Stay tuned for important upcoming articles. We’ll be posting articles on subjects like:
- Why the Ravena News Herald is NOT your Friend. Still a mouthpiece for the insider’s club in Ravena-Coeymans. Lots of propaganda, half-truths, very, very old “news”, and more news from elsewhere than Ravena-Coeymans. Is it worth paying a dollar for 8 pages of public notices?
- Coeymans Resolution creating three new police commissioners…Why? What are they supposed to do? Maybe resolve the dozens of outstanding claims against the Darlington-Deluca mob? see below.
- Coeymans town budget for 2015. Hidden nuggets…can YOU find them?
- New Police Chief Shows Great Promise for the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans police department! But only if the amateurs on the town board shut their mouths, mind their business, and stay out of they way. Will that happen?
- What’s new in New Baltimore after a year of … Well, a year of … NUTHIN’!
Coeymans Board Members and Laverne Conrad Padding their Pockets!
Rumor is that former Coeymans police chief Gregory “Dumplington” Darlington was allowed to resign from the Coeymans Police Department because if he didn’t he was going to have to defend against charges of multiple violations of citizens’ civil rights. Any other place and Dumplington would have to face the music but in the town of Coeymans he gets to waltz away Scott free, with a handsome pension, and a retirement badge to boot! That’s how the town of Coeymans handles its criminals. (That’s also the likely story behind Dirty-Hands Jerry’s abrupt retirement, too!).
And speaking of Coeymans Criminals…
Isn’t it interesting that the town of Coeymans accepts former police chief Gregory Dumplington Darlington’s resignation amid rumors of his possible prosecution (Who would prosecute? His bosom buddy the corrupt racist Albany County DA David Soares? Only if the charges were criminal. He can still be netted on civil charges. Are you ready, Dumplington?) Dumplington left the police department in a state of shambles, morale in the pooper, and exposed to dozens of possible lawsuits. Yet the town of Coeymans, rather than discipline the dolt, rather than prosecute him, paid him more than $100,000 a year in salary, benefits and perqs, and then honored him! Crackheads on the Coeymans town board!
And speaking of Crackheads on the Coeymans Town Board…
Isn’t it interesting that the Coeymans town board appointed a 23-year veteran law enforcement officer, a former homicide detective who knows how to investigate and who knows the law, a real trained law enforcement officer, as interim police chief (pending confirmation by the Department of Civil Service), but is paying him half of what they were paying the ignorant, incompetent, destructive Gregory Dumplington! Darlington, a former garbage collector-turned-dispatcher, fired (Was he “fired“??? with Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca) from his position by former chief Scott Gireaux when Gireaux reorganized the department, rehired by a former knucklehead supervisor. Dumplington who failed the police chief’s exam THREE times before passing it destroyed this community’s trust in law enforcement and violated their civil rights but got paid six-figures and was honored for doing it.
But the new police chief’s salary is his business, and he may get the full salary once he’s confirmed as permanent police chief. But for now, he’s getting $21.93/hour which will got to $55,000 annual salary on January 1, 2015. Isn’t it odd that the town of Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach, and his board of monkeys Peter E. Masti, George E. Langdon, Thomas E. Dolan, and Kenneth A. Burns take law enforcement so lightly that they’ll pay a professional law enforcement officer less than a laborer? What does that tell you about serious public safety and the “wisdom” of the Coeymans town board? How long do you think a professional law enforcement officer’s sense of duty and public service will last at that salary?
So we’ll let him do what he has to do before we comment.
But here’s where it gets really interesting and where we, the community, have to start asking some questions.
What we’re concerned about here is something we noted in the Town of Coeymans resolutions: In a resolution passed by the Coeymans town board on September 26, 2014, the town of Coeymans board creates the Board of Police Commissioners. In that same resolution it appoints Peter E. Masti, George E. Langdon, and Laverne “Larry Conrad” to be the commissioners on that board. The resolution also sets their terms to end on December 31, 2014, and that they will serve “without compensation.” In other words, the town supervisor proposes the resolution, a board member seconds it — it’s kosher so far but then it goes rotten — and two members of the town board (Masti and Langdon) vote for themselves to be on the police board of commissioners! They then bring in our old friend, corrupt and criminal Laverne “Larry” Conrad to be the third member. None of these morons has any law enforcement experience, none have the sense you could fill a thimble with, and the fact that they appointed themselves and a crony to supervise a law enforcement department is nothing less than scandalous. The board should be made up of persons from the community who have no vested interests or conflicts of interests!!!
Even though you may admit it’s pretty crooked and suspicious that the town board would elect itself and an old insider to be police commissioners, and you may not see the potential for some real scandal to come out of this, you say that’s business as usual in Ravena-Coeymans. If it weren’t for our corruption and stupidity, we’d be nothing! Besides, you say, they are serving without compensation. BUT THAT’S NOT ENTIRELY TRUE!
You see, they’re very clever and have learned a lot over the years about how to deceive us and how to tie us up in knots. But that was all before this blog, dear readers! You see, what the Coeymans town board has done is this: They’ve let a real criminal go — Gregory “Dumplington” Darlington — and put a real professional in his place at a demoralizing rate of compensation. Most of you would say, “Great job! You’re saving us money!” But that’s not true, people. Here’s why: They’re covering their asses by putting the new, qualified police chief in as a stop gap while they connive to screw us later. They then say: “Well, we’ve got a great guy in there but he’s only part time. We have a board of police commissioners who are picking up the slack. They need to be compensated for their work.” So, instead of paying the police chief a fair salary, they put a couple of lugs in the works, just to screw it up good ol’ Coeymans fashion. But they have a plan, you see, and they’ve hidden it real clever-like.
You see, you have there solution of September 26 that says the board of commissioners will serve “without compensation” until December 31, 2014. But if you have read the Coeymans town board budget (preliminary) for 2015, at page 5, you will see:
|A3120.12||Commissioner||$30,000.00 ⇑ UP
|A3120.11||Chief Salary||$58,941.00 ⇓ DOWN|
Put in very simple terms we have a significant and scandalous situation here:
It must be said that NYS Town Law § 150(2) concerning the board of police commissioners does state that the holders of that position must be electors of the town and must serve without compensation. We are arguing that (1) there is no written policy governing what and how they do what they think they’re going to do. (2) the public has not been consulted, (3) there is no civilian advisory board in place to provide community inputs, (4) there is no explanation or justification of the budget line item for A3129.12 commissioner justifying $30,000 of taxpayer money! As usual, the Coeymans town board is doing everything ass-end-backwards!
The Coeymans town supervisor Stephen Flach proposes a resolution, the resolution is seconded by Kenneth A. Burns (member of the Flach team elected with Flach and Langdon), Coeymans town board passes a resolution in September to create a police board of commissioners. Two of the town board members are nominated to be commissioners. So you have Flach (proposes the resolution), Peter E. Masti (nominated to be a commissioner), and George E. Langdon (town board member nominated to be a commissioner). The only one left out is Thomas E. Dolan, who is the sole democrap on the board, who expectedly votes NO on the resolution. Not surprising in the least. So they take a “democrapic” vote and pass the resolution. OUR PROBLEM WITH THIS: The town board majority fixed the vote to put two sitting board members on the police board of commissioners.
So we now have a police board of commissioners with two sitting town council members on it Masti and Langdon, and an insider employee of the town of Coeymans, Lavern “Larry” Conrad (code enforcement officer with quite a bit of his own baggage). Nevertheless, Masti and Langdon, together, make the majority and can outvote token member Conrad. Why aren’t there any nonpartisan, uncompromised, neutral members on the police board of commissioners?!?!?
We’re not done yet. It’s so clever it’s obvious but because it’s so obvious it’s invisible! To make the initial steps easier for the ignorant residents of the town of Coeymans, Flach and his pets slip in the phrase “for a term ending December 31, 2014, to serve without compensation.” OK. What happens after December 31, 2014, you might well ask?
To find that answer, you need to go back to the Town of Coeymans 2015 Budget. Remember before the 2015 budget, there was no provision in the 2014 budget for line item A3120.12 Commissioner, so if there’s no money for that, you can’t create compensation for it, can you? So, until the end of the fiscal year 2014, the commissioner(s) have to “serve without compensation.” It’s obvious what they’re doing.
Now, look at the budget line item A3120.12 Commissioner for 2015. All of a sudden, the Coeymans town board coughs up $30,000 for police commissioners. Who draws up the budget? Supervisor Stephen D. Flach. Who approves the budget? Coeymans town board members Stephen D. Flach, Peter E. Masti, Thomas E. Dolan, Kenneth A. Burns, Sr., and George E. Langdon. Connect the dots: Members of the Coeymans town board are setting us up to pad their pockets to the tune of $30,000 (doing the math, that’s $10,000 for each of the town officials on the police board of commissioners, two of whom are sitting Coeymans town board members, Masti and Langdon!)
That’s Scandalous! That’s Business-As-Usual in Coeymans!
But what’s worse, still, is that now that their protegé Dumplington has sucked us dry thanks to those dolts on the Coeymans town board, they want a piece of the action and so they screw the new police chief, a competent, experienced law enforcement officer, out of more than half the previous chief’s salary (see the table above). Talk about corruption? Look under your noses!
Our question is this: Are you going to let this slide by (AGAIN) or are you going to raise some hell about it? You have the information now so you can’t ignore what’s going on.
Or have you forgotten the illegal re-zoning, the Carver Laraway/Carver Companies deals, the dangerous truck, dust, and traffic situation created by the stupidity of the Coeymans town board and their caving to businesses that haven’t “created” a single job! What’s it going to take to get you people yelling, hollering, screaming, carrying signs, demanding JUSTICE and FAIRNESS in this community?
The Ravena village board ADMITS that the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Cathy Deluca’s and Nancy Warner’s unlawful and illegal playpen, is HEMORRHAGING $6000 OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS every month (We told you that a year ago!) but it’s still there. Why is that, people? Are you all brain dead or something? Why haven’t you gone to village meetings yet and demanded that they padlock the doors NOW? Throw Cathy Deluca out! She’ll find somewhere else to do her thieving mischief, but at least it won’t be in Ravena-Coeymans. Or we’d hope it won’t be here!