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Thomas E. DUH-lan…Or is it Dolan…for Senate?!?!?

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If You Just Take A Short Minute To Actually Look Around Your Town, Take A Close Look At Some Of the Real Clowns You Have Running Things, You Really Have to Ask Yourself: “Where’d We Get These Scary Clowns?”–They’re Absolutely Delusional!

No! Tom. We don’t think you’re up to it!
Some things are just out of your league.

And Tom DUH-lon is no exception, that’s for certain! We have raised some questions, Tom, and we’d love to hear from you with your responses.

First of all, we’re assuming that you’re running on a platform that addresses issues of importance to the newly created District 46. But we also note that your focus is on…FRACKING?!? We know you’re a leftover from the Woodstock era but are you still toking on whacky weed or something? You are aware that you are running in New York state, aren’t you? Not in Pennsylvania or somewhere like that? So, can you tell us where in the newly created senate district 46 there is any likelihood of fracking? But you’ve made it your central issue, Tommy-boy DUH-lan, as if that’s the most pressing issue on the residents of district 46. Is that what you really think, Tommy? Is that how really close you are to the hearts, minds, concerns of the locals? Take another toke, Tommy, you’ll probably see space cadets riding asteroids next!

Tom “DUH!” Dolan

So, let’s look at a local record we can all be proud of, Thomas E. DUH-lan. NOT! Are you ready? Here goes…

David Soares. Word is, Tom, that you’ve announced your support for the incumbent derelict Albany county district attorney, P. David Soares. Isn’t that the same David Soares who has been censured by the New York state disciplinary commissions for his loose lips and stupid remarks on pending cases? Isn’t that the same David Soares whose office was found to be in serious violation of accounting practices in a recent audit? Is it the same loose-morals David Soares who dips his pen in company ink and was recently lambasted for dating one of his secretaries, who later goes on leave, and ends up with a cushy county job elsewhere? And is that the same David Soares who is soon to go on trial in federal court for libel? Now, Tommy DUH-lan, is that an example of your people knowledge that you’ve gained over the years? Is that the people skills that you’ll be using in the best interests of your community. If it is, Tommy, don’t bother. No thanks! Soares is a sore spot loser and so are you!

Sewerage in Storm Drains. Coeymans. Back in 1998-1999 the so-called Sewer-Water Joint Committee was formed with 2 members from the Village of Ravena and 2 members from the Town of Coeymans, you, Tommy, were the 5th member. People complained about their sewer/water bills were too high.  By the time you were done, sewer/water bills for the Town of Coeymans had TRIPLED.  Despite hundreds of signatures , 40-50 homes were still tied into the storm drains, emptying raw sewerage into the river. Even today that problem has not been resolved. Now, Tom Dolan, your campaign slogan is “No Fracking.” But right here at home, ours isNo Raw Sewerage.”  Now, Tom, very honestly (Am I using a word that’s foreign to you, Tom. If I am, just tell me.): If that’s how you handled a local problem over the past 14 years, what exactly do you think we can expect from you when you’re working your magic from the state capital? Quite frankly, Coeymans still has raw sewerage on its lawns, and raw sewerage is all we can expect from you, Tom DUL-lan!

Much Closer to Home. Quite in joking, we mentioned Woodstock and toking on whacky weed above. But getting very serious now. Word is your son Neil has had quite a bit of contact with law enforcement because of some, let’s just say some “inhalation” problems. Problem is, you’re Town of Coeymans police liaison and you’ve been doing an awful lot of favors for the Coeymans police and, as liaison, have learned to cover not only sonny-boy’s but  your boys’ rear ends in the department, too. How is it that these problems just sort of vaporize for Neil? Your wife works for the Albany County Child Protection Service, right? How is it that she can tell people how to raise their kids but your own son is a wild thing? And you, Tom, run Choices in Ravena. Right? You are supposed to be helping low-income families with their problems, including parenting. Well, we’re sure you can see where we’re having some problems with this picture, right? What we see here is a problem of double standards, favoritism, conflicts of interest. Do you get that, Tom? If you do that here in Coeymans, what will you manage from Albany? I’m not willing to take the chance and I don’t think my fellow residents should be, either.

Choices. Choices is a program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension programs. The information is on the Internet but we’re kind of unclear what exactly you do. For example, how many local families do you actually help? Any figures? (Yeah! I know figure happen to be a really sensitive subject in the RCS community but I really had to ask.). We understand that Choices administers a HEAP program, and we also understand that the number of successful applications is really dismally, embarrassingly low. Is that an indicator of your effectiveness? What about the other programs, like the parenting skills programs? Are they dismal, embarassing, too, Tom? If you can’t perform in a minor league, how can you expect to perform on a major league team?

As regards, Choices, you’re the director, right? But we have received reports that you have numerous meetings in your Choices office with the local Democrat party deputy chairperson, Ralph B. Using Choices premises to further your political career? Furthering your political activities on Choices time? We also have information that you take care of other political business from that office. Is that also on the Cooperative Extension, Choices’ dime? Isn’t that, well, dishonest, Tom? Is that an example of how you might be prone to misuse your senate office, too, if by some incredible stroke of bad judgment by voters you’re actually lawfully elected?

A couple of years back, your were caught with your hands in the cookie jar, so-to-speak, when you were filling in absentee ballots for the local poor. That was an embarassing moment for you, wan’t it? Should have been. Because we’re pretty sure that there was, and still is a very serious conflict of interest between the Choices programs and your political ambitions. Was filling out absentee ballots part of your job description back then…we mean your Choices job description, Tom? Will you be filling out any ballots for local residents if you have the chance to run for state senate? Just how much political influence are you exerting on Choices participants, Tom? Do the Choices benefits (if any) get you Democrat cronies votes and you influence and brownie points with the party?

You can understand our concern that we don’t need another crooked politician in the state legislature. And we don’t need another one who’s going to abuse the poor and marginalized…especially in the one privilege they might still have left, their vote.

Back to the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Gee! With all your political connections in the Town of Coeymans. You’re also buddy-buddy with the Breslins, too, aren’t you? And being on the Coeymans town board you can certainly make your voice heard, right? We also understand that the Cooperative Exension supports the development of local historical sites. Right? Well, here’s where we get just a little confused. In Coeymans recently, wasn’t there a controversy about saving a local historical building from demolition. Wasn’t the building something of an historical heritage that went back quite a way in local history, and had some importance as an heritage site? And you as a Coeymans councilman, with all of your “connections,” didn’t bother to save it? Word is, it’s been torn down. Right? Well, if that’s the extent of your interest and your influence right in your own back yard, what can the good people of this community expect from you when you’re out of sight? Our guess is probably about next to nothing, the very same we have learned to expect from you right here and now.

Tom Dolan’s New Campain Slogan

And finally, the Coeymans Farmers’ Market. Back to the Cooperative Extension and developing our community’s resources, especially local culture and agriculture. Every week we read in the local press about the New Baltimore Farmers’ Market and the Coxsackie Farmers’ Market. But the Coeymans Farmers’ Market has vanished. Why exactly is that, Tom. Just another failure, Tom. And is that the kind of performance we should expect from someone who claims to have the local community at heart? Is that the best example of what you can do, Tom? Well, it’s pretty miserable, dude.

You just don’t get it, do you Tom?
The Editor

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Tom Dolan for State Senator? Are you serious?!?

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Talk About Arrogance and Very Big [Bald] Heads! Tom Dolan Must Have Trouble Getting Into His Garage With A Head That Big! But We Think He’s Biting Off A Lot More Than His Mealy Mouth Can Chew.

Keep This Wisdom In Mind, Tommy-Boy!
Get Real! If You Can’t Walk in Coeymans
You Can’t Run for Senate!

We have an idea: Why don’t we all just sign a bunch of blank ballots and hand them to the party bosses. That will take care of citizens having to make choices.

Oh! And speaking of Choices, Tom. We’ve heard there may be  a bit of conflict of interest and vote manipulation going on. Isn’t Choices supposed to assist the marginalized and the underserved? Not to take advantage of them in the tradition of the Albany County Democratic machine. We’ve also heard that you, Tom Dolan, know a lot about getting the vote from the marginalized and underserved, that you  know all about filling out absentee ballots, don’t you, Tom? You’ve done it before and got your fingers burnt. Right?

So now the proverbial shit has hit the fan. According to the Daily Mail:

“As a town councilman in Coeymans, Dolan said that local lawmakers “get immediate feedback from people, which makes you think twice about the laws you pass. You see an immediate effect on people’s lives. It’s not so theoretical.”

“Dolan said that is a lesson he would take with him to the State Senate.

“Describing himself, Dolan said he is “deliberate. I look at all sides of an issue.” He also said he is “approachable. I listen. I am willing to take in new information.”

Can you believe this Dolan character? Does he think we’ve all come down with the last shower? Does he really think he can continue peeing down our legs and telling us it’s just ice water? No way! Tommy boy!

Well, in this series of articles we’re going to expose how Thomas E. Dolan has practiced what he preaches. It ain’t pretty.

Maybe instead of the campaign gimme-yer-vote trash-talk Tommy Dolan can answer just a couple of questions that need a local perspective, a good understanding of local conditions to give a convincing answer. No high-brow bullshit, just plain language explanations why things are the way they are right in his own back yard, and why he hasn’t stepped out to fix them as Coeymans town board member? Here are just a few items for rat-boy to gnaw on:

The Coeymans Police Department. Are we, the citizens and residents of this community, of the new District 46, to believe that you, Thomas E. Dolan, are not politics as usual, when, in a time when everyone is scraping and struggling, you vote to give the Coeymanazis in the Coeymans P.D., $1000 of taxpayer money as petty cash? Aren’t you aware what petty cash is? It’s a maximum of about $100 for small items, small expenses. They already had $300 in petty cash. Is that how you’re going to handle finances and economies in the state Senate?

When you voted to hand the Coeymans police $1000 to play with, did you also hand them a procedure for accountability? We don’t think you did, did you? No. Just hand them $1000 for petty cash and ask no questions. Is that how you’re going to get accountability in state office? Is that your idea of accountability for the public’s money? That really sucks, Tom. It’s really irresponsible and we don’t need another someone that irresponsible in the legislature.

Kerry Thompson. Kerry Thompson has a full-time position with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. Kerry Thompson works part-time as a Coeymans police officer. Kerry Tompson is married to Coeymans’police chief Gregory Darlington’s sister. You, Tom Dolan, are the Coeymans town board liaison person to the Coeymans police department. The Coeymans pays Darlington more than $91,000 a year plus benefits to fill the administrative position of police chief. You, Tom Dolan, voted on July 23rd to make Kerry Thompson a lieutenant in the Coeymans P.D., an administrative position and assistant to Gregory Darlington, and to pay Thompson more than $31 an hour for less-than-part-time employment (Thompson’s not going to give up his Sheriff’s department job so it had to be part-time in Coeymans). If that is the way you are going to represent financial responsibility in the state Senate, forget it, Tommy! Your record of corruption in Coeymans is enough for us!

Now that you’re padding your friends’ wallets with wages 4x the minimum wage in this state, what have you done for the struggling families in the RCS community? Got any jobs for them? What about the unemployed in the RCS community, got any $30/hour jobs for them?

Still on the subject of the Coeymans Police Department. When asked recently about the town of Coeymans policy and procedure for processing citizens’ complaints against employees of the Coeymans P.D., you stated explicitly that you didn’t think one existed. Well, one does exist, and we foiled it and what a surprise. Not only does one exist, and not only is it not enforced, it is going to subject the Coeymans P.D. to lawsuits and prosecution because it’s a mess! Even your little goon Kerry Thompson, you know, the one you just voted to be Darlingtons administrative assistant at more than $30 an hour, violated it and he’s the one you’ve made the 2nd in command at the Coeymans P.D. Is that an example of how you stay informed? Is that an example of how you’re going to look out for the citizens and residents of the new District 46? So far, your record sucks, Tom!

Well, if your performance as Coeymans town board liaison to the Coeymans P.D. is anything we can go on, it looks pretty bad, Tom. Is that how you’re going to stay on top of important issues affecting your community, your consitutents? Is that how you stay informed, Tom? If you can’t stay informed in the town of Coeymans how in hell do you expect to do it in the state senate?

Now, back to the community, you’ve been involved in the RCS community for how long? What exactly have you done? Have you actually walked down Main Street in Ravena lately? Noticed anything bizarre about how quiet it is? That’s because most of the businesses are closed. You’re talking about infrastructure, Mr Dolan! So let’s talk about infrastructure. We’ve already given two very good examples of how you manage financial crises and the public’s interests. What have you done, really, to keep the businesses in the village and town? Have you supported the business organizations like the GREATER COEYMANS RAVENA COMMUNITY BUSINESS GROUP? What exactly have you done as a sitting member of the Coeymans town board to promote local businesses? You’ve played a lot of political games, we know, but what exactly have you done to benefit the business infrastructure in the town of Coeymans? Let us help you with the answer, Tom: NOTHING!

You and your kind serve yourselves. You and your connections have done nothing to serve the community and everything to help your political cronies.

We can also see through the crude tactic of trying to ride your dark horse into the state senate on the coattails of an emotional issue like hydrofracking. Yes, we read the item in the News Herald rag and we’re not as stupid as you’d like to think we are. So you “host” a picnic and feed a bunch of freeloaders…the way to their vote is through their stomachs, is that what you think, Tom. Not through their heads, through their stomachs. Like a bunch of dogs, right Tom? Well, the truth is, we don’t need to vote for Tom Dolan to get the issue on the ballot. Let’s just separate the two, for a moment. If you’re really interested in banning hydrofracking for the public good, you don’t need to pin it to your campaign. Just do it because it’s right. Let’s keep the two separate and honest. You’re playing a political game, Tom, and the RCS community, the 46th district won’t like becoming your pawns, your tools. You have a record, a pattern, and that’s what’s going to do your talking for you, and it’s what’s going to keep you out of the state senate, too!

We’re assembling a list of your sordid connections throughout the county and we’ll be publishing them in future articles covering your misguided attempt at spreading your putrid corruption.

This article will be continued. Please stay tuned, it gets better.

You stink, Tom Dolan!
You’ve Been Outed!
The Editor

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Hidden Costs of the RCS Bottle Blitz

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RCS Bottle Blitz
Ill-Conceived, Ignorant, and Destructive!

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Kathy DeLuca and Lorraine Misuraca (left to right) next to the countless bottles donated last Thursday at the RCS High School cafeteria. Photo by Tom Tucker (Source: News Herald 138/22, July 19, 2012)

When asked several times on the RCS Friends and More Facebook site, Cathy Deluca refused to respond to the question, “How much money did the Bottle Blitz make?” Her response was, “Just ignore him.” Apparently it’s a big secret (like so much else surrounding her activities. See our article, Asskissers: No Answers, Just Censorship.). She wasn’t asked what the cost of the RCS Bottle Blitz might be. So we’re providing an estimate of the devastating cost of Deluca’s RCS Bottle Blitz.

In a recent CNN report Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight? (CNN Fri April 27, 2012) Caleb Helleman writes:”Meanwhile, about 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks. These numbers, along with work like Stanhope’s, gives ammunition to doctors and public health officials who say soda should be treated as public health enemy No. 1.”

Of course, CocaCola, the world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer takes a different view, saying: “There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity,” says Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, in an exclusive interview.” While Samantha Levine, spokesperson for New York mayor Bloomberg, says “Coke’s numbers have more fizz than fact. “The fact remains,” she says, “sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually.”

According to an article published in the New York Times, “Soda: A Sin We Sip Instead of Smoke?” (Mark Bittman, February 13, 2012): “The problem is that at roughly 50 gallons per person per year, our consumption of soda, not to mention other sugar-sweetened beverages, is far from moderate, and appears to be an important factor in the rise in childhood obesity.

Fat in a Can!

This increase is at least partly responsible for a rise in what can no longer be called “adult onset” diabetes — because more and more children are now developing it.” The article continues, “Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to ban candy and sweetened beverages from schools. A campaign against childhood obesity will be led by the first lady, Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.”

Agendas like the RCS Bottle Blitz are in direct contravention and opposition to the White House, especially First Lady Michelle Obama’s focused campaign on health and nutrition, the National Institutes of Health, and public health efforts to stem the epidemic of obesity and related  health problems, and alcohol related morbidity and mortality, especially in young persons!

What about beer cans and bottles? Alcohol consumption can affect the individual, family, community in many ways, ranging from relatively minor consequences to incapacitation and even death, and the consumption doesn’t have to be extreme nor does it have to be “alcoholism.” The disease potentially affects everything in a person’s life, as the consequences of drinking snowball into bigger and bigger problems. There is a definite sense of progression with the effects that alcoholism has on an individual. Over the long run, things always get worse….never better.

Brewing for Trouble!
Potential Corpses in a Can!

To get some idea of the cost of alcohol abuse, the National Institutes of Health NIH released a report “Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Estimated at $246 Billion in The United States,”  which states that: “The new study reports that alcohol abuse and alcoholism generated about 60 percent of the estimated costs ($148 billion), while drug abuse and dependence accounted for the remaining 40 percent ($98 billion).” Here’s the real sock-it-to-me: Those figures were for 1998! Imagine what they in today’s figures! (Here’s a hint: The update calculations indicate that costs of alcohol abuse grew from $148 billion in 1992 to $185 billion in 1998, approximately a 25 percent increase, for an average annual increase of 3.8 percent. Source: Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002))

Alcohol abuse produces its evil effects mentally, physically, socially, spiritually. The overall cost to our society from alcoholism:

1) Lost time and money
2) Lost lives
3) Broken homes and families
4) Lost productivity (missed days of work, lost jobs, etc.)
5) Litigation and criminal costs

And don’t you wonder: How many of those cans and bottles were drained by underage kids? How much dangerous sex occurred after downing a couple of brews? How many jumped behind the wheel to drive?

About 5000 teenagers die every year due to alcohol use. In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (Source: SADD Underage Drinking).

Teens who are drinking are more likely to have unprotected sex, which can lead to potentially fatal sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unwanted pregnancies. (For more information on teenager alcohol related deaths see Teen Alcohol Abuse).

Headlines like the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Teenage Drinking a U.S. Epidemic” [2/26/02] and the New York Post’s “Boozed-Up Teens In Dangerous Liaisons,” [2/7/02] shout along with the advocates’ PR campaigns, often including hyped-up quotes from people like the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)’s head Joe Califano, such as “Alcohol is the fatal attraction for many teens.”

So, for those of you who come up with the stock response, “personal,” “political,” “private vendetta,” or some similar stupidity to anything that anyone says against the idiotic and poorly planned projects some misguided adults in this community come up with to raise money for the district’s children, we’d like to point out that national and well-established statistics point to the fact that soft drinks and alcohol are time bombs.

This raises the question, then, of the appropriateness and the ethics of collecting empty containers that once contained the dangerous substances to raise money for programs for children! Here’s the logic: To get empty cans and bottles, the cans and bottles first have to be purchased. They then have to be transported. Then their contents are consumed by adults or by minors. Once they’re in the body, they work their evil magic: obesity, diabetes, drunkenness, death, etc.

BUT:

All those pretty cans and bottles are given positive value by the program organizers, especially in the children’s innocent eyes, because those emptied containers are associated with field trips, fun,  friends! You are, in fact, positively reinforcing a misinformed positive image for the causes of major public health problems!

In other words, the RCS Bottle Blitz is sending the WRONG MESSAGE! It’s providing negative education and working against all public health efforts to curb soft-drink and alcohol consumption based on solid scientific evidence! It’s teaching those innocent vulnerable minds that soft drinks and alcohol are good, and they should be purchased and consumed, because the empty containers make happy things happen. What are you people thinking!!!!

What are you morons thinking?

In the July 19th News Herald, a newspaper that provides information and, Yes! education, features a large color photograph of Ms Cathy Deluca, the “inspired” organizer of the RCS Bottle Blitz, together with Lorraine Misuraca (not to be confused with Jenafer “Jena”Misuraca, who has served as the VP on  one of the RCS school PTO’s. Jena had to shut down the PBC PTO’s FaceBook page because of the arguing), posing stupidly self-satisfied in front of what are described as “47 bags of bottles and cans and 74 cases.” You don’t need a magnifying glass to make out the beer labels and the soda cans. And the title reads, “Bottle Blitz is huge success.” Not for your children’s health, not for the mortality statistics, not for the public’s health. But maybe for the misguided public image of a couple of ignorant residents and the bottom line of the beer brewers and the soda manufacturers, the manufacturers of corn syrups, and retailers.

The RCS Bottle Blitz is irresponsible and misleading in many ways and does not represent good education nor the interests of the children it’s publicized to benefit!

Now, our scathing question is not what was going on in the editor’s pinhead, nor what Cathy Deluca was thinking (that’s scary in itself), but where are the educators, the teachers in all of this. Shouldn’t those highly paid, highly educated, highly paid morons have come out with some facts and figures, some options, some alternatives? Oh! Excuse me! They have the summer off, don’t they.

You Are Accidents
Looking for A Place to Happen!
The Editor

Challenge: Ms Cathy Deluca, Lorraine Misuraca, Superintendent Elizabeth Smith, Melanie Lekocevic we and our readers would like to hear your response to this article. Please send us your comments. Warning: And, given the atmosphere in the RCS school district, please don’t point a finger at the RCS board of education for not having stepped up to prevent this ill-conceived fiasco. You know as well as we do that if any BoE member, other than the teacher’s clique (by the way, where was Whalen, Engel, the teachers when this was being proposed? Teddy Reville, James Latter?)  lifted so much as a finger to point out the risks of the Bottle Blitz, he or she would have been lynched by the Coeymanazis. So don’t try to pull that one on us, Deluca and friends.

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!