McLAUGHLIN: OGS IGNORES REQUESTS, TAXPAYERS;
NO DATA TO BACK UP OUTRAGEOUS ESTIMATE
With no response from OGS after three weeks, McLaughlin writes to commissioner again
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) wrote to the Office of General Services’ (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn Destito today for the second time after his initial letter went ignored. McLaughlin originally wrote to the commissioner three weeks ago after her agency claimed it would cost $60,000 to clean up the West Capitol lawn, following a peaceful rally opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE Act) on February 28, 2013.
McLaughlin again wrote to OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito requesting a detailed analysis of OGS’s material and labor estimates to repair the lawn. McLaughlin believes these outrageous estimates by OGS are nothing more than an attempt to malign the thousands of law-abiding citizens who participated in that rally and stir up controversy against those opposed to the SAFE Act.
“Let me assure OGS that I wasn’t kidding when I respectfully requested a detailed analysis of their estimates to fix the West Capitol Lawn,” said McLaughlin. “For a project as far along as this, it should not take three weeks to accede to this reasonable request. The estimate for this project should have been ready and approved prior to commencement, so it perplexes me it has been 21 days and OGS still has not provided that paperwork.
“For OGS to claim they won’t have the final cost until after the completion of the project is absurd. That type of response and the lack of information is troubling and yet another example of why people have such a cynical opinion of New YorkState government. In the real world, cost estimates are done prior to, not after, the completion of a project. Our taxpayers have every right to know how and where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.”
Editor’s Note: Attached and here, please find Assemblyman McLaughlin’s second letter to OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito in response to OGS’s claim that it will cost the state $60,000 to repair the West Capitol Lawn.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th District, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.