Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Riddance To A Decade Of Scandals & Controversy

2000-2009*

Steve Walts
Charles Schwab
Greece Police Dept.

CIP
Leaked Audit Report

John Niccolo

A-PAC

Nick Joseph

Meg Keller-Cogan

Skip Beaver

Tub 'N Tan

Gary Pignato

Carolyn Hauer's Email Blooper

Coach Webb

Mall Curfew

Maggie's FAIR Plan

Gov. Spitzer

EEOC Lawsuits

Merritt Rahn

Rob-U-Trad

School Supply Stimulus Checks

Josephine Kehoe

John Auberger

Greece Democrats

* A noncomprehensive listing
(Is it any wonder Greece residents have tuned out?)

Anonymous said...

Come on, Folks. This is Greece. An embarrassment to anyone with a reasonable IQ and a clear thought process.* Well we are the victims of a corrupt town government, a corrupt county government and a totally incompetent state government. So if it wasn't for either the job or the kids living here, 90% of the town would bail out. Nice going town leaders, service clubs, Chamber and BOE! You have only taken 10 years to destroy what took 150 years to create. RIP. 
12/31/2009 7:46 PM

*Posting edited at author's request



KATHLEEN TRIMMER: TO BE RECEIVER of TAXES AFTERALL?

 
D&C NAMES WRONG PERSON & ASSOCIATES HER WITH WRONG PARTY

 Andrew Conlon ready to serve Greece's 3rd Ward



Meaghan M. McDermott • Staff writer • December 31, 2009

Shortly after noon on Friday, Andrew Conlon will take his oath of office and become the youngest member of the Greece Town Board.

"I always wanted to get involved politically, but didn't know I would do it at such a young age," said Conlon, 25, a 2002 graduate of Greece Athena High School. "I was kind of hesitant at first, but when I campaigned door to door, I realized that was what people wanted — someone with similar values, their best interests at heart and someone they could really trust."

Conlon, a contract administrator for Coordinated Care Services Inc., was elected to his first four-year term in office in November. A Republican, he defeated Democratic challenger Shawn Lavin to fill the 3rd Ward seat held by Republican Jerry Helfer. Helfer could not run again due to term limits.

Conlon said he looks forward to representing the interests of 3rd Ward residents.

"That ward in particular is very different than the other three," he said. "We have the older parts of Greece with neighborhoods like KodaVista and Dewey/Stone and then other areas like the Ridgeway and Boca neighborhoods. Especially in the Dewey/Stone area, I think people often feel they're the unheard voice in town government and I want to make sure they have a voice."

Other officials who will be sworn in during Friday's Town Board organizational meeting are Town Supervisor John Auberger; 1st Ward councilwoman Shannon O'Keefe; 2nd Ward councilman Bob Bilsky; 4th Ward councilman Kirk Morris; Town Justices Gino Nitti and Vincent Campbell; and Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Trimmer. All are Republicans.

MCDERMOT@DemocratandChronicle.com

SCATS ~~ This seems to validate what everyone suspected: To get elected in Greece is STRICTLY related to party affiliation, not fitness for the job ;)

Wa$ting Re$ource$ ...

 
I see there's another video aimed at Arcadia MS students that's been posted on the GCSD website. The latest shows "Proper Cafeteria Behavior" after first demonstrating horrible cafeteria behavior. Do you really think you need to explain what constitutes bad behavior to a Middle School Student?

Previously, videos of "Proper Hallway Behavior" were posted. I commented on those at length a couple of months ago. I'm left with even more questions after viewing the latest posting.

  •  How much do these videos cost to make?
  •  Are staff paid extra to appear in them?
  •  Are students required to view them?
  •  If so, how do you know they actually did?
  •  What payoff, if any, did GCSD see after making the first video about "Behavior in the Hallways"?
  • If there was little or none, why make another?
  •  What is the expected payoff on the Cafeteria Behavior video?
  •  I can't read most of the "print" on these videos. Even if I could, the screen changes so fast, I doubt I could read it all in the time given.
  • When can we expect to see some videos showing us things like "Proper Attire for Teachers" or "Ethical Behavior by BOE Members" or "How To Tell When Administration Is Telling Another Whopper in the Board Room"?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hot Off The Press ...


Greece "Police Reports": Lacks Substance & Credibility

Are we back to pretending to be a "Safe City?"

The D&C's list of reports for the period that appears to cover Dec 9th to Dec 21st suggests Greece is a virtual mecca of safety, aside from a handful of incidents.

What's wrong with this picture? Well, the period leading up to the holidays is usually very active for criminals who shoplift, break into autos parked at the mall, steal packages delivered to homes, burglarize homes for all those pretty wrapped gifts, etc. And then there's all of those "domestic disputes" and fender benders. Guess what? None for Greece! Among other things, this list fails to mention the call I made and GPD's response to it!

Now, while I can't speak for this week's list in the D&C, I've asked reporters in the past and was assured that their newspapers (Greece Post and D&C) print the information that GPD provides to them in its entirety. Based on that, I blame the Greece Police Dept. for leading us to believe in this fairy tale. Of course, realistically they are probably doing just what they are ordered to do by Uncle Auggie, right John?

Monday, December 28, 2009

What Are We Being Sued For This Time?

 
Anonymous said...
SCATS, work your sources. I saw someone serving papers to several people at Athena yesterday.   12/22/2009 7:42 PM

Anonymous said...
Ohhh, from what my friend told me they (GCSD) have been very,very naughty;) ;)
Our tax payer dollars won't even cover it considering they just settled a similar case in Jan '09!  12/22/2009 9:14 PM

Anonymous said...
Don't be surprised by what comes out of the session. A federal marshal was seen in one of the high schools serving papers to a certain principal!  12/27/2009 1:02 PM

Anonymous said...
My source says several administrative employees and others received papers. Looks like another lawsuit headed the district's way....   12/27/2009 8:33 PM

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Keeping Seniors Living In Their Own Homes...

 
WHOSE JOB IS IT??

  • BOE schedules public hearing Jan. 12th to decide if Senior Tax Exemption Limits should be raised.
  • Cost to nonexempted residents could rise from $23/year to $37/year.
  • "The cost of living has gone up over the past 15 years. And the point is to try and keep seniors in their own homes." ~~ Bill Selke, Greece
STORY

SCATS ~~ Sorry Bill, but if I can't afford to pay my share of taxes to stay in my own home, I have no choice but to downsize. So should seniors, especially in this economy!

To the BOE ~~ If you raise MY TAXES to pay for people who can't afford to remain in their homes (which are typically ALL PAID FOR by the time they collect Social Security) there will be HELL TO PAY trying to pass your budget in May!

From Charlie Hubbard ~~ I was disappointed the article did not explain how this program is in 'addition' to the Enhanced (senior) STAR.

2 Very important points here.

#1 To Mr. Selkes point Enhanced STAR has been increased from a $50,000 assessment reduction to now over $60,000 reduction - that for whatever reason is missing. Regular STAR has stayed at $30,000while Senior STAR has increased. These facts are missing from Mr. Selkes comments.

#2 The article fails to mention that Greece 'looses' state aid as a result of this program.

The board and administration is well aware of these facts. For those who would like further info feel free to contact me.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com
775-6015

Saturday, December 26, 2009

BOE Plans Special Meeting

 
Mon. Dec. 28th @5PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:00PM to discuss the employment history of particular person(s).

Paterson Tells Schools To Use Reserve Funds

 
95 % of school districts have reserve funds that total about $1.1 billion

"Many of these districts have very significant reserves after years of rapid increases in state funding. We believe that just as the state is using its rainy-day fund for cash-flow purposes, these school districts should take similar measures." ~~ Paterson budget spokesman Matt Anderson

STORY

SCATS' Message To The BOE: You told us the money in reserve was for a rainy day. Well folks, it's raining! If you don't make use of it, we won't trust you. Capisce?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Santa Brought Transparency!

  • Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Greece, Monroe County, New York, duly adopted Tuesday, December 15, 2009, the following was authorized: Establishing January 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m., at the Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Boulevard, as the time and place when the Greece Town Board will conduct the 2010 Organizational Meeting.

  • Please take notice that the organizational meeting for the Barnard Fire District of the Town of Greece, will be held on the 3rd day of January, 2010, at noon on that day at the Barnard Fire Station, 3084 Dewey Ave., Rochester 14616. This notification is being given to the news media pursuant to the provisions of Section 94 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York. By order of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Barnard Fire District.
MPNNow

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Warm Thoughts ...





Merry Christmas
   

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tia Gerstner Plea Deal - JUST 6 Months Jail Time!

In a sweetheart deal, Gerstner gets only 6 mo. in Monroe County jail, 5 yrs. probation, her driver's license suspended for 5 yrs. and she is sentenced as an adult.

In return, Gerstner agrees to not appeal.

“I feel indescribable pain each day and struggle every day to focus. I will never be whole again. I am extremely resentful that since the accident, (Gerstner) got to resume her life as it was. She finished her senior year, went to the senior ball and graduated, while our world has been crushed.”” ~~ Deborah Mueller, mother of Joseph Mueller, Gerstner's DWI victim

STORY

SCATS ~~ This makes me want to vomit! Is there ever real justice in Greece NY? Aparently not! Teens can burglarize autos with no fear of reprisal, and they can get drunk and drugged up and kill a friend in a DWI with little consequence.

The 12 Days of Christmas (On Vince Tofany Blvd.)

 
On the first day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the second day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the third day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Eight pundits nagging,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Nine headlines screaming,
Eight pundits nagging,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Ten cop cars cruising,
Nine headlines screaming,
Eight pundits nagging,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Eleven closed door meetings,
Ten cop cars cruising,
Nine headlines screaming,
Eight pundits nagging,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
Auberger gave to me,
Twelve seniors voting,
Eleven closed door meetings,
Ten cop cars cruising,
Nine headlines screaming,
Eight pundits nagging,
Seven spas "massaging,"
Six lawsuits pending,
Five plea deals!
Four more indictments,
Three cops a-shredding,
Two convicted felons,
And investigator Joe Loszynski.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nick Joseph's Lawyers Say DA Withheld Evidence

 
Lawyers ask Judge Affronti to vacate Joseph's conviction

Affronti is withholding his ruling

STORY

The 12 Days of Christmas (in GCSD-land)

  
On the first day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
A new "Super" on floor three ...

On the second day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the third day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the fourth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the fifth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the sixth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the seventh day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the eighth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Eight unions "yea"-ing,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the ninth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Nine teachers suing,
Eight unions "yea"-ing,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the tenth day of Christmas
The Greece school board gave to me,
Ten computers whirring,
Nine teachers suing,
Eight unions "yea"-ing,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the eleventh day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Eleven buses idling,
Ten computers whirring,
Nine teachers suing,
Eight unions "yea"-ing,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

On the twelfth day of Christmas
The school board gave to me,
Twelve lawyers billing,
Eleven buses idling,
Ten computers whirring,
Nine teachers suing,
Eight unions "yea"-ing,
Seven schools a-swaying,
Six props a-passing,
Five more snow days!!
Four fields with lights!
Three schools-of-choice!
Two more consultants,
And a new Super on floor three ...

GPD Shooting Case Going To Grand Jury

 
Victim's brother inlaw wants thorough investigation because of GPD's history of scandals.

GPD is conducting their own internal investigation.

STORY

SCATS ~~ I suggest everyone read the article in today's D&C about when the use of deadly force by police is justified and how it's employed.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Comptroller: End To Federal Stimulus $$ To Leave Schools In "Dire Straits"

 
$2 Billion funding gap expected even if state aid remains the same
Property taxes would have to rise 7.7% to keep the status quo

STORY

SCATS ~~ This should be heeded as a warning by the Greece BOE that the time has come to make some SIGNIFICANT CUTS in non-educational areas ... stipends, coaching fees, transportation, administration, travel, training, etc.

"The Message" In The Roderick Scott Verdict ...

 
Bob Lonsberry Writes:

"But it does send a message to the criminal element that not everybody lies down and lets their neighborhood be taken over by thugs. It sends a message that crime is a dangerous business and sometimes things can go horribly wrong ...

The law says you can leave your house, even in the middle of the night. The law says that if you’ve got a permit for a gun you can carry it with you. The law in New York says you can make a citizens arrest if you witness someone committing “any offense” – and breaking into cars falls under “any offense.”

And finally, the law says that when you fear for the life or limb of yourself or another person, you may use deadly physical force. You have the right of self-defense."

SCATS ~~ Thank you Bob Lonsberry for very clearly repeating the real message in this verdict! And thank you Roderick Scott for reminding us all that everyone of us sheeple has a responsibility for stopping the takeover of our neighborhoods by those who want us to cower in fear inside our homes while they wreak havoc in our world.

NYS Senate Report Proposes Ways To Make Property Taxes More Equitable

 
Report proposes:
  • legislation to limit property taxes based on ability to pay
  •  measures to stem the proliferation of exemptions
  • establishment of a uniform compensation system for state-owned land 
  • help so local governments can improve efficiency
STORY

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Audio of Police Call Leading Up To Shooting

 
LINK TO AUDIO

GPD SHOOTS, KILLS GUN-TOTING MALE

 
Incident started following his DWI arrest by Monroe County Sheriff Deputy

After he was taken home, he threatened himself with a pistol

Then he walked through his neighborhood threatening himself & police

Police are unsure if the man fired his weapon

STORY

SCATS ~~ Another amazing incident that could ONLY happen in Greece ... how long will it be before police figure out whether he fired his gun or not? Thank goodness it isn't raining, or we might never know.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Two Athena HS Students Arrested After Fight

 
A school staff member & resource officers suffered minor injuries while breaking up the lunch break brawl between two female students.

D&C

Friday, December 18, 2009

JURY ACQUITS RODERICK SCOTT!!

  
After 19 1/2 hrs. of deliberations, they find :
He acted in self defense

STORY

Scats ~~ Finally, justice prevails for this innocent man!

Note to ADA Julie Finocchio: Now that your scapegoat has been found innocent, it's time to ensure the actual criminals in this case be brought to justice ~~ Brian Hopkins & James Cervini

Note to anyone interested : Please consider a donation to help Mr. Scott with the huge costs associated with defending himself. Thank you!

RODERICK SCOTT DEFENSE FUND

Scott Jury DEADLOCKED!!

 
Judge Tells Them To Try Again

If deadlock continues, the judge could dismiss the case OR declare a mistrial. A mistrial would require a new trial be conducted.

Walmart Timetable @ Northgate Unknown

 
Project Approval By Town of Greece Expires Early Next Year

Residents Against Walmart Undecided About Further Legal Action

STORY

SCATS ~~ And while the developers procrastinate, Greece govt turns a blind eye to the worsening eyesore at Northgate!

Technical Troubles ...

 
SCATS is experiencing technical difficulties that are making it unpredictable as to when/if comments, edits and other pages can be accessed and updated. Please be patient. It may be a day or so before the issues are completely resolved. Until then, updates will done as they become available.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Crux Of The Scott/Cervini Case

 
According to the Live BLOG from today's D&C, Judge Egan's instructions to the jury center on the following issues:

Egan: You are the sole judges of credibility of every witness.

Egan: with respect to the only charge-- first-degree manslaughter. Scott has raised the defense of justification, also known as self-defense. He is not required to prove that. The people are required to prove the case.

Egan: under law, a person may use deadly force on another person, when in the case he feels he reasonably needs to use deadly physical force.

Egan: Deadly physical force means it is readily capable of causing death or other serious physical injury.

Egan: The reasonable part of it means that a reasonable person in Scott's position would have had those same belielfs as Scott did in this situation and would have used the same deadly physical force in the same circumstances. And that another person would have used the same force if they honestly felt that way at the time.

Egan: The defendant would not be justified if he was the initial aggressor. The person who reasonably believes another is about to use deadly physical force on him need not wait for the other person to strike the first blow or inflict the first wound.

Egan: Whether or not the people have proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt will determine whether you find the defendant guilty of this crime.

Egan: In order to find him guilty of first-degree manslsughter, You will need to find the following elements: that the defendant caused the death of Cervini and did so with intent and was not justified in causing the death of Cervini. If you cannot find the 3 elements, you must find him not guilty.

The jury is prepared to be sequesterd, if necessary.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Congratulations To Teacher Karen Schindler

 
She is one of eleven Monroe County teachers (117 total from NY State) awarded the "gold standard of teaching" with certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Candidates spend 200-400 hours of their own personal time having their teaching measured against  very high, rigorous standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments. Teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidate’s teaching and students’ learning are included in the assessments.

Story

SCATS ~~ GCSD is the largest local suburban district, but has only one winner. Why is that the case when Fairport has FOUR??

Roderick Scott: Guilty? Or Not?

 
Closing arguments began this morning in this trial where Roderick Scott is facing prison time if convicted of Manslaughter in the First Degree.

The prosecution MUST PROVE that Scott intended to cause serious physical injury or death. But they also must prove, by credible evidence, that at the time he shot, in doing that, that Scott was not justified.

If you were on the jury, would you convict Scott for INTENDING TO CAUSE SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY to Chris Cervini? Or would you decide he was not guilty and operated within his rights to DEFEND HIMSELF WHEN FEELING THREATENED, as any "reasonable" person would have done?

Please remember the premise of "beyond a reasonable doubt." Also please remember it is the PROSECUTION'S JOB to PROVE GUILT. Scott is presumed innocent unless that guilt is proven.

Since the jury gets this case tomorrow afternoon (likely), the poll will end in 72 hrs.

GCSD Supt: Delayed State Aid No Problem

 
GCSD has the funds to absorb the delayed $289,378 in aid out of $2.9 million total aid due.
"There isn't a lot of clarity in dealing with any of this, and we need that clarity. Right now, everything refers to this as a delay and if this continues to simply be a delay, we can manage our cash flow." ~~ Supt. Steve Achramovitch

STORY

SCATS ~~ Dear Santa ... please bring our Superintendent a crystal ball ... he really, really wants some "clarity" for Christmas ... his $200,000+ salary just isn't enough to get him off the fence. Oh and one more thing Santa. Could you PUH-LEEZE find him a new job somewhere far, far away from Greece NY? Our schoolchildren really need an educational break! Thank you Santa. Merry Christma-Kwanza-Kuh to you and Mrs. Claus :)
 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Live BLOG Details Rod Scott's Testimony

 
Roderick Scott's testimony in the shooting of Chris Cervini gives insights into Scott's actions that night.

"Isn't it the police's job to investigate crime?" ~~ ADA Finocchio to Scott

"As citizens, it's all of our jobs." ~~ Roderick Scott's reply to Finocchio

Cervini's last words: "I'm just a kid."

READ HERE
 

One Trial Set For Rahn

 
Judge agrees to hold one trial for the multiple criminal counts against Rahn

Trial is set to start March  29th.

D&C Story

Closed, Clubby & Corrupt Meet Tonight

  
6PM @ Greece Town Hall

Come watch the antithesis of democracy act like they own us

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paterson To Delay State Aid Payments

Will This Be The "Rainy Day" The BOE Planned For?

Will They Use Reserve Funds To Offset Impact?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Class Size, Walk/Ride Distance & Electives Could Feel Budget Ax

    
Administration looks at ways to deal with $12 million bloat in budget to $207 million for 2010

Raising elementary class sizes to 25 pupils/classroom would allow reduction of 11 teachers

"We are looking at making reductions right now because we believe a 6 percent budget increase is just too much to take." ~~ Supt. Steve Achramovitch

"What we're going to have to do is look at which areas we have any flexibility or discretion in." ~~ Pat Tydings, BOE president.

D&C STORY

SCATS ~~ Well DUH, Pat! So you will look at increasing distances children must walk to school, without touching schools-of-choice? Do you really want that kind of a rebellion on your hands?
 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Budget Busters: Stipends & Coaching Fees

 
At the November 10th BOE meeting, the Board of Education approved the expenditure of $29,000+ for stipends for extracurricular activities and the expenditure of $54,000+ in coaching fees! These costs do NOT include expenses like transportation or equipment and supplies required to offer various sports and activities.

THE BOE APPROVES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THESE POSITIONS NEARLY EVERY MONTH!
  

Friday, December 11, 2009

CERVINI LEGALLY DRUNK WHEN SHOT

 
Evidence of past use of marijuana also present in blood, according to Jeanne Beno, the chief toxicologist for the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

STORY

Berkeley Brean reports that one juror keeps falling asleep during testimony. Also plays "air drums" and silently "sings" songs. He even nodded when a toxicology witness was asked about TZHC, a component of marijuana.

SCATS ~~ With each passing day of testimony, it is looking more and more like taking Roderick Scott to trial is a huge waste of taxpayer money intended to railroad a citizen who did exactly what he claimed he did: defended himself with a legally permitted weapon!

The teens involved were repeat trouble-makers, liars and thieves who held no respect for the property of others and Chris Cervini illegally smoked, drank and used drugs which may well have led to his decision to charge at Scott and result in his own death. I'm searching hard but I haven't heard much evidence to support anyone's contentions about what happened that night, except for Mr. Scott's.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Olympia HS Teens Walk Across I - 390




  
The D&C Blogger reported on Dec. 9th: " ... I found myself muttering “are these kids crazy, they think they won’t get hit?” when I was driving on 390N yesterday as Olympia let out. A new group of Invincibles decided that it was perfectly safe to cross the expressway instead of taking Maiden Lane. I hit the brakes, along with probably 6 or 7 other vehicles spread across the lanes as they crossed without a care to their safety or to the accidents that could have happened between cars."

SCATS ~~ If I'm not mistaken, it is still illegal to walk on an expressway! 911 should have been called along with the BOE, the GCSD Supt. and the principal of Olympia HS. The district needs to put out a message to Olympia HS students warning against such risky behavior.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Coming Soon ... ?





James Cervini: Is He Telling The "Whole Truth?"

 
Or Did He Already Tell Us The "Whole Truth" Back In April?

When questioned by Greece PD after Chris Cervini was shot to death last April, both James Cervini and his friend Brian Hopkins gave police written statements detailing what happened that night. I've provided links to them below. Neither statement mentions that Chris Cervini or either of the other two boys froze in place and raised their hands in the air to comply with Roderick Scott's announcement that he had a gun. Now James Cervini has testified stating that both he and his cousin Chris stood still with their arms up and palms out when Scott allegedly fired the first shot at Chris Cervini. (See D&C Story)

Given James Cervini's colorful past (which includes the fact he was breaking probation for a previous offense the night his cousin died - drinking, violating his curfew & attempted theft) and the fact he chose to go to sleep to save his own neck after Chris was shot that night, can we trust his testimony about the key element in this trial? If I were on the jury, I know I wouldn't.

James Cervini's Statement

Brian Hopkins' Statement

Once Again, Secrecy Trumps Transparency In Finding New Chief

 
According to today's D&C: "Kathryn Firkins said six candidates eligible to be considered for the position via the current Monroe County Civil Service list have said they're interested, and five other candidates from outside Monroe County have submitted resumes ... Firkins would not disclose the names of those who have applied for the position ..."

SCATS ~~ Not surprisingly, Greece's dysfunction continues despite our track record of multiple scandals. The sheeple reelected the same problemmatic "leaders" so the future holds promise for more of the same.

After the number of candidates for chief is whittled down from the current 11 interested parties to the "top three" by a committee, our Town Board will decide who gets the job. The community will have no insight into who any of the other contenders were. Even the BOE has a better track record than this when they chose our past and present Superintendents. Achramovitch was one of three contenders who were each introduced to the community at their own open forum.

Mr. Auberger, you need to do better than this! We no longer trust you!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Monroe County Police Chiefs Don't Want Greece's Top Job

 
“I think politics plays a large role in things that have been done and continue to be done in Greece. That being said, I have no interest in the current position." ~~ Brockport Chief Dan Varrenti

Town of Greece receives five resumes after sending out six canvassing letters.

Acting Greece Chief Brian Uhrmacher, New York State Police Captain Mike Cerretto and Webster Lt. Sal Simonetti are interested in the position.

STORY

SCATS ~~ Surprise, surprise! Who could have guessed that politics would play a role?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Prosecution Won't Call Brian Ball In Scott Case

 
UPDATE ~~ Tuesday's D&C reports that Off. McKeon testified that he had never seen Brian Ball's report that diagrams one bullet's path after it hit the garage door until Parrinello showed it to him on the stand yesterday.  McKeon also stated he had "not a clue" about who prepared the report authored by Ball.

YNN reports that Parrinello Is Laying The Foundation For A "Missing Witness Case."
Ball diagrammed the scene of the shooting.
Parrinello may call him to testify.

Also, Parrinello continued to question Off. Kevin McKeon about why a lumalight wasn't used to look for blood splatters when a bullet hole was found in a house at the scene12 hrs. later.

Parrinello: "I asked him, this was a death scene, and he acknowledged it. So I can't believe that it's more important to worry about a lumalight than to bring one there and try and detect where blood spots might have been."

ADA Julie Finocchio: "You're assuming in fact that blood did indeed leave the body after a gunshot and that's not always the case depending on where a person is hit. Most of the time bleeding is internal as opposed to external. I think that, coupled with the weather conditions, explains perhaps the absence of those things."

SCATS ~~ Actually Julie dear, testimony given last week showed there was MUCH blood external to the body. There were SEVEN wounds, right? Besides, we're talking about Greece PD and I think THAT explains it ;)

Reader From Afar Asks Why We Choose To Remain Closed, Clubby & Corrupt ...

Anonymous said...

While talking about being stupid, I finally must comment here. I don't live in Greece, thank God, but my neighbors and I have concluded that there must be something in your water that numbs your brains.

You hire a superintendent of schools that we ran out of town in 2006 for incompetence and other problems. Then you reelect the people who embarassed your town all over western New York. Yeah, that's right, we read the papers too as well a monitor this site just to keep tabs on A.

We western New Yorkers, while not being known for being the brightest lights on the tree, still recognize an administrative failure along with the stench of unprofessional conduct.

We have watched with keen interest the apparent controversy in your district over the fate of our former top flop. Your current board is reminiscent of one of ours who, in spite of public pressure to "grease the pole", refused to listen. Finally, we were able to get some board members replaced and they made him go away, all the way, 60 miles east. At the time, most in this area were dumbfounded that your board hired him and gave him $200,000. Apparently your board was guilty of not doing their homework or just plain stupid. At any rate, we couldn't be happier, our "gain was your loss."

Now it appears he has worn out his welcome and his trying to survive as he did here by compromising your present board. From our vantage point you are in trouble and the education of your kids is likewise. However, given the past and most recent developments in Greece, maybe that's what you want and deserve.   12/07/2009 12:55 PM

SCATS ~~ I used to think it was the water, but then I realized I think it's from eating all those "Garbage Plates" we're known for! The hot sauce numbs the tastebuds and soon a big helping of administrative/political BS tastes just fine, too. We're addicted to corruption, nepotism, drama and dysfunction. Could you reccomend a therapist?

Stupid Criminals ... And Homeowners!?!?

 
From Police Reports:
Someone broke into a Fetzner Road home on Nov. 26. The suspect took cash and jewelry, and left behind a 3-XL leather jacket and 23 decks of heroin.

SCATS ~~ WHO reported this theft??? Was the person who reported it arrested too? I'd love to see the insurance claim!



Sunday, December 06, 2009

BOE Meeting Tuesday @7PM (NOTE THE LATER TIME!)

 
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session  @5:00PM to discuss collective bargaining, pending litigation & the employment history of particular person(s).

Board Committee Reports
Finance Committee
Transportation Committee
Audit Committee
Assets Initiative Committee
MCSBA Committee Updates

Supt's Reports
District Technology Plan
Elementary Staffing Projections
EXCEL Project Update
Budget Overview
Medicaid Compliance Plan Update
Update on alio (What the heck is this??)

Unfinished Business
Follow-up List
Senior Tax Exemption Update

Financial Oversight
Approval of Teamster MOA (WHY are we doing this??)

New Business
Review Board Operating Procedures (BEWARE!! This will likely tie BOE member's hands via the agenda setting procedures! Excess control = DYSFUNCTION!)
Approval - Inter-Municipal Agreement (HOLD ONTO YOUR WALLET ALERT! This agreement with the Town of Greece already began Nov. 1!)

Policy
First Read Policy 1410 Policy
First Read Policy 1513 Voting At Meetings (OMG! This policy dictates when a BOE member can abstain! Excess control = DYSFUNCTION!)
First Read Policy 6190 Professional Services, Consultants and Contractors

SCATS ~~ It appears the BOE is trying to become more like the Town Board! ~~ "Closed, clubby & corrupt." They've already got corrupt down pat, so the focus is on closed & clubby.

Greece UPA Seeks Donations

  
Claims Rahn was "root of the problem" ...
...  not the rank & file officers.



SCATS ~~ This letter fails to state what UPA stands for, hmmm ...

Convicted Felon Retraces Theft of Rahn's Gun

 
D&C Finds & Interviews Prisoner Kenneth DeFazio A Decade After Stealing the Beretta Cougar From Merritt Rahn's Unmarked Car in 1999

A video of a portion of the interview is on the D&C website.

Upcoming Court Dates ~~ Rahn is scheduled to return to court for pretrial argument hearings Tuesday, but his attorney is involved in Roderick Scott's trial so the hearing is likely to be postponed.

Gary Pignato, imprisoned for coercing a woman into sex, is scheduled to be in court Wednesday, when it may be determined whether a plea deal is likely in a second criminal case against him.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Recent Item On Westside Cable Access Draws Response From Brian Caterino

 
This article appeared in


Suburban News on
Nov. 29th.

Click on to read it.







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Caterino's response:


If you are familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” than you are no doubt amused by David Dunning’s remarks in the November 29th article “Westsiders react to changes in local cable access.” Listening to Emperor Dunning describe the overwhelmingly blank PEG channels in the West Side as “pure” public access recalls the foolish Emperor of the fable who believes he is dressed in finery no one else can see. The most appropriate response to Emperor Dunning and the other west side emperors is ribald laughter at their indecent appearance. However the issue is more serious. The vanity and mean spirit of municipal leaders has taken a lively public forum with a wide and diverse array of programs and turned it into an empty wasteland.

The illegal seizure of PEG channels by westside municipalities ignored the need for public input and open discussion. Despite numerous requests there were no public hearings or meetings to discuss this matter. No public initiative was allowed. It was all done behind closed doors by administrative fiat. Yet while the public had no say in this decision you still foot the bill. If you subscribe to Time Warner cable you are still charged the franchise fees yet get no service for this payment.

I have asked Emperor Dunning about public access a couple of times and he expressed no interest in public access and little curiosity about its workings. I fail to see how he could be considered an authority on public access programming or capable of defining its true character. I don't know of any public access operators or analysts who would consider an empty screen good public access programming. Educable ran programming 24 hours a day. Public access channels all over the country use programming like Free Speech TV, DW and others for a variety of reasons. They provide alternative and sometime controversial perspectives and enhance cultural diversity. I guess all these access operators are dummies and only Emperor Dunning (and his tailors) can see the access in its true vestments. In reality, when municipalities intervene to remove programming like Free Speech TV that has an alternative character, they always have political motives. That’s the case here.

Public access was created to provide both a forum for the local community and the means to create programming. Both citizens and legislators realized that the average person had no way to get their ideas on the airways. Yet one has no effective rights to speak if the means and the public space to speak are limited and the opportunities systematically discouraged. That’s why public access includes local facilities for citizens to use, equipment for production and sometimes to loan out, staff to run and program the channels and to aid programmers, and when funding exists and staffing exists, to train area residents in video production. All of these features have been eliminated. Local residents opportunities and capabilities are limited -- not free What Dunning calls pure access is pure bs. It’s nothing but an empty shell.

The claim that there are technical issues is a typical code phrase used is to cover political aims. Since almost everyone can have such technical issues they be brought up at will when needed as an excuse for removing some group that is too vocal is allow local dissent. But technical requirements can be used to foster political aims. They can eliminate ordinary programmers who don’t size up and to discourage use of access channels by programmers. Time Warner accepts only limited number of formats most of which are not accusable to average citizens and the fourth is in the process of being phased out. They don’t accept many widely used formats. The claim that Time Warner has newer technology and that this is crucial to public access is bogus. Time Warner still includes BETA tapes not exactly the cutting edge in technology but not something many local programmers use. In contrast at educable we accepted and converted practically every format submitted. The aim is of access is to get people on the air and we went out of our way to make sure people got on.

Emperor Dunning claims that we at Educable have failed to run programming but does not specify anything. We have never been informed of any such issue by Emperor Dunning and we ask he provide evidence to substantiate his claim, and evidence he has informed us of his concern. To the contrary when Emperor Dunning took office he refused to submit programming or to use the channel. I have invited Emperess Gay Lenhardt to come on the channel numerous times The statements they make seem hypocritical.

Your access channels are being turned into GOP TV, a vehicle for public officials who already have power and authority and access to the media. -- primarily your local municipal and school district authorities The power of initiative which is supposed to lie with the community has been seized by local governments. You can’t have public access where there is no room for public initiative or the facilities for using access. IT’s a contradiction in terms. The claim that its serves just a few is belied by Emperor Dunning’s own statements in the article about taping meetings. Claiming that few care about access is a code phrase labeling those who disagree with GOP tv as few and irrelevant. Clearly they aren’t simply a few but they are the folks whose free speech rights access is meant to protect.

Brian Caterino

Tia Gerstner Offered Very Sweet Plea Deal In Fatal DWI Case!

 
Gerstner would have to plead guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter. In return, she would receive a sentence of 6 mo. in Monroe County Jail and 5 yrs. probation. Her driver's license would be suspended and she must agree to not appeal.

STORY


SCATS ~~ The DA's message seems to be that teens can get high and drunk, plow their cars into an innocent person's home resulting in death & destruction and serve only 6 months in jail to wipe the slate clean! No wonder crime in Rochester is skyrocketing! A similar attitude towards the teens in the Roderick Scott case was shown by ADA Finocchio this week too. She made some silly remark about how Cervini didn't deserve to die for some "stupid" teen activity of going through people's cars in the middle of the night.

Parrinello Pounds GPD On Sloppy Evidence Handling

 
The D&C reports that Roderick Scott's Attorney John Parrinello focused questioning on three areas in yesterday's court proceedings:

  • Why Officer Roger Cole (retired), an evidence technician, didn't use a special light to determine whether Cervini's blood could be found on the driveway or garage door at 39 Baneberry. Parrinello said the use of the light could have proved or disproved anticipated testimony by Cervini's cousin, James Cervini, that Cervini was shot near the garage door while he had his hands up. Cole said that he didn't use the light because of the weather conditions and the danger of wrecking its sensitive electric system in the rain.
  • How Cole's name wound up as co-author of a report detailing measurements regarding the bullet found lodged in the house. Although Cole said he took photos and assisted with the bullet's recovery, he said he didn't write the report and never saw it until Parrinello showed it to him on the witness stand.
  • How the jacket that was cut from Cervini, which was thrown into the street from the ambulance about 20 feet from where his body was found, was moved back to where his body had been. McKeon said he photographed the jacket next to where the body had been after Dep. Chief Mackin, who has since retired after being suspended in an investigation that has gripped the police department this year, picked up the coat and searched its pockets for a cell phone and iPod that were collected as evidence. But McKeon said he didn't know how the jacket was moved from where it had been next to the ambulance, or who moved it.
SCATS ~~ Have these guys ever watched CSI? I'm particularly interested in hearing the explanation for how Off. Cole's name got onto a report he "co-authored" but never saw until Parrinello showed it to him on the witness stand! WHERE IS BRIAN BALL IN ALL OF THIS? It appears GPD's problems go much deeper than corrupt leadership!
 

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Greece PD: Took NO Pictures of Cervini's Body

 
UPDATE 12/4 ~~ According to WHEC-TV: "Today, an ambulance technician took the stand, saying that there were no bullet wounds to Cervini's back."
And according to today's D&C : "Parrinello questioned why the body was moved before its exact location was marked in the roadway." The EMT's moved Cervini's body before GPD collected any evidence! I know NOT to do this from watching TV dramas! Maybe GPD needs some instruction, remedial crime scene processing perhaps??

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GPD didn't mark spot where body was found;
First officer to scene testifies he didn't recall seeing any blood

13WHAM News

SCATS ~~ More incompetence?? Why am I not surprised?

Former BOE Member Compares Audit of RSD To GCSD's

  
Mr. Ramos*,
I want to bring to your attention the Comptroller's audit on the Greece school district dated April 2008 that contained several of the same items identified in 'this' audit. I can assure you members of the city district and school board members were 'well' aware of the Greece audit contents.

One item in particular is why I am writing you. It is item 17 - page 30 (Meagan I'm sure has a copy) it reads;
" The district should ensure that changes to employment agreements and union contracts have some benefit to the district before they are entered into."

Several of the items identified in your article would have been avoided had just this one recommendation been followed and I said earlier 'several' people from the city knew about this.

As a member of the Greece board at the time I voted to accept the Comptrollers audit and THIS item was a big reason why. Now the bad part - the Greece board doesn't even follow it and no doubt will be facing more problems down the road just like the city - AGAIN.

Thank you for your time - GOOD JOB

Charlie Hubbard - 775-6015

*Mr. Ramos authored the D&C article about the RCD audit.

Opening Statements Made in Roderick Scott Trial

Some interesting items of note from the D&C's Live BLOG of these statements:
  • ADA Finocchio: After James' parents go to bed, James pulls alcohol from the liquor cabinet and puts it in a water bottle. All three drink from the bottle and go outside to smoke and walk around.
  • Atty Parrinello: One thing she did not say to you was that James Cervini that evening was for the 2nd time on probation. That he had restrictions -- like not drinking, not being out that late at night, not stealing.
  • Parrinello: 3 people -- Chris, James and Brian -- after consuming alcohol, and smoking cigarettes...) and they ran out of cigarettes. So what do they do? They don't go to the 7-11 or Wilson Farms to buy cigarettes. They head out in their own neighborhood looking for cigarettes in open cars.
  • Parrinello: The medical examiner will come in and say he does not know which shot was fired first. Other than Chris Cervini, we cannot know which shot was fired first.
  • Parrinello: I submit to you the ADA won't even be able to prove that when Scott left his house with his legal weapon that he had any intent of shooting anyone.
SCATS ~~ The D&C reporter quit the "Live BLOG" when the first witness ( a Greece Police Officer) was called to the stand because "the typing is too intensive." Maybe the D&C needs to get a reporter who can go the distance and then they would sell more newspapers ;)
 

Two More Die From Swine Flu ... Weeks Ago ...

 
Monroe County Health Dept. concerned that there is less community interest in H1N1 vaccines since holding two clinics, but won't issue press releases for all deaths linked to swine flu.

STORY

SCATS ~~ How ironic! They don't want to keep us informed of the "bad news" for fear we will panic (or is it their fear we will ask some tough questions?), but then officials get concerned when the public loses interest after swine flu leaves the headlines!

Here's my interpretation: Get ready for round two of this flu season, folks. Soon it's likely BOTH seasonal flu AND swine flu will be circulating, causing large numbers to get ill and more people will die. BUT nevermind the body count. It's none of our business and we can't handle knowing the truth ;) Oh, and don't forget to get that "safe, new" flu shot we promised but can't deliver ...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Public Comment Sought On Billion $ Budget

 
WHAT: Monroe County 2010 Budget Hearing
WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 5:30 P.M.
WHERE: Legislature Chambers; Fourth Floor; 39 West Main Street; Rochester, NY 14614

BUDGET LINK

Olympia Librarian Asleep At The Helm

 
From the D&C's police reports:
Library electronics gone: A librarian at Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane, reported that someone had stolen a 1TB hard drive and a Sony Handicam from the library between Sept. 8 and Nov. 23.

SCATS ~~ I wonder how much technology & other equipment walks out the door and never gets reported ... ?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

What Will BOE Put On List For Long-Range Facilities?

 
Hold onto your wallet alert! Steve is comparing our district's square footage per student to NY state guidelines, so even though our enrollments are down,  we might need more space!

For years, capital improvements got short-changed in GCSD's annual budget preparations. Tonight the BOE will grapple with some long-range plans. What should be on this list? How should the backlog of needed repairs & improvements be approached & scheduled? How do we priortize them? Should the "wants" be separated from the "needs?"