"It is neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary" - Richard Whatley
The Fire Starter commented recently regarding Dennis Hannon's decision to stay as Johnson City's Mayor. It was our conclusion that Hannon is a coward who was looking for cover to slink away into the night. When the appeals court decision was handed down on the lay off case, he suddenly had improved health and family situation. Just as conveniently, should matters turn against him again, he will claim "health and family matters" have worsened. It is really transparent and pathetic.
However, some recent developments have Fire Starter questioning what is really happening. Since November of last year, Hannon has been notably missing from the Village. He has spent an inordinate amount of time in Florida. He has missed multiple village board meetings. The only "official" duties he seems to carry out are the issuance of press releases criticizing the fire fighter's union.
Fire Starter has learned that a village hall employee has become distraught with Hannon's absence. Who will she turn to on these cold winter evenings? She certainly is not interested in "working late" with Deputy Mayor Ball-less.
The bottom line is the village does not run itself. Press releases do not equal leadership. Hannon has made numerous messes since becoming a trustee and later mayor. He presided over the sewage treatment plant debacle, the runaway lawyer bills, and the police contract debacle just to name a few. In the meantime he is trying to enrich his friends at resident's expense. And all the while economic development has been non-existent. He needs to do the job village residents are paying him to do or leave. Otherwise, he is nothing more than a common thief.
Hannon should not hold on to the office of mayor out of vanity or ego. The Village deserves so much better than it has gotten from Hannon.