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We Have the Transcript: Capital District Y Breslin Makes an Ass of Herself AGAIN

We have obtained the actual transcript of the conversation between a Capital District YMCA member and Erin Breslin, the dyslexic Senior Director for Marketing and Membership of the CDYMCA, the woman who is nickel and diming Y members and slashing veterans benefits in order to “keep pace with wages and expenses,” for the local Y that holds more than $50 million in real-estate assets and pays no taxes, not a dime. They can afford to pay CEO C. David Brown more than $330,000 in salary, their association executives six-figure salaries, and their local directors up to 80,000 a year plus benes! The CDYMCA is part of the only-in-the-USA non-profit tax scam club of non-profits that includes everything from homeless shelters to gay sex camps! (If you haven’t read Capital District YMCA: Big Salaries, Big Assets, but Still Begging! yet, click the link! You won’t believe what non-profits like the Capital District YMCA get away with!)


BRESLIN: Good morning. This is Erin Breslin. May I help you?

MEMBER:    Yes. Hello, Ms Breslin. This is {Member Name Redacted] speaking; returning your call.

BRESLIN: Yes, Hi. How are you?

MEMBER:    Fine. Thank you.

BRESLIN: I just wanted to let you know I appreciate email that you sent, and my apologies. I just want to let you know we have sent out a couple of letters to members the first one letting them know that we asked members for the option to become a sustaining member if they are able,[1] and also we had one earlier this year regarding an increase.[2] I appreciate your email and we have returned your money for March and for April, and we have cancelled your membership, so you won’t be hearing from us again.[3]

MEMBER:    Ummmm…

BRESLIN: Thank you very much for your call.

MEMBER:    Let me just … excuse me…

BRESLIN: Sure. That’s alright.

MEMBER:    You canceled my membership?

BRESLIN: Correct.

MEMBER:    You said you cancelled my membership? On what basis?

BRESLIN: You said you didn’t want to be charged anymore so we went ahead…

MEMBER:    Excuse me. Excuse me. You might have…

BRESLIN: Sure.

MEMBER:    You might have some problem with the language but I did not say that. If you read my written correspondence and my emails — that’s why I rely solely on emails and written correspondence to avoid misunderstandings — My membership is not to be cancelled, unless you have some evidence or some claim that I violated any of the association’s rules, regulations, or if there is some substantial reason. I insist forthwith that you reinstate my membership, ah…unless, of course, you can produce some evidence to show that there is substantial reason …

BRESLIN: Listen, you sent an email; you asked us not to charge you anymore…as a result of that.

MEMBER:    I think that you misunderstood my email…

BRESLIN: [Overspeaking] No.

MEMBER:… you should have communicated with me forthwith for clarification. The email – I apologize if it were unclear

BRESLIN: [Overspeaking] No, it was not unclear.

MEMBER:    [The email] was meant to indicate that for the duration of this … of this crisis, I did not expect to be paying for services that I am not receiving.

BRESLIN: Sir, you’re very unhappy with us. I know you and I have spoken before as well. And I appreciate that, so when I received your email it was clear what you would like me to do.[4]

MEMBER:    Excuse me. It was unclear. Yes it was unclear because you did something that I did not ask you to do. And if I’m unhappy with you then it’s your job to ensure that your membership is happy and to explain or explore ways to keep them happy. Now, I’m going to repeat: You are to reinstate my membership; otherwise this will escalate, and it will not escalate pleasantly. Do you understand? I am clarifying my email to you, at this point saying: I did not ask you to do that. There is no way anyone could understand that email to have meant that … Are you there?

BRESLIN: Yes. I’m listening.

MEMBER:    OK. So I guess we’re clear now. Are we not? And, if someone’s unhappy with you you don’t simply discard them or censor them. If someone’s unhappy with you, you as an organization, you explore reasons why membership might be unhappy, especially those members, who have the guts to come forward and tell you that. That is what I would assume to be proper administration and complaint management.

BRESLIN: Yes, sir.

MEMBER: You’re just taking the easy and facile way out.

BRESLIN: Yes, sir.

MEMBER:    So, I expect that you’ll correct the misunderstanding, and that you’ll check your mailing list, because [laughing] it seems that in the past I’ve received undated letters; I’ve received letters that, really, are misleading, and … you know, to be quite frank, if you’re receiving the salaries that you are receiving, and you’re in the positions that you’re [supposed to be] in, I expect that you could be somewhat clearer in your communications. There was a recent Times Union article – I believe it was concerning the closure of the downtown Albany facility, ah and numerous complaints because the communication was unclear and ambiguous, downright vague…I saw the communication. A recent communication from Mr. Sean Dilbert-St John, I believe from the Bethlehem center, [brief pause] facility, came out regarding veterans benefits a couple of months ago or last year some time, and that, too, was misleading, vague, and ambiguous. If you’re going to be running a non-profit, and you’re going to be dealing with the public, I suggest you start working on some clarity of language. And you maybe do some reading remedials. Ah, because I think I express myself extremely clearly. Very few people have any difficulty understanding my language, written or spoken. But it seems that there is a chronic situation with the CDYMCA that my communications are somehow misunderstood, and I don’t understand this. I’m going to review my communications to see if they are, if there is any point that could be misunderstood or misconstrued. But at this point I think that we’re clear on what I meant in my communication, ummm, and it’s a very bona fide and good faith inquiry, and I don’t think there was anything abusive in it. All it required was … I think the communication was very clearly, “Will you be returning or will you be forgiving monthly membership fees for the duration that members are unable to use your facilities.” I think that’s clear.  I think that’s pretty decent, civil, and requires basically a Yes or a No answer. YES, we will be or NO, we won’t be. That’s quite clear.

BRESLIN: I have one question for you: If you are so unhappy with the Y, why do you want to be a member?

MEMBER:    Excuse me. I’m not unhappy with the Y. I’m unhappy with its administrators. OK? Now that’s quite clear. And that’s … I just enumerated several instances that could have been prevented that disadvantaged members. One even made the Times Union! Now, tell me I’m wrong. Tell me … Why do I have to ask you questions, of a non-profit … and I believe you guys are making some tremendous money as a non-profit. I think … what does your, your CEO make? Something like $300 a year? Now that’s ridiculous! If I have to, I’ll go to Congress, I’ll go to state legislators … you say I’m unhappy with the organization. Let me just tell you something. I was probably a member of the YMCA before you were even born. My parents sent me to the real YMCA when there was a YMCA and there was a YWCA. So don’t tell me about the YMCA; I’m talking about your YMCA! The YMCA that you people are running. And I’m not unhappy with the YMCA; I wouldn’t have joined, rejoined the YMCA if I were unhappy.

BRESLIN: You are very unhappy.

MEMBER:    No. I’m unhappy with you. I’m unhappy with you and how you’re running the YMCA. That’s what I’m unhappy with. OK? YOU are not the YMCA. You are an employee of YMCA, employed for the best interests of the YMCA and its membership. And I think you’ve failed. Is that clear? So don’t tell me I’m unhappy with the YMCA.

BRESLIN: Yes, sir. That’s very clear.

MEMBER:    So, I expect you to reinstate my membership as of immediately. And re-read my correspondence, and if you have any questions, to contact me immediately if you need any clarification of the English that I use, please also ask, “What do you mean by this?”

BRESLIN: Well, sir, you want us to start charging you again, is that what you want?

MEMBER:    I do not want you to start charging me again until I can use the facilities, the way I have been using the facilities. You have no right to be charging your membership for services you are not providing. OK? Now you figure the way you have to do that. This is not a request for cancellation and it never has been. It’s a request for fairness. It’s a request for you to follow suite with other organizations, who have the decency, the decency to forgive monthly dues for members while this pandemic is effective, while there is lockdown and recommendations for social distancing, etc. That’s what I’m asking for. I’m not asking for a cancellation of membership, I’m not asking you to stop charging me overall; I’m asking you to be fair, and to follow suite of other organizations who have forgiven their members’ membership fees, dues, student loans, the whole nine yards, for the duration of the of this crisis. Is that clear?

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?

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 thous … er … 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 to 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 come 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. You can ask some dumbass on the street a question like that and perhaps get the answer you’re looking for but you’re dealing with a professional here.

BRESLIN: Yeah. Based on your conversation with me, I’m going to stand by my original decision, and we have cancelled your membership.

MEMBER:    Then you’re going to hear from Congress, you’re going to hear from state legislators, you’re going to hear from members, and you’re going to hear from the lawyers. OK?

BRESLIN: Understood.

MEMBER:    OK. I’ve got this on tape; I’ve got this recorded, so there’s no question of what I’ve said to you or what you’ve said to me.

BRESLIN: You understand that legally you’re required to let me know that you’re recording me.

MEMBER:    I am not! New York State is a one-party state, here. Check your law.

BRESLIN: Well, sir, I stand by what I said, and we have cancelled your membership and we have refunded your money for both March and for April. I thank you for your time.

[Parties hang up.]

END OF TRANSCRIPTION

Well, we were between laughing and crying by the time we got to the end of the transcript. We didn’t know if it would be too cruel to laugh at the silly cow and her idiotic responses, or to cry for her, because she came across as such a pathetic moron!

She obviously can’t read. We published the member’s email in a previous post (Capital District YMCA: Big Salaries, Big Assets, but Still Begging!), and we can’t see anything in there about cancelling membership or not wanting to be charged. All the member is saying is that he doesn’t find it fair to pay for services s/he’s not getting because of the lock-down, and that dues should be forgiven until the CDYMCA and open its doors and provide services again.

Breslin obviously doesn’t know about or doesn’t care about her boss’s March 25 letter to members that states, albeit a bit buried under his begging, “Naturally, if you cannot continue paying your membership dues until wee re-open, and wish to place your membership on hold, we certainly understand.”

Apparently, Breslin, as “Senior Director for Marketing and Membership,” wasn’t on CEO C. David Brown’s mailing list.

Rumor is that Erin Breslin is Crusty the Clown’s twin…or Crusty in an Erin-suit.

All things considered, Erin Breslin has a pathetic record and has demonstrated some very bad judgment and poor decisions over the past year or so. We think she might be in the wrong position and probably should be operating a pet grooming operation for dead pets; she’d be perfect for the job. She’d be unable to make any really bad decisions, she wouldn’t be harming anyone, and dead pets wouldn’t be a threat to her fragile ego. But then, on second thought, would she be a threat to herself or others if she were handling sharp instruments? Not a problem! We’ll just give her paper scissors; without sharp points, of course.

In the meantime, it looks like Ms Breslin is in for a fun time when her boss gets wind of her stupidity. The Capital District YMCA may have some problems with membership and sponsors, the tax authorities, and others. In fact, there is reason to believe that there may be a lawsuit in preparation against the YMCA for retaliation and breach of contract.

We’ll keep you updated!

We need a break for some real humor. Let’s finish up with Crusty the Clown and his antics!
Rumor is that Crusty is Erin Breslin’s twin.


NOTES included in the transcript:

[1] Breslin is apparently referring to the second “letter” that went out to members on or about March 25, 2016, which was more of a two-page flyer of more than 3000 words, purportedly sent out by CEO “Dave” Brown. That letter asks Y members to continue paying dues during the lockdown as “sustaining members.” In a very short blurb towards the end of the letter, hidden as it were in the middle of the page, we found the sentence, “…if you cannot continue paying your membership dues until we re-open, and wish to place your membership on hold, we certainly understand.” Either Breslin was unfamiliar with the letter, or missed that part, or chose to ignore it; since she mentions the letter and the fact that it offered “members the option to “to become a sustaining member if they are able,” indicates that she was at least aware of CEO Brown’s letter, but does not mention the “on-hold” option. Why?

[2] The letter to which Breslin is referring is actually the first letter, a letter dated “February 2020,” and showing Breslin’s signature block. In that letter, Breslin is telling members that “…beginning in April 2020, to help us afford to keep pace with increases in wages and expenses, we need to increase the cost of membership $2 a month.” In the past approximately 12 months there was an announcement of a $1 increase in monthly membership costs, then in about Augist 2019, Breslin announced the cut in veterans savings by 50%, and now she announces a $2 increase in the monthly membership cost to members. Will this nickel-and-diming of members never stop?!?

[3] The refund appeared in the online account activity report reflecting $39.00 for March and $40.50 for April, 2020; the latter amount reflecting the membership cost increase announced in Breslin’s February 2020 letter. Although Breslin acknowledges she is responding to an email by refunding the two months’ costs as suggested in the email, she does not and cannot substantiate where the request for cancellation appears; it is not in the email she is referring to nor in any other email whatsoever. See attached exhibit.

[4] The concerned email dated April 16, 2020, and addressed to Breslin, Brown, Oropallo, reads in pertinent part: “I’d like to know 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.” [Emphasis provided] Far from requesting or even suggesting cancellation of membership, the wording clearly states that the request is for suspension only “until CDYMCA can open its doors” again.

 

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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Congressional Bickering Costs American Lives

Months of worthless investigations and testimony, a failed impeachment investigation and proceeding, headed by a bunch of idiots elected to public office by another bunch of idiots, all while in Wuhan, China, the next killer pandemic was brewing. At the same time the US Congress was playing their backstabbing, witchhunting antics, and giving away American taxpayer’s medical equipment and supplies, while ignoring the basics for the homeland, like healthcare, the elderly, the working poor, and Congress and state legislatures were legislating abortion and pay hikes for themselves, the highly-paid executives of America’s so-called non-profits — like the Captial District YMCA and Easton Mountain sex camp — were abusing veterans or promoting promiscuous sex, while collecting six-figure salaries, WHERE WERE YOU?!?!

A body wrapped in plastic is unloaded from a refrigerated truck and handled by medical workers wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Meanwhile, the Pentagon will Provide 100,000 Body Bags.

Now that you have learned what self-isolation, quarantine, social-distancing, empty supermarket shelves, people roaming the aisles and streets with face masks all means, maybe you’d like to re-evaluate your status as a “free American,” who is free to die as the result of government and elected official’s negligence and stupidity.

Look, people, this situation doesn’t happen in a single administration; it takes multiple administrations to create a problem like this! This has been brewing in Washington for at least three presidencies: Bush (remember 911!), Obama, and now Trump. It’s not Trump’s fault, either, but he’s the face we glue to the administration. The fault lies in the Senate and the House of Representatives, in Albany, and in Washington, DC. If you look at what’s been going on in Congress over the past two years, you might want to find a barf bag. It’s sickening, so sickening that Americans are now dying, and the Pentagon will be donating 100,000 body bags, while Nancy Pelosi and the gangsters in Washington D.C., are still pointing fingers and wagging their tongues.

Medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked the US Defense Department for 100,000 body bags as the toll mounts from the novel coronavirus, the Pentagon said on April 2. White House experts have said that US deaths from the disease — currently at more than 5,100 — are expected to climb to between 100,000 and 240,000, even with mitigation efforts in force. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Is this the new Fear Factor? Is the US government trying to cause a panic? It has!

The New World Order has begun, people! You know now how you can be so infected with fear and anxiety by your government that you hoard toilet paper and paper towels; you race to Walmart and your local supermarket to empty the shelves. FEAR!!! AVOIDABLE FEAR!!!!

Businesses and government offices are CLOSED! Restaurants are CLOSED! You are told to stay home!!! See how easy it is to control you? Now we know.

Schools have been closed for weeks. Even God is put on hold! Churches are open but not for public worship! No wakes, funerals, etc. No closure for the bereaved! Thanks to poor or absent government! Incompetent elected officials! More finger-pointing and accusations while Americans are dying!!!

But the United States Goverenment has a solution for its incompetence: SPENDING! What’s Inside The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package, an emergency aid spending package that is spending money we don’t have, but will have to back up in tax dollars. Great planning, right? Poor planning costs us a bundle when a pandemic hits us and then, in order to take our attention off the poor planning and incompetent government, the same incompetent government passes an irresponsible aid package to cover their tracks!  Are you going to continue swallowing this shit? Are you still going to sleep on your stomach waiting for the …. ? Read what the package contains at What’s Inside The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Package. But once again, big business gets the lion’s share of the so-called aid: $500 billion compared with $377 billion to small businesses and a stinking paltry $153 billion to public health. We can see where Congress’ loyalties are.

You all have dumped your hard-wire landlines and now are addicted to Facebook and Twitter, where you get all your information and news! How convenient for the Controllers.

People are getting fired or relieved of their commands in the military for speaking out about the government’s denials of support in the crisis. That’s censorship. That’s propaganda. That’s authoritarianism, totalitarianism, the first step towards Big Brother becoming the next fascist dictator!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Capitol Hill after a meeting with fellow Democrats. (Susan Walsh/AP) (Susan Walsh/AP)

You are all addicted to your electronic devices, your smartphones but what will you do when some military genius or government officials ORDER THE CELL PHONE TOWERS deenergized? What will you do when they suspend communications by microwave transmission? You’ll race around in circles like a cornered rat, that’s what!!! You’re trapped in the booby trap set by your American freedoms, your greed, and your ignorance. Stupid sheeple!!!

OK. So you won’t believe us. Denial is very effective, isn’t it? But perhaps you’ll believe a well-respected physician, the editor-in-chief of a respected source for the medical profession. Here’s his recent editorial that appeared in the online medical journal for physicians, Medscape:

Pathology & Lab Medicine
Perspective > Medscape > Eric Topol on Medscape

Topol: US Betrays Healthcare Workers in Coronavirus Disaster
Eric Topol, MD

March 30, 2020

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

The year 2020 started with American physicians, nurses, and the whole healthcare workforce dispirited, in a deep state of burnout, with the worst rates of clinical depression and suicides that have been recorded. Indeed, this was not confined to the United States; a global epidemic of burnout had been diagnosed. But things were about to get considerably worse for the healthcare workforce.

In December 2019 an epidemic of pneumonia, with many fatalities, erupted in Wuhan, China. The pathogen was sequenced and determined to be a novel coronavirus on January 5, 2020, and was subsequently named SARS-CoV-2. The first patient in the United States with COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, was diagnosed in Seattle on January 21, which was within 24 hours of the first patient diagnosed in South Korea, a key country for comparison (Figure, adapted from Our World in Data).

Figure 1. Testing for COVID-19 in the United States and South Korea

The First Phase: “Silent” US Spread

Unlike South Korea, which quickly started testing for COVID-19 using the World Health Organization (WHO) test, the United States refused the WHO test, opting to develop its own through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the CDC test was ultimately found to be flawed and represents one of many government stumbles. Without an adequate test, there were nearly 50 days from the first patients in both countries before the United States started to ramp up testing. Why was this so critically important?

During this extended phase in the United States, there were countless numbers of patients presenting with pneumonia and respiratory tract symptoms to emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and doctors’ offices. Without the ability to make the diagnosis of COVID-19 or even suspect it, these patients unwittingly spread their infections to healthcare workers. Also, during this first phase of spread, there was likely — albeit still not yet validated — a high rate (approximately 30%) of asymptomatic carriers for COVID-19, which further amplified the chances for doctors and health professionals to be infected.

For the sake of comparison, during the month of February, South Korea performed more than 75,000 tests (versus just 352 in the United States) and adopted all of the WHO best practices, which includes massive testing, tracing every contact of a person infected and testing that person, quarantine of all known cases, and social distancing.

The United States did none of these. Instead, officials repeatedly made bad choices that put public health in jeopardy, along with the healthcare workers charged with caring for the public.

South Korea, meanwhile, got ahead of its outbreak and became a model in the world for how that was achieved. But it wasn’t just South Korea that reacted well. As Atul Gawande summarized, Singapore and Hong Kong also adopted all of the WHO practices, including providing protection for their healthcare workers. In both places, healthcare professionals were expected to wear surgical masks for all patient interactions. That practice turns out to foreshadow the second phase of failure in the United States.

The Second Phase: The War Without Ammo

Although Seattle is where the first cluster of cases occurred, it was the unchecked number of patients diagnosed in New York City in early March that led to the full realization of how ill-equipped the country is in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), intensive care unit beds, and mechanical ventilators.

The dire, inexplicable lack of masks is well recapitulated by Farhad Manjoo in “How the World’s Richest Country Ran Out of a 75-Cent Face Mask”, and Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, and colleagues similarly describe the profound deficits in PPE and ventilators in a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Together, a situation was set up for healthcare workers to not have masks — or to reuse them for days on end — and lack other protective gear. And this is about plain 75 cent masks, not the N95s that are better for blocking aerosol droplets.

But the required sharing of equipment is not just among doctors and nurses; it even extends to patients sharing a ventilator in some intensive care units. To put some numbers on ventilators, we will need several hundred thousand to a million but have fewer than 160,000 throughout the country.

It’s bad enough that the United States was totally unprepared for a pandemic and has such an unimaginable shortage of requisite resources. But the situation still gets worse. On a widespread basis, doctors and nurses are being gagged and muzzled by administrators for expressing their concerns, and penalized or even fired when they do speak out.

Meanwhile, the unconscionable lack of COVID-19 testing has continued in this second phase. And with that, systematic testing of the workforce has yet to start, despite being desperately needed.

The Third Phase: Healthcare Professionals Broadly Infected and Dying

Back in Wuhan, Li Wenliang, a 33-year-old ophthalmologist, was one, if not the first, doctor to alert people in China of the outbreak. He died on February 7, 2020. But he certainly wasn’t the youngest doctor to die in China. Xia Sisi, a 29-year-old gastroenterologist, also died after a 35-day hospitalization.

Yet on March 11, from the Oval Office, President Trump stated, “Young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly.”

By late March more than 54 doctors in Italy had already died, and in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, one of the worst hit regions in the world, 20% of the healthcare workforce have become confirmed cases. Now, in the United States, as large numbers of healthcare professionals are getting diagnosed with COVID-19 in Boston, New York, and other hotspot cities, young doctors are writing their wills and making provisional funeral plans.

COVID-19 was not supposed to kill young people, but young nurses and doctors are dying in the United States. There are many theories as to why this is happening, perhaps the best one is the viral load — the mass of COVID-19 inoculum.

Because healthcare workers are exposed to the sickest patients — often without access to the proper protective equipment — the heavy viral load may be overwhelming even young clinicians’ ability to mount a sufficient immune response to counter the infection.

That doctors and clinicians are succumbing to the virus is beyond a tragedy, as many of these dedicated individuals are dying unnecessarily, as a result of the no-testing and no-PPE fiascoes.

Yet a far greater toll in numbers is the temporary loss of clinicians to infections and sickness. This is the other poorly recognized exponential growth curve: As each doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist, paramedic, and patient-care person takes care of tens to hundreds of patients at any given time, the loss of even one of these individuals has a dramatic ripple effect on the shortage of professionals trained to care for affected patients, no less the non-COVID-19 usual patient mix. No number of accelerated medical school graduations (which are being announced) can compensate for these losses, not just by numbers but also by experience.

The handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States will go down as the worst public health disaster in the history of the country. The loss of lives will make 9/11 and so many other catastrophes appear much smaller in their scale of devastation. Perhaps what we in the medical community will remember most is how our country betrayed us at the moment when our efforts were needed most.

Eric J. Topol, MD, the editor-in-chief of Medscape, is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine and frequently writes about technology in healthcare, including in his latest book, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again.

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Any views expressed above are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of WebMD or Medscape.

Cite this: Eric J. Topol. Topol: US Betrays Healthcare Workers in Coronavirus Disaster – Medscape – Mar 30, 2020.

We’ve kept the links in Dr Topol’s article so you can follow the facts.

Question: Why is it that the death toll in the United States now exceeds that in China, where the whole thing started? Why is it that South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, were able to keep things under control but the United States cannot? Good ol’ American snobbery, poor planning, greed, and stupidity.

Instead of acting like a herd of cattle with mad cow disease (remember that one?), perhaps you should just sit down, meditate for a minute, collect your thoughts, clear your mind, and consider where the real problem lies, and how you’re going to face tomorrow, when this all clears up.

Think about how different you will be and how different the world will be for you post-COVID-19; sort of like the conditioning you received post-911? Is this another way of training you, conditioning you like Pavlov did with his dogs? Is that what you have become, a pack of trainable dogs? Now that’s something to be proud of, isn’t it?

Think about all of this next time you pledge allegiance to a flag; think about what you’re saying. Or have you forgotten completely how to THINK?

Think of it this way: What if you were the next one to fill a body bag. How would your survivors or your Senator explain your death to your terrified children? Think about that, won’t you?

So, enjoy your stockpile of toilet paper and paper towels. They’ll go well with that case of ketchup you’re hoarding. And wait for the next wave of fear and anxiety while you huddle in some dark corner, denying what’s going on around you.

Local Residents at Shop’n Save buying up toilet paper! How typical!

 
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Capital District YMCA Continues its Begathon!

The Capital District YMCA has sent out yet another SPAM mailing asking members to contact their legislators, and to urge them to pass a bill that will release $60 billion to non-profits to offset their alleged losses due to COVID-19!

They have no shame, that’s how.
You’re not getting any handouts, are you?
They have no shame!

How can these greedy parasites ask for money to offset losses that are impossible to estimate this early in time? It’s a Perfect Scam!

Here’s an excerpt from the Capital District YMCA’s propaganda email:

YMCAs and our charitable organization partners are asking Congress to pass $60 billion in support for nonprofits and to pass key policy recommendations to support the efforts of nonprofits on the ground.

The previous SPAM mail from the CDYMCA read like this:

They [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.

The YMCAs statewide need to learn how to operate like other businesses across the state and the nation, who cannot SPAM their customers begging them to ask legislators to bail them out! Normal tax-paying businesses and homeowners are too busy trying to figure out how to meet their tax burdens NOW, since tax bills are out and the government has their hairy hands out for our checks! If they can’t keep their heads above water, then they have to learn how to swim like the rest of us.

Can you imagine going to a state or federal tax audit and claiming losses without hard figures to back you up? Can you imagine going to your legislators as a small or medium business and crying that you lost customers and donation revenue because of Coronavirus, but you don’t have any proof or documentation? They’d laugh you out the door into the parking lot!

Veterans, elderly, the chronically ill, the uninsured, people without healthcare need those $60 billion; most of them are veterans and taxpayers, and unlike CDYMCA CEO David Brown, are not pulling more than $330,000 in salary from the non-profit. By the way, how much is Erin Breslin making, the Sr. VP for Membership, now that she’s slashed the veterans discount in half? 

Shame on you, CDYMCA, and all your non-profit tax-avoiders with you!

No, NO, NO! Absolutely not!
No freebies for greedy non-profits, non-taxpayers!

We’ve contacted legislators and veterans agencies demanding that they take action.

  • Charles E. Schumer, US Senator
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator
  • Neil D. Breslin, State Legislator
  • John T. McDonald III, State Legislator
  • George A. Amedore, Jr., State Legislator
  • Chris Tague, State Legislator
  • Greene County Veterans Service Bureau
  • Albany County Veterans Service Bureau

Albany County alone has more than 20,000 veterans, who need to be informed and show their anger in the upcoming elections! Come November, use your vote to sanitize and exterminate all the snakes, rats, and cockroaches from our communities, government, everywhere!

The day after election day 2020!

 

 

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

Visit the Greene Weasels blog!

 

Old Cut-and-Paste Joan R. is Losing it!

Local Village-Idiot Alert

Old Cut-and-Paste Joan R. of New Baltimore is at it again.
And she’s been had…AGAIN!

YES! You are, Joanie!

She’s already on a watch-list for her abuse of the Postal Service. She misused the Postal Service to send out defamatory and fake facts about a local resident to various vendors, apparently hoping to ruin his business. Her attempts failed because no one took her rubbish seriously. Besides, the vendors knew the resident well and trusted him. Why would they believe a lunatic with no name.

Well, she may have thought she had done her dirty work anonymously but she overlooked a couple of things, the most incriminating were the fingerprints on the contents and the envelopes. There were other identifiers, but we don’t want to give it all away it might spoil the fun. Thinks she’s pretty slick but she’s actually pretty stupid.

Is Old Joanie Losing It?

Most recently, she tried to slander a local resident when she handed the manager of a local YMCA a copy of one of our Smalbany blog articles, and saying that the resident, a member of the Y, had written it, apparently hoping to damage his reputation at the facility. All she managed to do was cause to facility manager a lot of grief and personal suffering. But at least the manager knows now what JR is all about. Enjoy your yoga classes, JOANIE! You too, ROBBIE! (They obviously don’t teach any yogic philosophy or ethics, just how to stretch dried up, wrinkled skin!) Again, her attempt failed and she was identified and now has some explaining to do.

The pair are known in the New Baltimore community as Cut-and-Paste Joan, because of her modus operandi of cutting and pasting her libels and slanders, and he’s the Cryptkeeper, you’d know why if you ever saw him. Seems evne Death doesn’t want them, so they just go on. Their reputations are already shit and the whole community thinks they’re the local village idiots, so she hasn’t lost much. Oh, they’re only “friend” is the former village idiot, Jane A., she’s now in the 2nd runner up position thanks to Joanie and Robbie taking the top and the second positions. Jane A. doesn’t have an icecube’s chance in hell to regain her former idiot status now that Joanie and Robbie have it.

Cryptkeeper Robbie.

But if the investigation results are used in prosecution, she may lose more than she bargained for.

DUH! DOI!

18 U.S.C. § 1346 provides: For the purposes of this chapter, the term “scheme or artifice to defraud” includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services. Lower courts have progressively expanded this ruling, finding that the law “puts its imprimatur on the accepted moral standards and condemns conduct which fails to match the ‘reflection of moral uprightness, of fundamental honesty, fair play and right dealing in the general and business life of members of society‘”. That’s the criminal aspect.
The civil aspects include interference with contract, defamation (libel), and a laundry list of other offences.

Not only is Ms Cut-and-Paste liable to be subject to substantial civil penalties for her stupidity, Ms R. may very possibly looking at a considerable jail term — she’s pretty on in years, which proves that age is no barrier to stupidity, and she may die in jail. But then, maybe that’s karma..


An now for the positive news: You’ve probably seen a number of vehicles on streets and roadways in Northern Greene County/Southern Albany County with these bizarre bumper stickers showing “NB“. No, the “NB” doesn’t stand for New Brunswick or Newport Beach; there’s nothing that sophisticated about them. They actually stand for “NO BRAIN” and many Newbaltimorons are doing the public a service by placing those NB stickers on their vehicles, giving everyone fair notice that the operator is “NO BRAIN” from “NEW BALTIMORE.” The stickers are required by local looney law for all Town of New Baltimore employees but especially for those local residents who have earned the distinction of NB, NO BRAIN.  And watch for those bumper stickers. The lunatics are out there but at least now they’re labeled.

New Baltimore Looney-Tunes are labeling themselves.
It’s for their own protection.



Several months ago we published a letter from one of our community members, and and our own comments on the Greene County YMCA, in Coxsackie (read the article at YMCA or YMCA? There’s a BIG difference!).

We have received an update from the community member about steps taken by the Y to improve the situation there, and, at the resident’s request, we are publishing what s/he has to say:

I was recently presented with your blog article in which you quote my letter-to-the-editor regarding the Greene County YMCA and the noise nuisance there. I am since following your blog.

In all fairness and honesty, my letter addressed to you several months ago was accurate and factual. It would therefore be remiss of me if I were not to follow up with an update on the Y’s response to my complaint.
I am very, very pleased to be able to advise you that the Greene County YMCA, particularly its Operations Manager, Ms Jaqueline Whitbeck, and her executive director, Mr Carl Oropallo, have taken considerable steps to respond to my and other members’ concerns relating to the noise nuisance caused by a small minority of an otherwise great community.
Ms Whitbeck went to great lengths to have the offending equipment moved, and to considerable expense to purchase special pads to dampen most of the noise caused by the heavy lifters and their weights.
I am very happy to be able to report on these positive developments, which go largely to the credit of Ms Whitbeck, and to the support she received from her executive director, Mr Oropallo.
Thank you for publishing my first letter and thank you in advance for publishing this update.
Please do not publish my name.
P.s. I read your recent post on that evil creature who tried to defame another member using your blog article. I can say that I think you are right on target with your article. My question is why Ms. JR would continue her stupidity? What was her intent and whom did she want to hurt by bringing the blog article to Ms Whitbeck’s attention. All she accomplished was to cause Ms Whitbeck a great deal of pain, and to demonstrate what a scoundrel Ms JR is. Thank you for exposing her.
P.p.s. Do you think Joan will be delivering this one to the Y, too? Not very likely; she won’t be able to milk any dirt from it.
We are very pleased that we were able in our small way to help to reconcile the problems at the Greene County Y. Of course, we will visit the Greene County Y to verify that management is being proactive in ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of their members.
We are also very pleased to know that the community is recognizing the scoundrels among us, and that they are properly being identified and marked with their nastiness. While we do realize that our reader is being cautious in not mentioning the name of the scoundrel, we are grateful for the confirmation.
The Editor.
 

YMCA or YMCA? There’s a BIG difference!

YMCA originally stood for “Young Mens’ Christian Association” and still does in many areas; in Coxsackie, at the Greene County Y, it’s been redefined to contain the words “Yahoos  & Messy Angry Locals.”

Make no mistake about it, the traditional YMCA leaves the big box, franchise gyms like Planet Fitness and Best Fitness in the dust. The YMCA or the “Y” as it’s come to be known, has always been a venue for all ages and is a real community. Most Y-s have complete fitness facilities, the larger ones like the Bethlehem Y (https://cdymca.org/locations/bethlehem-ymca) have pools, steam room, sauna, hot tub, ice rink, fully equipped weights and cardio areas, and a list of programs both for fee and free. Nothing actually compares in terms of value for your money, and there are various discounts for seniors, low-income, and even for recommending new members.

Greene County Y Building

Unlike the franchise fitness scams, you will not only find that the facilities are better and offer a wider range of activities and programs, but the staff is professional at the Y, and the members are a community. Besides, if you are a member of one Y you will be able to use the facilities of most other Y’s without paying an extra fee. Pulls the plug on Planet Fitness’ premium priced “Black Card.”

Are some Y-s aiming for similar approval ratings?

Regardless of Planet Fitness’ business model, it is by all standards a ripoff, and their bottom line does not include you. Their whole business model revolves around getting your to sign a contract, then accessing your bank accounts, while hoping you’ll never show up for a workout. Their employees are ignorant and their employee retention is abysmal at best. As for management: What management?  Overall, PF is an accident looking for a place to happen; don’t let it be you.

We’d expect a family and community oriented organization like the YMCA to be much different. Like any organization, the Y has its own culture, too. And each local Y has its culture as well. Just as some are larger than others, some are better managed than others.

Here’s what one reader has to say:

Again, I have to mention the Bethlehem Y as being top-shelf in most all categories. But there are quite a few Y-s in the Capital District area, and I have not been able to visit them all, so some might even out score Bethlehem, though it’s unlikely. Bethlehem is clean, spacious, well organized, well equipped, professional, courteous, and a great place overall. So I’ll use the Bethlehem Y as the local standard to be striven for.

There’s always a contrast. You find a fantastic location and then you find a bottom-feeder. Same with the Capital District Y-s.

The local-yokel facility I’m reviewing today is the Green County YMCA in the backwater, hill-town Coxsackie, in Greene County. You know it’s backwater when there’s only one Y for the entire county!

But first I do want to mention that the front desk staff are lovely people. Always a warm greeting and a smile. My darts go to the Coxsackie Y management and the so-called “directors.”

The membership will generally reflect the region and that’s also true for the Coxsackie Y. Most of the members are geezers who take up a lot of space sharing stories and talking about their aches, pains, and hernias. They’re generally fun and great to talk to but then they also tend to be speed bumps for the rest of us. God love them, though! They’re the salt of the Earth.

In fact, most of the members, young and not so young, are generally sociable and some are downright exceptional. They make up the bulk of the membership and are courteous, friendly, considerate, and mind their manners. It’s those members that take the edge off the failings I’m talking about below.

Then there are some members who are inconsiderate and seem to have no respect or courtesy for the facility or for other members. They’re usually the 30-40 age group with an anger problem. They throw or drop weights or just manage to be unpleasantly loud when working out. Some, doing dead lifts, cause a deafening clang with each rep that disturbs members on the cardio equipment and generally throughout the Gym. There are contractual rules for using the facility and unwritten rules of sociability but these yahoos think the sun rises and sets on them and makes the atmosphere toxic.

I have complained to management on at least three different occasions about the deafening clangs from the deadlifters in that tiny space, but was told that they have to get mats. (That was a year ago. Nothing’s been done yet.) On one occasion, the director, a woman, told me that the noise was OK because they “were doing the exercise right.” By the way, the “mats” to absorb the shock of the falling weights have been coming for almost a year now. She seems really concerned about the problem. NOT!

Dropping these weights causes a loud CLANG that can damage hearing! Besides, they’re lifting too much weight in the first place!

When you wear the title and get the salary of a “director” or “manager,” you direct or manage. At the Coxsackie Y, the majority female staff does neither. At any given time they’re parked at their desks in their offices staring into their computers, oblivious to what is going on the workout floor. This applies both to the so-called director of the Coxsackie Y, a woman, and to the so-called “wellness director,” a woman. These two “directors” seem to be better at laughing loudly, chatting with each other, flirting with the geezers, than managing a health and fitness facility.

My personal opinion is their eyes shouldn’t be glued to their computer screens but should be on the workout floor and what’s going on out there. Trainers, if any, should be out there keeping things in line, too. Both are invisible most of the time.

There is a video on YouTube showing the Coxsackie Y but you’d be a real fool to believe that it’s so roomy and clean. It’s not. In fact, on any day you can walk into the men’s locker room and wonder (1) was it ever cleaned that week, or (2) have they let the pigs out today? The men’s locker room is badly ventilated so that when some of the members have their toxic dump, you can’t be in the locker room (the crapper is right there in the smallish locker room).

Members also seem to have a problem with closing locker doors. Typical of the area, they must all live in barns or sheds.

The weights area is a mess. Members leave weights on the machines or just don’t put things back after they use them. As I mentioned above, it’s also dangerous because the place is so congested, some members drop or throw weights, and the staff does nothing to correct the poor gym etiquette, even when one complains to them.

The bad manners of some of the members, the overall congestion and clutter in the facility, and the indifference and lack of interest of the director and other upper-level staff make the place an accident risk at any given time. You have to wonder who is insuring them.

There are “trainers” and I have seen only one female trainer picking up after the slobs or wiping down mats, which frequently are dirty or gritty. Again, you can’t make shit shine. When members are pigs and walk all over everything, and don’t give a damn about others, you get a Greene County Y situation.

The other day I observed clumps of dried mud in the area of the cardio machines; apparently some member decided to wear his work boots on the workout floor rather than change into sneakers. That, again, is an example of poor facility management. In fact, I had to tell management that one yahoo was going to have an accident because he was working out without any shoes on. Why would anyone have to tell the attendants or the managers about something that was in plain view…that is, if they could take their eyes off their computer screens or each other for a minute.

On their website (https://cdymca.org/locations/greene-county-ymca/) the Greene Y website lists a number of “personal trainers” but I’ve only ever seen two of them and I’ve been there at different times. Most of the time there isn’t one there. Besides, of the two I’ve seen, the male (Wayne, according to the website) didn’t make much of an impression but the woman (Sue, according to the website) is very interested in what’s going on and is the only one I’ve ever seen, including the so-called wellness director, picking up after members, wiping mats down, and generally taking an interests in the place.

In general, the comparison of these two local YMCA facilities is like a comparison of night and day. That doesn’t mean that a smaller facility can’t be well managed and kept clean and safe. What it does mean is that either management is either incompetent or indifferent at the Greene County Y. When you’re a manager you can’t be everyone’s buddy; you have to manage. That’s the manager’s duty and responsibility both to his or her organization and to the members he/she is there to serve.

[Name withheld at reader’s request]

We agree with many of the reader’s comments in general, since we are also members of the Y (the Bethlehem Y) but frequently use the Greene County Y when in that area. The culture is definitely different and management is characteristic of the area, that is, provincial and unsophisticated, which likely results in the deficiencies noted by the reader.

It’s a no-brainer that the free-weights area is a dangerous place even when members have some discipline. But when members are not disciplined, have no respect for others, and are not monitored or corrected by the paid staff, that’s a double danger. As for the noise in the workout area, the Hearing Health Foundation has made a statement about gym noise and hearing loss. There’s plenty on the Internet on the subject of gym noise and hearing loss; just google the terms “gym noise hearing loss.”

We work out at the Greene County Y from time to time and can vouch for what our reader has to say. We’d go further to mention that most gyms and fitness facilities provide background music. The Greene County Y does too but it’s poor quality and incredibly repetitive. But that’s no excuse for the smartphones on the gym floor. Too many members are tuning or talking while trying to walk at the same time. Many upscale gyms won’t allow the devices in the workout area because they know they cause accidents because the users are too stupid to stop and do what they have to do, and then continue walking. Most of them can’t chew gum and walk at the same time. it’s dangerous. And you have  more than your share of these dumbasses roaming around the congested area of the Greene County Y. Management apparently is blind to the problem.

At any given time you know that most of the neanderthals are lifting much more than they should be lifting. That’s why they have to drop the weights or throw them, or make so much noise with them. The weights are just too heavy for them. So drop some of it you fat jerks!

Far be it for the absent trainers or the dimwitted management to ensure the safety of the Neanderthals and the other members by giving some lifting advice. Gee, that would mean doing their jobs. Perish the thought.

There are numerous, perhaps thousands of articles and studies on the problems of cell phones in the workout area. The New York Times has also chimed in on the subject with a very interesting article on the subject (New York Times Article). You don’t have to believe us when we tell you that the moron with the phone in the gym needs to be told to leave it in the locker, or leave. Just google the subject.

Stupid twit! We’re not interested in your gash gossip!

We blame the directors of the Greene County Y and the Capital District YMCA, is the parent organization responsible for oversight of the Greene County Y. It’s their job to ensure that management works, that the facilities are clean and safe, and that the rules are posted and enforced.

Addendum: Healthcare and compensation scammers find a home at the Y. On yet another note we have to note that we wonder what the scam is with all of these guys on leave because of “injuries” and waiting for the compensation board or the state insurance corporation to decide on their “disability.” One at the Greene County Y was recently chatting with another goon, apparently from the NYS Department of Corrections or some law enforcement agency, about how his neurologist was taking his time with the determination and the other was still on paid leave and couldn’t go back to work. What in hell are they doing in the gym lifting weights if they’re so incapacitated. And I don’t mean low weights as in rehab, I mean WEIGHTS. They have a scam going and it’s not right or fair to the rest of us, especially if we’re footing the bill for their fake conditions. There are more examples and everyone there knows about them. They banter about it right out in the open!!! So let’s fix it, why don’t we? Where are the NYS authorities when all of this fraud is going on?