Freeman: Republican Ulster County legislators blast Democratic resolution aimed at Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo. The measure calls for the IDA to cancel the PILOT agreement of any company owned by an Ulster County legislator upon failure to meet job creation numbers and/or file its annual report.
Without naming Terry Bernardo, the Resolution 218 mentions “an incumbent legislator” whose business “was one of those that did not deliver on its promised jobs.” While in their application for a PILOT agreement Bernardos promised to create 26 full-time jobs, the company reports – without proper documentation! – only nine full- and part-time positions.
The resolution was defeated Wednesday in a 3-2 party-line vote in the Legislature’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. James F. Maloney (R) – the Committee Chairman – called the resolution “disgusting” and “politics at its worst.” Kenneth Wishnick (D) said: “It’s disgusting that the whole conversation is coming up because it reflects upon the entire Legislature.”
Then we have the readers’ comments:
Funny. As a tax payer in Ulster County I find it disgusting that a legislator who lives in a gorgeous large home and has a gorgeous large business and a gorgeous large job seeks funds and then balks and drags out the process while refusing to take any personal ownership or responsibility for her failure to live up to her legal and financial obligations and those of her husband AND is so arrogant that those of us paying high taxes should stand silently and hold that bag. I REFUSE to do that and this is just one more example of Rochester Republicans and Ulster County Republicans who view themselves as above the law. It is disgusting. It is shameful. It is criminal. What these “disgusted Republicans” should be doing is sitting down with their colleague and demanding that she pay what’s owed, voluntarily terminate the agreement, and make a public apology to the rest of us. The Bernardo’s smug attitude is what’s disgusting.
The truth hurts no matter how it is delivered. Bernardo should be called out in the chamber she presides over, in front of the public and her peers. It is only fair. As for Legissessor Maloney’s opinion, the only thing that it’s “disgusting and politics at it’s worst” is the pillaging of the public trust at the public trough that the Bernardos have perpetrated over the past ten years.
Wow! Disgusting galore, but…
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco