Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. - Thomas Jefferson
Well it may the day before Thanksgiving but it is not too early for Christmas. Mayor Dennis Hannon and Joint Fire Administrator Hrustich are giving their gifts early this year...and you are paying for them.
First Mayor Hannon. The Fire Starter recently reported on the Inter-municipal Agreement pertaining to Hrustich. The Endicott Village Board recently voted to approve an agreement with the Village of Johnson City to continue to share the overpaid and under worked Hrustich. There were many problems with the new agreement and it remains a bad deal for the Village of Johnson City. Johnson City will now pay even more for this part time employee than it did under the prior agreement.
But perhaps most egregious is the provision which guarantees Hrustich's pay for an entire year. Under the agreement, if Johnson City terminates Hrustich, they will still owe their share of his bloated pay for the rest of the calendar year. No matter how outrageous his conduct, his termination would not stop him from receiving his pay package which is worth nearly $170,000 when factoring in percs and benefits. Yes, Hannon does not believe in job security for the brave fire fighters and police officers but for his lap dog Hrustich, money is no object (especially when he is not paying for it).
And now Hrustich. Receiving his big fat gift from Hannon has really put him in the giving spirit. For years, the fire department has maintained it's own rigs including changing the oil in the rigs. This amounts to 80 to 100 gallons of oil yearly. For many years, this oil was sold to offset the cost of maintenance. Apparently this oil has value and can be burned as fuel oil and the village annually received payment from a local business. Well no longer.
Fire Starter has learned that Hrustich has ended the long standing policy of selling the oil and is now giving it to an ally that is using it for heating purposes. With current heating oil prices range from $3.00 to $4.00 per gallon this represents a gifting of $300 to $400 dollars per year. And again, the tax payers are footing the bill.
This sort of corrupt cronyism is exactly the kind of thing we have come to expect from Hannon's corrupt regime. It is long past time for the attorney general and the comptroller to investigate who is getting what and from whom. The village coffers are not Hannon and Hrustich's personal piggy bank out of which favors are dispensed. These gifts of public funds are a breach of the public trust. It is time for someone to answer for this corruption.
UPDATE: The Fire Starter has learned that Mayor Hannon has a special something for his favorite staff member. Not to worry though. It does not cost the public anything and is reputedly quite small.