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Ravena Continues Criminally Irresponsible Financial Neglect

17 Apr

The Village of Ravena Publishes the Proposed 2013-14 Budget: $115,500 for the Village Fitness Center;
Cathy Deluca to be Director making $30,000+.

Illegal, Exclusive, Expensive

Illegal, Exclusive, Expensive

Do the math: If there are 500 households in Ravena, the fitness outfit will cost each and every household at least $300.00 in 2013-2014!

Bruno-Warner-Deluca BurningYour Money

Bruno-Warner-Deluca BurningYour Money

The Village of Ravena Refuses to Disclose Legal Fees
Financial Irresponsibility Continues in the Village

Village Mayor John T. Bruno is Still Clueless

Mayor John T. Bruno

Mayor John T. Bruno

In a Times Union article following the Office of the NYS Comptroller’s audit of the village of Ravena, ” Audit slams Ravena board. Village officials fail to monitor finances, comptroller warns,” we read:

The Village Board has little control over finances…The audit revealed scant oversight by the board and said the village treasurer has almost exclusive control over finances…It found that the board is not aware of purchases, does not monitor the actual cost of operations versus the budgeted cost, does not approve budget transfers, did not audit the treasurer’s records or the justice court and filed annual financial reports late…
None of the transfers were approved by the board, the audit said… The audit called the village’s purchasing policy outdated, said the policy is not being followed and the board is not monitoring purchases… Two out of three department heads said they were unaware the village had a purchasing policy, and in reviewing claims, a substantial portion of them did not have proper documentation attached…”The mayor stated that the board was not aware that audits of the treasurer’s and the justice court’s records were required to be completed,” the audit said.

More than thirty years on the village payroll and Mayor John T. Bruno still hasn’t got a clue. ‘What, records? Us, keep records? Nah! I don’t know nothin’! Get outta here!”

And Nancy Biscone-Warner, wife of village justice Harold “Hal” Warner, has been treasurer for more than 20 years, and has been re-elected to the position by dumbass voters (probably the Brunos, Biscones, Persicos, Albanos, and a handful of Coeymanazis were enough to vote her in). Now she’s haunting the corridors of village hall 25/7. Why are the village Ravena, NY, reading reports of such incompetence and voting these clowns back into office?!? We don’t get it!!! Shouldn’t these walking-dead from the past be exorcised or something?

Nancy Warner Still Haunts Village Hall

Nancy Warner Still Haunts Village Hall

This blog has reported extensively on the village of Ravena’s backroom deals to evict the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Community Library and create the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. The planning for the Ravena Health and Fitness Center was business as usual in the village of Ravena: it was done secretly. No public hearings, no public comment. Then the village of Ravena went ahead and purchased about $40,000 in used health club equipment from another insider. The $40 grand came out of the public treasury. Again no public hearings or inputs.

We published our prediction that the Ravena-Coeymans Incest Club, the Brunos, Biscones, Warners, Delucas would be setting up a cozy little private spa for themselves and their croneys, as well as providing a plum position for one of their own. Well, as usual our prediction is correct.
The proposed village of Ravena budget is out and here are the figures for the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, which already has its own e-mail and designer logo, again a done deal behind closed doors.

Cathy Long-Deluca

Cathy Long-Deluca

As we predicted, Cathy Deluca has been given the position of fitness center director at a cool salary of $30,000. Is that being paid out of taxpayer monies? Yes! Does it include benefits that not many of us are likely to see? Yes! Is this an insider pick? Yes!

Actually, Cathy Deluca does have some fitness center mismanagement experience. She managed a fitness center when she was still Cathy Long. Remember the fitness center on Main Street? The one that failed?

So let’s have a look at the “budget officers estimates” of what the fitness center is going to cost (the figure below is taken directly out of the proposed budget):

7180 Fitness Center  
130 Director (Cathy Deluca) 30,000.00
151 Hourly Employees 30,000.00
290 Equipment 30,000.00
424 Telephone 500.00
429 Repairsto Equipment 20,000.00
435 Outside Services 2,200.00
436 Unclassified 3,000.00

The Ravena Health and Fitness Center is Estimated to Cost Ravena Residents $115,500 in 2013-14. Can you afford that?

We’d like you to have a close look at item s 290 Equipment and 429 Repairs to Equipment. The village plans to spend another $30,000 on equipment for this misconceived misuse of public money. But what’s really irking us is that they’re budgeting another $20,000 for repairing equipment. They just bought about $40,000 in used equipment, and now they’re planning to spend another $20,000 repairing it. (Do the math: $60,000 in junk, scrap!) Our question is obvious: Who got the kickbacks?

There’s no business plan or anything like planning so the other $5,200 for items 435 Outside Services and 436 Unclassified are still mysteries. But let the imagination go wild on this one!

multicolor rhfcWhile I do not generally advocate taking local dollars out of the community, I must admit that nothing, nothing that the village of Ravena can do can even come close to the opportunities in Glenmont, just down the road with Planet Fitness and it’s beautiful facility, including changing rooms, tanning, instructors, events, sanitation, etc. And all at a ridiculously reasonable price and a variety of plans. But then, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center with all of its misleading hype, is not for you or me, it’s for the Ravena-Coeymans in-crowd.

Once the Coeymanazi bunch makes the Ravena Health and Fitness Center its watering hole, do you think the rest of us will be welcome? Guess again!

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How comfortable will you feel with Jerry Dirty-Hands Deluca behind you?

So, cruising down Main Street in Ravena we can take in the Bruno legacy as we approach a centennial: empty storefronts and empty residential buildings. But Ravena has $115,500 dollars in the 2013-14 budget for a fitness center. Go figure!

Moreover, wouldn’t it have been more responsible to have budgeted that $150,000 to support say the RC Teen Center’s programs for the benefit of youth, or perhaps to invested some of it in the RCS Community Library programs, after all the Library is in the geographical territory of the village of Ravena, or maybe some billing software to keep village accounts, especially water and sewer billings, honest. Speaking of water and sewer, how can the village board of Ravena in good conscience budget $150,000 for a health and fitness center of dubious merit, while neglecting the necessary repair of a 100-year old village sewer and drainage system! It’s criminal and Mayor John T. Bruno and his lunatic band of clowns William Bailey, Rocco Persico, Martin Case, and Nancy Biscone-Warner need to do some jail time with co-conspirators Cathy Long-Deluca and Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca!

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Cathy D.: “Gimme a health-club, Mayor Johny!”

We’d also like to remind our readers that the Bruno-Warner-Deluca fitness scam is also at the expense of a community institution, the RCS Community library. The library is funded by tax dollars that property owners in the town of Coeymans pay. You voted on its budget at the same time you voted for the RCS central school district budget, and the members of the RCS school board. The RCS Community Library serves residents of two counties as a result of the funding (actually the town of Coeymans (Albany County) and part of the town of New Baltimore (Greene County). In other words, the RCS Community Library is a publicly funded institution that serves the entire RCS CSD region, plus. The village of Ravena has done everything possible to make the library unwelcome, including raising its rent by an additional $600. That’s $600 of your money.

One of the reasons the RCS Community Library could not leave its location in the Ravena village building is because D. Persico, board member Rocco Persico’s cousin, didn’t have the money to finish the required renovations, and had to qualify for a loan. Normally, when a contractor renegs on a commitment, there are penalties, like Donnie, you’ve got to eat the rent hike? But that’s not how business is done in Ravena-Coeymans, especially in the Incest Club. Rather than impose penalties on the contractor-board-member-cousin who doesn’t have the money to finish the job, the village of Ravena raises the library’s rent by $600!

This situation has to be investigated and we’ll be publishing forms for residents to fill in and cover letters that can be used for submitting complaints to the Office of the State Comptroller and to the Office of the Attorney General, demanding that the operations in the village of Ravena be investigated.

Rocco Persico

Rocco Persico

Isn’t it odd that Rocco Persico is a psychologist on the payroll of the RCS school district and he’s on the village of Ravena board. I really have to ask myself what kind of psychologist Persico is if he’s on the Ravena board and this crazy shite still goes on? Maybe that’s why the high-school kids are so whacked out.


And the Financial Irresponsibility and Criminally Poor Recordkeeping Goes On and On and On…
What is Ravena Shelling Out for Legal Fees?
In Other Words:
What is the Michael Biscone Racket Being Paid?

FOIL
A Local Resident Filed a Demand for Production and Disclosure of the Village of Ravena’s Legal Expenditures. The demand was made under the New York State Freedom of Information Act, which requires public entities–with the exception of courts–to produce and disclose all public access information within a specific period of time.

§84. Legislative declaration. The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government.

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The people’s right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. The legislature therefore declares that government is the public’s business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article.

Yes, every one of us has the right to demand disclosure of information from our government and public agencies. The government and its agencies work for you. Don’t let them forget that fact!

There are laws, the Freedom of Information Law, for example, that lay down the who, what, where, how, and when. And you should know about all of this. For example:

§89. General provisions relating to access to records; certain cases. 3. (a) Each entity subject to the provisions of this article, within five business days of the receipt of a written request for a record reasonably described, shall make such record available to the person requesting it, deny such request in writing or furnish a written acknowledgment of the receipt of such request and a statement of the approximate date, which shall be reasonable under the circumstances of the request, when such request will be granted or denied, including, where appropriate, a statement that access to the record will be determined in accordance with subdivision five of this section. An agency shall not deny a request on the basis that the request is voluminous or that locating or reviewing the requested records or providing the requested copies is burdensome because the agency lacks sufficient staffing or on any other basis if the agency may engage an outside professional service to provide copying, programming or other services required to provide the copy, the costs of which the agency may recover pursuant to paragraph (c) of subdivision one of section eighty-seven of this article.

And so far, the village of Ravena (and the RCS CSD district offices, Dr McCartney. But more on this later.) have obstinately broken the law!

It seems a local resident submitted a demand for disclosure of the village of Ravena’s legal fees, because of the observation that wherever you look there’s either a Biscone or a Teresi doing legal work for the village, the town, private individual, on their own. And given the NYS Comptroller’s observation that nobody seems to know who’s doing what or where the money’s going, it apparently seemed like a good idea to get the official word. Normally, a FOIL works…unless there’s something to hide.

Well, the resident got the runaround and then it was “we need more time because we’re mailing out sewer and water bills.” OK . Call him stupid, but the resident agreed to give them more time. And then…SILENCE. He contacted the village and the clerk tells him that the request is unreasonable, that she does not have access to the records, what she does have she’ll produce by August 2, 2013. WTF! Read the law (especially the parts quoted above)!

For all we have to say about the town of Coeymans, who apparently got the same request at the same time, the Coeymans town clerk responded in a matter of days! Why is it that Ravena needs almost 6 months from the time the FOIL was submitted to the time the village clerk expects to have the records? No way, José!  Well, maybe they don’t have any records. Maybe they don’t want to surrender the records. Maybe someone doesn’t want the records public. Maybe all of the above.

So now the village of Ravena has a choice: either get the documents to the resident or face the consequences. Now we’re on the case and we’ll see it right on through to the Office of the Comptroller and the Office of the Attorney General. And we know of quite a few other residents who’ll be more than happy to join the movement.

Well, dear readers, the law is the law for you and me, and for the village of Ravena. The village of Ravena is now breaking the law and it’s time to go public and demand that the Office of the State Comptroller and the State Attorney General do some poking around. Where are the records, Ravena?

Actually, we’ve hear that Michael Biscone is having his own problems these days. It seems he’s allegedly being sanctioned by the court for some sort of misconduct. We’re trying to lay our hands on the papers and will publish as soon as we can find out the facts. A former partner of Biscone’s, Joe  Rotello, is now in the Appellate Division, the New York State Unified Court System division that is responsible for disciplining attorneys. We just want all concerned to know that we know and that we’ll be watching for any messing around. May Biscone get what’s coming to him!

Mikey Working Out at the RHFC

Mikey Working Out at the RHFC

 
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11 responses to “Ravena Continues Criminally Irresponsible Financial Neglect

  1. move

    May 1, 2013 at 12:15 am

    There are some interesting points in time in this article but I dont know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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  2. Tony

    April 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Just wondering..How long has Mayor Bruno been Mayor? Do you think he will continue to run or do you think his time is almost done? I think we need new blood here…I want to start going to meetings…

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      I believe mayor John T. Bruno has been infesting the village of Ravena mayor’s office for about 30 years–that’s 30 years too long. I don’t think he has the sense to step down without pressure but the word on the street is that he intends to hand-pick his successor. At present, Nancy Warner is salivating.

      And yes, we need new blood in this community just about everywhere! The mayor’s office and the village board has to be completely purged and repopulated. The Coeymans board, too. Then there’s theproblem of the Coeymanazi police dept. Perhaps one of the best things Stephen Flach proposed was eliminating the Coeymans police…he’s been quiet on that one for a while so he might have been bullied out of that position. If so, it’s going to have to be pursued by us and any Coeymans residents with any sense at all.

      It’s very important to go to the meetings and to ask the questions that are on everyone’s mind. The real questions not the usual crappola. The board, the mayor, the police chief have to be put on the carpet and reminded that they are public employees. Yes! Start going to meetings and bring your friends and neighbors, too!

      The Editor

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  3. laszlo polyak

    April 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Speaking of the Freedom of Information law, (FOIL) when I was on my write-in campaign trail, two weeks before Village elections a few people challenged me, and told they heard I never worked for the NYS Department of Education (SED). I brushed it off corrected them by pulling out my old union dues card from CSEA proving I did work for the NYS Dept. of Ed. Shortly after that an elected official from Ravena who told me they had proof I never worked for the Department of Education. Because they foiled my employment record under the Freedom of Information Law, The foiled information they requested came back I never worked for NYS, it was after the elections and I wasn’t concerned. I never heard of vindictive sore winners in my life (only in Ravena). I left out copies of my Federal employment and provided copies of my NYS Department of Education paycheck stubs along with a copy of the NYS Comptroller’s pension paperwork.

    The point here is our local elected officials can’t even FOIL public information themselves correctly. They have been in public office for over 30 years? Granted they were trying to use false information against me (all’s fair in campaigning) only to make them look very stupid, which isn’t hard for them to do again; as I provided my old paycheck stubs.

    How do you expect the Mayor to provide you any public records when they themselves cant keep track of their own inept corruptness? I bet they didn’t make a single change in book keeping after the comptroller scandal. How dare you to slam the cookie jar lid down on their hands while they are in private meetings. So do not hold your breath on attempting to get records from the Village of Ravena. May I suggest you go directly to the NYS Comptroller’s Office and/or the IRS for copies of public records/information/audits? Let the State/Federal officials provide you copies of records. Governor Cuomo loves to be humiliated. This is why our governor, Andrew Cuomo, is proposing legislation for public corruption such as bribery, misuse of public funds, misuses public trust etc, to make it a misdemeanor and felony so they can go after elected and appointed officials. It will be a crime even if you are aware of wrong-doing or misuse of power and you do not report it as the public employee and/or elected official. So soon our local officials will probably find themselves in a serious jam because old dogs can’t learn new tricks, and they will continue to take then act surprised when the handcuffs go on and they are gone without their pensions.

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Yes. I’ve been there and done that all in Coeymans’evil twin, New Baltimore, which, if you can believe it, is indeed Coeyman’s evil twin.

      New Baltimore has its versions of the Brunos, Warners, Delucas, Dardianis, etc. and they’re called O’Rorkes, Rosses, Luckovics, Farrells, etc. Things have changed a lot here…for the worse. All evil in one way or another. They thrive on secrecy, misinformation, ambush.

      As for the anything goes morality of opposing candidates and their lackeys, Yes! Been there, too! No one cares about the truth of that they put out there. As soon as they get something that coïncides with their fantasies, they run with it. They don’t care if it get’s them anywhere fast, as long as it’s damaging to the other side. And once it’s out there, it’s out of control, no matter what positive proofs you may offer. If it’s negative people eat it up and ask for more. If it’s positive, you’re lucky if you get an “Oh yeah?”

      Another big problem is that when people get away with something long enough it changes them inside. It becomes habit and they no longer question or think about it. It becomes part of them. Whether it’s praying, speeding, or whatever. When you’re running a kleptocracy (rule by thieves) for so long, being a thief becomes as natural as the sunrise. In this culture self-service and indifference have become the current doctrines of the popular idolatry; it is evil made substance, we see it all around us.

      And don’t hang waiting for apologies or corrections. There have to be consequences for people to think of doing what’s morally right. If they have no consequences, no concience, no moral structure, they’ll do their damage and walk over the corpses. That’s the way it works here, today.

      That’s what we’re working to change.

      The Editor

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  4. Simon

    April 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

    See, I think you’re totally wrong about this fitness center.

    This is part of the community plan to work off all those Arby’s sandwiches.

    S

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  5. My Cousin Billy

    April 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    All so true and so disgusting.

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Well, it’s cleanup time. Gotta do what’s gotta get done, right?

      Peace!

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      • My Cousin Billy

        April 12, 2013 at 6:03 am

        And how do you suppose we do that? It seems that using public funds to pay for a fitness center is extremely wrong and perhaps not legal. I don’t understand how they can do this. Also, the director isn’t even a village resident is she? At a recent meeting the board was questioned by a citizen and had no regarding a business plan, nothing. It is just a disgrace as is Main St.

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      • RCS Confidential

        April 12, 2013 at 7:04 am

        We will be making it very easy for residents and citizens next week by publishing fill-in downloadable or print-from-your-computer forms, together with the names and addresses, and emails, if available, of the state agencies and others who need to be contacted. We urge you to use those forms and to hand them out to people who are likewise outraged and disgusted.

        We are doing all we can to help the people of the community who want to be helped.

        The Editor

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