RSS

Category Archives: Joe Neri

Take Our New Poll. It’s Anonymous

We Occasionally Ask Our Readers for Feedback About Particular Issues.
We do this with an anonymous poll. You can vote only once (the system will see to that) and without having to give any identifying details. It’s completely anonymous and handled by a third-party provider. We’ll post the weekly results and then publish the final results in mid-December but you’ll be able to see the current voting weekly as we proceed.  You can also add a comment in the OTHER field at the end of the poll.

We’d Like to Know What You Think!

View Poll Results
(Click on the links below.)

Poll Results Tell Us What You Think 1st 24h

The Editor & Readers of the Smalbany Blog

The Editor & Readers of the Smalbany Blog

 
13 Comments

Posted by on November 22, 2013 in 18 USC § 4 - Misprision of Felony, 2Luck.com, Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Sheriff Department, Bill Bailey, Bitter Bob (Ross), Blog, Bob Ross, Brown and Weinraub, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Catskill-Hudson Newspapers, Christopher Norris, Civil Right Violation, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Columbia-Greene Media, Conspiracy, Corrupt Police, Corruption, Craig D. Apple Sr., Daily Mail, David Soares, David Wukitsch, Dawn Rogers, Denis Jordan, Diane Jordan, Double Dipping, Dr Alan McCartney, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Eric T. Schneiderman, F.O.I.L., Favoritism, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Formal Written Complaint, Freedom of Information Law, Gerald Deluca, Government, Greed, Greene County News, Gregory Darlington, Harassment, Hearst Corporation, Hudson Valley, Human Rights, Hypocrisy, Intimidation, Investigation, James Latter, James Latter II, Jason Hyslop, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, Joe Neri, John B. Johnson, John Luckacovic, John T. Bruno, Johnson Newspaper Group, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Latter-Hyslop-Brown, Lies, Lisa Benway, Mark Vinciguerra, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Misuse of Public Office, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Police, NYS Assembly, NYS Comptroller Audit, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Official Misconduct, Patrick E. Brown, Pete Lopez, Peter Masti, Police Incompetence, Police State, Poll, Public Corruption, Public Office, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, Ravena Coeymans Youth and Teen Activities Center, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena Village Board, Ravena-Coeymans Teen Center, RC Teen Activities Center, RegisterStar, Removal of Mayor, Robert Fisk, Rocco Persico, Ryan Johnson, Scott Giroux, Selkirk, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Survey, Susan K. O'Rorke, Teddy Reville, The Daily Mail, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Union, Tkaczyk, Tom Boehm, Tom Dolan, Town Council, Transparency, Village Council, Wild Spending, William Bailey

 

Ravena & Risk – Taking: Is it really the role of municipal government?

In an article “New fitness center gaining ground,” published in the July 4, 2013, edition of the Ravena News Herald, Marlene McTigue manages again to sugar – coat an otherwise bitter pill. McTigue does this by irresponsibily reporting—a chronic fault of the Ravena News Herald—only the one side of a very suspect operation, the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter.

You can be beautiful,too!

You can be beautiful,too!

The Ravena Health and Fitness Center has been under scrutiny since the village of Ravena spent more than $40,000 on used fitness center equipment from an insider (Robert “Bob” Fisk) through insiders (village of Ravena mayor John T. Bruno, village trustee Nancy Biscone – Warner, and local opportunist Catherine M. “Cathy” Deluca, wife of Coeymans BoBo Cop, Gerald “Dirty – Hands Jerry” Deluca) in 2013.

Village of Ravena, Deluca: Risk-taking and Arrogance Finally Backfire!

Beginning-of-the-End

Is this the Long-Overdue Beginning of the End for the Bruno Empire, the Biscone Orgy, the Deluca Picnic at RCS Expense?

Not only was the $40,000 purchase of used equipment scandalous, the fact that the RCS Community Library was being raped by the village of Ravena, mainly by mayor John T. Bruno and boardmember Nancy Biscone – Warner, was even more embarrassing. And for what: a misconceived idea that the village of Ravena needed a fitness center..or rather, someone needed to be paid off or the path had to be cleared for some horrendous political move to benefit the Mafiosi in charge.

What McTigue, the village of Ravena, mayor John T. Bruno, board member Nancy Biscone – Warner, and Cathy Deluca and chubby – hubby Dirty – Hands Jerry don’t want anyone to know is that the entire idea is built on sand.

One of the most ridiculous statements made by Marlene McTigue in her misleading article is that the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter has “nearly 70 members.” That may seem like a lot in Bruno’s ghost town but look at it from the financial, the money point of view:

Just to break even, the fitness center would have to attract about 425 – 450 paying members

The village of Ravena has been stuffing the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter down locals’ throats for almost a year now. Ravena has invested tons of taxpayer money in the facility and has allocated $115,500 in the 2013 – 14 budget. So what do these “nearly 70 members,” really mean? Zilch!

Here’s why:

First of all, the village of Ravena hasn’t got the population to make the thing work. That’s obvious, since the last one—also “managed” by Cathy Deluca—failed. It went down in flames when member cancellations soared.

Just to break even, the fitness center would have to attract about 425 – 450 paying members; that means, Ravena and the surrounding area would have to attract at least 425 persons who would be willing to fork over between $250–300 a year to join the fitness center, which pales in comparison to other local chain centers with all the facilities like tanning, certified trainers, fitness programs, ultra – modern equipment, men’s and women’s changing rooms, showers, swimming pools, etc. The Ravena Health and FitnessCenter has none of these but membership is far more expensive than any of the major local clubs. So where are these 425 – 450 members going to come from in Ravena or Coeymans? Answer: They aren’t!

The Ravena Health and FitnessCenter is restricted to members over 18 years old.  But even so, the statistics don’t bode well for tiny operations like the Ravena one. Here are some national statistics from the fitness industry:

health club membership

Truth be told: Only 16% of the 16-64 age group belong to a health club or fitness center!

Some more fitness industry survey information may help you to understand why we feel your money is being wasted, literally stolen: Most people who think they want to join, do so but then don’t go and don’t pay…especially if the place isn’t super cool!

Just simple business research would have raised red flags for the fitness center but Ravena doesn't use hard facts.

Just simple business research would have raised red flags for the fitness center but Ravena doesn’t use hard facts.

But it’s not just the basic knowledge of the industry that Bruno, Warner, and Deluca lack. The real problem that taxpayers and members of the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter is even more sinister and insidious: The village of Ravena through mayor John T. Bruno, boardmember Nancy Biscone – Warner, Cathy Deluca, and others don’t know what they’re doing. We have received information based on disclosure made by the village of Ravena under the New York State Freedom of Information Law that the village of Ravena never did any studies to determine the need or survivability of a village health club. NONE! The village of Ravena never created a solid business plan establishing targets and goals for the fitness center. NONE! The village of Ravena back in mid – 2012 had already decided who was going to run things and didn’t bother to put the job of director out for competitive applications, instead they “appointedCathy Deluca to be the fitness center director at a salary of $30,000 a year.

When asked to produce any documents like diplomas, certificates, training, experience that would qualify Cathy Deluca for the position of fitness center director, the village of Ravena responded that they have no documents on file, that her qualifications were established by interview only. In other words: NONE! Nice.

It gets even worse because shortly after having appointed Cathy Deluca to the position of fitness center director, the village of Ravena filed an application for the creation of a new civil service job title for Deluca. Ravena filed the application on about April 5, 2013, days after having appointed Deluca at a village “organizational meeting. The Albany County Department of Civil Service approved the job title on about May 10, 2013. The problem is that the application was defective and didn’t include most of the justifications and documents required for approval! How did it get approved as a non – competitive, exempt job title when half the required documentation was never submitted. We know this because we have been provided information obtained from the village of Ravena that no other documents were attached to the application! There’s more than just a hint of illegality here, too!

Let's stop putting lipstick on pigs!

Let’s stop putting lipstick on pigs!

Here are just some of the deficiencies of the application:

The application asks for specific descriptions of the work and responsibilities, the Ravena says:

“Director will be responsible to provide residents with the opportunity to exercise & improve health in a community based facility. Must have strong interest & experience in health & fitness industry, as well as, an interest in wellbeing of the development of the community. 100 % responsible for day to day operations of center and supervision of all staff.”

The application asks for a description of typical work activities in “sufficient detail to form a clear word picture of the job” and instructs the applicant to “avoid general terms.” Ravena writes:

“Oversee day to day operations of fitness center to include, but not limited to: staffing, scheduling, training of staff, member orientation & evaluations. Avertising and publicity, AR / AP, monthly receipt and bank statement reconciliation. Monthly reports to village board, preparing center’s budget, weekly / monthly meetings with village board liaison. Set up computer programs, maintain & increase membership, search grants, work with local agencies (school, police, etc) to offer joint programs.”

It really gets good when we get to the section, “Full Performance  Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics.” This is going to be really short because Ravena writes: “Knowledge of aerobic conditioning, strength training, flexibility & behavioral protocols.” Gibberish, purest double – talk, superior level bullshit!

The minimum qualifications are either: “Graduation form a New York State or regionally accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation or closely related field; OR Four (4) years of experience in fitness programming, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.” But no one seems to know anything about Deluca’s qualifications. The village of Ravena has no documents and says that she was hired based on information obtained at an “interview.”  An “interview”? That seems very unlikely.

There is also a special requirement: “Possession of a personal training certificate within 60 days of the appointment date.” There is NONE, according to the village of Ravena. So, basically, that nice cozy photo in McTigue’s article with Cathy Deluca showing Craig Youmans how to use the exercise equipment is really an ambulance-chasers dream: an apparently undocumented,  unqualified, uncertified, fraudulently appointed fitness center director “showing” a member how to use the fitness equipment! Hello! Lawsuits!

Guess who Deluca’s immediate supervisors are: Nancy Warner (trustee) and John Bruno (mayor). Surprising?

The “Requested Civil Service Jurisdictional Class” can be competitive, non – competitive, exempt or labor. Ravena checks off “exempt,” which includes “certain positions for which competitive or non-competitive examinations are deemed not to be practicable.” Seems that fitness center director would lend itself to examination, wouldn’t it? It does everywhere else…but not in Ravena! But then, Deluca would have to compete with qualified applicants, wouldn’t she?

old guy loser

But the exempt classification  requires that the applicant, village of Ravena, to justify the class. Here’s what the instructions on the form require: “If you request non – competitive, exempt or labor, state detailed reasons in a letter why competitive examination is impractical and attach it to this application.” According to Ravena, no documents accompanied the application.

Finally, the form requires that the applicant “[s]ubmit any other information not covered above. Items of particular interest include a description of a new program…, the nature of any increase in work load or change in organization which necessitates the creation of this new position.” We repeat: Ravena says nothing was attached to the application.

The application is signed and submitted by Ravena mayor John Bruno, mayor, on April 5, 2013, and approved by the Albany County Civil Service Director, Michael Cummings on May 10, 2013. Your tax dollars at work supporting crooks and incompetence.

So, there you have it. An application that should have been TRASHED because it is so deficient that it cannot be realistically considered to be a serious submission is approved by the Albany County Civil Service Department himself, Michael Cummings. Please tell me, Does anyone else smell a pack of rats here? Where’s accountability? Where’s transparency? Where’s integrity? We do know where the corruption is! That there’s fraud, graft, conspiracy, corruption, deceit at work here.

Back to Marlene McTigue’s misleading and untruthful article: McTigue, a member of the in-crowd, card-carrying Coeymanazi supporter, is very careful not to mention that even before the Ravena Health and Fitness Center opened its doors on Monday, June 3, 2013, Cathy Deluca had already caused the first Notice of Claim to be filed against the village of Ravena for her misconduct as fitness center director. A Notice of Claim is the first step to a lawsuit against the village of Ravena because Cathy Deluca could not keep her mouth shut and just be a good public employee. Ravena faces another lawsuit for employee misconduct and guess who pays?

The Answer? The Editor

The Answer?

We have information that another Notice of Claim is going to be served on the village of Ravena because Cathy Deluca allegedly falsely reported an incident to the Coeymans Police Department, causing the investigating officer to start an investigation, to interview witnesses, etc. because Deluca lied about the incident. That’s a misdemeanor under New York State Penal Law § 240.50. What’s more, it appears that Deluca may have  involved one of the fitness center employees who she supervises and controls to cooperate and corroborate her alleged false statements to the police and that means conspiracy, another misdemeanor under New York Penal Law § 105.00.

Wait a minute! Isn’t Cathy Deluca’s chubby-hubby Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, the shame of the Coeymans Police Department, a police investigator? Wouldn’t Cathy know about harassment, falsely reporting an incident, conspiracy? Don’t you think she’d call chubby-hubby Jerry for advice on what to do?  Maybe Cathy Deluca, John Bruno, Nancy Warner have become just a little too confident that they’ll get away with their dirty tricks forever, so now they don’t even care.

We understand that the village can be made liable for these alleged crimes, too, because the village of Ravena has waived its immunity by taking out insurance to cover some of these claims, although the alleged criminal misconduct may simply be dumped on Deluca’s and her accomplices’ laps by the village when the going gets too rough.

This is called moral hazard when discussing risk – taking, which is what Ravena and Deluca are doing at public expense. A moral hazard is a situation where a party, DELUCA and the RAVENA GANG, will have a tendency to take risks because the costs that could incur will not be felt by the party taking the risk, DELUCA and the RAVENA GANG. In other words, it is a tendency to be more willing to take a risk, knowing that the potential costs or burdens of taking such risk will be borne, in whole or in part, by others, YOU, TAXPAYERS and COMMUNITY. Public institutions created to protect citizens from risk create a moral hazard wherein the costs of risks are not borne by those who would engage in risky practices, DELUCA, BRUNO, WARNER. This relieves risk-takers from responsibility for their actions, which would otherwise act as a deterrent. Moral hazard arises because an individual or institution does not take the full consequences and responsibilities of its actions, and therefore has a tendency to act less carefully than it otherwise would, leaving another party, THE COMMUNITY, to hold some responsibility for the consequences of those actions.

Do you get it now?

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.”

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your coöperation and assistance!

 
6 Comments

Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Albany County Civil Service Department, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Executive, Albany County Sheriff Department, Albany County Supervisor, Andrew Holland, Andrew Stephen Holland, Bill Bailey, BULLSHIT, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Civil Right Violation, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Attorney, Conspiracy, Corruption, Daniel Contento, David Soares, DeLuca Public Affairs, Deluca-Warner Fitness Center, F.O.I.L., Falsely reporting an incident, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fitness Center, Formal Written Complaint, Fraud, Gerald Deluca, Government, Greene County, Gregory Darlington, Harassment, Indifference, Intimidation, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joe Neri, Joe Rotello, John T. Bruno, Joseph C Rotello, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Josie Biscone-Bruno, Kristine Biernacki, Lies, Making an apparently sworn false statement, Marlene McTigue, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael Cummings, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misdemeanor, Misuse of Public Office, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, Napierski, Napierski & O'Connor, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, News Herald, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, P. David Soares, Perp Patrol, Pete Lopez, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Fitness Center, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena Village Attorney, Ravena Village Board, Retaliation, Robert Fisk, Rocco Persico, Selkirk, Stephen Flach, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Transparency, William "Bill" Bruno

 

What’s the Village of Ravena Trying to Hide? Disclosure of Legal Fees.

As Many of Our Readers Know, Getting Disclosure from the Village of Ravena is As Easy As Finding  a Chicken’s Teeth! 

We Found'Em! Ravena Can Run But They Can't Hide!

We Found’Em!
Ravena Can Run But They Can’t Hide!

Let’s see: Ravena Village Clerk. Isn’t the office of the village clerk an elected office? Let’s ask Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek, they should know, right? Actually, anywhere else, the village clerk would probably be elected. But not in Ravena! Village law allows the mayor to appoint and the village board to approve the mayor’s appointment to the office of village of Ravena Clerk. Smell INCEST here?

Ravena Village Trustee Nancy Biscone-Warner. Isn’t the office of village trustee an elected office? Well, is it Nancy Biscone-Warner? And what about the office of the mayor of the village of Ravena, that’s an elected office, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it John Bruno? Well, aren’t public servants, elected officials supposed to serve the community? Aren’t they supposed to serve the best interests of the community who put them in office? Well, can anyone tell us why Demitraszek, Biscone-Warner, Bruno are doing their best to stonewall? What are they trying to hide? Wouldn’t you think they could come up with the documents and the figures for the village of Ravena’s legal expenses? It’s public information after all!

Committee for Open Government (NY Department of State!) and Robert J. Freeman.  Nancy Biscone-Warner is really working hard to keep it all under wraps, even upstaging the village clerk Demitraszek and passing on misinformation to a club member at the Committee for Open Government (now that’s a joke!), attorney Robert J. Freeman, who plays their cute little game with them. The incest club hard at work. Well Robert J. Freeman is a political appointee and has been occupying the executive director’s office of the Committee for Open Government for more than 36 years! Isn’t there something wrong with that? It sounds like somebody’s getting rewarded for some hefty favors, doesn’t it? Sorta like our own little nest of thieves rewarding Cathy Deluca with the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the position of director. Right Nancy Biscone-Warner? Must be Nancy’s “Biscone” showing through. Right, Nancy? Stinks of raw sewerage from Albany all the way down to Ravena village hall. And you’re paying for it all…through the nose!

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

What’s theVillage of Ravena Trying to Hide?
The Request to Disclose Legal Fees Paid to Attorneys Between 2000 and 2013.

We have acquired documents served on the village of Ravena under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) that demand that the village of Ravena produce documents showing the amount and the recipient of legal fees and payments. In short the demand for disclosure and production of docments read:

“For the period of on or about January 1, 1990 to on or about January 1, 2013 all invoices, statements, requests for payment, expense reports, demands for payment, or vouchers, or such documents that otherwise authorize or show payment in an amount certain for legal services provided by the law firm or partners or associates of the law firm of Michael J. Biscone or the law firm of Biscone and Neri, or Louis Neri, Esq., or Michael J. Biscone, Esq., including but not by limitation any compensation for activity as a public official for or on behalf of the village of Ravena.”

Other parts of the F.O.I.L include similar requests for payments made to Joseph C. Rotello or any law firm of Joseph C. Rotello, or Joseph C. Rotello, Esq.; the law firm of John T. Biscone or any law firm of John T. Biscone, or John T. Biscone, Esq.; the law firm of Gregory Teresi or any law firm of Gregory Teresi, or Gregory Teresi, Esq., and further requests

“Please note that if the particulars (the attorney invoice number, the matter number, or the substance of the matter) of the service for which payment is requested is not stated in the voucher, this request also demands production of any document specifically identifying the specifics of the service (such as the attorney invoice) for which payment is being authorized but not the documents memorializing the matter itself.”

Having served the F.O.I.L demands, the requestor adds:

“Please find attached my demand for disclosure under the provisions of the NYS FOIL.
“Please contact me promptly if you have any questions relating to this demand.”
The first village of Ravena response received by the citizen making the request reads:

“Please be advised that your request for legal services payments does not reasonably describe records in our possession because our vouchers are fiiled in chronological order not by subject.” (Kristine Biernacki, Village Clerk)

Isn’t that interesting? The request for “legal services payments does not reasonably describe records” in the village of Ravena’s possession.”  And why? Because the village of Ravena’s filing system is in “chronological order not by subject.”  Now, we’re not talking the Borough of Manhattan, we’re talking about receipts and vouchers for legal services paid by the village of Ravena. But you see where this is going, don’t you?

The requestor replies:

“The FOIL is not required anticipate, to comply with or to allow for record-keeping idiosyncrasies of the custodian of the demanded records; the fact that you state that records particularized and specified in the FOIL might represent a “request for legal services payments [that] does not reasonably describe records in our possession” is clearly insufficient grounds for refusing to produce the documents demanded in the FOIL. The fact that the village of Ravena maintains its payment vouchers chronologically does not reasonably represent an absolute impediment or imppossibility of production whatsoever. It simply means that your search will necessarily have to be made chronologically in the absence of a more crossreferenced or alternative system of records keeping. That has no bearing whatsoever on the demands of the FOIL in question. [emphasis provided]
Not having heard a peep from the village of Ravena, the requestor writes:
“Can you please provide an update on the progress of your fulfillment of the production demand of the amended legal fees FOIL.”
Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Ravena village clerk Kristine Biernacki replies on March 19, 2013:
“I am extremely busy right now collecting for Village water/sewer bills and I am working alone now with a part time person,  so it will be some time before I am able to fulfill your request.”

Reading between the lines: I’m too busy right now collecting money for mayor Bruno to waste my time complying with state of New York laws.

The Requestor writes back:

“Thank you, Kris, for the heads-up. I appreciate it. 
“Please do keep me updated.”
Sounds friendly enough, right. First the village tries to get out of producing the records because they claim the request doesn’t reasonbly describe the records being requested. Now, they are saying that they can’t get to it because they’re collecting water and sewer bills. All along, the requestor is obviously patient and courteous.
 
So, along comes April 1, 2013, and the deadline for the village’s response is just days away, and the requestor contacts the village:
“I am following up on the production in response to my foil below. 
“Can you please provide a date certain when you expect to have the Village’s response ready?”
Are you getting the feeling somebody’s getting the run-around? I do!
So April 10, 2013, rolls around and the requestor has to write again:
“I need to know when I can expect the information demanded in the legal fees FOIL.
” I am willing to wait until Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 noon for the full response; after that, I’m afraid I shall have to presume that the village of Ravena is refusing to comply with a lawful demand, and I shall submit a complaint to the Office of the State Attorney General together with a request for investigation. 
“My last two emails have gone unanswered and I presume that to be the village’s attempt to avoid responding.”
So, on April 11, 2013, over a month after the request was made, and after several excuses already, Kris Biernacki writes:

“I am not able to provide you with most of your FOIL request regarding legal services payments due to the fact that they can not be reasonably obtained.  However, with respect to the records that can be accessed,  I will provide them to you by August 2, 2013.”

Flabbergasted at this incredible response, the requestor writes:

“Am I reading this correctly? Are you telling me (1) that you can’t provide the village of Ravena’s records for legal expenses? That they are cannot be “reasonably obtained?” and (2) that the records that can be accessed can be provided by “August 2, 2013?” Or is that a typo?”

Let the cat out of the bag!

Let the cat out of the bag!

Biernacki writes back, now she’s telling the requestor that Mr Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Government (Yeah! Right!) is telling her:

Per Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government, your demand for the legal services payments dating back to 1990 is not a reasonable request.  The recent information that I can access will be provided to you by the date stated.

So, the requestor, patient and cooperative as always, writes:

“You could have said that earlier. I am amending the request to 2000-present.
” Notwithstanding the amendment, I have been extraordinarily patient in working with the village of Ravena, and agreed to extend on your request for more time because were involved with sewer and water billing. 
“In future and in the case of any future FOIL demand, I would expect the courtesy of a timely response and timely advice if you or your office find a request unclear or “unreasonable.” The handling of this request has been unacceptable.”
 In order to make it easier, the requestor knocks off 10 years and sits back waiting for the next excuse. He doesn’t have to wait long. Kris Biernacki writes:

“This is in receipt to your FOIL amendment.  Again, I will have the information to you on or before August 2, 2013.”

The village of Ravena is saying that it will need more than 114 days to find it’s records on payments made to lawyers. By now the requestor is reasonably irked and writes:

“That, I repeat, is outrageous.
” The FOIL continues as is and the village of Ravena is now in default of its affirmative obligations under the Freedom of Information Law.
” I expressly do not withdraw the FOIL in its currently amended form. The amendment was offered as a courtesy and to facilitate the village of Ravena’s compliance within the time provided by the Freedom of Information Law. “The law is explicit and clear, Mr Freedman does not have legislative authority. The times set forth in the law are explicit and clear, as are the disallowed “excuses” for failure to comply.
” I hereby demand immediate compliance or the village of Ravena’s explicit written refusal to comply.
 “You may want to pass this by Mr Biscone if he’s not too distracted by his sanctions battle. Yes, I’m watching that play out with considerable interest as I hope the local press is.”
 

 scam don't let them con youThis is incredible. It’s outrageous. It’s Ravena. By the way, Mr Robert J. Freeman is “executive director”, of the New York State Committee on Open Government. He’s been on the payroll of the NY Department of State since about 1974—a bit too long, in our honest opinion—Freeman has worked for the New York State Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974 and was appointed executive director in 1976. He’s a bit too comfy in his little nest he’s created for himself.  Don’t you think there’s something bizarre about a state employee being executive director for more than 36 years?!? Isn’t that a little, corrupt?

Robert J. Freeman

Robert J. Freeman

So here you have this guy, Bob Freeman, who’s really firmly established in what we can reasonably call his little nest for more than 36 years, bloated with power, and making decisions on who gets what from government. A snotty little turd if there ever was one. And guess who’s talking to him about the disclosure of Ravena’s payments to lawyers (Teresi, Biscone, Rotello, Neri): Nancy Bicone-Warner, wife of village justice and ex-cop Harold “Hal” Warner. The same Nancy Biscone-Warner who is knee-deep in Cathy Deluca’s little scam, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. Yes, it’s the same Nancy Biscone-Warner who haunts the village of Ravena offices 25/7, who has everyone there by the short-and-curlies. Now she’s passing on inaccurate information to the Committee on Open Government, trying desperately to avoid having to disclose the village of Ravena’s payments to the local legal incest club.

We know that Nancy Warner was faster than lightning on the phone to Freeman trying to get out of producing documents in regard to another F.O.I.L. And Bob Freeman is playing right along with them. Committee on Open Government? Guess again! Apparently it’s a committee of one: Bob Freeman.

Do you expect anything different out of Albany, the cesspool of democrat corruption. Freeman’s a lawyer. No doubt with connections with Joe Rotello, a clerk  in the Court of Appeals, the Teresis, Ravena shyster Greg Teresi and dirty old dad, Joe Teresi on the NYS Supreme Court, Michael Biscone in Ravena, theyve all got their hands in the cash-box called the village of Ravena. And watchdog gatekeeper Nancy Biscone-Warner ain’t letting anything get by her to upset the little party boat they have floating in taxpayer cash. And don’t expect any help from the Albany County DA, P. David Soares. He likes to party, too.
 
Just a note: The town of Coeymans responded to the very same F.O.I.L. within a couple of days. Now, do you think something’s up in the village of Ravena? Why are they fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid coming up with those documents? Do you think there’s something they don’t want residents to know. Maybe they’re scared shiteless that if you get it, we’ll see it. Do ya think?
 

This Just Adds Another Nail to Ravena’s Coffin. The Village of Ravena Should Be Eliminated and Combined with the Hamlet of Coeymans, Administered by the Town of Coeymans.

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Don’t hold it against Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek. They just do as they’re told— like good little soldiers. Imagine if they make waves or use a village first-class postage stamp on a private mail item, they’re on the street. Mummy mayor John Bruno and hatchet-woman Nancy Biscone-Warner don’t like people with brains (shows them both up). Ravena Mayor John T. Bruno and Nancy Biscone-Warner apparently don’t take prisoners, they just take advantage.

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD Thanks Nanch Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman The Editor

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD
Thanks to Nancy Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman
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.”

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your coöperation and assistance!

 

How Do You Know It’s a Coeymanazi?

A Reader Posted On the Friends of RCS Facebook Page and Asked Very Fair Questions. Going Back to the Friends of RCS Facebook Page Not Only Were the Questions Not Answered, the Questions Had Been Deleted.

If the Friends of RCS Facebook Page is and Example of the Dialogue Their Candidates are Offering...

If the Friends of RCS Facebook Page is and Example of the Dialogue Their Candidates are Offering…

So We Visited the Friends of RCS Facebook Page to Verify the Report and Guess What?!?

We found a cutsie little quip on the Friends of RCS Facebook page,

We LOVE all of the dialogue and discussion that has been taking place over the past few weeks—

Question: But what kind of “dialogue and discussion” is it that the Friends of RCS so “LOVE“.  (Well, if you visit their page, it’s a dialogue between some unidentified “Friend” and a handful of commenters. Looks like what we’d call a “propaganda mill“.)

Answer: The Friends of RCS idea of “dialogue and discussion” does NOT include relevent questions. What it does include is ONLY what supports their perverse propaganda. So if it’s open and free discussion you’re looking for, you won’t find it on Friends of RCS. Here are the questions the reader sent us that were posted and then deleted by Friends of RCS:

Can anyone explain Pat Brown’s contradictory statements made at the Meet the Candidates Forum? Does he live in Coeymans or New Scotland (Feura Bush)? If he doesn’t support the budget and wouldn’t vote to approve the budget why are Vote YES signs around his campaign signs? Is it true he’s never attended an RCS BoE meeting? That he has never provided any inputs at BoE meetings?

Just curious about these questions and what Friends think.

Thanks very much!

The reader allegedly “liked” a couple of posts but the “likes” were left alone, but his/her questions and comments disappeared, were deleted. One comment was made in response to Jerry Deluca:

Jerry DeLuca: Read the bios, come ask questions. I am sure once you compare you will see which of the candidates will truly work for the best interest of the community, our school and our students. There are 3 candidates of the highest quality and integrity — you decide. May 21 is the day to vote. 

Comment Posted: Yes, I do agree that Vadney, Polyak and Sylvester are the best candidates for the district. Thanks for pointing that out, Jerry.

This is a clear indication of what we have been saying all along: The Friends of RCS is a closed, exlcusive club that does not like outsiders and does not tolerate free speech, legitimate, relevant questions, or dissent.

Friends Like Censorship ALL LIES So Do Their Candidates: Latter, Hyslop, Brown!

Friends of RCS Like Censorship
ALL LIES
So Do Their Candidates:
Latter, Hyslop, Brown!

UPDATE (Coeymans May 12, 2013): Our reader now reports that not only were his/her questions and comment deleted, Friends of RCS have now blocked him/her from even posting a note or comment! Is that because of our report? People, this is CENSORSHIP at its worst and it’s nothing new in Ravena-Coeymans. !

So, what does that tell you about any candidates the Friends of RCS support? That any Candidates supported by the Friends of RCS are “Friends” only because they do not tolerate free speech, legitimate, relevant questions, or dissent. In other words, all the public statements that James Latter, Jason Hyslop, and Pat Brown make are purest bullshit! They won’t represent YOU, they’ll represent the clique run by Jerry Deluca and his so-called Friends of RCS gang.

At least two commenters responding to our article,  Deluca, Vosburgh, Hughes: Irrelevant, Risky Questions, seem to have hit the nail on the head when commenting on the video of the so-called Meet the Candidates forum “organized” by the A.W. Becker PTA (that is, Denise Carl Hughes and Jerry Deluca). They find the whole circus a “mockery”:

There was little benefit to me by watching the video. I wanted to know something about Mr. Hyslop, Mr. Brown or Mr. Polyak, each of whom I know very little. First, let us consider the questioners. Many of them had long ago decided who they were going to vote for. Then what was the purpose of their questions considering that they were not trying to find out about those that were running. Was it to ask questions that would put some of the candidates in a bad light or a good light?…This meet the candidates event was a mockery, there was nothing about meeting the candidates…Was this mockery planned by the PTO/PTA to come out this way, or did it get away from them. They really should apologize particularly to the new people. They did have some opportunity, but talking about lawsuits, who painted the concession stand, etc was a waste. [Cookie, May 10, 2013]

And another comment:

I really didn’t think the questions were relevant; none of the candidates were embroiled in those controversial issues. [Simon, May 10, 2013]

We tend to agree. It all seemed like a lynching and a witch burning from where we were observing. A couple, but by far the minority, of questions did address real issues, like the bullying problem, but the rest? Pure attempts to smear or to misinform. (Read our commentary on the May 8, 2013, A.W. Becker PTA Meet the Candidates event at  Deluca, Vosburgh, Hughes: Irrelevant, Risky Questions.)

The bottom line is: We’re going to blow our own horn, now. This blog posts all comments regardless of their origin, even those that are downright insulting. We do have a policy of posting public warnings to individuals who are plain uncivil or abusive, asking them to clean up their act and stay on-topic or their comments will be trashed. That’s fair. We sincerely love discussion and dialogue that’s open, fair, and civil.

 Birds of a feather flock together!

Latter-Hyslop-Brown? or is it Denise Carl Hughes-Eileen Vosburgh-Jerry Deluca

Latter-Hyslop-Brown?
or is it
Denise Carl Hughes-Eileen Vosburgh-Jerry Deluca?

We truly believe that the leaders of Friends of RCS and their Facebook editor represent something very bad for this community,  and they don’t even try to conceal it! What can we possibly think of the candidates they claim to support after the censorship on the Facebook site and the circus that was announced to be a Meet the Candidates event?

for sale home

There may be something behind all of this: Cheap real estate. Let’s ask Prudential Real Estate’s Josephine “Josie” Dority-Biscone, Marty Case or Joe Neri, Michael Biscone, Jerry Deluca, Laverne “Larry” Conrad about this soon. Far-fetched? Maybe. But where there’s smoke there’s fire.

ANSWER to Our Title Question: It’s either an Asskisser (a.k.a. intimidated resident) or a Coeymanazi wherever you see a Latter-Hyslop-Brown sign. Ride through Ravena and all you’ll probably see are For Sale signs in front of homes, empty storefronts, and Latter-Hyslop-Brown signs. Or you could go to an A.W. Becker PTA Meeting.

Don't Let This Happen to You!!! Reject James Latter, Jason Hyslop, and Pat Brown on May 21!!! The Editor

Don’t Let This Happen to You!!!
Say NO! to James Latter, Jason Hyslop, and Pat Brown on
May 21!!!

The Editor

Editor’s Note: Late Correction: We have seen a few Polyak, Sylvester, Vadney signs in Ravena. Bravo! We commend those few courageous souls!

 
2 Comments

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in A.W. Becker PTA, AFL-CIO, Albany, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Anti-Bullying Law, Betsy Smith, Bill McFerran, Bitter Bob (Ross), Bob Knighten, Bob Ross, BoBo Cop, BOCES, Bound and Gagged, Bray Engel, Brown and Weinraub, Bryan Rowzee, Burning the Constitution, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Censorship, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Deceit, Denise Carl Hughes, Diane Hughes, Diane Malecki, Dick Iannuzzi, Dignity Act, DoDo Cop, Donna Leput Hommel, Dr Alan McCartney, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eilleen Vosburgh, Eleanor Luckacovic, Eleanor Oldham, Elections and Voting, Elizabeth A. Varney, Elizabeth Smith, First Amendment, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Friends of RCS, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, H Andres Jimenez Uribe, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, James Latter, James Latter II, Jena Misuraca, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, Joe Neri, John B. King, John Luckacovic, John Rousseau, John T. Bruno, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Karen Miller, Larry Conrad, Latter-Hyslop-Brown, Laverne Conrad, Liberty Weeping, Lies, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mary Partridge-Brown, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Matthew J. Miller, Maureen Perrot, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misinformation, Moose Misuraca, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State United Teachers, News Channel 10, News Channel 13, News Channel 6, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSUT, Patrick E. Brown, Pete Lopez, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, Property Taxes, Prudential Real Estate, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Central School District, Richard Ianuzzi, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Sarah Engel, School Budget, Selkirk, Smalbany, Tavia Rauch, Tax Levy, Teachers Union, Teddy Reville, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Transparency, Uncategorized, Union Representative, United Federation of Teachers, Vote NO!