Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Well Connected Consultants Hired By City

   Elections matter and for members of the Wladis family of Syracuse that meant a long sought $60,000 deal to prepare grant applications for the City of Watertown.  The law firm of the same name has been trolling the North Country in recent years seeking consulting and lobbying work and has been a key supporter of GOP candidates.
     Strategic Development Specialists was founded by Leeann West and Diane Wladis, according the WDT.
    I remember two women from the firm pitching services to me a couple years ago, but I declined interest.  This reminds me of when I first took office years ago and new members pushed a change in bond counsel to Doug Barclay's firm.
    Law firms love municipal clients because they always have the means to pay.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/fairgrounds-concession-stand-project-costs-jump-to-150000-20160202

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not surprised COW needs to go to Syr to find competence. Say whoever bought the Chambers old building?

Nice column Rev Mc Garry

Anonymous said...

As long as Butler can deliver on his secret promises to the firemen, I have no interest in this. After all, it was a non-partisan election, wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

Check the Syracuse record of the consultants.
They're being sued...big time.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Representative government - the voters decide - democracy in action ... ha ... not around here. People say we need competent government, yet vote for and tolerate everything but ...

Hey, why not just have a committee pick a city manager, pay him /her big bucks, let them pick and choose and hire and fire anyone they want to, and then keep the focus on outside whomever types to do city business. You know, kind of like we see now.

Yeah, just pay your taxes and STFU - cynical - yes, and for good reason; look around and examine the surroundings with this gang in office. Case closed.

Ray said...

Do you mean elections bring promised actions Jeff? I never heard of that before. :)

Anonymous said...

Watertown's TIRENEA. That has it all.

Anonymous said...

It's ridiculous that they spend tax payer money on this non-sense. It's the city managers JOB to work out the details and solve city problems, along with the city council. Not some out of area blood suckers. It's a local issue and should be dealt with locally. If Addison, Butler and Jennings can't get it done. Then they should go! I think Cody, Mark and Macaluso should hold them accountable and show some political courage to call them out.

Anonymous said...

This consultant money could have gone a long way in the sidewalk replacement fund. Why are we paying city taxes? Are we going to be billed for the pot holes on our street next? And I sure don't need to be lectured on the news by some 18 yr old city engineer about how I should paying my hard earned money to pay for side walks. I pay taxes for it already and pay your salary too!

Anonymous said...

Enough is Enough. The time has come to create a concerned citizen coalition in our city to hold elected and non-elected officials to task. When we as citizens come together and start filling the council chambers with a couple hundred people, believe me, they will listen. And if they don't then we find candidates to serve US who will! Enough of the wasteful spending! Enough of the lack luster leadership! Lets take our city back!

Anonymous said...

Amen 5:01
Let us start with the fire dept. Let us fill that next meeting with people for firefighters. It's takes a strong presence to get attention, so let us give them one.

Anonymous said...

The city has never seen a consultant they didn't like! Maybe Addison should hire a consultant to see if she really is supposed to live in the city by her contract.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, is the Queen in violation of her contract? No doubt that she will get her bagman Slye on that.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

5:01 — You are spot on ...100%. So who will lead that charge? You seem to have already labeled it properly: "C.C.C." or C-3 committee: (Concerned Citizens Coalition).

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought "CCC" would be's -run for office next time there's an election. Oh wait, some did and the public clearly didn't want to follow your lead.

Anonymous said...

re 9:04 Yes, C-3 committee does have a nice ring to it. I think if you can get 25 people from the North, South, East and West part of the city to join together than something like this could work. Figure each of the 25 from the four sections could bring in at least 10 people a piece. At that point you have a total of 1,000 registered voters. You will get some attention at that point, believe me.

Anonymous said...

Re 5:01 CCC or C-3 committee.

Possible issues list could include;

Fire Dept. : Get this solved now locally. Forget extra money for outsiders. Let's turn up the heat on our officials to make it happen.

Consultants : Hold officials to task one year from now with the consultant report. Money wasted? or Gained?

Sidewalks : If the tax payer doesn't own the side walk, why should they be billed to fix them? You can be ticked for blocking the sidewalk even if it runs through your driveway. Sounds like city property to me...

COR project at Mercy Site : We do not need more abandoned apts. We need a green space for a better quality off life for the citizens of the area. Just think how nice that would look. That would be something future generations could enjoy. Mercy Park sounds nice.

Trash Services : We pay our fair share of taxes to live here in the city. Taxes did not go down when we lost our trash pick up service. Now we are paying twice. Essentially getting doubled billed.

The Water Fountain : Replacement or movement should be voted on by the people. Not just one man, because he doesn't think it looks good.

Downtown Parking : come up with a viable plan to keep people from Harboring parking spaces all day.

Dog Park : could carve out a little corner in our green space at the new Mercy Park. It would be highly visible for safety and easy to get to.

I think a list like this might generate interest in people getting on board.


Anonymous said...

The WTD article makes it pretty clear that Mayor Butler is the driving force behind the consultant hiring. He is making a lot of big bets early in his first term that if lost, could negate a 2nd.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, you are sounding more condescending on your show lately, not becoming. We get that you've been told by Jim to work towards being "edgy" now that your mayoral duties are over, you and Glenn have both said that on air. But missing the mark with being disrespectful to the few callers you get. You bemoan the fact that the MSM won't praise your political writing skills and knowledge, but slam them every chance you get.

By the way, probably not a good idea to give away the bosses strategy, listeners then are suspicous of authenticity.

Anonymous said...

Yellow journalism is the hallmark of NNY. Transparency not. Thanks Jeff. No north country nice.