Saturday, November 30, 2013

Are We Getting What We Are Paying For?


Attending Greece Central Schools costs approximately $17,000/pupil/year, a cost that continues to rise.

Are we getting the RESULTS
we want and expect?
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Remember ...


Tom the Turkey says:
"EAT BEEF!"




HAPPY THANKSGIVING :)
 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Greece Break-in Suspects Caught on Camera


Break-in suspects caught on camera - 13WHAM - Featured

Security cameras captured four men working as a team to break into a family’s home.
   

Politics May Have Played Into Arson Ruling

 
D&C articles Revisit Holiday Inn Fire of 1978

"The town's dug itself a hole saying this was an arson, and they just can't dig out of it." ~~ Bud Phillips

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wegmans or Walmart?


Does it really matter?
 
From the Greece Post (11/21/13) pg. A12 ~~
"On Nov. 11, two black males approached a customer leaving the Latta Rd. Walmart, pointed a gun at him, and told him not to move. The victim fought with the suspects, who fled in a blue Jeep Cherokee after punching him in the face."
  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

As You Ponder Your Property Tax Increase ...


DO YOU FEEL RIPPED-OFF?
 
I DO!

Anonymous said...
Heard this on Facebook...Any information on a standoff Friday night with 25 person standoff with a gunman in Greece? It took place in a neighborhood between English Rd and Latta Rd...nothing on the news about it?    11/17/2013 3:20 PM
 
SCATS ~~ Nope, nothing on the news about it ... or about a plethora of other newsworthy incidents in town if you happen to be concerned about your personal safety, or someone else's! For a taste of what you don't hear on the news, here's a tidbit from Chief Baxter's recent Community Info email to his homies:


Barricaded Gunman

Friday night at the beginning of 1st platoon's shift, East Rochester PD asked our assistance in making an arrest for an Aggravated Harassment. The suspect lived on El Mar Drive, and had a pretty extensive history of mental health issues and threats towards police, as well as firearms confiscations, we accompanied ERPD to the house with four units.

The subject opened the door and spoke briefly to ERPDs officers, then shut the door. The ERPD officers yelled for him to come out; he opened the door again, at which time he appeared more agitated. He closed the door a second time, then quickly reappeared with a long gun in hand. All officers reached cover; all GPD units were called to the scene, and inner and outer perimeters were established. An NYSP car responded, as well as MCSO units. Hyper-reach was initiated to alert area residents to shelter in place.

The subject apparently called family, as his brother arrived at the command post about half an hour after the incident began. Lt. Downs was able to contact and speak to the subject after gaining the brothers assistance. Approximately one hour after the incident began, Lt. Downs was able to get the subject to exit the house and surrender. As he was taken into custody, he did lunge at the deputies in the arrest team; MCSO charged him with Harassment and Resisting Arrest, and had a use of force. ERPD charged the subject with Menacing, as well as the original Aggravated Harassment charge.

No one was hurt. A second hyper-reach was sent to advise the end of the incident and shelter in place request. Gates and MCSO assisted in covering priority calls while our resources were tied up on the perimeters.

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Anonymous said...
A friend lives in the Dewey/Stone area. Her son was accosted by some older teens and had some items stolen. She called the cops, they told her to get out of the neighborhood while she can, it is being taken over by gangs and housing prices are dropping. She is not in the position to move so I am concerned about her and her kids having to stay there.   11/20/2013 10:56 AM

SCATS ~~ Interesting to see what the cops will share "privately!" The truth is, they say anything east of Mt. Read Blvd. is the same as the City of Rochester now ... AND it's creeping westward.

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Anonymous said...
I am confused. If the test covers what the students are supposed to learn in that class, why is teaching the test a bad thing? And what about the new curriculum do we not think is important?
I really am confused, not being sarcastic.     11/20/2013 9:48 AM

SCATS ~~ SHHH!! You aren't supposed to remember that the info covered by the test is CURRICULUM MATERIAL ;)

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Anonymous said...
Last I heard, Dr. Devore moved to Virginia..so the taxpayes are paying her a huge salary to basically consult by phone..she can't observe kids in Greece if she doesn't live here!
11/20/2013 11:35 AM

SCATS ~~ While I haven't checked into this to verify it, would it REALLY be surprising to anyone to find out it was true?? No wonder Ch. 10's Berkely Brean reported that Greece's per pupil spending is around $17,000/pupil/year now! In NY State, we pay the HIGHEST TAXES IN THE COUNTRY driven by school tax bills and in return for our financial support, we are stuck with the WORST PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE NATION!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

In Lockstep With The Teacher's Union ...


Protesters of Common Core Want Kids Kept Home
 
  
SCATS ~~ That's brilliant! Keep them home from school so they will NEVER learn what they need to know!
  

Greece Police Seek Victim Of Wreck


YNN: "A bit of a mystery in Greece Sunday morning. Rescue crews were trying to find a victim involved in a car wreck near the lake.

Firefighters arrived to find the SUV fully engulfed in flames around 5 a.m. This happened just north of Ling Road on Greenleaf Road.

The vehicle hit an utility pole, snapping it in half. When firefighters put out the flames, there was no one inside the SUV.

A search of the area turned up nothing.

Greece Police are now following leads on who may have been behind the wheel at the time of the crash."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Craigslist Post Blasts GCSD's Doctor About Special Ed


 
 
Greece Central employs its own doctor whose job it is to attend special ed meetings and badger parents. Said doctor also engages in calling the students physicians and providing a diagnostic opinion of the student and the students parents!! When said doctor has never met the student in person.

Said doctor stoops to low levels all to prevent seriously legally disabled children from obtaining services that would let them attend public school WHICH their parents pay taxes for. Rather these students end up home schooled because of said doctors questionable tactics and slander. As well as the harassment instilled on these families who are trying to care for sick children. These slanderous false diagnosis are also added to these students medical records when reported to their doctors by this district physician and thus tainting the student's medical record and inhibiting proper diagnosis and treatment by their actual REAL doctors.

Schools cannot legally diagnose students.
Doctors cannot diagnose people they have never met, examined or had as a patient. YET somehow this doctor they employ is doing this. I need not mention names and only say She because it isn't hard to visit the district website and find this persons name. And what she is doing is unethical and she's doing it on YOUR tax dollars!

GCSD punishes sick children for being sick. No other district employs a doctor or nurse practitioners to manage special education/medical accommodations for disabled children. Why does Greece?

Ask yourself that? And ask yourself what kind of district where "student learning is the goal" is more interested in pushing out children than helping them!

SCATS ~~ From the minutes of the Reorganizational Meeting held July 8, 2013 :

7.29 That Cindy Devore, MD be appointed school physician for the district for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Investigation Bungled In Oliva Accident


Lawsuit Alleges Former Greece Cop Ball Did "Shoddy Work"
 
  • 7 of 16 crash scene photographs snapped by Ball were blurry;
  • measurements taken at the scene were inaccurate and inconsistent;
  • investigators failed to make a scale diagram of the crash;
  • marks in the pavement were misidentified;
  • and key evidence such as tire scuffs, roadway scrapes and tire marks through the grass median weren't measured.        
 

    

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

If The Noose Fits ...


Let It Tighten Slowly ...

YNN reports: "Greece Police say progress is being made in an investigation into a deadly fire at the Holiday Inn nearly 35 years ago.

Greece Police were joined by other agencies in searching the Ridge Road Fire District headquarters on Long Pond Road in October. They say some evidence was gathered on that day, and the puzzle is becoming more clear.

Police are calling this an arson, which makes it a homicide investigation. Ten people died in the Nov. 26, 1978 fire, and 34 were injured.

"We're pretty excited about where we're going. I would have given it about a 20 percent chance of solving it; I'm going somewhere around 50 percent now. Two good detectives have been working on that case for over two years. State Police, ATF, FBI, they're all on board with us, helping us out anyway they can so if we ever could, we will," said Captain Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department.

Ridge Road Fire Chief Bud Phillips has been called a person of interest by Greece Police.
Investigators have not commented on whether he still is, or if he's among the hundreds of people authorities have interviewed.
  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Why Is GCSD Security Vehicle Taken Home?


Dear SCATS,

I have some questions about a situation I've observed before and witnessed again this morning. I would like to hear your thoughts on it, too.

For some reason, that colorful GCSD security car (the one that looks kinda like a cop car) was sitting in the driveway of a home on a nearby street, once again. Due to last night's heavy frost, I was able to determine the vehicle definitely spent the night in the driveway of that private residence. Both windshields were covered with frost as of 9:10 am today.

Since yesterday was a holiday with no school in session, I'm not sure how many days and nights this vehicle was in the hands of an employee for private use. Was school in session last Friday? Is taking the car home permitted? If, so, under what circumstances? What is the budget for this? Is it part of some contract? Why wasn't the employee and car back to work before 9:10 am today? School was in session then, right?

Observant Resident

SCATS ~~ You asked some very good questions, especially in-light of last week's melee at Athena!
I think the only info the community was ever given came out when Robach gifted GCSD with the car back in 2008. My BLOG from that time revealed: "The Greece Central School District has a new security vehicle, thanks to a $26,500 grant secured by state Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece. The money was used to purchase a 2008 Crown Victoria for use by district security guards, who patrol the school system's buildings and grounds, supervise special events and transport students if needed." Maybe there was a "special event" at the security person's home?
  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM


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

AGENDA ITEMS of  NOTE

Special Education - Annual Plan

Adopt the 2014-15 Budget Goals

Budget Amendment 2013-14

ESTIMATED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACTS >$50000.00 FOR 2013-14
   

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Athena Violence Doesn't Faze Principal


From A Facebook Friend:

"So there have been 7 fights at Athena today with lock downs and one invlived the use of box cutters. Security was called in from Olympia to help< YET 8 minutes ago the principal in on FB updating it with Senior trip pictures????? WTF"

Greece Elects Founder Of Maggie's LDC!

 
Dear SCATS:

It's time to re-run an old favorite BLOG :) 
Which Greece Politician Is Connected To Maggie's Latest Scandal? (click link to read older BLOG)

These snakes are involved... the Corporation filings at the Dept. of State were later changed to Harris Beach and Raymond DiRaddo - removing Bill Reilich's name, who now tries to punt and says he "sold" the business... more like as soon as FORBES started investigating them in 2005, they covered it up, but still used the corporation to do the bidding.  Shall we also check to see where the "Security Company" Reilich owned billed their business receipts to?  Rumor has it that individuals with drug problems, unfit for working in the Monroe County Sheriff's office and other GOP controlled towns were allowed to continue to work for Reilich's security company so they could get a check, and they could be used as tools in the game of control these morons play...

 

About Bill Reilich     

Bill Reilich - proud founder of Upstate Telecommunications Corp.
​Bill has been nearly a life-long resident of the Town of Greece. He attended Greece Schools and has chosen to raise his family here as well.

Bill was a former small business owner of over 28 years, Bill founded Upstate Alarm in 1975 which soon grew into the Reilich Corporation, which included Upstate Alarm and eventually expanded to include Upstate Patrol, a licensed guard agency and Upstate Telecommunications

(Note: SCATS has a screen shot of Reilich's web page and other sources just in case it gets scrubbed sometime soon ;) )
 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Maggie's Hubby Cuffed, Arrested


Doint the "perp" walk ...

Investigation Into LDC's
Leads To Criminal Charges For Four


Criminally charged today:

Robert Wiesner, a retired Rochester police captain married to County Executive Maggie Brooks;


Nelson Rivera, a former county info manager who resigned from his job last month;
RIVERA

John Maggio, president of Navitech Services Corp.;

Maggio
Daniel Lynch, president of Treadstone Development Corp.
LYNCH

Greece BOE Rewards Clerk's Incompetence



BOE Creates Clerk Pro Tem Position
 
Question 1 ~ Is this a PAID position? If so, how much are we paying?
 
Question 2 ~ Since when does the GCSD Board Clerk do a lot of travel for district business necessitating this move?
 
Question 3 ~ Which clerk posted that an Executive Session was to be held yesterday? The BOE "amended" their agenda AFTER THE FACT to delete a meeting they never scheduled, never had!
 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Reilich To Lead The Closed, Clubby & Corrupt

 

SCATS ~~ Doesn't he just ooze that "C'mon, you can trust me" attitude?
  

The Face of Open Govt in Greece, NY



DICK BEEBE

In Greece NY, A Vote For A Republican Is ...



A vote to retain the status quo of:
  • scandals
  • corruption
  • cover-ups
  • closed government
  • double-dipping politicians
  • tax breaks for retailers
  • tax hikes for homeowners
  • deception
  • humiliating headline news
 

Monday, November 04, 2013

BOE Pre-Budget Hearing Tuesday


Nov 05, 2013 - Pre-Budget Hearing, 6:30PM

 Executive Session, 6:00PM ~ It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 6:00PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.


 

Reilich Mailer Hijacks Beebe Endorsement

   

 Dick Beebe for Greece Supervisor


The Democrat & Chronicle endorsed Dick Beebe for Supervisor, but his opponent’s literature suggests that the opposite is true.  The campaign mailer carries a pro-Reilich headline, is followed by a quote lifted from last week’s endorsement of Beebe, and features the newspaper’s logo… creating the impression that Reilich, not Dick Beebe, had been endorsed.
 
“I was speechless when I saw this,” said Supervisor candidate Dick Beebe. “The editors of the Democrat & Chronicle were quite clear in their endorsement of me.”
 
The quote is lifted out of context (see image below) from the next-to-last paragraph of the Beebe endorsement editorial. The one sentence quote is complimentary to Reilich. However, in context, it was followed by this sentence: “That’s welcome, but not enough.”


"Closed, clubby & corrupt" continues



D&C Editorial: The two candidates running to replace longtime Republican town Supervisor John Auberger make many of the same promises: Both vow to change the less-than-welcoming format at Town Board meetings, empower Town Board members to speak up and challenge, and set aside political ideology in making appointments.

The difference is, one candidate makes these promises from outside the Republican Party that has abetted governance that has too often raised questions of chumminess, and the other is that party’s local architect.

It is for this reason that Democrat Dick Beebe earns the Democrat and Chronicle’s endorsement for Greece town supervisor.

That the big issue in this race is change is no surprise, given the town has seen its share of well-documented scandals during the tenure of Auberger, who is stepping down due to term limits.

Added to such mismanagement is an all-Republican Town Board that critics say is not responsive to the general public.

It is time to clear the air, and Beebe, a former Monroe County legislator and onetime mayor of the village of Homer in Cortland County, has the plans and experience to do just that. His platform includes establishing an Office of Integrity, opening up meetings and the budget process to more public participation, and establishing advisory committees to tap townwide know-how.

He pledges to emphasize experience in selecting town employees and would establish more far-reaching efforts to publicize opportunities to bring some much-needed diversity to town ranks.

Republican candidate Bill Reilich likewise vows to make diversity a priority — in fact, both candidates embraced involvement in this newspaper’s Unite Rochester campaign to solve racial and economic inequities. And Reilich says the right things about the need for more openness in government operations.

But he should have been saying them earlier. As Monroe County’s Republican Party chairman, Reilich helped elect the supervisor who has headed an administration that all agree has been too clubby. That appearance of putting party ahead of the public is troubling.

And while he insists he’s not a career politician, Reilich has been a state Assembly member for more than a decade, before which he spent six years on the Monroe County Legislature.

Reilich’s conservative credentials and tax-averse voting record speak for themselves, and he offers a specific vision — particularly in areas such as economic development. That’s welcome, but not enough.

Beebe may not be a flashy politician, but what Greece most needs now is a steady and trustworthy leader with no ties to the unpalatable governance of the past decade. It needs a leader who will put the interests of all town residents first. Dick Beebe makes a more compelling case for being that leader.
  

Friday, November 01, 2013

Reilich To Be Part-Time Supervisor?


Bill Reilich to continue as GOP Boss if elected Supervisor

Dick Beebe pledges to be a full time Supervisor for the people of Greece

Bill Reilich said he intends to keep his six-figure job as County GOP Chair, even if he wins the Greece Supervisor race on Tuesday. He made the statement Thursday on the Bob Lonsberry radio program. 
 
“Bill Reilich is out of touch,” said Dick Beebe, Democratic candidate for Greece Supervisor. “Instead of being on the job full-time for the people of Greece, Bill Reilich plans to collect a second paycheck downtown, as the number one promoter of the Republican Party. I will serve full-time as Supervisor, and I will work to reduce partisan politics at Town Hall. Under Bill Reilich, Town Hall will become the home office of the Republican Party.”
 
Greece, with almost 100,000 residents, is approximately the same size as Albany, and bigger than most cities and counties in New York State.
 
“A community of this size needs a full time leader on the job, and I am that person,” said Dick Beebe. “My opponent seems to place a higher priority on keeping his Republican Party paycheck than on serving the needs of taxpayers and voters in Greece.”
 
According to his state JCOPE filing, Bill Reilich is paid in excess of $ 100,000 as Chair of the Monroe County Republican Committee.