Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Auberger Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing

   
THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT 
     
Shannon O'Keefe's faux pas  ~~ "He's done nothing legal."

13WHAM reports: Speranza said Auberger cooperated with Greece police and he did not hamper or obstruct the murder investigation.

Town board members said Auberger said they were disappointed with Auberger and said he had poor judgment for not disclosing earlier that he was interviewed in the murder case.

They said there will be no difficutlies working with the supervisor.

The independent review cost $10,000, which was less than expected.

Copies of the report will be available for the public.

SCATS ~~ So he not only "forgot" to mention his involvement to police, but also to the Greece Town Board!
  

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any chance someone was burning records on Buck Pond this afternoon? Wouldn't be the first time "evidence" disappeared in Greece.

SCATS said...

To 6:50PM ~~ If it wasn't that, perhaps it was the BOE cooking the books on their budget. Wouldn't be the first time they did that either.

Anonymous said...

I just got home from our Town Meeting and decided before I went, I was just going to listen and watch, (especially body language). This is my first attendance to one of these meetings and I wanted to see things first hand.

There were a few speakers who got up during the open forum and each of the council people at least showed some type of interest and had their pens moving, (doodling or taking notes, who knows). Once Dave Garretson stood up, each and everyone of them put down their pens, some starting doing some stretching excersing with their fingers and other were pouring themselves water. They seemed not interested in anything that Dave G. was about to say but before he said anything.

What a joke our Town Council People are, truly shameful reactions by each and everyone one of them.

To make things worst, Mr. Auberger made it a point to be on record that each person who got up and spoke against him and the council were from the Democratic Party, (I was outraged by his statement as well) it was a complete mockery of each and everyone of those people who stood up there to be heard.

What the hell is wrong with our leaders, are they just that full of themselves that they feel they are untouchable? My God, they are nothing but puppets to John Auberger.

Well the good news is each and everyone one of them is up for re-election soon. This is when they and the Republican Party will feel the comments and opinions of the people from the Town of Greece and their families.

I do have one Question for our Police Cheif;

Mr. Baxter, how the hell can you sit there and listen to all that BS by your peers?

I am a Republican Voter for the Town of Greece and lived here for nearly two decades now; Pretty damn embarrassed to even say I belong to the same party as these people.

Anonymous said...

Wrong Doing! We knew there were no laws broken by our Supervisor. We never questioned that once. We were convinced by our Police Investigation that he was not guilty of any wrong doing.

What we are not convinced of is Mr. Auberger's creditabilty, honesty, morales, standards, ability to put the people of Greece ahead of his own personal gain, ect...

Nothing was on that report about this.

Anonymous said...

I heard one of the Greece Residents told Auberger he wanted a refund for the investigation.

Where does the line form to get mine?

Anonymous said...

Do you see that on the last page of the Speranza report, he stated that he had no problem with Mr. Auberger's responses during the police investigation of, "I don't recall or don't remember"

Our Johnny is back!!

Anonymous said...

The Town of Greece Code of Ethics Policy:
12-1
The Town Board of the Town of Greece recognizes that there are state statutory provisions mandating towns to establish rules and standards of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which, if observed, can enhance public confidence in local government. In the light of a tendency today on the part of some people to downgrade our local governments and to discredit our public servants and our free institutions generally, it appears necessary that every effort be made to assure the highest caliber of public administration of this Town as part of our state's important system of local government. It is the purpose of this article to implement this objective through the establishment of standards of conduct, to provide for punishment of violation of such standards and to create a Board of Ethics to render advisory opinions to the Town's officers and employees, as provided herein.

(Who is on our Ethics Committee)?

Code of the Town Of Greece says there should be one!

Anonymous said...

C. No Town officer or employee shall use or attempt to use his/her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself/herself or others

I. Each Town officer or employee shall, to the extent that he/she is cognizant thereof, disclose any interest he/she may have in legislation before the Town Board.


K. No Town officer or employee shall directly or indirectly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, service, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise or in any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him or could reasonably be expected to influence him in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.

Key word here is SERVICE

So does anyone in the town even read these code of ethic rules?

Anonymous said...

Code of Ethics for Town of Greece:

C. No Town officer or employee shall use or attempt to use his/her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself/herself or others

I. Each Town officer or employee shall, to the extent that he/she is cognizant thereof, disclose any interest he/she may have in legislation before the Town Board.


K. No Town officer or employee shall directly or indirectly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, service, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise or in any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him or could reasonably be expected to influence him in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.

Key word here is SERVICE

So does anyone in the town even read these code of ethic rules?

Anonymous said...

Scats:

What is going on with your inside info on Augie, is he still on the chopping block?

SCATS said...

Re: Code of Ethics ~~ This is Greece, NY. where "ethics" is a 4-letter word.

To 8:13PM ~~ Our understanding is that he is considered to be too big of a liability for Maggie et al to carry into the fall elections and will be gone before then. Pray that it's sooner, instead of later.

Anonymous said...

I want to run for Town Council. How can I get a job where I can sit and say, AYE! on cue?

Scats, when is there jobs up for re-election?

SCATS said...

To 8:20PM ~~ All four council seats are up for election this Fall.

Anonymous said...

TO:

Our Town of Council,

we want a Board of Ethics put together to go over all of John Auberger's scandals.

There was no statue of limitations on Rahn with what he was accused of, why should there be with our Town Supervisor.

SCATS said...

To 8:26PM ~~ Actually there was a statute of limitations on Rahn which pertained to his missing gun issue. They just barely squeeked it in before the deadline.

Anonymous said...

Scats, 8:22

So what credentials one must have to run for Town Council?

Who has to endorse them?

Do they need signatures to run?

Is there a salary with this position?

Mr. Male, if you are reading this, please run.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure all members of the town board are republicans many are memners of the republican commitee all of them give money to aubergers campaign fund. are they required to disclose this before they vote?

The labelling of the spekera as a biased source becuse they belong to a party is demagoging and an attmept to short circuit free speech.

SCATS said...

To 8:31PM ~~ I don't have all of the info, but here's a start from the Town of Greece website: "The Supervisor of the Town is the presiding member of the Town Board, is elected for a term of four years and is eligible to succeed himself. In addition to the Supervisor, there are four members of the Town Board who are elected for two year terms with term limits of 5 consecutive 2 year terms. The Supervisor is elected at large and each council member is elected from one of four districts.

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


Also, you MUST reside in the ward you seek to represent and yes, there is a salary. I believe it starts at $12,000/yr.

Anonymous said...

TO: 8:31

Why don't you run? All you need to do is learn to be rude, show people you don't give a shit what they think and if they are Democrats, just turn your back on them when they speak to you.

Hey, Present Council People: Good Luck if you plan on running again in the Fall. You were all pathetic tonight.
Mr. Auberger, can you put it in the record that I am a Republican not a Democrat.

SCATS said...

BLOG administration is rejecting a comment for calling the supervisor a weasel and the town board members puppets. Name-calling simply won't be tolerated here ;)

Anonymous said...

RE: 11:32
Scats,

Now that is funny!

SCATS said...

Here's more info about running for Town Board (provided by a reader via email):

There are no eligibility requirements for Town Board, other than residency. However since this is a redistricting year, even that requirement is relaxed. This year you can live anyplace but if elected must move into the distict before taking office

The easiest route to candidacy is to be designated by one of the major parties. You do not need to be registered in that party but you DO need their permission if you wish to run on their line and you are not enrolled in their party. Designation is happening RIGHT NOW and will be finished in early May. After designation, signatures are collected from party registrants in the districts. Democrats collect from Democrats, Republicans collect from Republicans. Town board seats require 200-300 signatures (varies by party registration in each ward) which are collected in June.

It is also possible to run without party permission -- which might mean forcing a primary or write-in known as "opportunity to ballot," or to collect signatures to run on your own indeendent line. These options are difficult to pull off, which is why the easiest path is to get nominated by Democrats or Republicans.

Anonymous said...

So why is it we paid for an investigation to see if Auberger was hindering an investigation or did something against the law, right?

This investigation seems more like it was a check up on our Greece Police Department vs. Auberger. I read what the Police Investigation provided us and was not concern with the Department lying to us.

Mr. Baxter, I thought your department did a great job!

So why are we paying 10k for this investigation? Just Auberger's way to say, you see why they call me Teflon John! Kind of sick that we could have our own Town Supervisor with a nick name like that, sounds like something from the FBI 10 most wanted list.

I am reading about an Ethics Committee that we are suppose to have or the Town Council is suppose to put together, a group of three to go over the report and find if Mr. Auberger committed any Ethicnal issues. According to the few stuttering Council People that were interviewed on the News, they agreed that were not pleased with how long it took for Auberger to admit to the affair to the Police Department and to them. They said even though they don't agree with what he did, they can still work with him professionaly.

Hmmm, well I say that their opinion may be a little mis-guided but can't blame them for acting and stuttering during their interview. Seemed pretty damn nervous in my opinion.

Well all I can say is I also have an opinion that is much similar to others who commented to you. Good Luck with your re-election in the Fall, my wife and I will be voting for some people who can speak up for themselves and actually have an opinion and are not afraid of John Auberger.

Two more Republicans who are sick and tired of the Auberger Scandals in our once a lovely Town of Greece.

Anonymous said...

Scats, Thanks for that information. I truly believe education will get more people involved and after tonights bizzare lack of actions and responses from the Councilmen/woman will get more people thinking that they can do a better job than they could.

So many think it is about credentials in gaining a position like this but it has nothing to do with that. After reading some of these threads, it is obviously about trust and listening and really taking an interest in the people who speak to you and your town voters.

I am a Republican but I truly feel that Auberger and his many scandals are going to cost our party a great deal. It is too bad that we do not have better people within our Party representing us in our Town. I am exceptionally disappointed with Shannon, I thought she would of stood up for what was right, guess I was wrong.

Dave Garretson said...

You're interested in running for office? Call me!

I'd be happy to chat with you and lay out the rules of the road. Yes, there are a lot of rules! If you want to run on the Democratic line, I'm happy to explain our process. I can also explain how to get on the ballot as a Republican or on your own line.

Dave Garretson
Town Leader, Greece Democrats
720-9636

Anonymous said...

If a law office gets 10,000 or anything for any service there must be an hour amount billed. They don't usually give bundle packages. Flat rate for "political corruption" etc investigation.

So let's figure Speranza's firm charges 600 per hour. It is a little more than 16 billable hours. That sound reasonable for covering all of their a#$%es? Of course we should charge back Auberger for the expense.

Anonymous said...

Um thanks but no thanks Dave. Sorry but your group's track record is abysmal. I'd rather work on it myself.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave why can’t you get help from Morelli and the rest of the party like the Republicans do? Maybe he has not aware of all the problems in Greece?