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If some major journalism award included a category for "chronicling the whacked-out behavior of public officials who awkwardly thrash about, put their feet in their mouths and generally seem to be interested only in exacerbating an embarrassing mix-up," Chris Robbins would be a front-runner.
Mr. Robbins, the new Times writer in the Ogdensburg office, has been doing a wonderful job, churning out stories nearly every day about how The Rent Is Too Damn Low In City-Owned Properties.
This case just took a bizarre turn, though. Officials have hunkered down, finally, and just stopped talking. Why? Based on a confidentiality agreement between two warring factions that have already spent a lot of time and effort slinging mud at one another.
That's right. The people who are paid to do the public's business have now agreed not to tell anyone anything about what seems to be a major waste of taxpayer dollars.
City manager Art Sciorra has managed only to elude the paper's efforts to track him down. And it looks like city planner Justin Woods' only plan is to keep his mouth shut.
The curious case of a boneheaded move gets even more forehead-slappy. As always, I'm looking forward to Mr. Robbins' folo.

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