Monday, July 30, 2007

Union Boss says Cahill's the candidate, to the surprise of some PAC members who say : When was the vote?


On Richard Cahill's show, The Kingston Chronicles , CSEA President Bart Robins announced that Mr. Cahill did in fact receive the endorsement from the CSEA .....this lead to disgruntled callers and to questions on whether or not the endorsement was legitimate or if Mr. Robin's was jumping the gun in announcing the union's support.

Brian Woltman, who has served on CSEA's PAC committee for many years called and blasted the Union Boss for announcing the Union endorsement before the committee had taken a formal vote. Mr. Woltman stated at the last meeting the vote was tabled for further discussion. Woltman also complained that it was inappropriate of Bart Robins to announce the vote before the formal announcement which takes place in August via an ad in the Daily Freeman.

Jeremy Blaber also called in and brought up the fact that Mr. Cahill was not very union friendly by calling for a hiring freeze and told Mr. Robin's that Mr. Cahill is just trying to capitalize on the situation between the Mayor and the union. Blaber also pointed out how good Mayor Sottile has been to the union and mentioned how it would of been easier for Mayor Sottile to silence his critics( Cahill included) by laying people off to lower taxes...but has never done so. Blaber went on record saying that supporting Rich Cahill was a mistake that CSEA would ultimately regret if Cahill was elected. Blaber said that he felt it was a slap in the face for Mr. Robins to go on Mayor Sottile's opponents tv show and announce such support, saying respect must go both ways.

What now? It is clear that the relationship between the Mayor and union leadership has hit it's boiling point, it certainly is not one sided, after what transpired tonight the union claiming to be a victim of an angry Jim Sottile, is simply untrue. It's also apparent that tension between the Union and the Mayor is with the leadership and not with rank and file members. Richard Cahill's motives to get Robins to go on the show and announce his endorsement was clearly well thought out, an attempt to try escalate the already rocky the relationship between the union leadership and the Mayor. Bart Robins was being pulled in by Mr.Cahill's plan, hook, line and sinker. Sottile on the other hand is too focused on running the city and Kingston's future to pay any attention.

Like I said on tv tonight, Mr. Cahill saw an opportunity and exploited it, no disrespect to Bart Robins who is a good man and someone that I have a great deal of respect for. It is clear that Mr. Robins does not like Sottile, by his own admission, Cahill is someone that is promising the world and the very fact that he's not Sottile is very attractive to Robins. However, in the end Cahill if elected, god forbid, will have promised CSEA the world and will have delivered nothing. Sottile no matter what will stick to his principals and do the right thing for CSEA...with or without the support of union leadership..that's just the type of guy he is.

77 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would keep the drinks off the table in the sewer hut tomorrow morning.

Anonymous said...

Here is a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. It is about time for the City to once again gain control of its employees. The employee who acted is such defiance should be summarialy fired for insubordination and failure to follow orders.

Anonymous said...

It's no big deal...there isn't SH*&T on TV anyway ;)

Shawn (Formisano Live) Mon 10:30pm KPA#23 said...

Hopefully they will settle the matter and peace and harmony will once again reign. I think you are right, Jeremy to choose your battles and not to wade in on every conflict that pops up. I think in this case, it's a mater between the Mayor and the Union Bosses. It makes no sense to wade in an alienate one or both by choosing sides.

-Shawn

Anonymous said...

That's true, there is not shit on television, especially since they kicked my boy Blaber off!

Anonymous said...

This is exactly why our government on all leverls is in so much trouble. There are very few leaders with the courage and ability to lead. In private industry if an employee defied the specific instructions of the boss he/she would be history. No if ands or buts. City of Kingston... Take a lesson from private industry. Fire the culprit

JoeyB said...

Allow them to have as big a tv they want, but only allow Kingston Local Access channel (23). :-)

Anonymous said...

If a department supports Sottile, they get to keep their TV - only those who don't endorse Sottile get "punished" and harassed during their lunch hour. It's the only way the mayor knows how to deal with people who don't agree with him.

Anonymous said...

Joeyb......You talk to much. Go to the 'Basement' and sip your warm beer.

Anonymous said...

No one brought in a bigger TV - there is still no TV there. Whoever told that to Jeremy is a troublemaker.

Anonymous said...

What is clear to me is that there is NO citywide policy, drafted by the Mayor and passed by the CC regarding this matter. There are TV's all over the place in various city buildings. If one TV is pulled ALL should be pulled. ....but why should we expect to see such a policy? Heck, there still is NO City Vehicle polcy on the books - except for not having Bradley bumper stickers on vehicles.

Its time that the City get a Mayor who can work with its Department Heads properly and do away with its Micro-City-Manager. We don't need a Mayor who is also doubles as a "Lunch Room Monitor".

JoeyB said...

The warm beer used to be at the Sturgeon Wine Bar, that's good only when you're drinking European beer. I haven't set foot at 744 Bdwy since it was RBs, however if it's a good as everyone says it is, I may have to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

I called City Hall and was informed that no television has been put in the building in question. Check your sources, Jeremy.

Anonymous said...

So, if the CSEA had supported Sottile, then the TV was OK. If not, then they have to be punished. If you donate to his campaign, no parking meters in front of your place. No comment from Jeremy, just that Cahill is the bad guy for pointing out the quid pro quo. How is he the bad guy? He's not the candidate showing favoritism based on support and money, is he? Jeremy, you have aspirations of running for public office, but I think your expertise is in being Karl Rove, the spinmeister. Don't support an asinine war, you're the traitor and unpatriotic. Don't support quid pro quo, you're the political hack?

Shawn (Formisano Live) Mon 10:30pm KPA#23 said...

Those endorsements aren't what they used to be....take for example your endorsement for school board, Jeremy.

Years ago, Union Members voted lock-step with their endorsements. I don't think that is nearly the case anymore.

-Shawn

Anonymous said...

Politics aside, Jeremy, supporting a man who has shown to bully people is an unwise choice. Sottile is a flawed man....like many humans. He is not worthy of your gushing support.

Anonymous said...

little dick is a political ho. and bart, et al are dumber than a box of rox. their made for each other

Anonymous said...

The Mayor is pro-union? If so he would follow the proper protocol in disputes with union members. Threatening and yelling at workers is not proper - anywhere- especially with union workers.

Sottile has shown himself to be irrational, irresponsible and erratic, in public, in the press and in private when he is opposed, disagreed with or drunk.

Average citizens, without political power or lots of money stand little chance in this City to get a fair shake. Case in point, meters in front of residence on Fair, while one block on John Street is without meters. No meters because Win Morrison didn't want them in front of his office, if the rumors are true. A regular citizen has her house sprayed with graffitti and the City threatens her with $150 fine if she doesn't clean it up, while a member of the Police Commission has graffitti on the side of his office for longer than 4 months, as well as a van without plates in the parking lot. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg. Rumor is that the Mayor is protecting others from many things. He is not serving the average citizen.

Equity among City workers should be the rule and the law. Calling DPW workers lazy is counter productive, harrassing them is damn stupid. Again, those with the least are subject to his contempt, neglect and intimidation. Just like Midtown was for years, suddenly Sottile cares? Right before the election?

I hope CSEA follows through on its legal action against Sottile. For themselves and for the average citizen, who is without recourse until election day.

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...

I made no deals with the CSEA, Jeremy. In fact, I only promised 2 things: (1) I will follow the contract to the best of my ability; and, (2) I will treat the CSEA members with respect. This is all the CSEA wants: respect. That's all I promised.

JoeyB said...

Jeremy, who is exploiting now? You sure seem to know what is good for the union. Sottile has already indicated, that he DOES NOT CARE whether or not he gets the union endorsement. So, why do you care?

Fact is, Cahill plans on running an economically sound city. Sound economics MEANS good union jobs. Soon, Sottile's plan is going to run dry, after the residents move out, leaving a welfare and illegal immigration sanctuary city, where no taxes can be collected.

Anonymous said...

I am Clint Brown's Love Child and
I was conceved in the sewer plant
you talk of.

Anonymous said...

At least Cahill posts here. Where's the Mayor? I've never seen him post anything here. Talk about gratitude!

Cahill appears more hungry. I can see the fire in the belly.

Honest_Abe said...

One thing Labor should ALWAYS remember is that Republicans are not their friends. "Respected" sure, why not, that costs nothing! But you can bet your bottom dollar if Cahill wins, the CSEA will bear the brunt of what is "wrong" with Kingston as will the KPD. Republicans are inherently against organized labor. The CSEA is in a no win situation here. Sottile despises their leadership, and Cahill is going to gladly take the endorsement and any vote he can get from it. These are free, extra votes for a Republican. He is not stupid! When it comes to contract time, the CSEA is screwed no matter what. The CSEA leadership should be faulted for not recognizing this very predictable outcome.

Anonymous said...

Clint Browns Love Child Says:


YOU LEAVE THE MAYOR ALONE

Anonymous said...

WHO IS LITTLE DICK KIDDING? HE ALL BUT GOT DOWN ON HIS KNEES FOR THIS ENDORSEMENT...PROBABLY WALKS AROUND WITH HIS KNEE PADS STILL ON !!!

Anonymous said...

The Mayor did post a comment. Look...
++++++
Anonymous said...
It's no big deal...there isn't SH*&T on TV anyway ;)
++++++
10:26 PM

Remember?? He does not want live shows on Channel 23 either. Its quite clear by this posting that it is the work of the Mayor.

Anonymous said...

this is all b/c the kids were watching cartoons on the job -

JoeyB said...

Isn't is obvious Sottile does indeed post here? The guy with his cap locks stuck is obviously the mayor. Anger and vulgarity is definately the mayor's MO, and cap locks guy has lots of it. It's just too bad the mayor is afraid to use his name, unlike Rich.

Anonymous said...

Will Rich Cahill have someone at his event to face paint my Boy?


Liz Mitchell

Jeremy Blaber said...

Mrs.Mitchell,

You would have to ask Mr.Cahill...I have no idea.

- JKB

Anonymous said...

Now there may be an inside joke about "face painting" that I'm not aware of, if so, I apologize in advance. However, if someone, I guess named Liz Mitchell, is basing who she supports for Mayor based on whether her child can get face-painted (I guess at the Jazz Festival), we have hit a new low and perhaps voters should be tested to make sure they're smarter than my cat before they're allowed to vote. Ps: My cat is pretty smart!

Anonymous said...

There is an inside joke about my son
wanting to get his face painted? Dont
understand my son is 6 and enjoys street fairs. When we were watching
Rich's show he said he was going to have a fair just wanted to know about it and if he was going to have someone do face painting. Thats All

Anonymous said...

Jeremy

Could you let me know when the Cahill
Street Fair is do not have Rich's email?

Liz

Anonymous said...

You are just jealous of Rich because
he was [or is] a GREAT Rock and Roll
Drummer and he had a lot of hot looking groupies around him.

Jeremy Blaber said...

I don't know when the Cahill street fair is, so I can't tell you when it is. Rich's e-mail is: rtcahilljr@aol.com

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...

I am not having a street fair. What I am having is family fun event at Forsyth Park on Sunday, August 26th, from 1 to 4.

There will be food, games, surprises, and a dunking booth. Lenny and I will take turns on the dunking booth. It will be your chance to dunk a politician. Just about eveything is free, but we do have to charge for the dunking booth due to the high rental cost.

This is not a fundraiser, however. It is an old fashioned, family oriented event that should be a load of fun.

Jeremy Blaber said...

URRGH... Don't say I'm not fair in reporting all comments...I'm now allowing Cahill's free plugs to promote his events. ;)

Anonymous said...

HEY JEREMY - LOOK AT THE POLL LITTLE DICK HIJACKED FROM YOU

http://poll.pollcode.com/sanG_result

JoeyB said...

"
HEY JEREMY - LOOK AT THE POLL LITTLE DICK HIJACKED FROM YOU
"

There goes the mayor again. What a wuss, to hide behind anonymous.

Jeremy Blaber said...

Sottile is on vcation.... I doubt very much so that he he is wasting it, posting on my website.

Anonymous said...

I WORK FOR THE CITY AND PAY UNION DUES! NO ONE ASKED ME WHO I WANTED FOR MAYOR THANK GOD I CAN VOTE ON MY OWN. GO MAYOR SOTTILE WE NEED ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

IAM TIRED OF RICHARD CAHILL. I CANT WAIT TILL HE LOOSES THE ELECTION. NO MORE ALDERMAN AND NO MAYOR AND HIS LITTLE MINI ME WALKER. THERE WILL BE 2 LESS THORNS IN THE MAYORS SIDE! YIPPIE

Anonymous said...

elect little dick for nose picker!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the infomation on the Cahill Family Fun Day. My
Grandmother would like to come and
meet Mr. Cahill Sr. She thinks he is cute.


Liz

Anonymous said...

Jeremy, you claim that Mr. Sottile is too focused on running the City to pay attention. Why then did he spend time writing letters questioning certain people's campaign contributions? On WMAC, three or so were mentioned. I know for a fact that he wrote and sent one. I've read the letter. In this letter, he questioned Matthew Ryan's integrity, sincerity and loyalty to the Democratic Party because of a rather small campaign contribution to the Cahill-Walker campaign. I find this puzzling and hypocritical on Sottile's part.

Does he question Mr. Bradley's integrity and sincerity? Mr. Bradley has accepted the Independent and Conservative Party endorsement. He certainly didn't turn down Mr. Spada's support. I personally find cross-endorsement refreshing and an indication of openness to bipartisan government. Mr. Sottile does not - except for his friends.

Is he aware that he publicly endorsed Governor Pataki, for re-election? A Republican if there ever was one. Is it possible Mr. Sottile forgot that? Or does he believe, we the voters have? By his own hand, he calls his integrity, his sincerity and his loyality into question as well.

"I am concerned that Mr. Ryan continues to take actions that contradict his campaign promises." Sottile's words. I never heard Mr. Ryan say he would refuse to work with anyone because they disagree with him or belonged to a diiferent political party. Mr. Walker is still a Democrat as Mr. Senor is still a Republican. And well, Mr. Bradley is still unaffiliated.

How petty and childish will he get before this election is over?
Amy Murphy

Anonymous said...

AMY MURPHY'S COMMENTARY = NAILS ON A BLACKBOARD...AND IF RYAN WEREN'T A POLITICAL HO LIKE HIS MENTOR LITTLE DICK, HE WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN BLOOD MONEY TO LITTLE DICK. HE SHOULD JUST SWITCH PARTIES AND GET IT OVER WITH

Anonymous said...

Ms. Murphy,

Have never met you but by your postings you appear to be a bright lady.
What kind of Democrat would go to
Rich Cahill and Jean Jacobs for an endorsement? Not a very good one.
It appears your friend Mr. Ryan has also pulled the wool over your eyes[you can refer to my post about the primarys]. All Mr. Cahill does is put down Democrats
his father calls us 'Jackasses'
What Mr. Ryan has done is a sell out. Sottile is not without fault but at least he will not sell his
views for a few votes or to make sure his name is on the ballot.
When Ryan is defeated in the Democratic Primary will your hero
still run on the GOP Line. Ms. Murphy you sound like a smart lady
but dont insult us.

Anonymous said...

What will be fun to watch is how all of you will change your tune after Matt Ryan wins the Democrat primary.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Murphy,

You appear ro know a lot but you
still are aware of the Walker plan
to cut fireman.

They are getting over on you. Think you ar smarter then that.

Anonymous said...

Where does Ryan stand on the Lenny
Waker plan to CUT City Fireman



Walker=Public Safety Layoff's

Anonymous said...

Dont know about you but I have been on the bowl ever since I went
to Ryan's fundraiser. That sh**
was nasty.

Anonymous said...

Amy Amy why you buggin?
This aint no time to be not part of
the solution.
When I listen to Matt speak
it makes me want to freak
Walking the Ward and watching you
just makes me want to itch
You think Denny is just so great
Just wait till you see him bitch
Amy Amy why you buggin?
You know Clint Brown is the solution
Dont want to listen just want
to whine. Denny Ryan will leave you
out to dry. Clint Brown there is my
man He will always do what he can.
Gets along with me and Keller to.
What are you going to do? Amy Amy
dont be so sad. The Rev will have eveything in hand. Lets give her a hand. From the 4th Ward in this great land

Anonymous said...

PROBABLY THE BEST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO THAT AH RYAN IS TO WIN THE PRIMARY! THEN HE WOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT BLACKBOARD SCRATCHER, MURPHY DAY IN AND DAY OUT...AND ALL THE OTHER CASES IN MIDTOWN

Anonymous said...

I watched the show and heard the calls and your synopsis of them is completely off base. In fact I think I recall Mr. Robins putting you in your place with information you were not ready to respond to. At any rate, isn't the mayor the one who announced to the media he was not getting the endorsement long before Cahill or the union announced that Cahill was getting it. If he announces he isn't getting it then why is a even an issue that Cahill says he is? You really need to get your facts straight. You are doing mroe harm than good to the Mayor making issues out of something that isn't. But maybe that is your goal. everyone knows that the Mayor is in heated negotiations with the union and they are upset about it, hence no endorsement. So what?

Jeremy Blaber said...

1126am --- Your way off base.

Anonymous said...

...sounds like someone is getting nervous about potential KFD layoffs...awww, they won't get paid $60,000 a year to sit around and watch TV. When was the last structure fire in the city? With new building codes and smoke alarms, we don't need as many firemen as we have. They have unlimited overtime, and they're given way too much play. The Democrats in the city are so scared of them - they think they can't win an election without them. Lenny Walker is definitely on to something. They consolidated the fire department with the building department so now the city has two useless departments sitting around doing nothing, and since the fire department had nothing else to do, they run to every medical emergency in the city. We can do with either a volunteer force or fewer paid firemen. And, to try to scare the voters with "public safety layoffs" isn't going to fly. If the fire/building department did its job, then maybe the Broadmor wouldn't have gotten so run down that it had to be condemned with people living in deplorable conditions.

Anonymous said...

I do know Matt well. Have since he moved here. He and I don't agree on everything. I don't know anyone in or out of politics I agree with completely. I don't expect to. I know much about the measure of this man. I know he can't be bought or pressured or intimidated. I know he has vision, tremendous energy and the ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to work on common goals. I know him to be honest, hard-working and committed to the betterment of this Ward and the City as a whole. Matt was asked to run by many of my neighbors. He didn't go looking for this. I warned him about the petty personal attacks he would face if he agreed to run.

Matt will have to deal with me day in and day out. He knows I can't be bought or pressured or intimidated. I warned him about that as well. Still he chose to run. He is a brave man.

I'm not trying to change closed minds. I believe there are a lot of people who have real questions and concerns about this City's future. If they're reading this blog, then they may want to hear a different point of view. I have as much right as anyone else.

As far as cutting Fire Dept. jobs, I DO NOT support that. Nor do I believe it will happen. I've had this same discussion with many people over the years, who believe that FD jobs should go to pay for additional police. As I said before, I don't expect to agree with everything from anyone.
Amy Murphy

Anonymous said...

I think it is fair to ask Matt Ryan and Shirley Whitlock whether they agree with Walker's plan regarding the Fire Department.

Rich Cahill answered that question right away. He disagrees with Lenny. Now, all the other candidates need to answer it. It is a very fair and relevant question.

Anonymous said...

Talk about the effectiveness of our fire deptaertment. Every minor fire turns into a major fire. Black Lion Inn, Jensen Deegan Funeral Home, Broadway and West Chester Street and on and on. All to the ground.

Run off all the volunteers in the City and when they get in trouble they have to call the Pride of the Avenue Ulster Hose.

They have had too good too long.

Anonymous said...

To 126

OK OK Last year when I had a heart
attack the KINGSTON CITY FIRE DEPT.
Was here within 5 Min and saved my life. Those guys are the best and I owe my life to them.

Lenny Walker is a disgrace to my city and to himself.

Anonymous said...

LITTLE DICK DIDN'T DISAGREE WITH WALKDER. HE HAD A WISHY WASHY RESPONSE THAT DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION -

Anonymous said...

The people running this year better
answer it. Kingston Fire Dept is worth EVERY PENNY they get. The Chief is a great guy and all is I know Is that Lenny Walker wants to cut them back. If Rich Cahill thinks that is right he has lost my
vote and my familys. Lenny Walker is bad for Kingston.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Murphy name me one elected official in Kingston that has been bought?

Anonymous said...

If you are really concerned about good government you should ALWAYS vote AGAINST any candidate who has the Union endorsement. Their endorsement means that they vote to give away the farm to the union and its employees. Good leadership does NOT mean anti union. It simply means that they are experts in running a business and negotiating with the union is part of that job. The unions hire the best of the best negotiators where we have countyr bumpkins in government negotiating with them. The union should never like the Supervisor or Mayor. Their goals should be different and they must come to some common ground someplace. A politician endorsed by the union is bought and paid for.... AVOID them at any cost... Democrat, Republican, Independent or Conservative. The only way to hold taxes down is to stopn the spread of government.

Anonymous said...

To 339pm
Are you saying that the KFD is better at medical emergencies then fighti'n fires?

Richard T. Cahill Jr. said...

Let me make it clear right now. I do not support Lenny Walker's plan to reduce the Fire Department.

I have no problem with offering retirement incentives to those who are eligible. However, I would hire new officers to take the place of those who retired.

Anonymous said...

OH SO LITTLE DICK WANTS TO PANDER TO THE KFD NOW BY ROBBING THE BANK SO HE CAN GIVE INCENTIVES????? SHAMELESS !!!!

Anonymous said...

What I am saying is when I had chest pain last year I called 911
and medics from KINGSTON FIRE DEPT
Were on the scene within a few moments and they saved my life. I
owe them a great deal and for Walker to say he wants to CUT them
it makes my angry. If Walker is elected I may sell. He is a shamless man and I do not know
WHY Mr. Cahill chose him to run with him. Richard could have picked someone ANYONE but Walker.
Cahill has made some good points but in the end Walker scares me.

Anonymous said...

7:01-Taking spelling lessons from Blaber, are you?

Anonymous said...

4:12 Pervert!

Anonymous said...

12:27- Just think of it, 4 more years of poor leadership, lack of business progress, increased crime, favors for political hacks, big tax hikes, and embarassing public behavior. Great!

Anonymous said...

10:12- Maybe it's just your true self coming out!

Anonymous said...

TO 4:20 You tell me why there are no meters on John Street between Green and Wall. The only place Uptown without meters!!! Word on the street is that the Mayor did a favor for Win Morrison, the only major player on that stretch. Win is a major Sottile supporter and has contributed to the Mayor's re-election.

I have spoken with business people and people who work Uptown who believe that the Mayor did this favor for poitical reasons. Sure looks that he was bought. Meters at Academy Green, that are rarely used, meters on residential areas of Fair, where they don't belong. Yet 20 parking spaces on John- always full- have no meters. That is $4 per space per day. $80/day; $400/week (Sat not included), $20,000/year not including parking fines for expired meters. This while we pay for the meters along Academy Green that are not paying for themselves.

FYI - there are meters on John between Wall and Clinton; meters on Green, Crown and Fair. An oversight? An oversight that has not been remedied as of today. Doesn't look that way to me. Makes me wonder what else is being given away or ignored.
Amy Murphy

Anonymous said...

8:24 really? What exactly was that response?

Anonymous said...

7:56 I listened carefully when Walker discussed this issue. I particularily remember it because he repeatedly said, "am-buuu-lants"
Walker suggested that Kingston purchase ambulances and the emts from the fire fighters be designated the only ambulance to respond to routine calls, since they respond first anyway. He also suggested that the fire dept ambulances could then bill the clients, as private ambulances do. This would then make the program self-funding. As it presently stands, the fire company responds, using manhours and putting wear & tear on the equipment with no recompence.

Anonymous said...

11:48 interesting to hear YOU think posting on your blog is a waste of time!

Jeremy Blaber said...

It is if you're on vacation.