Thursday, February 3, 2011
What Does Hannon Do?
Fire Starter has focused on the numerous cuts to public safety that have been implemented since Mayor Hannon has been involved in Village of Johnson City government. We have noted the layoffs and the abuses of discipline which have severely thinned the ranks of the Johnson City police department and fire departments. In place of these dedicated career civil servants, Hannon has made deals where the Village has agreed to underwrite the costs of neighboring communities. This was certainly true in the case of Joint Fire Administrator Hrustich and Police Chief Zikuski. In feathering these two individuals' nests with taxpayer dollars, Hannon has purchased loyalty to to himself at the expense of public safety. He has continued to underwrite Binghamton's police detectives through a "sharing arrangement" in which Binghamton "shares" JC detectives and Johnson City gets to "share" the cost.
We have pointed out that while Hannon has engaged in his backroom conniving, economic development in the village has become non-existent. He is running up large tabs to pursue his petty schemes while doing nothing to improve revenue stream or the quality of life. Most recently we pointed out that he seems to want to give away revenue received for fire protection to execute his destruction of the fire department. Some would say that it is part of a bigger plan that we "mere mortals" can not appreciate.
What this "mere mortal" does appreciate is the fact that Hannon has abdicated his responsibilities as Mayor. The first and most important responsibility of the Mayor is to provide for the public safety. Instead, he is dismantling once great institutions.
We deserve so much better than this petty autocrat.