Council to vote on funding changes
The City Council will vote tonight on changes they have proposed to the city’s one year action plan.
Members of the council met Tuesday in a meeting of the Planning Committee to make amendments to Mayor Harry Tutunjian’s proposed plan, which included funding amounts for Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Shelter Grant funding, and HOME Program funding.
Most notably, the council proposed moving $100,000 from the city’s street paving program and dispersed it among several community groups and projects, including the following: First Street Improvement Project, Mt. Ida Neighborhood Center Project, Second Street Sidewalk Project, South Troy Street Improvements, Stow Ave Streetscape Improvements, Troy Little Italy Revitalization Project, Fourth Street Sidewalk Project, Woodside Block Improvements and the 112th Street Bridge Gateway Park.
The council also transferred $40,000 from the proposed third phase of the Troy Homes Project, where new homes would be built off
Mayor Harry Tutunjian said that there was not much transparency behind the council’s decisions.
“I’m troubled that the Democratic council majority is looking to remove money from street paving and from the demolition of derelict and dangerous buildings to fund pet pork projects in their neighborhoods which are very hard to manage and often don’t get done,” said Tutunjian.
Councilmen Mark Wojcik, R-District 1, and Mark McGrath, R-District 2, also raised concerns that Lansingburgh groups were not being funded in the plan.
“To the victor goes the spoils,” said McGrath. “They’re using the CDBG funds to run their re-election campaign."