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Follow-up Report: Coeymans Raccoon Incident. We still have our doubts!

Please Note: On Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7 p.m. the Town of Coeymans will hold it’s Town Board Meeting. We have information that residents, citizens and animal organizations will address the board about the conduct of the Coeymans Police and what the Town of Coeymans is going to do about it. Be there. Make your voice heard! Or at least just show up to learn what the community has to say!


The Town of Coeymans Police Department continues to be the subject of widespread interest following the ugly display of unprofessional conduct and stupidity last Monday, March 12, when Coeymans Police responded to an animal control call and proceeded to provide a sickening circus freak show performance as they pursued a raccoon in their patrol cars (one marked, another unmarked), finally running down the terrified animal and running over it. All of this happened in the pothole-rich parking lot of the Ravena Shop’n Save (Village of Ravena, Town of Coeymans), after a call from the CVS Pharmacy that a raccoon had “tried to enter the building.”

After one courageous residents, Ms Bryana Catucci, and several other witnesses videoed the Coeymans Police yahoos and the termination of the terrified animal, those videos went viral on several Internet sites, including Facebook and YouTube, and the Smalbany blog published a detailed and informative article on the incident. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society voiced their outrage and condemnation of the Coeymans Police actions.

To give you an idea of how outraged people are about this incident, just one site, Care2 Petitions, has more than 76,000 signatures, more than 8,500 signers in NY state alone, condemning the Coeymans Police! To give you an idea of how many people 76,000+ is, it’s more than 9x the entire population of the Township of Coeymans!!! What does that tell you, dear readers?


The Coeymans Police have no up-to-date procedure for dealing with animal control issues. The town of Coeymans has no Animal Control Officer. The New York State Department of Health report on tests done on the animal sounds bogus!

I can’t believe my eyes!!! I can’t believe their horrible conduct!!! I can’t believe the lies!!!


Almost immediately following the incident, Smalbany blog contibutors filed a demand under the provisions of the New York state Public Officers Law, Article 6 Sections 84-90 Freedom of Information Law (N.Y. Pub. Off. Law Sees. 84 to 99) for the production of documents with the Coeymans Town Clerk and the Coeymans Police Department, demanding information related to the March 12, 2018, incident in which the Coeymans Police Department used police vehicles to harrass, terrorize and kill a raccoon in front of dozens of witnesses at Faith Plaza in Ravena, New York (Town of Coeymans, in the jurisdiction of the Albany County District Attorney, P. David Soares).

Initial Information Provided by the Coeymans Police Department (“acting” police chief Daniel Contento (SGT)) and the news media were contradictory and confused. We decided to get the facts.

One glaring fact is that the Coeymans Police protect their own. They delete any references to the officer’s involved or anyone involved. Do you think that’s fair play? If you were picked up by the police, your face and name would be plastered all over the police blotter and the local news media. Why are the police and their cronies so protective? Aren’t they public servants, paid by us? Don’t we have a right to know which ones are bonkers and which ones are not?

The Town of Coeymans responded with the usual halfwit evasive answers but provided two important documents: the Testing Report No. RAB18ANI01172-SR-1 from the NYS Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, and an extract from what appears to be an ancient “Coeymans Police and Ravena Police Law Enforcement Manual, Administration (in the following called the PLEM/A),” Section 46.0, Subject: Animal Control/Rabies.” the Coeymans Police Department. We say “ancient” because this section dates back to October 15, 1998 — it’s almost 20 years old and hasn’t been revised, updated, or replaced — and refers to “Village of Ravena Police,” which hasn’t existed for years, and is signed by former Police Chief Scott Geroux!

Furthermore, the Law Enforcement procedure repeatedly refers to the Animal Control Officer and how the police have to notify the Animal Control Officer for assistance when dealing with an animal control issue.  According to the Law Enforcement Manual:

“46.2.1 The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is a civilian employee of the Police Department. The ACO is responsible for responding to and mitigating incidents and complaints relating to domestic and wild animal”

If the local Animal Control Officer is unavailable, the procedure requires the Coeymans Police to notify an animal control officer from a nearby jurisdiction. Again, according to the Law Enforcement Manual:

“(46.3.2.2) Request the response of the ACO to the scene whenever available.
“(46.3.2.2.1) If the case requires the immediate attention of the ACO, that information shall be relayed to the ACO. If he is still unavailable to respond an ACO from another jurisdiction shall be requested.”

Town of Coeymans PD: “The Town of Coeymans does not have an Animal Control Officer.”

Coeymans Police Department Procedures date back almost 20 years without revision!!!

The problem that we have identified in this entire Keystone Cops episode is that the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department are about 20 years behind. You see, according to a certified statement provided by the Town of Coeymans, “The Town of Coeymans does not have an animal control officer.”

Well if the Town of Coeymans has no animal control officer, then the entire 1998 procedure allegedly followed by the Coeymans Police Department is absolutely useless, out of date, and a sham!!! In other words, the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department have no up-to-date guidelines for handling this type of situation.

The Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department have no up-to-date guidelines

[Editor’s Note: We have considerable information that shows that the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department Law Enforcement Manual is out-of-date and obsolete in several other areas, including How to handle a traffic stop!!!]

The basic issue is leadership and how law enforcement functions or does not function in the Town of Coeymans

 

Coeymans Police on Pussy Patrol.
Did you know that cats are the domestic animals most at risk for rabies?

But this whole hullabaloo is NOT about whether an animal was sick or not. The basic issue is leadership and how law enforcement functions or does not function in the Town of Coeymans. There is no leadership in the Town of Coeymans or the Town of Coeymans PD.. The Coeymans Police Department is dysfunctional. That’s the question that is driving most people crazy right about now. Then there’s the question of how the Coeymans Police abused and tortured a defenseless animal using their patrol cars. Anyone with half a brain would have been able to figure a reasonable and safe procedure for dealing with an animal threat, if there was one, and there was none.  Just view the videos and all you’ll see is a normal appearing raccoon, terrified, running for its life and two Coeymans cop cars racing back and forth. Any sane person would, as most of the witnesses did, that the cops were a greater threat to the public’s safety than a terrified animal trying to escape them!!!

Well, we also have a copy of the Department of Health (DoH) test report done on what was left of the raccoon after the Coeymans Police had their perverse jollies. The DoH report is apparently written by a halfwit chimp. Here’s why:

First of all the report does indicate that the raccoon showed evidence of rabies infection. The report did not say that the animal was capable of infecting another animal or harming a human being. Information obtained by us from the CDC clearly states that the animal is infectious only in the very late stages of the disease, shortly before the disease kills the animal. At that late stage the animal’s brain is so far gone that the animal’s behavior is obvious: it acts like it’s drunk, it loses its balance, it staggers, it is confused. Again, the videos show none of this; in fact, the animal looks pretty coordinated as it’s running across the Faith Plaza parking lot!

Some sections of the report make it look like it’s been jerry rigged to provide the Coeymans Police with an alibi. Here are just a couple of examples taken directly from the DoH report:

“Signs of rabies: NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER; Other signs: MOVING ABNORMALLY, SHAKING.”

Who made these observations? Do the Coeymans Police have veterinary neurological training that made it possible for them to have decided that the unfortunate animal had a “neurological disorder?” They also note in the report that the animal was “moving abnormally, shaking.” Well, first of all, the DoH was unable to make those determinations because the animal was d-e-a-d, pancaked by the Coeymans Cops. So where did this information come from? Hearsay? The Coeymans PD?

Here’s more of the gibberish in the report:

“Comments: Observed acting sick at the CVS in Ravena. Killed by running over with car by Officer [Redacted] of the Coeymans Police Department (…No reported contact. Rabies test need before further testing.”

The only animals acting sick were the Coeymans cops who tortured the animal and killed it!

Again, we have the DoH sockpuppets repeating what the Coeymans PD was insisting but didn’t have a factual basis to make the statements. The raccoon was “observed acting sick at the CVS in Ravena.” Sick? Curious? Hungry? If an 8th grade science student made these statements, we’d send him or her for remedial help! But that’s in an official report. Hearsay! Not facts! The only animals acting sick were the Coeymans cops who tortured the animal and killed it by “running over [it] with car by Officer [his name is deleted from the report!].” What’s disturbing is not only the unsubstantiated statements but the fact that there was  “no contact reported.” According to the report, the animal made no contact with anyone!!!

After all is said and done, the report reads:

“Rabies testing: Evidence of Rabies was found by the fluorescent antibody test.”

The report is again incomplete because it doesn’t state which fluorescent antibody test was used. That information is very important in terms of whether the test is accurate. Furthermore, for scientific and epidemiological reasons the information provided is incomplete and practically useless! Again, whether this is the truth or not, the test results came fully 24 hours after the incident, and cannot provide any justification or support for the Coeymans Police stupidity.

Just by way of comment, the report concludes with the statement:

“Notes: [1] Submitting county was phoned with positive results. Reported to Marsha at 10:32 a.m. by JJ.”

What in hell does that mean? Who in hell is Marsha? Who in hell is JJ? But that’s supposed to be an official report from the NYS DoH in response to a serious incident. Don’t we have any standards at all in this community, in this state? Or are all of our public servants halfwits and dumbasses? We think you know the answer to that question already.

So, dear readers, you have the state of affairs in the Town of Coeymans: Useless and outdated procedures no one has had any interest in updating or revising, a team of goons who have no leadership or guidance, disgraceful and despicable conduct by local law enforcement, a very questionable report from a New York State department tasked with ensuring the public’s health, and another negative report gone viral about the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department. But you must admit, they are consistent, even in making complete asses of themselves.

We are making the documents provided by the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department available for your entertainment. Please note that the Town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police Department refused to provide some documents, including the names of the Coeymans PD employees involved in the incident. They also have no records about callers reporting the animal, although acting Coeymans police chief, Daniel Contento (SGT), made public statements that “numerous calls” were received (but not by the Coeymans PD, since their listed number goes to Albany County 911). We verified only one 911 call about the raccoon. That call was allegedly from someone at or in the CVS pharmacy at Faith Plaza. We do know of numerous calls received by the Albany County 911 Center complaining about the conduct of the Coeymans Police. Maybe those are the calls Contento is referring to.

If you are interested in viewing/downloading the Coeymans Police 1998 procedure and the NYS DoH Test Report we refer to above, here are the links:

  • You can view the Town of Coeymans and Ravena Police Department Law Enforcement Manual dated October 15, 2018 here.
  • You can view the New York State Department of Health Report here.

Editor’s Notes

As we mentioned above and as we published in our initial article on this incident, “We are speechless! OMG! Coeymans Police Caught on Video Again!” we obtained our information on rabies from several official sources. One of them was the Centers for Disease Control, the federal government’s department for disease control, prevention, and reporting. Here’s some additional information of interest:

According to the CDC, in the period of 2008-2017, a total of 23 human rabies cases were reported in the United States; most of the infections were acquired outside of the United States, most from animal bites in such places as Afghanistan, India, Mexico, etc. On average there are 1-3 cases/year of human rabies reported in the United States . (Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/human_rabies.html) Compare that with 90 motor vehicle caused deaths each day in the United States (CDC statistics are always 3 yeas behind; in 2015 there were a total of 37,757 deaths in motor vehicle accidents (11.7/100,000 population) Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm).

Given those statistics, where to you suppose our law enforcement efforts should be concentrated? On a raccoon or on motor vehicles?

Furthermore,

  • Transmission of rabies virus usually begins when infected saliva of a rabid animal is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. ( Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/index.html)
  • Other contact, such as petting a rabid animal or contact with the blood, urine or feces of a rabid animal, does not constitute an exposure. (Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/exposure.html)
  • From numerous studies conducted on rabid dogs, cats, and ferrets, we know that when the rabies virus is introduced into a muscle through a bite from another animal, it travels from the site of the bite to the brain by moving within nerves. The animal does not appear ill during this time.
  • The time between the bite and the appearance of symptoms is called the incubation period and it may last for weeks to months. A bite by the animal during the incubation period does not carry a risk of rabies because the virus has not yet made it to the saliva.

According to the CDC, the Infectious Path of the Rabies Virus can be outlined as follows:

  • An animal is bitten by a rabid animal.
  • Rabies virus from the infected saliva enters the wound.
  • Rabies virus travels through the nerves to the spinal cord and brain. This process can last approximately 3 to 12 weeks. The animal has no signs of illness during this time.

A diagnosis of rabies can be made after detection of rabies virus from any part of the affected brain, but in order to rule out rabies, the test must include tissue from at least two locations in the brain, preferably the brain stem and cerebellum. [Editor’s Note: The NYS DoH report is incomplete in this respect because it does not state what parts of the animal’s brain were tested!!!]

The test requires that the animal be euthanized. The test itself takes about 2 hours, but it takes time to remove the brain samples from an animal suspected of having rabies and to ship these samples to a state public health or veterinary diagnostic laboratory for diagnosis. [Editor’s Note:  the test requires that the animal be euthanized, killed humanely and mercifully, not terrorized and run over!!!]

In the United States, the results of a rabies test are typically available within 24 to 72 hours after an animal is collected and euthanized. (Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/diagnosis/animals-humans.html)

When it reaches the brain, the virus multiplies rapidly and passes to the salivary glands. The animal begins to show signs of the disease. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick. (Source, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/body.html)

(Please check out the references on our original article for more information on rabies.)


 

 
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aww, you aren’t even close.

 FireGeezer, A Blog Dedicated to the First Responder/Firefighter Community, Recently Reposted Part of Our Article “Share Our Shock” on the Unbelievable Stupidity of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and Their Decision to Hire Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca” to be the Association’s CEO/Executive Director. We posted a link the FireGeezer’s web site. No sooner had we done that than the rats left their dark holes and started their rants. Well, it didn’t take long for FireGeezer to figure out their agenda and POOF! all of their posts suddenly got deleted. That’s happening more and more to them lately and so it should.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “taunt” as “a reproach in a mocking or insulting style. This is a taunt.

Joke's On Sicko! BANNED AGAIN!

Joke’s On Sicko!
BANNED AGAIN!

 It’s ironic that as soon as the lunatic rants got deleted, so did Sicko’s identity. He’s* a nobody again!

[* We are using the pronoun “he” not because we think the Sicko is a male but because traditionally the grammatical “he” is used to mean both genders; today, thanks to the feminist agenda, the pronoun “she” is frequently used in the same way.]

WE WIN (AGAIN)—YOU LOSE AGAIN, LOSER

One of the sickos who apparently is desperate for attention wrote in a comment: “aww, you aren’t even close. Guess those close to you are going to betray you sooner than later.” That sicko is responding to our “UPDATE” on this blog in which we finger a local whacko as the one who posted the crazy rants on FireGeezer. But what the sicko doesn’t realize is that he or she is actually identifying with the psychopath we suspect to have written the stupidity on FireGeezer. It’s ironic that as soon as the lunatic rants got deleted, so did Sicko’s identity. He’s a lonely nobody again!

But to set the record straight, the sick minds who are so desperately trying to put a face on this blog, who are so desperately trying to vent their frustration about not being able to spew their venom, and hurt the community-spirited people reading and contributing to this blog, those same sociopathic personalities are actually shooting themselves in the foot. Here’s why:

First of all, those sickos are ignorant of the content of this blog. If they knew anything about this blog, they would know that on May 5, 2012, in the article a “A Little History Lesson“, everything they think that they are exposing was already thrown out there for everyone to read. Even the owner of the blog was identified. Yes! No guessing required. That article identified the blog owner! No secrets, readers. Everything was up on the front page since May 5, 2012—until they started getting really nasty.  But that article, “A little History Lesson” was there for everyone to read, and was until this morning (we password protected the page but you can request a password to view it. Just write us at rcs.confidential (a) gmail.com) That was done because it was all made up in sick minds, meaningless, already shown to be garbage, and the Editor wanted to get it out of the way, knowing that some dumbasses would want to drag it out and use it stupidly. That’s exactly what they did and are trying to do. But they failed, miserably.

Secondly, if they think that they have some special, secret information that they can use to discredit and destroy someone they repeat it over and over again, until they believe their own lies, and then attacking more and more innocent people. Apparently, they think that by doing that someone’s going to lose their cool and react. Not gonna happen. You see, those lies have been around so long and the stories, the tales have been told again and again that everyone, and we mean EVERYONE is sick of hearing them. So our advice to Sicko and his friends is: Get a life and a brain, stupid! You’ve tried this all before and it didn’t work then so why do you think it’s going to work now? It’s all old and uninteresting. People knew your agenda years ago and it didn’t work!

The most reliable sign of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. You’re a pitiful idiot!

The third point we’d like to make is this: You can’t fight hard facts by trying to kill the messenger, stupid! This blog goes to incredible lengths to get hard facts and information, and only then publishes the hard, true facts. You can deny them all you like but they are still there. Call us what you like but it doesn’t change the truth or the facts. But there is something you can do:

  • If you don’t like the Deluca stories, check out the facts and if you have a defense, send us the facts. We’ll be happy to print them.
  • If you don’t like the facts we publish on the Warners, send us facts that prove us wrong and we’ll publish them.
  • If you don’t like the facts about the Coeymans police department, send us the facts that refute our conclusions.
  • If you don’t like what we publish about the Village of Ravena and the Village of Ravena budget, show us in the budget what we got wrong.
  • If you feel that Ravena needs Cathy Deluca’s playpen to the tune of $105,000 a year when the Ravena Health and Fitness Center generates no revenues for the Village of Ravena, show us the facts and figures that say that Ravena needs the RHFC and that it’s worth the taxpayer dollars being wasted on it.
  • If you don’t like our exposés of the failing Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools or the teachers union or the board of education, leave a comment complete with facts and figures to rebut what we write. We’ll publish your comment.

You can’t fight hard facts by trying to kill the messenger, stupid!

You can’t do any of that and so you try again and again to kill the messenger by repeating your fairy tales and attacking even his/her family. Isn’t that a real cowardly way to try to prove your point? Well, it’s not working, stupid! All you do is get your ass kicked again and again. All you manage to do is get yourself banned from just another blog or website. Are you such a dumbass that you keep doing the same thing over and over again and get the same results? (Answer: YES!) See above for the “most reliable sign of stupidity.”

As we mentioned above, back on May 5, 2012, when we first published this blog, we actually published the very same things you continue to think are so important. In one of our first articles, “A Little History Lesson,” we went public with all of that slander and libel—by its very definition unfactual and false—; in the first week that this blog was published we had already published your stupid lies ourselves. Why? Because we wanted the world to know what stupids like you would probably come up with, thinking it was so significant, but we tripped you up by having put it out there right from the start. We beat you to the punch you idiot but you don’t even know that! And you think that because you post the same crapola and put one of your many fake names on it or use one of your many fake e-mails, that it’s going to be news. Please see above for the “most reliable sign of stupidity.”

Accept the Fact that you and your kind are losers! And in denial!

Accept the Fact that you and your kind are losers! And in denial!

Look, Stupid, we have established ourselves as highly reliable, strongly factual, reality-based, journalism-quality reporting. We publish only reliable and verifiable information, most often getting the facts under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law directly from the very public entities we are reporting on. If you think you can do better, please do. We’d love to see what you come up with.

We get more than 10,000 readers a month and in the next couple of weeks we’ll have a quarter of a million readers (250,000 readers). And that’s not even counting the readers from FaceBook and other social media, or the visitors referred to the site by email or by our many registered followers! People trust us and believe in us. We earned that trust by being honest and factual. We risked a lot by publishing this blog and going after the powers-to-be but the information was too important not to get it out to the community. Instead of hiding in some dark place away from the retaliation and intimidation that was part of our neighbors’ day-to-day life we came out and went on the counter-attack. We sent the real rats scurrying for their holes but smoked the bastards out again. We’re still doing that and will continue to do it until they’re all in a cage. The community is grateful and says so repeatedly. We have changed elections and changed the way our friends, neighbors and readers think. What have YOU done, stupid?

People like you make us all feel like geniuses.

People like you make us all feel like geniuses.

The very site on which you tried but failed to discredit us independently picked up on our article and asked many of the same questions: Who is Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca? That first-responder/firefighters website asked the same questions we did and agreed that there were questions, even rebuttals that had to be made. Did anyone rebut the real facts or refute them? No! Deluca didn’t and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs didn’t either. Why? Because they couldn’t rebut or refute the truth, the facts.

Neither can you so you resorted to your old tricks. Whether you’re a Joan Ross, a Cathy Deluca, a Jerry Deluca, a Nancy Warner, a Tim Houghtaling, a Scott Horne you’re all the one and the same: cockroaches. And your methods are all the same. Please see above for the “most reliable sign of stupidity.”

So, that’s that. Save your energy. What you think is an ace is from an old marked deck, a very old, very worn out cheat’s deck. No one’s interested in your puffed up fantasy stories, your half-truths, your slanders or your libels. You get banned every time and you’re only building a case against yourself.

Why you don’t just accept our good advice to stay on topic, be truthful, state true facts, and stop wasting everyone’s time trying to put a face on this blog. You won’t be able to do it and it’s totally unnecessary. No matter who is writing this blog it won’t change the facts. The truth will continue to be true no matter who writes it.

Instead of hiding in some dark place away from the retaliation and intimidation that was part of our neighbors’ day-to-day life we came out and went on the counter-attack. We sent the real rats scurrying for their holes but smoked the bastards out. We’re still doing that and will continue to do it until they’re all in a cage.  What have YOU done, stupid?

Like rats driven by the bait in a trap, you are driven by your greed and hypocrisy to take another step into your depravity, until, like the unfortunate rat, you snatch at the bait and SNAP! … you know the rest of the story.

Join Your Friends

Join Your Friends

[Rats in traps (left to right): Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington; Bottle-Blond-Bimbo Cathy Deluca (“Director” of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and Dirty-Hands Jerry’s partner); Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca (former Coeymans thug now CEO of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs); John T. Bruno (former mummy-mayor of Ravena); Nancy Warner (mummy-mayor’s biatch, wife of corrupt Ravena Village judge Hal Warner); Matt Miller (RCS teacher on reduced class load for NYSUT rep business, double-dipper energy manager, student-abuser); the “Pink-PimpTim Houghtaling (graduate of the failing RCS high-school and Internet Troll); Joan Ross (the Weasel Witch of New Baltimore, wife of Bitter Bob of New Baltimore); Other Nameless Rats]

And finally, we don’t really care who you are. We really don’t care. Why? Because you are no longer a real person. You have become a cliché and a negative symbol. It doesn’t matter who you are because it’s what you represent that counts. You represent all that is false, crooked, corrupt, dishonest, insecure, immature, and evil that is in our communities, in our government, even in our churches. You are a symbol like satan is a symbol. We don’t want to be around your kind and we don’t want your kind in our communities.

You speak of betrayal? Look, there’s nothing to betray except ourselves and our principles of truth, integrity, and service. We won’t do that, ever. And no one’s going to betray us so don’t get your hopes up. We are clean, squeaky clean and nothing you or your kind can conjure up can stick. We’re going to keep it that way. You and your kind are dirty and you don’t even realize it. But we do.

Your Face Belongs Here You're Stupid THE EDITOR

Your Face Belongs Here
You’re Stupid
THE EDITOR

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Just When You Start to Think that the Coeymans Town Council has the Opportunity to Shine…

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Peter Masti
Town of Coeymans Boardmember

Town of Coeymans Sitting Board Member, Peter Masti, Likes to Write Letters to the Editor. Unfortunately for Masti, They Get Published.

You have four church-goin’ members of the Coeymans Town Council assailing Coeymans Republican Committee chairwoman Barbara Cumm in her own home—after she manages to get them elected to the board—; then you have Mr George Langdon, newly elected to the Coeymans Town Board but not satisfied with being elected, he has his greedy eye on the Coeymans Republican Committee chairmanship besides (that’s not going to happen)—and he doesn’t seem to want to wait until the present long-time chairwoman Mrs Barbara Cumm hands over the baton—; and then you have dear Kenny Burns who seems to think that Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca is a “father figure.” Is there any hope for Coeymans?

And just when you start to think that some of the worst parasites have been voted off the Coeymans Town Council—Yes, we’re referring to Tom Boehm and Dawn Rogers; Tom Dolan’s next, of course—Mr Peter Masti, sitting member of the Coeymans Town Council, pens another idiotic letter to the editor, which the even more idiotic Ravena News Herald prints.

Mr Masti Insists on Publishing His Pitiful Ignorance…

Please, dear readers, don’t jump to conclusions. We are not proposing censorship nor curtailing free speech. What we are proposing is that a sitting elected official should be especially responsible, prudent and careful when publishing his opinion in the local media.  We are proposing that he should have his facts straight and correct, at the very least. We must hold our elected officials to a higher standard than we do the woman- or man-on-the-street. When our elected officials publish something in the public media, it is not just simply “opinion” but it takes on an entirely different character, it becomes public information, public education.

We read the letters to the editor and we have read Mr Masti’s occasional diatribes. For example, last December 19th (2013), Mr Masti penned a letter-to-the-editor of the Ravena News Herald. We read that letter and it raised our eyebrows as it should have done for many others. In that letter, Mr Masti rants about Santa Claus, “‘X-ing” out Christ in Christmas and Mr Masti’s own “faith in Christ.” Here’s some of what Masti writes:

“The very holiday of Christmas proclaims Christ in its name and very existence. I laugh when I see Xmas instead of Christmas. How can you  X” out Christ and still have Christmas?…I do not force my faith in Christ on others. I do not think that Christians should ever do that, but neither should we be afraid to share that faith with others.”

So what’s the problem? You may well ask. Mr Masti is proclaiming his pitiful ignorance in published letter-to-the-editor, and by so doing is making a mockery of his “faith in Christ,” and his own Christian education. Had Mr Masti done any homework at all, he would have quickly found out that the “X” in Xmas is not “X”-ing out, or deleting, or removing Christ from Christmas. Not at all! Mr Masti’s pitiful ignorance shines brightly, as does his ignorance of Christian tradition. In fact, the “X” in Xmas represents a long Christian tradition of abbreviating sacred names in manuscripts and writing. In fact, the “X” in Xmas has its origins in Biblical Greek, and is actually the Greek letter χ (chi), the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, Christós, meaning ‘anointed’. The translation of the Hebrew word Mašíaḥ (messiah) as Χριστός (Christós) in the Greek Septuagint became the accepted Christian designation and title of Jesus of Nazareth. Similarly, in many Christian manuscripts we find the name Christ represented by a “” (a cross), as in mas. Mr Masti is absolutely incorrect in his News Herald rant and merely exposes his ignorance of Christian tradition.

Mr Masti apparently has too much time on his hands. Obviously, his nursing job is not keeping him busy, nor is the work of being a town of Coeymans town board member, either. In this past week’s Ravena News Herald we again had the amusement and questionable pleasure of more of Mr Masti’s ignorance. In the Ravena News Herald of February 6, 2014, in a letter to the editor, Mr Masti writes:

“In talking with some people this past week, I was told that some of my decision making was being influenced by the “Smallbany blogger”. I quite curtly informed them that it was not.

“When I first got into office I was exposed to this “information source”. I use the word ‘exposed’ because that is what I felt. It read like an X-rated small town soap opera and I never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language! When I write my letters I give the facts as best I know them, where I received these facts, and then I sign what I have written. This “Smallbany” person does not sign and leaves one unable to find out where he gets his information. I also try to share my information in a civil form and not in some vile and vulgar format that would turn myself and I am sure many others away.”

Now the initial problem we have with this snippet from Mr Masti’s letter-to-the-editor is that Mr Masti contradicts himself. Furthermore, Mr Masti gives us reason to believe he is ignorant of what was and is going on in Coeymans town hall. Shouldn’t he know what’s going on there?

Mr Masti also reveals his mediocre mental processing when he needs to know who is writing this blog. Mr Masti seems to loose sight of the fact that this blog’s title is “Smallbany” not “About Me.” Mr Masti does not seem to recognize the fact that it is the factual content of this blog that matters, not the author or authors. Masti gets stuck on the format, the language and doesn’t even address the content. But the events and facts reported in this blog are right under Masti’s nose! (Isn’t Mr Masti aware that the Coeymanazi money-pit police department is just downstairs? Isn’t Masti aware of the Notices of Claim filed against the Coeymans Police Department? Doesn’t Masti sign off on the Coeymans police department budget?)

What’s even worse is that Mr Masti appears to be saying he is familiar with this blog and its contents enough to make certain decisions about it. But Wait! Doesn’t he seem to be saying in his letter to the editor that he read only one article on this blog and didn’t even finish that one? Mr Masti appears to be double-talking us.

Does Mr Masti sweat such bullets when he reads a Albany Times Union or a Ravena News Herald article that is “unsigned” or if he doesn’t know where they obtained their biased and generally inaccurate information?

What’s worse is that Masti writes that the blog “leaves one unable to find out where he gets his information.” That’s absolutely stupid of Masti because we provide quotes, sources, pictures. We reproduced the source documents and provide them for reading and download. We frequently state that the information is obtained directly from the town of Coeymans or village Ravena, or elsewhere under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.). If Mast were even half-aware of what’s going on in Coeymans town hall, he’d at least recognize some of the information we publish! It comes straight from Coeymans town board minutes or documents! Wake up Masti!

Masti’s ignorance is further documented when he writes: “I also try to share my information in a civil form and not in some vile and vulgar format that would turn myself and I am sure many others away.” The information Mr Masti has so far shared has been “civil,” that we admit. But it has been incorrect or wrong. Mr Masti’s mediocrity is underscored when he writes that the information provided on this blog is “vile and vulgar.” That statement would make the impression that Mr Masti is familiar with this blog and its contents to be able to make such a sweeping statement. But how can that be if Mr Masti also writes: “I  never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language,” when Masti describes his first experience of the blog. He never finished but he has an opinion. Is that the kind of person Coeymans needs or wants on the town of Coeymans town council?

 The most glaringly stupid statement Masti makes is that the “vile and vulgar format would turn myself [Masti] and I [Masti] am sure man others away.” Quite the contrary, Mr Masti, this blog is “vile and vulgar” only in your petty bigoted little mind. In fact, the information provided on this blog is lauded as very important to the community, your own Ravena-Coeymans community, by the many readers in the Ravena-Coeymans community and even worldwide! We have attracted almost 200,000 readers, Mr Masti! Almost everyone with a computer, a tablet, a smartphone in the town of Coeymans reads this blog, Mr Masti! Even YOU, Mr Masti!

Mr Peter Masti, you are an ignorant so-called Christian, and we can forgive that. We have no intention of tearing your personal religious beliefs or faith tradition apart. Nor do we intend to enter into a theological presentation, either. But you are, like so many like you, ignorant even of your own declared faith tradition. You should not publicize that; it makes most Christians look bad.

What’s worse, though, is that you are a hypocrite, Mr Masti. And it appears that you are a liar, too. Put all of that together and we have a very nasty mess: An ignorant, hypocritical liar who calls himself a Christian. Shame on you! That’s not our opinion, Mr Masti. That conclusion comes directly from a fair analysis of your letter-to-the-editor, and anyone with a third-grade reading ability can determine that fact for him or herself.

In conclusion, Mr Masti: The fact that to “some people” with whom you were chatting felt that your decision making was influenced by this blog speaks volumes. Firstly, for all the negative statements you make about this blog, it seems that your decisions have a lot in common with what we write on this blog. Why else would “some people” feel that your decision making was influenced by this blog? How do you explain that Mr Masti?

Furthermore, you write that you didn’t get past your initial contact with this blog; in fact, you write, “I never even finished what I saw before me due to its format and language!” So, Mr Masti, how can you say with certainty that your decision making wasn’t influenced by the “Smallbany blogger?” Either you know for certain or you don’t know. Which is it, Mr Masti? And if you know for certain that your decision making was not influenced by the blog, you’d have to know which decisions and which blog information. Right? That would mean that you’d have to know what’s on this blog. If you don’t know what’s on this blog, it’s impossible for you to “curtly inform them” that your decision making was not influenced by this blog. You can’t have it both ways, Mr Masti. You do see where we’re having some problems with your credibility, Mr Masti, don’t you?

Finally, you claim that you are “unable to find out where he [the blogger] gets his information.” Well, Mr Masti, if you are in the privileged position as an elected public official in the capacity of a Coeymans town council member, you should be expected to know where the information came from. You do read your town documents, publications, the local media, etc., don’t you, Mr Masti? You do know what a F.O.I.L. is, don’t you, Mr Masti. Certainly, Mr Masti, when we publish information on the town of Coeymans you must recognize it, don’t you Mr Masti?

Mr Masti: After all is said and done we have a question: What in hell are you doing when you’re sitting in executive session, during a town of Coeymans board meeting, or as a town board member? It seems our readers are better informed than you are!

What’s worse, though, is that you are a hypocrite, Mr Masti. And it appears that you are a liar, too. Put all of that together and we have a very nasty mess: An ignorant, hypocritical liar. Our advice to you, Mr Masti: Stop writing letters to the editor. They only confirm our opinion of you.

The truth is: Peter Masti got caught with his pants down around his ankles when “some people” recognized that his decision making is influenced by this blog. Masti was apparently embarassed when he got called on that fact and now is trying to distance himself from us. Peter Masti admits in his own letter to the editor that “some people” somehow thought his decision making was very similar to this blog and simply asked him about it. Now Peter Masti is peeing all over himself trying to claim that we don’t influence him. Even if he were to be truthful and say that he reads this blog and gets some information from it. What harm would that do? Shows he’d be up to snuff on what’s going on in his community, doesn’t it? We know you read this blog, Petey. Why lie about it, Petey?


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Coeymans Town Boardmember
Christian but No Credibility
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Albany Times Union Tries to Save Face…With Egg!

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 As Usual, The Albany Times Union (a.k.a. Albany Times Useless) Does What It Does Best: It Screws Up Facts

Times Union, DA Soares, Coeymans P.D. Continue to Shoot Themselves in the Foot!

Times Union, DA Soares,
Coeymans P.D.

Continue to Shoot Themselves in the Foot!

But the Bottom Line is that the Trumped Up Fraud of a Case Against
Mr John Vadney,
President of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Board of Education was
DISMISSED IN FULL
because there was no truth, no facts to support the charge.

The Real Perp, Joseph Edward “Joe” Tracey, Father of Josephine Tracey-O’Connor of Election Fat Fame, Mr Tracey Got 6 MONTHS Probation, and has to appear in court again in May.

But the fact that justice was done is not important, according to Kristen V. Brown, another one of those unemployable, amateur, wannabe writers at the Times Useless. Rather than praise the fact that justice was finally done and pointing out that the Albany County DA P. David Soares joined with the Coeymanazis in maliciously prosecuting a case that was not based on facts and truth. And the Albany Times Useless completely avoids the fact that Soares could not prosecute the case because there were no facts but wasted public money, harassed Mr Vadney for almost an enitre year. No, that’s not newsworthy to the Albany Times Union and their prostitute reporters.

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Albany Times Union Reporter Looking for a Story

Albany Times Union Reporter Looking for a Story

Instead, the Albany Times Useless in a piece by some nobody going by the name of Kristin V. Brown, printed a slew of bungled facts, making certain to tantalize the perverts and again scandalizes the RCS community.

We seriously have to ask ourselves: What does the Albany Times Union have against the Ravena-Coeyamans-Selkirk commuity? Why is the Albany Times Union constantly trashing this community. What’s the axe they have to grind? Don’t you ever ask yourself that question?

Why do you people continue your subscriptions to the Times Useless. It’s a tabloid. No news just sewerage. You might as well read used toilet tissue…you’ll get just as much from it.

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Our Personal Advice to the Albany Times Union and Ms Kristin V. Brown"The Editor

Our Personal Advice to the Albany Times Union and Ms Kristin V. Brown
The Editor

P.S. Where was the Times Useless or the News Herald or News Center 6, 10 or 13 when Scott Lendin was turned loose on the community? Where were you TU, NH, NC 6, 10, 13?

 

Just A Friendly Reminder

Always Keep in Mind that this Blog is Intended to Bring About
Positive Change

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While it may sometimes seem that examples and language style used in our articles is insensitive, sometimes harsh, it is not the words that count but the meaning behind them. Language is used for communication. Style is used to grab attention. True facts are important for establishing credibility. And readers are essential for mobilization, realization, and implementation of the change.

If I’ve learned anything from my professional experience it’s that most people really and sincerly want the best for themselves, their loved ones, and for their community. Very few, and we know pretty much who they are, are self-serving, insensitive, and indifferent to the common good. We’ve identified many of those maladjusted souls on this blog and we intend to continue that work.

What Kind of Listener are You?

What Kind of Listener are You?

But this article is for the rest of our readers, the innocent who are constantly getting disappointed. Please keep in mind that no one likes to be told they’re wrong in so many blunt words. No one likes to be told that they’re making stupid choices. No one likes to be told that they are investing their emotional capital in losing enterprises. In other words, no one likes to get their noses rubbed in their own crappola.

But we also have to avoid becoming grateful to or sympathetic of our oppressors. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as the Stockholm syndrome, or capture–bonding. It’s a psychological phenomenon in which the oppressed [hostages, victims] express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors or oppressors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk experienced by the oppressed person, the victim or the hostage, who essentially misinterpret a lack of abuse from their oppressors for an act of kindness. The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of this so-called Stockholm syndrome.

Stop Being Hostages!!!

Stop Being Hostages!!!

Stockholm syndrome can be seen as a form of traumatic bonding, which does not necessarily require a hostage scenario, but which describes “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” One commonly used hypothesis to explain the effect of Stockholm syndrome is based on Freudian theory. It suggests that the bonding is the individual’s response to trauma in becoming a victim. Identifying with the aggressor is one way that the ego defends itself. When a victim thinks he or she believes or shares the same values as the oppressor/aggressor, they no longer become a threat; they’re no longer a hostage, no longer a victim. They become one of their oppressors! Or so they rationalize.

We can see in our own community, in the RCS and in the New Baltimore community how his has happened. Just think about it for a minute.

art of deep listeningWe will bring most people to our side if we gently nudge them rather than pushing them. They’ll listen more readily and willingly if we hear what they say and engage them in alternative dialogue, by mirroring what they say with what we hear them saying, inviting that all-important dialogue to take place. We’ll earn their trust and confidence if we first acknowledge that we all have a common objective: the good of the community. We just think we know how to achieve it but many times we may be heading down the wrong street.

What I’d like to see our crusaders do is go gently. Be a good listener. Be well informed and offer alternatives not outright criticism or opposition. Good listening to is what many of our neighbors need; not criticism or opposition. Once our neighbors realize someone is listening to what they have to say, they’ll be ready to listen, too. This blog is living proof of that statement: we hear what people have to say, listen to what they mean, and read their communications empathetically. Then we respond.

In ethics we have big words to describe the personal dignity that each person has and their sense of being an individual, their own right to personhood. We teach that people should not do for people what they can do for themselves–this is called the principle of subsidiarity. We also teach the principle of doing no harm and that no evil (= bad) act should be the means to even a good result. Keeping those few ethical principles in mind can take us a long way to positive outcomes in this community.

In the Divine ImageIntellect, Free Will, Responsibility

In the Divine Image
Intellect, Free Will, Responsibility

While I don’t want to get too intellectual at this point, I would like to share with our readers something that St Thomas Aquinas had to say about “rational” creatures: First, the rational creature naturally moves toward the ultimate Good. St Thomas goes on to say that “Man is made in the image of God in so far as men and women are patterned after God through intellectualityfreedom of will, and self-determination.”  Humankind, you and I and our neighbors, are in His image, in so far as through our free will we are the main cause of our own works. In other words, we have been created with intelligence and freedom of will, and we should use that intelligence for making the best (=good) choices because we are the cause of the results and we bear the responsibility. Key to responsibility is the response part, we have to respond for what we do.

While it’s true some people among us misuse and abuse those gifts of intelligence and free will, the rest of us can do our best to use our gifts wisely and, perhaps, with charity and perseverence, bring them back to the Good.

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Community Starts
with
People Connecting
with
People

I’d like to remind you also, that you can make a big difference by talking about what you read on this blog, by sharing its content with relatives and friends by sending an email link to the blog, by commenting on what you read, by distributing a printout or two of your favorite blog articles to people who may not be fortunate to have a computer or, if they do, don’t really know how to use it. I’ll do the research and the writing, you do the distribution. Now that’s a deal you shouldn’t refuse.

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Then come back and
do another one!

It’s habit forming…
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We regret any confusion …

We Have Received Some Comments That Indicate To Us That There Is Some Confusion Regarding The Operator Of The RC Teen Activity Center And A Very Popular Teacher At The RCS Middle School.

appreciation

While we have made it very clear that we are not bashing anyone and that we are simply asking important questions relating to the RC Teen Activity Center, some of our readers have risen to the occasion to defend their “Mr Fisher.” I was very curt and blunt with one commenter who seemed to have been confused and vigorously defended her “Mr Fisher.” I now understand her confusion and I’d like to conditionally apologize for the rough treatment s/he received at my hands.

To be clear: Mr Michael Fisher is the operator of the RC Teen Activity Center in Ravena. Mr William Fisher is a teacher at the RCS Middle School. On this blog we are discussing only the RC Teen Activity Center and Mr Michael Fisher not the RCS Middle School and Mr William Fisher.

dropped the ballMr William Fisher is a very popular and loved teacher at the RCS Middle School and we have that on very reliable authority: some of his students and several parents. So, Mr William Fisher we would like to congratulate you on a very special reputation you have obviously earned at the RCS Middle School. While there may have been some confusion in the names, what ultimately came out in all of this is your fine reputation! So we conditionally apologize to you for any anxiety we may have caused to you!

We do want to emphasize, too, that there is no reason whatsoever to believe that Mr Michael Fisher of the RC Teen Activity Center is not attempting to do good for the community. We support all that is good in this community. Our points made on this blog critique only a number of concerns and inconsistencies that we have noted in the leadership and organization of the RC Teen Activity Center. The leadership and organization is not the product of a single person but is the result of many interrelated factors and interactions of a number of people and agencies. We do not want to make the impression that we are singling out Mr Michael Fisher as an individual nor do we want to distract from his basic intentions.

As always, we want to continue our policy of truth and correctness and we intend always to publicize and own up to any misunderstandings we may inadvertently have caused. That policy is what makes us credible and reliable.

We thank you for your trust and confidence, and your loyalty!

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The Editor

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