Sunday, May 31, 2009

On A Humorous Note ...

This came to me in one of those emails people forward to friends online ;)


I recently asked my friend's little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day.

Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her,'If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?' She replied, 'I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people.'

Her parents beamed.

'Wow! What a worthy goal.' I told her, 'But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.'

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, 'Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?'

I said, 'Welcome to the Republican Party.'

Her parents still aren't speaking to me....

That's A Great Question!

Anonymous said...
A little off topic, but speaking of wasted dollars, and after reading this morning's D&C article about the upcoming Vision Summit, I would like to ask the board whatever happened the the $150,000 2020 Summit held a couple of years ago? Several of our present board members raved over the much-heraled Fitzpatrick Report as a blueprint for success for our 2020 graduates.
I'm sorry, but Achromavitch's public forum on the future direction of our schools is two and a half years too late and the act of man desperate to save his job. I think this community has had enough of your incompetence with the hiring of $200,000 consultants to do the job we pay you to do. This translates into more than $400,000 a year for nothing.
Another huge example of wasted tax dollars. 5/31/2009 12:03 PM

GCSD Vision Summit
Next Sat. 9AM - Noon
Arcadia MS

The Supt. needs help answering these questions:
"Much of this will be achievement-related, some about citizenship and the type of people we're trying to develop in our schools. We want to look at the questions of 'Why do we exist?' and 'What do we want our graduates to be like, what knowledge and abilities do we want them to leave here with?'" ~~ Supt. Achramovitch


SCATS ~~ He expects the Greece community to figure out "Why do we exist?" within 3 hrs on a Saturday morning? Will clergy be attending?

Get Ready To Pay Hundreds More

New Taxes & Fees To Start Soon
They Include:
Rising income taxes
Increased taxes on energy
Car insurance will cost $5 more
Replacing a lost driver's license will be $50 extra
Registering your car will cost $11 more.
Registering your ATV - $2.50 more.
Registering a motorcycle? $3.50 more.
Registering a motorboat --$18 in new fees.
Driving a taxi -- also an additional $18.
Want a fishing license? Tack on another 20 bucks.
It's also another $20 for a hunting license

"I want to make sure people know about this, so those arrogant New York City leaders aren't able to ram through something like that in the budget again." ~~ Sen. Joe Robach (R-Rochester).


Saturday, May 30, 2009

New York: Ranks Last On "Freedom" List

The Most Liberal States Did Poorest

Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

Audit Committee Meeting

MONDAY ~~ 06/01/2009
Audit Committee Meeting
4:30 pm, Rm. E40

Friday, May 29, 2009

A-PAC To Host All Graduations

1000+ Students Due To Graduate
Invitations Are Ticketed Due To Space Limitations

Friday, June 26 ~~ Odyssey Academy 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 27 ~~ Athena High School 10 a.m. and
Olympia High School 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 28 ~~ Arcadia High School 2 p.m.

SCATS ~~ Have A-PAC's Structural issues been completely resolved yet?

Will It Be A "Good" Surprise, Or A "Bad" One?

“I think there will be findings that will surprise you greatly.” ~~ Joe Loszynski regarding investigation outcome

“If something is there for the public's sake, we need to get to the bottom of it and address it. If nothing is there for the sake of the people involved we need to get to the bottom of that and get that out too.” ~~ Mike Green, DA regarding criminal investigation into Nick Joseph case & possible cover-up


"Frankly, I can't believe Loszynski didn't announce during the conference that he was reinstating Merritt Rahn." ~~ John Parrinello


Here's Why Arguing With SCATS Won't Pay ...

Recently, a couple of you have chosen to read into, debate, confuse and/or analyze nearly every word written here. I assure you that I am very precise about what I write and I choose my words carefully. Despite that, some of you seek to argue with me. If only you would put your misguided energies into either: 1 - pressuring the "real" media into doing a better job of investigative reporting, or 2 - questioning the "powers that be" about their ongoing questionable activities/policies/behaviors, there would no longer be any need for this BLOG. In an effort to encourage you to do either 1 or 2 above, Comment Moderation will remain in use for as long as, or whenever I see fit. Comments intent on engaging in an argument with me will not be published. I really would like to see you put me out-of-business :) In fact, I challenge you to do so! So then, put your time into use where it will have a bigger impact than getting my delete button warmed up.

Yes, of course you may inquire about what I've written if you think there is an actual error or if you need something to be clarified. If you ask nicely, I may decide to reward you with a response.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Twelve Jane Doe's In Pignato's Past

READ their statements

Moscato Kept Door Open At Loszynski Press Conference

Maloney Attended Too

Auberger Absent (avoiding the press ;)

But "I am him" was there & attempted to keep doors shut

Moscato insisted he & Maloney were attending ... and they did!

SCATS ~~ Way to go Joe!

Loszynski Holds Press Conference

Predicts investigation into shredding incident will be completed within days; report on it will be ready in 2 weeks

The investigators are looking into nearly a dozen allegations of wrong-doing; some are from the original cases; others have developed

Says 8 of the 12 complaints against Pignato happened while he was with GPD

Schamerhorn investigation is underway

Says he saw no need to set-up a hotline; claims they've received phone calls, letters and walk-ins

Investigators still have dozens of leads to complete; he could use two more teams to follow-up those leads

Says taxpayers in Greece "are getting a good kick for their buck" with his investigation

"Don't prejudge me." ~~ Loszynski's plea to the community

ADA: Pignato "A Sexual Predator With A Badge"

Pignato's Attorney Calls Statements From Alleged Victims "Lame"
Judge denies motion to ban media from courtroom
Jury selection begins Monday
Testimony from 11 other women not allowed


ADA: Pignato "used his badge as a dating service."
10 Other complaints from women with professional contact with Pignato on duty
One woman met him at a funeral; he followed her home uninvited; told her the fastest way to get over her grief was to have sex with him


Pignato arraigned on charges in second case
It will be tried separately


SCATS ~~ Just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they do ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Acting Police Chief Catches Criminals While Off-Duty

Uhrmacher catches burglers after monitoring police radio
Four youths arrested after burglery at old Baptist Church on North Greece Rd


Pignato Case Adjourned Until May 28th;
Two cases may be combined


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

C.A.R.E. & Moscato Among Those Calling For End To GPD

Questions surround whether internal investigation report will be shared with community that is paying for it

"What comes out in the community is controlled by Town Hall…we do not know if there will ever be a report above what they want us to know." ~~ Bev Strehle, C.A.R.E.

"The system which used to work very well in this town has been turned around to where the supervisor has complete authority to hire and fire." ~~ Joe Moscato

SCATS ~~ If the Democrats win the election for Town Supervisor in November, will we have a more open govt?


Band director Jeffrey Hoffman indicted on:
Third Degree Rape
Second Degree Criminal Sex Act
Third Degree Criminal Sex Act

"He was suspended with pay from his job on Nov. 6 following the allegations, which police initially said the allegations did not consist of sexual conduct." ~~ D&C

SCATS ~~ Can Greece Police be trusted to do ANYTHING correctly?

Monday, May 25, 2009

"Student learning is the goal" ...

If that slogan rubs you the wrong way, here's your chance to help craft a "Common Vision" of GCSD during a Community Summit

Saturday, June 6
9 a.m. to noon

Arcadia Middle School cafeteria

Participants will help craft a new district vision statement to guide the direction of Greece Central in the coming years.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Senate Passes Bill To Rename PO After Fallen Greece Marine

Senators Chuck Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand announced a Senate passage of legislation: to have a post office named after Lance Corporal Brian Schramm.

The Post Office at 3245 Latta Road will be renamed the "Brian K. Schramm Post Office Building" (story)


Now a fallen local hero, Brian Schramm graduated from Olympia HS a few years back. Recently, Olympia is reported to be struggling with esteem, image and morale issues. Also, a suggestion was made to rename Apollo to pair it to Olympia the way the other HS/MS buildings are paired by name.

What I propose is that Olympia High School be renamed "Brian Schramm Academy" (or possibly Schramm Olympia High School or something similar) and Apollo be renamed "Schramm Middle School" (or similarly ... Schramm Apollo Middle School).

What are your thoughts or ideas? Please discuss and/or respond to the poll :)

GCSD Cited As An Example Of "Institutional Racism"

11% of Student Population Is African-American
Less Than 2% of District Workforce Is African-American

“We don’t study the staff by ethnicity, but we do try to recruit minorities to the district through visits to local colleges and participation in career fairs.” ~~ Laurel Heiden, GCSD

Spiritus Christi Anti Racism Coalition of Rochester Takes Protests District's Firing Of Black Substitute Teacher


Golisano: Why I'm Leaving New York

I love New York. But how much should it cost to call New York home? Decades of out of control budgets, spending increases and relentless borrowing have made New York simply too expensive.
Politicians like to talk about incentives: incentives for businesses to relocate, incentives to buy local and incentives to make smart decisions. After reviewing the 2009 budget I have identified the most compelling incentive of all: a major tax break immediately available to all New Yorkers. To be eligible, you need only do one thing: move out of New York State.
Last week I spent 90 minutes doing a couple of simple things-registering to vote, changing my drivers license, filling out a domicile certificate and signing a homestead certificate-in Florida. Combined with spending a 184 days a year outside New York these simple procedures will save me over $5 million in NY taxes annually.
That savings doesn't include that Florida has a 6% sales tax compared to NY's 8% or more. Florida has lower utility taxes. Lower gasoline taxes. Or that the Florida homestead certificate guarantees my property taxes will not grow more than 3%.
By moving to Florida I can spend that money on worthy causes like better hospitals, improving education and worthy projects like the Clinton Global Initiative. Or maybe I will continue to invest that money in fighting the status quo in Albany. One thing is certain, that money will not continue to fund Albany's bloated bureaucracy, corrupt politicians or regular handouts to the special interests.
How did we get here in the first place? It all starts with spending, spending and more spending.
(Read rest in comment area)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Strehle & Moscato To Update Walts' Health Care & The CIP


I wanted to let you know that Bev Strehle and I (Greece Citizens In Action) will be on Channel 12 this evening at 8:30 with an update on Walts' health care and the CIP. This program will be rebroadcast on Monday at 7:00 p.m. and at various times next week.

If you think this might be of interest, feel free to post this on SCATS.

Have a great weekend!
Joe Moscato

Athena Student Charged With Assaulting Guard

Daniel Simmons Jr., 18, a senior at Greece Athena High School, will appear in court June 17 in connection with an assault on a school security guard. Simmons was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.

School guard Mike Agostinelli needed four stitches in his face after being struck on May 8, said Edward Knaak, director of security for the Greece Central School District.
~~ D&C

SCATS ~~It took two full weeks for this "news" to come out!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

He Said ... He Said ...

Loszynski ~~ Extra Help May Be Needed Through Summer

Jeff McCann ~~ It's For A Short Time, Maybe A Few Weeks

"We have every expectation we will have money from this year's operating budget to cover these expenses basically through vacancies not filled through the course of the year." ~~ Jeff McCann

There are eight vacancies currently


SCATS ~~ Mr. McCann, I think your nose just grew again! Perhaps it's time to shutdown the GPD and use the Sheriff's services. It's possible we now have MORE investigators on the town's payroll than we have clean cops!

Loszynski & Aide Work Out Of Town Hall

Joseph Loszynski's Pay = $425/day
John Wood's Pay = $375/day
Six additional aides = $325 each/day = $1950/day

GRAND TOTAL = $2750/day
Plus expenses!


SCATS ~~ For this kind of money would it be too much to expect them to actually visit Greece Police HQ?


When Did Rahn Know His Pistol Was Missing? Did He Falsify The Theft Report? Investigation Takes A New Look.

"Rahn had not earlier realized the gun was stolen because he had been home recuperating from broken wrists suffered when he fell while hanging Christmas lights, Parrinello said." ~~ D&C

SCATS ~~ In the movie version of this story, I envision Chevy Chase playing Rahn's part.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Greece town board approved hiring an additional six investigators

"Town leaders say a majority of the retired investigators are from outside Monroe County and are not considered employees of the town." ~~ RNews

SCATS ~~ There must be LOTS more bad news coming to require EIGHT investigators! There go our taxes.

ACLU Seeks All Records Related To Youth Directory

From the D&C ~~

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union has asked the Greece Central School District to provide more information about a directory of mostly Christian-based youth services distributed by the school system last month.

The directory was created and printed by local church groups who are part of the school board's faith community committee. The agency has filed a Freedom of Information request seeking all records, notes and invoices related to the directory.

SCATS ~~ I wonder how much the district's legal fees will be once we're done "defending" Julia's pet religious project ... ?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Budget Passes

3301 YES
1445 NO


Boily (3283), Stenglein (3158), VanOrman (3660) Win BOE Seats


SCATS ~~ A mere 4746 showed up to vote. Is this a new record low? Maybe more importantly, with almost one-third casting a "no" vote when there is no tax increase, is the district hearing the message?

Pignato's Lawyer Wants Media Banned

Files Motion To Keep Pre-Trial Hearings Secret;
Fears molineux ventimiglia hearing will taint future jurors


AFFADAVIT OF Motion To Seal Pre-Trial Hearings

SCATS ~~ I can imagine what other "crimes and bad acts" Pignato might have been party to. Oops, there goes my "extraordinarily negative opinion" again ...


Polls open 6AM - 9PM
At all elementary schools

Greece PD Officer Arrested For Stalking

Officer Christopher Allen arrested May 11th;
faces criminal charges

"Basically the allegations are that he separated from his wife and that over a period of time starting in January this year and it culminated on May 11. He was stalking his wife, calling her repeatedly, going to her house, knocking on the door, and following her to sports events for the kids." ~~ Monroe County DA Mike Green

SCATS ~~ Let's see ... 7 out of 92 sworn officers are now in trouble. Is GPD hiring yet?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Editorial ON GPD Calls For Outside Remedy To Ails

"The district attorney’s investigation is a strong start, and it should be absolutely intolerant of any delay, equivocation or political interference on the part of Greece officials ... For Greece to be given a clean bill of health, it has to come from outside Town Hall." ~~ Editorial by Benjamin Wachs

SCATS ~~ Ut-oh! John Auberger will have to get "I am him" to write a response claiming Ben is full of beans and John is insulted ;)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Point ... Counterpoint ...


Anonymous said...
Before you think that I'm another "Mr. Greece Central", establishment-hugger, please know that there is NOTHING farther from the truth. That being said, the fact is that both Joe and Charlie quit prior to completing elected terms.
Citing Charlie's own words, "They spit on the vote." Those that voted for them to carry forward their oppositional agenda (I use the term without is what they were elected to do...shake things up) were left with nothing. nada.
It doesn't matter what the reasons for abandoning their constituents were. It doesn't change the fact that they did.
Additionally, if CARE could get their folks elected without Boily's war chest once, then they can do it again. The problem is: nobody cares anymore. People are worn out from broken promises and ineffective "cures".
The point that I'm trying to make is that the "winds for change" seem to have stopped blowing in Greece. The community's mantra has become, "We suck, and it's ok because the Police department sucks worse."
I mourn that sad fact. Greece was once a great community and school system.
5/17/2009 11:41 AM

SCATS said...
To 11:41AM ~~ You wrote: "It doesn't matter what the reasons for abandoning their constituents were." I disagree, especially in the case of Joe Moscato. By resigning early, he was better able to obtain "the truth" as a citizen filing FOIL requests than as a BOE member. To this day (a year later!), it appears to me that he is continuing to work for his constituents on the Walts' health care issue.
Regarding: "Additionally, if CARE could get their folks elected without Boily's war chest once, then they can do it again." I tend to agree with this. Many people would do whatever CARE told them to do if they were given that "guidance." I attribute that to the fact that many people came to trust CARE.
Regarding: "The problem is: nobody cares anymore. People are worn out from broken promises and ineffective "cures"." Yes and no. SOME people don't care any more. Some believe there's no one they can really trust. The bigger problem is that it takes FIVE VOTES to accomplish anything on the BOE. Sadly, CARE's elected voices often found themselves on different pages even when they had the same goals. Other times, CARE backed people they never should have trusted! They were easily duped by words and chose to ignore previous track records of some of their candidates. In reality, people rarely change and when they do, it's usually in small ways, not in complete philosophies. CARE trusted the wrong people much too often. It's their dysfunction as a group.
Regarding: "The community's mantra has become, "We suck, and it's ok because the Police department sucks worse.' " I think they believe we "suck" because: an audit showed a corrupt school district, we have buildings falling down, we have a former Supt. and his pals getting away with criminal acts, we have cops who have been getting away with criminal acts, we have politicians who refuse to address their constituents aside from shaking hands with the elderly, we have a town council who ALWAYS says "yes" to Auberger, we had an assessor who ripped us off but our taxes remain the same while he is serving time in prison ... yada, yada, yada. 5/17/2009 12:49 PM

Armed Robbery Near Northgate Plaza On Sat.

The D&C reports:
Three people in a car were robbed by a man with a gun in Greece this morning, Greece police said.
No one was injured during the incident, which occurred at about 10 a.m. near 3825 Dewey Ave.
The suspect fled the scene, police said.
Police are continuing to investigate the armed robbery.

SCATS ~~ This happened May 16th, according to the byline. Googling the address shows it to be the address of Wendy's across from Northgate Plaza. This "story" leaves me wondering about a lot of things. Another crack reporting job, NOT.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Robach, Auberger and the Land Of Make Believe ...

On Friday May 15th, Joe Robach told a Greece community group: "At least we live in an area where things don't get swept under the rug."

Today, John Auberger responds to a recent editorial about the GPD by writing: "I found the recent column by Denise-Marie Santiago, which portrayed our entire police department as "anything but a place where residents can feel secure," as not only inaccurate but an insult to the department and the officers who are dedicated to serving our town."

SCATS ~~ As we can clearly see, despite ongoing scandals and corruption, Greece leadership's views remain as they always have. Whenever someone dares to state the truth to the public, "the powers that be" come forth to downplay it and make it into an "inaccurate" personal attack on themselves, thereby deflecting the focus from the actual issues. It's symptommatic of the dysfunction that plagues our town government, school district, police force and fire deptartment. By calling the obvious ails "inaccurate" Auberger hopes to silence his critic/s while getting away with portraying them as liars. Nice, huh?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tuesday Is Board Elections & Budget Vote

Tuesday, May 19, voters will decide on a $195,486,351 budget proposal and elect three Board of Education candidates. Polls will be open from 6AM - 9PM at each of the elementary schools. This year's budget will not increase taxes. There are four candidates running for school board. They are:

Roger Boily
Joe Grinnan
AnnMarie Stenglein
Julia VanOrman

SCATS endorses Joe Grinnan for the BOE
SCATS recommends a"NO" vote on the budget

This endorsement is based upon dissatisfaction under BOE leadership with Boily/VanOrman at the helm. Mr. Grinnan's performance during Candidate's Night showed him to be the only alternative worth pulling a lever in favor of. If you can't vote for Joe, then at least please consider NOT pulling the lever for Roger Boily. He's the individual responsible for hiring Schwab, Rahn AND Achramovitch, jeopardizing every aspect of our community's future with ongoing scandals, corruption and wasted money.

The recommended budget vote is due to many factors, not the least of which is that this budget fails to provide equitable educational opportunities at ALL district schools while continuing to waste millions on unnecessary bussing for a minority of students.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

GPD Investigation Widens To Schamerhorn

Nov. Accident Involving Off-Duty City Cop Getting Review

Couple Claim Other Driver Was Drunk, Staggering

Schamerhorn Claimed Cop Was "Sleepy"


SCATS ~~ Sgt. #4 is now in deep doo-doo.

Dobson Resigning County Legislature Job

From Greece Post:
County Legislator Doug Dobson announced Thursday he will be resigning his position effective June 30. Dobson, a Republican, has served on the Legislature since 1998 and cannot seek re-election due to term limits.
In his letter to County Legislature President Wayne Zyra, Dobson said increasing work demands as a vice president of Optimation Technology Inc. and the chief operating officer of Optimation Industrial Services led him to retire.
“I would like to thank the voters of the 7th District for having confidence in my ability to represent them as their legislator,” Dobson stated in a prepared release. “I am proud to have been a partner with County Executive Maggie Brooks and a member of the County Legislature’s Republican Majority.”
The 7th Legislative District covers the northern half of Greece, along with a portion of Charlotte in Rochester.
Dobson was first appointed to the legislature in 1998 and was elected the following year. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2005. He is currently vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the vice-chairman of the Agenda/Charter Committee.

SCATS ~~ The trend continues!

Maloney Faults Auberger for Lack of Responsibility

Press Release* responds to Auberger's statement that "Justice has been served."

“It is time for John Auberger to come clean with the citizens of Greece and take responsibility for his part in the scandals that have brought disgrace on our once proud town. For justice to truly be served John Auberger needs to be held accountable for his actions.” ~~ Dan Maloney, Dem. Candidate, Greece Supervisor

* Read the entire Press Release in the Comments Area

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


At Monroe County Public Safety Training Center




Does "The Time" Match The Crime?

Nick Joseph Convicted
of 7 Charges Including
4 Felonies Received A Sentence of 3 to 7 Yrs.:

Charge 1 - Vehicular assault ~~ 1 – 3 years
Charge 2 - Assault ~~ 2 years
Charge 3 - Assault ~~ 2 years
Charge 4 – Leaving the scene ~~ 1 1/3 – 4 years
Charge 5- DUI ~~ 1 year
Charge 6- Cocaine possession ~~ 1 year
Charge 7- Perjury ~~ 1 – 3 years

(Some charges run concurrent while others run consecutively)

During the sentencing, "Judge Affronti said the evidence against Joseph was "overwhelming and staggering."

"Any law abiding citizen would have remained at the scene. You (Joseph) consciously fled in the dead of night, knowing exactly what you were doing. You were speeding, drank alcohol and ingested cocaine. Your flight constitutes the most egregious transgression that evening. That flight in my opinion was the epitome of selfishness. You only cared about yourself," the judge said. "You obviously did not commit just one solitary error in judgment." Affronti says Joseph's acts were "extreme and calculating."

The judge said he "did not accept or believe your [Joseph's] amnesia defense...those defenses were preposterous, and you never considered the welfare of those you left behind."


SCATS ~~ Given Affronti's harsh words and given the crimes committed, does Nick Joseph's sentence of 3 to 7 years seem about right, too little or too much?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BOE Blasted For Failure To Diversify Workforce, Not Embracing Diversity

Complaints Heard About:
* Lack Of Action Against Those Who Bully Gay Students
* Youth Services Directory
* Lack of Diversity Among Teaching Staff
* Lack of Diversity In Lottery Schools

"We really love when the community comes out to speak to us." ~~ BOE Prez. VanOrman

SCATS ~~ And we really love when you start a BOE meeting with a bedtime story. It sets the mood for what's to come after ... (snoring ...) Did anyone take root in their seat?



Left Court In Handcuffs;
Will serve 2 1/3 yrs. minimum

Judge Affronti ~~ "any law abiding citizen would have remained at the scene. You (Joseph) consciously fled in the dead of night knowing exactly what you were doing. You were speeding, drank alcohol and ingested cocaine. Your flight constitutes the most egregious transgression that evening. That flight in my opinion was the epitome of selfishness. You only cared about yourself."

Attorney Lawrence Andolina ~~ "Joseph has been punished. He lost his job, his health care and can no longer support his family."

Nick Joseph ~~ "I'm 44 years old. I never hurt anyone in my life. It's devastating. I have deep remorse. Every day I pray for the Sharp family."

* Other sources are reporting the sentence is 2 1/3 to 7 years

Al Joseph Video (this is a "must see!")

ADA Sandra Doorley Video

Atty. Larry Andolina Video

John Auberger Statement


Grand Jury INDICTS PIGNATO In 2nd Bribery Case

"Where ARE the Parents?"

They've Been Out-Sourced!

Lice Treatments
Potty Training
Car Seat Installations
Child Psychology


SCATS ~~ Can out-sourcing pregnancy, labor & delivery be far behind?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Text Messaging Cops Tried To Locate Documents Before Shredding

* Forensics Lab Trying To Piece Together Shredded Documents

* Investigators Know Which (Some) Documents Destroyed

* Rahn, Ball & Mackin Texted A Lt. Asking If Certain Files Were On His Desk

* Chief's Missing Service Revolver Case Will Also Be Scrutinized;
Never Reported It Stolen But It Showed Up In A Crack House 9 Yrs Ago

SCATS ~~ This just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? If I wrote a book about this case, it would have to be fiction. No sane person would believe all this craziness really happened!

Speakers Sought To Share Experiences of Racism In GCSD With BOE

Anonymous said...
From Ms. Myra Brown in an email sent to me earlier today. Posted with her consent.

Thank you. I am planning to meet with Megan Mcdermott next week regarding this story. We are still looking for parents who live in Greece who would be willing to sign up to speak at Tuesdays board meeting to ask about the perception and experience of racism in the district especially since the John Niles story has hit the papers. We are not wanting them to put themselves or their childrens education at risk. It has to be a Greece resident who speaks and our goal is simply to have it raised as a question in the room in the presence of those of us who will be present as supporters. Do you know of anyone who would sign up to give a simple line like the one I described above. I could help them frame it in a way that seems curious as opposed to confrontational if that's helpful.


5/11/2009 6:43 PM

Dems. Running Full Slate In Greece Elections

Dan Maloney, 46, (a machine repairman at Delphi Corp. and president of UAW Local 1097) is running against incumbent Town Supervisor John Auberger; Calls Greece a "laughingstock" due to numerous scandals

JOE MOSCATO Joins Karen Byfield, Shawn Lavin & Karl Nielson For Town Board Slots

William King Jr & Deborah A. Indivino Seek Town Justice Positions


Recent Legal Costs Exceed $72,000

District Posts PDF Files Of Bills

Special Ed Cases Keep Lawyers Busy

Employee Cases Include :
John Jakobovic Litigation
3020A proceedings Re: Jeffrey Hoffman
Article 78 Proceeding Involving Douglas Vandine

Hockey Coach Debacle (it cost us a bundle!)

Other Claims Border On The Bizarre:
Billed At $160/hr:
3.20hrs ~~ Research regarding failure of district to follow own policies.
2.40hrs ~~ Research regarding district obligation to follow its own rules.

SCATS ~~ Did we really need to spend $960 to determine whether GCSD broke its policies and if we're obligated to follow them? Didn't BOE members each take an oath saying they would uphold the policies, Constitution and laws? What about those ethics policies they signed?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Street Gangs: NOT Just A City Problem Any More

City of Rochester Has 50 Gangs With 1600 Members

Monroe County Crime Analysis Center estimates that 10 gangs operate in Monroe County suburbs

Signs of gang activity include empty cocaine & marijuana baggies, broken liquor bottles, bullet holes, members hanging out on streets & sidewalks

Greece police have one gang intelligence officer who tracks gang-related incidents that are connected to Greece

Greece police spokesman Lt. Steve Wise said GPD is not aware of any organized gangs like the ones in the city


SCATS ~~ I remember one of the D&C bloggers interviewed on TV while holding a large baggie filled with small drug baggies she found on the ground in her Greece neighborhood. I'm sure it was all just her imagination, right Lt. Wise? I also remember a shooting near Adeline Park where the victim was found dead beneath a tree that had a gang tag on it. NOTHING to worry about at all ;)

BOE Meeting 5/12/09 @6:30PM

(No Exec. Session? They've run out of money to pay the lawyers maybe ... Oh my!)

Board Committee Reports
Finance Committee
Transportation Committee
Audit CommitteeCommunity Faith

Supt's Reports
EXCEL Project Update
Facilities Plan
K-5 Music Update
Social Promotion Update

Old Business
No Items (You can't be serious?! What about A-PAC swaying in the wind, Walts' health care, schools of choice, open enrollment, drinking-on-the-job policies, to name a few?)

Financial Oversight
Finance - Treasurer's Report & Budget Revenue Status Report
Resource Report & Medicaid Billing Report
Approval of 2009-10 Capital Project List
Approval of External Independent Auditor
Acceptance of Independent Internal Audit Report - Disbursements Exam

Second Read 5635 Policy Energy Management

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Do Rude Reporters Contribute To The Demise Of A Newspaper?

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I exchanged several e-mails with Meagan (D&C) yesterday. This is a copy of her last email to me:

I'm not sure why you think mendacious boorishness will sway me to your agenda.

Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writer
Democrat and Chronicle
55 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester NY 14614
(585) 258-2399

This was the way she chose to respond to statistics about the racial injustice involved with school of choice. Now that's what I call good journalism. Either dig to get the story, or keep Greece officials happy. Meg never disappoints does she! 5/09/2009 12:28 PM

SCATS ~~ Maybe this gives us a glimmer as to why our PD, town govt, assessor and school district have all gotten away with their scandals and corruption for so long.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Tick ... Tick ... Tick ...

Today marks completion of the two week's of "breathing room" Joe Loszynski requested from media to begin the internal investigation into GPD. Will he update us? We're waiting ...

Candidate's Night

Greece Candidates Night will be broadcast on Cable 12 west at the following times:

Friday May 8 @7 pm
Tuesday May 12 After School Board meeting (if received) otherwise @8 pm
Friday May 15 @7 pm
Monday May 18 @8 pm

School District "Security" Cameras ...

Area districts have expended millions of dollars installing this pricey technology. Sadly, we hear about them being used to figure what happened AFTER some tragedy, instead of hearing how they stop trouble before it starts. The suicide at Canandaigua serves as just another example. It tells the story AFTER it has ended.

Do these cameras bring any measure of true "security" to schools that buy & install them?
With no one monitoring the action, do they really prevent trouble?
Or are they only useful AFTER the fact to decide who to punish?
If we are going to buy the technology, shouldn't we hire someone to watch what the cameras "see" even if it's only part-time?

I want to hear from teachers, parents and students. I'm sure each has a bit different perspective on this.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Racism & Lottery Schools : Letter Found On Craigslist

Copy of a letter sent to both the Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition and D&C reporter Meagan McDermott:

To Whom It May Concern,

I have recently been made aware of alleged racist behavior on the part of Greece Central School District. In addition to these claims, I wish to make your office aware of other racist activity toward certain demographics in the Town of Greece, NY. I won't bother you with my thoughts on the matter, as they will probably become quite evident through the statistics I wish to present you with. Please take a moment to view the following statistics:

Racial/Ethnic Origin
American Indian or Alaska Native- 0%
Black or African American-3%
Hispanic or Latino-2%
Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander-2%

Eligible for Free Lunch-6%
Eligible for Reduced-Price Lunch-5%

Racial/Ethnic Origin
American Indian or Alaska Native- 0%
Black or African American-11%
Hispanic or Latino-9%
Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander-2%

Eligible for Free Lunch-33%
Eligible for Reduced-Price Lunch-19%

Now with any luck these statistics have gotten your attention. These simply describe the demographics of two K-5 schools in the Town of Greece. One of these schools routinely boasts state test scores far superior to the other. Would you care to guess which one? Right, it's Pinebrook Elementary. On the surface one might shrug this off saying to themselves, "One just has a better environment to learn in". This is probably true in many regards, however, what if I were to tell you that Pinebrook is what's called a "lottery school"? A lottery school in Greece is one that's (allegedly) needs to be applied to. A parent places their child on a list of hopefuls, and the district holds a lottery deciding who gets to attend. When the "lottery" is held... no one knows. Where the "lottery" is held... no one knows. Can we see the "lottery" take place in person... Absolutely not. The fact is even seeing it in person would not eliminate the wrong doings in regard to the segregation taking place in Greece.

There are a total of 20 schools in Greece, three of which are "lottery schools". I could continue to present you with similar statistics showing the demographic differences between our "lottery schools" and those the "other" kids attend. In doing so, you would continue to see similar gaps in the same categories. Bare in mind, the Longridge Elementary school used in this example was not the furthest I could reach in that regard. Take Parkland Elementary School for example:

Racial/Ethnic Origin
American Indian or Alaska Native- 0%
Black or African American-26%
Hispanic or Latino-9%
Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander-3%

Eligible for Free Lunch-45%
Eligible for Reduced-Price Lunch-9%

Trust me, I could go on and on. My question to you is: Does this seem just? Should we as a community have to take this? The problem is with so many of us having children within the district, frankly were worried about speaking out against those in control. It is a well known (and denied) fact that those in power (Board of Education members, Town Officials, District Employees, ect.) seem to always win the school "lottery" for their children, and as a result get quite agitated when these facts are brought up. At the end of the day my children are innocent in this, and I will not place them in harms way for this issue. So I'm turning to your office. Is there anything that you can do to help stop this seemingly racist and elitist tyranny that is the Greece Central School District? Please, I'm not sure where else to look for help.

Yours Truly,
Parent Looking For Justice

P.S. The statistics I've written here are facts. Those and others like them can be found at: just go under the Accountability and Overview Report section for each school.

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Suicide Prevention Ramped Up In Local Schools

Linda Binion, coordinator of student services in the Greece school district, said educators need to make sure suicide isn't glamorized.

Binion said Greece uses extensive suicide prevention initiatives, including educating students and staff about warning signs for at-risk students.

Greece faculty made sure their presence was more visible Wednesday to help any students who needed support. (Please translate this!)

"When something occurs in a neighboring district," Binion said, "you become even more vigilant."


SCATS ~~ Faculty is either on the job or not. Specifically, how did Greece teachers make themselves "more visible" on Wednesday?

Sgt. Ball Wants His Job Back, Too

"A Greece police sergeant suspended last month amid allegations of document shredding was not involved in any shredding of documents, according to his attorney. In a letter to Greece Supervisor John Auberger, lawyer Peter C. Nelson, who represents Sgt. Brian Ball, demanded Wednesday that his client be reinstated to his position." ~~ D&C

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Trooper Hurt In 390 Crash In Greece

Lt. Brian Uhrmacher (acting chief!) of the Greece PD reports there were no serious injuries


SCATS ~~ I wonder if Uhrmacher asked Schamerhorn's opinion on whether the accident was "serious?"

Rush-Henrietta Schools Surveying Parent's Satisfaction

Online Survey Gives Parents Opportunity To Provide Input & Feedback On the Job The Schools Are Doing

SCATS ~~ Why doesn't GCSD ask parents for input about their personal experiences? We haven't done this sort of survey since Dr. Graham left Greece to become R-H's Supt!

Former Sub Teacher Files Discrimination Suit Against GCSD

This Case & Racial Issues In GCSD To Be Discussed Tonight

Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition ~~ discussion of John Niles' claims & other racial issues in the Greece Central School District
When: 6:30 p.m. today
Where: Spiritus Christi Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St.
Details: (585) 325-1180


Tuesday, May 05, 2009



*** UPDATED *** (Noon 5/6/09)
Charges Against Pignato

Charged with allegedly coercing a second woman into performing a sex act with him ~~
Arraigned on charges of bribery of a public servant, second-degree coercion, official misconduct and criminal trespass ~~ News10NBC

Roderick Scott To Be Arraigned Thurs ~~

Parrinello Demands Rahn's Reinstatement; claims accusations against Rahn are "unfounded, uninformed and unfair." ~~ Story

Monday, May 04, 2009

Moscato Gives Evidence Of Walts/Imon/Johnson Alleged Larceny

Read all about it

SCATS ~~ The MOU's state they are "For the benefit of the Greece Central School District ... " Could someone explain that "benefit" please??

1400 Arcadia Students Get "Detention" Notice

Voice mail blasts Monday evening reminded students, staff they have to serve detention Tuesday

All were in error & corrected via a new voicemail


SCATS ~~ Can anyone in Greece do their job correctly?

Brookside Parents Banned After Dropping In

Couple Approached Teacher & Principal For Test Results

Head of Security Sends Warning Letter ~~ "Your conduct was alarming to staff, who considered it intimidating and disruptive. I am notifying you that you are no longer allowed to approach Mrs. Marquez, Dr. Bentley or any other Brookside staff without calling in advance to make an appointment. We will immediately contact the police if you approach staff members in the parking lot. We regret having to restrict your access to the building, but we have no other choice due to the circumstances of today's actions.”

Mother Protests On Sidewalk To Prevent Arrest

“They encourage parent working with school to ask more question, ask question, as much question as you can to get to know the program, and that's what I did. And this is what I get?” ~~ parent Han Vu

SCATS ~~ That outta teach them (and others) to NOT get involved in their child's education! ;)

Dem. Supervisor Candidate Takes Auberger To Task

Monday, May 4, 2009
Press Release
Greece Town Supervisor Candidate Takes Auberger To Task

Greece, NY - May 4, 2009:
Today, Dan Maloney, the Democratic candidate for supervisor of the Town of Greece, NY, issued a statement in response to the New York Law Enforcement Accreditation Council’s January 2009 report about the town of Greece’s police hiring practices. The Democrat and Chronicle published a story on the town’s hiring practices on May 3, 2009 titled “Greece police hiring faulted “. The story details the conclusions contained in the NYLEAC report. The report states that the hiring practices of current town administration, led by Greece Supervisor John Auberger, were so deficient that NYLEAC refused to provide accreditation of the Greece Police Department. (Please read the rest inside the comments area.)

SCATS ~~ I'm told that Maloney is NOT related to the Maloney who works for GCSD. Dan Maloney's father Jim was Director of Catholic Family Services here in Rochester for nearly 20 years. Yes, he is President of UAW Local 1097, and is described as a family man with 4 sons and a granddaughter.

GCSD Youth Directory To Be Topic For MCPearl Meeting

"Does the Greece Youth Directory Sponsor Religion? If So, What Will We Do About It?" ~~ MCPEARL

MCPEARL Biennial Meeting
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 @7:30PM
Downstairs Meeting Room
Brighton Town Hall
2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, N.Y. 14618

SCATS ~~ Interesting to see that Jody Siegle seeks nomination to this group's Board of Directors!

D&C Blogger Graduates Greece Citizen's Police Academy

"Say what they may about my police department…I am proud to say I am a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy. I spent the last eight weeks gaining insight into our local police force. As part of the program we had the opporunity to tour such places as the 911 Center, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Monroe County Facility (aka jail on the MCC Campus) and my favorite—firing weapons at the range. Fot someone who has never seen a bullet or fired a weapon, I was amazed at the power in even such a small gun as the beretta. I wondered how a 15 year old child could hold such a powerful weapon and fire with such expertise to injure Officer Diponzio. Perhaps his parents should have kept a closer eye on his school work and he would not have learned how to fire a weapon. At our last class we learned about the Economic Crime Unit. This program is offered twice a year by the Greece Police Department and I would highly recommend that every citizen take the class. I truly enjoyed the eight weeks and wish it had been longer. I am now awaiting my opportunity to do a community ride along which should also be a leaning experience." ~~ RebeccaJ

SCATS ~~ I think this is something all of us should sign up to do! But who will run it with Sgt. Brian Ball on suspension? I got to admit I'm a bit surprised they let "citizens" fire police weapons. Sounds expensive and like a liability issue waiting to happen.

Teachers Can Get Summer School For Free

Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RAC-CEMS) offers K-12 math & science teachers opportunities at local colleges


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Three Meetings In Three Days

05/04/2009 ~~ Audit Committeee Meeting, 4:00PM, Rm E40, Apollo

05/05/2009 ~~ Budget Public Hearing, 6:30PM, Exec. Session, 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining.

05/06/2009 ~~ Community Budget Meeting, 7PM, Olympia High School, large cafeteria

SCATS ~~ Isn't it a moot point to have a "Community Budget Meeting" when the budget is a done deal?

Politics In Hiring Practices Hurt GPD

Accreditation delayed & nearly lost this year due to sloppy record keeping (Where have we heard about sloppy records before? Oh yeah! The GCSD Comptroller's audit!)

"Oral interviews are currently conducted by the Town of Greece Supervisor and no written policies are contained in the General Orders. The Greece Police Department is not involved in the interview process." ~~ NY State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council (No wonder the right hand hasn't met the left hand!)

"Pignato was hired by Auberger based on my recommendation. I told Auberger, in front of Pignato ... 'If he screws up, fire him.'" ~~ John Parrinello

Auberger claims he wasn't solely responsible for hiring Pignato & Joseph


Accreditation Report

SCATS ~~ Well Mr. Auberger, YOU are solely responsible for hiring Mr. Loszynski and he's just another politically connected hire! Several sources tell me that Loszynski & Bob Weisner (Mother Maggie's hubby, a retired cop) are described as longtime friends. Loszynski came "recommended" by Weisner. I'm also told that Loszynski's son works in the Monroe County Public Safety Dept. It's nice to keep it ALL in the family. All of this begs the question ~~ WHO is running Greece? Is it Maggie or John?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Woman Sues GPD, Town For "Excessive Force"

Suit Against Sgt. Schamerhorn, Town of Greece, Chief Rahn Alleges She Was Subjected To Excessive Force & Fondling

Schamerhorn Previously Sued In Similar Case

The Sgt. Determined The Nick Joseph Accident Wasn't "Serious Enough" For Indepth Investigation


Friday, May 01, 2009

Greece BOE Candidates

Julia VanOrman ~~ Ballot Position #1

Ms. VanOrman is seeking her second term on the Board of Education. An 11-year resident of Greece, she resides on Red Spruce Lane with her husband, Scott. They have two sons, Zack, a ninth-grader at Athena High School, and Eli, a seventh-grader at Athena Middle School.

Ms. VanOrman works for the Regional Community Asthma Network as a Coalition Project Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services from Keuka College. Ms. VanOrman is a Certified Asthma Educator AE-C, a member of the Greece Education Foundation Board of Directors, a former Greece Council Parent-Teacher Association president, and is the recipient of the Jane Skrypek Volunteer Award.

When asked why she is running for the Board of Education, Ms. VanOrman said: “I have served on the Greece Central School District Board of Education for the past three years. I am currently the School Board President. I ran and am running again because I love children and have advocated on their behalf for many years. I currently have two boys in our schools. During my three year term I have worked hard with my fellow Board members to create initiatives, policies, and procedures that make sure the mistakes of the past are not repeated going forward. I believe it is vital in these changing economic times to offer an excellent public education while being fiscally responsible to the community that supports it. I have tried to be open and transparent doing board business. I have regularly attended trainings at the local and state level to increase my board skills so I can provide the necessary leadership and oversight. We must continue to strive for academic success while managing our school budget efficiently and effectively. I believe I bring experience and continuity to the board.”

AnnMarie Stenglein ~~Ballot Position #2

Ms. Stenglein is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. A seven-year resident of Greece, she resides on Torrey Pine Drive with her husband, Thomas. Her step-daughter, Caitlin, is an 11th-grader at Athena High School and her step-son, Jeffery, is a 10th-grader at Athena. Her son, Trevor, is pre-school age.

Ms. Stenglein works for IBM as WorldWide Go To Market Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in computer programming from Empire State College. Ms. Stenglein is a Biltmore Who’s Who Gold Member, is the secretary of the Athena High School Parent-Teacher-Student (PTSA) Association, is a Parent Advisory Group Member at Care-a-lot North, and serves as the Program Lead of the IBM Mentorship Program.

When asked why she is running for the Board of Education, Ms. Stenglein said: “I have lived in the Greece Central School District for seven years. I currently serve as the Secretary of the Greece Athena High School PTSA and a member of the Parent Advisory Group at Care-a-Lot North. I have worked to support the Greece Athena High School Booster Club, as well as the Greece Thunder Hockey Booster Club. While growing up, I was provided many opportunities to learn both in school and through extracurricular activities. I want to ensure that all of the children in the Greece School District are provided similar opportunities to grow and develop while attending school in Greece. I want to give back to the community by dedicating my time and talents to improve the school district and its reputation throughout New York State.”

Roger Boily ~~ Ballot Position #3

Mr. Boily is seeking his second term on the Board of Education. A 43-year resident of Greece, he resides on Flynn Road with his wife, Judy. They have two adult sons who graduated from Olympia High School and five grandchildren who currently attend Greece schools.

Mr. Boily is a retired Greece teacher and also previously served as Greece Town Supervisor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the State University College at Brockport. Mr. Boily is a member of the Town of Greece Youth Board, he is a Greece Rotarian, he serves as a volunteer driver for the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf,and is the recipient of numerous community service awards including Greece Chamber Citizen of the Year, Greece Central School District/SUNY Brockport Friend of Education, and the SUNY Brockport Alumni Association Service Award.

When asked why he is running for the Board of Education, Mr. Boily said: “I ran for the Board of Education three years ago because I believed there was too much discord among members. Students were not the highest priority. Now, while there are disagreements, debates are civil, and the public is also treated in a civil manner. Each school has now set improvement goals and students are the Board’s main focus. The district is working to improve test scores and graduation rates. The public has been included on a variety of committees including; Transportation, Finance, Communications, and Community Faith. We must continue to work as a Board and community to ensure that every child receives a quality education and that tax dollars are utilized wisely.”

Joe Grinnan ~~ Ballot Position #4

Mr. Grinnan is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A 36-year resident of Greece, he resides on Everwild Lane with his wife, Jeanne. Their children, Laura and Joe, graduated from Arcadia High School.

Mr. Grinnan is retired from Eastman Kodak and previously worked as senior auditor for the Inspector General’s Office in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College. Mr. Grinnan is an Umpire with Central & Western New York Board of Woman’s Sports and serves as an Enumerator with U.S. Census.

When asked why he is running for the Board of Education, Mr. Grinnan said: “I believe that my understanding of policy development and oversight of business and management operation qualifies me for the Board of Education. As the Business Operations Manager at Eastman Kodak’s Imaging Products & Systems within the government division, I advocated for continuous improvement. Through my efforts, my organization implemented numerous changes to the division’s policies, procedures, and processes. I instituted comprehensive changes to the division’s sales and earnings reporting process presenting data in a clear concise manner allowing management greater overview of the division’s financial status. As senior auditor for the Inspector General’s Office (US Department of State), I authored 14 major audit reports included in the Semiannual Report to Congress. These reports made significant recommendations to improve the operations within the Department and our embassies. My goal is to establish an academic committee to develop programs committed to improving the graduation rate and reducing the dropout rate.”