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Friday, July 6

SSHA... I know, I'm sick of it too.

However, I wanted to put Mayor Scott Johnson's response to the Compliance and Communication Plan (memo, suggestion, whatever we're calling it now) from the SSHA. If you recall, I hadn't heard from him when I wrote the last story about it, but of course I hear from him the day after the story ran.

He got back to me June 28 (Thursday). He was out on Monday and Tuesday and didn't get the letter until Wednesday, which is why I hadn't heard from him.

*Also, as an aside, I never published a blog post that I wrote a week ago. I just published it. It's about Ed Spychalski's salary, if anyone still cares, but it published in the order it would have originally appeared. You can find it here.

So the SSHA's response, in the words of John Franck, basically "flipped (the City Council) the bird." It covered topics high and low (though I won't get into the author's recollection of how the bedbug controversy, executive director's salary and general operation of the SSHA actually worked), but it declined to address the approval process for employe salaries (about half of what the City Council asked them to address).

Mayor Johnson, though, wasn't surprised.

"I almost expected that kind of a response," he said. "The request was essentially asking them to admit they were wrong."

Just for a (really) quick recap, state law requires that the SSHA submit its employee salaries to the City Council for approval. The SSHA hasn't done it in more than a decade. The city Council asked them to — all of them since they stopped. That, Johnson said, was one of the problems he saw with the "request or demand" that the Council issued.

However, he said he expects the issue to be addressed in the audit being conducted by the State Comptroller's office — or at least the process which the SSHA used to come to the executive director's $152k compensation in 2011.

With that, I will wash my hands of the SSHA news... until the next scandal.

Stay classy Saratoga.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some really good news.

Word from high source in Capital (the "second" floor) is that the mayor will NOT be appointed to the NYRA transition board.

Let us hope it is true.

Stay tuned.

July 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor is well over the head of anyone currently on the NYRA Board with possibly the exception of Charles Wait. NYRA in a current revelation lost more money last year than previous year even with the additional Casino dollars etc. Why would anyone not want the entire board to be eliminated and put individual businessman and people in the comminity with a high level of knowledge in some aspects of NYRA. Putting more politicians is not the answer. Possibly the answer to to franchise NYRA to a for profit company and get out of the way. The comment about the Mayor's ability and choice for a possibility on the Board has no merit. He has a high level of intelligence and financial and practical knowledge that would make him a great choice. The comment above comes from the ignorant or the arrogant and obviously a Scott Johnson hater. People attack his success not his integrity or ability. The commentor above is proabaly one of a few.

July 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM 
Blogger Citizen Nancy said...

"Stay classy?" That is what men with no conversation skills say when they don't know what else to say. Think of another expression to overuse. As a reporter you are supposed to be somewhat of a wordsmith. Is it too much to expect?

July 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could we be about to launch into a similar story with Marcia White? Overcompensated, unqualified exec. Board finds money for hefty compensation package but not the ballet....

July 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM 
Blogger Lucian said...

It's not very classy to point out another person's overused expressions, Nancy.

July 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the Mayor as an appointment to the NYRA Board. If his handling of the City boards under his direct oversight is an indication of his 'being a great choice', this is exactly why he shouldn't be appointed. He has by himself appointed or reappointed every board member of the SSHA. It is his responsibility to make sure the SSHA Board present an annual report along with intended salary increases to the Council. He has been derelict in his duties so much so that we are in the state of chaos that we find ourselves in today. The citizens should ask the Governor to appoint a committee to investigate the Mayor's neglect in letting this situation get so out of hand. He has not only embarrassed the City but also himself.
His head is in Florida and maybe he should stay down there. And 2:01, his failures and excessive costs to the citizens are something that should be addressed.

July 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM 
Blogger Citizen Nancy said...

While we are on the subject of classy I will expand it to ethics: The next time you get yet another story from my blog, please use the expression "As was first reported on by Nancy Muldoon aka CITIZEN NANCY."

It's called 'attribution' a word you should have learned the first day of journalism class. Agreed?

July 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM 
Blogger Lucian said...

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July 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM 
Blogger Lucian said...

Nancy, if/when I ever use information from your blog to report the news, I'll attribute it to you.

July 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Year 5 of the Mayor's term. Reports from SSHA and approval of salary if deemd appropriate have gone throught four or five Mayors since the year 2000. Your contempt for the Mayor is very shallow. There is no state of chaos. It is in our mind because of your choatic attempt to undermine the Mayor. The Boards in the City are many and most are filled with outstanding individuals. Look in the mirror some morning and ask yourself what your problem is. I would bet you won't like what you see. It would be ignorance, contempt and an individual who can be critical but never offer a solution. Take a look at the entire Council. Two are well qualified and the balance should never hold the seat. That's what politics are all about.

July 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shuanna when commenting on the mayor's tenure, please not that the SPIKE in The SSHA happened during these last 5 years. hmmmm

July 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM 

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