RSS

Category Archives: Dignity for All Students Act

It Shouldn’t Be a One-Man Show…Where are the Rest of You?

One single resident of Ravena steps out and creates a place for the kids 

A One-Man-Show Won't Work

A One-Man-Show Won’t Work

To Get the Best Out of It We Have to Team Up

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.

In the meantime one single Ravena resident takes his savings and his time, gets a second job to do something for the kids. Something the kids really need: a place to go other than the street! And they get rides home after the club closes…in his care, not in a Coeymans police vehicle. While the village of Ravena is shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a handful of special friends, and the town of Coeymans is busy looking the other way while leaving youth services to the Coeymans Police Department, one single resident of Ravena steps out and creates a place for the kids: the Ravena-Coeymans Youth and Teen Activities Center (RCYTAC).

Parents and residents of Ravena-Coeymans: When’s the last time you visited the RCYTAC? I visited just the other day and I was floored to see how nice it is. I was floored to see a lot of teens who I know personally enjoying the place. Those kids actually stopped, greeted me and were happy to see me there. They actually looked, well, happy! The disk jockey’s a teen, the food service staff are teens, the teens learning how to take charge and socialize. As I was visiting, kids were strolling in but none were coming out so I assumed that they were involved in one of the many available activities…all of them monitored and supervised, mind you!

While I was standing outside with Mr Michael Fisher, creater of the RCYTAC, I was amazed when a parent came up and asked if she could donate the refreshments from her son’s grad party, because he decided that he didn’t want a party and that the RCYTAC should have it. The parent also made a fairly generous cash contribution for the kids. That same parent, a psychologist and author of children’s books, is planning to do poetry and literature workshops at the RCYTAC! Question: What are YOU doing?

I have one single question, parents, residents: Where the hell are the rest of you????

Why is it you’d risk leaving your kids unsupervised, in their rooms, on Facebook, being evil? Why wouldn’t you give them a ride to the RCYTAC where they can socialize in a healthy environment?

Why is it you’d risk your teen’s wandering around dark streets and parks at risk of life and limb? Why wouldn’t you give them a ride to the RCYTAC where they can socialize safely?

Why is it you don’t enjoy some personal time to recuperate without the unnecessary stress of either knowing where your kids are or, worse still, not knowing?!? Why wouldn’t you give them a ride to the RCYTAC where they can socialize in a healthy environment?

Why is it you’d risk having the Coeymans Police, the Albany County Sheriff, or the State Police bringing your kid home or bringing your the news of his or her arrest, bail, court appearances—or worse, news of a tragedy— when you could have supported the RCYTAC with some time and a couple of bucks donation?

Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars are being spent on worthless projects like a village fitness center

Why is it you sit back oblivious to the fact that tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars are being spent on worthless projects like a village fitness center that is exclusive and unwelcoming to many in the community, while youth programs and services are ignored? Why aren’t you demanding that some of that money be donated no strings attached to the RCYTAC?!? No strings attached! We don’t want it to become a Coeymanazi brainwashing camp, do we? Why aren’t you parents and residents appearing at village and town board meetings screaming bloody murder that nothing is being done for youth…well almost nothing, the Coeymans police seem to like arresting them. Don’t you realize that if the kids are off the streets and not looking for something to do, they’ll likely stay out of mischief?prison kid

Ravena Coeymans Selkirk teens and youth are tomorrow’s consumers and voters; If you mobilze NOW and get your parents to support your projects, you can move on local government and get those geezers to support your RCYTAC. BE YOUR OWN RCS CHAMPIONS!!!

Teen Work is Team Work

Teen Work is Team Work

success

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk teens: Why would you stick with street friends who will only get you into a mess of trouble? Why don’t you get smart and mobilize for your own good? Michael Fisher is handing you the opportunity to do something really good, important, responsible, independent for you and your generation at the Teen Center. Mr Fischer is handing you the opportunity to show that you can become a part of something great, you can be your own leaders, you can create a community you can be proud of, and you can empower yourselves and your friends to get the attention of local residents and government to take an interest in your welfare, in your RCYTAC, to support Mr Michael Fisher’s vision for RC youth. Ravena Coeymans Selkirk teens and youth are tomorrow’s consumers and voters; If you mobilze NOW and get your parents to support your projects, you can move on local government and get those geezers to support your RCYTAC. Be fair! Don’t make Mr Fisher do it all on his dime…he just can’t do it without your help and support.

Really Bad Move!

Really Bad Move!

As scary as the girls’ Facebook exchanges were, some good points were made such as: Being bad is not cool because it will come back to bite you in future, when you’ll really need to prove who and what you are. Beating someone up is not cool, it’s criminal, and it’s not going to get you a job or an education; it’s going to get you a reputation and a bad one at that and one that’s likely to follow you wherever you go. But if you are a leader now and to take the initiative to work for community, that’s going to serve you well for the rest of your lives. Be smart…be leadership…be champions!

Why is it you are sitting there thinking that your kids are getting the most out of the school district budget? Are you in denial or just plain stupid? Have you examined the school budget to see just how much of it is “for the kids”? You might want to do that one day. And don’t be misled by the dumbing down of the curriculum or the fancy-sounding names they give to programs that are there just to enrich the staff with extra pay. Ask yourself why an athletics coach or a teacher is being paid 4-6 times the per capita income of RC residents or 2-3x the average household income of a RC household? Then ask yourself why you haven’t made a substantial donation to the RCYTAC for the valuable service of keeping your kids safe (the school system doesn’t seem to be able to do that), saving you bail money, and even possibly saving you funeral expenses. Blunt, but real.

Empowered Youth

Empowered Youth

We support what is good for this community and most especially what is good for our greatest hope and asset: our teens and youth. We adults who have the good sense and vision realize that some day we are going to have to depend on today’s youth when they are making the decisions and running things. And the kind of people I want to see running things for me when I need them are the kind of teens and youth I saw at the Ravena-Coeymans Youth and Teen Activity Center.

Support the Teen Center The Editor

Support the Teen Center
The Editor

 

To read the continuation article click the link below

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Accountability, Albany, Albany County Department of Children, Albany County Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Albany County Executive, Albany County Sheriff Department, Anti-Bullying Law, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Coin Drop, Community, Community Safety, Community Support, Concession Stand, Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Dawn Rogers, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Dr Alan McCartney, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Fair Play, Fellowship, Fundraiser, Fundraising, Greater Coeymans Ravena Area Community Business Group, Greene County, Gregory Darlington, Hannaford, Hudson Valley, Jeff Lukens, John M. Vadney, John T. Bruno, Judith Felsten, Judy Sylvester, Lazlo Polyak, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael Fisher, Monitoring, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, National Bank of Coxsackie, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, PriceChopper, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Youth and Teen Activities Center, Ravena Fitness Center, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena Village Board, RC Teen Center, RCS Champions, RCS Gold Team, Responsibility, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Selkirk, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Teen Center, Teen Deaths, Teen Pregnancy, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Tkaczyk, Tom Dolan, Transparency, William Bailey

 

In Praise of Teachers: Remember Who You Are!


It’s very important that you get the word out to all of your friends, family and neighbors before Mary 21, 2013. Do your part get out the vote and to clean up the RCS district and to put good, competent, and experienced women and men on the RCS board of Education!


 We Are Directing this Article, this Letter Actually, to the Teachers in the RCS Central School District, in the Appeal to Consider Who You Are in this Community, and How You are Being Misused and Misrepresented.

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter
But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

I am addressing this letter to you as a colleague, as a fellow educator, as a teacher. I am addressing this letter to you, our teachers, as members of our community. I am addressing this communiation to our teachers and to our community because I am concerned.

Since ancient times, men, women, boys, girls have looked upon their teachers with admiration, respect, reverence, gratitude. Yes, even love. We have a certain spiritual connection with our teachers, whether in the early years, our growing up years, even into our adult years when “teachers” become “professors” and “supervisors.”

i love my teacherWe read the teachings of saints by whose example we are taught how to live a moral and ethical life. We read the lessons of sages and philosophers who teach us the metaphysical, and the transcendent nature of knowledge, mind, life, meaning.

There was a time when teachers were encouraged to be celibate because it was considered such a sensitive vocation, yes a vocation, similar to that of religious orders. By not marrying, they could exist in the world but not necessarily be of the world. Things change and so they ought to, but some things lose some of their special essence when they or the times change, don’t they?

With the workers movements in the late 19th century we saw churches and politics turn towards social justice for workers. We saw the creation and growth of workers unions, collective bargaining, and the improvement of the lot of the working class. Later, professions joined in the union movement. And so we have it today.

That was both a bane and a blessing, dear colleagues. We know why in the depths of our hearts and we can cogitate about it and rationalize it all but when we do so, we must never lose our hold on what a teacher is and her and his role in society.

Who in today’s society has such responsibility where parents, whole communities entrust their children to the care of one group almost every day, almost all day? Who in today’s society can say that they have the power, authority, and responsibility to build young persons in mind, body and spirit? It’s an awesome responsibility and an awesome privilege. Why on earth would anyone allow anyone from within their group to blacken or to diminish that sacred responsibility? Why would someone, anyone abuse that sacred trust?

Well, dear brothers and sisters, colleagues, that has happened insidiously when the teaching profession was taken over by unions and organized from outside of the community in which the teacher lives and works. That’s what happened when the holy vocation of teaching jumped with both feet into the world and became of the world. (We see similar changes after Vatican II when female religious communities were taken from their schools and thrown out into the world; their entire image changed as did their primary concerns. A tragedy!)

Even worse, the situation is aggravated when teachers become politically motivated, when they divorce themselves from their sacred function as arbiters of morality, ethics, and community, and start becoming, for lack of a better description, profane, ordinary, tainted.

Have you ever wondered why many denominations and religions prohibit their clergy and religious orders from running for public office or holding political office? Why judges cannot campaign on issues but only on the promise to be non-partisan in their interpretation of the law? For the same reasons that teachers are discouraged from public political activity and public dissent: they have an elevated status in the community that requires them to remain “clean.”

When one individual usurps the right to be the public voice of all teachers, all teachers lose.

We are all aware that the RCSTA (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association) is the local arm of the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, the teachers union.

 That’s what’s happening now in your very midst. Matt Miller, writing “on behalf of the entire RCS Teachers Association Politial Action Committee,”” is endorsing some RCS board of education candidates and smearing others. Matt Miller the calls this blog “vile,” while publishing vague, ambiguous, and spurious statements on behalf of the RCSTA!  Does the teachers’ Code of Professional Ethics espouse double standards? Is that how the teachers of the RCS school district conduct their business?

We are publishing the full-text of that specious letter to allow the public, this community to make its own decision as to its appropriateness, its intent, and its purpose. Teachers and Mr Miller are employees of this community and the public and this community will be their judge.

Doesn’t a Teachers’ Association, a local teachers union chapter, lose some of it’s sacrosanct status when it jumps into the fray of profane partisan politics—especially when it presumes to endorse candidates of very questionable character on behalf of the district teachers? Since when does our district need a “Political Action Committee?” And shouldn’t that political action committee be advocating that teachers meet their statutory requirements, like training in the provisions of the Dignity Act and ensuring that the teachers are fairly treated. Not acting as the long-arm of local political agendas? Aren’t you embarassed by this display? 

One person, power-drunk, vindictive, retaliatory, egomaniacal is painting our entire community of teachers one single color, is speaking for all of you with one single voice, is announcing to this community one single political message: division, discord, misinformation. How long are the teachers of this district going to tolerate Mr Miller’s agendas?

We would be in a most regrettable situation if we expected our teachers to be clones of an ideal. It’s frightening even as a possibility because our educators must certainly represent not only the diversity of Knowlege we expect them to master but also to reflect the diversity of our world. This is what makes an exceptional education model truly superiorly exceptional. But it also has a darker side because it also means that the community of teachers must also reflect the moral composition of the community, that is, there will be saints and devils. We’d like to think the saints keep the devils in check but devils, by their very nature, are slippery little critters, and they’re crazy clever, too. Tradition teaches us that devils are master deceivers, master liars, masters of disguise. I’d only have to remind you of C.F. Lewis’ remarkable and instructive essay, The Screwtape Letters, for a wonderfully entertaining and eye-opening lesson in devilishness. You have devils among the saints and they are working their demonic agenda to poison this community as a whole, but also are taking a terrible toll on your reputation, on your image in this community.

You must do your own housekeeping, though. You must self-police.

Not only has it come to the point of putting a very questionable character, Gerald Deluca, in a position to spy and report on the RCS CSD transporation department and its employees, even despite the fact that a professionally trained, competent investigator/detective Stephen Prokrym, is on the Coeymans police force; your own union representative, Matt Miller, has gone rogue rabid.

While it is true that Mr Matthew J. Miller, your NYSUT representative, has experienced a number of crushing defeats, starting with the present BoE’s refusal to renew his $18,000+ a year double-dipping scam as “energy manager,” and culminating in recent defeats, it should be obvious that Miller’s recent desperate attacks on the board are more the result of desperation and retaliation in the guise of his official mandates. Miller obviously has lost self-confidence and reasonably has also lost the confidence of his constituency, and as a direct consequence of his personal failures, his professional shortcomings, and his political failurs, he is no longer capable of leadership. While I realize I am probably preaching to the choir, it is imperative that the majority of teachers, which is probably not involved in the deplorable, spurious, and specious political agendas we are suffering in this broken community, take this situation in hand and out of Mr Miller’s hands. He is making a tragic mess of a situation in which he should not be involved.

As you are probably aware, many professions include in their ethical statutes or Codes of Professional Conduct admonitions and prohibitions of multiple roles in professional relations. Put simply, you simply cannot serve two masters; one or both is going to get a bum deal, and that’s what we find happening in the RCS Central School District, particularly in the present example of Mr Miller’s role as teacher, taxpayer, union advocate, and political activist. He is spread all over the place and making a vainglorious attempt to establish himself as a leader. He is failing miserably.

One of the reasons for that failure is that he is not focused, and is blinded by his past failures. His agenda is one of half-truth and misinformation, finger-pointing, and polarization.

We have come to possess a recent letter that demonstrates perfectly all of our above points. The letter was provided to us by a teacher who has had enough of the cloak-and-daggar, it is dated May 4, 2013, it was sent out to “Fellow NYSUT MEmbers”, and it is underwritten by Matthew J. Miller and the RCSTA Executive Committee. One paragraph of that letter stands out as a glaring testimony to the spurious and specious tactics that Mr Miller and his associates employ when dealing with what should be dialogue partners. I am certain you know of the letter and its content but in order to refresh your information and to provide the entire text to our readers, we are providing a copy at RCSTA to NYSUT Members.

Taken in or out of context this single paragraph clearly illustrates the scandal, the mean spirit, the paranoia, the vindictiveness, the despair of the signatories, but especially of Matthew J. Miller, who is writing as YOUR, the teachers’,  representative. It is not a communication that should come from the pen of your representative, from the pen of someone who claims to be seeking consensus, much less from a teacher, from a person or persons to whom we entrust the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of our children. You, as teachers, as professionals, as community members should be shocked that you should be addressed such a missive by a collegue who allegedy speaks with YOUR voices!

stop the lies

The offending paragraph (read the entire letter at Letter) reads in its entirety, as Mr Miller writes:

“It has become very clear that the present majority of the BOE is anti-tax and anti-government, not to mention anti-teacher. Ignore their rhetoric and examine their actions and this becomes very clear. Mr. Vadney, through his wife and child, still has a $15 million dollar notice of claim against the District while stating at the same time that he is looking out for the taxpayers. He has been arrested for his behavior against fellow BOE members and has a history of making threats against fellow members, yet claims to be bullied. He has been dismissive and rude to the minority and to any community member who does not share his views (and let’s not forget his brother’s vile blog and what info he supplies to that blog). Mrs. Sylvester, who ran as an “independent” voice last year, has voted 100% lockstep with the majority and even refused to speak on record about her stance on the budget. We need to restore the respect and integrity to this school community that these folks have wantonly destroyed in the process of making RCS a laughingstock in the Capital Region.”

I am not going to parse and analyze this text in its acrid perversity. Everyone in this community should be able to read it and process it for what it is: unacceptable and inappropriate misinformation devoid of any credibility. It is an embarassment to the teachers, to the District, and to the community who supports its teachers and which will very soon be voting on a budget that is adequate, responsible, and responsive. Anyone who has taken the time to follow its development and to get the facts straight will appreciate and acknowledge the prudence of the proposed budget.

We do feel we should comment very briefly on several points, however:

  • There is absolutely no basis in fact that the present BoE is anti – tax or anti – government. Absent any documentation or any statement of real facts, the statement made by MrMiller and the RCSTA Executive Committee and Political Action Committee is ambiguous, vague, and ignorant.
  • The editorial contributors to this blog have NEVER received input of any kind whatsoever from any RCS board of education member, much less from it’s sitting president, Mr John Vadney. Mr Miller’s and the RCSTA’s assertion is entirely false and intended to misinform you, the teachers, and whomever else might chance to read Miller’s missive. In fact, if Mr Miller has facts or information to support his accusation, we invite him to publish it. But if he has no substantiation or documentation, it’s your duty to confront him, teachers.
  • While we have addressed the purpose of a Notice of Claim, it has little to do with any lawsuit, less to do with the taxpayers of this district, and a great deal to do with notifying the RCS CSD of a serious problem that is in violation of NYS law and which does expose the District to serious liability and risk if the District administrators, teachers and staff do not get it under control. It has been addressed myriad times both in BoE meetings and outside of meetings. In fact, Mr Vadney’s son was brutally attacked when entering the school building, the event was captured on video tape. The then administration tried its best to keep it under wraps and to sideline the parents (this was not an isolated incident at all) and only when met with the former district administrations’ stonewalling did the parents have to bite the bullet to get the administration’s attention. NO LAWSUIT WAS FILED! So what is Mr Miller’s point? why don’t you ask him, NYSUT members.

In fact, ladies and gentlemen, we acquired evidence that Mr Matthew Miller was actually inciting such bullying but because of his “connections” was never publicly disgraced but did receive discipline. As teachers at the high – school, you are probably eminently well aware of this fact.

  • Mr John Vadney was framed by Mr Miller’s associates, including Ms Josephine O’Connor and her father, Joseph Tracey, O’Connor, whom you know well and also should be aware of her personal difficulties and her relationship with local ringleader Gerald Deluca (the same Gerald Deluca who is spying on your busdrivers). There were many witnesses, including a higher level NYSED officer, present who stood ready to testify in favor of Mr Vadney. The whole issue was a set up as was Mr Vadney’s arrest by local Coeymans police even after an order of protection was granted by a Bethlehem town judge. The matter was after a protracted battle summarily dismissed as having no basis in fact. This is the truth. It is public information and has been widely published in local media. Why then, we must ask you, is Mr Miller propagating this disinformation to his own colleagues and constituents?!?
  • In view of Mr Miller’s unsubstantiated claim that Mr Vadney has been rude and dismissive, the public record, unlike Mr Miller, does not lie. All one has to do is randomly review any of the many video recordings of RCS BoE meetings and make an informed decision. Nowhere whatsoever is there any evidence of rudeness or dismissiveness by Mr Vadney; quite the contrary, he is uniformly courteous, dignified, and respectful. Reviewing those same videos we can hardly say the same for Mr Miller’s various performances, nor for Ms Whalen’s or Mr Latter’s, even less so for Mr Deluca, Miller’s godfather.
  • Miller has absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Mr Vadney’s brother is operating a “vile blog.” If  Miller has substantial factual information to prove his statement, we would be delighted to see it. We are sure you would be, too.
  • Why Mr Miller has to pick on Ms Judy Sylvester is beyond us.  How she ran in the campaigning last year and how she votes is nothing that Mr Miller is competent to judge. Ms Sylvester, moreover, has indeed spoken several times on the record about her position on the budget. All anyone has to do is review the videos! In fact, her finals stand on the budget was to vote to approve it to put it out to the public’s vote! Where have you been Mr Miller?
  • As to the candidates being promoted by Matthew Miller on YOUR behalf, as YOUR RCSTA president, as the representative of YOUR NYSUT teachers union, just a couple of words:
    • James Latter. Mr Latter has a substantial history of misconduct that ranges from FERPA confidentiality violations to verbal abuse of students. We have in our possession internal documents incriminating Latter in some very serious connections that should have resulted in his immediate removal from the RCS CSD BoE, but for some uncanny reason, did not (during the regrettable and dark Smith regime). We are in the process of redacting specific names in those documents and will be publishing them soon on this blog. Once published, Mr Latter’s BoE career will be finished. Miller is or should be aware of these documents but he continues to promote Latter. Perhaps the teachers would benefit from a more substantial reason why Miller is backing latter.
    • Patrick Brown. Patrick Brown, in a very brief space of time as a candidate, has managed to present himself as simply what he is: a shyster who uses lawyer doublespeak to flamboozle his listeners. We’ve already mentioned the fact that he lives and is registered to vote at an address in Feura Bush (town of New Scotland) but said at a recent Meet the Candidate event that he lives in the town of Coeymans. Liar or fraud? Whatever. He then said that he did not support the school budget and would not vote to approve it. Yet his campaign signs are flanked by Vote YES! signs. Which is it? To the extent of our investigations no one has ever seen him at a BoE meeting, much less address the meeting. Now he’s asking for residents’ votes and is supported by your RCSTA president, Mr Matt Miller but no reasoning is given for this recommendation of support. There is no basis for such support in view of Mr Brown’s past lack of involvement in this district.

    Brown proudly announces that he is thick in government relations and an advisor to the Cuomos (Mario and Andrew). But aren’t these the very same Cuomos who have a track record of pulling every possible trick to deprive local school districts of state funding? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who have sucked every possible support from local governments only to pad the pockets in Albany and to embellish downstate moneypits like NYC? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who started all of this complicated and ingenuous 2% tax levy nonsense? And your RCSTA president and the RCSTA Political Action Committee are endorsing this Brown shyster?!? What are we missing in this picture? Maybe some sanity?

    • Jason Hyslop. Hyslop is running as a member of the Friends of RCS troika or triumvirate, whichever you prefer. He is vanilla and unconvincing, not that that in and of itself would disqualify, discredit, or denounce him. Our concern is his choice of company and how that will play out in his performance on the board. Can he be his own person or will be an owned member. He is at best unconvincing and his scripted responses do not represent convincing initiative or vision. So why is Mr Miller stuffing him down your throats? Best ask Mr Miller.

James Latter is a complete embarassment and should never have continued on the RCS BoE after the debacle of his having violated the FERPA law and having profanely disparaged a student. Peter Brown is an opportunist who suddenly appears out of nowhere (but he’s the husband of Mary Partridge-Brown, a close social and political associate of Matt Miller). Peter Brown’s record is one that is diametrically opposed to anything that would benefit our local school district. Moreover, Mr Brown has cast certain doubt on his integrity by openly misrepresenting his residence and making contradictory statements on the 2013-14 school budget. Mr Brown is patently a liar and a fraud. Jason Hyslop is his own unfavorable recommendation. Mr Hyslop had the option of running on his own, independently, honestly. Instead, he chose to be part of a troika in union with Latter and Brown. That was a very regrettable choice but it was a choice freely made by Mr Hyslop. Hyslop has thus identified himself and has made a clear statement of his principles and his agenda. Together with his inexperience, his ambiguous, scripted statements, his choice of running mates has spoken volumes. He’s part of the agenda and unworthy of the trust to be a board of education member.

 But the real challenge for Mr Miller is to put up or shut up. It’s inane to send out a letter to a group of sophisticated and highly educated colleagues when such letter is gibberish, a perfect example of a defense tactic. Don’t you want solid facts? Reliable information? Truth?

If one of your own number has had the courage to disclose this letter it can only mean that many more in your ranks are probably feeling the same way. Enough is enough!

But our question to you is this: How long are you going to allow Mr Miller to play his ridiculous games making believe he represents your interests. How much longer do you feel this community is going to tolerate this sort of doubledealing before there’s a backlash…against the very people the present board majority has supported 200%.

How long will the good teachers in this district continue to put up with being fed total nonsense, total dysinformation, outright lies before you step up to the plate and do the responsible thing: Say NO! to the lies, and YES! to the facts. In short be the educators we hope you strive to be and the educators you are being paid by this community to be. Ethical, rational, exemplary.

When all else is collapsing around our ears in this community and beyond, we have to have our ideals, our heroes, if you will. But those ideals, those heroes have to be credible, honest, trustworthy. As always, as instructors and educators, even as public speakers and presenters, we have to be aware of the impression we make on our audience. And it’s time to ask yourselves as community leaders, as educators, is the image that is being presented to us by your spokesperson Matthew J. Miller, the impression and image you want us to walk away with? Do YOU really trust him to speak for you, to represent you, to inform you?

 Matt Miller is spent, he’s passé, he’s in on the slippery slope to nowhere; our teachers are in this for the long haul. Stick with us. We need your support and we need our experienced, honest, and committed boardmembers, not Miller’s political agenda lackeys!

To Our Teachers Our Readers The Edior

To Our Teachers
from
Our Readers
The Editor

If Our Readers Would Like to Register A Complaint with NYSUT here is the contact information:

New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, Board of Directors
NYSUT Board of Directors

NYSUT Contact Information

  • Headquarters:
    800 Troy-Schenectady Road
    Latham, NY 12110
    (518) 213-6000
  • Media Relations:
    (518) 213-6000 Ext. 6313
 
2 Comments

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Accountability, AFL-CIO, Albany, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Anti-Bullying Law, Betsy Smith, Board of Education Member, BOCES, Bray Engel, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Brown and Weinraub, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Claudia Verga, Coeymans, Dawn Rogers, Denise Carl Hughes, Diane Hughes, Diane Malecki, Dick Iannuzzi, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Donna Leput Hommel, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eilleen Vosburgh, Elizabeth A. Varney, Elizabeth Smith, Elyse Loughlin, Fair Play, FERPA, Friends of RCS, Gail Stewart, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, H Andres Jimenez Uribe, Hakim Jones, HIPAA, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jason Hyslop, Jena Misuraca, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, John B. King, John Rousseau, John T. Bruno, Joseph Edward Tracey, Josephine O'Connor, Karen Miller, Latter-Hyslop-Brown, Liar, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mary Partridge-Brown, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Matthew J. Miller, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Mike Varney, Misinformation, Moose Misuraca, Morality, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State United Teachers, News Channel 10, News Channel 13, News Channel 6, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSUT, Pam Black, Pamela Hull, Patrick E. Brown, Pete Lopez, Property Taxes, PTO, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCSTA, RCSTA Executive Committee, RCSTA PAC, Retaliation, Richard Ianuzzi, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Sarah Engel, School Budget, Scott Andrews, Selkirk, Smalbany, Sports Association, Stephen Prokrym, Tavia Rauch, Tax Levy, Teachers Association, Teachers Union, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Uncategorized, Union Representative, United Federation of Teachers

 

Resignation or Termination: Matt Miller’s Choice

בס”ד

The Buzz Is That There is a Letter Out and Circulating that Demands that the Commissioner of the NYS Education Department Accept Matthew J. Miller’s Voluntary Resignation or, in the alternative, Proceed with a Termination Process.

Is Matt Miller Almost Out the Door>

Is Matt Miller Almost Out the Door?

We have received a final copy of the letter that is allegedly intended to go first to the New York State Education Department Commissioner, with copies to the RCS CSD interim superintendent of schools, to the RCS CSD board of education, and to the New York State Attorney General, with a request for investigation.

To read a copy of the letter to the NYSED Commissioner, click on this link: NYSED Commissioner Letter re Matthew J Miller_redacted We will adapt the letter so that it can be personalized and sent by anyone in the district who would like to join in the effort to remove Matthew J. Miller from this district. We will publish the template letter on this blog over the next couple of days.

It seems that a considerable volume of incriminating evidence has been assembled and is ready to go out that is likely to put our favorite mutt, Matt Miller, in the hot seat.

Whatcha Gonna Do Now, Matt?

Whatcha Gonna Do Now, Matt?

We have received disclosure of documents demanded under New York’s Freedom of Information Law that shows that Matt Miller collected far more than we had originally expected during his profitable stint as double-dipping Energy Educator/Manager in the RCS school district. We’ll publish that information, too, as soon as we can verify it.

Citizen residents are really taking the reins on these issues, we’re pleased to say and we urge them to continue the good fight. Well done, so far.

It’ll be interesting to see just what the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT,  is made of and how far they’ll go to support one of their membership and who is a local teachers union rep,  and who appears to have no morals or ethics at all. Not that unions are the role model for honesty or ethical conduct, but they do tend to be survivors and, as we all know, there’s no honor among thieves.

We’ll also see, if the letter actually does go out to the Commissioner of NYSED, the NYS Attorney General, and to state and federal lawmakers, what the ripple effect  might uncover.

Support your RCS CSD board of education non-teacher citizen-resident members.

Flex Those Muscles, People!

Flex Those Muscles, People!

Sorry, but it’s getting late and I have to head off the the RCS CSD board of education meeting to do some investigative reporting. We’ll continue this later. Thanks for your patience!


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

בס”ד

 
4 Comments

Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Abuse, Abuse of Public Office, AFL-CIO, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Anti-Community Activity, ARANY, Atheist Teacher, Bad Role Model, Betsy Smith, Bill Bailey, BOCES, Bray Engel, Brian Bailey, Bully, Bully Teacher, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Civil Right Violation, Claudia Verga, Clucks Club, Coeymans, Conflict of Interest, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, David Bartlett, Deceit, DeLuca Public Affairs, Demand for Removal, Demand for Resignation, Demand for Termination, Dignity for All Students Act, Discrimination, Donna Leput Hommel, Double Dipping, Dr Alan McCartney, Education Commissioner, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Ethics and Morality, Formal Written Complaint, Freedom of Information Law, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Greed, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Incompetent School Principal, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Interim Superintendent, James Latter, James Latter II, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joe Tracey, Karen Miller, Kathleen Ryan Gill, Law, Losers Club, Loss of Pension, Main Street Small Business Coalition, Martin Case, Marty Case, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Mike Varney, Misconduct, Moose Misuraca, MSSBC, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State United Teachers, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSUT, Office of the Attorney General, Pam Black, Person of Interest, Poll Misconduct, Racism, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Central School District, RCS Teachers Association, Removal, Resignation, Retaliation, Rocco Persico, Ron Racey, Selkirk, Shame On You, Smalbany, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Tavia Rauch, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher Negligence, Teacher on Student Bullying, Teachers, Teachers Union, Teddy Reville, Termination, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Union Representative, United Federation of Teachers, Voting Irregularities, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

 

Flash Updates: RCS Child Abuse and RCS Retaliation

Because the Issues are So Serious and the Conduct So Appalling, We Felt It Would Be Important to Publish Updates on Two Recent Reports: RCS Child Abuse and RCS Retaliation. Here Are Recent Updates Received from Our Readers.

Which Coach’s Pix Belongs Here?

And Cathy Deluca can Get Her Fitness Center While Saying, “To Hell With the Library! It’s Their Own Fault!” (Friends of RCS and More FaceBook Site) And Cathy Deluca and Her Coeymanazi Mob Can Crucify the Board of Education for Trying to Bring Law and Order to the RCS School District. But Cathy Deluca and Her Coeymanazi Cluck Buddies Are Blind to the Child Abuse and Stupidity of the RCS Coaches and Administration! But “It’s for the kids!” Right Cathy, Clucks, Coeymanazis?

Only in
Ravena-Coeymans!

RCS Students Refused Bus Transportation Home: We received confirming information about the incidents in which at least two students were refused bus transportation home from the high school. In the one instance the student was refused transportation because he allegedly did not have a bus pass, the transportation personnel were rude to the parent who called to find out about the bus pass requirement, and the mother had to pick up the student at the school. In the second reported incident, a special ed student attempted to get on the wrong bus, was left unaided, became confused, and walk approximately two miles on Rt 9w, to get home. Both instances amount to endangering a minor, indifference to the welfare of a minor, gross negligence, and incur the civil liability, in our opinion, of the RCS school district, especially in the case of the special ed student. We’d like Jennifer Houck, RCS Transportation Director, to stand up before the next RCS board of education meeting and explain why this sort of abuse is happening!

According to our sources:

The bus pass was something used at the highschool about two years ago for the 10th period bus.  Apparently the transportation brainiacs at bus garage wanted to start it back up again for the 10th period bus this year.  Apparently, on Tuesday, September 25, some students were boarding the bus with passes and some were not.  Busdrivers were told to let them on.  When the incident happened on Thursday, September 27, when the student was refused transportation, as we have learned from reliable sources, as the student’s mother was on the phone with Darcy Hunter, a dispatcher at the bus garage, the student’s father was on the phone with the high school main office and the spokesperson at the high school told him that the bus passes hadn’t been implemented yet.  To the best of out knowledge and as confirmed by reliable sources, the bus passes are going to be fully implemented on Monday Oct 1st.  We also have information from reliable sources that the the school transportation people at the RCS bus garage are trying to pull a fast one… We have learned that on Friday September 28, drivers were all (the memo was to ALL employees!) handed a notice dated on Sept 25 stating that “Thank you for your patience with the enrichment runs, please remember that ALL students are required to give you a pass to ride the bus with a legible first and last name on it.  (The schools are supporting us on this)”  We were given this notice on Friday Sept 28th and asked to sign and date that we received it. So apparently, the student was refused transportation for no good reason! The fact that the student is the child of a member of the RCS board of education wouldn’t have been a factor in this new incident of RCS child abuse, would it? We’d like Jennifer Houck, RCS Transportation Director, to stand up before the next RCS board of education meeting and explain why this sort of abuse is happening!

The facts relating to the special ed student having to walk home are much simpler: the bus drivers and aids behaved like idiots, and the school administration fell flat on its face AGAIN, failing in its duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students in their care. We think the parents of the special ed student should file a Formal Written Complaint and make a claim against the RCS District for indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, gross negligence, endangerment of a minor, etc. After all, “It’s for the kids.”

Only card-holding members get home!
But you already paid the fare!

Retaliation Against the Children of An RCS Employee. We reported on the case of the mother who was employed by the RCS school district who made a complaint against one of the RCS athletics coaches for lewd and indecent behavior in the presence of minor players. Well, she made the complaint and as soon as she returned to her workplace, she was fired on the spot. The mother had a spotless employee record but also had some very bad experiences with the RCS athletics coaches mistreatment of her children, as have other parents. Well, not only have the coaches retaliated by refusing to play her sons–they’re great athletes and not playing them certainly doesn’t say much for the coaches’ coaching nor for their morals (Pretty sad when the child knows he isn’t being played because his mother has the guts to stand up to a**holes!  Will this EVER stop?  That’s a question we should all I can ask ourselves!)

But it gets worse, still…

One of this same mother’s boys was injured on September 29, in the game and the mother had to bring him to urgent care after the game, The varsity coach, Gary Vanderzee, took a look at him and called the mother over to tell her he thought it was a “broken blood vessel” and to bring him home and ice it for the weekend and see how he is on Monday.  Initial reports from the urgent care facility are, it’s a ruptured tendon in his bicep and they did x-rays to make sure that when the tendon tore from the bone it didn’t cause a bone fracture or a bone splinter; the doctors’ instructions are to see ortho a.s.a.p. to get an MRI. The diagnosis by the professionals was that he ruptured the tendon in his left bicep.

Coach Vanderzee: “It’s just a broken blood vessel.”

Our question is: Where and when did coach Gary Vanderzee get his medical degree? Vanderzee overstepped his boundaries by making an illegal medical diagnosis which might have resulted in serious consequences for the young man who was injured, had the mother not ignored Vanderzee’s advice to “ice it for the weekend and see how he is on Monday!” (There’s something on Vanderzee we’d like to put on ice!) The arrogance and stupidity of the RCS coaches went over the top on this one, and could have had very serious consequences. Coach Gary Vanderzee, in our opinion, should be summarily disciplined and suspended for making an illegal diagnosis, providing illegal medical advice, and for endangering a minor.

The part that’s really irks the parents now is I that they have YET to get a PHONE CALL from any coach, or anyone at the school that even fakes concern about the kid, or to at least see how their child is doing!  That’s the sum total of concern of the RCS athletics coaches. It would really make good sense for someone at the high school to express some sort of concern, after all, evidence-based studies have shown that in cases of medical malpractice, settlements and money awards were considerably lower when the physician expressed regret at the mistake or showed some compassion with regard to the patient or the family. Being human and having compassion has its rewards, but RCS coaches and administrators missed that point long ago. That’s why they’re classified as Coeymanazis–they have all the care and sense of responsibility for the kids that guards at Auschwitz had for the prisoners!

Perhaps Mr Ron Racey (he’s got some skeletons in his closet, too) would like to address the parents and the RCS board of education at their next meeting on the subject of coach Gary Vanderzee’s medical expertise. There must be a policy and procedure in place at the District Offices that covers student injuries while participating in school athletics programs and events. Maybe we should check that out, too!

Gee! Racey, Vanderzee, Perrine all muster up the testosterone to back up the illegal operations of the RCS Athletic Association; we wonder why they’re so silent on the abuse that’s been reported to have been going on for years in the RCS district. Any explanatins, Ron, Gary? Anyone? Not to worry! It’ll all come out in the depositions 😉

Yet they all claim “Its for the Kids.”

Our advice to the parents: File a formal written complaint against the varsity coaches, Vanderzee, and the school district! Better fix the situation now before they cripple or kill a kid! That will be “for the kids,” too!

How Long Are You Going To Stay Stupid?
“It’s for the kids!”
The Editor

Still Outstanding Business

  • Has the RCS School District Received the Paperwork Demanded from the RCS Athletic Association? If not, why are they allowed to do business on school property?
  • Has the RCS School District received any payment from the RCS Bottle Blitz for the use of school premises for collection activities led by Cathy Deluca and Lorraine Misuraca? Or are they an exception to the rules, too?
  • On what authority and in compliance with which policy did Albany Boys Academy operate a concession stand on RCS high school property, and what portion of their profits were turned over to RCS?
  • Has anyone received a response from outgoing Superintendent Elizabeth “Do Nothing” Smith regarding the requests for the number of students from the town of New Baltimore attending RCS schools (must be a dozen times this has been requested!)?
Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
Special Notice & Legal Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Persons accessing this site are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.
 
7 Comments

Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Abuse, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Ashley Anne Irwin, Betsy Smith, Bottle Blitz, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Bus Pass, Cathy Deluca, Child Abuse, Civil Lawsuit, Civil Rights, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Conspiracy, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, Crisis, Darcey Hunter, Darcy Hunter, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Donna Leput Hommel, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Football Coach, Football Coaches, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Hudson Valley, Incompetent School Principal, Indians Team Football Camp, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Intimidation, Investigation, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jeff Stambaugh, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Jerry Perrine, John B. King, John T. Bruno, Kathleen Ryan Gill, Law, Lorraine Misuraca, Martin Case, Marty Case, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Mayor Bruno, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misconduct, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State Police, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSED Office of Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, P. David Soares, Pam Black, Perp Patrol, Perv Patrol, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, Ravena Fitness Center, RCS Athletic Association, RCS Bottle Blitz, RCS Community Library, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Sports Association, RCS Sportsman Association, Retaliation, Rocco Persico, Ron Racey, Sarah Berchtold Engel, School Sports, Sports Association, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Trauma at School, Uncategorized

 

Can This Be True? Let’s Investigate! The Latest in Child Abuse at RCS…

We’ve Just Received Another Report on Child Abuse at the RCS High School

STOP!!!
THE ABUSE!

RETALIATION
ON KIDS BY ADULTS!

The Pattern of Abuse and Retaliation Continues at the RCS High School. As if the Continuing Epidemic of Unrelenting Bullying Isn’t Enough, Bully Teachers, Administrators, Ineffectual Principals, A Totally Useless Superintendent, and Now the Bottom-Feeders are Joining in the Orgy of Child Abuse at RCS!

Abandoned!
An abuse of trust!

The report is that a young student was abandoned at the RCS high school yesterday and refused transportation home. because he didn’t have a bus pass.  The student is a regular, normal, well-behaved student at the high school, travels on the bus daily, and his parents are community leaders. The busdriver and the dispatcher knew the kid had a legitimate right to be transported home. Is this the only way the corrupt and perverse teachers, administrators and support persons in the RCS school district can make a point: take it out on the kids?!?

The student’s mother had to go and get him. When the student’s mother called the bus garage to find out about the so-called bus pass requirement, a lower level employee, Darcy Hunter, a transportation dispatcher, was rude and talked over the mother when she called to find out what happened.

We’ve also received an unconfirmed report that the school recently (this week) also forced a special ed student to walk home from school. According to the report, the school couldn’t figure out what bus he was supposed to be on! The poor kid was so confused that he walked home! Can you imagine a special ed kid walking home on US Rt 9W? Doesn’t the busdriver or the aide have the brains to help the kid or to contact the school office if there’s a question? What are the taxpayers of this distict paying for and getting for their school tax dollars??? Answer: Abuse and more abuse. And the district’s children are being put at risk!

But if the Board of Education tries to do anything about it like launch an investigation, make inquiries, inaugurate policy and procedure…Guess what? The Coeymanazis are right there to stonewall and are all over them! But they continue the mantra, “It’s for the kids!” Go figure!

Is this how you treat the trust parents place in you to protect the welfare of their children? Is this your idea of serving the kids? Is this what “It’s for the kids!” means to you perverts?

We demand that Jennifer Houck, RCS Transportation Director, Hunter’s boss, investigate immediately and take disciplinary action against the bus driver and especially Darcy Hunter. Scandalous! Shameful! Putting a child at risk and under such stress!  Check into it, parents!!! Your child will be next!

Here we have a school district with a RCS Board of Education that is trying to set things right and is ambushed at every turn by groups calling themselves, strangely enough, Friends of RCS and More, and a RCS Sports Association that acts like its a part of the distict athletics department, but is an outside organization that operates with some very strange notions of accountability and paperwork. The antagonists are constantly waving the banner, “It’s for the kids!” While bullying continues at the school, junior high-school students are attempting to commit suicide at the school, and school buses are refusing to transport students home, abandoning them at the school! To add insult to injury, parents have to be verbally abused and disrespected by the low-lifes that are being paid with public funds!

What is going on with these crazies?
If anyone has any more information on this crime,
we want to know about it!

Shouldn’t your Albany County District Attorney, The New York State Education Department, the New York State Attorney General, BOCES be Investigating these Incidents? Where are they?

We Make You
Perverts Public Enemies!
The Editor

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

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Sheriff Department, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Anti-Bullying Law, Betsy Smith, Bill Bailey, BOCES, Bray Engel, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Bullying, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Civil Lawsuit, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Circus, Darcy Hunter, David Soares, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Failing Schools, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Felony, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Hudson Valley, Inhumanity, Intimidation, Investigation, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Law, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misdemeanor, Mismanagement, Monitoring, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State Police, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSED Office of Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, P. David Soares, Pam Black, Perp Patrol, Perv Patrol, Pervert, Peter Masti, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS School Superintendant, Retaliation, Sarah Berchtold Engel, School Violence, Selkirk, Shame On You, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Student Health, Teacher Negligence, Teddy Reville, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Trailer Trash

 

Don’t Be Stupid: Eliminate the Coeymans Police Department!

News Flash: We’ve received a report that a male student at the RCS Junior High School attempted suicide today, and tried to hang himself. The information we received is that he was bullied. Another student, the son of the harassed busdriver who was fired in retaliation for filing a complaint against a pervert RCS high-school athletics coach, is now being harassed and bullied at the RCS high-school and the lunch room attendants (they’re paid $25.00 an hour!) are standing by doing nothing! Is there another huge lawsuit in the making? Caught on video: An RCS bus aide caught slapping a physically challenged student! (The bus driver has responsibility for everything but didn’t intervene nor did the driver report the incident as per the law!) The mandatory training required by the anti-bullying Dignity Act has not yet been completed in the RCS schools and Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith is taking her “vacation” and nowhere around for the start of the school year! She don’t care…she’s a short-timer!


Albany County Sherif Craig Apple estimates that taking over the Coeymans P.D. would save residents about $500,000.

Craig Apple, ACS
Professional Law Enforcement
Community Leader, Family Man
Learn More About Him at Craig

Craig Apple, who grew up in this area and graduated from RCS, assured residents:
“There is no job loss…All you will get is a different color uniform and a different car.”

The New Look for Coeymans
NICE!

Coeymans Population according to the 2010 census was 7418 down from 8151 in 2000. The Average number of household members was 2.85. But the Coeymans Police Department has bloated out of proportion to the shrinking community.

Turn it Over and Save!

We were suspicious of Dirty Hands Deluca’s math so we did our own calculations of the savings to Coeymans residents if the Coeymans P.D. were eliminated. So, if a total of about $500,000 is saved by turning the Coeymans P.D. over to the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, the savings per resident in the would amount to $0.674 cents per person or $1.92 per day per person ($500,000 / 7418 residents x 2.85 persons per household = $1.92). This represents a savings per average household of about $700.00 per year ($1.92 x 365) per household! (Note that Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca, speaking on behalf of the Police Benevolent Association based his low figure on persons with a $200,000 house! But what else would you expect from Dirty-Hands Jerry. An honest figure, maybe? No way, José!).

A savings of about $700 a year per household! Imagine that! Now why didn’t Dirty-Hands Jerry mention that?

So the president of the Coeymans Police Benevolent Association couldn’t even be bothered to address the Coeymans town board meeting and so Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca a member of the Coeymanazi HQ, a.k.a. the Coeymans Police Department,  presented the misinformation and the screwed up math for him. Why would the PBA even bother? There’s nothing in it for them.

So, here are the FACTS
(the TRUE facts, not the “Deluca factoids”):

If a highly trained, accountable, and professional law enforcement organization like the Albany County Sheriff’s Department were to take over the Coeymans Police Department, what do you think would happen to Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca? Well, here’s what would happen:

As most of the Town of Coeymans knows,Coeymans police chief  Dimwit Darlington’s predecessor had the good sense to have gotten rid of Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca but Dimmy Darlington hired most of pervs back who were dumped by the previous professional police chief. That’s what Coeymans has to work with today, the Perv Patrol.

First of all, if Gerald Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca were kept on in any form, he’d be supervised by no-nonsense supervisors and be held accountable to well-established policies and procedures. That would probably kill him outright.

Secondly, Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca would be supervised and would not have the influence he now has as far as influencing the police work in the Coeymans P.D. or continuing the coercion and retaliation that goes on there.

But the reality is this: He’d probably be out of a job on day one of the takeover because he’s useless and has no training. The highly-trained, professional, and respectable Albany County Sheriff’s Department wouldn’t give Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca a job passing out Easter eggs in the men’s room. (He just might get a job as Big Bubba’s bitch in the county jail, though, where he belongs!) So Dirty-Hands Jerry is probably scared shiteless even thinking that the ACSD would take over the Coeymanazi H.Q.! He’d be out of a job for sure.

I’ll be waiting for you, Jerry!
Big Bubba, P.O. Box Albany County Jail

Gregory “Dimwit” Darlington is an even worse widget. Darlington has such a high opinion of himself and such a low opinion of the town of Coeymans that pays his exhorbitant salary  that he’s quoted in the Times Useless as having said:

“Without us, I feel this town will collapse.”

Is that so? The Town of Coeymans would simply collapse without Dimwit Darlington to hold it up? Seriously, is that what all those supporters think,too? That’s a very serious statement Dimmy Darlington is making, especially considering that it took him at least three tries to pass the police chief examination! Now, where do you think Dimmy Darlington would end up once the ACSD took over the Coeymanazi H.Q. You guessed it, he’d take Dirty-Hands Deluca’s job handing out Easter eggs in the men’s room (Dirty-Hands Jerry would be kept busy by Big Bubba.)

Coeymans Police Chief
Gregory “Dimmy” Darlington
Gets a New Uniform
(And a Job he’s Qualified For)

Do you even have to wonder why the Coeymans town supervisor Stephen Flach and the Albany County Sheriff didn’t consult with Dimmy Darlington before moving on the plan to eliminate the Coeymans P.D.? Here’s why: He’s useless. It’s the biggest slap in the face when even your town supervisor doesn’t have enough respect for you to ask you about your own department. Same applies for the Sheriff. And what about the rest of the Coeymans town board, didn’t the latest loser in town, Tom Dolan, the so-called town board liaison officer to the Coeymans P.D. even share the news with Dimmy Darlington? Now there’s a real friend for ya, Dimmy! Tom “No-Fracking-Loser” Dolan left you high and dry, too.

So, Coeymans residents, what are you losing if a professional police force takes over the local police department? You lose at most  two Dimmies. And in addition to an accountable, well-trained, professional police force, each household stands to save about $700 a year!

And Coeymans town residents can certainly find a use for another $500,000 a year, I’m sure. Like rehabing Main Street, maybe, and attracting some business? Or perhaps updating the sewer system to keep the feces off the lawn furniture? Or helping out with the RCS Community Library?

Mr Flach has a great idea and he should be supported. The Coeymans Police Department must go and the professionals at the ACSD are ready to provide professional law enforcement with practically no change except it will be for a half-million less than what you’re now paying. Don’t be misled by the self-interests of the Dimmies and the misinformation of the PBA, or the lies that Dirty-Hands Jerry feeds you so that he can stay head honcho of the Coeymanazi H.Q. and you have to live with business as usual!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Parent’s Plea:

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


Our Response:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!
The Editor, Smalbany


Teacher- and Coach-on-Student Bully

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

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

So, In Summary, Our Advice Is:

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

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

Special Notice & Legal Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Persons accessing this site are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.
 
1 Comment

Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Abuse, Accountability, ACLU, Aggression, Albany County District Attorney, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Bullying Law, Assault and Battery, BOCES, Bray Engel, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Building Community, Bully Gang, Bully Teacher, Bullying, Cathy Deluca, Civil Lawsuit, Civil Rights, Coeymans, Community Support, Complaint, Conflict, Crime and Punishment, Criminal Prosecution, Crisis, Cyberbully, Cyberbullying, David Bartlett, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Donna Leput Hommel, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Fair Play, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Formal Written Complaint, Frustration, George Dardiani, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Greg Teresi, Gregory Darlington, Gregory Teresi, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Hudson Valley, Incompetent School Principal, Investigation, James Latter, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Jerry Perrine, John B. King, Justice and Courts, Law, Law Enforcement, Lazlo Polyak, Misconduct, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Monitoring, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State Police, Notice of Claim, NYCLU, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSED Office of Counsel, Obstruction of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Order of Protection, Pam Black, Paranoia, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Central School District, RCS School Superintendant, Retaliation, Role Model, Sarah Berchtold Engel, School Security, Schools, Selkirk, Smalbany, Stop the Bullying, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Student Health, Student Supervision, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher Negligence, Teachers, Teddy Reville, Teen Deaths, Teen Pregnancy, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Unsupervised Students, Verbal Abuse