Supervisor: Inmates get too much food

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently approved contracts for food and supplies for the county jail, but one supervisor was against the move.

Johnstown Town Supervisor Nancy MacVean said the jail inmates are fed too well at taxpayer expense.

“We’re feeding them like they’re kings,” said MacVean, who cast the sole no vote.

The board awarded bids for foodstuff and other supplies for use at the county correctional facility. The county periodically approves such jail bids, and the latest approvals go to year’s end. Vendors awarded jail bids were: U.S. Foods of Clifton Park – $30,608 for refrigerated/dry goods and $28,177 for frozen goods; and Bimbo Foods of Albany – $4,916 for bread.

MacVean said she was voting no because she said there are elderly people in Fulton County choosing between food and medicine and eating “cat food,” while the inmates have their daily food supply.

Other business by supervisors included authorizing county Treasurer Terry Blodgett to issue a court-ordered refund of $5,891 to Gloversville Price Chopper for overpayment of county property taxes in 2013 and 2014. The resolution indicated state Supreme Court lowered the assessment on the supermarket’s property from about $3.9 million to $3.6 million. The resolution said the city of Gloversville and the Gloversville Enlarged School District will also refund their apportionment of the court-ordered refund.

The board accepted the county’s final $1,062 settlement check involving a 10-year-old lawsuit. The board in 2004 authorized a legal services agreement with the New York City law firm of Kirby, McInerney & Squire. The firm filed a joint lawsuit with the New York State Association of Counties and other counties to recover Medicaid overcharges from pharmaceutical companies.

The law firm submitted a final installment check of $1,062 for the final payment to Fulton County in the settlement.

The board renewed $320,653 worth of property and liability insurance for 2014-15 for county departments. The largest renewal premiums included: law enforcement liability – $66,424; property – $57,296; general liability – $54,426; auto – $43,294; and public officials’ liability – $28,206.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.