Council allowed Roefaro to bury Utica
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#3 Jan 30, 2013
Roefaros rubber stamp council and company has just as much to answer for than Roefaro. They let him get away with every thing that he wanted to and turned a blind eye. Pathetic is the only way to explaun the Roefaro days of give aways and spending like a drucken sailoer during the greatest recession since the great depression we now feel like were in again.
#4 Jan 30, 2013
True, council are all dummies.
#5 Jan 30, 2013
Zecca allowed Roefaro to do what he wanted.
#6 Jan 30, 2013
Remember this the next time they ALL come up for re-election!!!!!!!
IMO - throw them ALL out; they are nothing but pawns for the political bosses that have buried Utica for years and years.
#7 Jan 31, 2013
Agree 1000%> the Roefaro administration crippled Utica for life leaving it just one life line, the state control board. Zecca, Vescara, Buccierro, Morehouse, Arcuri, Lawler, Mckinsey, Crouse, and well the last one whomever made up thr three sets of stooges that completely watch Rome burn while Roefaro was torching it. The knew where we were headed and they watched until there was nothing left. The most incompetent bunch of knuckleheads ever to dis-grace and fuk-up an entire city which leaves us the laughing stock of the state. Now after they spent and kicked the can down the road and nothing to show for it were where we would have been before Roefaro was elected minus the 10 million dollars in reserves and a bad bond rating, broke and bankrupt. The only reason they say the city can't go bankrupt is they said they can tax the people more, alot more.
#8 Jan 31, 2013
Testa is a nut too.Both the man and his cousin from North Utica.
#9 Feb 1, 2013
UTICA — Utica’s next budget will be tough, the question is just how tough.
As Mayor Robert Palmieri, department heads, unions and the Common Council gear up for what is acknowledged as a potentially brutal and bruising budget, the city’s department heads’ estimates show that without some significant cutting, the city could face a double-digit tax increase.
The estimates were released to Common Council members Thursday, a step that has not been done in recent years.
This is just the starting point, but without any decreases from the estimates or an increase in revenue, the city would have a $67.1 million budget, an increase of $3.15 million, which works out to a property tax increase of 15.79 percent.
“We really won’t know until we have a budget in front of us,” said Councilman Frank Meola, D-at-large.“We have to see what’s cut, what’s increased. Hopefully, we can keep services at the level people are used to.”
Most of the city’s departments have requested a budget increase, many of them related to higher health care and pensions costs. Others are more wish-list ideas.
Some increases — such as health care and pension costs and contractually obligated salary increases — are unavoidable.
“These are what the departments feel they need to run their budget,” Budget Director Peter Fiorillo said.
Fiorillo did not have the exact amount the city’s revenue increased this year but said it was up, and that will help offset any potential tax increase.
As Mayor Robert Palmieri, department heads, unions and
#10 Feb 1, 2013
Health Insurance coverages change every year - it is NOT "carved in stone". All the Council has to do, as well as our Mayor, is to increase the deductible that each one has to pay BEFORE the insurance coverage kicks in.
This is what Corporate America businesses do - why should the lazy City workers be any different?
Put in a salary freeze - no increases in salaries!!!! Again, even the workers in private industry haven't had a raise in their minimum wage for years!!!!
Just because Roefaro gave away the City's reserves to the unionized jobs, does NOT mean it is "carved in stone". The only option is cutting back in personnel and we all know, us taxpapers deserve a hell of lot more than to gouge up financially to line the pockets of people that do nothing for us in return.
The Mayor and the Common Council need a whole new set of balls and let these Dept. heads realize they will be working with LESS employees unless they are willing to compromise for the good of the City and relief for the taxpapers.
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