Monday, July 08, 2013

Nick Joseph To Be Freed


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The New York State Department of Corrections confirms that former Greece Police Sgt. Nicholas Joseph is scheduled to be released from prison Thursday. (STORY)


According to Tuesday's D&C: "The town of Greece last year settled a lawsuit with the family of the child injured in the accident. The child suffered neurological health issues after birth.
The settlement amount was not released by federal court."

SCATS ~~ WHY are taxpayers not told how much Rahn, Auberger's & Joseph's poor judgement is costing us??

  
 

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our new GCSD Security Director? or Driver Ed instructor?

SCATS said...

Or ... he could be the head of the anti-bullying task force ;)

Anonymous said...

The gang is back together for the summer and Chatterton has his buddy back for all his pool parties and card games.

Anonymous said...

Chatterton has the security job locked up

Anonymous said...

What these three officers got for punishment just wasn't enough. They had been using their badges in our town to do what ever they wanted and they were also the bullies. They took an oath to serve and protect. The things they have done behind their badge was so wrong. Other officers as well got out before the investigation started so they can protect them selves and collect their pensions. Do we think these three officers can ever be an honest person now? They don't have it in them.

Anonymous said...

The car says Protect & Serve.
They protect each other and SERVE TIME.

WHAT more do you want from people making $100,000 a year having fun?

Anonymous said...

Coming Soon-
Nick's flooring
That's right folks,Nick had to learn a trade to qualify for Parole. They didn't seem to think he should go back into the festival Security business, so Nick learned carpet laying and tile setting and he just might be installing our new floor from Home Depot.

I'm sure he'll d a good job.

Anonymous said...

I thought "carpet-laying" was something that was learned only in WOMEN'S prisons? (G)

Anonymous said...

Baxter says, now this is over we need to move on. Well certainly easy for him to say and not enough punishment to our officers for all they have done to our town with disgrace and embarrassment. We also know many other officers were in the wrong as well put was lucky to get out of it. But will the family of the mother who was hit by Nick Joseph, can they forget or move on when the have a child that was born prematurely and had heart problem and still may? Yes they can move on but not the victims of the town who was cheated by our officers and we know their are a few families. Still pretty sad that is all they got. The families that were affected by our officers will always remember and have to live this devastation. Baxter, yes you say you changed your rules and will move on. So nice to hear you can?????

SCATS said...

To 5:41PM ~~ What makes the entire debaucle smack of injustice is the fact that so many got to retire, or take plea deals, or stay on the job even. And then there's Auberger, who got to "forget" everything he knows during testimony that kept his Teflon intact. By all accounts, Baxter is merely his puppet now.

Anonymous said...

Baxter will throw anyone under the bus to save his own behind. Don't ever be fooled. He may pretend to be all christian but he is not.

SCATS said...

To 6:12PM ~~ Emulating his boss?

Anonymous said...

I listened again to Baxter and how he has changed the police Department for the better. Again Baxter's real boss is Auberger, the ring leader of the old Police Department. They all worked under him and allowed a decade of corruption to go on and allowed his police department work any way they wanted except to serve and protect. Auberger did not see, he did not hear. "Oh" is he blind and is he deaf?
I also think many officers who wear a badge feel invinceable and can do anything they want behind that badge. It gives them the power to do as they want. I am not saying every officer. It's the ones in the circle and even the decent ones can still fall backwards and do some wrong. That badge is powerful. Auberger let it all happen on his watch. Our people of the Town of Greece suffered from all the corruption and wrong doings. They never honored the oath they took. Even the officers who knew what was going on and turned their heads are much at fault as any of the corrupted officers. "ALL HEADS TURNED ANOTHER WAY" Aberger was the boss and he allowed it as well. No one there can not say they were not at fault. They were deaf and blind as well. Very sad a decade went on.

Anonymous said...

It's the so called brotherhood. It's still active. They serve and protect their own. And the corruption runs deep throughout Monroe County.

So three little you know whats have been sprung from jail. Who will the next three be?

Anonymous said...

I have an idea. Let's abolish the GPD. It can be done. All we need to do is gather the required signatures to force a referendum
As early this coming November. Then through the vote,the residents and taxpayers can make that choice. Then we can turn the town over to the MCSD. You'd be surprised how much money we could save in our tax bills. How does an approximate 30% reduction in your town tax bill grab you?

SCATS said...

To 6:22PM ~~ Sounds good. And while we're at it, let's get rid of having all these money-sucking fire districts too. We're save boatloads!

Anonymous said...

You need to add Pignato to the group that will cost taxpayers money,because that lawsuit will cost the most.
Depositions are being taken involving the Pignato lawsuit where testimony with documentation that show there were people making the supervisor aware that the hiring practices were sub standard at best and there were officers committing bad act. Not illegal acts, but acts that showed a department spiraling out of control.
To 12:18, much has been written about those who turned their heads and did nothing. The question then is - what should they have done?
The chief and supervisor were happy with the kingdom. The supervisor was the one offering people jobs without doing proper background checks and ignoring red flags. These patronage jobs were his bread and butter. A staple of his administration, regardless of town department. They also ignored small transgressions, which led to bigger problems.
The town board is useless - try finding a time where a vote wasn't unanimous.
The DAs office? Nothing criminal about picking bad officers. And when a crime was reported, the officers who reported it got run over by the town as they detested the black eye/bad press.
The media? They knew about hiring practices.
The state? An attempt was made to involve them by showing the policies that were written weren't being followed. See the news from 2006 or so when the department had trouble with getting re-accredited.
It may seem overly simplified to blame Greece's problems on hiring practices, but if proper procedures were followed the bad apples wouldn't have been hired in the first place.
All of the above was done. The warning bell was rung and it was ignored. And now we all pay.

SCATS said...

To 12:33PM ~~ If I'm not mistaken it was in late 2008 or early 2009 when GPD had trouble with accreditation. By then, the meltdown was already well underway.

I'm not sure that Pignato will cost us more than Joseph, since the amount taken in the settlement of Joseph's accident was undisclosed. I'm not sure how that's OK when the texpayers end up footing the bill.

Anonymous said...

Does any one have a recording of Chief Todd Baxter press conference with WHAM 13 talking about how the police force was corrupt and under staffed and only two bosses. How the department used their power for the last 15 yrs. We are the only police department that had 3 officers go to prison and one of them was the chief? He said when Baxter came in he changed many
things and hired new officers up to at least a 100 altogether and made new rules. Now its doing great since he came in and took over. If any one has this conference, could you please put it up? WHAM 13 has all their archives from July 11, 2013 but that press conference. some one had it removed for a good reason. "The truth" about our old police force. Keeping the secrets coming from the new chief. He should have never said what he said and it was heard by someone and I wonder who? Any one out there has July 11th 2013 WHAM 13 dinner time news and has it recorded please post it.

SCATS said...

To 11:40PM ~~ I found the story, but no video, on the 13wham.com site. Do you need the actual video??

Here is what I found:
"Greece, N.Y.--Chief Todd Baxter said when he started his job following the police scandal in Greece, it was a recipe for disaster in the police department.

Baxter told us: "The police department was in turmoil, three members were either in prison or going to prison...I challenge you to find any organization in the country where three police officers went to jail at one time from the same agency."

13 WHAM talked to Baxter following the release of former Greece Police Sergeant Nick Joseph.

Joseph was convicted of being high on cocaine and leaving the scene of a hit and run accident that injured a pregnant woman, causing her to deliver her child prematurely. He served four years in state prison and was released Thursday morning.

Joseph was the last of the three police officers released from prison. Gary Pignato and Former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn were released in the last few months.Chief Baxter said the police scandal was born out of an abuse of power at the top of the police department. He said it wasn't driven by greed, or to get money. He said that power can be a dangerous thing.But a bigger problem was that there was no checks and balances in the department to uncover the wrongdoing earlier.

Baxter made sweeping changes when he took over. Adding new officers, revamping the property clerk's office where items had gone missing. He also beefed up the Internal Affairs unit, adding a full-time officer to oversee that department and audit things like petty cash funds.He said while the department won't forget what happened, they have learned from it and want to move on. He said the changes have helped improve officer morale and regain the trust and faith of people in the town of Greece."

Anonymous said...

Yes I realty could use that press conference. WHAM 13 is the only one who did it. I heard it on the news then went to my computer and it was on the WHAM page. Next day I clicked on that conference and it was removed. I talked to some one with WHAM and they said if was for a legal purpose then they can not release it. It was on the web for one day and removed. I do have what you just mentioned. But the conference is where he put his foot in his mouth about the past police department, It was on you tube and removed as well. I only wish I knew it was on the 6 pm news at that time. It just popped up so quickly after showing Nick Joseph being released then his conference came on. He actually said how they were corrupt and how many officers was on the force and did so many wrong doings with their job on the force. He went on to say a lot. I would of recorded it if I only knew? I had the link. Someone actually had it removed. "SOMEONE QUICKLY"