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New Baltimore: Coeymans’ Evil Twin to the South

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What Can We Even Start To Say About A Town that Sports All of 14 Mediocre Businesses and 2 Dying Churches, No Schools, A Deadbeat Town Board, A Moron Town Court, A Couple Of Rabid Pseudo-Sophisticates, Plenty of Real Estate For Sale, One of the Highest Tax Rates in the State, No Services…Google Anywhere Else and You’ll Get Hundreds of Hits.
Google New Baltimore and Get…Nothin’?

I only hope we're reading this right!

I only hope we’re reading this right!

Why would that be, you might well ask?!?

Another question we might well ask is: Why is it that small towns like Coeymans and New Baltimore have attained legendary status as hotbeds of injustice, conspiracy, corruption, inefficiency, and downright nastiness?

Well, back to our subject: The entire town of New Baltimore is about as big as Ravena, NY, in terms of population, and it’s just as corrupt. For example, the Town of New Baltimore has an area of a total 43.1 sq mi and a population (2010) of about 3,370 souls, well, most of them have souls. Compare this with Coeymans, New York, covering a total area of 53.1 sq mi and a population of 7,418 (2010). Both towns are losing population as more people move out looking for a better life.

The Town of New Baltimore consists of several small populated areas, mostly clusters of homes, including Deans Mill, Grapeville, Hannacroix, Medway, New Baltimore Hamlet (on the Hudson River),  Otter Hook, Paradise Hill, Roberts Hill. West Coxsackie is also located in the Town of New Baltimore.

Town in General. The region was part of the Mahican homeland, and was settled around 1700 and was included in early Dutch and English patents. New Baltimore was formed as a town in 1811 from the Town of Coxsackie. In the 200 years not much has been happening if we judge by population growth: in 1900, the town population was 1,536; in 2010 it was 3300 people.

Town Government or the New Baltimore Circus: Puts new meaning into the old dog-and-pony act. Main witch-on-a-stick is supervisor Susan K. O’Rorke (we won’t even mention what people are doing with the “K“) is the main clown. Once a Republican stronghold in its heyday, in the past several decades it has experienced decline, while the town has been run down by the Democrat inner circle over the past several decades, making its own rules and shoehorning its candidates into key positions. Much of this was due to the poor leadership in the Republican party and the party’s tendency to play fair against unscrupulous local democrats. The Republican party is starting to get smart, however, and is learning to fight fire with fire. But I’ve already said too much about politics on an apolitical blog. Where the former supervisor David Louis (wife of Town of New Baltimore Dem = DINO chairman, Diane Louis)  was a bit of a wet mop, the present supervisor is a haridan and not well-respected even by her own board. Not a good administrator, power-crazy, and generally a control freak, ensuring nothing positive gets done.

Like Coeymans, New Baltimore Justice is Badly Broken!

Like Coeymans, New Baltimore Justice is Badly Broken!

Town Justice or All the Justice You Can Buy or Let’s Make a Deal. New Baltimore disbanded its town constabulary years ago and, until recently, was served by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police, who did a fine job. With the inauguration of a very competent and ethical Greene County Sheriff, Sheriff Greg Seeley, the department collaborated with the Town of New Baltimore and some forward-thinking board members (now extinct) to install a satellite station at the New Baltimore town hall. Sheriff Seeley’s deputies have been doing a great job.

Unlike the situation in Coeymans, NY, with its corrupt police department and town court, the problem in New Baltimore is only (only?) the corrupt New Baltimore town court. It’s not so much corrupt, really, as just incompetent and ignorant. We’ve written quite a bit about town and village courts and, like the moronic village court of Ravena under Harold “Hal” Warner, and the idiotic Coeymans town court under in-justices Phillip Crandall and George Dardiani, the New Baltimore town court fits the bill with a poster-boy of ignorant town justices Joseph Farrell and his crony, Lee Davis, both tools of the Democrat machine in New Baltimore.

The Clowns are In Town!Actually in Town Hall.

The Clowns are In Town!
Actually in Town Hall.

Town Politics the International Unemployed Clowns Association Meets Regularly in the New Baltimore Town Hall. The clowns’  new name: the New Baltimore Town Board [of Clowns]. Again, lousy with Dems, the board is generally dysfunctional and lorded over by the witch-on-a-stick mentioned above, town super-biatch Susan O’Rourke. Over the years most residents, as in Coeymans, have become so disgusted with the games the town has been playing for years that the majority avoid the meetings, making them a convenient playground for the Democrat club and its members. That’s really too bad and people need to get involved and take back their town.

Church. Broken and Split.

Church. Broken and Split.

Town Churches. 1 and one-half and dying. The town claims to have two churches: one in the boonies and one of the new-fangled feel good congregations. The single church in the hamlet/national historic district lasted more than 175 years before a woman pastor was assigned who, contrary to every rule in the book, immediately started making changes and spending money. It wasn’t long before she drove out most of the generations-old congregation and depleted the handsome financial portfolio. Recently you had to drive by to see a “Save Your Church” sign out front. You had to snigger a bit because it wasn’t our church any more. So, like the town hall, the old church has suffered under the ravaging control of a woman pastor with a feminist agenda, whose wild spending makes Michelle Obama look like a black austerity measure.

That brings us to the subject of schools. New Baltimore can’t afford its own schools so it buses the students either to Coxsackie or to the scandal-ridden Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk schools. It’s scandalous what’s being done to taxpayers in New Baltimore. As if it weren’t enough being raped with some of the highest taxes in the state just to live in 18th century conditions, a large part of the town has to pay RCS central school district school tax to a district that has one of the highest per student costs in the state ($21,000 per student) and one of the lowest regional graduation rates (in the mid-70%), compared with almost any regional school.

[Editor’s note: While the RCS school district has in the past been made the whipping boy of the local rag media, this blog has done much to draw public attention to the culprits, largely the teachers union, New York State United Teachers or NYSUT, and a group of Coeymanazis in the Ravena-Coeymans area. The attention has largely silenced the evil-doers and has allowed the non-teacher faction on the RCS CSD school board to clean things up and get some real work done. Under the leadership of Dr Alan McCartney the district started to turn around but in recent weeks, McCarntney’s luster has begun to fade. Is he just tired or have the Coeymanazi forces gotten to him? He’s either losing steam or pulling back.]

 

A lethal combination of high costs and low graduation rates!

A lethal combination of high costs and low graduation rates!

Town Services. The Town services run into the negative. Yes, the roads are paved, somewhat. But the New Baltimore Thruway Department is a bunch of woodchucks brandishing shovels and following a truck with some asphalt. All they seem to be able to do is throw a shovel or two in a pothole, watch it steam for a spell, while leaning on their shovels, and when the excitement over the steaming asphalt abates, they move on to fill another pothole and watch it, etc. This goes on until a corpse would get bored watching! Well, the problem is that they’re all on salaries paid by New Baltimore residents and they’re wasting time, money, equipment, and supplies–and don’t seem to give a damn. Once it rains and a couple of cars roll over the “patches” the pothole’s back and the ritual repeats, and repeats, and repeats…

bad-waterWe have a public sewer system but no drinking water. One of the previous administrations about five years ago spent a bundle on a project to bring municipal water to the Hamlet, where most of the wells were contaminated by the old septic tanks. Well, the battle that was waged by a handful of amoral lunatics who were, in fact, newcomers to the town, and who had nothing better to do, ran the town into its own cesspool of hate and fratricide in opposition to the water project. The Ross-Luckacovic coalition and its band of what Joan Ross affectionately called Newbaltimorons, nearly destroyed the community and the repercussions can still be felt in the hamlet. John Luckacovic, one of the hate mongers, moved to Columbia county with his partner, Eleanor Oldham. Bob “Robby” Ross and Joan Ross still reside in the hamlet where they still spew their venom. Idle hands do the devil’s work, it seems.

But that’s not the end of the water fantasies that seem to occupy the empty spaces between Democrat ears in New Baltimore. While Joan Ross and Bitter Bob and their loose-canon ally, John Luckacovic, managed to nearly destroy the community with their misinformation, lies, and backstabbing, the Democrats in the Town hall had wet-dreams about a huge recreational water park in the town, new NYS thruway construction, etc. etc. But hamlet residents would be allowed (thanks to the Rosses and Luckacovic team) to go dry. But, again, fantasies and idiot’s dreams are doomed to dry up…just like the New Baltimore Reformed Church’s patrimony, portfolio, and congregation, and just as the Town of New Baltimore is doing as we write. Drying up.

Refresh Yourself With New Baltimore WaterSmall Government at Work for You

Refresh Yourself With New Baltimore Water
Small Government at Work for You

The anti-water campaign was a travesty of free speech but a banquet of misinformation and backstabbing. Unconfirmed reports say that John Lucakcovic is close to the Coeymans gang, most notably Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca and his Coeymanazis. If that’s true, Joan and Bob Ross wouldn’t be able to resist getting involved.  We may never know the truth because they don’t have the cojones to do their mischief in daylight and work by ambush and darkness: typical of the rodents they are.

Overall, the town is dying thanks to high taxes, no real businesses, and general apathy. This paves the road for vultures from downstate to take advantage of cheap property values and an indifference to local culture to come in and destroy almost 300 years of history. The people moving in and displacing the locals who can no longer afford the area are nasty, asocial, and controlling. What’s worse, they find it easy to cajole the local politicos and have their way.

Carpetbaggers are in town!

Carpetbaggers are in town!

Here’s an example: In the National Historic District, through some corrupt finagling, a downstater bought up several homesteads on the river, demolished the historic buildings, and erected what can be best described as a chicken coop on steroids, an absolute eyesore. But, somehow they got the permit to put it up and desecrate the historic district. Small town greed and big town money at work, it seems.

To the man (and woman) all of the damage that has been done to New Baltimore has been done by outsiders coming in, whether you consider town hall, the murderous water campaign in the hamlet (Ross and Luckacovic), the indifference to the local historical culture and architecture, etc. The ME First! people have come and walked all over the local people. What’s next, oil derricks in the hamlet, Ms O’Rourke? I wouldn’t put it past her, really.

We can, of course, thank the carrion-eaters in the area, like Tracey Burton, real estate monger, of the real estate office Victoria Real Estate, who is the ambulance chaser of local properties. Burton has the morals of Stalin and is about as loyal as Benedict Arnold. But she’s somehow gotten her foot in the New Baltimore door (one shudder’s to think how she did that…orally or anally or…). She’s one to be wary of (from personal experience) she’ll make it yours and you’ll have to make it shine while she collects her ill-gotten commission and leaves you to figure out what went wrong. (Sellers be very wary. She’ll get you dragged into court for her stories and then wish you, “Good luck!“).  She’s typical, though.

Town Businesses. 14 Nothing worth noting.  Most business tends to skip over New Baltimore to settle in business-friendly Coxsackie, the next town south of New Baltimore, and one that’s showing considerable promise.

Conclusion

brokenAs we develop our research and our collaborators canvas, sort and send in new information, we hope to provide residents, taxpayers, and investigating authorities with little-known facts about what is going on in New Baltimore.

We expect that the information and the facts as they are checked and verified will provide the same material for investigation as our first year of operation has done in the case of the village of Ravena and the town of Coeymans.

Because we have made such headway in garnering the trust and confidence of our friends and neighbors in Coeymans, and the word has gone out to surrounding communities, our work has been made significantly easier in the case of New Baltimore, because New Baltimore residents have been watching our successes in Coeymans.

Wrong Way! Stop Breaking New Baltimore!

Wrong Way! Stop Breaking New Baltimore!
The Editor

New Baltimore Democrats: You need to consider the alternatives. You have a bunch of losers in the New Baltimore town hall and you need to get some winners in there. Winners like the people who made New Baltimore a thriving, welcoming, friendly community; not an exclusive club and the town hall their clubhouse! Even the churches are suffering in the present climate of hypocrisy!

 

Albany Times Union Publishes Sequel to Our Articles!

We’ve Said It So Many Times Before! And It’s Still True As It Ever Was!

Well, Maybe Not New News...Just Old News.

Well, Maybe Not New News…Just Old News.

 We Scoop the Albany Times Union (owned by the Hearst Corportation) and Local Comatose Rags by Publishing Solid Facts Way Before the Times Useless and the Hudson Catskill Newspapers (a division of Johnson Newspapers Corp.)

The Albany Times Union’s Fred Lebron Follows Our Lead And Writes on Public Corruption and Schools! But it’s the Times Useless’ undisguised usual finger-pointing, doom-and-gloom, anxiety- and fear-mongering. Factoids. Why do they even bother?

You're Burning Down Your Own Houses.

You’re Burning Down Your Own Houses.

In our recent articles on this blog we pointed out the major obstacles to making life livable in this community and in the bigger picture.  This blog actually started back in May 2012, when we had to come out and draw the public’s attention to the corruption that was going on in the schools, especially what was going on in the RCS central school district budget voting and the deception that was created by the RCS CSD teachers association, its president, double-dipping, bully-mongering, loose-lipped teacher Matt “the Mutt” Miller, the idiot interim superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, a teachers union lackey, and the teachers clique on the RCS CSD board of education, Alice Whalen, Howard “Bray” Engel, James Latter,  former member Josephine Tracey-O’Connor of “He Called Me Fat” fame, and former member Tracey Traver, together with the Coeymanazi mob under the direction of Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca, assisted by his partner, Cathy Deluca, and their minions.

Dumb-as-Dirt David Soares

Dumb-as-Dirt David Soares

And we’ve courageously gone after that scandal-looking-for-a-place-to-happen,  P[udenda] David Soares, the renegade Albany County District Attorney, the disgrace of a chief county law enforcement officer, Soares, when he’s not getting a reprimand by federal judges, or hes not dipping his pen[is] into company ink[wells], he’s getting his inkwells special appointments, or simply maliciously prosecuting local residents. Pundenda-obsessed Dave is merely a tool of the machine; he’s to stupid for anything else and too corrupt and immoral (read: amoral) for any other place. A graduate of the boys’ club called Albany Law School, he’s ethnic, and a West African immigrant, he’s in like flint as the “token” in the in-appearance-only ultra-liberal Albany political machine (when it comes to pandering for votes) as long as he kisses his handler’s mechanically conservative asses (the spirit of Erastus Corning delights). Soares has no self-esteem and no morals so he’ll do just about anything…or anyone. He’s gotten his share of space on this blog, too.

We followed the harassment and conspiracy that was hatched to malign board of education members by the Coeymanazis, no doubt with the assistance of the teachers association and the backing of the New York State United Teachers union, NYSUT.

Gerald "Dirty-Hands Jerry" Delucaa.k.a. Bobo Cop

Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca
a.k.a. Bobo Cop

As residents and citizens started to see the light and the writing on the wall, we moved on to uncovering corruption and the crooks in the RCS communities, most conspicuously the village of Ravena and the town of Coeymans, especially the Coeymans Police Department. There was plenty of scandal to go a long way, and it kept us busy for a year reporting on the truth while the Albany Times Union and its junk journalists concentrated on partisan (read Coeymanazi) low-life scandal reporting, obviously fed rubbish by the local Coeymanazis and their keepers in Albany.

His Honor, the Mayor.John Bruno is Mayor of Ravena, NY.

His Honor, the Mayor.
John Bruno is Mayor of Ravena, NY.

And then there’s Ravena. What would Ravena be without a nest of corruption housed in the village hall. What would Ravena be without a senile ill-tempered godfather in Depend®, mayor John Bruno,  presiding over his court of blathering inbred Bruno, Persico, Biscone, Albano dwarves, the Delucas and the Warrens cowing and bowing to get their carrion-toxic talons into anything of value. We covered their latest larceny: the Bruno-Deluca-Warren Memorial Fitness Center and their feeble and misguided attempts to oust the RCS Community Library so that Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warren could prance and pose in their “own” fitness club–or is it a dairy farm–they “purchased” with Ravena taxpayer money to the tune of $40 grand!

eat-more-brainsYes! We were then and continue to be the bastions of Truth in this community while the Albany Times Union (a.k.a. Times Useless), the Ravena News Herald, and other local rags, including the local television sharks on  News Channel 10, News Channel 6, and News Channel 13 continued their tabloid journalism licking at the stale blood drawn by the Coeymanazi ambushes, and writing award-winning pornographic fiction based (almost) on slightly true facts creatively altered and embellished, but a final version of “facts” a.k.a. factoids. When they weren’t doing the Coeymanazi’s dirty work in print, they were days, even weeks late on the so-called stone-dead-cold “stories”, and stories they were, most of the time following on the heels of articles already posted on this blog. And you pay for the stale pulp fiction reported in that mass of advertising called  the Albany Times Union or that major collection of public notices called the Ravena News Herald. I just don’t get it.

Those of you who have been regular readers and who have signed up for e-mail notification of new articles and comments (You can follow this blog by clicking on FOLLOW ME in the upper right margin and entering your e-mail.)  Are very well-informed about the goings-on beneath the surface on the board of education, in the schools, and in the village and town boards.

More recently we published our observations about the Coeymans town board’s outrageous decision to award MidHudson Cablevision a 15-year exclusive contract for cable and Internet services (read Ravena-Coeymans: The Land of Goofy!) and followed that article with a sequel and update on that shameful betrayal by the Coeymans town board of residents in the town of Coeymans (read Sequel to “Land of Goofy”).

We drew attention to the fanatical and villainous presentation by John Anthony in the recent presentation that totally distorted the doctrine of “sustainable development,” striking fear and anxiety in an already paranoid local population. We tore that stupid propaganda a part in our article, Need More Unconstructive Anxiety?, and cast shame and disgrace on the organizers for having imposed such arrogant and misinformation propaganda on local citizens and voters!

Again, in an idiotic article degrading the pages of the already base Ravena News Herald by Bryan Rowzee that centered on local Coeymanazi building inspector Laverne “Larry” Conrad, while misquoting American poet laureate, Robert Frost, and quoting Laverne Conrad.

Thomas E. "Tom" DolanChampion of MidHudson Cablevision Deals

Thomas E. “Tom” Dolan
Champion of MidHudson Cablevision Deals

You may remember Laverne “Larry” Conrad as  part of the comedy duo, “Laverne and Surly“, who appear regularly on the Coeymans Comedy Channel (MidHudson Cablevision’s public access channel 11), featuring cameos by Tarty Tom Dolan, BoboCop Jerry Deluca, DodoCop Gregory Darlington, Bobo and Dodo doing their ” Wild West Keystone Cops” clown act, the Surly Siblings (Stephen Flack, Thomas “Tom” Dolan of MidHudson Cable fame, Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Dawn Rogers) as well as the Juggling Justices Gregory Dardiani and Harold “Hal” Warren who dress up as judges and make a mockery of the law (assisted by evil shyster clowns Gregory Teresi and Michael J. Biscone).

Well, in that News Herald article, Rowzee quotes Frost incorrectly and makes the mistake of quoting Laverne “Larry” Conrad. Read our article at Coeymanazi Building Inspector Conrad and you’ll get a good laugh…or a good cry.

Our article on the reverse Robin Hood shell game being played by Washington with taxpayer money focused on the reality of the misuse of the American taxpayer and how the feds take the food from your mouths to pay for the foor placed in the mouths of dictators and revolutionaries (covertely, of course) private jets of foreign government officials.
Waxing Whimsical: Why the US and You Have no $$$ ! tells the true story of why our communities, businesses, schools, and communities are in such dire straits.

And now Democrat Sec’ty of State Kerry and King Obama bin Ladin are prepping us to get involved in the Syrian conflict! More taxpayer $$$BILLIONS$$$ hemorrhaging out of the country to support causes of little or no interest to the Coeymans or Selkirk resident–or to anyone with any serious interest in day-to-day survival! When are you going to say STOP! In the meantime, you can continue collecting empty beer cans à la Cathy Deluca to send your kids on school field trips, while she’s posing for mayor Bruno in their “community” fitness center with Nancy Warner–at a cost of more than $40 grand of your tax money, plus their salaries! Disgusting!

Golden-Turd-Award

Claim your prize. It’s yours!

Now back to the Albany Times Union, Fred Lebrun, and the Sequel to Articles on this blog…

A reader drew our attention to an article that appeared in the Albany Times Union on Sunday, February 24, 2013, and written by Fred Lebrun, a fossil writer for the Albany Times Useless who occasionally pops up with an opinion. The article is entitled: LeBrun: Tax cap denies a ‘sound, basic’ education system and is basically a commentary (now you know how much fact it contains).

We’ll just post a couple of quotes from the article with some short comments, and you can make the rest of the connections and draw your own conclusions.

The governor’s beloved 2 percent tax cap was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the New York State United Teachers union in state Supreme Court in Albany. The suit offers multiple arguments why the tax cap is unconstitutional, asserting that it locks in unequal funding between have- and have-not school districts across the state, ”while pushing many school districts to the brink of educational and financial insolvency,” in the words of NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi. [my emphasis]nysut

Matthew J. "Matt-the-Mutt" MillerNYSUT Union Rep at RCS

Matthew J. Miller
“Matt-the-Mutt”

NYSUT Union Rep at RCS

 Right away, you should see red: our beloved special interest, rape the taxpayer organization, the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, godparents of our very own teachers union lackey, Matt “the Mutt” Miller, is bringing the suit. Now you know it’s not good news for the taxpayer no matter what Lebrun says. But you must already know what’s coming next: doom, gloom, suspicion, dark days ahead, you’re losing your schools, your children are going to be eaten by aliens, etc. You know, the same-old-same-old whenever NYSUT raises its double-dealing-double-dipping head.

It is irrefutable that the effect of the incomplete tax cap passed in June 2011, while politically popular and a contributor to the governor’s high standing, has been disastrous for school districts and local governments.

Your tax dollars at work.

Your tax dollars at work.

That self-destructive attitude and the greed of the teachers union and its members, the teachers, are what’s killing the districts. Millions are being spent on the mismanaged, wasteful money pits we call schools that are turning out idiots at graduation. Why? Because the majority of parents and taxpayers are indifferent and don’t get involved with how their districts are managed or how their elected officials in Albany and Washington are turning their backs on their communities.

Just read some of the articles on this blog and you’ll know too well why our schools and local governments are turning into liquid waste.

Sadly, we are watching a catastrophe unfold that will deeply affect many of our children at their most vulnerable ages, and which will have consequences for the rest of their lives.

The State Education Department has warned that between 100 and 200 school districts will be insolvent within two years.

Mr "Fred-in-a-Funk" LebrunWrites on Our Schools. DUH!

Mr “Fred-in-a-Funk” Lebrun
Writes on Our Schools.
DUH!

Lebrun must have been asleep for the last several years! The catastrophe has been unfolding for some time now, Mr Lebrun. We’re right in the epicenter of it. DUH! Yes, Mr Lebrun, we are all aware of that fact but not many of our readers, sadly, have the guts or the balls to open their eyes, tighten their belts, and turn on the lights to see the writing on the wall. Again, read our articles and learn why the schools suck, why the kids are idiots, why the board of education is stymied in getting anything really effective done with the teachers special interests working against them, and why the local communities are drowning in their own raw sewerage with Coeymanazis like the town of Coeymans board, the local Coeymanazi police force, and the Coeymanazis on the street doing everything they can to have it their way or no way. Do you really think that business want to operate in a backwoods, Neanderthal community that is so business-unfriendly, corrupt, or that families want to live like that. Look around you and watch the exodus!

The multi-year highway to insolvency for many of them will be already littered with discarded teachers and administrators, dropped programs and advanced placement courses required for college admission, and cuts, cuts and more cuts impacting the core teaching mission.

Look, this didn’t happen over night, people! And it’s not going to get cured over night, either. What Lebrun is writing is crap, to be very honest. He, like so many others, are doing your bloody thinking for your and framing your life according to their views! YOU NEED TO DO YOUR OWN THINKING. BUT FIRST YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO REALITY!

Reality.

Reality.

Look, you bunch of lemmings: You can’t keep taking without putting back in, people!

  • Do you drive your car without replacing the fuel used? Of course not. You’d be stuck in nowhere in no time!
  • Do you drive your car with a flat tire? Of course not, you’d cause more and more damage to the car the longer you drive! What was a small repair now is a major disaster!
  • Do you keep driving at 55 mph when you enter a 30 mph speed zone, even when warned that speed is checked by radar? Of course you don’t. If you did you’d lose your driving privileges in a very short time and be taking a mortgage to pay your fines and super-fines!So why do you drive the economy by taking away without replacing or not making necessary repairs and adjustments? Why do you damage the environment without repairing the damage you cause?

Why do you keep taking from the cookie jar without replacing the cookies and then complain that there are no more cookies? That’s the simplified state of facts. It all starts with Y-O-U!

Yes, the fast track to damnation will be littered with teachers, programs, administrators, advance placement programs. Why? Because they are not working and are costing an arm and a leg. They are NOT WORKING and are killing what does work: You and Me!

Look teachers are nice but they’re out for themselves. To think differently means you have your head in a fog. What the teachers don’t grab to make their lives easier the teachers union will grab for them. Guess who’s going to foot the bill for the $80-120 thousand plus salaries plus enhancements, plus benefits, plus summers off, and some very hefty pensions (after they move out of the district, like former interim superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith has done after padding her pension!). You and Me!

You’ve been paying for programs and administrators that have been substandard and that’s not only in this district. Sure they have to go! You’d have to go if you did on your job what they manage to do and stay employed! Abusing students. Indifference to student welfare. Bullying students. Having students bully other students. Just being jerks.

And “advance placement programs?” What a load of purest propagandist rubbish! Why isn’t “advanced” the standard like it is in Germany, Japan, Russia? I’ll give you a little hint: because parents like to delude themselves into thinking that little Johnny or Ginny is something special. WAKE UP! They’re far from special and in comparison to students in other countries they’re far below average! Our colleges are crap, too, because they attempt to educate the average who come to the colleges with below average abilities. Why? Because our colleges are not in the business of education…they’re more in the business of doing research for corporations or are in the real estate business! Our kids get advance placement on the international stupids list!

There are plenty of statistics and studies to document just how poorly the American student is doing in comparison with Europe and Asia. It ain’t pretty. Here are just two: Alliance for Excellent Education-Fact Sheet (March 2008), USA Today: In ranking, U.S. students trail global leaders. It’s downright embarrassing! And to think that with a graduation rate in a mid-70% range at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk  Central School District  our per student expenditure is more than $21,000, we should be asking some very hard questions, indeed!

Why is that, parents? Don’t blame it all on the self-serving teachers. The teachers want the same thing you do: cars, houses, money, vacations, time off, etc. Blame it on yourselves for your own greed and indifference to the welfare of your offspring! Try parenting instead of getting more stuff. Try socializing your asocial cave creatures. Try teaching them respect (for others and themselves). Try teaching them how to be members of a community. Try teaching them how to love and be loved (and I don’t mean loving their own stuff or someone else’s–translate “stuff” any way you please). Give them a home not a car to live in. They don’t need A.S.A.P. programs or Teen Centers, they need parents. Real moms and dads!  Need I go on or are you finally catching on.

Or what's left of it.

Or what’s left of it.

As for the so-called adults among us: You had a brain at birth but through chronic misuse or unuse it’s gotten a bit screwed up. Maybe you’re reading the Times Union pulp fiction too much, or watching your MidHudson Cable ripoff too long. But you really need to make some corrections in your own lives, in the community, and then you can start on the bigger picture. But first you have to relearn how to use what gray matter might still be left after exposure to the fiction you have been fed by the media, by your leaders, by yourselves.

And the Times Union and the other media can start with themselves or suffer the consequences. The local elected officials who have been screwing you for years have to go. What we need is an ethical print and electronic media system that publishes true facts and less mistake, error and fear. The media and the government is misusing you and misinforming you, controlling you by making you suspicious of others and keeping you anxious and fearful. You actually have control if you’d only take it.

You need to get involved, though. You have to stop leaving it to someone else. That’s not how it works. Or you can stay stuck where you are. It’s your choice.

It's Your Choice.But Only if you want it.The Editor

It’s Your Choice.
But Only if you want it.
The Editor

 
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The RCS Community Needs to Know…

Editor’s Freak Out:

Freakin' Out!

Freakin’ Out!

How Frickin’Stupid! RCS Schools Announced Early Closing on February 8, Due to the Forecast Blizzard. Early closing at 10 a.m.! WTF?!?!?! What frickin’ sense does it make to inconvenience half the community to get the kids out the door and then they’re released at 10 a.m.?! What are the overheads involved in opening the school, transporting the students round-trip, etc. etc. Has someone lost his/her mind?


The Local Rag, the Ravena News Herald, Reports on Every Kind of Rubbish Conceivable, and Dedicates an Inordinate Amount of Space to Sports, Whatnot Wannabe Essayists, and Plenty of Legal Notices—But…

We Want More!

We Want More!

This RCS Central School District voted on a more than $42 million school budget for 2012-13 and is currently debating the next school budget for 2013-14. This is all money that comes in the form of school taxes paid by a minority of residents, the property owners. But a great many of the property owners in the RCS Central School District don’t have children going to the schools, and an even greater number of non-property owners, mostly lowere socio-economic class, don’t pay taxes much less school taxes.

Many persons own property but don’t live in the district and so they don’t get to vote on the school budget but they do have to pay the tax, and the non-property owners, non-school tax payers get to vote on the budget and benefit from the fund that they don’t contribute to. That’s real fair, don’t you think?

The information on what the RCS Central School District administration is doing and what the RCS board of education is deliberating usually appears only as the latest scandal in the Albany Times Union or in the local rag, the Ravena News Herald, neither of which can claim much fame for factual reporting. So how does anyone get the information on what the RCS school district is doing with all that money?

Well, the RCS Central School District has a website that publishes some material about what’s going on but the information is usually slanted and written by who-knows-who. Besides, the district for all its self-praise about the quality of its techology teaching and resources doesn’t even put the site up or organize it. That’s done by some character that comes in a couple of times a week from BOCES.

There is a significant problem in the area when it comes to news about what’s going on in the school district. There are a couple of ways to keep up with the events but you have to have time and computer savvy. They include:

  • The bi-weekly board of education meetings but do you know where to find the dates of those meetings? But there’s a problem here, too. There seems to be no coordination or communication between the village of Ravena, the town of Coeymans, and the board of education when meetings are to be held and whether they conflict. This means that you’ll very often find the RCS board of education meeting at the same time the village of Ravena or the town of Coeymans board is meeting. You’ll have to miss one to attend the other. Typical poor communications, though, for RCS. Now that the Coeymanazis have gone underground and can’t put on public displays of stupidity, they are not attending the board meetings. That’s a good thing. But the people they disgusted and intimidated, or scared away previously are only slowly returning.
  • The RCS CSD website but you need to know how to use a computer and how to navigate around the website to find what you want. I’m pretty good on the Internet but I find the RCS CSD web site a real mess when it comes to finding anything. So if you’re not addicted to your computer you’ll probably not be able to find the information you need.
  • The published RCS CSD board of education meeting agendas–totally useless. They tell you only in cryptic language what they intend to discuss and, again, you have to be a computer wizard to find any of the past meetings minutes. Forget it.
  • The public television broadcasts or replays of the meetings? When? Who knows? Not very often on the night of the meeting and certainly not a high priority item in terms of the cable service providers. It’s pot luck to get lucky and find the board of education meeting on a public access channel.
  • “But,” you might say, “what’s in the local newspapers? Isn’t that the place you’d find news about the schools and the board of education.” Any place else and I’d answer, “Yes!” But not in RCS. If it’s not a scandal or they can’t tear something or someone apart, the Times Union isn’t interested. The Ravena News Herald publishes pages of athetics, someone’s kid’s picayune accomplishment, and school lunch menus. The police blotter reports more about the Keystone antics of the Coeymans Bo-Bo cops than the Ravena News Herald does about the school district.

So, what do we recommend? You might well ask. We suggest that the superintendent of Schools, Dr Alan McCartney, publish a weekly report on what’s going on in the RCS schools. The report can be along the lines of the Supervisor’s Report that appears in the paper. Here are some possible topics:

  • How budget money is being spent
  • What new money has been found or reallocated

    Latest Fundraising Ideas (by Cathy Deluca)

    Latest Fundraising Ideas
    (by Cathy Deluca)

  • What new areas of savings are being examined
  • What the schools are doing in terms of safety issues, bullying, accidents, etc.

    School and Public Safety (by Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca and Do-Do Chief Gregory Darlington)

    School and Public Safety
    (by Bobo Cop “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca and Dodo Chief Gregory Darlington)

  • Evaluations of teachers and performances
  • What’s being done to ensure academic excellence

    Progress in RCS Grad Rates

    Progress (or Decline) in RCS Grad Rates
    (by Alice Whalen & Howard Engel)

  • Grievances and complaints and how to file and ensure they’re handled properly
How the Teachers Union (NYSUT) is Spending Your Money & Uniton Misconduct (by Matt Miller)

How the Teachers Union (NYSUT) is Spending Your Money & the RCS Union Rep’s Misconduct
(by Matt Miller)

  • Student and parent care initiatives along the lines of customer service models
  • Quality assurance in the schools
  • A report on the actions taken on the RCS CSD board of education
  • Other, relevant subjects

This column would then be published in the Ravena News Herald as a public service.

This is only a bare-bones suggestion but it would certainly better inform the taxpaying public about what’s going on in the school district because we believe more people with have access to the local weekly newspaper. The Ravena News Herald would certainly be able to cover the cost by the reasonably expectable increase in readership because of the availability of this important information and it may open new opportunities for new advertisers who want to target that new class of readers. Well managed and planned, it would be a win-win situation for everyone concerned and it would ensure that people with a definite interest would have access to information important to them. Word of mouth and gossip simply is not working.

The Editor

The Editor

 

Our Zombification & Now Even God Comes in 29 Designer Flavors!

 We Are Being Dumbed Down and Turned into A Nation of Zombies.

The Zombies are Eating Our Tax Dollars!

The y’re Turning Us Into Zombies
And We’re Eating Each Other!

Technology, the Promoters of the Technology, the Lobbies and Unions Shoving Technology Down Our Throats, the Public Officials Who are Slaves to the Unions and Lobbies, and our Already Zombified Teachers and Administrators are Hell-bent to Zombify our Entire Culture!

Just Shoot Us! Why Doncha!?!

You’re Boring Us to Death!
Just Shoot Us! Why Doncha!?!

I was going to continue the reports on the RC Teen Activity Center and on the Unending Persecution of the RCS CSD BoE President by the Hypocrite Albany DA P.[udenda] David Soares, until I Experienced the Most Recent RCS school board public meeting on January 7, 2012. I simply had to comment on it!

The point is, however, that the specific RCS situation is not unique; in fact, it’s as common as…well, the metaphors I could offer may not be very pleasant so I’ll stop while I still have your attention. The problem is endemic, and I hope to convince you that it is as serious as I expect it is.

PowerPoint Masturbation. I reviewed the RCS Central School District board of education meeting of January 7th, and I was initially amazed that it was so…quiet. Fact is: It was barely attended by the public. Then came the reason: Another one of those idiotic digital slide show presentations where the presenter self-pleasures him or herself by vomiting onto a wall or screen a mass of numbers, charts and graphs that no one but the presenter understands. Only a death squad of mercenaries could kill the audience quicker! Is that the plan? Kill attendance by presenting idiotic garbage? Is that the purpose of the public sessions of the board of education meetings? Well, it does show one thing: If these presenters, who are teachers and administrators in the schools, are that self-absorbed and mentally zombified that they don’t give a damn how intensely boring they are and how disrespectful they are of their audience, what on earth are they doing in the classrooms? Is this an indicator of how they communicate information in the classroom, too? Then, of course, I started to think…

zombies ahead run

Education is all about communication. If teachers and administrators are not capable of communicating appropriately with their audience, what in hell are we spending all this money on paying teachers extreme salaries? If, from what we see and hear in these PowerPoint slide presentations by teachers and administrators is: What in hell are we spending all of the “professional development” money on for teachers? (Please don’t tell me, “It’s in their contract.”) The PowerPoint presentations are much too long, too many slides, too poorly designed, too poorly presented, not presented in a language the audience can fully understand, and present too much information for anyone of normal intelligence to digest! The time, effort, money would be better spent on a simple one-page executive summary, and an essential facts sheet followed with a Q/A session.

Dr Alan McCartney did an excellent job by jumping in and summarizing a very confused and muttered presentation point by clearly distilling the facts: “When she says [the increase in] online testing, the state has essentially told us that Within two years they expect that all state tests will be taken online at the same time by every student in the state.” Bingo. Stop the convoluted explanations and miscommunications, cross-referencing and pointing to other people. You’re supposed to be informing everyone!

But the fact remains: So much money being spent on technology, updates, new computers, etc. doesn’t do very much to improve socialization, reading, writing, development of self. Those are the problems that are being created by over-technologization of our schools and digitizing our learning environments. Out-of-control and excessive dependence on technology is a key factor in zombification.

Big Brother's Zombies

Big Brother’s Zombies
Orwell, “1984”
(See our P.s. at the end of this article!)

Zombification of America. Imagine all of those futuristic low-budget films where masses of human beings are mindlessly gazing at Fearless Leader, who appears demonically proselytizing on a huge flat-screen. Imagine all of those low-budget walking-dead films depicting zombified undead human beings walking around aimlessly, mindlessly trying to find a brain to eat (apparently they’re brain-starved, the product of our education system). Imagine all of the newsreel, archival, and documentary images of the Nazi era, of Stalin’s Russia, of the China of the cultural revolution, and the propaganda machine that deprived whole populations of freedom of thought, speech, movement, and controlled every atom of information served to the public. Have you ever thought about how all of that was accomplished? Have you ever thought about the underlying message these films of protest, of warning they are sending?

Are these your kids>

Are these your kids

Isolation of Children. In all of the totalitarian regimes, the family unit was a prime target. First you isolate parents from children, and then you get all the children in one place and brainwash them. Sound familiar? Here, let me help you to understand. In the Nazi, Stalinist, China during the cultural revolution, the family was always made sacrosanct because the propagandists knew at the time that it was central and a core value to the population. But what they then proceded to do is to gradually dissolve the traditional family to form a new-age type of family. Breeders would produce perfect offspring, who would be herded into education camps, and who then would become a generation of perfect zombies, and the cycle would continue. Are you getting it now? Maybe not? Let’s move on, then.

This isolation of children, young people from parents and the traditional family unit then went on to isolate families and children from the ethics and morality sources, the spiritual and faith communities, the churches and congregations. Once the sensitivity to the value of spirituality, faith and religion was erased in the family and in the youth, new gods, idols, could be set up to fill the void created by killing God. Once ethics and morality was taken out of the hands of the faith and spiritual communities, the now ethically and moraly sterile parents and youth could be filled with a popular, government, corporate morality and ethics.

zombie girlNow those newly indoctrinated, brainwashed young adults become teachers. Without the traditional family to instill a sense of culture and identity, and without the faith communities to inspire ethics and morality, the education system, the schools and liberal colleges and universities now disseminate faddish, dumbed-down learning at economically hobbling prices. The basic thought here is: control the spirit and the mind through zombified education, the spirit through corporate ethics and morality, and vertical and horizontal movement by shackling the population with the propaganda that the ultimate goal is a college education even if you end up with a lifetime of debt and no job.

The control logic is ingenious. Don’t you think? No, you don’t think. That’s the fundamental problem!

Undead - The Zombie Teacher

Mr Undead
The Zombie Teacher

Here’s an example: The other day I was having a breakfast meeting with a contributor. The waitress, always ready to add her two cents, starts bitching about what her daughter is [not] learning in middle school. Seems she’s falling behind and the mother hasn’t a clue how to help her. “She just doesn’t get the math they’re teaching! It’s all dashes and dots and numbers. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand what it is!” ISOLATION OF THE PARENT FROM THE CHILD’S EDUCATION! The government sets up systems that eliminate parental participation in their childrens’ education (except to pay dearly for it). If the parent doesn’t get it and can’t help the child, the parent loses esteem in the child’s eyes (“Gee, mom, you’re a dumbass!”), the child feels helpless and vulnerable, has low self-esteem (“I’m stupid.”), the modern morality, ethics, and economics force the single mother to work long hours to support the child (“Gee, mom, you’re never around when I need you!”), the father’s probably a victim of the legal system and in jail for peeing in public or desperation drinking (think alcoholism in soviet Russia), and the child has a no-parent family unit (Our law enforcement dunces and idiot judges at work reinforcing the zombification process!).

eat more brainsEnter the A.S.A.P. programs and the Teen  Activity Centers of the world! Parents are already technically isolated from their children and the ethical and moral foundations have been eroded to such an extent that any sense of guilt is radically lessened, so now parents, in the squeeze by the financial environment and the corporate brainwashing that they MUST HAVE, MUST RUSH OUT and GET, MUST GIVE, now make the excuse that to make ends meet, they both, mother and father, must have jobs.

(No one seems to catch on that they’re being satanically manipulated by the corporations, the educators, the service providers. Nope! They’re zombies now, they don’t have to think. No brain left, you see! That’s why the movie zombies have to eat brains…they have to replace their own brain they sacrificed to the government, unions and corporations!). But now we have “After School Activities Programs” and Community Teen Centers, Youth Centers, etc. that gather the young people together, away from home, family, parents, and become the surrogate home, family, parents to the children. All they are are Nazi, Stalinist, revolutionary Chinese youth camps, and they have the same effect: Separate the children from the home, family, parents; gather them into one place; make them feel good and liked there; replace the home, family, parents with a new home, family, and new “parents.” Get it yet? Sure, you rationalize the whole thing and think you “need to work to make ends meet,” that “you need to give the kids the latest brain-dissolving handheld toys,” that you need “to rush out and buy that product,” that everyone in the family “needs their own vehicle” (so that they can rush out and leave the home, family, parents and get to the youth or teen center, indoctrination camp.). No guilt anymore! Everyone has his or her addiction. Everyone’s a zombie.

Nobody needs to care. Everyone needs an assault weapon (to finish off all the other zombies). Do your hear the evil Lord [In]Sidious sniggering in the confusion of your life, now?

FEAR IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MOTIVATORS, CONTROLS, WEAPONS!

Zombie Teachers

Zombie Teachers

Zombification of Education. Well, I started out talking about PowerPoint masturbation and presenter self-pleasuring. I raised the question if what we are seeing, the total alienation of the audience by the presenter, total unawareness of the audience, is that what’s happening in the classrooms? I then provided you, dear readers, with a tour of what I see is going on right under unseeing eyes: the zombification of the people. Yes, we are so blind that we sheeple along to the drumbeat of the propagandists, our richly lobby-bribed elected officials, the corporations, and a federal government too big to care and money-making-bailout-sponges the propagandists tell us are too big to fail. But what we are really missing, so tragically missing is the true tragedy right here, in our own communities, right in your own home: the zombification of the family! We used to hear that “education starts in the home, formation in the churches, training in the schools.” Where has all that wisdom gone? We are becoming a nation of digitized, electronic junkies. We are becoming a society of ethically cleansed, amoral, brainless, starving zombies. Why? Because it’s so easy. That’s why.

But we like easy. But when you actually think about it it’s catastrophic! Take, for example, electronic communications. Before the birth of the transistor radio way back in the 1960’s, people sat home and listened to the radio together; with the transistor radio, the migration genes were facilitated, and you could listen on your own, while on the move! Then came the computer and e-mail and online searches. No more sitting down and writing a nice card or going to the library, seeing friends, socializing, browsing the stacks. Now you could sit in a dark cubicle or in a corner of your bedroom and get it all! But even then you still had to go out, face the world, shop, negotiate, pay bills.

No more, my little zombies! Just isolate yourself in your dark little corner and Bingo! It’s all done…digitally. Eating out in a restaurant or a diner used to be a social ritual. Forget about that, too! Just look around you: couples sitting at the same table, each one looking blankly down at their lap. It used to be that when you saw something like that you yelled: “Hands on the table!” No more, my little zombies! All the self-pleasuring now is done…digitally!

So the universities came up with another rain-making, revenue generating, cost-saving strategy: online degrees. No more physical interpersonal social learning experiences. Just sit in your dusty, smelly, infested corner and “earn a degree.” It’s that simple, simpletons!

Worse still, our educators and the boards of education are caving to an idiotic decree, now law, that mandates that our schools go digital! Now if this isn’t a conspiracy by the information technology lobbies, the computer and software lobbies, I must have come down with the last shower!

Freud, Piaget, Ainsworth, Watson, Bandura, Kohlberg and others all have theories of human development, of stages of human moral and character evelopment and all of them take into consideration the importance of human physical interaction.

One Instructor, One Lesson for All

One Instructor, One Lesson for All

Almost every mainstream magazine and journal has recently published articles on the importance of human contact in healthy human development and the consequences of “isolation.” The studies and research on which these articles are based is done by scholars and academics, scientists. Why is it all lost on our educators? The Answer: Unions and Lobbies! MONEY. And our federal and state education pundits are all in the union and lobby pockets! That’s why the New York State Education Department has told schools to start planning for the flatscreen teacher–all of education will be cleansed of the personal role model in the classroom, the adored teacher (what’s left of any real role models in the classroom). One standardized model will present one standardized presentation over fiberoptic delivery or satellite hookup. All zombies will get one standardized program of instruction. All little zombies will be uniform in their thinking. All parent zombies will be eliminated from the picture (until tax time comes). The entire world will be ZOMBIFIED!

Which Way Is God?!?

Which Way Is God?!?

Nowadays Even God Comes in 29 Different Flavors. Religion and faith, too, has been zombified by the media and by the courts. People are spiritually lost, impoverished. They know there’s something more than the new idols of cars, money, handhelds, digital friends. The human spirit feels drawn to something else! And the free market economy, atheist capitalism is right there to meet the need! My question is :  Why? if so many people are searching that someone doesn’t get the message that they’re not finding what they need. Just driving around the area we see more different churches than Heinz has soups! What is it that all these churches are attempting to answer but don’t seem to be doing? An interesting fact is that Episcopalians are defecting to Roman Catholicism; Roman Catholics, fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and others are flocking to the Eastern Orthodox Church! The reasons? Here are just a couple of the reasons given in the literature:

  • the reductionism, barreness, and minimalism in most faddish, modern faith communities
  • a search for a sense of mystery and majesty in worship
  • a search for a joyful and confident, credible celebration of the gospel liturgy
  • a commitment to the role of tradition as a supplement/complement to the Bible as a source for theology
  • an experience of a well-defined sense of identity in faith tradition rooted in a historical consciousness of the early church
  • a heritage of Christian perseverance tested by modern challenges, even persecutions.

The Powers had to Make God Politically Incorrect in our Schools and Public Institutions.

Why? Because a belief in God and freedom to speak about God could possibly remind us that we have the freedom,  the chutzpah (Hebrew: audacity) to Argue with God. In fact, this  would create a dangerous situation in which the citizen could challenge the Powers. Hell, if Abraham and Job could argue with God, why shouldn’t we challenge the Powers?

One possible explanation is that the general zombification we are witnessing is expressing itself in confusion and derailment relating to spirituality and the search for Ultimate Truth, a search for our own identity. The causes of the general zombification include those discussed above. The solutions don’t need to be discovered, they’re already under our noses, we need only to see and acknowledge them.

Believe!Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

Believe!
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

The Editor

P.s. If you’ve gotten this far, you deserve a little gift! I’ve found an interesting article, very short, that goes through seven technologies that George Orwell describes in his novel, 1984, and that have become reality in 2013! The man was a seer, a prophet! Read the short article with my best wishes. Click 7 sinister technologies from Orwell 1984.

 
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Protest NOW! Protect the Democratic Process in RCS!

Matt Miller Is Out of Line Again!

Sure! I Trust Matt Miller!(I'm A Moron!)

Sure! I Trust Matt Miller!
(I’m A Moron!)

This Time Matt Miller Has Taken It Upon Himself to Ask the NY State Education Commissioner to VOID YOUR VOTES! Yes! Matt Miller, the Local Teachers Union Rep, the New York State United Teachers Union Lackey in Our RCS School District Is Going Over Our Heads to Void Our Rights As Voters!

As Promised in An Earlier Article, We Have Created Some Letters and Ask You to Personalize Them and Send Them Out A.S.A.P.

For your convenience we have written three letters that we’d like you to download or print out, personalize with your name, address, and telephone number, and send out to the elected officials whose names and addresses we provide in the list we have prepared for you.

We are providing the letters in both pdf and MS Word format. You can print them out or download them to your computer. You can personalize the letters on your computer or just copy them with your information inserted. Just click the links below to get the letters and the list of addresses.

To view and print the PDF versions of the letters click these links:

  1. Form letter to elected officials: Model Legislator Letter
  2. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. regarding paying union reps with taxpayer dollars: NYSED Commissioner Letter
  3. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. objecting to Matt Miller’s attempt to void our votes: NYSED Commissioner King Letter re Rodney Krzykowski

You can download the MS Word files by clicking the links below:

  1. Form letter to elected officials: Model Legislator Letter
  2. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. regarding paying union reps with taxpayer dollars: NYSED Commissioner Letter
  3. Letter to Dr John B. King Jr. objecting to Matt Miller’s attempt to void our votes: NYSED Commissioner King Letter re Rodney Krzykowski

Click here to download a PDF of the address list: Partial List of Officials + Addresses

A Special Request: Help a Neighbor!

Some of our community friends, neighbors and residents do not have computers or access to the Internet. If you know anyone in that situation be a friend and a good citizen and bring them a copy of these letters and the addresses. Ask them to support this important effort to keep our school tax dollars in our schools and not in teachers union rep’s pockets.

Another concern, and we have provided a model letter that we ask you to send to the New York State Commissioner Education, Dr John B. King, Jr., concerns Matt Miller’s attempt to override the democratic process in this community.

He's trying to steal your rights, too!

He’s trying to steal your rights, too!

That letter demands that Dr King stay out of our local affairs. Matt “the Mutt” Miller recently sent a communication to Dr King asking Dr King to remove sitting board member Rodney Krzykowski from his position on the board, the position this community elected Mr Krzykowski to fill. Matt Miller was really out of line when he pushes you, the voters, aside to get his points with the teachers union. That is a slap in the face of the democratic process in this community and is stepping all over your rights as voters. Matt Miller is way out of line on this one. Let Dr King know how you feel and send the attached letter. Don’t let Matt Miller void your vote!

We’ve also heard that Matt Miller is involved with a local Selkirk lunatic, Tavia Rauch, and an “unnamed resident” (now who could that be?), and they’ve launched — Now Don’t Laugh! — an online petition and hope to get “100 signatures” in support of removing board member Rodney Krzykowski. Of course, the Times Useless, was all over this one — Isn’t it odd that right after we publish our articles about Miller or NYSUT that the Times Useless almost immediately comes out with an article bashing RCS or someone on the board of education? And with the recent scandal that the Times Union Blogs had to admit that commenters on their blogs were using fake names to publish multiple comments to make the impression that they were different people certainly makes this “online petition” really trustworthy. Right? Are they incredibly stupid, or what?  

Matt Miller's Search for Truth

Matt Miller’s Search for Support.

 Actually, Miller and Rauch, and the so-called “unnamed resident” might be able to get the 100 signatures they’re looking for. All they have to do is talk to Coeymans town board member Tom Dolan, you know, they guy who runs Choices…the same guy who caught all the flack for filling out absentee ballots for his customers (was it before or after he got them their social service benefits?).  Sure, Tom Dolan can get you all the signatures you need, just ask…If Tom Dolan can’t get enough at Choices, he’s liaison to the Coeymanazis in the Coeymans Police Department, he could get Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca a.k.a. BoBo Cop or Dumbo Cop Gregory Darlington, or PsychoCop Ryan Johnson, or Kerry “the ToolCop” Thompson to beat some signatures out of some poor bastids they corner. Sure, there’s always a way when you’re Matt Miller.

The Times Useless is really starting to look like a NYSUT teachers union newsletter! Can’t the Times Useless find its own material to write about–the Times Union “editors” seem to have been picking up on our reports and responding to them almost within hours! Thanks, Times Union, but we’d appreciate a byline!

Our next letter will be a community-wide letter to Dr Alan McCartney and to Dr John B. King, Jr., to protest that Matthew “Matt the Mutt” J. Miller has gone too far in this community and to demand that Miller either resign or that he be terminated. He’s killing this community with his union bullshit!

DON’T ALLOW MATT MILLER AND NYSUT CONTROL WHO YOU ELECT!

A Matt Miller Supporter in SelkirkGotta luv it!The Editor

A Matt Miller Supporter in Selkirk
Gotta luv it!
The Editor

P.s. And Thank you! all of you who have written in to tell us that you cancelled your Times Union subscription or have stopped buying the Times Union to protest their RCS-bashing! I’m sure your community, your friends and neighbors are grateful to you for taking that step! Happy holidays!

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Is The Teachers Union, NYSUT, Behind the Libel?

Special Note: Did you think NYSUT wasn’t watching? We published this article at 12:57 and between 1:03 p.m. and 1:28 p.m., that’s in the first 30 minutes, NYSUT had visited this blog and this article 5 different times! They’re staying on top of this one!

 We Have to Consider Whether the New York State United Teachers, the Teachers Union Represented by Matt Miller in the RCS Central School District is Behind the Outrageous Attacks on This Community, Our School District, and our Board of Education Members.

Teachers Union (NYSUT) & Times UnionLYNCH MOB

Teachers Union (NYSUT) & Times Union
LYNCH MOB

And we have to seriously consider whether teachers union, NYSUT, is connected or behind the Albany Times Union, our own regional whore-paper, that is consistently attacking our community, our school district, our board of education. After all, the Times Useless is a liberal rag and NYSUT is a union, after all, with loads of money to flash around.

Isn’t It Interesting That Just Days After We Published An Article Criticising Matt Miller and His Supporters that the Times Useless Publishes an Editorial Attaching the RCS Board of Education? I See a Connection, Don’t You?

We recently reported on local teachers union flapperdoodle Matt Miller’s corrupt practices (double-dipping as energy manager) and his hypocritical double standards (he and his supporters trash parents who file complaints against the district for real problems while Matt Miller files complaints because his double/triple dipping was stopped!).

We also pointed out that Matt Miller, as NYSUT’s local representative in our district, is putting in only about 1/3 teaching and in the other 2/3 of his time he’s doing union-connected activities. Even if it were the other way around, you should not be paying for his time as a union representative!

Matt Miller to New York State United Teachers Union & Times Useless: HELP ME!

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A Very Dirty Pot Dares to Call A Clean Kettle Black

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

Talking-out-ass


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt "the Mutt" Miller

Matt “the Mutt” Miller

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

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

NYSUT Building, Latham, NY.

NYSUT Building, Latham, NY.

Snatch it and Run like hell, Matt!

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

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

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

Matt Has Reason to Feel Depressed

Matt Has Reason to Feel Depressed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Thinking What I’m Thinking?

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

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

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

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

The Community HuddleThe Editor

The Community Huddle
The Editor

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