The latest outrage (or last month's, depending on how you look at it) has to do with newly elected Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointing Mike Madsen to be the city code enforcement officer:
Michael Madsen, a former Kingston alderman and Ulster County legislator, has been appointed city zoning code enforcement officer by Mayor Shayne Gallo.Hey, what about me? I think I'm qualified to be Emperor of the Universe. Why, I even have more than a decade of management experience.
Madsen said he also is working in the city’s Office for Community Development as a housing rehabilitation specialist, a vacant position.
He said his city salary is $29,000.
Madsen said he has taken no courses in zoning matters but thinks he is qualified for the job given his background in construction and his and time as an elected lawmaker — four two-year terms on the city’s Common Council and one two-year term as a county legislator.
And how many jobs does Madsen need, or is he the Langdon Chapman of Democratic politics here in Ulster County?
And then we get to the money quote:
Madsen worked last year on the election campaign of Gallo, a fellow Democrat, an undertaking that he called a team effort by like-minded individuals. (emphases mine)They share a similar vision, alright -- a vision that includes rewarding cronies with cushy jobs, apparently.
“He (Gallo) surrounded himself with people who had the same vision ... and if some of us happen to have the expertise of doing the job and we are all on the same mission with his vision, it seems to fit like a glove,” Madsen said.
Gallo spoke similarly.
“The individuals who have been appointed to positions in the city share a similar vision and passion to make the city the model city that I have been talking about,” the mayor said on Thursday.