Political Patronage - 1, Transparent Government - 0

“No nation hiding behind closed doors is free, for it is imprisoned by its own fear” - President Bill Clinton

At the Clarkstown Town Board meeting of July 24, 2012 Guy Gervasi made the following statement about the deliberations made in Executive Session on the retention of Bronx Republican Chairman, Jay Savino, to conduct the Town's tax certiorari business. 

"My name is Guy Gervasi and I am speaking as President of the Clarkstown Taxpayers. I would like to make one last comment on the Savino hiring.  

You may say that all of the questions have been answered on Savino's patronage hiring but I believe, and hopefully all the taxpayers believe, that you and the Town Board are just hiding from a bad decision that has blown up in your face. This appointment by the Town Board clearly shows that in Clarkstown. Since you refuse to  on the irresponsible hiring of Mr. Savino I would like to make the following statement for the record and for the press.

The questions by the Clarkstown Taxpayers have nothing to do about the choice of an outside tax cert lawyer to save the Town money. They also do not have anything to do with whether Mr. Savino is doing a good job or not. Our questions are about the process used to choose Mr. Savino and the continued use of patronage to fill jobs and contracts in Clarkstown.  As an aside, why do you think so many people voted against making the Highways Superintendent job an appointed position? The reason is, if you haven't figured it out yourselves, the fear that an appointed job could just be filled by the Town Board and Supervisor Gromack with another patronage job." 

Thank you.


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The Real Mary Smith July 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Guy, You want to talk about political patronage. Please answer for me what qualifications does Mary Jane O'Connor have to be on the Planning Board? This smells like political patronage from the Town Board!!!
Brenda M July 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM
This article could be titled  Friends of Clarkstown 1, Firefighters 0. A buddy in the town got away with near murder if you look in this morning's Journal News.  The town let Virgiinia Almiron off by paying $750 when she could have been fined $1000 and gone to jail for a year for illegally renting out parts of a house without a certificate of occupancy. After a fire it was found there were 20 people living illegally in the building which the vice-chairman of the Illegal Housing Task Force said was criminal!   This person's husband is paid by the town for being a member of the parks and recreation commission.    Where is Gromack in all of this?  The paper says he didn't return a call from for comment! His spokesperson, Joel Epstein, said “This isn’t a capital crime. It’s a code violation."  Except Epstein didn't add that these "code violations" are rampant throughout the Town under Supervisor Gromack and firefighters are risking their lives going into buildings rife with violations.  And get this for rationalization - Joel said that "rather than being angry, firefighters should be GRATEFUL that the violation had been addressed and the residents REMOVED!"   Sure they were removed - by the fire and the firefighters! The firefighters are lobbying to get their people on the planning boards so that they can influence policy.  But that is not going to happen.  In this Town it is said that contractors boast about having people in the town owe them.


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