SENTENCED to prison for at least two years, by County Judge George J. Pulver Jr, for arson: John Gallagher, former chief of Kiskatom Fire Department. Gallagher pleaded guilty to the felony and, according to District Attorney Terry J. Wilhelm, confessed to setting more fires than the one—torching a pickup truck, for insurance purposes--for which he was convicted. He reputedly set several fires and mobilized fellow volunteer firefighters to put them out.
HONORED. Dave Darling, GreeneLand’s lean, steadfast, garrulous senior State Police investigator, with Supervisor Recognition Award—first of its kind—at State Police Awards Day in
INDICTED, SUSPENDED: Coxsackie Correctional Facility officer Barry Barizone, for perjury; and from work. He is charged with lying to a Federal grand jury about his dealings with, and on behalf of, reputed mobster Teddy Persico Jr of Saugerties. His suspension is based on suspicion of having unreported improper association with a parolee. Immediate circumstance of the case is a telephone conversation in which Persico told Barizone about being stopped for speeding, Barizone reportedly said he’d fix it, and the cops, who were bugging Persico, heard every word. That’s the story told (deftly), at any rate, by Brendan Lyons of the TimesUnion (5/21), and confirmed by the prison’s information office.
SCHOOL POLITICS. Recent balloting in GreeneLand’s various school districts showed substantial anxiety about costs (=taxes). In Cairo-Durham the proposed budget was voted down, by a narrow margin of 520-489—and thanks to a semi-literate Taxpayer Association media campaign. In some other districts, budgets as proposed by incumbent school boards won adoption by narrow margins: 461-398 in Catskill Central, 742-642 in Coxsackie-Athens , 596 to 549 in
HOT INVESTORS. Two Cairo-Durham students surpassed 380 contestants to win TimesUnion prize playing Stock Market Game. In 10 weeks August Freeman and Jasmine Ivery ran a hypothetical $100,000 in capital up to $114,076, according to a Daily Mail story (5/8). Reporter Deborah Travers calls that “a more than 18% return.” So does the author of a 5/11 Daily Mail.editorial. Go figure.
CORRIGENDA. Last issue of Seeing Greese misspells name of Day House host Bob Hoven (not Koven) and in same item alludes to “guest” where the right word was guests. Also wacky were some type face and size variations. Our copy editor has been admonished. But the editorial board decided to leave the Greese.
WHA?? “Greene County Sheriff Richard Hussey is alerting homeowners, especially seniors, to be on the lookout for con artists who pose as contractors who are out to rip you off.” Daily Mail,