Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Northgate Neighborhood Group Meets Tonight

 
At 7PM at a new location:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
4115 Dewey Ave.

On the Agenda (originally) :
  • The annual election of board members
  • Introduction of the new Greece Police Chief, Todd Baxter
  • Dewey Corridor Development for 2010 will be addressed by Gary Tajkowski
  • Angel Food Ministries will present their food purchase program
In an email, I learned there are significant changes to the officially announced agenda which was contained in the group's newsletter. Here's the latest info I have:

"In 2009 NGN ammended its by-laws to allow elected officials to serve on the board. Last month I personally offered a nomination to a Republican office holder, which was declined. We are non partisan and welcome particpation by neighbors from all political points of view.

As I understand the story with Chief Baxter, he originally agreed to the appearance, then told us he needed to cancel because a member of his family was having a medical procedure on that day. Unfortunately the cancelation came after we'd already printed our newsletter. We asked the chief to provide a representative (such as Brian Urmacher) which the chief seemed initially OK with... then he came back to say town hall had nixed the whole thing. Meanwhile we had a semi-firm commitment from Gary Tajkowski which melted away after the newsletter was printed. Again we asked for a sub (such as Kathryn Firkins) but none was offered."

SCATS ~~ As I stated the other day, it sounds to me like the folks at One Vince Tofany Blvd. are officially snubbing (i.e. punishing) this group for the difficult crowd Auberger faced during  candidate's night last Fall.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like NGN has three strikes against them in just this one meeting. Somethings up with that.

Anonymous said...

I've lived in Greece 40 years-Northgate is a dump! it should have been bulldozed years ago. These people are crazy. That plaza alone makes Greece look like a ghetto. Build WALMART!. Put it up to a public vote and see what the results would be???

Anonymous said...

Republican or Democrat (and I am Democrat) as an individual I would not want to be associated with that organization on any level given the attitudes of some of their more prominent members. Call it 'punishment' by the town but I don't know as I blame them. Plus, I don't think the town owes them anythng- although it doesn't reflect well on them for big bad government to blackball little community group.

Anonymous said...

I was at candidates night last year and I don't blame Auberger one bit for not going back.
They have been given all the info on the Walmart project but nothing matters they always want more.

I am not a fan of Mr. Auberger but he knows this organization has been taken over by the radical dems and there is nothing he can do to make them happy.

Anonymous said...

Some NGN members are for Wal-Mart, and some oppose it. One Hundred Percent of us are for upgrading the plaza and the Dewey Avenue Corridor.

Last year when GPD had few public friends, NGN stood up to recognize the rank and file who protect us. NGN hosted the town's official Night Out Against Crime in 2009.

We are non-partisan. Yes, John Auberger received some sharp questions at the NGN candidates night... but so did his opponent. That is a refelction on a hotly contested political race, not on NGN.

Town representatives have a history of being cordially received at NGN meetings. We are interested to hear their news and share our input with them. As Greece's largest neighborhood association, it makes sense for Town Hall reprentatives to make themselves available to us. Tonight we were expecting to hear an update on what is happening at Northgate Plaza.

Anonymous said...

People seem to think that NGN is RAW. It is not. These are two totally separate organizations. It's unfortunate that people can't understand the difference between the two.

And there are more republicans than so-clled radical democrats that sit on the executive board of NGN. Sorry to say.

NGN is concerned with the state of the area. It's unfortunate that Town Hall isn't.

Anonymous said...

PS...Both Andy Conlon and Shannon O'Keefe have been invited to serve on the NGN Board. You would think that these two elected officials would care about the constituents in their neighborhoods. Guess not. The election is over so they could care less.

Anonymous said...

As pointed out Northgate Neighbors is not he same as RAW. So at least don;t equate the two.
Just like Nixon, Auberger has an enemies list. Cross him and he tries to eliminate you. WE have seen this before.

I think if folks are unhappy and sharply question our leaders that is fine.
Our leaders take the position that challenging them is affront and rude.
It's not rude to question the judgment of political leaders,.
Open and lively discussion however is essential to politics.

Where are their manners when we want to meet with them or have more open government.

This is common tactic of authoritarian rulers. They invoke royal prerogative.

SCATS said...

Hmmm ... I wonder how some of you people are able to distinguish whether someone is a Republican or a Democrat? Or a member of NGN or not? Or a member of RAW or not? Do you realize you sound just like Auberger and his group who are more interested in knowing WHO YOU ARE than in trying to help you with a problem?

Within a neighborhood group, I do not see why it should matter what political viewpoint one has at all. If you folks were smart, you'd make people check the politics at the door so you can accomplish something as a neighborhood. That might mean that a few people will be told to hold their tongue or leave, if they can't keep politics out of it. Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth ;)

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Anonymous said...

"As Greece's largest neighborhood
association"

I don't know if this means you have the most members of any other association or not. Because NGN claims to represent everyone in a rather large radius. Members and population of covered areas are 2 different things. NGN does not represent me!

Anonymous said...

I thought the Walmart thing was a go for sure. I thought it was just a question of when the destruction of the dump of a plaza was going to start. It is an embarrassment to the town. There is no upkeep, the rats have overtaken the vacant store as residence. No one is going to come in and clean this mess up except for a big company like walmart so let them come in clear the plaza down and build a new store. Northgate plaza will never return to the cute little street of shops plaza that it once was. Those days are long gone, and we cant keep it the way it is it is a disgrace.

SCATS said...

To 11:47AM ~~ I just want to make it clear that the way it is now is directly attributable to John Auberger and our elected representatives on the Greece Town Board.

Anonymous said...

The RAW people are now suing for some environmental issue or drainage. Is that going to hold things up?

"People seem to think that NGN is RAW. It is not. These are two totally separate organizations" But they are fueled by the issue.

"That plaza alone makes Greece look like a ghetto." If Walmart gets in Greece could "be a ghetto".

SCATS said...

To 12:34PM ~~ I hate to say it but with all of the hold-ups of businesses on Ridge Rd and Dewey Ave. plus the prostitution "salons" the powers that be allowed to run under their noses and the gun-to-the-head of a patron incident at Denny's a week ago, I think we already ARE a "ghetto." Code compliance alone won't stop the slide now.

Anonymous said...

The only scenes we are missing here are the drug dealers hanging out on corners and street-walking prostitutes. Then we will be totally ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Drug dealers already hang out near the high schools. They openly deal right on Olympia Drive by the footpath for the school.

Anonymous said...

And this past summer we had the prostitute in hot pants working Stone Ridge Plaza, and the multiple houses of prostitution masked as massage parlors galore.

Yep - we've got it all. You have discovered the promise!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone attend this meeting or can anyone get a report on what happened?
I was unable to attend

SCATS said...

To 9:55AM ~~ I'm working on getting some info. But if someone can fill us in here first, that would be great :)

I heard Jeremy Carter was re-elected as their President.

Anonymous said...

I heard the same on Mr. Carter, that's good. He's a fair guy. I also heard but haven't seen anything official that Greece Democrat party political activists took control of the Board of Directors. Good or bad? I don't know.

SCATS said...

To 11:35AM ~~ Re: "Greece Democrat party political activists took control of the Board of Directors."

Please define for me what constitutes an activist and tell me how many are required to "take control"? Is there someone checking out member's party affiliation as they come through the door? How do you know who belongs to which group?

Anonymous said...

I'd say if you belong to any of the political party organizations in town, you're an "activist."

SCATS said...

To 5:40PM ~~ Do you mean that if someone is registered as a Rep. or a Dem or as an Ind. then they are a political party activist? In other words, anyone who declared a party for voting purposes? If that's what you mean, it's an awfully broad definition.

I think I'm a bit of an activist, but I don't belong to any party ;)