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Why You Should Avoid Ravena-Coeymans and New Baltimore, New York

Among so many other scandals and secrets, we now learn thru the media that the depressed village Ravena in the depraved Town of Coeymans (New York) may be getting garbage from Connecticut. Long-time polluter and environmental disaster LaFarge cement may be accepting tons of Connecticut garbage for burning in Ravena! According to an article in Hudson Valley 360, the online version of the Register Start and the Daily Mail, “A proposal is under consideration in the state of Connecticut that if enacted, could bring 116,000 tons of trash to the LafargeHolcim cement plant for burning each year.” Of course, everyone from the Lafarge spokesperson to corrupt Coeymans Town Supervisor Phil Crandall and his lackey, town board member Tom Dolan, plead ignorant, “We are not informed.” But the plan, according to the media, means that the Ravena plant could be burning 116,000 tons of solid waste every year in the near future. But local officials know nothing about this, of course. Aren’t they supposed to be aware of what’s going on in the town? (When the construction of the new kilns was announced nothing was said about burning garbage!)

[Read more at: Connecticut’s trash may be headed to Lafarge (Hudson Valley 360), and at Proposed solid waste removal plan could mean Conn. waste comes to Ravena (News 10 online)]


Infrastructure is crumbling. Real estate is plummeting and deteriorating. Tax base is dwindling. The ignorant still elect the ignorant…

Coeymans has a disgraced former town justice (Phil Crandall (D), Coeymans Town Supervisor), at least two former prison guards (guess what their attitude is to dissent or opinions), and a known bully used car salesman (Jim Youmans (D)), plus their cronies and friends (Cindy Rowzee (D), Crandall’s former “confidential secretary,” as Town Clerk, in key town government positions. Coeymans Town Hall has become the backwater, hill town version of corrupt Tamany Hall.

 New Baltimore has an illiterate, barely high-school educated, but highly paid dolt, Denis Jordan (D), with no formal training training  and no continuing education course, serving as Town Superintendent of Highways (Denis Jordan). Jordan ignores the New Baltimore Town Board and the New Baltimore Town Board — even though they have a Repubican majority on the board –— takes it up the bottom and does nothing to discipline Jordan or to protect residents and their property from Jordan’s incompetence.

When the New Baltimore Town Supervisor complained of anal irritation, this x-ray showed what appears to be Denis Jordan’s foot.

There’s little or no hope for justice in these backwater towns, either. It’s no wonder, though. The New York State Unified Court System (everything but unified) and New York state law requires a town justice to have only a high-school equivalency education and does not require legal training to be a town or village justice. The fact that town and village justices are elected locally, and because the standards for education and training of the judges are so abysmally low, the courts in the area are just as corrupt as the town boards, and local law enforcement. In the Greene County town of Cairo, one town justice, Leland Miller, takes his orders from the attorneys appearing in the court. So much for judicial impartiality. And New Baltimore has two incompetent town justices (Joseph A. Farrell Jr and Thomas J. Meacham, highly questionable ethics and courtroom conduct). Coeymans town supervisor Phillip Crandall, was removed from the bench and forced to resign from his elected position as a town justice and had to promise never to run for judicial office again! A judge disgraced for doing illegal favors for friends. But he then ran for the office of Coeymans town supervisor and was elected! And in 2017 re-elected by Coeymans voters!!! So Coeymans thinks that a dishonest town justice makes a great Town Supervisor? Apparently!

Incest may be illegal everywhere but in Ravena-Coeymans, shyster Michael Biscone can fix it for you.

Ravena doesn’t fare much better when it comes to a village court. Harold “Hal” Warner, a former Albany cop who was taken off the street because of civil rights abuses, and put behind a desk until he could collect his pension — That’s how they do it locally: We take our criminals out of the public’s eye, put them somewhere until they can collect their pensions! There’s a lot of local incest and Ravena, apart from its inbred native population, practices incest in public office, too. Old judge “civil rights abuser” Hal Warner’s wife, Nancy Warner, is a “village trustee” — we wouldn’t trust her with a bowl of cat food; she’d probably want to sell it — The village court is supervised by Mrs Hal, who, by the way would hyphenate her name as Biscone-Warner; she’s a member of a local incest tribe, the Biscones, who appear in public either as crooked real estate agents (Josephine Bruno) selling you local dump properties or as corrupt lawyers (Michael Biscone) who do your real estate work for you with their cousins, the real estate agents. Incest may be illegal everywhere but in Ravena-Coeymans, Michael Biscone can fix it for you. (Michael Biscone’s claim to partial masculinity, — he hasn’t seen that part of his anatomy in decades — is the fact that he claims to drive a “Bentley,” a fact he won’t let locals forget. He’s apparently on everyone’s payroll both over the table and under the table.)

When Coeymans Town Supervisor Phil Crandall complained of similar anal irritation, the x-ray showed his head inserted into his rectum!

Elected government? Forget about it. Where Coeymans has a pack of crooks on their board, New Baltimore has a one-party system for supervisor, and other elected offices: The No-Balls Party. Houses are going up for sale in unbelievable numbers in Ravena, Coeymans and New Baltimore. Property owners can’t get out of these backwater towns fast enough. What doesn’t sell gets either burned down or demolished. It’s a ghost town in the making.

Infrastructure is crumbling. Real estate is plummeting and deteriorating. Tax base is dwindling and the tax burden is falling on the few who are attempting to ride out the storm of mismanagement, corruption, and general incompetence in local government. And you wonder why?

Ravena’s mayor, William “Mouse” Misuraca, was elected by his bar room buddies and bar customers.

What can we say about the village of Ravena? Well, not much. What applies to the Town of New Baltimore and the Town of Coeymans applies equally well to the village of Ravena and the Hamlet of Coeymans. Incompetence, apathy, ignorance, anxiety, crumbling infrastructure, corruption, croneyism, empty storefronts, hemorrhaging businesses and population. Absolutely no vision in village hall. Ravena’s mayor, William “Mouse” Misuraca, was elected by his bar room buddies and customers — the mayor owns one of the local bars — and previously had tax problems so he qualified for local elected office. He’s done nothing for Ravena but plenty for his bar business: Everyone likes to have the mayor pouring his liquor, opening his bottle of beer. His honor William “Mouse” Misuraca! You can’t make this stuff up, people!

Vote for Mayor Mouse Misuraca (or buy 10 beers) and get a Mouse shirt!


Law enforcement in the Town of Coeymans and the Town of New Baltimore can easily be called “Cold Case Criminal Investigation” because you can hand the Coeymans Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff the hottest of evidence and they’ll let it chill until it goes cold. Chilling a case takes less effort and is less expensive than working it, maybe even prosecuting it. But then, the Albany County District Attorney, racist P. David Soares, and the Greene County District Attorney, Joe “Stagnant” Stanzione, as the chief law-enforcement officers in their counties, play the party game, they’re logrollers, country-club members in their respective parties. Don’t rock the boat! Don’t go after friends of “friends.” And you’ll likely be elected for life. Same thing for Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and Green County Sheriff Greg Seeley, who both play by the party’s rules and stay in office. Corruption? Do ya think so?

Search this blog. For more than five (5) years we’ve been investigating and reporting on the craziness in Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore. We have hundreds of thousands of readers. State and local government officials, even the FBI, read this blog, yet the situation gets worse and worse with each election! Why is that we have to ask?

“I don’t get involved in local politics.”

The ignorance is staggering. When discussing — rather attempting to discuss — the local situation with a fairly evolved local (We know that because he was walking on his hind legs, upright!), he responded: “I don’t get involved in local politics.” Well that explains a lot!

It’s a pitiful situation but no one wants to admit the fact that we are in a crumbling, corrupt and indifferent vicious cycle of political parties, NO!, not parties, one political party the Self-Serving Party (or in the service of the Corporations, who then show their “appreciation”). Our politicians, or more accurately, our local wannabe politicians hold carrots on a stick dangling in front of the dumbass sheep (local residents, “potential” voters), and the dumbass sheep (We repeat: local residents, “potential” voters), follow the carrot wherever the lying sacks of dung (= our local wannabe politicians) want them to move. The fascist political party committees pick the candidates and the voters can make their choice between two or more evils, the final choice being evil by default. That’s what our democracy has become. And you sing your stupid carols and shout Happy Holidays, ringing in a New Year with depravity and debauchery, making resolutions you have no intention of keeping — and you try to deny that the coming year, the New Year, will be different from the Old Year. You’ve been deceived so often for so long that you’ve gotten to the point of deceiving yourself, and you don’t even know it. Business as usual in 2018. And Town Hall butters their bread while telling the starving masses, “Eat cake!”

Can you find yourself in this group photo?

The mob has control of the entire floor of Town Hall

When you look back on 2017, do I have to spell it out for you? What do you see? Well, in 2015 Coeymans elected a bunch of recycled losers to occupy Coeymans town hall. Phil Crandall and his mob of morons, Jim Youmans, Tom Dolan, all losers, made life miserable for the decent public servants, Coeymans Police Chief P.J. McKenna and Town Clerk Diane Millious. In 2017, Crandall was re-elected (or was he?) by the Coeymans villain voters. Crandall’s “confidential secretary,” Cindy Rowzee,  was elected by those same villainous voters to take over the Town Clerk’s office. Diane Millious after more than a quarter century serving the Coeymans community had had enough, had suffered enough abuse from Crandall and Youmans, two scurrilous bullies, and had shed enough tears.So they drove an honest town clerk out and installed a fixture from the corrupt supervisor’s office. Now the mob has control of the entire floor of Town Hall.

The Coeymanites handed their community over to the Coeymanazis!

The Hamlet of Coeymans is a social welfare slum. Run down buildings, abandoned buildings. Buildings being demolished at an alarming rate. Lost tax base; overtaxing those who are stupid enough to remain in what is a textbook example of the American third world in the making. Corrupt Town Hall, abuse of power, and a cowering community. Guess who’s to blame? The Coeymanites handed their community over to the Coeymanazis!

New Baltimore is just as bad. The Democrats served themselves and their friends for years. Now it’s the Republican’s turn. We say Democrats and Republicans but they are the same. For the past 4 years New Baltimore has been the Republican’s sandbox and they’ve done absolutely nothing to benefit taxpayers. The New Baltimore Town Board has proven that the fish stinks from the head down. New Baltimorons can pay their taxes to pay the freaks in the Highway Department to ruin their property, to devalue their real estate, even to create dangerous situations and then refuse to correct their defective work. The New Baltimore Town Board has the wherewithal to correct the situation — New York State Town Law actually gives the Board considerable power over the Highway Department — but when you got no balls and you have an incompetent town attorney advising you, the community suffers, that is, what’s left of the community.


Editor’s Note: In our article New Baltimore Elections: No Choice. The Sequel.(Nov. 4, 2017) We called on New Baltimore voters to protest all unopposed candidates by withholding their votes for unopposed candidates. Again on November 6, 2017, we repeated our call for New Baltimore voters to withhold their votes for unopposed candidates (Election Day Recommendations. This is the moment of Truth!); we advised New Baltimore voters simply not to give unopposed candidates the numbers. On November 7, 2017, we published the election results for New Baltimore (Congratulations, New Baltimore! You did good!). Those results showed more than one-third of ballots cast did not vote for an unopposed candidate. Those numbers sent a very strong protest message to those candidates. It was a great response to our call to withhold votes from unopposed candidates and not to give them the numbers! One third of New Baltimore residents who voted did not vote for an unopposed candidate! Bravo for those voters! Then, in our article, Complacency is a Bad Thing…Especially in Local Government, published on November 10, 2017, we put local, county, and state officials on notice that we would be watching and reporting, warning that complacency and indifference would not be accepted, warning them to be on their guard. This article is to show that we have not let our guard down; we still have your back, neighbors!


New Baltimore Town Board Meeting

New Baltimore would rather sit back and let their insurance company attorneys f**k with New Baltimore taxpayers

Even the higher state courts expect the Town Boards to take care of their own dirty laundry and to keep their incompetence out of the court system but New Baltimore would rather sit back and let their insurance company attorneys f**k with New Baltimore taxpayers — unless you’re a friend of New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan or, as the incumbent Republicans like to say, “Republicans take care of Republicans” — You pay your taxes and the town of New Baltimore uses the money to screw you, while taking their salaries, and padding their pensions. You get to pay attorneys until your money runs out and your home collapses around you. They’ll ruin your property but they’ll still send you a hefty tax bill. And you’ll still be liable for their debt service. Complain? Sure. They’ll send a letter telling you you have to appear before some board months later! But you’d better not be late paying your taxes! Or your dog license, they’ll hit you with a $5 surcharge or threaten you with court action. Small town government at its best!

Don’t give Coeymans Police trainee Amanda L. Mueller any attitude! Hooters in Coeymans PD!

A bunch of kids in uniform with too much power (little authority), and a bunch of bored, ignorant geezers “supervising” them…

Local Coeymans police department rookies go for the quick and the easy: traffic passing through their territories, while a blind eye is given to criminals and obstruction of justice within the department. Serious cases go cold because of indifference and incompetence in the police department. But seriously, can we expect more of boys and girls who are barely out of puberty, still have identity problems, have barely an education, no life experience, no real ability to make good decisions, and you put them in a uniform, pin a badge on them, give them a gun and IT’S PARTY TIME BACK IN HIGHSCHOOL BULLY LAND!!! That’s what we have in Coeymans right now: a bunch of kids in uniform with too much power (little authority), and a bunch of bored, ignorant geezers “supervising” them. Lord save us from ourselves…and our police!!! (See our article on Amanda L. Mueller, local rookie bully cop, at Coeymans Police Turning Into Coeymans Gestapo Again?)

Coeymans: Save money. Put children in uniform, turn them loose on the community.

The antiqaited, obsolete and incompetent town and village court system is a collection of ignorant, just barely high-school educated hicks in black robes, elected by their friends until they are sanctioned, censured, or removed by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Mayor “Mouse” Misuraca
Village of Ravene, NY

Ravena is run by a local bar tender/gin mill owner, so-called mayor Bill “Mouse” Misuraca. Coeymans is run by a disgraced town justice, Phil Crandall, and several recycled politicians. Crandall, Coeymans town supervisor, was removed from his elected judgeship for ethics violations and doing favors for his friends. New Baltimore is a shambles, run by a bunch of balless board members, who can’t even get the town highway superintendent to keep reasonable records. New Baltimore has become a one-party town, where several elected officials, including the town supervisor, were “voted” into office this past election; the problem is that they were unopposed! There was no other candidate to choose! Local democratic process at work. (BTW, it was the Democratic party that was unable to cough up an opponent to the Republican incumbents.) Misuraca’s campaign slogan was lifted directly from the GOP (Republican) National Committee’s slogan, “Committed to Community,” but his administration is more committed to Misuraca’s bar room ego than to any notion of “community.” His campaign couldn’t even come up with a decent campaign slogan.

In the meanwhile, the infrastructure is crumbling and corruption abounds. New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan is doing favors for his friends using town equipment, but refusing to correct deficient and defective sewers and roads in the National Historic District.

Local Town Justice Presiding in Coeymans.
(George Dardiani or Thomas Frese (Dem))

Roads are shit, transportation is shit, local elected officials are shitheads and dumbasses, law enforcement are bullies or worse, judges are ignorant and the courts run by the lawyers. Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore have descended to below third world quality of life.

Local Town Justice Presiding in New Baltimore.
(Joseph Farrell or Thomas Meacham)

What left of families and what’s not “brown trash” or “white trash” is quickly vanishing as the children grow up, go on to their fake higher education, go deeply into debt for a third-rate education but can’t find jobs, struggle to pay back their student loans accrued for their third-rate education (generally because the academic standards in the RCS Central School District are so low, and the RCS CD Board of Education know nothing about education but love to spend money). Once the kids experience what it’s like in the outside world, no one has any plans to go back to their backwater hill-town home towns. They go elsewhere.

Local Village Justice in Ravena deciding a case.
(The notorious former Albany cop taken off the street and assigned a desk job for civil rights abuses, Harold Warner.)

As the children leave the area, what’s left are the parents, aging, miserable, and heavily taxed. Property taxes are some of the highest in the state and with the wild spending practices in the RCS school system — plenty of money for AstroTurf and sports field renovations, seasonal refreshment stand construction, and tennis courts but none for books — aging parents question the value of paying school taxes in a community where there are no children and for the third-world education for “brown” and “white” trash, or for snooty, “me-first” part-time parents (parents who split their time between their personal interests and parenting). The obvious solution: people are selling their homes and moving to areas where, if they must pay high taxes or taxes at all, they will at least get a reasonable quality of life and some public services in return.

The situation in the village of Ravena-, and the towns of Coeymans and New Baltimore merely reflect the general decline and the depressed atmosphere of the New York Capital Region. The whole region is, and has been for generations, rife with thievery and corruption. The corruption starts in the state capital, Albany, and from that nest of depravity, extends its loathesome tentacles out to surrounding communities, even crossing county lines into Schenectady, Rensselaer, Greene counties. It’s a mess.

The entire area has turned into a hippo farm

The unfortunate fact that the Ravenese, the Coeymanites, and the New Baltimorons (a term coined to describe their neighbors by Ghoul’s Gulch denizen, Joan Ross a.k.a. “Cut-and-Paste” Joan and her partner in vileness, “Bitter Bob” Ross, imports from depraved Albany) have to admit is that they owe all their problems and misfortunes to their ignorance and apathy. They could have it much better if they’d simply take an interest in their community instead of complaining and turning into ugly hippos. Yes, dear readers, The entire area has turned into a hippo farm. Depression leads to many things and one of them is a lousy diet, lack of ambition, and obesity.

Two locals having a chat

Ravena and Coeymans is a veritable hippo farm, a breeding ground for every ailment, mental and physical, that accompanies a depressed and apathetic community. And Albany Medical Center is right there to open up yet another EmUrgent Care location, the Walmart of the American healthcare system, where you can go and sit and wait to be seen by an incompetent physician’s assistant who will give you what you are looking for, a fake diagnosis and a prescription, you’ll pay and be on your way. Everyone’s happy: you got your fake diagnosis and prescription, the EmUrgent Care staff got their numbers and are rid of you until your condition worsens and you return for the ambulance ride to the Albany Medical Center emergency department where you will wait 14-20 hours to get a bed and, if you don’t die there, you’ll be dumped out on the street in a couple of days with another fake diagnosis and another useless prescription. Best healthcare system in the world — or so they tell us.


The Bigger Picture

How we got here; where we’re going from here.

Life in the United States has become highly confused and superficial. Confused because the population is bombarded with conflicting and contradicting information from all sides, particularly the media. A general atmosphere of fear and anxiety is foisted upon the American people by everyone from the POTUS on down. Fear of North Korea. Fear of guns. Fear of shooters. Fear of aging. Fear of the cold and flu season. Fear of this or that product. Fear of the weather. Fear of fear.

The anxiety actually starts with fear of failure. Parents and the education system has failed to teach the value of failure as a learning tool. The result has been a downward spiral of expectations and standards to the extent that the education lie has become a reality. The young people graduating from our schools are dirt dumb. But they do know how to thumb-type and how to conceal a weapon so they can shake things up at school.

Albany High School. Once a place of learning the largely minority high school has become a place of violence, criminality, and police presence!

Take as an example the recent student fight phenomenon (See: Update: Albany High will close Friday after fights spilled into street) or weapons in school (See: Student with gun is arrested), as happened recently in Albany High School (Albany,, New York), a huge collection of kids of color (a fancy term for blacks and mixed-race youth) coming from disordered and angry homes, mostly single parent households, if that, who bring their anger and loneliness to school and start shooting or brutalizing each other. Once the shooting starts, the stampedes start. It was all caught on film and broadcast for all to see a week ago. The new entertainment, it seems. The new United States it is. Soon, the government’s first phase of destroying American values will have been concluded: those poorly educated, angry, young people will be churned out into a world that disparages them, a jobless world, a world full of the wrong passions and addictions, and they will likely perpetuate their anger and misery. They will all be churned out not with competencies and confidence but a sense of arrogance and entitlement; self-destructive and depleting.

George Orwell painted a very accurate picture of the world back in 1948, when he penned his prophetic novel, “1984.” It’s all coming true. Then there was Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World,” and  the film “Soylent Green.”


Editor’s Note: Since our schools do not teach literature any longer, and people don’t read real books, being too wrapped up with Facebook and Twitter, truncated, abbreviated virtuality, I’m going to proved a brief synopsis of these novels for our readers:

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley, 1932). The author describes a world, in which citizens are engineered through artificial wombs and childhood indoctrination programs into predetermined classes (or castes) based on intelligence and labor. Lenina Crowne, a hatchery worker, is popular and sexually desirable, but Bernard Marx, a psychologist, is not. He is shorter in stature than the average member of his high caste, which gives him an inferiority complex. His work with sleep-learning allows him to understand, and disapprove of, his society’s methods of keeping its citizens peaceful, which includes their constant consumption of a soothing drug called soma. Courting disaster, Bernard is vocal and arrogant about his criticisms, and his boss contemplates exiling him to Iceland because of his nonconformity. His only friend is Helmholtz Watson, a gifted writer who finds it difficult to use his talents creatively in their pain-free society.

Nineteen-Eighty-Four (“1984”) (George Orwell, 1948).  As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949 (A complete glossary of “Newspeak“can be found at Newspeak. Nineteen Eighty-Four popularized the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading terminology, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. There’s a great online study guide for “1984” but we think it might be interesting for our readers to first check out the Themes page. It’s an interesting read.

Soylent Green (Film directed by Richard Fleischer, 1973). The 20th century’s industrialization led to overcrowding, pollution and global warming due to the greenhouse effect. In 2022, 40 million people live in New York City; housing is dilapidated; homeless people fill the streets; many are unemployed; those few with jobs are only barely scraping by and food and working technology are scarce with most of the population surviving on rations produced by the Soylent Corporation. Their latest product is Soylent Green, a green wafer advertised to contain “high-energy plankton” from the World Ocean, more nutritious and palatable than its predecessors “Red” and “Yellow” but in short supply. The main characters are New York City Police Department detective Frank Thorn, who lives with his aged friend and police analyst, Solomon “Sol” Roth. Fast foward to the end: Roth is so disgusted with his degraded life in a degraded world that he seeks assisted suicide at a government clinic. Thorn rushes to stop him, but arrives too late. Roth is mesmerized by the euthanasia process’ visual and musical montage – extinct forests, wild animals, rivers and ocean life. Before dying, he tells Thorn his discovery (that Soylent Green is made from human beings) and begs him to expose the truth. Thorn boards a human disposal truck to the disposal center, where he sees the human corpses converted into Soylent Green, but is spotted and has to flee. Returning to make his report, he is ambushed by Fielding and others. In the ensuing firefight, Thorn kills his attackers but is himself wounded. When Hatcher (Thorn’s supervisor) arrives, Thorn tells him what he has discovered and urges him to tell the researchers so that they can make a case against Soylent and to spread the truth about Soylent Green. Hatcher promises that he will. Thorn is taken away by paramedics, shouting out: “Soylent Green is people!”


The apathy and anxiety are fatal to the community. The root cause is that people see so much wrong and wrong-doing, and our elected officials and office holders don’t seem to care, they are indifferent and for the most part incompetent due to inexperience or lack of education and training. Elected office has become an ego enhancement or a way to acquire power and influence and is even used against the voters, taxpayers and property owners. It seem that our elected officials quickly become the enemy and the oppressors, not the promised benefactors we speak to when they’re campaigning.

You’re drowning and you don’t get out of the water? That’s malfunction!

Over the passage of time, just as any disease process, the sufferer becomes tolerant of the pain and discomfort and learns to live with it for better or for worse. That’s what’s happened in our communities and that’s what’s happening across the nation.

You allow your kids to play violent games and shed virtual blood, they become tolerant and insensitive to violence. You allow yourself to spend hours a day on Facebook while you avoid doing more worthwhile things or even necessary things, and you become tolerant to being irresponsible and inefficient; in fact, you become addicted. You allow your elected officials to take you, the voter for granted, you allow them to do as they please while in office with no accountability or transparency, you allow them to treat you with disrespect, you soon become tolerant of it and you get more of the same. Business as usual. But the effect on you is fatal: you lose your dignity, you become apathetic, and your self-esteem plummets. Same things happen to entire communities, to entire nations. It’s happening right now.

The women’s answer to being unable to cope in a “men’s world:” sexual harassment.

The confusion is infiltrating every space in our lives. One example is the confusion we now face regarding the once clearly defined question of gender, and the acceptable behavior between the genders. When the male-female roles were clearer, that is, in the generations where men were men and women were women, there was respect and certainty. The man was the provider and protector, the woman was the nurturer and the educator. Now men are still expected to be men, but women have insisted on invading the previously men’s world, but the women don’t want a level playing field. They want the rules changed: they want to assume male roles but want to keep the advantages associated with being a woman. They want to enter the male world but can’t play the game by the same rules. We now have the women’s answer to being unable to cope in a men’s world: sexual harassment. Whenever a woman feels inadequate or unable to cope, she bounces back with a claim of sexual harassment. If you can’t cope or play by the rules, then just be a victim. Victim is in. But this scenario causes a great deal of confusion because no one feels trusted or safe any more; the result is anxiety everywhere. And that’s just one example of the myriad confusion and anxiety situations. The mistrust of women and the feminist agenda has even affected some men’s desire to even get involved with women, who are now perceived as adversaries, unnatural, predators, opportunists, freaks. Those men might very well be right in their diagnosis of such confused gender benders as many women have become. The Orwellian stigma attached to any charge of “sexual harassment” by any psycho no matter when the alleged event may have occurred, has reached a troubling peak at this writing. A defense is nearly impossible; the merest allegation is politically annihilating. It’s just one of the many diseases of our current culture.

So now you know the facts. What are you going to do about it? How are you going to improve your life, your community, the nation in 2018?

 

Got any Answers?
The Editor

 

 
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Jim Youmans Needs to Apologize or Resign: Bully, Coward, and Abuser of Women

Bullies are Cowards: What more can we say about Jim Youmans?

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Disgraced Judge Crandall Coeymans Town Supervisor

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Bully Youmans Town Councilman

Actually, quite a bit. But what we have to say about Jim Youmans probably reflects just as poorly on the voters in the Town of Coeymans. Why? Because you rid yourselves of Youmans several years ago but put the failed former supervisor back on the Coeymans Town Board. How’s that for stupidity?  What’s even worse is that along with Youmans, you put a disgraced village justice, who was disciplined by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and was banned for life from running for any judgeship again, but you took that disgraced politician and made him Coeymans Town Supervisor. Yeah! Phil Crandall! (Click here to read a recent article on the Crandallites and Youmans.)

And now we’re in a presidential election year and we’re faced with two lunatics who want to be POTUS (President of the United States).

As one local resident, Laszlo Polyak, puts it:
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are pilots.
Hillary is piloting the Titanic and Trump is piloting the Hindeburg.
Our choice in November is:
Do we want to sink and drown or do we want to crash and burn?
Those are our choices?

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It seems that the saying is true that local politics forewarns national politics. Why? Because we have two presidential candidates: neither of them is presidential: one is reputed to be a liar and the other a brute. Now compare that to Coeymans and we have a liar, Phil Crandall, and a brute, Jim Youmans. Unfortunately, Crandall and Youmans are both on the Coeymans town board and the damage they can do is further compounded by the fact that they have Coeymans’ own version of a dotty Bernie Sanders in the person of Dithering Tom Dolan. Our concern here, though, is the bully coward Jim Youmans, a disgrace to the Town of Coeymans.

Youmans is a used car salesman — Really!!! — and if that doesn’t scare the living bejezuz out of you, his reputation should. It seems Youmans hasn’t learned a thing since he was tossed out of the Coeymans town supervisor’s office in 2012. Back then he was known to bully fellow board members and he was especially brutal to female employees. In fact, when he was elected to the town board in 2014, one of the female town employees broke out in tears in anticipation of what the future held for them in Town Hall. Now is that right? Is that what Coeymans is all about? If it is you certainly have something to be ashamed of…starting with Jim Youmans.

Coeymans should be kissing any business owner’s ass just for being in Coeymans!!!

All history? Not at all. Just as a leopard can’t change his spots, Youmans can’t change his character; he’s still a bully and a coward. Here’s a recent incident we’ve received a report on:

This should have been Jim Youmans political career!

This should have been Jim Youmans political career!

A local business woman who, together with her family owns quite a lot of property in Coeymans, and who is doing a lot to clean up some of the eyesores that Crandall, Youmans and their cronies seem to be creating in Coeymans (just check out Coeymans Hamlet if you haven’t done so recently). The woman and her family recently made several requests to the Coeymans Building Department Officer, John Cashin. One of those requests was regarding verification of the number of occupancy units in one property and the other was relating to water and sewer bills. Occupancy and water and sewer seem to be the perennial open sores in Coeymans but so is incompetence in Town Hall, too.

Well, Mr Cashin didn’t seem to be able to manage the simple English that was involved in the requests, and managed to confuse the two in his response. Seems he’s having some difficulty with the word “temporary.” The word “temporary” means ‘of short or limited duration; not permanent,” if that helps, Mr Cashin. But at least Mr Cashin is reasonably courteous, even if he’s not a rocket scientist and a bit thick.

But Hey! Coeymans, you guys put those dumbasses where they are.

Estrogen-Man: Abusive men usually are hiding their inner woman.

Estrogen-Man:
Abusive men usually are hiding their inner woman.

We’ve read the resident’s correspondence to the Town of Coeymans in which the resident is asking for clarification of what the Town is doing with the request since April of this year. We gather from the correspondence that no one, elected or employee, has much of a clue what is going on. The resident’s request has been bounced from the Town of Coeymans Board to the Village of Ravena, back to the Town of Coeymans. In the meantime, the resident is attempting to pay a tax bill! Of course, as many of you property owners in the Town of Coeymans and the Village of Ravena know, neither the Town of Coeymans nor the Village of Ravena have ever been able to sort out anything with regard to water and sewer bills! It’s just a vicious circle and many residents are infuriated by the incompetence and indifference in Town and Village Hall! Unfortunately, Mr Cashin, too, is afflicted with dyslexia and overall confusion. Listening and understanding don’t seem to be nor have they ever been a strong point in Ravena and Coeymans. But Hey! Coeymans, you guys put those dumbasses where they are.

But back to Bully Jim Youmans. John Cashin is the town employee responsible for building issues, and he’s the town officer who should be responding and cooperating with the resident business owner to resolve this issue in a fair and just manner.

Youmans: “Pay up[,] crazy lady.”

If you said that to a man, Youmans, you’d be brushing your teeth in your butthole!

Coeymans Town Board Member

Coeymans Town Board Member

After all, Coeymans should be kissing any business owner’s ass just for being in Coeymans!!! Crandall, to his credit — probably because he hasn’t a clue how to answer otherwise — correctly passed the resident’s correspondence to Cashin, who responded, albeit a bit confusedly, he did respond incorrectly but respectfully. But here’s were bully-coward Jim Youmans has to get his fat ass involved, and adds his abusive two cents: Youmans somehow manages to absurdly respond to Cashin’s email to the resident and in a two-sentence regurgitation of stupidity and abuse writes: “Pay up crazy lady” and signs his stupidity with James C. Youmans, Councilman, Town of Coeymans. That says it all for Coeymans and its town board. What’s worse is that Youman’s cc’ed practically the entire town hall with his stupid abuse!

We’ve reminded Coeymans voters again and again of the kind of people they’ve been putting in office, while asking “How can you be so stupid?” Perhaps we have the answer when we just consider the simple fact that perhaps these jackasses in Town and Village Hall are, in fact, representative of the people of Ravena and Coeymans, with very few exceptions. Maybe WE are missing the forest because of the trees. People like Youmans, Crandall, Dolan, Warner, Misuraca are in office because they truly represent the people of Ravena and Coeymans. Hear the banjos yet?

What Youmans seems to forget is that he is a public servant. What he seems to have forgotten or never knew in the first place is that we expect him to respect residents and to do everything possible to be helpful to residents and businesses. Youmans, however, continues to be the ignorant brute he has always been. He’s a bully, a coward, an abuser of women, and a boil on Coeymans’ ass. He needs to go!

Youmans on Coeymans

Youmans on Coeymans

We demand that he make a public formal apology to the woman he refers to as “crazy lady.” We don’t need a disrespectful, ungrateful bully on our town board. Either the Supervisor or the entire board must demand he apologize, or they must distance themselves from him. He should be shunned by the community for his disrespect of women and his disgrace of the office of Town Councilman.

We demand that Jim Youmans make a written public apology for his disrespect of a woman business owner!

It’s like we took two steps forward when we rid Coeymans and Ravena of the likes of Dumplin’ Gregory Darlington and his darlings Dirty Hands Jerry and Cathy Deluca, and dumped Tom Boehm. But now it looks like we took three steps backward, and we have three replacement clowns: Crandall, Youmans, and Dolan (again!). Will it ever get better? At least Coeymans knows how to recycle its trash.

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Recycled Coeymans Trash:
Youmans, Crandall, Dolan

 
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The Good News Is….None! The Bad News Is…The Hydrant Still Leaks!

More Waste. More Waste. When will Ravena-Coeymans taxpayers finally wake up?!? We keep rubbing your noses in the bullshit you seem to be blind to, and you still bend over asking for more! What’s the matter with you people?

Shame on the NYS Police in Greene /Columbia County NY. Your're Disappointments!<

We recently reported on the problem with multiple non-working or deficient fire hydrants in the Ravena-Coeymans community and the risk that situation posed to anyone living in the area. The village of Ravena and/or the town of Coeymans regularly read this blog and apparently got the message that they need to move their fat asses and get those fire hydrants working. But, business as usual in Ravena-Coeymans, they sent out crews to “repair” the hydrants but no sooner were they “repaired” than they started leaking! Here’s what a local resident reports to us in an e-mail:

“[expletive] [expletive] [expletive] The one  hydrant you took a picture of…This morn I’m walking the dog, and see village people [village employees]  working on it, and so I walk the dog another street. OK. 15 minutes ago I walk the dog by it [the same fire hydrant] on Railroad Ave, and it’s leaking from top to sides and bottom …….Great repair job Henry[Traver]!”

Hydrant-in-a-Body-Bag You'll find a number of these in and around Ravena; also some that are so rusted they can't be used! Some don't work at all!!!

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We can’t or won’t print the words we replaced with [expletive] but we think you can guess what the resident had to say. But we do know that there’s a sort of connection between Mr Henry Traver and fire hydrants. Here’s what WNYT published in April 2010: Coeymans Town Supervisor in jail for arson (WNYT, April 2010). And the Albany Times Union also reported the same thing in the article, Coeymans town supervisor faces arson charge (Times Union, April 15, 2010), which reads in part:

“Nearly two years after allegedly torching his house, Town Supervisor Henry Traver was arrested Wednesday on an arson charge that could put him in prison for up to 15 years.
“Town Clerk Diane Millious said Wednesday night she was stunned to learn of Traver’s arrest from a reporter.
“I didn’t know any of this was going on, honest to God,” she said, noting she had seen Traver only a few hours before he was arrested. She estimated that he earns in the neighborhood of $45,000 a year as a part-time supervisor and said he also works for the Highway Department in the village of Ravena. He has held that position for between 15 and 20 years…”

But please note the “allegedly” in the above report. Since Traver’s property was uninsured and that “there was no apparent motive” for the Traver’s burning down the house he was living in, it seems Traver narrowly escaped a felony charge and prison. But that slill leaves the glaring question why a Ravena Highway Department employee and former elected town of Coeymans supervisor would burn his own uninsured house down. But that’s Coeymans for you. (Click this link to go to the TU story, Coeymans town supervisor faces arson charge)

Stop-Trucks-Entering-Exiting-Sign-K-9193orange flagsIt seems that our elected officials are a bunch of morons. Yes, retards. Driving down Rt 144 we see new warning signs and orange flags that weren’t there before the geniuses on the town of Coeymans board decided to let Carver Laraway have his way with this community and ensure his wealth (not ours) by installing the Carver Laraway Memorial Bridge and the creation of Coeymans Industrial Park Lane. Before the corruption…Oops! We meant “construction” of the bridge, there were NO “Trucks” signs and No orange danger flags. It seems that with the town of Coeymans’ approval of the construction of the bridge, the reasoning, and the creation of Coeymans Industrial Park Lane, the town of Coeymans also created, with Carvery Laraway’s greed and money, a new hazard, a new danger for local residents. After all, if the warning signs and flags weren’t there before it would mean that the town of Coeymans was indifferent to a danger to life-and-limb of residents and were just ignorant; otherwise we have to conclude that the danger didn’t exist before but has recently been created. Now that’s good government and competent elected officials for you. Put your constituents at greater risk; it’s for the good of the community.

Be honest! No jobs have been created! Truth be told, Flach and Laraway are killing jobs and opportunities!

Be honest! No jobs have been created! Truth be told, Flach and Laraway are killing jobs and opportunities!

We have a question for Mr Stephen Flach and his band of flying widgets, the Coeymans town board: Can you tell this community how many permanent jobs were created by Carver Laraway’s projects? Let us be a bit clearer: How many permanent jobs were created by the Coeymans Industrial Park and the Port of Coeymans for persons living in the communities of Ravena and Coeymans? How many, Mr Flach? How many Mr Misuraca, mayor of the village of Ravena?

And here’s one for those morons who keep repeating that Cathy Deluca’s playpen, the moneypit Ravena Health and Fitness Center, is good for the community, that it brings outside persons to the area and to the local businesses. OK. Let’s ask Mr Aaron Flach, nephew of Coeymans town supervisor Stephen Flach, how many jobs he’s created. Take for an example Flach’s laundromat and car wash on 9W, in the village of Ravena. Well Mr Flach, let us ask you this:

  • Now that you’ve closed the only dry cleaning establishment in Ravena-Coeymans, where do you think the dry cleaning business is going? Answer: to Glenmont and to Coxsackie. Nothing comparable in Ravena-Coeymans.
  • And, Mr Flach, what about the people you previously employed in the dry-cleaning business. Are they out on the street or did you create jobs for them elsewhere? Or did Carver Laraway hire them/
  • And, Mr Flach, what about the people who worked in the laundromat assisting patrons and trouble-shooting problems that occurred there. They’ve disappeared, too, Mr Flach. Now if you have a malfunctioning machine or another problem in the Flach laundromat you’re up shit creek without a paddle. But Aaron Flach still empties the coin boxes and turns a blind eye to his patrons. Business as usual in Flachville. The same level of service locals get from Ravena village hall and Coeymans town hall. Business as usual.
  • And, Mr Flach, when you did have employees to assist your customers, when your stone-age car wash malfunctioned or ate someone’s money, there were once attendants in the dry-cleaners who could help. Now what? Business as usual. Right Mr Flach?

So there you have it: Village of Ravena baboons wasting taxpayer money playing catch-up botching up the fire hydrant repairs. We’ve quoted the local morons (as reported by Bryan Rowzee in the Ravena News Herald) who claim that a failing business, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and its crook manager, Cathy Deluca, benefit the community because they bring people from elsewhere to Ravena to support local business. But then we have local businessman Carver Laraway and the town of Coeymans board claiming to create jobs but that’s just a smoke screen, they’ve created nothing but new hazards; and we have Mr Aaron Flach actually firing people and downsizing while downgrading services to the local community.

Now we’re not suggesting that a business owner doesn’t have the right to do what he likes with his business but we are suggesting that if a business owner is hurting the community or its residents, he needs to be set right. We’re also suggesting that those who think that Ravena-Coeymans is attracting so many visitors to the local businesses because of losers like the Ravena Health and Fitness Center should take a course in math. They should also shut their mouths and open their eyes to reality of the economic situation in Ravena-Coeymans. Aaron Flach and the phoney jobs offered by Carver Laraway are just two examples of the scandalous practices in Ravena-Coeymans.

Hasn’t anyone else noticed any of this? Mr Bryan Rowzee, local reporter who’s supposed to be covering and reporting on events in Ravena-Coeymans for the Johnson Newspaper Group, publishers of the Ravena News Herald, seems to be sound asleep when it comes to anything newsworthy; seems all he can do his make nice-nice as an insider at the Ravena-Coeymans love fest! The Ravena News Herald is just a propaganda mill that some suckers are still paying $1 to read lies and fantasy reports.

If this is how you feel now, you're not alone! The Editor

If this is how you feel now, you’re not alone!
The Editor
 

 
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Waste! Waste! Waste! When will it stop?

That’s a question we really have to start asking ourselves and soon! Better yet, let’s find some guts, neighbors, and stand up and kick some elected-official ass at a public village of Ravena, Town of Coeymans and/or Town of New Baltimore public meeting.

They even managed to miss the potholes and get some on the sidewalk! Good for your carpets!

Several months ago we reported on roadwork being done on Rt 144 under the Lafarge conveyor track. That work done by the New York State Department of Transportation was so shoddy that the road was worse after than it was before the work. They had to come back and redo it. Taxpayer dollars wasted!

We also reported on the Misuraca dodos paving several streets in Ravena with loose stone that was everywhere but in the streets. Now the streets are still a mess and tens of thousands of Ravena taxpayer dollars are either on the local lawns, in your carpets, down the sewers, everywhere but on the streets. Taxpayer dollars wasted!

This is what New York State, the village of Ravena, an the Town of Coeymans are doing with your money!!!

This is what New York State, the village of Ravena, an the Town of Coeymans are doing with your money!!!

We have regularly reported on the Town of New Baltimore’s Highway Department’s pack of baboons going up and down New Baltimore streets and road shoveling steaming hot-patch or blacktop into water-filled potholes, or into potholes and leaving it to be washed away or stuck under your car but not doing much for the pothole problem in New Baltimore. We won’t even remind you of the mind-boggling storn drain work that collects everything but water in the National Historic District. Well, that’s what you get when you hire monkeys. Taxpayer dollars wasted!

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, a contributor to this blog was driving down Main Street, Ravena at about 3:30-4:00 p.m., and noted two large New York State Department of Transportation trucks and a crew of about 7 persons filling potholes. There was a pick-up truck, too, with a large digital sign reading “Road Work Ahead.” That’s nice, you’d think. Well, according to our contributor, it gets better.

Didn't even bother to pat it down with a shovel!

Didn’t even bother to pat it down with a shovel!

“That’s what they told us to do.”

Slowing down enough to see what the crew was doing sent the observer over the edge. It was so disturbing that he turned around and confronted the crew: “What is it you are doing? Don’t you know that’s not going to last 5 minutes. Can’t the state of New York provide you guys with a tamper to keep that stuff down?” You see, the “work” crew was simply throwing shovel-fulls of blacktop or cold-patch into the holes and leaving it!!! Not even a pat with a shovel!!! It was strewn all over the place.

Well, what was even more annoying was the response the observer got. Not only did the fools just stand there with idiotic grins on their sagging faces but one even responded, “That’s what they told us to do.” Without waiting around to find out who the “they” might be, the observer took the pictures that appear in this post.

The blacktop will be gone in a couple of hours but the potholes will still be there.

So, New York State taxpayers, that’s where your dollars are going: Two huge trucks, two huge trucks burning fuel, loads of blacktop, seven (7) or more dildos either standing around or throwing shovels full of loose blacktop into potholes and leaving it there, loose. How much do you think that operation is costing us? Taxpayer dollars wasted! The blacktop will be gone in a couple of hours but the potholes will still be there.

And Where are the supervisors?

One glaring question is this: Where are the supervisors who are supposed to be ensuring that the job gets done right? Well, they’re the ones standing with the blank look on their face playing pocket-pool and dreaming of what they’re going to do with their hefty pensions they’ll be collecting for standing there with a blank look on their faces while playing pocket-pool. And what about our town and village highway superintendents? Shouldn’t they be on hand while this work is going on in their jurisdictions? Isn’t it their responsibilities to ensure the work is done right on village and hamlet streets? Why not ask them?  Well Mr Flach, Mr Misuraca, Mr Dellisanti? Where are the supervisors?

Who is doing the animal control stuff while Mr Tanner is doing his other job?

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And who is doing Mr Tanner’s Job when Mr Jeff Ruso is at his other job and Mr Dellisanti is, well, elsewhere?

funny-dogs-barkingNow, New Baltimore taxpayers. Here’s one for you to choke on: One of the NYSDOT laborers who was among the crew doing the make-believe roadwork in Ravena was none other than the New Baltimore town animal control officer, Mr Joe Tanner. In fact, Mr Tanner recognized the observer and courteously said hello. That was nice. But it raised another question we’d like to ask the New Baltimore town board and perhaps New Baltimore taxpayers might want to ask the same question. If Mr Tanner is employed full-time by the New York State Department of Transportation, and if Mr Tanner is out with road crews doing what they appear to be doing — wasting taxpayer dollars now while accruing pension benefits besides — who is doing the animal control stuff while Mr Tanner is doing his other job? Or does Mr Tanner have a special arrangement with the New York State Department of Transportation to take off when there’s an animal problem in New Baltimore? Or does New Baltimore schedule its animal emergencies for when Mr Tanner is off or after he finishes his state job? Given this situation, it’s no wonder that a barking-dog nuissance in the hamlet of New Baltimore can go on for literally years and the town of New Baltimore supervisor, Mr Nick Dellisanti, and town boardmember and animal control liaison, Mr Jeff Ruso, can’t seem to get a handle on it and put a muzzle on the beast. Since Mr Tanner is off doing his state job and Mr Russo is off managing his nursing home, that doesn’t leave much animal control in New Baltimore, does it? In response to requests for assistance Mr Tanner simply responds, “Sign a complaint,” because it’s impossible for him to investigate because he’s on a road crew somewhere else. Mr Russo stays silent because he’s off in Guilderland or somewhere at his office. And Mr Dellisanti? Well, he inspects the parks on Sundays and drives by the dog’s owner’s house. Taxpayer dollars wasted!

It's about time taxpayers started barking! The Editor

It’s about time taxpayers started barking!The Editor

 
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Right Under Your Noses: Total Incompetence, Total Waste. Shame on you!


UPDATE: Seems we built a bonfire under Ravena-Coeymans’ highway/public works departments butts. Two days after we published this article the Ravena-Coeymans dolts woke up and properly paved the mudpies on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans, oddly right across from the town garage! Was it coïncidence or was it the wake-up call we sent?


The Good News is: Ravena is doing much needed roadwork. The Bad News is: The Ravena Department of Public Works under the incompetent direction of fire-bug Henry Traver is doing the work. The Problem is: The Ravena Department of Public Works flunked sandbox and mudpies; They apparently don’t know their arses from their shovels—You know, those things they’re constantly leaning on to support their massive bulks!

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HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY INCOMPETENT ROADWORK?

Question: What do Henry Traver of the Village of Ravena Public Works Department and Denis Jordan of the New Baltimore Highway Department have in common?
Answer: No, not setting fires. They both haven’t a clue, they’re both robbing us blind, we’re paying both exhorbitant salaries and benefits to waste taxpayer money.

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We received a call from a Ravena resident to come down an check out the roadwork being done in Ravena. We had already seen the Ravena Department of Public Works and their part-time borrowed laborers from the Ravena Filtration Plant botching something up on Central Avenue but we had to respond to the resident’s request, so we meandered over to Central Avenue, then to Western Avenue. What a mess!

We’re just wondering how many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being squandered by the bunch of clowns making believe they know how to resurface a street. We couldn’t believe what we saw so we photographed it and posted it as a slide show above.

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s plus benefits and pensions to waste money and resources.

This is how Ravena and Coeymans manage your tax dollars!

This is how Ravena, Coeymans and New Baltimore manage your tax dollars!

First of all, it seems they just spread some muck down on the streets and then threw some loose stone on top of it. Silly walruses apparently thought that would do the trick and keep them in their jobs and pensions. Try again! The stone is loose and is flying all over the place, leaving bald spots where cars have skid over the stone. In other places, the stone is so thin, that the cracks in the street show through. Driving down Central and Western Avenues, we left a pretty respectable dust cloud and flying gravel in our wake. But there’s another problem: they don’t seem to have been able to get uniform stone, and there are some pretty large pebbles in the street now that will probably cause some pretty respectable damage to a paint job or a windshield when they’re flung up by passing vehicles.

We’re just waiting for the next heavy rain to see all of the stone washed downhill…or for the street sweepers to come down the street and sweep up all of the loose stone. Maybe Henry Traver or mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca will then sell it back to the village of Ravena for the Department of Public Works to spread on the streets again. Nice scam!

Not only does the loose stone fly all over the place when a car passes over it, and not only is there the danger that the larger stonessome actually measuring and inch or two acrosswill damage property and may cause injuries to pedestrians, there’s the problem of stopping distance on the loose stone. Try applying your brakes on the stuff!

So Traver, Misuraca, what’s going to happen when the next heavy rain comes down and washes it all away, or the street sweepers collect it, or when the snow plows scrape it all up—assuming it lasts until the first snowfall.

Well, the NYS Department of Troglodites botched up the repairs under the LaFarge converyor overpass this summer, leaving Route 144 worse than it was before with bumps, mounds and troughs. So they came back last week and redid the work. Nice job security. Right? Screw it up and do it again at taxpayer expense!

And what about the professional job the Troglodites did on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans? They dug up the roadway, dumped some gravel and dirt into the holes and left. now we have bigger holes! Nice Job! So what’s the town of Coeymans going to do about that, now? Probably re-zone it 😉

MonkeyShovelThe Town of New Baltimore Is No Better!

Still More Monkey’s With Shovels!

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s to waste money and resources. It seems it’s characteristic of this area to hire incompetents to head the highway and public works departments. Ravena and Coeymans aren’t the only ones with problems in public works; they share that dubious distinction with the Town of New Baltimore. Just take a ride through New Baltimore and see how the New Baltimore Highway superintendent, Denis Jordan, and his crew of flying jackasses patch potholes! Throw in a couple shovels of cold patch, don’t bother to tamp it down, and take off. All it takes is three cars passing over the “work” and Voilà! The return of the pothole! Where’d the cold patch go? Check the bottoms of your shoes and the undercarriage of your car!

Budget time is coming up, neighbors. They’ll be looking for more money to waste next year and they’ll want their salaries increased, too. We think you’d better wake up and participate in those budget meetings—that is, if the crooks and their minions even open the meetings to the public—and start demanding some quality for your tax dollars—and some competent people to do the work.

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better! The Editor

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better!

The Editor

 
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Smoke Screens, Illusions, Delusions and Propaganda: Coeymans and Carver Laraway


animated sad vsmStay tuned! A contributor asked Ravena Mayor Misuraca, Coeymans Supervisor Flach and New Baltimore Supervisor Dellisanti to list their milestone accomplishments of the past 6 months. Only Flach responded but very vaguely. After two reminders Misuraca didn’t even respond and Dellisanti had excuses. Read our analyses in our next article. It seems the newly elected administrations are confused about what they’re doing.  Hell! They can’t even tell us what they think they’ve accomplished! We’ll tell you Why? And what that should tell you about your newly elected officials.


They just keep on shoveling, burying Ravena and Coeymans!

Now we have Coeymans Town Supervisor Flach and Ravena Mayor Misuraca Joining “blue-collar” Advocate Coeymans Town Board Member Peter Masti Happily Picking up Shovels to Help! There are definitely sides and we have to ask whose side Flach and Misuraca are on?!?

What is that they're shoveling? Dirt or Bullshit?

What is that they’re shoveling? Dirt or Bullshit?

We think it’s more bullshit than dirt that’s going down with the News Herald’s extraordinary coverage of local politicos kissing Carver Laraway’s ass in a lengthy article that neglects to mention the real impact of the bridge project and Laraway’s clever ruse to turn town of Coeymans supervisor Flach and village of Ravena mayor Misuraca into Laraway’s willing sockpuppets.

So Carver Companies, EMR, and TCI are looking for CDL (commercial driver license) holders, heavy equipment operators, and menial low-wage workers (laborers, admin positions, custodial workers). How many CDL dump truck operators do you know who are looking for a job in Coeymans. Probably 0 so the job seekers will come from outside the Coeymans area (that is, they will be paying rents, paying taxes and spending their money elsewhere). Same for heavy equipment operators. That leaves the low-paying, menial positions are left for local residents. Congrats! Mr Flach, Mr Misuraca, Mr Carver, you’ve brought “jobs” to the area! But they’re so low-paying that you’ll need a second job to survive or resort to social services. Thanks! Mr Flach, Misuraca, Carver!

You’ll also find it interesting to see Mr Peter Masti manning a shovel in the above photograph. That’s the same Peter Masti who just a couple of months ago wrote a letter to the editor, which was naturally published in the Ravena News Herald (DATE), in which Masti writes:

Why is it so newsworthy that Carver has renovated a shabby building it owns? Do you make the News Herald when you paint your house, put on a new roof? Make improvements? Hell, NO! Your taxes go up. So why does the News Herald make such a big deal about Carver renovating the building on River Road, which will stand right alongside the Carver bridge? Answer: To cover up the dirt, the dust and the corruption surrounding this whole messy situation.

We mentioned taxes. The town of Coeymans has sold residents out while feathering Carver’s nest with tax breaks! Carver’s cashing in big time in Coeymans while making it appear he’s doing so much good for the community by renovating his own property and taking over Riverview Drive, only later to make it seem he’s doing Coeymans a big favor and putting in a bridge at his own expense to …

All this while getting major tax breaks and advantages. So why are Flach and Misuraca grinning so idiotically while they’re shoveling Carver’s dirt on residents’ heads? And shovels-full of bullshit down our throats?

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Coeymans! You in there?

Speaking of River-views: The approach into Coeymans is in a dust cloud and the area looks like the South end of Albany, the port area. Carver has blocked any river views from Route 144 and has provided a dust cloud instead. It seems that we have all forgotten the pollution that Lafarge has been providing for decades, including airborne heavy metals, and now Carver is providing more airborne pollution. You simply can’t drive down Rt 144 with your car windows down anymore! And they tell us there’s no environmental impact!?! Bullshit!

Check out the June 5th issue of the Ravena News Herald in which a number of local residents state their objections to the Carver bridge project. The article quotes one Elyse Kunz who points out (based on her research) that Carver’s tax assessment on his properties is scandalously low and that the town sees NO tax benefit from Carver Companies’ operations! The point is made on the environmental impact of the Carver Companies, TCI, and EMI on the creek and the river. Where’s the DEC on this issue? Who’s paying them off now?

As we mentioned above, Carver has renovated an older building and has created 4 apartment units in that building. The building is alongside the site of the bridge. Our question is this: four apartment units for whom? We have empty buildings galore in Ravena and Coeymans! Other than Carver employees who will want to live next to the Carver Dust Bowl and listen to the sounds of heavy equipment and trucks all day long?!? What will Carver be asking for rent in the renovated buildings? Has he created low-income housing, perhaps? Or are the apartments intended for more tax breaks?

So far, all Carver Laraway and his group of companies have brought to Ravena-Coeymans is a lot of hype, a lot of heavy truck traffic, and another dust problem. So far, all Carver Laraway and his cronies have produced is wealth for Carver Laraway and a lot of empty promises. If anyone can provide us with information to the contrary, we’ll be happy to correct our statements. Until then, be afraid. Be very afraid!

We’re not going to rehash what has already been printed in the Ravena News Herald. It’s all garbage, contradictory, and only proves that the town of Coeymans town board and the village of Ravena village board don’t give a damn about what residents want. They only know how to butter their own bread and pander to the money-bags. Same ol’ same ol’. Are you all waking up to this yet?

Finally, just a couple of images taken this week for you to think about:

(You are thinking about all this, aren’t you?)

Compare Carver Company's Property with a distressed property in the middle of Main Street Ravena (one of many), just accross from the so- called "Memorial Park"

Compare Carver Company’s Property with a distressed property in the middle of Main Street Ravena (one of many), just across from the so- called “Memorial Park” (Main St. building on left, Carver Company’s on right). What’s wrong with this picture, Misuraca? Maybe Carver Companies can do something to revitalize Main Street, Ravena?

Update: Shortly after this blog was published, the Village of Ravena Building Department posted a “Do Not Occupy” on the Main Street distressed property. We have found out that the owner of the property has experienced such stonewalling and discoöperation with the Village of Ravena because of Guess what? Sewer and water problems that he has been so frustrated with his dealings with the Village that he has decided to try to dispose of the property. Let’s see if one of the local shysters (Biscone) pounce on the chance to “acquire” the property. Or maybe one of the so-called friends of Ravena-Coeymans will pick it up for a song. That’s how it usually works in Ravena-Coeymans: the village condemns and a friend of the administration picks up the property for a penny!

Enlargement of sign in Main St. property window. Tasteful, right? Typical Ravena style.
Enlargement of sign in Main St. property window. Tasteful, right? Typical Ravena style.
More harassment? This sign appeared after we published!

More harassment? This sign appeared after we published!

Anyone who has had to deal with the village of Ravena’s bizarre water and sewerage billing practices will appreciate this added bit of harassment provide courtesy of the Ravena Building Department morons. The owner of the property at 124 Main Street in Ravena has had outrageous experiences with the Ravena administration when trying to sort out his water and sewer bills. He became so frustrated that he opted to get rid of the property and the headaches. Now Ravena is retaliating. You might say, “Well it’s only until the inspections are done.” And we’d answer, “How naïve you are!” We know many Ravena property owners have experienced this same treatment. The question is: Why don’t you do something about it?

And finally, the saddest one in this series:

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The huge spruce tree behind the memorial stones in Ravena’s so-called “Memorial Park” on Main Street. Withering, dying!

Throughout the centuries the evergreen has been a potent cultural symbol of rebirth. Our traditional Christmas trees (the tree shown is Ravena’s “Christmas” tree) are a vestige of the ancient practice during the winter season — during the Winter solstice or Christmas season — of bringing greenery into the home to symbolize life in the dead of winter. Living trees have special significance to nearly every culture from Siberia to Palestine to Greece to Germany to Mexico to Native American to Japan and many more. But in the village of Ravena, town of Coeymans, the very symbol of rebirth and life is withering, dying. What does that tell you?

(Maybe it’s a sign of Carver’s dust and Lafarge’s pollution. Do ya think?)

We’re still saddled with the Ravena Health and Fitness Center gobbling up more than $100, 000 of Ravena taxpayer money and feeding Cathy Deluca’s appetite for taxpayer money. The Ravena Health and Fitness Center is failing and you’re paying for it. Why hasn’t Misuraca bitten the bullet and eliminated it? And we still have the corrupt Coeymans Police Department and get this news: Coeymans has promoted Jason Albert from patrolman to detective! Albert is almost ready to retire and this promotion adds some more jingle to his pension! All out of your pockets. They take care of the boys, don’t they? But you’re paying for their party.

 (Image Credit: The image shown above of the groundbreaking party is attributed to the Ravena News Herald report and captoned: “Coeymans Town Supervisor Stephen Flach, Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca, Coeymans Deputy Town Supervisor Peter Masti, Port of Coeymans owner Carver Laraway (red hat), National Bank of Coxsackie President Jim Warren, and First Niagara Bank Vice President John Kennedy break ground for the new $1.1 million, 90 foot by 20 foot steel bridge that will connect the 125-acre Port of Coeymans with the Coeymans Industrial Park. Photo by Bryan Rowzee”)


Nancy Warner Strikes Again!

In many ways, Ravena village council member, leftover from the former Bruno dictatorship, and wife of Ravena village justice, Harold “Hal” Warner, is an example of the obsolete, ignorant, and self-serving derelicts we have in small town government. While she doesn’t have time to comply with the New York State Freedom of Information Law but seems to have time to attack local residents. Her most recent stupidity was to file a complaint against a local figure “Ramon” for riding his lawnmower to work. Yes, we admit, riding your lawnmower to work is a bit odd — even in Ravena — but Ramon is much loved for his colorful idiosyncrasies. Seems Warner has a problem with the noise it makes when it passes her residence on Main Street, Ravena. Ramon has some handicap issues and rides the vehicle to the Getty station, where he works. But does Warner have an issue with the monster tractor trailers or other vehicles that pass her place? Better be careful if you ride motorcycle to work and have to pass Nancy and Hal’s place. You’re liable to have their friends from the Coeymans Police knocking at your door with a summons.

Seems when Nancy Warner isn’t harassing local kids with her friends in the Coeymans Police, she’s going after other innocent souls.

What she’s still doing in village hall is beyond our comprehension; why didn’t Misuraca clean house when he had the chance? DUH!


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A New Baltimore Resident’s Letter to the Editor: Benway, Norris Obstructing the Board?

New Baltimore Boardmembers Benway and Norris Obstructing Efficient Town Business Policies, Town Clerk Brooks Opposes Set Office Hours and Misinforms the Board, the Public, and Wants More Money; New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan Can’t Keep Accurate Figures or Records!

A New Baltimore Resident’s Concern Expressed in a Letter to the Editor

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New Baltimore Residents need to read this letter and start taking more responsibility in participating in their town’s government! They’ve been screwed royally in the past and some in town hall—not to mention any names but specifically Lisa Benway and Christopher Norris, town clerk Janet Brooks, and highway superintendent Denis Jordan, and others (like Diane Lewis)—want to continue the misinformation, indifference, lies, and unlawful practices!

February 22, 2014

To my fellow taxpayers and residents in the Town of New Baltimore:

I would like to update you on recent activities in our Town Hall and encourage all members of our community to attend the Town Board Meetings.  The meetings are on the second and fourth Monday of each month and the next meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2014.

As you know, the newly elected Supervisor (Mr. Dellisanti) and board members (Ms. Van Ettan, Mr. Ruso) since January 2014 have been actively working to address many outstanding issues left by the previous administration such as purchasing practices, transparency, and issues affecting taxpayers.

I would like to address several issues that have been brought to the Board for action but have been delayed by the boardmembers, Ms Benway and Mr Norris, carry – overs – in – office from the previous administration. Members of the community can only assume, based on Ms Benway’s and Mr Norris’ conduct, that their allegiance is not to the taxpayers and our community. Therefore your participation is needed.

The previous administration may have had policies on the books (procurement/F.O.I.L.) but Ms. O’Rourke, Ms. Benway, Mr. Norris, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Jordan all  chose not follow that law – based policy,  which is in part required by New York state law. The newly elected officials, supervisor Dellisanti, boardmembers Ruso and vanEtten, propose policy to carry out state and federal mandates that all elected/appointed local government officials must comply with.

Procurement Policy

In January Mr. Dellisanti presented to the Board a Resolution to implement a revised Procurement Policy that includes a purchase requisition process, which when implemented should prevent future misuse of funds by the officials and employees of the Town of New Baltimore.  Mr Delisanti, Ms Van Ettan, and Mr Ruso voted in favor of this resolution.  Mr Norris and Ms Benway voted AGAINST the resolution to adopt that Procurement Policy.  Under the O’Rorke regime, these two board members with the collaboration of the O’Rorke Majority (O’Rorke, Benway, Norris)  of the previous administration spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money illegally, this is a fact based on the New York State Comptroller’s Audit Report. One would think they would jump at the opportunity to protect the taxpayers’ dollars as well as protect themselves from allegations of unlawful or even criminal activity. 

At the February 10, 2014, meeting town attorney Tal Rappleyea provided a synopsis of the Policy and  further clarification.  The Revised Procurement Policy requires the use of purchase orders/requisitions that would include details such as bids and prices of proposed products and services, in order to justify that purchase. Ms Benway and Mr Norris consistently to question the need for such practices.  In fact at the February 10th meeting, Mrs. Benway again expressed her concern for their use! [Editor’s Note: The use of purchase orders / requisitions and justification of need, plus documentation of competitive bidding is just plain good business practice, ensuring that the interests of the public are safeguarded, and public monies are spent responsibly! It’s part of transparency and accountability, something apparently alien to Benway and Norris!]

At that same February 10th town board meeting Mr Dellisanti proposed a resolution- to Adopt Minor Corrections to the Procurement Policy to correct the typographical errors in the previously approved Procurement Policy Resolution; both Mr Norris and Ms Benway voted against the corrections!  [Editor’s Note: It sounds to us that Norris and Benway are just being difficult, wasting the board’s time, and ignoring the real needs of the town. They’re abusing their public office!]

Resolution to Adopt FOIL Policy

Based on the many complaints from the community, the previous Administration, former supervisor O’Rourke, and town clerk Janet Brooks had a very distorted and perverse view of compliance with NYS Freedom of Information Law.  At the February 10, 2014 town board meeting, Ms Diane Lewis, chair of the New Baltimore Democratic Committee and wife/confidential secretary to former town supervisor David Lewis,  voiced  from the audience that a F.O.I.L. policy already existed. [Editor’s Note: To be honest, Lewis has no standing to comment on what policies exist, don’t exist or exist and must be amended; Diane Lewis, despite her arrogance, is not on the board and is just one of us now. So cool your jets, Diane!]  Based on the many complaints from the public, town clerk – Mrs. Janet Brooks, seems to be unaware of this existing policy, or does not understand it, or just doesn’t follow it!

 The FOIL policy during the previous administration was ignored as was the procurement policy.

Based on information from the February 10th meeting, the purpose of the revised FOIL policy is to provide a more comprehensive and detailed description of the Town’s responsibility to provide information in a timely and comprehensive manner when demands for disclosure under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Act are received by the town clerk.  Among other things, the policy also re-identifies that it is the Town Clerk’s responsibility to respond to these requests based on timeframes established by the law, to keep a record of each request, and report to the Board on F.O.I.L. requests received.

At the February 10, 2014 meeting Mr. Norris and Mrs. Benway questioned the purpose of the Resolution and were very concerned as to whether or not Mrs. Brooks, the Town Clerk was involved in the preparation of the Resolution.  [Editor’s Note: There is no requirement or necessity for the Town Clerk to be involved in such a resolution. The resolution is a governing activity and is under the sole authority of the town board. The town clerk’s obligation and duty is to comply with the town board’s legislation and the law of New York! Besides, the board would have to catch her when she’s in, and that could be a problem, given her hours.] We the community must remind Ms Benway and Mr Norris that under Town Law the BOARD has the authority to prepare and adopt policy. We further remind Ms Benway and Mr Norris, and if necessary, Ms Brooks, that the CLERK has the obligation to comply with resolutions duly passed by the board. If the clerk has a question it should be presented like anyone else during public session and in the time allowed.  It should also be noted that  Mrs. Brooks’ known previous performance clearly demonstrates that not only did she not follow the simplistic policy of the O’Rorke Administration, she never took the initiative to ensure the taxpayers obtained requested information based on New York state law.  Under the NYS Town Law and as an elected official, Ms Brooks has the duty and responsibility to understand her duties and role as town clerk, to be responsive to the public no matter what directive she may have received from others, particularly if such directive was contrary to policy or law!

 It should be noted that Ms Brooks, at the December 2013 Board Meeting, expressed on the record how she could not keep up with the high volume of FOIL requests and recommended that the public be charged more money for their requests.  [Editor’s Note: Why more money, Ms Brooks? Should we dock you for the hours you don’t show up for work and apply that to offset the cost of fulfilling F.O.I.L. requests?] Ms O’Rorke, Mr Norris and David Wukitsch (then town attorney, since fired) supported her dilemma.  Individuals attending that meeting asked how many F.O.I.L. request Mrs. Brooks had received – she DID NOT KNOW!  Mrs. Brooks advised “that it was difficult to know” and  O’Rorke, Norris, Benway, Wukitsch supported her confusion and ignored residents’ questions!  This discussion was approximately 30 + minutes and Ms. Brooks had no factual information to support her claim nor did the O’Rorke board request it. Surprising?

At the meeting of February 10, 2014, Mr Norris advised that he had not had time to read the four – page F.O.I.L. policy so he requested vote be postponed.   No time to read 4 pages, Mr Norris? Incredible! Mr Dellisanti tabled (put it on the agenda for vote at a later date) the vote on the F.O.I.L. Resolution until the February 24, 2014 Town Board Meeting  to provide Mr. Norris ample time to read four pages.  [Editor’s Note: We do admit that Mr Norris has in the past allegedly suffered some psychiatric or psychological problems but let’s hope Mr Norris managed to get through that incredible volume of reading before the vote! Just what we needed: another Denis Jordan!]

Please note:  board member Van Etten identified that in 2013 ONLY NINE FOILS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE TOWN. [Editor’s Note: Geez, Ms Brooks, that’s mindboggling! How do you ever manage such a volume? Maybe you need another deputy clerk? Maybe more money? Nine F.O.I.L. requests in 2013 and you couldn’t manage. Poor kitten!]

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH HOURS OF THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE was presented to the Board by Supervisor Dellisanti on February 10, 2014

Although the newly hired town legal advisor confirmed the legality of the Resolution, boardmembers Benway, Norris, and town clerk Brooks disagreed that the town Board could require the office of the town clerk to be opened five days a week. The residents of this community have asked that the town clerk’s office be open for business five days a week.  Benway, Norris, Brooks then advised that they had documentation that the town’s lawyer was incorrect.  [Editor’s Note: Now Benway, Norris and Brooks are experts in the law? Our recent inquiries with the New York State Comptroller’s Office, the state agency that oversees town official operations, citing NYS Town Law, seem to disagree with their New Baltimore experts Benway, Norris and Brooks. What doe the New Baltimore Three Stooges know that the Comptroller’s examiners and lawyers don’t know?] They did not share this information with the lawyer or the supervisor prior to the meeting  even though both were available. [Editor’s Note: Imagine that! They didn’t share the information! If they had shared it they would have been told to take a hike and take their foolishness with them!]  Ms Brooks then advised that she would need MORE MONEY IN HER BUDGET TO DO THIS!  Mrs. Brooks is the second highest paid elected official in the Town of New Baltimore. (Dennis Jordan is the highest paid town official making more than $52,000 and can’t even keep accurate figures or do a purchase order!)  She is paid a salary of approximately $29,000+ a year, add on approximately $l0,000 in benefits and that comes to a cool $40,000 in taxpayer dollars.   Mrs. Brooks has the authority to appoint one first deputy clerk and two deputies (currently Marjorie Loux and Diane Jordan) but the town board has the authority to approve any compensation of deputy clerks.  [Editor’s Note: See this blog’s report on the NYS Town Law on this subject. Ms Brooks and her cronies have it all screwed up. They’re very confused.]. So why can’t the office be open to the public five days a week?   It should also be noted that Ms. Brooks was present in the clerk’s office at New Baltimore Town Hall only eight days in January 2014! [Editor’s Note: Does anyone smell the stench of corruption and misuse of public office here? We do!]

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT TO PURCHASE DIESEL FUEL AND #2 HEATING OIL FOR HIGHWAY USE    BY STATE CONTRACT FOR 2014

The newly elected board members, Dellisanti, VanEttan, Ruso discussed best practices with the Office of the State Comptroller, who recommended that passage of resolution in this matter was the best way to protect the financial interests of the community and the town.   Mr Jordan, Town of New Baltimore Highway Superintendent, an elected public servant, provided his version of the usage numbers to be used in the Resolution.  At the February 10, 2014 board meeting when Resolution was read and about to be voted on, Mr. Jordan DISAGREED WITH HIS OWN NUMBERS and did not want the board to vote on the resolution!!!!  

Although the board should have proceeded, Mr. Dellisanti acknowledged Mr. Jordan’s confusion/concern about the numbers he previously provided, and tabled the resolution for the  February 24, 2014, board meeting, thus providing Mr. Jordan more time to figure out how much fuel he used last year during the O’Rorke regime. [Editor’s Note: Now, dear readers, isn’t this all the evidence we need to show why it’s so important that purchase orders / requisitions, justifications for purchases, competitive bidding, and clear recordkeeping be made policy in Town Hall, just as Dellisanti, Ruso, and vanEtten are proposing?]

I have provided this information as a brief synopsis of the situation and as a report on the facts; this in no way should be interpreted to be a personal attack against any individual; it also does not reflect my personal opinion of our town’s public officials or employees.  This information is provided for the sole purpose of identifying current and past actions or lack of action by elected officials, that was not and continues not to be in the best interest of this community, and in some cases is outright untruthful or even illegal.

It is time for all of our elected officials to work as a team, and those who refuse should go!  It is their duty to negotiate, propose, resolve, implement, and adhere to policy legislated by the New Baltimore Town Board, while providing oversight and management, transparency and accountability that is fiscally sound and complies with the law.

Equally important is that each community member, young and old, regardless of political persuasion, play an integral part in this process of representative democratic governing.  It is the community who must ensure that officials hear and correctly understand our needs and expectations, and are reminded that good government is for and by the people; this can be achieved only by continued open and honest inputs from the community and  conscientious teamwork by our elected officials.

I hope that this letter has been informative and that at future New Baltimore town board meetings there is standing room only. You need to participate in all of our town board meetings.

Your neighbor,

AMV
A Resident of Town of New Baltimore

Seriously, people, Benway, Norris, Brooks, Jordan really need to be put in their places (that may be a state or federal corrections facility), because they are really taking this town of New Baltimore for a joy ride to hell! Leave a comment and let us know what you think or, better yet, get off your asses and attend New Baltimore town board meetings and find out for yourself what’s going on.

The Editor

The Editor

“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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