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Tuesday, February 23

Deputy Finance Commissioner Kate Jarosh video & K-9 documents

Round three, of the deputy commissioner profile series, will be with Deputy Finance Commissioner Kate Jarosh. As with previous profiles, a video preview of our conversation can be found here.

What do you think of the first two profiles?
First year Public Works deputy Tim Cogan and Deputy Mayor Shauna Sutton are planned for next week, any pressing questions you'd like asked?

On the K-9 front, the state replied to my FOIL request for traning documents and a list of acceptable training locations. They redacted one page from the training manual because, "the entire page contains sensitive law enforcement information that reveals non-routine criminal investigative techniques and procedures and its disclosure could endanger the life or safety of persons.""

Instead of trying to distill these documents, I will post them here:
Canine Training Standards
Canine Trainer List

Last week the City Council postponed a vote that would've remanded custody of the city's two canine officers to their handlers until next week's meeting. The dogs were cut due to the historic city defecit.

By the way, city Principal Planner Jackie Hakes is calling it quits to go back to the private sector. Any ideas about possible candidates for replacement?

The best planner I ever saw was
Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, but I doubt the city can find him...

3 Comments:

Blogger demroc said...

colonel decker might disagree. i ain't getting on no plane. perhaps you can push for the city planner to always respond, i love it when a plan comes together.

February 23, 2010 at 1:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deputy Commissioner Jarosh claims she learned a lot working in State government. She certainly hasn't put any of that knowledge to use in City Hall. While she has been in office, the City fumbled away $4 million a year in special State aid the previous administration won for communities that host video lottery facilities.

What Jarosh should have learned in Albany is that you have to lobby, and lobby hard and loud, to get and keep State aid. Yonkers still gets $20 million a year from the video lottery program. All the other video lottery communities continue to get video lottery aid. Saratoga is the only one that lost out, and Jarosh's bungling is the reason. How many times has she been to Albany demanding Saratoga's fair share? If she had done her job properly, we'd have a budget surplus instead of the big fat deficit she's sitting on.

February 24, 2010 at 6:30 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annon 6:30

The inaccuracies of your statement are almost equal to the foolishness of it. Although your wordplay of saying the previous administration "won" VLT aid for the community is clever, I'm sure only mistakenly so, and an example of clear hyperbole.

Yonkers has retained their VLT aid due to the fact that they dedicated their entire portion of aid to their school districts. Something the "previous administration" should have done to ensure continued funding from the state to Saratoga Springs.

Who exactly should Jarosh of lobbied? Governor Paterson? ~ right he seems to be a reasonable guy. Shelly Silver? Malcolm Smith? Pedro Espada? John Sampson? These are the people who made the decision and sadly I'm sure you hardly know who they are if at all.

Jarosh has worked hard during tough times, and while certainly (like anyone) has made mistakes, if you're going to point them out how about addressing legitimate points instead of these ridiculous uninformed fallacies.

February 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM 

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