No hype, just the reality behind the appearances relating to small-everything in and around Albany, New York by a native of the place. Some of it pure opinion but all of it written in the spirit of Truth, good facts-based journalism and freedom of expression!
The Village of Ravena, that is, Nancy Warner, has hired an Albany accounting consulting firm, SaxBST, to provide Quickbooks training to Ravena Clerk-Treasurer Annette Demitraszekpaying the consultant doing the training, Lynda P. Smith, $175.00/hour and the other consultant, a SaxBST partner, Willard G. Reynolds, $310.00/hour. Question is: Why isn’t the village of Ravena using some of the less expensive training available? Question is: Why does the village of Ravena have to spend $18,000 for the first year fee to have SaxBST train Demitraszekwhen someone already with the knowledge should have been hired? Question is: Why hasn’t Nancy Warner, who claims to have 30 years in Ravena village hall training her so-called clerk-treasurers? Question is: If Nancy Warner is so damned concerned about “wasting taxpayer dollars” why is she hiring SaxBST at the rate of $300.00/hour?
Village of Ravena Accounting Principle
Why is Ravena Paying $310.00/hour or $18,000 a Year to Provide Private Lessons for the Clerk-Treasurer?
Nancy Warner, the Ravena village trustee, who is so concerned about wasting taxpayer money when responding to residents’ requests or problems, despite her gung-ho support of the money pit Ravena Health and Fitness Center that devoured more than $200,000 of taxpayer money, while paying fitness-center virus Cathy Deluca more than $60,000 of that money to run yet another fitness center into oblivion, has done it again!
We have received paperwork that shows that Nancy Warner has contracted an outside consultant firm to train her two sockpuppets, Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, how to use Quickbooks accounting software. That’s all well and good but here’s where it gets to be a scandal:
Nancy Warner and her cronies on the Ravena village board headed by Ravena mayor Bill “Mouse” Misuraca, Joel Coye, Keith Mahler and Bill Bailey, are spending what looks like $18,000 at a rate of $300.00/hour to the consultant firm to train the gals on site at the Ravena Village Hall.
We’re not only questioning the wisdom and the logic behind spending that kind of money on consultant fees, we’ve got an even better question for Nancy Warner: If you’ve been on board at Ravena village hall for more than 30 years, earlier as village clerk and then as village trustee, this “training” should have been done way back then. What this means is that until now, village accounting and bookkeeping was not being done correctly (the Comptroller’s audits have already pointed this fact out on several occasions). Why is it that village staff are being trained now and at such great cost to taxpayers? Accounting practices and laws don’t change over night; if the state does change practices and laws for villages and towns, they send out bulletins and advisories announcing the pending changes. Where was Ravena village administration when all of this was happening, Nancy? Bill Bailey? Were you asleep on watch? Wasn’t this your responsibility, Nancy Warner?
Yeah! Nancy. That’s what we thought your answer would be!
Now, we know you’re just dying to know where the money for this irresponsible and insane spending spree is coming from, so we’d like to tell you.
The firm providing the training is the Albany accounting, taxation, and advisory firm, SaxBST, located on Computer Drive. They don’t necessarily provide “training” but are providing their services as consultants (consultants are astronomically more expensive than mere “trainers”). One of the partners, Willard J. Reynolds, who is providing “services” bills at the rate of $310.00/hour. The other “trainer”, Lynda P. Smith, who isn’t even listed on the SaxBST site, bills at a rate of $170.00/hour.
According to the papers we have received, per a document stamped “Received” by the “Town Clerk” on April 24, 2015, the Village of Ravena was billed $5,550.00 on November 30, 2014 for a meeting with “the mayor, 2 board members, Annette.” That invoice shows the proposed first year fee of $18,000 (less the $5,550 billed, leaving a balance of $12,450). The village of Ravena was billed $2,867.00 on December 31, 2014 for “meetings with Annette” and “in-office discussions and research” by Smith (15 hours) and Reynolds (3/4 of an hour). The balance of the first year fee on December 31, 2014 was $9,583.00. We can’t seem to locate the line item for these expenses in the 2015-16 Ravena Village Budget, so where’s the balance supposed to coming from?
Back to where the money was coming from to pay this extravagance. The SaxBST invoice for $5550.00 was vouchered and processed for payment on or around December 15, 2014. The SaxBST invoice for $2867.00 was received by the Village of Ravena on January 12, 2006, and approved for payment.
So where is the village of Ravena, Nancy Warner, finding the cash to pay for all of this. Well, we didn’t have to look far. All we had to do is look on the payment vouchers and then at the line items in the Village of Ravena budget, and match them up. You see, Nancy Warner and the village of Ravena board are tapping several other accounts to get their hands on the money. For example, to pay the $5550.00 they used $3885.00 from line item A1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services), $832.00 from line item F1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services), and $832.00 from line item G1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services). To pay the $2867.00 they used $2006.90 from line item A1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services), $430.00 from line item F1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services), and $430.00 from line item G1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services). They just barely made it in the 2014-15 budget but it doesn’t appear that they will in the 2015-16 budget because two of the line items: F1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services) and G1320.426 (Auditor-Contractual Services) don’t appear in that budget. So our question is: Where are they going to get the balance of more than $9,000 to cover the outstanding balance for the year’s SaxBST fees?
Now get this: Nancy Warner is the contact person shown on the correspondence from SaxBST. Annette Demitraszek, the assistant clerk-treasurer, a Bruno appointee and a Misuraca re-appointee, official Nancy-Warner-sockpuppet, is the village employee, the “authorized official” who is certifying and approving the expenditure. Now isn’t that delicious: Nancy Warner, who is so concerned about wasting taxpayer dollars, is having her cronies privately trained on site, on village time by consultants billing at the rate of $175/h and $310/hour!!! And guess who is certifying and approving the payment of the fat invoices? None other than the very person receiving the training and benefits: Annette Demitraszek, village of Ravena clerk-treasurer!Anybody smell a rat yet?
About $20 from Amazon or Barnes&Noble!
So we did a little research on Quickbooks training. You can get a 2-day mastery course for $499.00 and do it on line with Intuit, who has trained more than 2 million government and business clients and for $999.99 you can become a Quickbooks VIP member and enjoy extended benefits . We won’t go into the benefits of these programs but will mention that local community colleges have ongoing courses for Quickbooks in their continuing education programs. Why didn’t the dumbasses in Ravena village hall consider any of these options? Because it’s easier to sit on their fat asses in village hall and spend Ravena taxpayer’s dollars. That’s why.
Better still, buy the Quickbooks for Dummies — if Demitrazek and the Ravena village board can qualify as dumbasses, they’ll ace the dummies course —, available from Amazon or Barnes&Noble for the outrageous price of $20.00. Now why didn’t Nancy Warner think of that?
We’d also like to speculate that there’s something in this wild spending to benefit someone in village hall. Why would Ravena’s elected officials be so irresponsible and expose themselves to such scandalous ridicule if they weren’t getting something big in return. What’s in it for Nancy Warner, we’d like to ask? It just wouldn’t make sense being so irresponsible so openly if they weren’t getting something considerable in return. Kickbacks? Favors? We do know that Annette Demitraszek is walking away with knowledge obtained in private lessons by some pretty pricey tutors, and she’s doing it on your tab. It’ll look good on her résumé when she goes job hunting when Ravena taxpayers demand she be fired, and Nancy Warner’s brought up on charges.
Now don’t you think you should be attending village of Ravena village board meetings and asking some questions about how your money is being spent?
Nancy Warner: How to Manage Ravena Taxpayer Dollars The Editor
Henry Traver’s $11,000 Pay Raise is Scandalous. Here’s Why:
It’s springtime and you’ll be promenading along the dusty streets of Ravena, chatting to the music of passing heavy trucks, deeply savoring the stench of diesel fuel, while Carver Laraway is hobnobbing with the New York State governor’s aides, trying to cut deals to repair at taxpayer expense the roads, especially Rt 144, damaged by Carver Companies’ trucks, and while Michael Biscone, Jerry Perrine and Larry Conrad are filling in wetlands with toxic fill and burying natural waterways. (Biscone and Conrad invented the boardgame, “Bury the Creek“.) Where’s the DEC when Biscone, Perrine and Conrad are doing their mischief? Your elected RCS board of education members are spending your tax dollars hand over fist while putting their own homes up for sale to move out of the area. Yes, all you have to do is ask your RCS board of education president, James Latter, and board member Alice WhalenWhy? Why did they run for elected board of education office if they were simply going to jump ship after doing their damage. YES! Ravena-Coeymans, you asked for it and you got it.
More smoke and mirrors regarding the failed Ravena Health and Fitness Center…When will we ever get the truth?
Now, it may be true that you weren’t even asked by the Bruno-Warner-Deluca trio whether you needed or even wanted to spend more than $100,000 a year on a substandard fitness center run by an mutiple-failure, Cathy Deluca. But John Bruno, Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca made the decision for you and you had to live with it for more than two years. Now mayor William “Mouse” Misuraca and his sockpuppet Bill Bailey are telling us that two individuals want to invest private funds in the dump. Well, if there are that many whackos with too much money that they don’t know what to do with it, we can think of dozens of better investments. Asked by a local resident who the so-called interested parties were, the board couldn’t — or wouldn’t say. Why is that? What’s the big secret? What are you giving away now? Shouldn’t we know the name of the “investors“, the heroes who are going to save your political arses? Who may be going to save Ravena taxpayers from abject bankruptcy? Isn’t it our business who is interested and potentially going to take over a dead business in Ravena, a dead business that is still being financed by public tax dollars? We think so, and we want to know who these so-called investors are. Don’t you, residents, neighbors?
Question: If supporters of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center want to claim that the Fatness Center brings business to Ravena, can they explain Why? during the two years the Fatness Center has been operating, at least 4 businesses have closed their doors in Ravena? This includes Mr Aaron Flach closing his drycleaning operation and terminating the staff of the drycleaning business and the laundromat attendants. If that’s how the Fitness Center is attracting business, we’d better expidite closing Cathy Deluca’s playmen before the few remaining businesses pull up stakes!
When asked by a resident at the April 21, 2014, village board meeting: If the unidentified investors don’t take over the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, what will the village do with the equipment that the village of Ravena purchased from Bob Fisk for $40,000? Ravena village board member William “Bill” Bailey simply replies: “We’ll probably auction it.” And likely get ten cents on the dollar for it! Your tax dollars at work, Ravena!
Ravena village trustee Nancy Warner ousted from key positions…No longer supervising her husband’s court operations, dirty village judge Harold “Hal” Warner. Too bad, Hal, this must mean you might be the one getting a stiff sentence.
But things are looking up when you consider that Nancy Warner is being sidelined and has been demoted. Good news is that she’s no longer supervising her crooked husband’s village court operations. Dirty-Judge Harold “Hal” Warner, Nancy Warner’s husband, will have to deal with another board member supervising his village kangaroo court operations. We’ll be watching to see if there are any improvements or, as we expect, it will be business as usual.
But let’s turn our attention now to the village of Ravena Department of Public Works, the village department that works very hard to avoid working. We recently reported that the village of Ravena Department of Public Works foreman, Henry Traver, has been awarded a more than $11,000 pay raise; he’s now going to make more than $60, 000 a year plus benes! How does the Ravena village board explain that one? Do you have mayor Mouse Misuraca’s telephone number? Give him a call or give one of those talking heads on the village board a call and ask why in hell are they rewarding a dunce?!?
Ravena board to dump more stone on village streets to be washed away …
Well, we also reported how, last year the village of Ravena Department of Public Works under foreman Henry Traver, dumped tons of stone on local Ravena streets, and we warned that it would be washed away or plowed away by spring.Guess what? Central Avenue in Ravena was one of those streets that they covered with the loose stone. Walk along Central Avenue today and you’ll see how our prediction came true. The stone is gone and you can see the old street surface. Your tax dollars at work. But now they’re planning to do the same thing on about a dozen other streets in Ravena. Why are you still reading this? Call Ravena mayor “Mouse” Misuraca and raise some hell!
Ravena storm drains filled to the grill with debris and dirt!
We’ve already reported on the dire condition of the fire hydrants in Ravena-Coeymans and we’re pleased to see that someone’s built a fire under some butts to get them serviced. That’s the good news. But while you’re taking your daily constitutional on the broken streets of Ravena, amuse yourself by the state of the storm drains. We recently surveyed the storm drains on Main Street and a couple of side streets and found that a number of them were filled with debris and dirt to within inches of the grill (see the picture below) !!!
Ravena Storm Drain Filled to the Top with Debris and Dirt! Henry Traver’s Supposed to be Maintaining Them
We need to ask Ravena mayor “Mouse” Misuraca and his board of sockpuppets Why? are these storm drains in such a deplorable state? These drains must be maintained to keep water from eroding the streets and flooding our homes!!! So, instead of maintaining the storm drains, Henry Traver rides around in circles in the village vehicles, and the Ravena village board gives him an $11, 000 pay raise. Doesn’t Ravena see anything wrong with this picture?
Ravena-Coeymans isn’t alone when it comes to incompetent management of municipal, village and town infrastructure. New Baltimore is on a par or at least running a close second position in terms of incompetence and waste by the Highway Department under the mismanagement of Mr Denis Jordan, who has screwed up the drainage and streets in the Hamlet of New Baltimore to an embarrassing level. If it were Ravena or Coeymans Hamlet we’d be writing that it was a plot by Michael Biscone and Larry Conradto get the homes condemned so that they could buy them up for a penny. But New Baltimore isn’t that sophisticated; New Baltimore is just incompetent. So if you were to take two dildos, throw them into a bag and shake them up, do you know what you’d get if you emptied the bag? Yup! Two dildos. That’s what we got in Ravena and New Baltimore wrecking our infrastructure and wasting our tax dollars; and they’re dressed up like Henry Traver and Denis Jordan.
There are some credible grumblings in New Baltimore, Greene County, focusing on the Greene County IDA, the organization which is established and governed by New York State Municipal law and which is supposed to be supervised by the Greene County Legislators. But it seems that for some time now, the Greene County IDA has not had a real report-to person; in other words, although the Greene County IDA is supposed to report to the Greene County legislators and the Greene county legislators are supposed to be keeping an eye on the IDA, this doesn’t appear to be happening.
“Working in partnership with the Greene County Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Planning and Great Northern Catskills Chamber of Commerce, we offer a variety of financial and incentive based tools and management flexibility to help foster success. The IDA works towards our goals in conjunction with local communities, state and local governments, the business community and numerous regional partners with sound planning, sensitivity to the environment and the preservation of our quality of life. The Greene County IDA strives for success utilizing a positive economic development image and track record while setting the standard of Visionary Growth!” (from the “Mission Statement” of the Greene County IDA)
We attended a recent New Baltimore Republican Club gathering at which Mr René VanSchaack, executive director of the Greene County IDA, answered questions about the Greene County IDA and what it might be able to do to put the town of New Baltimore on the map. The bottom line conclusion after that meeting was that there was very little, in general, that the IDA can do for New Baltimore as the IDA, although Mr VanSchaack generously offered to assist smaller businesses in whatever way he can, the IDA is geared more to larger companies. We were convinced that Mr VanSchaack was sincere in his offer to support but at the end of the gathering one attendee stated directly to Mr VanSchaack:
Our Question is this:
Is the Chairman of the Greene County IDA Involved in Questionable Ethics?
Ethical Violations and Crime One thing leads to another.
There are some credible allegations that the current chairman of the Greene County IDA, Mr Eric Hoglund, has been involved in some suspicious land-grabs, and that his property acquisitions are raising suspicions that he may be abusing his office, violating the IDA’s own code of ethics, and could be involved in illegal transactions, violating Article 18 of the Municipal Law of New York State, the law that governs the Greene County IDA. Article 18 of the Municipal Law deals with various forms of conflict of interest in the many organizations that fall under its regulation.
The provisions of the Greene County IDA Code of Ethics that apply to these allegations and this suspicion reads:
“8. Endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he or she is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation of his or her trust. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, nothing shall prohibit any director, officer or employee of the Agency from acquiring property adjacent to or otherwise proximate to the lands in which the Agency has an ownership interest provided that such acquisition is not based upon the use of confidential information obtained by such director, officer or employee of the Agency in his capacity with the Agencyas determined by such member after consultation with Chairman of the Agency and Counsel to the Agency.” (Code of Ethics adopted on March 17, 2011)
Apart from the gobbledegook, double-talk, blather of this part of the Ethics Code, which we doubt many of the IDA board members can read and understand, much less the average locally schooled resident, the point it makes is that (1) IDA officers must not do anything to raise suspicion of abuse of their office (You can be certain they’ll try to stay out of sight; there’s no one watching them.), (2) IDA officers can acquire property adjacent to IDA properties (Why else would they do that but to snatch a profit or seize a financial advantage?), (3) IDA officers can’t use “confidential” information obtained in their work as IDA officers, (4) this is all determined after consultation with the chairman and the IDA lawyer. What a load of unintelligible steaming bullshit! Well, this paragraph is not the only paragraph in the IDA’s Code of Ethics that is in gobbledegook, double-talk, blatherese that may have been violated, there are others in that Code that may be affected but we find that this paragraph applies most directly to our point: That the conduct of the Greene County IDA chairman, Mr Eric Hoglund, does indeed “raise suspicion among the public that he…is likely…engaged in acts that are in violation of his…trust.” The suspicion is that he may have used “confidential information obtained” as an officer and employee of the IDA.
if anything anywhere else in this so-called Ethics Code says otherwise, that’s all dumped and this applies…
But the real clincher is the phrase, “Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary…“, which for those of you who were exposed to RCS English classes would be meaningless, actually means this: “despite anything in this Code that says otherwise…” or “although something in this Code may say differently…” or “if anything anywhere else in this so-called Ethics Code says otherwise, that’s all dumped and … applies”. So, in paragraph 8 of the IDA Ethics Code, this “notwithstanding” phase literally says IDA officers can buy up land they know will turn a profit for them, because who’s going to be able to say they used “confidential information” obtained in the course of doing IDA business? And it’s the chairman and the IDA lawyer, if they’re ever even consulted, who make that decision. But what if it’s the chairman is involved in the dirty dealing? Or the IDA attorney? Or another board member or officer? No one is checking up on him or her and his minions. Who is watching Mr Eric Hoglund other than his cronies on the IDA board? Answer: No one. Until now. So the Greene County IDA, in it’s present form, is like a private investors club getting insider information to use themselves or pass on to someone who can use it for them, or do them a favor later. Who knows? Who’s regulating them on the IDA board?
Mr VanSchaack wants to keep his job as executive director and is unwilling to be the people’s messenger to chairman Hoglund
When the question was asked, Mr VanSchaack visibly lost the confident composure he had otherwise shown when presenting the IDA’s operations during the Q&A, and he became somewhat defensive asserting that he was “lily white” and that he made great efforts to be and to stay that way. The chairman of the Greene County IDA is his (VanSchaack’s) boss, and Mr VanSchaack expressly stated that “If you go to Stewart’s and have a complaint about the coffee, you don’t tell the kid behind the counter to tell his boss the coffee is lousy; he just won’t do it if he want’s to keep his job.” That’s tantamount to saying that Mr VanSchaackwants to keep his job as executive director and is unwilling to be the people’s messenger to chairman Hoglundfor fear of losing his job. Is that the way Hoglundruns the IDA, “Kill the messenger?”
Mr VanSchaackwent further to say that if there was a complaint, a suspicion, that whoever is making the complaint should do his or her homework, and get the facts. Well, we strongly diagree with Mr VanSchaack and would argue that it’s not for us to do the “homework” or to gather the facts of the case but that it’s the job of the elected officials who are elected and who have the responsibility to oversee such organizations as the Greene County IDA: the Greene County legislature and the Greene County District Attorney, in collaboration with the Green County Controller. Then the complaint or the suspicion should be brought before the Greene County legislature, the bunch who is supposed to be overseeing and monitoring the IDA. We’re doing that now.
It’s not just as easy as washing your hands of it all; it didn’t work for Pilate and it won’t work for you.
It was really bad planning by the officers of the New Baltimore Repubican Club, a party that espouses faith and family values, to have scheduled and held its meeting during Christian Holy Week and on the eve of the Jewish Passover feast!What were they thinking? Few Christians and no Jew would consider spending Holy Thursday or the evening before Passover listening to an IDA spokesperson chant his capitalist, materialist, immoral mantras on how to be the worst possible stewards of creation. (Although some of us did but for the best of reasons: to protect, defend and safeguard the interests of our families, friends, community, and town. Our elected officials don’t seem to be interested in doing that.)
It’s interesting that Mr VanSchaack did a Pontius Pilate act right on Holy Thursday, the very day on which we celebrate, remember and commemorate Jesus Christ’s symbolic washing of his disciples’ feet, demonstrating service to those you serve and lead; in other words, servant leadership. We’re writing this on Good Friday, the day Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus Christ but washed his hands of the situation. Pontius Pilate has been remembered as a coward — as not having stood up for what was morally right and legally just but caving to the mob — ever since.
The mantra was “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.” The reality was lies, Lies, LIES.
We have some excellent lessons to learn from Ravena and Coeymans. The Coeymans town board was bamboozled into a controversial re-zoning fiasco to cater for the likes of Carver Laraway and Carver Companies and TCI, a waste-management operation, and the Tappan Zee bridge project. The mantra was “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.” The reality was lies, Lies, LIES. And voters and residents in Ravena-Coeymans swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker! No one in the town of Coeymans can give a figure on the number of new jobs “created,” much less how many of them are local and how many are permanent! But it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see the damage done by wide-eyed blindness on the part of the fast-talking used-car salesmen and the hick elected officials: a drastic decline in the quality of life in Ravena-Coeymans, ridiculous increases in heavy truck traffic, new hazards and risks to residents, damage to infrastructure due to the heavy truck traffic and the vibrations they cause, dust up and in the kazoo, and population continues to decline, homes going up for sale everywhere (Example: on New Street in the hamlet of New Baltimore 50% of the homes are empty and/or up for sale!), no new [small] businesses, and the list goes on. Who’s sorry now?
We simply don’t have the population to support any substantial job demand
As for the subject of jobs we simply don’t have the population to support any substantial job demand; and why should we foot the major part of the bill and suffer the inconveniences so that people from outside the community and outside the county can come in and fill the jobs?
Business is not going to move to New Baltimore or anywhere else to fill the town treasury or to offset residents’ taxes
While Mr VanSchaack booms on about tax revenues and development, it seems he’s comparing apples with oranges. First of all the low current tax revenues are due to the fact that much of New Baltimore is still agricultural and pays an agricultural rate. Residential property would pay more, and commercial/industrial even more. That’s true. But what he seems to be overlooking is the fact that a business is not going to move to New Baltimore or anywhere else to fill the town treasury or to offset residents’ taxes; they move to an area and invest in it because there’s something in it for them, not for the area. Let’s not be the fools that Coeymans and Ravena were when Carver Laraway bamboozled the Coeymans town board. At least Ravena mayor Bill “Mouse” Misuraca had something to gain by making backroom deals with Laraway, it got Misuraca elected (for all the good that did for Ravena), the only one’s that benefitted from that thieves’ bargain were Misuraca and Carver Laraway.
What Mr VanSchaack and the town board of New Baltimore have to do is wake up and meet reality eye-to-eye. Maybe Mr VanSchaack’s figures, however manipulated they are, do show a net $35,000 a year increase in tax revenues, what he’s not factoring into that figure is how much it’s going to cost every year for the town and county residents and taxpayers to repair the damage to the infrastructure done by the increased traffic, etc. And what about the quality of life in the town? Look at what Coeymans and Ravena have to deal with now! Sorry, but it doesn’t add up to an improvement when you do the math. And we’re not ready to give our community or our traditions away for a pittance.
It’s the duty and the obligation of the Greene County Legislature and the Greene County District Attorney to look into these allegations levied against Mr Hoglund
Well, we are hereby serving notice on the Greene County Legislature and the Greene County District Attorney that this suspicion exists and that it needs to be investigated immediately. The allegations are no longer under wraps but are now public and it’s the duty and the obligation of the Greene County Legislature and the Greene County District Attorney to look into these allegations — to do their homework, as it were — by examining Mr Hoglund’s performance and his recent purchases of real estate. After the mandatory investigation then to make a public statement of their findings and of any action to be taken. If there is any ethical violation or law-breaking going on it’s to be thoroughly and conscientiously investigated and prosecuted. The residents and voters of Greene County and New York state have a right to know and a right to ethical conduct and integrity in our public agencies.
The water park that has been tossed around for the past several years…The project is stagnant. It’s going nowhere.
We’d like to close with a short note on the water park that has been tossed around for the past several years. When asked about the status of the water park project, Mr VanSchaackdid some hemming and hawing, but ultimately talked himself into a corner and had to admit that the project is stagnant. It’s going nowhere. So, people, forget it for now. It was a lousy idea in the first place and apparently the corporations who were playing with the idea of putting it in New Baltimore have other plans. Hell, if it were such a great idea in the first place don’t you think that any corporation would have literally jumped on the idea and make it a reality. Sorry, but it’s a load of smoke and mirrors until proved otherwise.
In the meantime, join us in demanding a thorough and conclusive investigation of the Green County IDA and it’s chairman, Mr Eric Hoglund, and at the conclusion of that investigation, regardless of the results, to establish an executive office that is responsible for supervising and accounting for the operations of the Greene County IDA. At this time, the IDA is not sufficiently supervised or monitored and operates pretty independently. It’s very suspicious when the chairman of any organization is the person who is responsible for determining ethics, especially when that chairman is the subject of allegations of misconduct.
Stories in the works: Our investigation of Mr Jerry Perrine of Ravena-Coeymans notariety and the special treatment he has received in terms of services, assessments, and code violations from his friends in Ravena village hall and Coeymans town hall. He’s apparently a mutant created by splicing genes from Cathy Deluca, Nancy Warner, and John Bruno—but sneakier and better at using the old backstabbing, ambush technique. Laverne “Larry” Conrad and his cronies may have thought they could keep their secrets … but it all comes out when the right questions and the right people are asked. There’s truth in the saying that “There’s no honor among thieves,” and they throw each other to the sharks as soon as the water starts getting hot around them. But that’s all coming to light and ready for exposure. Stay tuned!
Our Advice to the Greene County Legislators and the Greene County District Attorney Because We’re Doing Ours! The Editor
We’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks, taking a bit of a break from the nauseating work of watching Ravena, Coeymans, and New Baltimore self-destruct. We’ve also been hoping in vain that some things would change once Misuraca and Warner took a break from monitoring this blog. Well, as we expected, nothing positive has happened, it only got worse.
Some food for thought…
Several days ago there was a house fire in the hamlet of Coeymans. The fire fighters attempted to use a nearby fire hydrant but couldn’t; it was too rusted and wouldn’t deliver. They had to haul ass farther down Rt 144 to find a hydrant that would work. What do you think about that? How much $$$ do we need to ensure our fire-safety in Ravena-Coeymans?
Hydrant-in-a-Body-Bag You’ll find a number of these in and around Ravena; also some that are so rusted they can’t be used! Some don’t work at all!!!
So we’d like to ask Mr Mayor “Mouse” Misuraca, Ravena village trustee Nancy Warner, and fitness bimbo Cathy Deluca whether Ravena needs a Heaps and Fatness Center or fire hydrants that work. Don’t you think that the $6,000 the Ravena Health and Fitness Center is losing every month could be better spent on ensuring the community’s safety? The whole community, that is, and not a handful of mouthy post-menopausal morons. Why don’t you ask Mr Mayor or Ms Warner or Ms Deluca what their priorities are? Couldn’t the more than $100,000 in the Ravena village budget for the Heaps and Fatness clowns be better spent on ensuring our fire hydrants are in working order, instead of wrapping them in body bags telling us they can’t be used? And what about the dozens of others that aren’t working but don’t get marked. Yes! We’ve received information from a reliable source that there are at least 8 other hydrants in the village that should be replaced! Next time you’re out in your neighborhood, why not check the condition of your hydrants. But take a barf bag with you; you’ll probably need it because the situation will make you sick! While Nancy Warner is peeing down your legs and telling you it’s ice-water, maybe she’s going to squat over the next house fire with her clown friends Cathy Deluca, Michelle Robbins, Christine Schnyder, Rowena DeDade, and Tony-the-Hose Ricciardi and wife Cathy, and smother it with bullshit?!?! You don’t need a half-brain to figure out the priorities in this community but Mr Misuraca and Ms Warner don’t seem to be able to do that. And clowns like Robbins, Schnyder, DeDade and the Ricciardi bunch haven’t got a clue; they talk community etc. but don’t know their arses from their elbows! Let’s dump the Fatness Center and put the money to better use rather than padding Cathy Deluca’s already amply padded bottom!
But what’s really hilarious is that the News Herald recently reported that Cathy Deluca’s partner, that useless-heap-of-walrus-excrement Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca, who left the Coeymans Police Department with his darling Gregory “Dumplin'” Darlington — word on the street is that they had to leave or be prosecuted — to take a job with the lobbyists at the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, returned recently to Ravena-Coeymans, allegedly instructing local fire-fighters. What was he instructing them in? No, not how to be a dirty cop. And No! Not how to cook a résumé. YES! How to wrap defunct fire hydrants, of course! Now if that isn’t ironic tell us something that is.
Well, Ravena and Coeymans residents and property owners you really have to start talking about this situation and doing something about it. You see, once your insurance companies get wind of this … Well, either you won’t have insurance or your rates are going to go through the roof. Maybe you’ll think about this when your house or your neighbor’s house is belching smoke. But then that will be a bit late, won’t it?
Who Gave Ravena Mayor William “Mouse” Misuraca the Horns?
That’s our first question. We had no idea mice could grow horns but they do in Ravena. Ravena Mayor Misuraca, Mayor “Mouse” has gotten the horns. Now there’s real word-play for a mayor of Italian descent! But it’s true.
Yup! Just look at the Ravena Mosher Park sign: Misuraca got the horns!
You really have to wonder about this guy, Misuraca. He’s like an immature adolescent and has no ethics, it seems. Nor does he have any shame. Shouldn’t Ravena’s municipal signs have a little more dignity or should even the signs be an embarrassment to the good people of Ravena.
It seems Misuraca can’t get control of village hall but sure can play his childish games at taxpayer expense.Who authorized the little ego trip for Mayor “Mouse” and put the horns on the “Moose.” Doesn’t anyone have any sense of dignity? Doesn’t anyone have any idea of what it means to give a man the horns? Ask any Italian! Apparently Mayor Misuraca can’t think that far.
Mayor “Mouse” Misuraca Got the Horns!
And then there’s the question of who paid for the mayor’s ego trip? Let’s FOIL the bills for the signs and see what it cost.
But that’s a drop in the bucket when you consider how Misuraca is still dicking around with Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca and the money pit Ravena Health and Fitness Center.
It makes you physically sick when you read the Ravena News Herald and Bryan Rowzee’s ass-kisser reports. Two or three locals show up to plead for the Fitness Center, even one from Selkirk who’s stupid enough to pay non-resident dues to play with Cathy-the-Crook and her minions. That bimbo from Selkirk pays about 3-times what she’d have to pay if she joined Planet Fitness about the same distance away! Need we say more? DUH!!!
News Herald “reporter” Bryan Rowzee has to play nice-nice with Ravena village hall and report all the right stuff; Rowzee’s wife works in the Ravena building department! Can’t rock the boat that pays the bills. Right?
But Rowzee’s got to keep on the good side of Ravena village hall and Nancy Warner, Cathy Deluca’s backer in village hall, because Rowzee’s wife works in the Ravena building department, and obviously, if Rowzee doesn’t play nice-nice with Warner and Deluca, his wife might get her walking papers and Rowzee would end up having to get a real job. But where would he do that? Yeah. So Rowzee keeps feeding local readers the smoke-and-mirrors reports and doesn’t quite get to the meat and potatoes of how bad it is in Ravena village hall.
Now, we’re not saying that Christine Schnyder of Ravena or Michelle Robbins of Selkirk are, in reality, really stupid; it may just be the way Bryan Rowzee chose to quote them or the parts of their statements he chose to include in his article that make them appear and sound really stupid. We do find it pitiful that Michelle Robbins has to find her “second home” at the crumby Ravena Health and Fitness Center. Really, Michelle, you need to go into therapy and/or find a real life, girl! Rowena DeDade certainly hit the nail on the head when she is quoted as saying that the Fitness Center has a “personal touch and a community feeling.” Yes, Rowena, you are lonely and need a friend, but that sort of “personal touch” will give you a creepy disease and the “community feeling” you get you can get at the local bar, too…like the Halfway House, run by your mayor!
It’s questionable whether Rowzee was interviewing the local psychiatric population out on day-pass but if he is quoting Schnyder, Robbins and DeDade as the voice of the people, we have to ask the people of what planet? Robbins seems to think that the Fitness Center “draws a wider population to the village and its businesses.” If that were true, then the Fitness Center would have enough members to keep it out of the red…It does not. And WHAT LOCAL BUSINESSES, Michelle???? Are you nutz? There are no more local businesses of any interest to any “wider population.” That convinces us that you are REALLY, REALLY stupid!
Tony Ricciardi and his wife Cathy seem to think that traveling to Delmar to go to Planet Fitness would keep them from supporting local businesses. Well, we’d like to let Tony and Cathy in on a little secret: Planet Fitness is not in Delmar and hasn’t been for quite a few years now. The place closed about 5 years ago when the Glenmont club got up and running at full steam. Well, so much for Tony and Cathy and their credibility. Let us know when you wake up, Tony, and become aware of what’s going on around you. Like you’re real believable: You don’t even know where planet fitness is!!! (Why didn’t Bryan Rowzee, pathetic little wannabe reporter that he is, catch that little gem?)
So there you have it: Three hormonally and metabolically challenged, lonely locals telling the rest of the community that they want their little therapy group and we can all pay for it. And then you have the Dizzy-Pair, Tony and Cathy, who are not quite aware of what’s going on around them. They all want it their way and want the rest of us to pay for it. Now, back to Mayor “Mouse” and his merry band of rats…
Mayor Misuraca and others on the board note that the Fitness Center is fiscally irresponsible and is not attracting the PAYING members it needs to support itself. Of course, Nancy Warner, one of the crooks who was instrumental in getting the thing installed by some very suspicious behind-closed-doors manipulations and deals, can’t back down and will come up with any asinine response to keep it (If she loses this baby, it’s likely the dam will burst on her unlawful activities and she’s dead in the water). Let’s face it, there have been a number of instances in the past two years where insiders got thrown in and turned on their cronies. There’s no honor among thieves. If Nancy were to to the responsible honest thing and admit it’s a dead fish, Cathy Deluca and hubby, Dirty-Hands Gerry Deluca, formerly of the Coeymanzi Police Department, will likely turn on her and…Well, you know the rest of the story. Nancy Warner’s up to her neck in Fitness Center doo-doo, right up to the point where they’ll put the noose if she doesn’t watch her step. Must be horrible living life having to look over your shoulder and not being able to trust anyone. Ask Nancy Warner.
So, if Mayor “Mouse” and his merry band of rats have a majority that feel the Fitness Center is a poor investment, losing money, not keeping its head above water, we have to ask the question: WHY IS IT STILL THERE? WHY HAVEN’T YOU CLOSED IT YET MISURACA?
There was a glimmer of hope, though, when two weeks ago Ravena Mayor “Mouse” Misuraca got his horns locked with Nancy Warner at a public session of the Village of Ravena village board meeting. You’d almost think he had a pair, wouldn’t you?
Our question is this, after seeing Mayor “Mouse” on the front page of the Ravena News Herald with an Eagle Scout: How hypocritical can you get when you are allowing crooks to run your village hall departments, when you knowingly waste more than $6,000 a month on a money pit like the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and you can still occupy the same space as an Eagle Scout? Where are that scout’s parents, we’d like to know.
BUT HERE’S THE REAL STORY WE’RE WORKING ON….
You’ll recall how we recently published a story on how the Ravena Village Board attempted to dump a member of the Ravena Planning Board without consulting anyone, not even the president of the Planning Board. It’s come out Why? they tried and failed to oust that member and How? it’s really coming back to bite them. Here’s how…
We have been provided with a Notice of Claim against the Village of Ravena that has been served on Mayor “Mouse” and his cronies for attempting to illegally tamper with the Planning Board and to mess with the member they tried to get to resign for all the worst — and wrong — reasons. We’ll be publishing that Notice of Claim and commenting on it very soon, probably this weekend! The town of Coeymans was also served with a Notice of Claim because of the number of moles in Coeymans town government who report to Ravena village hall (but we’re not going to mention Tom Dolan’s name yet).
But that’s not all. We’ve also obtained papers on the operations of the Ravena Building Department and one Mr Sandy Debacco, Village of Ravena building inspector, who is also working for the town of Coeymans and for the Albany County Airport! The fact that Mr Debacco doesn’t have to eat or sleep but can hold three jobs isn’t so surprising; quite a few village employees do the same thing but no one but us seems to read the documents, because it’s very difficult to even verify they exist. But crooks can run but they can’t hide! Remember our article on the disclosure of all those village of Ravena employees’ personal information, including social security numbers? It does get worse.
This story surrounds the pattern of retaliation against village residents and property owners that was a hallmark of the John Bruno reign of incompetence and terror and, it appears, is still a part of Ravena’s agenda, continuing under the current bartender mayor, William “Mouse” Misuraca under the supervision of his madam-in-waiting, Nancy Warner, a relic of the Bruno reign. The story is a story about retaliation and incompetence, that’s for sure. But it also exposes how the village of Ravena and those in village hall take care of their own and to hell with the rest of you! What makes it so tantalizing is that it’s all in black and white, we have the documents. And it involves fraud, too.
Our story has all of the trappings of a good detective novel: Dirty government, corruption, conspiracy, fraud, money, favors. You name it! And you’ll get to read it all right here.
Predictability and Stagnation: Ravena Democratic Slate for Mayor, Councilpersons
Political Stagnation in Ravena Village Hall
Vision and Freshness: Ravena Republican Slate
Misuraca-Coye-Mahler Team to Challenge Bruno-Case-Persico Gang
It’s a No-Brainer! Correction: It does require a brain to do what’s right and decide what’s best for the village of Ravena. Ravena needs change, and the Ravena Republican slate is offering voters the opportunity to make that necessary change. The opportunity to give Ravena a new lease on life. Actually, the revitalization of Ravena won’t start on Main Street Ravena until it starts in Village Hall Ravena.
Revitalize Ravena Starting with Ravena Village Hall
On January 27, 2014, at the Ravena Democratic Caucus, the Democrats made the same predicatable move to nominate John T. Bruno as their mayoral candidate, and confirmed Martin “Marty” Case and Rocco Persico to be their bad choices for village trustees. Here”s our take on that mistake:
The Ravena Democratic caucus met on January 27th but their numbers were way down. Only about half of the usual attendance was there. That should tell you something for a start: They don’t have much support even from their own hangers-on.
Furthermore, keep in mind that the Bruno and Persico clans in Ravena are not going to waste a second in calling in their large tribes and their members to hit the polls on March 18, 2014. That’s how it’s done in Ravena: the Incest Club calls all of the tribe to vote for them, and they do stick together. That’s all the more reason why the rest of us have to mobilize and get to the polls!
Second of all, Bruno is going to use his medieval strong-arm techniques and his usual threats to bully anyone and everyone to put him back on his throne. Bruno will probably be twisting village employees’ arms, too, threatening them with loss of the cushy jobs if he gets voted out. So Bruno’s pets and appointees will be doing everything they can to keep king Bruno in office. They have a lot to lose if he loses.
Remember, too, that Martin “Marty” Case and Rocco Persico work for the RCS Central School Districtand that bunch stick together like dung beetles on a turd ball. Marty Case just barely got voted in in the last elections and lost in his bid for the Coeymans supervisor’s office this past November 5. He’s a loser when it comes to doing anything except cashing his oversized teacher’s paycheck. Rocco Persico is a school psychologist but didn’t do very much when it came to protecting students or Ravena youth and teens. Both Case and Persico are useless and we can’t expect much more from them. But be prepared for some dirty teacher tricks when it comes to bullying the vote. They’re good at that.
Coeymans Democratic Committee chairperson, Tom Dolan, is a multiple loser and has shipwrecked his party in the recent Coeymans town elections this past November. Dolanhas a history of playing dirty with the ballots, too. He runs the social services organization Choices, and will likely be abusing his position there to influence the Oakbrook Manor voters. The best thing to do to stop that is to watch Dolan and his minions very closely and to let the Albany County Executive know of any misuse or abuse of power, leave us a comment here and we’ll alert the New York State Comptroller’s office and the NYS Attorney General. Everyone has to take voter fraud and manipulation of votes very seriously, even if it is indirect. Watch Tom Dolan very closely.
But even with Bruno’s behind-the-scenes bullying and Case’s and Persico’s backing by the RCS Central School District, they don’t have much of a chance because they have a pitiful record so far. Even Bruno and Persico might have a tough time getting the votes they need to take the election, even if they do call in village employees and family ties. People are just plainly sick and tired of the misery that life has become in Ravena.
Bruno & the Vampire Squad Albany Dem Machine Will Suck You Dry
John Bruno, Marty Case and Rocco Persico are useless to Ravena and its residents; their only value is to the Albany Democratic Machine and its destructive, vampire effect it has on Albany County. All you have to do is compare the vitality and energy just to the South, in Greene County, a traditionally Republican county, to see the difference. If Ravena intends to survive, it has to escape the boney fingers and iron grip of the Dem Machine represented by Bruno and his gang. It has to be done on March 18, at the polls.
Here’s How to Revitalize Ravena:
First of all, clean out village hall and all of the parasites, leeches, crooks, and dead wood that have been nesting there for the past several decades. That means get rid of Bruno and all of his minions. King Rat has to go and then all the other rats will scurry for cover. No matter what lies you may hear from Cathy Delucaor Nancy Warren, it’s all election time campaign rhetoric to save their own asses. Just ask local businesses or count the empty buildings and closed businesses on Main Street alone. Bruno, Deluca, Warner and the rest of the village hall rat pack don’t have a plan; they never did, except to line their own nests with your money and sweat.
The Ravena Republican caucus met on January 29, and was well attended and enthusiastic. Even the town of Coeymans boardmembers were there to show their support. Why so enthusiastic and so much support? Well, because they met to confirm a slate of very promising younger candidates who have the community connections and smarts to do what Bruno and his mob couldn’t or wouldn’t do: Serve the community.
Bill “Moose” Misuraca is the people’s choice for mayor. Bill is young and energetic. He’s a business man and has been doing business right in Ravena for years. He runs the popular Halfway House Tavern, a village institution for going on almost century, and a popular dining and drinking establishment popular with the life-blood of the village of Ravena. (Besides, they have the best seafood chowder in the area!) Bill and his wife, Jena, are familiar and popular figures in Ravena, and both are and have been very active in community affairs, especially when it comes to area children and youth.Bill Misuraca truly has his finger on the pulse of the community; Bruno has his fingers in your pockets.
Joe Coye and Keith Mahler are challenging Marty Case and Rocco Persico. From where we are sitting, it’s going to be like shooting fish in a barrel and we really feel sorry for Case and Persico. But they asked for it. Marty Casehas lost so many times already he’s apparently gotten to like being a loser; Rocco Persico is so laid back and “slow” he probably hasn’t even caught up with last week. Joe Coye and Keith Mahler form a great team together with Misuraca, and once elected will bring light, vision, and hope to village Hall. But what’s more important: Misuraca, Coye and Mahler are likely to shake things up, clean things up, and clear things out of village hall that should never have been there in the first place. We also expect that they’ll trim a lot of the fat and bring transparency and accountability back to Ravena. Feels good already, doesn’t it? You can almost smell the freshness in the air already.
Our polls tell the real story already. In fact, we’ve moved all the polls, unchanged, to this article so that those in the community who have not yet participated can do so now. Misuraca takes the lead by a considerable margin over Houghtaling, while Bruno has 0 support in our polls. We’ve added a new poll below to get your inputs on (1) the Republican and Democrat mayoral candidates, and (2) the candidates running for village of Ravena trustee. Let the numbers be your guide!
[Editor’s Note: The write-in candidates marked with an * were not consulted regarding their willingness to run prior to this posting. We feel, however, that they would make excellent village trustees and so we have drafted them and are proposing them as write-ins for village trustee.]
Finally, a word of advice to Mr George E. Langdon, newly elected Town of Coeymans councilmember: Mr Langdon, you were elected to serve the commuinity and residents of the Town of Coeymans on the Town of Coeymans town board. You should concentrate on your duties and responsibilities on that board, and should spend every waking hour committed to that trust put in you by the voters of the town of Coeymans. Any other distractions from the service to the public for which you were elected should be avoided. Specifically, the distraction of power-grabbing and your attempts to steal the chairmanship of the Coeymans Republican Committee must cease and desist immediately. Concentrate on the job for which you were elected, or resign and then consider the chairmanship (if you dare). Under no circumstances should an elected public official/servant have the chairmanship of a political party committee; it may be legal but it’s not ethical! Stop now!
And a word to Mr Kenneth Burns, newly elected Town of Coeymans councilmember: Do the job for which you were elected and stay out of the business of political coups. A good word of advice to you, Mr Burns is this: keep your advice as to father figures to yourself. You’ll find less egg on your face.
Stay tuned for more important information on the candidates, the elections, and how we think Ravena can join the 21st century.
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The Coeymans Republican Party Has a Candidate to Oppose Ravena Mayor John T. Bruno
Bill “Moose” Misuraca has been tapped to challenge the Village of Ravena mayor John T. Bruno on March 18th! Great Choice!
Off with their heads in Ravena Village Hall!
Venerable Coeymans Republican Committee chairwoman Barbara Cumm has published the Public Notice under the provisions of Section 15 of the New York State Election Law notifying all registered Republicans in the Village of Ravena that the Republican Caucus for the Village of Ravena to nominate candidates for the office of Mayor of Ravena and two village trustees will be held at the Ravena Firehouse at 116 Main Street, Ravena, New York on January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. The Village of Ravena Elections will be held on Tuesday, Mary 18, 2014.
The word on the street is that Chairwoman Cumm has tapped William “Moose” Misuraca to be the Republican candidate for Mayor of Ravena. Moose Misuraca, as many of you already know is the same Moose Misuraca who runs the Halfway House Tavern, a village institution for almost 100 years, in Ravena-Coeymans, and is the grandson of patriarch Frank Nunziato. Moose is very much in touch with the local community and can take an ass-kicking and still remain level-headed and even-handed. We know this for a fact because we have blasted Moose on a number of occasions and he’s kept his cool. Moose is a better choice when we consider his ability to be down-to-earth and a real people person. These are very positive character traits when compared to the explosive and offensive personality of mayor John T. Bruno.
All that said, and although we have our doubts when it comes to the technical parts of mayoring, and some of Moose’s wife Jenna’s choice of friends and associations (a well-meaning relationship with the somewhat shady RCS Sports Association, a coziness with the notorious Cathy and Jerry Deluca that makes many people cringe, some of the groups she’s supported in the past (Fiends of RCS etc.), Moose is promising as a candidate given the numbers in our most recent polls, clearly leading Ron Houghtaling by at least a 50% margin, and leaving John Bruno in the mummy dust.. But will Moose be able to handle the pressure of his wife’s, Jena’s friends and still be a neutral public servant and not become a puppet mayor? Will he isolate Ravena village hall and make it a private club for the special interests and questionable friends, to whom his wife Jena appears to be attracted, addicted? Or wil both Moose and Jena surprise the hell out of everyone and rise above the raw sewerage of special interests and corruption in Ravena-Coeymans. Sure, he’ll be able to call in consultants and advisors, if necessary, but it does take some skill knowing when you don’t know. And it takes big balls and raw courage to resist mere popularity and to champion real principles. Running even a small municipality like Ravena can be a challenge, especially when you’re dragging some heavy baggage and some dirty laundry along with you. And we all know from painful past experience when a heavy-handed bullshitter tries to run things: that’s the Bruno experience for the downward spiral Ravena has lived through since Bruno’s dictatorship has run its evil course for more than a quarter century. Bruno’s old and so is his style. Ravena needs change, positive change. Maybe Bill .” Moose” Misuraca, despite some of his and Jena’s questionable [= rumored] connections and friends might be that change. Maybe not. Can we handle the risk?
Our Advice to John Bruno, Marty Case and Rocco Persico!
Scandalous Greed: Not Satisfied with Being Elected to Public Office, Coeymans Board Members Now Want to Grab More Power!
Our advice to the greedy power-hungry gabbers is this: You were elected to serve the residents and community of Coeymans, not to run a political party! Just concentrate all of your energies on your new responsibilities before your start grabbing more! Stop acting like a bunch of children and conduct the business of governing the Town of Coeymans in a fair and balanced way. You have enough to deal with right under your noses: Deal with it! Chairwoman Cumm played a significant role in putting you where you are. Maybe some gratitude is in order! Dontcha think?
Mr Langdon: Get real! Get to work, and stop drooling over a commttee chairmanship you have neither the right nor the experience to covet!
Unconfirmed reports and the word on the street is that several Coeymans Republicans—Ungrateful bastards and power-hungry wolves in sheepskins?— have visited Coeymans Republican Committee Chairperson Barbara Cumm, and have asked her to step down. Apparently, the misguided group is not pleased with the way she’s been serving the Republican party in Coeymans—even though she’s successfully navigated the Coeymans Republican party to win a number of elections— and successfully steered the party from the whacko direction its seems to want take under the imprudent direction of some power-hungry newbies. Cumm managed to get them elected and that’s how they allegedly treat her. Aren’t they satisfied with being voted into public office? They want more? What is in store for the voters now that they’re in office. To be fair, Barbara Cumm is a native of Ravena, she was raised and grew up in this very area. Barbara Cumm loves Ravena-Coeymans and wants to see it thrive. We feel that the direction the village has taken and the attitude of some persons [Mr Flach, Mr Burns (!), Mr Masti, Mr Langdon] is far from moral and verges on the unethical. We’d like to remind you gang of four that public office is characterized by SERVICE not power-grabbing.
It is our avowed principle that no one in public office should also serve as a party chairperson (Right? Tom Dolan!); it opens too many doors to corruption and power-grabbing, and all too soon the notion of SERVICE has lost its meaning. We have noted Mr Kenneth Burns’ imprudent remark about “father-figures.” Burns is on our monitoring list already. The rest of the Flach team had better tow the mark; all eyes are on you guys.
If the rumor is true that Mr Flach, Mr Langdon, Mr Masti, and Mr Burns have shown their colors and are ungrateful sods, Chrisitans that they claim to be, we don’t like what we hear. Don’t forget for one second that Ms Cumm served for many years and should not simply be discarded nor should she be vilified or disrespected by anyone: least of all local Republicans and the very one’s she’s guided into the offices they now occupy. If this blog has in any way made the impression that we do not respect Ms Cumm and her loyalty to her hometown, the principles of her party, her dignity and her accomplishments, we’d like to correct that impression right now.
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Our recommendation in the past has been, that if and when Ms Cumm decides to resign, to make her Coeymans Republican Committee Chairperson emerita in recognition of her many years of service but also to rely on her experience, wisdom and savvy to ensure that the Coeymans Republican party is the party of ethics and solid values, ralther than self-service and power-grabbing. Unlike John Bruno, who is a dinosaur, Barbara Cumm is a servant leader. They’re from different dimensions or universes: Bruno is 30 years behind the times, Cumm, it seems, is reality oriented and future visioned. Where Bruno doesn’t have the sense of reality that would tell him to have the dignity to resign and hand over the baton to someone who can bring the dying village of Ravena into the 21st century, Barbara Cumm has shown wisdom in putting together a Republican party slate that overturned the old-boy corruption and put new faces on the board. (We can only hope that the new faces are not just masks hiding the same old business-as-usual thug-types.)
Our advice: Leave Barbara Cumm alone and respect her alleged choice for Ravena Mayor, Bill Moose Misuraca. Why? You might ask? Well, Bill knows the people, knows their needs; he listens to the buzz. He’s got a business right in the middle of town, is very well aware that if the village slides any further down the slippery slope created by the Brunos, the Delucas, the Warners and the others in the in-crowd, the Incest Club, he loses his livelihood and possibly a business that has a long history in Ravena—almost a century. But CAUTION: We don’t want to create a Coeymanazi haven, a nest of insiders in Ravena village hall that is worse than what’s there already. We need the Service Squad.
We were hoping for someone like Ron Houghtaling who has a wealth of government and administrative experience, and who has the brains to impress. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t called on to seek the nomination. Maybe his own history of unsavory connections and the fact that he doesn’t have the Misuraca allure is his own baggage, his own dirty laundry. While he’s got a working brain and will think for himself, and make experienced decisions, maybe the downside outweighs all of that.
We also think that the present village of Ravena offices in their present location would make a fine location for the Coeymans Town Hall, too. Will Moose Misuraca work closely with the Town of Coeymans to re-establish the old Ravena-Coeymans with one administration rather than the present wasteful two administrations running one community?Will Moose Misuraca would have the negotiating skills and the experience to approach the town government to make the move. That brings up the subject of consolidating the hamlet of Coeymans and the village of Ravena. Think of the good sense that makes. One administration, one court, one budget. No more fingerpointing and bickering. The only ones who want separate governments are the ones who stand to profit by the inefficiency: the Bruno crowd. Let’s start thinking in the 21st century, people, and let’s move in the right direction. Even if the village and the hamlet are not consolidated (as they once were a number of years ago), the two administrations would be better off in one location and the present village hall would be just the place.
Think in terms of saving hundreds of thousands of dollars every year right around the corner and what that could mean to Ravena-Coeymans and to residents. It makes good economic sense but the Bruno crowd would fight it tooth and claw because they’d never have a chance at taking advantage of their captive audience again.
Now think of getting rid of the Coeymans police department and all of those leeches. Think about saving at least $500,000 a year and still having a local sheriff department presence right down the street. An then there’s also the NYS police who are in the area. What could you do with that $500,000 in savings each year while financing the Sheriff Department satellite station in Ravena-Coeymans. Money back in your pocket people. Why are you fighting it? Here’s why: You’re being lied to by the leeches and their idiot friends. The Coeymans p.d. leeches don’t want to lose a good thing; where could they go to suck as much blood and play cops and robbers at a community’s expense like the Coeymans p.d. does?
Coeymans Police Department and Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca:
It must be getting a bit hot in the basement of Coeymans town hall, though. Kerry Thompson get’s pulled out by the Sheriff in an eleventh hour effort to distance himself from the Coeymans p.d. and avoid certain embarassment. Now we hear it’s getting too hot for Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca who’s retiring (actually resigning) from the Coeymans p.d. Does the Coeymans town hall know that Deluca was hired illegally by his friend Gregory Darlington? That should affect his “retirement”, shouldn’t it? Before they start signing any checks they’d better audit the books and check the records and the law; we wouldn’t want the New York State Comptroller’s Office and the Civil Service Department to go behind closed doors with the New York State Attorney General and find that there’s fraud in the Coeymans P.D., would we?
Dirty-Hands Jerry Resigns; Is Darlington Next?
Are Jerry Deluca and Gregory Darlington going to try to run and hide before the shit hits the fan? Do they really think that if they abandon ship like rats that they’ll be beyond the reach of the law or retribution to the public they’ve screwed so royally? Is the Coeymans taxpayer going to be satisfied paying the leeches their pensions in view of their years of abuse, corruption, and hypocrisy?
“Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca Resigns
It was difficult to keep from vomiting when reading the page one article “Happy birthday, Ravena!” (Ravena News Herald, January 23, 2014) and its sickening portrayal of Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca. Town councilman Kenneth Burns revealed a side of himself that made us doubt both his sanity and his connection with the community when he characterized the cop-bully Deluca as a “father figure to the community.” Either Burns was high on something or otherwise intoxicated to describe Deluca as a “father figure” to the community Deluca has deceived, taken advantage of, lied to, and bullied for years. Maybe Mr Burns has a different idea of a father figure; maybe Mr Burns means an abusive father with no ethics or morals. A “father-figure” who is a hyppocrite.
Our Message to Coeymans town councilman Mr Kenneth Burns: It’s that kind of stupid remark that gets you noticed. You’ve been noticed, Mr Burns.
But then, when saying good riddance to bad rubbish, maybe the Coeymans town council members are just so happy and relieved to get rid of the bully Deluca that they figure he’ll still be roaming the streets with time on his hands (when he should be doing time), so why rock the boat. Deluca was always in trouble while they had reasonable control over him. What now? Deluca is allegedly involved as a defendant in several lawsuits pending so he’ll be kept busy…one would hope.
We Recommend: That the New York State Comptroller, the Office of the NYS Attorney General, and the New York State Civil Service Department carefully audit and investigate Gerald Deluca’s employement record to ensure that his employment by the Coeymans Police Department was in accordance with the law. We have reason to believe that he may have been hired by Gregory Darlington illegally. That should certainly raise some eyebrows at state level. The Town of Coeymans had better do its own investigation and pronto!
Deluca Supersize Greed:
The greed of the Deluca pair is about as super-sized as they are. Ravena News Herald sockpuppet Bryan Rowzee reports in that same article that Ravena mummy mayor John “Black Mamba” Bruno was accompanied by “Ravena Health and Fitness Manager and Centennial Celebration Committee chair Cathy Deluca” to tout Ravena’s 100-year anniversary of incorporation. With Bruno and Deluca working on it it’ll probably be featured at the Babcock Funeral Home more as a wake or memorial service than anything else! But Cathy Deluca will do anything—and we do mean anything—to get noticed (How could you not notice her?). Cathy’s a real steal-the-show dog-and-pony act, that’s for certain. But now that she’s been appointed to run her little money-pit playpen, the illegal Ravena Health and Fitness Center, that’s not enough for the gluttonous queen of grab-it! Now she’s finagled her way to be the Centennial Committee chair. Look: She’s getting $30,000 + benefits to run the Fitness Center for the village of Ravena. The Fitness Center is in its first year of existence and isn’t doing all that well—call us cynical, but it’s a money pit (your money, Ravena taxpayers), it’s losing the membership battle, it can’t keep employees, and it just doesn’t have the numbers. Cathy Deluca has already managed two previous fitness centers to failure, and we think she’s doing the same thing to the Ravena Fitness Center. She can’t even manage a bunch of fatties in tights let alone a business operation!
So don’t you Ravena taxpayers think she should keep her bottom at the Fitness Center to make certain the public’s money is working for the public? No, that’s not the Deluca way! The public’s money in the Deluca world works for Deluca! Our advice to Ravena mummy mayor John “Black Mamba” Bruno is to keep Cathy D. in the Fitness Center and make her make it work. It’s YOUR duty and responsibility Mr Bruno, to the people of Ravena. You have to make your bad ideas and bad choices work! You have to take responsibility Mr Bruno! Do it now! Make Cathy Deluca put all her energy in making that fiasco, illegal Ravena Health and Fitness Center work for the people and taxpayers of Ravena. Take responsibility for once, at least in the last year of being mayor of Ravena!And don’t forget the pending lawsuits that won’t go away even if Cathy Deluca resigns…OOPS! we meant “retire.” There are actually three (3) pending lawsuits involving Cathy Deluca and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. Some of the claims involve criminal charges and also involve the Coeymans Police Department on charges of obstruction of justice etc. So when you hear the names Cathy and Jerry Deluca, think greed, hypocrisy, corruption, and lawsuit.
Again, this is one of our concerns with Bill “Moose” Misuraca’s prospective bid for the mayorship of Ravena: What is his, Bill’s and his wife’s, Jena’s, relationship with the Deluca pair and how does that play into the agenda? Will their coziness with the Coeymanazi pair and all of their corrupt activities in Ravena-Coeymans taint any potential Misuraca administration? That’s an important consideration in our view.
We’d like to know Bill Misuraca’s position on the Ravena Health and Fitness Center.
We’d also like to ask if the Misuracas, the Ravena Halfway House Tavern received Cathy Deluca’s recent letter to selected Main Street businesses to attend the January 30th Centennial Planning Meeting for the “revitalization” of Main Street, Ravena. (Our most recent intelligence informs us that the Misuraca;s, Jordan’s Barber Shorp, Hoots Bowling Alley (Houghtaling), Stolz insurance, Citgo, Miller’s Automotive, all Main Street businesses, and others were not included in that mailing. Why not?)
In short: We want to know, we want to be convinced that if Bill “Moose” Misuraca is elected by a fair process that Bill will be mayor and not Jena or her cronies. We want to be convinced that if Bill “Moose” Misurac is elected to be mayor of the village of Ravena, that the same insider group or, worse still, more insider groups will take over village hall. If Bill “Moose” Misuraca is elected to be mayor, we want to be conviced Bill will be mayor; not Jena Misurac, not the RCS Sports Association, not Matt Miller’s teachers union, and not the Cathy and Dirty-Hands Jerry pair. In short, we want a mayor not a Coeymanazi fortress.
So, a lot is happening since the upheavals and elections in November 2013. It’s happening in Coeymans and in New Baltimore because residents are sick of the backstabbing, the unfairness, the lying, the corruption, the intimidation and the retaliation. It’s time now to fumigate Ravena village hall and get rid of the cockroaches who have been ruining a lovely little village and killing it slowly and painfully.
Village of Ravena residents have two caucuses coming up at the end of January:
The Democratic Caucus to nominate candidates for Ravena mayor and two village trustees. They’ll probably kiss Bruno’s ass and nominate him and his two leeches, Marty Case and Rocco Persico. That will be the death knoll for Ravena (and for Bruno and his two leeches Case and Persico). Residents don’t want Bruno back or his leeches. Nominating them in the Democratic caucus will be a big mistake. But then, Coeymans Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Dolan could’t get himself elected, and he’s a dud from the start. We just have to keep an eye on whether he’ll manipulate his Choices clients, his social services recipients, etc. He’s played some shadey games with ballots in the past, and skunks don’t change their odor. The Democratic Caucus is on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ravena Fire House at 116 Main Street, Ravena (one of the few occupied buildings left on Main Street, thanks to the democrats on the village council!)
The Republican Caucus will meet on Tuesday,January 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ravena Fire House at 116 Main Street, Ravena. As we’ve already reported, Coeymans Republican Committee Chairperson Barbara Cumm expects to nominate Bill “Moose” Misuraca for the office of mayor of Ravena and two others for the 2 trustee seats. Ms Cumm appears to have weighed the pros-and-cons and we have to trust her wisdom. All Coeymans Republicans must attend the caucus and actively participate. Weighing all of the options, we recommend that Ravena Republicans support Ms Cumm’s choice and should support Bill “Moose” Misuraca for mayor of Ravena.
We have posted our options for mayor and village officers. If the Caucuses don’t see the wisdom in our selection, we will push for the residents of the village of Ravena to write them in on March 18. If they don’t get the political parties’ nominations to be candates, we and Ravena residents must run them as write-ins!
An Example of a Write-in Vote It’s that simple! Just print clearly and spell the names correctly!
Remember: Ravena village elections are on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Don’t let the leeches steal the village away again!
Please don’t forget to make your choices for mayor and trustee candidates in our special Ravena Election Poll. Click on this link Poll to go to the article and take the poll or just scroll down to the article. Make your voice heard in advance of the elections!
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