Projection - attributing your own unacceptable impulses to someone else. The impulses are still judged unacceptable but they belong to someone else, not you.- Dr. Sigmund Freud
"Looks like what drives me crazy
Don't have no effect on you--
But I'm gonna keep on at it
Till it drives you crazy, too."
— Langston Hughes
Fire Starter read with incredulity the article last week in the Press & Sun Bulletin regarding the misuse of the Johnson City Police Department at the hands of Mayor Dennis Hannon and his over paid and under worked Joint Police Chief Zikuski. We previously detailed this hair brained shared services scheme concocted by Hannon and his cronies. We previously revealed that Johnson City is clearly getting the short end of this shared services deal. Now that the Johnson City PBA has decided to push back at this foolhardy arrangement, Hannon has come out swinging. It seems that the Village police now recognize that Hannon is putting village employees at risk.
Most striking was Hannon's accusation that the members of the Johnson City Police department have a "to hell with public safety and to hell with the people" attitude. This level of psychological projection would make Sigmund Freud's head spin. In reality, it is Hannon who has cut public safety to unsafe levels in order to feather the nests of friends and allies in the hope of spring boarding himself to higher office. In the end, truth wins out. When faced with the facts, Hannon reacts with lies and threats.
We previously outlined the fact that Johnson City Detectectives were regularly detailed to Binghamton to participate in their investigations. Although this may have helped Binghamton, Johnson City investigations have fallen by the wayside.
Fire Starter has also reliably been informed that Hannon and Zikuskihave issued a standing order that if additional assistance is needed in Johnson City, they are only to call on Binghamton. In the twisted logic of the insane, the more Johnson City is able to use Binghamton resources, the more it will seem that this scheme is working. In the meantime, officers and citizens are placed in greater danger. They must wait for Binghamton to arrive rather than getting assistance from a closer agency such as the State Police or Sheriff's Department. In other words, Hannon and Zikuski are willing to place Village residents and police officers at risk to create statistics that ostensibly support their crazy ideas. But in Hannon's twisted reality, it is the PBA that is saying "to hell with public safety".
In the meantime, Hannon keeps kicking various fiscal issues down the road with he hope that they will either go away or he will be on to his next office before the chickens come home to roost. And all the while, the Village is allowed to fall apart, piece by piece. It seems ever clearer than ever that it has been Hannon's goal from the beginning to dissolve the Village. What failed at the ballot box will be accomplished through a thousand cuts of neglect and incompetence. And all to satisfy Hannon's ego and aspirations. But it is the PBA that is the problem. Only in the world of the insane.
And now Hannon sets up his threat. Hannon asks the rhetorical question "why do we even have a Village police department". Well Mayor...it is commonly understood that we have a police department to protect citizens against criminals and mentally deranged people. So it seems that in challenging your foolhardy plans, the PBA is at the very least protecting us from an inhabitant of at least one of these groups.