Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rahn: Auberger Violated Settlement Agreement

UPDATE ~~ WHAM VIDEO/STORY
  
Rahn's attorney, John Parrinello, says Auberger violated a nondisclosure & non-disparagement clause in campaign literature he mailed to constituents by stating: “Merritt Rahn will never again wear the uniform of the Greece Police Department.”

Rahn's statement maintains Auberger should be voted down on Nov. 3rd.

STORY

Read Rahn's Statement

Read Rahn & Auberger Letters

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

whatever you think of Merritt's actions he is spot on with regard to Auberger

I smell yet another lawsuit

Anonymous said...

Rahn and Auberger. Like two peas in a pod for years in Greece. Auberger got rid of Rahn. It's up to Greece voters to get rid of Auberger.

On Tuesday November 3rd let's git er done!

Anonymous said...

I can clearly see why Auberger didn't want to have his public hearing. Auberger's "truth" is unmarred by reality.

klem said...

Anyone with a brain should steer clear of whatever Merritt Rhan says, including the Democrats who see this as vindicating their cause.

SCATS said...

To Klem ~~ Sorry, but I think anyone with a brain should steer clear of "closed, clubby & corrupt."

Anonymous said...

I have been following this blog and and am amazed that all of the information that is given about Augberger is always the work of the Democrats. Are people really that naive and willing to let this corruption continue?

SCATS said...

To 5:54AM ~~ Sadly, the people of Greece are but complacent sheeple. I heard the mantra of one of them on the news last night: "It doesn't matter who is in charge ..." The other sentiment I often hear is : "This happens everywhere ..."

I've come to believe the average Greece resident is: 1 ~ Too lazy to get informed with facts; 2 ~ Too lazy/busy/distracted to go out and vote; 3 ~ Too disinterested to let anything, no matter how outrageous it is, bother them as long as it doesn't really impact them personally; 4 ~ Too afraid to make a change, because they are keenly aware that Auberger and his cronies could make your life miserable if they thought you were against them. I call #4 "the politics of intimidation." It works like a charm, especially on the over 50 group.

Anonymous said...

or 5. absolutely terrified to turn the keys over to an incompetant guy with a temper (Dan Maloney).

Anonymous said...

All who respect Rahn, should listen to his endorsements.

SCATS said...

To 7:57AM ~~ You've perfectly described Auberger :) His outburst at FBBC on Sunday night was an immature rant against an individual he spent three minutes attacking, INSTEAD OF TELLING US WHY HE SHOULD BE RE-ELECTED.

To 8:04AM ~~ This isn't about Rahn's endorsements. It's about understanding the mechanics of "the deal" Auberger struck to try to prevent Rahn from going public. Nice try though.

Anonymous said...

Congrats SCATS: As you seem to know the average Greece resident, I will inform the polsters so they can call you when they want to get the pulse of Greece. That will save them a lot of money.

See ya at the voting booth.

SCATS said...

To 8:21AM ~~ Sounds good to me! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

What is coming out in all this is what town employees have known for years, but kept quiet to save their jobs.

I haven't pulled the lever for Auberger in years even though he was unopposed.

Interesting how he has managed his campaign since he is opposed this year. Lots of effort spent putting down Maloney, but none on how he is going to keep this from happening in the future. That should be very telling to voters.

Anonymous said...

Scats at 7:39
You are right about #4 in your list but we may not have to be afraid this time since he doesn't have the police on his/their side anymore. As much as Rahn is complaining about Auberger and vice versa they were good accomplices for quite some time. It was fine for them to coexist and intimidate their adversaries. Some of the Greece police can harass and have done so uncontrolled for many years. Maybe that will stop now that the police have no head of the snake.

SCATS said...

To 1PM ~~ I think the intimidation goes beyond the PD. If you have to deal with the building dept. you could be put through the wringer! Same with challenging your assessment. Have an issue with how the town plows the sidewalks in front of YOUR HOME? You might if you cause trouble about most anything. In my opinion, the possibilities are limitless, since the administration in place is "closed, clubby and corrupt."

Anonymous said...

"His outburst at FBBC on Sunday night was an immature rant against an individual he spent three minutes attacking"

How would you know that SCATS, you weren't there.

Oh ya, that's right. "someone told you."

SCATS said...

To 2:31PM ~~ Lots of "someones" since that night ;)

You didn't deny it happened, either.

Anonymous said...

Scats do you think that we should fear being intimidated if Maloney wins and the building department and the other employees stay the same? How many jobs will change if Auberger goes? Are they political patronage positions? Will "I am him" be replaced? If I were Maloney i would want my own people in but can he replace them? Deputy superintendent? Head of public works and highway? Planning board could be replaced?
We have been a one party stronghold since before the gerrymandering in the old 3rd ward that got rid of the one democrat on the board (after election of course) that we never have had this situation. Even then there was only the one democrat and he never rocked the boat. What can Maloney do when he wins. I can't wait. Does he even know?

SCATS said...

To 2:41PM ~~ IMHO, if Maloney wins, he'll have some company (Dem.) on the Town Board. How many remains to be seen. Dan's best case outcome would be Shannon O'Keefe stays in ward 1, with the other seats turning over. I just don't see Lee-Byfield winning due to too many absences from the campaign trail. I'm not saying this will happen, just that I see it as a best case outcome.

Anonymous said...

Scats at 3:41 from 2:41 My question was procedural. If the new man gets in how many of the town employees can he replace? It would be good if he had 2 more at least on the town board but does he even need those votes to replace the deputy supervisor and the "i am him" position? And others possibly. he would be ill-advised to keep the old guard around. They should get their resumes ready. Even if he does have the board majority can he replace them ? I hope so but I can't find out if he can.

SCATS said...

To 4:51PM ~~ I have not followed the Greece Town Board for nearly as long as I've followed the BOE, so I really don't know. I'll email a couple of people and see what I can find out.

Anyone??

Anonymous said...

the town supervisor can directly replace: Director of Finance, Highway Super, Supervisor's secretary. He stated this at the Northgate neighbors meeting.
No board approval needed, strictly a supervisor appointment.

SCATS said...

To 2:41PM ~~ I've received an emailed response regarding who Maloney can replace & how he could go about it.

"The law is clear on the hiring and firing done by the supervisor - they are his secretary and his assistant or deputy supervisor. All other town employees are hired by a majority vote of the board, of which the supervisor has one vote. The supervisor can only "recommend" all other employees.

The Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals are paid positions recommended by the supervisor subject to approval of the board. They can only be replaced by a majority vote of the board.

On his own, Maloney can only recommend someone for any town job including department heads.

The town board has the power to terminate any employee, excluding civil service, by a majority vote.

Anonymous said...

from 2:41 Thank you.

Anonymous said...

From the Greece Website:

The Town appoints its Town Clerk, Commissioner of Public Works and Town Attorney. The Tax Receiver is an elected official who serves a four year term.

APPOINTS. There are lots of patronage jobs in the town of Greece.

http://greeceny.gov/aboutgreece

He's entitled to have those work around him that he trusts and wants. Deal with it.

SCATS said...

To 10AM ~~ There is a difference between the Supervisor doing the appointing and "The Town" doing it, I think. When it says the Town appoints, I suspect that means based on a majority vote by Town Board. The Supervisor has the tie-breaking 5th vote.