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13 responses to “Village of Ravena, Town of Coeymans Police Department Served with Notices of Claim

  1. stacey miller

    April 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I would like to share.

    I don’t live in the town nor do I want to. I have driven through for over 22 years and as soon as I get to the 30 mph marker I slow down and warn others I drive with because I know they are sitting waiting. Again I get it.

    My problem comes in when my son is pulled over for a loud muffler at 9:30 a.m. on 9W. We know that his muffler is loud, and we also know he may get pulled over for it. Just like having tinted windows it’s a ticketing you are willing to accept. The car is completely legal, just passsed inspection a few months ago and is registered and insured to me (mom). After all that, where I don’t agree with the police department is when they tell him his car smells like pot. Again this is 9:30 a.m., he just left me 10 mins prior from Hannacroix, and his car is so small you literally would have to be in it to know if it smelled like pot. He explains “I don’t smoke pot” and you can drug test me if you want. They tell him he needs to get out of the car and he’s asked if he has any weapons on him, which he of course tells the truth that he has a spring-assisted pocket knife in his pocket, and another knife in his glove box, which he purchased recently at the gun show in Albany. Its kind of like having a head light out and not knowing it. My son is a red neck we live in the woods and I can honestly say we use his knife all the time. I always say “can I use your knife”.

    Now he is put in the back of the car to be detained until the police chief decides what to do with him. Oh and he decides to arrest him, put him in cuffs, finger print him, mug shot everything. Hold him for several hours and now go on to tell him he won’t be released until he turns people in for drugs.

    Ok lets back up. They searched him and his car, towed it, etc … never found anything on him or in the car and he was not under the influence whatsoever. He was told to plan on spending the night in jail, and if he gives info up they can pursuade the chief to let him out. They would not let him call home.

    Now let’s understand my son is homeschooled, double dyslexic, ADHD, and his father was killed in a car accident 7 years prior on 9W. He has no record, no knife incidents, and the knives were given to him from his family members.

    I completely understand there is a drug problem in town and I also understand about bad kids out at night ruining other peoples’ property. If he was part of this I would completely understand why he was sitting in jail.

    But when a police officer falsely accuses a young man only to try to get information I am completely disgusted. What are we teaching our young people. I can’t stand a lier, especially grown people.
    Yes pull him over for his muffler, yes give him a ticket, yes take his knives. But to turn it into a drug problem is completely insane. My son is so upset and very confused and I am as well. Our feelings are very hurt and on top of it, I reached out to the police department only to look like a crazy mom. I would have loved to sit down with them to explain both our sides, but also let them know that they can’t just accuse every young kid they pull over.
    Lets not turn good kids into bad kids!!!!!

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Thank you, Stacey, for your comment. We have reposted it here because it is more relevant and will get more visibility. We hope you don’t mind this decision.

      Your story is nothing new in Coeymans. They’ve been doing this for some time now and it’s lousy police work and terrible community relations. What that dodo-cop Coeymans police chief Darlington says publicly and does behind the scenes are two different animals. Darlington is a pathological liar and scoundrel. As the Chinese teach, “the fish rots from the head down,” and thats certainly true of the Coeymans police department.

      What we’d like you to do is F.O.I.L. (demand for production of documents under the New York State Freedom of Information Law) the Police Incident Report from the Coeymans Police Department and any other information, including demanding a copy of any video taped interrogation that was done of your son (you can get this on CD for a minimal charge). If they interrogated your son without Mirandizing him and without his having a lawyer present or the opportunity to have one, it gets even more serious.

      You can foil all of the information, the Police Incident Report, the ticket, the arraignment, the interrogation, etc. by filling out a form at the Coeymans town offices, see the town clerk who’s always very helpful. Do not file the F.O.I.L with the police department directly because Darlington has a habit of losing the demands for information. Do it with the Town Clerk and have her enter it into her log and provide you with a copy of the F.O.I.L. form. Under the law, they have to respond within 5 days with a date by which they expect to have the documents ready for you. If they give you any trouble, please contact us at rcs.confidential@gmail.com.

      We’d also like you to let us know when you get the documents and we’d like to have a copy of them.

      Thanks very much for your comment and good luck!

      The Editor

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Stacey, for your comment. We have reposted it to a more recent article because it is more relevant and will get more visibility. We hope you don’t mind this decision.
      Your story is nothing new in Coeymans. They’ve been doing this for some time now and it’s lousy police work and terrible community relations. What that dodo-cop Coeymans police chief Darlington says publicly and does behind the scenes are two different animals. Darlington is a pathological liar and scoundrel. As the Chinese teach, “the fish rots from the head down,” and thats certainly true of the Coeymans police department.
      What we’d like you to do is F.O.I.L. (demand for production of documents under the New York State Freedom of Information Law) the Police Incident Report from the Coeymans Police Department and any other information, including demanding a copy of any video taped interrogation that was done of your son (you can get this on CD for a minimal charge). If they interrogated your son without Mirandizing him and without his having a lawyer present or the opportunity to have one, it gets even more serious.
      You can foil all of the information, the Police Incident Report, the ticket, the arraignment, the interrogation, etc. by filling out a form at the Coeymans town offices, see the town clerk who’s always very helpful. Do not file the F.O.I.L with the police department directly because Darlington has a habit of losing the demands for information. Do it with the Town Clerk and have her enter it into her log and provide you with a copy of the F.O.I.L. form. Under the law, they have to respond within 5 days with a date by which they expect to have the documents ready for you. If they give you any trouble, please contact us at rcs.confidential@gmail.com.
      We’d also like you to let us know when you get the documents and we’d like to have a copy of them.
      Thanks very much for your comment and good luck!
      The Editor

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      • stacey miller

        May 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

        We are awaiting my sons court date. I so far have invested into this matter $850.00 for a lawyer and towing. I received a letter back dated April 28 stating that my foil request has been denied.
        Reason: Investigatory Files. I put the claim in on 4/9/14.

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      • RCS Confidential

        May 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

        Hi, Stacey:

        We wouldn’t accept that crapola from Darlingon’s Coeymanazi civil rights violation machine. Have you received any disclosure from the Coeymanazi p.d.? Appeal the denial to the Town of Coeymans Supervisor. Your attorney has the authority and power to demand to review any documents (broadly defined, including interviews, incident reports, complaints, search warrants (Now that’s a joke, isn’t it?). A letter to the judge wouldn’t hurt, either. Has your son been charged? Arraigned? He has a right to copies of those documents, too. This sounds like another due process rights violation by the Coeymans p.d. We are not attorneys but even the most ignorant resident can see through this sham of an investigation. Best thing to do is tell your attorney to demand disclosure of everything they have. Please note, however, that the courts do not come under the Freedom of Information Law, so you can’t F.O.I.L. court papers from the court.

        This sounds like you should file a Notice of Claim against the Coeymans p.d. for violation of due process and obstruction of justice. Get all of your paperwork that you have in order, including extraordinary expenses, any loss of income, medical expenses. Be sure to get your doctor to refer you for “psychological stress and duress,” you need some sort of referral to throw in their faces (they’ll ask you specifically about any stress or duress, loss of income, extraordinary expenses so be prepared).

        Keep us informed and send of scans of any documents you have sent them or received from them. You can send the docs as attachments to rcs.confidential@gmail.com.

        Please continue to keep us informed.

        Thanks very much!
        The Editor

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  2. Duane R. Keezer II

    September 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Though, I don’t live in the town of Coeymans, or the Village of Ravena, anymore….. I can say, I am proud to call Ravena my hometown. My parents owned a business in Ravena, from the Mid 80’s to the mid 90’s, I attended and graduated from the RCS school. With that said, I have a college degree, served 8 years in the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged after 09/11/01 and returned to the area. Now, to have to read this “insulting and degrading” info that you are posting so strongly, makes me sick… [redacted] A true concerned person, would step up, and be an adult. As I am doing, and as I will continue to do, I will read the info, process the facts, research your statements, and say….. [redacted] Obviously, some “people” (whether they are youth or not, I don’t know) can’t have respect for the taxpayer’s money. I, for one, asked myself “what if someone spray painted my deck, or garage, or gazebo? How would I feel?” Which, as an adult, with respect, was an easy answer….. don’t do to others as you wouldn’t want done to you. If MY child was doing questionable activity, I would hope someone would have the courtesy to call or text me, and let me know. I know that Nancy Warner, Greg Darlington, and quite a few of the Coeymans Police are also residents and neighbors. THEY HAVE THE RIGHT to protect the land, people, and property within the village / town…. why? BECAUSE THEY PAY FOR IT! [redacted] Parents need to parent, and keep a leash on their children. The little hoodlums that continue to vandalize the village, will eventually be the recipient of KARMA! I hope I get to drive the KARMA bus, [redacted] feel free to contact me, I’m not scared…..

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    • RCS Confidential

      September 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Dear Duane R. Keezer II:

      Thank you very much for your comment. We are posting it because it represents all that is wrong with our communities, our schools, our universities and colleges, our military, and finally with the people who walk around in a toxic haze and can’t see past their guts.

      Our schools are putting out robots that are programmed but do not think; our universities hand out degrees that are worthy of a Walmart clearance sale, our military has its heroes but you’re not one of them, you are a very special breed of humanoid called a sheeple. One unfortunate part of your deplorable state is that you enjoy being what you are: nothing but a herd animal. The other unfortunate part of your condition is that you wave your ignorance around as if it were something you could be proud of. It’s not.

      We are publishing your idiotic rant because it proves our points so eloquently and represents the sour cream of the crop of ignorant readers–luckily you are in the minority–who admit they don’t live in Ravena or Coeymans yet have an opinion about what’s going on here, even have an opinion about what goes on behind closed doors, and are stupid enough to admit it all, that is, to admit they are ignorant. But we’re being too fair to you Duane R. Keezer II, because we should be saying “stupid” because ignorance can be cured, stupidity cannot.

      Yes we agree, at least in part, on one point: Parents should keep their kids on a short leash–your’s obviously did but it got tangled around your neck and cut off circulation to your brain.

      You would have come across more believable had you not commented in such broad strokes about things you know nothing of. Take your own advice and, Grow Up, Keezer II.

      Thank you once again for your illustrative comment. Please feel free to comment again once you buy property in Ravena or Coeymans, pay taxes, and actually live here. Until then, please shut your cake hole.

      Finally, thank you for the invitation to contact you. You should be scared, however, very scared of what you are and likely to become. As for us, we have no need to contact you. No interest either. We know you’re out there and that’s why this blog is so successful. We are grateful to your kind for that, at least.

      The Editor

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      • Duane R. Keezer II

        September 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        And, [redacted] I see the use of proper grammar!! [redacted], but…. and yes, that’s a BUT…….
        [readcted] You, “RCS Confidential” are the problem in America, in NY, in Albany County, in Coeymans, and in Ravena. You can’t stand up for your own comments? Nor, your own statements? Even for your own public rant? [redacted] For your info, I do own property in the town of Coeymans, [redacted] I have family, still in Coeymans and Ravena, but I choose to live in COXSACKIE, [redacted] Those who have defaced, and lowered the cost of living in, Ravena. It’s absurd articles like the one you originated, that drove me out of the village and town. Back when I thought it was a “no win battle” trying to better the area. It was the unappreciative, lowlife, imbeciles, [redacted]that were outnumbering the worthy, and useful. I made a choice to enlist in the military, and I chose to fight another battle. One to defend the constitution, one to protect the right that “you and I have”, to have this debate. [redacted] You are able to do what you did (accuse and create controversy), because of the FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT! [redacted] I’ll be around if you ever want to meet up for a coffee, and have this debate face to face….. you have my info…. [redacted] Signed, “PROUD GRADUATE OF RCS” class of 1994

        P.S. A true patriot, [redacted] would unite and fight together [redacted] the experience of teamwork. Power in numbers, unite for the fight. Darlington, Albers, Warner, Bruno, Case, etc…. they got it….. [redacted]

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      • RCS Confidential

        September 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Thank you once again, Keezer II, for your comments. They reveal more of the negative about you and your view of the world than they do of a logical pattern of rational thinking. Again, you provide a feeble attempt to entertain but no attempt whatsoever to illuminate. Your forté is definitely not in persuasive presentation.

        I’d like to correct you on at least one point: This is not a “debate” as you put it. A debate would require at least two parties representing different sides of an issue while attempting to gain the higher ground in virtue of the quality of the facts offered to defeat the other’s position. So far you have not offered any on-topic facts, just ranting. It’s not a debate.

        In your second comment you merely re-establish, redundantly, what you had already established in your first comment, clearly positively reinforcing our initial impression of you. That’s regrettable because you appear to have completely wasted a second opportunity to redeem yourself in the eyes of our readers.

        You seem to have very little insight into who you in fact are: While you rant and rave about name-calling and failure to take into account real facts, your two comments give clear testimony to your own hypocrisy. It may help to look in the mirror once in a while; you may be frightened by what you see.

        The most discouraging and disappointing aspect of both of your comments is that in the first you took up the behaviour, of which you were actually complaining, and in the second round of comments (note the plural) you simply compounded the errors of the first commentary. That’s odd from where I’m sitting and reading because you misused both opportunities to offer a cogent and intelligent support of your case. Because you chose to simply repeat your previous ragged clichés it becomes conspicuously obvious that you really have nothing to offer.

        If you’ll accept an invitation, a challenge if you prefer, why don’t you pick one or two statements made on this blog and take issue with them factually. If you feel some or all of the facts are incorrect or the accusations unfounded, tell us Why? Counter our facts and statements with verifiable facts and statements of your own. That will make you more credible and offer an alternative point of view for our readers.

        There you have it: and invitation or a challenge. With which points do you take issue and what are the factual bases for your defenses, your objections, your arguments? Try to respond on-topic, please, and give us some facts, some documents (take our example, when we received copies of the Notices of Claim we published them–they’re public access so Why not? After all, you wouldn’t expect the village of Ravena or the town of Coeymans to have put them out for the public to examine, would you?).

        I’ll wager we won’t be hearing back from you any time soon. But surprise us, why don’t you? But please be warned that if you persist in your already established pattern of annoying nonsense that is completely off-topic, we’ll have no alternative but to trash the comment(s) without further consideration. We hope you understand our position.

        Looking forward to your rational and reasoned counterarguments in due course (or ever),

        The Editor

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  3. Ronald Olmsted

    September 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    90.000 a year in a small town like Ravena? This is bullshit

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    • RCS Confidential

      September 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Thank you, Ronald, for your comment. Actually, Gregory A. Darlington is chief of the Coeymans police department, which covers the entire town of Coeymans, including the village of Ravena. His salary in 2013 is $91,317 plus benefits and pension contributions. For a town with about 8,000 people that’s a hell of a lot of money, I admit, and for what?

      And we shouldn’t forget that the $90,000 plus doesn’t take into consideration his department care and its fuel and upkeep. Then we have the overall budget for the entire Coeymans PD which is an absolute JOKE considering that the Albany County Sheriff’s proposal would have save the town more than $500,000 a year for the first 4 years!!!! How does the town board, this community justify such a waste of money?!?

      The Coeymans Poice Department hires every other department’s refuse or is composed of rookies who can’t even piss straight. Then there’s the part where they hire all their relatives (Darlington’s “assistant” Kerry Tompson is his brother-in-law, Darlington’s daughter is a dispacher as is Thompson’s son, Darlington’s secretary’s son is a “trainee”, and the list goes on).

      Darlington’s not alone in this criminal mess. The town supervisor, Stephen Flach, and the town board are reponsible for “directly supervising” the polce chief and the department. Has that happened? You can guess that the town board’s relatives misdemeanors and felonies wouldn’t disappear so quickly if they came down hard on the Coeymans PD. So who bears the brunt of the enforcement actions and vindictive justice? You guessed it: the rest of us.

      The Coeymans PD has to go and so do the members of the town board. Some of them have to go to jail, actually, like Deluca.

      We’re doing what we can to clean things up, and we’re getting the citizens’ attention.

      The Editor

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  4. wesley fletcher

    September 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    i just dont like the idea your useing a motorcyclest to portray the police chief you giveing out the wrong pic it should just b a pig

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    • RCS Confidential

      September 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Yes, I suppose but even using the bulldog on a motorcycle is tantamount to animal abuse when captioning it “Coeymans Police Chief.” The problem I have with using a “pig” is that the scientific research indicates that pigs are actually extremely intelligent. That alone would be misleading, given the obvious mental level of the typical Coeymans cop, expecially their “chief.”

      Thanks Wesley for your comment.

      The Editor

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