Monday, November 30, 2009

Can Roderick Scott Get A Fair Trial?

 
Jury selection begins today. Given all of the prior publicity, how is it possible for anyone from this area to be impartial in such a highly charged case?

Since former Greece Police Sgt. Brian Ball was the head technician who processed the scene for evidence, won't his role taint the case against Scott given his alleged doctoring of a police report in another case?

Can Scott get represented fairly with Parrinello as his attorney, when JP now also represents Merritt Rahn who was chief when Scott shot Cervini?

Can this trial overcome the media circus atmosphere and become more than another chapter in GPD's ongoing soap opera?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Discrimination Suit Against GCSD Advances

 
NY's Division of Human Rights found probable cause that GCSD had engaged in unlawful discrimination on the basis of "race/color, disability," and/or retaliated against substitute teacher, John Niles who sought full-time employment.

Niles' attorney plans to go to federal court.

D&C STORY

MPN STORY

Robach Bill Would Poll Voters On Split Of NY State

 
Counties could ask voters: "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"

STORY

SCATS ~~ Has Joe gone over the edge?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Rules of Three" Will Apply To Police Chief Search

 
 YNN reports that top three candidates who are interested will get interviewed

Capt. Mike Cerretto tops Civil Service list with score of 91 on exam
Capt. William Sanborn, MCSD scored 88
Lt. Salvatore Simonetti of Webster scored 88
Interim Chief Brian Uhrmacher scored further down on list

SCATS ~~ We're hearing that Auberger is under more pressure from within GPD and its retirees to choose Uhrmacher. Oh what will Uncle Auggie do??

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

John & His Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's' mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


Pignato, Scott Trials Scheduled To Start Monday

 
YNN reports that the second trial for Gary Pignato might be delayed. His attorney, Joseph Damelio, is still busy defending Frank Garcia.

The D&C reports that Justice David Egan has denied their request to permit cameras in the courtroom during the Roderick Scott trial. Oddly, Egan gave no reason for his decision and neither prosecutor nor defense has had a chance to form an opinion on such a request.

A reminder to all of you Republicans ~ Sunday is Merritt Rahn's fundraiser. For just $25, you can show your support at the Italian-American Sports Club.  I see the D&C has now removed this "reminder" from the page with the story about Scott!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AUBERGER CALLS PRESS CONFERENCE

TODAY @ 2:30PM

REGARDING GREECE PD Chief

Ch 8 reports that Auberger wants a new police chief in place by mid-January. Successful applicants must either already be a chief or be on the civil service list for chief.



  • Auberger accepting applications until Dec. 8th.
  • Uhrmacher would qualify to apply.
  • Committee headed by Loszynski/McCann/Spencer will review contenders.
  • Auberger wants a person of integrity (unlike himself??) who will lead the department into the future.
  • Town Board & Supervisor will make final determination, hopefully by mid-January.
  • Loszynski's final report to be given to Auberger by end of January.
  • Public Safety Director position will not be filled once Loszynski leaves.
For your $500,000 investment, Loszynski said, "Just the chief was corrupt."

SCATS ~~ I'm calling a "hang onto your wallet" alert! And don't expect to EVER hear the real story about any of this. Loszynski even refused to say why his investigation continued beyond his prediction of ending it by Labor Day!

 

More Math ...


Monday, November 23, 2009

18 Of 24 GCSD News Items Are For Odyssey

  
With 20 schools in the district, why is there so little "news" from most on the GCSD homepage, but so much "news" from Odyssey? English Village & Olympia are the only other schools reporting anything noteworthy! Communication really is awful ...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Town of Greece Turns Its Back On Braddocks Bay

  
Refuses to help keep channel open using tax dollars (BUT has no problem cutting tax breaks to a sauce maker that raises our taxes!)

"The second-highest numbers of registered boats in the state are here in Monroe County, and without lake access, people can't come here to launch their boats. We are missing out on such an asset ... Here we are, the largest town in Monroe County, with the most shoreline, and people can't even get out on the lake from here." ~~ Craig Bryce

Great Lakes Commission claims recreational uses along the five Great Lakes generate more than $16 billion in annual economic activity in the eight states that border the lakes.

STORY

SCATS ~~ Once again, Greece is literally missing the boat!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Greece School Board Spent $8000 On Lawyers To Quiet Joe Moscato In Walts Investigation

  
While talking about ways to save money, I would like to share one last document in my file that had a bearing on my decision to leave the board one month early. This is a perfect illustration of the waste of tax dollars on lawyer’s fees by the board in order to stop me from trying to recover tax dollars “stolen” from Greece taxpayers.

Eight of my fellow board members under the leadership of Roger Boily would not allow a public vote on my resolution to begin an investigation into the conduct of Steve Walts, past and present employees and former board members responsible for the corruption attached to the 2000 CIP as identified by the State Comptroller’s audit.

The document I am attaching is a copy of the March 2008 legal bill from Harter, Secrest & Emery, attorneys for the district at that time. I was shocked and angered to see that the bill revealed the extent to which Boily and Achramovitch would go to keep me from putting a motion regarding Walts’ health care on the agenda. They were willing and did spend almost $8,000 during that billing period to find a way to stop my right to place an item on the agenda. I have underlined the relevant billings. Redacted white outs reference my motions.

At the time, I wondered why they would go to such extremes to prevent my bringing this motion to a vote, however, since then I have investigated and been able to connect the dots. Believe me, the results have exposed a huge conspiracy by others to prevent the disclosure of associated circumstances surrounding Steve Walts as well as other high ranking public officials, former school board officers and district employees past and present.

Joe Moscato

Document 1 (Click on to view better)




Document 2


Document 3

HANG ONTO YOUR WALLETS!

  
New GCSD Budget Proposal Up 6% Before Cuts To State Aid

Paterson could reduce aid mid-year by $3.3 million

“These are not easy times to create a budget when you’re dependent on state funding.” ~~ Pat Tydings, Circus Posse Prez. (Well, DUH!!)

“We’ve had two years where we’ve been able to keep the budget with no increase. We used our state and federal money last year to help us, but this year, we have some challenges.” ~~ Julia VanOrman, past Circus Posse Prez. (Correction: You used OUR state & federal money! It's OURS, not "yours!")

“We’ve been looking at (the expenditures) very closely for the last couple of years and are trying to keep them as close to the bone as possible. We’re looking at what we can do to cut our expenditures.” ~~ Tydings

STORY

SCATS ~~ Bull Twinkies, Mr. Tydings!!! ! If you aren't willing to CUT SOMETHING OUT or SCALE SOMETHING BACK then you have NOT done your job! Let's start by cutting back on the BOE's legal expenses. Next up, eliminate stipends ... get volunteers to do these "extras." Then scale back extracurriculars to a core group of activities. Don't forget to minimize busing by revising the elementary schools. If you do not do these things, then you have not done your job, but I realize it takes a backbone and you are very slithery  ;)

Pignato's Atty Seeks To Limit Testimony Of 12 Women

 
Allegations of 12 women who claim Pignato acted inappropriately or in a sexual manner could be prejudicial 

"There is a balancing effort the judge will do, regarding our right to seek evidence that's important for a jury to hear, versus what could potentially be prejudicial." ~~ Bill Gargan, ADA

"Not only is Gary Pignato linked to some of the things he’s convicted or accused of, now he's being linked with the politics of the Town of Greece as well." ~~ Joe Damelio, atty for Pignato

STORY

SCATS ~~ If he'd tell us how Nick Joseph got home & why Brian Ball doctored a police report, I'd cut him a deal!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Something To Ponder ...

 
This is from one of those forwarded emails that makes the rounds:

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

* The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775 You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

* Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

* Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

* War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.

* Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

* Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

* The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??

Fundraiser For Merritt Rahn Planned

 
YNN Reports: A $25/person fundraiser is planned on Nov. 29th at the Italian American Sports Club to help offset Rahn's "overwhelming legal costs." Additional donations would be "greatly appreciated."

Coffee, Tea Or Swine Flu*?

  
From the D&C ~~ Parkland Elementary School students will serve lunch and entertain senior citizens at 1PM on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The cost is $4.00 and reservations are required. Call 966-3463 beginning Nov. 23rd.

*Tamiflu not included.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Come See Arrogance In Action Tonight

  
Town of Greece Board Meeting @6PM
Budget Hearing @ 6:30PM

See John Auberger "do more with less."

According to today's D&C, Ms. Firkins claims the town decided to do away with 5 part-time and 1 fulltime positions, including 2 counselors. The reasons given were due to decreased state funding for the jobs and redundant services offered by the Hilton, Greece and Spencerport school districts. No other services would be cut under the spending plan.

SCATS ~~ Redundant services? WHO did the Town of Greece consult with (GCSD & the other two districts??) BEFORE making this cut? I'll bet they didn't discuss it at all. And if this is redundant, then why not close the Town's library operations down, too? Afterall, each of the 20 schools has it's own library!
 

Monday, November 16, 2009

Public Hearing* On Town Budget Tuesday @6:30PM

  
Come on out & watch them cut your services ... and make GCSD raise your taxes ... AGAIN!

MPNNews reports: Six jobs are being eliminated.

“Four positions were vacancies,” said Firkins. The other two positions eliminated are family and youth counseling specialists with the help of funding provided by the state. “The state has reduced the funding provided for these programs,” said Firkins.

The town will save $321,000 by cutting the positions.

Firkins said Greece residents will still have access to local counseling services via the Greece Central School District.

Auberger ($114,568), his cronies on the board ($12,500), the town justices ($43,033) and the Receiver of Taxes ($84,414) will RETAIN their pay with NO increases.

SCATS ~~ So let me get this straight. Auberger will ax jobs BUT expects GCSD to pick up the slack? This is how he "keeps taxes low" ?!?! GCSD will hire more to make up for this loss!

* I use this term VERY loosely. You can speak, BUT they will NOT respond to you! It's like talking to a wall.
  

Regents Consider Ways To Improve Teachers

 
New teachers to demonstrate knowledge of a subject & classroom skills, face performance-based assessments, longer path to MS degree

NYSUT caught off-guard

STORY

Ongoing Ills @A-PAC Are Walts' Legacy To GCSD

  
Fixing sightlines to cost almost $500,000 but ongoing lawsuits, budget worries might prevent work in near term

"There are so many things we are looking at now, it's hard to know where or if that fits into our budget until we get more into the process," he said, adding that possible cuts in state education aid and other economic factors may mean the board will be reluctant to spend the money. "One of the questions will be can we afford to do it or afford not to do it this year?"

STORY

SCATS ~~ So let me get this straight. The Circus Posse Prez. worries about economic factors when "the fix" hits GCSD's State Aid cache, but will consider maxing the income limits on senior exemptions when it's yours & my wallet? Hmmm ...
  

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tuesday Is Meeting Night

 
Town Board Regular Monthly Meeting @ 6PM
BUDGET HEARING @6:30PM (Budget Story)

Board of Education @6:30PM
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:30 pm to discuss the employment history of a particular person(s).

SCATS ~~ I wonder who they could be discussing ... hmmm ...

Raising Senior Exemption To Cost Extra $10/Year For Nonexempted Parcels

  
GCSD plans January hearing on raising senior income limits

"We don't have all the facts yet, but it seemed to be time to at least talk about it." ~~ BOE Pres. Patrick Tydings

"How do I tell people we have money to give a spaghetti sauce company a break, but not to give seniors citizens a break?" ~~ Frank Oberg

STORY

SCATS ~~ Gee, Pat ... what difference does it make if you get all the facts then ignore half of them anyway? And Mr. Oberg, I'm awaiting an answer for that very question! I'm sure the BOE won't vote without answering it ;) I'd like to know the average assessed value of the 1300 parcels involved in the exemption program.

From my email, more questions are raised:

Lou:
The article in today's D+C was interesting and let me offer you a great big thank you for putting $10 figure out there. As you know I have been involved in this for years and one of the questions I have always asked and never been answered is 'what is the cost' AKA how in gods name can 'reductions' be approved for some without knowing the 'cost' to others.

Lou, that has NEVER been done before - again thank you.

Now that we have 'that' figure of what the 'increase' will for others will be we must answer 2 more questions.

What is the cost to the 'others' for the 'whole' program?

Because as you know the STAR reduction is affected by this program AKA the amount of STAR reimbursement from the state is less because of this program - what is that figure?

Feel free to share this e-mail with any and all.

Charlie Hubbard (775-6015 or 581-0049)
 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

What Is The Real Impact of H1N1 In GCSD?

In the last couple of weeks, several comments posted here (like the one below) suggest the Greece School District is downplaying the number of students ill with swine flu. I've checked the GCSD website for updates, but the information is the same as was posted earlier in the fall. No update was discussed at the BOE meeting on Tuesday.

This week, media reported that the number of local cases was much higher than it had been and one local health dept. reversed their stance about pre-existing medical conditions regarding the deaths of two related swine flu victims ... in other words they were caught in a lie. On top of that, media also reported that total fatalities reached approximately 4000 across the U.S.which was much higher than expected or previously noted.

Why isn't GCSD speaking up about the impact of swine flu on absenteeism among both students and staff?

Anonymous said...

"They jerk people around using the "PC" information in place of reality then expect to get support"

Good point! On that same topic, I spent awhile speaking with a Greece school bus driver today. I asked him about the number of kids missing from his routes (sick). He said he's never seen anything like it before, and is actually running into problems with parents of young kids not being at bus stops...because the bus is getting there 5-10 minutes early (ie. not nearly as many kids getting on/off the bus). He claimed that all of the other drivers are speaking about the same issue. I told him the district claimed attendance is basically unchanged from last year, to which he responded, "This district is full of s#$@".    11/13/2009 9:58 PM

West Ridge School Evacuation: What Really Happened?

  
Anonymous said...

Someone better get their stories straight.......the automated phone call I got stated they were able to get their coats before leaving the building and my kids said they were outside the entire time......   11/13/2009 11:08 AM

SCATS ~~ But the D&C reported the kids were "evacuated" to the West Ridge Community Center ... hmm ...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Case Of The Tail Wagging The Dog?

 
SCATS ~~ Since when do individual schools get to change the calendar/schedule? Doesn't this plan short-change the other students, inconvenience parents and create havoc with buses? If it is worth doing, why aren't ALL of the 8th grades participating district-wide?

From the News on the GCSD website: Early Release Day-February 12th-except for 8th Graders

Friday, February 12 will be an early release day for Odyssey Academy. All students except grade 8 will be sent home at 10:30. The remainder of the day will be spent with our eighth graders as the entire staff participates in a "Mini-ESK" that is, an Exhibition of Self-Knowledge that mirrors our senior ESK but is especially designed for our eighth graders.

This idea came from our seniors and from parent, student, and staff evaluations of our Senior ESK, which is now a tradition at Odyssey. Students particularly felt that they could not adequately discuss all seven years of secondary school. They also felt the speaking exhibition was a valuable experience and they would have liked to have tried it out earlier in their school careers.

Odyssey remains committed to assessment by exhibition, that is, to students showing what they know and can do in a variety of ways beyond traditional testing. The Exhibition of Self-Knowledge requires students to plan for the future, self-assess, and reflect on their academic, social-emotional, identify, work, and interests growth over time. These skills are encompassed in the New York State CDOS standards. Additionally, employers consistently report communication skills, particularly speaking, and interpersonal skills as their highest priority for young people entering the work force. Further, it is an Odyssey School Improvement Plan goal that all students will be prepared for their next steps after high school and will have a satisfying plan for their future.

The half day will allow the entire eighth grade to be individually assessed by a panel of staff members as well as to listen in on an exhibition and to participate in additional math and ELA assessment preparation. We expect this to become an Odyssey tradition, and we hope to develop the Mini-ESK to be as strong a part of our program as our Senior ESK.

WHO Are They Trying To Fool?

  
SCATS ~~ Isn't the Community Center attached to the school building? How is this an actual "evacuation?"

The D&C Reports: West Ridge Elementary School  was evacuated around 11:30 this morning after staff smelled smoke in the hallways.

District spokeswoman Laurel Heiden said students were relocated to the nearby West Ridge Community Center to keep warm while fire crews responded.

Firefighters found a malfunctioning heater.

Heiden said the students were returned to their classes as soon as the building was ventilated, around 12:15 p.m.



Town Board & BOE Agenda Setting Meetings ...

  
Where Do They Happen?
When Do They Happen?
Does A Quorum of the Board Usually Attend?
Are these Meetings Posted?
Where Are They Posted?

SCATS ~~ I'm asking these questions in response to John Auberger's insistence during a recent forum that the Town Board members "do their homework" for Town Board meetings during Agenda Setting Meetings. If these meetings are attended by a quorum of the board, then they should be OPEN MEETINGS. In that case, these meeting times & days should be POSTED prior to the meeting. The same rules apply to the Board of Education.
  

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Issues Related to Supt. Steve Achramovitch

  
It has been some time since I posted on this site. Just for the record, I am not SCATS, as some of you believe. My computer skills are non-existent and I am under strict orders from my wife to stay away from it because when I touch it, bad things happen. That said, on to the subject matter.

Back in February of this year, I assisted in the preparation of the document which follows. This was prepared for the express purpose of presenting it as a part of Steve Achramovitch’s June evaluation. I was informed that this document was included with other board member’s concerns about Achramovitch’s performance.

I recently decided to release this information to the press, which I did last night. I purposely held back, hoping that the board would tell the public that as a result of a negative evaluation, a majority of the board gave Steve notice to seek other employment as, on June 30, 2010, he would be terminated. It didn’t happen, thus my decision to go public. As you read these 14 items, bear in mind that Steve was defenseless and guilty as charged.

Joe Moscato

(The document Joe referred to contains 14 items and is posted in the comments area due to space considerations.)
   

BOE Hears Parent, Resident, Union Complaints

Resident's Forum was informative and interesting to listen to last night.

One parent complained that he can't teach his kids how to study because Greece schools don't provide any curriculum-related study materials like textbooks or workbooks. The usual photocopies and internet "solutions" aren't helping him to impart good study habits into his children. As usual, he was offered no response at all.

Another parent complained that his kids who attend Bishop Kearney are being discriminated against as private school attendees by the "bus and dock" policy Greece implemented this year. His children must get up at 5:30AM, take a bus to Odyssey, wait for another bus that delivers them to BK for classes that start after 8AM. By the time school starts, they've already been up 2.5 hours and with a similar journey home, it's having "a negative impact on the quality of life" for his children.  I believe he left unsatisfied, too.

Doug Skeet addressed the BOE and drew numerous comparisons between Greece schools and the performance of schools in Wayne County where many similar events (like needing to replace the Supt.) have transpired. Supt. Steve Achramovitch responded about 3 hrs. later during his closing remarks at the meeting's end. He says Greece doesn't make excuses. Technically, I suppose he's correct. It's the Supt. and BOE that make the excuses, not Greece.

A disabled senior citizen came for the second month in a row asking the BOE to raise the income limits for those who can claim the Senior Tax Exemption the rest of us foot the bill for. The BOE decided to hold a hearing on the issue in January. They seem quite open to raising my taxes to subsidize people who need to downsize their homes to live within their means. I find this to be a most interesting position since I can't vote on this tax increase that they can foist upon the masses and which has NO EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT ASSOCIATED WITH IT AT ALL!

On the topic of educational benefit, the BOE also wants to build the new budget "from the ground up" (that's Boily-speak for grab-my-wallet) and they don't want to box themselves in with any promise to hold the reins on increased spending or rising tax rates in determining a total for the 2010-11 budget which is already hovering around $207, 000, 000 !!! I actually heard mention about "the need to maintain program levels." WHY DO WE NEED TO DO THAT?? Enrollment levels haven't been maintained!! KUDOS to Frank Oberg for trying to get them to give the Supt. some direction by aiming for a 3% increase as a target. Shame on Tydings, Boily, McCabe & Co. for shouting him down. At least we get to vote "NO" on the budget! (Not that a "NO" vote ever stopped them from forcing their will onto the citizens they govern.)

The seating study for APAC reveals that for a mere $62,000, two railings can be replaced improving some sightlines. Another $300,000 is needed to rebuild steps in the balcony. They decided to see if they might fund the steps from the potential settlement they might get in the litigation we're involved in. The $62,000 might get funded in the upcoming budget. KUDOS to Gale O'Toole for asking for a priortized list of capital projects that need to be done and seeing where this one falls on that list!

GTA's President Don Palozzi lectured the BOE about needing to come to some resolution on the teacher's contract. Supt. Achramovitch responded 3 hrs. later by stating that negotiations are a two-way process and that it isn't strictly the district who needs to be working to resolve the issues. I bet Don was asleep by then ;)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Watching How They Spend Our $$ ...

 
At tonight's BOE meeting, there are two items of note that will speak volumes about how the BOE manages & expends OUR MONEY. I'm putting that into extra large print to remind them that after we write the checks to pay our taxes, it does NOT become their money. It is always OUR MONEY and is supposed to be managed wisely to support OUR SCHOOLS.

The first item will be deciding whether or not to spend about half million dollars more of OUR MONEY to "fix" the seating in A-PAC. Since the idea for this white elephant was first conceived, we've paid, and paid, and paid, and are STILL PAYING to try to get it safe, completed and usable. At this point, it's time to decide that enough is enough! I've seen no pricetag for the latest study to determine how to align the seating so people can both see and not become permanently disabled from too little leg room.

In these economically unfriendly times, it seems to me that the best solution may be to remove the seats with no view, rope them off and not sell tickets for them, or sell discounted tickets for them to people who are told there is no view. All three of these options involves saving about $500,000 of OUR MONEY! From board room discussions I've heard in recent years, OUR MONEY would go a long ways in providing some much needed repairs to this district's much neglected buildings ... like Olympia HS.

The other item the BOE will be discussing tonight deals with the emotionally charged "Senior Tax Exemption." Now let me say upfront that I'm not one who goes around suggesting that we toss grandma to the curb. However, there is nothing right or fair about how this exemption is determined, applied or handled. The way things stand, some older folks get to live in homes where they pay reduced school taxes, or sometimes they pay NO SCHOOL TAXES at all! Of course, if someone isn't paying their share, YOU & I get to pick up the tab for them - it gets added to OUR BILLS. We make up for the reduction using OUR MONEY. There are close to 1300 such properties in Greece and the seniors who live in them want the BOE to increase the allowed income limits. They want Greece to align with other districts. I want Greece to be a leader and drop this unfair program altogether.

If I understand this program correctly, income from IRA's is handled differently than income from a 401K resulting in one person getting  a nice exemption while another gets none despite having similar incomes. On top of that, it is possible to reside in a home that has a relatively high property value ($250,000+) and pay NOTHING towards school taxes under this exemption! But the little guy who works hard to scrape enough together to feed his family gets to pick up the extra tab on the tax bill for his "average" home assessed at around $110,000. Does this make sense? I think not! Worse still, most on the BOE have no clue how much extra the little guy has to pay to keep grandma in her home which she can no longer afford! If you can't pay your taxes, it's unlikely you can afford to heat your home or maintain it.

Gov. Paterson is talking deep cuts to state aid to school districts. That is our warning of things to come. The time to halt foolish spending and to make certain everyone "suffers" equally is NOW. Will our BOE have the guts to do the job? We'll be watching how they spend OUR MONEY ...
 

Monday, November 09, 2009

County Health Dept Holding Onto 4000 H1N1 Vaccine Doses

YNN reports:
  • Of 9000 doses received, 1000 went to EMTs & emergency responders
  • 4000 went to OB/GYNs & pediatricians
  • The rest is being withheld until enough is available to hold a public clinic
  • Another 15,000-20,000 doses will be needed to conduct them

SCATS ~~ I don't understand why 4000 doses would be withheld until it can be dispensed at a clinic when kids are getting ill now! Does this make sense to anyone?

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Monday Math Problem ...




SCATS ~~ I've got several examples of test questions gone awry that I'll post every so often. Enjoy :)

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

  
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss pending litigation.

BOE Committee Reports
Finance Committee
Transportation Committee
Audit Committee
Assets Initiative Committee
MCSBA Committee Reports

Supt's Reports
Vision Statement Approval (W/A)
APAC Seat & Sightline Report
Senior Tax Exemption
EXCEL Project Update
Athletic Policy Update - Fall Season Data

Unfinished Business
Follow-up List
Board Handbook

New Business
2010 - 2011 Course Offering Guide Approval (W/A)
MCSBA Albany Trip - December 7, 2009
NYSSBA Conference Report

Greece KFC Robbed

 
YNN reports GPD looking for suspect who took bank deposit bag & hit employee in face in parking lot.

Engineering Report on APAC Seating Ready

  
D&C Reports: Supt. To Share Report On Options Tuesday Night

Suggested "fix" comes with $471, 718 pricetag!

"There have been complaints about the seats being uncomfortable and having no view of the stage. We wanted to see what could be done." ~~ BOE Prez. Pat Tydings

SCATS ~~ Who commissioned this study from The Bernier Carr Group and at what cost? I thought they were assessing the structural repairs. When did that goal change? Hey Pat, what have you done about complaints that GCSD does a poor job of educating kids? You didn't commission a study on that!

The 17 page study can be seen on BoardDocs under agenda item 3.02.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Senior Tax Exemptions Discussion Tuesday

 
The Tuesday BOE Meeting Will Include Discussion of Senior Income Exemptions (see BoardDocs memo under 3.03 on the agenda)  & the BOE's Options Which Include:

• Leave the current Exemption Schedule in place and revaluate it again next year.


• Change the current Exemption Schedule for the 2009-10 school year up to the statutory limit, or a value in between.

• Any change to the current schedule would need to be finalized by February 1, 2009 for the 2009-10 property taxes. In addition, a public hearing would be required.

Nearly 1300 properties could be impacted leaving the rest of us to pay for the "relief" provided to senior citizens who may be living in properties with (comparitively) very high assessed values.

SCATS ~~ Should the BOE "rob Peter to pay Paul" based upon age discrimination (which this is!)?

Friday, November 06, 2009

Will Ann Mitchell Succeed Supt. Steve Achramovitch?

 
SCATS ~~ Is this why the BOE hasn't set up a search committee?

Anonymous said...

That's my guess. It occurred to me one day when I was thinking about the fact that Supt. Achramovitch will NOT be returning for the 2010-2011 school year (this right from the mouth of CP, who would know). I think the reason we are hearing nothing in terms of a search committee, etc. is because the BOE already knows who they will put in the top spot. Dr. AM -- I would bet my first born on it. I hope I'm wrong, but my instincts tell me otherwise.   11/06/2009 2:10 PM

Maloney Concedes Election

 
WHEC-TV reports that Dan Maloney conceded the Greece Supervisor's race today. The Election Commissioner canvassed the voting machines and confirmed that the tallies matched the voting papers.

YNN reports "Auberger told Maloney that he showed a lot of class to call and offer his congratulations. Maloney said the supervisor was a real gentleman."
 

GCSD PARENTS: Will This Video Do The Trick?

  
Proper Hallway Behavior ~~ This video displays all sorts of poor behavior students are asked to identify. The focus is on what they are doing wrong. Why not make this a learning experience and ask students to identify those who are behaving properly and explain why it is the preferred choice?

SCATS ~~ Let's see. It's not appropriate to hug in the hallway but the person who tries to shut someone else inside a locker isn't mentioned ... hmmm ... I give this video  a failing grade!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Election Analysis: Greece Supervisor

 
I've received a few email with some info to share regarding how things actually panned out for Auberger & Maloney on Tuesday. Here's what I'm told:

Less than 9% of Democrats turned out to vote.

Auberger received 10, 680 votes total. They breakdown as:
Republican - 7935
Independent   724
Conservative 2021

Maloney received 10, 258 votes total, for a difference of just 422 votes. Maloney's votes breakdown to:
Democrat 9525
Working Families 733

From one email:  "Dan was the recipient of almost 3200 Republican votes. He actually crushed Auberger Republican to Democrat by 2000 votes. The Conservative and Independent lines made the difference for Jack."

Developer Pitches Theater With Hotel, Restaurants, Retail To RBTL

  
24 Acre site is right off expressway & just 24 minutes from Pittsford;
But would westside residents go to RBTL shows?

STORY

Rochester #8 On "Fastest Dying Cities" List

Buffalo Ranks #3

LINK

SCATS ~~ I sure hope Auberger gets over his need to continue to slam Maloney about his slim win before no one is left in Greece or the area to hear him bellyache. Either tell us specifically what "lies" you had to overcome or shut-up and move on, John. We need a leader. Sadly, we're stuck with you.

More Violence At Olympia HS

  
MPNNews Reports: Staff at the Greece Olympia High School are assisting the Police Department in identifying suspects, allegedly a group of Olympia freshmen, who attacked a man Oct. 21.

SCATS ~~ That's two violent attacks by a group of people only one week apart (reference the next BLOG below this one) involving Olympia HS. I think the community should be asking if this is gang related.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Violence Isn't Just A City Issue ...

From the D&C's Police Reports: "Candy stolen: A victim was beaten and robbed of fundraising candy and money on the pedestrian footpath between Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane and Fetzner Road on Oct. 28." (Listen up PTA - fundraising can be dangerous!)

From Today's D&C : Greece man charged in beating after weekend party. His victim is suffering with a broken neck & jaw.

SCATS ~~ In the last 10 days or so, I've noticed a disturbing return to an old pattern for Greece PD vehicles. I keep spotting them congregated in parking lots and at local eateries like they used to do before the scandals erupted. The ONLY difference now is that they are trying to be a bit more discreet about it. I've seen the cars behind TOPS near the loading docks and parked behind the Mt. Read Tim Horton's. Yes, I understand the need to take a break BUT three or more cars shouldn't be off the road and everyone on break together at the same time. It not only looks bad, it leaves the community open to other trouble, like getting mugged while walking home from school.

Special Thanks ...

I want to give special thanks to all of the people who contributed by various means to help me keep things going during the last several months! Covering GCSD, all the various scandals in town, campaign events, town meetings, political issues, etc. was a VERY BIG JOB. Your contributions, emails, research, etc. are all sincerely appreciated!

And a very special thank you to my creative and amusing artistic contributor :) Your Photo Shop program can finally cool down for awhile now!

And last but not least, thanks to all of you who regularly read and contribute to this BLOG. Regardless of your point-of-view or political affiliation, YOU are SCATS.

BOE Hearing/Meeting Recap

 
The Supt's budget presentation touched upon topics including:

Enrollment projections - We'll gain 60 students in 2014/15
Reserve funds - Will help stabilize insurance & legal costs
Substitute teaching costs - Uncertain in light of H1N1
Transportation costs - Comprise 6-7% of total budget

Special SCATS KUDOS  to Frank Oberg for his suggestion that stipend positions could be replaced with volunteers!

Predictably, TWO people (both PTA'ers) showed up to speak at the budget hearing. Both messages: Don't cut anything, we should be adding things.

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SCATS gives KUDOS to both Gale O'Toole and Frank Oberg for their insistence that BOE policies and the Supt's regulations related to drug/alcohol/tobacco use by chaperones, coaches etc. should be in the BEST INTERESTS OF THE STUDENTS, not the rights of the adults!

Shame on Supt. Achramovitch for NOT tightening up the Supt. Regulations after the hockey incident last winter. I explicitely recall him stating that HE WOULD DO SO when Julia Van Orman was BOE Circus Posse Prez. and leading a discussion on the fallout of that embarassing debacle. One more lie on his already littered record ...

Comic Relief ... A Timely Tale ...

  
The Story of Old Butch

John was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

He kept records,and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all! When he went to investigate,he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, could run for cover.

To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet,do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well. Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making.

Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.

Vote carefully next year, the bells are not always audible.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

MALONEY & AUBERGER ARE VERY CLOSE!

***RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL***  (as per MCBE)

Maloney has 49.2% (109 districts of 109 reporting)
RECOUNT!!!!

Auberger has 50.8% Projected WINNER
Note to Auberger: This is far from being a MANDATE by the community! Take heed!

Ward 2

MOSCATO 41.6% ( 29 of 29 districts)

BILSKY  58.4 % WINNER

Ward 3

Lavin 45.0% (27 districts of 27)

Conlon 51.1 % WINS

ALL OTHER WARD/TAX Rec'r races are REPUBLICAN DOMINATED

O'Keefe Wins Ward 1

Election Returns/Results For Greece ...

RECOUNT THOSE BALLOTS!!!

SUPERVISOR ~~ Auberger   Maloney

Ward 1 ~~ O'Keefe   Lee-Byfield

Ward 2 ~~   Bilsky      Moscato   

Ward 3 ~~ Conlon   Lavin

Ward 4 ~~ Morris  Nielsen

Receiver of Taxes ~~ Trimmer   Taylor

Did You Remember To ...




VOTE?


 

LOCAL CHILD DIES FROM SWINE FLU

A school-aged child from Genessee County has died from a CONFIRMED CASE of swine flu (H1N1).

STORY

CoffeeReady said...

I will tell you they are NOT telling parents nor are they being TRUTHFUL. I have a few out sick one very sick with a secondary infection. I called last week and was told less than 10% out. Well fast forward to this week and run into a staff member of Longridge and person reports there were no less that 100 per day out last week. After picking up missed work for my kids schools and chatiing with the nurse, the rates are on an average 5 per class out. 20 per day being sent home. The median class size is 20 that is 25%out. So I called again to be told the same info aa last week, less that 10%, that was per District office. HMM fuzzy math again? I don;t think so.   11/03/2009 2:42 PM

SCATS ~~ With the number of local cases growing rapidly in recent days, I wonder what the rate of absenteeism among both students and staff is in Greece Central? How often does the BOE get updated on flu related information? Or are they hoping no one asks?

BOE Budget Pre-Hearing & Policy on Coaches Conduct Tonight

 
Pre-Budget Hearing @ 6:30PM TONIGHT
Followed by Study Session on:
Policies 6150 & 6151 Coaches Conduct While Supervising Students

SCATS ~~ If they truly (truly is the keyword here) wanted public input then I think they would have given us some advanced info on the budget so we could prepare some intelligent remarks for the hearing AND they would have scheduled this for a different night instead of election night! 

!!!! BALL INDICTMENT DROPPED !!!!

 
Judge Affronti: D.A. FAILED IN HIS LEGAL OBLIGATIONS
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE
  

Monday, November 02, 2009

Polls Open 6AM-9PM Today


GET OUT & VOTE!

Supervisor ~ Dan Maloney
Ward 1 ~~ Your Choice*
Ward 2 ~~ Joe Moscato
Ward 3 ~~ Shawn Lavin
Ward 4 ~~ Karl Nielsen
Tax Receiver ~ Kathy Trimmer

GET OUT & VOTE!


* SCATS endorsed Shannon O'Keefe, but it was a REALLY tough choice. Vote your conscience.






Vote Tuesday!!

 
Tuesday Is "Pluck You Day" John!



Last Minute Campaigning ...

"I want to open up town government. Re-building trust. Getting the price back. No more scandal. No more corruption." ~~ Dan Maloney

WHEC

!!!! BALL INDICTMENT DROPPED !!!!

JUDGE AFFRONTI:
D.A. FAILED IN HIS LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

"Clearly, from the facts presented, the prosecution did not reveal to the Defendant the nature or subject of the investigation, either written or verbal, and the evidence before this Court decidedly establishes that the prosecution failed to disclose in any manner whatsoever, even the general scope of possible charges surrounding the Defendant.” Affronti wrote.

"The case law we think is clear that we didn't have to give (Ball) notice." ~~ DA, Mike Green about plans to appeal Affronti's ruling

STORY

SCATS ~~ Thanks to Mr. Auberger, I can practically smell another lawsuit coming! Will Rahn's case be dismissed next?

Guess What?

They ARE "as thick as thieves" @ Greece Town Hall!

The people/groups listed below all contributed to John Auberger's Campaign fund:

ANTHONY, PATRICIA
CAROL, LEO (Our new assessor!)
CHATTERTON, STEVE (GPD)
CONLON, ANDREW (3rd Ward candidate 2009)
DIPALMA, JANET
DOBSON, DOUGLAS
FRIENDS OF RAY DIRADDO (Greece Town Atty)
FIRKINS, KATHRYN (AKA "I am him")
GREECE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (What a shock!)
GREECE POLICE GOLD BADGE CLUB
LOEWKE BRILL CONSULTING GROUP (GCSD Consulting!)
MACKIN, WILLIAM (GPD ... I wonder if he is STILL a "friend"? )
OKEEFE, SHANNON (Contributor in 2008, Greece Town Board in 2009!)
PHELAN, PATRICK (GPD)
SELKE, WILLIAM (Greece's "professional" volunteer!)
TAJKOWSKI, GARY

"Closed, Clubby & Corrupt" ~~ Exhibit G

"Justice has been served and those who violated the public trust will be punished in accordance with the law." ~~ John Auberger, Greece Supervisor, regarding the assessor's scandal

This stock sentence is used for EVERYTHING Auberger let's happen on his watch ...
... Chuck Schwab ...
... Nick Joseph ...
... Gary Pignato ...
... Merritt Rahn ...

And those are just the ones we've "DISCOVERED."
Give John 4 more years and he will ADD to the list!
It's time Auberger face his punishment

FIRE JOHN AUBERGER ON NOVEMBER 3rd

HIRE DAN MALONEY ~~ He'll work for YOU.

*** LONSBERRY ENDORSES MALONEY ***

 
Lonsberry Explains Why He's Dropped John:

"In a patronage-heavy town, if you wanted a job, you had to get past John Auberger.

He is pretending otherwise now because two disgraced cops hired by his department probably were brought on at his direction. John Auberger denies that, and essentially says that all he did was follow the recommendations and background checks provided him.

That’s what made me drop him."

READ IT ALL

REMINDERS:

Auberger DECLINED to debate Maloney TODAY  on WHAM1180AM
HE WAS "TOO BUSY!" (I wonder if he's started shredding documents & packing up? Hmmm ... )

Maloney was on Brother Wease (95.1AM) today @9AM.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

"Closed, Clubby & Corrupt" ~~ Exhibit F

Did I also mention mean-spirited, dysfunctional, dishonest and wasteful of your tax dollars? The Greece GOP cronies can't be trusted.

Braddock's Bay has been left to fester, a broken promise to Greece boaters and the marina operator.

Call Town Hall with a complaint and they want your name, address & phone number to call you back ... after they see if you donate to the Friends of Auberger fund??

At a recent forum, Auberger was more interested in getting the name & address of the person asking him tough questions than he was in responding to the issues raised.

Once the Fair Campaign Practices deadline passed, the Greece GOP mailed out anti-Maloney flyers they KNOW wouldn't pass muster!

Robert Marone of Rob-U-Trad fame donated funds accepted by John Auberger!

Auberger's campaign donations list is filled with people who work for the Town of Greece and Greece PD ... nothing stinky about that, right Jack? We pay our taxes. Auberger uses it to pay their salary. They deposit part of it back into Auberger's campaign war chest. Tax dollars laundered by the Town!

A "fair" assessment in Greece is based upon who you know, not what you own.

GREECE:
DISCOVER THE PROMISE.
DISCOVER THE CORRUPTED.
DISCOVER THE LIES.



"I Didn't Know!"
"I Called for an Investigation!"
" I Had Faith!"
" I Left No Stone Unturned!"
" $400,000+ Absolved
                                                  Me!"

Monday on Lonsberry (WHAM 1180AM) ...

AUBERGER vs. MALONEY
Debate @ 11AM


Our Response To GOP Mailer Portraying Maloney As "The Devil" ..



The Good 'Ole Boys Must Be Feeling Extreme Desperation!
Don't forget to check out SCATS' BLOG about Auberger's connections to prayinjesusname.org. It's scarier than the devil!



"Closed, Clubby & Corrupt" ~~ Exhibit E


"I hire everyone."   
"I don't recall that Pignato was there ..."
"I didn't do a written evaluation."
"I wasn't asked to debate (Maloney)."
"We (Town Board) do all our "homework" at agenda setting meetings." (An illegal meeting since it isn't posted!)
"I had trust and faith in my employees."
"The laws prevent me from ... " (fill in the blank)
"I got the curfew at the mall." (He doesn't own/run the mall!)
"I built the Community & Senior Center without cost to taxpayers." (HA!! He must think we're really stupid!)
"I've kept taxes low." (Psst! Greece has the highest taxes of any town in Monroe County & Monroe County is at the top in the nation!)
"I hired Pignato based on recommendations I received ..." (Nevermind that Pignato hired a transvestite to perform oral sex on another RPD officer at a birthday party in a previous job! )
"I took action as soon as the problem came to light." (Regarding Rahn, your actions came 10 YEARS AFTER the "FELONIES" were committed!!!)

This list could go on and on and on! Feel free to add more in the Comments area.

The bottom line: John T Auberger accepts no responsibility for anything that goes awry! He's a "victim." "Victims" lead dysfunctioal lives. He's brought the Town of Greece to its knees with his dysfunctional "leadership" and dealings.

SCATS Endorses Kathleen Trimmer for Receiver of Taxes

  
In recent years when I've entered Town Hall's "Service Mall" to pay a tax bill, I usually have some questions. Sadly, my inquiries are too often met with a grumpy retort by the employee who gets to "help" me. Often, my questions are NOT answered fully. I shouldn't have to chase either people or paper to get a response. I've witnessed elders treated poorly if they dare to question anything, too. They remind me of the DMV Maggie Brooks "fixed" years ago. To me, this signals the need for some major change in "The Service Mall." I think Kathleen Trimmer is the change we need. Please read her message to voters poster inside the Comments area.



"Closed, Clubby & Corrupt" ~ Exhibit D



A Fully Scripted Town Board Agenda
 

SCATS Endorses Shannon O'Keefe For Ward 1

 
This was a very tough choice. In the end, Karen Lee-Byfield has been MIA on too many occasions during the campaign for my taste. She can't send stand-ins to meetings. Also, I do believe in the need for a two-party system with representation of both sides. For those reasons, and because I'm hopeful for the future, I'm endorsing Shannon O'Keefe.

O'Keefe's tenure on Town Board has been brief. During those few months since her appointment, she appears to be very comfortable sitting quietly until it is time to follow her script on that night's agenda ... and then she casts her "Aye" vote. She is a lawyer, so I'm convinced she does have a voice. I am praying she will begin to use it by asking questions, bringing discussion into the meetings and working to represent her constituents. If she doesn't, who will? At least she shows up for the job.

"Closed, Clubby & Corrupt" ~ Exhibit C

  
Prayer before Greece Town Board meetings is
ALL ABOUT JESUS !!
It's not about the "freedom" of religious expression. (I hope Linda Stephens is reading this.) Mr. Auberger, misrepresenting your intentions to instill YOUR PARTICULAR FAITH into Town Board meetings isn't very "Christian" of  you.



Here's the evidence with Auberger's name & face proudly displayed:

http://www.prayinjesusname.org/blog_post


http://www.prayinjesusname.org/blog_post/show/40

These web pages are annoyingly slow to open, so it requires patience. For that reason, I'm providing image "captures" of the evidence of Auberger's involvement, including the fact that his court case makes him "a hero" in the eyes of this group. By the way, one "purpose" of this organization is to try to get a chaplain's job and his million dollar pension (he said it was one million dollars in a video) recovered. Nowhere does this group promote any form of prayer other than the brand that "is in Jesus name."







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