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Capital District YMCA Continues its Begathon!

The Capital District YMCA has sent out yet another SPAM mailing asking members to contact their legislators, and to urge them to pass a bill that will release $60 billion to non-profits to offset their alleged losses due to COVID-19!

They have no shame, that’s how.
You’re not getting any handouts, are you?
They have no shame!

How can these greedy parasites ask for money to offset losses that are impossible to estimate this early in time? It’s a Perfect Scam!

Here’s an excerpt from the Capital District YMCA’s propaganda email:

YMCAs and our charitable organization partners are asking Congress to pass $60 billion in support for nonprofits and to pass key policy recommendations to support the efforts of nonprofits on the ground.

The previous SPAM mail from the CDYMCA read like this:

They [legislators] need to hear from you about the importance of significant funding to help YMCAs statewide cover the costs associated with full-time and part-time employees, as well as the loss of membership, programming and donation revenue.

The YMCAs statewide need to learn how to operate like other businesses across the state and the nation, who cannot SPAM their customers begging them to ask legislators to bail them out! Normal tax-paying businesses and homeowners are too busy trying to figure out how to meet their tax burdens NOW, since tax bills are out and the government has their hairy hands out for our checks! If they can’t keep their heads above water, then they have to learn how to swim like the rest of us.

Can you imagine going to a state or federal tax audit and claiming losses without hard figures to back you up? Can you imagine going to your legislators as a small or medium business and crying that you lost customers and donation revenue because of Coronavirus, but you don’t have any proof or documentation? They’d laugh you out the door into the parking lot!

Veterans, elderly, the chronically ill, the uninsured, people without healthcare need those $60 billion; most of them are veterans and taxpayers, and unlike CDYMCA CEO David Brown, are not pulling more than $330,000 in salary from the non-profit. By the way, how much is Erin Breslin making, the Sr. VP for Membership, now that she’s slashed the veterans discount in half? 

Shame on you, CDYMCA, and all your non-profit tax-avoiders with you!

No, NO, NO! Absolutely not!
No freebies for greedy non-profits, non-taxpayers!

We’ve contacted legislators and veterans agencies demanding that they take action.

  • Charles E. Schumer, US Senator
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator
  • Neil D. Breslin, State Legislator
  • John T. McDonald III, State Legislator
  • George A. Amedore, Jr., State Legislator
  • Chris Tague, State Legislator
  • Greene County Veterans Service Bureau
  • Albany County Veterans Service Bureau

Albany County alone has more than 20,000 veterans, who need to be informed and show their anger in the upcoming elections! Come November, use your vote to sanitize and exterminate all the snakes, rats, and cockroaches from our communities, government, everywhere!

The day after election day 2020!

 

 

Cap District YMCA: Shameless Arrogance … AGAIN!!!

Stop the Scams!

We recently reported on the Capital District YMCA’s shameless slashing of veterans discounts by 50%, increasing veterans’ memberships up to 50%; one member reported his monthly dues went from $26 to $39/month! We also reported that despite numerous complaints and follow-up, Erin Breslin, Sr. Director of Marketing and Membership, the CDYMCA executive responsible for the reduction in the veterans discount, refused to reconsider their shameful decision. (See our report at YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.)

Senior Director of Marketing and Membership at Capital District YMCA

Shameless and Arrogant!!!

Capital District YMCA Wants NY Legislators to Funnel More Taxpayer Dollars into the Non-profit. We say: Let their execs, who are making 6-figure salaries take a pay cut first!!! CEO C. David Brown pulls more than $330,000 a year, while other execs pull their 6-figures.
NO MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS!!! PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE!!!

We also recently reported on the incredible fact that the CDYMCA has tens of millions of dollars in property assets in the Capital District but doen’t pay a dime in property tax! We further reported that CDYMCA president and CEO, C. David Brown pulls in more than $330,000 a year in salary, while other executives are pulling 6-figure salaries. Yet the CDYMCA is registered as a non-profit organization and doesn’t pay a dime in property taxes! (See our report at Capital District YMCA: Millions in Assets, Pays No Tax!.)

J.D. Brown Exec Dir CDYMCA, refused to respond.

We reported that the CDYMCA calls itself a charity but charges above-market rates for memberships while also charging market or above-market rates for some of their programs. Yet they don’t pay a dime in tax!

Today, on March 17, 2020, the Capital District YMCA sent out an Action Alert that reads:

ACTION ALERT
Act to protect YMCAs during the COVID-19 crisis!
Dear Advocate,

The New York State Legislature plans to vote on legislation today to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell them that your Ys need a COVID-19 package that supports the YMCA. You can take part in this advocacy by sending this important letter to your legislators. They need to hear from you about the importance of significant funding to help YMCAs statewide cover the costs associated with full-time and part-time employees, as well as the loss of membership, programming and donation revenue.

Please write to your state legislators today!

Enough is enough, already!!! This is getting really sickening!!!

The CDYMCA’sexecutives, Erin Breslin (CDYMCA executive), David Brown (CDYMCA CEO/President), Carl Oropallo (Executive Director), Mark Thurman (Director, Operations, Bethlehem), received a communication this week, after David Brown, the guy pulling more than $330,000 in salary, broadcast a message to Y members that the CDYMCA facilities would be closed for one week for “deep cleaning.” Those executives were asked one simple question: Would members’ accounts be credited for that week that they could not use the facilities? No one from the CDYMCA has answered that question but we’re pretty certain what the answer is.

What is this “deep cleaning” thing, anyway. A facility like the CDYMCAshould have extraordinary hygiene and sanitary measures in place as routine! The cleaning agents and disinfectants they use in the pools, locker rooms, workout areas should all be sufficient to kill just about anything! Sick people don’t work out or take aerobic exercise classes. Normally, the rule of most gym etiquette is to wipe down equipment after use using disinfectants that should be provided. (We are informed that the disinfectant and paper towels are provided for this purpose at commercial fitness clubs and at the Y. The problem is, personnel don’t enforce the practice.)So what’s this deep cleaning that’s going on for a week?

Editor’s aside: According to our information based on research of the recommendations for what so-called “deep cleaning” involves, the CDYMCA is again playing with terms. There are a number of deep cleaning methods currently being employed to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and none of them, ranging from airlines to the New York Stock Exchange, involve shutting down for an entire week. In fact, the deep cleaning being done involves mainly high contact surfaces, which should be routine day-to-day cleaning practices in a place like a fitness center or a YMCA. First and foremost, the most effective preventive measure is to avoid contact with individuals who have clear symptoms of cough, sneeze, or fever of undermined origin. But that’s common sense! Social distancing, even if around asymptomatic persons, is also proving to be effective but Americans are already socially distanced, so that’s a no-brainer! Self-isoation or self-quarantine is the ultimate step for individuals who know they have been in contact with a symptomatic individual, or an area in which symptomatic individuals have been, or who have traveled to endemic areas, or have symptoms or have been diagnosed with a viral infection or infection with COVID-19. Persons-at-increased-risk, that is persons who are at increased risk of infection generally, are well-advised to stay clear of crowds. When in doubt, call your pubic health hot-line or consult your doctor. So what is the CDYMCA doing for a so-called deep clean that is over and above their normal sanitizing? We’ll ask them and see if they come up with anything. (Sources: “How Big Businesses Get a Deep Clean” (New York Times article; “Ships, Planes And Other Spots Are Getting A ‘Deep Clean.’ What’s That Mean?” (NPR article), both last accessed on March 17, 2020.)

The CDC and World Health Organization have reported that the virus doesn’t survive long on surfaces that have not been disinfected; isn’t it reasonable that the virus would survive for an even shorter time on disinfected surfaces, if at all? (See our report on COVID-19 at Smalbany Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.)
But let’s get back to the shameless Action Alert broadcast today by the non-profit, non-taxpaying Capital District YMCA:
That message reads: “They (state legislators) need to hear from you about the importance of significant funding to help YMCAs statewide cover the costs associated with full-time and part-time employees, as well as the loss of membership, programming and donation revenue.” That’s absolutely ridiculous!
In 2018, the CDYMCAincreased every member’s monthly dues by $1, which adds up to a hefty amount each month. Then in 2019, they slashed veterans discounts by 50%, adding more to their pockets! Now the greedy bastards are asking members to write to legislators to ask that they now give taxpayer dollars to support a non-taxpaying glutton to help cover costs!!!
We say: Any legislator who votes to support this shameless expression of greed and unfairness in our tax system should be run out of the Legislature!!! We have a better idea: Mr C. David Brown, Ms Erin Breslin, Mr Marc Thurman, Mr Carl Oropallo, and their coworkers should take a pay cut!!! How’s that for an idea?
For an organization that contributes nothing to the pubic treasury by being wholly tax-exempt to ask taxpayers and legislators to provide more funds to them to cover costs is one of the most shameful and arrogant things to come from them yet!
The non-profit scam in New York and around the country needs to be reexamined, revised, and most of the scammers need to start paying their fair share of property taxes.

Easton Mountain, Cambridge, NY
A Gay Retreat Community
A Non-profit Organization

We contacted the Washington County District Attorney’s office some time ago with an inquiry about this place; we never got a response.
There’s a sex camp for gay men in Cambridge, NY, called Easton Mountain. They operate facilities on several acres of prime property with a number of newly renovated buildings and grounds. They claim to be the gay community’s gift to the world but Easton Mountain is the gay community’s gift to the organizers and staff of Easton Mountain. They claim their non-profit status on the basis of spiritual and charity-related work but when you look at their programs, which include neotantra (= so-called sacred sex), intimacy training, orgasm training, erotic massage, even a phony “diploma” course offered by the visiting Brit, etc., and the cost of those programs, upwards of $400 to more than $1000 for a week (5 nights) program!!!They even import some phony sex guru from the UK to facilitate some of their events! We’ll be looking at their filings and report on how much government support they receive in lieu of paying taxes. Did you know that your tax dollars are going to organizations like that? (The most published recent financials, the IRS 990 dates back to 2014!)  See our articles: Tantra or Sex Services? (5/2019), The Follow-up (6/2019), Sex for Sale: The Follow-up II (7/2019).
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We will obtain the voting information and report who in the New York State Legislature votes to funnel more taxpayer money to the CDYMCA and non-profit scammers like them. We’ll publish the names of those legislators who voted to send your tax dollars to the scammers. And we’ll remind you of their freewheeling and dealing when elections roll around.
In the meantime, we urge you, our many readers to support us in our own Action Alert, and to contact your legislators and warn them if they give another dime away to tax scamming non-profits who can afford to pay their executives and directors six-figure salaries, the legislators are going to be looking for jobs!!!

PAY YOUR SHARE, YMCA!!!

 
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Venomous: The Shape of Things Happening

In 1939 H.G. Wells wrote the futuristic novel Shape of Things to Come, and that was followed by a spate of futuristic, almost prophetic novels written by the likes of Wells and Orwell. It was amazing what those guys were able to predict so accurately, and we’ve quoted and discussed those novels several times on this blog.

They described a situation similar to Coronavirus in 2001, in the film “Venomous!”

But the really scary film that relates very well to this newest pandemic, Coronavirus or as the public health authorities like to call it, COVID-19. The film is called Venomous (no, we’re not referring to Nancy Pelosi’s autobirgraphy and political career).

Several months ago, we viewed this 2001 film, Venomous, and thought, Wow! Something like this could really happen in this day and age. A whole town held hostage, their communications shut down, government lying to the media, who then repeat the lies. The town is doomed unless something happens. Here’s the actual synopsis of the plot:

The film starts out at a secret laboratory in the Mojave Desert. A renegade scientific unit of the U.S. military is working on a top-secret project that involves breeding poisonous rattlesnakes that develop a highly contagious virus. In 1991, a group of terrorists penetrates a secret American government lab, releasing the genetically modified rattlesnakes. Over the following years, the snakes breed and multiply. Years later, in the present days, an earthquake drives them from the underground to the surface, and unleashes hordes of aggressive, virus-infected rattlesnakes on a remote town.an earthquake , and the snakes infect whomever they bite with a fatal virus. A small-town doctor, Henning, tries to confront the the situation but is stymied by the government-military schemers. As the viral epidemic begins killing friends and family in town, a local doctor and his team fights the media, the military, and the government in an effort to find a vaccine. The military lies to the government and reports the entire town’s population dead; the town is very much alive but the military has forced everyone into their homes, and the streets are deserted. The townspeople have no idea what the government is planning for them. The government wants to hide the traces of its wrongdoings; corrupt military officials plan to blow up the town with a massive firebomb to cover up the incriminating source of the diabolical disease. With the Stealth plane carrying the bomb headed Dr. Henning’s way, and with the town littered with dying citizens, Henning has to find a way to save the day — and perhaps the planet.

Now, seriously, the film was made in 2001! How many epidemics have we had since? And we’re not even counting the AIDS pandemic nor are we considering all the disinformation and lies that were circulated back then in the 1980s and 1990s!

Here’s the film. If your browser can handle the format, you can easily view it from this site by clicking the image below; otherwise you can go to YouTube and view it there. The real message that applies to today’s situation starts at about 40 minutes into the film (T = 40:00:00).

Again, we have to say that this film was made in 2001, it’s almost prophetic!

We have an infestation of venomous snakes right in our own midst: in our town halls (New Baltimore, Coeymans), in law enforcement (Coeymans Police Department, Albany County DA P. David Soares; in New York State (Most of our elected officials, the worst snake is Andrew Cuomo!), and our wonderful United States Congress, the biggest den of vipers! Even our so-called profitable non-profits like the Capital District YMCA, is reptilian.

Come November, use your vote to sanitize and exterminate all the snakes, rats, and cockroaches from our communities, government, everywhere!

The day after election day 2020!

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Smalbany Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

We’re faced with a pandemic and the uncertainty that an election year and all of its intrigues, misinformation, and conspiracies that come with a high-stakes political event! We’re also faced with our government’s failure to safeguard our health, well-being, and economic interests by keeping us in the dark about what they know about what their friends are cooking up, and what we’re cooking up without knowing it. I mean the fact that we are not only importing massive amounts of Chinese chicken and pork, but also the new viruses they are creating through their unethical and irresponsible industrial farming and meat production practices, and our laws prevent us from getting the information we want about the food we eat! Think about that when you vote for your congressmen!

But what’s even worse is that in this election year we just happen to have a plague, and we just happen to have someone to blame it on. I’m not waxing political or becoming a conspiracy theorist at all. But don’t you think it’s a bit fishy that with all the Liberal and Democrap fringe repeatedly attempt to character-assassinate the POTUS, and with their embarrassing failures to date to eliminate him, this COVID-19 pandemic comes at a very suspicious moment in our history. With all the angst and media hype, colleges cutting face-to-face classes, state governors declaring states of emergency, and political conventions just around the corner, something’s really rotten in Washinton. Fear, angst, isolation… Think about that.

If you don’t wake up, you’re dead in the water!

OK. Now back to You, Joe and Jane average, and how you feel about this new plague! Yeah! We’ve been watching as you empty the shelves in your local supermarket. It would appear that the propaganda and the media hype is having the desired effect: Your scared shiteless! You’re stocking up for the Apocalypse. Right? But you’ve already been exposed, and those pork chops and chicken you have in your cart, well, they’re probably from China. You’re dead in the water, honey!

Time to get some facts and time to stop playing into the hands of the politicians and the media. We have a problem and the only way to resolve it is to get some true facts. That’s what we’re here for.

The Facts

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a virus that focuses on the respiratory system; it is the virus that has caused severe pneumonia, and was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since the first reports of human cases in China, COVID-19,  is now spreading person-to-person and is infecting growing numbers of people around the world, and has been reported in more than 50 countries; about 94% of the cases are in China.

Coronaviruses are not new and make up a large family of viruses that are common in humans, and other species. From time to time, we see new (a.k.a. “novel” in CDC language) coronaviruses that have not previously been described in human beings. There are many types of human Coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses in human beings.

This virus was originally thought to have emerged from an animal source that ultimately mutated to infect humans, but now we are seeing this virus being spread from person to person. As of this writing, it remains unclear how easily this virus can spread among people.

COVID-19 can cause mild cold-like symptoms as well as severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support. In 5% of cases, it can be virulent and in some susceptible people such as the very young, the elderly, immuno-compromised people (immune deficiency diseases or chemotherapy), cancer patients, weakened persons, diabetics, etc. The virus can cause severe pulmonary disease, which has been observed in previous outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), for example.

Coronavirus is spread person to person, and like the common cold it is spread by droplets generated when a person coughs or sneezes

So how does COVID-19 spread? Epidemiologists don’t know exactly but their current understanding of how this virus spreads and causes COVID-19 disease is based on what they know about Coronaviruses in general. It is believed that the virus is spread person to person, and like the common cold it is spread by droplets generated when a person coughs or sneezes. Exposure usually requires relatively close contact (a radius of about 6 feet) with  someone who is infected but not be clearly symptomatic. The greatest risk of contagion and infection is when a person has symptoms. It’s important to understand that people have become sick after contact with someone with few or no symptoms at all. Spread by an asymptomatic person is unclear but still demands caution.

COVID-19 can cause mild cold-like symptoms but can also cause a severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support, and may even result in death.

Coronavirus is thought to be more contagious than the seasonal flu

The latest areas of widespread infection and disease include China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy.

COVID-19 may spread relatively easily in a close community. In fact, it is estimated that that for every 1 person that is infected, potentially 2 other people can get the infection if they do not protect themselves with simple prevention measures, such as hand washing, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, etc.

Coronavirus is thought to be more contagious than the seasonal flu but much less than other highly contagious viruses, such as measles or chicken pox.

Some simple prevention measures

Many people are asking how they can protect themselves. Well, common simple everyday personal hygiene and courtesy are preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, and they will work with this novel Coronavirus. Some simple prevention measures include: washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. You should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Obviously, you should avoid close contact with people who are sick, and presumed infected with COVID-19, which is common sense whether it’s COVID-19, the flu, or even a cold. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Very importantly stay home when you are sick. So many people are so inconsiderate and stupid, even if they have sick time benefits that they go to work in crowded offices etc. when sneezing and coughing. Self-isolation in any contagious or infectious disease is a personal responsibility, and if employees are such irresponsible idiots to go to work and put their co-workers at risk, employers should send them home immediately out of concern for the health and well-being of the other employees.

Visit COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn more about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19 (links provided below)..

Even if you have done everything right, you still need to be able to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 disease.

The current symptoms reported in patients with COVID-19 included mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. According to the CDC symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, or if you have recently returned from travel in an affected area (such as China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or Italy), you should contact your primary care physician or a  health care professional and inform him of your recent travel or close contact. Your doctor or the healthcare professional will cooperate with the public health authorities in your area and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Public Health Response and Current Situation

Although this is an early stage of a possible pandemic, it is just an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, about which the public health authorities still know little but the CDC says it will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

Reliable information and ongoing updates are available about CDC’s response to COVID-19 online. (See the links at the end of this article.)

Although there are a number of concentrations of COVID-19 affecting entire communities, it is still a relatively low risk in many communities. But that may give many people a false sense of security; we may still eventually have cases of COVID-19 in more communities, affecting wider regions. We need to keep in mind that this is a very rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.

Obviously, we can’t rely on wishful thinking of people in La-La-Land, or on the media that irresponsibly reports false or incorrect facts. Fear and anxiety are powerful forces if people don’t use their heads and think clearly.

We know that cases in the US have done very well, in part due to access to healthcare and the preparedness of hospital providers caring for the individual cases but the sad fact is that most people are inconsiderate and behave stupidly. Another sad fact is the shameful lack of access to healthcare for a large number of people. It seems that in the midst of a fear culture, the early cases get celebrity treatment. Then confusion and damage control set in at the higher levels of government, the plague rages on while they’re diddling Mr Wankie, and the rest of us fall through the cracks. History repeats itself, unfortunately.

COVID-19 is here in the United States, in the UK, and we have to face that fact. People are infected and people are infecting other people. The governments have been slow to respond with adequate treatment of the cases even though the first infection with COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The outbreak in China was well known some time before that. That is not surprising when you consider how irresponsible China is with industrial farming, antibiotics, and the fact that Americans are kept unaware of the number and quantity of Chinese meat and other products arrive on our tables! There’s no telling what we are being exposed to, and our government is at fault for dropping the ball!

So the question is very reasonable whether you are at risk for COVID-19 or another plague from a package or products shipping from China? Well, the good news is that, in general, Coronaviruses don’t survive very long on surfaces, there is presumably a low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperatures. But don’t feel too safe too soon! There’s an awful lot that we still don’t know about this new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly about how it spreads.

Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of the virus causing COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases reported in the United States that are attributed to contact with imported products but that isn’t very convincing. The key word in that last sentence is “reported.”

We know what we know but we don’t know what’s being kept from us. Do we?

Yes. COVID-19 is here and if you start to feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you think you’ve been exposed, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms, so that they can take infection control precautions, if necessary, to safeguard the health and well-being of the other patients.

First and foremost:

  • Avoid contact with others. Do not travel if you feel sick, and certainly not if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of the tissue immediately or place your contaminated clothing in the wash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 situation summary page to find the most current information on the COVID-19. Click this link for a handy COVID-19 Symptoms.graphic.

For Further Information and Official Updates, Please Visit these Sites:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

And

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Cases

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

Map of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE (Center for Systems Science Education)

Information for Travel

 
 

Capital District YMCA: Millions in Assets, Pays No Tax!

Local Organizations Head the List!

It’s tax time again and you are being held hostage by your Assessor, the government, and the “gimme-s.” Yes, you’re probably agonizing over how much property tax, school tax, income tax, and indirect tax you are going to be held liable for. You have no choice but to pay; otherwise you’ll face incredible penalties, interest, and even loss of your property and garnished earnings. You can only hope that you get to keep some of your earnings and enjoy your property without going to the poor house. “Liberty and justice for all” goes to hell in a hand-basket at tax time; forget all the sweet words and “Welcome to reality!”


Costs to taxpayers increase while services are either curtailed or discontinued altogether. You still have to pay, whether you get the services or not. Downsizing services or product contents while keeping the price the same is nothing new in the scammer’s toolbox. A can of coffee used to be 16 oz; container’s the same but contains 14 oz. Same price.


Here’s another local scam for you: Did you know that local cable service provider MidHudson Cable has discontinued its email service, which for years was part of the cable package offered by the rinky-dink provider based in Catskill, NY. Have any of the local Albany County and Greene County subscribers noticed any decrease in their monthly cable bills since MidHudson discontinued their email services? Very unlikely, indeed. MidHudson has not decreased your bill. But you will certainly have noticed the regular nickle-and-dime gouging increases that appear on your cable bill at regular intervals.


Every property owner has to pay property tax, a good portion of which goes to school tax to educate young people in elementary, middle, and high-school. The school tax is paid ONLY by property owners; everyone else gets to enjoy the benefits without paying. But even those residents who don’t pay property tax get to vote on the school budget. Fair? Right?

This is particularly unfair to many mid-life and older property owners who have no children in the schools, and to business property owners, who don’t get to vote on the school budget. For your information, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District budget for 2020 is more than $48 million! Yes, you read that correctly, $48 million. You should really be wondering what you’re getting for all that dough! Well, about 75% of that money goes to salaries and benefits for teachers and employees. Then there’s upkeep and maintenance of buildings and equipment. Doesn’t leave much for education, does it? And it shows, doesn’t it?[1]

Everyone has to pay taxes. Well, almost everyone. You see there are some very, very rich organizations in the Capital District Region who don’t pay a dime in property tax. There are quite a few non-profit organizations in the Albany area, about 3,800 nonprofits totaling more than $14 billion in assets.[2] And they don’t pay a dime in tax!

A 2017 Times Union article,

The Capital Region has thousands of nonprofits receiving contributions from private citizens. This list is drawn from the most recent available IRS Form 990s, which nonprofits file annually declaring revenues and expenses. Government funding was excluded. The list also excludes universities, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals and government-affiliated nonprofits. Hospital foundations are included, as they are separate organizations.”

It’s important to note that the TU list does not include universities, colleges, nursing homes,hospitals and government-affiliated non-profits in the “thousands of non-profits.” And they don’t pay a dime in tax! Interestingly, the Albany Medical Center Foundation is reported to be the #1 recipient, having received more than $14 million dollars in contributions in the reporting period!

We recently reported on the Capital District YMCA, a local non-profit organization, when the Y slashed the veterans discount by 50% in October-November 2019, increasing many veterans’ membership fees by 50%. For example, one veteran contacted us and reported that he had been paying $26/month in Y membership fees but when the veterans discount was halved, he ended up paying $39/month in dues! That’s a 50% increase imposed on veterans by a non-profit organization that pays no taxes. Nice show of American gratitude towards their veterans, right?


CDYMCA Propaganda

“The Capital District YMCA offers facilities in Albany, Bethlehem, Duanesburg, Glenville, Greenbush, Greene County, Guilderland, Schenectady, Southern Saratoga, & Troy! With top-notch facilities, programs, and childcare, the Y has whatever you need!” Really? Sounds like marketing hype to us; just like tax-paying businesses put out there to draw customers.

There seems to be a problem with the CDYMCA receiving government aid in addition to receiving tax-exempt status. Historically, the United States government and state governments have avoided supporting religion or religion-related organizations. You’ve all heard of the separation of church and state, right? Does your church receive government support of its programs? But the CDYMCA does state in it’s mission statement: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” What about Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim principles? Oh! We understand now. The “Christian” principles that the CDYMCA put into practice include greed, hypocrisy, exclusivity, misinformation, etc. You know, all those values we see in politics and government, and in business in this country. We understand that the other religions and belief traditions do not support those key “Christian” principles.


We have information that the Y received numerous complaints in response to the reduction in Veterans’ discounts, and our informant also tells us that despite numerous communications to the Capital District YMCA requesting that the savings to veterans be reinstated, the Y refused to consider reinstating the veterans discount.

Senior Director of Marketing and Membership at Capital District YMCA

All credit for slapping veterans in the face goes to Erin Breslin, Sr Director of Membership, CDYMCA. Not only the name is gender-ambiguous. There’s a lot of ambiguity about stinky-pants Breslin and her gang at CDYMCA. They preach one thing and do another. That’s called hypocrisy where I come from, not charity. But Breslin is unashamed and arrogant. She claims the decision to slash the veterans benefit was a good decision and refuses to reinstate the veterans discount. She takes all the credit, although we doubt she had the decision power to make the decision on her own. She is, after all, just a lackey. But even a lackey in her position must be pulling at least $80-100+ K in salary out of the so-called charity. But we should be looking more closely at J. David Brown, the overpaid, grossly overpaid CEO of the CDYMCA, who is laughing his way to the bank collecting a cool $330,000 salary! So that’s where all the contributions and non-taxable assets are going? That’s quite the scam, don’t you think?

We have correspondence, letters and emails, that were sent by the member to executives at the CDYMCA, including J. David Brown, President/CEO, CDYMCA, Carl Oropallo, District Executive Director, Shawn Dilbert St. James, Membership Director (Bethlehem Branch), and to Erin Breslin, Sr. Director of Marketing and Membership, who was responsible for the outrageous action taken against veterans but none responded, except for Breslin, who refused to reinstate the benefit. We’d like to hear from Ms Breslin on this subject. We’d like to hear her side of the story. Wouldn’t you?

J.D. Brown Exec Dir CDYMCA, refused to respond.
His salary: $330,633.00!

We’d like to hear from Mr J. David Brown on this subject, particularly why he’s worth more than $330K in salary as CEO of a so-called “charity”. We’d like to hear her side of the story. Wouldn’t you? It’s no wonder Breslin had increase every member’s monthly dues by $1, and to slash the veterans benefit discount in half; how else could they pay themselves such outrageous salaries?!?

Hall of Shame: CDYMCA, Erin Breslin, J. David Brown.

The Capital District YMCA operates a number of facilities in the Capital Region and claims in most of their propaganda to be a “charity,” which they definitely are NOT. Since when does a charity charge membership fees? Since when does a charity charge for its programs? The CDYMCA is misinforming the public when they call themselves a charity.

The correct tax department terminology is an organization with “a charitable purpose,” a definition that fall far short of being a charity.

Here’s an example of some of the deceptive practices of the CDYMCA: they accept donations from members and patrons around holiday periods but take credit for distributing the holiday gifts, they don’t provide the gifts, they just distribute them. Many of the CDYMCA programs are for-fee programs, participation is for an additional charge which may be quite considerable. Consider that some of the offerings posted read “Members $50, Non-members $75.” By the way, charities donot have “members,” clubs do and clubs charge membership dues, just like the so-called CDYMCA charity.

Futhermore, the CDYMCA claims to support local organizations and businesses…for a fee, that is. We have information that at least one local facility held a get-to-know-your-local-businesses event, and announced that it was in support of local business. What they did not tell the public is that local businesses had to pay $30 just to participate. A charity?

Well, people, here’s the clincher: The Capital District YMCA has total assets of more than $55 million dollars!!! And they don’t pay a dime in property tax. They are shown under the Fully Exempt section of the local tax rolls!

Now, if you had property assets of $55 million, how much property tax do you think you’d be paying? Any idea what your assessment might look like? Any idea of how much school tax $55 million would generate? Any idea of how many community and school programs would be supported by tax on $55 million in property assets? Well, as far as the CDYMCA and organizations like it, the amount is about $00. NOTHING. How’s that grab ya?

The whole idea of non-profit organization under state and federal tax codes is a complete joke! It’s a farce. The executives, for example, at the CDYMCA receive 5- and 6-figure salaries, comparable to private corporations. In 2018, they up-ed across-the-board membership dues by $1/month to cover “increases” in employee costs. That amounts to quite a bit of money each month, and we assume quite a bit of an increase in employee benefits at the CDYMCA that calls itself a “charity.”

Hey, Taxpayers!
How do you feel about this? Like the suckers you are?

If you operated a business or a corporation and you had $55 million in assets you’d likely be paying a good amount of taxes of every kind. And you’d have to generate the funds to pay those taxes, too. Take for example, corporate chain health and fitness clubs like Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness operates fitness facilities nationwide, just like the YMCA does. Planet Fitness offers many of the services that the YMCA offers. Planet Fitness is a franchise-based corporation, a for-profit business, but their memberships run from about $10/month for local facility use to about $20/month for the so-called Black-Card, which entitles members to use any Planet Fitness facility in the US.[3] Last time we looked, Planet Fitness paid fair wages and salaries and paid considerable taxes on their propreties. So, we’d like to ask, how is it that the CDYMCA who provides comparatively similar services as, say, Planet Fitness, charges up to 4-times as much for membership and pays no taxes? How is it that a low-income veteran on fixed income, no assets, has to pay twice the Planet Fitness premier membership (est. $20/month) for a regular membership ($39/month) at the CDYMCA? That just doesn’t add up. If you don’t see something wrong with this picture, get your eyes examined!

There’s a scam going on here. There’s a very big scam going on here, and organizations like the YMCA are profiting hugely at the expense of communities, service providers, and even the government. Yes, the government. You see, in the reporting year covering the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, not only did the CDYMCA report more than $55 million in assets but they also reported having received

  • more than $2.7 million in grants
  • more than $36.2 million in program services revenues
  • more than $245,000 in investment income
  • more than $370,000 in “other income”

totalling more than $39.5 million in income in addition to the $55 million in assets.[4]


Editor’s Aside

According to local assessment rolls, for example (partial list!), we found:

  • Schenectady County Y, Vly Road: $523,200 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, 465 Karner Road: $3,048,780 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Parcel, Karner Road: $36,585 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road (Shenendehowa Ppty.):  $407,547 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road, (Shenendehowa Ppty.), $8,982,075 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road, (Shenendehowa Ppty), $4,510,377 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, (E. Greenbush), $7,758,700 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, (Coxsackie) $3,355,072 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • Troy YMCA, $3,070,000 WHOLLY EXEMPT

[Sources: Local Municipalities, Office of the Assessor, Property Tax Rolls]


Here is some salary information for the CDYMCA:

The average salary for Capital District YMCA jobs (all) is $80,252.*

Director – $89,821
Development Director – $79,928
Pilates Instructor – $64,070
Massage Therapist – $57,771
Health Coach – $33,762
Site Supervisor – $33,513
Babysitter/Nanny – $30,992
Member Services Representative – $30,123
Assistant – $26,762
Activity Assistant – $24,325
[Source: https://www.simplyhired.com/salaries-k-capital-district-ymca-jobs.html last accessed on March 4, 2020.]

Top Executives:
J David Brown President and CEO $330,633
Gail Glasser SVP Association Advancement $128,192
Mary Pierson SVP and CFO $108,460
[Source: http://nonprofitlight.com/ny/albany/17897-young-mens-christian-association-of-the-capital-district-4416 last accessed on March 4, 2020.]


Not a charity by any standard.

We chose the Capital District YMCA (CDYMCA) for another good reason: In addition to misinforming the public of their status and by not openly disclosing their assets, they are hijacking the legacy of what used to be a real community organization with real values. They have perverted that legacy in many ways, not the least of which is by claiming non-profit status, claiming to be a “charity,” and claiming to “build community,” which they do not do, and cannot truthfully claim to do.

Although the most damning point made in this report is the fact that the CDYMCA has enormous assets and income but doesn’t pay a dime in tax is but one issue we should be outraged by. But the fact that they have the arrogance to target a vulnerable population like our veterans to accrue more profit and feed their greed is downright shameful! Anyone who out of one side of their face will praise the courage and sacrifices made by American veterans should be up in arms about what the CDYMCA has done.

Furthermore, in this election year, Veterans organizations and our elected officials should be taking a very close and critical look at organizations like the CDYMCA claiming “non-profit” or “charity” status, while holding tens of millions in assets, while the rest of us are paying taxes through our noses!

Think about that, why don’t you? Leave a comment about what you think about this situation.

And if you haven’t read our original article about the slashing of the veterans discount, read it here: YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.

Yes, it’s an election year! We will be contacting legislators and veterans organizations about this outrageous abuse of veterans by the Capital District YMCA, and we’ll be reporting back to our readers about the politicians’ responses, if any, and the response of the organizations who claim to stand for veterans’ interests. Stay tuned!

 


Notes

[1] Source: RCS residents approved school budget, elected Board of Ed candidates, https://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2019/05/21/rcs-residents-approved-school-budget-elected-board-of-ed-candidates/

[2] Sources: Albany NY Nonprofit Organizations, https://www.albany.com/local-community-services/nonprofits/; Nonprofit & 501c Organizations Albany County Ny https://www.taxexemptworld.com/organizations/albany-county-ny-new-york.asp?spg=2

[3] We do note in all fairness that a YMCA membership may entitle the member to use any Y in the country, at the discretion of the host Y.

[4] And to be fair, they do have their exorbitant, outrageous executive salaries to pay out of that income, as well as their employee wages, and benefits. But they’re still making a killing! And not paying a dime in tax.

 

Burn Your Baptismal Certificate Protest!

We call upon all Roman Catholics and their Christian brothers and sisters to join us in a ceremonial protest against the signing into law of the most hideous licence to kill newborn babies provided by the Demon-crats’ and Andrew Cuomo’s so-called Reproductive Health Act.

Being baptized into the community of Christians standing by when government murders babies is not what I was led to believe in Holy Scripture. It’s nothing more than a scrap of asswipe.

In January 2019, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the most gruesome abortion legislation to date: The Reproductive Health Act.became the most horrific piece of legislation in the history of the state and the country when it became law allowing full-term babies, newborns to be killed if they survive an abortion procedure. This is a monumental embarrassment perpetrated by liberal Democrats, monsters in women-suits, ball-less cowardly clergy, and heartless sluts.

Any bishop or cardinal who doesn’t come out with the big guns has no balls! Yeah! That’s you Scharfenberger and Dolan!!!

“Agonizing Wait” to Adopt CHINESE Babies (While New York is Murdering Our Own)

Just recently, USA Today and other newspapers and magazines pulled on America’s heartstrings when they reported the “agonizing” wait of American couples waiting to adopt Chinese babies!!!! In New York we murder our newborns and Amercian couples are lamenting that they have to wait to get a Chinese baby to adopt. You can’t make this shit up, people. What has this country become??? We import just about everthing we have from China from blue jeans to chickens, from drugs to coronavirus, now we murder our babies and import Chinese babies. Hey! This is fact. It’s been in the news for months. Where have you been?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
.This man’s less than an animal. He’s ugly through and through!

It’s time for a serious sit-down talk and some activist protest. Peaceful of course. I call upon all Roman Catholics and their Christian brothers and sisters to join us on a date to be announced, probably closer to Easter Sunday, when we will meet at a prominent location in Albany, NY, to ceremonially burn Baptismal Certificates — mine will be the first to go — in protest of the poor leadership provided by clergy of all traditions and faiths, by not standing up for what is morally and humanely right. Cuomo has to be stopped.

The Church leaders who just write letters without getting forceful from the pulpet, in legislative chambers, on the street, and in the voting booths have to be told that we, as Catholics and Christians, as Jews and Muslims, are fed up with the double-talk about saving children on the one hand and murdering them on the other hand. Animals show more humanity than American women and legislators. Certainly more humanity than that heathen devil Andrew “Armageddon” Cuomo and his satanist brethren, Hillary “Satan” Clinton.

Sarah Weddington, lawyer.
This dried up hag was in back of Roe v. Wade, which started this mudslide of abortion!

Sarah Weddington — what’s “wedding” doing in this witch’s name, anyway? —In 1967, during her third year of law school, Weddington conceived with her lover Ron Weddington and travelled to Mexico for an illegal abortion. She received her J.D. that same year, graduating in the top quarter of her class. From 1968 to 1974, she was married to Weddington. Lasted as long as it took to get pregnant, kill the baby, and move on. That’s a licensed law professional who is allowed to teach law. No wonder this country is in such a mess!

Cuomo ordered public buildings in New York City to be lighted up in pink to celebrate the passage of the law allowing newborns to be murdered, abortions to be done up to 40 weeks (past full-term), and allowing non-physicians to perform the abortions!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York City, was interviewed. He made some points in a wishy-washy way but avoided any real steps that should be taken against so-called Roman Catholic Andrew Cuomo. Get some balls, Timmy!

An Aborted Baby.

Special thanks go to Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Weddington, Edward Scharfenberger, Timothy Dolan, and the New York State Legislature.

It’s an election year, people. Remember this shame on Election Day!

There’s more shame to come in upcoming exposés:

  1. The Capital District YMCA:  In August they slashed the Veterans discount and never restored it. That increased some veterans’ monthly dues by 50%!!! We reported on that stupidity and followed up. We’re here to Name and Shame the Capital District Y. The non-profit, non-charity, that pays no taxes but hoards tens of millions in assets in the Capital District. Your property taxes are due! The YMCA pays no taxes! The YMCA pays no property (= 0 school taxes). The Capital District YMCA has almost $40 million in property assets in the greater Capital District! Is this fair? NO! It’s an abuse and the government allows it. So pay your property taxes sheeple!
  2. The Coeymans Police are on the spot AGAIN. Remember the Poopsenders incident where some model Coeymans citizen sent up to 6 local residents packages of animal shit through the US Postal Service. Well, at the January 2020 Coeymans Town Board Meeting, the meeting where Daniel Contento couldn’t answer some hard questions like: “Is the Coeymans PD a training unit?” or “What’s the Coeymans PD budget amount?” Well, one local resident appealed to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple to see justice done. To his credit he put a Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigator on the case. Just wait till you hear what she has to say about the Coeymans PD!!!
 
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Climate Action Film Festival Albany Debut

The host, SunCommon, is pleased to announce a showing of the Climate Action Film Festival in Albany, NY in partnership with Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment. In its Capital District premiere, these environmental films will be shown at the

Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY on March 4 from 7-9 pm.

Single-night Event Featuring a 90-minute Presentation of
Ten Short Films from Around the World

The first festival of its kind exclusively featuring storytelling around solutions, rather than simply the impacts of climate change, the Climate Action Film Fest is a touring, single-night event featuring a 90-minute presentation of ten short films from around the world (225 films were pre-screened). Step away from the doom and gloom we know too well and move to a place of hope, inspiration and ACTION.

For tickets, visit: Event Tickets

For perhaps the first time in one’s life, one will be able to view enlightening, engaging and encouraging films about climate change all in one sitting. Enjoy being with kindred souls and take part in lively discussions after these films.

Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis. To date, the first three similar “marque” events have sold out in advance, so consider reserving tickets quickly. All proceeds from screenings are donated to aid local climate change activities.

$10-$20 is a suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

Words Have Power, directed by Lynne Cherry …

One of the films being featured in this inaugural lineup, is Words Have Power, directed by Lynne Cherry, founder of Young Voices for the Planet, best-selling children’s author and currently a visiting scholar at the Benjamin Center at SUNY-New Paltz. Words Have Power features 10-year-old Jaysa Mellers, a girl on the front lines of climate change who stands up to a power plant – and wins. Her dynamic speeches at rallies and City Hall catalyze her community to fight the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma, and together they shut it down.

One-night Debut at the Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY on March 4 from 7-9 pm.

For more information on this important event visit:

Climate Action Film Fest comes to Upstate Films

The New Climate Action Film Festival Focuses on Solutions

First Annual Climate Action Film Festival

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