Did anyone bother to find out if the Hartford would have stayed or left the area if the new deal was not reached?Concerned Citizens is trying to figure that out. We even spoke to County Legislator Jim D'Onofrio, who represents part of New Hartford, about our "idea" as to what was going on. However, he really couldn't offer any insight; in fact, he kept saying he was unaware of most of the information we shared with him in our meeting and the information he had conflicted with what we knew to be true. Either he is a great actor or someone has been feeding him a lot of misinformation. Course, it could be that he has been in politics for so long he is starting to forget who it is that elected him to office! Makes a good argument for "term limits"!
Why did they want to abandon a perfectly good building on Middlesettlement Rd?
Does anyone know?
At any rate, when Peter Zawko from Mohawk Valley EDGE attended the October 1, 2008 Town of New Hartford Board Meeting to ask the Town Board to pass a resolution to "shift" some Empire Zone credits from one parcel to another parcel adjacent to the New Hartford Business Park, the pieces of the puzzle started to fit together.
After that board meeting, Concerned Citizens tried FOILing some documents from Mohawk Valley EDGE. Peter Zawko, Vice President of Mohawk Valley EDGE wrote to us in response to our FOIL request stating that:
“EDGE is a New York not-for-profit corporation, managed by a Board of Directors comprised entirely of private individuals…none of the voting directors or members of MV EDGE is a government official, appointed by a government official or government entity, or subject to removal by a government official or government entity, Mohawk Valley EDGE has long taken the position that it is not an “agency” within the meaning of the New York Freedom of Information Law and, therefore, has no responsibility to comply with it.” copy of letter received from Mr. Zawko.According to Mr. Zawko’s letter:
“Mohawk Valley EDGE has decided, in this instance, to voluntarily respond to your FOIL Request.” “Bearing in mind that we are voluntarily responding to your FOIL request, you may inspect the records at our office during our regular business hours”.Mr. Zawko also gave us the option of paying $45.00 for copies.
Got news for you Mr. Zawko, we spoke to RoAnn Destito and she seems to disagree with you…isn’t her husband on the Mohawk Valley EDGE Board of Directors? Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government also seems to disagree with you. Your records are FOILable and the FOI Law allows for electronic transmission of documents. Given the fact that an Article 78 can be filed, your Board of Directors might want to re-think their position.
In the meantime, we visited the Town Clerk’s office and picked up a copy of the resolution Mr. Zawko presented at the October 1, 2008 board meeting. Mr. Zawko wanted the town board to pass the resolution, the first step in the “shift” of Empire Zone credits; however, too many questions were asked by Concerned Citizens at the board meeting upsetting Town Supervisor Earle Reed and the resolution was tabled for the next meeting.
In our next blog, we are going to take a look at what appears to be going on. Stay tuned…