Utica's Fire Chief says "Let's identi...

Utica's Fire Chief says "Let's identify the problems and go from there."

There are 12 comments on the WKTV - News - Local story from Sep 28, 2009, titled Utica's Fire Chief says "Let's identify the problems and go from there.". In it, WKTV - News - Local reports that:

UTICA, N.Y. - The first meeting of the Utica Fire Prevention Task Force is set to take place Monday morning at 9:30. Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks says he hopes to have a total of four meetings in all, before coming up with some possible law changes for Utica's Common Council to consider.

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Goran Smilijac

East Syracuse, NY

#1 Sep 29, 2009
heres the problem ...ill identify it for you

CODES DEPT. WONT CLEAN UP UTICA

they give you 10 days to correct ..if you dont ....THEY DONT CARE!!!!!!1
Goran Smilijac

East Syracuse, NY

#2 Sep 29, 2009
P.S.
ill get a ten grand raise
Mayor Dave

Camillus, NY

#4 Sep 29, 2009
Utica's Fire Chief says "Let's identify the problems and go from there."

I guess thats why the Chief makes the big bucks
kamakazell

East Syracuse, NY

#5 Sep 29, 2009
Mayor Dave wrote:
Utica's Fire Chief says "Let's identify the problems and go from there."
I guess thats why the Chief makes the big bucks
If the mayor had any sense he would realize the chief is the problem and has been since this joker got on the job.
Pharm guy

Oneida, NY

#6 Sep 29, 2009
As always you people are big on accusations and really short on answers. These problems have existed long before this current administration. Blaming Utica's problems on the mayor, police chief and codes commissioner is taking the easy way out. When do we start to blame the people who are really causing the problems. When do we hold people responsible for their actions. I'm talking about the landlords and landowners who are destroying the city. If the codes department closed every building in Utica that had codes deficiencies, this city would be a ghost town. We need to find ways to get people to take pride in their properties. We can't even get people to pay their taxes. I will agree that this administration needs to start taking drastic action. But the courts also have to start taking codes problems seriously. Let's stop the blame game and start pushing for the city to get tough with landlords and landowners that or out to get rich by destroying this city.
reply

Holland Patent, NY

#7 Sep 29, 2009
I have to wonder why he is suggesting to go from here...seeing liability if people do not go forward about the past?
stumped

United States

#8 Sep 29, 2009
how does this work? every time a political appointee can't do their job we start a taskforce . wow what a great idea.
Dean

Fayetteville, NY

#9 Sep 29, 2009
Pharm guy wrote:
As always you people are big on accusations and really short on answers. These problems have existed long before this current administration. Blaming Utica's problems on the mayor, police chief and codes commissioner is taking the easy way out. When do we start to blame the people who are really causing the problems. When do we hold people responsible for their actions. I'm talking about the landlords and landowners who are destroying the city. If the codes department closed every building in Utica that had codes deficiencies, this city would be a ghost town. We need to find ways to get people to take pride in their properties. We can't even get people to pay their taxes. I will agree that this administration needs to start taking drastic action. But the courts also have to start taking codes problems seriously. Let's stop the blame game and start pushing for the city to get tough with landlords and landowners that or out to get rich by destroying this city.
While I totally agree that the scuzzy landlords shoulder some of the blame I refuse to allow the losers who love to boast that they are "IN CHARGE" shirk responsibility period.

I am sick of the Roefaro LaBella and people like Zecca that WAIT for something to happen and then start talking all this vapid shyyyyt trying to curb opinion into their favor as if they are not responsible. Many of these people had LOTS to say the LAST time this happened and now they are going to eat the bitter responsibility of this whether they accept that responsibility or not.
They enjoy the perks and graft opportunity the least they can do is accept the blame for their grandstanding ways. They need to STFU before things get worse.
Jimmie Zekka

Syracuse, NY

#10 Sep 29, 2009
The worst thing is having Zekka involved. His solution will be to make new laws that further restrict the rights of people. Instead we need to enforce the laws we have. But agreeing with that means that someone did screw uo. And, since Jimmie Boy does nothing but defend these incompetents and give them raises they don't desrerve or warrant, we know he won't assign blame to his friends in city government. Get ready landlords and citizens. Zekka will make headlines at your expense and the expense of those four people who died. Again we don'
t need any new laws. We need the ones we have enforced. The problem is we need competent people doing the enfocrecing. Not Jimmie Boys friends. Hey, maybe he will give Lyn Mishilanie another 50k to be the "Arts" consultant for public saftey. Idiot!
Absentee Councilman

Fayetteville, NY

#11 Sep 29, 2009
Pharm guy wrote:
As always you people are big on accusations and really short on answers. These problems have existed long before this current administration. Blaming Utica's problems on the mayor, police chief and codes commissioner is taking the easy way out. When do we start to blame the people who are really causing the problems. When do we hold people responsible for their actions. I'm talking about the landlords and landowners who are destroying the city. If the codes department closed every building in Utica that had codes deficiencies, this city would be a ghost town. We need to find ways to get people to take pride in their properties. We can't even get people to pay their taxes. I will agree that this administration needs to start taking drastic action. But the courts also have to start taking codes problems seriously. Let's stop the blame game and start pushing for the city to get tough with landlords and landowners that or out to get rich by destroying this city.
Hey keep making excuses for the leeches like Zecca and Meola they HAVE BEEN THERE FOR YEARS! Maybe they should ACT tough instead of TALKING tough. Zecca had his 15 minutes the LAST time there was a fire and then DID NOTHING! PLENTY of people will tell you what he is really all about and it doesn't have anything to do with taking responsability for his inaction. You can blame whoever you want that is your choice but a quick search of the OD website using the words "Zecca" and "Fire" will show you that he's more interested in the press conference than doing his job. I have seen his laziness up close so go pretend the blame rests with past administrations. The man has claimed a level of involvement in the past by "calling for" improvements and saying he would make an effort but as we see now it was all for personal gain. He did not follow through on his statements and SINCE then has ignored complaints presented to him in his ward, so don't even think he can try to pass the buck.
Zekka Again

Rome, NY

#12 Sep 29, 2009
Zekka is the absolute worst ever. Let him go back to Oriskany Falls where he belongs. Idiot!

Utica Lies and Riggies

Since: May 14

Clifton Park, NY

#13 Jun 15, 2014
So they weren't enforcing codes five years ago either?

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