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Something To Think About Before May 21st

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“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” (Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Associate Justice, U.S.S.C.)


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Albany Times Useless Attacks The RCS Community
AGAIN!

(Also Included In this Article: How the Filthy Rage, theAlbany Times Useless, is Being Fed by Elements in This Community. Shame On You! Is it the Teachers Union, NYSUT, and Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca’s Mob, Fiends of RCS? Time for YOU to Find Out, NOW!)

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Albany Times Useless Abuses Free Expression
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This Blog Was Started for the Sole Purpose of Getting People to Think and Act For Their Own Good.

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Just Posted: Read the News Herald, November 10, 2011, “Parent Charges Latter with Protocol Breach,” by Hilary Hawke. Click on this link: News Herald Latter Complaint Nov. 2011.

When People Misbehave in Public and are Disorderly, They Dampen the Pubic’s Enthusiasm to Exercise Free Speech and Expression Guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. In Other Words, the Disorderly Individuals Interfere with Your Constitutional Rights!

This has been an age-old tactic by terrorists and antisocial groups: send in a bunch of thugs to disrupt the meeting, scare people or make them nervous, and the people will be hesitant to speak out or to meet. The Bolsheviks did it. The Communist Chinese did it. The Stalinist Russians did it. The KuKlux Clan did it. The Nazis did it. It worked for them and our own thugs think it will work, too. It’s up to the rest of us to put the thugs in their place and to show them that thug tactics don’t work in this community. Get it Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca, Fiends of RCS, Sarah Engel (a teacher whose teacher husband is Howard “Bray” Engel of the RCS teachers clique on the BoE, and her mass-e-mail campaign as Fiends of RCS), and any others who think that they are better than the rest of us.

I’d like to start with some comments made on local groups’ Facebook pages this week. The comments were posted in response to a local figure’s post about misbehavior by adults at the May 14, 2013, RCS board of education meeting.

Apart from some absolutely stupid comments made on several of the RCS Facebook pages by a character who likes to dress up in a fireman’s outfit and who also likes to read the Coeymanazi manifesto and recite its parts on Facebook (Yes! I’m talking about YOU, Mr Craig Wickham!), some of the comments I’ve recently read about misconduct by attendees at board of education meetings tend to reflect a sofening of attitudes. Does this mean the community is becoming more civil? Let’s hope so but let’s look at those comments first.

John Rousseau: Why? Because a large number of the voting public…rely on what is being broadcast and published in emails,webpages, and blogs as “truthful”. Its sad that many rely on these opinions as fact, which is why I’ve been checking some these opinions…I don’t think I need to remind anyone of the hateful public rhetoric surrounding Jews prior to WWII.. both in Europe and in America. Brandeis [Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court Justice] was at the forefront of many decisions regarding free speech, exercising it, and its limitations:
“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

Thank you Mr Rousseau, for that very supportive comment. While justice Brandeis did support some very questionable rulings, his position on free speech and expression is scriptural. That’s the principal we live by on this blog and, Mr Rousseau, once again, Thank you! for your express support and that very supportive statement.

Rob Thomas:  John, you are entitled to your opinion as we all are. I would never deny that of anyone. I am more concerned with the manner in which someone voices their opinion…and I need to say that good manners and civility are slowly eroding in our community. People would be surprised how one may listen to you and be acceptable of one’s point of view if only respect was present.

Very true, Mr Thomas. We are entitled to our opinions and, as Mr Rousseau points out, it is certainly worthwhile to check the facts to arrive at the truth. That, too, is what we do on this blog. The question we all need to ask ourselves is “Why?” as you state, “good manners and civility are slowly eroding in our community.” This may have a lot to do with how children and young adults perceive the models that community adults provide. I provide some examples below of some egregious [=disgraceful] behavor of some local adults, and ask readers to decide: How does that affect our young people? Even ask yourself, How does that sort of behavior affect YOU, an adult?

The very thread started by the comment on the impression Ms Suni Martinez Swann made at a recent BoE meeting, and the outrageous outbursts of Mr Matt Miller, teachers union representative and teacher at the RCS high-school, and Mr Gerald Deluca, an employee of the Coeymans police department, is an example of the answer to your question. Ms Swann is an outspoken contributor to several local groups, and her conduct may simply have been a momentary loss of control. Matt Miller’s and Gerald Deluca’s conduct is simply habitual but  unacceptable, even if we do agree on free expression, in or out of an official scenario. Miller and Deluca are public figures and must be held to a higher standard than the Suni Martinez Swans’s among us.

We also need to realize that when someone is sure of her or his position, s/he does not have to engage in rudeness, uncivility, outburst, etc. When a person is secure and sure about her or his opinion or position, s/he can sit quietly, respectfully,  and assuredly; when a person doesn’t believe in her or his position or does not feel it’s convincing or persuasive, then they resort to rude attack, loudness, outburst, aggression, even violence.  So what does that tell us about Miller’s and Deluca’s behavior and conduct?

John Rousseau. First… recall that this was a rule proposed by Mr Vadney and agreed upon by the BOE in order to keep their meetings brief, and not running into the wee hours. Everyone needs to remember that it is the BOE’s meeting, and the public is granted access **only** to observe. The privilege of public comment at the meeting is granted by the BOE…Good luck with that. (RCS Friends and More)

John Rousseau: Disagreeing with the opinion is one thing…trying to limit the expression of those opinons, and where and how it is voiced is not just wrong… its against civil law. (Save the Arts at RCS)

Thank you again, Mr Rousseau. Again, you are on target. As I mentioned above, people tend naturally to be intimidated when exposed to aggression or outbursts. It’s an abusive tactic used by persons and groups who don’t fully believe in the strength or persuasiveness of their positions. When truth, fact and logic fail them, they turn to aggression or violence. Mr Matt Miller and Mr Gerald Deluca are good examples of this observation right here in this community. Other examples are given below.

Rob Thomas: John, you are entitled to your opinion as we all are. I would never deny that of anyone. I am more concerned with the manner in which someone voices their opinion. I, too, am a senior and I need to say that good manners and civility are slowly eroding in our community. People would be surprised how one may listen to you and be acceptable of one’s point of view if only respect was present. (Save the Arts at RCS)

We’d like now to move on to an illustration of how we behave may be perceived differently than we intended. Several communications seem to support that fact: That when we act or react in public, the public may perceive the behavior differently. Ms Swann insists that she is a “lady” but the comments seem to reflect a different impression. [Editor’s Note: This is in no way whatsoever representing the opinion that Ms Martinez Swann is not a “lady,” however she may define that term, but that her behavior was perceived to be inappropriate and rude, uncivil.]

Suni Martinez Swann: Donna, ladies don’t yell. I am a lady. I was asking my RCS Board President when the three minutes were up….:) (RCS Friends and More)

A word of advice: It’s all in the eye of the beholder whether you’re a lady or not. Self-assessments don’t count here. Perhaps in future you should let the board do what it’s there to do, make the rule that ensure its orderly function. And stop looking for reasons to be negative. Moreover, perhaps you should reassess how you behave in public and the impression you make. You seem to feel you behaved like a “lady.” Apparently a number of people who observed your “ladylike” behavior had a different impression.

Suni Martinez Swann: …EVERYONE!…I agree rudeness is inappropriate. When I first looked at Mr. Vadney, I asked with a questionable look & with 3 fingers held if time was up. I did not expect Ms. Vadney to respond as she did, which prompted me to ask verbally “Is it 3 minutes?” …I respect the work ethic of both Mr. and Mrs. Dawn Vadney extremely well. This couple worked tirelessly alongside my husband and I with a volunteer effort that helped those in need after a natural disaster. And we appreciated it very much. I am not on a “side” nor for an “interest”. I am for my child(ren) and seeing that those who serve, on the board (whoever it may be), align with my philosophy of education, ethics, and morals. (RCS Friends and More)

Well, thank you Ms Martinez-Swann, for your comment, which is very supportive of our principles, and also of Mr Vadney and his dedication to this community. But we are concerned by some of the contradictions in your statements.

Whether or not you expected a reaction or not, don’t you think you were out-of-line or overstepping your role as a spectator. (Please see Mr Rousseau’s comment, above.) Mr Vadney was quite correct in advising you that “We have a timekeeper over here.“” The timekeeper was not Mr Vadney, by the way. You were, in fact, asked not to “interrupt.” Interrupting only delays the speaker’s finishing. It’s rude and unfair, too. In fact, Mr Vadney later twice advised the speaker that her time was up and she should finish. That sounds to me (1) like the board had the situation under control, and (2) you were out of line. If you disagree, we would welcome your comments.

Your statement that you want to ensure “that those who serve, on the board (whoever it may be), align with my philosophy of education, ethics, and morals,” is a contradiction of the statement you made immediately before, “I am not on a “side” nor for an “interest.” Furthermore, you make the impression that you are arrogant and close-minded when you want a group elected by the greater community to “align with your philosopy of education, ethics, and morals.” If that isn’t one-sided or representing a one-sided interest, I don’t know what is! Again, Ms Martinez-Swann, you live in a community and, like it or not, you need to be consciously aware of the impressions you make.

This Community Has To Decide Who’s Running Things

“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”
(Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Associate Justice, U.S.S.C.)

Taking effective charge starts with self-awareness, with admission of the bad as well as the good, of recognizing when we are in denial and deceiving ourselves. It starts with our recognizing which version of the facts we are going to accept as true and how our own agendas and, as Suni Martinez-Swann writes, whether we are going to expect the entire community to align with our own “philosopy of education, ethics, and morals;” in other words, shortsightedness, one-sidedness, bullyism.

  1. When we give a gift, we have to let go of it and turn it over to the recipient, don’t we? Same is true when by our vote we turn over some of our authority and power to the successful candidate, whether we have voted for her or him or not. That’s democracy, people.
  2. The comments we’ve examined above mean that we need to do a couple of things here:
  3. Behave ourselves, act with respect, be civil.
  4. Listen more and talk less. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a very good reason.
  5. Be very aware of how we are perceived in public, and conduct ourselves to make the most positive impression, especially on young persons.
  6. Let go and let our elected officials do what we entrusted them to do!
  7. Don’t just talk, make sense. Just saying something is wrong is not enough, you must be able to defend your position and, in matters that affect the community, it’s not your good but the common good that guides the discussion. If you want a community, you must accept the rules of living in community.
  8. We, you and I, are responsible for this community and how it runs or doesn’t. We have to live here, do business here, raise our chldren here. Not the Albany Times Union!animation burning question

So the Burning Question Is: Who Has Gotten the Albany Times Union to Publish More Garbage on this Community. Who In This Community Is Feeding Them The Junk That the Albany Times Union is AGAIN Printing About Our Community.

We really want to know and you should really want to know who’s getting the Albany Times Union to again focus their vile attention on our community. Once you identify who’s feeding that useless rag, take her or him out and lynch’em! Tar and feathers is too good for them!

Can you imagine the gall, the arrogance, the utter scandal that the Albany Times Union should publish something like, “RCS You can do Better” (Times Union, May 17, 2013, click this link to read the Absolute Insult to the RCS community!) You may not think the community is broken or that the board of education is broken. You may not agree on all or even any of the issues. But YOU and only YOU, RCS residents,taxpayers, should openly and loudly punish any of the media who makes a statement like: “Three members of a travesty of a school board are up for re-election on Tuesday.” How dare anyone in this community feed the Times Useless. What’s even worse still—but not likely—is that the Times Useless would print something like that scandalous, insulting “opinion.” on its own.

We’ve Said It Before and We’ll Repeat It Again: BOYCOTT the Albany Times Useless!

Find Out Who’s Getting the Times Union to Print Shite Like That and SHUN That or Those Individuals!

One thing is certain: Whoever is getting the Albany Times Useless to print stuff like that is CERTAINLY NOT THE ONES BEING TORN APART IN THE ARTICLE. So how many choices does that leave you for deciding who’s feeding the snake a.k.a. Albany Times Union?

Anyone feeding the Albany Times Useless should be publicly stripped naked and tarred and feathered! Anyone feeding the Albany Times Useless by contributing negative comments should be publicly stripped naked and tarred and feathered, as a traitor to this community and for undermining the good faith efforts of this community to flourish. Anyone who stands silent while the Albany Times Useless prints this insulting, scandalous garbage is an accessory to the insult and should be SHUNNED by the community!

AND YOU SHOULD BE, TOO!

AND YOU SHOULD BE, TOO!

So Think About This and Decide for Yourself What You’re Going to Do…In 2012 when the teachers clique and the Deluca thugs, now known as Friends of RCS, couldn’t get the votes, and didn’t get them in 2012, even though they resorted to some pretty underhanded tactics to sway the public, and violated not just a couple policies and laws while they were at it, they then tried to recover the majority on the RCS Board of Education by even more devious means. Here are just a couple of examples, let’s see if you can remember them:

  • They tried to slander sitting board member Rodney Krzykowski into resigning. When that failed they started feeding the Albany Times Useless with scurrilous information, trying to defame Mr Krzykowsi and scandalizing the RCS district and the board of education. They failed.
  • When sitting board member Jeff Lukens’ son got into some trouble and Mr Lukens stood by his son, they dragged Mr Lukens through the dirt. What’s a father to do when his son gets into trouble? Take him out back and shoot him? They failed.
  • They then tried to frame sitting board president John Vadney. But a number of witnesses came forward and Mr Vadney called their bluff. They failed.
  • Then certain teachers (Matt Miller)  incited students in the high school and board president John Vadney’s son was ambushed by several young hoodlums when he was entering the school. It was all caught on tape. The administration under that useless union lackey Elizabeth Smith dragged their feet and tried to sweep the incident under the carpet. That was until Mrs Vadney showed them she meant business and filed a Notice of Claim telling them either do something or else. (By the way, no lawsuit was ever filed, contrary to what the Coeymanazis in Fiends of RCS might be circulating.) What would you have done if your kid was attacked and injured and no one seemed to give a shite? Blow it off, maybe? Again, they failed!
  • Then they came out in force when the board went forward to hire a professional superintendent, Dr Alan R. McCartney. They had everything to say about that and most of it was lies. McCartney was hired and has been doing a stellar job. Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca, Fiends of RCS, Coeymanazis failed yet again!

That’s Sure Proof that Friends of RCS have NO VALUES! They’re IMMORAL and UNETHICAL!

Then there’s the 2013-14 budget. Fiends of RCS, Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca all came out in force with doom and gloom predictions of services and programs getting cut, no money left, job losses, etc. None of it true. The Vadney, Sylvester, Robbins, Krzykowski, Lukens team approved the budget with their majority; the teachers clique wanted a higher levy (at least 3.58%) and lost (AGAIN). In the process Dr McCartney and the Vadney majority not only kept most programs but even added some! So where are all of these lies coming from, we’d like to know. And why?

This just in: A local resident attempted to post a comment on the Friends of RCS Facebook site and got this response:

Beth Sullivan Pike: Our page is supporting 3 candidates. If you do not want to support them, you can comment elsewhere. Thank you!

Fiends of RCS: The Friends of RCS have chosen to support three fine candidates: James Latter, Jason Hyslop and Pat Brown. We know not everyone will agree with our choices. It is up to you to make your choices on election day, May 21st. BUT, please take your comments for the other candidates to other Facebook pages that are supporting your candidates. We will not tolerate negative comments against our candidates. Thank you!

[Source: Fiends of RCS @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/FriendsOfRCS?fref=ts ]

No that’s real Naxi of you, Fiends! Friends of RCS is the group that is supporting the Latter-Hyslop-Brown mutant. It’s also the group that claims to “love discussion and dialogue,” but only their kind of discussion and dialogue. Isn’t that an embarrassment to this community, to our democratic principles? Thank You! Beth Sullivan Pike for making our point for us!

I know. They know. And you already know. So why fool ourselves? They’re the same thugs who are backing the Latter-Hyslop-Brown mutant.

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Here are some more questions that might open your eyes a bit wider to the truth:

Let me ask you when ever have you seen any of the resident-business people standing on chairs and shouting at a board of education meeting? You probably can’t think of a single instance because it never happens. But what about the Fiends of RCS? The Coeymanazis?The most recent instance was at the May 14th board of education meeting when Suni Martinez Schwan was shouting at the board and at a speaker at the podium. Then Matt Miller and Jerry Deluca had an outburst and were evicted from the meeting by Dr McCartney. Well, that happens to be the way they are: animals.

When have you ever heard Mr Vadney, Ms Sylvester, Mr Robbins, Mr Lukens, or Mr Krzykowski ever address another board member disrespectfully or demeaningly. I’ve never seen or heard that happen and I review all of the videos of the meetings. Can we say the same thing about Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, James Latter, Jerry Deluca? NO!  As a matter of fact, that’s the way they are: animals. Note that I didn’t include Edward “Teddy” Reville because he’s so comatose at most meetings you’d doubt he was alive. How’d he get on the board, anyway?

And what about the Deluca thugs? Now that’s a bunch of savages (I won’t even call them animals, it would offend the animals). Their motto is: “If You Don’t Have Facts Make Some Up!” Enough said.

And then the residents-in-denial like Denise Carl Hughes (her husband, Scott Hughes, jumped ship when he was prez of the RCS BoE and the going got rough. Now she’s a big deal? She’s a vicious biatch, nothing more.  History, people, remember the HISTORY!) and Eileen Vosburgh and their minions don’t think this community is broken, dysfunctional. Well it is, girls, admit it. And it’s people like you who make it broken and dysfunctional. Admit it.

So, ladies and gentlemen, if you really want to put respect and integrity on the RCS board of education you won’t do it by re-electing James Latter or electing Jason Hyslop or Patrick Brown.

The signs tell it all. Latter, Hyslop and Brown are not independent, they are part of a like minded group and they’re telling you that by joining together even on their signs.The teachers clique and the Coeymanazis own Latter, Hyslop, and Brown. They are owned by the special interests. They’re tools.

You won’t find Vadney or Sylvester or Polyak listed together. Why? Because they don’t belong to anyone but the community who elects them. They are independent and aren’t owned by anyone. They think on their feet and don’t take orders from unions, special interests or godfathers.

So, dear readers, I ask you: Given this information and your God-given intelligence can you make the right choice?

Keep in mind that it’s not the people being torn apart by the Albany Times Useless who are the ones scandalizing and insulting the RCS district and community. And it’s not the people being torn apart by the Albany Times Useless who are feeding the misinformation and lies to the Albany Times Useless who are scandalizing and insulting the RCS district and community. And it’s not the people being torn apart by the Albany Times Useless that are breaking this RCS district and community (while denying the very results of their unscrupulous and criminal behavior). We know who it is: The very ones opposing Dr Alan R. McCarney and the good work of Mr John Vadney, Ms Judy Sylvester, the promise represented by Mr Laszlo Polyak, and the resident-business team on the RCS BoE. Yes! We know who you are! And you’re scared shiteless, aren’t you?

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Monkey Business

monkey jokeThis district is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels.
Some monkeys are on top, some down below.
The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces.
The monkeys on the bottom looking up see nothing but assholes.
Think about that and decide if you want to be on top or stay on the bottom branch.

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The Editor’s Choice

 
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James Latter: Why He’s A Bad Choice


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


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

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A Very Poor Choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 JA continues:

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

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

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

Latter’s initial misconduct was blown up tenfold!

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

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

Latter's Campaign Statements are a Smoke Screen

Latter’s Campaign Statements are a Smoke Screen

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

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

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Latter-Hyslop-Brown: The VERY WRONG Choice!


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


If They Truly Want the Best For this School District They’d Withdraw From the Race and Save Face!

The Evil Trio A Campaign Based on Dirty Deceit Backed by Liars and Thugs

The Evil Trio
Latter-Hyslop-Brown

A Campaign Based on Dirty Deceit
Backed by Liars and Thugs

In their published “pamphlet” Fiends of RCS writes:

CANDIDATE’S BRIEF BIOSFiends of RCS got it right when they write Candidate’s bios. You see what Fiends of RCS wrote was the singular, ONE candidate’s bios. That must have been a Freudian slip because if it were a bio for each of three candidates it would have to be candidates’ bios. So it seems that even Fiends of RCS considers the evil trio Latter-Hyslop-Brown to be ONE candidate. Seems right, though, ONE sign, ONE brain, ONE voice. Problem is, this Latter – Hyslop – Brown mutant would have THREE votes. That’s not right! Fiends of RCS is really desperate if this is the best candidate selection they can offer. Pretty slim pickin’s. But one thing is very certain: If Fiends of RCS can’t spell, how can they say that their “candidate” can do anything for education in this district. Trash them all: Latter – Hyslop – Brown!

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NO WAY, Turkies!

 
Latter-Hyslop-Brown and Their
Supporters are Deceiving You to Get Your Votes!

We’d also like to note for our readers that the teachers clique made up of James Latter (husband of Ms Latter, a teacher at the Middle School), Alice Whalen (retired RCS teacher), Howard Engel (Sarah Engel’s husband), Edward “Comatose” Reville (Engel’s brother  in  law), ALL opposed the 2 % budget! The 2 % budget was proposed by Dr Alan McCartney, RCS CSD superintendent, the man that Latter, Whalen, Engel, Reville  and Matt Miller unanimously trashed and opposed. The 2 % budget was approved by the VADNEY, SYLVESTER, Lukens, Krzykowski, Robbins resident  business majority on the board. Now the teachers clique candidates Latter  Hyslop  Brown are now urging residents to vote for the very budget they OPPOSED and are taking credit for it! That’s a slap right in this community’s face because Latter  Hyslop  Brown are running under a slogan “Bring back Respect and Integrity to the RCS Board of Education.” What a joke! Multiple counts of misconduct (Latter), lies and fraud (Brown), ignorance (Hyslop), public disorderly conduct, outbursts and childish behavior by their supporters (Matt Miller and Jerry Deluca), and dissemination of misinformation and outright lies by their supporters (Friends of RCS and the RCS Teachers Association through Matt Miller) hardly speak for their “Respect” and “Integrity”!
In fact, it just proves what we have been saying all along: they’re liars, frauds, hypocrites and thugs!

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But Their Bios Are the Real Science Fiction!

[Editor’s Note: To save space, we have extracted the offensive statements from the actual published bios that are easily available in their entirety on line.]

 James Latter—Running for re-election…he is is deeply committed to seeing this community and school thrive.  His wife teaches at the Middle School…earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Syracuse University…has works for Sabic in Selkirk for the past nine years… many great team-building skills in this capacity…he will continue to be a great asset and voice for the students of RCS if re-elected.

 Yes, unfortunately the shameless fool is running for re-election. Some people have no dignity! What we find offensive is that Fiends of RCS paint this guy as if he were Mother Theresa. If he really wants to see this community and school thrive he’d relocate to East Overshoe and become a septic tank, he’s certainly already full enough of shite to qualify. Yes, he’s married to a teacher but please don’t let that reflect negatively on the teacher but that in itself tells you where his loyalties will lie (as always with the teachers clique, the teachers union, Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca, the whole corrupt bunch). Yes, he does work for the Saudi Arabian corporation Sabic but he has no team-building skills! Where did Fiends pull that one out of? Don’t they think we attend BoE meetings and watch the videos?!? He’s a speed bump! At least a speed bump has a purpose; he’s useless! Unless of course it’s breaking rules and laws. That’s something Latter’s perfected.

Best Description of James Latter

Best Description of James Latter

As for Latter’s being “a great asset and voice for the students of RCS if re-elected.” that’s the biggest lie ever! If you are willing to swallow that bullshit, you really need to read our exposés of Latter’s concern for parents and students at: James Latter: Why He’s A Very Bad Choice. Our exposé on BoE candidate James Latter reveals the real James Latter. Please read it.

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 Jason Hyslop—realized that he would have to get more involved in order to afford his two children the same level of education he received as a student or better…feels that the average parent or community member is not well-represented on the board…hopes that his election will help to this end…works at Sabic in Selkirk… possess[es] skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, diplomacy and an analytical approach to every problem…commitment and knowledge of this district will be a valuable resource on this board if elected.

 This is an unfortunate example of “stench by association.” Hyslop has made a really bad choice of running mates and party! But the kid, and that’s what he is—mentally and in terms of life experience—, a kid did it to himself, willingly and voluntarily, so there’s no safe harbor for him to hide in. He seems nice enough but his choice of partners and supporters really make him look stupid and untrustworthy. Sorry, kid! You’ll have to eat roadkill on this one!

We’re a bit confused when Hyslop says: he wants ” to afford his two children the same level of education he received as a student or better.” According to Hyslop’s statements at the “meet the candidates” event, Hyslop is a high-school graduate and has 1 year of community college.  That’s not a very high level of education by today’s standards, indeed. In fact, Hyslop doesn’t have to get involved or do a damned thing to give his kids that “level” of education. Conclusion: We don’t need you to attain substandard levels, Mr Hyslop (we’re only just clawing our way out of the pit we were in, thanks to the years under the teachers clique and Betsy Smith’s year of nothing). So what else can you do, Kiddo? (First of all, I’d recommend you get someone else to write your script!)

C'mon, Jason, din-dins!

C’mon, Jason, din-dins!

Hyslop is very, very correct when he openly confesses that “the average parent or community member is not well-represented on the board,” not with four out of nine members (see the boxed text above)  having very close connections with teachers! Hell no! Hyslop’s not only correct he’s scarey correct. And if you put him and Latter and Brown on the board, you’ll have given away the whole show to the special interest groups. They’ll tax-levy you right into a homeless shelter!

Yes, Hyslop, we’re sure that your election will represent an “end” an end to democracy on the RCS board of education; an end to taxpayers’, parents’ and residents’ voices in the education of our children; an end to diversity and dialogue on the RCS board of education. That’s not an “end” any of us want to see!

Mr Hyslop does “work at Sabic in Selkirk,” the same Saudi Arabian company where our little munchkin Latter works. But Hyslop claims he  “possess[es] skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, diplomacy and an analytical approach to every problem.” But that’s all nice and fuzzy cozy coming from Hyslop and his mentors at Fiends of RCS (Miller and Deluca, Denise Hughes (her husband Scott Hughes and his croney Jeff Sorensen jumped ship and resigned from the RCS BoE when they lost their majority). As for his “commitment and knowledge of this district,” we’re not convinced. Hyslop is an unknown. Hyslop has been misled into running and is being set up. If Hyslop had any sense and any dignity he would have chose to run on his own instead of attaching himself at the hip to two tainted characters, James Latter and Patrick Brown.

Mr Hyslop, if that’s the extent of your leadership.” “teamwork.” “diplomacy,” and “analytical approach” and if that’s the extent of your “knowledge of this district,” we’re very disappointed. In fact, Mr Hyslop, you fall far short of this community’s reasonable expectations in terms of integrity, common sense, truthfulness, and experienceSorry but NO THANKS, Kiddo!

Uggghhh! What's that smell? Latter-Hyslop-Brown a.k.a. Splatter-HisSlop-Browneye

Uggghhh!
What’s that smell?
Latter-Hyslop-Brown
a.k.a.
SpLatter-HisSlop-Browneye

Pat “Paddy” Brown—returned to the RCS District…in 1996…his wife, Mary [Partridge – Brown], are active in the community with the school and various volunteer organizations in the area…is an attorney and…partner of [at?] a law firm in Albany…serves on the Town of Coeymans Zoning Board of…believes we must give our teachers and administrators the resources to succeed and hold them accountable.

Maybe Pat brown did return to the RCS district but he’s never been here, that is, one of us. Seems that his wife, Mary Partridge-Brown, and her close “friendship” with Matt Miller dragged old Paddy into this mess. Problem is old Paddy is all over the place and has so many conflicts that it’s hardly likely that he’ll have any time for the RCS CSD board of education. But then, of course, his wife Mary Partidge-Brown and her close “friend” Matt Miller (and Miller’s close “friend,” Jerry Deluca), will be available to keep old Paddy up-to-snuff and tell him how he’s gotta vote. Right Mary, Matt, Jerry, Paddy.

What’s even scarier is the statement that old Paddy “believes we must give our teachers and administrators the resources to succeed.” I guess that means you can kiss your house and property good-bye, because with shyster Paddy on the board and with his friends whispering in his ear (Matt Miller, Jerry Deluca, the teachers union, and he is close to the Cuomos, unions, big business, etc.) who needs enemies.

Old Paddy has a problem with the truth and has openly and publicly misled or even lied to the community when he made public statements at the A.W. Becker PTA “meet the candidates” event.

Old Paddy Brown's a Loser

Old Paddy Brown’s a Loser

You can read the whole story about Patrick “old Paddy” Brown at: Peter E. Brown, Candidate? The Ugly Truth Is…. and
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In Praise of Teachers: Remember Who You Are!


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


 We Are Directing this Article, this Letter Actually, to the Teachers in the RCS Central School District, in the Appeal to Consider Who You Are in this Community, and How You are Being Misused and Misrepresented.

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

RCS Teachers Association President Matthew J. Miller Resorts to Poison Pen Letter
But Will the RCS Teachers Fall for It?

I am addressing this letter to you as a colleague, as a fellow educator, as a teacher. I am addressing this letter to you, our teachers, as members of our community. I am addressing this communiation to our teachers and to our community because I am concerned.

Since ancient times, men, women, boys, girls have looked upon their teachers with admiration, respect, reverence, gratitude. Yes, even love. We have a certain spiritual connection with our teachers, whether in the early years, our growing up years, even into our adult years when “teachers” become “professors” and “supervisors.”

i love my teacherWe read the teachings of saints by whose example we are taught how to live a moral and ethical life. We read the lessons of sages and philosophers who teach us the metaphysical, and the transcendent nature of knowledge, mind, life, meaning.

There was a time when teachers were encouraged to be celibate because it was considered such a sensitive vocation, yes a vocation, similar to that of religious orders. By not marrying, they could exist in the world but not necessarily be of the world. Things change and so they ought to, but some things lose some of their special essence when they or the times change, don’t they?

With the workers movements in the late 19th century we saw churches and politics turn towards social justice for workers. We saw the creation and growth of workers unions, collective bargaining, and the improvement of the lot of the working class. Later, professions joined in the union movement. And so we have it today.

That was both a bane and a blessing, dear colleagues. We know why in the depths of our hearts and we can cogitate about it and rationalize it all but when we do so, we must never lose our hold on what a teacher is and her and his role in society.

Who in today’s society has such responsibility where parents, whole communities entrust their children to the care of one group almost every day, almost all day? Who in today’s society can say that they have the power, authority, and responsibility to build young persons in mind, body and spirit? It’s an awesome responsibility and an awesome privilege. Why on earth would anyone allow anyone from within their group to blacken or to diminish that sacred responsibility? Why would someone, anyone abuse that sacred trust?

Well, dear brothers and sisters, colleagues, that has happened insidiously when the teaching profession was taken over by unions and organized from outside of the community in which the teacher lives and works. That’s what happened when the holy vocation of teaching jumped with both feet into the world and became of the world. (We see similar changes after Vatican II when female religious communities were taken from their schools and thrown out into the world; their entire image changed as did their primary concerns. A tragedy!)

Even worse, the situation is aggravated when teachers become politically motivated, when they divorce themselves from their sacred function as arbiters of morality, ethics, and community, and start becoming, for lack of a better description, profane, ordinary, tainted.

Have you ever wondered why many denominations and religions prohibit their clergy and religious orders from running for public office or holding political office? Why judges cannot campaign on issues but only on the promise to be non-partisan in their interpretation of the law? For the same reasons that teachers are discouraged from public political activity and public dissent: they have an elevated status in the community that requires them to remain “clean.”

When one individual usurps the right to be the public voice of all teachers, all teachers lose.

We are all aware that the RCSTA (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Teachers Association) is the local arm of the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, the teachers union.

 That’s what’s happening now in your very midst. Matt Miller, writing “on behalf of the entire RCS Teachers Association Politial Action Committee,”” is endorsing some RCS board of education candidates and smearing others. Matt Miller the calls this blog “vile,” while publishing vague, ambiguous, and spurious statements on behalf of the RCSTA!  Does the teachers’ Code of Professional Ethics espouse double standards? Is that how the teachers of the RCS school district conduct their business?

We are publishing the full-text of that specious letter to allow the public, this community to make its own decision as to its appropriateness, its intent, and its purpose. Teachers and Mr Miller are employees of this community and the public and this community will be their judge.

Doesn’t a Teachers’ Association, a local teachers union chapter, lose some of it’s sacrosanct status when it jumps into the fray of profane partisan politics—especially when it presumes to endorse candidates of very questionable character on behalf of the district teachers? Since when does our district need a “Political Action Committee?” And shouldn’t that political action committee be advocating that teachers meet their statutory requirements, like training in the provisions of the Dignity Act and ensuring that the teachers are fairly treated. Not acting as the long-arm of local political agendas? Aren’t you embarassed by this display? 

One person, power-drunk, vindictive, retaliatory, egomaniacal is painting our entire community of teachers one single color, is speaking for all of you with one single voice, is announcing to this community one single political message: division, discord, misinformation. How long are the teachers of this district going to tolerate Mr Miller’s agendas?

We would be in a most regrettable situation if we expected our teachers to be clones of an ideal. It’s frightening even as a possibility because our educators must certainly represent not only the diversity of Knowlege we expect them to master but also to reflect the diversity of our world. This is what makes an exceptional education model truly superiorly exceptional. But it also has a darker side because it also means that the community of teachers must also reflect the moral composition of the community, that is, there will be saints and devils. We’d like to think the saints keep the devils in check but devils, by their very nature, are slippery little critters, and they’re crazy clever, too. Tradition teaches us that devils are master deceivers, master liars, masters of disguise. I’d only have to remind you of C.F. Lewis’ remarkable and instructive essay, The Screwtape Letters, for a wonderfully entertaining and eye-opening lesson in devilishness. You have devils among the saints and they are working their demonic agenda to poison this community as a whole, but also are taking a terrible toll on your reputation, on your image in this community.

You must do your own housekeeping, though. You must self-police.

Not only has it come to the point of putting a very questionable character, Gerald Deluca, in a position to spy and report on the RCS CSD transporation department and its employees, even despite the fact that a professionally trained, competent investigator/detective Stephen Prokrym, is on the Coeymans police force; your own union representative, Matt Miller, has gone rogue rabid.

While it is true that Mr Matthew J. Miller, your NYSUT representative, has experienced a number of crushing defeats, starting with the present BoE’s refusal to renew his $18,000+ a year double-dipping scam as “energy manager,” and culminating in recent defeats, it should be obvious that Miller’s recent desperate attacks on the board are more the result of desperation and retaliation in the guise of his official mandates. Miller obviously has lost self-confidence and reasonably has also lost the confidence of his constituency, and as a direct consequence of his personal failures, his professional shortcomings, and his political failurs, he is no longer capable of leadership. While I realize I am probably preaching to the choir, it is imperative that the majority of teachers, which is probably not involved in the deplorable, spurious, and specious political agendas we are suffering in this broken community, take this situation in hand and out of Mr Miller’s hands. He is making a tragic mess of a situation in which he should not be involved.

As you are probably aware, many professions include in their ethical statutes or Codes of Professional Conduct admonitions and prohibitions of multiple roles in professional relations. Put simply, you simply cannot serve two masters; one or both is going to get a bum deal, and that’s what we find happening in the RCS Central School District, particularly in the present example of Mr Miller’s role as teacher, taxpayer, union advocate, and political activist. He is spread all over the place and making a vainglorious attempt to establish himself as a leader. He is failing miserably.

One of the reasons for that failure is that he is not focused, and is blinded by his past failures. His agenda is one of half-truth and misinformation, finger-pointing, and polarization.

We have come to possess a recent letter that demonstrates perfectly all of our above points. The letter was provided to us by a teacher who has had enough of the cloak-and-daggar, it is dated May 4, 2013, it was sent out to “Fellow NYSUT MEmbers”, and it is underwritten by Matthew J. Miller and the RCSTA Executive Committee. One paragraph of that letter stands out as a glaring testimony to the spurious and specious tactics that Mr Miller and his associates employ when dealing with what should be dialogue partners. I am certain you know of the letter and its content but in order to refresh your information and to provide the entire text to our readers, we are providing a copy at RCSTA to NYSUT Members.

Taken in or out of context this single paragraph clearly illustrates the scandal, the mean spirit, the paranoia, the vindictiveness, the despair of the signatories, but especially of Matthew J. Miller, who is writing as YOUR, the teachers’,  representative. It is not a communication that should come from the pen of your representative, from the pen of someone who claims to be seeking consensus, much less from a teacher, from a person or persons to whom we entrust the hearts, minds, bodies and spirits of our children. You, as teachers, as professionals, as community members should be shocked that you should be addressed such a missive by a collegue who allegedy speaks with YOUR voices!

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The offending paragraph (read the entire letter at Letter) reads in its entirety, as Mr Miller writes:

“It has become very clear that the present majority of the BOE is anti-tax and anti-government, not to mention anti-teacher. Ignore their rhetoric and examine their actions and this becomes very clear. Mr. Vadney, through his wife and child, still has a $15 million dollar notice of claim against the District while stating at the same time that he is looking out for the taxpayers. He has been arrested for his behavior against fellow BOE members and has a history of making threats against fellow members, yet claims to be bullied. He has been dismissive and rude to the minority and to any community member who does not share his views (and let’s not forget his brother’s vile blog and what info he supplies to that blog). Mrs. Sylvester, who ran as an “independent” voice last year, has voted 100% lockstep with the majority and even refused to speak on record about her stance on the budget. We need to restore the respect and integrity to this school community that these folks have wantonly destroyed in the process of making RCS a laughingstock in the Capital Region.”

I am not going to parse and analyze this text in its acrid perversity. Everyone in this community should be able to read it and process it for what it is: unacceptable and inappropriate misinformation devoid of any credibility. It is an embarassment to the teachers, to the District, and to the community who supports its teachers and which will very soon be voting on a budget that is adequate, responsible, and responsive. Anyone who has taken the time to follow its development and to get the facts straight will appreciate and acknowledge the prudence of the proposed budget.

We do feel we should comment very briefly on several points, however:

  • There is absolutely no basis in fact that the present BoE is anti – tax or anti – government. Absent any documentation or any statement of real facts, the statement made by MrMiller and the RCSTA Executive Committee and Political Action Committee is ambiguous, vague, and ignorant.
  • The editorial contributors to this blog have NEVER received input of any kind whatsoever from any RCS board of education member, much less from it’s sitting president, Mr John Vadney. Mr Miller’s and the RCSTA’s assertion is entirely false and intended to misinform you, the teachers, and whomever else might chance to read Miller’s missive. In fact, if Mr Miller has facts or information to support his accusation, we invite him to publish it. But if he has no substantiation or documentation, it’s your duty to confront him, teachers.
  • While we have addressed the purpose of a Notice of Claim, it has little to do with any lawsuit, less to do with the taxpayers of this district, and a great deal to do with notifying the RCS CSD of a serious problem that is in violation of NYS law and which does expose the District to serious liability and risk if the District administrators, teachers and staff do not get it under control. It has been addressed myriad times both in BoE meetings and outside of meetings. In fact, Mr Vadney’s son was brutally attacked when entering the school building, the event was captured on video tape. The then administration tried its best to keep it under wraps and to sideline the parents (this was not an isolated incident at all) and only when met with the former district administrations’ stonewalling did the parents have to bite the bullet to get the administration’s attention. NO LAWSUIT WAS FILED! So what is Mr Miller’s point? why don’t you ask him, NYSUT members.

In fact, ladies and gentlemen, we acquired evidence that Mr Matthew Miller was actually inciting such bullying but because of his “connections” was never publicly disgraced but did receive discipline. As teachers at the high – school, you are probably eminently well aware of this fact.

  • Mr John Vadney was framed by Mr Miller’s associates, including Ms Josephine O’Connor and her father, Joseph Tracey, O’Connor, whom you know well and also should be aware of her personal difficulties and her relationship with local ringleader Gerald Deluca (the same Gerald Deluca who is spying on your busdrivers). There were many witnesses, including a higher level NYSED officer, present who stood ready to testify in favor of Mr Vadney. The whole issue was a set up as was Mr Vadney’s arrest by local Coeymans police even after an order of protection was granted by a Bethlehem town judge. The matter was after a protracted battle summarily dismissed as having no basis in fact. This is the truth. It is public information and has been widely published in local media. Why then, we must ask you, is Mr Miller propagating this disinformation to his own colleagues and constituents?!?
  • In view of Mr Miller’s unsubstantiated claim that Mr Vadney has been rude and dismissive, the public record, unlike Mr Miller, does not lie. All one has to do is randomly review any of the many video recordings of RCS BoE meetings and make an informed decision. Nowhere whatsoever is there any evidence of rudeness or dismissiveness by Mr Vadney; quite the contrary, he is uniformly courteous, dignified, and respectful. Reviewing those same videos we can hardly say the same for Mr Miller’s various performances, nor for Ms Whalen’s or Mr Latter’s, even less so for Mr Deluca, Miller’s godfather.
  • Miller has absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Mr Vadney’s brother is operating a “vile blog.” If  Miller has substantial factual information to prove his statement, we would be delighted to see it. We are sure you would be, too.
  • Why Mr Miller has to pick on Ms Judy Sylvester is beyond us.  How she ran in the campaigning last year and how she votes is nothing that Mr Miller is competent to judge. Ms Sylvester, moreover, has indeed spoken several times on the record about her position on the budget. All anyone has to do is review the videos! In fact, her finals stand on the budget was to vote to approve it to put it out to the public’s vote! Where have you been Mr Miller?
  • As to the candidates being promoted by Matthew Miller on YOUR behalf, as YOUR RCSTA president, as the representative of YOUR NYSUT teachers union, just a couple of words:
    • James Latter. Mr Latter has a substantial history of misconduct that ranges from FERPA confidentiality violations to verbal abuse of students. We have in our possession internal documents incriminating Latter in some very serious connections that should have resulted in his immediate removal from the RCS CSD BoE, but for some uncanny reason, did not (during the regrettable and dark Smith regime). We are in the process of redacting specific names in those documents and will be publishing them soon on this blog. Once published, Mr Latter’s BoE career will be finished. Miller is or should be aware of these documents but he continues to promote Latter. Perhaps the teachers would benefit from a more substantial reason why Miller is backing latter.
    • Patrick Brown. Patrick Brown, in a very brief space of time as a candidate, has managed to present himself as simply what he is: a shyster who uses lawyer doublespeak to flamboozle his listeners. We’ve already mentioned the fact that he lives and is registered to vote at an address in Feura Bush (town of New Scotland) but said at a recent Meet the Candidate event that he lives in the town of Coeymans. Liar or fraud? Whatever. He then said that he did not support the school budget and would not vote to approve it. Yet his campaign signs are flanked by Vote YES! signs. Which is it? To the extent of our investigations no one has ever seen him at a BoE meeting, much less address the meeting. Now he’s asking for residents’ votes and is supported by your RCSTA president, Mr Matt Miller but no reasoning is given for this recommendation of support. There is no basis for such support in view of Mr Brown’s past lack of involvement in this district.

    Brown proudly announces that he is thick in government relations and an advisor to the Cuomos (Mario and Andrew). But aren’t these the very same Cuomos who have a track record of pulling every possible trick to deprive local school districts of state funding? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who have sucked every possible support from local governments only to pad the pockets in Albany and to embellish downstate moneypits like NYC? Aren’t these the same Cuomos who started all of this complicated and ingenuous 2% tax levy nonsense? And your RCSTA president and the RCSTA Political Action Committee are endorsing this Brown shyster?!? What are we missing in this picture? Maybe some sanity?

    • Jason Hyslop. Hyslop is running as a member of the Friends of RCS troika or triumvirate, whichever you prefer. He is vanilla and unconvincing, not that that in and of itself would disqualify, discredit, or denounce him. Our concern is his choice of company and how that will play out in his performance on the board. Can he be his own person or will be an owned member. He is at best unconvincing and his scripted responses do not represent convincing initiative or vision. So why is Mr Miller stuffing him down your throats? Best ask Mr Miller.

James Latter is a complete embarassment and should never have continued on the RCS BoE after the debacle of his having violated the FERPA law and having profanely disparaged a student. Peter Brown is an opportunist who suddenly appears out of nowhere (but he’s the husband of Mary Partridge-Brown, a close social and political associate of Matt Miller). Peter Brown’s record is one that is diametrically opposed to anything that would benefit our local school district. Moreover, Mr Brown has cast certain doubt on his integrity by openly misrepresenting his residence and making contradictory statements on the 2013-14 school budget. Mr Brown is patently a liar and a fraud. Jason Hyslop is his own unfavorable recommendation. Mr Hyslop had the option of running on his own, independently, honestly. Instead, he chose to be part of a troika in union with Latter and Brown. That was a very regrettable choice but it was a choice freely made by Mr Hyslop. Hyslop has thus identified himself and has made a clear statement of his principles and his agenda. Together with his inexperience, his ambiguous, scripted statements, his choice of running mates has spoken volumes. He’s part of the agenda and unworthy of the trust to be a board of education member.

 But the real challenge for Mr Miller is to put up or shut up. It’s inane to send out a letter to a group of sophisticated and highly educated colleagues when such letter is gibberish, a perfect example of a defense tactic. Don’t you want solid facts? Reliable information? Truth?

If one of your own number has had the courage to disclose this letter it can only mean that many more in your ranks are probably feeling the same way. Enough is enough!

But our question to you is this: How long are you going to allow Mr Miller to play his ridiculous games making believe he represents your interests. How much longer do you feel this community is going to tolerate this sort of doubledealing before there’s a backlash…against the very people the present board majority has supported 200%.

How long will the good teachers in this district continue to put up with being fed total nonsense, total dysinformation, outright lies before you step up to the plate and do the responsible thing: Say NO! to the lies, and YES! to the facts. In short be the educators we hope you strive to be and the educators you are being paid by this community to be. Ethical, rational, exemplary.

When all else is collapsing around our ears in this community and beyond, we have to have our ideals, our heroes, if you will. But those ideals, those heroes have to be credible, honest, trustworthy. As always, as instructors and educators, even as public speakers and presenters, we have to be aware of the impression we make on our audience. And it’s time to ask yourselves as community leaders, as educators, is the image that is being presented to us by your spokesperson Matthew J. Miller, the impression and image you want us to walk away with? Do YOU really trust him to speak for you, to represent you, to inform you?

 Matt Miller is spent, he’s passé, he’s in on the slippery slope to nowhere; our teachers are in this for the long haul. Stick with us. We need your support and we need our experienced, honest, and committed boardmembers, not Miller’s political agenda lackeys!

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Accountability, AFL-CIO, Albany, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Anti-Bullying Law, Betsy Smith, Board of Education Member, BOCES, Bray Engel, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Brown and Weinraub, Bryan Rowzee, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Cecilia Tkaczyk, Claudia Verga, Coeymans, Dawn Rogers, Denise Carl Hughes, Diane Hughes, Diane Malecki, Dick Iannuzzi, Dignity Act, Dignity for All Students Act, Donna Leput Hommel, Dr Alan R. McCartney, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eilleen Vosburgh, Elizabeth A. Varney, Elizabeth Smith, Elyse Loughlin, Fair Play, FERPA, Friends of RCS, Gail Stewart, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, H Andres Jimenez Uribe, Hakim Jones, HIPAA, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jason Hyslop, Jena Misuraca, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, John B. King, John Rousseau, John T. Bruno, Joseph Edward Tracey, Josephine O'Connor, Karen Miller, Latter-Hyslop-Brown, Liar, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mary Partridge-Brown, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Matthew J. Miller, Mayor Bruno, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Mike Varney, Misinformation, Moose Misuraca, Morality, 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, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSUT, Pam Black, Pamela Hull, Patrick E. Brown, Pete Lopez, Property Taxes, PTO, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCSTA, RCSTA Executive Committee, RCSTA PAC, Retaliation, Richard Ianuzzi, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Sarah Engel, School Budget, Scott Andrews, Selkirk, Smalbany, Sports Association, Stephen Prokrym, Tavia Rauch, Tax Levy, Teachers Association, Teachers Union, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Uncategorized, Union Representative, United Federation of Teachers

 

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?

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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!

 
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Deluca, Vosburgh, Hughes: Irrelevant, Risky Questions

Seems that Dirty-Hands Jerry is Again Calling the Kettle Black When He Asks Candidates: “Have You Ever Been Convicted of a Crime?

Thou Shalt Not Throw Stones, Jerry.... Not When You Live in a Glass House

Thou Shalt Not Throw Stones, Jerry….
Not When You Live in a Glass House

We’d like to ask how that can be relevant to the how the schools are run by competent, caring elected officials?

Or was that a very poorly disguised attempt to intimidate? Are you going to misuse police resources to dig up dirt on someone?  You’d best be very, very careful, Jerry, because if we find out you’re doing that we’ll call you on it and then we’ll see if you’re pack of sheeple will save your ass. There are agencies that may be watching and waiting for just the right moment…and we won’t hesitate to cooperate in every way with our information, too.

I’d like to ask our readers to honestly ask themselves a single question: “Have you ever broken the law?”

Now be honest. Have you? The question is really academic and we already know the answer. Almost every single one of us has broken a law, almost on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times. The difference is: We haven’t been caught! And if we haven’t been caught, we’ve never been convicted. So let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone! Right, Jerry?

You're Not Above the Law, Gerald "Dirty-Hands Jerry" Deluca

You’re Not Above the Law, Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca

Adultery is a Class B Misdemeanor in the State of New York

loser handBy the way, Jerry, Adultery is still a Crime in New York State. What do you say to that, Jerry Deluca? And you and Cathy were actually “caught.” Right? Legend is that it was in the rescue squad facility or at the fitness club. Whatever, the location is unimportant. But you were an adulterer Jerry, Cathy. And you committed a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail!Mr Deluca, you may be so ignorant that you don’t know the difference between the civil code defamation, which includes slander and libel, but you are in law enforcement, Jerry, you must certainly be aware of NY Penal (no, Jerry, not penile) § 255.17:

§ 255.17 Adultery.
A  person  is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time when he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse.
Adultery is a class B misdemeanor.

So, Jerry, with your history and your reputation, don’t you think  it would be prudent and safe if you kept your fat cake hole shut, and you kept your oversized bilge-bottom out of sight, at least until the elections are over?

Question for Sarah Engel, Wife of Board Member Howard Engel:

Sarah which e-mail lists are you misusing? School organization lists, Girl Scout lists, other lists that you have or have obtained and for which you have no permission to use and are using for a purpose that was not disclosed or intended at the time the information was provided?

We know it’s you sending out the Friends of RCS selective mass emailings. We’re just curious where you got all those selective e-mails because you’re not sending them to all interested persons in the district. Is there some secret that the rest of us aren’t supposed to know about? It’s our district and they’re our candidates, too. Or don’t you and Friends of RCS think so? Do you and Friends of RCS think the district belongs to you alone?

So, Sarah, come clean. Tell us where you got the e-mails and put the matter to rest. Embarass us if you’d like but tell the truth. You can manage that, right. But then, you’re a teacher, married to a teacher who teaches at Averill Park but sits and makes decisions on the RCS district board of education, who supports SpLatter-Hisslop-and Browneye, all of the RCS BoE teachers clique a.k.a. the “Fiends of RCS” whose slogan is:

We want MORE, Tax Them MORE!” 

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Eileen Vosburgh Sticks Up for FERPA Violations—Coddles James Latter

confidentialNow, as for Ms Eileen Vosburgh. It’s common knowledge that you and James Latter are in each other’s pockets. Wasn’t it you last year who went to bat for Latter when parents were clamoring for his resignation for violating student confidentiality, that is, Latter broke a law when he violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), HIPAA, and district policies, and distributed confidential information about a student to athletics staff. Yes, Ms Vosburgh, it’s true and common knowledge, and it’s public. At the very board of education meeting when a parent read off the accusations against Latter, you promptly took to the speakers podium to say on his behalf, “He’s a very nice person.”  Apparently you, Ms Vosburgh, don’t take the laws protecting students and parents very seriously either.

Scott Hughes, Former RCS BoE Prez, QUIT the BoE—Denise Hughes Forgets that Fact of Abandonment and Now Plays High, Mighty, and Self-Righteous. Hypocrite!

Denise Carl Hughes, you should have the good sense to shut up, too! Considering the fact that Mr John Vadney was put in the position of taking over leadership of the RCS board of education when your husband, Scott Hughes, QUIT and left the board. Why was that? Never mind, we’ll find out. Now tha’t’s community spirit à la Friends of RCS and the Becker PTA, right, Denise? When things aren’t going your way you just up and quit, abandon your civic commitments. That’s how much the Hughes cares about students, schools, the RCS district.

A bit of advice for Vosburgh and Hughes: First of all, a Notice of Claim is just that, a Notice. It makes the noticed agency aware of a problem that could incur its liability and gives the agency an opportunity to investigate and take corrective action. It inaugurates a process, not a legal proceeding.

Anyone in this RCS district who has ever made a complaint about teachers, athletics coaches, bus transportation, etc. knows that this RCS district has a very poor response rate, and generally ignores parents’ complaints. It seems that that poor record has so frustrated parents that the only way to get the RCS district administrators, principals, etc. to take a complaint seriously and actually respond and investigate a problem is to file a Notice of Claim with a dollar-sign attached. It’s not the parents’ fault that it has to be done that way, it’s the bad habits of the RCS district. Ms Hughes and Ms Vosburgh are very much out-of-touch with reality (or maybe it’s because their members of the exclusive club in the RCS district) if they are not aware of this fact. But the fact that both Hughes and Vosburgh don’t know the difference between a Notice of Claim and a lawsuit, and exhibit that ignorance publicly, is deplorable. Shame on you both!

It would behoove you both in future to engage your brains before you operate your mouths. It could very well save you some embarassment and keep you from looking like dumb biatches in public.

We do realize that your purpose was only to smear and you would have come closer to your goal if you had an ounce of intelligence. But both of you together hardly make half a chicken’s brain! (And neither of you are exactly ‘chickens’, clucks maybe, but not ‘chickens.’)

animation dancing turkey

army-solidier-camouflageAnd will someone PUHLEEZ collect some bottles or start an illegal raffle to buy H Andres Jimenez Uribe some civilian clothes and get him some English lessons?!? Did we hear him tell Denise Hughes to “Disengage conversation” or some such idiotic militarism. Get a life, Uribe! And then, later, “Did you kick me? Did you kick me?” Big macho National Guard clerk-desk-jockey feels threatened by a local woman who simply bumped into him when he stopped short. You sound like Josephine Tracey-O’Connor, Uribe, when she paraded around with her “He called me fat!” fantasy. Careful, Uribe, there were witnesses and we did have a bit of a chuckle at you expense. Yup! That’s another Friend of RCS, H Andres Jimenez Uribe.

Patrick Brown, Candidate, Contradicts Himself (Again!)

We’re not stupid, Mr Brown, so don’t treat us as if we’re not paying attention! Stop double-talking us!

What, really, is Brown’s position regarding the budget? When asked about the RCS 2013-14 school budget and whether he would support it, Brown answered ‘No. I would not vote for it.’ But Paddy, why then are your campaign signs flanked by “Vote YES!” signs? Are you telling us you do one thing thing but then we should do another? Is that how you’re going to behave if elected? Which is it, Patrick Brown? Is it a YES! I support the budget? Or a NO! I don’t support the budget! Or is this all lawyer-speak and you don’t really care?

Where do you really live, Patrick Brown? Also, Paddy, the 2013 Albany County official Board of Elections registered voters list shows you as residing at an address on Zabel Hill Road in Feura Bush. But at the Meet the Candidates event you explicitly stated that you live in the Town of Coeymans. But Feura Bush is in the town of New Scotland! Only one can be true, Paddy, either you live on Zabel Hill Road in Feura Bush and you lied about living in the Town of Coeymans or you don’t live on Zabel Hill Road in Feura Bush and you live somewhere in the Town of Coeymans, in which case you have provided fraudulent voter registration information. Which is it, Patrick Brown? Are you a liar or a fraud? (Voters need to ask this question, too!)

These will have to be the last comments on the May 8th Meet the Candidate circus. We have to move on to bigger, more pressing issues in this broken community. (Gotta chase a chubby, right Jerry?)

The Editor

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Friends of RCS Party Continue Lies: Act Like Animals at Meet the Candidates Event

Fiends of RCS, A Group Dominated by “Dirty-Hands” Jerry Deluca and Jena Misuraca of the RCS Sports Association, Don’t Own Mirrors But Wouldn’t Recognize Themselves if they Did. 

A recent commenter writes: “It’s not the board of education that’s broken, it’s the community!” How true. How very true!

Yes! Of course you are!

Yes! Of course you are!

They Apparently Believe Their Own Lies and Want You to Do the Same!

We went to the Fiends of RCS Facebook page and came to the decision that whoever is running that propaganda mill can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Here are some quotes:

Fiends of RCS: Very proud of James Latter, Jason Hyslop and Pat Brown at “Meet the Candidates” night! Your next chance to hear them will be at the Budget Hearing next Tuesday 5/14 @ 6:30 pm in the HS auditorium. Thanks to all who attended!!

We’re sure you’re proud of Latter, Hyslop, and Brown. Do you have any choice? Latter has been on the board for several years and still doesn’t read what’s in front of him, he’s been read the riot act by parents for abuse of students and violation of the FERPA law (misusing personal information of students and parents), he can’t put together a complete sentence.  But YES! Fiends of RCS is proud of him. Go for it, dodos!

Proud of Jason Hyslop. Well, what can we say. Jason Hyslop is a nobody and if you’re proud of nobody, that is closer to reality than Friends of RCS have ever been. Better to be proud of nobody than proud of Jim Latter!

As for Patrick Brown: Here we have the king of phoneys. This guy is a lawyer who claims to be an advisor to the Cuomos (that alone should put the nail in his coffin), he represents unions (note “unions” not workers), he represents big business (like pharmaceutical companies). He’s never attended a BoE meeting, much less made a public statement on any issues before the board. But now he crawls out of some crack in the shithouse and wants our votes. We won’t waste any more time on this character here but if you want to know more, just go to our articles at Peter E. Brown, Candidate? The Ugly Truth Is…. and Patrick E. Brown Practice Details + Comments.

surrealistic picture of an apple reflecting in the mirror

Reality and How They See It

Jerry DeLuca: Tonight many people got to see the quality of candidates that Jim Latter, Jason Hyslop and Pat Brown are. They all clearly demonstrated thoughtfulness and respect for our school and community. We will all be very well served when these 3 serve together on the Board of Education.

Jerry, Oh, Jerry! You’re so full of shite your eyes are brown!

Gerald "Dirty-Hands Jerry" Ringleader of the Coeymanazi Circus. Queen of Cowards>

Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca
Ringleader of the Coeymanazi Circus.

Queen of Cowards

Yes, we’re sure you want the three stooges to “serve together on the board of education.”  That’s just what we need are another three cyborgs on the board of education who will recite their scripts and vote as programmed. Just what we need to return to the dark ages.

Moreover, Jerry Deluca, if Latter, Hyslop and Brown are running under the slogan “Return Respect and Integrity to the RCS Board of Education,” it sure wasn’t playing out at the May 8th Meet the Candidates event! How do you explain your own scandalous behavior, Dirty-Hands? And if you’re going to continue using that deceptive slogan, the first thing you really should do is get rid of Jerry Deluca as your spokesperson! Because from where we were standing that fat-ass blow-hard Jerry Deluca, as usual, led his Coeymanazi thugs in an assault on Vadney and Polyak. Another Coeymanazi coward, [as yet unidentified] attacked John Vadney’s wife with slurs and accusations about lawsuits. ALL LIES, OF COURSE. But Fiends of RCS and the Coeymanazis never had much use for the truth, so who cares.

In his comment, Deluca must either be on drugs he and his BoBo cops have confiscated from some poor bastard, or he’s simply so out of touch with reality that he lies and believes his own lies. Anyone who can write something like, “They all clearly demonstrated thoughtfulness and respect for our school and community” must not have been at the same Meet the Candidates event where business as usual was the rule: lies, attacks, disrespect and animal-like behavior.

It’s a good thing a representative of the New York State Education Department was present to see and hear it all. We also are informed the event was being taped.

Jena Misuraca:  I am so glad I attended tonight. Great job to Jerry and Denise Carl Hughes. There were great questions and it definitely was made CLEAR who deserves our votes. I will not be able to make the next one. It is the same night as middle school parent meeting and the middle school art show. Keep at them everyone.

Jena, you really need to get a life! And, Yes, indeed! Great job Jerry! If anyone can show this community “who deserves our votes” it’s you and Jena Misuraca, another master of deception (but more on Misuraca’s deception and the notorious raffle scam in another article coming soon. For starters read Cart before the Horse: RCS Sports Association Operating a Shell Game [Again]?). The message sent by Jerry Deluca and his lackeys is: Whoever Deluca supports, avoid like the plague! For the good of the schools, for the good of the community, for the good of your souls!

As we all know, plague is spread by rat fleas. The fleas ride on the back of the rat and spread their disease. You need to avoid the rat and the fleas to keep healthy.

As we all know, plague is spread by rat fleas. The fleas ride on the back of the rat and spread their disease.
You need to avoid the rat and the fleas to keep healthy.

To avoid catching the Deluca-plague you need to avoid his fleas like James Latter, Jason Hyslop, and Pat Brown.

A Flea Meet the Real Friends of RCS Candidates

A Flea
Meet the Real Fiends of RCS Candidates

Fiends of RCS:  Also, thanks to all who have asked for signs on their property!! The requests are just flooding in! Please be patient–we have people trying to get the best visibility spots covered. If we don’t get to you, consider recycling some old plywood, 2X4’s, and extra house paint and making your own!! Every little bit helps!

“The requests are just flooding in!” Really? “Flooding in!” Well that’s certainly news. Requests for What? Requests to remove your deceptive signs? (See our article on the message the Latter-Hyslop-Brown signs are sending at Pictures Tell the Real Story: Brown-Hyslop-Latter are So Stupid!) The reality is: This, too, is a lie. Do people really call in to request a campaign sign as a lawn ornament? Or does “flooding in” just mean the 25 or so people who showed up at your Fiends of RCS Meet the Fiends of RCS Candidates event? I travel these roads every day and I’ve not seen any floods recently. But I have seen quite a bit of deceptive campaigning. And one thing is certain, people don’t vote based on the number of signs they see, they vote on the issues. Fiends of RCS, you’re missing the point badly! (Comes from having the Delucas and the Misuracas as your spokespersons!)

Readers can view the entire Meet the Candidates event at Candidates.

On that note, we can’t help but slam “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca for his idiotic comments about this blog (starting at 25:43 minutes on the video). Old “Dirty-Hands Jerry thinks this blog is “vile and slanderous” and “libelous and slanderous.” Old “Dirty-Hands” apparently doesn’t know the difference and, as we all know, Jerry Deluca is a bit dyslexic (see our article at Dirty-Hands Deluca Needs to Get Remedial Reading Help). Deluca seems to have missed our mission statement: “Written in the spirit of Truth, good facts-based journalism and freedom of expression!” We stand by that statement. Everything and anything our readers read on this blog is factual, true, documented. We also provide links to our sources and documents that support our statements. While the language on this blog is sometimes “colorful” it’s always true and factual.

While it is true that Mr Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca is mentioned quite frequently on this blog, it’s only because he is what he is; nothing more and nothing less. His wife, too, Cathy Deluca, is mentioned quite frequently because she is what she is; nothing more nothing less. The group behind Deluca and their mob on the RCS school board, and the persons who act as sockpuppets to spread the misinformation in this district and to malign anyone who crosses their paths are the ones who do the real slandering and libeling. That’s clear to us all. These are the sheeple of the RCS district, they are the ones living in their herding instinct, and Deluca is their evil shepherd.

When asked about this blog at the Meet the Candidates event, Deluca singled out Mr Vadney and Mr Polyak and accused them of “contributing” to this blog. Both Vadney and Polyak slapped Deluca down and put him in his place. Polyak: The blog is “free speech.” Vadney: “You’re the detective. You find out who’s writing it.” Bravo Mr Polyak, Mr Vadney, for smearing more egg on Deluca’s fat face.

You need to see through the lies. Avoid Latter, Hyslop, and Brown. They’re puppets and will think with one mind, the Coeymanazis’ and the teachers union’s, NYSUT’s, and will vote with one voice, the Coeymanazis’ and the teachers unions’.  YOU WILL LOSE!

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Pictures Tell the Real Story: Brown-Hyslop-Latter are So Stupid!

 Are they Just Arrogant or Really Stupid?

That’s the question that keeps popping up as I drive through the district, keeping tabs on the Coeymanazis and the false Friends of RCS. Today, I drove around and took some pictures to share with our readers. These pictures speak volumes, truths that can’t be denied. They tell a story that Brown-Hyslop-Latter—I’m referring to them as if they are one single thingie, which is what they really are—would more likely want to keep under wraps but in their stupidity it’s out there for us all to see.

Truth Flanked by Lies! Truth is: Latter-Hyslop-Brown are ONE ITEM. Lie is: Latter Opposed the 2% levy and wanted the 3.5% levy!

Truth Flanked by Lies!
Truth is: Latter-Hyslop-Brown are ONE ITEM.
Lie is: Latter Opposed the 2% levy and wanted the 3.5% levy!
(This sign is on Rt 144, just before the port entrance.)

[If you are reading this article we urge you to view the April 23, 2013, BoE meeting video (view it at April 23, 2013, BoE). It’s a MUST SEE/MUST HEAR.]

This shot is precious because it illustrates the whole story behind the Latter-Hyslop-Brown troika (troika was a communist Russian term used to describe the 3-man death courts in Stalin’s Russia!). Here’s what this grouping of signs tells us:

First of all, James Latter voted against the budget and the lowest possible tax levy of 2%; Latter joined his teacher and teacher’s union friends who wanted to tax you more and impose a 3.5% levy. The bare-faced lie in this grouping of signs is the fact that now Latter and his friends are trying to take the credit for the budget and posing Vote YES signs along with their campaign signs, making the false impression that they supported the budget. They did not!

In fact Mr James Latter speaks out very aggressively during the April 23, 2013 budget meeting by saying:

“Please don’t be mistaken that the Superintendent [Dr McCartney] is the one pushing the 2% budget. Don’t hang the 2% on him [Dr McCartney].” (James Latter, April 23 BoE)

Perhaps Mr Latter can explain his turnaround on this issue. First he speaks very negatively about the 2% but now he, Latter, and Hyslop and Brown are literally surrounding their campaign signs with Vote YES! on the 2% budget. What’s the real story, Mr Latter? We’d also like to ask how your behavior and attitude when addressing the board was in any way “respectful” (Remember? “Respect and Integrity”? or did you come up with the campaign slogan after April 23rd?).

It was RCS Board of Education president John Vadney and his team of business owners and parents who kept this district on track and approved Dr Alan R. McCartney’s proposed budget that kept the levy low! Yes, readers, James Latter, Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, Edward Reville were locked in with union rep Matt Miller and the teachers union, NYSUT, and ready to impose a 3.5% or more on local taxpayers. Vadney, Robbins, Sylvester, Krzykowski, and Lukens stopped them in their tracks! (It’s all on tape, just go to RCS BoE Meetings).

If you’re interested in our article exposing the lies and fear tactics used by the teachers clique (Latter, Whalen, Engel, Reville, [ with Matt-the-Mutt Miller and the teachers union instigating, Cathy and Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca conniving]) on the board of education, visit our article The Campaign Stupidity is Gearing Up.

That bunch of phoneys were handing the community a pack of lies, telling people programs and services would be cut when in reality they knew they were being kept in the budget!

Here’s an example: At the April 16, 2013, BoE meeting (view it at April 16 BoE) James Latter (starting at minute 9:00) questions Dr Alan McCartney about the budget (Latter can’t seem to compose a complete sentence so we don’t know exactly what his question was). But Dr Alan McCartney promptly embarrasses Latter by telling him he has a memo in front of him (which Latter acknowledges) that contains the answers to all of Latter’s questions. Why didn’t Latter read the memo?

We recommend you vote YES! on the budget but not because James Latter and the teachers clique had anything to do with keeping the levy low. They didn’t but the phoneys are now trying to take credit for it. It was John Vadney, Judy Sylvester, Mike Robbins, Rodney Krzykowski, and Jeff Lukens who protected the community’s interests, and Dr Alan R. McCartney who made it all come together and work!

Don’t forget it was the teachers, Matt Miller, and the Delucas who fought like hell to keep Dr McCartney out of this district. They knew he’d be no-nonsense and take no bullshit. He’s proved that many times already. And McCartney’s keeping his promise to pull this district out of the dumps.

Lest you all forget, it was the teachers clique and ex-teacher Elizabeth Smith (she jumped ship on short notice) who stuck it to the community with a 6.8% tax levy last year and actually overtaxed the community to the tune of $1.6 million. (Again, check out our article The Campaign Stupidity is Gearing Up, for the details.)

But the Latter-Hyslop-Brown Signs Tell an Even Uglier Story.

Latter-Hyslop-Brown Campaign Sign outside 21 Church St in Coeymans (Town Justice George Dardiani Property)

Latter-Hyslop-Brown Campaign Sign outside 21 Church St. in Coeymans
(Town Justice George Dardiani Property)

OR

Latter-Hyslop-Brown Campaign Sign outside 41 Main St, Ravena

Latter-Hyslop-Brown Campaign Sign outside
41 Main St, Ravena

These signs tell it like it really is: Latter-Hyslop-Brown are trying to deceive the voting public into thinking that they are a set, that you need to vote for all three. That’s a very dirty tactic to get some voters to vote this clique in, giving them three seats on the board. If that happens, the teachers will have a majority! Kiss your property and home value good-bye!

The sign also tells us that James Latter, Jason Hyslop and Patrick Brown are attached at the hip. They are indeed one item when it comes to voting on the issues. They’re broadcasting this fact by putting all three names on the same sign! Vote for any of these scoundrels and you’re cooked. The teachers clique is a local death squad from the teachers union, NYSUT. Anything that benefits the teachers or their union will be a done deal. You might as well have a one-member BoE because they’ll all vote together. We’ve see it in the past.

Exclusive Club: Friends of RCS Support Latter-Hyslop-Brown

Exclusive Club: Friends of RCS
Support Latter-Hyslop-Brown

Latter-Hyslop-Brown have the support of a local private club (if it really exists) calling itself the Friends of RCS. The Friends of RCS clique sent out selective e-mails to their “friends” to come to a rally in Hendrik Hudson park on Saturday, April 27. Latter, Hyslop and Brown were there but none of the other candidates. Mary Partidge-Brown sent the emails only to select families. Mary Partridge-Brown is the  woman who is usually sitting on Matt Miller’s (the NYSUT union rep) lap at board of education meetings; she’s also the wife of candidate Patrict Brown. There’s also a very close connection with Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca and his mob. If that’s the way they treat the community before the elections, what can you expect if they get in? Be afraid, be very afraid!

Best Description of James Latter

Best Description of James Latter

Now here’s the biggest joke: Latter-Hyslop-Brown are running on the slogan: “Restore Respect and Integrity to the RCS Board of Education.” “Respect and Integrity” sounds awfully odd coming from the likes of James Latter with his history on the board marked with accusations of misconduct by parents (for example a violation of the FERPA law on student and parent confidentiality), his outbursts and stupid remarks at board meetings, and the list could go on (just search Latter on this blog). He should have been canned long ago but he has the balls to run again. The man has no dignity!

Jason Hyslop.  This guy works for the Saudi-Arabian company Sabic (as does James Latter). You know, Saudi-Arabia, human rights violations, Osama bin Laden, the bin Laden family. Yup, the Saudis are in Feura Bush and have a representative on the RCS CSD board of education, James Latter, and another one is seeking election, Jason Hyslop. [Editor’s Note: Please do not misunderstand. We are not saying that Sabic is a terrorist cell nor are we saying the because Latter and Hyslop work for the Saudis, that they are involved with anything ugly. But we always look at who you hang out with.]

Now, from what we’ve heard about Hyslop he’s really sorta blah. He does some volunteering at one of the schools. Not a bad guy. The problem is he’s keeping the wrong company and that marks him as an undesirable. We have some concerns about his intelligence level, too. How smart can he be if he’s associated with James Latter and Patrick Brown? About as dumb as dirt, we’d say. At least he could have distanced himself from the Coeymanazis and the teacher’s clique by keeping his name on separate signs. But NO! He’s made a clear statement of who he’s with and what he represents. That’s finished him as far as we’re concerned. He’s just a puppet.

Patrick Brown. We’ve dedicated two whole pages to this hypocrite. You can read what we have to say about him at Peter E. Brown, Candidate? The Ugly Truth Is…. We don’t trust this character as far as we could throw him. First of all, he’s an attorney and lawyers aren’t really known for “respect” or “integrity” nor for their “loyalty”—unless its to the highest bidder—nor for their “honesty.” He represents big business and unions. He’s been an advisor to the Cuomos, you know, the mafiosi in the Governor’s mansion, the ones who are stealing your constitutional rights, giving the state of New York away to big business. Yup! Thanks to shysters like Patrick Brown. Do you really think this shyster is going to give a shyster shite about what you think? Do you really think this shyster shite has any idea of who you are or what your problems are? Hell NO! Do you want this character on the RCS CSD board of education? HELL NO!

On the other hand…

We have John Vadney, current president of the RCS BoE, who has served this community well for several terms. Honest, hardworking, respectful, stands up for what’s right. A leader, working man, dedicated parent, and full of community spirit. You’d know this if you ever saw him in action on the board. John Vadney doesn’t need us to point out his competence, his interest in this community, and his leadership skills. You experience them at every board of education meeting. He’s even received awards and recognition for his service from the State Association of School Boards—his record speaks for itself. We need John Vadney and people like him.

Here’s an example: At the April 23, 2013, BoE budget meeting (view it at April 23 BoE Budget) the teachers clique goes on and on about not liking the 2% tax levy. Howard Engel goes on about substantial reductions” in programs, etc. None of it is true and not a word of it would indicate that Engel, Latter, Whalen or Reville, the teachers clique had reviewed anything about the budget.

Enter John Vadney, well prepared as usual, who promptly reads off the programs, services and provisions which were kept in the 2013-14 2% tax levy budget. Almost to the word rebutting the teachers clique, rebuking them for their misinformation, and putting the parents and public at ease with the truth. Bravo John Vadney!

John Vadney represents the value of preparation and preparedness, honesty and integrity, respect and dignity, but most of all he represents competent leadership on the RCS CSD Board of Education. Teamed with Dr Alan McCartney, Judy Sylvester, Mike Robbins, Jeff Lukens, Rodney Krzykowski, and add Laszlo Polyak to the mix, and the sky’s the limit!

We have Judy Sylvester, an honest resident member of the board. She’s down-to-earth, smart and a good listener. Judy is quiet because she’s listening and processing, not running at the mouth. When she finally does say something, it’s good for us all. Judy Sylvester brings a woman’s perspective to the board. (You must have noticed that the Friends of RCS are running only men; do think they’re telling something about their attitudes towards women?). We need to keep what’s good on the board and dump the rest. That’s why we need Judy Sylvester.

And of course, there’s the “happy Hungarian”, our very own Laszlo Polyak. Laszlo Polyak probably attends more board of education meetings than the teacher’s clique. He knows what’s going on in the community. He has very good contacts in government, too. But most importantly, Laszlo is a very caring, intelligent, sensitive, and fair man. Laszlo, in one word is: good. and he’ll be good for you, for me, for the community but most of all, if you’ve every heard him speak (and he speaks at every board of education meeting), he is truly concerned for the welfare of the students. Period!

Laszlo Polyak is an outspoken defender of security in our schools and quality education for the students, he is courageous, focused, and he knows this community better than anyone we can name. That’s what we need more of on the RCS BoE. Replace the jackasses with someone effective, Laslo Polyak.

Look around you. You won’t see Vadney-Sylvester-Polyak but you will see their signs, the Vadney signs, the Sylvester signs and the Polyak signs. They’re independent, individuals who take a stand based on facts not politics. They don’t need the herd to tell them what to vote. They listen to parents, residents and taxpayers, and to their consciences, not to special interests and teachers union reps. Vadney, Sylvester and Polyak work for the community, not for NYSUT!

One final comment: The teachers clique (Ms Whalen, Mr Engel) on the RCS BoE seem to want to expand the Spanish language programs. We say: “Teach ENGLISH!” We don’t need to have several Spanish language programs while students can’t put a complete sentence together (like Mr Latter) in English. Let’s just get our priorities straight! 

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The Campaign Stupidity is Gearing Up: Ravena Mayor John T. Bruno and Latter-Brown-Hyslop at Odds

On the bright side, there seems to be no controversy regarding the 2013 – 2014 Ravena – Coeymans – Selkirk Central School District Budget, unlike last year.

good newsThe Vadney – Robbins – Krzykowski – Lukens – Sylvester team succeeded in defeating the Latter – Whalen – Engel – Reville – teachers union special interest faction and voted Dr Alan McCarney’s well – engineered 2 % tax levy budget through the misinformation and ignorance of the teachers group, who were pushing for a 3.5 %+ levy.

But back to business. The Latter – Whalen – Engel – Reville – teachers union clique have been putting out incorrect information about what’s in and what’s out of the 2013 – 14 RCS CSD budget. That’s because they didn’t get their 3.5 %+ and have to work with a 2 %  levy. In fact, the budget supported by the Vadney team retained many of the programs and services despite the ignorant lies and terror being spread by Latter – Whalen – Engel – Reville – teachers union.

Here are the facts, dear readers:

know the facts

Programs and Services Retained in the 2 % Tax – levy 2013 – 14 Budget
Proposed by Dr Alan R. McCarthy
and approved for public vote by the
Vadney – Robbins – Krzykoski – Lukens – Sylvester Team

 1.0 F.T.E. elementary school teacher (Reach program)
Additional funding for Security Systems and SRO(s)
Asbestos Project and Track

Maximum Funding of the Following Reserves:
Tax Certiorari $222,000
Unemployment Reserve $350,000
Retirement Reserve (ERS) $450,000
EBLAR Reserves $3,350,000
Funding for Field Trips
Salaries for Employees brought back from PEL Lists
Funding for 5 O’clock Bus Runs
Funding for the After School Education Program
Funding for the Summer Reading Program
Funding to allow the District to attain Compliance with PARC Regulations
Funding to allow the District to make needed repairs through Lease – Purchase SRO, Shared Services

Other:
Mowers, grass – catchers, 170 20te edge scrubber and other equipment
Track Resurfacing, Pool Repairs and a Capital Repair Fund will be on the ballot for Public Approval
Technology Budget $414,926,  $121,787
22 Computer Server Replacement $147,000
Transportation—Bus Proposition: $341,008
Small Capital Project: $260,000

 The property owners, business operators, parents, residents and taxpayers in this school district can thank the RCS BoE team under Mr John Vadney’s leadership and the professional know – how of Dr Alan R. McCartney for approving the lowest – possible tax levy, while keeping essential and additional programs and services.

The intentional disinformation by the Deluca – Latter conspirators was completely uninformed and deceitful, intended to overtax the district and pad the pockets of the vampire teachers and their union, New York State United Teachers, NYSUT!

Oh! Did we mention that the 2012 – 2013 budget approved by the teachers clique and loudly supported by the Deluca Coeymanazis and double – dipper Matt – the – Mutt Miller and their mob overtaxed this district to the tune of $1.6 MILLION; in other words, 5.9 % more than what was actually needed to cover the financial year! Continue to listen to Mr James Latter, the teachers clique, Matt Miller, the teachers union, and Jerry Deluca if you like but you’ll pay the price!

Are the Dirty Tricks, Libel, and Unethical Campaigning Starting Again?
Some Scoundrels Just Never Give it a Rest!

Mayor Bruno Gonna Gitcha!

Mayor Bruno Gonna Gitcha!

We have obtained a set of documents that point to some very bizarre behavior on the part of the mayor of the village of Ravena and the Latter – Brown – Hyslop group supported by the Coeymanazi – run Friends of RCS Facebook group.

One of the candidates running as a resident – parent candidate (the candidate was not Vadney or Sylvester) happened to be at the village offices on business, we are told, when village of Ravena mayor, John T. Bruno (in the presence of witnesses), hands the candidate a set of documents that included a more than 20 – year old letter written by a very disturbed local resident (who has since disappeared from the local radar), accusing the candidate and two now deceased town officials of some unsavory conduct. Attached to the documents was a copy of our blog article, “Bruno, Deluca, Warner Squirming to Cover it Up”.

Mayor John T. Bruno and James Latter, Patrick Brown, Jason Hyslop in a Dumbo Match

Mayor John T. Bruno
versus
James Latter, Pat Brown, Jason Hyslop
in a Dumbo Match

But even more disturbing was the fact that mayor John T. Bruno attached a campaign card, “ELECT James Latter, Pat Brown, Jason Hyslop.”

Obviously, this raised a very relevant question: What is Ravena mayor John T. Bruno’s connection with the Latter – Brown – Hyslop campaign that would cause mayor Bruno to dig up a 20 – year old letter written by an apparent lunatic, and then attach the Latter – Brown – Hyslop campaign card to it, then hand it to an opponent candidate? It’s just weird. (You can read the documents by clicking here: friends of rcs bruno king redacted ) [Editor’s Note: the “Fori” mentioned in the letter is Bruno’s cousin. Surprised?]

Mayor Bruno opens another one!

Mayor Bruno opens another one!

So, in all fairness, we e – mailed Mr James Latter, attached the documents we received, and asked him what was going on. We gave Latter and his running mates Pat Brown and Jason Hyslop a deadline to respond so that we could publish his response, whatever that could possibly be.

As far as we are concerned, this matter is now between Latter, Brown and Hyslop, and Ravena mayor John T. Bruno. Let them battle it out and we’ll clean up the body parts later.

But the question we’d really like to ask James Latter, Pat Brown, and Jason Hyslop is this: You are running under the slogan, “Restore Respect and Integrity to the RCS Board of Education,” which is rather odd because if we voters are guided by that slogan we would immediately remove James Latter from the board, and absolutely avoid supporting Brown and Hyslop, given their relationships with the teachers clique and the Coeymanazis. But really, how does Ravena mayor John T. Bruno’s bizarre and stupid conduct in any way relate to restoring “respect and integrity” (both four – letter words to the Bruno administration) to anything? It seems that just the opposite is happening.

OOPS! Looks Like It Backfired, Latter, Brown, Hyslop!

OOPS! Looks Like It Backfired, Latter, Brown, Hyslop!
Better Get A New Slogan!
Thanks! Mayor Bruno!

Last year, at about this very time, we started this blog because the local campaigning for board of election members and the 2012 – 13 school budget was turning so incredibly ugly. We covered the polling place irregularities, we raised the questions of improper or misuse of students to promote the teachers’ and the teachers’ union interests, we attacked the lunatic 6.8 % tax – levy which at the time was pushed through by the teachers clique who had the majority on the board. Can you believe what was going on in this community last year at about this time? (If you’ve forgotten already, you can read about some of it at James Latter: Why Is He Still On the Board of Education? (May 21, 2012), What do the Signs Tell Us? (May 14, 2012), Sports Scandal Quiz: RCS Sports Association? (April 8, 2012), Teachers Unite in Greed…Matt Wrote the Contract… (April 18, 2012), Real Bullying at School is By the Teachers (April 19, 2012), Constructiveness, Collaboration, Cooperation, Consensus? (April 20, 2012), INCREDIBLE!!! (May 7, 2012),What Your Kids Were Doing in School at RCS Today… (May 3, 2012), Parents: Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (May 3, 2012), Topple the TeachersTower on the Board of Education (May 9, 2012), Can You Explain This, Jerry? (May 16, 2012) ).

Campaign Signs Out of Control

If The Coeymanazis are not Posting Illegal Signs, They’re Pulling their Opponents’ Signs
As Usual, the Town of Bethlehem Gets It Right…At Least on Paper

They're Outa Control!

They’re Outa Control!

Campaign signs are starting to obscure springtime again. Big ones, small ones, fat ones, skinny ones—they’re an eyesore and they’re all over the place. What can you do? It’s campaign time and the rabid campaigners have only one thing on their minds: flood the landscape with their egos! The love to see their names in print…we’ll most of the time.

As usual, the town of Coeymans trails everyone else in the region…except with bizarre behavior like renaming itself Reubenville for a month! (We’ll get back to that subject and the handling of the Arby’s coupons in an upcoming article.). But our neighbor to the north, Bethlehem, seems to have gotten it right…at least on paper. How? Well they’ve passed a sign law that reads:

Plain Language Rules for Temporary Signs
(covers all roads within the Town of Bethlehem)

1.         “Temporary’ signs” include political signs, signs advertising civic, religious, educational or non-profit events, and similar signs (this does not include for-profit business. signs).

2.         Temporary signs can only be placed on private non-commercial property by the owner, or with the owner’s permission (non-commercial includes residential property, schools, churches, civic and non-profit organizations).

3.         Temporary signs must be placed at least 5 feet from the edge of the roadway pavement, and should not obstruct sidewalks or otherwise cause a hazard.

4.         Temporary signs CANNOT simply be placed along the roadside where no one appears to live, this includes town, state, county and other streets, roads, or highways. They can only be placed on private non-commercial property with the owner’s permission.

5.         Temporary signs must be temporary, meaning they cannot be permanently affixed to the ground or a structure, and should not be displayed for more than three months a year; they must be less than six square feet· in size (per side) – for example 2 feet x 3 feet.

And enforcement is by removal of signs that violate the temporary sign law. Makes sense, right? Maybe that’s why the town of Coeymans hasn’t picked up on Bethlehem’s good example.

The problem is, as in the case of all laws, enforcement. Getting the lazy bastards in the town hall to move their arses and enforce the law. Perhaps if they get enough e – mails, telephone calls, and letters they might get off their asses and enforce the law.

Same applies to the town of Coeymans. We encourage the town supervisor, Stephen Flach, and his town board to enact a similar law regulating how many, how, and where temporary signs are placed, and defining the enforcement action in the event of violation.

But, if the “Trucks Entering” sign blocking the speed limit signs on Route 144 are anything to go by, the town of Coeymans doesn’t give a damned. Do you?

We Find The Facts For You The Editor

We Find The Facts For You
The Editor

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

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

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!

WTH! Is the RCS Sports Association Operating Illegally Again?

RCS Sports Association Has it Ass-End-Backwards AGAIN

RCS Sports Association
Has it Ass-End-Backwards
AGAIN

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

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

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

The RCS Sports Association Raffle TicketLegal or Fraud?

The RCS Sports Association Raffle Ticket
Legal or Fraud?

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

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

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

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

The Only Way RCS Knows

The Only Way RCS Knows

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

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

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

Rules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the meantime, Wanna buy a raffle ticket?

Be One! Help Clean Up RCS The Editor

Be One!
Help Clean Up RCS
The Editor

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

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!

 
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