Category Archives: Josephine P. Dority née Biscone
It only gets worse: 2015 will be more expensive, more dangerous, and more frustrating in Coeymans and New Baltimore.
Unidentifiable Killer Trucks on Rt 144 and 9W. Why aren’t the traffic laws being enforced? Why are we put in harm’s way by our elected officials?
School buses stopping at ever damned driveway during rush hour traffic!
Utility trucks stopped on the shoulder with no flagmen!
Dump trucks and heavy trucks, oversized loads going at a snail’s pace!
Illegible licence plates and no lights!
Now it seems the drivers of the nuisance heavy trucks are playing life and death games with other road users!
We’ve been hearing the usual mantra of “We need this business because it will create jobs!” And we’ve also witnessed the stupidity and lack of common sense, the lack of vision that is behind these idiotic mantras. Big business will feed any small town idiot official any bullshit it likes to get its way and we’ve seen that with the town of Coeymans and its kissing Carver Laraway’s and TCI‘s butts nontop. Everything from caving to the lies of new jobs and benefits to the community to enacting illegal zoning and local laws. We have it all.
And speaking of jobs, Ravena and Coeymans: Word on the street is that Aaron Flach is planning to close the front office/dry cleaning part of the local laundromat. Seems an employee has complained that it’s too cold and Flach can’t actually fire the employee for claiming that working conditions in Flach’s salt mines is substandard so Flach, instead of investing in heat, decides to close that part of the business. This poses a number of problems: (1) if Flach closes the front office, no one will be there to take care of problems and problems there are in the laundromat when they occur, (2) if Flach closes the front office/dry cleaning area where do residents bring their dry cleaning? Answer: Elsewhere, out of Ravena; after all, Ravena is no place for a business, is it?. And most importantly, (3) Jobs. How many people will be put out of a job in Ravena when Flach makes the move to save money rather than be a decent employer? Yes! There you have the Ravena “have’s”, the in-crowd mentality versus the rest of us. What? You want heat? Flach would rather close the business than spend the money on heat!
And where ya gonna go when you have a problem with Flach’s carwash — which happens more often than not — when there’s no one in the dry cleaning/laundromat office? Ravena-style customer service — a very pleasant “Screw you!”
Carver Companies and the others like it in Coeymans are playing this community for the fools we are if you look at our local elected officials. We’re getting empty promises, environmental pollution never seen before in this area, we’re hemorrhaging tax base and residents, but we’re giving our land, our homes, our heritage away like a bunch of retarded prostitutes. Why? Ask yourselves why? Ask Mr Flach and his Coeymans town board, Why? Ask Mr Misuraca and his village council, Why?
It seems everyone in town and village hall are out to stack the deck in their favor. Take Ravena. A new mayor, Bill Misuraca, moves into the Ravena mayor’s office and does nothing. His highway department (the Ravena Public Works Department) spreads tens of thousands of dollars in loose stone on several major streets only to have it pushed aside by traffic, washed away by rain, and now plowed up by the snow plows. Misuraca’s wisdom: Why put something permanent down if we’re only going to dig it up again when we repair the infrastructure. Meanwhile, Ravena is hemorraging to the tune of $6,000 a month with the Cathy Deluca fitness center, and it’s losing tax base faster than we can write about it. Record numbers of homes for sale in Ravena and Main Street is still the capital of distressed and empty property. A quarter century of financial incompetence and finally, after screwing the bottoms off of most property owners in Ravena, Ravena is forced to keep separate accounts for sewer and water! DUHHHHH!
The situation in the town of New Baltimore isn’t much different. A bunch of dildos in the highway department have no clue how to keep records or how to repair roads or drive snow plows. For example, in the summer they “patch” the potholes so loosely that after 3 or 5 cars and the hole’s back. The surfacing that does survive is torn up by the plows in winter, and then replaced in the summer. That’s called job security, we guess. Earlier this month (December 2014) after the 4 or so inches of snow fell, the New Baltimore Highway Department plows moved through the Hamlet and the National Historic District and tore up big slabs of road surface — Were the plow blades too low or was the surface that shoddy? — We believe both were true. Or they tear up the shoulder so it has to be replaced in Spring or Summer. Job security. But can they install storm drains or gutters properly to avoid damage to private property? Hell NO! Or can they keep records of where the trucks and crews are at any given time? Or what work was done when? Or the cost of a particular job? Hell NO! Yet New Baltimore residents sit on their hands and play nice-nice. Wake the hell up!
Coeymans is no better. Budget shortfalls while everyone like Dirty-hands Jerry” Deluca and his partner Gregory Darlington cash in their severance pays and desert (rumor is they had a choice, leave or get prosecuted). But they leave, the Coeymans board, hypcrites that they are, praise them for their fine service (to themselves), hand them retirement badges and hefty cash-out checks, and we’re stuck with the ghosttown! Nice going, Flach and company. Nice to know you’re on our side!
Same for New Baltimore. Amid promises of reform and renewal, a return to good government, New Baltimore has fallen flat on its face and the newly elected mob’s egos have taken over. The Ravena News Herald reports that one of their biggest accomplishments is an employee handbook that took the 8 months to create — 8 months on taxpayer dollars and time when they could have obtained the same result by simply calling another municipality, getting permission to use theirs, while making a couple of changes here and there. 8 days versus 8 months. Makes sense to us but not to the New Baltimore town board.
The town of New Baltimore can spend 8 months “creating” an employee handbook but can’t provide any records for road maintenance over the past 5-10 years. They have an employee handbook but that’s about the extent of the recordkeeping. Go ahead ask them for something. It’s as bad as Ravena: either they use some stupid excuse why they can’t give it to you or they tell you no records exist, that they’ve been shredded. We think their brains have been shredded.
There’s nothing in New Baltimore so New Baltimore doesn’t have to worry about stuff like Ravena and Coeymans. There are no more kids in New Baltimore. There are no more businesses in New Baltimore. The original families are either moving or dying out. The number of empty properties is unusually high, in fact on New Street more than half the homes are empty, either vacant or up for sale. The indifference of the town of New Baltimore to improvements in the infrastructure is appalling. Local lunatics like Joan Ross (the Cut-and-Paste Queen) and Bob Ross (the Cryptkeeper a.k.a. Bitter Bob) spread hate and venom wherever they leave their slime tracks, and stand poised to activate what they lovingly call their “Newbaltimorons” should anyone propose community improvements like public water etc. Vicious Joan keeps herself very busy sending toxic e-mails vilifying her neighbors or engaging in misdemeanor harassment (at a deposition Joan Ross had to take the 5th on her attorney’s advice to avoid a possible misdemeanor harassment prosecution when she was confronted with a tape recording of a threatening and obscene voicemail she left on a neighbor’s machine), while old Bitter Bob courts a jail sentence or at least a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge — as has happened in the past, he was in Catskill court on a charge of aggravated harassment — by using his motor vehicle to harass pedestrians. But that’s what New Baltimore has become, a haven for dried up harridans and crypt-keepers. Incompetence in town departments and mega-egos in town hall. A far cry from the booming progress being made just a couple of miles down the road in Coxsackie.
But back to our topic on “Killer Trucks,” As many of our local commuters know already, you aren’t likely to be getting anywhere on time these days. And you’re not very likely to be doing your usual 50-55 miles per hour along Rt 144 or 9W either. It used to be you could finagle your schedule around the school buses that stop at every damned driveway along 144 or 9W and if you could manage to avoid those times, you’d be able to make it to where you were going. Now, forget about it! If the school buses don’t getcha, Lafarges or Carver Company’s trucks will. You just won’t win, people!
Then you have the cable and utility trucks and crews that park in the traffic lane and put up traffic cones but don’t bother with any flagmen. There’s something to the expression, “line of sight” we see in straight lines, not around corners or over crests. But that doesn’t matter. You’re responsible, remember that. So you cross the double line to get around the cones and the trucks while the cable or utility employees are huddled together in bullshit session and you meet head on with one of Lafarge’s or Carver’s trucks. No problem, your accident gets a spot in the Ravena News Herald and in the Times Union obituaries and Babcock Funeral Home, one of the only businesses left in Ravena only because those who can’t afford to move out stay and die, gets some business. Besides, hiring flagmen creates jobs and jobs cost companies money; bad idea.
We recently received a letter from a local resident who makes our point for us. We initially weren’t going to publish it because it seemed someone was just bitching but then IT HAPPENED TO US! That made all the difference in the world so here’s the letter [in part redacted to make it at least PG material]:
I’ve been reading your blog and thought you might be interested in this.
I was driving on 144 out of Albany to Ravena and by the old Elks lodge ended up behind a large truck, like a tractor trailer but open like a dump truck. The speed limit in the area is 55 mph but the truck was doing like 35-40 — like 35 then 40 then 45 then back to 30 — I usually do about 50 on that stretch and because it was kinda wintery and overcast I was doing about 50 before catching up with the truck. I couldn’t pass right away because it was in a double line strech but at about Mocker Bros. farm I decided to pass. I had my lights on and signaled to pass got about halfway past the truck and he speeds up! So I try to pass him and he’s going even faster. Then I notice another large truck coming (but no headlights on) towards me and I just have enough time to flash my lights and pull over to the left shoulder. The oncoming truck didn’t have any running lights or headlights on and if the cab wasn’t white, I may not have seen it until it was too late. If I did not do that I would not have been able to drop back and avoid a head-on with the other truck. I was fit to be tied; I wanted blood…not mine. So I was again behind this a…. m— f— [redacted] and was thinking I needed to follow him until he stopped. But then I thought about it and we were already in Coeymans and if I f—ed him up I’d probably be the one arrested and in jail for kicking the s— [redacted] out of the a— [redacted] who thought it was funny trying to get me to be one of your statistics. You would have loved it if I was one of your first fatalities but then I’d be dead. Ha-ha!
Anyway, I thought you would like to know about this. I got a couple of pix of the truck and saw it was Troy Sand and Gravel…can you guess where it turned in Coeymans?
P.s. I couldn’t read the license plate even if I wanted to complain. Isn’t there a law that says the plate has to be readable. These trucks are so dirty you can never read the plates. Well, if I have a dirty plate or a light out the cops would have me in a minute. Must be something going on that these guys don’t get stopped and ticketed like we do.
This all happened on Friday [Editor’s note: That would be December 5, 2014] between 2:45 and 3:15. Maybe that will help.
The writer of the above letter provided the picture of the truck that appears in the title. It’s much bigger than a common dump truck, and you can’t make out the license plate number at all. It’s too filthy. Here’s another picture of the same truck from a different angle, taken by “Survivor”.
Yup! Not a week after receiving that e-letter we had a similar experience. Not quite as hair-raising as “Survivor’s” but close enough. We’ve come to the conclusion that these Lafarge and Carver truck drivers are recruited from the local looney bin or drunk tank. Wouldn’t you think that “professional” trained truck drivers would have more sense? That they would be trained in road safety and road etiquette? They apparently have the brains of an RCS school bus driver, that is, about the same IQ as a chicken!
With everything else going to hell in a hand basket in Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore, and in the bigger picture, do we have to expect that in these communities, thanks to the town of Coeymans board, the village council of Ravena, and the New Baltimore town board sellouts to the Lafarges and Carver Laraways of the world that we in these communities are about to become irrelevant, even extinct? Our town and village officials sell us out at Walmart sale prices, carpetbagger businesses like TCI and Carver Companies come in and take over the town and region, our elected officials have the brains of a decapitated turkey when it comes to managing our affairs, and even parents have betrayed their own children by handing them over to surrogates like the RCS schools and bus drivers, and what do they get delivered to their driveways? Kids that have less character than frozen vegetable medley — quick, easy, tasteless.
And so, for example, we find the teenage girl working as a cashier in the Ravena Shop’n Save who had to ask What’s this? when presented with a bunch of beets. She actually didn’t know what beets looked like and had to ask. Here we had a 16 or 17 year old girl, almost an adult, presumably in the middle of high-school and almost out in the real world, who is working in a supermarket but doesn’t know what a bunch of beets is! The product of great parenting, superior schooling, unparalleled experience (just being sarcastic because none of that is even remotely true). But you can bet your life she knows how to get lost in her smartphone on Facebook or some other asocial media! That’s what we have to deal with people! Are you proud of that?
Why is it that Ravena, Coeymans and New Baltimore have the amazing capacity to get saddled with elected officials, whose only talent seems to be their insane egos, their amazing capacity to outdo the incompetence, the ignorance, the stupidity and hypocrisy of their predecessors (for example, in Ravena, Misuraca‘s moving in with the Bruno mob, the sewer and water comedy act, the wholesale migration out of the village, the record number of empty and distressed properties, etc.; in Coeymans the incompetence in managing finances, the Coeymans board’s idolatry and cowing to the false prophets of business and jobs, the creation of environmental hazards and pollution, illegal local legislation, general corruption; New Baltimore with it’s psycho egos, its backward vision, its misplaced priorities, its abysmal record-keeping and cronyism, plus many of the problems of Ravena and Coeymans!)
The Christmas season used to be a time of joyful expectation and the hope of a New Year with promise of bounty and plenty. That’s all a thing of the past and we’re all largely to blame. So, during this holiday season, rather than be Pollyanna about the reality that we have to live with each and every day of our lives, we’d rather be prophetic about this whole situation and say that we need to pull our heads out of the sand or out of any other dark holes in which we may have stuck them and realize that…
… we have to look forward to a slower, more expensive, and more dangerous, higher-anxiety 2015 than we could have ever imagined a year ago. Why? Because we have allowed it to happen. We have not held our elected officials accountable and we have allowed them to have their way with us. If your butts hurt really bad, just read the past issues of this blog and then ask yourself why you never woke up and never took control.
All having been said,
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year — if you can.
Even the Heavens Poured Forth Their Outrage at the Scandal of the
Ravena Health and Fitness Center!!!
Even while Ravena mayor Misuraca and his band of amateurs are continuing to allow Cathy Deluca and her moneypit Ravena Health and Fitness Center to hemorrhage more than $6,000 of taxpayer money every month; Misuraca and the Ravena sockpuppets on the village council still allow Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warner to lie their way into keeping the failing fitness center’s doors open.
When will anyone wake up and realize that we’re all being taken for fools by Misuraca, Deluca, and Warner!?!?!?
Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca mailed out several hundreds of flyers trying to generate interest in the dump they run. They then announced an “open house” trying to get people to come in and see the dilapidated, unsanitary, makeshift excuse for a fitness center. But justice and fairness poured out of the sky in protest: Even the Heavens poured forth their outrage and it was a whiteout on December 10, the day of the open house, and practically no one showed up. What a sight it was to see Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warner sitting at the reception desk…alone and forelorn. Couldn’t have happened to a more evil duo!
Our burning question is: When will Misuraca get smart and do Ravena taxpayers justice and fairness and finally dump Deluca and her moneypit. Deluca knows what she’s doing: She’s stealing your money! She knows the fitness center is a dumpy dud! But she is trying to milk everything she can out of it before she leaves Ravena taxpayers holding the empty cash bag.
What excuses will Miisuraca and his sockpuppets come up with next? Well, the good news is it’s starting to look like Misuraca the bartender wannabe mayor and his collection of sockpuppets are definitely one-termers!
P.s. Anyone see arch-hypocrites Bill Bailey and Nancy Warner criticizing the town of Coeymans board last week about the budget shortfall? If there was ever a case of pots calling the kettle black that was it! After decades of mismanaging water and sewer funds the village of Ravena finally got forced to separate the sewer from the water funds! DUH!!! Bailey and Warner managed to extract their feet from their anuses and insert them into their big mouths!
Next article will look at the town of New Baltimore’s antics. They took 8 months to write a new town employee handbook. Didn’t anyone in New Baltimore town hall think to call around to see if they couldn’t get a handbook from another town and adapt it? Now they want to get grants for their sewer system. Hasn’t New Baltimore supervisor Nick Dellisanti and his band of sockpuppets noticed that New Baltimore is losing population? Haven’t they noticed that New Baltimore is starting to look like Ravena and Coeymans Hamlet with all the vacant buildings? Maybe Dellisanti and his band of amateurs should start looking around and identifying what New Baltimore really needs: good, efficient, knowledgeable government. Maybe also some responsible recordkeeping, too! Not a pack of wannabes! Reality Check: This is not a party game, this is real life. Put your egos away for now. It’s our lives you’re toying with. Get serious, guys, or it can get ugly!
Quiz: Which two 11-letter words characterize New Baltimore’s vision for the future?
(get the answer in our next article)
The village of Ravena has had so much to hide for so long that it loses track of what it should hide and what it should make public. Nancy Warner and her minions do a pretty good job of violating the law when it comes to responding to demands for disclosure under the New York State Freedom of Information Law, especially when the request has to do with some of their pet projects like the Ravena Health and Fitness Center or their dealings with local attorneys like Michael Biscone. We thought the cloak and dagger games were over when William “Moose” Misuraca booted John Bruno out of the mayor’s office. But it seems it’s business as usual in Ravena village hall.
RAVENA CLERK’S OFFICE DISCLOSES PROTECTED PERSONAL INFORMATION
Hasn’t Anyone in the Village of Ravena Clerk’s Office Heard of the
1974 Privacy Act or of H.I.P.A., or Any of the Other Laws Protecting Privacy?
Ravena village “trustee” Nancy Warner and her minions Annette Demitraszek (Clerk-Treasurer) and Kristine Biernacki do their very best to keep things from the public, even when a lawful demand is made under the NYS F.O.I.L., but when they try to hide everything, they ultimately trip themselves up. This time they really did a great job of making fools of themselves and they shat right where they eat!
A local resident has turned papers over to us that s/he received in response to a demand for disclosure under the NYS Freedom of Information Law. The F.O.I.L. demanded documents relating to village of Ravena employees, their salaries, benefits, etc. The village of Ravena responded — very unusual indeed — by providing a number of printouts for village employees. The printouts were improperly redacted — normally protected information like social security account numbers, home addresses, etc. are removed from the documents — but not in this case.
The documents we have received show everything, clearly legible, including Employee No., Name, Address, Soc-Sec-No., Phone No., Department, Retirement No., and much more. Imagine this scenario: A criminal makes a F.O.I.L. request to the village of Ravena clerk’s office, Nancy Warner and her puppets Annette Demitraszek (Clerk-Treasurer) and Kristine Biernacki process the request and turn over to the possible identity thief all the information s/he could possible dream of getting. Here’s just a sample of what we can see in the documents provided by the village of Ravena clerk’s office (unlike the village of Ravena clerks, we have reproduced only the last four digits of the individual’s SSAN and Retirement No. — some of them have been scrambled but the owners will still be able to recognize them):
|Beck, Edward J.||SSAN XXX – XX – 0733||Retire # XXXX2702|
|Bruno, Josephine P.||SSAN XXX – XX – 9128||Retire # XXXX4257|
|Conners, Scott D.||SSAN XXX – XX – 1470||Retire # XXXX2583|
|Court, Alan D. Sr.||SSAN XXX – XX – 9326||Retire # XXXX2753|
|Golgoski, Timothy R||SSAN XXX – XX – 4806||Retire # XXXX6237|
|Hoyt, Vanessa L.||SSAN XXX – XX – 4335||Retire # XXXX5810|
|Leonard, Jason T.||SSAN XXX – XX – 5424||Retire # XXXX8086|
|Shear, James M.||SSAN XXX – XX – 4686||Retire # XXXX5801|
|Traver, Henry C.||SSAN XXX – XX – 9985||Retire # XXXX4928|
|Trombley, Joel K. Sr.||SSAN XXX – XX – 4093||Retire # XXXX2691|
|Van Etten, Lee C.||SSAN XXX – XX – 8490||Retire # XXXX6694|
Disclaimer: Since the above information and other information contained in the documents was produced and disclosed by the village of Ravena’s clerk’s office, and was disclosed and released in response to a demand made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law, we reasonably presume that it was made public by an official act of the Ravena village clerk prior to our publication; consequently we assume no liability for its publication here. It’s obviously out there now, thanks to the Ravena clerks.
It’s really comical to see these morons in action. They don’t provide what the law says they have to provide but they provide what the law says they must not provide. Nancy Warner and her minions Annette Demitraszek (Clerk-Treasurer) and Kristine Biernacki and the rest of those humanoids in Ravena village hall are living proof of the walking brain dead.
Residents and taxpayers/property owners in the village of Ravena should also be aware that Demitrazek and Biernacki are Bruno appointees! Yes! They were appointed by former mayor John Bruno and his hatchet-faced sidekick Nancy Warner. Make no mistake about it, when Bruno appointed you it wasn’t for your brains! You had to leave your brain at the door and follow orders from Bruno and Warner. What we don’t understand is Why? incoming mayor William Misuraca didn’t show some leadership and replace the whole lot when he took office! Being a wuss just set him up to be embarrassed by the leftovers from the last corrupt administration. Shame on you, Misuraca!
The Privacy Act vs.the Freedom of Information Laws
The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended at 5 U.S.C. 552a, protects records that can be retrieved from a system of records by personal identifiers such as a name, social security number, or other identifying number or symbol. (A system of records is any grouping of information about an individual under the control of a public agency from which information is retrievable by personal identifiers).
An individual is entitled to access to his or her records and to request correction of these records by stating the reasons for such actions with supporting justification showing how the record is untimely, incomplete, inaccurate or irrelevant. The Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of these records without written individual consent unless one of the twelve disclosure exceptions enumerated in the Act applies. These records are held in Privacy Act systems of records. These notices identify the legal authority for collecting and storing the records, individuals about whom records will be collected, what kinds of information will be collected, and how the records will be used (See http://www.socialsecurity.gov/foia/bluebook/toc.htm).
WARNING: If you provide any personal information to the village of Ravena be prepared for the possibility that they’ll share it indiscriminately. These documents and the information they contain are clear proof that the village of Ravena’s clerk office staff are or were incompetent, and it certainly puts Ms Nancy Warner in a very embarrassing position, given her role as dominatrix in the clerk’s office and domineering its staff for so many years!
This unconscionable and gross violation of these individuals’ and likely countless others’ privacy rights, and the potential of exposing them to identity theft, by the inept and incompetent village of Ravena clerk’s office will and should result in any number of claims and lawsuits against the village of Ravena and its employees by these current and past victims of the clerks’ incompetence and ignorance. Clearly those former employees like Vanessa Hoyt who suffered indignities at the hands of the Bruno-Warner machine have yet another cause for action. Our recommendation to the others whose personal information has been unlawfully disclosed: Demand that the inept clerks be terminated! Demand Nancy Warner’s resignation! Notify and file a complaint with the state and federal authorities! File your lawsuits! Anyone else who thinks the village of Ravena has their personal information on file should immediately contact the village of Ravena and demand to know what precautions are being implemented to safeguard your personal information, and demand to know how that information is being used!
RCS and Its Elected Officials Shame Themselves Before More Than 250,000 Readers! Right here on the Smalbany Blog. Even on national media!
Chris Gibson, asking for relection votes and opposing the “Pink Obama” Sean Eldridge, Shamed His 19th Congressional District and Himself by not Fully Investigating the RCS Anti-Military Bias and Disrespect for the National Guard. The RCS scandal made Fox News and other National Media but Gibson didn’t catch it. He promised to investigate fully. Did he? And what about Paul Tonko of the 20th Congressional District, also representing part of the RCS school district? Are they all Pinko’s? If that’s the choice we have for leaders we ought to all be suicidal!
Your Elected Officials Have Successfully Excluded You From Participation—
And You Sit Back and Let It Happen!
They do this in many subtle and sometimes unlawful ways: They hold secret meetings, they quietly (very quietly) invite the public to “public” hearings, they sometimes lie outright. But Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s elected officials have found a far better way to do their mischief: They schedule important meetings on the same day at the same time but in different places far from each other to ensure that you can’t make both, even though you have a civic obligation, or a personal interest in attending both. Pretty clever, right?
Well, it’s up to you, citizens, residents to stop that despicable violation of your rights! Tell them to coordinate village of Ravena, town of Coeymans, and RCS Central School District board of education meetings so that you can attend all or any of them, if you’d like. They must be on different days, at least! But do any of you have the balls to bring this to the public meetings and demand fairness? Apparently not.
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Both the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk board of education meeting and the Coeymans town board meeting both held at 7:00 p.m. Pretty stupid, right. And YOU were effectively prevented by your elected officials from attending two very important public meetings, or forced to attend one while missing the other. But most of you decided to do something other than exercise your rights…Can you even remember what that was? Probably not.
Why you needed to be there, and why you should have been there but you lost the opportunity to be at both. Why? Because you allowed them to exclude you and you still do nothing about it!
First of all, ALL VETERANS, PARENTS OF VETERANS, SUPPORTERS OF VETERANS, and all members of veterans committees in local government (Did you hear that, New Baltimore? Mr Guthrie and others?) should have attended the RCS board of education meeting on Tuesday October 14, at 7 p.m. at the A.W. Becker elementary school. You didn’t! You should have put Mr Tom DiAcetis, Mr Alan McCartney and the entire board of education on notice that their scandalous conduct concerning the National Guard and our Armed Forces would not be tolerated and they shamed this commuity. You didn’t! You should have demanded the resignation of Tom DiAcetis and Alan McCartney. You didn’t! You should have denounces the RCS board of education for their anti- military bias. Did you? NO! You didn’t! You not only didn’t take any prisoners you threw down your guns and ran! You swallowed their mealy-mouthed, pablum-puking lies and stupid excuses…hook, line and sinker. You let them off the hook this time—AGAIN! They’re accountable but you make them immune. AGAIN! RCS is DISGUSTING!
Mr Chris Gibson, Congressman for the 19th Congressional District, and Mr Paul Tonko, Congressman for the 20th Congressional District represent us in this RCS Central School District. Both needed to be held accountable and both needed to proactively investigate the RCS scandal perps, DiAcetis and McCartney, and both needed to reprimand the RCS board of education for the RCS anti-military scandal that embarrassed this community nationwide! Gibson and Tonko are up for re-election and Gibson, at a recent New Baltimore Republican Club meeting assured residents and voters that he would have his office investigate immediately. He assigned his top aid, Kevin Cumm, to head the investigation. UPDATE: He apparently didn’t do what he promised to do. We ask you: Did Chris Gibson dishonor his office, his district and his uniform? Same should be asked of Paul Tonko!
The Town of Coeymans town board was meeting at the same time, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 7 p.m., in the Coeymans town hall. Anyone who was not at the RCS board of education meeting should have made every effort to be at the Coeymans town board meeting. You needed to find out about the pending lawsuits challenging the half-baked re-zoning done by the town of Coeymans (started when Tom Dolan, Tom Boehm and Dawn Rogers had the majority on the town board. Did you let them fool you into thinking it was all done by Flach and his new majority, like they’re trying to do! Looks like you did. A New York state court judge found the re-zoning to be illegal but that hasn’t stopped the Coeymanazis from doing what they please and ignoring YOUR VOICES!
Former Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington abruptly jumped ship like the rat he is. He abandoned his department, his staff, the town of Coeymans and us! Gregory Darlington shouldn’t have been honored by the town of Coeymans for his dishonorable conduct and his selfish, irresponsible abandonment of his post. Darlington cowardly abandoned his post and his community! If Darlington didn’t have enough respect for this community, who paid for his fat ass, to tell us directly of his plans, this community doesn’t owe him a thing! (While we’re paying him a fat pension check, we think he’s going to be moonlighting in a second job, hired by our impotent race-card flasher Albany County District Attorney Pudenda David Soares. Then DoDo Darlington can sit next to his wife, who is a secretary in Soares’ office. Nice and cozy!) If Darlington could do that to the Coeymans police department, this community had a responsibility to itself and to its children to seriously reassess the situation and seriously consider eliminating the Coeymans police department, and turning over law enforcement to the professionals, the Albany County Sheriff’s department and to the New York State Police. Save Coeymans more than $a million$ in tax money that can be invested in things we really need in this community. You’re paying twice, three times for law enforcement in Coeymans. Let’s see if we can get some leadership and pay only twice. (Let the Albany County Sheriff’s department or the New York State Police rehire the Coeymans police department staff, retrain them, deploy them if they’re really needed.)
But you allowed the ball-less wonders on the Coeymans town board to pay homage to the ineffective, cowardly Darlington and you allowed them to present him with a retirement badge so he can continue flaunting the law, so he can continue to be the scofflaw out of uniform that he was in uniform at your expense. Why didn’t you raise the roof when they did that, Coeymans? Sorry! We overlooked the fact that you’re a town of sheeple. Sorreeee!
Albany County has a highly sophisticated 911 emergency response system in place, and it’s paid for with your tax dollars! Coeymans has a bunch of insiders using antique equipment that has to be updated. Ask the Coeymans town board how much the equipment update is going to cast you?!? Be smart and tell the Coeymans town board to eliminate the dispatchers and save almost a $half-million dollars$. We’re paying twice for the same service. We’re duplicating services. There are some who want to continue this stupidity and they come out to give their idiotic reasons why. But the voice of reason shouts out for them to shut up and get the facts. Tom Dolan, Tom Boehm, Mary Driscoll and others are blowing misinformation out their butts. Tell the town board of Coeymans to eliminate the dispatchers (Let Albany County re-hire them if they’re really needed.) Weasel Peter Masti is pandering again and talking about getting facts. You’re eating that up to like a bunch of starving dogs. Read the facts on this blog because you’re not going to get them from the Coeymans town board and least of all from that rodent Masti!
Again, we STILL have to address the dangerous situation existing with the Port of Coeymans heavy truck traffic, and we need some real facts and explanations about the Carver Companies bridge and what the town is doing to ensure our safety and the safe movement of traffic into and out of the hamlet of Coeymans on Rt 144. AND we STILL have to get some honest answers from the Coeymans town board. Not the lies and smoke and mirrors response they gave to one resident who asked some burning questions on October 14th. Where were the rest of you complainers? (Don’t tell us you were at the BoE meeting, because you’d be lying!)
We also wanted to know about all the jobs that were promised. We STILL want an answer to that one. Did you ask? How many have been created so far? How many are actually going to be created?
We want to know why our quality of life is all of a sudden declining with the added truck traffic, the dust, the increase in noise pollution in our community as the result of the re-zoning and the increased activity in the Port and the surrounding area. Mr Peter Masti, who is neither a native of the area nor a blue collar worker, has published his desire to keep Coeymans blue collar. Why is that? (Masti and his kind have to go!) But these are questions Ravena-Coeymans residents have to ask. Masti’s a blow hard and goes wherever the wind blows him. He’s a jellyfish! But has anyone confronted him and his vomit publicly? Where were you all on October 14th?
That’s why you had to make every effort to attend the Coeymans town board meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Coeymans town hall! Our local elected officials don’t seem to be able to make good decisions on their own. They needed your help. You needed to tell them them what you want! You needed to tell them to stop the lies and you needed to get the true facts! You failed us, your community and yourselves!
We suggested you make a couple of phone calls, send a couple of e-mails. You needed to get your family, friends, neighbors activated and organize yourselves so that some of you could have attended one of the meetings and the others attended the other meeting. Did you show your elected officials that you could shake things up and put their feet to the fire, so they do what’s best for US! Did you? We think NOT! There’s still time and opportunity to pick up the pieces. Start now and make your preparations to organize your and your family’s, your neighbors’ and friends’ participation in the upcoming village of Ravena and town of Coeymans board meetings, and the RCS board of education meetings.
UPDATE: Seems we built a bonfire under Ravena-Coeymans’ highway/public works departments butts. Two days after we published this article the Ravena-Coeymans dolts woke up and properly paved the mudpies on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans, oddly right across from the town garage! Was it coïncidence or was it the wake-up call we sent?
The Good News is: Ravena is doing much needed roadwork. The Bad News is: The Ravena Department of Public Works under the incompetent direction of fire-bug Henry Traver is doing the work. The Problem is: The Ravena Department of Public Works flunked sandbox and mudpies; They apparently don’t know their arses from their shovels—You know, those things they’re constantly leaning on to support their massive bulks!
HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY INCOMPETENT ROADWORK?
Question: What do Henry Traver of the Village of Ravena Public Works Department and Denis Jordan of the New Baltimore Highway Department have in common?
Answer: No, not setting fires. They both haven’t a clue, they’re both robbing us blind, we’re paying both exhorbitant salaries and benefits to waste taxpayer money.
We received a call from a Ravena resident to come down an check out the roadwork being done in Ravena. We had already seen the Ravena Department of Public Works and their part-time borrowed laborers from the Ravena Filtration Plant botching something up on Central Avenue but we had to respond to the resident’s request, so we meandered over to Central Avenue, then to Western Avenue. What a mess!
We’re just wondering how many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being squandered by the bunch of clowns making believe they know how to resurface a street. We couldn’t believe what we saw so we photographed it and posted it as a slide show above.
What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s plus benefits and pensions to waste money and resources.
First of all, it seems they just spread some muck down on the streets and then threw some loose stone on top of it. Silly walruses apparently thought that would do the trick and keep them in their jobs and pensions. Try again! The stone is loose and is flying all over the place, leaving bald spots where cars have skid over the stone. In other places, the stone is so thin, that the cracks in the street show through. Driving down Central and Western Avenues, we left a pretty respectable dust cloud and flying gravel in our wake. But there’s another problem: they don’t seem to have been able to get uniform stone, and there are some pretty large pebbles in the street now that will probably cause some pretty respectable damage to a paint job or a windshield when they’re flung up by passing vehicles.
We’re just waiting for the next heavy rain to see all of the stone washed downhill…or for the street sweepers to come down the street and sweep up all of the loose stone. Maybe Henry Traver or mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca will then sell it back to the village of Ravena for the Department of Public Works to spread on the streets again. Nice scam!
Not only does the loose stone fly all over the place when a car passes over it, and not only is there the danger that the larger stones—some actually measuring and inch or two across—will damage property and may cause injuries to pedestrians, there’s the problem of stopping distance on the loose stone. Try applying your brakes on the stuff!
So Traver, Misuraca, what’s going to happen when the next heavy rain comes down and washes it all away, or the street sweepers collect it, or when the snow plows scrape it all up—assuming it lasts until the first snowfall.
Well, the NYS Department of Troglodites botched up the repairs under the LaFarge converyor overpass this summer, leaving Route 144 worse than it was before with bumps, mounds and troughs. So they came back last week and redid the work. Nice job security. Right? Screw it up and do it again at taxpayer expense!
And what about the professional job the Troglodites did on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans? They dug up the roadway, dumped some gravel and dirt into the holes and left. now we have bigger holes! Nice Job! So what’s the town of Coeymans going to do about that, now? Probably re-zone it 😉
Still More Monkey’s With Shovels!
What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s to waste money and resources. It seems it’s characteristic of this area to hire incompetents to head the highway and public works departments. Ravena and Coeymans aren’t the only ones with problems in public works; they share that dubious distinction with the Town of New Baltimore. Just take a ride through New Baltimore and see how the New Baltimore Highway superintendent, Denis Jordan, and his crew of flying jackasses patch potholes! Throw in a couple shovels of cold patch, don’t bother to tamp it down, and take off. All it takes is three cars passing over the “work” and Voilà! The return of the pothole! Where’d the cold patch go? Check the bottoms of your shoes and the undercarriage of your car!
Budget time is coming up, neighbors. They’ll be looking for more money to waste next year and they’ll want their salaries increased, too. We think you’d better wake up and participate in those budget meetings—that is, if the crooks and their minions even open the meetings to the public—and start demanding some quality for your tax dollars—and some competent people to do the work.
It was only a matter of time before the truck traffic started taking its toll on passenger cars! Tuesday evening, September 9, 2014, a heavy truck creams a passenger car in Ravena. Two women and a couple of kids according to preliminary reports. No fatalities…YET.
We Told You So…AGAIN!
We’ve been observing the sand, gravel, and other heavy tractor trailer combos and dump trucks racing through the village of Ravena and the Hamlet of Coeymans. Some too large for one lane and drifting over the center line; other’s just too stupid to pick a lane and stay in it. They must have gone to the same drivers ed classes as Coeymans copy Danielle Crosier. You know the Coeymans cop who tries to stay in the oncoming lane of traffic while at the same time trying to drive on the shoulder; the same Coeymans cop who slams into parked NYS official cars in the Motor Vehicle parking lot on South Pearl St. in Albany, and then writes up her own police report on the accident. Yeah! the same Danielle Crosier who likes to ride guard rails. And YES! RCS parents, the same Coeymans bimbo cop who was allegedly “doing” the wrestling coach at the RCS high-school while harassing your kids as the so-called SRO in the RCS High School. She’s is now “teaching” road safety, a prerequisite for driving to the HS and getting a parking permit! Talk about the legally blind and dumb leading the seeing and hearing in the community! WTF is that corrupt bunch of morons on the RCS Board of Education and their sockpuppet McCartney doing? We’ve already warned residents that they’re in bed with the Judas Administration, the sell-out artists in Coeymans.
But back to the main story. For months we’ve been predicting that Carver Company’s heavy trucks that pull out in front of you and then travel at a snail’s pace once you’ve jammed on your brakes are a road hazard. Carver’s drivers and other heavy trucks exiting Riverview Drive and the Port of Coeymans apparently don’t have signals or headlights either. Worse still, how many have we observed that can’t decide which lane of traffic to use. Just the other day we followed one that was weaving from one side of the road to the other.
The real hazard that these vehicles and their drivers are causing are obvious, as is the damage to the local roads and infrastructure (vibrations causing cracks and breaks in the ancient water and sewer lines, for example). But they’re also creating a hazard by being so heavy and slow-moving, too! We’ve watched as drivers attempt to pass these hazardous vehicles, crossing the double line, sometimes in a curve, in order to get around them. The problem is that the heavy trucks are so unpredictable and tend to leave their lane (texting? phones? just plain stupid) and move into the oncoming lane. There’s a serious accident waiting to happen here.
Where are the Coeymans police?!?!
The Coeymans police, however, are nowhere to be found. They’ve all but disappeared from the streets and roads in Ravena-Coeymans. They have a questionable reputation for pulling people over for not signalling when leaving one of the shopping plazas in town or for not signalling a turn. Where are the Coeymans police when these heavy trucks are committing every conceivable motor vehicle violation in the book? Now if you even attempt to report a violation or make a complaint just try to read the plate number on the vehicles; they’re so filthy and caked with dust and mud they might as well not even be there. So try to report a problem or make a complaint. By the way, an obliterated or unreadable licence plate is a violation! Where are the Coeymans police?!?! We know—and so do you—that there’s something very fishy going on in Coeymans town hall between Laraway Carver and the town of Coeymans. Add to that the fact that Ravena mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca got some pretty hefty support from Carver during his campaign—maybe not in cold hard cash money but in promises that now have to be kept—so you all know where this is going, don’t you?
Here are the facts: The heavy truck traffic is out of control in Ravena-Coeymans, on Route 9W, on Route 144, in the village of Ravena and in the hamlet of Coeymans. The Coeymans police are useless and indifferent to the hazards and the violations being committed by Carver and the other “businesses” in the area. Where are the Coeymans police?!?! Where are your elected officials?!?! In Carver Laraway’s wallet pocket.
So, on September 9, 2014, Confirmed ! it was a Carver Companies’ 100-yard tractor trailer that rear ended a car at the 9W and 143 intersection!
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