Monday, May 23, 2011

IT'S FUN UNTIL......

So the Queen Mayor now has a name for her ghost that will keep her awake most nights! Welcome aboard missy! You mever will really make peace with them, just tolorate them as best as you can.

Whether or not the decision to hardball your personal opinions in deliberations had a direct effect on the death of this man or not you will always carry the guilt of your part in this issue. Your public actions, criminal entent or not as they may be, may have played a part on Mr. Soucy's demise, as you never thought about the events of your personal needs to WIN put him in the public spotlight with your actions, inactions and need to prove just how much smarter you are than us all!

You will relive the facts over and over again and again, until even you, the rightous queen of law and facts, are unsure if it is the pot effects catching up after all these years or just your loud mouth that has finally proven that you are an irreresponcable person pretending to have control of your life, while not seeing the destruction you have left in your path!

I will watch for you walking it off with the rest of us sinners in the wee hours, when we try to make amends with our own ghosts and decisions. LAMO

At any outcome, you have exposed the City and Taxpayers to the reality that you do mot exibit a care for the safety of the people over your lack of financial management abilities or
Rrealization of the costs of a law suit over your bringing this issue to a very public venue.
You may remember him from Shitty Hall, or not, as you try to excape this memory. I WILL!
It is loads of fun, until someone dies!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BLUFFING WITH LIVES

An attorney's view of managing a city. This is what we get folks, when you let the fox into the hen house. Bluffing. Now not only with our financial stability, but possibly with our lives. It is not a far reach for this non-practiced lawyer to violate contracts and ignore past practices that are conformed as legal, just to test the waters. The political waters that is.

As I read the comments in the Daily Snooze (I am still 'Banned' from Public comments there, with no explanation as to why, so I firmly believe this a political move to silence my knowledge of the operations of behind the scenes policies) I am forced to admit the rampid stupidity that encompasses the Newburyport taxpayers. Not many commenter's have a clue as to the financial operations of a city the size of Newburyport, and still worse, none have the audacity to follow their own political system through a budget process. yet everyone is a champion of this type of arm chair leadership we so badly choose to house our village institution with.

A POLITICIAN is required to amass voted to achieve office, to retain office and to maintain funding on a personal level. Also there are the many asses to be kissed to assure survival after the lottery of political position falters on their payments after election ballots are counted, one can move on to the larger ass kissing of State or Federal positioning. Never is there any commitment to protect the taxpayer, just your most favored field of voters. Where a pol may garnish the most for their efforts. Simple!

Comments about the Fire Chief having a budget and keeping spending with in that frame are amusing. Having presented budgets along side of every city manager, I find this simplified logic to be insulting, and dangerous. The public not knowing the contract that any MAYOR has promised and accepted, cannot be budgeted comparable to a business. No CEO that plays political favors can predict the costs of these favors to a set budget. Thats why we have 'transfers' during the budget year to cover the loss of memory of Mayors (CEO's) to their budget approvals to council for the Fiscal year and beyond. The City Managers do not direct any department under the management style of Mayors (like this CEO) and cannot make even professional decisions when over ridden by political needs of a public office holder that needs votes to survive.

A line in the commemoration oath taken by our city Mayor (not CEO) states that he/she will not commit a crime of violating any agreement that a previous Mayor has signed into agreement. This Mayor has no conscience when it comes to 'Bluffing' her way into cutting services to support pet projects, as she bluffed her way through city council. Let the taxpayers be damned for the choices we set in motion by accepting an attorney as a leader. Unknowing and uncaring as to the persons as the written law is tested by her need to 'Bluff' a falsetto of management ability over wise decisions. We will learn more each and every day she remains in office of the costs of choosing her to lead.

The deals she makes to not replace employees are not the fault of any city employee facing such decisions as to cash in on benefits earned in good faith and bargained in good faith by real leaders and approved by our elected council into law.

What ever happened to all the Grant Money she has experience in compiling showing up in our bottom line budgets? Or was that a Bluff too? She knows contracts, enough to bluff her way into a suit that we will pay for in the arguments of both sides of the issues. Union busting issues cost as much as acting in bad faith when it comes to legalities. Her choice, our cost!






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Friday, May 6, 2011

Old News.

It seems that a Newburyport City Councillor did not see this the first time I posted it. So here it is, a copy of an e-mail I sent to Herzog in October in answer to a question as to why the Daily Snooze has banned me from commenting on their site. Will Courtny was in to this up to his elbows, in July, prior to his sudden departure and never gave me an answer to my charges of discrimination of the Daily News team.

Started here!




Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 1:05 PM


Subject: Fw: [Fwd: Web Submission: News tip]




Hi Dan,
We're going to bounce some of this off the mayor this afternoon and follow up with you.


Will Courtney
Managing Editor
The Daily News of Newburyport
ph: 978.462.6666 xt. 3229
fax: 978.465.8505
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Subject: Web Submission: News tip
From:    "Dan Sweeney" <dan@ddsweeney.net>
Date:    Mon, July 26, 2010 8:14 am
To:      ndn@ecnnews.com
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Below is the result of your feedback form.  It was submitted by
Dan Sweeney (dan@ddsweeney.net) on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 08:14:17
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topic: DPS 'Mess'

article: 'DPS Mess' as reported by Katie Farrell
Lovett on July 15, 2010. The Headline
should have been  "City messes up Low
Street Legal Challenge".

It appears that the Newburyport City
Council is unaware as to the legal
process of paying enterprise bills and
the City Auditor, Bill Squillace, failed
to inform the Council fully of the due
process of paying these bills. The person
that the Mayor chose to temporarily
replace Brendan O'Regan on the Sewer
Department side of the DPS, Jamie Tuccolo
spoke at the July 12, City Council
meeting not knowing his presentation
materials nor the reasons that the legal
bills were invoiced and were not paid.
Several misquotes in his presentation to
the council and his follow up to the
Sewer Commission on the 22nd of July are
proof of the demise of the financial
security of the Newburyport Sewer
Department. This may be the intent of
this Mayor by allowing untrained and
uneducated personnel to manage these tri
departments.After all, the Water and
Sewer Departments (and Harbor) are the
only solvent departments the city has.
There are actually millions of dollars at
stake here, if the Mayor can control the
commissions and managers of these
enterprise departments, she can balance
her city budget on the backs of the
ratepayers from two communities.

Acting Assistant Deputy Director, Mr.
Tuccolo reported to the City Council that
legal bills were "swept under the rug"
and "were not presented to the Sewer
Commission for payment". These are only
two mis-statements and false statements
made to the City Council on July 22nd
2010. He also stated to the sewer
Commission that he 'does not remember
saying that these bills were 'swept under
the rug', accusing his previous boss and
the sewer commissioners of negligence.

As a Collection System foreman, Mr.
Tuccolo has no prior training in
municipal finances, nor in personnel
management. He has no degrees and was
hired to a position that clearly stated
the need for a minimal degree. He does
have the ear of a first time Mayor and an
otherwise unemployable acting deputy
director, looking to secure a longer
contract than all his previous
employments combined. Both would not be
in leadership positions if their
education was a factor. And both would
have much lesser incomes today.

The process of paying bills by enterprise
departments has always been processed the
following way;

All Department bills are presented to the
Director (an exception with legal bills
in that they are first sent to the Mayors
office at City Hall, copied by the
executive assistant to the Mayor and then
forwarded to the department for payment)
verified as a proper department
expenditure and then placed upon a
warrant before being presented to the
Sewer Commission for signatures and
returned to the Auditor for payment
processing. No invoices are paid out of
departmental funds without the proper
signatures of the commission. Or at least
under good accounting practices should
not for legal reasons.

A little reminder of the city budgetary
process. The Department heads create the
needed budget and first submit their
request to their commission. The
Commission either adds or subtracts from
this presentation and forwards the budget
request to the Mayor. The Mayor makes
recommendations to the presented budget
and submits the budget to the City
Council. The City Council affirms or
adjusts the presented budget for the next
fiscal year. So all expenditures are
approved by a process ending with our
elected council overseeing the budgets.
And they discuss each expenditure line by
line. Including the expected legal line
items. Following so far? When unexpected
bills or vouchers are presented, the
account becomes expended. When this
happens a request must be made by the
commission to the Mayor and Auditor for
them to file for a transfer of funds,
either from another line item or from
excess reserves to pay these over and
above expenses. A strong explanation of
the need is required and the presentation
usually is sponsored by a councilor who
has researched the issue and can stand
and explain the request. This is the
oversight and balance procedure.

Now, is it just me, or does one see
several failures to this system? First
off, the Mayor(s) had possession of the
bills. Secondly, the Sewer Commission
knew of the legal bills from the Low
Street Sewer Challenge, because they
needed to get permission from the Mayor
to hire a second legal firm to decide the
direction to take after the Judge awarded
damages to the plaintiffs. To be paid
from monies not expected when the FY10
City Budget was approved. Or, to be paid
from the loan or betterment changed?

It is my opinion that 'somebody' is
attempting to cover their tracks at the
expense of others. I think the Daily News
did not do their research well enough to
tell the public how bad things are at the
DPS since the recent changes were made in
MAY, two full months before the fiscal
year and money ran out of the sewer legal
line item.

I would think that the ratepayers in both
Newbury and Newburyport would like to
know this information, after all the
Sewer Commission represents all the
ratepayers that use the sewer services.
The safety of their utility services may
be compromised should this process of hit
and run management continues . My guess
is that the Newburyport Daily News does
not want to let their readers know that
something is wrong in their reporting and
presentation.




Dan Sweeney

13 Drew Street

Newburyport, MA 01950


Tax and Ratepayer

(after he (Courtney)'bounced this off the Mayor' (Holaday) I never heard from him again)Controled discrimination? just as her Loyal Employees are willing to perjure themseves to save their jobs at their own expense? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

And NOW, there are questions of accounting for monies at the ever hungry School Department Budget, not yet agreed upon nor collected. NOT a way to run our finances!!! her Highness 'Wishes' a budget into existance with our funds, Both Tax and Utility......I wish I could run my business that way. Spend then send out bills! And questions at the 'New Sewer Plant' on expendatures. It is catching up, fast, with this Mayor. Costs to be paid by the Ratepayers and Tax rate for 'wishes'.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

'F' BOMBS.......

WOW....how unbelievably believable!
Just heard the storey of 'F' Bombs being laid by the Mayor in public places in City Hall. It is being repeated that a Union Leader was admonished, in public by the Mayor and redressed in an un acceptable fashon in front of witnesses. and that that department manager was so upset that he had to crawl to the Mayors cave and make it known that her actions were unacceptable. Thank goodness that her (or our?) employees are afraid enough of her to not press charges for this action (at least some of them anyway). But it just goes to show that a CEO of this caliber is not needed in muncipal government, representing us or is it just over educated princesses that get frustrated and lower the standards to such out bursts, expecting them to be overlooked? I wasn't there, but I have heard my share of her outbursts, personaly, to know that the only way to piss her off that bad is to not recognise her 'wishes' ( as opposed to laws and procedures of policy anyway) and do what is right and legal to protect yourself.


Thank goodness it was another female she was demeaning in public. After all, it would not look good to be sued by an employee for sexual harassment and discrimination by a male employee, or would it? Knowing that attorney and CEO privileges do not  allow such treatment by managers, why would the city stand for this conduct? Because SHE IS the City, at least in her mind anyway.


The public will get to see her more and more of these moments of loss of control, being the 'Ma Dona' she privately projects to employees demands that "HER employees" remain afraid of her, as the things she so commands catch up with her. The mis-accounting of the $300k school budget and representing the DPS as the City Budget and not a rate payer supported commotity is just the beginning of the string unraveling in her palace.There are plenty more pots boiling and festering just awaiting to boil over on her watch. LAMO!


Profanity (public or private) is just as bad as semi pornographic, isn't it Ms. Dona? Or has the Mayor investigated the e-mails of a few of her promoted managers and boy toys too? These are accessible public records (even without her permission). ;o>


Lets hope the scuttle butt is not as true as I hope it to be!