Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

With A New Year ...

Out With The Old ...

... In With The New ...

Swearing in ceremony: Wednesday January 1, 2014 @ 1PM
at the Greece Community & Senior Center

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Needles In The Haystack" ...?

STORY # 1 ...

Last week, members of the Rochester Fire Department’s Engine 19 crew stationed at the Lake Ave. firehouse aided 1st. Lt. Chris Hawkins (home on leave) who lost an engagement ring in the snow at Ontario Beach Park. After an hour-long search in the dark, the ring was found in the snow by the sidewalk by fireman Bob Hall.  

“But gosh they wouldn't give up, they would not give up…they were like we want to find this thing for you, we really want it so they weren't going to give up.” ~~ Chris Hawkins

STORY # 2 ...

This week, Greece police led the search for 89 yr. old William Brodner, who wandered away from Fleming Point Retirement Home. Brodner was described as 6 ft. tall and weighing 175 pounds. Sadly, he was found dead in a nearby enclosed porch, likely a victim of hypothermia.

“We had volunteers coming from Troy, outside of Albany, we had volunteers from Livingston County, we had volunteers from Wayne County, NYSP put their helicopter up for us, all on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” said Todd Baxter, Greece Chief of Police.

Other media reported they also had police dogs, the MCSO, the DEC and other agencies, but reportedly turned down local volunteers who offered to help.

SCATS ~~ I can't understand how the second story could have such a tragic outcome given the use of so many different resources, including dogs! Did the PD go house-to-house in this search? Did they visit the house where the body was found? Why didn't they use all of the volunteers who offered to help?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Deadline Near To Re-Register For STAR

New York State residents have until December 31st to re-register for the STAR property tax exemption program. STAR exemptions provide home owners who make less than $500,000 a year a break on their school property taxes.

Senior citizens who already receive the enhanced STAR benefits are not required to re-register.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Is He "Swoon Worthy?"


Following an on-air interview, Todd Baxter is labeled as "Swoon Worthy" by Bob Lonsberry & his female cohort, Shari Smith.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Auberger Tells Lonsberry He Would Serve Again


He's "had a good time ..."

"Maggies' done a good job ..."

"I'm a Conservative and proud of it, but we need to stop acting like Democrats."

SCATS ~~ OMG!!! I always knew he reads Scats!!)

It seems as if Auggie is getting his memory back, because he stated that he DID meet with Parrinello regarding the hiring of Gary Pignato! It must be a Christmas miracle!!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013


It has arrived in Rochester!

Berkeley Brean to report on it tonight at 5PM on WHEC-TV (Ch 10)


Attempted Traffic Stop Results In Toddler's Death

"I was just wondering what at Wal-Mart is worth my son's life." ~~ The boy's father, Milton Figueroa

13WHAM : "Security at the Wal-Mart store on Dewey Avenue in Greece reported two people stole a shopping cart full of items.

Minutes later an officer spotted the described vehicle at the intersection of Dewey and West Ridge Road.

According to the Greece Police Chief, the officer tried to pull the car over but the suspects took off at a high rate of speed and started weaving through traffic."

SCATS ~~ I know GPD says they "didn't pursue" the suspects, but attempting to stop this vehicle had the SAME IMPACT! What's one more lawsuit?

Friday, December 13, 2013

John Auberger: "I'm going to go on."


Still Tooting His Horn After 16 Years ...

Auberger gives two part "Exit Interview*" to 13WHAM reporter Sean Carroll.

"During the interview he also made numerous references to his “naysayers” and critics over the years.

So we asked if he had some final words for them too?

"To the naysayers I would say, and whether it's political (and it is) primarily political, you need to change to your approach.  Running against John Auberger all these years will get you nowhere."

Part I

Part II

* Please note that the written story and videos do not necessarily match

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Baxter: Talks About RPD Chief

YNN Reports:

A change in city leadership will bring a change in the person wearing the biggest badge at the Rochester Police Department. 

Chief James Sheppard's retirement takes effect at year's end, and mayor-elect Lovely Warren has a decision to make.

"If you give a good sense of direction, the police officers, as you see day after day, get it done," said Chief Todd Baxter of the Greece Police Department.

As a former city cop, Baxter is familiar with the challenges the Rochester Police Department faces.

"People gotta sometimes put themselves in the shoes of the police officer. They're being critiqued 24-7. They risk their lives and sometimes give their lives for what they're doing."

The name most widely linked to the city chief's job has been Cedric Alexander. The one-time interim chief is now a chief of police in Georgia. Baxter worked closely with Alexander during his time here.

"He's a leader. A natural born leader. He's a bold person willing to make decisions. He loves policing. He loves leading police officers and giving them a sense of guidance and direction, so he's a good chief."

Warren tells us she has reached out to Alexander, but has also interviewed several other candidates. She says she'll make a final decision next week.

Baxter says whoever gets the job, there will be challenges. The key, he says, is establishing quickly exactly who's in charge.

"The biggest challenge is coming in and establishing your standards right up front. It doesn't matter if Cedric Alexander comes in or someone else, there's gonna be change."

Obituary: Charles A. Schwab

Times of Wayne County:
LYONS: Age 66, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from complications of cancer, after sugery, surrounded by family. Chuck loved to golf and was often seen riding around in his golf cart with his dogs; Jake and Max. He was an outdoors person and enjoyed being on the lake. He played minor league baseball until a knee injury ended his time as a professional athlete. He enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War and attended Officer Candidate School. He had a successful career as an assessor and appraiser until his retirement. He was a devoted husband and father. His tenacity and courage were attributes that stayed with him throughout his life. Survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen, sister: Sue Ann Taft, daughters: Sara (Brian) Neelon, Erin (Jerome) Reiter, Kristin Eckert, Kimberly (Santiago) Soutuyo, many loving grandchildren and extended family. Family will receive friends on Sun. December 8th, 2013 2:00pm – 5:00pm at the Boeheim – Pusateri Funeral Home, 77 William St. Lyons, NY Funeral will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 50 Spencer St., Lyons, NY Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 11:00am. Burial will be in South Lyons Cemetery. Memorials to Wild Life Conservation Society, Attention: Tribute Giving, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460 or to the American Cancer Society.

According to YNN: "Schwab died in a West Virginia hospital on Nov. 26, where he'd been serving his prison time. He was 66 years old."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Deb Hoeft
Asst. Supt. Student Services

 AND ...


13WHAM reports: "Former Greece Assessor has died at a federal prison.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 66-year-old Charles Schwab died Nov. 26.

Schwab plead guilty back in February of 2008 for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Schwab was involved in a plan to defraud Kodak and the town of Greece along with two other people.

The cause of death has not been released.

Schwab was serving a 12 year sentence."

Get Out & Vote Today!

I bet few of you know WHAT VOTE* is taking place ;)

* Hint: It will likely cause your taxes to rise!


Monday, December 09, 2013

Steve Walts: New Construction Unearths New Scandal

Cemetery Found Beneath Planned Football Field
"At first, when plans were made to move the tiny cemetery with the unmarked graves to make room for a Prince William County high school sports complex, no one knew who its occupants were ...

The story began in September, when the school district announced plans to move the cemetery, which it originally said had been discovered in July.

Then, last month, a school official revealed that evidence of the cemetery had actually been found in 2008 by contractors surveying the site, who, for unknown reasons, didn’t tell the school system until July."

BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.
Strategic Data Report #1
Italian Language Update
Medicaid Compliance Plan

PTL Contracting Corp. Settlement


Friday, December 06, 2013

Todd Baxter Says His Heart Is In The City!

I hope everyone watched Greece Police Chief Baxter's interview with 13WHAM's Sean Carroll at 6PM tonight.

When asked point blank if Baxter would consider becoming the Rochester City Police Chief, he told Carroll: "Everyone knows my heart is in the City of Rochester ..."

Baxter also cited his 22 years of service to the City, before saying it "might be a bit premature" to leave Greece.

More importantly, he did NOT say "NO" to Sean Carroll's question about becoming RPD's new chief ;)

It's very interesting that our MIA Chief has become (suddenly?)  available for so many interviews in recent days, now that Auberger's reign is becoming a bad dream ... I guess that milk bottle thing works, after all.

Baxter has been found ... and he even speaks on camera!


Thursday, December 05, 2013

New Mall Eatery Not Up To Speed ...

... Or Basic County Health Dept. Standards!

The Initial Inspection turned up 11 violations, including:
  • Potentially hazardous foods are not kept at or below 45oF during cold holding, except smoked fish not kept at or below 38oF during cold holding. (2 occurrences)
  • Accurate thermometers not available or used to evaluate potentially hazardous food temperatures during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
    (1 occurrence)
  • Food workers do not use proper utensils to eliminate bare hand contact with cooked or prepared foods.
    (1 occurrence)
  • In use food dispensing utensils improperly stored
    (1 occurrence)
  • Plumbing and sinks not properly sized, installed, maintained; equipment and floors not properly drained
    (1 occurrence)
  • Non food contact surfaces of equipment not clean
    (1 occurrence)
  • Handwashing facilities inaccessible, improperly located, dirty, in disrepair, improper fixtures, soap, and single service towels or hand drying devices missing
    (1 occurrence)
  • Manual facilities inadequate, technique incorrect; mechanical facilities not operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
    (2 occurrences)
  • Floors, walls, ceilings, not smooth, properly constructed, in disrepair, dirty surfaces
    (1 occurrence)
  • Food not protected during storage, preparation, display, transportation and service, from potential sources of contamination (e.g., food uncovered, mislabeled, stored on floor, missing or inadequate sneeze guards, food containers double stacked)
    (2 occurrences)
  • Enough refrigerated storage equipment is not present, properly designed, maintained or operated so that all potentially hazardous foods are cooled properly and stored below 45oF as required.
    (1 occurrence)
SCATS ~~ How can a brand spanking new establishment & building be lacking in so many "facilities" that they were able to get a Certificate of Occupancy??

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Her Short List ...


Rochester Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren


Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter

SCATS ~~ The rumors have been swirling for days! One of her top three candidates is widely reported to be from OUTSIDE RPD. Warren is seeking someone who can "return law and order to our city, who is going to be willing to repair the relationship with the community. To me, there is a way to do policing that does not necessarily cause friction with the community. It is not necessarily, at the end of the day, what you do, but how you do it."

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Greece Courts Rank 17th In State

According to the NY State Comptroller, Greece courts collected over $1,648,000 in fines/fees in 2012.