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New Baltimore Town Supervisor Dellisanti to Resident: “When does this turn into Harassment?”

Short Answer: It doesn’t, really. But whenever you choose to grow up, Mr Dellisanti, and measure up to the job, and prevent the misuse of our town’s resources, when you join the fight against incompetence, and you put justice and fair play first, it will likely turn into good local government. But the area hasn’t seen that in so long, no one can remember what it is.

Longish — but far more interesting — Answer: Read the article below.


It’s a bizarre question that New Baltimore Town Supervisor Nick Dellisanti (R) asks a Resident who Communicated with Dellisanti by eMail

Why does this elected official choose to respond to a resident with such a suggestive question. Yes, ‘suggestive,’ because, by responding in such a manner, Dellisanti is suggesting that he feels he was being harassed, and Dellisanti knows well that harassment is a crime. Here are some details.

New Baltimore Supervisor Nick Dellisanti thinks he's being harassed.

New Baltimore Supervisor Nick Dellisanti thinks he’s being harassed.

After years of ongoing neglect and indifference to the condition of streets and drainage in the Hamlet and National Historic District of the Town of New Baltimore, New York, and after numerous notifications, requests, and inquiries to the New Baltimore Town Board specifically referencing the Town of New Baltimore Highway Department and the incompetence of the elected Highway Superintendent, Denis Jordan, two residents had enough when they noted that the failure to maintain the drainage ditches and storm drains, whose maintenance under the law is the responsibility of  the Town of New Baltimore through the New Baltimore Highway Department, had caused serious structural damage to a residential property. They found that the New Baltimore Highway Department, under the direct personal supervision of Mr Denis Jordan, had neglected the drains and drainage on several Hamlet streets, which resulted in serious damage to the property.

The residents joined several other residents in filing separate Notices of Claim on the Town of New Baltimore and the New Baltimore Highway Department, specifically naming Mr Denis Jordan as a defendant.


No sooner had the residents demanded an on-site visit by members of the New Baltimore Town Board, Mr Jordan’s crews showed up to clean out drainage ditches — after ignoring required maintenance for at least 3 years — and proceeded to excavate storm drains buried for almost 20 years — according to a statement made to one of the residents by Mr Scott vanWormer, deputy superintendent of highways — and the crews started digging up culverts and replacing them.

One resident, noting the work being done, asked Why? the culverts had to be replaced. The answer provided by the New Baltimore Highway employee was: “The Town does not own a jet machine which is used to clean the pipes. Therefore the town would have to hire a company to do such work, which would cost much more than the new pipe. We have, in the past, worked with the fire dept. to flush the pipes. But when pipes are plugged that badly, flushing does not work, particularly if there are roots growing in the pipes.”

This raises several questions: Mr vanWormer clearly states in his email that the pipes were replaced and not cleaned “due to the age of the pipes…when pipes are plugged that badly…there are roots growing in the pipes.” Bottom line: if the pipes, that is the culverts, and storm drains were maintained as required, they would likely not have to have been replaced? If the culverts were maintained as required, wouldn’t that have prevented roots from growing in the pipes? Seems that much of what the NB Highway Department has as a justification is based on observations made after the culverts were dug up, and if normal maintenance had been performed, the drains would not have remained buried for more than 17 years and the “roots” would not have grown into the culverts. It’s that simple.

Rather than Respond to or Meet with Concerned Residents, Denis Jordan Responded “Let them sue us.”

During the work being done on New Street, the resident urgently requested Supervisor Dellisanti, Deputy Supervisor Ruso, Councilwoman Shelly vanEtten, and HIghway Supervisor Denis Jordan to stop work and meet with the resident to discuss the work being done, how it was planned to cure the problems, and to review the resident’s information on the problems. The Town of New Baltimore ignored the request and Mr Jordan completed his project. The damage was worsened and the problems were not solved. Later, in response to a demand for information under the Freedom of Information Law, the Town produced Mr Dellisanti’s notes about contact with Jordan, who for some time didn’t bother to respond even to the Supervisor, and when he did respond, refused to set up a meeting saying, “Let them sue us!” And now the residents are taking Mr Jordan’s advice and are suing the Town of New Baltimore.

In addition to keeping the Town of New Baltimore very well informed on the problems on Madison Avenue East and New Street, the resident has collected dozens of emails and hundreds of documentation photographs of the situation. The resident reports to the Town Board each time the Highway Department appear to make a show of “maintenance”. Too little too late, Mr Dellisanti, Mr Ruso, Mr Jordan, given the fact that the damage has already been done.

In one email, History in the Making (October 26, 2016), the resident writes:

Good morning!

Am I hallucinating?!?! For the first time in more than 5 years I have actually seen New Baltimore Highway Department personnel armed with leaf blowers clearing gutters and the new storm drains. Who built the fire under their butts?

Luckily I got shots of the pre-blow condition but Hey! who’s complaining?

My recommendation is REMOVE the leaves and debris, don’t just blow it all over resident’s lawns. But maybe that’s moving a bit too fast for the NBHD [New Baltimore Highway Department] or even New Baltimore.

One further recommendation is to contact the New Baltimore Town Historian and give him this information. Let him know I have some historical photos of this event, which he might want to add to the archives.

I’m truly humbled by having witnessed history’s first leaf clearing on New Street in the lovely Historic District of New Baltimore.

Thank you, God!

And thank you New Baltimore!

Gratefully and humbly,
[Name Redacted]

Supervisor Dellisanti writes back: “OK.” That’s it! Just “OK”.

And in a second email, Enhanced Roadwork (November 2, 2016), the resident writes:

I stand in awe before you! I stand in awe at what a looming, well-founded lawsuit can inspire in our public servants and elected officials. I stand in awe and disbelief of the apparition this morning at or about 9:30 on November 2, 2016, of Town of New Baltimore Highway Department trucks moving down New Street — YES! New Street in New Baltimore — sucking up leaves while sucking up to residents. What a sight! I seriously don’t believe I have ever seen such a vision in the 15 years I’ve had the dubious pleasure of living on New Street. I seriously have to wonder why it took dozens of notifications, a Notice of Claim, property damage, a lawsuit, and almost a decade to have achieved this level of paltry service. Is this evidence of property owners’ tax dollars at work? Can we expect a reduction in taxes as the result?

I would love to know the temperature and cooking time of the fire we’ve built under Denis Jordan’s and a few others’ butts to have made this happen. When I find out, I’ll certainly share the recipe with other residents so that they, too, can share in this exultation, this visionary experience!

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for that traffic cone if you can locate any in local residents’ garages. The so-called “catchment” is catching everything into the culvert. Interesting. When I revisit Scott vanWormer’s reasons for digging up the culverts (pls see the email), I wonder that the town can find the money to replace culverts because they can’t find the money to flush culverts. The new one, at the rate of filling I’ve observed, will soon need replacement. How much will that cost taxpayers, Mr Jordan? Oh, excuse me, Mr Jordan, it slipped my mind that you don’t speak to or respond to residents unless it’s to say, “Let them sue us.” (By the way, that “us” you’re referring to is the New Baltimore Community, Sir! But your time is coming to pay the piper, Mr Jordan.)

We’re just waiting for a personal injury or vehicular accident to occur in your so-called “catchment”, for which I’ve been asking for a traffic cone for what is it now, five weeks? My how time flies when you’re avoiding duties and responsibilities.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. This might be a great time to contact the Smalbany blog with this event.

Kind regards,
[Name Redacted]

Rather than respond with some sort of sensible answer, Supervisor Dellisanti gets all indignant and writes back:

“Thanks. When does this turn into harassment?”

Touchy, aren’t we? Did we have a bad day? Is the job getting too much for you, Nick?

The resident writes back to Dellisanti:

It’s poetic. And I do hope you’re joking but I’ll take my chances considering the stakes. How about you?

Any news on the cone?*

*Editor’s Note: The “cone” is a traffic cone requested repeatedly by the resident to mark a hazard created by the Highway Department. For more information on the “cone”, please see our article, “We requested a cone and got this!” (August 11, 2016)

This is Harassment

This is Harassment

Actually, Mr Dellisanti it’s your question, and since we’re not attorneys, shouldn’t you be asking your town attorney, Mr Tal Rappelea, that question? He doesn’t seem to be much good to the town otherwise but maybe he can look up the State law on harassment, we did, and find that harassment is pretty serious, and it’s pretty crazy for a town supervisor to write back to a resident/taxpayer suggesting that he, Dellisanti, feels harassed. So let’s be clear, here’s what the law defines as “harassment”:

Harassment in the first degree is defined as: Intentionally and repeatedly harassing another person by following them in a public place, or engaging in a course of conduct which places another person in reasonable fear of physical injury. This is considered a B Misdemeanor charge. A B Misdemeanor can carry up to 90 days in jail. Ref: NY State Law §240.25

This too!

This too!

Well, Mr Dellisanti, having received the two emails above, do you live in “fear of physical injury“? If you do, it’s time for you to make an appointment with a shrink, because that sounds like you are paranoid.

Second Degree Aggravated Harassment: Aggravated harassment in the second degree is considered more serious than a straight harassment charge. This offense is defined as acting with the intent to annoy, threaten, or alarm another person and: Communicating with them or causing someone to communicate with them in a way likely to cause annoyance or alarm, or
Shoving, kicking, hitting, etc. another person because of their race, color, national origin, or religion. This criminal offense is classified as an A Misdemeanor charge which carries a potential 1 year in jail. Ref: NY State Law §240.30

This is highly unlikely to be harassment to the normal person.

This is highly unlikely to be harassment to the normal person.

So, Mr Dellisanti, it appears that you might be suggesting that the resident is “acting with the intent to annoy, threaten, or alarm” you or is communicating with you to cause you “annoyance or alarm.” Is that what you believe? We’d be concerned with the “intent” part of this definition, if we were you. But are you really “annoyed”, “threatened”, or “alarmed” by these two emails? We can understand that you’d be annoyed because it seems you are not doing your job and you’re getting your nose rubbed into it. You may be alarmed because you are being implicated in the wrongdoing and the liability for the damage done because you haven’t done anything about it. But would it be more accurate to say that you are scared, or intimidated by Mr Jordan. Are you “threatened” by Mr Jordan? Are you “annoyed” by Mr Jordan? Are you “alarmed” by Mr Jordan, Mr Dellisanti? I would appear that you are. From our point of view, it seems you’d have a better chance of succeeding, therefore, if you were to threaten Mr Jordan with “harassment”, in addition to all the rest of the charges that would apply to his incompetence, indifference, neglect, and dereliction of duties and responsibilities to the residents, property owners, and taxpayers of New Baltimore.

Do you still feel harassed, Mr Dellisanti?

Do you still feel harassed, Mr Dellisanti?

Or is it your opinion, Mr Dellisanti, that instead of engaging in corrective actions and productive, constructive dialogue with residents and taxpayers to resolve known problems and to serve the public good,  Mr Jordan is justified and right in his response to you, “Let them sue us.” After all, you and Jordan are not the real “us” in that statement, the “us” in that statement means the residents, property owners, and taxpayers of the Town of New Baltimore, the very people who are paying your unearned salaries and being injured in the process.

And what are you and the New Baltimore Town Board going to do when Mr Jordan’s dereliction results in the Town’s insurance carrier, Trident, decides that New Baltimore is too much of a risk, thanks to Mr Jordan, and decides to cancel the policy, to drop the Town of New Baltimore? What then?

The hard-working, good people of the Town of New Baltimore deserve better, much better from their elected officials and for their tax dollars! And so, you are being sued by a number of New Baltimore property owners and residents thanks to Mr Denis Jordan, your incompetent and indifferent New Baltimore Highway Superintendent. You’ve done next to nothing to fix the problem, except to respond to a resident with “harassment.” Shame on you Mr Dellisanti! Shame on you Mr Jordan! Shame on you New Baltimore Town Board!

Editor’s P.s.:  Mr Dellisanti, we hope you’re making some plans for after this term in office because we don’t think you have much of a political future in this town, that is, judging based on your performance in dealing with the New Baltimore Highway Department weasel and with barking dogs. Mr Ruso, you’d bettter start making some plans, too.

And to the voters of the Town of New Baltimore and other residents: You can, like the residents and voters of the Town of Coeymans, thank yourselves for your misery and abuse. If a few more of you would use your brains instead of your genitals more often, and if you attended town board meetings and spoke up about the misuse of resources and abuse of office, your quality of life might improve. Move your asses and your jaws; attend town board meetings and speak up! 

Our Advice to YOU, Mr Dellisanti

Our Advice to YOU, Mr Dellisanti
The Editor


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We asked for a traffic cone … to prevent this …

The New Baltimore Highway Department Created a Dangerous Situation

We asked the New Baltimore Highway Department to at least provide a traffic cone to mark this dangerous piece of work done by New Baltimore Highway Department employees under the direct supervision of Superintendent of Highways, Mr Denis Jordan. Mr Jordan has so far refused to provide a marker to prevent injury or damage due to this deep hole he calls a storm drain!.

We asked for a traffic cone to prevent this!
(Never got one!)

The maintenance of this drain took about 17 years to take shape. New Baltimore Deputy Superintendent of Highways, Mr Scott vanWormer, stated as much when his crews had to dig around to find the storm drain, buried for years under several inches of dirt. When they finally found it they replaced the entire culvert and this created this unusual construction that poses a real hazard and is already collecting the eroded stone from the improperly placed road patching materials. Nice job, guys!

This is how big the hole is that Jordan left. The grate has jagged edges!

WE filed a demand for production of documents under the Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) for documents showing Mr Denis Jordan’s qualifications, education, courses and training he may have taken in order to qualify for the position of New Baltimore Highway Superintendent. Mr Jordan has only a high school graduation to his credit. He has not participated in any special training, has not participated in any continuing education, and has no college or other qualifications. Why is he building our roads and why is he in the position of Highway Superintendent with no qualifications. The only qualifications he has is how well he wastes taxpayer dollars and how he can screw up any road and any drainage problem.

We observed the New Baltimore Highway Department crew doing the work and, because it became obvious they didn’t know what they were doing — and it’s obvious Mr Jordan doesn’t know his anus from his armpit — we asked the town board to stop the work until a site meeting could be held to discuss the work. They ignored that request, too.

So we demanded in a FOIL all documents, including:

Documents, including but not limited to regulations, guidelines, laws, specifications, data sheets, etc., consulted by employees of the New Baltimore Highway Department or members of the New Baltimore Town Board in the pre–planning, planning, description, reporting, planning, design, execution of the work performed.

and

Documents relating to preliminary studies, field data collected, site–visits, site reports, site descriptions made to the proposed work site in advance of the planning, design, execution of said highway work;

The Town of New Baltimore could not produce a single document in response to these two requests; Mr Jordan did not provide a response. We must therefore conclude that Mr Jordan and his New Baltimore Highway Department did not do the work in compliance with New York State Department of Transportation regulations, guidelines, standards, etc., and that no preliminary studies were done of the site to determine the best way to proceed. Totally amateur. Totally idiotic. Totally incompetent.

Think about it this way: Your barber or hair stylist has to train and attend specialist school to cut hair, and then has to take examinations in order to qualify for a license. That’s just to do a $20 haircut! Your local funeral director has to attend specialist mortuary science school, do a 1 year residency, and then take state and national board examinations to get a licence to bury dead bodies! How is it, then, that some dumbass can get elected to be a Highway Superintendent with no education, no training, nothing at all, and then gets to play with hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars?!? Go figure!?! Oh! Excuse me. He was elected! By YOU!

This is just one example of Jordan's Incompetence.
In the figure above, (A) is the drain found when the several inches of dirt and vegetation had been removed by the New Baltimore Highway Department crew. According to Mr Scott vanWormer, he hadn’t ever seen that drain in some 17 years. (B) shows the replacement drain, rather hole, that the crew installed after replacing the culvert. We’ve never seen such a thing as this piece of work put in by Mr Jordan! It’s insane. (C) shows a tape measure indicating that the hole is 17 inches deep. (D) is a tape measure showing the hole to be approximately 2 feet long, and (E) shows the hole to be approximately 30 inches across, lip-to-lip. The grate is sort of cemented in place by the asphalt but the top is full of sharp edges. Just right for ripping flesh or tearing up tires. We asked for a traffic cone but haven’t seen one yet.

 

Square Peg in Round Hole?

New Baltimore can do that. Just ask Denis Jordan, he’ll manage it!

* Dramatization for illustration purposes. Special thanks to LP-3 for the use of his bike and his body.

 

 

News Shorts: Coeymans p.d. Fires Crosier

progress-reportCoeymans Town Board Terminates Coeymans Police Officer Danielle Crosier

We have received a confirmed report that the Coeymans town board has terminated Coeymans police officer Danielle Crosier.

Crosier has been an item of ongoing scandal and controversy since former Coeymans police chief Gregory “Dumplington” Darlington added the blond bimbo to his trophy shelf about two years ago. Her major claim to fame was her notorious bad driving; she was such a bad driver that the RCS high school put her on as a road safety instructor. Go figure.

Crosier was so bad behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that she recently rammed a parked NYS vehicle in the South Pearl Street NYS motor vehicles parking lot while allegedly transporting a minor to Family Services. Yup! And the RCS central school district, your board of education, turned her loose to be a road safety instructor. Say! Anyone know what happened to that investigation?

Crosier was also installed at the RCS high school as RSO (Resource Safety Officer) where she wasted no time harassing the students, doing illegal searches, and doing one of the wrestling coaches too!

We’ve been pressing to get rid of that blond bimbo for some time now; Crosier was a useless piece of baggage.

The Coeymans town board also accepted the resignation of Coeymans police officer Scott Kline.

On the Street: Ravena to Eliminate the Ravena Fire Department. Fact or Fiction?

There’s another breaking story but is still unconfirmed that the village of Ravena is considering eliminating the Ravena Fire Department and entering into an agreement with the town of Coeymans for firefighting services. This would be a very smart move on Ravena’s part and would save Ravena a couple of hundred grand, more if they sell off the existing equipment. Such a move, if done right, would also help the town of Coeymans utilize its resources to capacity, while setting the stage for more advanced training and possibly some more grant money. Let’s see if this one pans out.

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Coeymans Has a New Police Chief: Peter J. McKenna

After former Coeymans police chief Gregory “Dumplington” Darlington jumped ship and abandoned his staff, the Coeymans police department, and the Ravena-Coeymans community, the Coeymans town board has worked hard to downsize the Coeymanazi police department. The Coeymans town board, at its regular meeting on Monday, October 27, named Coeymans police officer Peter J. McKenna to replace DoDo Dumplington.

A Very Conditional Congrtulations go to Chief Peter J. McKenna and to the Coeymans Town Board

A Very Conditional Congratulations! goes to
Coeymans Police Chief
Peter J. McKenna

and to the Coeymans Town Board

An Opportunity to Revitalize and for a Complete Makeover

Chief Peter J. McKenna

Chief Peter J. McKenna

Police Chief Peter J. McKenna can use this opportunity to be a hero, to shine, to revitalize the community’s faith and trust of law enforcement or he can continue in the same filthy rut as his predecessor. We hope he’ll take a more positive and honorable heading for as long as he has a department to run.

Defund to Eliminate

Defund to Eliminate

We say “conditional” because we still urge the town of Coeymans to eliminate the Coeymans police department in its entirety but we do understand that it can’t be done overnight. The strategy of defunding the Coeymans police department, and gradually forcing the derelict or dirty cops (read our article: More Coeymans Police Misconduct: We Want Answers!; BAM! Blonde Bimbo Coeymanazi Strikes Again: This Time a State Agency Car) or the more ambitious law enforcement officers to resign, or at least get them out of our schools, and to seek more lucrative, rewarding employment with a real department is a good one, and it seems to be working: several more Coeymans police department employees have resigned this week.

Actually, with the appointment of Chief McKenna, the Coeymans town board has made a second positive step: they’ve appointed McKenna at a salary of almost half the money that rat-king Gregory Darlington was sucking up in addition to benefits and all he could hoard of the Coeymans treasury. That’s not to say that McKenna is not worth Gregory Darlington’s salary and more. McKenna is a professional law enforcement officer with prior service with the Albany Police Department and reached the level of professional detective (not the Coeymans p.d. dork detective variety fathered by that retard Dudlington).

P. David Soares

P. David Soares
Will he hire dolt Dumplington?

Chief McKenna, like most of the Coeymans police department, doesn’t come to us without some historical baggage. Yes, he had problems with the Albany Police Department. Yes he had some conflicts with Albany County’s pilfering, racist, womanizing district attorney, P. David Soares. But he has connections with law enforcement and that’s a good thing. He has conflicts with Soares and that’s a good thing. Unlike dolt Darlington, Chief McKenna may be able to conduct his law enforcement activities on the straight and narrow, not sucking up to a corrupt and incompetent district attorney. Unlike Darlington, Chief McKenna doesn’t have the corrupt concerns about getting a job next to his wife (Dumpling Darlington’s dumpy dumplin’ Leah Darlington works as a secretary/clerk for Soares). Chief McKenna has been patrolling Ravena-Coeymans for a couple of years not and, despite his past, McKenna has earned the reputation of being fair and a generally good cop.

Albany County Enhanced 911 and Elimination of the Coeymans Dispatchers. There may be a hidden benefit to appointing a veteran and well-informed cop with plenty of city experience. Chief McKenna most probably knows a great deal about the Albany County 911 system and can be a valuable source of information and a consultant to the Coeymans town board when considering trimming the Coeymans budget of several hundreds of thousands of dollars by eliminating the redundant dispatchers. (Click here to read our article:
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What we’d like to see Chief McKenna tackle as part of his community outreach efforts (and he will have community outreach, of that we are certain) is this: Under Darlington’s incompetent bastardizing of the Coeymans police department obstruction of justice was rampant, meprision of felony (18 U.S. Code § 4 – Misprision of felony*) was a day-to-day occurrence. Having worked in the Coeymans police department for several years under Darlington’s oppression, Chief McKenna knows all about the obstruction of justice and meprision of felony (especially the obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact in the Cathy Deluca case and concealment by “Dirty Hands” Jerry Deluca, Gregory Darlington and Jason Albert!) that went on in the Coeymans police department and it’s now time to come clean, squeaky clean, and prove that he, Peter J. McKenna, is worthy of the chief’s badge and worthy of this community’s trust. (Maybe Chief McKenna can manage to uniformly, nondiscriminatingly enforce the law and truly to “serve and protect” this community. See our articles: Coeymans: Illegal “Work Zone” Signs and Unlawful Threat of Fines?Criminal Obstruction of Justice & Official Misconduct: Gregory Darlington, Coeymans PDWhat you hear or see, or know can land you in Jail! 18 USC § 4 – Misprision of Felony; Raped by the Coeymans Police Department!)

*Misprision of felony: Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Cathy Deluca Misdemeanor False Statement

Cathy Deluca
Misdemeanor False Statement

There are dozens, literally dozens, of pending complaint investigations and pending lawsuits against the Coeymans police department and it’s in Chief McKenna’s interest to start on the right foot. One way to do this is to take the time, and it will be a lot of time at first, to manage the complaints and lawsuits crisis in Coeymans. Chief McKenna has to reach out to the aggrieved, defuse the situation, pledge his good will, ensure that the cases are properly investigated and the results communicated to the aggrieved parties, ensure that justice is done by getting rid of the culprits and, if necessary, ensuring that they are prosecuted. There are many in the community who can prove to be valuable allies to Chief McKenna and even to the Coeymans town board if, and only if, Chief McKenna has integrity, is honest with us, and proves he’s fair and is interested in seeing justice done. Ditto for the Coeymans town board. (Read our article: Village of Ravena, Town of Coeymans Police Department Served with Notices of ClaimCriminal Complaint: Catherine M. Deluca a.k.a. Cathy Deluca, Claude A. Wheeles, Ravena Health and Fitness Center; Why Ravena Village Hall Thumbs Their Noses at the Pubic Officers Law…)

Harold “Hal” Warner = Corrupt Judge = Corrupt Justice

Noting the presence of members of the Ravena liars-lair, especially Harold “Hal” Warner, another Albany Cop who got taken off the street for his civil rights abuses, and then was elected to be a village of Ravena justice, a judge of all things! His presence and the fact that he was seen to be consulting with Chief McKenna could give rise to charges of violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct against Warner. What business does a sitting village justice have having secret discussions with the newly appointed town police chief, we have to ask. But Warner, if he’s stupid enough to run for office again, will be embarrassed by a total defeat! We’ll work hard to see that happen. (See our article on the Warners of Ravena: The Warners: A Family Tradition of Misconduct) As for the other self-interested crooks who were conspicuously sitting on pins and needles and felt that they had to be present at the meeting just to calm their nerves, we know who you are and we’re watching together with quite a few other residents. Keep out of the way. You’ve on notice!

(Special note to Dawn LaMountain: Better keep your mouth shut and get a lawyer—maybe your ex-boss Dumplington, can get his wife Leah to sweet-talk Soares into defending you, or at least not to prosecute you—, you may need one soon. Your chubby chicken should also be looking for a job pretty soon, too!) (Read our article Why?: Dispatchers Distribute Misleading Flyer! Lies in Print…AGAIN!)

So, Coeymans, Chief McKenna, you both have our “conditional” Congratulations! “Conditional” because you’re going to be watched like a hawk, we’ll have our ears to the ground and in the community. These next couple of months will either make or break both of you, Coeymans town board and Peter J. McKenna. You both have a lot of healing to do and a lot of trust to mend.

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Coeymans: Illegal “Work Zone” Signs and Unlawful Threat of Fines?

Driving down Rt 144 southbound into Coeymans, or northbound towards the Port of Coeymans, you may have noticed numerous work zone signs along the road and sometimes even flagmen. You may have also noticed that there are signs warning that exceeding the speed limit in work zones will result in doubled fines if convicted. On further investigation it seems that all of this is unlawful and very likely illegal, since neither Carver Companies nor the Port of Coeymans have the authority to post “work zone” or speed limit signs on a public roadway, and certainly do not have the authority to threaten motorists with doubled fines! And the town of Coeymans must enact ordinances, regulations or local laws to temporarily create work zones or speed limit restrictions [they haven’t].

Are these signs and the threat of double fines unlawful, even illegal?

Are these signs and the threat of double fines unlawful, even illegal?

Are these signs unlawful and illegal?

First of all, there is no public service or utility work going on in the area marked off by the signs. At least no construction or maintenance work being done by public authorities. The only construction going on is that of a private bridge over the Coeymans Creek, a bridge which itself is of dubious legality under the currently contested re-zoning in Coeymans. Furthermore, the bridge construction is not a public service nor is it a public works project, it’s private, and it cannot claim the authorities of law that apply to public works.

Since there are no public works projects, construction, maintenance, etc. going on in the area marked off by the signs and the threats, who is authorizing these signs and the “doubled fines” threat sign to be posted. Furthermore, Who is enforcing these restrictions and threats? in view of the fact that the only construction going on is private construction by Carver Laraway and Carver Companies?

And what is the work zone speed limit? Normally temporary reduced speed limits are imposed for workzones. The workzone speed limit is not posted!

Don’t those morons in Coeymans law enforcement, the Coeymans court, the Coeymans town board know about the DoT regulations and state law?

In fact, the entire so-called “work zone” is totally ignorant of state law and New York State Department of Transportation Engineering Instructions EI 08-030, incorporated into the update of chapter 16 of the Highway Design Manual (HDM). But Hey! doesn’t the town of Coeymans have a stellar police department, enlightened town justices, a brilliant highway department, a savvy code enforcement officer? Aren’t the taxpayers of the town of Coeymans paying these morons to know New York State Law and what to post, what not to post?

Furthermore, who’s the moron who thinks that anyone operating his or her vehicle through the work zone in excess of a work zone speed limit that isn’t even published is going to sit quietly when subjected to doubled fines when there is apparently no public works project going on and the only construction is a private construction project, the Carver Companies private bridge! Since when do our courts apply state law to private undertakings to enforce unlawful restrictions? The Carver Companies have no authority to impose speed limits or to enforce state laws, only duly constituted law enforcement has that authority and power.

And speaking of duly constituted law enforcement, where in hell are the Coeymans police hanging out these days? They’re certainly not serving and protecting along Rt 144 or anywhere around there. At best we see NY State Police stopping trucks but that’s just on a sporadic basis.

What we’d like to see is Coeymans police patrols enforcing the laws on the books like:

  • Heavy trucks observing the officially and lawfully posted speed limits;
  • Heavy trucks entering and leaving the Port of Coeymans and Carver Companies properties operating safely and courteously, in observance of traffic safety principles (like not pulling out in front of oncoming vehicles or waiting until faster traveling traffic passes before pulling out and having everyone jam on their brakes while the trucks meander along at 20 mph or slower)
  • How about putting some operating lights on or ticketing the drivers when they operate their trucks with no headlights even in the rain;
  • How about enforcing the law on clean, legible and if necessary lighted license plates (so that when they nearly kill us we can at least write down the license plate number in out last drops of blood);
  • How about unmarked cars observing the trucks failing to keep right? Pick a lane and stay in it maybe? Maybe the right lane?

But since the town of Coeymans is in Carver Laraway’s pocket, it doesn’t seem likely that the Coeymans police are going to start enforcing the law in the case of the heavy trucks and careless truck drivers, not unless we start setting some fires under their asses. Maybe the New York State Police and the Albany County Sheriff Department should be called in to do the job the Coeymans police are either unable or unwilling to do.

Here are some notes for those of you who are interested in the basis for our opinions. They’re from the New York State DOT Engineering Instructions and from the NYS DOT Highway Design Manual. We also quote New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 1180(f) Work Area Speed Limit.

Based on the sections below, we believe that the work zone signs, the failure to post a work zone speed limit (thus failing to provide due process and proper notice of drivers), and the doubled-fines signs are all unlawful, if not illegal. What do you think?

The New York State Department of Transportation manuals define a work zone in the following terms:

“A Work Zone is the area of a highway with construction, maintenance, or utility work activities. It is typically marked with signs, channelizing devices, barriers, pavement markings, and/or work vehicles and extends from the first warning sign to the END ROAD WORK sign.”

The “highway” is a public roadway used by the public and the “construction, maintenance or utility work activities” are public works, not private. The official documents continue:

“SPEED CONTROL METHODS
Speed limit reductions in work zones are most effective when drivers perceive the need to slow down, (whether through noticeable geometric or work-related constraints on traffic flow) and when there is regular active police enforcement of the work zone speed limit. Arbitrary speed limit reductions erode motorist’s confidence in the need for reducing speed within a work zone. Traffic speed in work zones are generally lower, regardless of posted speed limit, when work zone conditions such as flagging, variable message signs, lane shifts, lane-width reduction, radar, and enforcement exist. Engineering, education/awareness, and enforcement measures are to be used to influence motorists, promote work zone awareness, and achieve safe work zone traffic speeds.” [emphasis provided]

“Engineering Measures
Incorporating engineering measures into work zone designs will encourage drivers to safely negotiate work zones. Warning signs, advisory speeds, positive guidance, width restrictions, channelizing chicanes, and use of intelligent transportation system technologies are examples of engineering measures that can be used to slow traffic traveling through a work zone.”

There are very specific guidelines in the state DoT manuals on how flagmen should perform their functions; of course, you’d never see them doing that in Coeymans!

“Enforcement Measures
Engineering and education/awareness measures can help reduce speeds. However, active police enforcement is the most effective measure to encourage motorist’s compliance with posted regulatory speed limits and other traffic regulations within work zones. Under the 2005 Work Zone Safety Act Regulation, police services will be provided to the extent practicable within major active work zones. The need for police presence and/or enforcement should be determined as early as possible during the project design phase. Police enforcement needed for maintenance type work zones will be coordinated as early as possible with the police agency and the Regional Traffic and Maintenance Groups. All effected [sic] parties should meet prior to any active enforcement within a work zone.”

Again, it seems, Coeymans has fallen flat on their fat arses! Who is going to pay for these tax-payer supported law enforcement services when the construction is private?!? Has the town board of Coeymans met with Carver Laraway to negotiate reimbursement for enforcement services during Carver Companies’ construction projects? Now there’s a good question to ask at a Coeymans town board meeting if you want to watch them squirm!

Who's Getting Paid? We know who's paying!

Who’s Getting Paid?
We know who’s paying!

And then we have the New York State law that is referred to in the “doubled fines” signs. But it should be obvious to our readers by now that posting that sign under the current circumstances is unlawful and illegal. Any town or village justice convicting and fining under these circumstances should be brought before the New York State disciplinary commission and disbarred!

Is this unlawful and illegal?

Is this unlawful and illegal?

Here’s what §§ 1180(f) Work Area Speed Limit has to say:

“NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1180(f) permits some municipalities not otherwise authorized to establish a reduced regulatory speed limit by ordinance, order, rule or regulation for construction or maintenance work areas.

Vehicle and Traffic § 1180. Basic rule and maximum limits. (a) No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.

Regarding construction sites § 1180 (f) reads:

“…when a lower maximum speed limit has been established, no person shall drive a vehicle through a highway construction or maintenance work area at a speed in excess of the posted work area speed limit. The agency having jurisdiction over the affected street or highway may establish work area speed limits which are less than the normally posted speed limits; provided, however, that such normally posted speed limit may exceed the work area speed limit by no more than twenty miles per hour; and provided further that no such work area speed limit may be established at less than twenty-five miles per hour.”

“Every person convicted of a violation of paragraph two of … subdivision (f)… of this section shall be punished as follows:

(i) Where the court or tribunal records or enters that the speed upon which the conviction was based exceeded the applicable speed limit by not more than ten miles per hour, by a fine of not less than ninety nor more than three hundred dollars;” [Editor’s note: This is double the normal fines.]

But again, it must be clear that these provisions do not apply to private projects like Carver Companies’ bridge construction, unless the town of Coeymans has taken steps by temporary ordinance, order, rule or regulation to give Carver Companies special consideration in terms of a temporary work zone speed limit. But the town of Coeymans and the Coeymans town board have no authority to amend state Vehicle and Traffic law at their convenience to threaten motorists with unlawfully doubled fines!

Once again, the amateurs running the town of Coeymans may have set themselves up for more legal problems if any action is taken against drivers based on the above. Coeymans taxpayers, get ready to foot the bills for the lawsuits when they start coming through.

We think it's illegal and unlawful!What do YOU think?

We think it’s illegal and unlawful!
What do YOU think?
The Editor

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