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Russian Mafia in Our Back Yards?

Does the Carver Laraway-Boris Jordan-George McHugh Connection Mean We Now Have the Eurasian Mob on our Doorstep?

The Russian Mafia, known in Russia as Bratva, the “brotherhood”, has been around since the Tzar’s days, but up to about the 90s was fairly limited to muscling businessmen and in the protection/extortion racket, and black markets. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the so-called Russian mob was expanded to include ruthless criminals from areas like Chechnia, Ukraine, and other areas until it became more appropriate to call them the Eurasian mob.

The Eurasian mob has been involved in everything from Russian industry, banking and insurance, vice and corruption, to collaborating with other criminal groups like the drug cartels in Central and South America, and even financing and providing guns to the South Italian mafia, the Camorra.

Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, said that the Russian mafia posed the greatest threat to U.S. national security in the mid-1990s. In August 2010, Alain Bauer, a French criminologist, said that it “is one of the best structured criminal organizations in Europe, with a quasi-military operation.” It’s only gotten worse.

One example is Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov, who was sent to Brighton Beach (NY) in 1992, allegedly because he was killing too many people in Russia and also to take control of Russian organized crime in North America. Within a year, he built an international operation that included, but was not limited to, narcotics, money laundering, and prostitution and made ties with the American Mafia and Colombian drug cartels, eventually extending to Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston. Those who went against him were usually killed.

Question: If Ivankov was a well-known organized crime figure and undesirable in his own country, Russia, how did he manage to get into the United States??? Who paid whom off? Where was our national security organization at the time? Where is our national security, Homeland Security, the FBI, now?

On June 7, 2017, 33 Russian mafia affiliates and members of the Russian mob were arrested and charged by the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and NYPD for extortion, racketeering, illegal gambling, firearm offenses, narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices; based in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, murder-for-hire conspiracy and cigarette trafficking.

On 19 February 2018, 18 defendants, members of the Russian mob, were accused of laundering over $62 million through real estate, including with the help of Vladislav Reznik, former chairman of Rosgosstrakh; one of Russia’s largest insurance companies. The Russian mob is involved in everything from real estate to banking to aluminum refining companies in Kentucky. (See the article, “Russian organized crime operates just about everywhere” by G. W. Abersold Ph.D. – March 13, 2018). Have they now found a home in Coeymans, a guest of Carver Laraway, at the so-called Coeymans Industrial Park. Will Coeymans be renamed “Russia on the Hudson?

Even the Times of Israel published an article, “US targets ‘Thieves-in-Law,’ Russian mafia royalty” (23 December 2017) and writes, “Washington seems to be confirming that the threat posed by the fabled “Russian mafia” from the former Soviet republics is a more organized one than previously supposed.” Gee! Didn’t you know that?

Russian Mob in Your Back Yard!

Well, Guess What? The Russian mob may be right in your back yard, in the Coeymans Industrial Park, in the grey building with no visible sign identifying what’s going on inside, the very building that houses the Curaleaf marijuana growing and processing operation headed by none other than Russian businessman, Boris Alexei Jordan, who is working in partnership with Carver Laraway and his lackey George McHugh.

This is the Curaleaf facility in the Coeymans Industrial Park
No sign on the building. You’d never find it if you were looking for Curaleaf. We identified it by the many vents on the building and a tiny sign on a door mentioning “Curaleaf Security.” We later confirmed with an employee outside the building.

Boris Jordan likes to talk about how he almost single-handedly turned the Russian economy, including banking and industry, around in Russia. But the boy-wonder, Boris Alexei Jordan, has only a B.A. from New York University, not very impressive credentials for a veritable miracle worker. So how does a guy with only an undergrad degree get to Russia and just start reorganizing things? There’s got to be more, much more to this story than meets the eye. We think we know what it is, too.

Jordan thinks we all came down with the last shower, it seems. Does he and his pals Carver Laraway and George McHugh really think we believe he’d get anything done in Russia without the backing of the powerful Russian mafia and Putin, who himself is closely connected with the Russian mob and mob money? Does Jordan, who blatantly admits that “business is done differently in Russia than it is in the USA,” and that bribery is an accepted way of doing business there, think we’re all stupid?

The Russian Bear Loves Dollar$!

Our question is also this: If he didn’t have mob connections and didn’t work with the Russian mafia and Putin’s crew, how did he stay alive over there? The answer is easy: He worked with them. They had him in their pockets.

It’s no secret that the Eurasian mob is getting more sophisticated and has entered the banking, insurance industries, and even aluminum refining in Kentucky. Jordan himself admits that now that billionaire bucks have bought off the United States government and legislatures, that pot is a major growth industry and a huge market. Jordan has carved out a chunk of that market and want’s us to believe that he’s the genius behind it all. He’s the front man, maybe, but he’s no genius and it’s not Jordan who’s behind it all.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the United States have been aware of this growing problem since at least the 1990’s if not the 1970s but have done remarkably little to slow down the mob’s growth in the United States or even to keep their kingpins out of the country. We really should be asking Why?

In a Connecting Heights (PBS) interview, the interview starts out with a bit of background:

Boris Jordan was a key figure in Russia’s economic transition to capitalism in the early ’90s, assisting in the launch of the Russian stock market and the privatization of state assets. Later appointed chief executive of Russia’s Gazprom Media as well as general director of its NTV television network, Jordan was forced to resign in early 2003 under political pressure.

But there’s one key bit of information we haven’t shared: Boris Alexei Jordan is an American of Russian parentage. You see, his people emigrated from Russia after the revolution. He admits he grew up in a strongly Russian traditional home, went to Russian school, and he even speaks fluent Russian. According the interview transcript, Jordan says:

I was very interested in Russia. My family came from this country. I was educated in the United States at home as a Russian. I had a Russian education on Saturdays for Russian language and Russian history. My university education was based on U.S.-Soviet diplomacy.

[Editor’s Note: This is a bit confusing because at one point Jordan says his education was based on “Russian diplomacy” and a couple of breaths later says that his background was “Russian finance.” The man can’t keep his story straight.]

We also find it interesting that Boris Jordan entered the Russian economic scene in the 1990’s, a time when the Russian state was in a turmoil and the Russian mob was seizing the opportunity of a country in chaos to get its fangs into very vulnerable and influential business sectors. They obviously needed a plan and needed one fast: Enter Boris Alexei Jordan and a small team of other opportunists. You don’t just step in because a bunch of patriots invite you in, not in Russia. The mob doesn’t just let some hungry wannabe waltz in and take over what was theirs to claim. Jordan had to have mob support or he was a dead man.

One clue about the sinister connections is a statement made by Jordan in an interview, when he talks about setting shop in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow:

We literally had to come in on a weekly basis with a suitcase of $25,000 or $50,000, or $100,000 in cash to just finance this whole operation and put it together.

Jordan describes how he got things done, avoiding the word “bribe” and replacing it with “incentivize,” according to Jordan: Where’d he get the suitcases of money he was talking about in his interviews? Santa Claus? The Easter Bunny?

Where’d the suitcases of money come from? The United States has laws and rules concerning how much money leaves the country and Russia certainly has rules about the sources and destinations of US$. Where’d the money come from, Mr Jordan?

Was it Easter Bunny money in the suitcases?

In the end it was a very old, simple process that got these guys to agree. We had to basically, I wouldn’t say bribe, but incentivize them by giving them stock.

Shakespeare wrote: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” In other words, a rose would smell just as sweet if you called it a cabbage. Well, bribery by any other name smells just as bad. Whether you call a bribe and incentive or not, it’s still a bribe. Sorry, Boris.

Doesn’t matter whether it’s in the Kremlin, Cuomo’s office, the NY state Senate or Assemby, or in Washington D.C., or George McHugh’s or Michael Biscone’s office.
It’s still bribery.

At another point in the same interview, Jordan responds:

“There’s an argument that I’ve compromised principles somehow by trying to adjust to doing business in the Russian environment…If you’re going to operate within this environment, if you’re going to have an impact on changing it, you can’t do it overnight. You can’t come in here and say, “For God’s sake, you have to follow the U.S. laws on securities for these operations.” You can’t do that. It’s just impossible…I’ve created a way of life for myself here [in Russia]. I’m living here with my family and my children for a very long period of time, and I intend to continue to live here. We are participants in an evolution and a change in this country…I’d love to change this country in two, three years, but I don’t want to make it look like the United States because, frankly, this country has tremendous things that are different from the United States.” [Emphasis provided]

That interview was conducted by PBS “Commanding Heights,” on October 3, 2000; Jordan was 33 at the time. There’s a lot going on in that background but we’ll gloss over it for now. Trust us when we say that it all supports our contention that Jordan is part of something much bigger and much more sinister than just growing pot.

We found another site that tells the story of how Boris Jordan does business. It’s a real eye-opener so do yourself a favor and read the article by Bill Browder, an American investor, “A true story of high finance, murder and my fight for justice in Putin’s Russia,” in which Jordan is a key figure.

American Investor Bill Browder, at war with Boris Jordan

Jordan was fired from his positions at Gazprom and NTV while in Russia. Apparently he stepped on Putin’s toes and had to go. Read the New York Times report at “American Financier Is Fired as Head of Russian TV Network,” Putin was angered by Jordan’s publishing premature reports of Russian troop movements responding to a Chechen terrorist attack on a Moscow theater that left 129 hostages dead. Jordan thought the report was ”exceptionally well done.” Putin’s response was, “journalists should not ply their trade ”on the blood of your own citizens — if, of course, those who do this consider these citizens to be their own.” The remark was widely seen as a jab at  Jordan and a NTV journalist, Savik Shuster, a Canadian citizen. Jordan’s operation gets 129 people killed and Jordan thinks it was “exceptionally well done.” Disgusting.

The Russian MobBoris Alexei JordanHis American Whores (Carver Laraway/George McHugh) relaxing together.

In one interview with CNBC he openly talks about getting US laws changed. Now how do you think he gets that little tidbit done? He also says that the Candadian market for pot isn’t big enough; its the US that is the target. Does that get your gray matter fired up yet?

Our research has shown that more is written about him in Russian than in English. In fact, credibility is an issue here, and there’s an awful lot about Boris Alexei Jordan that is in-credible. But make no mistake about it: Boris Alexei Jordan is 200% Russian.

For an interesting perspective, see the article “How Russia Prepared Renaissance Capital Co-Founder Boris Jordan For The Cannabis Industry” by Javier Hasse and Alex Oleinic , Benzinga contributors.

But all of that aside, we have to seriously ask ourselves where our elected and public officials were when all of this was in the planning and ultimately got approved by someone. We’re thinking especially of those closest to us and our children, those elected officials and public servants in whom we place our trust to make good decisions and to protect us:

  • Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District & Board of Education: When they’re not spending tax dollar wildly or evading paying taxes, where were they when the Town of Coeymans was considering this pot growing and processing facility? Of all the public servants, we’d have expected our kids’ educators to have chimed in at some point along the line. But they don’t care about anything but their own interests and their pensions.
  • The Coeymans Town Board and the Ravena Village Board: Where were the public comment sessions and were were the town and village officials while all this was being hatched? Weren’t they elected to protect the public’s best interests? Instead they put out the Welcome Mat to a Russian billionaire, his American whores, and the Russian mob. Great job!
  • Where were the Churches?!? All the Jesus Loves You! freaks. All the Bible Thumpers! All the Faith and Family Values hypocrites? All the good church-goers that fill the church parking lots for 45 minutes every Sunday? Where were your pastors, your priests, your bishops, your deacons and elders when all of this was happening?
  • Law Enforcement: Yeah, we know: All we can do is enforce the law! Poor excuse, dudes! Are you a bunch of brainless manikins? A bunch of remote controlled robots who get reprogrammed every time the politicians conjure up some hare-brained scheme? Just a couple of years ago, we recall and so do you, you and our corrupt judges were ruining peoples’ lives for a dime-bag of pot. Now you’re right in the middle of the corruption protecting the industrial pot-growers? If that isn’t an example of public corruption and the mob at work, what is. Can you defend yourselves?
  • But the worst bunch are the state and federal legislators, the people some voters put in the New York State Assembly and the Senate, and the US House of Reps and US Senate. They’re the biggest failures, disappointments and criminals because they are the real Whores of Babylon, it’s that bunch of elitists who sold us out. They took mob money to legalize another drug plague. They criminalized tobacco, an American addiction, only to legalize marijuana, a foreign addiction. They all should be tried as traitors!
  • And our final accusation is against YOU! Where were you when all of this was going on? Probably watching some sick sitcom like Mike and Molly while the rest of us were out voting, exercising one of our most important rights. It was your responsibility, your duty, your obligation to safeguard your children, their community, and their future. You FAILED! Your children’s blood is on your hands. We’ll be there to remind you when catastrophe strikes, if it hasn’t done already.

Moscow on the Hudson

Kremlin and Red Square (Moscow), Law Office of George McHugh (Old Ravena News Herald Building), Coeymans Industrial Park, the News Herald Offices (the former George McHugh law offices). Moscow will soon be in Coeymans via the Coeymans Industrial Park!

 
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Threats of School Shooting at RCS High School!!!


As of March 29, 2018, we’re still waiting for the RCS District Superintendent Brian Bailey, RCS High School Principal Lisa Partierne, Coeymans Acting Police Chief Daniel Contento, Coeymans Supervisor Phil Crandall and others (see the list below) — anyone with real facts — to comment, provide a public statement, or provide the facts about the incident. No one seems to want to come out and make a statement on this important public safety, school safety issue. Why is that?

[Editor’s Note: The RCS Central School District issued a bland statement on the incident some three days after the incident, boilerplate, of course. The statement may be difficult to find because the main subject in the title is not “student safety” but “Dr Bailey”, narcissist! Read the say-nothing statement, CYA statement at “Message from Dr. Bailey – safe schools” last accessed on March 29, 2018) See our note about SNN at the end of this article.]


The Craziness Just Doesn’t Stop in Ravena-Coeymans!

What is RCS, Coeymans PD waiting for?

On Friday, March 23, 2018, three RCS high school  students were reported to be “joking” about coming into the highschool and shooting it up.


In our article “Drive-by Shooting Arrives in RCS” we were the first to break the story about the botched up investigation of a local drive-by shooting. Coeymans Police allowed the case to go cold; no real investigation, no suspects, no arrests, no prosecution. Criminals went free. Sheriff’s Department and State Police wouldn’t touch it without Coeymans Police requesting assistance. Request was never made.

If you recall, a high-school student at RCS high school was suspendid for wearing a T-shirt depicting a weapon (National Guard), and in another incident the school was locked down and a student arrested for having a rifle in his car trunk. Just recently students at Albany High School were terrorized and evacuated, and several students arrested for a school shooting incident. Why isn’t the RCS Central School District and the Coeymans Police Department reading the writing on the wall.


Three RCS highschool students Chandler L., Dylan A., and Cameran R. were apprehended and taken into the RCS high school principal’s, Lisa Patierne’s  office and suspended for five (5) days for allegedly “joking” about shooting up the high school.Five days should be just about enough time for them to plan their extracurricular criminal activities, obtain weapons and ammunition, and execute their plan for “shooting up” the high school.

RCS Central School District Superintendent Brian Bailey, RCS high school principal, Lisa Patierne, deputy principal, Joe Slichko, and Coeymans Police Department School Resource Officer, Schwebke and his boss, Coeymans Police Chief (acting) Daniel W. Contento have some questions to answer.

With the recent waves of gun violence in our schools, such “joking” must be taken to be real threats and the individuals not only taken into custody but subjected to intense psychological evaluation, surveillance and monitoring, and other controls. BUT NOT IN THE RCS CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT!!!

RCS is not the inner city, it’s not Albany Arbor Hill or Newark, NJ. And with a more than $43 million dollar budget — about 75% of which goes to salaries for personnel —, what are the teachers teaching these kids? What are the parents doing about teaching these kids correct behavior, morality, good judgment? How is it with the media coverage of the slaughter, murder, mayhem, trauma and suffering caused by students to students, to parents, to whole communities in recent shooting, that the RCS community doesn’t take “joking” about such incidents more seriously? Behind every joke is a real situation!

And with the recent scandal revolving around law enforcement misconduct and the international attention it got: Did anyone at any of the schools discuss the reasons why the conduct of two Coeymans Police personnel was reprehensible, scandalous, and outrageous? Is there anything, any room in the RCS curricula for discussions of morality, ethics, etc. or about the systemic social and political failure in the United States today that puts us at the top of the list for school shootings and other social disgraces?

Our guess is that none of this gets any discussion in the RCS Central School District and, furthermore, that most RCS parents don’t bother to discuss such things with their offspring. Judging from the response to the Coeymans Police misconduct on just one site — The Care2 Petition, which received more than 87,000 signatures (more than 10,000 in New York State alone), and the embarrassing attendance at the March 22, 2018, Coeymans Town Board meeting, at which less than 20 people showed up, three of which traveled from as far away as Queensbury to make a public statement at that meeting. That alone shows how uninterested locals are in their community. It’s a stinking shame, an embarrassment! Then you wonder why we live in such a, well, cesspool, with equally shitty elected officials, and pretty third-world services, if any? Pardon our language but there are no other words to accurately describe the situation — and you know it’s true!

We all know that our legal system will hold a host giving a party accountable for damage and injuries caused by a guest leaving the party drunk, and while under the influence, getting involved in an accident.  We say hold the teachers, the administrators, the school board members, the police department school resource officers responsible for injuries and deaths occurring on school property. PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE; the taxpayers are already being sucked dry paying for these parasites and getting nothing in return. PERSONAL LIABILITY will get these dumbasses thinking about taking their responsibilities seriously.

In the RCS Central School District, school officials and law enforcement don’t take such “joking” = “threats” too seriously. After all, the teachters, administrators, and RCS school board members are all too busy padding their pockets, planning their retirements, or budgeting school tax dollars to benefit their cronies. The Coeymans Police are too busy running over raccoons in shopping mall parking lots.

You should have a lot of questions. You should be demanding answers. Our questions are:

  • How are the three students’ parents being handled in this case?
  • Do the parents of these three students have guns, ammunition in their homes? How are they secured? Have they been seized by law enforcement during the investigation or the pending investigation?
  • Were the parents of RCS high school and middle school students informed of this threat?
  • Were students in the RCS Middle School and RCS High School, two schools on the same location, informed of the threats in a professional manner? Were they informed about ways to detect such threats and a procedure to follow? Were they educated as to what to do in such an situation? 
  • What actions, other than administrative suspension, were undertaken to investigate these students and the possibility that their “joking” was not real “threats”?
  • The RCS high school and middle school are in the jurisdiction of the Coeymans “Raccoon Killer” Police Department, what actions or plan of action do the Coeymans Police have for such threats?
  • Are these three students under supervision or surveillance?
  • What action did the RCS Central School District Superintendent, , and the RCS Central School Board of Education taken in this case?

There are some really serious questions that have to be answered in cases like this. Contact local officials to get the answers before you hear the sirens and learn about the local school shootings because nothing was done in cases like Chandler L, Dylan A. and Cameran R.

CONTACT! DEMAND ANSWERS!

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Brian Bailey
(518) 756-5200, ext. 6003
bbailey@rcscsd.org

Philip A. Crandall
Supervisor, Town of Coeymans
18 Russell Avenue
Ravena, New York 12143
Phone: (518) 756-6006
pcrandall@coeymans.org

Daniel W. Contento (SGT)
Acting Chief, Coeymans Police Department
18 Russell Avenue
Ravena, New York 12143
Phone: (518) 756-2059
chiefofpolice@coeymans.org
police@coeymans.org

RCS High School
2025 Route 9W
Ravena, NY 12143
Phone: (518) 756-5200, ext. 2003

Lisa Patierne, Principal
lpatierne@rcscsd.org
Joe Slichko, Assistant Principal
jslichko@rcscsd.org

RCS Middle School
2025 Route 9W
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200, ext. 3000

Pam Black, Principal
pblack@rcscsd.org
Cynthia Herron, Assistant Principal
cherron@rcscsd.org

Is the RCS Central School District, the Coeymans Police Department, the Albany County DA P. David Soares waiting for this to happen?

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Note: Superintendent Bailey uses a techy acronym “SNN” in his so-called message. For those of you not privy to Bailey’s cryptic lingo, here’s what SNN is: School News Notifier (SNN) is an opt-in e-news service designed to help keep parents and the community more in touch with what is happening at schools via e-mail and/or text message. With SNN, administrators have the power to send updates and reminders about school activities, information about school closings and delays, and notices and other news. Parents and residents can sign up to receive e-mail messages from any of the schools and/or the district. Subscribers can choose to receive any or all of the alerts listed and can unsubscribe at any time. Subscribers must provide personal information but that information will not be shared with outside organizations. Question: What about the many computer illiterate adults, parents and non-parents, or those who do not own computers in the RCS Central School District. How does the rest of the community find out about what’s going on. That is, when our public servants ignore our requests for information?

 
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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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Our First “Year” In Review

We Started this Blog on March 31, 2012 and So, on December 31, 2012, We are Exactly 9 Months Old. Not Quite A Year but We’ll Do a “Year in Review” Anyway.

2012 in Review

some statistics

This Blog:

  • Was started on March 31, 2012, to cover events in Albany, NY. It later morphed into a more local blog, though still retaining the orginal Smalbany title
  • Has averaged more than 10,000 new readers every month since it started.
  • Has published more than 170 articles
  • Has published more than 700 readers comments. (Simon Bolendorf leads with 149 comments).
  • Has 65 readers who are “Followers” and who get e-mail notification when we post a new article or comment (You can Follow us, too, by simply clicking the Follow Us button on the right margin)
  • Lists more than 690 searchable categories or “tags”, a.k.a. keywords  (and according to one of our most reliable commentators, Simon, we use them all on every article ;))
  • Boasts more than 95,000 readers at the time of this writing.

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A Very Dirty Pot Dares to Call A Clean Kettle Black

 The RCS District’s Very Dirty Pot, Matt “the Mutt” Miller, Continues His Ridiculous Campaign of Harassment Against a Respected Board of Education Member, and It Has the Foul Smell of Retaliation.

Talking-out-ass


Stop Talking, Matt!
We know where you’re coming from!

What does our very humiliated and disgraced teachers union representative and employee of the RCS School District, Matt “the Mutt” Miller, with all of his baggage have to say about an elected community representative who has done nothing but good for the community, but who has been made to suffer attacks from the Coeymanazis, we may very well ask.

RCS high school science teacher Matt Miller has a lot of baggage and isn’t the most credible spokesperson for any organization. who are you to judgeThis article reminds readers of this shady character’s history and provides an analysis and comparison of Matt Miller’s past and why he would be well advised to lay low, stay out of sight, and shut his mouth. But he’s too stupid to realize that his attacks on others only draw more attention to him and for the worst of reasons. We can conclude that parents and residents should take a closer look at the people in sensitive positions to whom our young people are exposed, and what kind of role models they represent, what morality they are exemplifying for our developing citizens. We suggest that teachers like Matt Miller are not the best we should offer in our schools. We can and should do better.

In fact, Matt Miller shows all the signs of a drowning, desperate man, grasping at anything floating by to save himself, even at a straw. Buzz is that he’s lost all effectiveness as a representative for the teachers union, he’s lost credibility, lost face, lost support of those he’s representing. That’s true, isn’t it Matt?

Matt Miller’s most recent gaff, there have been so damned many, I’ve lost track, is an example of repeated misinformation and distortion of facts that lead to our community believing a lie to be true.

I don’t think it’s necessary to repeat the lessons on sovereignty, autonomy, legal personhood, corporation because either you know or you don’t want to know. We are all sovereign which means we all have a right to govern ourselves and make decisions that affect us. Government is created to serve the people, not the other way around. That went out when we got rid of the king. But we are living in a perverse system, still. We allow ourselves to be drowned in lies that, if told to us often enough, we believe are true. Anyone with any intelligence and guts looks at the situation and becomes angry, very angry and does what he or she can to fix at least his or her personal situation.

wolf sheeps clothesI do draw the line, however, at my representatives in Washington and the Supreme Court giving corporations legal personhood and rights that I should be enjoying. Many of you marched to the corporations’ Black Friday and Extended Black Friday drumbeat, like a bunch of rats dancing to the tunes of the Pied Piper, to interrupt your family holiday meal to rush out and trample each other to get to buy crap the corporations have told you you need, most if it Chinese, and which will likely be either broken or you’ll be told is outdated by January 2nd. Pretty soon, Congress and the Supreme Court will give my toaster the right to vote.

So, my advice to anyone, but Matt Miller, especially, is that if you want to pick on “someone” for not paying taxes, go for the biggies: the corporations, your legislators, the 1%, and stop picking on the local working man.

The result of all of this is that the sheeple run to hide behind locked doors, and the wolves are free to wander the streets, to make the rules. But there are still a few intrepid, brave hearts that venture out to kick a wolf, or at least to throw a stone. Where are the rest of you when it’s happening right here in your community?

First of all, let’s do a little review: In May 2012, a school budget was passed under suspicious circumstances, circumstances that threw the RCS community into a scandal and led to investigations and audits by the state authorities. The RCS board of education was updated and the balance of power shifted. The citizen-business group (Krzykowski, Lukens, Robbins, Sylvester, Vadney) were now in the majority and the teachers clique (Engel, Reville, Latter, Whalen), all teachers or married/closely related  to teachers, were now the minority. With more than $42 million at stake, the teachers clique and their supporters started to fight really dirty, and the misinformation and downtalking was out of control.

The entire scenario was complicated by the involvement of Matt Miller, the teachers union rep, and former Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, teacher and then superintendent, who was totally incompetent and had no control over anything, except padding her retirement check. She announced her intention to retire giving short notice and jumped ship.

The Coeymanazis, a group of loudmouthed hypocrites who lost all credibility once the voting irregularities were made the subject of public investigation, and their hyped up claims and promises could not be backed up, stood by and got desperate. They upped the ante by continuing their attacks on Mr Rodney Krzykowski, but also instigated a botched up frame up of the school board president, Mr J. Vadney, whose family was threatened and even attacked, and they spewed unsavory comments about other citizen-business boardmembers through the Times Union (a.k.a. the Times Useless) newspaper and the Times Union blogs, until they were caught using multiple phoney names to post multiple comments.

None of the Coeymanazis have any official positions, except for Matt “the Mutt” Miller, who is the RCS school district teachers union representative. Mr Miller has his own baggage to check, as you’ll see as you read on.

First of all, let’s not be mistaken regarding Mr Matt Miller. He is a teacher and he is the local representative of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). His interests are in protecting the rights of the teachers and promoting their interests. He has no interest as union representative in protecting your children, parents’ interests, or the community.

(We recent acquired a copy of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) demand for disclosure of information regarding the RCS CSD energy manager position. Read the FOIL demand at FOIL Request re Matt Miller_redacted.)

Here is the NYSUT mission statement. See if you can find students, parents, community anywhere in it:

Through a representative democratic structure, New York State United Teachers improves the professional, economic and personal lives of our members and their families, strengthens the institutions in which they work, and furthers the cause of social justice through the trade union movement.

Matt "the Mutt" Miller

Matt “the Mutt” Miller

And Mr Miller is working a reduced teaching load (2.5 hours) and devotes the rest of his day to his union work. Mr Miller receives his full teacher’s salary ($80,000+), full benefits, professional enhancement perqs, etc. at your expense. In other words, you are paying his teacher’s salary, the majority of which is going to fund his union work. That’s like Congress funding the salaries of the Washington gun, pharmaceutical, or automobile manufacturers lobbies!

Quite frankly, I don’t really care if this arrangement is in his contract. It’s wrong. If he’s doing union work at the school, the union should be reimbursing the district for the time he spends as union rep. Or, if it’s so important to Mr Miller, maybe Mr Miller should do his union work on his own time or take personal or vacation time to do it. Or the Union should pay Miller directly. After all, the New York State Teachers Union apparently isn’t hurting for money, judging by their building at 800 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham, New York. It’s incredible!

NYSUT Building, Latham, NY.

NYSUT Building, Latham, NY.

Snatch it and Run like hell, Matt!

Which brings us to a subject near and dear to our hearts: Mr Matt Miller’s double dipping. Yes, we consider Miller to be a double-dipper. Worse still, we point to the fact that until the current RCS board of education majority put a stop to it, Miller was actually triple-dipping! Yes! Triple-dipping. Your darling Matt Miller, part-time teacher getting a full-time salary at your expense, was actually getting an additional $10,000 payment (some say as much as $18,000) a year to be district energy manager: He told people to switch off lights, for example, turn off computers, close windows when the heat was on. DUH! That was being paid for the same time Miller was (1) supposed to be teaching, (2) doing his union work, (3) playing energy manager. Triple-dipping at taxpayer expense.

(We recent acquired a copy of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) demand for disclosure of information regarding the RCS CSD energy manager position. Read the FOIL demand at FOIL Request re Energy Manager redacted.)

One of the very first actions taken by the new majority (Krzykowski, Lukens, Robbins, Sylvester, Vadney)  on the RCS school board under president John Vadney and vice-president Mike Robbins, supported by all of the citizen-business members and opposed by all of the teachers clique, was to dump Miller and his energy manager racket. Needless to say dear Matt Miller was not a happy camper and it seems had vengeance in his bald little head: he always had something to say about parents filing grievances for injustices and abuse done to their children, now Matt Miller files a grievance against the RCS school district. But that’s not all, he launches a campain of negative statement against the district, too.

Matt Has Reason to Feel Depressed

Matt Has Reason to Feel Depressed

Well, if the teachers were doing their jobs and Matt Miller were doing his teaching for which he was being very well paid, maybe our graduation rates wouldn’t have been in the 70% range. Think about that. Maybe the teachers and the students would have had brains enough to turn off the lights, too!

Well, the citizen-business majority of the RCS board of education (Vadney, Robbins, Krzykowski, Lukens, Sylvester), after having gotten rid of Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, took the step of hiring a proven heavy-hitter, no-nonsense, superintendent, Dr Alan McCarthy, whose experience, wisdom and know-how kept the Vorheesville school district in the high 90% range in graduation rates.

The teachers clique, and especially union rep Matt Miller, saw the writing on the wall. Dr McCartney would not put up with their antics, so they went on a smear campaign, led by the teachers clique (Engel, Reville, Latter, Whalen), the Coeymanazis (led by Jerry and Cathy Deluca), and of course, Matt “the Mutt” Miller, the teachers union representative. Failed again. McCartney took control, held meetings, gave instructions, and had the mess under control and assumed command. Bravo! Dr McCartney!

Dr Alan McCartney was and is a force to be reckoned with and knows how to handle obstreperous and unruly children, even if they happen to be teachers. So it was, after a public outburst performance by Matt Miller, Miller and Dr McCartney had a “a cordial meeting of the minds,”  according to a reliable source. Our interpretation: Miller was put on notice.

Dr McCartney is preparing his justification and proposal for reinstating the 5 p.m. bus run for students who stay at school for remedial support; the justification will be  presented to the RCS Board of Education for consideration. Dr McCartney is making this important proposal by finding the funds already there–that means without it costing taxpayers more–to provide remedial help for students lagging behind (why would that be if RCS teachers are so great?), and forcing the teachers to stay and provide the remedial help. Of course, this doesn’t go over very well with the teachers, the teachers clique, the teachers union,  and least of all with Matt Miller, the district teachers union representative. Imagine that! Teachers are being held accountable for what they’re being paid to do! Added services at no additional cost to the taxpayer! The sun’s starting to shine again on RCS!

Under superintendent Elizabeth Smith, bullying and student abuse was rampant in the RCS schools, especially at the high school. We’ve already published the fact that there is evidence that teacher Matt Miller was involved in inciting acts of bullying and placing students at risk. The bullying was common knowledge, even parents were being treated with disrespect, the athletics coaches were abusing students, and the list goes on. Where were the teachers while all of this was happening? Where were the principals? Where was Elizabeth Smith? Where was Matt Miller? Yes, that’s all history now. But the disease is not cured until you cut the entire cancer out, leave a single cancer cell in the body and it can flare up again! There’s still disease in the RCS school district that needs to be excised before we can say the disease is cured.

This week an article appeared on the RCS School District website that reported on the RCS Greenhouse, Community Greenhouse Project To Benefit RCS Students in which Matt Miller is mentioned for his contribution, and of course the teachers get top billing, while the real promoters and workers are relegated to a list. Well, the record shows that one of the principal obstacles to that greenhouse was none other than Matt Miller and his gang. So what’s new. We’re still giving postive honorable mention to people who obstruct progress. Nothing new but things are changing, fast.

(By the way, I think it’s time that the articles that appear on that RCS School District website start to give names of the persons who write them. We’d like to know whose opinion we are reading. Isn’t that fair? After all it’s a public information source for community and residents and we’d like to know who’s doing the writing.)

Matt Miller is just a small fish swimming in a cesspool of bigger caprophages (shit-eaters). Here are just a couple of examples that we’ve areadly reported on but we feel you need to be reminded:

  • Coeymans supervisor Flach together with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple has proposed a gem of a proposal for eliminating the Coeymans Police Department and replacing it with a local, professional law enforcement force provided by the Albany County Sheriff. Coeymans keeps local law enforcement but the uniforms and cars change, and the town saves about $500,000 each year in the first four years and about $750,000 in the fifth year. Anybody with half a brain would jump up and shout, “No-brainer! Yes!” But not coeymans board members Thomas “Tom” E. Dolan, Dawn Rogers, and Thomas A. Boehm, who oppose anything that might make a positive difference in Coeymans. Dolan, Rogers, and Boehm have to go! They’re losers. Say YES! to Supervisor Flach’s vision and YES! to Sheriff Apple’s offer to save us from the Coeymanazis!
  • Put the Ravena village council and mayor John Bruno on the carpet and ask what the F***K is going on with this scandalous insider wheeling and dealing with the Bruno-Deluca-Warner Memorial Fitness Center. Everything went on behind closed doors from the decision to have a fitness center after they throw the library out, to who was going to run it (Cathy Deluca), to spending on their own $40,000 of taxpayer dollars to buy used fitness equipment and transport it from the failed fitness center location to space formerly occupied by the library. You citizens had no say whatsoever in all of this and you need to ask WHY? Someone has to be held accountable for this illegal action by mayor John Bruno and his minions.
  • There’s an awful lot of croneyism, corruption, double-dealing, conflict of interest in the Ravena-Coeymans community.
You Thinking What I'm Thinking?

You Thinking What I’m Thinking?

The first thing that comes to mind is the Michael Biscone Syndrome. That’s where sonny boy follows in daddy’s corrupt footsteps and takes over everything legal and illegal in the community. That’s where law steps all over justice and the scheister tells the courts what’s to be done. It’s where Michael J. Biscone operates both as village attorney and as a private attorney in matters involving the village, submits vouchers for payment as village attorney and makes money billing privately for basically the same thing. There are a lot of Biscone vouchers in Ravena village hall that need to be audited and audited NOW!  We might want also to ask how is Biscone misusing his corrupt positioning to cash in on village resources? Take for instance a certain trailor park on property owned by Guess who? on Winnie Avenue, and a certain water line that was laid to that property owned by Guess who? And there’s more, much more than that. But if you don’t ask you’ll never know.

  • Main Street Ravena-Coeymans is fast becoming a ghost town. The ruse of leaving up business signs (Bush’s, Ledger, etc.) in front of long dead enterprises is losing its effect. I can’t help but think that instead of spending $40,000 and more on used fitness equipment the money could have been spent more wisely on some sort of promotion of the village and hamlet, perhaps to attract the interest of new enterprise. But given the record of retaliation, corruption and special-interests in this community there’s not the chance of a snowball in hell that anything is going to happen until we get the sinister plans of the Biscones, the Brunos, the Persicos, Albanos, Delucasand their Coeymanazi henchmenunder control and we take back the community. Clans like the Brunos and Biscones don’t want to share what they’ve got and don’t want to miss out on what little remains to be had. They’ll try all of their old tricks and a few new ones to suppress anything that isn’t going to benefit them. That’s the problem we have with the village idiots who serve them and the retaliation and intimidation that’s done to anyone who doesn’t bend over for them.
  • And let’s not forget that BoBo-cop phoney, Jerry Deluca and his partner in conspiracies, Cathy Deluca. There’s so much about those two characters on this blog that all you have to do is start typing their name and you’ll get literally pages of incriminating facts.

And the henchmen doing their dirty work come from the most unlikely places, like in the schools. Right, Matt Miller?

So, good people, loyal readers, it’s time to really get together and make the good things happen that are already popping up, at least in the schools where Dr McCartney and the citizen-business board members are doing great positive things. With a great leader at the help of the schools and a community-oriented majority on the board, the schools appear to be in safer hands now than ever. Now that parents and residents can trust the superintendent and the citizen-business board members to protect their children and their interests, we can now turn all of that energy that was spread everywhere and concentrate that energy on improving the RCS community overall. We can start locally and start saying positive things about our superintendent and school board members and stop tripping them up only to bruise ourselves. Start thinking in positive terms. Let’s clean up the village Of Ravena and the hamlet of Coeymans by getting to the core of the corruption. Take back the community, people!

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Matt “the Mutt” Miller & Coeymanazi Hypocrisy

The Coeymanazis Went On and On About Parents Filing Grievances and Complaints Against the RCS School District for Good Cause–Their Children Were Being Abused!

Miller’s Big Mouth Gets Him In Hot Water…
AGAIN

 But now what have the Coeymanazis to say? Now that their darling double-dipper teachers union president Matt “the Mutt” Miller has allegedly filed a grievance against Guess who?!? The RCS school district!

And Why? Because the district decided not to continue paying him $10,000 in addition to his teacher salary just to tell people to switch off the lights! Yes! Matt “the Mutt” is pissed because he’s not getting his cut of the school budget his cronies and the Coeymanazis steamrolled through the vote.

“Dirty-Hands” Jerry Deluca

What do you have to say now, “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca? And what about you, Coweymanazi Cluck Cathy Deluca? Nothing to say, Coeymanazis? (Cathy Deluca is probably licking her wounds with Nancy Warner in the wake of the recent thrashing we gave them regarding their crooked conspiracy in senile Ravena Mayor Bruno’s  Cow-eymanazi Fitness Center! Another Deluca recipe for failure…) Any more secret meetings in the park with Tom Dolan, Jerry? The Coeymanazi spotters are out spotting so watch your step!

Matt “the Mutt” Miller

Not only was Matt Miller shamelessly collecting a full-time teacher salary for part-time teaching–he was and still is getting paid by you to serve the teachers union–he was also soaking the district for an additional $10,000 being paid to him for acting as so-called energy manager during the same time he was (1) supposed to be teaching, (2) doing his union work, (3) playing at energy managing. Now he’s got the gall to complain and file a grievance because the new majority on the board of education said Enough, Mutt! Once the teachers on the board were in the minority, the new non-teacher majority could make some changes for the better. And one of the first things they did was get rid of the plum energy manager position.

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Quick Update: RCS vs Vorheesville Comparison Figures

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Vorheesville Highschool Has Outperformed RCS Consistently By a Considerable Margin for the Past Six Years. Dr Alan McCartney Was Instrumental in That Superior Performance.

Or You Can Stick With The Bronze

Graduation Rates Comparison: RCS HS vs. Vorheesville HS
Year RCS* Vorheesville*
2005-2006 82 % 94 %
2006-2007 83 % 95 %
2007-2008 82 % 97 %
2008-2009 83 % 91 %
2009-2010 78 % 93 %
2010-2011 80 % 98 %
* Figures provided by the respective school district offices.

So where did you say Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith was taking the district…for a ride, you say? And what about all that talk about parents coming to the RCS district because of the fine reputation the schools have? Was that part of the pitch you got from the real estate salesperson who sold you the house? Or did you actually do real research? You’d better check your figures!

And if the teachers are so great, why are the graduation rates so low?

Let’s just put our bets on McCartney and shut up and let him do what he’s been hired to do. If you really want to bitch about someone, try bitching about Elizabeth R. Smith; she did nothing, jumped ship, and is still spending your tax dollars!

Shut up! And do your homework!
The Editor

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