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YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.

07 Jan

You better believe it!
We’re comin’ to get you!
Where will you be when the smoke clears?

Smalbany has been following this story since November 2019. We have new information and will be publishing our follow-up on about January 15, 2020. Bottom Line: The Capital District YMCA refuses to restore the Veterans discount on adult and senior memberships. We will challenge their claim to be a “charity,” and hit them by challenging their non-profit status! Stay tuned!


SHAME ON THE CAPITAL DISTRICT YMCA!!!

The Capital District Y Slashes Veterans Discount

With the White House declaring November as Veterans Month, and all of the talk about how America honors, respects, and loves their veterans, one of America’s premier non-profits, the Young Men’s Christian Association or YMCA, targets Veterans by slashing the Y’s Veterans discount. In August, the Capital District YMCA, a non-profit organization that pays no taxes, cut their Veterans discount not by 10%, not by 20% but by 50%. The measure took effect in October. That’s how the YMCA honors this country’s Veterans.


White House declares all of November as Veterans and Military Families month.
(Susan Walsh/AP)

President Trump urged communities to “honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great nation.” (Read the entire article at: President Declares November Veterans Month) In contrast, the Capital District YMCA slashes their discount offered to Veterans.


A reader wrote to us in October, in amazement, when he discovered that his monthly YMCA membership was increased by 50% in October, going from $26.00 to $39.00. Read what he has to say:

“I was flabbergasted when I called the Y to find out why my debit account showed a $39.00 payment to the Capital District YMCA, when it is normally $26.00.

“When I got to speak to someone in the accounts department, the woman told me that they had changed the Veterans discount; that a letter was mailed out in August. I explained that I was not aware of any letter announcing such a huge increase, and that I was very unhappy to learn that they had targeted Veterans, of all people.

The Accounts person offered to connect me to the “marketing manager”, Erin Breslin, to voice my outrage. I declined the opportunity, opting instead to write to Smalbany and to legislators and veterans organizations.

“I was incensed because just last year the YMCA announced that there would be a $1 per month increase in everyone’s membership due to salaries and benefits. That I could swallow. But this latest despicable action by the YMCA taken against Veterans is scandalous!

“I am on a tight fixed income and have to budget every penny. I maintain good health by regular exercise and was willing to make the sacrifice of the $26 each month to keep my YMCA membership. The halving of the Veterans discount increases my monthly Y payment to $36, which is a 50% increase! That $13 increase puts a strain on an already strained household, believe it or not. Even if it did not, it is a scandalous increase targeting Veterans.

“The YMCA has millions in tax-exempt assets. As a tax-exempt, non-profit it receives many gifts and bequests from people with fortunes, and the Y pays no tax on their property, while the donor can deduct a substantial amount from his or her taxable income.

One final point: Smalbany has written a couple of articles about Planet Fitness and its faults. Two years ago, before I switched to the Y, I was a black-card member at Planet Fitness, which entitled me to visit any location nationwide and included a number of fringe benefits. I paid about $21 each month for that membership. I joined the Y and paid about $5 more but still could use any Y facility. That was OK. Now, for the same services, I’m paying twice as much! I’m paying twice as much to a so-called community organization. I’m paying twice as much to an organization that pays no taxes!!! Say what you like about Planet Fitness, at least they pay taxes!

“This action by a very rich organization that pays no taxes, against a vulnerable population like Veterans, is a disgrace! The IRS, the Veterans Administration, Veterans organizations, Military associations, Congress, the NYS Senate and Assembly, EVERYONE should shame the YMCA for this unprecedented attack on Veterans!”

We could not believe this is happening, and we did not publish it sooner because we had to do some research and check some information. IT’s TRUE! [Editor’s Note: The information was confirmed with the Capital District YMCA. The Veterans discount, misleadingly called a “scholarship” by the Y, was reduced from 50% to 25% for veterans and senior adult memberships. Looks like they hit both veterans and seniors with this move. SHAME!]

The actual letter sent out some time in August 2019 is a bit vague and ambiguous, and doesn’t really come straight out and say that the discount is being reduced, which in fact is what happened. The letter simply states a load of political crapola about all the good the Y does and simply says : “Beginning this October, the savings for our veterans will change to 25% savings on the cost of an adult (or senior adult) membership.” Nothing to warn of a reduction and an increase in the cost of membership to seniors and veterans!.

Click here to read the actual August Letter: YMCA Veterans Discount Slashed

There seems to be a troubling pattern in the Capital District YMCA’s communications to members announcing many of the Y’s more sinister plans and measures: their letters appear to be intentionally vague and ambiguous, probably to avoid immediate protest and outcry.. According to a report on the Grand Street Community Arts site, “The wording of the release was very vague according to all who have read it.” We have to ask ourselves whether this so-called “community institution,” and “charity” organization isn’t being a little too intentionally devious by not coming straight out with what they are doing?

North Albany Y Closed its doors in August .

The mid-term elections were also a distraction for us and for everyone else, and we felt if we published it before the elections, it would not get the attention it deserves. We confirmed all of the facts, and it’s TRUE, the Capital District YMCA has cut the Veterans discount previously offered to Veterans in HALF! What the Veteran about writes is TRUE!

According to the InfluenceWatch site, the YMCA of Greater New York has assets of $346,610,716 (as of 2016). The Capital Region YMCA reported net assets of $27,121,095 (2018). They pay no taxes but in 2018 received more than $2 million in contributions and gifts, $220,000 in fundraising, and received more than $457,000 in government grants; that a total of $2,752, 000 in contributions

GREEDY NON-PROFIT, NON-TAXPAYER YMCA

In addition, the Capital District YMCA had program revenues of $36,205,960, total contributions (gifts,donations, grants,etc.) of $2,752,800, and $616,306 in “other revenue, making a grand total revenue  of $39,575,066. They pay no taxes. (Source: Charity Navigator, last accessed on November 3, 2019).

The Capital District YMCA operates facilities in the following locations:

  • Bethlehem Area YMCA
  • Duanesburg YMCA
  • Glenville YMCA
  • Greenbush YMCA
  • Greene County YMCA
  • Guilderland YMCA
  • Schenectady YMCA
  • Southern Saratoga YMCA
  • Troy YMCA

The Capital District YMCA closed its North Albany Y in August of this year amid protests. Members were referred to the  Healthy Living Center next to the Hannaford on Central Avenue in Albany. It’s only open on weekdays and there is no pool there. Most seniors enjoy pool activities but apparently veterans and seniors are considered marginal or second-class members by the Capital District YMCA.

The Capital Region YMCA’s scandalous action taken against Veterans must not go unpunished, must not go unnoticed by a single American. It is despicable that a so-called community service organization with enormous assets and one that pays no taxes should dare to target the American Veteran!

We demand that the Capital Region YMCA rescind their marketing director’s insane decision, terminate the responsible organization officers, and admonish the board of directors. Furthermore, we urge our lawmakers and veterans organizations to come forward and chastise the Capital Region YMCA for targeting American Veterans in the Y’s attempts to enrich themselves. It’s a hair short of TREASON.

Most veterans pay their taxes. Those on disability or receiving other support have earned that support the hard way. It’s unconscionable for an organization that enjoys all of the benefits owed to Veterans, an organization that pays no taxes in support of Veterans, should slap America’s heroes in the face!

STAND UP FOR YOUR VETERANS!

Contacts at the Capital District YMCA for Complaints:

Capital District YMCA

J. David Brown President/CEO
465 New Karner Road, 2nd Fl.
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 869 – 3500 ext. 9901
Fax: : (518) 869 – 9082

This is the woman responsible for the outrage:
Erin Breslin
Director of Marketing and Membership
465 New Karner Road, 2nd Fl.
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 869 – 3500 ext. 9924

Bethlehem Area YMCA
Carl Oropallo, District Executive Director, ext. 1400
Mark Thurman, Director of Operations, ext. 1401
900 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439 – 4394
Fax: (518) 439 – 5718

Greene County YMCA
Carl Oropallo
District Executive Director
370 Mansion Street W.
Coxsackie, NY 12192
Phone: (518) 731 – 7529 ext. 2200
Fax: (518) 731 – 5429

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7 responses to “YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.

  1. George

    February 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Principal Editor, When are you planning on releasing the new article on the YMCA?

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    • Principal Editor

      February 18, 2020 at 8:08 am

      It’s tax time. Property taxes are being billed. Time too look at those millionaire non-profits who are not paying a dime to support what taxpayers are forced to support. The non-profits are non-taxpayers but get all the benefits! The American way?!? We think not. We’ll be publishing their financials in the last week of February.

      Thanks for your follow-up! We apologize for the late response.
      E.

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  2. George

    January 20, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    The Times Useless indicates the Attorney General is investigating a Not-for-Profit created by certain members of the Legislative Branch. I think she should investigate the “Not-for-Profit” YMCA on the basis that it only masquerades as a Not-for-Profit. Now they are opening up a new venture on Wolf Road that will no doubt raise the salaries of David Brown and his cronies. While she’s at it, maybe she can investigate David Soares and show him for what he really is; then Albany can get a real DA instead of a phony!

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  3. George Jenkins

    January 15, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    The latest CRAP from the YMCA: According to the Times Useless, Starletta Smith transitions from interim role to official position as Executive Director. After a “NATIONWIDE” search they just happened to find the nation’s most qualified in our area. According to the Times Useless “Smith said she looks forward to working as the “NONPROFIT’S” executive director”.

    Perhaps the worst part is that the Times Useless made no mention of Smith LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING TO INSTILL CHRISTIAN VALUES IN YOUNG MEN, IN FACT, THE TIMES USELSSS CREDITS SMITH WITH STATING “I AM HONORED AND VERY EXCITED TO LEAD THE YMCA OF THE GREATER CAPITAL DISTRICT … FURTHERING OUR MISSION TO ELIMINATE RACISM AND EMPOWER WOMEN EACH AND EVERY DAY AND IS MY TRUE PASSION AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO DO SO”. This statement makes Starletta sound like someone who is a RACIST and a FEMINIST who should not be working for the YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION!!!.

    It certainly appears that our local YMCA is a “FOR- PROFIT organization that should be subject to taxes and not eligible for grants. It certainly appears to be a tool to make large sums for David Brown and his friends.

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    • Principal Editor

      January 15, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      George:

      Please do not confuse the dishonest and deceptive YMCA with the racist, feminist YWCA. They are different organizations.

      While the YMCA and the YWCA both publish misleading and self-serving mission statements to delude the public, the YMCA is the one trashing Veterans.

      This Starletta Smith was named executive director of the “YWCA of the Greater Capital Region,” which has its headquarters in Troy, and has nothing to do with the Capital District YMCA, whose offices are on Karner Road. The only thing they share is non-profit status, and a fake community agenda.

      The YWCA, whose new “executive director” is one Starletta Smith, a racist feminist, publishes a sexist and exclusionist mission statement that reads in part: “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all [women].” I added “women” to that statement because the only “men” you find on their website is in “women.”

      Yes, George, it would seem that the pabulum of both the Ys’ “official” mission statement is about as deceptive as their actual operations.

      To be very honest, as usual, they get away with what they do because they can. They are scandalous opportunists who are taking advantage of a well-intentioned tax relief program to amass huge assets and pay enormous salaries while dishonestly calling themselves a “charity.”

      Where would you or I be if we enriched ourselves at the expense of the very people we claimed to be helping and honoring, while screwing them silly?

      As for “Christian” values, that should be an offense to Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and any other belief tradition because, while they’re taking your membership fees and providing for-payment programs, they are espousing sectarian values.

      Now the one organization, the YWCA (Troy) has a black racist feminist who claims she’s going to be promoting feminism as the executive director of the YWCA?!?
      How perverse can the USA non-profit scam possibly get? The freaks must be having a victory party at the Times Useless! You can’t make this — excuse the expression but it’s the only one that adequately describes this bad joke — shit up!

      We also reported on a New York non-profit that caters for the homosexual community and runs a sex camp in Cambridge, New York. It’s calls itself Easton Mountain and describes itself as “Easton Mountain is a community, retreat center, and sanctuary created by gay men as a gift to the world.” Apparently their world is very small but their profits and assets are very large, since they claim non-profit status as an organization providing spiritual services — that must mean multiple orgasms or something — in their reports.

      Thank you George for another eye-opening comment. You’re going to love our sequel to this story.

      Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess who this Starletta Smith is! She’s a black and a woman, and she’s going to use the YMCA to make her racist and politiosocial agendas conspicuous through the Young Men’s Christian Association. WTF???

      The Editor

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  4. George

    January 13, 2020 at 2:15 am

    This is an outrage. I hope the Capital District YMCA goes out of business. It is not a not-for-profit, but a profit making entity for David Brown and his cronies. They do this to our veterans and our seniors. I even heard of cases where they wouldn’t let people join because they were arrested even if their cases were dismissed; Brown and boys simply decided we can do whatever we want, even make believe we should be tax exempt. I believe the entire leadership, especially Mr. Brown and his Board of Directors should be arrested and charged with felony tax evasion, as well as treason. This is NOT a “YOUNG” “MENS” “CHRISTIAN” Association; obviously they are NOT YOUNG, MALES or abiding by Christian principles. Arrest the whole lot of them and replace them with people who appreciate our veterans and seniors, respect the principle of innocent until proven guilty. This is especially true when one considers it is highly likely that a sizable portion of the YMCA membership have convictions on their records. Veterans, Seniors, and the Innocent are being discriminated at the YMCA. Investigate and close the Capital District YMCA and don’t reopen it until David Brown and his cronies are in Federal Prison for treason, as well as prejudice against the elderly and seniors. Oh yes, one more thing, except for the employment of David Brown, the Capital YMCA appears to be biased against people of color and build their new YMCAs in the suburbs where minorities cannot get to them!

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    • Principal Editor

      January 13, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Thank you, George, for your comment.

      I’m sure that many of our readers share your outrage, and would like to see the whole un-American, greedly leadership of the scandalous YMCA terminated and prosecuted for tax fraud.

      Our next article will expose their dishonest practices in more depth, and you won’t be dancing to YMCA tune, unless it’s a war dance. They have assets and properties that will knock your socks off. When you’re not for profit, you don’t have the wherewithall to collect millions in assets and pay no local, state, school, or federal taxes!!!! You try that!

      Furthermore, they are deceptive in their website messages, their communications, and their publications. They are NOT a charity!!! But they call themselves a charity. We’ll tell you why and why it’s unlawful.

      You say, except for David Brown” but if Brown is in that position, he’s either an Oreo or an Uncle Tom, a token for appearances purposes. He’s obviously not interested in American values of respect for our Defenders, and probably hasn’t seen a uniform–except maybe law enforcement–much less worn one in his entire life.

      So, that’s a very interesting and true observation you made about how the YMCA cleverly manages to get out of paying taxes, removing facilities from the urban areas, and strategically placing their newer facilities in the more affluent suburbs! They have no values, much less Christian values, and their social values leave a great deal to be desired!

      Stay tuned and let your friends, family, and contacts know what’s going on and where they can get the truth.

      Thanks again,
      The Editor

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