Centro bus company has gotten a bazillion dollars of the taxpayers’ money to build the Hub–an unpleasant new bus center erected downtown that preempted the Red Cross blood collection station. And how is Centro serving those taxpayers?
Well, it for darn sure isn’t taking them to the Jazz Festival at Jamesville Beach.
For many years, Centro has run shuttles to the Jazz Fest when it was being held at Onondaga Community College (OCC). This year it’s been moved out to Jamesville Beach and Centro’s not going there.
As with OCC, the Jamesville location is approached by a simple two-lane road and today and tomorrow that road is going to be backed up and blocked with ten zillion private vehicles because Centro won’t run a shuttle. So if you’re sitting in your car somewhere down the line while Kenny G is playing, don’t blame Kenny.
You should blame either Frank Kobliski, executive director of Centro, or Frank Malfitano, producer of Jazz Fest. And don’t try to talk to them about the situation. The newspaper doesn’t list any phone number for Jazz Fest, and the web site has no “contact us” button. Frank Malfitano doesn’t want to know if you have any problems or need any information about Jazz Fest. And Frank Kobliski?
Let me tell you about Frank Kobliski. One of his pet sayings has always been that his door is open and any of his employees can come in and talk to him any time. Kobliski literally meant that his office door was open and his employees could walk in. (Not the general public, of course. All the downstairs doors are locked so nobody can get in.)
But Kobliski didn’t really want all those employees talking to him so what he did was have his office renovated. Now, the door is still technically open but inside the door is an L-shaped partition that blocks his desk from view. If you can’t see him then you won’t go into his office, and now you can’t see him. Mission accomplished: hide.
There’s no way to contact either Frank Malfitano or Frank Kobliski to ask them why there’s no shuttle running to the Jazz Fest this year. And without a shuttle, there is no Call-a-Bus paratransit, and without paratransit people with disabilities can’t go to the Jazz Fest at all. This is probably a violation of federal law, i.e., the Americans with Disabilities Act. You can bet I’ll find out.
Meanwhile, this will be the first year that I can’t go to the Jazz Fest.