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Friday, December 5, 2008

Wojcik: Council is failing to keep public informed

In a statement released Friday, Councilman Mark Wojcik, R-District 1, accused the City Council's Democratic majority of deliberately trying to avoid broadcasting the council's decisions to the public because they have not videotaped meetings for at least two months.

According to Wojcik, the Democrats' failure to tape the meetings for broadcast on cable TV means that many city residents are being denied the opportunity to watch the council's actions and decisions.

Wojcik also believed that the Democrats were deliberately not taping the meetings to hide what he referred to as "a series of missteps and errors by council Democrats."

"It is disgraceful council Democrats are failing to keep the public informed about the actions of the council," said Wojcik. "I am calling for the taping and broadcast of meetings to be started immediately."

Wojcik had made a point to address the issue to Council President Clement Campana, D-At Large, during Thursday night's meeting.

Campana responded by saying that the council's video camera had been broken and that they needed to purchase a new, digital model which he estimated would cost around $1,000. Given the tight economic times, Campana said the council would purchase the camera when they could find the funds to do so.

Campana had also alluded to having addressed the issue with Wojcik and other council members at committee meetings beforehand - a statement that Councilman Mark McGrath, R-District 2, said was not true.

"Democrats ran on a pledge of openness, but council Democrats have pulled the plug on keeping the residents of Troy informed," said Wojcik. "Council Democrats have no problems spending over $400 to replace a lock on a building we will be vacating in just a matter of months, but cannot allocate the resources necessary to keep the public informed."

According to Wojcik and McGrath, the camera that was used to tape council meetings had been provided by Time Warner Cable, but Campana said that was not the case.

"We would never intentionally try to prevent any arena for Mr. Wojcik and Mr. McGrath to make their stand publicly," said Campana.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on Clem Campana and the city council democrats. We count on watching those meetings on tv so we can see what the press doesn't report.

December 5, 2008 at 9:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another day...another broken promise by the Council Democrats. Election Day is coming and we can clean house then!

December 6, 2008 at 11:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, half an inch of snow fell on the city today. it was melted on my driveway by noon, but that didn't stop that moron Mirch from wasting my tax dollars by plowing no snow off my street and dumping a ton of sand in my neighborhood. So much for saving taxpayer dollars in a fiscal crisis.

December 7, 2008 at 10:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mirch does a great job for Troy, despite how much interference he gets from Democrats on the Council. Shame on them.

December 7, 2008 at 11:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had hoped for some unbiased news, however all I found was another republican blog. I guess I should have known better, after all the site is sponsored by the Record.

December 8, 2008 at 8:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe some of the money that Tutunjian spends on frivilous lawsuits could have gone to purchasing a camera!!!

Or perhaps the money he spends paying out after losing court battles to the PBA. Harry is a clown! Mirch is a sideshow! Crawley is, well, just kind of useless.

December 8, 2008 at 9:56 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sideshow or not, taxes are stable, good services continue, new events and new growth are constant. The people voted for the mayor to run the city, the city council should stop campaigning and get to work. Their constant campaigning and complaining has hurt the city more than it has helped. Make your objection and move on. The constant mudslinging is shameful.

December 8, 2008 at 10:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxes are stable ??????did I not read in the Record, County Taxes on City Properties Will INCREASE by 13%. Oh I forgot, that's because of the State juggling the rates without the City or County's input. If housing values are sinking in the market place, how can they be rising for tax purposes/ Only in Troy and Rensselaer Co. !

December 8, 2008 at 10:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our loser mayor lost his rubber stamp council and now needs to try and litigate in order to bully and make dumb decisions.

December 8, 2008 at 12:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark has been everywhere lately and will do all he can to get into the media as he is already planning to run for the County Leg and keep those two government paychecks coming. My question: can politically appointed Republican County Employee run for the County Legislature and win--I don't think so.

December 8, 2008 at 4:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask the State why the equalization rate in Troy went from .16 to .135

Could it be because Bruno wasn't there to stop it and the State wants to push up Local school tax revenue and cut the state share-- where have you seen that kind of cost shift before???

December 8, 2008 at 9:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark can't even run as he a county employee -- or a least he is right now!!!!

December 8, 2008 at 9:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If tut, mark, mark and hank would stop fighting the council majority we'd actually have a government that worked.

December 10, 2008 at 12:46 AM 

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