It is interesting that your blog will print allegations and snide comments from individuals concerning the generous donation of funds from a private citizen for a police motorcycle and safety equipment (including uniform and training for the riding officer) to the NHPD prior to the official press release about such, but not comment on the official press release (dtd 5/14/08) itself.Actually, we just wanted to tell the "tipster" that it is not interesting at all. You see, we are not on the town board approved "official press release" recipient list nor are we a news agency although we must admit that we are flattered that you apparently thought we were either on "the list" and/or a news agency. Actually even if we had received the press release, we thought we said just about everything there was to say on the topic and no further comment was necessary, but we would be happy to do a recap for anyone who has not read our previous blogs on the subject.
The New Hartford Police Department accepted a donation...a two year rental of a $25,000 Police Harley Davidson motorcycle...from Dr. & Mrs. Kowalsky. On November 16, 2007, Chief Philo notified the town clerk to add the vehicle to the town insurance. On November 19, 2007, the lease agreement was actually signed by Chief Philo without town board approval (it was not signed by the Kowalskys, the supposed donors). The lease agreement specifically states that the town will be held liable for any damage to the motorcycle.
Then on March 23, 2008, 5 months later, the town board passed a resolution to accept the donation of the motorcycle and that is when the board wanted to know if there was any cost to the town. One might call that tactic "closing the barn door after the horses get out".
And finally, according to our "tipster", on May 14, 2008, the town board sent out a press release to let everyone know about the "generous" donation that was made 7 months prior. We must admit that we apparently missed the "official" press release...was it in the Observer Dispatch...because it isn't on the town's
Hmm....let's see the tipster said "snide comments":
Snide - AdjectiveSo we are guessing that the "tipster" thinks that it is unfair and nasty to criticize the fact that the town board and Chief Philo "forgot" to do a couple of things along the way! Oh well...
comments critical in an unfair and nasty way
Oh and by the way, the "tipster" forgot to say that the "private citizen" donor just happens to be the Police Surgeon whose family members are avid motorcycle enthusiasts. You know, there is an Officer Kowalsky on the NHPD...wonder if he is any relation to the donors...wonder who took the riding course on how to handle the Harley...just saying.