Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dug Outs & Tennis Courts ~ Infrastructure Priorities?


"As the infrastructure ages, there becomes a point where you can't fix things, you have to replace them ... Our goal is to provide safe, clean schools for the children to attend."  ~~ Lou Bianchi, district architect & engineer.

"I ask the voters to carefully consider the needs of the district and the economics of this particular proposal." ~~ Scott Hoot, GCSD Superintendent of Finance.

SOURCE

SCATS ~~ It sounds like Don Nadolinski's replacement is Lou Bianchi. He's towing the same old district line of the past ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Things We Can't Afford To Do ...


From The EXCEL II Projects List:

Apollo MS
  • Add ventilation & cooling to library computer lab
  • Asbestos abatement (AGAIN!?)
Arcadia HS
  • Build dugout (We can't afford to maintain current structures, why build more?)
  • "Improve air quality in pool area"
  • "Install dust collection system in wood shop"
  • Reconfigure traffic pattern (While I agree it needs doing, it can wait.)
Arcadia MS
  • "Install dust collection system in wood shop" (Isn't this redundant?)
  • "Enhance exterior lighting"
Athena HS
  • Relocate/replace tennis courts (Another "want" vs. a need)
  • Upgrade seat lighting in auditorium
  • Install dust collection system in wood shops
  • Build dugout for softball
Athena MS
  • Install dust collection system in wood shop
Odyssey MS/HS *
  • Install fire-rated doors & hardware
  • Repair co-generation equipment
  • Add dehumidifier to gym area
  • Make main entrance handicap accessible
  • Reconfigure north exterior stairs for code compliance
  • Replace classroom/corridor walls for code compliance
  • Install water temperature controls
Olympia HS
  • Build a dugout for softball
West Ridge Elementary *
  • Replace pavement
  • Partial sidewalk replacement
  • Reconfigure sewer lines
  • Replace outdated air conditioning equipment
  • Install fire-rated doors & hardware 
  • Upgrade classroom sink/cabinetry
  • Replace some ventilation & exhaust equipment
  • Provide covered walkway to exterior freezer
  • Replace kitchen ceiling for code compliance
  • Partial flooring replacement
  • Replace plumbing fixtures
  • Expand exit & emergency lighting
  • Install water temperature controls
* School Should Be CLOSED!!!

SCATS ~~ In these economic times, we should NOT be funding athletic facility construction or  improvements when we can't fund routine building repairs!
  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

GCSD Emulates Walmart ...

    
... Watch For
"Falling" Prices  










"Needed" Capital Projects Cost Timeline
(SOMETHING STINKS!!)

Jan. 25, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ Capital Project Planning; Need for Athletic Facilities Master Plan;
TOTAL Capital Project Pricetag with Athletic Upgrades: $169 million

Mar. 22, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting/Budget Hearing: BOE ALL present; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Lou Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital improvements are needed

June 14, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke (his last meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital projects need to be done within next 10 years.

July 11, 2011 ~~ Reorganizational & Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Stenglein absent); Supt. Deane-Williams (her first meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ GCSD has $156 million construction project list. (Alaimo's last regular meeting)

Aug. 9, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Boily absent); Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ We need to make $150+ million in repairs over the next 10 years. The district has "$120-130 million in infrastructure problems." BOE adopted Option 1 of  3 options presented for capital repair projects.

Sept. 13, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ Nadolinski's last meeting

Sept. 27, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting on EXCEL II: BOE (Stenglein absent; Supt. Deane-Williams; Bernie Donegan; Lou Bianchi ~~ $120 million in projects includes $20-25 million in athletic projects, upgrades to fields, artificial turf; lighted field; outdoor toilets.

SCATS ~~
  • How did we get from $170 million (including athletic upgrades) down to $120 million in needed repairs (still including ALL athletic upgrades), given that the $170 million was based upon a thorough walk through required by NYSED?
  • What were the other $50 million in repairs that got dropped from the original list?
  • Why were they dropped?
  • Why is the total $20-25 million in "needed" athletic projects included in the reduced $120 million option the BOE adopted?
  • Why are the sports projects being FULLY funded?
  • Did they decide which projects were to be dropped based upon which buildings would be closing?
  • How do they justify spending $20-25 million on "wants" like athletic facility upgrades at the same time that we've cut academic programs, classes, services for students?
  • Why did the figure suddenly drop from $170 million in the June meeting (never mentioned again!) to $156 million in the July meeting when Babs starts?
  • Does Babs realize what's happened?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pallas Still Trying To Jump Ship


Geneva School District names four finalists 
in superintendent search

Carol Pallas, assistant superintendent for k-12 schools in the Greece district will be interviewed Nov. 1st. She is a former elementary school principal and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Rochester. (Source)

SCATS ~~ I wonder if Babs knows?
  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Remember, Holidays Are For Children


Register Today For School District Vote


Greece Central School District residents age 18 and older who aren't registered to vote with the Monroe County Board of Elections, but who want to vote on the upcoming $34.5 million EXCEL II capital project referendum Dec. 6, may register with the district today. Voter registration will be held from 9AM - 1PM at all elementary schools & from 4 - 8 p.m. at Apollo Middle School, 750 Maiden Lane. Photo identification is required.

Also, call Lynne Armstrong, the District Clerk at 585-966-2010 to request an absentee ballot today! No need to go out in the cold, wet December weather to vote "NO" when you can do it from home ;)
  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dear Teacher ...

    
Hand Gels Are NO Replacement For Hand Washing

Cold and flu season is upon us, and experts say keeping hands clean is the best defense in spreading germs.

So what works best, hand washing or sanitizing gels?

"Hand washing. Hand washing is better. Every study I see shows that it's preferred," says pediatrician Dr. Larry Scherzer.

Even the company that makes Purell says gels are not meant to replace hand washing.

Dr. Scherzer says if gel is all you have, make sure it's at least 60 percent alcohol and apply it liberally.

It should take a few seconds to dry on your hands.

Dr. Scherzer notes sanitizing gels it won't remove dirt on hands or under nails, which a thorough hand washing will do.

The Centers for Disease Control says hand hygiene is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. (WHEC-TV)
  
SCATS ~~ So parents could save a bundle by not sending these to school and encouraging teachers to have children wash hands.
  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Walts Legacy Lingers ... and Replicates

    
Anonymous said...


First, I would like to thank you for your blog, what a great resource for your school district!

I am a PWC VA parent and a little late to the party in terms of researching Dr. Walts.

I am having other areas of concern within our district and have gone back to do my homework and start at the beginning.

  • I was wondering if anyone has figured out the total cost to GCSD of doing business with Dr. Walts et al? (after adding up the lifetime health insurance, costs of age discrimination suits, legal fees for forensic audits etc., travel expenses, cell phone bills, $25k vacation days, inflated CIP construction costs)?
  • Were they ever able to determine if Dr. Walts or any member of the administration personally profited from the CIP overages? (if you were charged $10,000 for a $150 water fountain - where did the extra $9850 go?)
  • Did Exxon Mobile bring Math Investigations to your district?
  • Do you know if anyone personally profited from the adoption of the Math Investigations program?
I appreciate any insight you are able to provide.   11/20/2011 3:01 PM
  
SCATS ~~ The total cost is likely known only by a few BOE members.
  

Greece Town Board Meets Tuesday, 6PM




Come watch the closed, clubby & corrupt group
shut down the public while spending 
YOUR TAX DOLLARS!
     

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get Your Absentee Ballots Now!


Our BOE insists on WA$TING OUR MONEY by holding a second vote* in their effort to get another EXCEL PROJECT approved while the senior citizens are away in Florida for the winter. Don't let them leave you go out in the cold!! Stay warm, stay home ~ wherever that is for winter.

VOTE by ABSENTEE BALLOT
and
BE HEARD!

Call Lynne Armstrong
Greece Central School District's
Board of Education Clerk
at 585-966-2010 today!

Ask her for your ABSENTEE BALLOT for the EXCEL II vote planned on December 6th.

SCATS ~~ Why is this project paying for MORE ASBESTOS ABATEMENT at Apollo MS? We paid for asbestos removal work when we acquired the building, again in the mid- 90's, again in the CIP project under Walts, and yet again under EXCEL I!

* NOTE ~~ Yet, they refuse to hold a second vote when the budget goes down!!
  

Rahn Apologizes To Parole Board


  

    
Transcript of Parole Hearing Shows Rahn Is Taking Responsibility

Claims he wanted to "preserve integrity of the police department" from the embarrassment of the Nick Joseph accident.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congress: Pizza Is A School Lunch Vegetable


Congressional spending bill would:

  • Block the Agriculture Department from limiting starchy vegetables, including corn and peas, to two servings a week. The rule was intended to cut down on french fries, which many schools serve daily.
  • Allow USDA to count two tablespoons of tomato paste as a vegetable, as it does now. The department had attempted to require that only a half-cup of tomato paste could be considered a vegetable. Federally subsidized lunches must have a certain number of vegetables to be served.
  • Require further study on long-term sodium reduction requirements set forth by the USDA guidelines.
  • Require USDA to define "whole grains" before they regulate them. The USDA rules require schools to use more whole grains. Food companies who have fought the USDA standards say they were too strict and neglected the nutrients that potatoes, other starchy vegetables and tomato paste do offer.
"We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program," Amy Dawson Taggart, the director of Mission: Readiness, said in a letter to lawmakers before the final bill was released. "It doesn't take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace."

Source: 13WHAM

SCATS ~~ Who elected these morons? A tomato is a fruit, not a veggie! 
    

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reminder ...

   
Today is the final day to pay to participate in Friday night's illegal Pizza/Bingo Night at Arcadia MS ;)
   

Monday, November 14, 2011

Closed, Clubby & Corrupt Reschedule


The regular meeting of the Greece Town Board will be held November 22 at 6PM, instead of on November 15th. No agenda has been posted.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Did The ARMS PTSA Get Their Bingo License?

  
SCATS ~~ It appears that this "Game Night" ( previously called "Pizza Bingo") is NOT a legal operation in the eyes of NY State's Racing & Wagering Board which oversees all games of chance.

NY's Rules for Free Bingo clearly states that: participants may NOT pay "anything of value for the opportunity to participate in a game of bingo" and that "the total value of all of the prizes awarded shall NOT exceed one hundred fifty dollars in ANY calendar day."

Since the ad clearly shows that prizes will exceed $600 in value, this can NOT be considered as an operation under the Free Bingo guidelines, therefore a license is required.

(Click image to enlarge)
  

The Trouble With Logic ...

  
Two rednecks, Larry and Doug, are sitting at their favorite bar, drinking beer. Larry turns to Doug and says, "You know, I'm tired of going through life without an education. Tomorrow I think I'll go to the Community College and sign up for some classes." Doug thinks it's a good idea and the two leave.

The next day, Larry goes down to the college and meets with the Dean of Admissions, who signs him up for the four basic classes: math, English, history, and logic.

"Logic?" Larry says. "What's that?"

The dean says, "I'll give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?"

"Yeah."

"Then logically speaking, because you own a weed eater, I think that you would have a yard."

"That's true, I do have a yard."

"I'm not done," the dean says. "Because you have a yard, I think logically that you would have a house."

"Yes, I do have a house."

"And because you have a house, I think that you might logically have a family."

"Yes, I have a family."

"I'm not done yet. Because you have a family, then logically you must have a wife. And because you have a wife, then logic tells me you must be a heterosexual."

"I am a heterosexual. That's amazing, you were able to find out all of that because I have a weed eater."

Excited to take the class now, Larry shakes the Dean's hand and leaves to go meet Doug at the bar. He tells Doug about his classes, how he is signed up for math, English, history, and logic.

"Logic?" Doug says, "What's that?"

Larry says, "I'll give you an example. Do you have a weed eater?"

"No."

"Then you're gay."
  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Schools In Need of Improvement

  
NY State Education Dept's latest list includes:

  • Arcadia Middle School (Basic Elementary-Middle Level English Language Arts)
  • Athena High School (Basic Secondary-Level English Language Arts)
  • Olympia High School (Basic Secondary-Level English Language Arts)

No Terry, You Are NOT Alone ;)


    (Click item to Read)

From print edition Greece Post 11/10/11, pg.11A



Food For Thought ...


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Americans: Let's Begin A New Holiday Tradition

    
A friend forwarded this gift-giving idea to me a couple weeks ago in an email. I've been holding onto it until the time was a bit closer to the actual holidays. In light of Obama's new CHRISTMAS TREE TAX to "support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees," now seems like a perfect time to share it.  I like this idea so much and I hope you will like it, too ... so much that you join me in carrying out a new holiday tradition that will help Americans get back to work.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the paper money on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about the US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Feel free to forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
   
SCATS ~~ Let's make this year's holiday celebration the best Merry Christma-kwanza-kah ever!!
  

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Election Results of Note ...


BROOKS DEFEATS FRANKEL
 
DOORLEY TROUNCES TAYLOR

RANDALL BEATS NITTI

ANCELLO TAKES BEEBE

SCHIANO SLAUGHTERS KING

GRANVILLE DEFEATS WRIGHT

CONLON CREAMS GARRETSON

MORRIS UPSETS CUMMINGS

WHY Are You Reading This?


VOTE TODAY ...

... BLOG Tonight!!
  

Monday, November 07, 2011

CONLON REPUDIATES MAILER, NOT THE PARTY


The D&C reports:

As requested by the Fair Election Practices Committee, Republican Greece town board candidate Andrew Conlon has repudiated a campaign mailer the committee ruled Saturday violated the Fair Campaign Pledge.

At issue was a mailer sent by an outside party — the Monroe County Republican Committee — denouncing Democratic town board candidate Rita Garretson as a “liberal activist.” According to the committee, the mailer featured images of people holding various signs and placards stating phrases such as “we want bigger government” and used a photo of Garretson to suggest she was being supported by the crowd.

The committee ruled on Saturday that the mailing violated the section of the pledge which reads “I will not use or permit the use of any campaign material or advertisement which uses quotations or images taken out of context and to misrepresent the other candidate or other candidate’s position.”

In a letter dated Sunday to FEPC Chairman James Morris, Conlon noted that when signing the pledge, he agreed “to repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my behalf (directly or indirectly) violate the Fair Campaign Pledge.”

Conlon asked that the letter serve as his “formal and public acknowledgement to do so.”

SCATS ~~ Does a letter sent solely to the FEPC Chairman on Sunday afternoon before a Tuesday election fulfill the pledge when he repudiates the mailer and not the individual or group that sent it out? Here's the pledge so you can decide:

I will publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.
 
  

Conlon & Garretson: Clarifying the FEPC Ruling

  
Rita Garretson said...   

A word of explanation about Saturday’s Fair Campaign ruling. There were three components to the complaint filed against Andrew Conlon: 1) That he inappropriately used a term to describe me ( I won’t repeat it), it was a mischaracterization, 2) That he attached my name and photograph to a statement I did not make and do not endorse, 3) that he failed to identify himself on the mailer. All three are components of the pledge which Andy and I both signed in September.

On Saturday morning, the FEPC dismissed #1, ruled in my favor on #2, and dismissed #3. The third item, “candidate not identified,” was dismissed because the Republican Party, not Andrew Conlon, sent the mailer. In such cases, the candidate is expected to repudiate those who violate the pledge on their behalf. The Fair Campaign Pledge ends with this statement: “I will publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.”

There was a fair amount of discussion upon hearing the FEPC’s decision. Republican Chairman Bill Reilich sought clarification on who should issue a repudiation statement and what it should say. The committee informed him that Andrew Conlon should make a statement repudiating the Republican Party and its violation of the fair campaign pledge.

There were ten people in the room: two Democrats, three Republicans, and five from FEPC. I believe it was clear to everybody in the room what had transpired and what was expected from Andrew Conlon.

Later that day, we issued a press release calling on Andrew Conlon to repudiate the Republican Party for its attack on me. In retrospect, I wish we had not said that FEPC “ordered” Andrew Conlon to make a repudiation statement. Clearly, that was expected, but the word does not appear in their written decision.

The fact remains that Andrew Conlon and I both signed the Fair Campaign Pledge. A committee of two Democrats and two Republicans ruled that I was unfairly attacked. Andrew Conlon should honor his word and repudiate the Republican Party for their unfair attack against me.

If I am elected on Tuesday, you can expect me to keep my word. If I catch myself in a mistake, you can expect me to step forward and say so.

Rita Garretson    11/07/2011 10:35 AM

Sexual Harassment Epidemic In Grades 7-12

   
WHEC - TV reports:

A new survey says sexual harassment is an epidemic that's pervasive in America's middle schools and high schools.

The survey by the American Association of University Women finds that during the 2010-11 school year, 48 percent of students in grades 7-12 experienced some form of sexual harassment.

In all, 56 percent of the girls and 40 percent of the boys said they had experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment during the school year.

The survey finds the harassers often thought they were being funny. But nearly a third of those on the receiving end said the harassment made them feel sick to their stomach, affected their study habits or fueled reluctance to go to school at all.

After being harassed, half of the targeted students did nothing about it. Only 9 percent reported the incident to a teacher, guidance counselor or other adult at school.
 

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

  
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.
AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Common Core Standards Training Update
School Consolidation Study Update
Budget Development Proposal 2012-13
Budget Status Report
Approval of Course Offering Guide
  
SCATS ~~ Let's hope Babs & Co. can get the BOE meeting started on time for a change AND that WGMC actually carries the BEGINNING of the meeting this month! It's VERY RUDE to keep the audience in the boardroom AND at home waiting.)

  

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Saturday, November 05, 2011

FEPC Orders Conlon To Repudiate Republican Party

  
November 5, 2011
For Immediate Release


Andrew Conlon ordered to denounce Republican Party

Today, the Fair Election Practices Committee ordered Republican candidate Andrew Conlon to repudiate the Republican Party for violating the Fair Campaign Pledge.

The FEPC reviewed a Republican Party mail piece in which Rita Garretson’s name and photograph were tied to a statement she did not make and did not support. Such misrepresentations violate the Fair Campaign Pledge, which Conlon signed in September.

Conlon’s name did not appear on the attack piece. The FEPC decided that the Republican Party was responsible for the mailer. The pledge requires a candidate to “publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.”

Accordingly, the FEPC directed Conlon to make such a statement.

“I eagerly await Andrew Conlon’s statement repudiating the Republican Party,” said Rita Garretson, Conlon’s challenger for Greece Town Board. “The mailer was a dishonest attack on my reputation. I expect him to forcefully speak out condemning the Republican Party, as the FEPC instructed.”

It was not a good week for Conlon. On Tuesday, Conlon lost the main issue in another fair campaign case, in which FEPC agreed with Rita Garretson that, in fact, Conlon had never spoken out against John Auberger's misconduct. Auberger was the object of public outrage when voters learned that he failed to inform police of his intimate relationship with a married murder victim. FEPC sustained Conlon’s secondary complaint that Rita Garretson said he relied on party bosses for his livelihood. Conlon is employed in the district office of Republican NY Senator Joe Robach.

Rita Garretson, Wendy Wright, and Norma Cummings are running for Greece Town Board on the Democratic line. Currently, there are only Republicans on the Town Board. Between January 2010 and September 2011, the all-Republican board voted unanimously with John Auberger 941 times. None of them voted against Auberger, not even once.

For more information, contact: Dave Garretson ( DaveGarretson363@gmail.com )

The FEPC Pledge

SCATS ~~ For those of you who can't figure it out, the above item is a Press Release, not an item written by SCATS. So, what will Andy do to denounce the Republicans? Stand in front of his bedroom mirror and repeat three times "Bad, bad Republicans" ?
   

Friday, November 04, 2011

RAHN DENIED PAROLE

 
13WHAM news reports:

Statement from Parole Board:

"It is the determination of this panel that if you were released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live at liberty without violating the law, and that your release at this time would be incompatible with the welfare of the community.

Discretionary release on parole is not granted merely as a reward for good conduct or positive programming while incarcerated.

This panel is concerned that while you were the police chief - you used your position of public trust to file false documents and to cover up a motor vehicle accident involving personal injury all leading this panel to deny your discretionary release at this time."
  

Dog Shooting Update ... The Rest of the Story?


Another reader shared the following link with SCATS. It appears the Greece Police Dept. is now included among other "DogMurderers" for the Halloween shooting of a Rottweiler on the loose in the Kinmont Dr. neighborhood.  

Also, this week's Greece Post (print edition, pg. 4A) has an interesting entry (see below) in the Police Calls section for the recent arrest of one resident who claims to reside at the same address where the dog lived. I say he claims to live there, because I'm told property records show he owns a different property around the corner from the Kinmont Dr. address.

DWI charge on Kinmont Drive: Around 3:40AM on Thursday, Oct. 27, Vitaly Maksimchuk, 20, of 217 Kinmont Dr. was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful fleeing. Police say Maksimchuk allegedly refused to stop on Latta Rd. and continued to drive to the area of his home where he was taken into custody without incident.

SCATS ~~ Now I know why Dennis Maksimchuk seemed so calm and docile when talking to reporters right after his brother's pooch was shot. Vitaly had already had an encounter with GPD just a few days prior! So was the dog's owner really out-of-town? Or sitting in jail?

And when will GPD give a special sharpshooter award to the officer who "was less than five feet away from that dog when it charged at him, when he fired the shots” according to Capt. Chatterton? I mean they say they need 21+ feet to use anything less than a bullet to bring down a man wielding a knife, so firing 2 rounds into a dog that's charging from only 5 feet away is a Super-human accomplishment that ought to be awarded.
  

Thursday, November 03, 2011

School Consolidation Podcasts Finally Posted

  
PODCAST LINKS

SCATS ~~ Well, well, well ... so closing down West Ridge & sending those kids back to their other schools IS AN OPTION ON THE TABLE after all!

I really enjoyed hearing Sue Meier explain how she got caught with her panties down in planning her PTSA meeting to address the status of School Consolidation in GCSD. I notice she FAILED to mention that one reason for looking at school closings is simply because WE HAVE MUCH MORE CAPACITY THAN WE NEED!
  

RAHN HAS PAROLE INTERVIEW TODAY

  
Decision could be made by Friday.

Could he be home in time to celebrate the holidays with Auberger?  ;)
 

GCSD Suspends Two Elementary Students


An airsoft gun was discharged on a school bus Monday, hitting the bus attendant in the leg.

No injuries were reported.

WHEC-TV reports that: "The school district said student safety is the district priority and our communication timeline will be reviewed and improved as needed."

While 13WHAM reports: "The school district said it learned about the incident today."

SCATS ~~ Right hand, meet left hand ...
   

2012 Town Budget "Bare Bones" ... & Other Fairy Tales

 
Can YOU Separate The Facts From The Fiction?  

Greece's  property tax rate would drop about 1% next year, under the Town's $55.6 million tentative budget plan.

Fees for drainage, lighting & sanitary sewer districts would rise.

Overall taxes including those fees would remain stable.

If approved, the tax rate would fall from $6.40 per $1,000 of assessed value to $6.34 per $1,000. The drainage district fee would rise from $16.00 per unit to $16.75 per unit; the lighting district fee would rise from $3.35 per $1,000 to $3.93 per $1,000; and the sanitary sewer fee would rise from $38.89 per unit to $38.95 per unit.

If approved, 2012 would be the third year in a row that the property tax rate decreased.

"We started out by saying that we do not want to increase property taxes for Greece residents and then we went from there." ~~  Supervisor John Auberger.

He said a "millstone" for 2012 was absorbing a mandated increase of nearly $1 million in the town's contribution to its employee retirement system. Almost one-tenth of the town's entire budget — $5.2 million — will be paid out in retirement system contributions next year.

"You have to deal with that and it is so significant that it really sets you back and you have to look at other areas in the budget in order to make it work." ~~ John Auberger (telling you he is cutting something, somewhere!)

Auberger claims residents will see no reduction in their town services.

"There will be no difference. This is a bare-bones budget and for the third year in a row, there's a reduction in the tax rate. Residents will see the same fine level of services next year as they're accustomed to." 


The town was able to increase spending on some amenities for residents, including an additional $15,000 for library materials.

An additional police officer was also added to the Greece Police Dept.

The total tax levy, including special districts, is set at $36 million, which would be an increase of about 1% over 2011.

SOURCE

SCATS ~~ Where to begin?? First of all, there is a REDUCTION IN SERVICES NEARLY EVERY YEAR in the Town of Greece! They just won't tell you what/where they are. You have to find out on your own. Example: Take a look around town. Unrepaired potholes, cracked surfaces and sunken manholes are everywhere ~ Fetzner Rd.,  Maiden Ln., Mt. Read Blvd., Stone Rd., Flynn Rd., Harvest Dr., Black Walnut ... to name a few places!

Secondly, I thought the extra library money was to keep Barnard Crossing open longer hours and to get Andy Conlon re-elected for doing so, not for new materials. Or was Andy Conlon taking credit for something that wasn't quite true? The Republicans would never do that, right??? Ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!!

Thirdly, Chief Todd has made NO secret of the fact that he wants more cops, two more police dogs AND a brand spanking new HQ at the Vince Tofany complex. They've already got a group looking into making it happen! I'm pretty darned sure that's with Auggie's okay, because everyone knows who really runs everything in Greece, don't we? (wink, wink)
  

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

NY State Loses Ground In Math On National Report Card

  
New York is the only state in which 4th grade math scores fell in 2011;

Reading scores remained flat.

NY State’s Education Commissioner, Dr. John B. King Jr., called the numbers “disappointing and unacceptable.”

STORY
  

Where Is The Promised Video?

 
Last Wednesday, Greece Central's District Office posted a statement about the "secret" School Consolidation meeting planned at Odyssey last Thursday night. They promised us that : "The meeting at Odyssey will be videotaped and made available shortly through the district website via a podcast."

It's almost a week later and still no podcast has been posted. Even Oberg/O'Rourke could get faster turnaround on something so simple as this!

One more broken promise from GCSD Administration?? Let's hope not!
  

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

FEPC Panel Dismisses Conlon's Complaint

  
November 1, 2011 ~~ For Immediate Release  

Fair Election Practices Committee upholds statement by Democrat Rita Garretson

The truth hurts.

Greece Town Board candidate Rita Garretson pointed out in campaign mailings that her opponent, incumbent Andrew Conlon, has never spoken out against John Auberger’s misconduct.

In a futile attempt to quiet Rita Garretson’s criticism, Conlon and the Republican Party filed a frivolous and unfounded Fair Election Practices complaint against her. It didn’t work.

The FEPC panel, comprised of two Republicans and two Democrats, dismissed Conlon’s complaint. They agreed that Rita Garretson’s statement was accurate. They confirmed that Andrew Conlon never spoke out publicly against John Auberger’s misconduct. Conlon has an unbroken string of 941 Town Board votes in agreement with Auberger, and never once voted against the Republican majority since the beginning of his term in 2010.

The committee sustained Conlon's complaint on a secondary issue. He maintains that his full-time job in the office of Senator Joe Robach does not rely on Republican Party bosses.

“This is a good day for the truth, and a bad day for the Republican Party,” said Rita Garretson. “Hopefully, their days of one-party iron rule in Greece will end next Tuesday on Election Day.”

Rita Garretson, Wendy Wright, and Norma Cummings are running for Greece Town Board on the Democratic line. Currently, there are only Republicans on the Town Board. Between January 2010 and September 2011, the all-Republican board voted unanimously with John Auberger 941 times. None of them voted against Auberger, not even once.

For more Information, contact:

Dave Garretson or DaveGarretson363@gmail.com

SCATS ~~ HAS ANYONE EVER VOTED AGAINST AUBERGER ?? If so, har far back must we look to find such dissent?
      

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