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When we started this blog it was never intended to focus on the backwater communities of Ravena and Coeymans, much less be dominated by the corruption and evil in those two neighboring communities. A story about a local business person who was being scandalized because of some obscure political leaning and because he was appealing his tax assessments is actually what drew our attention to Ravena-Coeymans. It became quickly apparent to us that the place is a nest of fear, anxiety, and hypocrisy and so we titled our first article “Coeymans, New York: A Nest of Hypocrisy”
In addition, there are some very credible indicators that Coeymans town officials, including one particular judge and members of the Coeymans police department may be actively and knowlingly obstructing justice, a very serious federal crime.
Coeymans’ Response to Its Taxpayers
The feedback we got on that first article was tremendous and, looking back more than 54,000 readers later, we’ve covered an awful lot of territory but have come to only one conclusion, and it’s the same one we drew right at the start: The hypocrisy and corruption is so obviously on the surface and so conspicuous, it’s like the elephant in the room. When we first announced to everyone in the Ravena-Coeymans community, “There’s an elephant in the room!” The response was like, “Elephant? What elephant? Oh, that’s not an elephant, it’s an elephant!” And so it went on and on. The hypocrisy, corruption, and evil was so visible, so conspicuous no one wanted to see it or admit it was there. But we persisted because it called to mind that ancient story about the six blind men and the elephant, which was later put into a poem, “The Blind Men and the Elephant” by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887). (Click here to read or download Blind Men and the Elephant-Poem.)
The final stanza goes like this:
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
Now, I’m very much a realist and pragmatic and generally stick to the verifiable facts, having spent my entire professional life basically writing, critiquing and being critiqued in one fashion or another. So I know when I see an elephant.
This is an Elephant
So, speaking of elephants in the room, let’s take a very brief look at a very big elephant in a very small courtroom…actually there were two elephants in the Coeymans courtroom this past week, and everyone managed to ignore them. Perhaps our decription of the problem was too complicated for modest intellects so we decided to simplify it for some of our local readers.
Elephant No. 1. The People vs. John Vadney.
For those of you who somehow managed not to have been following this here is the case in a nutshell. There are plenty of details on this blog, too. A former (Thank God! she’s former!) member of the RCS CSD board of education, Josephine O’Connor, claimed that the sitting board of education president called her “fat” while waiting for the results of the 2012 voting on May 15th. O’Connor allegedly did what we call the ‘fat-lady dance’ and as she describes it on FaceBook, she ran up and down the school hall in the presence of voters, shouting “He called me fat!” Witnesses to the exchange all deny that Mr Vadney called O’Connor “fat” or anything similar at all. Several weeks later, O’Connor’s father, Joseph Edward Tracey, appears at a local business and proceeds to threaten the female owner and her family. He demands Mr Vadney’s phone number and the woman gives it to him. Tracey later places a call to Vadney, who puts it on speaker, and Tracey launches into a tirade of profanity, obscenities, and threats. Mr Vadney, fearing for his family’s safety, notifies the police, who contact Tracey, and Tracey gets abusive with the police. The Bethlehem police arrest Tracey and he is arraigned before a Bethlehem town justice. Mr Vadney requests an order of protection ordering Tracey to stay away from Vadney and his family, and the judge grants it. Tracey violates the order the very next day (admitting this fact in a sworn statement!) but has the Coeymans police arrest Mr Vadney claiming that Mr Vadney allegedly called him (Tracey) names.
Mr Vadney’s son was brutally attacked when he entered the high school the very Monday following the arrests. Nothing was done, no charges pressed. Everything was quiet, business as usual.
Mr Vadney had to take his entire family to an undisclosed location for their security thoughout the entire summer. That’s not an elephant, that’s plain bullshit! No one should have to leave his home to feel secure!
Although there is abundant evidence against Tracey, there is no evidence against Mr Vadney, but Mr Vadney has been harassed by the press, by opponents, and by the Coeymans court. The basic question is this: Why is Mr Vadney continuing to be harassed when there is clearly no evidence and no case against him? (This question is one that the incumbent DA P. David Soares should be answering, but he’s too busy dipping his pen in company ink and getting himself censured by the Appellate Court).
When the business woman attempted to file a report about Tracey’s abuse, the Coeymans police officer refused to take the complaint. The incident is currently the subject of a Formal Complaint and Claim against the town of Coeymans and the Coeymans Police.
That’s elephant No. 1 (actually it’s a whole herd of elephants but we’ll keep it simple for now).
Elephant No. 2 – The People vs. Scott Lendin
The second elephant in the room interestingly is the polar opposite of the first elephant! This time it’s a case of trying to get the Coeymans police department to enforce the law rather than having the law perversely applied. In other words, the Coeymans police in conjunction with the Coeymanazis around the Coeymans justice court are actually obstructing justice (that’s a federal crime under where I come from; see US Code – Chapter 73: Obstruction of justice.) by employing conspicuous retaliation (delaying) tactics. And they thought they’d get away with it, sillies that they are!
Obstruction of justice is a serious federal offense where someone tries to impede or interfere with the operation of the justice process. Anyone, even a police investigator or officer, a judge or other public official can be guilty of this crime. This can include actions that impede or prevent the criminal process during the investigation stage or during the prosecution stage. There are many different ways that someone can be charged with obstructing justice such as:
- Attempting to influence a judge, court employee or a jury member
- Threatening, harassing, coercing, assaulting, blackmailing, retaliating against or taking other actions against someone for participating in a criminal investigation or prosecution
- Lying to law enforcement officials about important information such as knowingly altering, concealing, or destroying evidence or potential evidence
- Otherwise obstructing or impairing the operation of state or federal laws, obstructing or impairing a criminal investigation.
The law takes a particularly dim view of public officials (elected officials, judges, public employees, police officers and employees) who obstructing the justice system, because society holds such people to a higher standard of conduct. Where an obstruction of justice charge might be sketchy, most prosecutors also make use of statutes protecting the citizen’s civil rights; so there are provisions that can be used in prosecuting for civil rights violations, too. Even a mediocre attorney would have a picnic here in Coeymans, and probably will…a qualified civil rights lawyer will make a killing!
Are you listening, Darlington, Dardiani, Deluca, Biscone, David Soares, Coeymans town board members!
In December 2011–YES! December 2011–a certain Scott Lendin allegedly trespassed on the claimant’s property and damaged a number of automobiles, and stole a motor vehicle. In total there are likely two grand theft felonies and one trespass charge that was made in December 2011 with the Coeymans police. The alleged crimes were committed in December 2011, when the report was filed by the victim, but Mr Lendin has not even been arraigned yet!
In fact, the Coeymans police managed to delay, a form of retaliation, the investigation, which was assigned to Guess who? Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, who sat on it for more than six months. Finally, totally frustrated, the business owners contacted the NYS Police and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department for help. The Sheriff’s department responded and within a day the investigation was underway and Dirty-Hands Jerry was removed from the case and the case was assigned to another investigator. They’re still sitting on it.
Now, most recently, Mr Lendin was supposed to have been arraigned on Thursday, August 23, 2012, before Coeymans town justice George Dardiani, the same George Dardiani who is being investigated for ethics violations by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, who lost a pissing contest against Michael T. Biscone, now representing Scott Lendin, and couldn’t manage to get Biscone to bring Lendin in to be arraigned, and also appears to be unwilling to sign the warrants to allow the police to bring Lendin in to be arraigned.
Don’t mess with Grandma!
Admittedly, when you put a school cafeteria manager in judge’s robes that’s exactly what you get, a cafeteria manager in judge’s robes. But that’s the problem with the town and village justice system and has been for more than half a century: you put an ignoramus on the bench and he’s scared shitless to do anything more that jail drunks, harass old ladies (a Coeymans speciality, I hear), pork their clerks (I presume only the female ones), and pee blood when facing an attorney. And who suffers? You get one guess.
Biscone tells Dardiani he’s not brining in Scott Lendin to be arraigned because the Coeymans police screwed up the paperwork. According the the Coeymans police, nothing’s wrong with the paperwork, Biscone is just being an “asshole.” (After some 8 months don’t you figure the Coeymans police would have noticed if something were wrong with the paperwork? Wouldn’t you think Dirty-Hands Jerry would have noticed in the more than 6 months he was supposedly “investigating” the crime? He didn’t.) So, here you have it: The Coeymans police ignore a crime until forced by the County Sheriff to move their asses, then they further delay the investigation. Obviously, there was an initial arrest and a report, otherwise Lendin would not be called in to be arraigned.
One question we might also ask is where is Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington when all of this is going on? Isn’t he being paid more than $91,000 a year in taxpayer money to ensure that things get done and done on time in the Coeymans P.D.? We also have it firsthand that the Coeymans town board oversees the Coeymans police department. O.K. Coeymans town board, do some overseeing! Why’s this happening? Tom Dolan is the Coeymans town board liaison to the Coeymans police department. Let’s ask the wannabe state senator (NEVER!), Tom Dolan, why this is happening? (Just imagine how effective he’d be in the state senate! NOT!)
Why Dardiani is delaying the show is a very big question mark. Actually, Dardiani is putting himself in yet another difficult situation because he’s again violating judicial ethics. Admittedly, he’s probably intimidated by Biscone, because he (Dardiani) has no formal legal training and very little if any training by the state when he was elected (although the town and village justices should attend annual continuing education seminars). So he’s probably afraid to sign the warrants. Is that so, justice Dardiani, are you scared?
That’s the second elephant and the little elephants, the big questions that follow that elephant are:
- Once the crime was reported and Lendin arrested…if he was even arrested when the crime was reported…why wasn’t he arraigned then?
- Why was the case laying around on Deluca’s desk for more than 6 months?
Why was it necessary to have to get the Sheriff’s department on it before Coeymans police would move?
- Once it got moving again, why wasn’t Lendin arraigned as required by the law?
- Why wasn’t Scott Lendin in court for arraignment on Thursday, August 23, 2012?
- When Biscone refused to bring Lendin in, why didn’t Dardiani immediately issue a bench warrant ordering the police to bring him in to be arraigned?
- But who, in fact, is lying? Either Biscone is likely lying about the paperwork or the Coeymans police are lying and incompetent for having screwed up the paperwork and then, worse still, lying about it. (Our money is on that fat-ass Michael Biscone.)
- And if Biscone is lying and the paperwork is in order, why haven’t the police proceeded to bring Lendin in. If they need a warrant signed by dumb-ass Dardiani, why don’t they have it in hand?
So we’ve made a full circle, though you may not have noticed, because our attention was first drawn to Ravena-Coeymans when we read about the local businessperson who was being crucified for having a different political ideology and for appealing his taxes. Now, the questions I have for all of our esteemed readers and those who can’t read but love the pictures:
Question for Discussion No. 1: Why are we paying taxes to support a police department who is indifferent to crime, enforces the law selectively and discriminatorily, is known far and wide to be retaliatory, who delay investigations for months, etc.? Why, I ask you, are we paying taxes to support a bunch of incompetent, unlawful, corrupt thugs who intimidate and dominate the good cops on the force? The bottom line is this: We are getting screwed by the criminals and screwed by the very law enforcement personnel we are paying to enforce the laws! Why pay taxes for that?
Question for Discussion No. 2: Why are we paying taxes to support a town and village court system that the entire world, including the New York State Unified Court System, admits is ignorant, corrupt, and a waste of money? Why are we paying for judges who don’t know the law, or who are afraid to interpret it, or who pee themselves when they see a lawyer? Who runs the courtroom? Do we really need to pay for judges and court staff if all they do is collect traffic fines? Can’t our tax dollars pay for a balls-transplant so that we can get some justice? We are getting screwed by the criminals, screwed by the taxpayer-paid police, and screwed by the taxpayer-paid judges, and further screwed by the taxpayer-paid court staff! Why pay taxes to get screwed?
Question for Discussion No. 3: How dare any one of you out there criticize anyone for questioning the justice of how our tax dollars are being spent? How dare any one of you criticize another citizen for having the balls to say “NO! I’ve had enough! I’m sick of being screwed!” Knowing what you know you should be rallying behind that citizen with pitchforks, baseball bats, coat hangers, dildos, anything to support him! Or do you perversely enjoy the screw-job you’re getting for your tax dollars?
Question for Discussion No. 4: When in hell are you people going to do something about all of this? Like at least starting a letter-writing campaign, an e-mail campaign, filing Formal Complaints, attending town board and village council meetings and demanding accountability? And then, to add insult to injury, Why? Good people, do you even entertain the idea of allowing someone like company-man Tom Dolan to even consider running for a senate seat?!?!
Hasn’t this blog exposed enough of the corruption, incestuous relations, the evil web of illicit influence that extends from the heart of your village and town (your local officials and their spouses complicating everything from school budgets to court operations) to the very chambers of the NYS supreme court (Joe Teresi, town attorney Greg Teresi’s dear old dad)?
Or is this community populated by blind sheeple goosing an elephant and calling it…a dead ladybug!
There’s a F***ing Elephant in the Room!
Admit it! See it!
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