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Capital District YMCA: Big Salaries, Big Assets, but Still Begging!

The Capital District YMCA, an organization operating as a so-called non-profit organization, but holding more than $50 million dollars in tax-exempt real-estate assets in the Capital District of New York (Albany-Schenectady-Rensselaer, and Greene counties in New York state) is a fraud.

The problem with all of this is that the Capital District YMCA  misleads the public, and nickel-and-dimes its membership!

Problem with the CDYMCA is that it’s a load of hogwash!

OUR MISSION
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Nice words but they’re not backed by performance, conduct, or the facts!

Why do we write something like that? Well, an organization that pays its CEO, Mr. C. David Brown more than $335,000 a year plus benefits, and pays its numerous executive directors, directors, and managers in the high 5-figures and 6-figures salary ranges, certainly shouldn’t be considered a non-profit. Well, maybe it doesn’t operate in the black because its CEO, Mr. Brown, and its other executives hiding out at their corporate offices at 465 New Karner Road (Albany) are carrying off the major portion of any cash the organization might have.

The Capital District YMCA has amassed a fortune in real estate in the Capital District area but doesn’t pay a dime in property taxes. Imagine the taxes on properties valued at at least $55 million and what those tax dollars could do for the communities where the Y has its properties.

The Y’s executives send out all kinds of propaganda telling everyone how much they’re doing for the communities but anyone with half a brain has to ask the question: “What could we do for the community if the Y paid their taxes?” With those assets, we’d guess a good many communities could do a hell of a lot! And think of the money that could be saved by not having to pay some fat CEO almost a half-million in salary plus benefits! Add to that the fat salaries of the weasels hiding at 465 New Karner Road, and all of the 4 or 5 so-called “executive directors” pulling 6-figures, and the other “directors” running the local facilities. That’s one big pile of dough, people, yet they still cry poverty!!! Yet they still accumulate assets in the area. And they still are fully exempt on the tax rolls, and don’t pay a dime in taxes.

CDYMCA CEO C. David Brown collects more than $335,000 in salary.

We’ve already reported on how scandalous the Capital District YMCA has been but they have no shame and continue to laugh their way to the bank, while begging for more and more. Here are some examples from just last year and this year:

  • In 2019, the CDYMCA sent out a letter to all members informing them that there would be a $1 increase in monthly membership dues.
  • In 2019, the CDYMCA sent out a letter to all members informing them that the veterans savings would be changed to 25%; in other words, the CDYMCA cut veterans discount by 50%, a cut that increased some members’ dues by 50% (for example, one member’s monthly dues went from $26/month to $39/month!)
  • In February 2020, the CDYMCA sent out a letter to all members informing them that there would be a $2 increase in monthly membership dues starting in April 2020 (already in effect as of this writing).

Another great decision made by our little illiterate friend, Erin Breslin!

  • In March 2020 a form letter allegedly sent out by CDYMCA CEO C. David Brown – Yes. That’s the same scoundrel who’s taking over $335,000 in salary from the Y – asking members to become sustaining members, that is, to continue paying monthly dues while the Ys are closed.

Now. Think what would happen if a local business were to nickel-and-dime their customers the way the CDYMCA is doing. How long do you think theyd be in business? But the fact is, the local business has to pay its taxes in addition to having to pay its employees and maybe even benefits. The local business is not very likely to get any government handouts, but the so-called very profitable non-profit will carry off big-time government support, subsidies, and grants! We see something very, very wrong in this picture. Don’t you?

Here’s a test: The task is to read the message below and somehow twist it into meaning that the writer (1) doesn’t want to be charged any more, and (2) wants to cancel his/her membership:

Well, if you couldn’t find that in the message, neither could we. What the writer does say, and what Breslin seems to miss , is this part:

“I’d like to know the CDYMCA’s plans to either credit or reimburse the monthly dues collected from patron’s accounts and to suspend further deductions of dues until CDYMCA can open its doors and provide access to the services I have contracted to receive.”

We don’t see anything about “cancelling membership” in there or anywhere. What we do see is a fair question. But Ms Erin Breslin, Senior Director of Marketing and Membership at the CDYMCA did read in that message that the member didn’t want to pay dues anymore and wanted his/her membership cancelled. Go figure.

But Breslin is one of those CDYMCA executives who is probably pulling a 6-figure salary from the so-called non-profit, non-taxpaying organization. But Breslin can’t read!!! And that’s not the first instance of Breslin’s dyslexia! She played the same games when we inquired about the CDYMCA’s slashing of its membership discount offered to veterans! Sure, slash the veteran’s discounts and then nickel-and-dime members because you want to “keep pace with wages and benefits,” while offering freebies to parasites and non-dues paying members (their dues are covered by their insurance coverage)

We guess the message the CDYMCA is sending is that if you’re illiterate or just plain stupid, there is still a place where you can make a cool hundred grand and get away with it!

WHERE IS THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, THE LOCAL TAX COLLECTORS AND ASSESSORS, THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, OUR LEGISLATORS, OTHER MEMBERS WHILE ALL OF THIS SCAMMING IS GOING ON? WHERE ARE THE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS WHILE THE CDYMCA IS ABUSING OUR VETERANS? THEY’RE ASLEEP ON WATCH AND NOT DOING THEIR JOBS, THAT’S WHERE THEY ARE!

When the cat’s asleep, the rats play!
Who’s monitoring the non-profits, anyway?

Problem is: Breslin actually cancelled the member’s membership and, when contacted by the member, insisted that the member asked that his/her membership be cancelled!!! Unbelievable! Can this be a case of retaliation by a CDYMCA employee? Was Breslin acting out of personal emotion and not in her capacity as an organization officer?


Editor’s Note:

* In fact, the $2 per month increase announced in February became effective in April; with that $2/month increase in CDYMCA membership dues, the deduction from the member’s account for April was actually $40.50 as opposed to $39.00. The corrected total for the above would be $79.50. We have been informed that CDYMCA has since credited the member’s account in the amount of $79.50 but at the same time, cancelled the member’s membership! Is that what CEO C. David Brown meant in his begging letter (see below)? Ask for dues forgiveness during the lock-down and have your membership cancelled? This looks like another Capital District YMCA snow job to us! Or is it retaliation? A personal punishment for a particular member? Looks to us like this could blow up in CDYMCA’s face, and turn into some bad publicity and a lawsuit! Bad move AGAIN, Erin Breslin, very bad!  Breslin seems to be very good at making very bad membership decisions!


Now, remember, we noted above that early in 2019 the CDYMCA increased everyone’s monthly dues by $1/month. Then in about September or so, they slashed the veterans discount by 50%, and then in April 2020, increased member’s monthly dues by another $2/month.

Remember also, that CEO Brown sent out a letter in March 2020 asking members to continue paying monthly dues as “sustaining members,” while the Y was closed. That letter was more than 3600 words long and repeated over and again how great the Y is, and how great the love fest is thanks to the Y. It was a very cleverly written letter covering the front and the back of a page. But here’s the problem, and here’s why the member had to ask about whether dues would be forgiven during the lock-down: Brown dedicates only 23 words out of the 3600 words to say that a member who couldn’t afford to donate monthly dues could put his/her membership on hold. Here’s the text:

In a telephone conversation between a member and Erin Breslin, you know, the illiterate Senior Director for Marketing and Membership at the CDYMCA, Breslin asked the member:

Will the real Erin Breslin please step forward and take responsibility? Resign?

BRESLIN: Yes, sir. So, if we put all of our memberships on hold then when we’re opening back up, what will we use…what funds will we use to pay our employees returning?

And the member responds:

MEMBER:     That’s not my problem. You take a pay cut. Other people…What are other businesses doing? What are other businesses doing with their employees? They’ve furloughed them! They’ve laid them off! They’ve given them work-at-home opportunities! That is not my problem. If you want to run an organization, you figure out how you have to run it. It’s quite simple. Don’t ask me how you’re supposed to pay your employees. Tell Mr. David Brown or whatever his name is to take a 50% pay cut, and use that money to pay your employees. You’ve got $55 … million in assets; pledge some of them! That’s up to you! You figure out how you’re gonna run your organization. Don’t ask me! That’s not my problem. I have to figure out how I run my life; you have to figure out how to run your life … and your organization. Now, if you can’t figure out how to run your organization with your executive directors, and your, your directors, your executives, your board, then I think you’d better find a different job, to be very honest with you. Because you’re in the position you’re in figure out how to work things out, and if you’re faced with a crisis situation, I think that’s where good management, and training, and knowledge, and wisdom comes into play. Not [by] telling members we can’t figure out how we’re going to do this, so we’re going to continue being unfair to you. I’m surprised that you would actually ask me a question like that.

We are informed that CDYMCA CEO C.D. Brown and several other officers of the CDYMCA, Carl Oropallo, Mark Thurman, in addition to E. Breslin, were contacted regarding the veterans issue and the dues during closure, but only Breslin responded, albeit a bit stupidly. We are continuing to follow this Capital District YMCA story, and will be contacting legislators, the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the IRS, and members of Congress for answers and to demand an inquiry/investigation. We are in the process of contacting veterans organizations, including the county veterans affairs offices, in order to demand that they take some action regarding the cut in the veterans savings.

Good news is that it’s an election year and veterans are a brotherhood. Some of us still stand behind our veterans and will be watching how veterans organizations respond and what they do. We’ll also be following up with elected officials and hold their feet to the fire on what they do to fix these situations.

This is YOU, if you’re not holding the non-profits’ feet to the fire, and making them accountable and transparent!

What do you think about all of this stinking mess?

 
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Cap District YMCA: Shameless Arrogance … AGAIN!!!

Stop the Scams!

We recently reported on the Capital District YMCA’s shameless slashing of veterans discounts by 50%, increasing veterans’ memberships up to 50%; one member reported his monthly dues went from $26 to $39/month! We also reported that despite numerous complaints and follow-up, Erin Breslin, Sr. Director of Marketing and Membership, the CDYMCA executive responsible for the reduction in the veterans discount, refused to reconsider their shameful decision. (See our report at YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.)

Senior Director of Marketing and Membership at Capital District YMCA

Shameless and Arrogant!!!

Capital District YMCA Wants NY Legislators to Funnel More Taxpayer Dollars into the Non-profit. We say: Let their execs, who are making 6-figure salaries take a pay cut first!!! CEO C. David Brown pulls more than $330,000 a year, while other execs pull their 6-figures.
NO MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS!!! PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE!!!

We also recently reported on the incredible fact that the CDYMCA has tens of millions of dollars in property assets in the Capital District but doen’t pay a dime in property tax! We further reported that CDYMCA president and CEO, C. David Brown pulls in more than $330,000 a year in salary, while other executives are pulling 6-figure salaries. Yet the CDYMCA is registered as a non-profit organization and doesn’t pay a dime in property taxes! (See our report at Capital District YMCA: Millions in Assets, Pays No Tax!.)

J.D. Brown Exec Dir CDYMCA, refused to respond.

We reported that the CDYMCA calls itself a charity but charges above-market rates for memberships while also charging market or above-market rates for some of their programs. Yet they don’t pay a dime in tax!

Today, on March 17, 2020, the Capital District YMCA sent out an Action Alert that reads:

ACTION ALERT
Act to protect YMCAs during the COVID-19 crisis!
Dear Advocate,

The New York State Legislature plans to vote on legislation today to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell them that your Ys need a COVID-19 package that supports the YMCA. You can take part in this advocacy by sending this important letter to your legislators. They need to hear from you about the importance of significant funding to help YMCAs statewide cover the costs associated with full-time and part-time employees, as well as the loss of membership, programming and donation revenue.

Please write to your state legislators today!

Enough is enough, already!!! This is getting really sickening!!!

The CDYMCA’sexecutives, Erin Breslin (CDYMCA executive), David Brown (CDYMCA CEO/President), Carl Oropallo (Executive Director), Mark Thurman (Director, Operations, Bethlehem), received a communication this week, after David Brown, the guy pulling more than $330,000 in salary, broadcast a message to Y members that the CDYMCA facilities would be closed for one week for “deep cleaning.” Those executives were asked one simple question: Would members’ accounts be credited for that week that they could not use the facilities? No one from the CDYMCA has answered that question but we’re pretty certain what the answer is.

What is this “deep cleaning” thing, anyway. A facility like the CDYMCAshould have extraordinary hygiene and sanitary measures in place as routine! The cleaning agents and disinfectants they use in the pools, locker rooms, workout areas should all be sufficient to kill just about anything! Sick people don’t work out or take aerobic exercise classes. Normally, the rule of most gym etiquette is to wipe down equipment after use using disinfectants that should be provided. (We are informed that the disinfectant and paper towels are provided for this purpose at commercial fitness clubs and at the Y. The problem is, personnel don’t enforce the practice.)So what’s this deep cleaning that’s going on for a week?

Editor’s aside: According to our information based on research of the recommendations for what so-called “deep cleaning” involves, the CDYMCA is again playing with terms. There are a number of deep cleaning methods currently being employed to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and none of them, ranging from airlines to the New York Stock Exchange, involve shutting down for an entire week. In fact, the deep cleaning being done involves mainly high contact surfaces, which should be routine day-to-day cleaning practices in a place like a fitness center or a YMCA. First and foremost, the most effective preventive measure is to avoid contact with individuals who have clear symptoms of cough, sneeze, or fever of undermined origin. But that’s common sense! Social distancing, even if around asymptomatic persons, is also proving to be effective but Americans are already socially distanced, so that’s a no-brainer! Self-isoation or self-quarantine is the ultimate step for individuals who know they have been in contact with a symptomatic individual, or an area in which symptomatic individuals have been, or who have traveled to endemic areas, or have symptoms or have been diagnosed with a viral infection or infection with COVID-19. Persons-at-increased-risk, that is persons who are at increased risk of infection generally, are well-advised to stay clear of crowds. When in doubt, call your pubic health hot-line or consult your doctor. So what is the CDYMCA doing for a so-called deep clean that is over and above their normal sanitizing? We’ll ask them and see if they come up with anything. (Sources: “How Big Businesses Get a Deep Clean” (New York Times article; “Ships, Planes And Other Spots Are Getting A ‘Deep Clean.’ What’s That Mean?” (NPR article), both last accessed on March 17, 2020.)

The CDC and World Health Organization have reported that the virus doesn’t survive long on surfaces that have not been disinfected; isn’t it reasonable that the virus would survive for an even shorter time on disinfected surfaces, if at all? (See our report on COVID-19 at Smalbany Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.)
But let’s get back to the shameless Action Alert broadcast today by the non-profit, non-taxpaying Capital District YMCA:
That message reads: “They (state legislators) need to hear from you about the importance of significant funding to help YMCAs statewide cover the costs associated with full-time and part-time employees, as well as the loss of membership, programming and donation revenue.” That’s absolutely ridiculous!
In 2018, the CDYMCAincreased every member’s monthly dues by $1, which adds up to a hefty amount each month. Then in 2019, they slashed veterans discounts by 50%, adding more to their pockets! Now the greedy bastards are asking members to write to legislators to ask that they now give taxpayer dollars to support a non-taxpaying glutton to help cover costs!!!
We say: Any legislator who votes to support this shameless expression of greed and unfairness in our tax system should be run out of the Legislature!!! We have a better idea: Mr C. David Brown, Ms Erin Breslin, Mr Marc Thurman, Mr Carl Oropallo, and their coworkers should take a pay cut!!! How’s that for an idea?
For an organization that contributes nothing to the pubic treasury by being wholly tax-exempt to ask taxpayers and legislators to provide more funds to them to cover costs is one of the most shameful and arrogant things to come from them yet!
The non-profit scam in New York and around the country needs to be reexamined, revised, and most of the scammers need to start paying their fair share of property taxes.

Easton Mountain, Cambridge, NY
A Gay Retreat Community
A Non-profit Organization

We contacted the Washington County District Attorney’s office some time ago with an inquiry about this place; we never got a response.
There’s a sex camp for gay men in Cambridge, NY, called Easton Mountain. They operate facilities on several acres of prime property with a number of newly renovated buildings and grounds. They claim to be the gay community’s gift to the world but Easton Mountain is the gay community’s gift to the organizers and staff of Easton Mountain. They claim their non-profit status on the basis of spiritual and charity-related work but when you look at their programs, which include neotantra (= so-called sacred sex), intimacy training, orgasm training, erotic massage, even a phony “diploma” course offered by the visiting Brit, etc., and the cost of those programs, upwards of $400 to more than $1000 for a week (5 nights) program!!!They even import some phony sex guru from the UK to facilitate some of their events! We’ll be looking at their filings and report on how much government support they receive in lieu of paying taxes. Did you know that your tax dollars are going to organizations like that? (The most published recent financials, the IRS 990 dates back to 2014!)  See our articles: Tantra or Sex Services? (5/2019), The Follow-up (6/2019), Sex for Sale: The Follow-up II (7/2019).
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We will obtain the voting information and report who in the New York State Legislature votes to funnel more taxpayer money to the CDYMCA and non-profit scammers like them. We’ll publish the names of those legislators who voted to send your tax dollars to the scammers. And we’ll remind you of their freewheeling and dealing when elections roll around.
In the meantime, we urge you, our many readers to support us in our own Action Alert, and to contact your legislators and warn them if they give another dime away to tax scamming non-profits who can afford to pay their executives and directors six-figure salaries, the legislators are going to be looking for jobs!!!

PAY YOUR SHARE, YMCA!!!

 
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Capital District YMCA: Millions in Assets, Pays No Tax!

Local Organizations Head the List!

It’s tax time again and you are being held hostage by your Assessor, the government, and the “gimme-s.” Yes, you’re probably agonizing over how much property tax, school tax, income tax, and indirect tax you are going to be held liable for. You have no choice but to pay; otherwise you’ll face incredible penalties, interest, and even loss of your property and garnished earnings. You can only hope that you get to keep some of your earnings and enjoy your property without going to the poor house. “Liberty and justice for all” goes to hell in a hand-basket at tax time; forget all the sweet words and “Welcome to reality!”


Costs to taxpayers increase while services are either curtailed or discontinued altogether. You still have to pay, whether you get the services or not. Downsizing services or product contents while keeping the price the same is nothing new in the scammer’s toolbox. A can of coffee used to be 16 oz; container’s the same but contains 14 oz. Same price.


Here’s another local scam for you: Did you know that local cable service provider MidHudson Cable has discontinued its email service, which for years was part of the cable package offered by the rinky-dink provider based in Catskill, NY. Have any of the local Albany County and Greene County subscribers noticed any decrease in their monthly cable bills since MidHudson discontinued their email services? Very unlikely, indeed. MidHudson has not decreased your bill. But you will certainly have noticed the regular nickle-and-dime gouging increases that appear on your cable bill at regular intervals.


Every property owner has to pay property tax, a good portion of which goes to school tax to educate young people in elementary, middle, and high-school. The school tax is paid ONLY by property owners; everyone else gets to enjoy the benefits without paying. But even those residents who don’t pay property tax get to vote on the school budget. Fair? Right?

This is particularly unfair to many mid-life and older property owners who have no children in the schools, and to business property owners, who don’t get to vote on the school budget. For your information, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District budget for 2020 is more than $48 million! Yes, you read that correctly, $48 million. You should really be wondering what you’re getting for all that dough! Well, about 75% of that money goes to salaries and benefits for teachers and employees. Then there’s upkeep and maintenance of buildings and equipment. Doesn’t leave much for education, does it? And it shows, doesn’t it?[1]

Everyone has to pay taxes. Well, almost everyone. You see there are some very, very rich organizations in the Capital District Region who don’t pay a dime in property tax. There are quite a few non-profit organizations in the Albany area, about 3,800 nonprofits totaling more than $14 billion in assets.[2] And they don’t pay a dime in tax!

A 2017 Times Union article,

The Capital Region has thousands of nonprofits receiving contributions from private citizens. This list is drawn from the most recent available IRS Form 990s, which nonprofits file annually declaring revenues and expenses. Government funding was excluded. The list also excludes universities, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals and government-affiliated nonprofits. Hospital foundations are included, as they are separate organizations.”

It’s important to note that the TU list does not include universities, colleges, nursing homes,hospitals and government-affiliated non-profits in the “thousands of non-profits.” And they don’t pay a dime in tax! Interestingly, the Albany Medical Center Foundation is reported to be the #1 recipient, having received more than $14 million dollars in contributions in the reporting period!

We recently reported on the Capital District YMCA, a local non-profit organization, when the Y slashed the veterans discount by 50% in October-November 2019, increasing many veterans’ membership fees by 50%. For example, one veteran contacted us and reported that he had been paying $26/month in Y membership fees but when the veterans discount was halved, he ended up paying $39/month in dues! That’s a 50% increase imposed on veterans by a non-profit organization that pays no taxes. Nice show of American gratitude towards their veterans, right?


CDYMCA Propaganda

“The Capital District YMCA offers facilities in Albany, Bethlehem, Duanesburg, Glenville, Greenbush, Greene County, Guilderland, Schenectady, Southern Saratoga, & Troy! With top-notch facilities, programs, and childcare, the Y has whatever you need!” Really? Sounds like marketing hype to us; just like tax-paying businesses put out there to draw customers.

There seems to be a problem with the CDYMCA receiving government aid in addition to receiving tax-exempt status. Historically, the United States government and state governments have avoided supporting religion or religion-related organizations. You’ve all heard of the separation of church and state, right? Does your church receive government support of its programs? But the CDYMCA does state in it’s mission statement: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” What about Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim principles? Oh! We understand now. The “Christian” principles that the CDYMCA put into practice include greed, hypocrisy, exclusivity, misinformation, etc. You know, all those values we see in politics and government, and in business in this country. We understand that the other religions and belief traditions do not support those key “Christian” principles.


We have information that the Y received numerous complaints in response to the reduction in Veterans’ discounts, and our informant also tells us that despite numerous communications to the Capital District YMCA requesting that the savings to veterans be reinstated, the Y refused to consider reinstating the veterans discount.

Senior Director of Marketing and Membership at Capital District YMCA

All credit for slapping veterans in the face goes to Erin Breslin, Sr Director of Membership, CDYMCA. Not only the name is gender-ambiguous. There’s a lot of ambiguity about stinky-pants Breslin and her gang at CDYMCA. They preach one thing and do another. That’s called hypocrisy where I come from, not charity. But Breslin is unashamed and arrogant. She claims the decision to slash the veterans benefit was a good decision and refuses to reinstate the veterans discount. She takes all the credit, although we doubt she had the decision power to make the decision on her own. She is, after all, just a lackey. But even a lackey in her position must be pulling at least $80-100+ K in salary out of the so-called charity. But we should be looking more closely at J. David Brown, the overpaid, grossly overpaid CEO of the CDYMCA, who is laughing his way to the bank collecting a cool $330,000 salary! So that’s where all the contributions and non-taxable assets are going? That’s quite the scam, don’t you think?

We have correspondence, letters and emails, that were sent by the member to executives at the CDYMCA, including J. David Brown, President/CEO, CDYMCA, Carl Oropallo, District Executive Director, Shawn Dilbert St. James, Membership Director (Bethlehem Branch), and to Erin Breslin, Sr. Director of Marketing and Membership, who was responsible for the outrageous action taken against veterans but none responded, except for Breslin, who refused to reinstate the benefit. We’d like to hear from Ms Breslin on this subject. We’d like to hear her side of the story. Wouldn’t you?

J.D. Brown Exec Dir CDYMCA, refused to respond.
His salary: $330,633.00!

We’d like to hear from Mr J. David Brown on this subject, particularly why he’s worth more than $330K in salary as CEO of a so-called “charity”. We’d like to hear her side of the story. Wouldn’t you? It’s no wonder Breslin had increase every member’s monthly dues by $1, and to slash the veterans benefit discount in half; how else could they pay themselves such outrageous salaries?!?

Hall of Shame: CDYMCA, Erin Breslin, J. David Brown.

The Capital District YMCA operates a number of facilities in the Capital Region and claims in most of their propaganda to be a “charity,” which they definitely are NOT. Since when does a charity charge membership fees? Since when does a charity charge for its programs? The CDYMCA is misinforming the public when they call themselves a charity.

The correct tax department terminology is an organization with “a charitable purpose,” a definition that fall far short of being a charity.

Here’s an example of some of the deceptive practices of the CDYMCA: they accept donations from members and patrons around holiday periods but take credit for distributing the holiday gifts, they don’t provide the gifts, they just distribute them. Many of the CDYMCA programs are for-fee programs, participation is for an additional charge which may be quite considerable. Consider that some of the offerings posted read “Members $50, Non-members $75.” By the way, charities donot have “members,” clubs do and clubs charge membership dues, just like the so-called CDYMCA charity.

Futhermore, the CDYMCA claims to support local organizations and businesses…for a fee, that is. We have information that at least one local facility held a get-to-know-your-local-businesses event, and announced that it was in support of local business. What they did not tell the public is that local businesses had to pay $30 just to participate. A charity?

Well, people, here’s the clincher: The Capital District YMCA has total assets of more than $55 million dollars!!! And they don’t pay a dime in property tax. They are shown under the Fully Exempt section of the local tax rolls!

Now, if you had property assets of $55 million, how much property tax do you think you’d be paying? Any idea what your assessment might look like? Any idea of how much school tax $55 million would generate? Any idea of how many community and school programs would be supported by tax on $55 million in property assets? Well, as far as the CDYMCA and organizations like it, the amount is about $00. NOTHING. How’s that grab ya?

The whole idea of non-profit organization under state and federal tax codes is a complete joke! It’s a farce. The executives, for example, at the CDYMCA receive 5- and 6-figure salaries, comparable to private corporations. In 2018, they up-ed across-the-board membership dues by $1/month to cover “increases” in employee costs. That amounts to quite a bit of money each month, and we assume quite a bit of an increase in employee benefits at the CDYMCA that calls itself a “charity.”

Hey, Taxpayers!
How do you feel about this? Like the suckers you are?

If you operated a business or a corporation and you had $55 million in assets you’d likely be paying a good amount of taxes of every kind. And you’d have to generate the funds to pay those taxes, too. Take for example, corporate chain health and fitness clubs like Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness operates fitness facilities nationwide, just like the YMCA does. Planet Fitness offers many of the services that the YMCA offers. Planet Fitness is a franchise-based corporation, a for-profit business, but their memberships run from about $10/month for local facility use to about $20/month for the so-called Black-Card, which entitles members to use any Planet Fitness facility in the US.[3] Last time we looked, Planet Fitness paid fair wages and salaries and paid considerable taxes on their propreties. So, we’d like to ask, how is it that the CDYMCA who provides comparatively similar services as, say, Planet Fitness, charges up to 4-times as much for membership and pays no taxes? How is it that a low-income veteran on fixed income, no assets, has to pay twice the Planet Fitness premier membership (est. $20/month) for a regular membership ($39/month) at the CDYMCA? That just doesn’t add up. If you don’t see something wrong with this picture, get your eyes examined!

There’s a scam going on here. There’s a very big scam going on here, and organizations like the YMCA are profiting hugely at the expense of communities, service providers, and even the government. Yes, the government. You see, in the reporting year covering the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, not only did the CDYMCA report more than $55 million in assets but they also reported having received

  • more than $2.7 million in grants
  • more than $36.2 million in program services revenues
  • more than $245,000 in investment income
  • more than $370,000 in “other income”

totalling more than $39.5 million in income in addition to the $55 million in assets.[4]


Editor’s Aside

According to local assessment rolls, for example (partial list!), we found:

  • Schenectady County Y, Vly Road: $523,200 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, 465 Karner Road: $3,048,780 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Parcel, Karner Road: $36,585 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road (Shenendehowa Ppty.):  $407,547 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road, (Shenendehowa Ppty.), $8,982,075 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, Karner Road, (Shenendehowa Ppty), $4,510,377 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, (E. Greenbush), $7,758,700 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • CDYMCA, (Coxsackie) $3,355,072 WHOLLY EXEMPT
  • Troy YMCA, $3,070,000 WHOLLY EXEMPT

[Sources: Local Municipalities, Office of the Assessor, Property Tax Rolls]


Here is some salary information for the CDYMCA:

The average salary for Capital District YMCA jobs (all) is $80,252.*

Director – $89,821
Development Director – $79,928
Pilates Instructor – $64,070
Massage Therapist – $57,771
Health Coach – $33,762
Site Supervisor – $33,513
Babysitter/Nanny – $30,992
Member Services Representative – $30,123
Assistant – $26,762
Activity Assistant – $24,325
[Source: https://www.simplyhired.com/salaries-k-capital-district-ymca-jobs.html last accessed on March 4, 2020.]

Top Executives:
J David Brown President and CEO $330,633
Gail Glasser SVP Association Advancement $128,192
Mary Pierson SVP and CFO $108,460
[Source: http://nonprofitlight.com/ny/albany/17897-young-mens-christian-association-of-the-capital-district-4416 last accessed on March 4, 2020.]


Not a charity by any standard.

We chose the Capital District YMCA (CDYMCA) for another good reason: In addition to misinforming the public of their status and by not openly disclosing their assets, they are hijacking the legacy of what used to be a real community organization with real values. They have perverted that legacy in many ways, not the least of which is by claiming non-profit status, claiming to be a “charity,” and claiming to “build community,” which they do not do, and cannot truthfully claim to do.

Although the most damning point made in this report is the fact that the CDYMCA has enormous assets and income but doesn’t pay a dime in tax is but one issue we should be outraged by. But the fact that they have the arrogance to target a vulnerable population like our veterans to accrue more profit and feed their greed is downright shameful! Anyone who out of one side of their face will praise the courage and sacrifices made by American veterans should be up in arms about what the CDYMCA has done.

Furthermore, in this election year, Veterans organizations and our elected officials should be taking a very close and critical look at organizations like the CDYMCA claiming “non-profit” or “charity” status, while holding tens of millions in assets, while the rest of us are paying taxes through our noses!

Think about that, why don’t you? Leave a comment about what you think about this situation.

And if you haven’t read our original article about the slashing of the veterans discount, read it here: YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.

Yes, it’s an election year! We will be contacting legislators and veterans organizations about this outrageous abuse of veterans by the Capital District YMCA, and we’ll be reporting back to our readers about the politicians’ responses, if any, and the response of the organizations who claim to stand for veterans’ interests. Stay tuned!

 


Notes

[1] Source: RCS residents approved school budget, elected Board of Ed candidates, https://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2019/05/21/rcs-residents-approved-school-budget-elected-board-of-ed-candidates/

[2] Sources: Albany NY Nonprofit Organizations, https://www.albany.com/local-community-services/nonprofits/; Nonprofit & 501c Organizations Albany County Ny https://www.taxexemptworld.com/organizations/albany-county-ny-new-york.asp?spg=2

[3] We do note in all fairness that a YMCA membership may entitle the member to use any Y in the country, at the discretion of the host Y.

[4] And to be fair, they do have their exorbitant, outrageous executive salaries to pay out of that income, as well as their employee wages, and benefits. But they’re still making a killing! And not paying a dime in tax.

 

YMCA DISGRACE!!! Veterans targeted by YMCA action.

You better believe it!
We’re comin’ to get you!
Where will you be when the smoke clears?

Smalbany has been following this story since November 2019. We have new information and will be publishing our follow-up on about January 15, 2020. Bottom Line: The Capital District YMCA refuses to restore the Veterans discount on adult and senior memberships. We will challenge their claim to be a “charity,” and hit them by challenging their non-profit status! Stay tuned!


SHAME ON THE CAPITAL DISTRICT YMCA!!!

The Capital District Y Slashes Veterans Discount

With the White House declaring November as Veterans Month, and all of the talk about how America honors, respects, and loves their veterans, one of America’s premier non-profits, the Young Men’s Christian Association or YMCA, targets Veterans by slashing the Y’s Veterans discount. In August, the Capital District YMCA, a non-profit organization that pays no taxes, cut their Veterans discount not by 10%, not by 20% but by 50%. The measure took effect in October. That’s how the YMCA honors this country’s Veterans.


White House declares all of November as Veterans and Military Families month.
(Susan Walsh/AP)

President Trump urged communities to “honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great nation.” (Read the entire article at: President Declares November Veterans Month) In contrast, the Capital District YMCA slashes their discount offered to Veterans.


A reader wrote to us in October, in amazement, when he discovered that his monthly YMCA membership was increased by 50% in October, going from $26.00 to $39.00. Read what he has to say:

“I was flabbergasted when I called the Y to find out why my debit account showed a $39.00 payment to the Capital District YMCA, when it is normally $26.00.

“When I got to speak to someone in the accounts department, the woman told me that they had changed the Veterans discount; that a letter was mailed out in August. I explained that I was not aware of any letter announcing such a huge increase, and that I was very unhappy to learn that they had targeted Veterans, of all people.

The Accounts person offered to connect me to the “marketing manager”, Erin Breslin, to voice my outrage. I declined the opportunity, opting instead to write to Smalbany and to legislators and veterans organizations.

“I was incensed because just last year the YMCA announced that there would be a $1 per month increase in everyone’s membership due to salaries and benefits. That I could swallow. But this latest despicable action by the YMCA taken against Veterans is scandalous!

“I am on a tight fixed income and have to budget every penny. I maintain good health by regular exercise and was willing to make the sacrifice of the $26 each month to keep my YMCA membership. The halving of the Veterans discount increases my monthly Y payment to $36, which is a 50% increase! That $13 increase puts a strain on an already strained household, believe it or not. Even if it did not, it is a scandalous increase targeting Veterans.

“The YMCA has millions in tax-exempt assets. As a tax-exempt, non-profit it receives many gifts and bequests from people with fortunes, and the Y pays no tax on their property, while the donor can deduct a substantial amount from his or her taxable income.

One final point: Smalbany has written a couple of articles about Planet Fitness and its faults. Two years ago, before I switched to the Y, I was a black-card member at Planet Fitness, which entitled me to visit any location nationwide and included a number of fringe benefits. I paid about $21 each month for that membership. I joined the Y and paid about $5 more but still could use any Y facility. That was OK. Now, for the same services, I’m paying twice as much! I’m paying twice as much to a so-called community organization. I’m paying twice as much to an organization that pays no taxes!!! Say what you like about Planet Fitness, at least they pay taxes!

“This action by a very rich organization that pays no taxes, against a vulnerable population like Veterans, is a disgrace! The IRS, the Veterans Administration, Veterans organizations, Military associations, Congress, the NYS Senate and Assembly, EVERYONE should shame the YMCA for this unprecedented attack on Veterans!”

We could not believe this is happening, and we did not publish it sooner because we had to do some research and check some information. IT’s TRUE! [Editor’s Note: The information was confirmed with the Capital District YMCA. The Veterans discount, misleadingly called a “scholarship” by the Y, was reduced from 50% to 25% for veterans and senior adult memberships. Looks like they hit both veterans and seniors with this move. SHAME!]

The actual letter sent out some time in August 2019 is a bit vague and ambiguous, and doesn’t really come straight out and say that the discount is being reduced, which in fact is what happened. The letter simply states a load of political crapola about all the good the Y does and simply says : “Beginning this October, the savings for our veterans will change to 25% savings on the cost of an adult (or senior adult) membership.” Nothing to warn of a reduction and an increase in the cost of membership to seniors and veterans!.

Click here to read the actual August Letter: YMCA Veterans Discount Slashed

There seems to be a troubling pattern in the Capital District YMCA’s communications to members announcing many of the Y’s more sinister plans and measures: their letters appear to be intentionally vague and ambiguous, probably to avoid immediate protest and outcry.. According to a report on the Grand Street Community Arts site, “The wording of the release was very vague according to all who have read it.” We have to ask ourselves whether this so-called “community institution,” and “charity” organization isn’t being a little too intentionally devious by not coming straight out with what they are doing?

North Albany Y Closed its doors in August .

The mid-term elections were also a distraction for us and for everyone else, and we felt if we published it before the elections, it would not get the attention it deserves. We confirmed all of the facts, and it’s TRUE, the Capital District YMCA has cut the Veterans discount previously offered to Veterans in HALF! What the Veteran about writes is TRUE!

According to the InfluenceWatch site, the YMCA of Greater New York has assets of $346,610,716 (as of 2016). The Capital Region YMCA reported net assets of $27,121,095 (2018). They pay no taxes but in 2018 received more than $2 million in contributions and gifts, $220,000 in fundraising, and received more than $457,000 in government grants; that a total of $2,752, 000 in contributions

GREEDY NON-PROFIT, NON-TAXPAYER YMCA

In addition, the Capital District YMCA had program revenues of $36,205,960, total contributions (gifts,donations, grants,etc.) of $2,752,800, and $616,306 in “other revenue, making a grand total revenue  of $39,575,066. They pay no taxes. (Source: Charity Navigator, last accessed on November 3, 2019).

The Capital District YMCA operates facilities in the following locations:

  • Bethlehem Area YMCA
  • Duanesburg YMCA
  • Glenville YMCA
  • Greenbush YMCA
  • Greene County YMCA
  • Guilderland YMCA
  • Schenectady YMCA
  • Southern Saratoga YMCA
  • Troy YMCA

The Capital District YMCA closed its North Albany Y in August of this year amid protests. Members were referred to the  Healthy Living Center next to the Hannaford on Central Avenue in Albany. It’s only open on weekdays and there is no pool there. Most seniors enjoy pool activities but apparently veterans and seniors are considered marginal or second-class members by the Capital District YMCA.

The Capital Region YMCA’s scandalous action taken against Veterans must not go unpunished, must not go unnoticed by a single American. It is despicable that a so-called community service organization with enormous assets and one that pays no taxes should dare to target the American Veteran!

We demand that the Capital Region YMCA rescind their marketing director’s insane decision, terminate the responsible organization officers, and admonish the board of directors. Furthermore, we urge our lawmakers and veterans organizations to come forward and chastise the Capital Region YMCA for targeting American Veterans in the Y’s attempts to enrich themselves. It’s a hair short of TREASON.

Most veterans pay their taxes. Those on disability or receiving other support have earned that support the hard way. It’s unconscionable for an organization that enjoys all of the benefits owed to Veterans, an organization that pays no taxes in support of Veterans, should slap America’s heroes in the face!

STAND UP FOR YOUR VETERANS!

Contacts at the Capital District YMCA for Complaints:

Capital District YMCA

J. David Brown President/CEO
465 New Karner Road, 2nd Fl.
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 869 – 3500 ext. 9901
Fax: : (518) 869 – 9082

This is the woman responsible for the outrage:
Erin Breslin
Director of Marketing and Membership
465 New Karner Road, 2nd Fl.
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 869 – 3500 ext. 9924

Bethlehem Area YMCA
Carl Oropallo, District Executive Director, ext. 1400
Mark Thurman, Director of Operations, ext. 1401
900 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439 – 4394
Fax: (518) 439 – 5718

Greene County YMCA
Carl Oropallo
District Executive Director
370 Mansion Street W.
Coxsackie, NY 12192
Phone: (518) 731 – 7529 ext. 2200
Fax: (518) 731 – 5429

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