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The Village of Ravena’s “No Loitering” Sign citing Village Code §83-13 Lands the Village in Hot Water AGAIN!
Village of Ravena and Town of Coeymans Served with Notice of Claim for Civil Rights Violations and Unconstitutional Law Violating Citizens’ First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights!
But that’s not all…
Town of Coeymans and Coeymans P.D., Police Chief Darlington Take a Kick to the Cojones!
Town of Coeymans and Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington Hit Hard with a Notice of Claim for Civil Rights Violations, Violating Citizen’s First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights, Criminal Obstruction of Justice and Official Misconduct Charges.
We reported on the village of Ravena’s insane posting of a “No Loitering” sign on a public gazebo and Ravena mayor John Bruno and hatchet-woman Nancy Warner’s harassing of citizens who congregate in or around the public gazebo, especially on nights when the Teen Center is open. Bruno and Warner were actually observed cruising the gazebo at bizarre hours, and the Coeymans police joined in the harassment.
What the village of Ravena didn’t realize and what the Coeymans Police and police chief Gregory Darlington apparently didn’t know but should have is that the village of Ravena so-called no loitering law is 110% unconstitutional and violates citizens’ civil rights and the provisions of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution that guarantee citzen’s rights of assembly, expression, due process, and prohibit unlawful search and seizure. In fact, the village of Ravena and the Coeymans Police Department actually were courting criminal charges of obstructing justice and official misconduct, according to the Notice of Claim served on the village of Ravena and the town of Coeymans.
Ravena mayor John Bruno and village of Ravena board members Nancy Warner, William Bailey, Martin Case, and Rocco Persico, and town of Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach and Coeymans board members Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Thomas Dolan, and Dawn Rogers were all named in the Notice of Claim, a requirement before filing a full-blown lawsuit against the village and town.
The really troubling part of these harassment and civil rights violation allegations is that at least two of the culprits are employees of the RCS Central School District: Martin Case is a social studies teacher (Of all things, social studies! And he is the biggest hypocrite of them all!) at the high school and Rocco Persico is a school psychologist at the high school. What does that tell you about the types we have in direct contact with the kids? The very people we are paying to teach them in the schools are harassing them in the streets!!! Hypocrites!!! And one of them is “clergy” (of a sort), Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach and Peter Masti is a R.N. and allegedly a serious “Christian.” Hypocrites!!!
In fact, Peter Masti writes in a letter to the editor and published in the Times Union (Thursday, September 17, 2009 ):
“Where will it stop, this all-powerful government stripping us of our rights in the name of “protecting others”? I do not have the answer, but we will not have to come up with it if we do not let it start at all.“
and here’s another Peter Masti quote (Times Union, January 8, 2013):
“When government thinks it is God, it oversteps its role in a most serious manner. It needs to remember that its oath is to uphold the law as it was originally intended.”
Yes, Mr Masti? Well it’s there now and now you and your friends will have to fix it. Our question is: When will you and your fellow board members, the Coeymans Police Department and the Village of Ravena stop stripping us of our rights?!? Can we put action where the words are?
And while we’re at it, lest we be accused of casting a blind eye to clergy who themselves cast a blind eye to the evil right under their noses, let’s not forget the apostate-hypocrite pastor of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Ravena, the very type of “renewal” priest that Paul VI had in mind when he stated that the “smoke of satan has entered the Church thru a small crack,” (or maybe his holiness meant ‘a small crackpot‘). Rev. James Kane of St Pat’s, among his many, many abuses of rules and liturgy, has made the arch-satan of the Coeymans Police Department, Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, a lay minister, and has placed Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca in the sacred space of the sanctuary as a reader of Holy Scripture during the Catholic liturgy. This is an incredible sin when you think of how the Christian churches, Protestant and Catholic, are always preaching and publishing about social justice, human rights, etc.! Holy hypocrisy, Batman!
The Claim demands payment of at least $1,000,000 in damages or, and this is where it gets interesting, that the village and town make public apologies, publish their apologies together with the apology of the Coeymans police chief in the local official newspapers and, as an alternative to the at least $1,000,000 plus, to make no-strings-attached donations in the amount of $100,000 per year for five years to the Ravena-Coeymans Teen and Youth Activities Center, the non-profit youth services organization that mayor Bruno, councilwoman Nancy Warner and the Coeymans police have been harassing.
The citizen filing the Notice of Claim explains that he is not interested in profiting for himself but the civil rights abuses have to stop. Furthermore, he says, if the village of Ravena can afford to finance an unlawful and fraudulent (our words) Ravena Health and Fitness Center to the tune of $105,000+ a year, a healthclub that excludes persons under the age of 18 years, the very group that the Teen Center takes under its wing, then it can serve justice and fairness by making a gift, a donation to the Teen Center, too. Young people are citizens, too, and should not be excluded from the generosity of taxpayers! We agree 150%.
Click here to read the entire Notice of Claim.
Notice of Claim Alleges Coeymans Police Chief is Incompetent, Discriminatory Law Enforcement, Criminal Obstruction of Justice, and more…
The second Notice of Claim that was served on the Town of Coeymans is going for the tender parts of the Coeymans Police Department and its incompetent police chief, Gregory Darlington…alleges discriminatory law enforcement, criminal obstruction of justice, and violation of civil and protected constitutional rights.
The Notice of Claim served on the town of Coeymans naming the Town of Coeymans, Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach, the Coeymans town board and members Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Thomas Dolan, and Dawn Rogers, the Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington, and Coeymans police officer Jason Albert alleges Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington is a whimpering wimp (our language) and is Incompetent, and that on Darlington’s watch the Coeymans police department has engaged in discriminatory law enforcement, criminal obstruction of justice, and violation of civil and protected constitutional rights, and more.
The Notice of Claim also charges the town of Coeymans, the town of Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach, and the Coeymans town board and members Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Thomas Dolan, and Dawn Rogers aiding and abetting the misconduct in the Coeymans police department and the incompetence of Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington because the Coeymans town supervisor Flach and board members Masti, Boehm, Dolan, and Rogers have the duty and responsibility of directly supervising Darlington and his band of rabid wolverines. The Notice of Claim specifically names Darlington, Gerald Deluca, Ryan Johnson as examples of the failure of the Coeymans Police Department.
The Notice of Claim also names Coeymans police officer jason Albert for his role in the sham investigation of Cathleen M. Deluca a.k.a. Cathy Deluca, wife of Coeymans Police Department employee, Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca. Officer Albert seemed to have had trouble reading the law or had some help having trouble reading the law and botched up the investigation not only of the initial complaint against Cathy Deluca, manager of the controversial Ravena Health and Fitness Center, but managed also to overlook the fact that Deluca and her employee Claude A. Wheeles conspired to criminally falsely report an incident (seems to be a local habit in Ravena-Coeymans) , and yet another criminal offence of obstruction of justice! Incredibly, Albert glossed over the facts and even closed the investigation just hours after having interviewed the complainant and then actually ignored evidence proving that Deluca and Wheeles had lied! We have the stuff and it’s unbelievable. But it just goes to prove that it rally pays off in Ravena-Coeymans if you know someone in village or town hall.
Since Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington’s wife, Leah [sp?] Darlington, works in the Albany County District Attorney P[udenda] David Soares’ office, Could that have a little something to do with the disappearing investigations or the disappearing felonies? Waddaya say, Chiefie? Wifie and you in cohoots to save the Delucas’ bloated arses?
The obstruction of justice charges and official misconduct are both misdemeanors.
But the worst offence to the public is the fact that the Coeymans supervisor Flach and the Coeymans town board and its members Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Thomas Dolan, and Dawn Rogers, elected officials who took oaths of office to support and to protect the constitution have done just the opposite. Because they have failed miserably in their duties and obligations to supervise the Coeymans police chief, Gregory Darlington, and the operations of the Coeymans Police Department, they have indifferently, negligently, and in some cases wilfully violated citizens’ civil rights and protected constitutional rights. While this situation might be the norm in the village of Ravena, we do expect more from the town of Coeymans (Why? We don’t know.)
Gregory Darlington is a public employee, not an elected official, and is subject to the provisions of a job description both as a civil service employee and as a town employee, as well as to periodic evaluation and, if necessary, disciplinary procedures. But the town of Coeymans board has pussy-footed around and has let Darlington have his way in the department everywhere from ignoring blatant abuses, to ignoring employee misconduct, to refusing to communicate with citizens, and has not been held to the minimum standards of his written job description. But he’s being paid more than $90,000 a year out of taxpayer money! And nobody’s watching him or keeping him on the straight and narrow. WTF is going on here, people?!?
According to the citizen filing the Notice of Claim, “I’m just fed up with the favoritism, the dishonesty, the conspicuous double-standards and the abuse in this community. And it really gets my dander up when they go after easy prey like kids or brain-dead druggies and let the real criminals go Scott-free. No pun in intended when you know they let Scott Lendin off the hook! We see the crimes of boardmembers relatives like Tom Dolan’s son [Editor’s Note: Dolan is Coeymans town board member and liaison to the Coeymans Police Department] and Dawn Roger’s daughter [Editor’s Note: Dolan is Coeymans town board member and also town liason officer to the Coeymans P.D.] disappear! When you have friends in the police department, like Scott Lendin claims he has, felonies tend to disappear! That’s just not right! But they’ve f**ked with the wrong citizen now and for the last time! I’m taking no prisoners in this war.” YES! Stick to your guns and fight the good fight!
We hope that some of the citizens in the Ravena-Coeymans community will stand up and join this courageous citizen and join the fight to clean up Ravena-Coeymans and to take back our civil rights!
Click here to read the entire Notice of Claim.
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