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Algadi Encourages Business in Pine Island to Leave

Posted at: 04/02/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2013 10:46 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- It's been at the center of controversy since the city of Pine Island voted to abruptly terminate the position of city administrator. We're learning former administrator Abraham Algadi has found work elsewhere, and is encouraging businesses to move out too.
 
There’s still some unsettled tension in Pine Island since Abraham Algadi's position was cut, but for him, it’s never been about finding other work. “I have great value of myself frankly and I know that value and I know what it means to somebody else," said Algadi.

He's already lined up a job in Worthington. He says things are run better there. “My job will be a lot easier in Worthington because the community is not schizophrenic," said Algadi.

He says he's taking his contacts with him. “It’s gone both ways. I've reached out to some of them, some of them have contacted me out of the blue," said Algadi. He says this is not stealing business. “That is giving businesses opportunities that are not available in Pine Island," said Algadi.

We asked the community if that was concerning. Those on the chamber said no, business in Pine Island is here to stay. "We haven't had much change for many years,” said Ken Arel with the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce.

Algadi says Worthington has something else to offer. “They have strong research in a variety of different bio science areas," he said. That’s something Pine Island has been trying to develop with Elk Run.
 
“The thing is, with bio business we're right next to Rochester and that's the Mayo Clinic and that’s what a lot of it is about,” said Arel.

“No matter how idiotic the leadership in Pine Island might appear to be, Elk Run will still exist,” said Algadi. However, none of that is Algadi’s problem anymore. “You get the government you deserve, unfortunately Pine Island thinks it deserves a lesser government right now,” he said.

The mayor says he wouldn’t talk to us about this because of an ongoing lawsuit between Algadi and the city. Something that came up after the abrupt termination. The council members we called did not get back to us.