Thursday, January 20, 2011

Maggie, Auberger, COMIDA & Corruption?

  
On Wed. January 19th, the D&C reported that: "On Tuesday, the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency approved a property tax break for Ideal Nissan, now in Irondequoit and relocating to Greece. Angelo Ingrassia, president of Ideal Nissan, said Nissan USA asked him to move the franchise to Greece from 1600 E. Ridge Road in Irondequoit ... The dealership will be built at 4036 W. Ridge Road. Ingrassia said he employs 35 people now, and expects to add 13 workers within three years. Judy Seil, COMIDA's executive director, said the $313,000 in tax incentives will produce $716,000 in new tax revenue."

Today a SCATS BLOGGER wrote: "SCATS: Guess who gave $500.00 to friends of John Auberger on 4/2/2010 Angelo Ingrassia owner of the dealership Image Nissan which is cited in the D and C article." 1/20/2011 2:33 PM


SCATS: I have verified that the above information is absolutely correct! Is a campaign contribution part of the cost of doing business in the Town of Greece? If you are nice to Auberger, will Maggie reward you with a COMIDA tax break? Why does this remind me of the recent cigar-gate scandal? Hmmm ...
  

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

So he is the brother of Vinnie? Of Irondequoit dodge Vinnie and Angelo? Are they really brothers and is that lady their mother?

Anonymous said...

Greece is a pay to play town.

SCATS said...

To 10:20PM ~~ Indeed it is. In fact, Auberger's list of donors is largely names people might recognize ;)

Anonymous said...

Can you say WELFARE

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't think Auberger is the only politician to get payola from this guy?

SCATS said...

To 9:28AM ~~ I hope you don't think this BLOG is about the fellow who received the favor for the campaign contribution ;) Nice try at diverting attention away from Auberger's ongoing track record of collecting money from anyone wanting to do business in the Town of Greece or who holds a job on the Town's payroll.

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Didn't intend on diverting attention. I was just adding that I'm sure there is a long list of republican (just because they are in power now) town/county officials who also collected money and then pushed this through comida.

Dave Garretson said...

There are two issues here.

One, when public money is used to spur development and create jobs, it should be helping our local companies compete on the global stage and attract NEW MONEY into the region -- by selling their goods beyond Monroe County.

Helping one car dealer (or apartment complex, or law practice, or medical building, or shopping mall) compete against other local businesses adds NOTHING to the local economy. By the way, the examples above -- COMIDA has funded each of them.

Secondly, COMIDA should not be a vehicle for handing out the public's money to re-pay political favors. We need an even;y stacked BI-PARTISON board at COMIDA (and the airport, the water authority, etc) and whenever they do business, the recipient should reveal their background relationships... such as campaign contributions, who knows who, etc.

I'd like to see it in the public record and reported in the press. End these backroom deals!

SCATS said...

To Dave ~~ I'd like to take it a few steps further even. IF you get the tax exemption on the promise of creating X number of jobs within Y period of time and fail to meet that goal, then you lose the exemption! It's ridiculous that places like the mall get huge exemptions on promises of creating 3 jobs over 5 yrs. and then can't/don't come through but get to keep their tax exemption!

Charlie Hubbard said...

I cannot imagine comida being involved in anything retail - period.

The potential for abuse is hugh - the time and money to 'follow up' is beyond hugh.

Do things above board with complete disclosure as with any other committee.
Comida is a joke - a dirty joke - get rid of it.

Anonymous said...

And now $4000 spent on strip clubs two years ago by the airport czar.
Well the Feds arrested 129 mafia members yesterday. Unfortunately they failed to arrest another 129 members of Maggie's staff, Auberger and staff, Republican operatives and staff, elected officials and don't forget various heads of corrupt authorities and other county agencies. And toss in Christa also.
Oh well, the jails wouldn't be big enough to hold all the political crooks in this county.

SCATS said...

To 4:36PM ~~ And let us never forget Steve Walts ;)

Anonymous said...

Auberger's beat goes on. Isn't it a mazing that this man is still in office. Does not say alot for the voters of your town.

SCATS said...

To 9:22AM ~~ Re: the voters in Greece ... IMHO, Auberger got away with the cookie jar because he courts the senior citizens by busing them to Town Hall to feed, entertain them and pump the flesh. When someone like Maloney opposes him, he uses the old "fear of change, fear of the unknown" tactic to convince the older folks (who ALWAYS vote) that his opponent is evil, will raise taxes, etc. It's his MO and it worked like a charm, but the outcome was much closer last time around.