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Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's YOUR turn...

An article in today's paper should be a wake-up call for all Town of New Hartford residents.

The New Hartford Business Park deal was developed by a select few individuals behind closed doors. According to Town Law:
In the Town of New Hartford Business Park District, staff review shall include the Superintendent of Highways, the Codes Enforcement Officer, the Town Planner and/or Engineer and the Planning Board Chairperson or their designee. The Fire and Police Departments and Counsel will be contacted for input as required...
For any of the town employees who took part in these closed door meetings to say that they felt the meetings should have been held in the public and yet for over 3 years they sat in these meetings and said nothing is incredible. Perhaps someone should remind them who they work for.

For Councilwoman Krupa to say "she believed the business park should be under the Planning Board's purview and the reviews should "occur wholly in the public view" and yet she sat through the board meetings and voted "aye" each time is hypocritical.

For Earle Reed to say he didn't know about the town law until Jerome Donovan brought it to his attention is unbelievable to say the least. Rumors have been circulating that Town Attorney Green has spent time in Larry Adler's condo in Jupiter, Florida and said condo just happens to be a few miles away from Town Supervisor Reed's vacation home in Jupiter, Florida. How many private discussions regarding plans for the New Hartford Business Park have taken place between Earle Reed, Attorney Green and Larry Adler in Jupiter, Florida?

In today's OD article, Larry Adler reportedly said "Between the staff and the Planning Board, I hope we can come to a happy medium." Apparently Mr. Adler just doesn't get it. Involve the people in any further discussions regarding the Business Park and show us the money instead of looking for ways to spend our tax dollars!

We have many FOILed documents from the Dept. of Transportation including the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and we also have the plans for the Shared Transportation Facility on the 17 acres that Larry Adler donated to the NHCS. We will be posting them shortly.

Here's a link to the story in the Observer Dispatch "Little-known panel OK'd Hartford building".

Finally, here's a link to the Guest Editorial by Jerome Donovan in today's Observer Dispatch "Key issues that require discussion in New Hartford". How much extra are you willing to pay in taxes to support Mr. Donovan's suggestions for a Town Supervisor and a town manager; more support staff in the Planning Dept.; a comptroller and a part-time Town Attorney; additional space for town offices and a new town court?

We've been outspoken for over 3 years...now we'd like to hear from you!

14 comments:

Curious George said...

Is it true that the Town's OPTION for the New Hartford Business Park cost the town (annually) approximately $50,000?

Anonymous said...

Pretty soon only the rich or the town employees will be able to afford living in New Hartford.

BigMac said...

New Hartford! seems to be replacing UTICA as the place for Dirty politics Where"s the MONEY!~!!

Anonymous said...

I have been a repeated advocate of the Town Manager type of government. It has become too big and to complex for the man on the street type of elections and government. I have wrote here before about this subject. If you look at past costs for the inefficiency, the cost of qualified manager would be worth the money.

Strikeslip said...

The New Hartford Business Park came before the Town Planning Board several times in 2006. To imply that the Planning Board had nothing to do with the project is hogwash.

Anonymous said...

A large increase in cost to add permanet positions such as a Town Manager and Comptroller may be avoided by taking advantage of the ton of professional talent that resides in the Town through volunteerism. It appears that the step of creating volunteer committees to assist the Board may serve to both lend expertise and to "open" the process. One would hope this avenue would be explored before supporting more costly approaches.

Strikeslip said...

The problem with a "Town Manager" is that there is one less official accountable to the people. If you can control three of the four on the Town Board, you will control both legislative and executive branches. New Hartford's problem isn't due to a lack of professional help -- it's corruption. Adding "professionals" will only make it harder to detect.

The "problem" with Volunteers is that they are unpaid -- and therefore not subject to control by the powers that be. Why do you think we now have all these teacher aides and assistants in the public schools? . . . It's to control the knowledge of what's going on in the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Hey Strikeslip, get your facts straight. The Planning Board's 2006 review was limited by local law --- the law Donovan is complaining about -- to the environmental impacts of the overall site, not site plans for specific buidlings. Donovan wasn't Chair when The Hartford was built, Han Arnold was Chairman. Donovan exposed the mess, he's only been chair a couple of month. Instead of slamming the guy who brings the problem to light, you ought to have the decency to acknowledge it. By the way, it the same guy who took the town board to task in 2004 and had the Preswick Glen tax fiasco overturned in court. We need more guys like him. Guys like you who shoot from the hip drive good people out of government. By the way, the paper reported recently that planning board members make $1,250 annually; I suppose you think that's too much. Your HOGWASH blog is aptly named.

New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...

Anonymous #4,

It is you my friend who doesn't have their facts straight. It was actually, Joe Yagey, "friend" of the current administration that was head of the Planning Board when Larry Adler brought his proposal in front of the Planning Board. We don't know when this "committee" began meeting because no minutes were taken. It is hard to imagine that at meetings as important as the development of a Business Park there would be no minutes.

According to the Town Law, the head of the Planning Board was on the "secret committee". One would think as a liaison between the "secret committee" and the planning board. It would appear that someone or should we say many someones failed to keep everyone in the loop. Question is...was it intentional?

We are betting on the fact that this whole plan was put together in Jupiter Florida before Earle Reed was even elected Town Supervisor!

Anonymous said...

I think if you check with the City of Sherrill or Herkimer County, they have had much success in the manner or this type of government. Sherrill had an outstanding manager for many years. You need someone who is very familiar with laws and finance as it pertains to municipalities. In most cases elections do not produce that.

New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...

As Strikeslip says, the biggest problem in New Hartford is the corruption. We're not convinced that a Town Manager would solve that issue.

Greens and Beans said...

Just for the record:

Urban managers have a professional reputation, which is nationally followed, to uphold. If they are branded as politically corrupt by crawling under the sheets with the political sludge of an area, they face being ostracized by the professional organizations like the Progressive Urban Management Associates (PUMA) or the several national employment agencies “head hunters” who are employed as their professional management agent representatives. The level of manager is dictated by the compensation that a municipality is willing to offer. Often times, city managers are not from the areas they are employed to manage. Most urban managers opt to reside in rental properties. Depending on their employment contracts, most municipalities will reimburse them for their expenses while serving as their manager. They are highly sought after professionals akin to hospital, college, bank, insurance company, or nonprofit Chief Executive Officers. The most sought after well established Urban Managers will come with their own handpicked professional staff that operates as part of their urban management team. For these reasons the professional Urban Manager would never tolerate being beholden to any local political machine in any fashion.

So please do not confuse the professional City Manager with the politically appointed imposters who claim to be city, town or county managers we see here in upstate New York. This would be like comparing a witchdoctor with a professionally trained physician or surgeon. There is just no comparison.

BigMac said...

Change New Hartford's name to New Utica! WHERE'S THE MONEY!!!

BigMac said...

New Hartford's Official song! NO ONE KNOWS WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!!! And those that were there Didn't know either! OH BOY! Where the BEEF! I mean the money???? see Sunday's O.D 6/28/09 OH BOY!!!