A mailing was sent out a few days ago by Shayne Gallo containing detailed information about the various problems with grants caused by Steve Noble. This letter also absolutely destroys the assertions of Jim Sottile in his recent letter to the editor.
Jim tried to give Steve Noble credit for 16 grants. It turns out that 9 of these grants were solely during the tenure of Steve FINKEL, not Steve Noble. Other grants were also not Steve Noble, but were actually by either former Congressman Hinchey, School district, CDBG, etc. Some of these were: Walkway along the Rondout Creek; Kirkland Hotel; Treatment Plant upgrades; new parking lot for Trolley Museum; Carnegie Library; Wilbur Avenue Pump Station; Wilbur Avenue siphon line; and, sewer work on at least 11 streets.
Several other grants are in jeopardy: NYS Watershed Mangement, NYS Estuary Grant, Ulster County Youth Bureau, Kinderland, etc.
Some more interesting facts were brought forth as well.
a) The city will not be reimbursed over $90,000.00 on the Recycling grant due to insufficient time demonstrated by Noble as required by the terms of the grant;
b) Apparently, Noble promised 50% of his work hours for a work year for three years for three different grants covering the same time period. The grants were Recycling Education Coordinator, Zoo grant, and Youth Bureau. Thank about this, one cannot promise and deliver 150% of time during the same period of time. One can only donate 100% of the time. To offer more than 100% begs the question of double dipping or repeat reporting of the same time,
c) There have been misrepresentations apparently made by Steve Noble concerning the Fishing Pier. It seems that Steve Noble certified in writing in December 2014 that the pier: (1) was finished; (2) was in the City of Kingston; (3) was ADA compliant and handicap accessible; and, (4) would be installed in the Rondout in May 2015.
All 4 of these things are NOT true. It is not finished. It is not in Kingston. It is not ADA compliant and/or handicap accessible. May 2015 has passed and it is not installed.
At the recent debate, Noble stated that the pier is finished and being delivered. This is false and he knew it was false at the time of the debate. He was advised of all of this information in an email 5 days before the debate. He intentionally and deliberately lied.
These are all very concerning. Lies, mistakes, and distortions on grant applications? Blatant lies during a debate?
At this stage, it becomes clear that voting for Steve Noble would be a colossal mistake. The next Mayor must be either Gallo or Polacco. Noble was convinced to run by Democrats (Anti Gallocrats) who just plain hate Shayne Gallo, i.e. Hoffay, Landi, Will, Dunn, both Donaldsons, Blaber, Madsen, etc. In my opinion, he is being used by the Anti Gallocrats. He may very well be a real nice guy. (I don't know him personally). He is not ready for the big chair and is being used.
If Noble wins, you can expect Hoffay to be City Clerk. Blaber, Madsen, and Fuentes will be immediately rehired. The city will be run not by the Mayor or the Council, but by a handful of party elites who are so far to the left they make Obama seem conservative.
Get out and Vote on 9/10.