In a transparent attempt to shift responsibility away from staff at City Hall, City Manager Chuck Strome has resorted to blaming "the media" for any confusion over the existence of a so-called "final list" of stimulus projects as part of the City's efforts to cash in on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As the record clearly shows, Mr. Strome has no one to blame but himself for the confusion that has reigned over this issue for the past five weeks.
At the City Council meeting on March 10, 2009, Richard St. Paul questioned City Manager Chuck Strome about the stimulus package. St. Paul has previously expressed his concerns that the City submitted a "final list" of projects to Albany without giving the City Council members sufficient time to review the "final list". Mr. Strome expresses his mystification as to how this idea of a "final list" came into being and blames the media -- specifically this site -- for "morphing" the facts into a controversy.
Throughout the meeting, Strome insists that there was never a "final list", that nothing as been submitted except a "wish list", that the concerns of Mr. St. Paul are "silly" because the "controversy" is "over a final list that doesn't exist", adding, "it has never existed, it is a wish list".