Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Apathy Levels Run High In Greece


  • Only 4100 vote in Greece Central School District Budget in 2012

  • Board of Education meetings routinely fail to attract audience other than employees

  • Board of Education meetings routinely fail to attract union reps to speak

  • Board of Education meetings routinely fail to attract residents/taxpayers to speak

  • Only three show interest in running for Greece Board of Education in 2013*

  • One of three seeking candidacy returns petition with too few signatures*

  • Greece Democrats fail to announce any candidate roster for Greece Town elections in November, despite Republican slate announced in February

  • Auberger's car rarely seen at Town Hall in recent months

  • Babs, Auggie & Chief Todd avoid cameras as much as possible


* Unconfirmed

 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was told by the candidate with not enough signatures that that's not correct. She said she turned her petition in on time to the new clerk with more then enough signatures. She got a call the next day from the Clerk telling her that she did not have enough signatures. The candidate has a copy of her petition and it does have enough signatures but the one the new clerk has is missing a page and is short less then 10 signatures. She has been told there is nothing that can be done and her only option is to run a write in campaign. Seems like Julia's new clerk is living up to her reputation of being a ditz. Why did she wait a full day to make the phone call, why didn't she say something when she got the petition? This is all too strange. We all need to get behind this candidate and make sure she gets on the board and I wouldn't want to be in the clerks shoes if she does get on the board, she'll make her life mesirble, or maybe she'll do to the new clerk what Julia and her gang of girls did to the previous clerk. Watch out Annie nothing's worse then a pissed off black woman!

Anonymous said...

Valencia Mecalf is the person that has been turned away from being on the ballot because of a screw up by the clerk. According to what I've heard the clerk lost a page of her petition and called her the next day to say she didn't have enough signatures. Velencia's only option is to get write in votes.

Anonymous said...

The democrats are like obedient sheep at town board meetings. Only one or tow show up and never ask hard questions.

Anonymous said...

Why is it assumed that the clerk must have screwed up? How does anyone really know if he actually did turn in a second page. Why would she say she was short signatures if she really wasn't. Maybe the candidate really was just short signatures and didn't turn in all the pages she thought she did. It doesn't seem like she has a reason not to want her to run, after all even if she was allowed to it will still be a uncontested race so there would be no benefit to not have allowed her to.

SCATS said...

To 8:49PM ~~ And how many REPUBLICANS show up to watch or ask questions???

To 10:01PM ~~ Re: "It doesn't seem like she has a reason not to want her to run ..."

Seriously!?!?

This is Greece Central where people of color have been avoided like the plague by this BOE with Van Orman, O'Toole, McCabe & Ferington (and the now departed Boily), especially if it means putting them into positions of power. Kim Dyce-Faucette wasn't good enough for Greece, but she had NO problem landing a decent job as Supt. elsewhere. That's just ONE EXAMPLE.

And please don't tell me that Babs' appointments of Shaun Nelms, etc. is proof I'm wrong. The BOE had no input into how or who she chooses for her underlings, since the Supt's contract gives her broad power to arrange her cabinet and/or chain of command as she chooses.

Anonymous said...

If she has a copy of the petitions she turned in she should contest the the
clerks decision by presenting the copies to the board president on appeal. This is the first time I have ever heard of this happening. There would only be two pages at best. When she turned in the petitions, the clerk would have or should
have known then that she only had at least 50 signatures as that is the number of lines on each page. The second page would have had to have at least 37 signatures. The clerk should have told her then, not the next day as was alleged. Something does not add up in my mind. If the clerk "lost" the second page and the petitioner can prove this, her name should be placed on the ballot. However,
because of the obvious racial over-tones connected to this situation, the District needs to vet this development expeditiously.

SCATS said...

To 12:41PM ~~ Are candidates permitted to have multiple petitions (copies) so that others can help them collect signatures? I know they permitted this in the past, but the rule may have been changed.

Speaking of rules, WHERE ARE THESE RULES? Are they from BOE policy? I'd like to read through them.

Anonymous said...

YES,!! Copies can be made for distribution as long as each page lists the name and address of the petitioner.

SCATS said...

TY 3:51PM. Again, where can we read over these rules?

Because copies can be made, numbering could be off, a page could get lost, etc. I really think that if this person had the signatures, the BOE clerk should accept/validate the petition once the extra page is provided. Not doing so appears very suspicious. Perhaps even more so since there's less than three contenders now.

Anonymous said...

The rules you should probably be able to get from the county board of elections.

I have no idea what happened in this situation but it is worth noting, for signatures to be valid of the petition they must be registered voters.It is possible that there were not enough valid signatures, on the petition and the lost page story was to cover her own behind for the screw up. Not saying that is the case, just a possibility. If it were me and the page WAS lost I would peruse legal action.

SCATS said...

To 8:41AM ~~ The Board of Elections has very little to do with the particulars of school district elections, other than providing the machines. The rules for BOE/budget votes are different, some defined by State Ed, as I recall. The others might be district regulations or policy.

Anonymous said...

SED LAW, regulates the petition and election process and related deadlines for submission and election. Regarding allowing for copies to be acceptable, I
believe local policy would address this component.

SCATS said...

To 11:47AM ~~ Several BOE policies cover certain aspects of this process. However, I do not see the details in those policies. Policy 1210 covers BOE Member Qualifications, 1220 covers Nomination & Election, 1230 covers Reporting of Expenditures ... etc.

Anonymous said...

"Apathy Levels Run High In Greece"? (I'd respond to that comment, but I don't really feel like doing that right now.) (grin)

Anonymous said...

There was a guy named Ed Gartz who wanted to run for BOE a few years ago. He had some good ideas. A citizen not a politician. Think he posted here. Would like to see him run again. Thoughts?

SCATS said...

To 4:33PM ~~ Ed Gartz recently resurfaced on here & on Facebook where he showed he was NOT what I thought when he showed interest in being on the BOE several years ago. At this point, he sounds like he's part of the problem in that he's very defensive about some of the people who are engaging in under-handed business within the district.

I challenged him to post the FACTS about the Re-Engagement Center. Instead of getting the enrollments & other requested info, he went on an angry rant.