Embarassed by a Food Chain Sandwich
Town of Coeymans Boardmember Hands Out Sandwich Coupons to About 35 Residents
The small minds of the Coeymans town board fell victim to the petty rewards of the Arby’s marketing plan to rename some idiotic community Reubenville for the month of March. The Coeymans town board offered to do just that in order to get 5000 coupons for free sandwiches. The hitch: You had to live in a community stupid and petty enough to rename itself by proclamation, Reubenville. Then, once you got your prize, you’d have to spend about $10 to get a $3 sandwich. That’s the best example of Coeymans economics we can come up with.
By the time you travel to Colonie and back—you’d have to drive to Wolf Road in Colonie to get your sandwich, about an hour traveling 45 miles round-trip—you’ve worked up an appetite again!
So, Coeymans town board member Thomas Boehm (Pronounced: Bum) handed out fewer than 100 of the 5000 sandwich cards to about 35 of the 7,300+ Coeymans residents who showed up to claim their prize. That was a surprisingly optimistic showing for Coeymans, where depression reigns supreme. Wonder why?
Our guess is that most residents with any self-respect were embarassed to show up to profit from the board’s degrading misuse of public official time. But of course, right there for the free handouts were plenty of public officials, including [unconfirmed!] village justice Harold “Hal” Warner and Ravena village board member [unconfirmed!]William “Bill” Bailey. An unconfirmed report informs us that Coeymans town justice, George Dardiani, absconded with a handful of 8 coupons, a redeemable value of about $48 in merchandise! In addition, Linda Tammy Eissing, Coeymans town court clerk, allegedly walked off with 8 coupons.
We find it amusing to think that when it comes to collaboration the village of Ravena is so adverse to Coeymans but when it comes to free junk food, they’re right there in the food line. No dignity! (We’re waiting for confirmation of other Names-of-Shame and we’ll publish as soon as we get confirmation.) We expect that the Coeymans town clerk is keeping a tally of coupons handed out and to whom, and that list will be public information. It’s only part of good accounting.
We do want to emphasize that these reports are unconfirmed. If anyone has information to the contrary, please let us know so we can make appropriate changes and apologize, if necessary.
In a previous article we suggested that the town of Coeymans make the humanitarian gesture of donating the 5000 coupons to local homeless shelters and food pantries, who could make the trip to redeem 50 or more coupons and make it worthwhile. But NO! Why would Coeymans do something that would reflect positively on the community. Instead, they chose to be greedy and stupid—again, still—and grab what they could (what a fiasco!) and then, maybe then, when they’ve had their fill, give the leftovers away. Now that’s real Coeymans good will!
We have also received reports that Coeymans town board member Thomas E. “Tom” Dolan was handing out coupons as fast as he could after the town meeting on April 8. Do you think he was checking residencies? Was there any accountability for how many he gave out or to whom? The coupons are, after all public property, and there must be accountability for where they’re going and who’s using them. Wouldn’t you think. We think Dolan was campaigning with your coupons, playing Santa Claus with your property. What do you think?
We think that the town of Coeymans behaved very poorly. We also think that elected officials should have more dignity. Both are a betrayal of the public’s trust. We also continue to feel that the right thing to do is to donate the remaining coupons to regional shelters and food pantries based on the number of persons served. If you agree, dear readers, e-mail Supervisor Stephen Flach or the Coeymans/Reubenville town board and tell them what you think! Here are their contact e-mails:
Coeymans/Reubenville Town Supervisor
Stephen D. Flach
Or write or call Coeymans town supervisor, Stephen Flach, at
Coeymans Town Supervisor
18 Russell Avenue
Ravena, NY 12143
Phone: (518) 756-6006
And tell him what you think! Residents of Coeymans deserve better but won’t get it if they don’t talk back!
Editor’s Note: For those of you in especial need of an Arby’s sandwich, please be advised that we have been informed that you can pick up your much-needed fast-food freebie fix at the Coeyman’s town clerk’s office (as if she needed to do this, too). You will need proof of residency in the town of Coeymans. The coupons are redeemable at any “participating'” Arby’s for about $6 in merchandise. Contrary to what you might have heard, there is no Arby’s at the New Baltimore rest stop.