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New Baltimore Superintendent of Highways and Board to be Sued – AGAIN!


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At the regular meeting of the New Baltimore Town Board, a public statement was read into the record by resident H.W. Vadney, who rebuffed and rebuked the New Baltimore Town Board and Mr Denis Jordan, especially, for failing in their duties and obligations under the law, and their dereliction and abuse of public office. At one point during the public statement, the agent of the New Baltimore resident whose property was severely damaged by surface water runoff due to the failure of the New Baltimore Highway Departments failure, under the personal and direct supervision of Mr Denis Jordan, New Baltimore Superintendent of Highways, served the resident’s Notice of Claim on New Baltimore Town Supervisor Nicholas Dellisanti and New Baltimore Town Clerk Barbara Finke. Mr Denis Jordan was to have been served at that time but he failed to appear at the meeting, most likely in hiding once he got word that a public statement was to be read and town officials served with the Notice of Claim. Read the public statement here: Public comment re NB Hwy Dept.


It’s incredible, but true. Three Town of New Baltimore Supervisors later and still the same dumbass in the Highway Superintendent’s office! Last election, New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan was re-elected by one vote over his opponent, 25-year department veteran, Alan vanWormer. Residents just shook their heads in disbelief but that was how the election was won — after the fact, of course, New Baltimore Republicans stood there pointing their fingers at George Acker and his Independence Party mob for not getting out the Independence Party voters. And, YES, the Greene County Board of Elections is a corrupt band of political hacks who dance to the tune of their own messiahs playing “Jack my Beanstalk” on their skin flutes. Crude? Yes. But frustration and anger chip away at poisonous PC.

What do you think goes through the mind of a potential buyer or developer when …

Like it or not, the condition of our town streets and roads are a factor in our property values. What do you think goes through the mind of a potential buyer or developer when they drive through the Town of New Baltimore and see poorly maintained roads, culverts that are demolished or that disappear into nowhere, erosion along the roadside, potholes filled with water? What is the sense of having a so-called National Historic District if its streets are about as damaged as the national political parties, as broken as local government. How is it that local voters continue to elect incompetent, uneducated, corrupt people to head our town highway departments, when those very people have reputations for corruption, ignorance, and incompetence? What does that say about you, Mr or Ms New Baltimore Voter, property owner? Not much, you can be sure. But that’s how you made your bed, and now you have to sleep in it. But that’s not necessarily so because there is a way, it’s called a Notice of Claim followed by a lawsuit.

Madison Ave East and New Street Drainage

Madison Ave East and New Street Drainage

Well, Denis Jordan has done it again. He’s attracted another potentially damaging lawsuit for his incompetence and arrogance. This time for extensive property damage to a residential structure on New Street in the National Historic District of the Hamlet in the Town of New Baltimore. After neglecting New Street literally for years, one resident got fed up and demanded that the Town Board investigate Why? the drainage installations on New Street hadn’t been touched for at least 3 years! Why was water draining everywhere but in the storm drains. Everyone could see it. Everyone, that is, but the Town Board and the Superintendent of Highways, who was busy as a beaver, “chasing beaver out of conduits” according to his “notes” produced in response to a FOIL demand.

The Grand Tour of Neglect and Incompetence

After having received demands for the production of documents under the New York State Public Officers Law a.k.a. the Freedom of Information Act, the New Baltimore Town Board finally woke up and smelled the burning coffee, all the water had run into a local resident’s foundation and the building was collapsing, now there was only the sickening stench of burning coffee and a looming lawsuit. So, in response to the resident’s demands to make a site visit to view the New Baltimore Highway Department’s indifference and neglect, and their incompetence, Mr Nick Dellisanti, New Baltimore Town Supervisor, and Mr Jeff Ruso, New Baltimore Deputy Supervisor, appeared unannounced on New Street, prior to the scheduled site inspection set for June 20, when Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan and his minions were to be present, and the resident gave them the Grand Tour of Incompetence and Neglect.

The Grand Tour of Incompetence and Neglect was almost complete when the advance group approached the concerned residence and the resident pointed out the erosion trails crossing New Street to the other side of the road, and pointed out the piles of stone that had washed down and had built up in front of the garage doors, when Mr Ruso pointed out the end of a culvert that appeared to be crossing the road but didn’t seem to come out anywhere. Even a bit of digging and scratching and the end could not be found. Even New Baltimore Deputy Highway Superintendent Scott van Wormer was surprised and stated that “In twenty years he never knew that culvert was there.” We have to ask the burning question: If the regular maintenance inspections were done as required by the law, wouldn’t the New Baltimore Highway Department have known about this situation? This led to further examination and it was ascertained that the poorly maintained drainage on New Street and the buried culvert drains were obviously conducting water into the foundation of the affected building!!! It was thus determined that the fact of the buried culvert, the drainage ditches that had not been cleared for years, and the resulting re-routing of runoff to the foundations of the building were the actual cause of the damage. That was on June 19, 2016.

On June 20, 2016, Mr Dellisanti, Mr Ruso, Ms Shelli van Etten (NB board member), Mr Denis Jordan and his deputy (his brother) appeared to do the actual inspection. The same results were determined. Mr Jordan just made excuses and grinned stupidly.

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Denis Jordan’s Playpen

A couple of days later, a road crew appeared with excavation equipment and dump trucks filled with stone, and they proceeded to dig up the buried culvert and to replace it with a plastic culvert. When asked why they were replacing a culvert that appeared to be quite OK — it was obviously buried so long that it was actually protected — the answer was that it was found to be damaged. But, countered the resident, you didn’t do any tests or flush it out. How did you know it was damaged? Then the excuses flowed like the Hudson during Spring thaw. But the question wasn’t answered. Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars squandered because Mr Jordan didn’t ask the Fire Department to flush the culvert. Mr Jordan preferred to squander tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars rather than rent a camera for a couple of hundred dollars to view the inside of the culvert. New Baltimore budgetary and fiscal accountability at work.

WHAT A MESS! Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars squandered by indifference, negligence, incompetence and ignorance!!!

The resident was observing the screwing around disguised as highway maintenance and became concerned that more damage was being done than problems solved. He then notified the town board and the New Baltimore Highway Department that work should be stopped until a site visit could be made and the plans discussed. Mr Dellisanti, Mr Ruso, Ms van Etten, Mr Jordan all ignored that request and the work continued. WHAT A MESS! Tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars squandered by indifference, negligence, incompetence and ignorance!!!

It appears that Mr Jordan doesn’t have a clue about contracts, handling money, keeping records, or acceptable hiring practices

And the result? The Town of New Baltimore and the Town of New Baltimore Highway Department, and Mr Denis Jordan are being served with a Notice of Claim — You can read or download a redacted copy of the Notice of Claim by clicking here — but in summary, the resident is demanding that the Town of New Baltimore pay compensation for the repair of the building or, if the building cannot be repaired, to foot the bill for demolition and remediation. In addition, the resident is seeking compensation for other expenses such as loss of revenues and loss of use of the property as purchased. What is really important, though, is that the resident is demanding that the New Baltimore Highway Department be investigated, audited and examined for irregularities in recordkeeping, accounting, hiring and retention, and other areas of concern. It appears that Mr Jordan doesn’t have a clue about contracts, handling money, keeping records, or acceptable hiring practices. Like you don’t hire your brother and then make him your deputy highway superintendent. And you don’t hire a husband and wife etc. Recordkeeping is non-existent so there’s not a chance of a snowflake in hell to defend against any claims of indifference or negligence. The resident is also demanding that steps be taken to remove Mr Jordan from office and to hire an interim replacement. The Notice of Claim also demands that those employees found to have been involved in misconduct or negligence or abuse of public office be prosecuted and made to reimburse the people of the Town of New Baltimore for the costs of the lawsuits.

Several Days after Jordan’s Pothole “Repair” on New Street

The bottom line is this: For years residents have known about Denis Jordan’s incompetence. At least three previous New Baltimore Supervisors and town boards have received complaints about how Denis Jordan was abusing his elected office; his corrupt practices are practically common knowledge if not legendary in local circles. Now his wife, Diane Jordan, is right in the Office of the Town of New Baltimore Town Clerk, so he’s got a mole there who can tip him off almost immediately when something turns up that involves him or his irregular operations in the New Baltimore Highway Department.

As for New Baltimore residents and friends of Denis Jordan, you are just as much to blame for the damage Jordan has managed to do in the Town of New Baltimore as anyone. So don’t get all uppity and smug, pointing the finger at anyone! You dumbasses caused this problem by electing your own dumbass to be Highway Superintendent. If his incompetence is costing the town money in defending against residents’ lawsuits and the damage done by an incompetent Highway Supervisor who has no qualifications, doesn’t get continuing education, avoids meetings with other Highway Superintendents, and knows nothing about highway planning, design, engineering, or regulations. Denis Jordan’s main qualifications are that he takes care of his friends and knows how to avoid work.


Take a Little Tour of New Street With Us

Here’s a nice family activity for the weekend. Take a little tour of New Street in the National Historic District of the Town of New Baltimore and learn how not to do highway maintenance.

If you’re a friend of Denis Jordan or the New Baltimore Highway Department club, or just a skeptic, come on down to New Street in the National Historic District in the Hamlet of New Baltimore. See real-life examples of what we’re bitching about.

As you come down Madison Avenue East, approaching the corner of Madison Avenue East and New Street, look to your right and see the botched up storm drain (which was partially buried until it was cleared around June 20, 2016). A couple of feet more and look to your left and examine the culverts. Nice job, right? If you’re driving or on foot, be very careful making the right turn onto New Street, you might end up going over the unmarked, eroding ledge created by the New Baltimore Highway Department about 4 years ago, when they installed the storm drain and the culverts at the corner. They never bothered to mark the drop-off for safety!

Now turn onto New Street and as you go along ask yourself, Why are all the manhole covers covered and sealed with asphalt? How to you open them if necessary? Denis Jordan would tell you with a straight face that that is a common practice, and that the NB Sewer Department wanted that done to keep water out of the sewer lines! We don’t get it! Do you?

Moving along New Street, we’d like you to notice the erosion at the edge of the road and that the road slopes significantly downhill, to the South (New Street runs approximately North-South). Keep your eyes on the erosion at the edge of the street as you walk along New Street.

About halfway down the street, note the entry steps to the house on the river side of the street. What is that high mound of asphalt doing right at the top of the steps? Imaging that in the Winter, covered with snow and ice, and the dangerous situation caused by the New Baltimore Highway Department!

So far you should have been noticing the not only the erosion but also the so-called drainage ditches. They vary significantly in depth, some stretches deeper, others shallower, some level with the road. Hold on! If they’re level with the road, they’re not a drainage ditch! Right? Right. Why are the ditches not running continuously and at a reasonably constant depth? Ask Mr Jordan. We’re certain he’ll have a story for you.

The best is yet to come. While still noting the so-called drainage ditches and the erosion, you’ll come to a garage on your left and you’ll need to stop here. Note the washed down road covering all built up in that garage driveway and in front of the doors. but standing in front of that garage, look down and to your left and you’ll see a deep hole with a grate in it. That’s a storm drain. Imagine your car tire meeting that hole. Or, imagine you’re walking down New Street and you step into that thing! Another dangerous situation created by the New Baltimore Highway Department in June 2016, when they “repaired” the drains. By the way, that’s the end of the “dead-end culvert” discovered by Mr Ruso at the time of the site visit. Look across the street to the “drainage” in front of the green house. Jordan’s crew dug up the end of the driveway and installed an new culvert and the square grate. What’s supposed to go down that grate, anyway? They never opened the ditch or a ditch.

Now, from where you are standing you can see the erosion dirt in front of the garage and you may be able to see the erosion and runoff tracks crossing New Street to Guess where? Right into the foundations of the blue-gray house! But note how Jordan has “fixed” the drainage problem. Note also the resident’s own concrete barriers and sandbags marking the area. But more importantly, look at the damage done to the foundation of the house! All due to Mr Jordan’s negligence and failure to maintain the drainage on New Street as required by the law.

About 50 feet more and you come to the end of New Street, to the corner of New Street and Washington Avenue. Look to your left, on the river side (But be careful not to fall into the ditch on your right. The road is crumbling into the ditch and the ditch is overgrown. You might never be found if you fall in!). Note the “drainage ditch” if you can find it. it’s an embarrassment to any competent highway worker. But note the makeshift wooden wall there. That’s supposed to do What? That house was condemned by the Town of New Baltimore about 5 years ago because it was structurally unsound due to Guess what? Water damage. The owner repaired it. It’s been vacant ever since and the owner can’t sell it. Wonder Why?

So this is where your tour ends. That’s just one street in New Baltimore. Can you imagine what the rest of the town’s like? We hope you get the point.

In summary, you should know that before the “repair” and “maintenance” work was finished, the resident was concerned about what was being done and asked the Town of New Baltimore Board to stop the work until a site meeting could be held. The resident wanted Mr Jordan to explain his plans and design, and why he was doing what he was doing. It didn’t seem right. Something was wrong and needed to be fixed.

Neither Mr Jordan nor the New Baltimore Town Board responded. That’s how the situation got to where it’s at now.


We want to hear from anyone who knows anything about Denis Jordan and his corruption and incompetence. Most importantly, if you have already made a complaint, filed a lawsuit, or if you have served a Notice of Claim on the Town of New Baltimore and are planning a lawsuit, we want to hear from you. You can either leave a comment on this blog or you can contact us at rcs.confidential@gmail.com.

In the meantime, you can read the latest Notice of Claim against the Town of New Baltimore and Town of New Baltimore Highway Department by clicking the link below:

Notice of Claim for Publishing

You're On the Spot Now! Shame on you!

You’re On the Spot Now!
Shame on you!

 

George Acker, Greene County Independence Party Chairman: “We never forget.”

New Baltimore in Focus or In Our Sights. You Decide.

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Looks like the New Baltimore Re-pubic-an Incumbents on the town board are in for a scary ride this time. Nick Dellisanti and sidekick Jeff Ruso seem to have done a classic job of pissing off the Independence Party hierarchy and may have lost some much-needed support.

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The Independence party supported Nick Dellisanti (R) and his group last election but Dellisanti turned around and screwed with the Independence party candidates when the voting was done. Dellisanti’s suicidal statement: “Republicans appoint Republicans” is turning out to be a poison pill for him and anyone running alongside him.

While the Independence party may have an axe to grind with Dellisanti, the past two years have been really disappointing overall. Dellisanti and his group don’t seem to be able to set any milestone accomplishments. What they do seem to have excelled in, however is distortion, deception and misrepresentation. Seems also that they don’t have the wherewithal to fight battles, within town hall and outside of town hall, because they don’t understand the local culture.

But what can you expect from outsiders, anyway?

The Dellisanti group fails in leadership

New Baltimore town supervisor Nick Dellisanti (R) and town board member Jeff Ruso (R) behaved unethically, using local supporters and disposing of them ungratefully after the voting was done — after all, according to Dellisanti, “Republicans appoint republicans,” (for example: Barbara Finke (R) to be town clerk, Kathy Rundberg (R) to be planning board chair, etc.). We’d like to see appointments by merit and for the good of the community as a whole, not just for party cronies, Mr Dellisanti. But their failings don’t stop there. The Dellisanti group fails in leadership and does not respond affirmatively nor decisively to residents. Moreover, Dellisanti and Ruso have the bizarre tendency to ignore residents’ offers of participation in local town affairs, ignoring correspondence on a number of occasions. Rather than calling them liars outright, Dellisanti and Ruso have their own versions of facts, too. Where’s the transparency, accountability, collaboration we were promised?

On the Democrap side your have wicked-weasel-momma Diane Louis; generally disliked in just about every circle but this wicked-weasel-momma that she is, she has staying power (probably because she eats her young, despite the fact that she’s vegetarian). Very nasty piece of work.

Arlene McKeon is Louis’ sidekick and has an ego to match. You can be certain of one thing: Louis and McKeon have the interests of Louis and McKeon at the top of their priority list.

On the Re-pubic-an side you have another wicked-weasel-momma, Jean Horne, who has a listening problem but likes to give orders. Ever hear the story why we have two ears and one mouth, Jean? Jean is going to have to do some puddle-jumping to keep her feet clear of the doggy-doo piles being left by her darlings Dellisanti, Ruso and others. Horne will also have a problem with New Baltimore highway superintendent Denis Jordan who can’t seem to cooperate with town hall, can’t seem to handle the job he’s expected to do as highway superintendent (more on Hamlet streets in an upcoming article), but has plenty of town-time to take care of special locals — sort of favors for votes. But isn’t that illegal, Mr Dellisanti? You know about it but you haven’t done much about it. Why is that? Jordan has to go!

And then there’s the question of the money being paid to New Baltimore animal control officer Joe Tanner who works full time elsewhere and can’t possibly respond to animal control calls until he get off his other job. That’s why he conjures up undocumented investigations and why his favorite line is “sign a complaint.” Signing a complaint gets him off the hook and the complainant has to do the work. Nice scam for an additional $3-4,000 a year for nothin’. But isn’t that illegal, too, Mr Dellisanti? And what about you, Mr Ruso, isn’t animal control one of your committees? You know about it but haven’t cleaned house yet. Why is that? (But then neither did democraps David Louis or Susan O’Rorke.)

two ears one mouthThe wicked-weasel mommas stay behind the scenes and like to call shots and bark instructions. They like to pick candidates so they have someone to be their sockpuppets. They also like to play dirty behind the scenes and let others take the crap. That’s their wicked-weasel staying power game.

Do Louis and McKeon take the pill?

Do Louis and McKeon take the pill?

dove with olive branchSo what are the wicked-weasel-mommas going to do now that their wicked-weasel candidates can’t expect to run only with democrap or re-pubic-an backing, and they have to get the backing of the next major party, the Independence Party? You guessed it: They grovel and crawl to George Acker, while they wave their insincere, phoney plastic olive branches, begging the Independence party for support and endorsement. But…

George Acker:The Independence party never forgets.”

Well, now that Dellisanti and Ruso have pretty much sewn themselves into a potato sack and are just waiting to be thrown into the Hudson, Arlene McKeon is going to have to do some fancy steppin’. Why? Because the Independence party will be a hard nut to crack for the repubics. Irene Beede, Independence second-in-command, recently told New Baltimore’s Dellisanti that they’ll “need more signatures” to get Independence backing. Translation: You’re dead in the water. Take a walk. According to Independence party chairman George Acker, “The Independence party never forgets.

Then there’s wicked-weasel-mamma Diane Louis who is begging the Independence party to endorse her new sockpuppet, Arthur Fullerton. We’re researching Fullerton but if the adage, “birds of a feather flock together,” proves true, we have some grave concerns. The very fact that Louis is pushing Fullerton already taints him as being cut from the same cloth as a David Louis or a Susan O’Rorke. We’re looking at him in those terms until some really persuasive stuff comes our way.

Who this Arthur Fullerton is is a bit of a mystery but that’s always the case with the democraps and has been the history of any democrap town hall: keep it in the back room. That’s not to say that the re-pubic-ans don’t have their own secret agendas but,  obviously, when Diane Louis sees something in a potential sockpuppet that alone should put the fear of the Lord in all New Baltimore voters from the get-go! Think David Louis. Think Susan O’Rorke. That’s Diane Louis at work.


First of All, We Have to Take Control of Ourselves!

An editorial aside

Voters in New Baltimore and everywhere must stop letting others think for them. Our whole American culture has become a nation of sheeple. Turn on the TV or the radio and listen. You’re being told what to think, what to buy, what you need, what you want, what you should be thinking, what not to think, what you don’t need. They’re even filling your heads with fear and anxiety. What you should be fearing today. Whom you should fear today. Anxiety and fear are very effective methods of controlling populations (remember Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pho Pot?). Another way of keeping populations under control is to isolate them. Isolation is used in prisons to control populations and it’s used on the general population, too! How? You may very well ask! By creating a self-focused society. A ME!-first society. By destroying institutions that unite people, starting with the family, the church, communities. Isolation. Distractions are also very effective: more toys dominating your attention and you won’t notice what’s going on around you. How about keeping people poor? If you’re worried about your bills and survival, you’re likely not to pay very much attention to politics. Right? Very few people today actually think independently; most are simply robots doing what the media tell them to do. Are YOU one of them? Don’t think for a minute that political party leadership in their conventions, caucuses and whatnot have your interests in mind. They first look at electability. Can we get this guy or gal elected? They’re looking for numbers. And they’re looking to put through THEIR agendas. It’s a power trip for them. It’s an ego trip for them. It’s disaster for us!

One lesson we can learn from recent events in Greece, the birthplace of democracy: when governments are screwing you, take to the streets and change it. Good for you, Greece! Democracy is alive and strong in Greece. It’s all but dead in the USA (maybe it never arrived in the USA…maybe it’s all just a big propaganda spoof and you all believe it)!


For the past two decades or so the town of New Baltimore has been merely a feeding ground for incompetent amateurs feeding their inflated egos with hard-working citizens’ votes. We don’t need Harvard M.B.A.s or healthcare administrators to run this town. We don’t need democraps or re-pubic-ans either, since at this level they are DINOs (democrats in name only) or RINOs (republicans in name only) and they’ll change their party affiliations in a flash if it serves their perverse ambitions. And we don’t need political parties or widked-weasel-mommas to select their cronies and tell us whom we are going to have to vote for. Enough already! We don’t need any more outsider amateurs who want a town they can play with. What we need is some dedicated, community-oriented, sincere, honest people who can respect the local culture and respond to local needs and concerns, while having the balls to take a stand and to tell the downstaters and carpetbaggers that this town of New Baltimore belongs to the people of New Baltimore who make their homes here. What we do need is for native New Baltimorans to wake up and take New Baltimore back. We need neighbors and friends to start running the town and tell the cliques and egomaniacs to take a hike.

Anyone who arrogantly tells another citizen resident that his or her chances of working for the good of this town depends on his or her party affiliation and not on his or her merit; in other words, that “Republicans appoint republicans” does not deserve to be in public office — here or anywhere else.

Fullerton, Dellisanti, Ruso, etc., Will you survive?

Fullerton, Dellisanti, Ruso, etc., Will you survive?

Any candidate running in this town of New Baltimore from this point on will have to pass the acid test, will go through a baptism of fire, before he or she makes it to the ballot. We call upon all citizen residents of New Baltimore to start taking responsibility for this town and to join us in telling Diane Louis, Arlene McKeon, Nick Dellisanti, Jeff Ruso and anyone else that this town is still a democracy and is not a party-political machine shop. Any candidate’s priority must and will be the single common good of the community of New Baltimore and nothing less than that.

We’ll be reporting more on this issue as we move closer to the campaigns. We’ll also keep our ears to the ground and pick up any vibes, do our research, collect our facts and report responsibly to the community. We also need to inform the community of New Baltimore town superintendent of highways, Denis Jordan, and his attempt to stay in office to maximize the damage he can do to the town while banking his pension. There’s an alternative brewing that may be the town’s chance to save itself. Stay tuned!

Let us know what you think. Please leave a comment using the comment feature below. We’d like to hear from you whether you agree with us or not. Be heard! Be heard here!

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Beware: Residents Are Asking Questions

The Results of the Last Local Elections

The Results of the Last Local Elections

The Political Climate Across the Entire Nation is Heating Up. The People are Slowly Reaching Critical Mass, Their Boiling Point. They are waking up to the fact that the United States is no longer a representative democracy but an aristocracy: The Corporations, the Friends of the Corporations, and the Masses. At the local level its the Crooks, the Friends of the Crooks and the Rest of Us. There are no longer two main political parties, they’ve merged into two groups of Fakes and Scammers.

This fact is even clearer at our local level, where in Ravena we have a puppet-monkey mayor who was allegedly backed big-time by a local money-bags, Carver Laraway, to depose the former mummy mayor, John Bruno, local strongman for more than a quarter of a century, because Bruno wouldn’t cave on some issues that Laraway wanted, one of them being water. The monkey mayor, William “Moose” Misuraca, who was also pissed off with Bruno and his crowd in village hall, vowed a vendetta (something about being promised some grant money and not getting it), and begged the local Republican chairperson to put him on the ballot against Bruno. Misuraca, with Laraway’s backing and his bar crowd, took the mayor’s office. But now, almost a year in office, and Misuraca has done NOTHING! He’s still surrounded by Bruno’s morons and he’s still pandering to Cathy Deluca and her playpen, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, to the tune of more than $100,000 a year of taxpayer money, no reports on losses and revenues, of course, but the fitness center can’t support itself and is a money-pit. That’s just one example. No planning, no vision, Nothing! Check out our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!

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In Coeymans, as we’ve reported, Mr Stephen Flach was re-elected and two former adversaries were ousted and replaced with two first-termers, George E. Langdon and Kenneth A. Burns, on the Coeymans town board. Hopes again were high that now that Flach had the majority support on the board, things would change. They didn’t, haven’t and it doesn’t look like they will. In addition to short-sightedness, no vision, there was plenty of sell-out and plenty of propaganda. We now have to cope with what we call the Judas Administration: a town board that is just as hypocritical and corrupt as the one we thought we had replaced. Why is that? Because no matter who is in town hall it’s same old bullshit just different faces. As the saying goes: Town Hall is like a diaper, it has to be changed completely for the same reasons. We’ve already published an essay on this subject so we won’t repeat our thoughts here. Please see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing!

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And then there’s New Baltimore. The campaigns last November were vicious and dirty. The previous administration did nothing but take care of their own. The Dellisanti team promised the community to do much better. But are they keeping their promises? Again, we’ve reported on what they claim to have accomplished in their own words but it’s nothing but smoke screen, just like Coeymans. While Coeymans is blatantly and glaringly a Judas administration and a complete sell-out, and Ravena is just a do-nothing, New Baltimore has its own flavor, though it’s similar to the contents of a dirty diaper: New Baltimore’s new majority under Nick Dellisanti specializes in smoke, and they’ll blow it any time they’re called on to keep the public informed. New Baltimore residents are slowly getting very, very annoyed and we think it’s going to show with a backlash in November. Again, see our article, We Asked for Milestones: We got laundry lists or we got nothing! for details.

We hear US Congressman Chris Gibson was going to be in New Baltimore on the evening of Thursday, September 4, 2014, and meeting with residents—but only the in-crowd, it seems. Only those who have received the phone-call invite from New Baltimore town board members—and that at the last minute. Are we happy with this? What do you think? Has anything changed when compared to the O’Rorke bunch or the other in-crowd administrations, like the David and Diane Lewis circus before O’Rorke? It seems nothing has changed. The New Baltimore town board is falling into the same cesspool as those before it. Question is: Do they know they’re on a slippery slope and do they know how to break their fall?

Update: Gibson did not show at the New Baltimore Republican Club meeting but sent an aide, Kevin Cumm, to attend the meeting. Please see Mr Jeff Ruso’s comment. Ruso is a sitting New Baltimore town board member and “president” of the New Baltimore Republican Club.

 Listen! You're going under and your egos are dragging your down.Do you have the sense to cut loose from the anchor of your egos and self-interest?

Listen! You’re going under and your egos are dragging your down.
Do you have the sense to cut loose from the anchor of your egos and self-interest?

If you think we are very unhappy with the performance of the new elected officials, you are very correct. And you should be very unhappy, too. You should be asking some very serious questions right about now, before it’s too late.
playing with fireYou should be preparing to scrutinize the candidates they are offering on the ballots for the upcoming elections, and be very critical of those candidates, given who is supporting them and what they are again promising.

Are we unhappy? You betcha! And Guess What?

You’re playing with fire, local politicians; you’ll likely get burned. Badly.

Know where the contents of the diaper is? We do. Out TOWN and VILLAGE Halls. The Editor

Know where the contents of the diaper is? We do. In our TOWN and VILLAGE Halls.
The Editor

 
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New Baltimore: Taxed but not represented!

Pull It Out, New Baltimore!

Pull It Out, New Baltimore!

On May 20th, 2014, Voters will go to the polls to vote for three RCS CSD board of education members and to hopefully disapprove the bloated $42 million, at least 75% of which goes to pay outrageous salaries for incompetent services and teachers who ensure that the kids are duds and the RCS schools continue to be known far and wide as failing schools.

nysut pig

New Baltimore Needs to Vote Overwhelmingly for Rodney Kryzkowsky in Protest and NO! to the $42 million RCS CSD School Budget!!!

Here’s why:

  • A good portion of New Baltimore’s school taxes are going out of Greene County to pay for the RCS Central School District’s waste and favoritism.

  • New Baltimore has no representation on the RCS Central School District board of education (for that matter neither does the majority of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk residents).

  • The RCS CSD is owned and operated by a group of insiders, who are owned and operated by the New York State United Teachers union.

  • RCS Central School District schools are commonly known as “failing” schools and the composition of the administration, teaching staff, and the board of education makes certain that that reputation is going to last.

  • New Baltimore has to wake up and get smart: New Baltimore has to get out of the quagmire of the RCS CSD district and get into the Coxsackie system, in our own Greene County. Ravena-Coeymans is a failing, dying, corrupt and confused bunch of lunatics with no vision and a love affair with toxic waste, no environmental sensitivity, and voodoo economics. No change in corruption—only the faces change.

  • On May 20th cast your protest vote against the three teachers union stooges McFerretHotalingJones and FOR RODNEY KRZYKOWSKI, the only honest one on the RCS CSD board of education and the only one who has the courage to represent his convictions and refuse to join the gang of cowards.

  • Vote NO! on the RCS CSD $42 million budget that makes no sense and continues a practice of lies, misinformation, and spending.

  • Climb on the backs of the New Baltimore town board and force them to take steps to remove New Baltimore’s kids from the failing RCS CSD schools and get them into our own Greene County, Coxsackie system where they belong.

Pull it out, New Baltimore!

Pull it out, New Baltimore!
The Editor

 
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The Epilogue You’ve All Been Waiting For: “Common Cents”– the Final Word

 

Before we launch our commentaries on the continuing corruption of the Ravena – Coeymans – Selkirk Central School District and its union – made – and – owned candidates for board of education, and before we launch our feature article on the Town of Coeymans town council’s own babbling boobie, Mr Peter Masti, and Masti’s Morbid Mentality and Blue – collar Hallucinations for the Town of Coeymans. We’ll also be publishing facts and figures on why the Town of New Baltimore has to leave the RCS CSD and join the Coxsackie school system. But first, we’d like to publish Mr Laszlo Polyak’s Epilogue to his analyses of the Ravena Village 2014 – 15 budget. So stay tuned for the RCS and Masti pieces, and the New Baltimore report. You’re gonna love’m!


Epilogue — Common Cents

Or the Eptitaph — In a State of General Confusion

DOES IT REALLY NEED A CAPTION?

DOES IT REALLY NEED A CAPTION?

Mr Polyak: I enjoy comments feedback and other points of view because the best solutions come to light from those discussions. One comment suggested that was I‘m “confused:” one, however. Well that’s an understatement if there ever was one! Every time I read the Village of Ravena’s 2014 – 15 budget I get more and more confused.

In Part One of my budget analysis I addressed only telephone expenses as an example of the waste and incompetence exhibited in the Ravena village budget. In that discussion I put out some questions regarding several other confusing budget line items. In order to understand those expenses you would have to see the actual bill voucher or receipt. Like the Village of Ravena is going to let you see that? Good luck!

In Part Two, I broke it all down and put some names on the numbers, while discussing just the facts as printed black–and–white in the Village of Ravena budget. Noting things like postage and gas (fuel) line Items. I also noted that the Water and Sewer funds are by law separate taxation entities (your water bill is “a tax”, and your sewer bill is “a tax”. Those monies are to be used only on sewer or water expenses, that is, the cost to bring us water and take away our sewerage. Water and sewer assessments are NOT part of our general Village of Ravena taxes or Town of Coeymans taxes.

budget-cuts animI also looked at the discrepancies in billing practices to the residents of both communities the amounts billed should be equal—but are far, far from equal, fair or even legal! We all should pay the same rates for water and the same rates for sewer in both the town and village. And rates should be consistent  in different categories such as, an industrial user or residential user etc. based on the actual cost to bring them water and sewer services. Right? Not in Ravena-Coeymans, not in the Twilight Zone!

It’s really great to see and hear so many folk’s comments on items of the VoR budget, it’s a welcomed refreshment compared to the groans and moans of the past. We need discussion and thinking like that! What is your solution to the many confusing discrepancies in the Village of Ravena budget? As I pointed out in Part 1 and in more detail in Part 2 no one questioned the gross (and unexplained, probably illegal) $36,400 in “unclassified” expenses, or “outside services” to the tune of about $50,000. Or what about the “CHIPS acct” where we have $62,000, in revenue. Wouldn’t you question an “unclassified” amount on your cable television or your power bill even if it was a couple of dollars? Why let tens of thousands in “unclassified” spending get swept under the carpet? It’s your money, people!

Here’s one for ya: In the “CHIPS” expense acct (and if you don’t know yet what the CHIPS account is, maybe you should ask!) we have spent only $40,000 (it’s also for road repair). Where did the other $22,000 go? Why didn’t the commenters point that little nugget out to us? Not a peep but Yeah! Henry and Fritz have to respond to emergencies. Too bad! But really, Where’s the $22 grand? We want to know!

Mayor Misuracs's Private Shitter in Ravena Village Hall

Mayor Misuraca’s Private Shitter in Ravena Village Hall

As soon as I attached a name to the village foreman’s job figures in the budget I felt I was in the middle of the Salem witch trials. But that’s OK because as an auditor I know ways to find out if they were “working hard or hardly working”: an auditor demands the records on the spot. (Wonder how the auditors from the Office of the New York State Comptroller missed all of this? Or did they?). We also ask for the names of all personnel employed by the Village of Ravena department in which Fritz/Henry “work” as well as their time/effort allocations (F/T, P/T, number of hours worked per week, on-call, etc.). We’d like to see copies of job descriptions for all personnel employed by the VoR department in which Fritz/Henry “work”. We’d then like to see copies of the call logs, emergency response logs, snow emergency dispatch logs or any written records or documents showing the dates and times of emergency response for water/sewerage emergencies, snow removal emergencies, storm emergencies to which the VoR (department where Fritz/Henry are employed) responded in the period of June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. After all, wouldn’t you expect records like that to be available, even if only for insurance purposes? Where do you think ex–mayor John T. Bruno or hatchet-woman Nancy Warner or ex-mayor Bruno’s pet toad, hot–shot dithering Bill Bailey keep those records? Guess again!

It’s those kind of records that are normally and routinely kept by legit and honest departments that tell the real story of whether they are working hard or hardly working, or even if they show up for work! These are questions and records that any auditor worth his salt could and would demand before jumping to any conclusions. (And on – the – spot impose fines of up to $25,000 for every “What do you mean you don’t have a mandated public record for inspection?) Tell it to the hearing judge, the auditor could say.

 

In the budget all departments should be sub-totaled so department heads can defend their requests for funding for the upcoming year, and taxpayers can clearly seen what’s being requested and for what. As for combining some department jobs, expenditures, allocations, personnel in another department or rolling personnel over into another department without adequate justification is just asking to get beat up by an auditor!
I didn’t even discuss the question of sales tax revenue and the corruption that has been going down over the years. Ravena is expected to receive $625,000.00 (↓↓↓ from a previous $640,000.00) so when I read or hear some fool say that we will punish local business with his checkbook, I see the loss of sales-tax revenues. Chew on this, why don’t ya: We in the village lost a few $100,000.00 in sales tax revenues over the years that Ravena – Coeymans has been hemorrhaging small businesses. And, friends and neighbors, that’s money that the Village and Town have to make up via our general taxes going up. The point is that it pays to spend our money locally; provided we can attract and keep businesses. And I mean businesses who don’t come to Ravena – Coeymans for a tax holiday or a kick – back, and who don’t destroy our town and village character, poison our air, hide our river, destroy our streets. You all know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, just open your tired eyes.

crooked-politician-III also didn’t say anything about village insurance. Because of the many potential lawsuits brought about by the village’s and town’s mismanagement, and outright illegal activities resulting in claims, the Village of Ravena has had to roughly doubled its insurance coverages: it went from 50,000 to 100,000. Illegal activities, fines, misconduct and complaints that can result in millions in settlements or judgments have to be covered. It wouldn’t surprise me that due to all the pending law suits from some form of violation of civil and constitutional righrts, discrimination, the gazebo incidents, and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center employee misconduct (Cathy Deluca got the village slammed with at least two Notices of Claims that are likely to turn into lawsuits very soon. Those will demand several millions in compensation to the complainant! The Town of Coeymans, too, has dozens of pending lawsuits because of the misconduct of the Coeymans police alone!) etc. Then there are the criminal charges in the complaints against village and town officials for such things as obstruction of justice and falsely reporting an incident (Cathy Deluca). Between the town and village, there are roughly two dozen pending law suits (This is public record; go look it up! Ask the village clerk or the town clerk for the information!).

So we taxpayers don’t even know how much the lawsuits will cost us, and we have to pay for it all in the long run. It’s like “Islip” garbage barge; it ended up costing the property owners 20 million! It’s like your property taxes going up from $1,000 to $ 5,000 to cover the cost. Juries don’t care who you think you are; they award tens of millions for discrimination every day without giving it a second thought! After all, your elected officials should know better. Shouldn’t the?

Now let me bring you full circle back to the VoR budget. To be fair, the new mayor of Ravena William “Moose” Misuraca, took office (No sympathy! He begged for the opportunity to run for mayor! Now deal with it!) and now has a mountain of rotting old garbage on his desk to deal with. (Thanks to ex–mayor John Bruno and his other losers, Marty Case (defeated), Rocco Persico (lost), Nancy Warner (to be defeated) and Bill Bailey (already lost but doesn’t know it)) When Misuraca comes up for air, he’ll have to find his own way around.

One of the reasons I’m so confused (and you can’t make this crap up) is that just last Friday 5/2/14 I called the village clerk to get a certified copy of few documents, the deputy clerk said OK, and then made a comment about the Smalbany blog, “Common Cents”, Part 1 and Part 2. She went on to say, “… but Laszlo you’re not sure we do the billing for the water etc. as stated in the blog. A few seconds later, she called me back and refused to provide the certified documents! I asked Why? The deputy village clerk told me that Bill Bailey—You remember him. He’s the dithering boob who pissed himself every time ex – mayor Bruno asked him a question. The one on the village council who stutters and mumbles a lot.—said not to certify them !. OK, I then told them put that in writing. I get off the phone and I’m beyond confused because in Part 2 I spell out the job mandates of any village clerk and one of them is “to certify“ records to be true copies etc.—as mandated by law, so with my head spinning, I’m thinking Bill Bailey instructs the village clerk to commit a crime? And where does Bill Bailey get the authority to tell the village clerk to do or not to do anything, anyway? That’s simply not his job! But now think about this: Nancy Warner, a key conspirator in the old Bruno regime, was the clerk for over 25 years and she’s now overseeing the village office. If something needs to disappear, Nancy Warner knows what it is and can make it disappear. Next election watch Nancy Warner disappear! Like I said you can’t make this stuff up. But the real question is this: When will Misuraca and his majority get the balls to take charge and start making things happen…LEGALLY. Does anyone in the village have or know their job descriptions? Do they ever think of what questions a federal judge or a prosecutor is going to ask them before the judge determines how much of their 401k, their pensions, and their social security will go to pay punitive damages or fines for abuse of public office, violations of protected rights, discrimination and or before removing them from public office and making a retirement reservation in Coxsackie corrections.

PAY UP, STUPID!!!

PAY UP, STUPID!!!

So let’s walk a mile in our new mayor’s shoes (I mean wading boots. He’ll need them to get past all of the bull shit and still get anything done in the Village of Ravena). Where does he go from here?

So YES! Virgil you’re right, I’m very confused!!!! BUT know what Phil Crandall has on the ongoing corruption that is going on in the Village of Ravena and the Town of Coeymans. (For those of you with short memories, Phil Crandall was the town of Coeymans judge who got railroaded into resigning because he didn’t approve of the goings on between the Coeymans town board and the Coeymanazi police department. Click here to read the Smalbany article on this link: From the Judge Himself: Coeymans Judge Resigns, Insider Exposes Corruption.) I like our new mayor so far—but he hasn’t done anything yet so what’s not to like—Oh well! When the judges asked why records are not certified I’ll just say it’s a great question, and that he should ask the likes of Bill Bailey and Nancy Warner and the clerks Biernacki and Demitrazek, I’m just a confused retired auditor. So much for co-mingling funds your federal Honor; welcome to Ravena they have their own set of hubris rules and laws.

 I had a meeting with the mayor, handed him a water bill from a PUD (No, not a village employee; it’s Planned Urban Development ) of 100 homes in Westchester the water bills are less than ours, they’re billed quarterly, and all are metered and the meters are changed out every 5 years, their water comes from Greenwich CT, two wealthy and I mean wealthy places and their water bills are cheaper! Can Bill Bailey explain that? And you don’t have to pay the whole bill at once, and the taste is thousand times better than Ravena water. Cheaper, fairer, better tasting, more convenient billing. Would that ever work in Ravena? Wishful thinking 😉

Here’s a suggestion: It would be great if the new mayor would post all incoming vouchers and bills, and receipts. Maybe even on weekly basis Then we can see who’s doing what with our tax dollars.

Laszlo Polyak a.k.a. the “Confused Auditor“


Editorial Note

Mr Polyak’s comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this blog (and, due to editing, not even Mr Polyak’s own). We’d be much more direct and not so nice to the incompetents! Mr Polyak’s original submission has been extensively edited for form, grammar, and at times for content for the sake of clarity. Mr Polyak is solely responsible for the facts contained in this article and for their accuracy. The Smalbany editorial staff assumes no responsibility for any factual errors. Readers are cordially invited to submit a rebuttal article or to comment on this article using the comment feature of this blog.


Coming up next: New Baltimore’s Turn. Are you ready for this?

Peter Masti gets Lampooned, or Harpooned. You decide!

But firs, A Closer Look at the RCS CSD Board of Education, Just Before the Elections. It’s FIXED…AGAIN!!!

Yeah! Baby! We feel the same way! The Editor

Yeah! Baby! We feel the same way!
The Editor

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New Baltimore: Just a Hint of Corruption?

New Baltimore: Do Benway, Norris Recommend Conflict of Interest in Choosing Insurance Carriers!

Can you spell that for me? Sure: O-R-O-R-K-E + B-E-N-W-A-Y + N-O-R-R-I-S = CORRUPTION.

Can you spell that for me?
Sure: O-R-O-R-K-E + B-E-N-W-A-Y + N-O-R-R-I-S = CORRUPTION.

In her biased article “Dispute arises over insurance carriers” that appears in the March 6 issue of The Ravena News Herald Jessica Mosier (Columbia – Greene Media, Johnson Newspaper Group) reports on the deliberations by the New Baltimore Town Board on whether or not to jump ship from their present insurer to an insurer recommended by board members Lisa Benway and Chris Norris, NYMIR. Problem is: NYMIR has some pretty shady background when it comes to pals Susan O’Rorke, Lisa Benway and Chris Norris, and we probably should throw in their media mole Jessica Mosier, who seems to lose a lot in the translation.

Here’s what we managed to dig up:

In a recent e – mail communication from Lisa Benway to Shelly VanEtten (recently elected to the board with the Dellisanti team that ousted the tyrannical O’Rorke mob), Benway writes:

“I have looked over our current policy again, the Trident Renewal proposal and the NYMIR proposal…I know that people get nervous about changing policies because they are unsure of the service they will get from the new carrier. I can tell you that NYMIR has a very good reputation for claims service and overall service in general….To sum up, based on my years in the business and my interpretation of the policies, I would recommend to the board to take the NYMIR policy.” [emphasis provided]

In the Ravena News Herald article, Mosier reports Norris as having publicly recommended NYMIR “based on savings” not on coverage terms, and Benway agreed. Crazy! You say? No! Just crooked. Because O’Rorke, Benway and Norris have a very cozy—but is it too cozy—connection with NYMIR.

Junk-journalist Jessica Mosier of the Ravena News Herald, a division of Johnson Newspaper Group, and edited by Mark Vinciguerra, a former Albany Times Useless employee, don’t do their in-depth reporting, and manage to stay ignorant—or just don’t report—the dirty connections in which their pals are involved. So here are the facts:

Benway had the gall to admit that, “No two companies for commercial insurances are identical, that I can guarantee you!”

And, Guess what! We know why Benway would make such a statement! It all revolves around conflicts of interest and campaign contributions made to Susan O’Rorke and the New Baltimore Democratic Committee under Diane Lewis made by NYMIR – associated agents, agencies, and people. The donations were made to former New Baltimore supervisor Susan O’Rorke and to the New Baltimore Democratic Committee under chairperson Diane Lewis! Of course “no two companies are identical”! One is paying you and your party off and the other is providing legitimate insurance services! Never a truer statement made! You see, Susan O’Rorke works for Wright Risk Management (WRM), the parent company of NYMIR insurance, the insurer Benway and Norris are pushing the board to hire to insure New Baltimore!

Here’s the real dirt: our late and not–so–great New Baltimore town supervisor, Ms Susan O’Rorke, is an employee of Wright Risk Management (WRM), which is the management company for, NYMIR. (Makes you wonder if O’Rorke had not gotten the boot, would the three stooges, O’Rorke, Benway and Norris have still pushed the NYMIR recommendation? Now that would have been a story leading to a conviction! But it’s a question we should still ask Lisa Benway: Would she still so strongly have recommended NYMIR, and for the same reasons?)

But that, in itself, doesn’t build a very strong case for conflict of interest or charges of corruption. Or does it?

In the period of September 25, 2009 to November 4, 2013, WRM or NYMIR or high – ranking management of those companies or their founder, William Fishlinger made contributions to the O’Rorke Campaign or to the New Baltimore Democratic Committee in the amount of more than $2,500.00.

Contributions? Maybe, maybe not.

Contributions?
Maybe, maybe not.

An unconfirmed report is that O’Rorke has given presentations to municipalities pitching herself as a town supervisor and recommends NYMIR as a recommended insurer. She may still be doing that but we have no confirmation of her present activities.

Now we have a leftover pair from the O’Rorke administration, Lisa Benway and Chris Norris, who are recommending NYMIR, the insurance company run by O’Rorke’s employer WRM, as the preferred insurer for the town of New Baltimore, and in fact, vote against the proposal to have the policy renewed by Trident; they favor NYMIR.

Now, we are inches away from corruption and abuse of public office here in the case of Benway and Norris, who have been pushing to give NYMIR the contract for insuring New Baltimore, but both Benway and Norris have gone on the public record pushing for NYMIR and Benway even strongly recommends NYMIR in her communication to vanEtten.

Does anyone see the ghost of Susan O’Rorke at work here? Or even the New Baltimore Democratic Committee and Diane Lewis. Sure, they’re hungry for more campaign contributions from WRM, NYMIR, and their founders. Best way to get it? Send them some business. Then Susie O’R. can go out and sell more municipal insurance policies for NYMIR and make a ton of money for her friends at WRM, NYPIR’s parent company, and the founders, William Fishlinger and others at Congdon, Flaherty, O’Callahan, Reid, Donlan, Travis & Fishlinger.

Great plan, Lisa, Chris, Suzie. But you were caught again doing naughties! Maybe the Attorney General will be interested in this tidbit of incriminating research?

Thank you supervisor Dellisanti, boardmembers Ruso and vanEtten for your attention to detail and your diligence in asking the villains the right questions, keeping this town of New Baltimore and its residents out of the hands of crooks!

 [Editor’s Note: You can read or download our breakdown of the contributors and their interconnections at Donor Lists and Associations Susan O’Rorke.]

"They point their crooked little fingers at everybody else  Spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves  Victim of this, victim of that  Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat." The Editor

“They point their crooked little fingers at everybody else
Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves
Victim of this, victim of that
Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat.”
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.”

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New Baltimore: Brooks says she will leave clerk’s office

Smalbany Blog Puts on the Pressure and We Get Results!

In an article appearing in the Daily Mail today, on Thursday, March 6, 2014, reporter Jim Planck reports that highly criticized New Baltimore Town Clerk, Janet Brooks, has submitted her letter of resignation to the New York Secretary of State. According to the report, “Brooks, who has been on the job for nine-and-a-half years and was just re-elected to another two-year term in November, submitted her letter of resignation Wednesday to New York State Secretary of State Cesar Perales.’

New Baltimore Town Clerk Janet Brooks
Resigns After Criticisms of Abuse of Public Office

Janet Brooks Resigns as New Baltimore Town Clerk Town Hall Saves A Bundle in Pain-in-the-Ass Relief

Janet Brooks Resigns as New Baltimore Town Clerk
Town Hall Saves A Bundle in Pain-in-the-Ass Relief

Brooks was re-elected last November as incumbent to serve another term as New Baltimore town clerk but quickly became the subject of a controversy suggesting misuse of public office, corruption, and generally abuse of the public’s trust when it surfaced that she was collecting a full-time salary and putting in only part-time in the office. According to one reliable report, Brooks was at work only 8 days in the month of January 2014. In addition, Brooks actually had two deputies doing her work for her.

We reported extensively on Brook’s alleged misuse of her office and the fact that she balked when the newly elected New Baltimore Town Board entertained a resolution to establish fixed hours for the office of the town clerk. See our article at “If you want me to do my job, you’ll have to pay me more…”.

Canned Response: “careful consideration of (her) health issues” Hemorroids?

In the Planck article, Brooks is reported to have claimed “careful consideration of (her) health issues” was the reason for her resignation. That canned statement is second only to disgraced politicians wanting to spend more time with their families. We have a burning question: Wasn’t Ms Brooks aware of her “health issues” last November, when she ran for re-election, hoping to continue her scam on New York State and New Baltimore Taxpayers? Or did thes “health issues” crop up with the discovery of her abuse of public office, and she found herself on the hotseat with a bad case of hemorrioids having to answer some sticky questions. Yeah, that’s it: Brooks’ health issue is hemorrhoids, Right?

JUST RESIGN!!!

JUST RESIGN!!!

Regardless of the phony reasons for the resignation, Brooks gave notice that the resignation will take effect in two weeks, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. This means that the office of town clerk for New Baltimore will accordingly be on the ballot for the next general election on Nov. 4.

New Baltimore Town Supervisor Dellisanti Talks Some Shite…

What irks us is that newly elected Town of New Baltimore supervisor, Nick Dellisanti, was less than candid when commenting on Brook’s and her service. The Planck reports Dellisanti to have said:

‘Brooks provided valued service to the community.’
“She was there nine-and-a-half years,” said Dellisanti. “She served the public well.”
***
“She did a very good job,” he said, “and she’ll be missed.”

That just might explain Mr Dellisanti's lack of candidness.

That just might explain Mr Dellisanti’s lack of candidness.

C’mon, Dellisanti, stop buttering the cabbage and have some balls! Tell the media what you think! We would have expected a bit more of honesty from Mr Dellisanti, given that his team was instrumental in exposing Brooks’ misconduct in office and given the fact that this blog published a scathing article on Brooks’ misconduct and made its own inquiries with the legal department of the Office of the State Comptroller and the Examiners’ Office specifically citing the Brooks case. The Comptroller’s legal deparment has been “looking into” our inquiries. But to be very clear: according to our information, our investigations, our inquiries, Ms Brooks provided a valued service to herself and her pension over the “nine-and-a-half years.” Ms Brooks served herself well and “did a very good job” of that. And yes, Mr Dellisanti, we’re sure you’ll miss Ms Brooks…like an inflamed hemorroid!

After March 19, when Brooks formally and physically ceases to be New Baltimore Town Clerk, her personally hand-picked insider appointee who has been Brooks’ “first deputy clerk”, Marjorie Loux of Hannacroix, another insider player, will perform the clerk’s duties during that period, as NYS Town Law requires that a town’s first deputy clerk “shall possess the powers and perform the duties of the town clerk … during a vacancy in the office of town clerk.”The law also requires the “first deputy” to have the knowledge and skills to perform, and to have taken an oath of office. Has that ever been done? Can we really trust a Brooks appointee to do an honest job, considering Brooks’ history? That’s an interesting question only the incumbent town board of New Baltimore will be responsible for answering until a new clerk is elected in November.

Loux has previously served as deputy clerk under Brooks’ predecessor, Barbara Weeks, a star performer who died suddenly, leaving the positon vacant, and the town also has a second deputy clerk, Diane Jordan (wife of controversial highway superintendent “Do-Me-A-Favor” Denis Jordan), both factors which will undoubtedly complicate the coming transition, and certainly will not resolve any of the tensions. But the question does arise, does the town of New Baltimore need all these deputies? Hell NO! What we need is a clerk who does the job and maybe a deputy who can step in if necessary, but less than part time and optionally compensated for that time unless adjustments can be made by substituting another employee and allowing comp time. That’s a legal issue that needs to be examined by the board and the town attorney. But now’s the time to start considering candidates, possible deputies for appointment, whether the deputy will be compensated, and other associated issues. Now, not at the last minute.

Well, now that Ms Brooks has announced her resignation, she’ll have more time to grind away at the organ (Whose? Now, now!) at the troubled New Baltimore Reformed Church (check out our article on the NBRC at New Baltimore Reformed Church: Slow Agonizing Death), where her pal Susan Kerr is mounting (Oh! My!) her offensives on patriotism the flag) and the American male domination of…well, they’re dominating something, aren’t they? You’ll have to sit in on one of her sermons to find out what in hell they’re dominating. Damned if we know!

The investigation must continue beyond any resignation and the inquiry must include whether there was criminal activity involved. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet; it ain’t over, pals.

Things are looking good in New Baltimore these days. Another cockroach is out of town hall. Things are looking mighty bleak for New Baltimore Democratic Committee chair Diane Lewis, now that her party’s fixtures are being scrapped one-by-one and removed from New Baltimore town hall as the corruption is exposed. Lisa Benway and Christopher Norris are next. Stay tuned for our report on their corruption in office.

Feels Better Already! the Editor

Feels Better Already!
The Editor

Stay Tuned: Our Next EXPOSED! report will talk about how Susan O’Rorke, Lisa Benway, and Chris Norris may have been involved in a conflict of interest scam involving NYMIR insurance brokers and campaign contributions to O’Rorke and the New Baltimore Democrapic Committee under Diane Lewis! Stay Tuned

For more information on Benway and Norris, see our articles: Double-Talk, Double-Standards, Double-Jeopardy: An Editorial & A New Baltimore Resident’s Letter to the Editor: Benway, Norris Obstructing the Board?

You Read it on the Smalbany Blog, 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.”

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