Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Phil Latessa is a Model Public Servant

Below are links to several, but not nearly all, news segments reporting on Phil LaTessa's first four years in office. Simply based on these television reports, one can see his record of accomplishments.

Date: 12/28/2003 New city auditor sworn in Syracuse has a new city auditor. Democrat Phil LaTessa was sworn in at the Marx Hotel Sunday afternoon.

Date: 1/30/2004 Pay increase causes controversy Some top aides to Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll are getting some substantial pay raises. Despite an endorsement from a majority of Common Councilors, the raises are under fire at city hall from the new auditor.

Date: 5/3/2004 More parking tickets soon to come A switch in a computer program and the city system for collecting fines on parking tickets could cause more problems for city hall in meeting its budget goals.

Date: 8/4/2004 Mizpah Towers audit completed It's been more than two months since the development deal for Syracuse's Mizpah Towers was scrubbed. City auditor Phil LaTessa completed his report on the matter, and while Mayor Driscoll hasn't spoken publicly about what happened, he didn't cooperate with LaTessa either.

Date: 1/14/2006 Former and current city auditor hope Destiny debate ends They are both Democrats -- the same party of the mayor of Syracuse and a majority of common councilors. But they feel the debate over Destiny USA has left taxpayers with a lot of wrong ideas about just what a city deal with Pyramid companies is all about. News 10 Now's Bill Carey reports a former city auditor and the man who currently holds that job are both hoping the stalemate over the mega-mall project can be broken.

Date: 7/27/2006 City losing $2 million in parking garage revenue annually Banking mistakes, expired contracts, and an overall lack of communication are just some of the reasons why the city of Syracuse is losing out on nearly $2 million a year from four parking garages. That according to a recent audit of the Fayette Street Parking garage, the Washington Street Parking Garage, the MONY Garage, and the one on Harrison Street. News 10 Now's Heather Ly has more on who's to blame and what needs to be done to fix the problem.