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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

County Waste and the role of the deputy director of public information

In case you were confused, Mayor Harry Tutunjian outlines the role of Jeff Pirro, Troy's deputy director of public information, in an e-mail to Councilman Bill Dunne, D-District 4, after his and other Council members' attempts to get information about the operation of the County Waste facility in South Troy. Apparently Dunne attempted to go through Pirro on three separate occasions and was either ignored or told "we're looking into it."

Council members should contact me or the Deputy Mayor to get prompt and accurate information about issues involving city government. The Deputy Director of Public Information is the FOIL officer and is charged with providing information to the general public.

There you have it. Maybe this will help facilitate communication between the administration and members of the City Council.

As for the information regarding the County Waste facility (which has completed an application to increase the daily average throughput and its hours of operation), Tutunjian said that they are "in the process of gathering that information right now. We will make it available to you when it is complete."

The Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting public comment on the expansion up through August 12. Councilman Michael Loporto, D-At Large, has called a meeting of the Public Works Committee for Wednesday, August 4, to obtain an update on the proposal. The meeting is scheduled to take place immediately after the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting at 5:30.

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