Someone asked me why so many Syracuse city department heads are leaving the city for "greener pastures."
I would have retired at the beginning of the year no matter who was sitting on the dais. It just made me sad that the "tea party" people took over the council and the atmosphere in the city turned contentious. They seem to say "no" to every proposal. Nothing got done to move the city forward.
Some examples of this are: The Chloe Sunshine Park, DARE program, new police officer(s), upgrade park in the Ranchettes, $270,000.00 federal grant for the fire department, the whole Ninigret development, and recreation in general.
Many other proposals were voted down because as some council members would say, "This is no a function of government."
Syracuse city elected three like-minded council persons to the city council. In the public eye they say, "We appreciate the city staff and all they do for Syracuse City." Behind the scenes they opposed raises and expanding any department. They made no effort to visit with department heads or staff. This is not good for Syracuse citizens, and we deserve the best.
Syracuse will feel the effects of this tea party movement for years. We used to have around 100 people apply for a police officer position. The last opening Syracuse police had, only six people applied. What does that say?
It is easy for the candidates running for mayor and city council to run on the platform of lowering taxes, smaller government and fiscal responsibility.
Who doesn't want that? However, the citizens of Syracuse city will pay more because of high turnover and they will receive less in services if we continue down this "tea party" movement. Our biggest assets are the employees and the knowledge they bring to the table.
This is a very important election. I have worked with all the candidates who are running for election. Doug Peterson, Mike Gailey and Allen Lowry possess the qualities that will move Syracuse City in the right direction.
Former Syracuse police chief