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Corruption thrives when people don’t vote

August 24, 2012
The Leader Herald

A July 29, 2012, story in The Leader-Herald reported the CRG, the new parent corporation of the EDC/CIC, has asked the County to increase its contribution to those agencies from $25,000 to $75,000.

The article reads "The agency [CRG] says the 2010 scandal [regarding the still missing $3,000,000] has been put to rest and that CRG Director of Accounting & Administration Jaime Levendusky said "now that things have calmed down, we thought we could go back to the previous level of county funding."

What in God's name are they talking about? The $3 million is still missing and those who took it and the EDC/CIC board members who failed to see it disappear right under their noses over an 11-year period have been given a free pass. Read their own Aug. 13, 2010, Compensation Fact Sheet at, where they spell it out in detail. There is no mystery as to who took it or if the board members failed to see it being taken, but that report has been ignored by the media, the state attorney general, the district attorney, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Fulton County.

Then they put 16 of these old board members on the new, CRG, EDC and CIC boards of directors.

Who the hell do they think they are kidding? It is political and fiscal corruption that matches the worst I have ever seen, and they get away with it because the citizens of Fulton County don't even vote, much less fight corruption.

This failure to pursue justice is par for the course in our county. Former chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors Peter Stone was determined to have violated two sections of New York state law by the New York state comptroller, but he ignored the comptroller's recommendations to pay back money he illegally received and was rewarded with a position on the Oppenheim Town Board.

Former Gloversville Mayor Tim Hughes and that city's former city attorney and now city court judge, John Clo, never reimbursed the city for buyback payments they received but were not entitled to as determined by another audit from the state comptroller. Yet Dayton King rewarded Clo by appointing him city court judge knowing full well that the buybacks were never reimbursed.

When taxpayers don't vote and guilty politicians are rewarded, you know corruption is thriving in that community.





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