Roefaro financially accountable to ta...

Roefaro financially accountable to taxpayer

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Utica is a corrupt city

United States

#1 Dec 9, 2012
OTHER IN THE PAST HAVE WENT TO JAIL FOR LESS THAN WHAT ROEFARO DID TO TAXPAYERS. THE BUCK STOPS AT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE AND IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM TO SAY THAT HE DID NOT OVERSEE WHAT THEY WERE DOING, IT WAS HIS UNTIMATE RESPONSIBLITY. iF YOU BELIVE HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON i HAVE THE BROOKLYNN BRIDGE TO SELL YOU. HE QUIT BECAUSE HE WAS TO HOT TO HANDLE AS HE WAS CAUGHT WITH HIS HANDS IN THE TAXPAYERS COOKIE JAR.

It’s clear from recent reports and audits of Utica’s dealings with federal housing programs that the city needs to shore up its accounting practices. This is something Mayor Robert Palmieri needs to prioritize because the city’s issues with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been a recurring nightmare for too many years.

ä A 1994 HUD audit ranked Utica’s Municipal Housing Authority the worst-run among upstate New York’s 51 authorities, citing instances of sloppy control of both money and inventory.

ä In December 2000, Robert Munson Jr., the city’s former director of housing, pleaded guilty in to embezzling $113,000 in federal funds from the city between 1994 and 1998. He was later sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison.

ä In 2002, Raymond Shanley, chief executive officer of Utica Community Action, Inc., was removed from that position for refusing to disclose financial information. A year later, Bradley D. Jones of Ridge Road, controller of UCAI, was given five years on probation and ordered to pay $63,064 in restitution after pleading guilty to a federal charge of embezzlement from a federally funded entity. As part of an agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office, both men are forbidden from ever again being non-profit employees nor volunteers with policy-making authority. Nor can they ever serve as trustees, officers or directors of any charitable trust,

ä In 2006, a HUD audit of the HOPE VI project found gross mismanagement, declaring that three years after being awarded a grant to revitalize the Cornhill community, the MHA was no where near reaching its goal. HUD criticized the MHA for alarming oversights in how public money is spent, finding a number of questionably practices. As a result, Rebuild Mohawk Valley, a subsidiary of the MHA that managed the HOPE VI grant, was removed from the project and Coordinator Steve Kambic's position was eliminated.

ä More recently, an audit of the MHA and Rebuild Mohawk Valley — requested by the MHA board — found several violations of board and federal policies, including an improper $50,000 loan to RMV, missing bid files and a lack of oversight on several items.

Less than two weeks ago, HUD criticized how the city spent and monitored federal grant money under former Mayor David Roefaro’s administration, including issues with GroWest, a nonprofit agency that was founded to perform housing rehabilitation in West Utica. HUD said that if the city cannot fix the issues or provide justification for how some of the money — including Community Development Block Grants — was spent, it might have to pay back up to $619,666.
Utica is a corrupt city

United States

#2 Dec 9, 2012
Roefaro has said that as mayor from 2008 to 2011, he did not oversee the day-to-day operations of Utica’s Department of Urban and Economic Development, which oversees the federal funding. He said that as far as he knew, the department acted correctly.

That’s just not good enough. Mayor Robert Palmieri needs to take ownership of this and make oversight a priority. While others might be charged with administering public funding for housing or whatever else, the ultimate responsibility for its use rests with him. He must demand accountability.

Given Utica’s history, it’s time the city create a solid plan — the HUD report criticizes the city’s lack of written financial management policies and guidelines — to be monitored regularly by the mayor. Records of spending should be maintained and made available to the public. After all, it’s our money. To do any less is irresponsible.



This is something Mayor Robert Palmieri needs to prioritize because the city’s issues with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been a recurring nightmare for too many years.

ä A 1994 HUD audit ranked Utica’s Municipal Housing Authority the worst-run among upstate New York’s 51 authorities, citing instances of sloppy control of both money and inventory.

ä In December 2000, Robert Munson Jr., the city’s former director of housing, pleaded guilty in to embezzling $113,000 in federal funds from the city between 1994 and 1998. He was later sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison.

ä In 2002, Raymond Shanley, chief executive officer of Utica Community Action, Inc., was removed from that position for refusing to disclose financial information. A year later, Bradley D. Jones of Ridge Road, controller of UCAI, was given five years on probation and ordered to pay $63,064 in restitution after pleading guilty to a federal charge of embezzlement from a federally funded entity. As part of an agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office, both men are forbidden from ever again being non-profit employees nor volunteers with policy-making authority.
ä More recently, an audit of the MHA and Rebuild Mohawk Valley — requested by the MHA board — found several violations of board and federal policies, including an improper $50,000 loan to RMV, missing bid files and a lack of oversight on several items.

Less than two weeks ago, HUD criticized how the city spent and monitored federal grant money under former Mayor David Roefaro’s administration, including issues with GroWest, a nonprofit agency that was founded to perform housing rehabilitation in West Utica. HUD said that if the city cannot fix the issues or provide justification for how some of the money — including Community Development Block Grants — was spent, it might have to pay back up to $619,666.

Roefaro has said that as mayor from 2008 to 2011, he did not oversee the day-to-day operations of Utica’s Department of Urban and Economic Development, which oversees the federal funding. He said that as far as he knew, the department acted correctly.

That’s just not good enough. Mayor Robert Palmieri needs to take ownership of this and make oversight a priority. While others might be charged with administering public funding for housing or whatever else, the ultimate responsibility for its use rests with him. He must demand accountability.

Given Utica’s history, it’s time the city create a solid plan — the HUD report criticizes the city’s lack of written financial management policies and guidelines — to be monitored regularly by the mayor. Records of spending should be maintained and made available to the public. After all, it’s our money. To do any less is irresponsible.

ROEFARO SAID THAT HE DID NOT OVERSEE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS BUT IT WAS HIS FUCKING JOB. HE IS THE ONE THAT IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHO SPEND FUCKING WHAT.hE ALSO SIAD THAT HE BEIVED THAT ACTLY CORROECTLY, MEANING HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING!!!!!!!!!!rOEFARO SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO BE INVOLVED.
Utica is a corrupt city

United States

#3 Dec 9, 2012
Roefaro has said that as mayor from 2008 to 2011, he did not oversee the day-to-day operations of Utica’s Department of Urban and Economic Development, which oversees the federal funding. He said that as far as he knew, the department acted correctly.

That’s just not good enough. Mayor Robert Palmieri needs to take ownership of this and make oversight a priority. While others might be charged with administering public funding for housing or whatever else, the ultimate responsibility for its use rests with him. He must demand accountability.

Given Utica’s history, it’s time the city create a solid plan — the HUD report criticizes the city’s lack of written financial management policies and guidelines — to be monitored regularly by the mayor. Records of spending should be maintained and made available to the public. After all, it’s our money. To do any less is irresponsible.



THE BUCK STOPS AT THE MAYORS OFFICE AND ROEFARO WAS ULTIMATELY THE GUY IN CHARGE. hE HIMSELF SAID THAT HE THOUGH THINGS WERE RUNNING JUST FINE EVEN THOUGH HE KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS ILLEGAL. ROEFARO SURROUDED HIMSELF WITH MANY MANY LAWYERS WHILE HE WAS MAYOR AND KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON AND CONTINUED THE PRACTICES AND PLOICIES UNTIL HE QUIT OFFICE.
boobie

Gouverneur, NY

#4 Dec 9, 2012
Goofaro was getting advice from the sister of the person doling out money to his buddys like it was Christmas. The Sullivans are a common element thru every corrupt administration along with Palmieri and Herbowy.
Stu

Far Rockaway, NY

#5 Dec 9, 2012
boobie wrote:
Goofaro was getting advice from the sister of the person doling out money to his buddys like it was Christmas. The Sullivans are a common element thru every corrupt administration along with Palmieri and Herbowy.
It is unfathomable and irresponsible that no one outside authority is stepping in to address this. FBI, State Attorney General, Local DA????? please someone......this has been going on far too long in this city and at the expense of a population whose exodus can be traced exactly back to the long-standing local history of this shady uniquely Utica corruption. We want it to end.
Utica is a corrupt city

United States

#6 Dec 9, 2012
Roefaro and his cronies decietfully and deliberately did not leave any paper trails that would have led to their involvement while doling out huge sums of illegally used taxpayers money. The mayor is the CEO of a city and totally responsible on how it's is run. Since when do taxpayers have to pay for the corruption that goes on behind closed doors and the ring leaders go scott free. It's hard to understand breaking the taxpayerss for the gains of corrupt leaders and no one does a damn thing about it leaving taxpayers vunerable and responsible.
Dave R

Syracuse, NY

#7 Dec 9, 2012
Get over it ,Utica ain't getting shit and nothing will be done about it .How do u like now ?
old timer

Carthage, NY

#8 Dec 9, 2012
Dave R wrote:
Get over it ,Utica ain't getting shit and nothing will be done about it .How do u like now ?
These are typical words issued by a person on the receiving end of all the corrruption that has been going on in Utica for the last 50 years which has lead to the financial collapse of what was once a great city.

Time for another Special State Prosecutor to be appointed by the NYS Attorney General to start holding all these greedy politicians responsible for the monies they STOLE from the taxpapers (US!). NONE of them are smart enough to cover up their trails of taking monies that did NOT belong to them on a personal basis.

Remember - "Money talks; bullsh*t walks"!
Joe Tag 86

Penn Yan, NY

#9 Dec 9, 2012
The only thing that will happen is the city will have to repay funds improperly used. Maybe a small fine or penalty. No one is going to jail or will be charged. This is "business as usual" in this corrupt little italy. Remember...there is "Nothing to see here, nothing to see..please move along...please disperse...go about your business..go home and make your pasta dinner and start gearing up for Utica's greatest heart run & walk....nothing to see here....
Utica is a corrupt city

United States

#10 Dec 9, 2012
Roefaro has said that as mayor from 2008 to 2011, he did not oversee the day-to-day operations of Utica’s Department of Urban and Economic Development, which oversees the federal funding. He said that as far as he knew, the department acted correctly.

THE TRUTH IS RIGHT HERE IN ROEFAROS OWN WORDS AND DOUBLE TALK; HE SAYS HE DID NOT OVERSEE THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS WHICH HE SHOULD HAVE IF NOT WORKING A FULL TIME AT A FUNERAL BUSINESS BUT OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS FACE HE SAYS AS FAR AS HE KNEW, THE DEPARTMENT ACTED CORRECTLY. S0 you see which is it. Is it you knew what they were doing and thought it was alright and were acting correctly because you said so or you didn't know because you were to fucking stupid to be a Mayor and watch where and how millions of dollars of taxpayers dollars were being spent. You cannot have it both ways and there should be a full investaigation into what happened and why you didn't know what was going on under your watch.
Truth here

United States

#11 Dec 9, 2012
You must keep the conversation going and put the pressure on because if crime and corrption continues to go un-checked there is no hope left.
justice denied

United States

#13 Dec 10, 2012
How do you get away with stealing millions of dollars from taxpayers? Become a democrat, move to Utica, and become Mayor, that's how. It's part of the DNA in Utica for the torch to be handed down from Mayor to Mayor to use taxpayers money as their personal piggy banks and use corruption which is backed by lawyers and judges to get away with millions in misused taxpayers money. Examples are Julian, Roefaro, and now Palmieri. THAT'S IT!!!
taxpayers need Koziol

United States

#14 Dec 10, 2012
Taxpayers need to demand justice. Why do taxpayers have to pay for the same money twice as politician are the one's accoutabe and ultimitlt responsible. I want a justice and I want it now.
City is on fire

Cazenovia, NY

#15 Dec 10, 2012
If councilman or mayor ont do it.citizens can. put petitions in every storeevery business send to state something has got to bedoneor its more.of the same
tons of money for nothing

United States

#17 Dec 10, 2012
Justice denied!!!!
bridgeover troubled water

United States

#19 Dec 10, 2012
FBI wrote:
Now, that Roefaro himself mis-spent almost $700,000 in HUD Funds, will the FBI finally investigate him. Remember Gro-west and the lot of mis-spending happened on Roefaro's watch. He doesn't have Hage to watch his back this time with city tax dollars.
Highly unlikely.
taxpayer

Utica, NY

#20 Dec 10, 2012
Sure would like to see it.
justice denied

United States

#21 Dec 11, 2012
taxpayer wrote:
Sure would like to see it.
You and the rest of the taxpayers he stole from since he committed many crimes, quit, and went into hiding, besides when he almost beat up Linda Fratata in New Hartford.

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