Alderman Robert Senor: Kingstons Own Barney Fife
City of Kingston lawmakers adopted a 2009 spending plan last night by a vote of 7 to 2 that trimmed the 8.23% tax levy proposed by Mayor James Sottile down to a respectable 3.34%
Most of the Council truly tried to do everything they could to cut the tax levy and to make every effort not to hurt some long time employees by cutting their positions to half time. Many residents stood up,spoke out and somewhat pleaded with the council to not cut someones job if they could help it.
A point was made during the meeting that the job cuts proposed by Mayor Sottile would save the taxpayer just .11 cents a day or $40 dollars for a family of four for the entire year of 2009.
People did not want to see their fellow residents and their families hurt for such a small return on the drastic move that would have cut their jobs. Some calculations on the impact on the City of Kingston taxpayers if they kept some of the positions as is were even lower than .11 cents.
Thank you to all of the Alderman who balanced this additional concern along with the necessary need to drop the tax rate.
However, there is one Alderman that needs to be exposed as a bum.
Kingstons own Barney Fife, both in appearance, actions and words, none other than Robert Senor. He is a joke and a phoney.
It seems that his only agenda is to discredit anyone in a union. That is all he talks about - it's always the unions fault.
He couldn't care less if cutting those jobs only saved the taxpayers a dime a day.
It was interesting that the only time you can get Robert Senor to clam up is when you call for him to offer to cut HIS PAY. He wouldn't offer to cut a DIME off of that.
And that's all he is worth is a dime, and even that is overpaying him.
On another note, someone should ask him about prevailing wages for construction workers. He is very knowledgeable about the subject and always comes out publicly against it.
Does anyone think it is suspicious at all that Alderman Robert Senor was found to be working for a contractor who was in violation of that very law on 52 separate work orders - while doing work for the City of Kingston?
Is it just a coincidence that his contractor was keeping Robert busy doing work for the city and not paying the prevailing wage?
Is it just a coincidence that his contractor, who pays his personal paycheck, got that many "no public bid" work orders?
Is it just a coincidence that his contractor has dropped away from doing any further work for the City of Kingston - now that we need to play be the rules?
By the way, somebody ask Robert Senor how much money in back pay he got because the IBEW Electricians Union called in the Department of Labor to rectify his underpayments for him.
He didn't mind the prevailing rate when he cashed that check with Robert Senor printed on it..
.....and he didn't even thank the union for getting it for him.
If Robert Senor wants to play against the unions, he better have his own house and his own daytime job in order and start now building up a political war chest.