Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

14 thoughts on “Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.”

  1. Northampton officials, and that includes the mayor, were completely taken for a ride by this consultant. If they had done just a little more homework and examined some of the other economic impact analyses conducted by other firms in the Northeast for similar projects, they would have immediately seen that Camion’s scope of work for the Northampton assignment was laughably inadequate. All the mayor had to do was perform a simple Google search and see the far superior work that has been done for other municipalities.

    Anyone with the slightest knowledge of this industry would tell you that economic analyses for these types of projects involve far more robust quantitative assessments (including positive and negative impacts, as well as cumulative analyses). A good consultant would have examined socioeconomic trends and real estate market impacts too.

    Sometimes I really worry about the swelled heads we have in Northampton. We think we’re so much smarter than everyone else. And it only takes a slick firm like Camion to come along to show us what a bunch of rubes we really are. Meanwhile, it’s the taxpayer who always takes it on the chin. If the mayor had an ounce of humility, he’d personally apologize for this fiasco.

  2. youre totally correct and right on the money in all points about camoin and hamp.the funniest part was hamps representative asking”can we be reimbursed by the gaming commission for the$42,000 we spent on camoin and our lawyers?”a very resounding”no”was the reply-and the rep for northampton had a pained expression and looked like he was gonna cry his eyes out:)totally inept mayor and a very big bunch of rubes and amateurs running our city right into the fiscal ground very quickly

    1. mike from what ive heard around town bill dwight and some of the other councilors recommended or put camoins name out to narkiewicz.also heard that one of the mayors aides also put the word out about which consultants etc may be good.and some others are saying it was the main legal counsel they hired-the new laywer that hamp has now for all its main big legal things-the new guy who was a private lawyer that had the conflict of interest with alan scheinman mike ryan case.sounds the most plausible about dwight and the citys lawyer being the ones recommendingt he lobbysists consultants because they have the mayors ears.maybe you could check with dwight and the citys new lawyer to confirm this.again thats only what ive heard from some people thru the grapevine in hamp.

  3. The continued ignorance and incompetence continues in Noho…from the mis-handling of the time-card issue in the pd, to the inordinate amount of money spent on numerous lawyers, to this colossal waste of city funds.

    1. And this situation will continue as long as the voters in this city allow our leaders to skate by.

      Look at the last override vote — nearly two-thirds of people here evidently don’t believe in fiscal responsibility. All our mayor and council have to do is make vague noises about being progressive and fighting for “our children,” and the voters swoon in response like a bunch of zombies and continue to throw money at them. For all our supposed smarts and civic mindedness in this city, we’re a bunch of fools.

      PS. I thought it was interesting that Bill Dwight used the term “rube” at last night’s meeting to describe what he felt was the attitude of the Gaming Commission toward Northampton. That was the exact word I used in an earlier posting on this thread before last night. So at least we can suspect that at least one city official is reading this blog.

      Bill, if you’re here now, I implore you to wake up and stop helping to run our city in the ground by enabling your fan club. We can’t afford you anymore.

  4. BILL DWIGHT SAID THE GAMING COMMISSION FAILED NORTHAMPTON BIGTIME.MORE LIKE BILL DWIGHT,WITH IS SINGLE MINDEDNESS,WALK OVER THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF INTO THE WATER LIKE A LEMMING ATTITUDE,SELF RIGHTEOUS,UP ON HIMSELF HOLIER THAN THOU ATTITUDE FAILED US.RUMOR HAS IT HE WAS THE ONE WHO SUGGESTED TO THE MAYOR TO HIRE CAMOIN IN THE FIRST PLACE!ANY FOO COULD SEE THE CAMOIN REPORT WAS PITIFUL.NOW HAMPS CRYING BIG TEARS CAUSE THEY ARENT GOING TO GET ANY MONIES.THEY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING A SURROUNDING COMMUNITY TO SPRINGFIELD AND THAT CAMOIN REPORT WAS TOTAL B.S.BILL DWIGHT SHOULD RESIGN AND WE SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT AND REPRESENTS THE INTERESTS,NEEDS AND OPINIONS OF THE TAXPAYERS OF NORTHAMPTON.BILL DWIGHT SONLY IN IT FOR BILL.BILL SELDOM EVER STICKS UP FOR HAMP TAXPAYERS.HES A HEAD NODDER SAYING YES FOR ANYTHING THE MAYOR WANTS EVEN IF HE KNOWS ITS BAD FOR HAMPS TAXPAYERS.TIME TO GO BILL!

  5. one reader put the mayors name and intelligence on subjects right out there and its a good nickname-
    MAYOR DAVID SNARKY-NO -WITS. with out using your wits and common sense to come to logical conclusions on subjects like camoin,the pd dept,the budget over runs etc-you make rash decisions that cost your city taxpayers big money-and its increasing exponentially still

  6. DWIGHT COMES OFF AS AN ARROGANT INDIVIDUAL WITH HIS BIG VOCABULARY, THINKING HE’S SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MIDDLE CLASS TAXPAYER AS HE ALIGNS HIMSELF WITH THE LIBERAL WELL TO DO NOHO PEOPLE IN THIS CITY. LET US REMEMBER, HIS ONLY JOB WAS AS A CLERK AT A VIDEO STORE. HE’S NOTHING MORE THAN A YES MAN TO AND FOR THE MAYOR AND HE NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT HE CAN’T BE A FENCE WALKER AND PLEASE EVERYONE ALL THE TIME. NOHO IS NOT A SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AND DOESN’T DESERVE THAT DESIGNATION. NEARLY 50K WAS WASTED AND THE TAXPAYERS DESERVE AN APOLOGY FROM THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT.

  7. What is mystifying to me is how neither Dwight nor Nark was even willing to consider that there could be any possibility for POSITIVE impacts from the casino, from new visitors, new customers, etc. Instead of asking Camion to poke holes in the plans in Springfield, they could have spent the money asking a consultant to help Northampton exploit new business possibilities. Or form a committee we seem to do better than everyone else to solicit ideas for making Northampton a better place for people dining out or seeing a show. But that would have meant we’re bigger-minded people than the petty, condescending, smart asses we actually are. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with these losers because the zombies won’t vote them out of office.

  8. I regret, now, asking who was responsible for choosing the Camoin Report. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll ask the mayor how he got referred to them. Let’s not pile on Bill with no evidence. But this business does reflect on both the Mayor and Bill for their lack of critical judgement. Everyone has had it easy too long. One party government, no opposition to speak of, an uncritical and very supportive press, a city council that goes along, and a public that goes along for the ride. So what else is new?

  9. The last commentator before my first post hit the nail on the head. If it is coming, if it is going to draw people to the valley with spending money, it is time to start planning some Northampton billboards in strategic places and other marketing schemes. And another mystery to me is our new economic development person. Where was he when all this was going on? Does the Mayor delegate and encourage others to take leadership?

  10. The mayor has seemed to make economic development his top priority this term. Yet the economic development czar is not front and center. I couldn’t point him out if he fell on my head. I can’t remember ever seeing this guy at any meeting or forum. What’s his take on the casinos? And where is the BID and Chamber of Commerce? Why aren’t they taking the lead on anything? Isn’t promoting our businesses supposed to be their responsibility?

    You’re right, Mike. We seem really poorly positioned to go on the offense in Northampton because we’ve gotten lazy and have too many people afraid to buck the system. I was mortified by the patronizing tone of certain people representing Northampton to the Gaming Commission, as if we are somehow deserving of special treatment. We’re like the pompous Polish cavalry meeting the Nazi Panzers and just got our butts handed to us.

    When you go around telling yourself how special you are and expect deferential treatment, it must come as a rude shock when others don’t play from your rule book. It’s time to break up the hermetic seal in this city, stop the defensive posturing (Dwight’s in particular — is he kidding?) and introduce fresh thinking. We’ve got a lot going for us in Northampton and shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet.

  11. No delegation whatsoever… mayor has an autocratic leadership style that is serving to his ego. He just lives to have his name in the paper and to post and tweet… This city needs to do away with the mayor form of government where inexperienced and incompetent people end up getting elected, resulting in the city suffering and being mis-managed.

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