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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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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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