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The list of misconduct and abuses grows and grows and grows for Town of New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan (D). The New Baltimore Town Board just sit and stare into space, wide-eyed, clueless while Jordan makes threats, harasses residents, creates dangerous hazards, damages private property, causes lawsuits against the Town, and even threatens the Board itself. Why does this craziness continue? why hasn’t the Town Board taken action against Jordan as provided under New York State Law? Politics? Cowardice? Ignorance? Indifference? Maybe a little of each but the incompetence and stupidity is damaging the entire community!
The entire New Baltimore Town Board met in public session on September 11, 2017. Supervisor Nick Dellisanti, Deputy supervisor Jeff Ruso, board members Shellie vanEtten, Chuck Irving, and Scott Brody were all present. Mr Denis Jordan, the under-fire New Baltimore Highway Superintendent, was sprawled in the last row. Four residents, three of them women, all with complaints against Jordan, were also present.
All four residents have significant claims against the Town of New Baltimore and all the claims are based on Jordan’s abuses, incompetence, and unethical practices. The four appeared at the meeting as a show of solidarity. One of them was to read a public statement into the record demanding answers to explain how Jordan has managed to keep his job while perpetrating all sorts of incompetent and crazy schemes.
We have the text of the resident’s public statement, and we’d like to share it with our readers now:
September 11, 2017
The Town Board of New Baltimore
New Baltimore Town Hall
3809 County Route 51
Hannacroix, New York 12087
Ladies, Gentlemen, Neighbors:
Subject: Remarks addressed to the Board in Public Session.
I am here this evening to address the New Baltimore Town Board directly and to get answers to the many questions I have placed before the Town over the past year and a half regarding the lamentable performance of the Town of New Baltimore Highway Department under the authority and supervision of Mr Denis Jordan, Town of New Baltimore Highway Superintendent.
The Town of New Baltimore, in addition to the numerous email notifications and photographic documentation I have provided, has made at least one on site inspection visit of New Street, a roadway owned by the Town of New Baltimore, in response to the ongoing problems of runoff water drainage and the failure of the New Baltimore Highway Department to maintain gutters and storm drains. There is an at least six-year record of the incompetent installation of culverts, drains, and ditches and the resulting damage to private property in and around New Street.
In 2016, the town supervisor and deputy supervisor, as well as board member vanEtten personally visited the site of damage to private property. Mr Ruso himself discovered a culvert that was so poorly maintained that one end could not be identified. Two days after that inspection, Mr Dellisanti, Mr Ruso, Mr Jordan and Mr vanWormer were provided with a tour of the New Street and Madison Avenue East problem areas. Shortly, thereafter, NBHD crews arrived to clear drainage ditches that had not been cleared of debris and vegetation for at least 2-3 years. They proceeded to identify the blind culvert and uncovered a drainage grate from under 2-3 inches of soil. Mr vanWormer remarked that he had no idea the drain was there, and he’d been with the department for at least 17 years. The department dug up the road, replaced the mystery culvert, installed culverts under two residential driveways, and left a so-called catchment hole and several bizarrely crafted storm drains. The runoff drainage problem was not cured.
The drainage problems were not cured and the department managed to create new hazards and aggravate the drainage situation.
In 2017, the town of New Baltimore Highway Department and its contractor Callanan, appeared unannounced and commenced paving operations in the Hamlet of New Baltimore. I personally sought out and questioned Mr vanWormer about what was planned, since residents were not provided with information, and the Town website merely stated that details would be announced; that notice still appeared even after the paving had been started and even after it had been completed.
The most recent operations of the NBHW department can be characterized best by saying it is half-assed done by halfwits! The epitome of jerry rigging.
Not only were the operations on New Street largely unsupervised by the Highway Department, upon arrival on the day New Street was done, I was practically speechless when I returned home at about 3:00 p.m. to find that the roadbed had been raised an average of 8-15 inches, a huge drop prevented one from using the front entrance to my home, another 10”curb made use of the second entrance a significant hazard. There was a raised sloped edge along the street on the East side measuring some 12-15 inches. You could not exit a car at the roadside and safely get out because of the slope and the drop-off. The road has been substantially narrowed such that when unloading my car another car cannot safely pass by.
The highway department attempted to cure the drop-off to the residential parking areas by dropping crushed stone. That jerry rigged solution has failed because the stone is either compressing or washing away, leaving the dangerous curb exposed again. It’s incredible but the Department on the West side of New Street, right across the street and opposite the No 18 New St. parking area, deposited a blacktop ramp from the roadway onto the lawn of the Arndt property, apparently so that Ms Arndt can drive her car up onto her lawn. Even more bizarrely that ramp actually fills the drainage ditch along the West side of New Street, preventing runoff from draining along the ditch into the drains.
In another incompetent attempt to remedy the hazards caused by the deposition of untold truckloads of blacktop on New Street, the Department had to pour concrete steps supposedly to allow our entrances to be used. The concrete steps were not provided with a foundation and now vegetation is growing from under the steps. No doubt water can seep under the steps and frost will heave them. The concrete or cement mix used is obviously not the correct mix because the edges are already disintegrating, crumbling. At the top of the steps there continues to be a raised hump of approximately 6-8 inches in height, causing a significant hazard of tripping, and which will pose a particular problem in winter with ice and snow buildup. This needs to be corrected.
The Deputy [Highway] superintendent has already commented that the raised, sloped edge of the road will cause a problem when plowing in winter and will complicate snow removal.
In an apparent attempt to cure the raised edge of the roadway at the garage of No. 10, the Department dropped blacktop to form a sloped grade into the driveway. This sloped grade now forms a conspicuous channel along which runoff from the roadway is conducted into the foundations of No. 10 New Street. We continue to use sandbags there.
In short, ladies and gentlemen, not only has the Department created hazard after hazard, they have each time created a new problem.
There is no explanation why truckload upon truckload of blacktop had to be deposited on New Street to the extent of raising the road surface at least 8-10 inches above the pre-paving level! How much has that cost the taxpayers of this Town?
Editor’s Note: By any standard we consulted, the blacktop deposited by Mr Jordan’s contractors, Callanan Industries, should not have exceeded 2-2½ inches maximum. We can only speculate that the reason between 6 and 10 inches of blacktop was dumped on New Street was because Callanan Industries sells blacktop. What was in this excessive use for Mr Jordan, we might well ask?
And where was Mr Jordan when all of this was going on? Well, at 3 p.m. on the day New Street was being literally dumped on, Mr Jordan left early to attend a wake…regrettably not his own.
In the meantime, request after request after request has been brought to the Town to cure the hazards and remove the dangerous situations. The town has shown only indifference, and the incompetence and waste continues.
Rather than respond to residents’ concerns Mr Jordan prefers to harass a local woman property owner because of a privacy fence. Rather than cure the problems and remove the hazards created on New Street and elsewhere, Mr Jordan is off installing culverts on friends’ properties. I have heard of at least two such preferred operations going on in the Town over the past couple of months.
The glaring questions persist: Where is Mr Jordan getting the money to hire his own attorneys when the town has an attorney? Where is Mr Jordan getting the money to hire surveyors to continue his harassment of local property owners. Where is Mr Jordan getting the money to hire Delaware Engineering as consultants to establish that New Baltimore is the only place on Earth were water runs uphill? Where is the accountability? Where is the leadership? Where is the responsibility? Where is Mr Jordan getting the wherewithal to confront this board with his own threats of litigation? What has the board done in response to Mr Jordans now infamous refrain, “Let them sue us!”
Mr Jordan must be made accountable for the untold damage he has done as Superintendent of Highways not only in terms of incompetent roadwork, corrupt contract practices, but also to the trust and confidence of residents in this local government, a town board whose responsibility is to steward the public treasure and to act in good faith and fair play in performing their fiduciary duties to the residents of this town.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Jordan must be held accountable. Mr Jordan must GO! And he must go NOW!
Need I remind you that this is an election year, and some of you are seeking re-election. It doesn’t look good.
I am providing a copy of these remarks for the record and ask that the Clerk conform them as part of the record of this September 11, 2017, public regular session of the New Baltimore Town Board.
Mr Jordan was re-elected two years ago and won by ONE vote. With the public outcries and public knowledge of Denis Jordan’s years of misconduct and incompetence, waste of taxpayer money, abuse of residents, and his alleged favors being done for “friends” of Denis Jordan by Denis Jordan using Town of New Baltimore resources. Jordan’s neglect of his duties and obligations, his ignorance and incompetence, his questionable contracting procedures, and his refusal to respond to good faith questions posed by residents has been brought to the attention of the New Baltimore Town Board for almost 10 years now, multiple notifications, hundreds of photographs and yet Jordan is still there. Granted, two of the town boards were dominated by Democraps (under supervisors David Louis and Susan O’Rorke) and they wouldn’t lift a finger against their fellow Democrap, Denis Jordan. But now we have a Republican-dominated board and still nothing!!!
Editor’s Note: We have reliable and credible information that Jordan won the last elections by one vote because the Republican and Independent election leaders did not count the absentee votes for that election!!! If that is factually true, someone’s head has to roll. So much for the democratic process and we wonder why people don’t vote.
We have personally inspected the damage and situations described in the resident’s public statement, and we can verify those facts as being true. We have F.O.I.L.ed supporting documents from the Town of New Baltimore and those documents do not paint a pretty picture of the operations of the Highway Department much less of Mr Jordan’s management skills…they’re zilch! We have also spoken to the woman being harassed by Jordan. That woman keeps her property immaculate and takes great pains to keep it beautiful; Mr Jordan made the claims, stating that he had received several complaints about her property but would not say who made the complaints. In fact, he first made the complaints and only afterwards collected any facts. Sounds like harassment, putting the cart before the horse again, Mr Jordan.
We agree with the resident’s public statement and call on the New Baltimore Town Board to commence legal proceedings to remove Denis Jordan from office, to audit his performance and his recent dealings with Callanan and their paving operations in the Hamlet of New Baltimore, and to prosecute Jordan and his accomplices if illegal activity is revealed!
We want justice and compensation for those New Baltimore residents who have been injured by Jordan and his incompetent operations!
American Politics is the Joke of the Civilized World! Dirty, disrespectful of voters, disinformation gone wild, and absolutely devoid of ethics.
Can we, should we expect anything better from
Tom Meacham, a Republican Candidate for Judicial Office in the Town of New Baltimore but is
Unfit for Judicial Office!
Click here to view the campaign flyer we refer to in this article. See for yourself.
We think we can demand more and should get more from our local candidates who regularly, every two or four years, come out of the woodwork like a bunch of greedy ego-driven cockroaches or bedbugs, hungering for our votes, and when they’re full, disappear as quickly as they appeared. But Tom Meacham wants to become a figure who can not only affect your life but who can do some real damage if he’s as ignorant as he seems to be. Meacham wants to be a judge and, even in the corrupt and ignorant town and village justice court system, can do a hell of a lot of damage…and will, once elected, because even now, before coming even close to the polls, he’s showing how ignorant he is.
Well, New Baltimore republicans are offering a candidate, Tom Meacham, who is running for New Baltimore Town Justice, and who isn’t even elected to be a judge and he’s already breaking the New York State Judicial Law in his campaign activities!!!
Quite frankly, we are not really interested in the fact that you are married to Kathy or how many kids you have produced. You are asking us to elect you to be a judge in our town. We also don’t really care that you are a Boy Scout leader or that your kids are Eagle Scouts. None of that qualifies you for much of anything; in fact, it’s what we would like to see most parents accomplish, if they have the resources. Actually, your “About Me” in your campaign handouts doesn’t really tell us much about the real you and even less about why you should be trusted to be a judge.
Mr Meacham, your wife and kids do not qualify you for public office, much less for judicial office. You have violated New York State Judicial Law and the provisions of the New York State Code of Judicial Conduct ALREADY! You have disqualified yourself!
What your campaign information and the information in your handouts does tell us is that you are not familiar with the requirements in this state of New York to be a judge. You are not familiar with New York State Judicial Law or with New York State Judicial Ethics. In fact, you should be disqualified from being a judge because you have already violated several provisions of New York State Judicial Law and Judicial ethics, and by your own statements admit that you are biased and will be a prejudiced judge. Obviously, Mr Meacham, your Republican party handlers are just as ignorant of the law and judicial ethics if they allowed you to commit political suicide! Here’s just a couple of reasons that we found published in your very own campaign materials:
We believe in Separation of Powers. Obviously Mr Meacham does not. Too cozy with Law Enforcement, the executive branch.
First of all, Mr Meacham doesn’t understand that he’s asking to be elected to the judicial branch of government, that is, to be an impartial judge. Judicial impartiality means impartiality to all branches of government, special interests, individuals, politics. But Mr Meacham doesn’t appear to understand that bias implies prejudice, and bias and prejudice are a disqualification for a judgeship. No one wants a judge who is too cozy with law enforcement but Mr Meacham actually touts his endorsement by Greene County Sheriff, Greg Seeley, another Republican, and a politician himself. An endorsement by the Greene County Sheriff indicates to us that Mr Meacham is a bit too cozy with his Republican handlers, and much too close to law enforcement, which might also mean that he will favor law enforcement over the private citizen.
You contradict yourself, Mr Meacham. You can’t cherry pick the law you’ll support, even if your endorsement by Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley means you oppose the Safe Act, as Mr Seeley has stated publicly he does not support. It’s the still the law and a judge cannot imply predjudice. But you DO, Mr Meacham, by your own statements in your campaign literature!!!
Mr Meacham also emphasizes that he will uphold the Second Amendment. In fact, this very statement indicates a bias and a prejudice in favor of gun owners and in opposition to the Safe Act, a law of the state of New York, whose laws Mr Meacham will have to swear to interpret and apply in an unbiased and unprejudiced fashion. Out of one side of his mouth Mr Meacham promises to uphold the US Constitution but out of the other side of his double-talking mouth he is apparently saying he’s going to push the Second Amendment or oppose the Safe Act. Which is it Mr Meacham? Are you saying you are going to selectively apply the law? That you will cherry-pick which laws you will apply and which ones you won’t. That’s not a judge that’s a tyrant!
Judicial Law and Judicial Ethics require that a judge be impartial and uninfluenced by other parties in his or her decisions. Mr Meacham wants to “work with law enforcement” in order to make fair and expeditious judicial decisions. We need a judge who can make fair and expeditious judicial decisions without the help of law enforcement!!! Police are tasked with enforcing the law NOT interpreting it for judges. What don’t you understand, Mr Meacham?
Mr Meacham promises to “work with law enforcement to fairly and expeditiously render judicial decisions.” To be effective, the judiciary must work independently, non-partisanly. Why would Mr Meacham have to “work with law enforcement” in order to “fairly and expeditiously render judicial decisions”?!?!? That’s very wrong according to the doctrine of checks and balances. A judge does not have to work with law enforcement nor should he or she work very closely with law enforcement to render fair and expeditious court decisions. That’s not the way things are done in this country, Mr Meacham!!!
Not only are you unfamiliar with Judicial Law and Judicial Ethics, you also have no sense of reality! You are not yet “Judge Meacham” !!! So why are you calling yourself “Judge Meacham” ??? That’s a bit too premature and arrogant for any wannabe judge, in our opinion, Mr Meacham. Can’t you wait for the elections and the ballots to be counted? Besides, aren’t you asking for our vote, not telling us you’ve already been elected? Didn’t you read your campaign propaganda? Can you read?
But the worst violation that appears in Mr Meacham’s election campaign material is the fact that he has not yet been elected to be a town justice yet in his campaign materials already calls himself a judge. He obviously can’t wait for the elections to call himself “judge Meacham.” Just look at the email address that appears on his campaign materials: JUDGEMEACH16@GMAIL.COM. That email is misleading and fraudulent. Meacham is NOT Judge Meacham and, if we have anything to say about it, Tom Meacham will not be a New Baltimore Justice for all of the violations of law and ethics that he has already committed and he’s not even in office!
Mr Meacham, you need to publically apologize to the people of the Town of New Baltimore for your scurilous attempt to misinform them, and you need to do that at least in the News Herald and the Greene County News. Here’s the email for the editor of those publications; you can send your apology to Melanie Lekocevic of Columbia-Greene County Media. You need to do that NOW!
Editor’s Note: Given the extraordinary number of violations of Judicial Law and Judicial Ethics that we have found in this single campaign flyer, we intend to file a formal complaint and demand for investigation with the Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) of the New York State Unified Court System. The CJC is supposed to be the state watchdog keeping tabs on judges’ conduct in the New York State court system and has the authority to punish judges and judge candidates for violations of the NY Judicial Law and the Code of Judicial Conduct. (But readers be aware that the Commission is appointed by the Governor so don’t expect much. They’re just as hypocritical as the corrupt judges they’re supposed to discipline! Any surprise?). Mr Meacham has violated several of the provisions of the Law and Code in just this small handout. We can’t even start to imagine what other misconduct and violations he is capable of. We will file the Complaint with the CJC and we’ll keep our readers informed of its progress.
You can learn more about the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct by clicking on the image below.
We have to demand that our public officials, especially our judges, even the bottom feeder town and village judicial parasites, are held to a higher standard than the general population. We’ve had enough of the hypocrites putting on the black robes of justice and claiming the high moral road, doing what they please, and judging the rest of us. What’s even worse is the fact that the back-room dealers, the political committees, pick their insiders and pass them off to us as worthy candidates. These political party committees, regardless of whether they call themselves Independence, Democrap, or Repuklican, are sleazebags. It’s time the community woke up and puts these insiders and carpetbaggers in their proper place and it’s not public office. We hope you agree.
It’s 12:00 noon on Friday the 13th, ten (10) days after the Greene County Elections, and the morons at the Greene County Board of Elections STILL HAVEN’T POSTED THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 3RD ELECTIONS. THE LINK TO THE “OFFICIAL” RESULTS STILL SHOWS “UNOFFICIAL” RESULTS. WAKE UP GUYS!
WE WANT TO KNOW NOW!!!
Today, on Veterans Day, we claim to be celebrating the men and women still among us who served to preserve our dignity, rights, and freedoms. What “dignity”? What “rights”? What “freedoms”? Today, on Veterans Day, we slap our veterans in the face and kick them in the ass! Let’s ask our elected officials and politicians Why? that is!
A “Commander-in-Chief” who talks big about “We’ll keep fighting” but who has never served. Politicians who collect the money and get the benefits but can’t stick to the real issues. Media that sells ratings rather than inform us. We’ve forgotten what it is to be a real hero because we get fed a “hero-a-day”!
A week after the elections and we still don’t know the final results! Absentee ballots are not yet counted!!!
If the craziness and nastiness of election campaigns and the anxiety centering on the questionable results of local elections were not enough, our paid officials can’t even get their announcements right. It’s no wonder people don’t vote. But how can this country criticize other nations’ voting practices when our own is in such a sorry state?
For example, It’s now a week after the November 3, elections, and the final results are not posted (absentee ballots are STILL not counted).
The Greene County Board of Elections, Marie Metzler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Brent Bogardus (email@example.com), commissioners, can’t even decide whether the results on the Greene County Board of Elections website are “Official” or “Unofficial”. Who would think to look on the Green County Employee Info page for the November 3, 2015, “Official”/”Unofficial” election results, anyway. And they don’t tell us when the results, official or unofficial, will be final.
The Greene County Board of Elections page link reads: “Official Election Results/November 3, 2015” but the link goes to “Unofficial” results and those unofficial results are on the “greeneemployeeinfo” page. Go figure! And we trust those guys with running our elections?
And we mentioned last week that we expected the Albany County Board of Elections to be dragging their feet. Commissioners Matthew J. Clyne (D) and Rachel L. Bledi (R) don’t bother to provide their e-mail addresses. Do you think they’re interested in hearing from you about the outrageous delay in getting absentee ballots counted and the final results out? Coeymans will have to wait until after November 13, 2015, to learn the results. (Well, the good news is you still have time to leave town!) By the way, that’s Friday the 13th. Does that give the results away?
What’s the delay?!?!
We know Albany County is a Democrap sumphole and is run by a bunch of political machine backroom cronies, but really, do they actually need 10 days to count and tally absentee ballots? Where are we anyway? In Afghanistan?
Coeymans Voters Showed that They Are Either Brain Dead or Slobbering Suckers
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But How Can So Many People Be Crying About the Election Results if They Didn’t Vote for the Crooks? Something isn’t right in Coeymans!
The trash bags are back! Dithering Tom Dolan, a farce of a boardmember, caused a stir a couple of years ago when he was the subject of a scandal revolving around his tampering with absentee ballots from individuals receiving benefits from his Choices program in Ravena. Tom Dolan has been the subject of several scandals since then. Most recently he leaked a confidential Comptroller’s draft that his crony scoundrel Jim Youmans played to the hilt.
How quickly the residents and voters of the town of Coeymans forget that both Jim Youmans and Rick Touchette had been in public office but were dumped by Coeymans voters just about 2 years ago. They weren’t worth re-election then so what’s changed since? Only that they were involved in more scandals and unlawful conduct; is that what gets a democrap elected in Coeymans?
Well, the only thing that has changed is that they added another scandal to their list: Dolan, Touchette and Phil Crandall were all involved in the ticket fixing scam that forced Phil Crandall to resign from elected office in disgrace, never again to run for judicial office. All of them, Dolan, Touchette and Crandall were tight together and involved in getting and giving illegal favors that forced Crandall to resign from the judgeship! But you voted Tom Dolan and Rick Touchette back into office. Even worse still, you put bully Jim Youmans back where you didn’t want him a couple of years ago! How can you do that, Coeymans?
Didn’t you read our factsheets on the candidates? Read them now and weep, stupids! Click here: What You Need to Know Before Voting on November 3rd.
So what do Coeymans voters, morons that they are, do? They re-elect scoundrels to represent them and to govern the town of Coeymans. So what’s the plan here, people? You’re bitching that the town is going to the dogs. You make some progress in forcing two dirty cops, Dirty Hands Jerry Deluca and his dumpling Gregory Darlington into retirement. The police department is shining now, a real part of the community, saving money and working with the community. The town of Coeymans is in the black with the 2015 budget! And so you bunch of dullwits go and put a damper on it all by re-electing a dithering idiot loser, Tom Dolan, and then electing two known crooks and scoundrels, Rich Touchette and Jim Youmans. That’s just what the doctor ordered to fix Coeymans, people, a great police chief and an honest police department with crooks and bullies on the town board! Congratulations, you’re all now charter members of the DUMBASS CLUB.
How is it possible that Coeymans voters could put that crook Touchette in the Albany county legislature. He’s listed as one of the plaintiffs in a case that is trying to kill economic development in Coeymans; do you really think he’s going to do better in Albany? If he’s so great, why didn’t you re-elect him to the town board in 2013? Short memories or brain dead voters kill communities. You’re well on your way, Coeymans.
Apart from demonstrating that you’re all a bunch of terminal retards and dumb as a rock, the only other alternative is this: You’ve been had, Coeymans! Tom Dolan and his welfare parasites, the ghetto on the hill, sold their votes for benefits. That’s the only other way to explain this situation. It’s the only way a halfway sane community could possibly justify such dumbass election results: The Coeymans dumbocrap party used every dishonest and villainous trick in the book to get the votes they needed to keep Coeymans in the democrap strangle-hold and part of the democrat political machine run by the Albany democrat mafia. And that’s exactly what Tom Dolan and his democrap thugs did, in fact!
Coeymans, you really have to call for an investigation of this election. It couldn’t have been more crooked. No sane community could possibly have elected such a bunch of crooks, bullies and scoundrels without some unlawful help from the party leadership. This is outrageous and beyond suspicious!
COEYMANS VOTERS NEED TO DEMAND A RECALL, A REVOTE! SAVE YOURSELF COEYMANS!
Those of you who read this blog had all the information you needed handed to you! All of it from court records, the media, from reliable sources. We even provided you with links to that important information so you could send it to your friends and neighbors. SHAME ON YOU ALL!!! YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET FROM YOUR CROOKS AND BULLIES YOU ELECTED, AND THEN SOME. WE’LL BE WATCHING AND HAVING A GREAT LAUGH AT YOUR IMBECILIC CHOICES.
NOW, YOU CAN EITHER SIMMER IN YOUR OWN PUTRID JUICES OR YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO LET BULLY YOUMANS, CROOKS DOLAN AND THEIR CONIES PLAY YOU ALL FOR THE FOOLS YOU PROVED YOURSELVES TO BE.
AND NEW BALTIMORE HAD BETTER KEEP VERY CLOSE TABS ON THEIR ELECTION RESULTS. REPUBLICANS SEEM TO THINK THAT PLAYING BY THE RULES WILL GET THEM SOMEWHERE; HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE THEM TO REALIZE THAT THE DEMOCRAPS DON’T HAVE ANY RULES. TIME TO GET THE ATTORNEYS INVOLVED.
A short time ago we wrote that this country is no longer a two-party democracy. No, we’re not suggesting it’s even a multi-party country because the two major political parties, the Republican and the Democratic, are no longer unified nor are they much different. The many minor political parties are either whack-jobs or simply different flavors of the mainline parties. In other words, our politicians from both parties are practically indistinguishable in their double-talk, and they can be distinguished only by the self-serving personal agendas, pretty much power and greed. These characters can’t even be trusted to stay in one party and they move from one side of the aisle, blown by whichever wind is coming through the window.
There Can Be Only ONE “Best” for the Country
Elections are just around the corner: It’s time to start asking questions.
There can be only one “what’s best for the country,” and there can be only one truth but somehow our politics has been stuffing any number of “bests for the country” and many versions of the “truth” down our throats for a couple of decades now. Why haven’t we choked on the lies yet? Well, we can look locally for one of the answers to this question and to the national problem. We’re too stuck on ourselves and have lost any sense of community. Instead we rally behind empty slogans like, “It’s for the kids!” and then bitch and moan when our elected officials start picking our pockets. Ever ask yourself why that is?
The POOF! Phenomenon: Here’s another farce of our so-called democratic process. On the campaign trail, our candidates for public office tell us everything we want to hear. They sugar coat everything, promising anything. Then they disappear. POOF! They’re elected and then conveniently forget everything they said. Why is that? Here’s why: We don’t hold them accountable! We don’t take them by the scruff of the neck and shout their own slogans and empty promises into their hairy ear holes! That’s why.
Single-candidate Elections? And while we’re on a roll, how is it that our mainline political parties can’t come up with at least two candidates on a ballot so that we voters have at least the illusion of choice. How dare our political parties not put up a candidate to oppose the incumbent or a candidate who is running unopposed! Where’s the choice when there’s only one candidate and that candidate is unopposed. How is it that at the very least the two mainstream parties can’t cough up a candidate.
We are fortunate to have some correspondence that clearly illustrates much of what we are talking about. It’s very obvious when we take a local example and trot it out for the public to read and make their own decisions.
North Korean Election Practices in New Baltimore. We are experiencing that little embarrassment in New Baltimore, where the current appointed, interim New Baltimore town clerk, Barbara Finke, is apparently being run by the Republicans with Independence Party endorsement, unopposed by the democrats or any other political party. But is this good for the town and its residents? Isn’t running one candidate endorsed by all parties what they do in North Korea?
Barbare Finke was an absolute dud when she was on the New Baltimore town board during the O’Rorke dictatorship, and she frequently sat like a little mouse while the lunatics had their way with the town. When she decided not to run for town board again, and the previous town clerk was forced to resign, Finke was appointed by supervisor Dellisanti and his board majority to be interim town clerk. Was this all planned in advance, we have to wonder?
Our elections have become farces for the political parties! Now, the office of town clerk is basically an administrative/file clerk office; it doesn’t require a hell of a lot of smarts in a town like New Baltimore. So maybe it’s a custom-made job for someone like Finke but why don’t we get a choice? Finke apparently will run for election to be New Baltimore town clerk but if voters don’t have a choice in another qualified candidate, it’s like Finke is being appointed to an office that the law says should be elected. Smell a rat?
During these past several months that Barbara Finke has been the appointed New Baltimore town clerk, we have asked her several times to tell us what she’s been up to and what improvements she’s been making in the New Baltimore town clerk’s office. Finke refused to respond to our several requests. In fact, when she and board member Jeff Ruso were wandering around New Baltimore hamlet collecting signatures on Finke’s Independence Party ballot petition; Finke does not have the Independence Party line, though (What happened, Barb, Jeff? Apparenty you guys pissed off George Acker, Greene County Independence Party Chair, and they threw your petitions out?), they were again asked to provide some positive press for themselves: Send us an e-mail telling us what improvements you’ve made in the New Baltimore town clerk’s office. Their response: 0
Editor’s Note: When we hear the line, “She’s been working really hard!” we say that can mean one of two things: Either she’s working real hard but spinning her wheels because she hasn’t a clue what’s going on. Or she’s working real hard and getting a lot done. Well, the fact that Ms Finke and her keepers were unable to or declined to provide any information on what’s being done, innovations, improvements, changes, etc. means only one thing: The wheels are spinning but there’s no progress!
What’s even worse is the fact that Finke doesn’t appear to realize that she’s on “probation” these past couple of months, and you’d think she’d be doing back-flips to make a good impression. Nope. Not in New Baltimore!
You’ll recall a couple of weeks ago we announced that US Congressman Gibson was rumored to be appearing in New Baltimore (See our article: Beware: Residents Are Asking Questions). So a resident contacted the town of New Baltimore through the clerk’s office–after all, the interim clerk, Barbara Finke, is a member of the Republican party (Anonymous New Baltimore board member: “Republicans appoint Republicans!”) and also a member of the New Baltimore Republican Club and works with Jeff Ruso, town board member and president of the New Baltimore Republican Club–since Finke would certainly know about the visit of a US congressman to the area. Wouldn’t she?
So a New Baltimore resident [name is unimportant] sent an innocent email to the New Baltimore town clerk asking about Gibson’s alleged visit:
Can you confirm that Congressman Chris Gibson was in New Baltimore on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
Where was he and at what time?
Where and when was his visit announced?
Thanks very much for your PROMPT response.”
And it’s a legitimate question for a resident to ask, isn’t it? Does the New Baltimore Town Clerk have any information on the congressman’s visit. Pretty fair question, isn’t it? Well, not according to Barbara Fink. So Barbara Finke, helpful little public servant that she is, writes back to the resident:
“Thank you for your recent email. The information you are requesting would be better addressed by the office of Congressman Gibson as they would be aware of his schedule.
This is an official email account of the Town of New Baltimore and it is improper for receipt of this type of email via this town account.
Nice response, right? If that’s the way Ms Finke is responding to residents as interim town clerk, even before she’s actually elected by voters (= appointed by default), dare we even speculate on her arrogance when, if she’s actually elected to be New Baltimore town clerk? Wouldn’t it have been nicer if she simply lied and said something like, “I’m sorry but I have no information on a visit by Congressman Gibson. You might want to try contacting his office for his schedule”? Yeah, that sounds better, doesn’t it?
The resident responds to Fink with the following:
“Dear Ms Finke:
Excuse me, Barb, but if a member or member of the town board of New Baltimore is (1) phoning residents to announce the Congressman’s visit and (2) the Congressman’s visit is taking place on town of New Baltimore property or public property it seems to me that the acting town clerk of New Baltimore (YOU!) would be informed and would be able to answer responsively. Moreover, if an elected official, the Congressman, is visiting the town of New Baltimore, it would seem appropriate that the board–and the town clerk would be so informed–and would want the residents of the town to be duly informed. I may be wrong, but that would be a reasonable assumption. Unless there were (1) some sort of miscommunication in town hall, (2) some sort of discriminatory or unethical practices going on, (2) inappropriate use of town properties, or (3) you may want to inquire with your supervisors, Dellisanti or Ruso, who may be able to inform you on what’s going on in the town.
How is it that the phrase “[Possible Spam}” occurs in the subject line of your response? The original e-mail was sent from my personal e-mail to a single addressee, your town e-mail. How can that be “possible spam”. You may want to revisit your e-mail settings on that account to avoid future problems. I’ll address this in another forum at some convenient time in future.
While you may be correct about Congressman Gibson’s office being aware of his schedule, I may be correct in assuming that you might be aware of what’s going on in the town of New Baltimore, where you are town clerk.
I am aware that the email is “an official account of the Town of New Baltimore”, and as a resident/taxpayer in the town of New Baltimore, I have every right to avail myself of its use for good faith inquiry and business. Your comment is entirely out of order and unappreciated. Moreover I don’t need you to provide that sort of information, just the information I requested is all I require or your statement simply that you do not have that information, or more apparently, that you are too arrogant to provide it.
And PLEASE don’t lecture me on your opinion that “it is improper for receipt of this type of email via this town account.” I doubt very much that you would survive a debate in town or municipal law with me so I’d advise you to be more prudent in your feeble attempts at burocratese. Know your place! Your pedantry is not appreciated.
That having been said, please be assured that I am not impressed by your performance nor by your presumptive arrogance, and that fact may not bode well in an election. You would do well to accept some tutelage from your father-in-law. Your response is totally inappropriate and if that sort of response signals what your response would be IF elected to be town clerk, you might as well resign now.
Thank you for your attention.”
New Baltimore town board member Jeff Ruso, who is also president of the New Baltimore Republican Club, got involved and wrote back.
“I wish these message were to me instead of others, I can clear things up.
1. I organized the meeting for Sept. 4th. It was a Rep. Club event.
2. I sent an email to a number of people in the town. It was not town business and I kept it on my personal account as a result.
3. Mr. Gibson was not there, and there were no plans or expectations of his being there. A representative of his campaign was indeed there.
The club meetings are seldom well attended. The most frequent topic for those meetings is to plan for our major events i.e. corned beef dinner. We do occasionally have an outside speaker, maybe once a year.
If there are other questions I would be best to clear them up.
To which the resident responded:
“Nothing really to clear up…now. should have been cleared up before it happened. But stuff starts to happen when:
- Fragmentary information or inaccurate information gets out w/o clarification
- No information gets out officially, but gets circulated “on the street”
- No official statement is published on an event
- Public servants/interim appointees to elected offices get drowned in their own egos and become arrogant (pissing off potential supporters)
- The pubic is left in the dark have to find their own answers and draw their own conclusions
- Political party offices are held by sitting elected officials; the water gets murky and interests get ambiguous etc.
When you write things like: “I wish these message were to me instead of others…” I really have to wonder what is going on in your head. How in hell is the public supposed to know who the “me” is? How in hell is anyone supposed to know it’s a “Republican club” event? How in hell is anyone supposed to know if it’s Chris Gibson, a Chris Gibson aide, or Shirley Temple or Barbara Walters who’s going to appear? If the events are poorly attended have you ever asked Why? and What can be done to improve attendance (really not an issue in the seminal problem)?
It seems that the much-mouthed “transparency” has become a bit obscured, doesn’t it? Now I don’t want to be the one to tell you “elected officers” how to govern but perhaps a short announcement in one or two of the local rags might have pre-empted any misunderstandings?
Perhaps a more forthcoming, polite, professional response by the interim town clerk might have been more appropriate?
Perhaps complying with commitments might be more conducive to dialogue.
You guys need to address residents’ concerns and stop the politics, LISTEN, and pay attention to yourselves; otherwise it’s going to backfire badly. If this keeps up you will not enjoy my support. Ms Finke has already overplayed her hand and is about to pay the piper at a high cost of political capital squandered. I sure hope you have a viable candidate in the wings.
Maybe the problem is that we were given to expect a lot, maybe too much. Maybe the board and its members just aren’t up to doing better than most of their predecessors. Again, maybe a bit of self-reflection might be the prescription; like the Desert Fathers taught: “Pay attention to yourself” ; in other words, take a critical look at yourselves and many of the problems can be eliminated.
In the meantime, you’ll be on stage and under scrutiny just like surrounding communities. Seems to get them moving…
Just trying to be helpful.”
So, the lesson is this: We have to constantly remind our elected officials that they are public SERVANTS. We have to constantly remind them that the are where they are because WE put THEM there. We have to constantly remind them that they are paid with our tax dollars and if they don’t behave, they’ll be out on their dumb arses! It also becomes a problem when a sitting board member is also a sitting officer of a local political club. Remember our comments in an earlier essay to the effect that a candidate may run with political party endorsement but once elected he or she serves everyone, not just his party. Do you think these guys and gals have forgotten that fact. We haven’t and November’s approaching real quick and we won’t let them forget it either.
Maybe if more residents responded like the resident above, the community might be in a far better way than it is when residents just sit on their hands.
This is not the end.
Those in National Politics would benefit from taking this message to heart…and maybe to Washington, too!
Stay tuned for upcoming installments on local politics and elections!
The Political Climate Across the Entire Nation is Heating Up. The People are Slowly Reaching Critical Mass, Their Boiling Point. They are waking up to the fact that the United States is no longer a representative democracy but an aristocracy: The Corporations, the Friends of the Corporations, and the Masses. At the local level its the Crooks, the Friends of the Crooks and the Rest of Us. There are no longer two main political parties, they’ve merged into two groups of Fakes and Scammers.
This fact is even clearer at our local level, where in Ravena we have a puppet-monkey mayor who was allegedly backed big-time by a local money-bags, Carver Laraway, to depose the former mummy mayor, John Bruno, local strongman for more than a quarter of a century, because Bruno wouldn’t cave on some issues that Laraway wanted, one of them being water. The monkey mayor, William “Moose” Misuraca, who was also pissed off with Bruno and his crowd in village hall, vowed a vendetta (something about being promised some grant money and not getting it), and begged the local Republican chairperson to put him on the ballot against Bruno. Misuraca, with Laraway’s backing and his bar crowd, took the mayor’s office. But now, almost a year in office, and Misuraca has done NOTHING! He’s still surrounded by Bruno’s morons and he’s still pandering to Cathy Deluca and her playpen, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, to the tune of more than $100,000 a year of taxpayer money, no reports on losses and revenues, of course, but the fitness center can’t support itself and is a money-pit. That’s just one example. No planning, no vision, Nothing! Check out our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!
In Coeymans, as we’ve reported, Mr Stephen Flach was re-elected and two former adversaries were ousted and replaced with two first-termers, George E. Langdon and Kenneth A. Burns, on the Coeymans town board. Hopes again were high that now that Flach had the majority support on the board, things would change. They didn’t, haven’t and it doesn’t look like they will. In addition to short-sightedness, no vision, there was plenty of sell-out and plenty of propaganda. We now have to cope with what we call the Judas Administration: a town board that is just as hypocritical and corrupt as the one we thought we had replaced. Why is that? Because no matter who is in town hall it’s same old bullshit just different faces. As the saying goes: Town Hall is like a diaper, it has to be changed completely for the same reasons. We’ve already published an essay on this subject so we won’t repeat our thoughts here. Please see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!
And then there’s New Baltimore. The campaigns last November were vicious and dirty. The previous administration did nothing but take care of their own. The Dellisanti team promised the community to do much better. But are they keeping their promises? Again, we’ve reported on what they claim to have accomplished in their own words but it’s nothing but smoke screen, just like Coeymans. While Coeymans is blatantly and glaringly a Judas administration and a complete sell-out, and Ravena is just a do-nothing, New Baltimore has its own flavor, though it’s similar to the contents of a dirty diaper: New Baltimore’s new majority under Nick Dellisanti specializes in smoke, and they’ll blow it any time they’re called on to keep the public informed. New Baltimore residents are slowly getting very, very annoyed and we think it’s going to show with a backlash in November. Again, see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing! for details.
We hear US Congressman Chris Gibson was going to be in New Baltimore on the evening of Thursday, September 4, 2014, and meeting with residents—but only the in-crowd, it seems. Only those who have received the phone-call invite from New Baltimore town board members—and that at the last minute. Are we happy with this? What do you think? Has anything changed when compared to the O’Rorke bunch or the other in-crowd administrations, like the David and Diane Lewis circus before O’Rorke? It seems nothing has changed. The New Baltimore town board is falling into the same cesspool as those before it. Question is: Do they know they’re on a slippery slope and do they know how to break their fall?
Update: Gibson did not show at the New Baltimore Republican Club meeting but sent an aide, Kevin Cumm, to attend the meeting. Please see Mr Jeff Ruso’s comment. Ruso is a sitting New Baltimore town board member and “president” of the New Baltimore Republican Club.
If you think we are very unhappy with the performance of the new elected officials, you are very correct. And you should be very unhappy, too. You should be asking some very serious questions right about now, before it’s too late.
You should be preparing to scrutinize the candidates they are offering on the ballots for the upcoming elections, and be very critical of those candidates, given who is supporting them and what they are again promising.