Friday, October 09, 2009

BREAKING NEWS ...

RAHN RESIGNING TONIGHT!

Deal struck with Greece Town Board for $10,000 !

Rahn waives all rights & claims against the Town of Greece including those for back pay, sick leave & retiree health care.

Auberger now free to appoint anyone he desires to Police Chief position.

Town Atty Paul Sweeney claims this deal saved Greece thousands of dollars (and saved Auberger an election, he hopes!)

SCATS ~~ There goes my chance to make a fortune selling striped t-shirts next week! :(

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

The deal is a signed NDA in exchange for full pension and lifetime benefits in exchange for dropping interdepartmental charges and reducing the felony charges to lesser or no charges. John Auberger CANNOT allow him to speak!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why?What does it benefit the town to make the DA drop or lower the charges? It has to be the whole board and Auberger doing a CYA.

Anonymous said...

The taxpayers of Greece just spent $400,000 to get John Auberger off the hook.

He is as guilty as sin and he and he alone is responsible for the hiring of Pignato and Joseph. We deserve something for the $400,000 and I think Loszynski should now look into criminal charges against Auberger for lying, for fraudulently using taxpayer money to cover his own a--! He could not afford to have a hearing next week because the truth would be out. This is not over yet, Rahn may not talk, but there are others who will.

SCATS said...

To 6:40PM ~~ Don't you find it laughable that the Town Atty was trying to convince everyone that spending $10K to prevent the hearing next week AFTER ALREADY SPENDING $400K was "for the taxpayers of Greece?"

Anonymous said...

Don't look now, but over-the-hill and over-rated loud mouth mouth piece, John Parrinello just sold out Merritt Rahn. $10,000, how much do you think Rahn will see of that, Nada, nothing, Parrinello gets it all.

Parrinello, a Republican, took one for the Grand Old Party for $10,000. Not only did he fail his client, he failed the taxpayers of this community to judge for themselves if the $400,000 price tag for Lozinski and his storm troopers was worth it. They will never hear the other side of this embarrassing charade perpetrated by Dictator Auberger to cover his skinny political buns.

Parrinello is a grandstanding, headline seeking pathetic joke at $350.00 an hour. Do you really think he was going to defend Rahn, an unemployed cop, pro bono? So much for "I want Auberger on the stand at the War Memorial" hutzpah.

Anonymous said...

This must be our "October surprise". Doesn't surprise ME though that Auberger was saving this trump card for the end thinking now no one will know how corrupt he really is.

I can't believe they're trying to sell us a phony bill of goods with "saving" taxpayers money.

I hope more voters than ever turn out to kick him to the curb this Nov...then it'll be OUR November surprise ;).

Anonymous said...

Merritt took a powder. He let the folks of Greece down

Anonymous said...

"What does it benefit the town to make the DA drop or lower the charges?"

The criminal charges weren't dropped. This was the disciplinary stuff.

SCATS said...

To 7:56PM ~~ I can't figure out WHY Rahn would take ONLY $10,000 to go silent UNLESS those criminal charges will just evaporate ... like after the election. I think I heard Rahn's court case isn't scheduled until next March. So, Aubugger gets re-elected without Rahn going public and in return Rahn will get to keep his pension when he either wins in court, or the case disappears. Does that make sense?

Anonymous said...

Actually, Parrinello might have done Rahn (and himself) a favor. You don't ask for peanuts if you get 'em by the stones.

SCATS said...

To 8:29PM ~~ That doesn't make sense. They still have the court case to fight against a dozen charges ahead of them. This only settles the INTERNAL PD investigation charges, not the criminal charges.

Anonymous said...

Ask yourself this:

How does a guy, who the taxpayers just paid $400K to investigate, get to retire and collect his retirement and get 10K stuffed in his pocket?

That's because the sucker taxpayers in Greece just picked up his legal fees too!

Way to go John Auberger! Money CAN buy LOVE!

Let's hope Baby Azaria can be bought so cheaply!

SCATS said...

To 9:47PM ~~ I think part of this "deal" (which we may never hear about officially) has to do with the criminal case. I suspect Rahn is either going to get some kind of plea deal where everything gets reduced to misdemeanors or the criminal charges get dropped altogether, something along those lines. There's no way it would behoove Rahn to sell-out for only $10K, unless there was the promise he could collect his NY State pension or something similar. If I'm not mistaken, a criminal felony conviction eliminates the NY retirement funds option for him, right? The $10K was nothing more than the illusion of hush money, to try to make this look good to Greece residents for Auberger's sake.

Anonymous said...

This only shutup Rahn for the short term. When he goes to court, he can sing like a canary. But that won't be until post-election time. A sweet deal for Auberger. Bittersweet for Rahn.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised that we do not get a chance to hear both sides of this story?
And 10,000 is not nearly enough for that lawyer. He must be working for free. Why is that?
There will never be a trial unless he turns state's evidence and is given a new identity. If you think he is dangerous those that he could testify against are even more dangerous. There will be a plea deal and they will all politically breathe a sigh of relief as he goes off to fish in his retirement.
We need to vote in all new people so it will take them a decade to become securely entrenched and as corrupt as those we are getting rid of next month. We will have a honeymoon for a while as Maloney cleans house.
Yes I realize this is not a very light and positive outlook but it is my prediction. Let's see what happens in 2010.
Scats thanks for this forum. We are all disappointed that the public hearing will not take place.

Anonymous said...

Auberger FLEW and Rahn KNEW....

Anonymous said...

Felony convictions, unfortunately, won't disqualify one from receiving a NYS retirement pension.

Anonymous said...

One does not lose their NY State pension. If you are eligible & have put in the time, it cannot be taken away. They may lose local benefits such as health care etc.

Anonymous said...

How about this scenario: Auberger gets elected, something leaks at Rahn's trial or otherwise and Auberger steps down and the Republican party gets to appoint someone to finish out his term. Rahn has taken Auberger with him, but we are still left with remnants of this administration.

Rumor has it the new chief has been waiting in the wings--I am waiting to see if the name I have heard will be the appointee.

Town Board meeting lasted 3 minutes--what a surprise. Amazing it had to take that long for the rubber stamp Town Board to agree.

Is there no one left in this Administration with integrity? I am beginning to think honest politician is an oxymoron.

Anonymous said...

"That doesn't make sense."

If you just think a little bit about it you'll see that it does.

Remember, the public hearing was open to the public. I'm pretty sure that means someone from the D.A.'s office could attend and definitely would have access to all the testimony given.

Makes the D.A.'s case in March even easier with everything that would come out.

If John Parrinello had all these great bombs he was going to throw at this hearing, he never would have accepted this next-to-nothing agreement.

Anonymous said...

Now if we could get SCATS to resign, we'd have a good town!

Anonymous said...

Merritt there is still time to spill the beans

SCATS said...

To 9:15AM ~~ I tried. There's no one to give the letter to, so I guess you're stuck with me ;)

SCATS said...

To 7:17AM ~~ What does that mean?

SCATS said...

To 8:45AM ~~ Your idea sounds very plausible ... almost sickeningly so. As far as the new chief is concerned, I'll have to look it up but I did a BLOG quite awhile back where two names were floated, both from NY State Police as I recall ... What name have YOU heard?

Anonymous said...

Ceretto is waiting in the wings. He is a political hack with the State Troopers. His field of expertise is traffic enforcement.
Some choice to build a new department.

All it takes to get hired by Auberger is a strong Republican background, Ceretto's father worked for Al Skinner and he has moved up through the ranks by knowing the right people. They had promised him he could be Deputy Chief a couple of years ago, however, Mackin held some of the right cards at that time and John had to turn Ceretto down.

He will hire Ceretto this time, even though he carries some baggage with him, but what else is new in this Town. Auberger keeps making the same mistakes. He and he alone hired Pignato and Joseph and I can't understand why this $400,000 investigation didn't uncover that fact. Something is really rotten in the state of Denmark.

Anonymous said...

what's the baggage

SCATS said...

To 9:03AM ~~ That access works both ways. The Town's atty. stated that the taxpayer's would have spent $87,000 paying for what amounted to a very costly "discovery process" for Parrinello.

After spending some time thinking this over, I can see what's going on here. Rahn got slammed with 11 new charges earlier this week. I think that was timed by Auberger who was waiting to see if Rahn would blink before going into the open hearings set for next week. Rahn didn't, so Auberger used the extra charges to motivate Rahn to want to back down and accept this "deal."

Parrinello has to advise his client as to what is in his best interests, so the deal of $10K for not holding Greece responsible for anything (and likely getting something in the form of a plea deal on the criminal charges with no jail time, yada, yada, yada ... or something similar) was taken.

The reason - it's likely that Parrinello could confidently fight against one charge in court, but defending against a dozen (or more ... another grand jury inquiry was threatened) charges with a satisfactory outcome on all of them imperiled his client. You just can't be certain with that many charges out there.

The truth can still come out in court, but by then the election will be over. Even if Auberger gets caught with his hands deep inside the cookie jar, at that point, he could resign. I think the Republicans would get to plug in their replacement for the duration of his term. Long story short - Greece taxpayers get played for the fools they are (if the re-elect Auberger) once again.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, why again do you keep saying that the truth can't come out? That doesn't make any sense. Who is stopping the truth from coming out? Are you accusing Mike Green of collusion?

That's some serious stuff there SCATS. But is Green the one you are saying is helping to prevent he truth from getting out?

SCATS said...

To 12:35AM ~~ You really need to get some rest. I didn't say anything about collusion. That's YOUR word. Now that YOU mentioned it ... hmmm ...