An 11-year-old boy died in May after being struck by a car while riding his bike. The child laid on the street for 25 minutes until the city's contracted EMS provider, Mohawk Ambulance, finally delivered an ambulance to his aid. Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings convened a task force in response.
This task force issued its final report last week. It concludes that human error is to blame for the boy's death, and it offers the solutions to prevent such a tragedy in the future, including buying new cell phones. The child's injuries were so severe, the report ends, that he would have likely died regardless of Mohawk's actions.
Mohawk Ambulance, and its president and vice-president, Peter and James McPartlon, have made significant campaign contributions to local and statewide political campaigns and party committees since 2006. With the vast majority of the money coming from the Mohawk corporation itself, at least $35,165 has been pumped into political coffers.
From this money, according to my reading of the financial disclosures of the McPartlons and Mohawk, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings has received at least $9,000, either donated to his Jennings 2009 (Primary Election Committee) or to his PAC, Capital City Committee.
Along with Jennings, recipients of Mohawk's contributions include Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton, Brunswick Superintendent Phil Herrington, Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, state Sen. Hugh Farley and former Sen. Joe Bruno, Troy Councilman John Brown and Watervliet Councilman Charlie Diamond.