is a problem for the Residents who live in Downtown, many of these apartments do not have off-street parking, garages, or if they do, not enough room to accomodate all who live in the apts. as many have been broken down into multiple living spaces, OR the Tenants that live in them have mulitple cars. Troy was set up in the Horse and Buggy days and modern times have really made an impact on original plans for the City. Folks who lived in Troy in the middle to late 1800's, lived downtown and worked downtown and it was much easier to stable your Horse and or Buggy than it was to park a car or more. Vendors delivered goods to your homes or traveled the streets with their wares and you went out and purchased from them instead of having to leave you house to travel elsewhere.

We all know, it comes down to the basics, move your car for the cleaners or you have to suffer with dirty streets. Most if not all know the cars need to be moved as signs are posted and once you live there you know the drill. But there ARE occasions when it is purely an oversight of the rules or someone may be sick and not able to move their car, or lost track of what day it is or whatever the reason for an accidental leaving of your car there. People who do it purposely get no sympathy from this BLOGGER.

Resident Kevin Luddy has come up with an idea of using modern technology to notify Folks that their car was in the way of the cleaners. I believe the basics of this so far is an EXCELLENT idea, you GO Kevin. I do not though believe this should be the responsibility of the City though. We ALL know the next step will be lazy Folks who don't move their cars because the 'City' didn't notify them. The City already has through signage. This could be a very very good organized way of solving the problem. One person could take charge of registering each Resident whether by email or Twitter whichever technology that person possesses, and send out a 'reminder' of cleaning times. It is similar to all of the Cascade lists we all use to use via telephone. I think this will also foster great neighborhood relations which as we all know leads to less crime when we all know our neighbors and their habits.

Are there other Folks out there who have a similar idea that could be tossed out here to help solve the problem? No matter what the issue may be, when everyone cooperates, usually the problem goes away.

Hats off to Kevin!! He has put on the thinking cap to help solve this problem..

Please feel free to post your comments!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

St. Patricks Church Revisited

Well yesterday, Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011, some of the neighborhood Folks gathered on a cold windy day to watch the beautiful artifacts be carried out of St. Patricks's Church on Sixth Ave. It was like attending a funeral, standing outside waiting for the Casket and your deceased loved one inside, come out. Inside of going into a waiting Hearse, these Statues and other other wonderful items, bought and paid for by the Parishoners were being slid into a dirty old BUDGET RENTAL TRUCK! How depressing it was to observe this, very slow process. Outside on the top step stood a Chubby man with long curly hair, speaking on the phone with someone, when he hung up he said 'ok, goodbye Father', goodbye is right. Goodbye to the church, goodbye to your faith, and goodbye to the future.

When asked questions, we ignored us. When asked if we could go inside, he said 'no'. When asked who he was and I took a picture of him and a picture of the inside of the church through the door, he closed and locked them. Everyone, read this carefully, this is your Roman Catholic Church, the Church you grew up in and supposedly who taught you to have faith, be honest, slamming the door in your face! I for one, will never set foot in a Catholic Church again to attend Mass. The only time they 'might' see me is to attend a Funeral. And believe me when I die, MY services won't be in a CHURCH, if anyone drags my Casket in one, listen carefully, as you will hear me scratching to get out. The miracle will begin, I will push the lid off and you will hear my big mouth all over again and I will be, hollaring at everyone, 'what the hell is the matter with you??" OUT OF HERE! EVERYONE, what did you do..FORGET?? Bishop Hubbard, we will never forget, ever, you better leave town too. But not by way of a Church as you will have closed them all, what a Saint you are. I just can't wait to see, when we all die, where you end up.

Is this harsh? You BET it is! Is this warranted? You BET it is! Shame, shame, shame on him. He can put this on no one else but himself, His Church, his neighborhood, his disgrace. Not once did he come out to talk with the Parishoners who were begging to leave this church open. Nope, Bishop Coward, just hid in his little fort and sent his Henchman out to do his dirty work.

Catholics, where ever your church is still open, if you still attend Mass, when they pass around the basket, inside of putting your hard earned money in it, put in a slip of paper, not a I O U, but a U owe US! And then leave...forever!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Rebirth of City Hall

The following appeared in the Pulse of the People, The RECORD, Feb. 24, 2011

Much has been said about the location of a new Troy City Hall. Many are very pleased it is no longer located in the old building due to the mold problems, wasted space, a Council Chamber that was designed so inadequately it was very hard to hear anything that was being said in there, and just the plain old design of it. Personally I thought it was the ugliest building I ever saw. The structure was completely out of character for a great historical City like Troy, known for it's fine architecture. Suggestions for a new City Hall have been plentiful. Some like where it is right now, the old Verizon building at 1776 Sixth Ave. That is an acceptable location with parking, though there is not a Council Chamber and use has been being made of the Christ Church on State and Fifth Aves. I have to add, I like the situation and the sound enhancement and the atmosphere. There is plenty of comfortable seating and vision is excellent.

So at this point I would like to bring a fresh consideration into play. St. Patrick's Church in Uptown/North Central has been closed. Next door to it on the North is the former convent for the nuns, the Rectory is to the south of it. How wonderful it would be for City Hall to relocate here. The Convent could be turned into individual offices and also the Rectory. The Church would make an absolute outstanding location for the Council Chamber! It would afford the same position we now have for the meetings as Christ Church provides, roomy, wonderful views for those participating in the meetings and it is AIR CONDITIONED! When the location is not being used for Chamber functions, other meetings could be booked there holding many more people than the former City Hall ever afforded. Community meetings, Department meetings, Holiday functions and whatever type of purpose the Community could need. Also the City could rent it out for other gathering and help pay for its upkeep. There is parking on the corner of Douw and Sixth, and it is between 2 Bus lines which would make it accessible to everyone. The location is less than 1/2 mile from the major highways and right off of Route 7. The Community Police Station is half a block to the North. What a wonderful re-use of a building to keep a Community active and vibrant. The building is in wonderful condition and handicapped accessible. Extra parking could be found in other locations of the buildings that are slated for demolition or abandoned in the future.

Can you imagine the Kudos our City administration and Council would receive for such a fine change of venue for this building? I envision the magnitude of Citizens speaking of the brilliance of this occupation and use for the populace of Troy and the alternate uses for the general public. It would lessen the gap between the northern and central parts of Troy which is closing everyday with the development of the River St. area just north of the Green Island Bridge and also new talk of development of the former Marshall Ray building and the former Mooradians just south of that, is also ripe for redevelopment. Next would come new small businesses, restaurants, etc. and mid level and larger businesses. What a comprehensive boost to this area with the Street/Structural grant coming in mid 2012.

If you agree, let your City Administrators and Council Representative know.