To the editor:
I have been encouraged to respond to the recent letter by Mr. Paul Susco that has repeatedly appeared in the Post-Standard and on the Eagle Bulletin website. I understand that this letter of Mr. Susco’s will be published yet again. I feel this is politically motivated and is intended to distort the truth in an attempt to protect the town of Manlius, concerning public safety issues at the Bluffs.
My participation at town board meetings in Manlius over the last nine years has been to document and to expose conditions that are being ignored by town officials. Letters, telephone calls, e-mails and other forms of communication have mostly been ignored. Some progress has been made at times such as the FEMA acquisition process that unfortunately failed last September 2010.
Mr. Susco has not been a board member for two years now, and from what I recall he had a poor attendance record at those meetings. Mr. Susco was not present at any of the meetings concerning the Bluffs such as the meeting with the Attorney General/Office of Environmental Protection. Assemblyman Al Stirpe was present at that meeting where the town of Manlius was directed to demolish building number one and to compensate the owners due to the drainage conditions present. The A/G determined the town of Manlius did not perform the proper procedures during development.
Presently, there are numerous, documented property maintenance code violations that are outstanding at unit 8181, most notably an exposed foundation footer on the edge of the 80 foot ravine. The town of Manlius has categorically refused to address these violations, allowing and facilitating an owner to live in the unit after that owner negligently allowed the footer to become exposed by sump pump discharge. These conditions have not only affected property values but are a direct threat to the public safety of adjoining residents and first responders.