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RCS Communities Mourn a Special Son

On July 20, 2015, suddenly, unexpectedly a special son of the RCS community for more than 75 years was summoned home; a colorful, memorable, well-liked, loved and respected member of the RCS community, Rodney A. Krzykowski, died but he left an American legacy and true meaning for those of us who are still able to know the American pioneer spirit when we see it. Rodney will be truly missed by many of us. He should be missed by all of us.

In fact, you can thank Rodney Krzykowski for this Blog! This very blog owes its existence to Rodney Kryzkowski. Think back to 2012, when the crooks, conspirators and special-interest lackies (James Latter, Howard Engel, Alice Whalen, Joe Tracey, Josephine O’Connor, Matt Miller, the RCS Sports Association, and the nefarious Delucas, Cathy and Dirty-Hands Jerry) were ambushing and backstabbing, and lying their way into controlling the RCS school board and the $42,000,000+ budget. This blog was started to defend Rodney and to expose the crooks and conspirators for what they were. That was three years ago and we’re still going strong, thanks to Rodney and the raw deal the crooks were handing him.

RodneyK_FrameRodney Krzykowski was a man of few words but those words held incredible meaning. He was an honest man, a man who shot from the hip with deadly accuracy, as many of the members of the RCS board of education, like Mr James Latter, Mr Howard “Bray” Engel, Ms Alice Whalen and others too numerous to name, learned very quickly and have the scars to prove it. Rodney was intelligent and did the math before he opened his mouth, unlike the current Latter board, and when he spoke, he made sense; he never learned double-speak.

Rodney embodied a very rare pioneer spirit and didn’t have very much use for government or the crooks government seems to attract and feed. He was brilliant when it came to researching even arcane subjects and doing his homework. Unlike most of our elected officials and public employees, Rodney thrived on intellectual challenges;if it was out there, he’d find it, and when he did Watch out! Town of Coeymans. Most of the local sheeple tended to condemn him on unsubstantiated misinformation spread by the local incest clubs. Surprised? Unlike Rodney, everyone else had something to say about his politics but none of them really knew anything at all about him or his politics. We did, though, and we must admit that he was on to something, not a fanatic or an anarchist, but a true crusader, a man whose principles guided him, and a man who thumbed his nose to ass-kissers and clique-members. When you spoke to Rodney, you had an instinctual perception that the man was special, honest, had a pioneer integrity that is almost extinct these days.

dove with olive branch

Rodney was a mechanical genius. He loved his cars and he loved racing them. Yes, Rodney raced stock and modified his cars himself, frequently creating machinery to get a job done. If something needed customizing he could conjure up an apparatus to do it. Makes you wonder that he never went the patent route with his creations; the man could have been a millionaire.

Yes, he could have been very comfortable but he preferred to remain simple and work for what he had. If you knew Rodney, you would have to agree with us that you would find it very difficult to find anyone who was a harder worker than he. The man never stopped.

Whether with friends — he was always welcome in many local homes — hanging out in local automotive shops, or at the Medway Café, where you could find hm regularly, he was quiet, minded his own business, but was always available if you wanted to chat. In fact, there was no one still living who knew more about local property histories, businesses, families, and government than Rodney Krzykowski. If you needed to know anything about the property that is now the Port of Coeymans or Don Trickie’s escapades, you’d ask Rodney. He could tell you what was there, what’s still there, who put it there and, if it’s not there anymore, where it went.

tail between legs_looking rightRodney was also an avid history buff and could talk your ear off about the Constitution, the developmental history of taxation, property laws, and the list goes on. He scared the living bejeebers out of local officials, lawyers, judges, because they were ignorant of most of what Rodney had spent years researching. Most local officials rely on an ignorant community and they have their way with the poor bastards; Not with Rodney K! He’d send those dirty dogs packing with their cruddy tails between their legs. We need more Rodneys to keep things kosher in town and village halls.

Rodney owned a tavern and most recently RAK Tire Recovery and the former R.K. Winners Circle. He was not only a businessman and entrepreneur but active in community organizations, too. He was a member of the Ravena Grange and the County Grange and was elected to serve on the RCS board of education. He even raced stock cars at Lebanon Valley for many years.

Rodney was a self-made man, a good man, a generous friend. We are deeply saddened by the way his death was hushed by his family, and how his community was deprived of the opportunity to grieve his death, how Rodney’s friends and admirers were deprived of the opportunity to mourn the loss of a friend and model citizen. We were outraged by the pitifully scant obituary that was tucked away, almost invisible, in a Sunday Times Union. Rodney deserved better, much better. In fact, quite a number of Rodney’s friends and acquaintances were shocked and offended that he was disposed of like a box of old newspapers. A number of those friends and acquaintances even offered to chip in a couple of hundred dollars each to cover a proper viewing and funeral but Rodney’s daughters allegedly wanted to make quick work of it all — the Babcock Funeral Home of Ravena (NY) — a real monopoly in the Ravena area, big prices small productions — , known for its sloppy service, probably didn’t do much to help the general situation.

But the well-hidden, cheapo obituary did announce that Rodney’s memorial service was to be held on

Saturday, August 1, 2015
at 11:00 a.m. at the
Trinity United Methodist Church
Coeymans Hollow

We hope that everyone who knew Rodney will be there to show their support for this fine man, and to show that true American pioneer spirit still has a place in our decrepit culture. Let’s see how Trinity United Methodist will manage to appropriately and fittingly celebrate Rodney’s life; are they up to the task? (See Editor’s Note.)

Editor’s Note: The turnout at Trinity United Methodist Church for Rodney’s memorial service was standing room only. Rev. Meager rushed the actual service a bit and the hymns could have been a bit more energetic but overall the event was a fine tribute. The Grange did a beautiful tribute, and the eulogies spoke only well of Rodney and his contributions to the community. It was a proper tribute to a fine man, and we’d like to thank the community for showing up and doing Rodney proud.

Rodney,
You grew in wisdom, age, and grace and learned through suffering.
May the Lord bless and keep you.
May choirs of angels welcome you and lead you into paradise,
May the martyrs come to welcome you
and take you to the holy city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem,
where you may find respite in the bosom of Abraham;
where Lazarus is poor no longer,
where every tear is wiped away.

There may you find eternal peace.

StJohnsAshfield_StainedGlass_GoodShepherd

We’ll remember you, Rodney.
The Editor

 

New Baltimore: Taxed but not represented!

Pull It Out, New Baltimore!

Pull It Out, New Baltimore!

On May 20th, 2014, Voters will go to the polls to vote for three RCS CSD board of education members and to hopefully disapprove the bloated $42 million, at least 75% of which goes to pay outrageous salaries for incompetent services and teachers who ensure that the kids are duds and the RCS schools continue to be known far and wide as failing schools.

nysut pig

New Baltimore Needs to Vote Overwhelmingly for Rodney Kryzkowsky in Protest and NO! to the $42 million RCS CSD School Budget!!!

Here’s why:

  • A good portion of New Baltimore’s school taxes are going out of Greene County to pay for the RCS Central School District’s waste and favoritism.

  • New Baltimore has no representation on the RCS Central School District board of education (for that matter neither does the majority of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk residents).

  • The RCS CSD is owned and operated by a group of insiders, who are owned and operated by the New York State United Teachers union.

  • RCS Central School District schools are commonly known as “failing” schools and the composition of the administration, teaching staff, and the board of education makes certain that that reputation is going to last.

  • New Baltimore has to wake up and get smart: New Baltimore has to get out of the quagmire of the RCS CSD district and get into the Coxsackie system, in our own Greene County. Ravena-Coeymans is a failing, dying, corrupt and confused bunch of lunatics with no vision and a love affair with toxic waste, no environmental sensitivity, and voodoo economics. No change in corruption—only the faces change.

  • On May 20th cast your protest vote against the three teachers union stooges McFerretHotalingJones and FOR RODNEY KRZYKOWSKI, the only honest one on the RCS CSD board of education and the only one who has the courage to represent his convictions and refuse to join the gang of cowards.

  • Vote NO! on the RCS CSD $42 million budget that makes no sense and continues a practice of lies, misinformation, and spending.

  • Climb on the backs of the New Baltimore town board and force them to take steps to remove New Baltimore’s kids from the failing RCS CSD schools and get them into our own Greene County, Coxsackie system where they belong.

Pull it out, New Baltimore!

Pull it out, New Baltimore!
The Editor

 
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A Weasel on the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Board of Education: William McFerran?!?!

 As if there weren’t already too many weasels in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District administrative offices, employed by the RCS schools as teachers and non-instruction staff; as if the RCS board of education were not already overrun by ratlike weasels, now one of the arch-weasels, William “Bill” McFerran has his eye on a seat on the RCS board of education. Does it get any sleazier? Well, the answer to that question, dear readers is: Yes! It does get sleazier because the RCS school central district and its board of education are the sleaze champs of central New York State.

RCS: Home of the Weasel Board of Education!

Owned and Operated by the New York State United Teachers — A special-interest union!

McFerret a.k.a. McWeasel Bill McFerran Running for RCS BoE? No way, José!

McFerret a.k.a. McWeasel: Bill McFerran Running for RCS BoE? No way, José!

Not only did the Fiends of RCS wait until the 11th hour to announce the names of the sleaze candidates they are attempting to push on the public,  The fact that the three candidates supported by the teachers union, New York State United Teachers, Tina Furst-Hotaling, Michael Jones, and William “Bill” McFerret. Once again the Fiends of RCS, a loud-mouthed group of insiders, has put their candidates—Correction: the teachers union’s candidates—all on one ticket and plastering the entire district with the arrogant three stooges:Tina Furst-Hotaling, Michael Jones, and McFerret himself!


The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of the European Polecat, a mammal belonging to the weasel genus of the family Mustelidae.Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators…[B]eing so closely related to polecats, ferrets are quite easily able to hybridize with them, and this has occasionally resulted in feral colonies of polecat-ferret hybrids that have caused damage to native fauna. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferret)


It’s a scandal that the candidates were publically announced not even a week before the scheduled school board and school budget elections. Meet the candidates was published only on May 25, 2014, in the Ravena News Herald for the elections to take place on May 20th!!!! Is that a joke or what?

Ms...Furst-Hotaling

Ms…Furst-Hotaling

We reported on McFerret’s shady and sleazy operations while he was associated with the RCS Sports Association. You remember, the sports association with the phony registrations and non-profit status? The same RCS Sports Association that when the water was getting a little too hot to handle, all of a sudden disappeared in a puff of ‘we’re outa here’ and then miraculously reappeared as the “new” RCS Sports Association will real status and a whole new board of crooks. Well, if you remember all that you’ll also remember that McFerran, yes, the very William McFerran who’s running for the board of education was behind all that and mixed up in the skullduggery, right up to his furry neck! And now he’s asking RCS voters to put him on the board that is already lousy with insiders.

Well, if you think the RCS board of education has been lousy with teachers and teachers’ spouses, and if you feel you’ve been left out in the cold by the Latter-Hyslop-Brown mob (all of their discussions take place behind closed doors, the BoE meetings are so insubstantial most people don’t even attend any more (except for those who have something to gain), and the public has been all but shut out of any serious decision-making process).

What’s even worse is that once the Latter-Hyslop-Brown gang got on the board, no one had a chance. But let’s face the truth, people. You made your beds and now you have to sleep in them. Good for you, RCS school district voters, you now have failing schools and are spending another $42 million to keep those responsible for the failure in the decision-making positions. Congratulate yourselves, RCS voters! You’re filling the pockets of RCS employees and their unions to the tune of 75% of the $42+ million they want you to approve on May 20th! Go ahead! Add McFerret, Jones and Furst-Hotaling to the BoE and shoot yourselves in the other foot.

Just do a search of this blog to learn about the ape that your BoE almost immediately put in the president’s chair: James Latter! He works for the Saudi-Arabian plastics manufacturer Sabic. Yeah, the same Sabic (formerly G.E. Plastics) who has so poisoned the environment in and around Feura Bush/Selkirk that the land is dead! And Latter’s the president of your board of education. Thanks, RCS voters! While you’re at it, search for McFerran and read about that scoundrel!

Mr Fozzie Jones

Mr Fozzie Jones

But the worst was still to come. Your very Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association, led by your very own crook and double-dipper teacher, Matthew Miller a.k.a. Matt the Mutt Miller, who just about a year ago was told he was no longer going to get the $18,000 he was being paid on top of his full teacher’s salary and for what? For being “energy manager.” But Miller’s crimes against the school district didn’t stop there and still don’t. He’s the teacher’s union rep at RCS. Yes, he’s the union rep for New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, at RCS, and works a reduced teaching load so he can dedicate time to union work….And yes, he does get his full teacher’s salary, too.

predatorsBut as a teacher and as a union rep, representing the special interests of the teacher, he crosses many, too many boundaries. Not even considering his double- even triple dipping into your tax dollars, he uses his positions as teacher and union rep to unfairly influence the voting when it comes to the BoE and the school budget. His boss, Alan McCartney, has turned wimp when it comes to keeping Miller under control, and so Miller and his associates Elyse Loughlin, are improperly attempting to influence the elections.

We have acquired a letter dated April 25, 2014, signed by both Matthew J. Miller as Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association “president”, and Elyse Loughlin, PAC (Political Action Committee) chairperson, in which Miller and Loughlin announce the union’s support of the budget passed by the teacher-loaded RCS board of education. But Miller and Loughlin mention cuts in that letter, cuts that never were made! Lie Number One!

Matt-the-Mutt Miller as NYSUT Rep

Matt-the-Mutt Miller as NYSUT Rep

In that same letter, Miller and Loughlin announce their support of Bill McFerran (the RCS Sports Association goon), Furst-Hotaling, another insider and former member of the notorious private club known as the Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, and Michael Jones, whose wife is a teacher. Need we say more? But there is more.

Miller and Loughlin AGAIN start a smear campaign against the only candidate who is not closely associated with the teachers or the teachers union, NYSUT, Rodney Krzykowski. Matt Miller and Elyse Loughlin continue their failed attempts to discredit Mr Krzykowski based on their misinformed and ignorant propaganda that Mr Krzykowski is somehow unfit to be on the board of education! Would that be because he’s the only one not a card-carrying member of the teachers clique and the only one who truly represents the working class of this district? It gets even worse when Miller and Loughlin accuse the State Education Department  and the Commissioner of Education as being “weak kneed” for not removing Mr Krzykowski from office. Miller and Loughlin seem to think they know better than the entire New York State Education Department!!!

Mr Beaker "Weasel" McFerran

Mr Beaker “Weasel” McFerran

Dear readers, that letter says it all. Here we have individuals receiving outlandish salaries and benefits, the very ones to whom you entrust your children’s’ education, defying an individual’s rights to political freedom and to challenge an unjust system. These people, Miller and Laughlin, represent the teachers union, NYSUT, not YOU! Yet they are asking you to deprive a fellow citizen, sovereign or not, of his rights to represent you. Miller, Laughlin and their friends Latter, Engel, Hyslop, Brown all attempted to VOID YOUR VOTES by using their trickery to remove a man elected by YOU from his seat on the BoE.

It’s really disgusting that Miller, Laughlin and their cronies not only wanted to VOID YOUR VOTES but they want also to deprive a citizen of his protected rights of free political speech and association. Now that’s a message you really want your kids getting in the schools you are paying for. That’s the equivalent of intellectual sabotage and abuse of trust!

What’s really disgusting is that Miller, Laughlin and the people they want on the RCS CSD school board like James Latter (accused several times of ethical violations and violation of student and family confidentiality, a violation of the FERPA law), Engel, Hyslop, Brown (husband of Mary Partridge-Brown, the woman who almost gives Matt Miller a lap dance at school board meetings, she’s so close), now want to foist more insiders to do their union’s bidding, like Tina Furst-Hotaling and Michael Jones and worse still, Bill McFerran.

At the very least in the last elections the Fiends of RCS supported Patrick Brown and Jason Hyslop on the same board as the unethical James Latter; now they’re putting Furst-Hotaling and Jones on the same board as the tax-avoider Bill McFerran of the “old” RCS Sports Association, while crying Wolf! and pointing the finger at Mr Krzkowski. Will the hypocrisy never end in this RCS school district?

Matt Miller and Elyse Laughlin and their kind are not only traitors to their community and to their students, they advocate different constitutional rights for different groups! That in itself is a violation of the United States Constitution! They are attacking the system of laws as well, saying that the laws do not work (after all, if Mr Krzkowski were guilty of any crime other than exercising his constitutional rights, would he still be free?). Hell Miller and Laughlin even attack their own New York State Department of Education and its Commissioner when they don’t get their way and the Department of Education and its Commissioner don’t break the law for them.

Those are the types of teachers you have in the RCS Central School District. Those are the types of teachers that you have teaching your kids. Those are the types of people your are throwing $42 million at and letting them have their way with it. YOUR SCHOOLS ARE STILL FAILING RCS AND YOUR TEACHERS UNION IS STILL RUNNING YOUR BOARD OF EDUCATION. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SMARTEN UP? WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO WAKE UP! (Did you know that in a recent official appraisal done in the town of Bethlehem couldn’t find any comparables in the RCS school district and wrote “the RCS schools are failing” and cannot be compared with the Bethlehem properties!)

Everybody Pays Failing SchoolsOne final word: Remember the RCS Sports Association’s big plan to “donate” a refreshment stand to the RCS school district? Well, that’s stagnated for some time now. Just watch the thermometer on the RCS high-school grounds: It’s not moving! The fundraising is all but dead! But here’s the plan you don’t know about: McFerret is running for a seat on the RCS board of education along with two other supporters. What would you think if once they’re on the board they don’t get together with the other insiders and divert budget funds to the refreshment stand fund? Another bit of trickery you can bitch about. Right?

Rodney Krzykowsky is the only person left on that RCS central school district board of education who is not infected. Rodney Krzykowski is one of the only ones in this entire RCS district who has the balls to say out loud what the rest of you only say under your breath. Rodney Krzykowski is the only one on the RCS BoE who has the guts to represent the blue collars in this community. Rodney Krzykowski stands alone but has the guts to do so; the rest of your lousy RCS BoE are hypocrites and cowards. It’s about time someone said that, and it’s about time you readers start doing something about it.

They're doing it down your leg and telling you it's ice-water! The Editor

They’re doing it down your leg and telling you it’s ice-water!
The Editor

New Baltimore Needs to Opt OUT of the Failing RCS CSD and Join the Thriving Coxsackie Team in Our Own Greene County Schools! New Baltimore has to wake up and realize that it has no representation in the RCS CSD; furthermore, the RCS CSD and the RCS board of education are so far gone, so corrupt, there’s no saving it! So save yourselves, New Baltimore!

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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The Epilogue You’ve All Been Waiting For: “Common Cents”– the Final Word

 

Before we launch our commentaries on the continuing corruption of the Ravena – Coeymans – Selkirk Central School District and its union – made – and – owned candidates for board of education, and before we launch our feature article on the Town of Coeymans town council’s own babbling boobie, Mr Peter Masti, and Masti’s Morbid Mentality and Blue – collar Hallucinations for the Town of Coeymans. We’ll also be publishing facts and figures on why the Town of New Baltimore has to leave the RCS CSD and join the Coxsackie school system. But first, we’d like to publish Mr Laszlo Polyak’s Epilogue to his analyses of the Ravena Village 2014 – 15 budget. So stay tuned for the RCS and Masti pieces, and the New Baltimore report. You’re gonna love’m!


Epilogue — Common Cents

Or the Eptitaph — In a State of General Confusion

DOES IT REALLY NEED A CAPTION?

DOES IT REALLY NEED A CAPTION?

Mr Polyak: I enjoy comments feedback and other points of view because the best solutions come to light from those discussions. One comment suggested that was I‘m “confused:” one, however. Well that’s an understatement if there ever was one! Every time I read the Village of Ravena’s 2014 – 15 budget I get more and more confused.

In Part One of my budget analysis I addressed only telephone expenses as an example of the waste and incompetence exhibited in the Ravena village budget. In that discussion I put out some questions regarding several other confusing budget line items. In order to understand those expenses you would have to see the actual bill voucher or receipt. Like the Village of Ravena is going to let you see that? Good luck!

In Part Two, I broke it all down and put some names on the numbers, while discussing just the facts as printed black–and–white in the Village of Ravena budget. Noting things like postage and gas (fuel) line Items. I also noted that the Water and Sewer funds are by law separate taxation entities (your water bill is “a tax”, and your sewer bill is “a tax”. Those monies are to be used only on sewer or water expenses, that is, the cost to bring us water and take away our sewerage. Water and sewer assessments are NOT part of our general Village of Ravena taxes or Town of Coeymans taxes.

budget-cuts animI also looked at the discrepancies in billing practices to the residents of both communities the amounts billed should be equal—but are far, far from equal, fair or even legal! We all should pay the same rates for water and the same rates for sewer in both the town and village. And rates should be consistent  in different categories such as, an industrial user or residential user etc. based on the actual cost to bring them water and sewer services. Right? Not in Ravena-Coeymans, not in the Twilight Zone!

It’s really great to see and hear so many folk’s comments on items of the VoR budget, it’s a welcomed refreshment compared to the groans and moans of the past. We need discussion and thinking like that! What is your solution to the many confusing discrepancies in the Village of Ravena budget? As I pointed out in Part 1 and in more detail in Part 2 no one questioned the gross (and unexplained, probably illegal) $36,400 in “unclassified” expenses, or “outside services” to the tune of about $50,000. Or what about the “CHIPS acct” where we have $62,000, in revenue. Wouldn’t you question an “unclassified” amount on your cable television or your power bill even if it was a couple of dollars? Why let tens of thousands in “unclassified” spending get swept under the carpet? It’s your money, people!

Here’s one for ya: In the “CHIPS” expense acct (and if you don’t know yet what the CHIPS account is, maybe you should ask!) we have spent only $40,000 (it’s also for road repair). Where did the other $22,000 go? Why didn’t the commenters point that little nugget out to us? Not a peep but Yeah! Henry and Fritz have to respond to emergencies. Too bad! But really, Where’s the $22 grand? We want to know!

Mayor Misuracs's Private Shitter in Ravena Village Hall

Mayor Misuraca’s Private Shitter in Ravena Village Hall

As soon as I attached a name to the village foreman’s job figures in the budget I felt I was in the middle of the Salem witch trials. But that’s OK because as an auditor I know ways to find out if they were “working hard or hardly working”: an auditor demands the records on the spot. (Wonder how the auditors from the Office of the New York State Comptroller missed all of this? Or did they?). We also ask for the names of all personnel employed by the Village of Ravena department in which Fritz/Henry “work” as well as their time/effort allocations (F/T, P/T, number of hours worked per week, on-call, etc.). We’d like to see copies of job descriptions for all personnel employed by the VoR department in which Fritz/Henry “work”. We’d then like to see copies of the call logs, emergency response logs, snow emergency dispatch logs or any written records or documents showing the dates and times of emergency response for water/sewerage emergencies, snow removal emergencies, storm emergencies to which the VoR (department where Fritz/Henry are employed) responded in the period of June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. After all, wouldn’t you expect records like that to be available, even if only for insurance purposes? Where do you think ex–mayor John T. Bruno or hatchet-woman Nancy Warner or ex-mayor Bruno’s pet toad, hot–shot dithering Bill Bailey keep those records? Guess again!

It’s those kind of records that are normally and routinely kept by legit and honest departments that tell the real story of whether they are working hard or hardly working, or even if they show up for work! These are questions and records that any auditor worth his salt could and would demand before jumping to any conclusions. (And on – the – spot impose fines of up to $25,000 for every “What do you mean you don’t have a mandated public record for inspection?) Tell it to the hearing judge, the auditor could say.

 

In the budget all departments should be sub-totaled so department heads can defend their requests for funding for the upcoming year, and taxpayers can clearly seen what’s being requested and for what. As for combining some department jobs, expenditures, allocations, personnel in another department or rolling personnel over into another department without adequate justification is just asking to get beat up by an auditor!
I didn’t even discuss the question of sales tax revenue and the corruption that has been going down over the years. Ravena is expected to receive $625,000.00 (↓↓↓ from a previous $640,000.00) so when I read or hear some fool say that we will punish local business with his checkbook, I see the loss of sales-tax revenues. Chew on this, why don’t ya: We in the village lost a few $100,000.00 in sales tax revenues over the years that Ravena – Coeymans has been hemorrhaging small businesses. And, friends and neighbors, that’s money that the Village and Town have to make up via our general taxes going up. The point is that it pays to spend our money locally; provided we can attract and keep businesses. And I mean businesses who don’t come to Ravena – Coeymans for a tax holiday or a kick – back, and who don’t destroy our town and village character, poison our air, hide our river, destroy our streets. You all know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, just open your tired eyes.

crooked-politician-III also didn’t say anything about village insurance. Because of the many potential lawsuits brought about by the village’s and town’s mismanagement, and outright illegal activities resulting in claims, the Village of Ravena has had to roughly doubled its insurance coverages: it went from 50,000 to 100,000. Illegal activities, fines, misconduct and complaints that can result in millions in settlements or judgments have to be covered. It wouldn’t surprise me that due to all the pending law suits from some form of violation of civil and constitutional righrts, discrimination, the gazebo incidents, and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center employee misconduct (Cathy Deluca got the village slammed with at least two Notices of Claims that are likely to turn into lawsuits very soon. Those will demand several millions in compensation to the complainant! The Town of Coeymans, too, has dozens of pending lawsuits because of the misconduct of the Coeymans police alone!) etc. Then there are the criminal charges in the complaints against village and town officials for such things as obstruction of justice and falsely reporting an incident (Cathy Deluca). Between the town and village, there are roughly two dozen pending law suits (This is public record; go look it up! Ask the village clerk or the town clerk for the information!).

So we taxpayers don’t even know how much the lawsuits will cost us, and we have to pay for it all in the long run. It’s like “Islip” garbage barge; it ended up costing the property owners 20 million! It’s like your property taxes going up from $1,000 to $ 5,000 to cover the cost. Juries don’t care who you think you are; they award tens of millions for discrimination every day without giving it a second thought! After all, your elected officials should know better. Shouldn’t the?

Now let me bring you full circle back to the VoR budget. To be fair, the new mayor of Ravena William “Moose” Misuraca, took office (No sympathy! He begged for the opportunity to run for mayor! Now deal with it!) and now has a mountain of rotting old garbage on his desk to deal with. (Thanks to ex–mayor John Bruno and his other losers, Marty Case (defeated), Rocco Persico (lost), Nancy Warner (to be defeated) and Bill Bailey (already lost but doesn’t know it)) When Misuraca comes up for air, he’ll have to find his own way around.

One of the reasons I’m so confused (and you can’t make this crap up) is that just last Friday 5/2/14 I called the village clerk to get a certified copy of few documents, the deputy clerk said OK, and then made a comment about the Smalbany blog, “Common Cents”, Part 1 and Part 2. She went on to say, “… but Laszlo you’re not sure we do the billing for the water etc. as stated in the blog. A few seconds later, she called me back and refused to provide the certified documents! I asked Why? The deputy village clerk told me that Bill Bailey—You remember him. He’s the dithering boob who pissed himself every time ex – mayor Bruno asked him a question. The one on the village council who stutters and mumbles a lot.—said not to certify them !. OK, I then told them put that in writing. I get off the phone and I’m beyond confused because in Part 2 I spell out the job mandates of any village clerk and one of them is “to certify“ records to be true copies etc.—as mandated by law, so with my head spinning, I’m thinking Bill Bailey instructs the village clerk to commit a crime? And where does Bill Bailey get the authority to tell the village clerk to do or not to do anything, anyway? That’s simply not his job! But now think about this: Nancy Warner, a key conspirator in the old Bruno regime, was the clerk for over 25 years and she’s now overseeing the village office. If something needs to disappear, Nancy Warner knows what it is and can make it disappear. Next election watch Nancy Warner disappear! Like I said you can’t make this stuff up. But the real question is this: When will Misuraca and his majority get the balls to take charge and start making things happen…LEGALLY. Does anyone in the village have or know their job descriptions? Do they ever think of what questions a federal judge or a prosecutor is going to ask them before the judge determines how much of their 401k, their pensions, and their social security will go to pay punitive damages or fines for abuse of public office, violations of protected rights, discrimination and or before removing them from public office and making a retirement reservation in Coxsackie corrections.

PAY UP, STUPID!!!

PAY UP, STUPID!!!

So let’s walk a mile in our new mayor’s shoes (I mean wading boots. He’ll need them to get past all of the bull shit and still get anything done in the Village of Ravena). Where does he go from here?

So YES! Virgil you’re right, I’m very confused!!!! BUT know what Phil Crandall has on the ongoing corruption that is going on in the Village of Ravena and the Town of Coeymans. (For those of you with short memories, Phil Crandall was the town of Coeymans judge who got railroaded into resigning because he didn’t approve of the goings on between the Coeymans town board and the Coeymanazi police department. Click here to read the Smalbany article on this link: From the Judge Himself: Coeymans Judge Resigns, Insider Exposes Corruption.) I like our new mayor so far—but he hasn’t done anything yet so what’s not to like—Oh well! When the judges asked why records are not certified I’ll just say it’s a great question, and that he should ask the likes of Bill Bailey and Nancy Warner and the clerks Biernacki and Demitrazek, I’m just a confused retired auditor. So much for co-mingling funds your federal Honor; welcome to Ravena they have their own set of hubris rules and laws.

 I had a meeting with the mayor, handed him a water bill from a PUD (No, not a village employee; it’s Planned Urban Development ) of 100 homes in Westchester the water bills are less than ours, they’re billed quarterly, and all are metered and the meters are changed out every 5 years, their water comes from Greenwich CT, two wealthy and I mean wealthy places and their water bills are cheaper! Can Bill Bailey explain that? And you don’t have to pay the whole bill at once, and the taste is thousand times better than Ravena water. Cheaper, fairer, better tasting, more convenient billing. Would that ever work in Ravena? Wishful thinking 😉

Here’s a suggestion: It would be great if the new mayor would post all incoming vouchers and bills, and receipts. Maybe even on weekly basis Then we can see who’s doing what with our tax dollars.

Laszlo Polyak a.k.a. the “Confused Auditor“


Editorial Note

Mr Polyak’s comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this blog (and, due to editing, not even Mr Polyak’s own). We’d be much more direct and not so nice to the incompetents! Mr Polyak’s original submission has been extensively edited for form, grammar, and at times for content for the sake of clarity. Mr Polyak is solely responsible for the facts contained in this article and for their accuracy. The Smalbany editorial staff assumes no responsibility for any factual errors. Readers are cordially invited to submit a rebuttal article or to comment on this article using the comment feature of this blog.


Coming up next: New Baltimore’s Turn. Are you ready for this?

Peter Masti gets Lampooned, or Harpooned. You decide!

But firs, A Closer Look at the RCS CSD Board of Education, Just Before the Elections. It’s FIXED…AGAIN!!!

Yeah! Baby! We feel the same way! The Editor

Yeah! Baby! We feel the same way!
The Editor

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Ravena Sports Association, Transparency? Nah!

We Realize That Local Residents Have Very Short Memories and 20-20 Hindsight… BUT….

Do Any of These Words Apply to the RCS Sports Association?

Do Any of These Words Apply to the
RCS Sports Association?

Does Anyone Remember the Problems This Community Experienced with the “Old” RCS Sports Association, Its Non-Existent Financial and Tax Records?  Its Total Refusal to Come Clean on Its Finances? (How about you, Mr James Latter, YOU Really Should Remember!) Maybe the Fact that It Disappeared Overnight and an “New” Poison Mushroom Sprouted up In The Night, the “New” RCS Sports Association Didn’t Raise any Eyebrows or Suspicion? That’s Bizarre.

Several weeks ago we published an article critical of the way the RCS Sports Association was going about running their “raffle.” In that article, “Cart before the Horse: RCS Sports Association Operating a Shell Game [Again]?” (click on this LINK   to read the article), we pointed out a number of scam – like features of the RCS Sports Association’s so – called opportunities to win.

Now we all have to understand that the RCS Sports Association is running the raffle to raise money for the construction of a new concession stand to be built on RCS school property. That’s the central theme why people are coughing up the $20 “donation” for each raffle ticket. So, because the RCS Sports Association is claiming that it is accepting “donations” and claims not to be selling “something,” the concession stand will be donated to the school district and then becomes the property of the school district. In other words, the concession stand, as a donation, is not the property of the RCS Sports Association and the RCS CentralSchool District will have sole discretion as to who uses it, for what, and when. In other words, the refreshment stand will be public property. That’s the good part but it’s not the whole story.

Questions and AnswersIn addition, because the RCS Sports Association is selling raffle tickets for a “donation” of $20 per ticket, and there is no disclaimer releasing the RCS Sports Association from claims resulting from their failure to raise enough money to keep the promise of building the concession stand, even though the architectural plans have been approved by an unidentified approver (the RCS Sports Association does not say who “approved” the plans). And what if they don’t raise enough money to fund the construction project with all of the other obligations like insurance, bonds, etc.? And let’s not forget the completion bond that the RCS Sports Association will have to come up with as a guarantee that the project will be completed, even if the RCS Sports Association can’t complete it themselves.

Did anyone think to ask or does anyone know What the proposed total cost of the project is going to be? all things considered?

All of that has to be answered satisfactorily but for now, let’s get back to the ongoing transparency problem

During the month of May the RCS Sports Association was publishing news about the raffle, handing out packets of raffle tickets, and selling tickets for a “donation,’ generally preparing for the launch of the drawing in June.

We’re now two weeks into the drawing and we haven’t seen any lists of winners or winning numbers published anywhere! (Correction: The RCS Sports Association does list winners and ticked numbers on the RCS Sports Association Facebook page but you’ll have to scroll through tons of other Facebook-type junk to find them.) Wouldn’t it be appropriate to use the official newspaper for this community, the Ravena News Herald to publish an announcement of weekly winning numbers, at least, if not the names of the winners? Maybe elsewhere but not here and certainly not with the RCS Sports Association.

Don't You Want to Know, Too?

Don’t You Want to Know, Too?

We’d Like to Know…And So We’re Asking:

  • What’s this concession stand supposed to look like? Doesn’t the RCS Sports Association have an architect’s conceptual drawing or model?
  • How many tickets were sold?
    How much money was collected from sales?
  • How many winners have there been so far?
  • How many numbers have been drawn that are for unsold tickets (and revert back to the RCS Sports Association?)
  • How much money was paid out to winners so far?
  • Where are the drawings being done?
  • Who is doing the drawing?
  • Are the drawings public or open to the public?
  • Who is the independent, non – partisan supervisor of the drawing (if they are using lottery standards, it’s usually a member of a CPA firm) to make sure there’s no funny stuff going on?
  • Who is managing the money?
  • Where is the money being deposited?
  • What excuses are being made up as we write why all of this public information is not or cannot be disclosed?
  • Who is in charge of making up the excuses?
  • Will the minutes of the board of directors meeting discussing and approving the raffle be published?scam alert

The RCS Sports Association is claims to be a non – profit or a not – for – profit organization, but none of that information appears on the RCS Sports Association web site. Neither does a statement disclosing its tax status or tax identification number or non – profit / not – for – profit registration number. Nothing. (Check it out yourself. Go to their web site at RCS Sports Association, http://www.rcssa.net/index.html )

Haven’t we seen this sort of behavior before? And didn’t the “old” RCS Sports Association suddenly disappear and a “new” RCS Sports Association all of a sudden popped up with a new board of directors, especially after the questions were raised and the heat got turned up demanding tax documents and disclosure. Transparency?

We see a repeat performance here. Maybe the visible faces have changed but the behind – the – scenes faces may still be the same. Remember the recent scandals and criminal investigations linking organized crime to sports associations and high – school sports?

We’ll send a request for investigation to the New York Secretary of State and the Office of the Attorney General. Maybe we can get some instant transparency.

In the meantime, all you sports fans, keep coughing up your money to the RCS Sports Association and watch it disappear! Now you can buy a brick with your name on it…and later hit yourself in the head with it for being so stupid!

You can also contact the officers of the RCS Sports Association and ask them these questions yourselves. Here is the list of officers. Or you can contact Jerry Perrine, who is not listed, but we’re told he’s behind the dog – and – pony – act calling itself the RCS Sports Association.

  • President: Doug Keyer
  • Vice President: Steve Vasto
  • Treasurer: Claudette Taylor
  • Secretary: Jena Misuraca

RCSSportsAssociation@hotmail.com

If anyone has any information regarding the questions listed above or any true facts relating to this article, please leave a comment!

The Editor

The Editor

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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James Latter: Why He’s A Bad Choice


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


James Latter Should Have Been Removed from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Board of Education More than a Year Ago when A Parent Reported that He Had Violated the FERPA Law. Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith Refused to Launch and Investigation. Then “Retired.

James Latter

James Latter
A Very Poor Choice

Violation of Confidentiality, Violation of the FERPA Law, Unsavory Connections with the RCS Sports Association and their Tax Questions, Admission of Guilt, Works for the Saudi Arabian Sabic Corporation, No Time to Read BoE Memos. But the Candidate for a Board of Education Seat running with Shyster Pat Brown and a Noob Jason Hyslop. NO WAY!

Read the entire News Herald article on Latter’s Breach of Confidentiality and his shady connections with the RCS Sports Association (News Herald, November 10, 2011, “Parent Charges Latter with Protocol Breach,” by Hilary Hawke. Click on this link: News Herald Latter Complaint Nov. 2011)

We’ve reported on James Latter’s escapades and questionable connections many times in the past. We’ve recommended that he resign from the RCS board of education because of his irresponsible and embarrassing, even illegal conduct. Parents and residents have called for his resignation, and for an investigation of this man. Now he’s campaigning for your votes to put him back on the board of education where he can continue to do his damage. Is the man insane?

We have received documents that will shed new light on this old problem and, now, before the elections, we need to get it out there so that residents know the truth about this character who should be on trial, not on a board of education!

If you recall, this is one of the members of the teachers clique on the RCS board of education. The one’s who vote as one block against anything the resident-business people propose. He’s part of the group that forced last years 6.8% tax levy down residents’ throats and got the entire school district investigated. He’s part of the group that tried to kill this year’s 2% levy and push through a more than 3.58% levy. He’s also the one being supported by the Coeymanazi group, Friends of RCS (a bigger lie has never been told unless Jerry Deluca fathered it), and is receiving the endorsement of guess who, the local RCS Teachers Association Political Action Committee (or that’s what Matt Miller would like us to believe).

We have very good information that maybe the Coeymanazis are supporting this mindless character, and maybe the secret Friends of RCS are supporting this boob, and maybe Matt Miller is, too. But one thing is very certain, not many of the ethical, professional teachers in this district are willing to support him, despite the propaganda Matt Miller puts out for his union.

Here’s what we learn from the documents we’ve received (the full text can be read or downloaded by just clicking this link  James Latter Misconduct-R)

Far from denying his misconduct or offering an explanation, Latter admits to the misconduct.

In those documents at least one RCS board of education member writes to then interim superintendent Elizabeth Smith, requesting that she initiate an investigation of James Latter’s breach of district policies, violation of FERPA law provisions on confidentiality, his texting his sister during executive session and displaying her comments to other BoE members, and the possibility of legal action against the District as the direct result of Latter’s misconduct. Far from denying his misconduct or offering an explanation, Latter admits to the misconduct.

The correspondence to superintendent Smith also notes Latter’s relationship with the RCS Sports Association and the obvious “conflict of interest” that the board felt was “affecting his duty as a BoE member.”

The documents include a parent’s complaint that a Latter violated district policy and federal law when Latter forwarded a confidential e-mal from the parent and he distributed the e-mail to Bob Doren, Ron Reese, Ron Vanderzee, and others, including the JV and Varsity football coaches.

Mr James Latter is a hypocrite who works by double standards.

The parent complains that “Mr Latter broke the very same protocol he has consistently preached that others need to follow, and he has quickly called for investigations of others he has accused of doing the same.” Mr Latter is a hypocrite who works by double standards. “Mr Latter maybe you should start to practice what you preach,” writes the parent.

Mr Latter has no respect for students, parents, policies, the law, and is not above placing students and parents at risk.

The parent also reports on an incident where Latter told a special ed student “to stop acting like a f***king retard.” The parent offered her child as a witness to the incident. And the parent demands an investigation into the incident and demands that Latter resign. It is obvious that Mr Latter has no respect for students, parents, policies, the law, and is not above placing students and parents at risk.

Another resident, JA, who voices his concern about the violation of confidentiality by a sitting board member, namely Mr James Latter (page 2).

But JA goes even further when he points out Mr Latter’s conflicts of interest:

“I’m more concerned after learning that Mr Latter is associated with members of the auxiliary that supports the various sporting events when that auxiliary has used its not-for-profit funding to actually fund “public education campaigns” and I’m being generous here, during times of election which, as I understand, is under IRS not-for-profit law, is expressly prohibited for a not-for-profit charitable organization to actually use its not-for-profit funding to fund such activities in an election campaign. And to take out a full-page ad and other things against certain board members or even supporting other members is contrary to public policy in terms of not-far-profit status. The fact that you’re directly associated, I understand, relatives are involved in that association [the RCS Sports Association. Latter’s stepfather, Mr Jeff Stambaugh was president of the RCS Sportsman Association at the time.]”

 JA continues:

“And so, in light of this new revelation where you’re sharing confidential emails, I think that members of the public have a right to expect that communications to the board are held in confidence until the board as a whole decides to act on them or until the administration takes appropriate action … but certainly children should not be put in jeopardy because of personal or other agendas. And so, like others here, Mr Latter, I would call for your resignation. I find this totally inappropriate and highly questionable, given the other activities that I’ve outlined.”

 Of course, superintendent Smith as usual screwed up the facts and did nothing. Seemed that she was frequently a candidate for Alzheimer’s research whenever it came to dealing with the teacher’s clique or some Coeymanazi group.  Smith’s response to an inquiry by the parent: “I have not opened an investigation.” In fact, Smith even avoided communicating with the parent on the issue of calling the student an insulting name. Smith also failed to grasp the seriousness of the breach of confidentiality despite communications from board members, parents, residents. Duh!

In an email Latter admits his betrayal of confidentiality, admits that he should have let Ms Smith handle the matter through formal channels.

Latter’s initial misconduct was blown up tenfold!

Finally, the parent has to delete her e-mail account because she was getting responses from the individuals to whom Latter forwarded the confidential communication. In emails from coach Vanderzee, Bob Dorance, Ron Racey all of which have a demeaning, defensive tone. Bob Dorrance even assumes an insulting tone by writing, “If you are truly just a concerned parent…” What the devil is that supposed to mean? “truly just a concerned parent?” What else would the parent be, Mr Dorrance, you dolt!?! No wonder the parent felt the need to delete an e-mail account to avoid reading their defensive assaults. Of course, their facts were all messed up and they didn’t bother to communicate with each other. So Latter’s initial misconduct was blown up tenfold by the very people to whom he forwarded the confidential communication and who had no need to know of it!

Any person who places a football win before the welfare and safety of a student or before the duty of confidentiality under the policies of the school district as provided in the FERPA legislation should not be on the board in the first place. Any person who is as arrogant as Mr Latter has been in the past to ignore the demands of concerned parents and residents does not belong on the board.

Latter's Campaign Statements are a Smoke Screen

Latter’s Campaign Statements are a Smoke Screen

Mr James Latter’s campaign statements are a smoke screen disguising the real James Latter. The real James Latter is the James Latter exposed in these documents and on the videos of the BoE meetings.  

 The Real James Latter should not be re-elected to the RCS CSD Board of Education.

fact

Vote NO! to Latter-Hyslop-Brown
Vote YES! to the
RCS Champions Team
John Vadney
Judy Sylvester
Laszlo Polyak

The Real Independent Professionals

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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Cart before the Horse: RCS Sports Association Operating a Shell Game [Again]?

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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WTH! Is the RCS Sports Association Operating Illegally Again?

RCS Sports Association Has it Ass-End-Backwards AGAIN

RCS Sports Association
Has it Ass-End-Backwards
AGAIN

The RCS Sports Association is selling Raffle tickets for something they don’t have: permission to build a new concession stand. Have they done all the preparation necessary to get permission for the stand? Or are they operating illegally again. Is it time to get their non-profit status taken away permanently?

fraudOperating a concession on RCS CSD property, public property, is open to anyone or any organization that satisfies the RCS CSD standard policy for operating a stand or booth on the property. It does not grant monopoly status. Furthermore, the last time we heard, to operate a concession on the school property you had to go through the formal proposal process, provide up-to-date documentation of your organization, your officers, your financial status, your tax status, detailed operation plans, insurance coverage, etc. Our investigations show, at least up to the time of this posting, that none of the above has been done by the District or by the RCS Sports Association. Why not?!?

Based on past RCS Sports Association practices, we’d also like to ask whom the RCS Sports Association is backing in the upcoming elections and whether they are using Association funds to underwrite any campaign. If anyone has that information, we’d appreciate it if you’d let us know.

The RCS Sports Association Raffle TicketLegal or Fraud?

The RCS Sports Association Raffle Ticket
Legal or Fraud?

We have purchased a RCS Sports Association raffle ticket for $20. The tickets are allegedly being sold to raise funds for a new concession stand. Now that we have a ticket in our possession, we need to ask several questions:
 
Our investigations have shown that apparently

  • there has been no public bidding for the 2013-2014 year for any concessions for the RCS school district;
  • the RCS Sports Association does not yet have authorization or approval to construct a new concession stand on RCS school property;
  • the RCS Sports Association has not yet presented a plan to the RCS board of education informing the board of such a plan or the plan has not been publicized for public comment;
  • there has been no public information put out that the RCS Sports Association is authorized to sell raffle tickets impliedly representing or that they have approval and authority to construct a new concession stand, and representing the implied endorsement of the RCS CSD (“implied endorsement” is giving the impression that you have endorsement but really don’t);
  • the RCS Sports Association has apparently not submitted to the RCS CSD or to the RCS board of education architectural or business plans, estimates, etc. for such a project.
  • The RCS Sports Association, although it has no official connection with the RCS CSD and is not endorsed by the RCS CSD, further misrepresents its implied connection and endorsement by misusing the RCS mascot logo on the ticket. Who gave them permission to use the RCS sports teams logo on their association material?
RCS Indians Mascot
RCS Indians Mascot
Being Misused?
  • And the list goes on!

Isn’t the District procedure to request proposals for such a project or for concession operators? Or has that procedure been waived (= forgotten) for special cases?

Has the RCS Sports Association filed all the necessary paperwork to operate on RCS CSD property, public property? As public property, there is no such thing as favoritism and anyone who can satisfy the requirements, the same requirements applied to the RCS Sports Association, can operate a concession on the school property. Right? So maybe we all should go out and sell raffle tickets for our hotdog stand, or our pizza cart, or our nachos booth! Sounds like a plan if we all operate like the RCS Sports association!
 

The Only Way RCS Knows

The Only Way RCS Knows

Putting the Cart before the Horse: It looks like the RCS Sports Association, an organization that has no  official relationship with the RCS Central School District and is not an RCS CSD department, is up to its old tricks again. Has the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District again lost control of the arrogant maverick calling itself the RCS Sports Association? Is the RCS district being set up by the RCS Sports Association for another embarassment, another scandal?

We are asking the RCS CSD why this situation exists and is allowed to go on. Haven’t we learned anything in the past about how the RCS Sports Association operates? Has the RCS CSD again lost control of this gang who are not officially associated with the school district yet act like they’re running things?

One of our readers asked about the rules attached to the ticket, so we’re reproducing them here and commenting on them below:

Rules

(1) Winning numbers are determined by the three “3” numbers of the NEW YORK State Evening Pick – 3 Lottery as matched to the number appearing in the box located on each calendar. Each calendar acquired will have a unique 3 – digit number. (2) All cash winnings will be determined by the amount of money indicated on each day of the calendar. (3) All numbers are played straight as drawn. (4) All winners will be paid in a timely fashion. (5) The State of NEW YORK may have bonus days. On those days, the first three “3” digit numbers corresponding to the “Evening Pick – 3 Number” drawn will be honored. (6) The organization will determine each winner from the numbered information sheet completed with the acquisition of each calendar. (7) Each information sheet must be filled out accurately at the time of donation and winnings will be administered by an authorized representative of this organization. This fundraising project is in no way related with the lottery of any state and nothing has been bought or sold. Donations are made and random prizes are selected using an impartial random number generator. For further information about this fundraiser, please contact Jena Misuraca at 518 – 522 – 4776 or rrornrrajena@gmail.com Sports Information Media         http://www.sportsinfomedia.com

The RCS Sports Association Raffle Ticket is a Mass of Contradictions:

 The ticket (see the illustration above) clearly says that the person is making a “$20 donation.” It does not “suggest” a $20.00 donation but states that the donation is $20.00. In other words, if you don’t “donate” $20.00 you can’t participate. This means that the “price” of the ticket is $20 and you are paying for or purchasing a ticket which allows you to participate.  Unless the RCS Sports Association is not making the “donation” optional or accepting any amount for the ticket, the “price” of the ticket is $20.00. In other words, the RCS Sports Association is selling you a ticket allowing you to participate and you are purchasing that right to participate for $20. This logically contradicts Rule No. (7) which reads in pertinent part: “nothing has been bought or sold.” So, having bought a $20 ticket, shouldn’t the RCS Sports Association be collecting sales tax?

Rule (1) seems to be stating that the winning number will be the number drawn by the NYS Evening Pick – 3 drawing. That means that at least 999 tickets have to be sold by the RCS Sports Association to cover the possible numbers drawn on any evening. What it does not say is that if 999 tickets are not sold –  – say only 150 tickets are sold at $20 each to cover the promised “more than $3000” possible in prizes, at least 849 numbers will not match and will have no winners. The odds are very, very slim for your $20 investment. Each calendar has only one unique three – digit number so the odds are still pretty slim. In order to cover all possible numbers between 000 and 999, at least 999 tickets have to be sold.

According to Rule (2), it looks like the RCS Sports Association has budgeted a total of about a maximum of $375 in possible payouts each week. What if they don’t make the sales to cover 8 weeks of possibly $375 obligations per week or more than $3000 in possible payouts? Are they promising more than they can offer? Or is Jena Misuraca going to cover any shortfalls?

Rule 3 is pretty straightforward— we think but we can’t know for certain—, if the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are drawn on a particular day, the holder of unique 3 – digit number 123 is apparently the winner on that day; in other words 321 or 132 etc. will not be paid. What is implied is that there is only one possible winner on each day but then that would not cover the full possible range of 899 possible 3 – digit numbers that could be drawn; if it did, the possible winnings would exceed the total of at least $3000. So the deck is stacked against the buyer of a ticket. To cover the $3000 possible total winnings at least 150 tickets have to be sold at $20 each just to break even. But the deck is stacked because there are 61 days on which only 1 purchaser can win each day. This means that out of the 999 possible numbers drawn, there can be only 61 winners (June has 30 days and July has 31 days  =  61 days x 1 number and 1 drawing per evening). So theoretically, if the barest minimum number tickets (150) are sold to cover the $3000, only 61 persons can win out of 150 total tickets sold and that’s out of a possible total number of 999 possible numbers that can be drawn every evening! The odds are not good, they’re infinitessimally bad!

And the statement “61 Chances to Win” is not only misleading but mathematically inaccurate!

 We loved Rule (4): “All winners will be paid in a timely fashion.” But what exactly does it mean? Paid immediately. In a week? In a month? In a year? “Timely fashion” is a bit vague and ambiguous.

Rule (6) mentions that “The organization will determine each winner from the numbered information sheet completed with the acquisition of each calendar.” Wait a minute. Didn’t we just read that winners are determined by the NYS Lottery Evening Pick-3? What’s the deal now? I don’t recall having provided any information nor having received any information sheet. Normally the numbers on the ticket would be secret until the purchaser scratches the film off. It seems that if there is a “numbered information sheet,” the numbers are not secret. There’s a problem with this, since the winning numbers are not being drawn locally but relying on the New York State Lottery Evening Pick – 3, the sellers of the tickets don’t need to know who has what number.

The rules also state that the “winnings will be administered by an authorized representative of this organization.” (Rule 7). I’m not sure how to understand this statement that “winnings will be administered by an authorized representative” of the RCS Sports Association. If anyone has any clue what this means, please help us. Rule 7 goes on to say that “Donations are made and random prizes are selected using an impartial random number generator.” This cannot be correct. First of all, whether the “donation” is really a donation is questionable. And the donation I made was certainly not made by “an impartial random number generator,” it was made by me, an impartial blog owner! And the prizes are not randomly selected, they are specifically set for each day of each week of the months of June and July, very regularly: Sun. $75, Mon. $40, Tue $40, Wed $40, Thu $40 Fri $40 and Sat $100 ($375 per week). There’s nothing random about the prizes, which are not really prizes, but awards. The RCS Sports Association is talking Double-Dutch, double-talk where I come from!

Another disturbing point is that nowhere on the ticket is the RCS Sports Association clearly identified as being the operator of the so – called “raffle”. Furthermore, nowhere on the ticket is any statement made to the effect that the proceeds from the raffle will be used for the purpose of building a concession stand, much less exclusively for that purpose.

The ticket does not properly notify the purchaser that the RCS Sports Association is allegedly operating as a non – profit organization—Is it a non-profit?—and it does not give the organization’s registration number.

The ticket does not properly notify the purchaser that the claims made on the ticket are indemnified by any kind of insurance, should the RCS Sports Association be unable to make good on its claims.

The ticket lists Jena Misuraca as a contact person and shows some obscure entity called Sports Information Media wwwsportsinformedia.com without any specific or clear statement what Sports Information Media has to do with the so – called raffle. Going to that website we find:

“Sports Information Media provides customized professional-looking printed sports products and is the industry leader in high quality carbonless, multi-part lineup cards and roster cards for any sport. If you don’t see what you want, give us a call and we can make it for you.”

So what exactly has this Sports Information Media company or whatever it is have to do with the alleged concession stand or with the RCS Sports Association. That’s yet another question that needs to be answered.

There are too many contradictions, too many loose ends to satisfy even the most gullible resident in the RCS school district.

Our advice to the RCS Central School District is: Keep you distance from this one and stand by your established policies for proper credentialing of any applicant, complete applications, deliberation, voting  by the board, and public bidding!

Anyone selling raffle tickets in good faith should have the prize or the objective legally in their hands. The RCS Sports Association does not have any of the necessary formalities or paperwork but are selling raffle tickets. This situation is tantamount to selling raffle tickets for a car you don’t own. It’s FRAUD.

In addition to all of the above, how is the RCS Sports Association complying with IRS tax laws relating to the winnings? Who is liable for the tax? There is no statement covering the tax issues on the ticket. Is the $20 donation tax deductable? Is the $20 price for the ticket subject to sales tax? Are the winnings subject to tax? Are the revenues made by the RCS Sports Association being reported propertly? This sounds like a very messy operation, if you ask me!

 We’d like answers to these questions. How about you?

In the meantime, Wanna buy a raffle ticket?

Be One! Help Clean Up RCS The Editor

Be One!
Help Clean Up RCS
The Editor

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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