Now, Troy City Councilman Bill Dunne, D-District 4, is also banging on Pratt's door, asking that a portion of the surcharge money be given to Troy for long overdue water bills.Dunne
will ask his
fellow City Council members to pass a resolution that states as much. The city of Rensselaer, which buys its water from Troy
, missed payments in 1999, 2002 and 2003 that, with penalties, now total $1.3 million.In a statement, Dunne
has "great sympathy" for the residents of Rensselaer, but wants to collect the money Troy
has coming to it."I was elected to represent the people of the city of Troy
, not those in Rensselaer, and I feel it is my responsibility to assure that all the money owed the city is collected," Dunne
accused the current Troy
administration of "inaction" in pursuing the money, saying the mayor was allowing "Rensselaer to balance its books on the backs of Troy taxpayers."
said the action is something the administration should have let the council know about, because members may eventually have to vote on matters related to the issue, such as accepting the payment. "They don't inform us of anything.It would be nice," he
said. Tutunjian said Dunne
hasn't called him once to inquire about the situation. In past months, Dunne has questioned how ethical it is for the city of Troy to employ Corporation Counsel John Hicks, who also serves in a similar position for the city of Rensselaer, and has wondered whether a conflict of interest was keeping the city from pursuing the water money aggressively.
"I have never done that, nor will I. This situation has been ongoing and is being pursued in the best interests of Troy
, something I am sure Mr. Dunne
knows nothing about."At least one of Dunne's
fellow council members said he
wouldn't support the resolution.