Coeymans not Reubenville, Just Ridiculous!

28 Mar

Late–as–Usual the Ravena News Herald’s Bryan Rowzee Manages to Continue the Now Habitual Media Pastime: Make Coeymans Ridiculous!

Coeymans Sold for a Sandwich

Coeymans Sold for a Sandwich

In a first–page top very late report on the town of Coeymans’ most recent success at making itself the clown of local municipalities by passing a resolution renaming the town to Reubenville. Coeyman’s most recently became an Arby’s whore for 5000 coupons allegedly redeemable for the new Arby’s menu item, the Reuben sandwich, more than 600 calories of non-nutrition (see our report Coeymans: Can It Get Any Worse Than This? (March 19, 2013)). Well it can get worse, as we read in Rowzee’s article, which is not news, but an encore performance of our earlier (by more than a week, 10 days, in fact) report.

Coeymans puts the "C" in Cheap as in Sell Out Cheap!Coeymans Town Board Sells Out for A Sandwich. Now that's Cheap!

Coeymans puts the “C” in Cheap as in Sell Out Cheap!
Coeymans Town Board Sells Out for A Sandwich. Now that’s Cheap!

Rowzee announces that Reubenville residents can pick up coupons for their artery stopper fat ball sandwich at the “Coeymans” town hall…where’s that? Didn’t he just say the place is now Reubenville? As usual, total confusion in Coeymans compounded by misinformation in the Ravena News Herald à la Bryan Lousy…or is it Rowzee?

In the News Herald item, Lousy or Rowzee, whatever his name is reports that residents must bring proof of residency in the town of Coeymans…Reubenville or, in lieu of proof of residency, certification of complete stupidity to receive a coupon from the hands of one of the bozo clowns at Coeymans or Reubenville town hall on April 6.

But Mr Lousy Rowzee fails to ask the burning question: So we’d like to ask the town of Coeymans directly: With only 5000 Arby’s coupons to go around and more than 7,300 residents in the town of Coeymans, how is the town board going to ensure equitable and fair distribution to all residents? First–come–first–serve is hardly a solution. After all, the entire town of Coeymans was affected by the name change and the town of Coeymans board acted on behalf of the entire town of Coeymans by making the name–change proclamation. It stands to reason that the entire town of Coeymans, that is, all residents should benefit without conditions attached. Right?

As I mentioned in my previous article, perhaps supervisor Stephen Flach, being a preacher and all that, could do the loaves and fishes trick with Mr Peter Masti’s venerable assistance. After all, supervisor Flach is a graduate of the obscure Zion Bible College and should have the scriptural knowledge to get the job done. Nah! That’s not likely to work. Better find another way, Steve, Peter.

Coeymans Board Members Pose for Group Photo

Coeymans Board Members Pose for Group Photo

Question: Will the CEO of Arby’s be there to witness this historic event or will Reubenville town supervisor Stevey the Clown Flach or Bozo “Tommy Boom-Boom” Boehm be handing the coupons out to the salivating porkers that will degrade themselves by showing up to collect their porky prizes? Have your cameras ready…and make sure you have the wide-angle lens or setting ready. Something tells me you’re going to have to catch some double wide shots on April 6.


Why are there condoms over their heads?

Dork-reporter Rowzee even gives Arby’s on Wolf Road, Colonie, three (THREE!) paragraphs full of plug for Arby’s and quotes the manager, Michael Pitt, as being “excited” to welcome Rebenville stupids next month…on Wolf Road, in the town of Colonie, 30 minutes north of the Reubenville town hall, that’s 22 miles one way (44 miles round-trip), and $3.88 in gas (one–way; based on 22 m.p.g.; round–trip cost: $7.76)  just to pick up your “free” gift  (. And that’s not counting the time, travel, and gas you’ll need to get the coupon in the first place!  Now that’s really exciting, simpletons of Reubenville!

Question: Did Reubenville town supervisor Stephen Flach or board member Thomas Boehm, Thomas Dolan, Dawn Rogers, or Peter Masti ask Arby’s manager Micheal Pitt when he was going to come to Reubenville to choose a location for an Arby’s? Or do Reubenville residents have to spend at least $7.76 + the price of the sandwich to drive to the town of Colonie every time they get a hankering for an Arby’s Reuben? That’s an example of  Steven Flach’s, Thomas Boehm’s, Thomas Dolan’s, Dawn Rogers’ and Peter Masti’s idea of cost-effectiveness in government!

Another question: Did the town board of Colonie, the town in which the Wolf Road Arby’s is located, also offer to rename Colonie, Reubenville?  Or did they have the dignity to opt out of the childishness.

Bryan “Bozo” Rowzee reports that the town board member Thomas Boehm “discovered that Arby’s was offering 5,000 coupons to the first city to issue an official proclamation,’ and that the then town of Coeymans (now Reubenville) board, “in a timely move” (how impressive! how strategic!), “issued the proclamation.”

Duh, yup!We're on the map!

Duh, yup!
We’re on the map!

Coeymans town Supervisor Stephen Flach said he was pleased that Coeymans, Reubenville, had won the contest, and Flach applauded Boehm’s initiative and good humor.” “Applauded?” Flach should have pressed criminal charges for misuse of public office! Abuse of public trust!Applauded” the dumbass’s “initiative and good humor?” Airheaded fool! Flach and Boehm and the rest of the Coeymans Clowns made a proclamation on February 5, 2013, that the world is right: Coeymans is the Clown Community.

Thomas Dolan

Thomas Dolan

That other idiot Tom Dolan called “the Reubenville Challenge a fun way to put the town on the map.” Mr Dolan has many fun ways of doing that, as we’ve seen in the past. Yes, Tommy, that sure put Coeymans on the map. Duh, yup! Yeah, Tom Dolan even promised to put an original song on Facebook celebrating the “victory.” “Victory?” Is that what we now call it when elected officials  make total asses out of their entire community? Victory takes on a whole new meaning now. Really cheap victory.

Oddly enough, shady-shadowy town board member Tom Dolan calls the “Reuben Challenge” a “fun way” to put Coeymmans on the map. Isn’t it ominous that Dolan’s band is called “Shadowland“? Is that the map where we’ll find Coeymans/Reubenville after this “victory” Mr Dolan? A bit late, Mr Dolan, the Coeymans/Reubenville town board and the Ravena village council, under mayor John T. Bruno and his band of pinheads, Bill Bailey, Martin Case, Rocco Persico, and Nancy Warner, have already made this a Shadowland. Look around, Mr Dolan, this is Shadowland.

This IS Shadowland!

This IS Shadowland!

My advice when you get the munchies: Save yourself the trip and spend your $8-10 at a local shop or diner; that’s what it would cost you to redeem an Arby’s coupon on Wolf Road, Colonie.

Coeymans/Reubenville town board and Supervisor Stephen Flach: Rather than waste residents’ time passing out silly coupons and wasting their money sending them to Wolf Road in Colonie to spend their money, why not just donate the coupons to a food pantry or to a homeless shelter! Wouldn’t that be a nobler, more charitable, more positive gesture that would get Coeymans at least some positive press despite the stupidity of its leaders?

If you agree, dear readers, e-mail Supervisor Stephen Flach or the Coeymans/Reubenville town bard and tell them what you think! Here are their contact e-mails:

Coeymans/Reubenville Town Supervisor
Stephen D. Flach

Coeymans/Reubenville Town Council
Thomas A. Boehm
Thomas E. Dolan
Peter E. Masti
Dawn Rogers

Before I sign off to do better things today, I would be remiss if I were not to give due recognition to a community-spirited individual, Dallas Trombley, who managed to get a very articulate and honest letter to the editor published in the March 28, 2012,  Ravena News Herald. Of course, Bryan “Lousy” Rowzee got the top of page 1 with his rubbish and Mr Trombley got hidden away on page 16, just before the public notices. (For those readers who do not have access to the Ravena News Herald, I am providing a scan of the letter to the editor at: Dallas Trombly on Reubenville. Now it’s out for the world to read.)

Mr Trombley starts out appropriately with : “I hate Reubenville.” So do most people in Coeymans who are endowed with half a brain (obviously that does exclude Mr Stephen Flach, Mr Thomas Boehm, Mr Thomas Dolan, Mr Peter Masti, and Ms Dawn Rogers).

We have no Main Street Plan
but we do have

Mr Trombley writes that he designed a “Main Street Plan” to stimulate activity to make Coeymans more attractive to homeowners and businesses. His plan makes a great deal of sense and does not include the Reuben Challenge, which Mr Trombley calls the “Reubenville farce,”  and points out that the “Town has named itself after a cheap product” and sold itself out for “coupons.” Mr Trombley accurately writes that “It is hard to imagine something more degrading.” We agree, Mr Trombley. Well written!

Mr Trombley very pointedly cites the many instances where, instead of adopting healthy alternatives and attractive options, Coeymans, Ravena, New Baltimore tend to opt to become the regions dump or court jester. Mr Trombley cites the plans for cement plants (with their toxic emissions), garbage dumps. He cites the many reports in local media about unhealthy conditions, criminality, villages (Ravena) evicting community libraries.

Very accurately, Mr Trombley notes that all of the negative press and the resulting negative image has real and lasting effects on the community: drop in population (Coeymans has lost 10% of its population, according to the last census!), property values drop, people are unwilling to move to the area, businesses avoid the area. Trombley gives the examples of Athens, Bethlehem,  and Coxsackie and how they’ve experienced an economic boom in recent years.

Property values are affected by perception of the community by outsiders, when population drops so do opportunities for businesses, when businesses fail, the tax burden shifts to those who are left.

I’ll close with a quote from Mr Trombley’s letter:

“I’m saying that it is in your economic interest to avoid negative perceptions of this town. For everyone else, who for reasons not just economic, but perhaps nostalgic-or perhaps because you’d like to. have more things to do around here, or because you would like your kids. to stick around – you,too,should be angry that our elected officials do nothing to improve this community,but name the town after a sandwich.”

I agree! (You can read the full text of Mr Trombley’s letter to the editor by clicking this link: Dallas Trombly on Reubenville)

[Mr Trombley, please send us your Main Street Plan to RCS Confidential.]

Continue like you are doing now....This is Your Future

Continue like you are doing now….
This is Your Future
The Editor

From the Editor: Our Next Article Will Discuss Suggestions for Economic Development and Accountable Business Practices in Local Government. Stay Tuned!


7 responses to “Coeymans not Reubenville, Just Ridiculous!

  1. RCS Confidential

    April 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    From the Editor:

    I’d like to share with you an e-mail I received from a reader. I hope that it reaches the “dunces” in Coeymans town hall in time:

    Did they really receive 5,000 coupons for changing the towns name to Reubenville?

    If this is true, they can turn it around to something very positive. The sad thing is that the morons will get the Good Samaritan award (by accident) for being such ignorant people! However, who cares about who’s right, wrong or ignorant when something good can come out of it. Like feeding the homeless and hungry.

    Food supplies are very low in many of the shelters because the donations are not coming in like they have in past years since everyone had to tighten their belts.

    Not all of the homeless are addicts or alcoholics; most of them simply fell through the cracks of our social system. The worst part is that these people that fell through the cracks don’t qualify. What I mean by qualify, is that, they don’t fit the social services criterium of having children, an illegal immigrant, substance abuse or a parole recently discharged from jail.

    My point, they should take all those coupons and donate them to the shelters. Better yet, a person could be designated each day to pick up the sandwiches and deliver them to the shelters. Another option would be that Arby’s could redeem them for the actual value and provide the rolls and meat to the shelters and they could make their own sandwiches.

    Everyone wins. The homeless are fed, Arby’s gets free advertisement and the town politicians can take the dunce hats off and come out of the corner.

    Call, email the dunces in Coeymans town hall and let them know that you want them to do what’s right.

    The Editor


  2. Tony

    April 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog. I love reading it and I am so impressed that people are finally starting to take a stand and make their voices heard. I am 35 and my wife and I live in the Town of Coeymans with our two small children. How can I be one of those voices to make some changes in our community and for our children? This place is a dump and we need a change


    • RCS Confidential

      April 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thank you, Tony, for your comment, and for your interest in doing something to improve our community for yourself and your children.

      The first thing I think we all need to do is take a deep breath and ask ourselves, “What do I really want for this community?” The answer(s) to that question must not be selfish or self-centered because you are asking what you want for this community, not for yourself. You may come up with several different things so write them down. Then you have to ask, “How do we get there from here?” When you’re on a trip and have to get to Boston, you don’t get there by bitching about traffic. You get there by keeping you mind on your destination and adjusting your route as you go along. If there’s roadwork or an accident along the way and it slows you down, you won’t make it un-happen by cursing, getting angry, etc. You’ll sooner get yourself killed if you do. You put on the radio and enjoy the moment. Same thing when you want to make things happen in the community. You have to put emotions aside and be in the moment, clear-headed. Back to the Boston trip: So there’s an obstacle, an accident or roadwork, what do you do? Time allowing, you might offer to help or you might rubberneck and delay everyone behind you for miles. It’s up to you. Do you get involved and active or do you just gawk, bitch and become an obstacle yourself. That’s what seems to have been happening in the RCS commuity for some time now. But guess what! Many, many people are doing exactly what you’re doing: They’re asking us, “What can we do!?!”

      I don’t like getting too political on this blog and I also don’t like to get too religious, either. But we do read a lot in the Bible about sticks. Yes, sticks! Sticks seem to be a favorite topin in the Bible. They use sticks to do just about anything. But one particular text we read in Ezekiel 37:17, where the prophet is told to take two sticks and write the names of the two kingdoms on them, Israel at the time was divided and both God and the prophet needed to have a clear symbol how they should get together. So God tells Ezekiel to take two sticks, write on one the name of Juda (the one kingdom) and the other Ephraim (the other kingdom), to go to the people and hold both sticks in one hand proclaiming, “I will make of them one land, never again shall there be two.” If you think about the divisions in the community perhaps we can write their names on sticks and hold those sticks in one hand, proclaiming, “We will make them into one community, never again shall they be divided.” Only then, when we can have clear thinking, clear goals and a clear route, will we ever move towards the unity that is community.

      What do you do? Talk to other people who have similar feelings. They may not think exactly the way you do but, as I’ve said in this blog before, LISTEN. Let them know you are listening to what they have to say. That’s one of the problems: people feel no one’s interested in listening to what they have to say. Everyone is caught up in themselves. Well, becoming a good listener is a first step to becoming a good communicator.

      Go to church, get involved. Attend town and village meetings. Tell the board what you think. Bring support with you and tell them to get up and tell your elected officials what you need and what you want. First thing is to have objectives and goals, though.

      Hope that helps.

      The Editor


  3. cookie

    March 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Why couldn’t it have been Margaritaville? When people would ask why, they could say they were wasted away again, and we would understand. No such excuse for a Reuben.


    • RCS Confidential

      March 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Now, now, Cookie! This is serious stuff and we need to take it seriously. These people are really malfunctioning and the malfunction is chronic to the point that they really don’t know how to conduct their business. They are totally out of touch. The malfunction is real and affects a lot of people, many of whom are at a real loss how to cope with the problem. You might want to look at it as mass sociopathy.



  4. Simon

    March 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I enjoyed the Letter to the Editor link. It was very well written. The lessons in there apply to more than just the town administration.



    • RCS Confidential

      March 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Absolutely! I agree. The letter was well done. I hope that Mr Trombley does forward his plan so that we can publish it in whole or in part. It may fit in very well with an upcoming item we’re preparing.

      Take care! Thank you! And best wishes for the springtime holidays!




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