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Why Ravena Village Hall Thumbs Their Noses at the Pubic Officers Law…

The legislature’s purpose in enacting the New York State Freedom of Information Law, PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW, ARTICLE 6 SECTIONS 84-90 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW reads:

“The people’s right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. The legislature therefore declares that government is the public’s business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article.”

We Have A Right To Know!

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And they have to tell us! It’s the LAW!

Click on Logo to Read About the NYS FOI Law

Click on Logo to Read About the NYS F.O.I. Law

We all know this section of the Public Officers Law as the F.O.I.L. for short, and some of us who have a need or a desire to know the facts behind what our government is doing take full advantage of the legislature’s intent to ensure that the public is informed.

The problem is this: some of our public servants and local government employees do not want us to know what’s going on and so they are constantly placing speed bumps along the information highway. They sometimes stonewall when responding; they sometimes respond in excess by throwing everything but the kitchen sink in the works and then charging twenty-five cents a page for copying it (a form of passive retaliation); they produce as little as possible making it necessary to submit requests again and again (hoping that you’ll get frustrated and stop), or they simply lie and say they don’t have anything you’re requesting. And then they say they’ve contacted Mr Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Government and he told them they didn’t have to respond.

The seeds of corruption are still in Ravena village hall, right under Mayor Jelly-Fish Moose Misuraca's bulbous nose!He never cleaned house! Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, and Nancy Warner are still doing their voodoo!

The seeds of corruption are still in Ravena village hall, right under Mayor Jelly-Fish Moose Misuraca’s bulbous nose!
He never cleaned house! Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, and Nancy Warner are still doing their voodoo!

Sound familiar. It should. Because Ravena, that model of small town corruption and wickedness has used all of those avoidance techniques and others to prevent residents from finding out what they’re doing in village hall. And Mr Robert Freeman, an employee in the New York Department of State, who heads the Committee on Open Government (COOG) and makes a complete farce of the F.O.I.L., takes Ravena’s calls, listens to their fairytales, and tells them they don’t have to disclose. It never occurs to Freeman that the village of Ravena clerks have been lying to him and manipulating him for years; that’s assuming he even cares, since he’s a fixture in state government and gets paid no matter whom he screws over. —He’ll do his damage, retire, and continue sucking up taxpayer dollars. He’s a parasite.—

What’s worse is that unlike the town clerks, the village clerks are appointed not elected. What does that mean to us residents? Well, you see, Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, the current village of Ravena clerks, were appointed by the former mummy-mayor John Bruno and his sidekick hatchet-woman Nancy Warner. Now that Bruno is out, Warner is still there keeping her loyal minions under control and terrorized.  Bruno ran the village offices by strong-arming people and Warner was his sidekick, and made certain everyone played the game or got fired. So it is that Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki survived in village hall because they knew how to take orders and play the game. Even with the election of jellyfish William “Moose” Misuraca and his majority on the village council, he hasn’t made many changes—he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on and even if he did he probably wouldn’t have the brains to do anything about it, and Nancy Warner is still there running the show, calling the shots, and oiling the internal workings, which includes running Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki.

Remember also that Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca are bosom buddies, and Nancy Warner was instrumental in creating the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and handing it over to Cathy Deluca. As long as Nancy Warner is between the axe and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center (Cathy Deluca’s playpen), it’s going to be hard to eliminate both the RHFC and Deluca—but very possible.

So let’s look at a real-life scenario where a resident requests disclosure of information on Guess what? Yup, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center (abbreviated RHFC) by submitting a Freedom of Information Law request for information. The request is for information on the income and finances and monthly figures on memberships of the RHFC. Another request was for the costs for the Ravena Centennial Celebration and how many tickets were sold and how many tickets were given away. All of this information is public access but not in Ravena.

Nancy Warner Clutching Her Chest

Nancy Warner Clutching Her Chest

So the resident submits the requests and Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki get it first. They then go to Nancy Warner to ask her what she wants done with it. Nancy Warner goes pale, clutches her chest, seems to be having an orgasm, and then calls Cathy Deluca who it just happens is the manager of the RHFC, and just happens to be the chairperson and organizer of the Ravena Centennial Celebration. Deluca, when she hears the news, like Nancy Warner, goes pale, clutches her chests, and has an orgasm. Their response: No way! José! We can’t let anyone with half of a brain have any of that stuff; it’ll send us all to Albany County Jail! They have to find a way to refuse to disclose the information, after all it’s a week before elections, and if this stuff gets out, they and anyone connected with them are dead in the water (Right, Tom Dolan?)!

Deluca after the orgasm

Cathy Deluca after the Orgasm

So they cook up some lame-brain excuse why they can’t or won’t provide the documents:

  • You have not picked up previous documents and paid the $4.25.
  • You have not picked up previous documents and paid the $19.00

But both are clear evidence of Annette Demitraszek’s and Kristine Biernacki’s stupidity, and how Nancy Warner doesn’t care how stupid she makes her underlings look, as long as they can prevent the information getting out to the public! (Well, you don’t think for a minute that former Ravena mayor John Bruno or Nancy Warner appointed people who wouldn’t follow orders, do you? And if they weren’t complete slaves to Bruno and Warner, how long do you think they would last? So of course they’re not going to rock the boat or do anything to piss Nancy Warner off, they’d be history. So like the greedy rodents they are, Demitraszek and Biernacki stay cogs in the machine, violate the law, and stay employed in village hall.)

In the first case, Nancy Warner, through Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, first refused to produce documents requested way back in July 2013 first writing:

“Please be advised that your request for legal services payments does not reasonably describe records in our possession because our vouchers are fiiled in chronological order not by subject.”

If anyone can make sense out of that illiterate statement we’d be grateful for a translation! So what! You can’t find your documents? Or you won’t look for the documents? But that didn’t work very well so they tried this:

“This is to acknowledge receipt of your demand for disclosure dated July 9, 2013 and to inform you that it has been forwarded to the appropriate department.  We are expecting to grant your request in whole or in part by July 23.”

“Forwarded to the appropriate department”? How many departments are there in village hall? It’s the clerk/treasurer who has the requested documents! And its the clerk/treasurer who is forwarding the F.O.I.L. demand to the “appropriate department”? Now which department could that have been, we wonder? Could it have been the Department of Mayor Bruno’s Office (he was still in office at the time) or the Department of Nancy Warner?

So when that lame and transparent attempt to stonewall failed, they then wrote back:

We have been informed by COOG [Committee on Open Government, Bob Freeman] that the complexity of the issues involved in determining whether the materials fall within one of the exceptions to disclosure on item #1-3 will take a significant amount of time.  They advised us to give you a time frame of 90 to 120 days, which would put us into the fall.

The couldn’t squirm out of having to comply so they claim the COOG “informed” them that the “complexity” of the issues would take a “significant amount of time”. What issues could they be, Nancy Warner? Your corruption and thieving? How complex can the issues be? The requester wanted documents that any normal office would have in a filing cabinet ready to go. But the issues are really complex when you consider the corruption under the Bruno administration; they’re still pretty complex, it seems, under the Misuraca administration. Misuraca ran under the slogan “Change!” but only the faces changed, the corruption is still there. When the village of Ravena refused to respond to the FOIL requests, the requester then filed a Notice of Claim, required before filing a lawsuit against the village, and when they didn’t respond by scheduling a hearing to safeguard their rights—rather the rights of Ravena taxpayers and residents, who will have to pay the lawyers and pay for the village’s defense—, the requester then wrote:

“Dear Clerk:
On or about August 15, 2013, the village of Ravena was served with a Notice of Claim by my agent for violations of the NYS F.O.I.L.
As of today’s date, I have not been served with notice of the 50-h hearing date nor with written notice from the village of Ravena to the effect that the village of Ravena waives its right to said 50-h hearing.
Please advise in writing of the village of Ravena’s intentions before lapse of the 90 period allowed for exercising the municipality’s right to 50-h prior to filing my suit at law.
I will not accept e-mail notification of the village of Ravena’s intentions.”

It's Enough to Make a Rat Blush!

It’s Enough to Make a Rat Blush!

The village of Ravena did not respond and did not take advantage of the opportunity to hold the hearing to gather facts about the claim. In other words, they failed to protect their rights and to safeguard the rights of Ravena taxpayers! Why would they do that? you might well ask? Because they were not going to let the information get out there before the 2013 elections knowing how it would incriminate the Bruno administration! They lost anyway.

Coconspirators & Losers: Nancy'Warner's Former Team.

Co-conspirators & Losers: Nancy Warner’s Former Team. Losers: Rocco Persico, John Bruno, Martin Case

But the resident still has time to file the lawsuit against Ravena—and we have information that s/he will file the lawsuit in federal court because the case also involves violations of federal law—adding that to the current violations of the Public Officers Law.

You see, normally the documents responding to a FOIL request can be provided almost immediately when the offices keep their records in order or are not afraid to let the information out. Twenty days after a request is considered fair. But 120 days after a request for a small operation like Ravena is downright ridiculous and is such a glaring attempt to conceal that they’re sure to lose a lawsuit! Who in their right mind would want the information so late anyway? It’s deader than dead, staler than stale!

You see, in that case, Warner’s stonewalling actually kept the responder from actually getting the information for the purposes s/he needed it. Would you have paid $4.25 for something useless, 120 days (4 months) after you needed it? Well, as it turns out, there were other ways to get the message out and that’s what happened. The Result: Bruno, Persico, Case, all Warner’s allies on the village council, got their walking papers in the November 2013 elections. The lesson dumbass bimbos like Nancy Warner should have learned is that they can’t keep the truth from getting out with crooked tactics. The Truth will get out.

As for the second lame-brain excuse for not producing the documents in response to the most recent request about the membership figures and income for the RHFC and the accounting for the Ravena Centennial Celebration, Demitraszek’s and Biernacki’s stupidity is again glaringly obvious!

In this case they claim that they assembled the requested documents and copied them but the requester never picked up the copies. Well, if they had read the original request — assuming those bimbos can read — they would have read:

“Please notify this requester when the documents responding to this request have been assembled. The requestor will then make an appointment to review said documents, and request that copies be made of any documents deemed to be sufficiently responsive.

“And you will certainly have noted our remark in that same e-mail:

If you proceeded to make copies of documents you presumed to be responsive, it seems you may have failed to read the demand in its entirety.”

Ravena's Jellyfish Mayor

Ravena’s Jellyfish Mayor

So Demitraszek and Biernacki made a mistake, didn’t read the clear instructions in the FOIL demand and now are trying to turn things around and use their error to avoid producing the documents requested in the most recent request! Congratulations, Ravena! Your new mayor, monkey-mayor William “Moose the Jellyfish” Misuraca, never cleaned house and now has John T. Bruno’s rodents, Nancy Warner, Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki still doing their voodoo in village hall. Actually, it’s Nancy Warner protecting her partner-in-crime Cathy Deluca and their illegal money pit, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. But the writing is on the wall: The Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Cathy Deluca’s illegal playpen, the moneypit that is losing money and sucking up taxpayer dollars to the tune of more than $105,000 plus, is on the chopping block. If Misuraca doesn’t cut that scandalous money pit from the Ravena village budget for 2015, he and his village council deserve to be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail!

An so the, street talk is that Nancy Warner is not going to embarass herself by running for Ravena trustee again; she’s sure to lose the election — and if her husband, Ravena village court parasite, Harold “Hal” Warner, corrupt ex-Albany cop who was condemned to a desk job in Albany for his civil rights abuses, of course later made a village justice so he could continue his abuses of civil rights — thinks he’s going to be re-elected, he’s dumber than we had previously thought. Back to Nancy Warner: So she has to do her damnedest to keep things rolling for at least another year for her protegée Cathy Deluca. But even so, Nancy Warner will still retire from village hall with a pension; she may get to keep all she managed to pilfer and still collect taxpayer dollars. She’s a parasite and we’ll still be paying her when she’s gone, unless we get her, Bruno, and their cronies convicted, and punished for their crimes against this community for more than 25 years! Same is true of that parasite bottle-blond bimbo Cathy Deluca!

But we see through their cheap tricks and we will support our neighbors’ rights to get the information out of that brothel they call Ravena village hall, even if their municipal jellyfish-pimp Misuraca just wants to sit there stroking his tentacles. You see, Misuraca and all elected officials owe their loyalty to the constituency, to the voters and taxpayers of this community, village and town. They don’t owe loyalty to their crooked friends down the hall, like Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warner. Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warner will to the same thing that Jerry Dirty-Hands Deluca and his bosom buddy Gregory Darlington did: like the rats they are, they sucked what they could out of this community and then jumped ship. Wake the hell up, Misuraca! Where are your loyalties, Mayor Misuraca? Do we even have to ask that question?

So-o-o-o….

Unless the village of Ravena responds to the most recent demand for disclosure of records relating to the income and expenditures of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and to the costs and revenues of the Ravena Centennial Celebration, this blog will assist a number of residents who have experienced the village of Ravena’s stonewalling tactics in filing first a Notice of Claim for violation of New York State laws and federal laws, as well as residents’ civil and protected rights, followed by a lawsuit that will force them to comply and to pay damages. We hope also that they will lose all or part of their pensions for their criminal activities.

In Our Ongoing Battle to Clean Up Local Government

In Our Ongoing Battle to Clean Up Local Government
Starting with the brothel on Mountain Avenue, Ravena.

If you have had experiences similar to these, please send us your name and contact information so we can discuss your case with you and whether it makes sense for you to join the other residents in filing the Notice of Claim and the lawsuit against the village of Ravena, Nancy Warner, Annette Demitraszek and Kristine Biernacki, William Misuraca, and John Bruno. Contact us at rcs.confidential@gmail.com. We intend also to go after Mr Robert Freeman and the Committee on Open Government through the NYS Attorney General and the Office of the Comptroller for Mr Freeman’s abuse of office and complicity with the unlawful and illegal abuse of public office we observe in the village of Ravena municipal government operations.  We never publish your personal details or the information you provide without first obtaining your consent. We can be trusted!

Meet Nancy, Annette, Kristine, and Cathy's New Friends! The Editor

Meet Nancy, Annette, Kristine, and Cathy’s New Friends!
The Editor
 

 

 
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Right Under Your Noses: Total Incompetence, Total Waste. Shame on you!


UPDATE: Seems we built a bonfire under Ravena-Coeymans’ highway/public works departments butts. Two days after we published this article the Ravena-Coeymans dolts woke up and properly paved the mudpies on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans, oddly right across from the town garage! Was it coïncidence or was it the wake-up call we sent?


The Good News is: Ravena is doing much needed roadwork. The Bad News is: The Ravena Department of Public Works under the incompetent direction of fire-bug Henry Traver is doing the work. The Problem is: The Ravena Department of Public Works flunked sandbox and mudpies; They apparently don’t know their arses from their shovels—You know, those things they’re constantly leaning on to support their massive bulks!

monkey with shovel

HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY INCOMPETENT ROADWORK?

Question: What do Henry Traver of the Village of Ravena Public Works Department and Denis Jordan of the New Baltimore Highway Department have in common?
Answer: No, not setting fires. They both haven’t a clue, they’re both robbing us blind, we’re paying both exhorbitant salaries and benefits to waste taxpayer money.

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We received a call from a Ravena resident to come down an check out the roadwork being done in Ravena. We had already seen the Ravena Department of Public Works and their part-time borrowed laborers from the Ravena Filtration Plant botching something up on Central Avenue but we had to respond to the resident’s request, so we meandered over to Central Avenue, then to Western Avenue. What a mess!

We’re just wondering how many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being squandered by the bunch of clowns making believe they know how to resurface a street. We couldn’t believe what we saw so we photographed it and posted it as a slide show above.

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s plus benefits and pensions to waste money and resources.

This is how Ravena and Coeymans manage your tax dollars!

This is how Ravena, Coeymans and New Baltimore manage your tax dollars!

First of all, it seems they just spread some muck down on the streets and then threw some loose stone on top of it. Silly walruses apparently thought that would do the trick and keep them in their jobs and pensions. Try again! The stone is loose and is flying all over the place, leaving bald spots where cars have skid over the stone. In other places, the stone is so thin, that the cracks in the street show through. Driving down Central and Western Avenues, we left a pretty respectable dust cloud and flying gravel in our wake. But there’s another problem: they don’t seem to have been able to get uniform stone, and there are some pretty large pebbles in the street now that will probably cause some pretty respectable damage to a paint job or a windshield when they’re flung up by passing vehicles.

We’re just waiting for the next heavy rain to see all of the stone washed downhill…or for the street sweepers to come down the street and sweep up all of the loose stone. Maybe Henry Traver or mayor Bill “Moose” Misuraca will then sell it back to the village of Ravena for the Department of Public Works to spread on the streets again. Nice scam!

Not only does the loose stone fly all over the place when a car passes over it, and not only is there the danger that the larger stonessome actually measuring and inch or two acrosswill damage property and may cause injuries to pedestrians, there’s the problem of stopping distance on the loose stone. Try applying your brakes on the stuff!

So Traver, Misuraca, what’s going to happen when the next heavy rain comes down and washes it all away, or the street sweepers collect it, or when the snow plows scrape it all up—assuming it lasts until the first snowfall.

Well, the NYS Department of Troglodites botched up the repairs under the LaFarge converyor overpass this summer, leaving Route 144 worse than it was before with bumps, mounds and troughs. So they came back last week and redid the work. Nice job security. Right? Screw it up and do it again at taxpayer expense!

And what about the professional job the Troglodites did on Rt 144 in the hamlet of Coeymans? They dug up the roadway, dumped some gravel and dirt into the holes and left. now we have bigger holes! Nice Job! So what’s the town of Coeymans going to do about that, now? Probably re-zone it 😉

MonkeyShovelThe Town of New Baltimore Is No Better!

Still More Monkey’s With Shovels!

What we don’t understand is how our communities can pay these bloated morons salaries in the high 50’s to waste money and resources. It seems it’s characteristic of this area to hire incompetents to head the highway and public works departments. Ravena and Coeymans aren’t the only ones with problems in public works; they share that dubious distinction with the Town of New Baltimore. Just take a ride through New Baltimore and see how the New Baltimore Highway superintendent, Denis Jordan, and his crew of flying jackasses patch potholes! Throw in a couple shovels of cold patch, don’t bother to tamp it down, and take off. All it takes is three cars passing over the “work” and Voilà! The return of the pothole! Where’d the cold patch go? Check the bottoms of your shoes and the undercarriage of your car!

Budget time is coming up, neighbors. They’ll be looking for more money to waste next year and they’ll want their salaries increased, too. We think you’d better wake up and participate in those budget meetings—that is, if the crooks and their minions even open the meetings to the public—and start demanding some quality for your tax dollars—and some competent people to do the work.

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better! The Editor

But Only If You Speak Up! We deserve better!

The Editor

 
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NYS Comptroller’s Audit Slams Coeymans Board for Financial Mismanagement; Ravena Doesn’t Pay its Sewer Bill

The New York State Comptroller’s Office Released its Findings Today on its Audit of the Town of Coeymans Financial Recordkeeping and Cash Disbursements

Ravena Dispute Cited for Shortfalls

Comptroller Cites Ravena Sewer Dispute for Shortfalls

Village of Ravena Cited for Causing Enormous Revenue Shortfall and Capital Expenditures in Coeymans

While the Comptrollers auditors cite a number of discrepancies in the town of Coeymans’ financial recordkeeping and checkwriting practices, it specifically cites the village of Ravena’s failure to pay its fair share of sewer billings because of Ravena’s “over the Town’s cost allocation method and costs incurred for sewer-related capital projects.” This forced the town of Coeymans to dig into the town general fund to compensate, which caused a cascade of problems.

According to the Comptroller’s report:

As noted in our prior audit report,1 the sewer district fund ended 2009 with a fund deficit of about $590,000 as a result of a shortfall in operating revenues. This shortfall was caused by the non-payment of sewer charges from the Village of Ravena (Village) resulting from a dispute over the Town’s cost allocation method and costs incurred for sewer-related capital projects that should have been accounted for in the capital project fund, rather than the sewer district fund. As a result, Town officials made substantial interfund advances to the sewer district fund from the part-town general fund to finance the revenue shortfall and capital expenditures. (Report, p. 7)

The sewer district fund’s liability originated in the years prior to our audit period. The sewer district fund’s finances were severely impacted in 2009 due to a substantial shortfall in operating revenues because of the dispute with the Village over the Town’s cost allocation method and costs incurred for sewer-related capital projects (previously discussed). (Report, p. 9)

The report goes on to say that the town of Coeymans did not accurately report the actual condition of the sewer district fund with serious consequences:

Although the financial condition of the sewer district fund has been improving and is better than originally reported, the failure to accurately report this information increases the risk that the Supervisor and Board will not be able to effectively evaluate and manage the Town’s financial activities. (Report, p. 9) [our emphasis]

The town of Coeymans’ financial reports do not correctly report the real financial condition of the sewer district fund. Coeymans 2011 annual financial report reported an unrestricted fund balance deficit of $230,368 in the sewer district fund. This balance was incorrect because there were costs incurred for other capital projects that were incorrectly accounted for in the sewer district fund instead of the capital projects fund and the sewer district fund included an interfund loan to the capital projects fund that was, in effect, uncollectible because that project had been closed. If the necessary adjustments were made to the accounting records, The Town would have reported a positive fund balance of $451 in the sewer district fund instead of the negative $230,000. According to the Comptroller’s report:

General Municipal Law states that moneys advanced between funds are to be repaid as soon as the funds become available, but in no event later than the close of the fiscal year in which the advance was made. While the use of an interfund advance is a permissible form of short – term borrowing to meet current cash flow needs, it is not intended to be used as a long-term approach for providing financial resources. (Repport, p. 9)

This situation highlights why it is important to maintain accurate and complete financial reports so that the Board can determine the financial condition of a fund at any point in time. Without accurate financial information, the Board cannot effectively evaluate and manage the Town’s financial activities. (Report, p. 10)

The Comptroller’s auditors also found serious problems in the town of Coeymans payroll practices, lack of supervision of the payroll clerk’s operations, and failure to secure the towns check stock! Here’s what the auditors write:

An important component of any internal control system is proper segregation of duties over cash disbursements, which ensures that no one person controls all phases of a transaction. Concentrating key duties (such as authorization, recordkeeping, and custody of assets) with one individual with little or no management oversight through increased supervision significantly increases the risk that errors or irregularities could occur and go undetected. (Report, page 12)

That’s what the auditor’s found happening in Coeymans: one person has control over everything — just like in the village of Ravena and the town New Baltimore — which “significantly increases the risk that errors or irregularities could occur and go undetected.” Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? Well, maybe someone should ask Mr Thomas Boehm, Mr Thomas Dolan, Mr Peter Masti, Ms Dawn Rogers why commons sense is in such short supply on the Coeymans town board? Didn’t the residents of the town of Coeymans elect the Gang-of-Four to keep an eye on things like this? Instead, they go ahead and cooperate with the village of Ravena on Ravena mayor John Bruno’s Make-Us-A-Ghost-Town Project or to rename the town Reubenville! Dumb as a box of rocks!

Coeymans Town Board Boehm, Dolan, Masti, Rogers at Work for You

Coeymans Town Board
Boehm, Dolan, Masti, Rogers at Work for You

Actually, from where we’re sitting it looks like the only “significant irregularities” that have happened have happened in the voting booths: somehow Tom Boehm, Tom Dolan, Peter Masti, and Dawn Rogers got elected. Same “significant irregularities” happened in the village of Ravena when mummy-mayor John Bruno, the wicked witch-on-a-stick, Nancy Warner, and the Ravena Flying Monkeys, William “Bill” Bailey (a.k.a. “Ravena Mumbles”), Martin “Marty” Case (a.k.a. the “Tipsy Teacher”), and Rocco Persico (a.k.a. the “Shrinking Shrink”)  got elected! And don’t sit there sniggering, New Baltimore, you’ve shot yourselves in the foot with your painted piglet Susan O’Rorke and Chris Norris (Didn’t he get early retirement for mental problems? Says it was because of 911 but the record allegedly shows he was on vacation when 911 occurred!). But more on New Baltimore later. Much more!

The Town’s payroll-related costs total almost $3.2 million per year. Therefore, it is essential that management design and implement effective controls over the payroll process comprising well-developed practices and procedures, adequate managerial oversight, and proper segregation of duties. (Report, p. 12)

There is an inadequate segregation of duties because of the payroll clerk’s over-involvement in the payroll process…As a result, there is an increased chance that errors or irregularities could occur and not be detected and corrected in a timely fashion. (Report p. 12 – 13)

In plainlanguage this means that the poor recordkeeping and lack of supervision of Town of Coeymans financial activties can’t detect who’s thieving or where. This same lack of recordkeeping and lack of supervision by the town of Coeymans town board is what we’ve been writing about with regard to the Coeymans police department and so-called chief Gregory Darlington. With almost every step the town of Coeymans town board members have tripped over their own feet and have failed the people of this town. (It seems the only two people in Coeymans town hall with any sense of duty or common sense are Diane Millious, the town clerk, and town supervisor, Stephen Flach, but they’re outnumbered at least 3-1 by the rocks-in-a-box, Boehm, Dolan, Masti, Rogers, and Darlington and his thugs!)

David Wukitsch, town attorney, is about as useful as tits on a bull or pants on a hooker!

David Wukitsch, Esq. Town Attorney for Coeymans and New Baltimore "Tits on a Bull"

David Wukitsch, Esq.
Town Attorney for Coeymans and New Baltimore
“Tits on a Bull”

One problem common to both the town of Coeymans and the town of New Baltimore is a legal-lesion known as a David Wukitsch, who acts as town attorney for both towns. Wukitsch is about as useful as a one legged man at an ass-kicking contest or pants on a hooker! Wukitsch’s legal advice has caused both towns more legal problems than it has prevented. We’re preparing an article on the town of New Baltimore and some of the craziness that Susan O’Rorke and her flying monkeys have cooked up, and David Wukitsch is right there to provide the worst legal advice available, second only to David Soares’ legal ignorance.

So, there you have it. The New York State Comptroller’s auditors confirm what we all knew in our deepest places what is true: We’ve elected a bunch of rocks to oversee taxpayer dollars, and that box of rocks can’t even put common-sense safeguards in place to ensure that you’re either not robbed blind — which is the case in the village of Ravena and very likely the case in the town of New Baltimore as it now stands — and the vile, hateful bunch of incompetents on the Village of Ravena board want to ship their shit to Coeymans and then default on the bill. Problem is, the town of Coeymans can’t even do the simple math or keep their beans in the proper boxes so Coeymans residents don’t have a clue how much or how little or where it is!

The complete NYS Comptroller’s audit report, Town of Coeymans, Recordkeeping and Cash Disbursements, Report of Examination , Period Covered: January 1, 2011 — September 30, 2012 (2013M – 186)  is available at State Comptroller’s website. To view or download the complete report click this link: Coeymans.

Town and Village Boards Ravena-Coeymans-New Baltimore The Editor

Town and Village Boards
Ravena-Coeymans-New Baltimore
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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Who is “Cathy Deluca”?

In the Continuing Investigation of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the Village of Ravena’s Attempts to Get “Cathy Deluca” a Civil Service Classification

Who is Cathy Deluca?

Who is Cathy Deluca?

Who is Cathy Deluca? Her Civil Service Application Is a Mess!!!

If Deluca can’t even [honestly] fill out an application form completely [and honestly], how can she be expected to manage a municipal health and fitness center? Ravena mayor John Bruno’s and Nancy Warner’s personal appointee to be director of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center appears to have a very colorful past but none that makes her in any way suitable, much less qualified to be a director of a municipal taxpayer – funded fitness facility. (Next they’ll be using body-bulk as a qualification!)

Is She Qualified or Just a Golddigga?

Is She Qualified
or
Just a Golddigga?

In fact, the documents we have received even indicate that there’s some confusion even to her real name. Normally you would use your full name on an employment application, wouldn’t you? Only a very ignorant person would not use his or her real name on an employment application or on a civil service application. Right? And what about tax withholding, social security contributions, insurance, etc. You’d think they’d all require a real name, or at least a complete name, wouldn’t you?

The Application for Examination and Employment we received for “Cathy Deluca” also shows some interesting details regarding her so – called qualifications, too.

Seems Ms Deluca made it only so far as to have graduated from high school but she doesn’t give any dates on the form; she leaves the fields blank. Vanity? Hiding something? What’s the deal, Cathy?

Cathy?

Cathy?

Not only does “Cathy Deluca” raise red flags but she also has other aliases, according to the Application form. She’s gone by Cathy Deluca, Cathy Long, Cathy Purcell, too, and we even see her as Cathleen Deluca on her Internet personal trainer “certification.” Of course, on the Internet you can pay and get just about anything but it seems her certification as a personal trainer comes from —get this –Expert Rating Global Certifications and her “personal trainer skills” fulfill all of EXPERTRATING’s skills assessment criteria…but we don’t know what they are, do we? And there’s no sign that any of this is recognized by any real accrediting organization, just an Internet buy – a – certification.

Cathleen Deluca, that’s the name she uses on the certificate we’ve obtained claims that she is certified by the “American Council on Exercise/Expert Rating” in 2013. Well, the ACE claims to pass 87% of candidates on their first try at the exam. It appears that if you’re brain dead you can pass the exam and get an expert rating. Makes you wonder who’s watching or supervising these garbage certifications.

One of our contributors is a professional and knows about “certification programs;” he has no use for them because in his opinion, they’re all bullsh*t and are out to make money for themselves while certifying idiots with no real skills and who need a piece of paper to get a job. The only certification programs that do any good are those hands-on programs under the supervision of peers and a mentor/supervisor, and those programs take many months, even years to complete, and require not only practical modules but academic study and a project paper or thesis. In some cases there’s even an oral examination before a panel of experts. Online certifications for a fee are simply crapola! So put your life in the hands of an online certified chimp, why dontcha?

The Albany County Civil Service title Description for Fitness Center Director fixes the Minimum Qualifications as “either”: “A. Graduation from a New YorkState or regionally accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation or closely related field; OR B. Four (4) years of experience in fitness programming, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.” Cathy Deluca has none of these…and her application doesn’t help her case, either. We could nickname her “Close it Cathy,” which might be a good idea in many respects like her mouth and, well, other things.

Maybe Ravena mayor John Bruno is attracted to  Cathy Deluca because they have one thing in common: The have a deadly effect on local businesses. According to Deluca’s Civil Service application, however, the only qualification we see is her ability to “close businesses.” Here’s why:

The Cathy Deluca Effect

The Cathy Deluca Effect

Deluca lists “Deluca Public Affairs,” a “assoc. management / lobbying” (her spelling not ours!) business, from August 2005 to December 2012. her duties there were those of a secretary / administrative assistant but she lists herself as “owner.” Her reason for leaving: “Business closed.”

Deluca then lists “Neighborhood Health and Fitness” in Ravena, New York (172 Main Street), owned by Bob Fisk and Deb Farhbach. She lists her duties as “group fitness instructor, personal trainer, assist with front desk, scheduling, new program development” That was from September 2006 to October 2011. Reason for leaving: “Business closed.”

Next, Deluca lists “Body Master Fitness Center” in Ravena, New York (172 Main Street), a fitness center, and Deluca lists herself as owner. That bit ran from August 1994 to July 2000. She describes her duties as “all aspects of running fitness ctr, budgeting, scheduling, training, program development, customer relations, training and hiring of new staff, bookkeeping, advertising, PR, ensuring regular maintenance and safety of all equipment, purchasing new equipment.” Reason for leaving: “Business closed.”

Thank you! Cathy Deluca

Thank you! Cathy Deluca

Either she’s inflating her job description or “Cathy Deluca” is one hell of an Olympian with skills in association management, lobbying, fitness instruction, personal trainer, bookkeeper, etc. An all of this with only a high school education, no further education, no certification or training until April 2013, when she gets her Internet certification as a personal trainer! Impressed? Shouldn’t be! We are impressed only by the apparent misinformation and lies. Yes, that’s impressive.

So now mummy mayor John Bruno and hatchetwoman Nancy Warner together with the other three dolts on the Ravena village board, William “Bill” Bailey, Martin “Marty” Case, and Rocco Persico were so impressed with Cathy Deluca’s superior qualifications and credentials that they went ahead and appointed her to be the Ravena Health and Fitness Center director without any other applicants, and then gave her a salary of $30,000 a year + benes, while trying to connive a civil service title for her and then get it to be exempt so she wouldn’t have to take a civil service exam. Of course, a civil service exam is a bit more serious than an Internet buy – a – certification, an we can imagine how Cathy Deluca would have done. But then if the exam was on How to Close a Business, she’d max it out, you’d think.

Cathy Deluca Effect

Cathy Deluca Effect

Everywhere Cathy Deluca has been, her reason for leaving was, “Business closed.” Any guesses what the reason will be when she leaves the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter? Maybe she’ll never leave because there are deep pockets, YOURS, that will keep the village money pit going and keep Cathy Deluca, Long, Purcell, Cathleen Deluca…whatever her name is in pocket money.

But we have to give credit where credit’s due: Cathy Deluca does state that she has no objection to the Civil Service Department contacting her former and present  employers regarding her character and qualifications. Problem is: Her former employers were Cathy Deluca and her present employer is the Village of Ravena (mayor John Bruno and Nancy Warner are her direct supervisors). Do you think they’ll give her a good recommendation as to her character and qualifications? Do you get the impression something’s fixed here?

Any guesses what the name is on her Social Security Account card, her IRS tax returns, her NYS driver’s licence? We’re just curious.

Yes, We're Open And Digging The Editor

Yes, We’re Open
And Digging
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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Caribbean Jerk Off Championship…Am I reading this really?

We’ve Been Writing About Local Jerk-Off’s for About a Year Now and Ravena-Coeymans and New Baltimore Never Cease Amazing us.

Among the Notable Jerk-Offs We’ve Paid Dubious homage to on this Blog include Mummy Mayor John “Black Mamba*” Bruno of Ravena, BoBo Cop Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, DoDo Cop, former-garbage-collector-now-Coeymans-police-chief, Gregory Darlington, the-let’s-screw-Ravena-residents village board “trustees” Nancy Warner, Rocco Persico, William “Bill” Bailey, Martin “Marty” Case, the RCS Central School District teacher mafia or so-called board of eduction, and others. And let’s not forget the village of Ravena’s little plum, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, paid for with Ravena tax dollars to provide  Cathy Deluca with a place to play (thanks to Ravena “trustee” Nancy Warner and mayor John “Black Mamba” Bruno). Now we have to welcome and add, officially, that is, the editiorial staff of the so-called Ravena News Herald, to the Ravena-Coeymans-New Baltimore Jerk-Off Hall of Fame. And yes, then there’s Albany County District Attorney, P. David Soares. The obvious J/0 champs.

* Do you know how Ravena mayor John Bruno got the nickname “Black Mamba?” If you do, let us know!

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The Ravena News Herald and Donovan’s Shady Harbor marina/restaurant and “Jerk Shack” achieved this dubious honor thanks to an attentive reader and a write-up that appeared in Section A3 of the August 8, 2013, edition of the Ravena News Herald. Here’s the entire item:

The Ravena News Herald and Shady Harbor Marina (New Baltimore) Join Up to Show the World What A Bunch of Jerk-Offs We Have Here...Now In Print and Only in the News Herald! (News Herald, August 8, 2013, section A3)!!!

The Ravena News Herald and Shady Harbor Marina (New Baltimore) Join Up to Show the World What A Bunch of Jerk-Offs We Have Here…Now In Print and Only in the News Herald! (News Herald, August 8, 2013, section A3)!!!

Well, this back water nest of incestuous corruption and public nastiness has managed to even trump renaming an entire community after a toxic sandwich (Remember the “Reubenville” shame? … Yes! New Baltimore and Coeymans have managed to sink to new depths by becoming the Jerk Off Championship capital.

Speaking of jerk-off champs, we just can’t wait to start our new season of jerk-off champs with their rookies Peter Brown and Jason Hyslop as they join their corrupt special interest veteran jerk-off champs board president and scoff-rules James Latter with witch-on-a-stick teacher-union-voodoo doll Alice Whalen, teachers and teacher partners Edward “Teddy” Reville and Howard Engel as they bully their way through the budget giving it away to their cronies. Let’s watch as Jim Latter gets his wife a principal’s position…that’s been in the making for a couple of years now.

And as for the Ravena village jerk-off champs, Martin “Marty” Case (also a teacher, part-time real estate salesman) and William “Bill” Bailey, who apparently intend to run for Coeymans town offices in an attempt to spread the infection of corruption and economic disaster to the entire town of Coeymans, while the Coeymans Police department infiltrates its ranks with friends and relatives of DoDo cop Gregory “Garbage Guy” Darlington and his confidential secretary Dawn LaMountain. We also hear that a Darlington-darling, a special friend of Darlington’s, has been hand-picked by loser Tom Dolan as the democrat candidate for Coeymans town clerk. Get ready for Ravena-style corruption and special favors galore if that bunch gets in.

Anybody know anything about Dianne  Challenger, Darlington’s little friend?

Other Short Notes

Start thinking about signing the petition to get the referendum on the ballot to eliminate the Coeymans town police department and get professionals to take over law enforcement in Coeymans. We’ll start providing information how to make that happen very soon, as soon as summer is behind us.

Wanna join me at the "club", Mr Mayor?

Hey! Black Mamba, Wanna join me at the “club” later?

Has anyone wondered why taxpaying residents of the village of Ravena–after shelling out more than $40,000 for used fitness equipment and another more than $105,000 of taxpayer money being allocated to fund the Ravena Health and Fitness Center have to pay to use the facilities they’re already paying for? Do you know of any other health club where you get to pay TWICE to use the facilities? Only in Ravena and under the management of mummy-mayor John “Black Mambo” Bruno’s gals, Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca! Why don’t Ravena taxpayers ask this question?

Cathy Deluca has gotten the entire village of Ravena into hot water again, as we’ve already reported. First Notice of Claim against the village of Ravena came when she abused a potential member and told him he was unwelcome. Bad move bad-mouth-Cathy! That’s getting the village sued. Not enough? Well she also had the balls to then make a complaint with her friends in the Coeymans Police Department telling a heap of lies and getting them to investigate her lies on your dimes (ask Coeymans Police Officer Jason Albert about this when you see him.) That got another, a second Notice of Claim filed against the village of Ravena and Deluca, this time for criminally falsely reporting an incident and conspiracy with Deluca and her little minion Claude A. Wheeles conspiring to provide the false information to the Coeymans Police. As usual, the investigations got screwed up or fixed but that’s not the end to it. The 50h hearings are scheduled for August 15, 2013, when the village’s lawyer will try to “establish the facts” ín an asinine attempt to save the village’s ass and Cathy Deluca’s, too, in a pre-lawsuit hearing. Andrew S. Holland of the Albany law firm of Napierski, Vandenburgh, Napierski and O’Connor, has been assigned the case by the Village of Ravena’s insurance company. Let the fireworks begin!!!

Speaking of botched up investigations: Anyone hear about the screwed up drug raid at Oakbrook Manor last week staged by the Coeymans Police Department on the wrong apartment. Seems Gregory Darlington, Ryan Johnson and Kerry Thompsonput the three of them together and you can’t put a complete brain together for them to share—can’t seem to read the black letters in the warrant to distinguish between an “F” and a “K”.  And were you wondering where Psycho-cop Ryan Johnson disappeared to? He’s now misleadingly flashing a business card around that gives the incorrect impression he’s a federal drug enforcement agent. He’s not. He’s only on a task force…obviously a task force that doesn’t require its members to be able to recite the alphabet. (By the way, we have received reports that although the drug raid did find some evidence, it’s likely the raid may come to nothing but a lawsuit but it’s likely the evidence will be tossed because of the botched up raid.) Nice going Darlington, Ryan, Thompson! Just what we’ve learned to expect from you!

This just in: “Black Mamba” mayor John Bruno’s hand-picked appointee, front-office lackey Annette Demitraszek, who sidelined Kris Bernacky as Ravena village clerk/treasurer is playing stupid games while attempting to avoid responding to New York State Freedom of Information requests. She first started her idiotic games by taking incredible amounts of time to respond to FOIL demands; then she tries to tell the requestor that the issues are very complex will require a great deal of time to process. Then she tries to use exceptions and exclusions to avoid producing but can’t tell you what exlcusions she’s talking about. Then it’s the “village policy” that documents responding to a FOIL will be provided only to the requestor (that one’s unique to Ravena). After trying everything she can to make it as difficult as possible to get production out of the village of Ravena, the latest one is “you haven’t picked up the stuff that’s been waiting so now you have to pay up front before we process any pending or future requests.” How stupid does it get? How can Demitraszek tell in advance what a request is going to cost before processing the request? Has the village of Ravena gone completely senile? Is dementia contagious now? We’ve known for years that the Ravena water supply is tainted but are the effects just now showing? Or is the effects of the heavy metal pollution from the Lafarge plant that we’re witnessing?  We all know that mayor John “Black Mamba” Bruno would never appoint someone “smarter” than he is to any position in the village government but really, how has he found someone more demented than he is? This is really getting scary!

It seems that the apparently permanent fixture at the Committee on Open Government, Robert J. Freeman, is a bit senile himself. He seems to be falling for the stories Demitraszek is feeding him and is so stupid he swallows it all and gives “opinions” over the phone. Then those crackpots in Ravena town hall puke it back up putting their own spin on it. Either Freeman’s corrupt or just plain stupid to be falling for their crapola.  We have been informed that this will likely become another lawsuit against the Village of Ravena. How long will their insurance company keep sending them attorneys? How much longer are Ravena taxpayers going to put up with this?

Hey! News Herald, Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore: What's next, the Great Chicken Choke Championship? The Editor (Please do not Google these terms!)

Hey! News Herald, Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore: What’s next, the Great Chicken Choke Championship?
The Editor
(Please do not Google these terms!)

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

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Criminal Complaint: Catherine M. Deluca a.k.a. Cathy Deluca, Claude A. Wheeles, Ravena Health and Fitness Center

Have the Lies and Criminal Conduct Caught up with Her?

Has She Involved an Innocent Bystander?

We Have the Paperwork and an Incriminating Bit of Evidence. Has the Teflon-Tootsie Lost Her Non-Stick Coating? Looks Like Falsely Reporting an Incident to Law Enforcement and Conspiracy Might be on the Menu for Ravena Health and Fitness Center “Director” Cathy Deluca.

The Heat's On High Will Cathy D. End Up Wearing the Egg or Will Teflon Save Her?

The Heat’s On High
Will Cathy D. End Up Wearing the Egg or Will Teflon Save Her?

Cathy Deluca

Cathy Deluca

The Ravena Health and Fitness Center has been surrounded by controversy and accusations of wrong-doing since Day One. In fact, the place gets deeper and deeper into trouble as time goes on. As you’ve read here—but not in the News Herald or the Times Union, of course—all about the financial misconduct, the administrative misconduct, the hiring misconduct, and the list goes on. So why would the Ravena News Herald or the Times Union pick up on a scandal story abour their cronies? The point is: They wouldn’t and you’d still be in La-La Land thinking everything is just peachy–just like you’ve been doing for decades while village of Ravena mayor John Bruno, village of Ravena trustee Nancy Warner, Coeymans Police Department employee Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, village of Ravene unlawful employee Cathy Deluca, town of Coeymans “runaway bunny police chief” Gregory Darlington and their mob rub their hands together just so impatient to get their pice of the action. Well, last month, even before the Ravena Health and Fitness Center officially opened its doors, Cathy Deluca opened her big mouth and got herself and the village of Ravena into a bit of a pickle. As a result, a Notice of Claim was filed against the village of Ravena, Cathy Deluca, and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. It’s the first step before the lawsuits.

Wanna join me at the "club", Mr Mayor?

Wanna join me at the “club”, Mr Mayor?

But the dirt doesn’t stop there. It appears the Cathy Deluca had no sooner blabbed her way into a lawsuit but she then reports an incident to her little friends down at chubby-hubby’s Coeymans Police Department, alleging that she’d been harassed and stating false facts. This is a misdemeanor crime in New York state. Well, her plan to get an innocent party into hot water backfired on her. Sorry, Cathy!

What’s worse is that she apparently managed to get an employee of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center to lie along with her. That’s another felony/misdemeanor called conspiracy. You see when you plan to commit a crime and get someone to help you out, whether that someone knows what you’re doing or not, that person is involved in a conspiracy. So, Cathy D. apparently got an employee of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center under her control and supervision, a Claude A. Wheeles, to allegedly corroborate her lies to the Coeymans Police Department.

Well, the fact that falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement and causing law enforcement to investigate something that never happened is a serious crime. So is getting someone to collaborate with you in that crime. And that’s apparently, or at least according to the papers filed with the Coeymans Police Department allege that Deluca did.

What Cathy D. and her little helper, Claude A. Wheeles,  didn’tknow is that the entire incident was caught on tape and that recording was recently turned over to the Coeymans Police Department as evidence that Cathy D. and her alleged co-conspirator Mr Wheeles lied to the police about the incident they alleged to have happened at the Ravena Health and Fitness Center.

According to the papers we have, that resulted in a second Notice of Claim, in addition to the first one served on the village of Ravena, the second one alleging that Cathy D. committed the crimes of falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement and conspiring to do so. Now the village of Ravena has to answer for a second, now criminal, complaint against the Teflon-Tootsie.

Question is: Do We Go After the town of Coeymans, the Coeymans Police Department, Gregory Darlington on Civil or Criminal Charges Stemming from Indifference and Negligence, and Incompetence to Obstruction of Justice?

Of course, the Coeymans police department, the very place where the Teflon-Tootsie’s chubby-hubby, Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca works as a so-called police investigator, is dragging their dung-stained heels on the investigation. Darlington, the so-called chief of the Coeymans Keystones, hasn’t responded to any of several letters concerning the case. And the Complainant has warned Darlington and his minions that chubby-hubby Jerry Deluca had better be kept far from the investigation of his wife and had better not have access to any investigation information or any of the evidence provided or gathered.

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Darlington, himself, because of his mismanagement of the department and his indifference to citizen’s complaints and inquiries has set himself up for disciplinary action and he’s only making it worse for himself by refusing to respond to the Claimant’s requests for updates and callbacks to take the Claimant’s statement.

The village of Ravena and the Albany County Civil Service Department are also under fire because of the way the village of Ravena requested creation of a new civil service job title for Cathy Deluca and saying that the positon should be classified as “exempt“. That means that the village of Ravena claims that the position would not be suitable for classification as a “competitive” position. Does that surprise anyone?

The so-called director of the Albany County Civil Service department, Michael Cummings, is on the hotseat for approving the position without the necessary paperwork or explanations. His last response was that there was “clerical error.” Bullshit, Cummings. You’re incompetent and in cahoots with your crooked friends in Ravena! Well, Cummings and mayor John Bruno with his hatchet-woman Nancy Warner and Cathy Deluca  thought the whole filthy affair would never get discovered and they’d get away with their little conspiracy. They still haven’t learned that things are different now. We find things out and they get published.

Cummings got caught with his pants around his ankles on this one and there will be a lot of questions to be answered when this gets to the New York State Civil Service Department, to the Office of the NYS Comptroller, and to the Office of the NYS Attorney General with all of the exhibits and demands for investigation and prosecution. No Cummings, Bruno, Warner, Deluca, it isn’t over by a longshot.

Stay tuned, readers! As soon as we have had the chance to read all the paperwork and get it prepped for posting, you’ll read it all here. Be patient, it might take a week but we’ll have it up for you. You can make your own decisions once see the documents.

Question is: Who’s going to be willing to take the fall with Cathy D.?

But Will It Really Be Worth the Fall? The Editor

But Will It Really Be
Worth the Fall?

The Editor

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

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your coöperation and assistance!

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, Albany, Albany County Civil Service Department, Albany County District Attorney, Albany County Executive, Albany County Supervisor, Attorney Misconduct, Bryan Rowzee, Burning the Constitution, Capital District, Cathy Deluca, Civil Right Violation, Civil Rights, Claude A. Wheeles, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Attorney, Coeymans Town Board Meeting, Coeymans Town Court, Committee on Open Government, Conspiracy, Corrupt Police, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, Crooked Cop, David Soares, Dawn Rogers, Deluca-Warner Fitness Center, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, False Instrument, Falsely reporting an incident, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Felony, First Amendment, Fitness Center, Fourteenth Amendment, Fraud, Freedom of Speech, Gerald Deluca, Greed, Gregory Darlington, Harassment, Harold Warner, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Intimidation, Investigation, Jason Albert, Jena Misuraca, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, John T. Bruno, Law Enforcement, Martin Case, Marty Case, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael Cummings, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misdemeanor, Misuse of Public Office, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, Napierski, Napierski & O'Connor, Nepotism, New York, New York State, News Herald, Notice of Claim, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Obstruction of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, P. David Soares, Peter Masti, Pudenda David Soares, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Health and Fitness Center, Ravena Village Board, Removal of Mayor, Rocco Persico, Selkirk, Stephen Flach, Steve Prokrym, Thomas A. Boehm, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Union, Tom Dolan, Transparency, William Bailey

 

Ravena & Risk – Taking: Is it really the role of municipal government?

In an article “New fitness center gaining ground,” published in the July 4, 2013, edition of the Ravena News Herald, Marlene McTigue manages again to sugar – coat an otherwise bitter pill. McTigue does this by irresponsibily reporting—a chronic fault of the Ravena News Herald—only the one side of a very suspect operation, the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter.

You can be beautiful,too!

You can be beautiful,too!

The Ravena Health and Fitness Center has been under scrutiny since the village of Ravena spent more than $40,000 on used fitness center equipment from an insider (Robert “Bob” Fisk) through insiders (village of Ravena mayor John T. Bruno, village trustee Nancy Biscone – Warner, and local opportunist Catherine M. “Cathy” Deluca, wife of Coeymans BoBo Cop, Gerald “Dirty – Hands Jerry” Deluca) in 2013.

Village of Ravena, Deluca: Risk-taking and Arrogance Finally Backfire!

Beginning-of-the-End

Is this the Long-Overdue Beginning of the End for the Bruno Empire, the Biscone Orgy, the Deluca Picnic at RCS Expense?

Not only was the $40,000 purchase of used equipment scandalous, the fact that the RCS Community Library was being raped by the village of Ravena, mainly by mayor John T. Bruno and boardmember Nancy Biscone – Warner, was even more embarrassing. And for what: a misconceived idea that the village of Ravena needed a fitness center..or rather, someone needed to be paid off or the path had to be cleared for some horrendous political move to benefit the Mafiosi in charge.

What McTigue, the village of Ravena, mayor John T. Bruno, board member Nancy Biscone – Warner, and Cathy Deluca and chubby – hubby Dirty – Hands Jerry don’t want anyone to know is that the entire idea is built on sand.

One of the most ridiculous statements made by Marlene McTigue in her misleading article is that the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter has “nearly 70 members.” That may seem like a lot in Bruno’s ghost town but look at it from the financial, the money point of view:

Just to break even, the fitness center would have to attract about 425 – 450 paying members

The village of Ravena has been stuffing the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter down locals’ throats for almost a year now. Ravena has invested tons of taxpayer money in the facility and has allocated $115,500 in the 2013 – 14 budget. So what do these “nearly 70 members,” really mean? Zilch!

Here’s why:

First of all, the village of Ravena hasn’t got the population to make the thing work. That’s obvious, since the last one—also “managed” by Cathy Deluca—failed. It went down in flames when member cancellations soared.

Just to break even, the fitness center would have to attract about 425 – 450 paying members; that means, Ravena and the surrounding area would have to attract at least 425 persons who would be willing to fork over between $250–300 a year to join the fitness center, which pales in comparison to other local chain centers with all the facilities like tanning, certified trainers, fitness programs, ultra – modern equipment, men’s and women’s changing rooms, showers, swimming pools, etc. The Ravena Health and FitnessCenter has none of these but membership is far more expensive than any of the major local clubs. So where are these 425 – 450 members going to come from in Ravena or Coeymans? Answer: They aren’t!

The Ravena Health and FitnessCenter is restricted to members over 18 years old.  But even so, the statistics don’t bode well for tiny operations like the Ravena one. Here are some national statistics from the fitness industry:

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Truth be told: Only 16% of the 16-64 age group belong to a health club or fitness center!

Some more fitness industry survey information may help you to understand why we feel your money is being wasted, literally stolen: Most people who think they want to join, do so but then don’t go and don’t pay…especially if the place isn’t super cool!

Just simple business research would have raised red flags for the fitness center but Ravena doesn't use hard facts.

Just simple business research would have raised red flags for the fitness center but Ravena doesn’t use hard facts.

But it’s not just the basic knowledge of the industry that Bruno, Warner, and Deluca lack. The real problem that taxpayers and members of the Ravena Health and FitnessCenter is even more sinister and insidious: The village of Ravena through mayor John T. Bruno, boardmember Nancy Biscone – Warner, Cathy Deluca, and others don’t know what they’re doing. We have received information based on disclosure made by the village of Ravena under the New York State Freedom of Information Law that the village of Ravena never did any studies to determine the need or survivability of a village health club. NONE! The village of Ravena never created a solid business plan establishing targets and goals for the fitness center. NONE! The village of Ravena back in mid – 2012 had already decided who was going to run things and didn’t bother to put the job of director out for competitive applications, instead they “appointedCathy Deluca to be the fitness center director at a salary of $30,000 a year.

When asked to produce any documents like diplomas, certificates, training, experience that would qualify Cathy Deluca for the position of fitness center director, the village of Ravena responded that they have no documents on file, that her qualifications were established by interview only. In other words: NONE! Nice.

It gets even worse because shortly after having appointed Cathy Deluca to the position of fitness center director, the village of Ravena filed an application for the creation of a new civil service job title for Deluca. Ravena filed the application on about April 5, 2013, days after having appointed Deluca at a village “organizational meeting. The Albany County Department of Civil Service approved the job title on about May 10, 2013. The problem is that the application was defective and didn’t include most of the justifications and documents required for approval! How did it get approved as a non – competitive, exempt job title when half the required documentation was never submitted. We know this because we have been provided information obtained from the village of Ravena that no other documents were attached to the application! There’s more than just a hint of illegality here, too!

Let's stop putting lipstick on pigs!

Let’s stop putting lipstick on pigs!

Here are just some of the deficiencies of the application:

The application asks for specific descriptions of the work and responsibilities, the Ravena says:

“Director will be responsible to provide residents with the opportunity to exercise & improve health in a community based facility. Must have strong interest & experience in health & fitness industry, as well as, an interest in wellbeing of the development of the community. 100 % responsible for day to day operations of center and supervision of all staff.”

The application asks for a description of typical work activities in “sufficient detail to form a clear word picture of the job” and instructs the applicant to “avoid general terms.” Ravena writes:

“Oversee day to day operations of fitness center to include, but not limited to: staffing, scheduling, training of staff, member orientation & evaluations. Avertising and publicity, AR / AP, monthly receipt and bank statement reconciliation. Monthly reports to village board, preparing center’s budget, weekly / monthly meetings with village board liaison. Set up computer programs, maintain & increase membership, search grants, work with local agencies (school, police, etc) to offer joint programs.”

It really gets good when we get to the section, “Full Performance  Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics.” This is going to be really short because Ravena writes: “Knowledge of aerobic conditioning, strength training, flexibility & behavioral protocols.” Gibberish, purest double – talk, superior level bullshit!

The minimum qualifications are either: “Graduation form a New York State or regionally accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Recreation or closely related field; OR Four (4) years of experience in fitness programming, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.” But no one seems to know anything about Deluca’s qualifications. The village of Ravena has no documents and says that she was hired based on information obtained at an “interview.”  An “interview”? That seems very unlikely.

There is also a special requirement: “Possession of a personal training certificate within 60 days of the appointment date.” There is NONE, according to the village of Ravena. So, basically, that nice cozy photo in McTigue’s article with Cathy Deluca showing Craig Youmans how to use the exercise equipment is really an ambulance-chasers dream: an apparently undocumented,  unqualified, uncertified, fraudulently appointed fitness center director “showing” a member how to use the fitness equipment! Hello! Lawsuits!

Guess who Deluca’s immediate supervisors are: Nancy Warner (trustee) and John Bruno (mayor). Surprising?

The “Requested Civil Service Jurisdictional Class” can be competitive, non – competitive, exempt or labor. Ravena checks off “exempt,” which includes “certain positions for which competitive or non-competitive examinations are deemed not to be practicable.” Seems that fitness center director would lend itself to examination, wouldn’t it? It does everywhere else…but not in Ravena! But then, Deluca would have to compete with qualified applicants, wouldn’t she?

old guy loser

But the exempt classification  requires that the applicant, village of Ravena, to justify the class. Here’s what the instructions on the form require: “If you request non – competitive, exempt or labor, state detailed reasons in a letter why competitive examination is impractical and attach it to this application.” According to Ravena, no documents accompanied the application.

Finally, the form requires that the applicant “[s]ubmit any other information not covered above. Items of particular interest include a description of a new program…, the nature of any increase in work load or change in organization which necessitates the creation of this new position.” We repeat: Ravena says nothing was attached to the application.

The application is signed and submitted by Ravena mayor John Bruno, mayor, on April 5, 2013, and approved by the Albany County Civil Service Director, Michael Cummings on May 10, 2013. Your tax dollars at work supporting crooks and incompetence.

So, there you have it. An application that should have been TRASHED because it is so deficient that it cannot be realistically considered to be a serious submission is approved by the Albany County Civil Service Department himself, Michael Cummings. Please tell me, Does anyone else smell a pack of rats here? Where’s accountability? Where’s transparency? Where’s integrity? We do know where the corruption is! That there’s fraud, graft, conspiracy, corruption, deceit at work here.

Back to Marlene McTigue’s misleading and untruthful article: McTigue, a member of the in-crowd, card-carrying Coeymanazi supporter, is very careful not to mention that even before the Ravena Health and Fitness Center opened its doors on Monday, June 3, 2013, Cathy Deluca had already caused the first Notice of Claim to be filed against the village of Ravena for her misconduct as fitness center director. A Notice of Claim is the first step to a lawsuit against the village of Ravena because Cathy Deluca could not keep her mouth shut and just be a good public employee. Ravena faces another lawsuit for employee misconduct and guess who pays?

The Answer? The Editor

The Answer?

We have information that another Notice of Claim is going to be served on the village of Ravena because Cathy Deluca allegedly falsely reported an incident to the Coeymans Police Department, causing the investigating officer to start an investigation, to interview witnesses, etc. because Deluca lied about the incident. That’s a misdemeanor under New York State Penal Law § 240.50. What’s more, it appears that Deluca may have  involved one of the fitness center employees who she supervises and controls to cooperate and corroborate her alleged false statements to the police and that means conspiracy, another misdemeanor under New York Penal Law § 105.00.

Wait a minute! Isn’t Cathy Deluca’s chubby-hubby Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, the shame of the Coeymans Police Department, a police investigator? Wouldn’t Cathy know about harassment, falsely reporting an incident, conspiracy? Don’t you think she’d call chubby-hubby Jerry for advice on what to do?  Maybe Cathy Deluca, John Bruno, Nancy Warner have become just a little too confident that they’ll get away with their dirty tricks forever, so now they don’t even care.

We understand that the village can be made liable for these alleged crimes, too, because the village of Ravena has waived its immunity by taking out insurance to cover some of these claims, although the alleged criminal misconduct may simply be dumped on Deluca’s and her accomplices’ laps by the village when the going gets too rough.

This is called moral hazard when discussing risk – taking, which is what Ravena and Deluca are doing at public expense. A moral hazard is a situation where a party, DELUCA and the RAVENA GANG, will have a tendency to take risks because the costs that could incur will not be felt by the party taking the risk, DELUCA and the RAVENA GANG. In other words, it is a tendency to be more willing to take a risk, knowing that the potential costs or burdens of taking such risk will be borne, in whole or in part, by others, YOU, TAXPAYERS and COMMUNITY. Public institutions created to protect citizens from risk create a moral hazard wherein the costs of risks are not borne by those who would engage in risky practices, DELUCA, BRUNO, WARNER. This relieves risk-takers from responsibility for their actions, which would otherwise act as a deterrent. Moral hazard arises because an individual or institution does not take the full consequences and responsibilities of its actions, and therefore has a tendency to act less carefully than it otherwise would, leaving another party, THE COMMUNITY, to hold some responsibility for the consequences of those actions.

Do you get it now?

The Editor

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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Criminals and Perps in Local Government…UPDATE!

If We Didn’t Make Our Inquiries and Get the Facts
You’d Probably Never Know!

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But It Is Obvious that We have the Foxes Guarding the Chickens but Now the Foxes are Under Investigation.

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The Ravena News Herald, once a community news publication, has turned into a drugged up feel-good rag that doesn’t have the balls to report on anything less than the absolutely positive. Why should it? It’s the “official newspaper” of the village of Ravena which means that John T. Bruno, Nancy Biscone-Warner, and Michael J. Biscone own them. Besides, the most of the News Herald is copied from the Greene County News and a lot of what we get to read isn’t even about this community, anyway. They’re really happy that they can fill up eight or so pages with “official notices”, though, because that’s where the money is.

So, dear readers, be grateful that at least some from the community have the guts to collect the real news and publish it in this form. It’s a community service, one of the very few you’re likey ever to get in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk district.

So here’s what we have for you today:

The Village of Ravena, Mayor John T. Bruno, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Cathy Deluca and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center

Citzen v. Village of Ravena, Cathy Deluca, et al.

Citzen v. Village of Ravena, Cathy Deluca, et al.

The Ravena Health and Fitness Center has been the subject of several articles on this blog. The most recent one features Cathy Deluca asserting her “ownership” of the taxpayer paid municipal activity by telling a local resident he was not welcome at the public facility and telling him to leave. After having abused the resident and having violated his civil rights, Deluca attempted to file a criminal charge against the resident by the only way she knows: lies. So the village of Ravena never learns from its mistakes goes the extra mile and is footing the bill…OOPS! Now you’re footing the bill, Ravena taxpayers, to fund the Cathy Deluca’s defense! The Village of Ravena is now depending on its insurance carrier, Trident Insurance, to come to its rescue in the Cathy Deluca misconduct case. The village insurance company has hired Napierski, VanDenburgh, Napierski & O’Connor, an Albany law firm, who regularly defend municipalities in various claims involving allegations of civil rights violations, premises liability and labor law, to handle the case. Attorney Andrew S. Holland is the attorney handling the case.

The § 50h hearing will be scheduled soon and there’ll be some surprises popped on ol’ Cathy D. and her minions. There’ll be fireworks to be sure.

It’s still a mystery how the village of Ravena could spend $40,000 of taxpayer money to buy the used fitness equipment and to create the fitness center which, by the way pays no rent to the village–but you’ll recall the village was charging the RCS Community library a hefty rent and then raised it about $600 a month (you, Ravena taxpayers, paid). And then mayor Bruno and Nancy Biscone-Warner went ahead and put the fitness center in the village budget, allocating $115,500 to fund it.

It gets even stickier: We’ve found out that on April 5, 2013, mayor John T. Bruno applied to the Albany County Civil Service Department for the creation of a new job title, “Fitness Center Director“.  We all know that the position was created back in late 2012 for Cathy Deluca, and at the April 2, 2013, village of Ravena Organizational Meeting, Nancy Warner moved to “appoint” Cathy Deluca to the position of Fitness Center Director and the village board went ahead and appointed her. The situations starts to get more sinister when we examine mayor Bruno’s application, which was approved on about May 10, 2013. The application is rife with ambiguities, inaccuracies, deficiencies. It is possible (likely)  that the village of Ravena did not honestly produce all the documents requested and that some of the documents accompanying the application and substantiating the information were not provided to us. But that’s no big problem to find out. But if the village of Ravena did not provide the required documentation substantiating their statements and misrepresened either by commission or omission with the intent to mislead the Albany County Civil Service Department, then there is a big problem…for mayor Bruno and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warner.

Our readers may be interested in the fact that the job title of Fitness Center Director is “exempt” and non-competitive, despite the fact that most positions of that kind require examination and competition. The interesting fact is that it appears from the documents we have received that the application did not include the required explanations and justifications for the program, for the position, and why it should be exempt. We’ll be curious how and why the Albany County Civil Service Department could approve such a deficient application. C orruption, conspiracy? What do you think?

If you’d like more information on the Civil Service  job title classifications, including those of the Albany County Civil Service Department click on this link: Civil Service Overview You decide whether the job title of Fitness Center Director should be “exempt” or “competitive”. You can then decide whether the job should have been open for applications instead of appointing the director, Cathy Deluca, with no one else being considered.

It may be a village project and it may be on public property but it’s obvious everyone is not welcome; Cathy Deluca makes the decision whether you’re welcome or not and when her decision blows up in her face, the village of Ravena (that is, Ravena taxpayers) pays her legal defense and attorney fees. How do they do it?

Cathy D. is Not the Only Deluca on the Hot Seat These Days. Hubby Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry Deluca” is Feeling the Heat, Too!

Jerry Deluca and the Coeymans Police Department

Jerry Deluca and the Coeymans Police Department

Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, Cathy Deluca’s chubby hubby, has a long history of suspicious activities ranging from his questionable claims of political contacts in Albany (such as the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Assembly, an automotive recycling interest group, ARANY, and others), his retaliatory obstruction of police investigations, his questionable influence peddling in the Albany County District Attorney’s office—no doubt assisted by Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington’s wife, who is P. David Soares’ secretary and Ravena village justice Harold “Hal” Warner’s daugher, who is an attorney there (Nancy Biscone-Warner is the Ravena village trustee who fought hard for the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, spearheaded the center’s budget, and put Cathy Deluca in the director’s slot. Smell any corruption and conspiracy yet?

Deluca again acted up real badly with RCS CSD teacher and NYSUT union rep Matthew J. “Matt the Mutt” Miller, at the May 14, 2013, RCS CSD board of education meeting, where Deluca and Miller were involved in such disorderly conduct that RCS CSD superintendent Alan McCartney told them to leave the premises. They didn’t leave but waited outside to menace and harass a woman speaker, whom they had already abused while she was addressing the board!

Deluca was apparently off-duty when he and Miller engaged in their criminal conduct but that’s no excuse. They are both public employees and occupy highly visible positions paid by the public. They’re held to a higher standard than Joe Average. But they’ve been doing this sort of thing for so long they apparently think they can get away with it forever. Wrong again, Jerry!

What do you think bully-BoBo-cop Deluca would have done under the same circumstances if it were you or I making the ruckus and violating a resident’s rights? Old Rolly-Polly would pull out his badge, show his service revolver and cuff ya! Anybody think he wouldn’t? So that’s equal protection under the law?

OK. The complaint has been filed. Numerous law enforcement agencies and NY state agencies have been copied with the correspondence. But…Are we seeing things? The Coeymans Police Department is supposed to be investigating one of its own on criminal charges but Deluca’s still lurking around the department, still on duty, still…well wouldn’t it be more appropriate if while the investigation is on Deluca would be put on leave? Well, it looks like being chief Darlington’s darling has its benefits but it certainly puts Darlington in a sticky position. How’s the investigation going, chief Darlington? Or is that a state secret?

Matt Miller is Failing

Matt Miller is Failing

According to unconfirmed reports from a reliable source it looks like outside investigators are finally taking an interest in the goings on in Ravena-Coeymans and there is allegedly special interest in Guess who? You got it! Our very own Bo-Bo cop, Dirty-Hands Jerry. Seem’s a particular law enforcement agency has been watching and is asking some pretty irksome questions at the Coeymans Police Department. But you didn’t hear that from us.

Matthew J. Miller a.k.a. “Matt-the-Mutt” isn’t off the hook, either. He’s been put on the carpet several times already and his corruption and conspiracy file is getting pretty damned thick. His performance alongside Deluca on May 14th didn’t endear him to the RCS CSD district offices, either. Miller is a blow-hard big mouth who apparently thinks that because he’s NYSUT‘s (New York State United Teachers) union’s local rep that he’s untouchable. Maybe in terms of school administration he may be a hard nut to crack but he’s not going to get much sympathy when he’s standing before the great equalizer—a court of law, criminal law. Miller’s despicable public conduct and his disrespect of women will be his downfall. Say bye to teaching license. Bye to pension. Hello Big Bubba! You get “bottom bunk” Matty.

We have unconfirmed information from reliable sources that some departments at the New York State Education Department is watching Miller pretty closely. Seems they may be building a case against him. So watch his falling star…Is the end near?

Ravena-Coeymans' Own Three Stooges Jerry Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Matt Miller

Ravena-Coeymans’ Own Three Stooges
Jerry Deluca, Cathy Deluca, Matt Miller

Stick around for the next article. You’ll get a whirlwind tour of the Ravena village board at work and the story behind the Ravena Health and Fitness Center directly from the Ravena village board minutes. Learn how they hoodwinked the Albany County Civil Service people into creating a new job title, Fitness Center Director, for Cathy Deluca. But she has no qualifications…or does she? We’re still waiting for the village of Ravena to disclose just what qualifies her to be director. You’ll find it all here, as usual, direct from the sources to you!

We’ll also get the ball rolling on how Ravena-Coeymans is going to hell in a handbasket made in Taiwan. How? Think of it this way: Laverne “Larry” Conrad, Coeymans building inspector and code enforcement officer has his eye on mayor John T. Bruno’s office. Think he has a chance? Well, on the other side of the counterfeit coin there’s Martin “Marty” Case—you know the teacher who allegedly likes to chaperone and party at the same time and who sells real estate with Josie Bruno (and just about everyone else on the Ravena village board) at Prudential Real Estate. Case wants Coeymans supervisor Stephen Flach’s job. Think he has a chance?

We’d better start talking real fast because with mayor Bruno’s and Michael Biscone’s record on curtailing civil rights, and  and ignorance of what she is and where she is, Biscone’s liable to be writing another decree for Bruno suppressing free speech like he did in 2009 when he tried to put the kabosh on open government. (See our article on this blog.)

Then there’s Michael J. Biscone, on-again-off-again village of Ravena attorney doing on-again-off-again work for the town of Coeymans but Ravena can’t find any of the financial records that show how much Biscone was raking in while apparently working all sides of the fence. Ever wonder why Ravena can never find its financial records? Well, we thought the Office of the New York State Comptroller and the Office of the Attorney General might find some of this a bit interesting, especially in view of recent audits. Stay tuned for upcoming reports.

And then there’s Gregory Teresi who resigns one day and is hired back on as “village court criminal attorney.” We know he’s a criminal but village court is no place for him. He should be appearing  in front of daddy, Joe Teresi, New York State supreme court.

The Editor

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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It’s Important to You…We can do better for our teens and youth!

Everyone these Days Seems to Believe that They’re “Entitled,”
That they Have a Right to Something, Everything, Without Work or Investment.

That’s The American LIE!

They'll see through your lies!

They’ll see through your lies!

And Where that Bullshit Frame of Mind Came From Nobody Seems To Care But It’s A Slippery Slope and Loaded with Unpleasant Surprises

you can do better

The fact is, parents may think they’re giving their kids what the kids need but the parents don’t really have a clue. Do they? The parents are constantly pushing (their kids and government), demanding (of the kids and of administrators) more, More, MORE! And so on that idiotic, unrealistic example, the kids want more, More, MORE and there’s soon less, Less, LESS to give—at least less of anything worth having, that is. So, the parents came from a disposable society and culture and their kids have learned the lesson well. Where does it all lead, this mindset of individualism, “my rights”, “I need”, “Whatever!” “If it feels good, do it!” Well, Ravena found out this past week when a 20-year old forced a young girl to “pleasure” him—at knife-point! Is that what it’s coming to? I want and you’re going to give. Is that what you parents are teaching your children?

Sure, you go out and “realize yourselves,” advance your careers and have the jobs because you want your kids to have a better life. Lies! Stop deceiving yourselves! You grew up in a liberal, post-modern world that emphasized individualism, false-egos, materialism. You have become the drones of capitalism and the 1% and don’t even have the brains to realize it! The lights are on but nobody’s home in Brainville! Duh-ha-ha! The feminists have scandalized womanhood and motherhood; the women have degraded themselves and as a consequence have destroyed American manhood. Just look at some of the male characters portrayed on prime-time TV. Fat, stupid, humiliated. American Idol, reality TV…and you all eat it up, living other people’s lives and not realizing that you’re forgetting your own lives and are becoming increasingly…ugly!

This ain't better when you're 16!

This ain’t better when you’re 16!

So, that’s the reproductive-age adults in our midst. Depressed, overweight, hateful, ignorant, and reproducing a generation of lonely, overfed, over-stimulated, precociously hormonally overdosed (thanks to the food industry’s profit projections), lonely, frightened, aggressive, angry children…children who think they are adults because they’re forced by adults to think that way…it’s easier for the adults when they can manipulate their children into thinking they can fend for themselves while the female and male breeding partners—please note I did not write “parents”— are off “realizing” their “selves.” 

Here’s an exchange on unsupervised Facebook activity by a group of middle-school girls (Names have been changed, of course!):who will save us

Jessy: … your the one that needs to grow up, say it to our faces not on facebook…. when you apply for a job they check your facebook, this will come back to haunt youJ

Nancy: Why are you doing this? If they are not going to throw the first punch them be the better person and stop. Your what 13? You shouldn’t be fighting. If they wanna act stupid then let them but do not go down to their level because your making yourself angry just thinking about it and runing your summer. Do you want to do that? Stop the fighting. Seriously.

Angie: no it wont jess u said u wanted to kill me that is against the law u told me how u would do it too so yea dont fuck with me or my family.

Jessy: Nancy, i dont wanna fight her but she keeps sayin this stuff, the truth behind it was that i was losing my temper, and i cant control myself under my temper. and tati that is such a lie i never said that, telling the story from fifth grade/ getting punched in the collar bone, wont kill you for one and for two i said leave me alone before someone gets hurt, implying anyone including myself, example i punched a metal door and have a huge bruise on my wrist

Angie: thats ur own faut i told u not to say it u still said im done i mean idk if i can ever trust u again i mean like my mom sent me to albany

Jessy: not to say what? and idrc if you dont trust me, idrc if we stay friends, just one less person i have to put on my list of people to deal with… i dont really need more than the four or five friends i have

Angie: and ur gonna lose them too if u aint careful

Nancy: Then you need to look for help if you can’t control your temper. Idc who started, idc who wants to fight who. Tati ik you are my cousin but both of you guys GROWN UP!!!!!! Damn, you aren’t little kids. You are teenagers.

Angie: love u too nicki

Jessy: tati just let it go. i am. cuz i dont really care anymore, this is just a fight over i dont eben remember, that i dont even care who wins…

Jessy: so lets just end it

Angie: fine are we friends tho

Nancy: Then stop fighting. Leave this girl alone and girl leave my cousin alone, grow up and stop this. Tati jobs and colleges do go through your Facebook and won’t hire people because of certain things posted.

Angie: idc right now nicki me and her be talking

Nancy: Ok do you not know how to talk now? “Me and her be talking?” Tati if you guys “be” talking then don’t be fighting. There’s no point of it. Its not necessary.

Prissy*: I don’t want to see any more fighting on here

Prissy*: OR ELSE

Angie: or ealse what

Prissy*: jobs will check your facebook, like Nicki said

Nancy: Colleges do to! No matter if your 13 or if you remove the comments. You out something on the internet and it is there FOREVER!

Prissy*: There is no need for this fighting

Prissy*: you can never take it back! pages are cached. (stored)

Prissy*: Good, I hope this is over

* It must be noted that “Prissy” is an adult. Wouldn’t you reasonably expect an adult to have warned parents or teachers of this brewing assault?

Well, readers, it was NOT all over…just a couple of days after this exchange took place on Facebook Jessy was brutally attacked, injured, by another girl at the RCS middle school.

So, what subsurface messages did you read in the exchange between the girls? So what impressed you most? The anger, the aggression, the difference between the girls? Did you catch the anxiety, suspicion of the Internet? How about the language? What does that tell you about where these future parents, women, taxpayers, decision-makers are going to be ten years from now? Where were the parents when all of this was brewing? Where were the teachers and teachers’ aids when the brutality took place?

 We may be overly optimistic, but this is what we predict.

We may be overly optimistic, but this is what we predict.

The schools are not “for the kids”, they’re for the teachers!

d-The schools, no matter how advanced your self-deception may be, are not there to parent, and they’re doing a pretty lousy job (judging by the language in the Facebook exchange) of teaching, too! In fact, no matter what lies you are telling yourselves—and believing—the millions ($41.2 for 2013-14) you are shelling out for school budgets are not “for the kids;” those millions are for the teachers, the coaches, the administrators. [Editor’s Note: Voters just approved a $41.2 million school budget for 2013-2014, voted-in three teacher clique lackies James Latter, Jason Hyslop and shyster Patrick Brown (husband of Mary Partridge-Brown, “close friend” of NYSUT (teachers union) rep Matt Miller; voters re-elected a perv, James Latter, to the board. And you think there’s no conspiracy, no corruption going on in the school system?]

Still think there’s no conspiracy, no corruption? Well let’s look at an example from real RCS CSD in-crowd life:  Ron Racey, an RCS CSD athletics staff member is retiring and was making more than $120,000 a year out of the school budget monies…plus benefits! (That’s almost 3x the average household income in the town of Coeymans, by the way!) One man in a non-essential position on the school payroll making 3x more than the average household [Editor’s note: that’s household, not person! The average per capita income in 2010 was $21,686.] Most instructional staff in the RCS CSD are making 2-3x the average household income and 4-6x the average per capita income of RCS residents. Now, do you really think that the schools and the school budgets are “for the kids” or for the teachers and administrators? Think about that again and then think about what kind of morals and ethics the kids have, what their social skills are like, what their outlooks on life are, how they talk, and how they interact. You’ll likely come to the same conclusion we have: The schools are not for the kids, they’re for the teachers!

The village of Ravena budgeted more than $115,000 in the village 2013-14 budget to fund the Ravena Health and Fitness Center…

Bruno-Warren-Deluca Village of Ravena

Bruno-Warner-Deluca
Village of Ravena

We recently reported how the village of Ravena purchased more than $40,000 in used workout machines and equipment from a “friend of the Ravena village board” without public inputs or comment. That’s $40,000 of Ravena taxpayer’s money for junk. In that same article we exposed how the village of Ravena budgeted more than $115,000 in the village 2013-14 budget to fund the Ravena Health and Fitness Center now located in the former space occupied by the RCS Community Library. That’s $115,000 of taxpayer money to fund a Heap and Fatness Center modeled on the same incompetent scheme of the one that failed in Ravena several years ago, when there was actually some businesses left and some residents left in the village. So that’s $115,000 for something that the village does not need at all and will probably be a waste of resources. Well, a waste for some, but it’s a gold mine for others: Mayor John T. Bruno and his hatchet-woman Nancy Biscone-Warner must have owed the Delucas or their godfather for some favor because Guess Who?  got “appointed” to be the director of the Ravena Heap and Fatness Center: Cathy Deluca, the very manager who managed the failed fitness center in Ravena. [Editor’s Note:  Don’t forget this in March for village elections,  when it’s election time and mayor Bruno is running for re-election, and in November, when his minions Martin Case or William Bailey are running for town offices!]

So here’s the breakdown of the kid’s situation in Ravena-Coeymans: You go on Facebook unsupervised and tear each other apart in pseudo-English, threatening to do serious damage to each other (and these are the middle-school girls!). Then you go to school where the administrators are under a state mandated requirement to supervise and oversee students to avoid bullying and to ensure the safety of the kids…and you get the living shite kicked out of you. While all of this is going on the village of Ravena in it’s great wisdom is shelling out more than $115,000 for a Heap and Fatness Center, ignoring the problems in its parks and on the streets, ignoring its young people while padding the palms of its supporters and friends. Just down the street a young woman is being held at knifepoint and sexually abused, and the police stop a drunken father with his teenage daughter in the car (he’s just out of jail, on a suspended license, and under the influence) and allow him to drive on. Voters approve more than $41 million dollars for the RCS CSD school budget, while paying teaching and athletics staff 4-6x the average per capita income of RC residents! And the kids are still being brutalized, still speak English worse than illegal aliens, and are walking the streets or getting raped in the park! Are you really following all of this? WAKE THE HELL UP, PEOPLE!

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What’s the Village of Ravena Trying to Hide? Disclosure of Legal Fees.

As Many of Our Readers Know, Getting Disclosure from the Village of Ravena is As Easy As Finding  a Chicken’s Teeth! 

We Found'Em! Ravena Can Run But They Can't Hide!

We Found’Em!
Ravena Can Run But They Can’t Hide!

Let’s see: Ravena Village Clerk. Isn’t the office of the village clerk an elected office? Let’s ask Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek, they should know, right? Actually, anywhere else, the village clerk would probably be elected. But not in Ravena! Village law allows the mayor to appoint and the village board to approve the mayor’s appointment to the office of village of Ravena Clerk. Smell INCEST here?

Ravena Village Trustee Nancy Biscone-Warner. Isn’t the office of village trustee an elected office? Well, is it Nancy Biscone-Warner? And what about the office of the mayor of the village of Ravena, that’s an elected office, isn’t it? Well, isn’t it John Bruno? Well, aren’t public servants, elected officials supposed to serve the community? Aren’t they supposed to serve the best interests of the community who put them in office? Well, can anyone tell us why Demitraszek, Biscone-Warner, Bruno are doing their best to stonewall? What are they trying to hide? Wouldn’t you think they could come up with the documents and the figures for the village of Ravena’s legal expenses? It’s public information after all!

Committee for Open Government (NY Department of State!) and Robert J. Freeman.  Nancy Biscone-Warner is really working hard to keep it all under wraps, even upstaging the village clerk Demitraszek and passing on misinformation to a club member at the Committee for Open Government (now that’s a joke!), attorney Robert J. Freeman, who plays their cute little game with them. The incest club hard at work. Well Robert J. Freeman is a political appointee and has been occupying the executive director’s office of the Committee for Open Government for more than 36 years! Isn’t there something wrong with that? It sounds like somebody’s getting rewarded for some hefty favors, doesn’t it? Sorta like our own little nest of thieves rewarding Cathy Deluca with the Ravena Health and Fitness Center and the position of director. Right Nancy Biscone-Warner? Must be Nancy’s “Biscone” showing through. Right, Nancy? Stinks of raw sewerage from Albany all the way down to Ravena village hall. And you’re paying for it all…through the nose!

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

We Could Start With Ravena Village Offices

What’s theVillage of Ravena Trying to Hide?
The Request to Disclose Legal Fees Paid to Attorneys Between 2000 and 2013.

We have acquired documents served on the village of Ravena under the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) that demand that the village of Ravena produce documents showing the amount and the recipient of legal fees and payments. In short the demand for disclosure and production of docments read:

“For the period of on or about January 1, 1990 to on or about January 1, 2013 all invoices, statements, requests for payment, expense reports, demands for payment, or vouchers, or such documents that otherwise authorize or show payment in an amount certain for legal services provided by the law firm or partners or associates of the law firm of Michael J. Biscone or the law firm of Biscone and Neri, or Louis Neri, Esq., or Michael J. Biscone, Esq., including but not by limitation any compensation for activity as a public official for or on behalf of the village of Ravena.”

Other parts of the F.O.I.L include similar requests for payments made to Joseph C. Rotello or any law firm of Joseph C. Rotello, or Joseph C. Rotello, Esq.; the law firm of John T. Biscone or any law firm of John T. Biscone, or John T. Biscone, Esq.; the law firm of Gregory Teresi or any law firm of Gregory Teresi, or Gregory Teresi, Esq., and further requests

“Please note that if the particulars (the attorney invoice number, the matter number, or the substance of the matter) of the service for which payment is requested is not stated in the voucher, this request also demands production of any document specifically identifying the specifics of the service (such as the attorney invoice) for which payment is being authorized but not the documents memorializing the matter itself.”

Having served the F.O.I.L demands, the requestor adds:

“Please find attached my demand for disclosure under the provisions of the NYS FOIL.
“Please contact me promptly if you have any questions relating to this demand.”
The first village of Ravena response received by the citizen making the request reads:

“Please be advised that your request for legal services payments does not reasonably describe records in our possession because our vouchers are fiiled in chronological order not by subject.” (Kristine Biernacki, Village Clerk)

Isn’t that interesting? The request for “legal services payments does not reasonably describe records” in the village of Ravena’s possession.”  And why? Because the village of Ravena’s filing system is in “chronological order not by subject.”  Now, we’re not talking the Borough of Manhattan, we’re talking about receipts and vouchers for legal services paid by the village of Ravena. But you see where this is going, don’t you?

The requestor replies:

“The FOIL is not required anticipate, to comply with or to allow for record-keeping idiosyncrasies of the custodian of the demanded records; the fact that you state that records particularized and specified in the FOIL might represent a “request for legal services payments [that] does not reasonably describe records in our possession” is clearly insufficient grounds for refusing to produce the documents demanded in the FOIL. The fact that the village of Ravena maintains its payment vouchers chronologically does not reasonably represent an absolute impediment or imppossibility of production whatsoever. It simply means that your search will necessarily have to be made chronologically in the absence of a more crossreferenced or alternative system of records keeping. That has no bearing whatsoever on the demands of the FOIL in question. [emphasis provided]
Not having heard a peep from the village of Ravena, the requestor writes:
“Can you please provide an update on the progress of your fulfillment of the production demand of the amended legal fees FOIL.”
Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Biernacki does the Dancing Turkey

Ravena village clerk Kristine Biernacki replies on March 19, 2013:
“I am extremely busy right now collecting for Village water/sewer bills and I am working alone now with a part time person,  so it will be some time before I am able to fulfill your request.”

Reading between the lines: I’m too busy right now collecting money for mayor Bruno to waste my time complying with state of New York laws.

The Requestor writes back:

“Thank you, Kris, for the heads-up. I appreciate it. 
“Please do keep me updated.”
Sounds friendly enough, right. First the village tries to get out of producing the records because they claim the request doesn’t reasonbly describe the records being requested. Now, they are saying that they can’t get to it because they’re collecting water and sewer bills. All along, the requestor is obviously patient and courteous.
 
So, along comes April 1, 2013, and the deadline for the village’s response is just days away, and the requestor contacts the village:
“I am following up on the production in response to my foil below. 
“Can you please provide a date certain when you expect to have the Village’s response ready?”
Are you getting the feeling somebody’s getting the run-around? I do!
So April 10, 2013, rolls around and the requestor has to write again:
“I need to know when I can expect the information demanded in the legal fees FOIL.
” I am willing to wait until Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 noon for the full response; after that, I’m afraid I shall have to presume that the village of Ravena is refusing to comply with a lawful demand, and I shall submit a complaint to the Office of the State Attorney General together with a request for investigation. 
“My last two emails have gone unanswered and I presume that to be the village’s attempt to avoid responding.”
So, on April 11, 2013, over a month after the request was made, and after several excuses already, Kris Biernacki writes:

“I am not able to provide you with most of your FOIL request regarding legal services payments due to the fact that they can not be reasonably obtained.  However, with respect to the records that can be accessed,  I will provide them to you by August 2, 2013.”

Flabbergasted at this incredible response, the requestor writes:

“Am I reading this correctly? Are you telling me (1) that you can’t provide the village of Ravena’s records for legal expenses? That they are cannot be “reasonably obtained?” and (2) that the records that can be accessed can be provided by “August 2, 2013?” Or is that a typo?”

Let the cat out of the bag!

Let the cat out of the bag!

Biernacki writes back, now she’s telling the requestor that Mr Robert Freeman of the Committee on Open Government (Yeah! Right!) is telling her:

Per Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government, your demand for the legal services payments dating back to 1990 is not a reasonable request.  The recent information that I can access will be provided to you by the date stated.

So, the requestor, patient and cooperative as always, writes:

“You could have said that earlier. I am amending the request to 2000-present.
” Notwithstanding the amendment, I have been extraordinarily patient in working with the village of Ravena, and agreed to extend on your request for more time because were involved with sewer and water billing. 
“In future and in the case of any future FOIL demand, I would expect the courtesy of a timely response and timely advice if you or your office find a request unclear or “unreasonable.” The handling of this request has been unacceptable.”
 In order to make it easier, the requestor knocks off 10 years and sits back waiting for the next excuse. He doesn’t have to wait long. Kris Biernacki writes:

“This is in receipt to your FOIL amendment.  Again, I will have the information to you on or before August 2, 2013.”

The village of Ravena is saying that it will need more than 114 days to find it’s records on payments made to lawyers. By now the requestor is reasonably irked and writes:

“That, I repeat, is outrageous.
” The FOIL continues as is and the village of Ravena is now in default of its affirmative obligations under the Freedom of Information Law.
” I expressly do not withdraw the FOIL in its currently amended form. The amendment was offered as a courtesy and to facilitate the village of Ravena’s compliance within the time provided by the Freedom of Information Law. “The law is explicit and clear, Mr Freedman does not have legislative authority. The times set forth in the law are explicit and clear, as are the disallowed “excuses” for failure to comply.
” I hereby demand immediate compliance or the village of Ravena’s explicit written refusal to comply.
 “You may want to pass this by Mr Biscone if he’s not too distracted by his sanctions battle. Yes, I’m watching that play out with considerable interest as I hope the local press is.”
 

 scam don't let them con youThis is incredible. It’s outrageous. It’s Ravena. By the way, Mr Robert J. Freeman is “executive director”, of the New York State Committee on Open Government. He’s been on the payroll of the NY Department of State since about 1974—a bit too long, in our honest opinion—Freeman has worked for the New York State Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974 and was appointed executive director in 1976. He’s a bit too comfy in his little nest he’s created for himself.  Don’t you think there’s something bizarre about a state employee being executive director for more than 36 years?!? Isn’t that a little, corrupt?

Robert J. Freeman

Robert J. Freeman

So here you have this guy, Bob Freeman, who’s really firmly established in what we can reasonably call his little nest for more than 36 years, bloated with power, and making decisions on who gets what from government. A snotty little turd if there ever was one. And guess who’s talking to him about the disclosure of Ravena’s payments to lawyers (Teresi, Biscone, Rotello, Neri): Nancy Bicone-Warner, wife of village justice and ex-cop Harold “Hal” Warner. The same Nancy Biscone-Warner who is knee-deep in Cathy Deluca’s little scam, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center. Yes, it’s the same Nancy Biscone-Warner who haunts the village of Ravena offices 25/7, who has everyone there by the short-and-curlies. Now she’s passing on inaccurate information to the Committee on Open Government, trying desperately to avoid having to disclose the village of Ravena’s payments to the local legal incest club.

We know that Nancy Warner was faster than lightning on the phone to Freeman trying to get out of producing documents in regard to another F.O.I.L. And Bob Freeman is playing right along with them. Committee on Open Government? Guess again! Apparently it’s a committee of one: Bob Freeman.

Do you expect anything different out of Albany, the cesspool of democrat corruption. Freeman’s a lawyer. No doubt with connections with Joe Rotello, a clerk  in the Court of Appeals, the Teresis, Ravena shyster Greg Teresi and dirty old dad, Joe Teresi on the NYS Supreme Court, Michael Biscone in Ravena, theyve all got their hands in the cash-box called the village of Ravena. And watchdog gatekeeper Nancy Biscone-Warner ain’t letting anything get by her to upset the little party boat they have floating in taxpayer cash. And don’t expect any help from the Albany County DA, P. David Soares. He likes to party, too.
 
Just a note: The town of Coeymans responded to the very same F.O.I.L. within a couple of days. Now, do you think something’s up in the village of Ravena? Why are they fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid coming up with those documents? Do you think there’s something they don’t want residents to know. Maybe they’re scared shiteless that if you get it, we’ll see it. Do ya think?
 

This Just Adds Another Nail to Ravena’s Coffin. The Village of Ravena Should Be Eliminated and Combined with the Hamlet of Coeymans, Administered by the Town of Coeymans.

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Smiling Piggy Wins in the End

Don’t hold it against Kristine Biernacki or Annette Demitraszek. They just do as they’re told— like good little soldiers. Imagine if they make waves or use a village first-class postage stamp on a private mail item, they’re on the street. Mummy mayor John Bruno and hatchet-woman Nancy Biscone-Warner don’t like people with brains (shows them both up). Ravena Mayor John T. Bruno and Nancy Biscone-Warner apparently don’t take prisoners, they just take advantage.

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD Thanks Nanch Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman The Editor

F.O.I.L is a FRAUD
Thanks to Nancy Biscone-Warner & Robert J. Freeman
The Editor

  

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“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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