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Right Under Your Noses: Total Incompetence, Total Waste. Shame on you!


UPDATE: Seems we built a bonfire under Ravena-Coeymans’ highway/public works departments butts. Two days after we published this article the Ravena-Coeymans dolts woke up and properly paved the mudpies on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans, oddly right across from the town garage! Was it coïncidence or was it the wake-up call we sent?


The Good News is: Ravena is doing much needed roadwork. The Bad News is: The Ravena Department of Public Works under the incompetent direction of fire-bug Henry Traver is doing the work. The Problem is: The Ravena Department of Public Works flunked sandbox and mudpies; They apparently don’t know their arses from their shovels—You know, those things they’re constantly leaning on to support their massive bulks!

monkey with shovel

HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY INCOMPETENT ROADWORK?

Question: What do Henry Traver of the Village of Ravena Public Works Department and Denis Jordan of the New Baltimore Highway Department have in common?
Answer: No, not setting fires. They both haven’t a clue, they’re both robbing us blind, we’re paying both exhorbitant salaries and benefits to waste taxpayer money.

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We received a call from a Ravena resident to come down an check out the roadwork being done in Ravena. We had already seen the Ravena Department of Public Works and their part-time borrowed laborers from the Ravena Filtration Plant botching something up on Central Avenue but we had to respond to the resident’s request, so we meandered over to Central Avenue, then to Western Avenue. What a mess!

We’re just wondering how many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being squandered by the bunch of clowns making believe they know how to resurface a street. We couldn’t believe what we saw so we photographed it and posted it as a slide show above.

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s plus benefits and pensions to waste money and resources.

This is how Ravena and Coeymans manage your tax dollars!

This is how Ravena, Coeymans and New Baltimore manage your tax dollars!

First of all, it seems they just spread some muck down on the streets and then threw some loose stone on top of it. Silly walruses apparently thought that would do the trick and keep them in their jobs and pensions. Try again! The stone is loose and is flying all over the place, leaving bald spots where cars have skid over the stone. In other places, the stone is so thin, that the cracks in the street show through. Driving down Central and Western Avenues, we left a pretty respectable dust cloud and flying gravel in our wake. But there’s another problem: they don’t seem to have been able to get uniform stone, and there are some pretty large pebbles in the street now that will probably cause some pretty respectable damage to a paint job or a windshield when they’re flung up by passing vehicles.

We’re just waiting for the next heavy rain to see all of the stone washed downhill…or for the street sweepers to come down the street and sweep up all of the loose stone. Maybe Henry Traver or mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca will then sell it back to the village of Ravena for the Department of Public Works to spread on the streets again. Nice scam!

Not only does the loose stone fly all over the place when a car passes over it, and not only is there the danger that the larger stonessome actually measuring and inch or two acrosswill damage property and may cause injuries to pedestrians, there’s the problem of stopping distance on the loose stone. Try applying your brakes on the stuff!

So Traver, Misuraca, what’s going to happen when the next heavy rain comes down and washes it all away, or the street sweepers collect it, or when the snow plows scrape it all up—assuming it lasts until the first snowfall.

Well, the NYS Department of Troglodites botched up the repairs under the LaFarge converyor overpass this summer, leaving Route 144 worse than it was before with bumps, mounds and troughs. So they came back last week and redid the work. Nice job security. Right? Screw it up and do it again at taxpayer expense!

And what about the professional job the Troglodites did on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans? They dug up the roadway, dumped some gravel and dirt into the holes and left. now we have bigger holes! Nice Job! So what’s the town of Coeymans going to do about that, now? Probably re-zone it ;)

MonkeyShovelThe Town of New Baltimore Is No Better!

Still More Monkey’s With Shovels!

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s to waste money and resources. It seems it’s characteristic of this area to hire incompetents to head the highway and public works departments. Ravena and Coeymans aren’t the only ones with problems in public works; they share that dubious distinction with the Town of New Baltimore. Just take a ride through New Baltimore and see how the New Baltimore Highway superintendent, Denis Jordan, and his crew of flying jackasses patch potholes! Throw in a couple shovels of cold patch, don’t bother to tamp it down, and take off. All it takes is three cars passing over the “work” and Voilà! The return of the pothole! Where’d the cold patch go? Check the bottoms of your shoes and the undercarriage of your car!

Budget time is coming up, neighbors. They’ll be looking for more money to waste next year and they’ll want their salaries increased, too. We think you’d better wake up and participate in those budget meetings—that is, if the crooks and their minions even open the meetings to the public—and start demanding some quality for your tax dollars—and some competent people to do the work.

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better! The Editor

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better!

The Editor

 
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Only a Matter of Time: Carver Heavy Truck Rearends Passenger Car!

It was only a matter of time before the truck traffic started taking its toll on passenger cars! Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014, a heavy truck creams a passenger car in Ravena. Two women and a couple of kids according to preliminary reports. No fatalities…YET.

No fatalities. YET!

No fatalities. YET!

We Told You So…AGAIN!

We’ve been observing the sand, gravel, and other heavy tractor trailer combos and dump trucks racing through the village of Ravena and the Hamlet of Coeymans. Some too large for one lane and drifting over the center line; other’s just too stupid to pick a lane and stay in it. They must have gone to the same drivers ed classes as Coeymans copy Danielle Crosier. You know the Coeymans cop who tries to stay in the oncoming lane of traffic while at the same time trying to drive on the shoulder; the same Coeymans cop who slams into parked NYS official cars in the Motor Vehicle parking lot on South Pearl St. in Albany, and then writes up her own police report on the accident. Yeah! the same Danielle Crosier who likes to ride guard rails. And YES! RCS parents, the same Coeymans bimbo cop who was allegedly “doing” the wrestling coach at the RCS high-school while harassing your kids as the so-called SRO in the RCS High School. She’s  is now “teaching” road safety, a prerequisite for driving to the HS and getting a parking permit! Talk about the legally blind and dumb leading the seeing and hearing in the community! WTF is that corrupt bunch of morons on the RCS Board of Education and their sockpuppet McCartney doing? We’ve already warned residents that they’re in bed with the Judas Administration, the sell-out artists in Coeymans.

But back to the main story. For months we’ve been predicting that Carver Company’s heavy trucks that pull out in front of you and then travel at a snail’s pace once you’ve jammed on your brakes are a road hazard. Carver’s drivers and other heavy trucks exiting Riverview Drive and the Port of Coeymans apparently don’t have signals or headlights either. Worse still, how many have we observed that can’t decide which lane of traffic to use. Just the other day we followed one that was weaving from one side of the road to the other.

The real hazard that these vehicles and their drivers are causing are obvious, as is the damage to the local roads and infrastructure (vibrations causing cracks and breaks in the ancient water and sewer lines, for example). But they’re also creating a hazard by being so heavy and slow-moving, too! We’ve watched as drivers attempt to pass these hazardous vehicles, crossing the double line, sometimes in a curve, in order to get around them. The problem is that the heavy trucks are so unpredictable and tend to leave their lane (texting? phones? just plain stupid) and move into the oncoming lane. There’s a serious accident waiting to happen here.

Where are the Coeymans police?!?!

Route 144, Coeymans, NY

Route 144, Coeymans, NY

The Coeymans police, however, are nowhere to be found. They’ve all but disappeared from the streets and roads in Ravena-Coeymans. They have a questionable reputation for pulling people over for not signalling when leaving one of the shopping plazas in town or for not signalling a turn. Where are the Coeymans police when these heavy trucks are committing every conceivable motor vehicle violation in the book? Now if you even attempt to report a violation or make a complaint just try to read the plate number on the vehicles; they’re so filthy and caked with dust and mud they might as well not even be there. So try to report a problem or make a complaint. By the way, an obliterated or unreadable licence plate is a violation! Where are the Coeymans police?!?! We know—and so do you—that there’s something very fishy going on in Coeymans town hall between Laraway Carver and the town of Coeymans. Add to that the fact that Ravena mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca got some pretty hefty support from Carver during his campaign—maybe not in cold hard cash money but in promises that now have to be kept—so you all know where this is going, don’t you?

Here are the facts: The heavy truck traffic is out of control in Ravena-Coeymans, on Route 9W, on Route 144, in the village of Ravena and in the hamlet of Coeymans. The Coeymans police are useless and indifferent to the hazards and the violations being committed by Carver and the other “businesses” in the area. Where are the Coeymans police?!?! Where are your elected officials?!?! In Carver Laraway’s wallet pocket.

So, on September 9, 2014, Confirmed ! it was a Carver Companies’ 100-yard tractor trailer that rear ended a car at the 9W and 143 intersection!

Is this a problem in Coeymans Where are the Coeymans police?


Is this a problem in Coeymans

Where are the Coeymans police?
The Editor

Editor’s Note: We would like to ask anyone with more details on this accident to send us what you have or know about it to rcs.confidential@gmail.com or include your information in a comment on this article. If you know that this incident was reported in any of the local media, especially the Times Useless or another local rag, please tell us in which rag and when. Any report or information may be published on verification but your personal details will never be published without your permission. Thank you!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Abuse of Public Office, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Sheriff Department, Albany Police, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Ross, Capital District, Carver Companies, Carver Construction, Carver Laraway, Catherine Deluca, Catherine M. Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Chris Norris, Christopher Norris, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Corrupt Police, Craig D. Apple Sr., Danielle Crosier, David Wukitsch, DEC, Department of Environmental Conservation, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elected Official, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Eric T. Schneiderman, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, George Langdon, Gregory Darlington, Harold Warner, Investigation, Jena Misuraca, Joan Ross, Joel Coye, John Luckacovic, John T. Bruno, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Keith Mahler, Ken Burns, Kenneth Burns, Kevin Reilly, Larry Conrad, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misuse of Public Office, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Police, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Obstruction of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, Phillip Crandall, Port of Coeymans, Public Corruption, Public Office, Ravena, Ravena Centennial Celebration, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, Ravena Village Board, Scott Giroux, Selkirk, Shelly van Etten, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, William Bailey, William Misuraca

 

Beware: Residents Are Asking Questions

The Results of the Last Local Elections

The Results of the Last Local Elections

The Political Climate Across the Entire Nation is Heating Up. The People are Slowly Reaching Critical Mass, Their Boiling Point. They are waking up to the fact that the United States is no longer a representative democracy but an aristocracy: The Corporations, the Friends of the Corporations, and the Masses. At the local level its the Crooks, the Friends of the Crooks and the Rest of Us. There are no longer two main political parties, they’ve merged into two groups of Fakes and Scammers.

This fact is even clearer at our local level, where in Ravena we have a puppet-monkey mayor who was allegedly backed big-time by a local money-bags, Carver Laraway, to depose the former mummy mayor, John Bruno, local strongman for more than a quarter of a century, because Bruno wouldn’t cave on some issues that Laraway wanted, one of them being water. The monkey mayor, William “Moose” Misuraca, who was also pissed off with Bruno and his crowd in village hall, vowed a vendetta (something about being promised some grant money and not getting it), and begged the local Republican chairperson to put him on the ballot against Bruno. Misuraca, with Laraway’s backing and his bar crowd, took the mayor’s office. But now, almost a year in office, and Misuraca has done NOTHING! He’s still surrounded by Bruno’s morons and he’s still pandering to Cathy Deluca and her playpen, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, to the tune of more than $100,000 a year of taxpayer money, no reports on losses and revenues, of course, but the fitness center can’t support itself and is a money-pit. That’s just one example. No planning, no vision, Nothing! Check out our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!

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In Coeymans, as we’ve reported, Mr Stephen Flach was re-elected and two former adversaries were ousted and replaced with two first-termers, George E. Langdon and Kenneth A. Burns, on the Coeymans town board. Hopes again were high that now that Flach had the majority support on the board, things would change. They didn’t, haven’t and it doesn’t look like they will. In addition to short-sightedness, no vision, there was plenty of sell-out and plenty of propaganda. We now have to cope with what we call the Judas Administration: a town board that is just as hypocritical and corrupt as the one we thought we had replaced. Why is that? Because no matter who is in town hall it’s same old bullshit just different faces. As the saying goes: Town Hall is like a diaper, it has to be changed completely for the same reasons. We’ve already published an essay on this subject so we won’t repeat our thoughts here. Please see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!

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And then there’s New Baltimore. The campaigns last November were vicious and dirty. The previous administration did nothing but take care of their own. The Dellisanti team promised the community to do much better. But are they keeping their promises? Again, we’ve reported on what they claim to have accomplished in their own words but it’s nothing but smoke screen, just like Coeymans. While Coeymans is blatantly and glaringly a Judas administration and a complete sell-out, and Ravena is just a do-nothing, New Baltimore has its own flavor, though it’s similar to the contents of a dirty diaper: New Baltimore’s new majority under Nick Dellisanti specializes in smoke, and they’ll blow it any time they’re called on to keep the public informed. New Baltimore residents are slowly getting very, very annoyed and we think it’s going to show with a backlash in November. Again, see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing! for details.

We hear US Congressman Chris Gibson was going to be in New Baltimore on the evening of Thursday, September 4, 2014, and meeting with residents—but only the in-crowd, it seems. Only those who have received the phone-call invite from New Baltimore town board members—and that at the last minute. Are we happy with this? What do you think? Has anything changed when compared to the O’Rorke bunch or the other in-crowd administrations, like the David and Diane Lewis circus before O’Rorke? It seems nothing has changed. The New Baltimore town board is falling into the same cesspool as those before it. Question is: Do they know they’re on a slippery slope and do they know how to break their fall?

Update: Gibson did not show at the New Baltimore Republican Club meeting but sent an aide, Kevin Cumm, to attend the meeting. Please see Mr Jeff Ruso’s comment. Ruso is a sitting New Baltimore town board member and “president” of the New Baltimore Republican Club.

 Listen! You're going under and your egos are dragging your down.Do you have the sense to cut loose from the anchor of your egos and self-interest?

Listen! You’re going under and your egos are dragging your down.
Do you have the sense to cut loose from the anchor of your egos and self-interest?

If you think we are very unhappy with the performance of the new elected officials, you are very correct. And you should be very unhappy, too. You should be asking some very serious questions right about now, before it’s too late.
playing with fireYou should be preparing to scrutinize the candidates they are offering on the ballots for the upcoming elections, and be very critical of those candidates, given who is supporting them and what they are again promising.

Are we unhappy? You betcha! And Guess What?

You’re playing with fire, local politicians; you’ll likely get burned. Badly.

Know where the contents of the diaper is? We do. Out TOWN and VILLAGE Halls. The Editor

Know where the contents of the diaper is? We do. In our TOWN and VILLAGE Halls.
The Editor

 
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Shame on You! Laraway, Flach, Masti, Dolan, Langdon, Burns!

Yes! Shame on You Coeymans Supervisor Flach, Town Board members Masti, Dolan, Langdon, Burns! You not only sold out the town of Coeymans as a unit of local government you sold out the community and the residents of Ravena-Coeymans to Carver Companies, TCI, and EMR.

Judas Politics in Coeymans

Judas Politics in Coeymans

Coeymans Town Board justified its decision to turn over Riverview Drive and part of Route 144 to Carver Laraway’s greed and megalomania despite local residents’ outcries. Carver Laraway got his way and Coeymans got a permanent dust storm and traffic delays but no jobs.

Several days ago, a local resident told us that the Carver Companies, TCI, and EMR were holding a so-called job fair. We missed it. But when someone slipped a copy of the flyer announcing the so-called job fair under our office door, we understood why we missed it. The so-called job fair was held on a Tuesday morning for only three hours, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone with half a brain can clearly see that this was another smoke and mirrors act on the part of Carver Companies’ PR person. Who in hell could get to a job fair on a Tuesday, let alone during such a brief period.

But the best came when we examined the flyer itself. It is full of propaganda bullshit and lists a number of jobs using their New York State Employment Service job codes. Not only that, the contact for the jobs is an employee of the New York State Department of Labor, a Mr Brian Suedkamp, whose contact details appear in the flyer but no Carver Companies contact. We found that rather odd. Don’t you?

In addition, the seal of the State of New York Department of Labor conspicuously displayed on page 2, making the impression that the whole thing is the State of New York’s effort. And again, no contact information at Carver. Suedkamp’s telephone number is given as (518) 457-1504 and his e-mail is brian.suedkamp@labor.ny.gov  Again, no Carver connection. So what’s this Carver Companies job fair crapola, anyway.

In the meantime, we have contacted the New York State Department of Labor for clarification of its involvement in the so-called “job fair.” We’re also contacting the New York State Attorney General’s office to ask for an inquiry. Let’s see how transparent govrernment really is.

Most of the jobs listed in the flyer are for truck drivers and heavy equipment operators—Carver probably needs them to ensure that the dust clouds stay up there and dust covers everything in sight. That may be to discourage new residents or to force current residents out because of the truck traffic, the dust and the other obstacles. But wait! Isn’t there a shortage of commercial driver license holders (truck drivers) and equipment operators? Carver isn’t creating any new jobs at all!

Have you seen this before?

Have you seen this before?

The other jobs are menial administrative jobs or custodial jobs. Low-paying and just that menial.

We drive through Coeymans Rt 144 about four times a day. For the past several days we’ve noticed a middle-aged man, in his late fifties, standing alone on the Coeymans Creek bridge, just opposite the Riverview Drive truck exit onto the bridge. He’s been standing there for what seems to be the entire day, in the blazing sun, armed with a traffic sign paddle, and protected only with a hard hat and a traffic vest. Sometimes you can see a water bottle. (See photo below.)

Carver's Creating Jobs in Coeymans! And pigs have wings too!

Carver’s Creating Jobs in Coeymans! And pigs have wings too!

Having seen him there so often and concerned that he is there in the blazing sun and in the middle of all that dust, we finally stopped today to ask him what he is doing there. He was very polite but didn’t want to answer many of our questions, saying that I was in danger and should not park at the corner of Rt 144 and Riverview Drive (Danger!?! Isn’t that still residential parking there? But not since Carver Laraway took over Riverview Drive! Now if you park there you’re in danger!)

Question: How can I be in danger if I’m standing on a public sidewalk or parked lawfully in a public parking area? Beats the hell out of me but perhaps our traffic watcher knows more than he’s giving out. Is Carver Companies creating that much of a hazard? And where is the Coeymans police department in all of this? Not one cop in sight. You surprised? We’re not.

The man was very firm but gentle that he could not talk and that he had to do his job: What he did tell us is that he was there to make certain the trucks got out safely. I could see that. He was there to stop traffic and make us wait so the trucks could get out.

This raises several questions for us: Firstly, is this the kind of job Carver Companies, TCI, and EMR are creating for Coeymans? More importantly, is this the way Carver is going to treat his employees? If you put a dog out on that bridge under those conditions you’d be in court for animal cruelty! How can it be done to a human being without consequences?

Question: Why hasn’t Carver Companies looked at the possiblity of installing two of those portable traffic control devices and sparing the poor employee the ordeal of standing in the sun all day long? He’s probably getting minimum wage to $15/hr, no benefits, and is part-time or a temporary employee; that way Carver doesn’t have to pay any benefits. Right? But then, if Carver put in those automatic devices it may make him look more human-friendly but would put that poor bastard out of a job. But Carver Companies could still take care of its own and keep its trucks moving, it could still keep the choking dust in the air, it could still slow traffic literally to a halt, and it could still inconvenience residents!

We agree with the resident, Barbara Heinzen, as reported in the June 5, 2014, News Herald: “The bridge is premature.” And residents’ questions and comments have gone unanswered and unnoticed.

The Temptation on the Creek Flach to Laraway: "Behold Coeymans! This, too, can be yours!"

The Temptation on the Creek
Flach to Laraway: “Behold Coeymans! This, too, can be yours!”

Coeymans has been sold out by a Judas town board whose small-town mentalities have been taken advantage of by slick talking business types. Mr Flach’s remarks like “It will alleviate truck traffic from Riverview Drive…” is obviously not true as we see two months later. Flach’s remark that “[t]he bridge will keep trucks coming from the Port of Coeymans to Riverview Drive off of SR 144″ is also grossly inaccurate, if not totally stupid. Fact is, Coeymans town supervisor Mr Stephen Flach and his cuckoo (or cuckold) cronies Peter Masti, Kenneth Burns, George Langdon, and Tom “Dumbo” Dolan did not think this fiasco through, did not do their homework, got dazzled by empty promises, and betrayed the community of Ravena-Coeymans and all of the town of Coeymans.

Was it really worth the 30 pieces of silver, Judas Coeymans Board?

Was it really worth the 30 pieces of silver, Judas Coeymans Board?

 

While you choke on their dust may they choke on their poor leadership!

Beware of the clowns on your town board!!! The Editor

Beware of the clowns on your town board!!!
The Editor


 Coming up in our next issues:

We asked the towns of Coeymans and New Baltimore, and the Village of Ravena to tell us about their accomplishments over the past six months. ZILCH! We’ll take a closer look in an upcoming essay. You’d think the town and village boards would jump at the chance to tell us some of the good things they’ve accomplished. Think again! Or can it be they’ve done nothing?

Mr Peter Masti, sitting Coeymans town board member, likes to write letters to the editor, especially the editor of the Troy Record. Yes, you read that right. What the Nosey Herald doesn’t publish, Masti gets into the Troy Record. Problem is: Masti’s ignorant and insists on publishing that fact! We’ll analyze some of his masterbations…OOPS! We meant, masterpieces in an upcoming essay.

Elections are coming up. We’ll be discussing both Gregory Seeley, Greene County Sheriff, who will be seeking re-election, as well as New Baltimore town clerk candidate, Barbara Finke. Not all as rosy as you might think. Rob Astorino (Now isn’t “Rob” a poor choice of first name for NY governor candidate?) is also running for NY governor, hoping to send the simian Andrew Cuomo into oblivion, the office of the Greene County DA is up for grabs but by another Nobody. But we’ll have something to say about all that, especially local politicos. Not as much accountability or transparency as they promised last November. Surprised?

Stay tuned!


 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Barbara Finke, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Dorrance, Bob Knighten, Bob Ross, Bryan Rowzee, Business, Capital District, Carver Companies, Carver Construction, Carver Laraway, Catherine Deluca, Catherine M. Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Catskill-Hudson Newspapers, Chris Norris, Christopher Norris, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park, Coeymans Losers Club, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Columbia-Greene Media, Conflict of Interest, Corporate Greed, Daily Mail, David Wukitsch, DEC, Denis Jordan, Department of Environmental Conservation, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elected Official, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Elyse Kunz, EMR, Eric T. Schneiderman, Fitness Center, George Langdon, Government, Greed, Greene County, Greene County News, Harold Warner, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Implied Endorsement, Investigation, Jena Misuraca, Joan Ross, Joel Coye, John B. Johnson, John Luckacovic, Johnson Newspaper Group, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Keith Mahler, Ken Burns, Kenneth Burns, Larry Conrad, Laverne Conrad, Letter to the Editor, Lies, Mark Vinciguerra, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Misuse of Public Office, Money Laundering, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New Baltimore Conservancy, New Baltimore Town Board Member, New Baltimore town council, New York, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State, New York State Department of Labor, News Herald, Nick Dellisanti, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Official Misconduct, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, Phillip Crandall, Politics, Port of Coeymans, Public Office, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena News Herald, Ravena Village Board, RCS Central School District, RegisterStar, Robert Fisk, Selkirk, Shame On You, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, TCI, The Daily Mail, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Union, Tkaczyk, Tom Dolan, Town Board Meeting, Town Council, Town Supervisor, Transparency, Troy Record, William Bailey, William Misuraca

 

Smoke Screens, Illusions, Delusions and Propaganda: Coeymans and Carver Laraway


animated sad vsmStay tuned! A contributor asked Ravena Mayor Misuraca, Coeymans Supervisor Flach and New Baltimore Supervisor Dellisanti to list their milestone accomplishments of the past 6 months. Only Flach responded but very vaguely. After two reminders Misuraca didn’t even respond and Dellisanti had excuses. Read our analyses in our next article. It seems the newly elected administrations are confused about what they’re doing.  Hell! They can’t even tell us what they think they’ve accomplished! We’ll tell you Why? And what that should tell you about your newly elected officials.


They just keep on shoveling, burying Ravena and Coeymans!

Now we have Coeymans Town Supervisor Flach and Ravena Mayor Misuraca Joining “blue-collar” Advocate Coeymans Town Board Member Peter Masti Happily Picking up Shovels to Help! There are definitely sides and we have to ask whose side Flach and Misuraca are on?!?

What is that they're shoveling? Dirt or Bullshit?

What is that they’re shoveling? Dirt or Bullshit?

We think it’s more bullshit than dirt that’s going down with the News Herald’s extraordinary coverage of local politicos kissing Carver Laraway’s ass in a lengthy article that neglects to mention the real impact of the bridge project and Laraway’s clever ruse to turn town of Coeymans supervisor Flach and village of Ravena mayor Misuraca into Laraway’s willing sockpuppets.

So Carver Companies, EMR, and TCI are looking for CDL (commercial driver license) holders, heavy equipment operators, and menial low-wage workers (laborers, admin positions, custodial workers). How many CDL dump truck operators do you know who are looking for a job in Coeymans. Probably 0 so the job seekers will come from outside the Coeymans area (that is, they will be paying rents, paying taxes and spending their money elsewhere). Same for heavy equipment operators. That leaves the low-paying, menial positions are left for local residents. Congrats! Mr Flach, Mr Misuraca, Mr Carver, you’ve brought “jobs” to the area! But they’re so low-paying that you’ll need a second job to survive or resort to social services. Thanks! Mr Flach, Misuraca, Carver!

You’ll also find it interesting to see Mr Peter Masti manning a shovel in the above photograph. That’s the same Peter Masti who just a couple of months ago wrote a letter to the editor, which was naturally published in the Ravena News Herald (DATE), in which Masti writes:

Why is it so newsworthy that Carver has renovated a shabby building it owns? Do you make the News Herald when you paint your house, put on a new roof? Make improvements? Hell, NO! Your taxes go up. So why does the News Herald make such a big deal about Carver renovating the building on River Road, which will stand right alongside the Carver bridge? Answer: To cover up the dirt, the dust and the corruption surrounding this whole messy situation.

We mentioned taxes. The town of Coeymans has sold residents out while feathering Carver’s nest with tax breaks! Carver’s cashing in big time in Coeymans while making it appear he’s doing so much good for the community by renovating his own property and taking over Riverview Drive, only later to make it seem he’s doing Coeymans a big favor and putting in a bridge at his own expense to …

All this while getting major tax breaks and advantages. So why are Flach and Misuraca grinning so idiotically while they’re shoveling Carver’s dirt on residents’ heads? And shovels-full of bullshit down our throats?

dust cloud coeymans

Coeymans! You in there?

Speaking of River-views: The approach into Coeymans is in a dust cloud and the area looks like the South end of Albany, the port area. Carver has blocked any river views from Route 144 and has provided a dust cloud instead. It seems that we have all forgotten the pollution that Lafarge has been providing for decades, including airborne heavy metals, and now Carver is providing more airborne pollution. You simply can’t drive down Rt 144 with your car windows down anymore! And they tell us there’s no environmental impact!?! Bullshit!

Check out the June 5th issue of the Ravena News Herald in which a number of local residents state their objections to the Carver bridge project. The article quotes one Elyse Kunz who points out (based on her research) that Carver’s tax assessment on his properties is scandalously low and that the town sees NO tax benefit from Carver Companies’ operations! The point is made on the environmental impact of the Carver Companies, TCI, and EMI on the creek and the river. Where’s the DEC on this issue? Who’s paying them off now?

As we mentioned above, Carver has renovated an older building and has created 4 apartment units in that building. The building is alongside the site of the bridge. Our question is this: four apartment units for whom? We have empty buildings galore in Ravena and Coeymans! Other than Carver employees who will want to live next to the Carver Dust Bowl and listen to the sounds of heavy equipment and trucks all day long?!? What will Carver be asking for rent in the renovated buildings? Has he created low-income housing, perhaps? Or are the apartments intended for more tax breaks?

So far, all Carver Laraway and his group of companies have brought to Ravena-Coeymans is a lot of hype, a lot of heavy truck traffic, and another dust problem. So far, all Carver Laraway and his cronies have produced is wealth for Carver Laraway and a lot of empty promises. If anyone can provide us with information to the contrary, we’ll be happy to correct our statements. Until then, be afraid. Be very afraid!

We’re not going to rehash what has already been printed in the Ravena News Herald. It’s all garbage, contradictory, and only proves that the town of Coeymans town board and the village of Ravena village board don’t give a damn about what residents want. They only know how to butter their own bread and pander to the money-bags. Same ol’ same ol’. Are you all waking up to this yet?

Finally, just a couple of images taken this week for you to think about:

(You are thinking about all this, aren’t you?)

Compare Carver Company's Property with a distressed property in the middle of Main Street Ravena (one of many), just accross from the so- called "Memorial Park"

Compare Carver Company’s Property with a distressed property in the middle of Main Street Ravena (one of many), just across from the so- called “Memorial Park” (Main St. building on left, Carver Company’s on right). What’s wrong with this picture, Misuraca? Maybe Carver Companies can do something to revitalize Main Street, Ravena?

Update: Shortly after this blog was published, the Village of Ravena Building Department posted a “Do Not Occupy” on the Main Street distressed property. We have found out that the owner of the property has experienced such stonewalling and discoöperation with the Village of Ravena because of Guess what? Sewer and water problems that he has been so frustrated with his dealings with the Village that he has decided to try to dispose of the property. Let’s see if one of the local shysters (Biscone) pounce on the chance to “acquire” the property. Or maybe one of the so-called friends of Ravena-Coeymans will pick it up for a song. That’s how it usually works in Ravena-Coeymans: the village condemns and a friend of the administration picks up the property for a penny!

Enlargement of sign in Main St. property window. Tasteful, right? Typical Ravena style.
Enlargement of sign in Main St. property window. Tasteful, right? Typical Ravena style.
More harassment? This sign appeared after we published!

More harassment? This sign appeared after we published!

Anyone who has had to deal with the village of Ravena’s bizarre water and sewerage billing practices will appreciate this added bit of harassment provide courtesy of the Ravena Building Department morons. The owner of the property at 124 Main Street in Ravena has had outrageous experiences with the Ravena administration when trying to sort out his water and sewer bills. He became so frustrated that he opted to get rid of the property and the headaches. Now Ravena is retaliating. You might say, “Well it’s only until the inspections are done.” And we’d answer, “How naïve you are!” We know many Ravena property owners have experienced this same treatment. The question is: Why don’t you do something about it?

And finally, the saddest one in this series:

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The huge spruce tree behind the memorial stones in Ravena’s so-called “Memorial Park” on Main Street. Withering, dying!

Throughout the centuries the evergreen has been a potent cultural symbol of rebirth. Our traditional Christmas trees (the tree shown is Ravena’s “Christmas” tree) are a vestige of the ancient practice during the winter season — during the Winter solstice or Christmas season — of bringing greenery into the home to symbolize life in the dead of winter. Living trees have special significance to nearly every culture from Siberia to Palestine to Greece to Germany to Mexico to Native American to Japan and many more. But in the village of Ravena, town of Coeymans, the very symbol of rebirth and life is withering, dying. What does that tell you?

(Maybe it’s a sign of Carver’s dust and Lafarge’s pollution. Do ya think?)

We’re still saddled with the Ravena Health and Fitness Center gobbling up more than $100, 000 of Ravena taxpayer money and feeding Cathy Deluca’s appetite for taxpayer money. The Ravena Health and Fitness Center is failing and you’re paying for it. Why hasn’t Misuraca bitten the bullet and eliminated it? And we still have the corrupt Coeymans Police Department and get this news: Coeymans has promoted Jason Albert from patrolman to detective! Albert is almost ready to retire and this promotion adds some more jingle to his pension! All out of your pockets. They take care of the boys, don’t they? But you’re paying for their party.

 (Image Credit: The image shown above of the groundbreaking party is attributed to the Ravena News Herald report and captoned: “Coeymans Town Supervisor Stephen Flach, Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca, Coeymans Deputy Town Supervisor Peter Masti, Port of Coeymans owner Carver Laraway (red hat), National Bank of Coxsackie President Jim Warren, and First Niagara Bank Vice President John Kennedy break ground for the new $1.1 million, 90 foot by 20 foot steel bridge that will connect the 125-acre Port of Coeymans with the Coeymans Industrial Park. Photo by Bryan Rowzee”)


Nancy Warner Strikes Again!

In many ways, Ravena village council member, leftover from the former Bruno dictatorship, and wife of Ravena village justice, Harold “Hal” Warner, is an example of the obsolete, ignorant, and self-serving derelicts we have in small town government. While she doesn’t have time to comply with the New York State Freedom of Information Law but seems to have time to attack local residents. Her most recent stupidity was to file a complaint against a local figure “Ramon” for riding his lawnmower to work. Yes, we admit, riding your lawnmower to work is a bit odd — even in Ravena — but Ramon is much loved for his colorful idiosyncrasies. Seems Warner has a problem with the noise it makes when it passes her residence on Main Street, Ravena. Ramon has some handicap issues and rides the vehicle to the Getty station, where he works. But does Warner have an issue with the monster tractor trailers or other vehicles that pass her place? Better be careful if you ride motorcycle to work and have to pass Nancy and Hal’s place. You’re liable to have their friends from the Coeymans Police knocking at your door with a summons.

Seems when Nancy Warner isn’t harassing local kids with her friends in the Coeymans Police, she’s going after other innocent souls.

What she’s still doing in village hall is beyond our comprehension; why didn’t Misuraca clean house when he had the chance? DUH!


 “Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Barbara Finke, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Ross, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Carver Construction, Carver Laraway, Catherine Deluca, Catherine M. Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Chris Norris, Christopher Norris, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymans, Coeymans Industrial Park, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Corporate Greed, Corrupt Police, Danielle Crosier, David Wukitsch, DEC, Denis Jordan, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elected Official, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Elyse Kunz, Eric T. Schneiderman, F.O.I.L., Father James Kane, Favoritism, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fr James Kane, Freedom of Information Law, George Langdon, Government, Greed, Greene County, Gregory Darlington, Harold Warner, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Investigation, Jason Albert, Jean Horne, Jeff Ruso, Joan Ross, Joel Coye, John Luckacovic, Johnson Newspaper Group, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Keith Mahler, Ken Burns, Kenneth Burns, Larry Conrad, Laverne Conrad, Mark Vinciguerra, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misuse of Public Office, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New Baltimore Conservancy, New Baltimore Town Board Member, New York, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State, New York State Police, News Herald, Nick Dellisanti, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Comptroller Audit, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, Politics, Port of Coeymans, Property Taxes, Public Office, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena News Herald, Ravena Village Board, Robert Fisk, Scott Giroux, Selkirk, Shame On You, Stephen Flach, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Town Supervisor, Transparency, William Bailey, William Misuraca

 

They Publicize Their Ignorance: RCS Does It Again!

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and the Community of Ravena-Coeymans Has the Uncanny Ability to Continuously Prove Our Claim that They are COMPLETE DUMBASSES!

RCS Grad: Sponcer. S-P-0-N-C-E-R. Sponcer

RCS Grad: Sponcer. S-P-0-N-C-E-R. Sponcer

  • The voters in the RCS Central School District approved a school budget of more than $42 million and it’s still failing

  • The RCS Central School District Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mr Alan McCartney, has been accused of plagiarizing all or part of his commencement speech given at the recent RCS graduation ceremonies, and he has offered no defense, explanation or apology

  • The RCS Central School District Board of Education is bought and paid for, wholly owned now by the teachers union, New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, and taxpayers have lost all input in the operation of the schools.

In Ravena Coeymans there’s not a single village idiot; they’re all village idiots!

And still, again, something new comes up that convinces you that there’s just no end to the stupidity, the bare-faced craziness in this community. Small wonder that it’s hemorrhaging residents and businesses. Small wonder it’s the laughing stock of the entire region! If it isn’t creating special village fitness clubs for its political friends and handing them fitness centers together with salaries and benefits, if the judges aren’t violating the United States Constitution, if the Coeymans police department isn’t harassing, retaliating, intimidating residents and violating their civil rights, and if the village and town boards aren’t poisoning the air we breathe or the water we drink while playing Russian roulette with our lives and property, they find some stupidity to keep us on our toes. In Ravena-Coeymans there’s not a single village idiot; they’re all village idiots! But you’d think that RCS residents would smarten up!

Not Gonna Happen! Instead, residents just roll their eyes, shake their heads, and sometimes even show enough interest to shake their fists in the dusty Coeymans aire, when they read what we have to say and the facts we uncover. Truth hurts only when it ought to. Well here’s another one for you; read and weep:

On Monday, July 14, 2014, while driving along Route 9W we noticed a very large sign posted at the intersection of Rt 143 and Rt 9W in Ravena, probably the busiest intersection in the entire area. The sign is right in front of the now empty Crossroads garage, across from the RiteAid plaza. Now you know the sign is in a very, very visible position and can be easily seen by countless commuters, visitors, tradespersons, students, parents, etc. traveling both South and North on 9w and East and West on Rt 143. The sign is announcing a Brooks Bar-B-Q event and is embarrassing:

Show the entire world how ignorant you are, RCS! And you wonder why you're a laughing stock? You ask for it!

Show the entire world how ignorant you are, RCS!
And you wonder why you’re a laughing stock? You ask for it!

Hasn”t anyone seen this sign? Hasn’t anyone said anything to the people posting it? Where is the Ravena Village Board, the Coeymans Town Board, ANYONE? Where are the teachers, the board of education members on this one? Where are the parents? Don’t the students even notice? Maybe that’s why this RCS district is such a failure! Plenty of money to throw at the schools, plenty of corruption to fill the seats of the board of education, plenty of money to pay a superintendent to plagiarise a commencement speech but not a peep when the Ravena Grange “sponcers” Brooks Bar-B-Q. Let’s just hope they don’t “sponcer” a spelling bee any time soon! And who is the illiterate bumpkin at the Ravena Grange Hall who posted the announcement?

Now which of you geniuses wrote the text for the sign?

Now which of you geniuses wrote the text for the sign?

The fact that the sign is even there, still there and has been there for all to see proves one thing: You’re all ignorant and brain-dead, and you want the entire world to know it! You should be mortified that no-one until now has come forward to demand that the sign be corrected or removed!

Enjoy your Brooks Bar-B-Q. Or maybe you should invest what you’d spend on toxic food on a cheap dictionary. But then the Brooks Bar-B-Q fundraiser might be to raise funds to teach standard English spelling in RCS schools. Perhaps we’ve been too hasty?

Needs No Words The Editor

Needs No Words
The Editor

 
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Conrad to Bailey: “You’re telling this board a load of crap!”

“You’re telling this board a load of crap!” was Town of Coeymans Code Enforcement Officer Laverne “Larry” Conrad’s response to the blather that Village of Ravena council member William “Bill” Bailey was dribbling at a joint Village of Ravena—Town of Coeymans workshop that was held with just three members of the public (one of whom was a reporter for the Ravena Nose Herald) in attendance—on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Ravena village hall. Having witnessed the night of the living brain-dead that evening, we tend to agree with Mr Conrad’s assessment of Mr Bailey’s drivel.

Joint Village of Ravena-Town of Coeymans Water-Sewerage Workshop Night of the Living Brain-Dead!

Joint Village of Ravena-Town of Coeymans Water-Sewerage Workshop
Night of the Living Brain-Dead!

Let’s start with some basic information before we give you a quick summary of the dog-and-pony act that the Ravena-Coeymans clowns performed for an empty house on this past Tuesday: It was supposed to have been a constructive dialogue between the two elected bodies, the Ravena village council and the Town of Coeymans Board, to resolve the long-standing problems of water and sewerage management between the two adjacent communities. After all, isn’t that what a workshop is supposed to be? An orderly dialogue dealing with specific questions with the goal of arriving at answers. Well, not in Ravena, not in Coeymans, and not when Ravena and Coeymans sit in the same room to have a joint piss-down-each-other’s-leg session. It was the Night of the Living Brain-Dead!

Ravena trustee Bill Bailey: “we’re better off paying the DEC fines…”

Fact: Ravena wants Coeymans residents to pay 40% of the bills. Fact: Ravena has approximately 1600 users compared to about 400 in the Hamlet of Coeymans. In other words, Ravena should be paying at least 75% of the bill if we want to be fair and look at usage. But according to Ravena’s Bill Bailey, ‘We have the infrastructure so that’s why you [Coeymans] have to pay more than your fair share.’ But what Mr Bailey fails to admit is that Ravena’s infrastructure is stone-age, it’s falling apart, it’s failing! What Mr Bailey doesn’t admit is that Ravena is under the gun and is facing the DEC because of the van Hoesen street disaster. Ravena is under the gun of a DEC Consent Order and is paying fines to the DEC for its mismanagement of the water/sewerage problems in the village. According to Bailey’s assessment of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s requirements for managing the runoff is that “The DEC’s requirements are too stringent.” What’s Bill Bailey’s response? It’s incredible but here’s what Bailey responded: “We’re better off paying the fines…” That’s one of Ravena’s elected official’s response to the question of compromise!  So, Mr Bill Bailey, a leftover from the notorious Bruno quarter-century of mismanagement has no problems paying the DEC fines with your tax money.

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 Conrad to Bailey: 

“Stop talking that crap !”

What irked us to the point of puking is that Bill Bailey was given the floor for almost the entire meeting. Mr Mayor Moose Misuraca was eerily silent throughout and the only sign of life coming from him was when he got up to apparently relieve himself. To his credit, Keith Mahler opened his mouth with some fairly decent comments and questions but Mr Mayor Moose just sat with his eyes glazed over! Of course, Nancy Warner, another leftover from the Bruno debacle stepped up with nonsense comments that simply aligned her with her goomba Bailey.

Bailey: “We’re throwing in $1,000,000.” Who is? Where’s it coming from, Bailey?

Bailey repeatedly sung the refrain, “We’re throwing in one million dollars…” Our question is, Mr Bailey, who is “we” and where are you getting the $1,000,000 you are “throwing in”?  Bailey, you’re an idiot! And what’s worse, you’re a freaking monkey on a string, a driveling Chatty Cathy: Just pull your string and something stupid comes out of your mouth!

Apparently the past contracts that cover the approximately 30 years of water and sewerage mismanagement between Ravena and Coeymans are the basis of some contention and are up for re-writing. We will have the contracts foiled so that we can review them and report on how the Coeymans community has been and continues to be getting screwed by Ravena. But it’s scary, very scary.

According to Mr Conrad (Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Coeymans) “camera studies” done on the connections between sewer system users in Ravena-Coeymans have shown that “every connection” has a leak. Does anyone know that the public health ramifications are of these “leaks”?  Do our elected officials care?  Time that some pretty heavy-duty public inquiry is made. We need some answers and quick!

Apparently, the arbitrary figures of 60-40 coverage of costs is just that: arbitrary. You see, there have been meters installed to monitor the flows—and that’s a great idea if you want to get the real story on usage—but the meters are broken, they don’t work most of the time. They’re useless!  Again, Mr Conrad responds to Mr Bailey, Ms Warner, and Mr Misuraca (who still hasn’t said a word): “Let’s give residents a chance; let’s let the meters determine the usage.” Well, Mr Conrad, that’s all fine and dandy, but you first have to either fix the meters or get ones that work!

It seems Mr Bailey and the village of Ravena want to give residents a chance; a chance to have another hike in their sewer rates! A couple of years ago the rates for Coeymans hamlet residents DOUBLED from about $250 to about $525 a year; Mr Bailey estimates that the cost even to Ravena residents may go up to $550 or as high as $600 a year. One town attendee mentioned that such a hike in rates will send residents over the edge; that the Hamlet of Coeymans will have nothing left but empty buildings. What do you think? Does Ravena-Coeymans have to drive the remaining residents from their homes?

We haven’t even addressed the Oakbrook Manor situation. That’s another story all together. You see, Oakbrook is in the territory of Ravena and has about 400 units, each one of those units pays separate rates for infrastructure. A couple of years ago, the owners of Oakbrook spent millions updating their infrastructure but got no relief from the village. Oakbrook is pretty much a community in and of itself but is being taken for a ride by the village of Ravena. But that’s another story. We’d like to hear from the absentee owners of Oakbrook, though. How do they feel about what’s going on in these almost “private” workshop meetings where “Dud-ley Do-Littlles” like Bill Bailey are talking crap and spending taxpayers’ millions irresponsibly.

Tell me you love me! What's Right or what's Legal?

Tell me you love me!
What’s Right or what’s Legal?

Coeymans: “Do we want to do what’s legal or what’s right?”

Look, years ago Ravena and Coeymans were one community, Ravena-Coeymans, under one roof. Some moron decided to split the village of Ravena from the Hamlet of Coeymans and we all know the rest of the story. There’s no reason why two separate communities whose boundaries no one seems to know—that’s how intermingled they are, should have two governments who traditionally have never been able to see eye-to-eye. There’s no reason why idiotic contracts and unreliable hearsay and undocumented statistics should be deciding what’s fair for residents! During the discussion of the cryptic contracts, one of the town board attendees asked the interesting question: “Do we want to do what’s legal or what’s right?” What is legal is not necessarily “right”. For example, slavery was “legal” but we can all agree that it was  not “right.” Stoning someone for adultery is “legal” in some countries but we can all agree it is not “right.” Ignoring the United States Constitution and telling people who it’s illegal to have firearms is not only constitutionally “illegal” but the law, it’s not “right.” Our position is this: we elect our local officials to represent our best interests. In other words, to do what’s fair and right. We don’t expect them to do what’s “legal” if what’s “legal” is not fair, right, and in the public’s interest or for the common good. That’s a no-brainer but it appears to us after having witnessed the joint Ravena-Coeymans workshop that where there’s no brains, even a no-brainer is a problem.

 You don’t have to take our word for all of this. The entire dog-and-pony act was recorded by the Coeymans town clerk. It’s public information and anyone who wants to review the recording can request it from the Coeymans town clerk. We will be reviewing the recording and a number of relevant contracts and documents in the coming days and will be reporting on the facts on this blog. So stay tuned.

Misuraca's Performance Is he up to tackling the real issues? Answering the big questions?

Misuraca’s Performance
Is he up to tackling the real issues? Answering the big questions?

 In conclusion, we were very disappointed with Mr Misuraca’s silence. We were very disappointed that he let Warner and Bailey take control of the meeting. We were gratified that Mr Mahler spoke up when he did with some very good questions and suggestions. Maybe the wrong “M” was elected to be mayor of Ravena. It seems Mr Mahler has a hell of a lot more on the ball than Mr Mayor Moose. It was, in total, a disgrace and an embarrassment to have allowed Warner and Bailey to represent the village of Ravena as they did. To have a town official say outright to Mr Bailey, “You’re telling this board a load of crap.” Says it all.

Finally, before the workshop started up, we walking in on what was apparently a working meeting and Ravena Health and Fitness Center “director”, Cathy Deluca, was pitching the village board for more support. That came as a real surprise given the fact that the Ravena Health and Fitness Center should have been eliminated and purged from the current budget completely. Worse still, it was during Deluca’s blather that Mr Misuraca woke up and actually showed some signs of life. It seems that Deluca wants to attend more training seminars and wants to do more advertising. It seems that she is touting Silver Sneakers as a big accomplishment. It seems she wants access to the school pool and to the village pool. Even Nancy Warner had to admit that the Ravena Health and Fitness Center has only about 200 members (it needs more than 400 to break even). Deluca and Warner noted that under the village and town insurance plans, employees can join a health club and get reimbursed for part of the membership fees. That’s all nice and dandy, but our question is, of course, “Why would anyone put more than $200 in cold hard cash up front to join a dump like the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and then wait to be reimbursed for part of that from the insurer?” Here’s another one for ya: “Why wouldn’t you pony up less for more by joining Planet Fitness or Bally’s?” (If you have an answer to those two questions, we’d be very glad to hear from you. Please leave a comment.)

It seems that Cathy Deluca’s only “major” accomplishment is really nothing big at all—unless you think that stealing programs from other organizations is a big deal—is the Silver Sneakers senior fitness program, which the Ravena Senior Center is quite capable of running but Deluca needed to grab it in her desperate attempt to make it look like she’s actually doing something. The bottle-blond-bimbo simply applied on the Internet to be a location for Silver Sneakers, just like she bought her certifications on the Internet. Not really what we’d call qualifications or even an honest (OOPS! Did we say “honest” in the same breath as “Deliuca”?  Shame on us!) day’s work!

we’ve recently published a report on the expected miserable failure of Cathy Deluca’s THIRD failed fitness center. If you haven’t read that report, please click this link: Ravena Health and Fitness Center: Year One = Miserable Failure!!! After you read that article and considering Nancy Warner’s comment that the Ravena Health and Fitness Center has only about 200 members (mostly non-village, apparently) you may want to recall that Misuraca, Mahler and Coye ran on  promises of transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility. After having heard the village’s statements and having noted the conspicuous silence of mayor Mr Moose, we’d like to ask Mr Misuraca, Mr Mahler and Mr Coye how they can account for the crazy allocation of another more than $100,000 to the failing Ravena Health and Fitness Center, when the village of Ravena needs so many other vital programs. How does the Ravena Health and Fitness Center measure up to Misuraca’s, Mahler’s and Coye’s promises of transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility?

 And here’s an even better question for Mr Mayor Moose “Misuraca” and his village of Ravena council majority: “What in hell is Cathy Deluca and her illegal, money-pit playpen, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, still doing there, sucking up more than $100,000 in taxpayer dollars again this year?”

The Clock's Ticking Time for Action The Editor

The Clock’s Ticking
Time for Action
The Editor

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany County Chamber of Commerce, Albany County Civil Service Department, Albany County Executive, Annette Demitraszek, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Barbara Cumm, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Ross, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Catherine Deluca, Catherine M. Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymans, Coeymans Circus, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Conspiracy, David Wukitsch, DEC, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elected Official, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Eric T. Schneiderman, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fitness Center, Freedom of Information Law, George Dardiani, George Langdon, Gerald Deluca, Gregory Teresi, Harold Warner, Hudson Valley, Incompetence, Indifference, Investigation, Irresponsibility, Jena Misuraca, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, Joel Coye, John B. Johnson, John Luckacovic, John T. Bruno, Johnson Newspaper Group, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Keith Mahler, Ken Burns, Kenneth Burns, Kris Biernacki, Kristine Biernacki, Larry Conrad, Laverne Conrad, Lazlo Polyak, Mark Vinciguerra, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Money Pit, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New York, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, New York State Civil Service Department, News Herald, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Comptroller Audit, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, Public Corruption, Public Office, Ravena, Ravena Centennial Celebration, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Elections, Ravena Fitness Center, Ravena News Herald, Ravena Village Board, Ravena Village Budget, RCS Central School District, Robert Fisk, Selkirk, Sewer and Water, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Thomas E. Dolan, Tkaczyk, Tom Boehm, Tom Dolan, Town Board Meeting, William Bailey, William Misuraca

 
 
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