We said here that it seemed that the leadership of the Albany County Legislature was trying to cover their tracks by confusing everyone. Are they succeeding? Here’s the latest story from the Times Union.
We’ll get to the substance later, but at least the State Health Department isn’t buying what Shawn Morse is selling:
What’s more, a spokesman for the Health Department, Peter Constantakes, said it took the $26 million figure from the legislature’s own certificate of need application, signed by then-Chairman McCoy, who has since been elected county executive.
“It was signed off by the county legislature,” Constantakes said, adding that the county could have amended the budget after the application was submitted in late 2010.
While we’ll likely return to this story later, we just couldn’t pass up on a candidate for quote of the day. It’s from Gary Domalewicz, Chairman of the Albany County Legislature’s Nursing Home Facilities Committee in the Times Union:
Legislator Gary Domalewicz, an Albany Democrat and chairman of the Nursing Home Facilities Committee, cautioned that the legislature’s signing off on the application is not the same as endorsing the accuracy of the loss figure contained in it, which was prepared by an outside consultant.
Ah, the words just roll off the tongue and what? Dribble off into the sewer? “The legislature’s signing off on the application is not the same as endorsing the accuracy of the loss figure contained in it …”
Signing off on a document does not mean signing off on what’s in the document? Then what does it mean Mr. Domalewicz? Nothing. It means when you attest to something it means nothing. We should keep this in mind.
You’ll all understand why this quote from Andrew Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland, comes to mind.
Humpty Dumpty: “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.”
Alice: “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
Humpty Dumpty: “The question is which is to be master that’s all.”
Last November, another candidate for Humpty Dumpty was Shawn Morse. It’s probably no accident that he’s involved in this mess too.