Berry must spend all of his time dreaming of how to help other economies, in other cities and states. Berry’s administration has farmed out the liabrary to a Texas firm and then spends time wondering why the City’s liabraries are such a disaster. Now Berry wants to spend our tax dollars in New York City. What kind of a buffoon back-stabs his own community like that?
According to a story on Channel 4 (READ IT HERE) Berry wants to blow $50,000.00 of tax payer money on a “public relations firm” from New York City. Is this another one of Big Bill’s games? Remember Big Bill spent millions buying a jet plane for his run for President of the United States? Is Albuquerque’s friendly big dork vying for help on his re-election bid by hiring this firm from New York City?
Channel 4 tried to water down the story with its opening line which stated, “Albuquerque’s latest attempt to attract businesses and create jobs…” This was not Albuquerque’s idea this was Berry’s idea. Albuquerque’s idea is investing in local businesses to create jobs in Albuquerque.
One of Albuquerque’s mayoral candidates, Paul Heh stated, “Why would we [Albuquerque] spend money in New York City when we have plenty of local talent here in the metro area.” Heh also stated, “This is as bad of an idea as spending money on a nationwide search for a chief of police, we have plenty of local talent here.” We here at the Eye agree with Heh, we need to invest in our community.
Heh went on to say he would spend the bulk of the $5 million dollars (Berry wants to spend on New York City) in educating and training our workforce here in Albuquerque. Heh also explained the rest of the money would be spent on bringing good paying careers and industry into the Duke City. Heh stated, “A well-educated and a well-trained workforce will greatly assist the City in bringing good paying careers into Albuquerque.”
Berry tried to down play the big dollar New York firm he has hired by stating, “In fact the firm that we have retained to help us write the RFP and set the structural aspects of the program from an advertising standpoint will ultimately be a small subcontractor to the local vendor that gets the work.” In other words New York City will stay in control of the funding and run Albuquerque from New York City. If Berry is so fond of New York City, perhaps he should consider packing up the little misses and moving there.
Here is the best line out of the entire story, “Berry said he has worked hard to bring more jobs to the city.” With our City in such direr need this is laughable! Remember, under Berry Albuquerque lost 3,900 jobs last year alone. This loss is more than any other city in the United States of America. The statement would be unthinkable to an honest man but not to Berry who praises himself as working hard to bring jobs to Albuquerque. Here is another way of looking at this; “With a mayor like Berry who needs any enemies?”
Mayor Berry, stop buying your salsa from New York City!!!
Paul Heh buys all his Salsa Locally!