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Legal actions filed against Albany City Commissioner

See the full text of Pike's letter below.

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

To the people I serve,

ALBANY — In the last several weeks it has been brought to light that I have some personal and/or business financial problems. Because I am a public official, this has been given more warrant and attention than if I were a private citizen. But, the fact remains that I am a public official, and as such I understand that everything is fair game in politics. I take full responsibility for my actions whether they are private or public.

In short, I am unaware of any citizen, especially within our community that has not been affected by this economy. The financial challenges I have are very common and very real. My business like so many others in our City, State, and Country has taken a turn for the worst during this downturn. Along with the majority of the people in our country, I struggle to make ends meet. Bills come in like clockwork but the money to pay those bills is sporadic at best. As each month goes by the gap between money brought in and the amount of the money due out seems to increase. I have to make the hard decision of what bills get paid and which ones will have to wait. It’s extremely overwhelming at times, but it is my reality and my burden to face. I do so willingly with all of the grace and guidance afforded to me.

I’ve never been one to blame other people for my problems, and I don’t intend to start now. Life is a learning laboratory for us all. No one makes all the right decisions at the right times, and the fact of the matter is, my current situation is due to business decisions I’ve made. One being, opening a restaurant I had no business starting in the first place. It was a bad decision and spending every penny I had to try and make that restaurant work was even worse. However, in life we sometimes don’t always do the right things or make the right decisions - It’s what makes us human, and I’m okay with that. But, no matter how bone headed the decision, it was always for the right reason. I want to make a better life for my family and give people hope and the courage to know that no matter where they come from or what challenges in life they face, it is always possible to start over and build something great.

In life it’s not about where you’ve been but where you’re going and we’re not judged by our situations but how we respond to them. My circumstance does not make up who I am as a human being, a man or a public servant.

In the last several months I have been working tirelessly to right the ship. Many partnerships have been formed to help grow our business and increase revenue. In the next few weeks we will make a major announcement about a new project that will not only help increase revenue for our business but also create jobs for our economy.

Make no mistake about it, I will get these issues resolved and will be better for the experience. I anticipate this journey to be eight to twelve months to fully resolve the financial issues we are currently experiencing.

I look forward to updating you on our progress and being a true example of life, hardship, sacrifice and triumph.

The following are some questions I’ve been asked about my current state of affairs.

The question has been asked whether or not I am qualified to serve:

I can assure you that my challenges are not equated with my ability to serve the people. Actually, it makes me more aware, more concerned and more vigilant about what my community is going through as a whole. My circumstance does not define me or overshadow my responsibility to my community.

I have always conducted the business of the City in a professional and honest manner and with the highest level of integrity. I am ever mindful of the tremendous responsibility I have to the citizens of this community, and I strive every day to meet that expectation.

I would suggest that not only am I qualified to be in office I may be one of the most qualified people sitting at the table. Often times knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do when making decisions. My experiences whether good or bad have proven to be useful in my decision making process as it relates to important issues facing our City.

I have been a strong voice for businesses on the Commission:

I understand the role of government is not to create jobs but to create the atmosphere for jobs to be created and for businesses to prosper.

I advocated for and was successful in getting the ordinance changed to decrease the time it took for businesses in our downtown to get store front signage approved. In the past to get signage approved it took up to 90 days. That process has been reduced down to 30. This has aided in businesses being able to open in a faster manner and start generating much needed revenue.

I supported the proposed liquor store on the corner of Oglethorpe Blvd and Radium Springs even though supporting that project caused me great personal harm. While, not the most desirable business, this new store would have created jobs to help put food on the table for families and generate much needed tax revenue for our city.

I’ve been very strong when it comes to being fiscally responsible with public funds:

If you look at the true picture of our City, the City of Albany is one of the best ran Cities in the State of Georgia, and I dare say the Country.

I’ve been a strong advocate for the responsible use of MEAG Trust Fund Rebates, which if managed properly, could be used to reduce the tax burden on our constituents.

I have presented ideas to help the City grow its revenue generation capabilities though ideas such as the Land Bank Authority, Revolving Loan Funds, the revitalization of Downtown, and the construction of a convention center, just to name a few.

Another questions asked is whether or not I plan to resign:

This is not a question for me to answer; that is up to the people I serve. However, what I can attest to is that I have not engaged in any illegal activities which would preclude me from serving in office or cause me to have to resign but I serve at the pleasure of the people of Ward 3. If the people in my ward feel as though I can no longer effectively representing their needs, concerns and issues at City Hall then I will immediately resign without hesitation As long as I continue to have the support of my constituents I will continue to serve them faithfully.

I’ve been asked if I plan to seek another term:

It is too earl y to determine if I will serve another term on the Commission. I still have roughly 16 months left on my current term. When the time is appropriate I will make a decision about my future in politics.

The Albany Hilton Garden Inn is the latest organization to file a legal action against a sitting Albany city commissioner or his business contending he walked out on thousands of dollars in money owed for an event held at the downtown location.

Filed Wednesday in the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County, the lawsuit contends that Ward III Commissioner Christopher Pike, under the auspices of the Albany Area Black Expo, walked out on more than $11,000 in catering and event rental bills owed to the Hilton.

The legal action contends that Pike signed a contract on March 9 with the Hilton to furnish meeting rooms and food for the expo worth a total of $11,253.33.

"To date he has failed to pay. Numerous attempts have been made to contact him and all messages have gone unanswered," the documents states.

According to the Albany Area Black Expo website, the event was a five-day conference of networking opportunities, seminars and clinics that was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, AT&T and the Hilton.

In a statement that has been put online in its entirety, Pike writes that, as a public official and businessman he hasn't been immune from the economic recession that has troubled most small business owners and that he accepts full responsibility for his actions.

"In the last several weeks it has been brought to light that I have some personal and/or business financial problems. Because I am a public official, this has been given more warrant and attention than if I were a private citizen. But, the fact remains that I am a public official, and as such I understand that everything is fair game in politics. I take full responsibility for my actions whether they are private or public," Pike writes.

"The question has been asked whether or not I am qualified to serve. I can assure you that my challenges are not equated with my ability to serve the people. Actually, it makes me more aware, more concerned and more vigilant about what my community is going through as a whole. My circumstance does not define me or overshadow my responsibility to my community."

A review of public documents, including Pike's City Commissioner Expense Account shows no obvious irregularities and there are no signs that Pike has co-mingled any of his taxpayer funded accounts with his personal financial accounts.

The filing by the Hilton is the latest in a series of legal actions taken against Pike or his company, according to court documents, and isn't the only time concerns surrounding the financial management of the Black Business Expo under Pike's leadership have been questioned.

In a file obtained by the Herald under the Georgia Open Records Act from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an investigation of Pike and financial issues surrounding the 2011 Black Business Expo was launched in September 2011 following a request from Albany Bank and Trust and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

According to those records, the sheriff's office asked the GBI to investigate in order to avoid a possible conflict of interest after officials with AB&T approached the sheriff's office about a $8,348 claim against Pike and Urban Pulse media.

On August 24, 2011, nearly a month after GBI agents had began compiling bank records, e-mails and correspondence from bank officials on their efforts to collect the overdrawn amounts, an official with AB&T told agents that they had received a cashiers check drawn on another local bank that rendered the account paid in full and that they wished to drop the investigation.

On August 25, 2011, GBI records show that the investigation was closed, with a copy of the report sent to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Court documents show that Pike continues to have financial troubles.

On May 21, Tristate Office Products Co., Inc., doing business as Premier Business Solutions located on Dawson Road, filed a claim in Dougherty County Magistrate Court for an unpaid balance on the rental of a copier for his business for $4,280.88.

Magistrate Robert Revell issued a default judgment against Urban Pulse and Pike July 11 for the full amount plus interest and court costs.

In February, Judge Baxter Howell issued a writ of possession effectively evicting Pike for failure to pay rent on his office at 242 Broad Avenue; a legal action brought by the Albany Downtown Group, Inc.

In January, a claim was filed by Pike's commercial landlord, Phil Cannon & Associates for $8,060 Cannon contended was owed to him by Pike following a verbal agreement in February 2011 in which an $8,000 loan was made to Pike with agreement for repayment once Pike's 2010 Income Tax refund came in.

In June 2011, Cannon contends that Pike offered to make installment payments of $500 per month to satisfy the debt, which he made for July and August 2011.

On March 15, Howell entered a default judgment against Pike for $8,060 plus court costs and interest.

Despite the financial troubles, Pike says that he feels he can still effectively serve the people of his ward, which includes the downtown district where his former office was located.

"Another questions asked is whether or not I plan to resign," Pike writes. "This is not a question for me to answer; that is up to the people I serve. However, what I can attest to is that I have not engaged in any illegal activities which would preclude me from serving in office or cause me to have to resign but I serve at the pleasure of the people of Ward 3.

"If the people in my ward feel as though I can no longer effectively representing their needs, concerns and issues at City Hall then I will immediately resign without hesitation As long as I continue to have the support of my constituents I will continue to serve them faithfully.

That being said, Pike, who still has at least another 16 months left on his term, said he has not yet decided whether he will seek another term in office.

Comments

bigbob 1 year, 9 months ago

Of course he qualified to be a commisioner even if he can't take care of his finances. As a commisioner he can just raise taxes to pay for stupid expeditures like they just did. Can't take care of his own money so we let him play with our money, real smart.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

"If you look at the true picture of our City, the City of Albany is one of the best ran Cities in the State of Georgia, and I dare say the Country."

Not only does the statement disqualify him from office based on stupidity.....it puts him in danger of being committed to the nearest mental health institution for the safety of self and others.

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

It's also grammatically incorrect, although that's the least of his problems.

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doingwhatisright 1 year, 9 months ago

I admire Mr. Pike, he accepts responsibility for the poor decisions he has made in his private life. He isn't denying any action taken against him as being false and has not blamed anyone for anything. He hasn't even eluded to discrimination based on his ethnicity. Mr. Pike, if I lived in your District, I would demand that you remain in office.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

Yea, but he also hasn't DONE ANYTHING TOWARD PAYING BACK THE MONEY---

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

Pike has no option other than taking responsibility--sounds like he wrote bad checks and stiffed a bunch of folks. What concerns me is what seems to be a trail of financial mistakes including a failed expo done twice. Brings a question of judgement in play when one starts to handle tax monies. Accepting responsibility does not improve one's judgement.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Price I would not be able to get out of bed in the morning if I had $11,000 debt that I refused to pay, refused to return the Hilton phone calls, and drove around in a $100,000 vehicle. That pretty much sums it up. But your Constituency likely will have NO PROBLEM with it so you are SAFE!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

"According to the Albany Area Black Expo website, the event was a five-day conference of networking opportunities, seminars and clinics that was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, AT&T and the Hilton."

And I hope all these local companies will take note next year when the Expo representatives come calling. I doubt the Hilton will forget!!

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

How do you know how his Constituency will vote next time? Negative comments like this are not necessary!

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wino3800 1 year, 9 months ago

This is pitiful. There is no way he should be making any financial decisions for our city. There should be a law against such scenarios. He should show some class and resign immediately.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

Excuse me Mr. Pike, but I take umbrage at your statement: "In short, I am unaware of any citizen, especially within our community that has not been affected by this economy"........I, my good man, have not been affected by this economy and let me tell you why. BECAUSE I DO NOT LIVE BEYOND MY MEANS AS YOU APPARENTLY DO. May I suggest you get your house in order, get your head out of your rear end and get a REAL job, one that you are apparently suited for, not one you THINK you can do...and get off the high horse you are riding and start being a real MAN. You apparently have no business sense whatsoever and no organizational skills at all.

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Virgina 1 year, 9 months ago

Georgia Criminal Code: 16-8-5. Theft of services A person commits the offense of theft of services when by deception and with the intent to avoid payment he knowingly obtains services, accommodations, entertainment, or the use of personal property which is available only for compensation.

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah, I don't want him handling my money and making decisions on its use. But you know, his creditors aren't too swift either since they keep throwing more good after bad. Perhaps this was a teachable moment for some who may have given credit based on his being a commissioner.

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stc1993 1 year, 9 months ago

Virginia, that's up to the hotel, if they turn it over to the sheriff then he & the D.A. can take out a warrant. What I don't understand is; if it was sponsored by the local corp.'s why was he stuck with the tab? I see now they turned it over to the magistrate court.

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Virgina 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks. Btw, its Virgina, not Virginia. As in "Vir-Jay-Jay."

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

Obviously because any money they supplied was diverted to other costs, probably his salary

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

Also, it would be very hard to prove, as he has admitted the debt and "apologized". Proving the intent to deceive would be very hard in this case, and then the DA's office would have to deal with the endless "press conferences", accusations of bias, and possibly a lawsuit. It wouldn't be worth it, as galling as that is.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 9 months ago

. "... I may be one of the most qualified people sitting at the table." Yeah, and I'm a freakin' rocket scientist! The stench wafting over Albany/DOCO gets even stronger. Unbelievable

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

These are the folks handling taxpayers money and city business. Why certainly he's more qualified since he's swindled, deceived and lied. Have you also applied for food stamps, bankruptcy, free lunches for your kids? Man, you sign up for these goodies, your qualifications gonna be 24kt. I am so glad that I own a business and property in Albany, GA. You lousy jerk! Go get a job even if it is on a garbage truck.

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Kay523 1 year, 9 months ago

Have you ever declared bankruptcy - big guy? Inquiring minds want to know?

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

Here they are with all the ugly negative comments about this man. These same people had nothing to say when Gov Deal admitted to stealing, I mean ethic violations a few days ago. Where were the calls for him to resign? You all need to shut up! Fair is fair, but you all are not! Unbelievable!

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BOJCarolina 1 year, 9 months ago

Don't include me. I think they are both equally unqualified and shady.

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

Somehow, we have got to get past making excuses for one public official because another is just as bad. What Deal does that we don't know about concerns me--I don't feel good about his track record. Recently, Anita Williams-Brown downplayed the DCSS not following its policy on BOE approvals because it had happened under previous administrations. I do believe it did happen earlier, hopefully unknown to the BOE at that time, but now that it is known the past just not justify the present. Wrong is wrong and when those spending our money improperly are identified, we need to do something about it rather than condone it because others have done the same. I didn't expect much out of Deal to start with--but I expected better out of Chris and am disappointed.. .

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

Accepting responsibility IsN'T paying the money back...just one more crook in a government full of crooks.

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 9 months ago

Christopher Pike also serves on the Region 10 Board of Commisioners. Do we really want this man representing us? He refused to to vote to fire the un-indicted felon, Nathan Davis for state weapons violations. File the charges Hilton Garden, and let's see if the "Rule of Law" is alive and well in Albany,

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

Albany Herald did it again! This article page one of today's paper. Gov Nathan Deal admits to stealing, ethics violations, page nine of the paper a few days ago. This paper will never change!

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TheMember 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's see, The ALBANY Herald, maybe, just maybe they report the news about ALBANY first, then the state news after. I don't know, maybe common sense is just not so common anymore.

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VietVet1 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Pike you're a joke to the American society - but then again, this is Albany GA

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

In 2010, in the midst of his campaign for governor, Nathan Deal faced such dire financial troubles that he needed to sell his home to avert foreclosure or bankruptcy. Even if Deal liquidated all his assets, however, he had trouble repaying a nearly $2.3 million business loan. With all of this going on Georgia voters put him in the highest office of the state, the Governor's office! You all have very little to say about Deal's trouble and he is the governor. When it comes to lower level politicians here in Albany and their mistakes you are ready to criticize and throw them under the bus! Throw the bums out you yell! What's the deal? The real deal!

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm not a Deal supporter but as you say GA voters elected him and now we all "deal" with him from a distance with most of what he does being unknown. We know more about locals we elect who are in media reports more frequently. On the state level, there is not the same sense of being able to hold one accountable that there is at the local level. Locally, we can better see a direct tie in with what politicians do while holding our wallet.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

What has Deal got to do with Chris Pike? Chris Pike needs to own up to his mistakes, GET A REAL JOB, AND QUIT USING EXCUSES FOR NOT PAYING HIS BILLS. If I, as an average citizen did this, I would be charged with theft (at the very least) not to mention fraud, etc...

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

Deal has nothing to do with Pike but everything to do with the way you all handle criticisms. You voted Deal, the crook, into the governor's office with all of his mistakes. You hide your head in the sand when his mistakes came up a few days ago. Now here you are ready to go at it again on this man!

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jglass 1 year, 9 months ago

agirl_25..................love it and totally agree with you. If it were one of us, our wages would be garnished, etc. It appears that he owes several people quite a bit of money. If he can't handle his personal pocket book...................PLEASE don't let him handle or make any decisions with our tax dollars.

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agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

thanks jglass....but i think erock's eloquence will forever stand out in my mind as an honest statement of one man's true feelings. I especially love the freeloading parasite comparison......hahahahaha.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 9 months ago

What happened to giving a credit card number or paying before hand? The company I work for has utilized hotel/motel conference rooms before, and we had to either pay or give a credit card. Was this not the case here?

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

I would say not. It appears that the Hilton was asleep at the switch since it is a "deja vu all over again" event. Perhaps they were dazzled by the cast of local sponsors who are now also facing wiping off some egg. If the Hilton was paid nothing, where did the money go? I can understand an event falling on its face in Albany but did anyone involved in providing support for the event get paid?

It sounds like the GBI investigation perhaps involved a number of bad checks including some for the first expo. If this is the case, all involved should have been on the lookout for a repeat of getting stiffed. The account of financial matters in the article, and the repetitive nature of some, bring issues of character , intent, and integrity into play. And one can only wonder how the AB&T was suddenly repaid during a GBI investigation by one with significant financial problems and no apparent assets.

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm curious about the cashier's check, too. What bank was it drawn on, and whose money was it really?

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agonized 1 year, 9 months ago

You raise a very good point. Actually, he could have given a credit card to reserve. They keep the information on file. They usually swipe it to see if the money is there to pay, but as dingleberry pointed out, I would bet they didn't do that up front as a "courtesy". The Hilton has financial problems of its own, and they probably didn't want the bad PR on the front end of the event, but when stuck with the tab, they had no choice but to sue. This is just my opinion, though.

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thedeepend 1 year, 9 months ago

Chris is a good guy who made bad financial decisions. Its unfortunate, but does call into question his ability to make better decisions for the city & taxpayers. If he arranges to make payments and stays current, I don't see the big deal.

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TheMember 1 year, 9 months ago

I assume Mr. Pike was the organizer of the Black Expo and the Black Expo left him holding the tab. I would also assume there are others in the organization who helped put this event together, but just happened not to be the ones who signed up for the Hilton catering. So, Mr. Pike is being sued, as the Hilton is naming everyone involved, I guess, the Black Expo, who received all the donations and sponsorship from the local industries, should be held accountable. Is this organization Mr. Pike owns? I don't know that. Two things for Citizen1, we are more concerned with local than state, at least I hope we are, because we have to look after ourselves in a city this far away from Atlanta. Also, the negative comments are sometimes justified and have to be spoken in order to keep the elected officials straight. Negative comments are justified here, but should be directed to the Black Expo instead of Mr. Pike personally.

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erock 1 year, 9 months ago

You knew you were having financial difficulties before put on this ridiculous expo. Pay up you freeloading parasite. Everyone is having financial issues but each are responsible for paying their debts. Good luck finding the money to fund any more of your useless, biased exploits.

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neliz 1 year, 9 months ago

Also, I wonder what the 2012 Black Expo sponsors, Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and AT&T, think about their sponsorship dollars not paying for the event. Where did that money go, Pike? Do tell.

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billybob 1 year, 9 months ago

On the brightside, I hear the white expo went off without a hitch! Oh wait a minute... That's right. There is no white expo.

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TheMember 1 year, 9 months ago

You can have one if you want to, but just don't expect the local industries to sponsor it. That would be too risky for them.

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Albanite 1 year, 9 months ago

When he ran, I was one of many who tried to explain that Pike did not possess the maturity nor the intellect for this type of position. Almost anyone would have been a better choice. Pike is nice enough, but he has the mind of a simple child.

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

Does his financial troubles have anything to do with the way his is performing his elected position?

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YDoICare 1 year, 9 months ago

agirl_25 Great statement for all and an important reminder of how quickly someone can find themselves in financial difficulties regardless of if it is through your own fault, somebody else's, or a circumstance beyond anyone's control such as that resulting from an accident or health situation. I had the fortune of working with a man who always paid everything up front until an accident on his farm put him into the hospital at age 80. He had health insurance but not enough "ready cash" to pay his deductible and tried to crawl out of the hospital without any treatment. Fortunately, he did not suffer additional health problems when a few of us, who back in our high school days had always discovered that he "needed" his barn painted, fences strung, or other work whenever we needed money to repair our trucks or for a dance, finally had a chance to repay him for being there for us when we were kids. Nice how his lectures to us about money were just as stern now that we are in our 30s and 40s as it was as a high school kid. Sad that too many people forget that the best way to teach or inspire someone else is by taking the time to listen to them and setting an example with how you lead your own life. I really do mourn the passing of the generation that endured the Great Depression and sacrificed in WWII and sought fair and not specialized treatment regardless of gender or skin color in the 50s and 60s.

I was wondering if Mr. Pike still taught Leadership Development at Darton and if that course was still a requirement for participation in their Honors Program?

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agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

Your friend sounds like my uncle's neighbors in Pennsylvania Dutch country. They were Evangelical Lutheran and when someone needed help they were right there to aid and assist. When I was little my uncle had a dairy farm and had a fire, lost a barn, livestock, feed for the cows who survived, and equipment. If you ever saw the movie "WITNESS" it was just like that the day after. Farmers and their families came from miles around to raise a barn for him and brought in his hay crop and saw to it he had a new herd in no time...it didn't make that big a dent in their herd to give him a calf or two. I too mourn for the times when people truly set examples on how to live a proper life and to care for one another.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

Writing bad checks is a crime. That's why Pike had to do anything to pay back the AB&T bad check charges. Was that where the money he borrowed from Phil Cannon went? That way Pike still owed money, but defaulting on contracts and agreements is not something they will lock you up for. BTW, I do agree that he might be one of the "most qualified" commissioners on the city's board. However, that is not a praise of Mr. Pike so much as it is a reflection of my opinion of the other commissioners.

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

Although bad checks are a big no-no, isn't it sort of unusual to bring in the GBI?

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carbonrob 1 year, 9 months ago

Wonder what would happen if there were a "White Albany Expo"? Things that make you go hmmmm........

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revolutionnow 1 year, 9 months ago

Deal being elected is a perfect example of why the two party system should be abolished. We seem to be left with the predicament of having to pick the lesser of two evils. Instead, honest , qualified, AMERICANS are pushed aside by the two parties. We are just swapping one set of thieves for another. God help us.

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually, it is frequently the lesser of two weasels.

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revolutionnow 1 year, 8 months ago

That is an insult to weasels. Be careful or PETA will get involved.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

Ok I was going to stay quite on yet another business scam in a long history of scams by Pike BUT Citz has the nerve to ask.

Does his financial troubles have anything to do with the way his is performing his elected position?

It is because of people like you who have no understanding of the common sense, morals and ethics that are required to PROPERLY run the MULTI-Million business of Albany that we have the leadership we do in Albany and DCSS. People like you will vote for t-splost and believe the local politicians will make the best decisions on how to wisely spend that “Free Money” they are handed. At what point does your stupidty believe Pike changes from a scam artist to a man who makes the best financial decisions for Albany. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf…….

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Citizen1 1 year, 9 months ago

The way he has performed his elected position? Who is stupid? YOU!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 8 months ago

You are RIGHT how stupid of me to not realize I was preaching to the choir. I should know you can lead a mule to water but you can't make him drink. You are right the best thing for you is stand your ground and keep voting to prove your point about morals, ethics, and integrity. You are doing such a fine job with DCSS, bet if you keep trying you can turn the city government into the same fine example of your abilities,

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Kay523 1 year, 9 months ago

All the regulars jumped on Pike except....who must be his friends...why doesn't Pike just declare bankruptcy like The Donald has done twice? So many of our big biz wheels use the same out every 7 years so it is not a big deal. Pike says he will pay back what he owes so thats better than bankruptcy - no?

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agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

What does this mean------>"All the regulars jumped on Pike except.........who must be his friends........." Huh? I don't understand.........you need to clarify your statement and make yourself clear........what is this "jumped on Pike except.............who must be his friends"........thing? What does that mean? I don't know if I qualify as a regular or not and I certainly don't think I "jumped" on him........I do think I gave my honest opinion of how I felt about his inability to function in the capacity of financial manager. To be perfectly honest, I do not think I would let him count the coins in my change purse and his grammar is so bad I do believe the grammar Nazi would have to say "there, their, they're" in order to make sure he understood what she was saying - yes? BTW is he a graduate of ASU?

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