Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nick Joseph Lawsuit Settled

  
Alexis Sharp's lawsuit against the Town of Greece, Greece Police & Nick Joseph has been settled for an undisclosed amount. A confidentiality agreement will ensure the terms are kept secret.

SCATS ~~ God forbid should we ever hear how much the great capers of Merritt Rahn, GPD and several of their officers cost us since 2008. Ever notice how Auberger lets "I am him" do his talking in these situations? No other towns around here do buisness like Greece.
  
  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ATTENTION ADAM CRANDALL


The elections are long over.
Time to make the rounds,
collect all your signs!
  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SAVE THE DATE!

  
Greece, Gates & Ogden Police
Picnic extravaganza with:
Spikes, Grease Paint Alley Clowns/Balloons, Face Painter, Greyhound Rescue, etc.

MENU: Pizza, chicken wings, veggie trays, chips, cookies, brownies, ice cream cups, freeze pops, soda & water

The Millennium Lodge @ Greece Canal Park

JULY 20;  5-8PM


Monday, May 28, 2012

CIA Academy Graduation


From the Greece Central School District website:

"The Greece Central School District embarked on a new and exciting partnership with the Greece Police Department this spring to provide an opportunity for students to learn about their important role in our town. This truly hands on experience of what a career in law enforcement can offer, could potentially impact students’ career decisions and the knowledge gained will influence them for the rest of their lives.   
Last Monday the first class received their certificates during a graduation ceremony. This project met their community service requirement as part of the Citizens in Action social studies curriculum.
The graduating class learned about Patrol Vehicle Inspection Operation, STOP DWI, Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Scene Investigation, Forgery and Economics, an overview of Professional Services Bureau: Crime Prevention Office Animal Control, Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and Town Court proceedings. We are looking to running this again next year and continue to build a strong relationship with the Greece Police Department!"

SCATS ~~ While I'm all for giving students insight into career opportunities and forging relationships between teens & law enforcement, I do NOT see how attending this class meets "community service" requirements. Exactly what did they do for the community?
  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scratch That!

   
Anonymous said...

I know it's off topic - but did you hear the kids on the 8th grade Washington trip had to change hotels because the 1st hotel was infested with. Bed bugs & the kids were getting bit? Hope no one has any on there clothes or on their luggage or Greece is going to have their own infestation to worry about!    5/27/2012 2:42 PM


SCATS ~~ I sure hope the parents were informed BEFORE the kiddies got home.
  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Don't Forget To Thank A Vet!

   
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Appropriate Behavior?

Or A Train Wreck
Waiting To Happen?

Should school district's develop policies restricting, or even banning, teachers and/or other employees from contacting students via "Social Media" like Twitter, Facebook &  text messaging?

What about students contacting teachers, coaches, principals and other employees?

If so, where and how do we draw the line?
  



GCSD Seeks Director of Technology

  
Word is that upon returning from vacation, Greece Central School District's Director of Technology gave his notice and was immediately walked out.
 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Odyssey Ranks 270th

   
Newsweek's 1000
List Ranks Greece Odyssey At 270th
   

Friday, May 18, 2012

Little White Lies?

Or ...
... Great Big Fat Fibs??

From a Greece Post supplement titled:
 "2012 Greece Community Guide"
(pg.5,  May 17, 2012)

"The Greece Central School District is the ninth largest suburban school district in the state, and the largest suburban district in Monroe County. Providing services for about 13,500 students,* the district's strong academic program prides itself on meeting each student's individual needs, and students consistently achieve excellence** ..."
(Click Image To Enlarge)


*According to the Greece Central School District's own documentation, the school district has NOT had 13,500 students enrolled since the 2005-06 school year!

**According to the NY State Education Dept's School Report Cards, it's been years, if not decades, since Greece Central "met each student's individual needs" or its "students consistently achieved excellence."
      





Thursday, May 17, 2012

APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS PRAYER RULING

  
Town Board Prayer
Endorses Christianity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that “an objective, reasonable person would believe that the town’s prayer practice had the effect of affiliating the town with Christianity.”

“Christian clergy delivered each and every one of the prayers for the first nine years of the town’s prayer practice, and nearly all of the prayers thereafter,” the judges wrote.

While the town asserted that it would accept any volunteers to deliver invocations “the town neither publicly solicited volunteers ... nor informed members of the general public that volunteers would be considered or accepted, let alone welcomed, regardless of their religious beliefs or non-beliefs,” the decision states. (Democrat & Chronicle)

Americans United Press Release

Court Decision

SCATS ~~ So now we can add "Christian" to the closed, clubby & corrupt menu defining our local govt.
  

The Next Town Supervisor ...?

    
Anonymous said...
Now that the rape of the taxpayer is complete on the School Budget, and 3 clowns have your charge card, what's next?

Wait for it,
Remain calm,
Seatbelt fastened.

What punk politician is sucking up to the BIG pol for his blessing to run for Town Supervisor in Greece?

It's already 3 months into SUCK period folks.

He's already spouting Bring Honesty & Integrity back to Greece.

Meanwhile his hand is already in your pocket and he's stealing your money.

He's working on convincing the BIG pol he helped protect Mr Big's kid when the kid screwed up on the Greece payroll.     5/16/2012 6:10 PM


Anonymous said...
6:10 we. Are off topic here but you comments caught my
eye because my insider information indicates the Auberger's successor has already been decided depending on the up coming Brooks election. If things go as expected,our next supervisor will be a high ranking county employee with closeties to both Brooks and Bill Reilich.I believe you are referring to Reilich as Mr Big and I know his son works for the town and was involved in an incident a few years ago involving town and tax payer property that got conveniently made to go away thru private negotiations with the citizen involved.
20,000 bucks comes to mind as the cost to taxpayers to make her go away happy.Am I close?
5/17/2012 7:23 AM

Anonymous said...
7:23 is getting warmer. Mr. Big's son works for the county now -- Punk polician not only helped cover up the accident in greece but helped get Mr. Big, Jr.land the job at the county.

Everybody wins but the taxpayers.    5/17/2012 12:41 PM

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BUDGET APPROVED

  
By a vote of 2,776 in favor to 1512 against, Greece Central School District voters approved a $199,074,055 spending plan for the 2012-13 school year. The budget increases spending by 0.75% and carries a projected tax rate of $23.38 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Approved by a vote of 2,616 in favor and 1,511 against was a bus purchase proposition that authorizes the district to replace fifteen 66-passenger buses and four 30-passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $1,865,000. Of that amount, $370,000 would come from the district’s previously established bus purchase reserve fund.
  
Voters elected incumbent Julia VanOrman (2,728 votes), and newcomers Adam Crandall (2,225 votes) and Joe Grinnan (2,008 votes) to fill seats left by outgoing Board member Roger Boily and AnnMarie Stenglein, who opted not to run. All three will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Candidates not elected were Terry Melore (1,935 votes) and Nicholas Giordano (1,821 votes).
 

VOTE TODAY


POLLS OPEN 6AM-9PM
GREECE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
VOTE TODAY ON:
SCHOOL BUDGET
BUS PROPOSITION
SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Where Do The Candidates Stand?

  
Charlie Hubbard said...

Based on the info given at the budget presentations we are going to be asking the taxpayers for a 2.6% tax increase for 300 fewer students.

Do any of these candidates have a problem with this?

Based on the info given at the budget presentations contracts continue to drive the cost. This board has approved those contracts with 'no cost' given prior to approval.

Do any of these candidates have a problem with this?

Based on the info given at the budget presentations medical costs are going up over 7% via these contracts. As I recall one of these board approved contracts 'increased' the districts part of the cost of medical insurance from 90% to 95%.

Do any of these candidates have a problem with this?     5/11/2012 6:22 PM

   

Friday, May 11, 2012

GTA Indecisive About BOE Candidates

  
Anonymous said...
Shame on you GTA! As a Greece teacher I was appalled when I opened my email yesterday and I saw who you endorsed for School Board members - Joe, Nick and Adam - and not Terry Melore, a retired Greece teacher whom I have known and worked with for years - some one that would be true asset to our School Board. Some one that has given our district her time and talent. Then today I receive another email giving her your endorsement. No wonder we can't settle our contract, we don't even know whom to endorse! It looks real good when we endorse 4 candidates for 3 seats - which one of you is the math teacher?   5/11/2012 7:40 PM
  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pallas Finalist In Brockport Supt. Search

   

WHEC-TV reports that Dr. Carol Pallas is one of three finalists in their search for a new superintendent.

SCATS ~~ Will somebody PLEASE take her???
  

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The DREAM HOME That Babs Built ...

  
Anonymous said...

Don't be jealous maybe she will build the next mansion in Greece but for now your taxes are paying her taxes in Lyndonville.
http://www.timberhomeliving.com/lakeside-timber-home-in-new-york/   5/09/2012 7:34 PM

Timber Home Living, June 2012
Barbara Deane-Williams'
"Magnificent Lakeside Home"


vs. The HOUSE She Promised To Purchase ...

"She and her husband Robert live in a lakeshore home they built largely with reclaimed building materials from New York and New England and decorated with antiques. Her contract in Greece - which provides for a $198,000 annual salary - stipulates that she must purchase a home there, and the couple is actively looking." D&C July 10, 2011


SCATS ~~ After nearly a year of "actively looking" for a house in Greece (one that she still hasn't found), we're to believe Babs ever INTENDED on living in Greece when she already built her DREAM HOME in Lyndonville? Methinks the Sheeple of Greece have been sold a bill of goods again!
    

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

How Does District Clerk Verify Residency?

   
Based upon numerous comments received related to the actual residency of Candidate #1 (Adam Crandall) on the ballot for BOE (some examples below), what effort is made by Greece Central's District Clerk, Lynne Armstrong, to verify any candidate's qualifications to run for school board? How does she verify their age, their residency and their citizenship?




Anonymous said...

I am a life long Greece resident. I graduated from Greece Athena and have both my bachelors and masters degrees from RIT. As much as it pains me to say this, I am once again disappointed with the lack of quality candidates this year. I am especially speaking to candidate 1. Although he has signs over town and has a big smile, that doesn't mean he has the qualifications to be on our school board. Yes, he graduated from Athena and went to Fisher, but as far as I know he no longer lives in Greece. I can't imagine electing someone to our town school board who no longer wants to even live in our town. He has said on multiple occasions that he is looking to get his foot in the political door., but I am unsure of his abilities to separate political ideologies and religious beliefs from our children's education. I applaud him for being passionate about his republican and Christian beliefs, however I don't want that to be imposed on my children ( and based on my interactions with this young man, I doubt he is capable). I don't believe our incumbent board is stellar, by any stretch of the imagination, but where are the retired teachers or business owners living in Greece who can help guide our educational system and maintain our fiscal responsibilities. There have been so many layoffs of teachers or early retirements and these are the types of people we need on our board. I don't think college students or sales men are qualified for the job. In addition, having attended high school in the district doesn't qualify you either.

As a side note, the majority of the people who are "supporting" candidate 1 are people that he went to high school with. The majority of these supporters no longer live in the town of Greece. In fact, there are a good number of people that live outside of upstate NY and even the state. How can voters accurately gauge the effectiveness and honesty of this candidate if his support page is misleading. Just some food for thought.   5/04/2012 3:49 PM

Anonymous said...

Adam Crandall owns his home in east Rochester. His parents reside in pine brook. Bet he's using that address…   5/05/2012 10:17 PM

Anonymous said...
Adam " purchased" a home in east Rochester, however it was his parents that put their name on the mortgage. Adam just recently posted on face book that he paid off his home, but if you do a search there is no property record for him. He lives in east rochester in this home. However, he is saying that he is a resident of Greece by using his parents address in Greece. This is so wrong. He is a liar and a xxxxxxx (edited by BLOG admin.) for trying to scam the system. Unfortunately there is no way to stop him. He has this set up so he could climb the political ladder. This is sick and I don't want him on the board. He's either luring about being a resident of Greece or luring to his "friends" that he not only purchased a home but paid it off ( that's a big deal where I come from). 5/08/2012 4:36 PM
   

Odyssey Academy: Ranks 75th Best HS

   
US News & World Report ranks OA 75th best out of 22,000 public high schools.

WHAT is the purpose of a school-of-choice?

SCATS ~~ Will they be able to achieve Top 100 status after merging with Apollo? Not if it's a true merging ;)
 

Monday, May 07, 2012

Babs Sells The Budget

   
Wednesday May 9th, 7 PM

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

4115 Dewey Avenue
  

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Thunder Hockey Players Partying

      
Anonymous said...

These need not be posted publicly, but the latest Tyler Grimshaw tweets are quite telling about the 'little angel':


"Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"

"Hahaha cops arrest me for trespassing when I know who lives there #jokes"

Gotta makes the Thunder family and Greece taxpayers proud to know they've helped to produce another prize in society.     5/06/2012 6:53 AM

Anonymous said...

Actually the more thunder/Athena tweets I read, concerning Brock the port, the more I'm convinced Greece's youth is doomed. You see pics on some of their pages showing Budweiser bottles in hand, and the background is a car's dashboard! I don't even know these kids and I'm finding this stuff, where the hell are their families? Nonstop drug and alcohol references? Greece is doomed!   5/06/2012 9:57 AM

Anonymous said...

Looks like several of them, according to their twitter pages, enjoyed the festivities out at Brockport last night. By festivities I mean drunken, criminal activity that make the Sunday paper. Gotta love it. Great job parents!    5/06/2012 3:32 PM

SCATS ~~ Yes, Greece can be so proud! (dripping sarcasm)

  

Friday, May 04, 2012

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

School Consolidation Update
Amendment to 403B Retirement Plan
2012-13 School Calendar Approval
   

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Should Our Leaders Be Homeowners & Residents?


GREECE'S TOP LEADERS ARE NOT
PROPERTY OWNERS/TAXPAYERS
TO THE TOWN, SCHOOL DISTRICT

Supervisor John Auberger ~ Rents

Police Chief Todd Baxter ~ Resides in Ogden

Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams ~ Resides out-of-district* (contractually required to purchase Greece home by 6/30/12)

GTA Pres. Don Pallozzi ~ Resides out-of-district

The upcoming elections for the Greece Central School District feature two younger than typical candidates. Not surprisingly, neither appear to be property owners within the Greece Central School District. Yet, if elected, they will be making decisions that impact how much you & I pay in property taxes.

SCATS ~~ SHOULD OUR LEADERS BE HOMEOWNERS & RESIDENTS PAYING PROPERTY TAXES IN THE LOCALE WHERE THEY WORK/LEAD?

*Supt. Contract pg. 12
  

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mall PILOT Keeps Taxes Under Cap


Tom Kackmeister said...



I first discussed this subject with the Asst. Superintendent for finance at the Greece Central school district thsi AM . I sent this to various contacts including my state and county legislators as well as various media contacts. I also sent it to the school district via their web site.
School Budgets: Property Tax Cap & PILOT money!

This is a very big deal. It is a significant factor in the Greece school budget and may be significant in other school districts (and towns) as well.

The Greece Town Mall property has been granted a $90,000,000 property tax assessment reduction in exchange for a PILOT payment of approximately $2,030,000 to the Greece School district. The money is about a wash. As adopted, this PILOT allotment is currently for one year only. We’ll see how that plays out. (Note PILOT is Payment In Lieu of Taxes)

The major significance of this however is the effect this has had on meeting the 2% state mandated property tax cap.

PILOT money is not included in the calculation of the property tax levy increase. The Greece tax levy as calculated by the Greece school district amount to a 1.1% increase. This is under the 2% cap. However if that PILOT payment by the Greece Mall had been paid via property taxes, it would have been included in the cap limit. In that case the levy would have increase by 3.1% to support the adopted budget. That is over the 2% cap. If the PILOT had not been adopted, the district would have been required to adopt a budget roughly $1,000,000 less than they did to stay under the cap. (Note: the way the district has been told to include the PILOT money, they generate an increase of 1.7%. That does not accurately reflect the property tax levy implications as I have outlined above. Do not be confused by that calculation.).

This is all (currently) legal. Who should we blame for this work-around the cap limit? Obviously it starts with the PILOT program and this huge increase in PILOT granted the Greece Town Mall. All levels of local government benefit by removing this $90 million from the tax levy calculation. I wonder who at the state legislature and county governments and town government and school districts are aware of this? How many have indeed been implicit supporters of this work-around in order support their own inflated budgets? Maybe this is a way the state legislature has willingly bypassed the 2% cap legislation. I certainly hope the media will see the merits in bringing this situation to the attention of the general public.

I think this stinks. Why is the governor allowing this to take place? I can see a major thrust for even more PILOT programs in the future as public entities try to use this neat cap loop hole. I would like to hear from the governor, from my state legislatures, my county legislators my town and school administrators. I hope we can limit the Greece Town Mall PILOT program to one year and require the school district to make up an additional $2,000,000 in budget cuts next year to offset this cap loop hole.

Tom Kackmeister
513 East Moreno Dr . Rochester NY 14626