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Statement by Onondaga County Comptroller and Former
New York State Comptroller Candidate Robert Antonacci
SYRACUSE, NY - "It seems the only thing New Yorkers can truly rely on these days is higher taxes, stifling government regulations and corrupt Albany leaders. The year on the calendar may change and the person in the Senate Presidents Office might be different, but the story is always the same. Power, privilege and greed is the only system of belief that matters in Albany."
"I want to join the other leaders in the Republican Party who have called for Sen. Dean Skelos to step down as Majority Leader immediately. Corruption is not liberal, conservative or moderate it is simply wrong and must be driven out of our Capitol. I hope Mr. Skelos will soon come to the understanding this is not about him, it's about the people of New York. In the charges levied against Mr. Skelos and his son, the Federal Prosecutor seems to indicate his thirst for power is at the heart of this case. Mr. Skelos has a chance to show the people of our state that he is willing to put aside his power for the good of the people."
"Last year I toured New York in campaign for statewide office and found there were three major political parties in New York - Republican, Democrat and Albany Incumbents. It seems the only issues they want to discuss are how to parlay their position of power into a massive payday for them and their families."
"As long as New York continues to allow legislators to accept massive amounts of money from people and lobbyists who benefit from government action, this type of corruption will continue to happen over and over again. If we want to start moving our government in the right direction we can do so by immediately instituting term limits and by calling a Constitutional Convention to completely reinvent the way we are governed."
Onondaga County Comptroller Releases Report on Take Home Vehicles
Robert E. Antonacci II CPA, Onondaga County Comptroller, released his office's report on take home departmental vehicles.
Mr. Antonacci stated, "County departments should have discretion to assign available take home vehicles to staff where necessary in order to carry out the objectives and missions of their department. However, there is inconsistent monitoring of the use and costs of these vehicles by the departments. In addition, some of the take home vehicles are used very little in comparison to the cost to the County in operating them."
"We recommend the Onondaga County Legislature consider establishing a county-wide policy regarding criteria for assignment of the vehicles and requirements for monitoring their use. In addition, the Legislature should consider a county-wide strategy for reducing the number of take home vehicles over time recognizing some of the assignments may be subject to bargaining unit modifications," Antonacci added.
The Office of the Comptroller also suggested incidents where take home vehicles are used be properly documented according to type of incident and reviewed by Departmental management on a periodic basis, as well as provided on at least an annual basis to the Vehicle Use Review Board.
The Comptroller's letter included with the report contains further information.