Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The great Twerk fest known as the LWV’s debates began today with a meeting with Pastor Willy and “the Committee for Justice for Darryl” at Dyer Phelps AME Zion Church, on Crescent Street. This was a trip down memory lane for me. I was present for its grand opening in 1978 after Urban Renewal took their original church built in 1888. Tonight I did an exciting and exclusive video that I will be publishing before the election.
Then the Committee went to the high school to hand out informational flyers and I took my place in the front row.
In a sad statement to the current affair of our political system it was the smallest and most partisan crowd I’ve seen at one of these digs in a long time.
Unopposed Finance Commissioner “ Blue Bunny” Michelle Madigan was first on stage. She used her time to rip the candidate for accounts John Arpie who is running against her soul mate “Mambo” Johnny Franck the city's swinging assessor. Nobody can say she’s not a loyal little vixen.
Then we had Anthony "Skip" Scirocco. Commissioner of Public Works vs Weepin Willie McTygue. This was a trip down memory lane as Willie still dreams of a 20 million dollar project to use Saratoga Lake as the city’s drinking supply while Skippy thinks the bog meadow well field is fine. We had this same debate on and off for twenty years. All the comments were partisan by political hacks. I was waiting for someone to ask “if elected will you stop doing Yepsen” but no one did. Alas
Then we got to the meat of the evening Rick Wirth vs Public Safety Commissioner “ toothy” Christian Mathiesen. Again ‘Toothy”wants to make this about me. I’ll tell you something Dr.Mathiesen.
Your Fireman aren’t happy
Your Policeman aren’t happy
The merchants of downtown aren’t happy
Women are scared shitless
And many people are afraid of your officers.
Do you understand than when your cops and fireman turn to me, how desperate the situation is? Think they like me? No, they just have nowhere else to turn. You don’t fucking listen. This is Public Safety not a family business run by a select group of “untouchable” cops and fireman who act more like the mob than public safety personnel. Hell some have ties to the mob…
Think the Mounts have nothing better to do than haunt you? All they ever wanted was a fair, impartial investigation into the actions of your police on the night Darryl Mount was critically injured
I’m going to explain this so even an arrogant, pigheaded dentist with his head up his ass can understand. This isn’t about me or you for that matter.
Someday you’re going to retire with a nice middle class income that you worked for and deserve. I’m going to move on and write about other things and other people.
But the Mounts and Darryl and his friends will have to live with this tragedy for the rest of their lives. That kid will never fully recover. He has a traumatic brain injury. Would it have hurt you to be flexible for the sake of the family to have an outside investigation? I understand an outside group that has dealt with your department before has their eye on you. I understand there’s a problem with the tape “you have claimed to have seen.” I understand Chief Veitch is beginning to doubt the honesty of his own men. Yea I’ve got a lot of stories coming out. I’m just beginning and I’ve got some whoppers from the Fire Department too.
And now that Mary Beth Delarm has confronted you in public. Let’s talk about your police ignoring a woman who is under threat of death. The same time you and Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy were promoting “domestic violence awareness month” you were blowing this school teacher off.
You the man who protested the gun show refused to listen to a woman who was threatened by an assault weapon? Why because your cops told you he was “a good guy” Hypocrite, bastard.
There is a disease running through public safety and it’s infecting this town. You spread that disease but there’s a cure called an election. I’m going to be running a lot of stories in the next two weeks. And if you lose I hope to god you blame that defeat on “that blogger” . That will be a proud moment for me and Saratoga in Decline.
I’m going to be doing a separate story on Fracking Franck and John Arpei at a later date
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Because there’s a sickness in this town
Monday, October 21, 2013
#justicefordarryl went to Skidmore College today for a meet the candidate’s night. We handed out informational flyers to kids before the debate.99% of the students didn’t know there was a debate of those half weren’t registered to vote and of those who were most had no idea they can vote in local elections
Catlin Morris has an interesting blog post about #justicefordarryl at Skidmore
We moved to the SPA where about thirty students most from government class showed up. Milling around were about 40 more locals and it’s safe to say they were all supporting one candidate or the other.
CBS6 had a cameraman but they came for #justicefordarryl. They interviewed me and Public Safety Commissioner “ toothy” Christian Mathiesen. Then they left. They had no interest in the event.
The meeting began with an Infomercial from commissioner “blue bunny” Madigan who is unopposed. Than “Mambo” Johnny Franck the cities swinging assessor got up and as usual was full of shit. His opponent talked about the need for cooperation in the city.
Rick Wirth spoke about the need to make Saratoga Springs safe again while Christian Mathiesen seems to have written the city off as a dangerous hell hole were woman shouldn’t go out after dark.
Matt Veitch and Ken Ivins both gave good speeches while Peter Martin proved he is less exciting than #Jaspermilktoast.
In public works
Skippy was Skippy and Billy proved once again “he’s no Tom”
Mayoral candidates gave there “green” speeches catered to the students who didn’t show up.
But “cupcake made one mistake when she toted her attendance at the county.
Attendance that was a subject of you paid for it on CBS6.
Anway the real debates kick off tomorrow at the High School. The Committee for Justice for Darryl with
Pastor Willy will be meeting at the Dyer Phelps AME Zion Church, on Crescent Street before members go to the high school to hand out informational flyers . They will be issuing a press release tomorrow.
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Because its election time
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Skidmore will be hosting
Skidmore Democrats and Republicans will present the Saratoga Springs Candidate Forum Night, featuring local candidates who are up for election in November.
Open to Skidmore students and the community.
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21
The Spa, Case Center
I urge all of you to attend. I understand that the Committee for Justice for Darryl might attend this event. Only time will tell.
And Yepsen continues to play the Union card. Yepsen has always been closely tied to former Saratoga County Democratic Chairman, Larry Bulman, the “boy king”.
|Larry Bulman and Joanne “cupcake” Yepsen|
Bulman, was the business manager for Local 773 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters union. Bullman since that time got the “big enchilada” Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for the Plumbers and Steamfitters union.
Bulman has bragged
“It’s the unions that win these races.” And that his “union can command 300 activists handing out leaflets and making phone calls”
|Out of town Union activist working for Joanne “cupcake” Yepsen|
Yepsen of course has already taken a thousand dollars from the PBA and is endorsed by CSEA. Now she has an army of paid out of town union activist trying to gain sway in the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s office. Yepsen while catering to Sustainable Saratoga, the cops, city hall unions and now her old crony Larry Bulman is just one special interest mayor.
Bulman was forced to testify in the ongoing federal corruption trial of former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. The union Bulman was president of, Local 773 of the Plumbers & Steamfitters, received $100,000 in grants approved by Bruno. The union previously, was a client of the investment management firm that employed Bruno. They used that firm to invest Union pension funds. Federal investigators alleged “quid pro quo there”
So we have Joanne “cupcake” Yepsen call up her old comrade Bulman and 30 paid Union activist show up for Cupcake
Again we have unions and the misappropriation of union dues for political campaigns instead of worker benefits.
Chances are these unions can't make their own basic obligations for member benefits .That is the driving force in the desertification of the heavily political union SEIU at Skidmore in favor of the nonpolitical UPSEU Union.
Chances are these paid political activist didn't even know who Yepsen was before the event. They are activists, professional activists.They go and say what they are paid to go and say. They are about as grassroots and green as a toxic dump site.
That’s why politicians kiss union asses.
Exemptions from Obamacare, exemptions from state insurance regulations and misappropriation of union dues, not a record to be proud of. I found it funny when SEIU 1199 backed Occupy Wall Street against the 1%. The kids don't understand Unions are part of the 1%..Unions fight to protect their privileged place and UNION officers bloated salaries, paid out of workers pockets. Unions practices need transparency and openness . Union health plans and health insurance policies should be regulated in the same way everyone else's is
And finally I celebrate the fourth birthday of Saratoga in Decline. In that time my stats and impact is impressive. Founded on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We have grown to 1,590,341 hits, 1084 posts, 23,121 published comments and our newest addition our Twitter feed has 460 followers in only a few months of existence. 55,528 of you have looked at my profile. Not too shabby.
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Friday, October 18, 2013
|Eileen Finneran's City Hall poll dancing days coming to an end|
In a surprise today we learned candidate for Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth told the Saratoga TODAY Newspaper if elected, he will leave the public safety department’s Deputy Commissioner vacant at the beginning of his term.
Saying the “deputy position is just an additional, expensive layer of bureaucracy that the taxpayers have to pay for.”
He’s right the job pays 67K a year and with benefits tops well over 90K a year. You can read the whole story here
Long time readers of this blog know that I have a healthy amount of respect for the honesty of Public Safety Commissioner “ toothy” Christian Mathiesen. Except for the one time he lied to me. I understand that’s a strong word but lie he did.
In the last campaign in Oct 2011, I asked him a direct question. “If elected do you plan on hiring Eileen Finneran as your Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety”. He was evasive saying “John it would be presumptuous to talk about my deputy before I won the election” When pressed he added “no not at this time”
That of course was a lie. He had made a deal with her back in July 2011 if elected he would hire her.
So let me make this clear in terms "toothy" would understand. You want two more years of the political slug Eileen Finneran running the police and fireman at the cost of 90k a year? No, then vote for the other guy in the blue suit.
In other news; City mayoral candidates Shauna Sutton and Joanne “cupcake” Yepsen squared off in a forum for members of the Downtown Business Association. David Lombardo of the Gazette had posted video but it seems to have mysterious disappeared.
I did see it and wished I’d make a copy. “Cupcake” took a pounding over accepting union endorsements from the CSEA and a $1,000 from the local PBA. I think it’s despicable for the police to solicit money for “donations” with disclaimers saying a “potion goes to support little league” when the vast majority goes to legally bribe politicians.
“Cupcake” main augment to vote for her seems to be she’d put Amy Durland back on the planning board and she can shake down Andy Cuomo with a lap dance for more grant money.
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The thought of that lap dance gives me nightmares