NYCOM: Group is part of state woes

In case you did not get the memo, the village of Silver Creek clerk’s office will be closed on Wednesday for a fall training, courtesy of the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.

While we are not certain how many village officials are heading to ritzy Saratoga Springs for the event, which costs the village about $600 plus for one person before mileage and other perks, we are certain of this – NYCOM is no friend to the New York state taxpayer.

For many new governmental board members and mayors across the state, they hide behind NYCOM when trying to justify something they have done wrong as a board, such as holding an illegal executive session. And NYCOM will not speak out against a member community, as we have seen in the past with some questionable doings under previous administrations in Forestville.

Maybe, we could add, part of the NYCOM training session could include how not to return phone calls. Our newspaper’s experience with NYCOM is just that. No one can comment or find time to call us back.

NYCOM’s executive director Peter Baynes, who earns $196,000 per year and receives a complimentary vehicle from the organization, had this to say about the Detroit bankruptcy in July: “As NYCOM has repeatedly stated, our cities cannot sustain and succeed without a real partnership with our state government,” he said. “Like all relationships, promises are cheap, while investment is the sign of true commitment. In the state-local relationship, that investment means additional financial assistance, meaningful mandate relief, and the accountability necessary to document the results of such investment.

Never mind accountability – now and in the past – from the municipal officials who continue to put themselves on a financial tightrope. Instead, says the executive director who profits off the numerous state governments and taxpayer dollars, spin the blame on the state and ask for more money.

That is not leadership. That’s an excuse.