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What’s the Village of Ravena Trying to Hide? Disclosure of Legal Fees.

17 Jun

As Many of Our Readers Know, Getting Disclosure from the Village of Ravena is As Easy As Finding  a Chicken’s Teeth! 

We Found'Em! Ravena Can Run But They Can't Hide!

We Found’Em!
Ravena Can Run But They Can’t Hide!

Let’s see: Ravena Village Clerk. Isn’t the office of the village clerk an elected office? Let’s ask Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek, they should know, right? Actually, anywhere else, the village clerk would probably be elected. But not in Ravena! Village law allows the mayor to appoint and the village board to approve the mayor’s appointment to the office of village of Ravena Clerk. Smell INCEST here?

Ravena Village Trustee Nancy Biscone-Warner. Isn’t the office of village trustee an elected office? Well, is it Nancy Biscone-Warner? And what about the office of the mayor of the village of Ravena, that’s an elected office, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it John Bruno? Well, aren’t public servants, elected officials supposed to serve the community? Aren’t they supposed to serve the best interests of the community who put them in office? Well, can anyone tell us why Demitraszek, Biscone-Warner, Bruno are doing their best to stonewall? What are they trying to hide? Wouldn’t you think they could come up with the documents and the figures for the village of Ravena’s legal expenses? It’s public information after all!

Committee for Open Government (NY Department of State!) and Robert J. Freeman.  Nancy Biscone-Warner is really working hard to keep it all under wraps, even upstaging the village clerk Demitraszek and passing on misinformation to a club member at the Committee for Open Government (now that’s a joke!), attorney Robert J. Freeman, who plays their cute little game with them. The incest club hard at work. Well Robert J. Freeman is a political appointee and has been occupying the executive director’s office of the Committee for Open Government for more than 36 years! Isn’t there something wrong with that? It sounds like somebody’s getting rewarded for some hefty favors, doesn’t it? Sorta like our own little nest of thieves rewarding Cathy Deluca with the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the position of director. Right Nancy Biscone-Warner? Must be Nancy’s “Biscone” showing through. Right, Nancy? Stinks of raw sewerage from Albany all the way down to Ravena village hall. And you’re paying for it all…through the nose!

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

What’s theVillage of Ravena Trying to Hide?
The Request to Disclose Legal Fees Paid to Attorneys Between 2000 and 2013.

We have acquired documents served on the village of Ravena under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) that demand that the village of Ravena produce documents showing the amount and the recipient of legal fees and payments. In short the demand for disclosure and production of docments read:

“For the period of on or about January 1, 1990 to on or about January 1, 2013 all invoices, statements, requests for payment, expense reports, demands for payment, or vouchers, or such documents that otherwise authorize or show payment in an amount certain for legal services provided by the law firm or partners or associates of the law firm of Michael J. Biscone or the law firm of Biscone and Neri, or Louis Neri, Esq., or Michael J. Biscone, Esq., including but not by limitation any compensation for activity as a public official for or on behalf of the village of Ravena.”

Other parts of the F.O.I.L include similar requests for payments made to Joseph C. Rotello or any law firm of Joseph C. Rotello, or Joseph C. Rotello, Esq.; the law firm of John T. Biscone or any law firm of John T. Biscone, or John T. Biscone, Esq.; the law firm of Gregory Teresi or any law firm of Gregory Teresi, or Gregory Teresi, Esq., and further requests

“Please note that if the particulars (the attorney invoice number, the matter number, or the substance of the matter) of the service for which payment is requested is not stated in the voucher, this request also demands production of any document specifically identifying the specifics of the service (such as the attorney invoice) for which payment is being authorized but not the documents memorializing the matter itself.”

Having served the F.O.I.L demands, the requestor adds:

“Please find attached my demand for disclosure under the provisions of the NYS FOIL.
“Please contact me promptly if you have any questions relating to this demand.”
The first village of Ravena response received by the citizen making the request reads:

“Please be advised that your request for legal services payments does not reasonably describe records in our possession because our vouchers are fiiled in chronological order not by subject.” (Kristine Biernacki, Village Clerk)

Isn’t that interesting? The request for “legal services payments does not reasonably describe records” in the village of Ravena’s possession.”  And why? Because the village of Ravena’s filing system is in “chronological order not by subject.”  Now, we’re not talking the Borough of Manhattan, we’re talking about receipts and vouchers for legal services paid by the village of Ravena. But you see where this is going, don’t you?

The requestor replies:

“The FOIL is not required anticipate, to comply with or to allow for record-keeping idiosyncrasies of the custodian of the demanded records; the fact that you state that records particularized and specified in the FOIL might represent a “request for legal services payments [that] does not reasonably describe records in our possession” is clearly insufficient grounds for refusing to produce the documents demanded in the FOIL. The fact that the village of Ravena maintains its payment vouchers chronologically does not reasonably represent an absolute impediment or imppossibility of production whatsoever. It simply means that your search will necessarily have to be made chronologically in the absence of a more crossreferenced or alternative system of records keeping. That has no bearing whatsoever on the demands of the FOIL in question. [emphasis provided]
Not having heard a peep from the village of Ravena, the requestor writes:
“Can you please provide an update on the progress of your fulfillment of the production demand of the amended legal fees FOIL.”
Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Ravena village clerk Kristine Biernacki replies on March 19, 2013:
“I am extremely busy right now collecting for Village water/sewer bills and I am working alone now with a part time person,  so it will be some time before I am able to fulfill your request.”

Reading between the lines: I’m too busy right now collecting money for mayor Bruno to waste my time complying with state of New York laws.

The Requestor writes back:

“Thank you, Kris, for the heads-up. I appreciate it. 
“Please do keep me updated.”
Sounds friendly enough, right. First the village tries to get out of producing the records because they claim the request doesn’t reasonbly describe the records being requested. Now, they are saying that they can’t get to it because they’re collecting water and sewer bills. All along, the requestor is obviously patient and courteous.
 
So, along comes April 1, 2013, and the deadline for the village’s response is just days away, and the requestor contacts the village:
“I am following up on the production in response to my foil below. 
“Can you please provide a date certain when you expect to have the Village’s response ready?”
Are you getting the feeling somebody’s getting the run-around? I do!
So April 10, 2013, rolls around and the requestor has to write again:
“I need to know when I can expect the information demanded in the legal fees FOIL.
” I am willing to wait until Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 noon for the full response; after that, I’m afraid I shall have to presume that the village of Ravena is refusing to comply with a lawful demand, and I shall submit a complaint to the Office of the State Attorney General together with a request for investigation. 
“My last two emails have gone unanswered and I presume that to be the village’s attempt to avoid responding.”
So, on April 11, 2013, over a month after the request was made, and after several excuses already, Kris Biernacki writes:

“I am not able to provide you with most of your FOIL request regarding legal services payments due to the fact that they can not be reasonably obtained.  However, with respect to the records that can be accessed,  I will provide them to you by August 2, 2013.”

Flabbergasted at this incredible response, the requestor writes:

“Am I reading this correctly? Are you telling me (1) that you can’t provide the village of Ravena’s records for legal expenses? That they are cannot be “reasonably obtained?” and (2) that the records that can be accessed can be provided by “August 2, 2013?” Or is that a typo?”

Let the cat out of the bag!

Let the cat out of the bag!

Biernacki writes back, now she’s telling the requestor that Mr Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Government (Yeah! Right!) is telling her:

Per Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government, your demand for the legal services payments dating back to 1990 is not a reasonable request.  The recent information that I can access will be provided to you by the date stated.

So, the requestor, patient and cooperative as always, writes:

“You could have said that earlier. I am amending the request to 2000-present.
” Notwithstanding the amendment, I have been extraordinarily patient in working with the village of Ravena, and agreed to extend on your request for more time because were involved with sewer and water billing. 
“In future and in the case of any future FOIL demand, I would expect the courtesy of a timely response and timely advice if you or your office find a request unclear or “unreasonable.” The handling of this request has been unacceptable.”
 In order to make it easier, the requestor knocks off 10 years and sits back waiting for the next excuse. He doesn’t have to wait long. Kris Biernacki writes:

“This is in receipt to your FOIL amendment.  Again, I will have the information to you on or before August 2, 2013.”

The village of Ravena is saying that it will need more than 114 days to find it’s records on payments made to lawyers. By now the requestor is reasonably irked and writes:

“That, I repeat, is outrageous.
” The FOIL continues as is and the village of Ravena is now in default of its affirmative obligations under the Freedom of Information Law.
” I expressly do not withdraw the FOIL in its currently amended form. The amendment was offered as a courtesy and to facilitate the village of Ravena’s compliance within the time provided by the Freedom of Information Law. “The law is explicit and clear, Mr Freedman does not have legislative authority. The times set forth in the law are explicit and clear, as are the disallowed “excuses” for failure to comply.
” I hereby demand immediate compliance or the village of Ravena’s explicit written refusal to comply.
 “You may want to pass this by Mr Biscone if he’s not too distracted by his sanctions battle. Yes, I’m watching that play out with considerable interest as I hope the local press is.”
 

 scam don't let them con youThis is incredible. It’s outrageous. It’s Ravena. By the way, Mr Robert J. Freeman is “executive director”, of the New York State Committee on Open Government. He’s been on the payroll of the NY Department of State since about 1974—a bit too long, in our honest opinion—Freeman has worked for the New York State Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974 and was appointed executive director in 1976. He’s a bit too comfy in his little nest he’s created for himself.  Don’t you think there’s something bizarre about a state employee being executive director for more than 36 years?!? Isn’t that a little, corrupt?

Robert J. Freeman

Robert J. Freeman

So here you have this guy, Bob Freeman, who’s really firmly established in what we can reasonably call his little nest for more than 36 years, bloated with power, and making decisions on who gets what from government. A snotty little turd if there ever was one. And guess who’s talking to him about the disclosure of Ravena’s payments to lawyers (Teresi, Biscone, Rotello, Neri): Nancy Bicone-Warner, wife of village justice and ex-cop Harold “Hal” Warner. The same Nancy Biscone-Warner who is knee-deep in Cathy Deluca’s little scam, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. Yes, it’s the same Nancy Biscone-Warner who haunts the village of Ravena offices 25/7, who has everyone there by the short-and-curlies. Now she’s passing on inaccurate information to the Committee on Open Government, trying desperately to avoid having to disclose the village of Ravena’s payments to the local legal incest club.

We know that Nancy Warner was faster than lightning on the phone to Freeman trying to get out of producing documents in regard to another F.O.I.L. And Bob Freeman is playing right along with them. Committee on Open Government? Guess again! Apparently it’s a committee of one: Bob Freeman.

Do you expect anything different out of Albany, the cesspool of democrat corruption. Freeman’s a lawyer. No doubt with connections with Joe Rotello, a clerk  in the Court of Appeals, the Teresis, Ravena shyster Greg Teresi and dirty old dad, Joe Teresi on the NYS Supreme Court, Michael Biscone in Ravena, theyve all got their hands in the cash-box called the village of Ravena. And watchdog gatekeeper Nancy Biscone-Warner ain’t letting anything get by her to upset the little party boat they have floating in taxpayer cash. And don’t expect any help from the Albany County DA, P. David Soares. He likes to party, too.
 
Just a note: The town of Coeymans responded to the very same F.O.I.L. within a couple of days. Now, do you think something’s up in the village of Ravena? Why are they fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid coming up with those documents? Do you think there’s something they don’t want residents to know. Maybe they’re scared shiteless that if you get it, we’ll see it. Do ya think?
 

This Just Adds Another Nail to Ravena’s Coffin. The Village of Ravena Should Be Eliminated and Combined with the Hamlet of Coeymans, Administered by the Town of Coeymans.

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Don’t hold it against Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek. They just do as they’re told— like good little soldiers. Imagine if they make waves or use a village first-class postage stamp on a private mail item, they’re on the street. Mummy mayor John Bruno and hatchet-woman Nancy Biscone-Warner don’t like people with brains (shows them both up). Ravena Mayor John T. Bruno and Nancy Biscone-Warner apparently don’t take prisoners, they just take advantage.

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD Thanks Nanch Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman The Editor

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD
Thanks to Nancy Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman
The Editor

  

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“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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8 responses to “What’s the Village of Ravena Trying to Hide? Disclosure of Legal Fees.

  1. laszlo polyak

    June 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Dang you left out Rocco and….and… wait for it …. Bailey

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    • RCS Confidential

      June 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Not so fast, Laszlo. I have some special points to make with those two characters.

      The Editor

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  2. laszlo polyak

    June 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Josie Bruno retired Village of Ravena Clerk so shoot me too! any deals on the headstones?

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    • RCS Confidential

      June 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Oh! That Josie Bruno. The Prudential Real Estate mavin who likes to make lots of local deals on insider information and contacts? The same one that together with Martin Case, village of Ravena trustee and RCS high-school teacher, works for Prudential Real Estate. The same Josie Bruno who will probably be supporting Marty Case in his bid for Coeymans town supervisor, if he doesn’t go to jail for his alleged misconduct on a school field trip (that same misconduct that seems to have been swept under superintendent McCartney’s and law enforcement’s very large carpet). The same Josie Bruno who is, what, cousin to mummy mayor John T. Bruno? Oh that Josie Bruno.

      Thanks for clarifying that little question for us.

      The Editor

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  3. laszlo polyak

    June 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Robert Freeman I have to say he is very good and knowledgeable on the “sunshine laws” on open government both Federal and NYS law (not to many lawyers want the job) . My dealing with him over the last 20 years have been wonderful he’s down to earth and goes by the name of Bob .You can call him at (518) 474- 2518. I’ve call together to get clarification with the town of Coeymans clerk from speaker phone at town hall. I Never had a problem. I get records and I would pass them out to 6-10 other groups to discuss at town hall meetings .

    On NY state or county levels you don’t even have to fill out a Foil request . They help you on the spot and copy it. You pay the fee and on your way. However outside Josie , who fought the mayor and on video many times stated you have to give up the records to the mayor . I remember Josie was also pleasant even when you could hear the mayor in the back ground not being pleasant . There where many appeals to Freeman (back in the day) and I always got the records I need from Ravena after Freeman read my requests.

    Come to think of it I’m still waiting for a copy of my 5th unit “CO” (Certificate of Occupancy ) as mention out of the blue by both the Mayor and later trustee Warner in the Village of Ravena’s minutes so much for my civil rights and “due process”, from the Mayor of Ravena it’s been a 2 year wait (over water and sewer billing issue) and I’m still trying to find out when I went from a four unit to a five ? and minutes etc. I foiled for a few weeks ago too.

    Your best bet is to CC Mr Freeman a copy of your written request so he can better sever you and get the records you want without any confusion.

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    • RCS Confidential

      June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

      The proof of any public employee is in the performance. If Mr Freeman is what you say he is, he will do what’s right for the requestor. If he chooses to collude with the village of Ravena axe-lady, Nancy Biscone-Warner, that proves a very significant point: he’s gullible and useless, at least to the general citizenry.

      One swallow does not make a summer, Laszlo. You tend to judge the world through your own eyes without taking many other factors into the consideration. While that may have worked well for you–at times but certainly not consistently–in the past, it certainly does not merit being generalized to all situations at all times. So we would urge you to be a bit more cautious when commending someone based solely on your personal relationship with the individual. Any individual.

      Josie who? You have to be clearer in your communications. Everyone who reads this blog does not live rent-free in your head and does not have access to your thought process. Some of us are not clairvoyant; you have to accept this.

      Freeman should not give an opinion to anyone off the top of his pointsy little Hebrew head, and definitely without having reviewed the entire record. He’s done that in the past and has eroded confidence in his competence. It’s arrogant and careless. That’s a fact and that stands until he, Freeman, proves otherwise.

      I don’t get it. You right that Freeman wants to “sever” me? Why would he want to “sever” me? Of what?

      Trust no attorney, even if you do. Laverne Conrad learned that lesson the hard way when his own attorney tried to relieve Conrad of his free speech rights!

      The Editor

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  4. laszlo polyak

    June 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Do you mind I could or you could sit in the Village of Ravena’s office and go through each and every voucher and I or you will pull each one to be copied. It could be they don’t want you to know how many law suits they settled or for how much. I might find other vouchers that the blog could use / need and just think getting a fresh cup of coffee severed to you by the Mayor opps … I was dreaming…. I was in South Hampton, LI.

    Didn’t the NYS Comptroller come down on the Village of Ravena for not following municipal accounting law? So why is the Mayor still violating NYS municipal accounting laws? Oh, I forgot they only have time for illegal meeting in the mayors office to charge you twice as much and tax you three times as much more than private business “I didn’t know,” mayor John Bruno’s, famed comment…Why don’t they ever/never read each voucher off at their monthly meeting or fund balances at every Tuesday meeting as required by the open government law? Is it they don’t want you know how screwed you are? Or who they are paying?

    So, don’t Be so hard on mayor John Bruno. He wants the world record of the most percentage of people moving out of his dictatorship. He already holds the record for the most businesses run out of town starting with Mc Donald’s. I stand corrected if I’m wrong …so you must have a heart and contact the Guiness world records to see if mayor John Bruno has the record yet? As a life-long resident [of Ravena] that’s something to be very proud of a boarded up ghost town the best of mayor John Bruno is yet to come! Of course everything is alleged until there no-one left living in the ghost town, Ravena, New York.

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    • RCS Confidential

      June 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Sure, Laszlo, if you have the time and the death wish to sit in the Ravena village offices without a flack vest and two body-guards, I’d love to have you, the ex-auditor, going through their financial records for the past ten or so years. What goodies you would find! Makes one salivate just at the thought. I wouldn’t take mummy mayor Bruno’s offer of coffee, you just might end up wearing it if he launches into one of his Tourette’s tantrums. Is he on any prescription drugs for his personality disorder? Yeah, I guess you’re right. Bruno would have to have a personality to have a personality disorder. I stand corrected.

      Albany’s as corrupt as Brunoville…OOPS! Ravena. They send out their troops from the campus or downtown but they get their marching orders in this county from the godfathers. The Comptroller’s office should have closed the corrupt net of crooks down and hauled mummy mayor Bruno off to Albany County Jail and his minions off to some undisclosed place for interrogation. Maybe Osama bin Barack Hussein Obama could lend his democrat cronies Guantanamo for a week of Cuban sunshine and Cuba libres? Just a thought. By the time they’re done with the USA and our communities we might as well be on a prison island in the middle of some abandoned sea. It’s not that mayor Bruno doesn’t know, it’s like the mafia boss in Jersey who used to play like he was goofy, Bruno knows but he plays senile, thinking it’ll throw the rest of us off his stinking trail. But it won’t work. The piggy hasn’t smiled yet 😉

      Bruno’s not stupid he’s just crooked. That’s why he surrounds himself with his appointees and people who are stupider than he is. Those who make the mistake of showing they have a brain get canned. He’s probably getting state and federal funds for hiring the mentally challenged; that’s why MacDonald’s had to leave town, mummy mayor John Bruno cleaned up on all available local psychos and mentally challenged. MacDonald’s couldn’t get any help unless they paid Bruno off. Whadda racket! Now they all live with Bruno and Nancy Bruno…OOPS! (Again)…Nancy Biscone-Warner in Cathy Deluca’s Ravena Heaps and Fatness Center; they soil the stretching mats with their filth. Somebody ought to notify the Albany County Department of Health about the Bruno-buggers.

      They can’t disclose anything at village board meetings because mayor John Bruno (he doesn’t know it though) and Michael Biscone have suspended open government and the Constitution in Ravena. The Soares-Bruno-Biscone Silence Act has rescinded the First, Sixth, Fourteenth amendments until further Notice, and threatens anyone who doesn’t comply with a fraudulent arrest and malicious prosecution. Judge George Dardiani presiding with judge Hal Warner reading for him. I hear they’ve outfitted the Ravena courtroom and the Coeymans courtroom with one of those outhouse double-seaters so that Dardiani and Warner can sit comfortably together as they defecate on citizens.

      I hear a local grave monument company has offered to provide a headstone for Brunoville…OOPS! (Again)…Ravena…free of charge because of all the business mummy mayor Bruno has sent them with dead real estate and dead businesses. Sounds like a real deal, right Bruno, you bugger.

      The Editor (waxing humorous)

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