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New Baltimore Property Taxes: Absolutely No Rhyme, Reason, or Answers!!!

The New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review met on Grievance Day, May 22, 2018, and the Final Tax Roll was published on July 1, 2018.

The Office of the Sole Assessor, currently occupied by Mr. Gordon Bennett (an employee of the Town), and the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review (all appointees by the current Town board) is representative of the rest of New Baltimore’s dog-and-pony act, their excuse for Town government: Complete Incompetence and Ignorance!!!

Grievance Day is also a dog-and-pony act, where a gang of five appointees sit and demonstrate how ignorant and poorly qualified they are for determining the quality of property assessments in the Town of New Baltimore. The assessor sits by and listens, not contributing much in the way of assisting the poor wretches or preventing them from making complete asses of themselves and taxpayers!

Here’s this year’s tally of stupidity based on documents provided by the Town of New Baltimore and the official taped recordings of the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Reveiw of hearings held on Grievance Day, May 22, 2018, at New Baltimore Town Hall:

Shyster Michael Biscone of Ravena, apparently a bosom buddy of Mr. Bennett, since they are on a first-name basis, even in an official proceeding like Grievance Day, represents two property owners before the Board of Assessment Review, and presents their cases in a rambling fashion, so you have to pay close attention to understand the bottom line on the tapes. [Editor’s Note: For those of our readers, we are providing links to the Greene County online Property Tax Information website, where you can read everything about the properties we’re discussing. It’s all public access. Just click the links in the text below to go to the property information. The link to the main page, where you can search properties by municipality, tax map number, last name, first name, etc. is Greene County Search. ]

The first property is on Roberts Hill Road (565 Roberts Hill Rd, West Coxsackie NY 12192); it’s actually two properties that were once one but was divided in order to sell them. One has a house on it sitting on three acres (Tax Map No. 28.00-2-31.2). The other portion is 37 acres of undeveloped property (Tax Map No. 28.00-2-31.1). Mr. Biscone, on behalf of David Hales, whom he refers to as a “fine young man,” argues that the two properties should be assessed as one. He also admits that Grievance Day is not the place to argue his reasons but he does so anyway. Hales purchased the property in 2017 for $206,000. Bennett assessed the property for $210,000. The New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review, practically no questions asked, reduced Hales’ assessment by $49,000. Why? You’ll never know.

The second property is an interesting case. Again, it’s presented by shyster Biscone and is a property owned by William Brant, who, by the way, gives his address as 72 Brownstone Way, Apt. 410, Englewood, New Jersey (!), and owns the property on US Rt. 9W, between the Best Western and New Baltimore Family Dentistry (Tax Map No. 40.00-4-2.111). He’s had his plan for a for-profit senior living project that has been before the New Baltimore Planning Board for several years now, and has finally gotten approval. If you drive down US Route 9W going South, you’ll come to the Best Western Hotel, and then New Baltimore Family Dentistry. The Brant property is between the hotel and the dentists there’s a cute little cottage sitting in the middle of the field (that’s the Brant property) . In fact, you can see the temporary road leading into the property, where construction preps are being done. Looking towards the back of the property is a small building, a “well house” that is discussed below.

The property is assessed at $120,000 land value, but Biscone somehow convinces the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review that it’s overassessed at $70,000 because of a “well house.” Biscone argues on behalf of Brant that the “well house cost” Brant only $27,000 but Bennett has assessed it at $70,000. If you’re lost here, don’t worry, it doesn’t make sense unless you listen to the tapes about 3 times. It’s a smoke and mirrors act and works for Biscone and Brant because the BAR buys it and reduces Brant’s assessment by $25,000. You’d think the members of the BAR would have the property tax reports in front of them to follow along but Hey! If they did that they might have smelled a rat and caught it. But that would be asking too much of a bunch of sillies trying to look important.

One tidbit that Biscone drops is that he will “drop off a number of receipts” that would prove what he was saying (not that Michael Biscone was ever concerned with the truth). But he never had to do that because the BAR made their decision to reduce the assessment that evening, on May 22, 2018, without the benefit of any proof or documentation.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that Biscone mentions that one of the contractors, whose receipts he was going to produce, is none other than Robert van Etten, New Baltimore Town Board member Shelly van Etten’s husband. What’s even more interesting is that van Etten, who owns an excavation-construction business located in Ravena, New York (only per the address), is the chairman of the New Baltimore Planning Board (and of the New Baltimore Town Committee on Agriculture)!!! Yes, readers, that’s the same Planning Board that kept Brant’s application in Limbo for several years and only just approved it! Does anyone smell something like conflict of interest here? Corruption? Stupidity?

Does anyone wonder Why? Mr. Brant got his Planning Board approval for his project after so many years of hassle? Just saying …

Case No. 3 is a property owner whose primary residence is in Long Island and who owns a property on North Ridge Road in Hannacroix. 2 acres with a 1 family house on it. Mr. Crimeni, whose primary address is 48 Lace Lane, Westbury, NY, is crying poverty. You see, he thinks his assessment is too high and he’s paying too much in taxes for his weekend country estate, comparing his New Baltimore taxes to his $8,000 Long Island taxes. Crimeni’s property (Tax Map No. 4.00-3-20)  full market value is $195,000 and is assessed at $145,000 but Crimeni is still not satisfied. (There seems to be some confusion also in the tax records because on one page for the same property we find the full market value to be $195,000 and on another page we find that value to be $116,000. It also shows it to be a 1-family house but the house has 0 living space! Maybe there’s an explanation for this?) Anyway, Rocco Crimeni co-owns the property with Nicola Crimeni (apparently his brother) and to listen to their story and compare it to the tax records is like, well, it’s like pure steaming bullshit. The original assessment was on a full market value of $195,000 which was assessed by Bennett at $145,000 for the 2 acres and the house. After the BAR heard Mr. Crimeni’s sad story we find that the assessment for the 2 acres and the house was reduced to a full market value of $119,298, and an assessed value for 2018 of $85,000, total tax bill of $ ??? The final assessment is $85,000, a total reduction of $60,000 !!! Great job, Ms Degnen and company!

Just for kicks and giggles, here are a couple of excerpts from the Crimeni hearing:

Crimeni: There was a trailer on the property and it burned down because of a wood stove we had there.

Crimeni: We purchased an Amish house for $38,000…the Amish people built it…it’s a shell…We’re finishing it ourselves.

Crimeni: We’re not rich people … the disparity in Mr. Bennett’s assessment is tremendous…We have a house on Long Island…and the taxes are $8000…

Degnen: You said it was a shed…[Editor’s Note: Crimeni did not say it was a “shed”, he said it was a “shell”! Degnan makes many such mistakes throughout the hearings. Is she hard of hearing or just demented?]…What are the dimensions?

Crimeni: 26 x 28, 2-story…We don’t have the money to finish it.

Degnen: Are you living there now? [Editor’s Note: Apparently Degnen missed the part where Crimeni says he lives on Long Island. She also hasn’t done her homework or she would know that Crimeni’s primary address is on Lace Lane, Westbury, NY!!!] … Do you have water and electricity? [Again, Degnen, homework? Familiarity with properties?]

BAR Member: Do you have the amounts of houses near you…did you bring the houses near you? [Editor’s Note: Apparently the BAR member is asking if Crimeni has any comparables, that is, information on similar properties in New Baltimore. The BAR member should know she should have these or could get them online in a couple of seconds. We did! In fact, if you go to the Greene County link we provided, enter the tax map number and go to the property page, you’ll be able to see the comparables for the property. Here’s the page for the Crimeni property:  Comparables.]

Crimeni: We ran out of money…We don’t have no money … We can’t afford this … [Editor’s Note: Here comes the best one: ] … We don’t live up here!

Hi, I’m the village crazy lady, and I’m on the Board of Assessment Review.

Now don’t you just have to sit down and cry hearing a story like Crimeni’s? Well, he apparently tugged at the heart-strings of the BAR because they allowed him a $60,000 reduction in his assessment, no questions asked!!!

For your information, you can find out any information you want on Greene County properties on the Greene County online property tax site, SDG Mate Online, and can search by property tax map number, owner’s name, etc. It’s all public access and available to anyone who is interested. Here’s the site link: Greene County Property Tax Info .

We could go on with the remaining 6 properties that received similar reductions but we’ve made our point. There’s something really wrong in the New Baltimore Assessor’s Office and on the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review and it needs fixing. We think it’s corruption and collusion because there’s no rhyme, reason, or fair play in these determinations. Here’s why:

Two properties on New Street in the Hamlet have been the subject of a great deal of anxiety and discussion because since late 2016, severe damage was identified. In the one case, runoff from the street caused the collapse of the building foundation, making it unusable. Then Town supervisor Nick Dellisanti (now Deputy Town Supervisor) and then Deputy Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso (now Town Supervisor), together with Town Board member Shelly van Etten, personally inspected the site and identified a number of problems. Two days later Dellisanti, Ruso, and then Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan and Deputy Highway Superintendent Scott van Wormer visited the site and confirmed the same problems. After that the New Baltimore Highway Department created new problems and the Town was served with a number of Notices of Claim for the damage. In 2017, the Highway Department and Callanan paved New Street and created a mess. We won’t go into details here but if you want details go to our article: “New Baltimore Superintendent of Highways and Board to be Sued – AGAIN!

Dellisanti and Ruso’s game was “deny and hide,” handing the matter over to the town’s insurance company and their lawyers. Town Law would allow the town to make out-of-court compensation to the owner subject to the approval of a NYS Supreme Court judge but NO! they’d rather force the already traumatized owner to have to go to court and then to the poorhouse. That’s Republican fair play, apparently. No one in Town Hall wants to admit the wrong done. In fact, Dellisanti’s personal notes of a discussion with then Superintendent Jordan records that Jordan’s response to the resident’s request for a meeting was, “Let them sue us!” Apparently Dellisanti and Ruso agreed.

The owner of the property continued paying his taxes like a good citizen even though he couldn’t use the property and the damage was continuing because the Highway Department didn’t know what they were doing and Dellisanti and Ruso didn’t either – or they didn’t have the balls to go after Jordan directly. So the property owner requested a reduction in taxes on the collapsing building and the other impaired property, and appeared before the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review with a complete written history of the case and numerous photographs showing the damage.

The problems first began when New Baltimore Sole Assessor refused to provide the members of the Board of Assessment Review with copies of the property owners request saying, “It’s not our responsibility.” But it is his responsibility to provide the BAR with copies of all complaints, it’s in the Real Property Tax Law!!! At the Grievance Day hearing, Gordan handed the four members present ONE copy, his file copy, of the requests for reduction of assessment on two properties. The hearing was a complete mess, confusion, the BAR couldn’t follow the conversation and Degnen kept on saying, “That’s not our problem. You have to go to the Highway Department,” and had to be repeatedly reminded that the information was being provided for background only, so the Board would understand the history of the problem. Degnen just couldn’t get it. The rest of the Board had no idea what the property was.  By the way, New York Real Property Tax Law requires the Board of Assessment Review to be familiar with the properties they are considering. They were not, which was obvious already in the Hales, Brant and Crimeni cases.

The bottom line: The New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review made all their decisions that evening, during the 4 hours they were hearing 11 case presentations, and did not adjourn to reconsider additional information, did not go into executive session to discuss any details of any property, as they should have done, did not request additional information, and refused to inspect the property. They approved 9 out of the 11 cases for reductions of between $12,000-$60,000, properties whose owners simply thought they were being taxed (Hales, Brant, Crimini) but the properties that were damaged and destroyed because of Town of New Baltimore negligence got NO CHANGE!!!

The Town of New Baltimore, the Office of the Assessor, and the Board of Assessment Review refuse to respond to inquiries or to answer communications on the subject. New Baltimore public servants at work, it seems. Any questions? You won’t get answers from Town Supervisor Mr. Jeff Ruso, Deputy Supervisor Nick Dellisanti, Highway Committee member Shelly van Etten, Sole Assessor Mr. Bennett, or Board of Assessment Review Chairperson, Donna Degnen.

The board is made up of five appointees including: Donna Degnan, Linda LeClair, Ronna Smith, Lynn Taylor, and This year, the members of the  Board of Assessment Review, chose Donna Degnen to be the chair. The fifth member, Bernard “Bernie” Jones was absent on Grievance Day.

The members of the BAR receive $200 each, and the chair, Ms Degnen, $250, with an additional $50 per meeting for meetings beyond two meetings. So that came out to about $50.00/hr for each of the members of the BAR for the 4-hour Grievance Day hearings. Degnen received an additional $50.00. Total for Grievance Day circus appearances: at least $1050.00 to give away almost $300,000 in property tax reductions, the majority of which were totally unsubstantiated if you listen to the tapes!

The Board of Assessment Review and the Office of the Sole Assessor are just as indifferent and incompetent as the Office of the Supervisor and the New Baltimore Town Board.

We have obtained the taped recordings of the proceedings of the Grievance Day hearings before the Board and can only say that the bowel sounds in a special ed class would make more sense than what we had to listen to in the tapes. Degnen was dithering and the rest seemed intent on making their presence and importance known by asking irrelevant and generally uninformed questions. None of the four Board members were familiar with any of the properties presented. Just a minute, one member, Linda LeClair, was the only member who showed any interest in the properties and the only member who had personal knowledge of a property. That’s a very poor showing.

But the Board did hear presentations on a total of 11 properties and granted reductions in 9 of them. Two properties, one literally collapsing and unusable and the other defaced by former Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan’s incompetence, were left unchanged, despite comprehensive exhibits and a clearly well-founded presentation. We think that there’s some collusion/conspiracy with the Town of New Baltimore and the BAR to avoid admitting any damage to the two properties, since, if any department or agency of the Town of New Baltimore admits the severe damage to the properties, it will cause havoc in Town Hall. Town Hall has been ignoring the damage and trying to discourage the owner from demanding compensation in their usual way, that is, let their insurance company lawyers make any court case impossibly expensive. That’s New Baltimore Town Hall at work. They ask for residents’ votes and then send them to the poorhouse when something goes wrong and the resident asks the Town to be fair and evenhanded. It’s a lousy system.

Several of the 9 reductions stand out as particularly loathsome and examples of the corruption in small town appointed committees. But first of all, let’s look at some general facts:

The assessments in New Baltimore are done on the basis of the Full Market Value and an Equalization Rate is applied. The Equalization Rate is a percentage that is applied to the Full Market Value to arrive at the assessed value. In New Baltimore this year the ER is 71.25% which means that the assessed value of properties this year is 71.25% of the Full Market Value. That’s legit in our estimation. But that’s were the legitimacy stops cold.

The total value of the properties is divided into two items: the land value and the property value (living area, etc.). The problems start with the Sole Assessor’s, Mr. Bennett’s method for determining the land value, which has absolutely no rhyme or reason and, in Bennett’s own words, the basis for determining the land value is, “Because it’s easier.” “Easier?” Yes, it’s easier to just apply a random value per acre than doing an actual calculation. It’s easier for Bennett.

Here are some examples:

In the Town of New Baltimore, Bennett has assigned land values to comparable properties as shown in the examples below:

The wide discrepancy in the Sole Assessor’s land values is one example of a huge irregularity.

The chart shows properties that are in the same area of the town, actually the Hamlet, but if you look at the land assessment, compare it to the acreage, and then to the per acre assessment, you’ll see why we are so up in arms about Bennett’s crazy assessments! They just don’t make sense! How can the land value of a property of 0.18 acre be assessed the same amount as a property of 1.03 acres, that is, a land value of $11,000??? Then have a look at the difference in the proportional value (last column) per acre!

A property on S. Main Street in New Baltimore of 0.05 acre (Total assessment: $56,700, Land assessment: $9,600) has a proportional price per acre of $192,000!!! WTF?!?!

We’ve written to Mr. Bennett several times and he refuses to answer. We’ve also complained to New Baltimore Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso about the fact that his employees and appointees refuse to answer inquiries but he’s refused to respond as well. It appears that when New Baltimore officials feel the heat of unpleasant questions, they tend to hide or ignore questions. (See Ruso’s comments regarding the resident’s letter, above.)

What’s even worse is the fact that the Board of Assessment Review was very generous in granting their friends handsome reductions, while denying reductions to touchy properties, like ones that are impaired because of Town incompetence. Here are the results of the Board’s “deliberations”:

The Board’s reductions ranged from $0 – $120,000 but there’s no logic; the stories behind the reductions are, however, very troubling. For example:

Brant is the developer who has the property on 9W, just behind the New Baltimore Family Dentistry buildings. Brant is a developer and has been planning to develop the property to put in some sort of housing project. He’s complaining because he feels his property is being overassessed. So, moneybags Brant pulls on the heart strings of the Board and they give him a reduction in assessment of $25,000.

Another property owner, Spence, is apparently interested in selling the property but wants a reduction in assessment for some reason. So the board hands Spence a reduction of $12,000.

But the worst example we have to offer from our investigations, listening to the hearing tapes, and reviewing the documents produced by the New Baltimore Board of Assessment Review and their determinations is a property owned by a downstater, Mr. Cremini and his partner:

Cremini owns a primary residence in Long Island and 2 acres in New Baltimore, where he and his partner a building a weekend home, which is livable and has electricity and water. Cremini is crying the blues because his assessment is “too” high. He pays about $8,000 in property tax on hi primary residence in Long Island and, convinced the Board that he can’t afford the taxes on his New Baltimore property. So the board reduces his assessment by $60,000!!!! Cremini lives in a primary residence on Long Island, can afford to own more than 2 acres and a house in New Baltimore, cries poverty and the Board reduces his assessment by $60,000!!! Of course, Mr. Bennett agrees.

Another property got a $12,000 reduction. Go figure.

Of course, the Board of Assessment Review doesn’t response to our inquiries regarding the reasoning behind these reductions. But our information comes from the actual tape recordings of the hearings made by the Board, and from the official Order for Change in Assessments and the so-called “minutes” of the Board’s meeting.

Got questions? New Baltimore’s got secrets and no one is talking. But these are the facts, people.

 

Go to other articles in this mini-series on New Baltimore:

Open Letter Blasts New Baltimore Supervisor, Town Board over Jordan Affair

New Baltimore Town Supervisor Jeff Ruso and his Board: Hide and Deny

New Baltimore Sends “Acting Superintendent” to Highway School. Why?

The New Baltimore In-Justice Court and Kangaroo Judges: Thomas Meacham, A Case Study.

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Village of Ravena Served: Cathy Deluca and Ravena Health and Fitness Center under Fire

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Coeymanazi Tactics Just Go So Far and Then Blow Up in Their Faces

Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Bruno, Deluca Coming under Intense Scrutiny for Protected Rights Violations, Harassment

Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Bruno, Deluca
Coming under Intense Scrutiny for Protected Rights Violations, Harassment

That’s what’s happened when Cathy Deluca, director of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, tried to harass and bully a local resident. That was the wrong thing to do and the wrong person to do it to. Right, Cathy?

Cohort of Clowns

Cohort of Clowns

It seems that mayor John T. Bruno and his cohort of clowns, the trustees of the village of Ravena (William Bailey, Martin Case , Rocco Persico, and Nancy Warner) made a bad choice when they “appointed” Cathy Deluca to the $30K position as director of the fitness center.

We recently reported how a visit to the Ravena Health and Fitness Center was less than impressive. But what we didn’t report on was the way a visitor to the RHFC was treated by Cathy Deluca and how that treatment has landed Deluca and the village of Ravena in a very, very sticky situation.

you been served

In fact, on June 4, 2013, the Ravena mayor John T. Bruno, the village of Ravena, the trustees of the Village of Ravena, and Cathy Deluca were served with a Notice of Claim, advising them that a local resident intends to sue them for at least $1,000,000 for abuse received at the hands of Cathy Deluca.

Cathy Deluca

Cathy Deluca

A Notice of Claim (N.Y. GMU. LAW § 50-e) is the preliminary step that is required under New York State Law when a lawsuit is looming against a municipality or a corporation. It’s supposed to give them a chance to get their ducks in a row and investigate. Later a hearing (N.Y. GMU. LAW § 50-h), called a 50H, is scheduled and the claimant or witnesses are examined under oath. That allows the municipality to decide whether to fight or to make an offer. If the preliminaries fail, the case goes to the courts. Transcripts of the testimony are made available to the claimant, who has the opportunity to correct any errors or even to clarify answers. Those transcripts can be read into evidence by either party at any hearing, trial, or on a motion.

Deluca calls him over to the reception counter and starts verbally assaulting him

The Facts in a Nutshell: During the open-house days the public was invited to check out the RHFC, and the resident, who works out regularly, went to tour the RHFC. The tour went very well but when the resident was about to leave, Deluca calls him over to the reception counter and starts verbally assaulting him.

Ever Heard of This?

Ever Heard of This?

Apparently Cathy Deluca wasn’t aware of federal and state laws, First and Fourteenth Amendment protected rights, and the fact that being an employee of a government entity and working in a public place could get you into some very hot water if you don’t mind your manners and know your place. Of course, Cathy Deluca doesn’t mind her manners or know her place, judging by the facts of the case.

VIOLATED

VIOLATED!!!

Bottom line is: Deluca verbally abused the visitor, demanded that he stop his constitutional rights of free expressive activity, expelled the visitor from the RHFC, a public place,  for no good reason, and she enlisted the assistance of two RHFC employees to intimidate and force the visitor to leave. Deluca violated so many of the visitors protected rights we wouldn’t have time or space to list them here but will soon be posting the full text of the Notice of Claim, the Claimant’s Affidavit served on the village of Ravena, and the Deposition in Support filed with the complaint with the Coeymans Police Department on a charge of harassment.

VIOLATED!!!

VIOLATED!!!

We have information that Deluca and two RHFC employees, apparently the same employees that assisted Deluca in harassing the visitor, attempted to complain to the Coeymans Police that the visitor had caused the incident, but the lies will not take them far, and the two employees had better be very careful before they get themselves deeper into the muck and charged along with Deluca.

Perjury Lying under Oath

Perjury
Lying under Oath

Our advice to the two RHFC employees who seem to have made misleading statements: Be very careful what you say and don’t be led astray by any promises. The law takes very seriously false statements and perjury and you may be getting set up for a very rocky ride. You never know what’s out there to support the facts and the truth. Caution!

The Plot Thickens…

Cathy Deluca is the nexus between the Ravena mafiosi and the Coeymanazis.

johnbrunoThis can start to get really complicated. Here’s why: We frequently use the term “incest club” and this is a classic example of how the club operates. Here we have the infamous Bruno-Biscone connections: Ravena mayor John Bruno, Ravena trustee Nancy Warner (a Biscone), one of the main supporters of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and on the budget committee that approved the funds for the Center in the 2013-14 Ravena budget ($115,500.00) is wife of Ravena village justice Harold “Hal” Warner. Nancy is also a tool of Ravena mayor Bruno and, as we’ve mentioned, Warner is a supporter of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center conspiracy, she’s head of the budget committee for the Fitness Center, and was instrumental in getting Cathy Deluca the job as director (that way mayor Bruno can keep his bony fingers clean). Michael Biscone, as is common knowledge, is the on-again-off-again Ravena village shyster, “getting things done”  whether he’s on the books or not. Cathy Deluca, it seems, is the “item” between the Ravena mafiosi and the Coeymanazis. Cathy Deluca is Gerald “Dirty Hands” Deluca’s partner. As you already know, Deluca is a member of the Coeymans police department and a local ringleader of the Coeymanazis. Deluca has a reputation for stymying investigations, for making nutty statements, and allegedly for misusing privileged information; he’s also a scofflaw, which is just what we need on the police force, and may have committed misdemeanor adultery under current New York state law when he was servicing Cathy, while he was still married! There are also speculations that he may have misused information and information access available to police departments and police officers. The list could go on but that’s another article.

Gregory Darlington has “allegedly” held up a number of investigations

Jerry Deluca

Jerry Deluca

The investigation of the criminal allegations against Cathy Deluca is being handled by the Coeymans Police Department, which is headed by Gregory Darlington, whose wife is a secretary in P. David Soares’, Albany County District Attorney, office. Nancy and Hal Warner’s daughter is “allegedly” a lawyer working in the Albany Co. DA’s office. Gregory Darlington has “allegedly” held up a number of investigations for one reason or another—few of them credible—, usually because of his  incompetence, his ignorance or both (and the Coeymans taxpayers pay him more than $90K/year + benes!), and as Coeymans police chief, Darlington will probably be involved in the criminal investigation of the charges alleged against Cathy Deluca. Darlington and Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca are reportedly very cozy. So how cna Darlington allow an investigation of his buddy’s pet squeeze?  How’s that going to work? And let’s don’t forget Kerry Thompson, who was made Darlington’s “administrative assistant” at more than $31.00/hr. Don’t think he’s so clean, either. Even if Darlington turns the investigation over to him, Thompson’s married to Darlington’s sister!!!

Darlington and Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca are reportedly very cozy.

billbaileyThe criminal allegations against Cathy Deluca will probably be stonewalled by the political interests involved, especially since Ravena trustees Martin Case and William Bailey have their eyes on higher local political office, particularly Marty Case who wants to be Coeymans supervisor. Do you think there may be something to Cathy Deluca’s getting the $30K director position in the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, her husband’s connections with the Coeymans Police Department and the town of Coeymans, the local democrat machine, and the Ravena trustees’ targeting the Coeymans supervisor’s office? Will Coeymans become another ghost town like Ravena if mayor Bruno’s pet cockroach, Marty Case, gets to be supervisor?

martycaseSpeaking of Martin “Marty” Case, a teacher at the RCS high-school, there’s a lot of skeletons in that closet. There’s word around that there was some incident in a recent field trip where Case was supposed to be supervising students but left his post to party. Is it true? Let’s hope its being investigated! And let’s not forget the reports of Marty Case’s illegal activities electioneering for the local sports association in the school.  Is this being investigated, Dr McCartney? Again, these people have no ethics, morals, or common sense and yet this community elects them to lead the community…to hell.

The a history of animosity between the Ravena Bruno regime and the town of Coeymans that’s been plaguing this community for decades is common knowledge. Maybe, now with John Bruno planning to run again for re-election—Why won’t that mummy just roll over and retire?—his little minions Bill Bailey and Marty Case are planning to infiltrate the town of Coeymans and hand it over to the godfather, John Bruno. Yeah! Cathy Deluca gets the job of director of the RHFC and Bruno gets to put his little puppet Marty Case  in the executive’s chair in the Coeymans town hall. Steve Flach, are you listening? Praying?

Attorneys, Gregory Teresi (and dear ol’ dad Joe Teresi), Michael Biscone, Joe Rotello, and Louis Neri are all in bed together

in bed together 1

They’re All In Bed Together!!!

It makes skinny dipping in a shark tank seem attractive, even safer…

Now, since the Coeymans Police are investigating the criminal allegations against Cathy Deluca, the complaint will be reviewed by Coeymans town attorney—Guess who?—Yes! Gregory Teresi, son of twice (at least) disciplined democrat NY supreme court judge, Joe Teresi, who was also formerly a Coeymans town attorney.  Gregory Teresi is Ravena village attorney AND Coeymans town attorney!  Do you want to talk about conflict of interests? Gregory Teresi, unless he has the ethics and the good sense to recuse himself, is the keystone to saving Cathy Deluca’s broad bottom: First of all, he would be the one to review the criminal charges against Cathy Deluca and decide whether or not to prosecute. Then he will probably—unless Michael Biscone bumps him—to handle the Notice of Claim, the 50-h hearings, and the planned lawsuit against the village of Ravena and Cathy Deluca. These attorneys, Gregory Teresi, Michael Biscone, Joe Rotello—now a clerk with the 3rd District Appellate Court that is responsible for attorney discipline—, and Louis Neri—a former partner in the Biscone law firm are all in bed together.

So, when Greg Teresi’s pride and arrogance gets the best of him and he makes the stupid mistake of getting involved with the Deluca case, he’s going to face ethics charges of conflict of interest, and possibly because of his involvement with the Deluca case, there’ll also be charges of conspiracy and corruption. So go for it Greg! See if daddy Joe Teresi can save you! Joe Rotello (by the way, Rotello’s mother was a Persico making Joe Rotello one of the Ravena mafiosi) may not be so willing to jump in to pull you out and risk his reptilian neck, even though he’s cozy with Ravena and with daddy Joe Teresi. So you may be standing alone facing the scrutiny of the Appellate Division’s Committee on Professional Standards, and likely criminal charges, too!

O.K., say Gregory Darlington, Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca, Greg Teresi don’t manage to kill the criminal charges against Cathy Deluca. What then? What Coeymans town justice or Ravena village justice would be impartial and qualified to hear the case? Certainly not Harold “Hal” Warner, he’s stuck in this conspiracy like a stick in concrete with his wife, Nancy Warner, a trustee on the Ravena village board and so tightly wrapped around the Ravena Health and Fitness scandal she stinks of it and Cathy Deluca’s situation, a nuclear missile couldn’t separate them. Could George Dardiani, the former school cook, take the case? His wife’s a nurse in the RCS school district. They’re both too closely connected with the schools and with the teachers and employees of the schools. Dardiani hates to handle cases involving teachers. But get this, Martin Case is a teacher at the RCS high school and on the Ravena village board, and he’s planning to  run for the Coeymans town supervisor office. Rocco Persico is a psychologist at the RCS high school and on the Ravena village board.  Are you connecting the dots? George Dardiani—Mrs Nurse Dardiani—Martin Case—Rocco Persico—RCS Central School District—Matt-the-Mutt Miller—Teachers Union—RCS board of education—Fiends of RCS—Dirty Hands Jerry Deluca—Hal Warner—Nancy Warner—Cathy Deluca—mayor John Bruno…it’s what we call a circle-jerk: you do me, ill do who’s next, they’ll do you. circle jerkCoeymans town justice Phillip Crandall doesn’t like confrontation and doesn’t like getting his hands dirty…or is he just plain cowardly? Who knows? But there isn’t one judge in Ravena or Coeymans who can hear the Deluca case, which is very bad for Cathy, because the case will have to go to a court outside Ravena or Coeymans, and the Coeymanazis will likely have a very difficult time getting an outside judge to play their little games. So it’s a Catch-22 for Cathy and her gang. If they publicly try to pull her out of this mess, they risk getting prosecuted; if they don’t try to pull her out, their little scam collapses around their ears! Poor crooks!

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Soares
Albany County DA

 Now, throw the ethically derelict Albany County dem DA P[udenda] David Soares, a cog in the Albany democratic machine,  into this witches’ brew of shyster soup and it gets really toxic! Surprised? Shouldn’t be! Read our piece on the disappearing felonies (for a price) (Click on this link to read: Exposé: The Lost Felonies)!

Lest we forget, Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington’s wife is a secretary in Albany DA P[udenda] David Soares’ office. Can it get more cozy?

Gregory Teresis is Ravena village attorney AND Coeymans town attorney! (So do you think he’s tainted? Compromised?)

Harold "Hal" Warner Ex-Cop & Ravena Village Justice

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So, in summary: Cathy Deluca gets a plum job with the village of Ravena. Ravena village trustees have their eyes glued to the supervisor’s office in Coeymans. Cathy Deluca’s husband is thick with the town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department. The Coeymans Police Department is investigating the criminal allegations against the wife, Cathy Deluca, of one of its own, Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca, and Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington, a cozy friend of Deluca,  will likely oversee the investigation. Whether the case will be prosecuted is subject to review by Greg Teresi, who is both Ravena village attorney and the Coeymans town attorney, Greg Teresi who has close connections with the Delucas and with the village of Ravena, and Ravena attorney Michael Biscone. Do you think any of these dingbats will have the good sense to recuse themselves from the investigation, from the case? Not very lkely because if any link in this criminally corrupt chain fails to do his/her part, the whole house of cards collapses, and so does the power structure. There’s a lot at stake here. Just follow the money!

If any link in this criminally corrupt chain fails to do his/her part, the whole house of cards collapses, and so does the power structure….

So where do you think the criminal investigation against Cathy Deluca is likely to end up? Wherever it ends up, there’ll be a trail to follow. And then we’ll investigate to find out who is steering state and federal law enforcement away from this cesspool of local corruption in Ravena-Coeymans public office and who’s protecting whom from the feds. Let’s see how far the civil right violations, now public and unavoidable, travel up the ladder. Where the case stops is where we start digging.

But now we’re looking at going after Shop’n Save for violating two candidates’ First Amendment rights and preventing them from legitimate expressive activity in a public place. You may think free speech has been dead and buried in the RCS district for decades but it’s now rising up fast and with a vengeance! (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, please read “Latter-Hyslop-Brown’s Miss Piggies: “We’ll never shop here again!“)

[Editor’s Note: Because of the nature of the public corruption and the protected rights violations, the papers will be forwarded to the FBI for evaluation and investigation. This has become a civil-rights case already, and will very likely involve federal authorities in addition to state agencies once it gets their notice and it will get their notice.]

Please standby and be patient. Scanning the legal papers takes some time but we promise to publich them as soon as we can.

And Not A Minute Too Soon! The Editor

And Not A Minute Too Soon!
The Editor

Must Reads in Connection with this Article:

  • Business as Usual in Ravena: Violation of Constitutional Rights! Click Here.

  • Update on Claim Filed Against Village of Ravena and Cathy Deluca, Click Here.

  • Big Disappointments & Civil Rights Violations: The Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Click Here.

  • Resident’s Report: Visits to Three New Operations in Ravena, Click Here.

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Protest NOW! Protect the Democratic Process in RCS!

Matt Miller Is Out of Line Again!

Sure! I Trust Matt Miller!(I'm A Moron!)

Sure! I Trust Matt Miller!
(I’m A Moron!)

This Time Matt Miller Has Taken It Upon Himself to Ask the NY State Education Commissioner to VOID YOUR VOTES! Yes! Matt Miller, the Local Teachers Union Rep, the New York State United Teachers Union Lackey in Our RCS School District Is Going Over Our Heads to Void Our Rights As Voters!

As Promised in An Earlier Article, We Have Created Some Letters and Ask You to Personalize Them and Send Them Out A.S.A.P.

For your convenience we have written three letters that we’d like you to download or print out, personalize with your name, address, and telephone number, and send out to the elected officials whose names and addresses we provide in the list we have prepared for you.

We are providing the letters in both pdf and MS Word format. You can print them out or download them to your computer. You can personalize the letters on your computer or just copy them with your information inserted. Just click the links below to get the letters and the list of addresses.

To view and print the PDF versions of the letters click these links:

  1. Form letter to elected officials: Model Legislator Letter
  2. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. regarding paying union reps with taxpayer dollars: NYSED Commissioner Letter
  3. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. objecting to Matt Miller’s attempt to void our votes: NYSED Commissioner King Letter re Rodney Krzykowski

You can download the MS Word files by clicking the links below:

  1. Form letter to elected officials: Model Legislator Letter
  2. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. regarding paying union reps with taxpayer dollars: NYSED Commissioner Letter
  3. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. objecting to Matt Miller’s attempt to void our votes: NYSED Commissioner King Letter re Rodney Krzykowski

Click here to download a PDF of the address list: Partial List of Officials + Addresses

A Special Request: Help a Neighbor!

Some of our community friends, neighbors and residents do not have computers or access to the Internet. If you know anyone in that situation be a friend and a good citizen and bring them a copy of these letters and the addresses. Ask them to support this important effort to keep our school tax dollars in our schools and not in teachers union rep’s pockets.

Another concern, and we have provided a model letter that we ask you to send to the New York State Commissioner Education, Dr John B. King, Jr., concerns Matt Miller’s attempt to override the democratic process in this community.

He's trying to steal your rights, too!

He’s trying to steal your rights, too!

That letter demands that Dr King stay out of our local affairs. Matt “the Mutt” Miller recently sent a communication to Dr King asking Dr King to remove sitting board member Rodney Krzykowski from his position on the board, the position this community elected Mr Krzykowski to fill. Matt Miller was really out of line when he pushes you, the voters, aside to get his points with the teachers union. That is a slap in the face of the democratic process in this community and is stepping all over your rights as voters. Matt Miller is way out of line on this one. Let Dr King know how you feel and send the attached letter. Don’t let Matt Miller void your vote!

We’ve also heard that Matt Miller is involved with a local Selkirk lunatic, Tavia Rauch, and an “unnamed resident” (now who could that be?), and they’ve launched — Now Don’t Laugh! — an online petition and hope to get “100 signatures” in support of removing board member Rodney Krzykowski. Of course, the Times Useless, was all over this one — Isn’t it odd that right after we publish our articles about Miller or NYSUT that the Times Useless almost immediately comes out with an article bashing RCS or someone on the board of education? And with the recent scandal that the Times Union Blogs had to admit that commenters on their blogs were using fake names to publish multiple comments to make the impression that they were different people certainly makes this “online petition” really trustworthy. Right? Are they incredibly stupid, or what?  

Matt Miller's Search for Truth

Matt Miller’s Search for Support.

 Actually, Miller and Rauch, and the so-called “unnamed resident” might be able to get the 100 signatures they’re looking for. All they have to do is talk to Coeymans town board member Tom Dolan, you know, they guy who runs Choices…the same guy who caught all the flack for filling out absentee ballots for his customers (was it before or after he got them their social service benefits?).  Sure, Tom Dolan can get you all the signatures you need, just ask…If Tom Dolan can’t get enough at Choices, he’s liaison to the Coeymanazis in the Coeymans Police Department, he could get Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca a.k.a. BoBo Cop or Dumbo Cop Gregory Darlington, or PsychoCop Ryan Johnson, or Kerry “the ToolCop” Thompson to beat some signatures out of some poor bastids they corner. Sure, there’s always a way when you’re Matt Miller.

The Times Useless is really starting to look like a NYSUT teachers union newsletter! Can’t the Times Useless find its own material to write about–the Times Union “editors” seem to have been picking up on our reports and responding to them almost within hours! Thanks, Times Union, but we’d appreciate a byline!

Our next letter will be a community-wide letter to Dr Alan McCartney and to Dr John B. King, Jr., to protest that Matthew “Matt the Mutt” J. Miller has gone too far in this community and to demand that Miller either resign or that he be terminated. He’s killing this community with his union bullshit!

DON’T ALLOW MATT MILLER AND NYSUT CONTROL WHO YOU ELECT!

A Matt Miller Supporter in SelkirkGotta luv it!The Editor

A Matt Miller Supporter in Selkirk
Gotta luv it!
The Editor

P.s. And Thank you! all of you who have written in to tell us that you cancelled your Times Union subscription or have stopped buying the Times Union to protest their RCS-bashing! I’m sure your community, your friends and neighbors are grateful to you for taking that step! Happy holidays!

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A Parent’s Plea…Help Me! My Child’s Been Bullied

Warning: We are not attorneys. We are not offering legal advice. We ae providing good faith information.
Please see the disclaimer at the end of this article.
If you are a student or a minor, please stay on this page and get an education in ethics and civics!

Parents Can Come Out Kicking and Punching Now. You Don’t Have to be Afraid Anymore!
If They Retaliate, Sue Them and Take Their Jobs!

The New York State Anti-Bullying Law, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Went Into Full Effect on July 1, 2012.
The Law Now Makes Teachers, Principals, Administrators, School Districts Responsible and Liable for Acts of Bullying that Take Place on School Property or in the Context of School Activities. Now, In Addition to their Civil Liabilities for the Welfare of School Children, the Law Makes the Schools Co-Liable for Bullying of Students on Students,  or Teachers, TA’s, or Coaches on Students. But It’s Up to YOU, It’s YOUR Responsibility as Parents, to be Proactive and Public in Protecting Your Children!

Make the School District Accountable
It’s the Law Now!

We just received another request from a concerned RCS parent with a child or children in the RCS schools who writes [names redacted to protect the individual’s identity and to ensure confidentiality]:


The Parent’s Plea:

“Hello Im another concerned parent of RCS children …I was hoping you assist me. Simply what I am Looking for is…What lawyer is representing the [redacted] family in their suit against the RCS district? I ask since I am in the process of seeking my own legal advice for bullying. If you don’t know or feel uncomfortable disclosing that information hopefully you can suggest an attorney who isn’t so-called “corrupted”.
“Also would you be able to direct me to any other possible resources out there that may be able to help me?
“I have followed the “chain of command” regarding the bullying since October 2011, teacher- guidance – principal – superintendent – CSE – teacher- principal -superintendent &  recently a email to the board (no replies to the email).
“Simply put .. I’m at a large brick wall of a dead end- and need direction, to insure the safety of my child.”


Our Response:

Your original message was forwarded to us by one of our contributors whom you contacted with your request but did not have the information you needed. We hope we can offer you some help in this response.

No child deserves to be hurt socially, emotionally or psychologically, least of all in our schools!

First of all, any concerned parent would be well advised to seek out other concerned parents and to join together to seek representation as a group. First of all, a group has more backbone to pursue such a campaign, there’s “power in numbers.” Secondly, in a group, you can all share your experiences and establish a pattern of abuse and indifference by the administration, essential probative items for a good case. Thirdly, in a group you can share not only stories but also expenses. Getting individual representation might be difficult but if a group of you approach an attorney, s/he’ll have a better feel for the situation and can put together a better strategy. Fourthly, the District would be more intimidated and more prone to settle if confronted by a group of parents represented by an attorney who is ready to kick ass.

One of the problems you parents who contact us have is that you say you want to protect your children but are willing only to go half way. You want to do what you’ve been doing for years–not only you but so many others–creeping around in the shadows, trying to stay invisible, yet saying you want to stop the bullying or solve the problems. But you’ve got to stand up and come out into the light to do that.

You parents are not going to get anything done by skulking around in the shadows, not wanting your names mentioned, not wanting to tell your stories to the public, wanting to assert your rights but wanting also for someone else to carry the load for you. Sorry, that doesn’t work.

Individually, your lovely school district is going to eat you up one-by-one when you come with your complaint. You think your tax dollars are going to the children in your schools, do you? Just wait until you have an issue with the school district, that same school district who is always telling the voters, “We’re here for the kids.” But not your kids. You may have already experienced how concerned they are for the kids: did you get any response to your complaints or inquiries about the incidents you are talking about? Probably not. The RCS CSD turns into an entirely different animal when it comes to having to deal with a problem, especially when it might make them look bad. And it’s an ugly beast when it comes to responding to a complaint about a child’s welfare in the schools; that really makes them look bad. Don’t you think you should be telling the world about that?

It’s usually very unlikely that the District will respond to e-mails, they’re too dangerous. But what I do and always suggest first and foremost is that you document everything in writing in a notebook or some other way as soon as possible after an event or incident or contact. That’s very important when it comes to evidence and any hearings or court appearances. If it’s written down as soon as possible after it happens it’s 1000x better than plain old memory. Second, put all your requests into letter form, clearly stating the problem (no emotions, just the facts, please), times, dates, names, and what you want answered. Always include a reasonable request for something to be done that will make you happy or satisfy you. Then mail it to the school principal, the RCS CSD superintendent, and to the president of the board of education. Send the copy to the RCS CSD superintendent by certified mail, return receipt requested. Then you have proof you made the inquiry, proof they received it, and then proof they didn’t bother to respond.

As for sharing information about someone else’s representation or case, I’m afraid I”m not in the position to to do that. But what I would suggest is that you call the individual or drop by that individual’s home, they’re very welcoming and helpful, and talk to them about your needs and concerns. Talking directly to persons with similar problems is immensely helpful and healing. It’s worked well with many types of problems.

If you still want to go at it alone, I would suggest you contact the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 1 (800) 342-3661 lr@nysba.org, or Department for Children, Youth and Families Programs & Services at the Child Protective Services (CPS) Hotline: 1 (800) 342-3720, tell them what you need, a ask for a recommendation for assistance in moving forward with your case.

I’d also suggest that you get out of that Democrat cesspool of political party machinery and give Pete Lopez, your NYS Assemblyman for the 127nd Assembly District (but running for the newly formed 102nd district that includes Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, New Baltimore are part of his district), tell him about the problems you’re having, about the response you’re getting from the District, ask for his help. Tell him this bullying problem is big here and obviously big everywhere if the legislatures of a large number of states have actually passed laws like the the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA),  New York’s “Dignity Act“! That’s why he’s there. Besides, if you hadn’t already heard, it’s an election year and the candidates will be chomping at the bit for sensitive issues to toy with.” In fact, call everyone who’s running and not part of the local political machine (that would exclude Tom Dolan who has done NOTHING with regard to helping parents with the bullying problem–he’s part of the political gang that’s part of the problem!). And you haven’t heard a peep out of the Delucas, the Bartletts, the Whalens, Engels, Revilles, Latters, Misuracas, Leput-Hommels or any of the other Coeymanazi bunch about the bullying problem. Of course not! They’re part of the system and you don’t buck your own system. And besides, they’re all out doing something ultra-important: collecting bottles. Do you get it? If it’s easy and gets them brownie points they’ll do it; if it involves getting their hands dirty and being prophets, Forget it! Just give them glory and they’ll love you for it but don’t expect much in return.

So, what I’d recommend first of all is to find like-minded allies, especially parents whose children were bullied in the past and may have graduated or left the RCS school district. They may be very willing to step out with you. Then, contact parents with children still in the RCS school district and get together, explaining how important it is to join up and step out. You’ll get nothing done if you and others like you keep hiding. You’ll never be able to say that you actually did sometihing to protect your children and some day they might actually ask you, “Why didn’t you, mom, dad? What will you answer?

Of course I will respect your request to keep our conversations private but I would also ask you to please continue to keep us updated on what you are doing and how it’s working for you. It helps us to help others in your situation or in similar situations to know how our advice is working for them.

Good luck!
The Editor, Smalbany


Teacher- and Coach-on-Student Bully

Keep in mind the types of bullying that go on in our schools includes student-on-student, teacher-on-student, coach-on-student (sometimes even teacher-on-teacher, and student-on-teacher, believe it or not)! We can talk about various types of bullying that often appear simultaneously:

  • Physical: pushing, kicking, assault with objects, etc. It occurs more frequently in primary than in secondary. But don’t be led astray by this generalization, as student’s get older, physical abuse becomes more covert, more calculated, more dangerous and symptomatic of bigger problems ahead! Research shows that bully teachers and coaches have a history of being bullied. There’s also evidence of a bullied-connection withviolent, sociopathic behavior in adults.
  • Verbal abuse and name-calling, slurs in public, highlighting physical defects, etc.. It is the most common and can leave very deep scars. Words do harm and harm deeply.  Teachers be especially aware of this in yourselves.
  • Psychological: undermine the individual’s self-esteem and foster their sense of fear. The psychological harm is really a common feature of any bullying but it is a standalone form of bullying, too.
  • Social: attempts to isolate the members of other groups, or to exclude certain persons or classmate as members of a group. Scarring. Can produce problems further down the road in the young adult and the mature adult (true for all of the bullying types!).

So, In Summary, Our Advice Is:

  • You need to be parents to your children. That’s more than just providing them with a cellphone, junk food, and a ride to the mall! You need to be a positive role model, a source of nurture and protection. Not a friend, a parent!
  • Have open, honest dialogue with your children about the reality of bullying and that there is a law against it.
  • Encourage your children to bring their concerns to you immediately, not to wait, not to be afraid.
  • Get names of other children who have been bullied (your own children will probably be the best sources for this information, believe it or not). Kids see and hear a lot at the school and that makes them great sources of information. Contact the parents of other children who have been bullied or abused in your district. Get together to form an action committee. There’s power in numbers and the more people you have with similar experiences, the more credible your own case. This will become very important later at hearings or in court!
  • Document all incidents, conversations, contacts, etc. in a written record with dates, times, incendent description, names of those involved, names of those contacted, outcome (always with dates and times!).
  • Confront principals, administrators, superintendent, board of education immediately with your concerns. Don’t wait! They’ll use that against you! And do it in writing(not by e-mail), and what you expect to be done to fix the situation. The best way is a copy of the letter of notice or inquiry to each of the levels (principal, administrators, superintendent, BoE) with the copy to the superintent by certified mail, return receipt requested. Remember: Stick to the facts, admit nothing, don’t get emotional, assume you are always the victim! Don’t let them use anything against you later! Don’t believe any promises! Get it in writing!
  • Follow up on each of your inquiries or complaints by telephone call (note date, time, who spoken to, and substance of the call), and then with a written confirmation of the follow-up and brief details of the conversation. Send a copy to the other party and to the superintendent.
  • If you still don’t get a response. Contact the local police, make a complaint. Send a copy of the complaint to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office referring to the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), send a copy to your Assemblyman and to your state Senator. Do this by regular mail, not by e-mail. You can follow up or confirm by e-mail and attach a scanned copy of the hard copy letter or complaint.
  • Contact the  New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 1 (800) 342-3661 lr@nysba.org for a referral to an attorney specializing in lawsuits against school districts, even specializing in cases under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Under the law you are entitled to an initial free consultation with an attorney. If s/she decides to take the case, get him or her to provide you with a written letter of representation that states the approximate cost of the case in fees etc. and the approximate length of time s/he expects the case to take to resolution. Do not ask for promises that you will win; that’s unreasonable.
  • From that point on, let the attorney do his/her magic, but follow-up regularly, never trust or think that they’re on top of it, they’re probably not and will likely need some high-voltage prodding to get them to move their asses. Stay out of the way but stay informed!
  • Be  active! Be very active! It’s your children at risk, not theirs. Your children will thank you some day…or curse you if you’don’t act now!

Not on my lawn and
DEFINITELY NOT ON MY KIDS!
The Editor

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Eliminating the Coeymans Police Department

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A Reader Contributes A Well-Founded Proposal For
Eliminating  the Money-Pit Coeymans Police Department
to Save the Residents of the Town of Coeymans
At Least $2 Million A Year
 

Your Tax Dollars & the Coeymans Police Department
There’s a Better Way!

 The Author Advocates that the $2 Million Dollars Saved Could be Used to Develop Small Businesses, Parks and Recreation, and Historical Sites in the Area to Attract Residents, Businesses and Tourism. Not a Shabby Plan At All.

A Contribution by Laszlo Polyak, Ravena, New York

The blogger recently put out a poll about the Coeymans Police Department and asked whether you are for or against the dissolution of the police department based on the various complaints of police brutality, ineptness, unprofessionalism, lack of training, and violation of civil rights and abuse of citizens and residents.  And the blogger now sarcastically refers to them as the Coeymanazis, and giving some individuals personnel nicknames such as “Dirty Hands.”
 
I grew up in a township with county police only; no village or town police, only county and state police. Perhaps that is why 2 million people moved out of NY. A lot of southern states provide services such as fire, police, paramedics on a county level so people see the benefits and they feel the benefits in their wallets. How? You ask–they pay less taxes! 
 
I find it personally very difficult to write about this, since I have family and friends who carry badges and who range from small town police officers to federal investigators.  For example, I have a cousin who is now retired from the PDNY and also from the FDNY.  Yes, one person, two hats, so there are people out there who experience an event like 9/11 with a whole different meaning, and we can’t fathom what they are thinking when they have lost hundreds of comrades and friends. It’s a different level of experiencing the world, yet they manage to act responsibly and compassionately, respectfully.

But back to the nitty-gritty: I want to take a down-to-earth non-personal dollar-and-cents approach to the idea of dissolving the Coeymans police department.  In the past Mayor John Bruno perhaps said it best when he questioned: “What do I see for my tax dollars?”  And then, a few years later, the village of Ravena dissolved their police department.  Now as a community we financially have to look at what we’re getting for our tax dollars, and ask that and similar questions.  Do we really see our state tax dollars at work when we have an elite force like the New York State Police using their sophisticated and advanced training doing nothing other than handing out  thruway traffic violations?  Do we see our county tax dollars at work via the Albany County Sheriff department, or even through the County District Attorney’s office? You’re probably thinking to yourself, “NO!” But you’re paying for all of it…at least 4 times for the same services. Smart, eh? Why don’t you do that for a quart of milk, a shirt, a car? Because it’s stupid!
 
In extremely hard financial times where people are losing their homes to back taxes or simply because they don’t have a job or have one that pays crappola! Imagine losing your home for a few hundred dollars and then our taxes going up and up and up. This might be a good time to ask that burning question: “Did you see all the For Sale signs go up  after the shool budget vote?”  Do we want to keep or disolve our Coeymans Police Department based on financial cost versus the benefits versus the same services by the New York State Police or the Albany County Sheriff’s department, who would provide the same services but from local satellite offices (just like the New York State Police and the Greene County Sheriff has done in neighboring New Baltimore).
 
For more than 20 years I have looked at the annual budget of the town of coeymans. And I have seen the spending go up and up.  Some frustrating by unfunded mandates.  So let me break down what I estimate the entire cost of running the police department is today.  Out of a reported $5 million town budget, approximately $750,000 for police salaries alone. (Compare that with more than $41 million for the RCS central school district budget! The school budget is more than 8 times that of the entire Town of Coeymans!) At the time of this writing, I am still waiting for the Town of Coeymans to respond to a F.O.I.L. (Freedom of Information Law) request for the W-2s of Coeymans Police department personnel.  I was told it would take another two weeks.  So I can only guestimate at the dispatch salaries which could be as much as $450,000 including secretarial salaries, etc. [Editor’s Note: According to SeeThrough NY, the 19 employees at the Coeymans Police Department total a crushing $650,000 in salaries) Then you have the cost of the vehicles, the cost of maintaining the vehicles that run 24/7 (tires, tune ups, oil change, etc.), not to mention the gas and the mileage covering the township in the rural and farm areas.  Then there is the maintenance for radio equipment, ongoing training, retirement fund, health benefits, and routine court and law suits.  That adds up to $2.2 to $2.4 million dollars.  I stand corrected by a $100,000 or so since I am still waiting for actual receipts.  The point is this: About half of the town budget, at least, is going to support the Coeymans Police Department. Are we that crime-ridden, are we that much of a gang of hoodlums that we need to spend that much on law enforcement? Can we afford to maintain a police department for a mere 8,000 people?  Perhaps we should look into turning over the operations to the Albany County Sheriff’s Department or the New York State Police or both and invite them to use our present law enforcement installations and offices. 
 
And that’s what the Blogger is asking in the police poll, that’s the poll question: Would you support a referendum to eliminate the Coeymans Police Department? Would you support the ballot to turn over law enforcement to the professionals of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police? Do you want to disolve it and turn it over or not??? For me I have a handful of honest issues. 

Always Professional & Constantly Training

One of the top of my list is that we train officers and then they go off to other police departments/agencies; Coeymans is simply not a major career goal. If the officer is good and has a future, after he or she gets some experience, they go elsewhere.  And we are constantly doing the training.  And this is where minor to major civil rights violations have occurred; because the Coeymans Police are either rejects from other departments or are in their training training phase, we are sued for their lack of training.  And police training is continuous. I has to be! This situation not only expensive, it’s frustrating because we can’t retain the good, civic-minded, competent, intelligent police officers.   And now the facts indicate that that even our elected officials have neglected the requirement for a policy and procedures on who reports to whom, and how citizens’ complaints, yours and mine, are handled.  The patrol man answers to the sargeant, who answers to the police chief, the chief answers to the elected officials in this case the Town Supervisor and the town board. But according to information received from the Town of Coeymans, no one seems to know anything concrete about who reports to whom and what the chain-of-command might be. The result: chaos! And lawsuits! And civil rights violations! And miscarriages of justice! You name it Coeymans has it!
 
Another issue is that we have reports that the Coeymans Police Department selectively takes complaints, that is, police department employees tend to decide whether or not you’re going to get law enforcement services when you ask for them.  And that to me is totally unprofessional and biased–it’s also unlawful. If this happens to you then you must request assistance from the New York State Police or the Albany County Sheriff’s Office (although one Sheriff’s department employee who is also a part-time Coeymans Police Officer–and married to chief Darlington’s sister, recently refused to take a harassment complaint from a local woman). And then, please file a complaint with the FBI!

If somebody came by and asked me to sign a petition to dissolve the Coeymans Police Department, I sadly admit, there would be no compelling reason not to sign it, and I would sign it.  I would rather deal with the New York State Police or the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.  It would be unlikely that we would experience the personal bias or “get even” mentality based on gossip that 90% of the time results in retaliation, intimidation, and coercion by the local police. 

Let’s Talk
Dollars & Cents

But more realistically to me I would be opting for a more efficient and productive use of my county and state tax dollars and looking at a potential savings of at least $2 million of our town tax dollars that could be better spent promoting small businesses, to development of our beautiful parks and our waterfront, to restoration of some of the beautiful historical sites in our midst. The $2 million dollars saved could be used to nurture pride in our town, and when you’re proud of your town, you’ll have a measurable increase in your own self-esteem, self-respect, and love for your neighbor. So when you look at it in dollars and cents, it makes sense very good sense to dissolve the Coeymans Police Department.  Not because one guy has “Dirty Hands,” or another guy harasses little old ladies, or because we personally have experienced civil rights violations or even profiling of one sort or another, or even if the Smalbany Blogger rightly or wrongly calls the Coeymans Police the Coeymansnazis. We also have to take a good hard look at the abuses and violations, real ones and potential ones, that come with the confusion and indifference we see in the Coeymans administration and the Coeymans Police Department. One example it the rubber-stamp approval of the Coeymans Police Department’s request for an increase in petty cash from $300 to $1000! There’s no way that $1000 can be considered “petty cash,” at least not according to all the accounting books I’ve read!

But, seriously, I think we should all provide our input on the poll because I’m curious about what the results of the poll would be, aren’t you?
 
These unfunded mandates are going to continue to go up and up and I doubt very much gasoline prices are going to go down.  So as a community we have to discuss this and if we do dissolve our inefficient, expensive Coeymans Police Department, then we must also make efforts to assist those persons who are left jobless with job placement elsewhere, perhaps somewhere in the community where they can really earn their keep. But to continue running the Coeymans Police Department we have to find justification in funding it, too.
 
We’re all in this mess together, so you have to really give some thought to “What’s your solution to a growing finaical burden?”

LASZLO POLYAK

Editor’s Epilog

Thank you, Mr Polyak, for a well-reasoned and well-written commentary on the present state of affairs of law enforcement in the Town of Coeymans. Your presentation is motivating and stimulates thought about the status quo and ignorance of the facts. Continuing the present situation is  like the reasoning of stopping your watch to save time, or complaining about fuel oil consumption and your fuel bill while still using the 75-year old converted coal boiler and not biting the bullet to install a fuel-efficient heating system. We’re all guilty at one time or another! But we need to make some  sensible decisions real soon or at least discuss alternatives in a constructive and sensible manner. Mr Polyak has provided us with a good start.

For those of our readers who have not yet visted the Coeymans Police Poll, you can click this link Coeymans Police Department to go to the article and participate in the poll. The poll is at the end of the article.

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Coeymans Ripe for Civil Rights Violations Lawsuits?

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With the Volume of Complaints Against the Coeymans Police Department and its Employees, Several Requests for Documents Under the Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) Reveal Some Disturbing–But Not Surprising–Conflicts of Information.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
A Community for Suckers

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or a lawyer. For specific technical or other advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author. But if you have a complaint to file for abuse or violation of your civil rights, now might be a prime time to file it…the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department likely wouldn’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell of winning a lawsuit!

No sooner does the NY state Department of Education start investigating the multiple allegations of voting irregularities in the school budget vote, the Albany County DA, law-enforcement pimp David Soares and his corrupt band of sockpuppets reward the Coeymans Police Department for their incestuous relationships with a “gift” of $18,000 in taxpayer money, the Times Union publishes the New York State Comptroller’s devastating audit report highlighting the scandalous financial mismanagement in the Village of Ravena to the tune of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars (the Town of Coeymans got its own reaming back in 2009 and there’s probably another coming soon), and the Town of Coeymans Board caves the the Coeymans Police Department’s request for an increase in petty cash, YES! “petty” cash, from $300 to $1000. It appears that Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk is populated by dunces, psychos, inbred waterheads, crackheads, and the braindead; zombies who do the bidding and dance the dance played by their trainers, the Coeymanazis!

But back to the Coeymans Police Department and the Policy and Procedure for Officially Investigating Citizens’ Complaints against the Coeymans Police. Oh! You say you didn’t know there was one? You’re not alone. Your Town of Coeymans town board didn’t know either! And your Coeymans Police Chief is not aware that his department is managed and overseen by the Coeymans Town Board!

Who’s in Charge?!?
Flach, Darlington, Dolan at Work.

(Meanwhile, Ryan Johnson’s beating up Grandma, Dirty- Hands Deluca’s Making a Deal Somewhere, Kerry Thompson is Deleting the Secret Policy.)

Our investigator has come up with secret documents that prove that the the citizens of the town of Coeymans are not only saddled with a gaggle of Mr Potatoheads who don’t have a clue what’s going on, and are plagued with a moneypit of a police department dominated by lawless thugs but the poor souls are faced with triple jeopardy:

  • Either they’re afraid to make a complaint or, if a citizen does try to make a complaint, the police may refuse to take it–in violation of their own internal policy!
  • If the complaint is accepted there may or may not be a policy and procedure for investigating it (no one in the Coeymans administration seems to know for sure–they’re “indifferent“)–but file the complaint anyway, when you sue you need to let them trip over each other…and they will. They already are!
  • The Coeymans Police Department is basically illiterate but they do have what they humorously call a “policy” but it’s mostly so stupidly written and full of mistakes it’s meaningless, and where you can make sense of it, it’s useless!

Darlington Continues the Tradition

So, our requests for any information clarifying the situation were made during June 2012, in order to find out whether or not the Town of Coeymans has a policy and procedures for properly investigating citizen’s reports and complaints of police misconduct. The Town of Coeymans’ response was that there is no policy or procedure for investigating citizens’complaints. In response to a request asking Who manages the Coeymans Police Department? the town replies in a letter dated June 15, 2012, in response to a F.O.I.L. request, the responding town officer states that “according to the Internal Control Officer for the Town [Darryl] Purinton, the Town Board manages and oversees the Town of Coeymans Police Department.” (Are you listening Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington? Betcha you didn’t know that!)

That’s apparently news to Mr Gregory Darlington, so-called chief of the Coeymans Police Department, but he’s clueless about so many things, it’s no surprise that he doesn’t know the Town Board Supervises his gang of thugs (see below). Good ol’ sockpuppet Greg Darlingtona pawn for all to diddle with!

It gets worse. In response to a detailed freedom of information request submitted to the Town of Coeymens on June 27, 2012, asking for the policy and procedure for investigating citizens’complaints against the Coeymans police, the Town of Coeymans responds on July 3, 2012,writing, “I have been advised by the Town Supervisor [Stephen Flach] that such policy and procedure does not exist, therefore, I am unable to provide you with the requested information.” So, since the Town Supervisor is president of the Coeymans town board, and according the the town’s Internal Control Officer, Darryl Purinton, “the Town Board manages and oversees the Town of Coeymans Police Department,” it would seem that the Town of Coeymans has no policy or procedures for investigating your complaints against the Coeymans Police Department or any of its employees. But the federal and state courts say that towns and cities must have an effective policy and one that’s implemented uniformly or…Guess what? Big settlements and big awards!

Our little furry friend Thomas E. Dolan, member of the Coeymans Town Board, is the board’s liaison person to the Coeymans P.D. He, too, was handed a F.O.I.L. request asking for the same information. Dolan, who is supposed to be the go-between between the town board and the Coeymans P.D., allegedly stated that he didn’t think that the Town of Coeymans had a policy or procedures for investigating citizens’ complaints. (This clueless dolt is the very Thomas E. Dolan who is asking you to put him in the New York State Senate! If he’s such a magnus dorkus at town and village level, just think of the damage he could do as a state senator!)

This creates a very serious liability situation for the Town of Coeymans, especially in view of recent court decisions that have created quite a crisis situation in towns and cities across New York State, who either don’t have a policy/procedure or who have one but it’s so idiotic it’s useless…like the Town of Coeymans’…more on that later.

If anything, we are very thorough and cover most bases before anything gets published on this blog. This question was no exception to our policy. So we also filed a request to the Coeymans Police Department itself. The Coeymans P.D. provided a document that is apparently part of its “Law Enforcement Manual,” Administration Section  14.0, Subject: Internal Investigations / Personnel Complaints, and is dated April 1, 2008. So it’s already 4 year’s old and apparently no one has so much as run a spell check on it, much less made it even remotely readable in English.

The confused way the document is written and the poor level of English convinced us that it had to be a Coeymans document. That impression was confirmed when we read that the “Approving Authority” is none other than “Darlington, Chief of Police.” We don’t want you to think that we are unreasonable or too harsh when we say that a retarded chimp could probably manage to have written a more understandable document, so here’s a link to the actual document provided. Judge for yourself. Click Town of Coeymans PD P&P Citizens’ Complaints. (Please note, we have made no effort to clean up Darlington’s gibberish so you’ll be able to read it in its unnatural orginal state.)

The taxpayers of the Town of Coeymans paid Gregory Darlington $91,317.00 in 2011! Why can’t the good citizens of Coeymans get a literate, marginally intelligent police chief for that money. For about 19 employees on the Coeymans Police Department the good citizens of Coeymans shelled out more than $650,000 in Coeymans P.D. salaries alone in 2011! (The highest paid — besides Darlington — were Daniel Contento at $86,697; Nicholas Westfall at $68,351; Ryan Johnson at $56,331. We guess they got “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca on sale at Walmarts at just over $29,000.) Why can’t we get a decent law enforcement team that respects citizens and the law for that kind of money? The good citizens of the town of Coeymans are paying through the nose for morons, thugs, abuse, violations of their rights, retaliation, intimidation, and the lawsuits that result! Ever ask yourselves Why? [Editor’s Note: Salary source: http://seethroughny.net/payrolls/towns/)

The real author of the Coeymans Police Department Policy.

We do want to comment on just a couple of sections, just to show how idiotic and useless the document is and how it reflects the author’s mentality and the overall dysfunction of the Town of Coeymans and the especially the Coeymans Police Department.

If at any time you feel you’re going to puke or panic, or both, just push the bullshit alert button below:

Use Only in An Emergency!

One caution before you even read the thing: You’d better be prepared to be confused as hell trying to figure out who is the personnel, the employee, the officer, etc. because there’s no definition of any of the terms used and the terms are being used randomly. (Don’t even pay attention to the paragraph numbering; it’s all screwed up!) So here goes:
In the “Introduction” we read:

“The image of the Department depends on the personal integrity and discipline of all Departmental employees. To a large degree, our public image is determined by our professional response to allegations of misconduct by police employees.”

This is an admission that the Coeymans P.D. is aware that how they appear (“our public image“) depends on the way the CPD employees act and how they respond to “allegations of misconduct.” In other words, they are aware of something. That’s a relief!

The document also states that it is necessary to

“promptly, competently, professionally, and impartially investigate all complaints … take appropriate disciplinary action…seek appropriate remedy for false allegations … establish rules, regulations, polices and procedures in order to direct and control the means by which law enforcement services are delivered in the most efficient and effective manner.”

Well, seems kinda lofty for the CPD, doesn’t it? We’ll be requesting copies of those “rules, regulations, policies, and procedures!” But especially to those among our readers, who may have experienced the C.P.D.’s notion of “the most efficient and effective manner;” their role models appear to be the Gestapo or the Nazi SS, after all the C.P.D. are the Coeymanazis.

Where the document really starts to go awry is in paragraph 24.1.2, where we read that the procedure or the policy, whatever it is supposed to be, “is for internal use only and does not enlarge an officer’s civil or criminal liability in any way.” So it’s useless in other words? We actually thought that the whole purpose of the procedure was to verify the facts of the citizen’s complaint. Silly us!

The same section goes on to state, “It should not be construed as a creation of a higher standard of safety or care in an evidentiary sense, with respect to third part claims.” It’s purpose is not to improve standards, safety, care? And shouldn’t the police be held to a higher standard of conduct, considering their power, than you or I? So the procedure is useless after all! Like we said.

What’s really damning is the part that reads, “Violations of this directive, if proven, can only form the basis of a complaint by this department, and then only in a nonjudicial administrative setting.” This whole section is the product of an idiotic, demented mind! So any violations can form the basis of a complaint by the CPD? What sense does that make? Also, any violations are non-judicial/administrative? What Darlington, the overfed moonbat, is doing is making law! Not surprising, though. Darlington, the same Darlington who had to take the police chief exam at least 3 times before he could pass it, is now making laws he’s not authorized to make! The Coeymans Police Department is now a mini-legislature!

Chief Darlington: Take Mabel’s Advise!

Here’s where it gets good: section 44.1.1 reads “As a rule, complaints regarding law enforcement personnel or operations wil be handled by the Chief of Police.” Does the Town Board know this? Does Tom Dolan, the board’s go-between dingaling with the CPD, know this? Does Darlington know that “the Town Board manages and oversees” his department. Does Darlington know that as far as the Town Board is concerned this document doesn’t exist? Does anyone in the Town of Coeymans administration know anything at all?

Section 44.1.4 states that “Any employee shall assist a complainant filling out a Report of Personnel Complaint.” Apparently the janitor or the plumber can help you fill out a “Report of Personnel Complaint.” But according to this section, there is apparently a form, a “Report of Personnel Complaint.” Do you feel safer now? You’re not!

Section 44.1.5 is the clincher, though, and we’re putting this in boldface type because it’s a boldface lie by Darlington:

“Every effort will be made to facilitate the convenient, courteous and prompt receipt and processing of citizen complaints, Any employee who interferes with, discourages or delays the making of such complaint shall be subject to disciplinary action.” [underlining provided]

 (We’ll wait a couple of minutes so you can recover your composure and change your undies, before we go on.) Was Kerry Thompson disciplined for refusing to take a woman’s harassment complaint? We’re wondering if Coeymans Police Department personnel are aware of this document, especially officer Kerry Thompson, who refused to take a local business woman’s complaint of harassment by Joe Tracey (Josephine O’Connor’s father!) but not only took Joe Tracey’s fraudulent complaint and actually arrested an innocent person! We only hope that the local businesswoman is reading this and has her attorney’s number ready!

By Now my Bullshit Meter
is Off the Scales!

How’s Yours Doing?
          

How’s this one: Section 44.1.9. “Complainants appearing or telephoning demanding to speak directly and/or immediately to the Chief of Police shall be immediately referred to the Chief of Police.” Is Darlington on this planet, even on a part-time basis? Did you ever try to get through to him? We mean before the Albany County Sheriff got involved in overseeing Coeymans police activities?

Darlington starts legislating again when he writes at Section 44.1.10: “Complainant will not normally be accepted more than 30 days after the incident.” How’s that make you feel? You won’t be accepted after 30 days. Does that mean you’ve expired or something? Besides, Darlington has already said this is an internal document so who’s to know?

Don’t worry, though, if you do decide to file a lawsuit, nothing Darlington puts in his gibberish manual will count for anyting because state and federal statutes of limitations will apply to your lawsuit. You attorney can explain the limitations to you. It’s also best to call your complaint a Notice of Claim, because it puts the department and the town on notice, as is required by law, that you have a claim against them. Might as well include the DA’s name on it too; David Soares is always behind the scenes.

The document goes on to say that “The Chief of Police shall:” [Editor’s Note: In this usage “shall” is obligatory and should be read to mean “is required to.”] notify the complainant a.s.a.p. of the receipt of the complaint, that the complaint is under investigation” (we don’t exactly know what this means), and that the investigation will be completed within 30 days.”  Now how does the CPD know that the investigation can be completed within 30 days? Probably it won’t but who cares? And then, “when the investigation substantiates the allegation” the Chief of Police must “take appropriate disciplinary action.” In this life, you wonder?

The document also states tha the Chief of Police must “record or cause to be recorded the internal investigation.” In other words, a record must be kept of the investigation. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya!

But in clear violation of law and good management priniciples, secton 64.1.1.2 states that the Chief must “securely maintain confidential records of internal investigations in the Chief’s Office separate from personnel files.” The courts will go to town royally on that one!

Even I had to have a chuckle when I read section 64.1.1.4 which states that the Chief of Police must maintain close liason with the district attorney investigating alleged criminal conduct. Where liability is an issue, the Chief shall maintain contact with the Town Attorney.” What does Greg Darlington do? Calls his wife Leah Darlington at the DA’s office to have David Soares fix a felony or something or cook some poor bastard RCS resident who has gone afoul of the Coeymanazis? We’ve already seen the great communications between the Town Board and the Police. NOT!

Before we give you a stroke for laughing so hard, there’s one bit of gibberish in this document we’s like to close with. It has to do with the interview of the accused officer for “administrative purposes” by the police chief.

“If the Chief of Police wishes to compel and employee to answer questions directly related to his or her official duties and the Chief is willing to forgo the use of such answers in a criminal prosecution…no answer given nor any informatin obtained by reason of such statements can be admissible against the employee at any criminal proceeding.”

Purest rubbish and characteristic of the document as a whole! The chief of police does not have that authority! This is a perfect example of sheltering potential criminality and protecting the very persons who are literally most likely to deprive you of life, liberty and your civil rights and not only abuse their power, but even if they are guilty they won’t be held accountable, and they won’t have to fess up like you or I with their legal costs because the municipality indemnifies them! The best of all worlds and at your expense. Police and teachers have it all and you’re paying for it!

Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca Unmasked!
Enjoy! Suckers!

The Editor

Afterword: We don’t want to make the impression that the town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department are the only tainted, corrupt, and inept examples we know about but they are almost perfect examples of how a town administration, if left totally alone to do what it likes, can go rabid. It is also an almost perfect example of what happens when citizens don’t bother to get involved or to get too lazy to oversee their officials. So, people of Coeymans and places like Coeymans, all of this crap is partly YOUR fault. YOU have to clean it up!

Our next article will continue to discuss the so-called policy and the Town of Coeymans’ indemnification of police officers; that means that the Town of Coeymans pays the bill for any defense of the accused officer–guilty or not! They play, you PAY! Stay tuned!

A couple of final questions for you to ponder: Has anyone asked Why “Dirty-Hands Jerry” is allowed to pack a weapon on RCS school property when not on duty and not officially on call? Aren’t firearms prohibited on school property? And  has anyone asked why a police presence was required at recent school board meetings to re-assure a certain psycho who needed to be accompanied to the ladies room? Who paid for the courtesy body guards and why? (Note that the police have no legal duty to protect you! That’s a fact! So, any police presence for Deluca’s female friend had to be a favor at taxpayer expense. Right?) We’ll have some questions on overtime, too.

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Residents’ Request: Help Us!

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog NOW!

This Is A Public Service Announcement

Help Us Help You!

A group of concerned citizen residents is preparing a packet to be submitted to NYS Education Department in regard to the various illegal actions that occurred prior to voting and at the voting location at the RCS high school on May 15, 2012.

Those residents have set up a special e-mail to receive information on what you actually during the time leading up to the voting and at the voting location in the RCS High School. If you experienced anything you consider improper, if you saw any activity you thought was wrong (signs being damaged, for example) or just plain out of place (young people trying to encourage a voter to vote YES!, any political signs in the area of the voting, etc.), or any other irregularity, please write to the e-mail address, rcs.confidential@gmail.com. It is confidential and your name etc. will be kept secret. if you, a family member and or other person(s)  has information in regard to any of the items listed below that you may witnessed prior to or during the voting on the RCS School District Budget. Here are the specific items we need to know about:

  1. Were you or anyone that you know NOT requested to provide identification prior to voting?
  2. Did you witness anyone wearing clothing or carrying signs that promoted voting either a YES or NO?  Please identify where, how many? Can you identify that/those persons by name? Student? Adult?
  3. Did you witness or experience intimidation and/or pressure to vote in a particulr way.
  4. If you felt you were being coaxed or intimidated to vote a certain way, did the intimidation occur at the voting location at the high school, in a classroom or anywhere on school grounds.  Please be specific in regard to location and names of any individuals involved or witnessing the intimidation.
  5. Do you feel that having the voting in the high school itself was improper influence on voters? Do you feel that the voting should have been held in an education-neutral location?

Please do your civic duty and report any irregularities. We’d like to hear from you about anything you have to say.

Please! You have friends and neighbors who are willing to protect you and your rights. But your immediate attention and support and assistance is required so that this comunity can ensure NYS Education Department has factual information to support the enforcement of the laws that protect all members of this community.

Again, if you have any information on the events leading up to and during the May 15, 2012, school budget voting, if you feel you were left out of any discusssions, felt that you might experience retaliation if you spoke up or if you didn’t vote in a particular way, or if you saw or heard of any of the events listed above (and can identify time, place, and persons) PLEASE let us know at rcs.confidential@gmail.com. Remember, anything you share will be kept confidential!

Please print this out and give it to a neighbor who might not have access to this blog. They’ll thank you for it!

But YOU have to Help, too!

rcs.confidential@gmail.com

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!