Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Under the Radar? Jeff McCann vs Jo Meleca-Voigt

19th District Monroe County Legislature Race

We know quite a bit about Jeff McCann from his positions as Deputy Supervisor in Greece and in the Monroe County Legislature since 2003.

But who is Jo Meleca-Voigt? Yes, I know she is a Greece teacher and an outspoken advocate for gay & lesbian rights. Her bios say she favors openness & transparency, but that doesn't translate into what she plans to do if elected.

What does Meleca-Voigt stand for?

What does she want to accomplish, if elected?

When GTA marched in early September, did she participate? Why or why not?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Home Burglary Ring Busted With 3 Arrests

 
A dozen homes in Irondequoit, 4 in Greece and 1 Parma entered after no one answered a knock on the door

"It was thousands of dollars worth of property, you're talking twenty homes that we can prove, which means there are probably more than that ... We had somebody who was on the ball. Saw something that didn't look right, and made a call to 911." ~~ Lt. Phelan, GPD

STORY

SCATS ~~ 12 + 4 + 1 = 20? Hmm ...using this new kind of math helps explain how Greece became one of America's "Safest Towns," I guess. And to think that his daddy was Prez. of the Greece BOE!
 

Are Auberger, Loszynski & Green Trying To Close Rahn's Hearing?

 
Anonymous said...
I get lots of information from Republican insiders and have been a supporter of John Auberger in the past.

The Town Republican party is in disarray and split into two distinct factions - Auberger Republicans and Riley/Boily Republicans. Because of the police scandal, one faction asked Auberger to resign and not seek reelection. The reason for this is obvious. Auberger refused to step down in spite of local pressure as well as county pressure.

Regarding the upcoming Rahn hearing on the 13th and 14th of October, Auberger, Joe Loszynski (that's right, he's still here) and DA Mike Green are pressuring the appointed hearing officer to close the Rahn hearing, citing that public disclosure of certain facts would compromise the criminal case against Rahn. Let's all hope and pray that they fail in this endeavor.


The last thing Auberger wants is Rahn's side of the story to be heard two weeks before the November election.   9/29/2009 12:35 PM

SCATS ~~ If this is true, community members need to call Auberger & DEMAND this hearing being held in the open!

Rahn's Public Hearing Begins In 2 Weeks

  
<< ---- NEW POLL

WILL YOU BE THERE?

WHY or WHY NOT?

How long do you think the hearing will last? A week? Two weeks?

Can he save his job again?

 

7,000 Greece/Hilton Kids Get Free Dictionaries To Take Home

$10,000 state grant provides dictionaries in third year of a five-year program to deliver them to all third-graders in the two school districts.

"We now have a school full of students with access to a resource they might not have had."  ~~ Craig Hill principal Melissa Pacelli

STORY

SCATS ~~ But who will teach them how to use them? Have these kids learned how to alphabetize? Will spelling count now? Don't they still have spell-check on their computers?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Listen-Up, GTA!

 
Obama Wants Longer School Days & School Year,
To Improve Academic Performance & Global Competition

STORY

SCATS ~~ There go our school taxes again!
  

Nicolo Restitution Hearing Delayed

The D&C reports:

Nicolo claims he couldn't hear judge during videoconference;
But prison counselor with him heard just fine

Judge says Nicolo may have to be transported to hearing in Rochester;
But Nicolo said his poor health may prevent it

“Mr. Nicolo, you said you can’t hear and you don’t want to cooperate with this proceeding so we are finished. This will not go away... I can’t envision us going to him, as much fun as that would be.”  ~~ U.S. District Judge David Larimer

Cable Ch12 Meeting Schedule

 
Joe Moscato's Braddock Bay Press Conference will air on Cable 12 tonight at 7:00PM

His Town Hall Meeting (held last week) will air Tuesday night at 8PM
  

Congratulations Colleen DiVencenzo !!

  
CONGRATULATIONS to Odyssey Academy Senior, Colleen DiVencenzo, who was named a semifinalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. Colleen is the only semifinalist from the Greece District.

SCATS ~~ Finally, some good news about academics!
 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Won't Vote For John Auberger ...

  
Reason #10 ~~ Auberger ALWAYS Takes Credit For Any "Good News" Item ... Even If He Had Nothing To Do With It (Ex: Community Center & Library Programs)

Reason #9 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Discuss Town Business At Town Board Meetings (Ex: Agenda items are voted on one after the other without comment)

Reason #8 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Promote Open Govt (Ex: Too many closed door meetings, like on the PEG TV issue)

Reason #7 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Be Honest (Ex: Blaming Rahn for Pignato and Joseph after admitting earlier that he does ALL hiring)

Reason #6 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Meet With or Communicate Directly With Residents (I AM HIM IS NOT HIM!)

Reason #5 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Accept Responsibility For Anything "Bad" That Happens (Ex: Assessor's scandal, GPD scandals)

Reason #4 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Clean-Up Messes Left By Others (Ex: No new assessment done following the Kodak/Assessor's scandal to correct for the problems Schwab created with property values)

Reason #3 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Supervise Top Employees (Ex: Schwab, Rahn, GPD)

Reason #2 ~~ Auberger's Failure To Delegate Responsibility Appropriately (Ex: Insisting That He Hires/Fires Everyone)

AND ...

The #1 Reason Why I Won't Vote For John Auberger Is:



HIS TOTAL

FAILURE

TO LEAD !!
(See examples #2-10 !)

Reminder: Traffic Calming Study Open House Monday

 
Conjoint town/city study seeks to identify ways to calm traffic from Ridge Rd West to Latta Rd. along Dewey Ave.

4 to 7 p.m. on Monday 
Barnard Firehouse
3084 Dewey Ave.
   

In Broad Daylight Behind Town Hall ...

 
A single mother posts to Craig's List that her purse was stolen from her vehicle while she played with her son on the playground. (Posts contains expletives)

AND in Henpeck Park

SCATS ~~ Sounds very bold on the part of these thieves.
 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Football + H1N1 = Perfect Transmission Opportunity

 
Doctors say football field is worst place to be if you want to avoid swine flu

Physical contact + sweat + heavy breathing = "This makes for the perfect opportunity to transmit viruses such as influenza. If you happen to be a football player, and you are sick with the flu, you should not come to school and play in the game simply because it is important for you to be in the game." ~~ Ed Walsh, head of RGH's Infectious Disease unit

Braddocks Marina Operator Wants Town To Help Dredge

Marina operated under contract with Town of Greece has lost 80% of its business

Maloney & Moscato Say Auberger Has Ignored Boaters, Residents

"The town has decided we're not in the dredging business. Dredging is very expensive, benefits only a small number of people — many of whom don't live in town — and isn't permanent." ~~ Jeff McCann, deputy town supervisor
"Small and medium-sized business owners should be given the opportunity to flourish." ~~ Dan Maloney, Dem. candidate for Supervisor who considers it a matter of economic development

STORY

Here's the license agreement Greece made with state DEC to manage the Bay area

The DEC says: "The area has also been designated a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Area by the New York State Department of State and was identified as a priority area in the state's 2002 Open Space Conservation Plan."

The DEC Fact Sheet and Assessment Form ranks Braddocks Bay as Irreplaceable

The DEC Summary on Braddock Bay BCA Management Guidance

SCATS ~~ If we can't afford to dredge the bay, then I think Auberger should end all those picnics, concerts and other events he pays for under the big tent. They only benefit a small group and it isn't permanent. (But hey, I realize that's how he gets his votes ;)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Home-Grown Political Blooper of Historic Proportions

New York Gov. David Paterson

“I did not sign up for this.

I wanted to be lieutenant governor.

I had this grand plan that
Hillary Clinton was going
to become president. 

Maybe the governor
would appoint me to the Senate.”

SCATS ~~ I'm speechless!

Town's Stewardship Over Braddock Bay Questioned By Joe Moscato

  
Press Conference Points Out:
1 - Braddock Bay levels down to dangerous two-foot depth;
2 - Cites negligence on part of the town of Greece with property owners & boaters;
3 - A $475 million Federal allocation to clean up the Great Lakes is an opportunity for the Town of Greece, with 7 miles of lake front including Braddock Bay, to apply for monies from that allocation to do the necessary clean up without using tax dollars.

Joe Moscato, 2nd Ward Candidate ~~ “Given the very significant questions surrounding Town of Greece’s role as the NY State licensed operator and caretaker to the Braddock Bay area, one must question the process, care, and maintenance denied to this area and the overall negative impact that has occurred as a result."

“I certainly think it’s alarming that Supervisor Auberger has ignored the pleas of property owners and boaters whose requests for action have gone unanswered. The property values have decreased as a result of the lack of access from Braddock Bay. Boat owners cannot gain access to the lake, nor can the Coast Guard gain access to Braddock Bay from Lake Ontario, presenting safety concerns for local boaters and those who moor at Braddock Bay Marina, currently leased and operated by the Town of Greece."

"The environmental impact to the protected species of wildlife, plants, fish, and birds is impacted by the lack of turnover from Lake Ontario, and the run-off from local industrial area contamination to the bay."

“Is it wrong for elected officials to ignore the greatest area of environmental stewardship in all of Monroe County. The long term ramifications and impact of this negligence on the future of Braddock Bay does not go without consequence."

“The Town of Greece has too many unanswered questions. The buck stops with our Town Supervisor, and it’s time he began with answers.”

UPDATE ~~ Update ~~ On the 5:30PM news on WHEC-TV, the Town of Greece responded by saying that maintaining this area with taxpayer money for a 4-5 month boating season doesn't make sense.


SCATS ~~ I don't understand why they bother to plow roads in winter then either, geesh!

Auberger Using Fund Balance To "Cut Taxes" In Election Year

 
Tax rates to fall 2.41% despite $1.6 million spending increase (this means your taxes will go up more in future years!)

$3.2 million of fund balance to be used (this means he will finally spend some of the money you were over-taxed by in the past!)

"This is a hard-times budget, reflecting the current economic conditions not only in Greece, but around the entire state." ~~ John Auberger (Translation ~~ I'm getting worried I might not win the election!)

"To paraphrase a popular union leader and former president, 'That's the people's money, not the government's. Give it back.'" ~~ Dan Maloney (Translation ~~ I know where the money came from & I want it returned! (Dan quoted Ronald Reagan))

70% of budget allocated for public safety & public works

Public hearing on budget on Nov. 17th @6PM

STORY

SCATS ~~ Awww! John got a sudden soft spot in his heart for library funding? Not really. Have you seen the cost of books lately?

Shame On Odyssey's PTSA!!

 
Odyssey PTSA Begins Fundraiser
(from GCSD website)
"Over the past few years the Odyssey Academy PTSA has run a deficit budget to spend-down an unnecessarily large treasury. This year we must return to a balanced, sustainable plan. We either have to increase revenues through fundraisers and membership dues or cut funding of programs and activities. Last year about $10,000 went to programs including: Natural Helpers ($2300), purchase of blank books ($1200), class and staff celebrations ($2500), music and arts and other course enrichment efforts ($3300)."

SCATS ~~  If you had an unnecessarily large treasury, then you ripped-off the many families that raised that money but exited the school BEFORE you spent it. This is not a new practice in GCSD. I saw it years ago when a PTA invested its "unnecessarily large treasury" in CDs from one year to the next. Odyssey parents: Demand accountability from your PTA Officers!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nick Joseph In Trouble For Writing 5 Page Prison Letter To Pignato

(Reported by 13WHAM @ 6PM)

Joseph Broke Rules, Attempted To Circumvent Security

Punished with loss of phone and mail privileges & kept in cell for 23 hrs. each day

Letter intended to warn Pignato about what life in maximum security facility is like.

County Property Taxes Second Highest In US

Top 10 Counties Are ALL IN New York State

Monroe County taxpayers have a median tax bill equal to 2.85% of the median home value in the county

STORY

SCATS ~~ With high taxes, high unemployment, falling population numbers & lowered wages, what impact has all this had on property values in Greece?
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

JOE MOSCATO'S TOWN HALL MEETING

  
READ THE LIVE BLOGGER'S* COMMENTS

























Live Blogger
Comments
Begin at 7:15PM

With Just 41 Days Until Election Day ...




Andrew Conlon's
"Important Message"













He's Campaigning
Door-to-Door!












NO EXPERIENCE ?

NO WAY !!

Meeting Reminders & Editorial Policy Change


READ THE LIVE BLOGGER'S COMMENTS FROM MOSCATO'S MEETING


Candidate Joe Moscato's Town Hall Meeting

7 - 8:30 PM
Greece United Methodist Church
1924 Maiden Ln @ Long Pond Rd
EVERYONE IS WELCOME !

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

EDITORIAL POLICY CHANGE ~~ Given the growing contentious nature of the upcoming elections and given that there are at least two other BLOGS willing to publish the slash and burn vitriole about named citizens who have little to do with any actual "news story," SCATS isn't  publishing comments that sound more appropriate on those other BLOGS. Take your drama and your potential future lawsuits elsewhere. Thank you.

Greece Median Incomes Down 16% In 10 Yrs

Median Household Income Falls 4% Since 2005
C of C Blames Kodak Job Losses

City of Rochester Had 2% Income Growth Since 2005 Despite 14% Decline Since 1999

Census Data Examined in Article

MESSAGE TO GTA: It's time for you folks to get real about negotiations on your side of the table! The days of 4% pay increases are LONG GONE!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Parrinello Preps For Rahn's Hearing, Court Date

 
Court Appearance Scheduled For Oct. 6th
Expects Oct. 13-14th Hearing To Be Public;
May last as long as "a week or two.”
Auberger Could Be Witness For Town, Rahn Both

“At this stage of the game, I believe that Supervisor Auberger will be one of our witnesses. What I don’t get out of cross-examination, then we have a right to call him in our case. Whether Rahn testifies or not, that hasn’t been determined yet.” ~~ John Parrinello, Rahn's Atty.


STORY
 
SCATS ~~ I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DRAMA TO BEGIN!
 

GTA Filing For Conciliation; Wants New Contract

The Sticking Points Are:
Current 90% District Contribution For Health Insurance;
Current Average of 4% Annual Salary Increases

“They need to understand bargaining is a two-way street — so far, it hasn’t been.”  ~~ Don Pallozzi, GTA Pres.

“We have to continue to work together and be at the table together.” ~~ Julia VanOrman, BOE

STORY

SCATS ~~ That's very insightful Julia! Maybe you could share some tea & cookies together at that table ;)

A question to Mr. Pallozzi: Let's assume you got everything GTA asked for. WHAT ARE YOU OFFERING on this "two-way street?"
 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Maloney Wants Comptroller To Audit Town

  
Maloney says the $13 million, or approx. 30% of the total budget, Auberger is holding in reserve funds is twice what the Comptroller recommends.

"The Town of Greece is holding the people's money. And not providing adequate information about the process to taxpayers. This situation is all the more troublesome given the sad state of our economy." ~~ Dan Maloney, Dem.

Deputy Supervisor Jeff McCann says the fund will be closer to 15% of the budget in 2010.
 
STORY
 

He's Serious About This Campaign Business


Well Jack, I agree that lying to residents is serious business!




It says Big Bad John "Immediately met with DA Mike Green to root out corruption"
Did he forget to mention that Green "rebuffed him"?

A palm card featuring Auberger & Bilsky claims they will: "Expand the Quality of Life Programs Greece Residents Rely On - Our library & Community & Senior Center provide over 1500 free and low cost programs."

Did he forget to mention that the Friends of the Greece Public Library raises $50,000+ per year to fund the ADULT & CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS because he keeps their budget too low to include them?

Maybe Greece residents should forget to vote for Jack!
   

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings ...

  
Tuesday Sept. 22
1 ~ Greece School Board Study Session/Business Meeting @6:30PM
Exec. Session @ 5:30PM to discuss employment history of particular person(s).
Agenda Items:
Tenure process
Supt's 2009 - 2010 Goals (I hope landing a NEW JOB is on the list!)

2 ~ Candidate Joe Moscato
Town Hall Style Meeting
EVERYONE IS WELCOME !
Greece United Methodist Church
1924 Maiden Ln @ Long Pond Rd
7 - 8:30 PM

Wed. Sept 23
1 ~ Auberger Announces Pinkalicious Party
Greece Public Library (Main)
3:30PM

2 ~ Greece PTA Council
Indoctrination & Reception
6PM Apollo Cafeteria
RSVP 225-8237
  

Spin ... Spin ... Spin ...

  
Reilich claims Auberger was "rebuffed" by State Police & DA in attempt to get Greece PD investigation started

"People have only learned of these stories as they've been reported in the news: at the moment of the investigation or arrest. As they learn more of these situations over the next couple months, they will understand in greater detail what happened." ~~ GOP chairman William Reilich

Article Examines Suburban Elections In Wake Of Scandals, Etc.

SCATS ~~ If D.A. Mike Green isn't doing his job, MAYBE that should be made an issue, Mr. Reilich! So far, I've heard no complaints from Auberger ;)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

While We Wait For Walmart ...






   ... Here's a sneak peek 
of some of the sights, 
inside & out, 
awaiting us
once it arrives.
If you are easily offended,
do NOT open the link!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Say What!?

 
Does Our Deputy Supervisor Know What He's Talking About?

Regarding the amount of money Auberger has held in reserve accounts:

"Deputy Supervisor Jeff McCann disputes Maloney's figures, but was unable at the time to give the total of the reserve account. But McCann says it is not excessive." ~~ WXXI news

SCATS ~~ How does McCann "know" it's "not excessive" if he doesn't know the amount?
 

When Will Loszynski & His Posse Be Riding Out Of Town?

Well, Mr. Auberger, WHEN??

And why doesn't he have a nameplate for his position as Director of Public Safety and a seat at the Town Board table along with our other important "Directors" -- like Director of Finance or Director of Development?

We were told the internal investigation would be wrapping up around Labor Day. We were told a press conference would be held shortly after that. We were told the criminal investigation would start to unfold via the DA's involvement. That was almost three weeks ago!

What the heck is causing the delay? How much more do we have to pay?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

PTA Seeks Parent Volunteers For Staff Appreciation Day

The Request Is Unappreciated By All

Anonymous said...
" ...I wanted to mention my "favorite" piece of reading material to come home from school this year... so far that is: A request issued to parents, seeking volunteers for the school's staff appreciation day! LOL, are you freaking kidding me!?!? Watch as all the parents looking to get their little angels special attention sign up in droves. Can you say "extortion"? Guess the 80k a year (ie 187 working days if you don't take a single day off), plus their incredible benefits doesn't show enough appreciation, eh? To anyone's knowledge, is their another group of people that are more out of touch with reality than our teachers?"    9/17/2009 5:35 PM

Anonymous said...
"To 5:35--I am one of those "out of touch with reality" teachers. What I guess I am most out of touch with is the fact that there is so much animosity towards us. No wonder students behave the way they do today; they see how their disrespectful, waiting-for-a-handout parents act. I love how the people on this blog complain that it is the fault of the teachers when students do not graduate. Let me tell you, if I didn't get good grades, let alone graduate, my parents would have made QUITE SURE that I studied my little butt off for hours every day to rectify that situation. They would NOT have passed the buck and blamed it on someone else, ESPECIALLY not my teachers! If you wished you had our pay or hours, GO BACK TO COLLEGE AND GET YOUR DEGREE TO BECOME A TEACHER!!! Stop your complaining--and by the way, we don't ask for things from the parents for "appreciation"--the PTA does. The only thing I want from the parents of my students is kids who behave and do their work; i.e., children who value education. Also, those people who make 80+ grand a year are those teachers who have worked for over 25 years--trust me, there are not too many of those left who can stick it out teaching, especially since I read that 50% of teachers don't make it 5 years! After that long in this career, I would say those people have definitely earned it, especially if they have had to deal with the adults on this site as children they had to teach! Can't wait to read your response, SCATS!"
A Proud Teacher Who Happens to Work in Greece   9/17/2009 6:21 PM

Anonymous said...
"6:21, Perhaps people in your line of work, especially in this town, wouldn't receive "so much animosity" if you, as a group, stopped asking for MORE. Let me ask you this: How much is enough? At what dollar/benefit amount will you finally say that you've scratched and dug enough away from taxpayers in our community? Your claim that it's the 25 year veterans make the kind of money mentioned earlier is true, but feel free to mention that it's in return for working half a year... half a year! How does that kind of money translate in terms of "dollars per days worked"? Oh, and by the way, I'm well aware that the PTA is the group pushing the "appreciation day". Is there a bigger group of suck a##es than these people. Have some respect for yourselves as a whole, and tell the PTA to put their efforts in a direction of NEED. I for one would be absolutley embarassed to have this group of 40 year old teachers pets stroking me in a effort to get their kids a leg up on others. Instead, you give them and their kids exactly that, don't you? By the way, since one of the only two things you want from your kids is good behavior, what has your union done to ensure bad behavior is dealt with by the district. I didn't see the signs reading "WE DEMAND GOOD BEHAVIOR FROM OUR STUDENTS" at your recent rally, or any GTA rally for that matter! Poor you, WAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"   9/17/2009 8:39 PM

To the Greece PTAs ~~Can you hear us now?
Neither teachers nor parents want "Staff Appreciation Days"
   

Maloney: Greece Hoardes Taxpayer Money In Reserve Funds

Maloney says the town under-estimates revenues, over-estimates expenses and has accumulated three times the amount the State Comptroller calls appropriate

Maloney claims excess funds for the highway, library & street light funds in addition to the general fund approaches $13 million.

Auberger says $3 million of the reserves will be used to hold taxes down in next year's budget

"They're hoarding money, the taxpayers' money in the town of Greece. Our question is why? Did they expect a rash of lawsuits?" ~~ Dan Maloney, Supervisor candidate (Dem)

"I question my opponent's knowledge of municipal budgeting. He can come out and say what he wants about this or that. But looking at my record, it's been a very conservative, fiscally well run town." ~~ John Auberger, Greece Supervisor (Rep)

WHEC.com

In a different short clip, Auberger said the police chief's position won't be filled until after Rahn's October hearing.

Moscato Plans Informal Town Hall Meeting

 
2nd Ward Candidate Joe Moscato plans to give an introductory statement followed by a round- table question & answer session.

Tuesday Sept. 22
Greece United Methodist Church
1924 Maiden Ln @ Long Pond Rd
7 - 8:30 PM

MPNNow
 

Unshackle Upstate Seeks Reform On Public Employee Contracts

They want to halt automatic pay raises for teachers, cops & other public employees whose contracts expire.

New report asserts that public sector salaries outpace the private sector by 10%;
Benefits are much greater than private employees receive which causes an unfair tax burden

Reform of the Taylor Law & Triborough Amendment is sought.

STORY

The Citizen's Police Academy Picnic's Mystery Guest Was ...

Sgt. Mark Concordia, currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of GPD. He's spent 9 yrs. with the FBI and has trained with the Dept. of Justice and CIA in the field of counter-terrorism. He recently returned to Greece.

Sadly, no one won the prize for a correct guess as to the guest speaker's identity.

Ray Levato might have a story on Ch 10 news tonight, as I'm told he visited with a news crew.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

WGMC's Wine & Jazz Fundraiser Gets Green Light From GCSD Lawyers

 
Recently, I asked how far should zero tolerance policies reach in the Greece School District. I brought up the Wine & Jazz Fundraiser scheduled for Thursday night at the Memorial Art Gallery as an example. I asked : "Should this public service radio station of the district nix the alcohol in keeping with the district's zero tolerance policies?"

Apparently, the BOE asked the Harris Beach law firm for an opinion. I received an email which states that  a written legal opinion from Harris Beach "green lights" the use of wine during this event. It goes on to say:

"The reason given is that the district, while holding the license for the station, does not exercise control over Greece Community Broadcasting, Inc, a non profit organization. Greece Community Broadcasting , Inc. exists for the purpose of raising the necessary funds to keep the station operating via its donations. The district does not provide any funding toward the operation of the station. The fundraiser is not a "workplace event" thus is not covered by our current related district policies on alcohol use."

I find this opinion to be most interesting. Since WGMC resides inside Olympia High School and gets use of district facilities and equipment free of charge, it puts GCSD in a parental role. The station remains there at the pleasure of the school district, sort of like the adult child who returns home and gets to live in the basement rent-free. Since mom & dad own the house, they can make the rules, set a curfew, etc. If the adult child doesn't like the rules, he/she is free to leave. I think the same is true for GCSD who is ultimately responsible for WGMC.

Every hour on the hour during BOE meetings there is an announcement reminding us of that fact: "You're listening to WGMC 90.1FM, a public service of the Greece Central School District."

Could WGMC survive without rent-free facilities in GCSD? Methinks not, just my two cents worth.
  

Defining Greece Today ...

What Word Comes To Mind When You Think Of Greece ?

The ranters over on Monroe Rising characterized it as an act bordering on treason when Dan Maloney referred to Greece as "a laughingstock" given all the recent scandals, corruption and other bad news headlines.

So I'm wondering ...
How would YOU characterize Greece in a word or two?

Out of necessity, Comment Moderation is enacted. You may explain your choice of word and what makes it fitting, but I will not tolerate the name-calling and other juvenile behavior displayed on here a couple of nights ago. If you want your opinion to count (AKA  - see the light of day!), keep it civil !

Public Input Sought On Dewey Ave. "Traffic Calming Study"

 
Conjoint Greece/City Effort To Study Ways To Reduce Traffic From West Ridge Rd. To Latta Along Dewey Ave. Corridor

STORY

Open House planned Sept 28th, 4-7PM
Barnard Firehouse
3084 Dewey Ave.

SCATS ~~ This sounds like the Walmart CYA precursor for the Town of Greece ... so the powers that be can claim "There's nothing more we can do, we already studied it."

Comptroller Audits School Lunches

Schools Are Meeting Federal Nutritional Standards
But Junk Food Availability Is "Exceptional"

191 out of 200 vending machine items tested didn't meet suggested guidelines of the Inst. of Medicine

STORY

SCATS ~~ A look at GCSD's menu for K-5 in Sept. shows lots of pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers & breaded chicken items. Is our motto: "Let them eat carbs & fat!" ?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Passports & Politics

Constituents of GOP Lawmakers Up For Election Will Get Access To County Passport Services In Their Towns

STORY

Jeff McCann & Rick Antelli To Host Greece Event
6-8PM on Wed. Night
@ Greece Town Hall

Greece Teacher Barry Morris Pleads Not Guilty

  
Accused of sexually assaulting 12 yr. old girl for a year

Charged with first-degree criminal sexual act & second-degree sexual abuse; and a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.

Note: His alleged victim wasn't one of his students, although he was teaching at the time.


STORY

SCATS ~~ It's ironic to me that parents worry most about the possible encounter their child might have with a predator while walking to school or a bus stop. In reality, there is a growing probability that the predator is actually in their classroom !
  

TOWN BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

6PM At Greece Town Hall

SCATS Demystifies Auberger's Address Confusion

  
Auberger's Glossy Flier:
241 Darrington Dr.
Rochester, NY 14626
This is his rental (home) at the posh Mill Landing senior "apartment home" complex*


Monroe County GOP Website: 350 Edgemere Dr.
Rochester, NY 14612
A property he owned jointly from mid-2003 until Nov. 26, 2007. At that point in time, he deeded the property over to Joan D. Fox, the co-owner. (His home & work ph. numbers are listed on this website, but I do not know if it is current, since they use the Edgemere address.)

*From the Mill Landing website: We are a rental Community for those aged 55 and above, offering a 1300 sq. ft. Ranch style home. Your home is 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with an attached garage and screened in porch for $1,450.00 per month plus utilities and cable is $30.00 per month.

SCATS thanks our contributing artist for the handywork!
  
   

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Brand New BLOG ...

 
... ABOUT GREECE BLOGS!

Welcome to the new kid on the block ~~

LeRogueBlogger's Take on Greece BLOGS

"Think of this as the Talk Soup of the Greece Blogs. All you bloggers provide the entertainment and I'll serve it up with crackers. Oh yeah."

Auberger Campaign Mailing Details His Handling Of Scandals

 
A Letter & A Glossy Flier (2 pgs.) Sent Out Last Week

He doesn't expect any additional police to be charged


“These were sent out primarily to inform residents of the positive and proactive steps we have taken in regards to the police issue." ~~ John Auberger

“I’m mad and Greece residents are mad....” ~~ John Auberger (a master at understatement)

CONTACT JOHN AUBERGER 
@ 241 Darrington Dr.
Rochester, NY 14626
or
LET HIM KNOW HOW MAD YOU REALLY ARE!

ASK WHO PAID FOR THIS MAILING!

STORY

SCATS ~~ I paid my taxes ... why didn't I get one? Hmmm ... I'm sure he has no intentions of trying to get any votes from this mailing ;)
  

Pignato, Rahn & GPD Named In Lawsuit By Pignato Victim

“We’re ready to pursue the civil case. The criminal case is over against Pignato. Now we’ve got one starting against Merritt Rahn.” ~~ Norman Palmiere, victim's lawyer

STORY

READ THE LAWSUIT

Another Sign We're Becoming The City ...

 
The D&C Reports: A pizza delivery person was beaten and robbed of a pizza, chicken wings and cash while delivering food on Holyoke Street on Sept. 2.
    
 

Who Will Be The Mystery Guest?

  
On Thursday, Auberger is hosting the 13th Annual Picnic for the Greece Police Department's Citizen's Academy. The invitation states: "Our guest speaker will be announced at the picnic." I know a few folks who called in their RSVPs and were told that it was a surprise that wouldn't be revealed until the day of the event.


WHO COULD IT BE?

WHY ALL THE MYSTERY?

MAYBE A NEW CHIEF?

WHO DO YOU THINK?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Question: "How Do You Know Your Teacher Cares About You? "

  
Answer: "Because she told me."

There was a video clip on YNN yesterday about a school in the city, Nativity Preparatory Academy, I think. "Nativity" was in the name and the students who attend are all receiving free or reduced lunches. In fact, the school serves three meals a day and operates from 7:30AM to 6PM.

Anyway, back to the video clip. The reporter interviewed a young girl and asked her, "Do you think your teacher cares about you?" The girl replied with an enthusiastic "YES!" Then the reporter asked her, "How do you know your teacher cares about you?" The girl replied, "Because she told me."

Simple and to the point, right? 

It left me wondering, how often do Greece students get that message from their teacher/s? Do they ever hear the words? What actions might convey the message that they really care?

Then today, the comment below was posted on a discussion that evolved about student discipline.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard a concern from gta about student conduct?
I think some people are making things up.
I have no reason to believe student conduct is a problem in Greece.
If student conduct was having an effect on results the gta would step up right?
The dress code is no problem because i have not heard the principals speak of it.
There are no cell phones used in our schools because the board has a policy against them right?
9/13/2009 6:05 PM

It strikes me that we hear from the head of the Greece Teacher's Assn. whenever there is an issue with the contract. We hear from him whenever the teachers fill a bus or some boxes full of food donations. We hear from him when they engage in some sort of volunteer effort. These are all times when it might be appropriate to hear from the GTA President. However, as the comment says, why don't we hear anything about student discipline? Or the dress code? Or even more importantly, about flagging student achievement, lower graduation rates, schools "needing improvement" or anything else related to academics?

Could it be that he ... and they ... don't care? How would we know?
  

COMMENT MODERATION HAS BEEN ENACTED ...

First I hinted, then I requested a small measure of self-control on the part of one named blogger. I didn't realize that asking someone to not post serially, two minutes apart on so many threads was an outrageous suggestion. The same thing was suggested about the sheer number of overall posts by said person.

 After nearly two hours of games, I'm enacting Comment Moderation out of necessity. I apologize to my other bloggers for this inconvenience.

And yes, I'm aware it will only drive this person into anonymity, but since he/she abhors it so much, I'll get a certain measure of satisfaction from the knowledge of that :D

Military Training Planned 3 Months Ago; Auberger Family Attends

  
The D&C reports: " ... three months ago, they started working with Greece to set up the training exercise. The battalion hasn't had a training exercise such as this since 2004."

"John Auberger, who is the son of the town supervisor, was out with his son Jack, 5, and daughter Alyson, 2."

"He (Jack) just saw the G.I. Joe movie, so he is really into this right now,'' Auberger said. "This was the talk of the ride home from school yesterday. He couldn't wait."

SCATS ~~ So let me get this straight. Auberger's 5 yr. old grandson planned for this BEFORE the rest of us were told? I guess that tells us where we stand in the running of the Town of Greece.
 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Army Was Here ~ The Damage Proves It !

  

STATEMENT FROM DAN MALONEY
CANDIDATE FOR SUPERVISOR - TOWN OF GREECE, NY

Date: September 12, 2009
From: Dan Maloney, Democratic Candidate for Greece Town Supervisor
Contact: (585) 944-7949

At approximately 10:00 AM, I received a call from a town employee notifying me that the Army drill that took place at the town hall campus in Greece this morning had caused damage to multiple town vehicles that were parked in the vicinity of the demonstration. The wind draw from the Chinook was so strong that it picked up loose stone and crusher run stone from the ground and pelted multiple town vehicles, and in some cases, broke the glass. As reported on the news coverage, trees were also damaged at the town hall.

He tried to go down with a video camera to film the damage, but the cars had been immediately removed from the area.

Although I did not witness the damage first hand, my question is this: Who authorized these maneuvers and why, and who is responsible to pay for the damages caused to town property as a result?

Dan Maloney
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Drills were conducted at Greece Athena High School, The Greece Police Department, Kodak Park & Unity Hospital. The event was co-sponsored* by the Town of Greece.

* WATCH the YNN video & see the soldiers dragging the trees that the choppers downed !! (at the end of the film)

SCATS ~~ Auberger was there to welcome them ... it was in the video shown on Ch 10. at 6PM.

*Co-sponsoring means the taxpayers get to repair the damages no one reported ;)

Learn Why Maloney Has Been So Quiet ...

 
Ask Him Yourself At The Chili Cook-Off & Fundraiser

Sunday Aug. 13th, 3-6PM
Braddock's Bay Lodge
$25 suggested donation

Teacher vs. Cop ... Student vs Citizen ...

 
Scenario #1 ~ A rowdy student in the hallway at a Greece high school is approached by a teacher. The teacher tells the student to lower his voice and get moving towards his next class. The student responds by "flipping the bird"  and shouting profanities interlaced with verbiage about his "right" to use his time between classes as he sees fit.

Scenario #2 ~ A car thats showing some erratic movement through traffic catches the attention of a Greece police officer. The cop puts on lights and sirens and pulls the driver over. As the cop approaches the driver, the driver flips him the bird and unleashes a tirade of profanity along with his discontent over the recent bad news headlines Greece cops have been making.

It's my understanding that in Scenario #1, the rowdy student may suffer little or no consequences for his actions. If he is sent to see the principal, it is quite likely he will be returned to class within an hour or so. Teacher complaints about the lack of support by administration in such situations are frequently heard. The student often learns he can get away with disrespecting authority.

In Scenario #2, we have a similar incident in the news that's alleged to have resulted in the citizen being maced, tasered 4 times, beaten, ridiculed and finally arrested. The citizen responds with a lawsuit against the Town of Greece, GPD and TEN unnamed officers. The citizen contends his disrespect for authority is his "right" to freedom of speech and should not be connected with the use of brute force to stop him.

SCATS ~~ Do the resource officers in our schools ever intervene in Scenario #1 situations? Would they taser a student in that situation?  Should they?
 

Back-To-School Humor

  
A seasoned teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school: "If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything they say happens at home!
~~~~~~~~~~
A child comes home from his first day at school. His Mother asks, "Well, what did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow."

~~~~~~~~~~
My kids have everything they need to go back to school—except the right attitude.
~~~~~~~~~~
The best part of going back to school is seeing all your friends. The worst part is that your teachers won’t let you talk to them.
~~~~~~~~~~

Summer vacation was over and Little Johnny returned back to school.
Only two days later his teacher phoned his mother to tell her that he was misbehaving.
"Wait a minute," she said. "I had Johnny with me for three months and I never called you once when he misbehaved!"
~~~~~~~~~~
Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son.
'Wake up, son. It's time to go to school'
'But why, Mom? I don't want to go.'

'Give me two reasons why you don't want to go.'
'Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!'

'Oh, that's no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.'


'Give me two reasons why I should go to school.'
'Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the principal!'
~~~~~~~~~~
Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it. Stephen Vizinczey

  

Friday, September 11, 2009

Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse ...

UPDATE ~~ MPNNews reported in January 2009 : "Douglas Belasco, 46, of 563 Holmes Road, Greece, was charged Jan. 5 with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct after he allegedly followed a police officer, confronted him and used foul language, and was found to be wearing a loaded, concealed handgun."

Tonight, the D&C reports: "Police allege that they stopped Belasco after he gave an officer “the middle finger” and yelled an obscenity. During a stop, Belasco fought with police, causing some police to fall during the scuffle, the report alleges."

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Douglas Belasco Suing Greece, GPD For Tasing, Beating & Macing Him

Incident occured May 31, 2009 during routine traffic stop on Long Pond Rd.

"During the traffic stop, Belasco informed a Greece Police officer that he felt that the Greece PD was corrupt and that certain officers had made a mockery of the town through their interaction with the citizens of Greece that had resulted in the incarceration of certain Greece Police Officers."

WHEC.com

SCATS ~~ I was planning to reveal my identity soon, but on second thought ... ;)

"The Army Is Coming ! The Army Is Coming !! "

 
Berkely Brean reports that the 401st civil affairs battalion of the Army Reserves unit from Webster will be holding military training exercises near & around Greece Town Hall beginning Saturday morning at 7AM. Residents are urged to not panic as Chinook & Blackhawk helicopters land at Town Hall and humvees traverse between GPD headquarters, the fire department and the Town Hall complex as they interview various town employees and others in this training operation.

SCATS ~~ Mr. Auberger, what were you thinking when you failed to tell us, the residents of Greece, that this training was planned? Geesh!
 

GPD Updates ...

Pignato Victim Suing Town of Greece, GPD, Rahn & Pignato

“We're alleging that Merritt Rahn was aware of his past, was aware of the reasons why he was let go from those other agencies, and for whatever reasons, we don't know yet, hired him anyway. " ~~  Norman Palmiere, victim's atty


Town of Greece reduces number of charges against Rahn from 46 to 45

SCATS ~~ Keeping the scorecard straight is becoming a time consuming job!

Do Spelling, Grammar & English Skills Count?

 
Could We At Least Pretend To Be A School District ?

From pg. 4 of the Adopted Minutes of the August 11, 2009 BOE meeting:

"H1N1 Plan Update
District is putting a response plan in place should there is an outbreak. Parents and the community will be notified of the plan as it develops..."

"Family Support Center
Moving forward with the plan to use West Ridge, however the process is taking longer then anticipated..."

"Work Force Diversity
Steve spoke with Joe Brown, talked about addressing the issues. District was looking at it from a staffing position. Joe talked about expending to the entire district..."

SCATS ~~ No wonder our expending has been expanding. There's confusion over the difference between the two!
 

Greece Makes AOL Welcome Screen Headlines

  
Driver Gets 56 Tickets in 13 Minutes

(Sept. 9) -- You name it, Joshua Bracci was ticketed for it.


The 21-year-old man led police on a harrowing 13-minute chase Tuesday night, hurtling through the upstate New York town of Greece at speeds clocked at 111 mph, authorities said.


Bracci was given 56 tickets for that wild drive, police said. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing police, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, among several other offenses, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.


To shake off police, Bracci allegedly turned off the lights of his car. Residents helped out by pointing out to police where he was going.


The chase ended on Jade Creek Drive, a dead end street at 8:24 P.M., just after Bracci backed into a patrol car, police said.


Bracci was arraigned and remanded to Monroe County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000. He'll have to return to court for a hearing on Friday.

Chances are, he won't be driving.

Greece is a town of 100,000 residents just north of Rochester, on the edge of Lake Ontario. In 2007, it was listed as the ninth safest city in the United States, according to an annual rating by Morgan Quinto Press.
 
SCATS ~~ Is it standard procedure to write up all the possible tickets/violations in a situation like this, or was this case used to set an example?

Can Merritt Rahn Survive Auberger's (Loszynski's) Probe?

He's been in trouble before, but still kept his job as Chief of Greece Police. Some of the charges against him now stem back to unresolved troubles from years ago.

Can he come out on top again? If he does, should we worry about more corruption down the road?

WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THIS MESS?
RAHN? AUBERGER? BOTH?

Read the 4 new Additional Specifications (charges) against Rahn

Thursday, September 10, 2009

1000 HS Athletes To Get Free Screening To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

Nine local school districts to participate in free screening by Finger Lakes Health for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the leading cause of sudden cardiac failure in young athletes.

The free screening is Saturday at the Geneva Community Center on 160 Carter Road. If your school district isn’t participating Finger Lakes Health will accept up to 300 walk-ins. It's for students in 7th through 12th grades. If you haven't pre-registered, you must be there between 9 and 10 AM to sign up.

STORY

SCATS ~~ Given the location, I suspect Greece isn't participating in this. Does GCSD screen athletes for HCM? Can you afford not to know?

19 Year Old Charged With DWI In Morning Crash

Four injured as car tries to pass garbage truck on English Rd. at 8:30AM

STORY

SCATS ~~ Let's see ... he's underage (just 19) AND drunk at 8:30 in the morning! No work ... no school ... just partying until dawn on a weekday! Is it just me or is Greece experiencing an epidemic of DWI's committed by older teens and young 20's types?

Town Adds New Charges Against Rahn

Rahn gets notice from the town that he violated regulations in the hiring of Pignato

“If Merritt Rahn needs to testify (at the disciplinary hearing), my instinct is, at this moment, so be it. I don’t think their criminal charges are worth a hoot.” ~~ John Parrinello, Rahn's atty.

STORY

SCATS ~~ Did Loszynski discover a few stones still unturned this week? I thought he was L-E-A-V-I-N-G after Labor Day!

Another School Year, Another New Building Principal


I've heard that some buildings have their 4th new principal in just 6 years!

What's driving the apparent high turnover rate among Greece Principals?

What can be done to ebb the flow?

Reilich Petition Supports People's Convention For Reform

64% of New Yorkers Support Reform of NY

People’s convention would reform issues regarding political term limits, backdoor borrowing, state spending and tax reform, the re-call of elected officials, non-partisan redistricting, establishing procedure vacancies and enacting initiative and referendum; it will also require a two-thirds majority vote on any tax increases.

Reform NY Website

MPNNow

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fact Or Fiction: Our Superintendent Is On Borrowed Time


I asked Joe Moscato to provide a summary of his address to the BOE last night regarding Steve Achramovitch's status as our Superintendent. Here it is :

I appear before you tonight to address the rumors concerning the employment status of our superintendent, at the present time, as well as in the future. I'm sure most of you are aware of these rumors as they have appeared on local blog sites as well as in conversations by members of this community. Now, it may be that there is no basis for these rumors, but then again there may well be, so let's talk about what we do know.

After reviewing Steve's contract, we know he is entitled to a board evaluation in June. I must, therefore, assume that his evaluation did take place. Given that, at no time was the public made aware of the fact that Steve was given a raise in compensation. Therefore, I believe it would be fair to conclude that one of the two following scenarios exists. First, Steve did not ask for a raise, or second, his evaluation by the board was so bad that he did not deserve a raise. I believe the latter to be the most likely. As the result of a FOIL request, we now know his compensation package remains unchanged, so I think it's fair to conclude his evaluation was unsatisfactory. I know that by law you are not required to make the evaluation public. However, the above facts lend themselves in support of the previously mentioned rumors.

I just got the red sum-up light so that being said, until this board stands up and deals with these rumors one way or the other, your already low credibility will suffer even more. It's time to end your silence. The members of this community are entitled to and have the right to the true facts impacting this school district and its superintendent.
~~ Joe Moscato

SCATS ~~ I heard on the news yesterday that according to the Rochester Business Journal, our Supt's salary is the THIRD HIGHEST in Monroe County! If his performance is unsatisfactory, then isn't it time the BOE get started with finding a replacement who earns his/her keep?