NOT LOVED: Rep. John Sweeney, whose congressional district includes GreeneLand; by fellow Republicans in Columbia County. According to Sally Hallock, Chatham Republican stalwart, in a letter to The Independent of 12/16/05 , “the Columbia County Republican Party leadership has turned their back on this man who has worked so hard and done so much for our county.” She’s “appalled”; “We have this caring, dedicated Republican in our midst,” this “honest and dedicated friend” who is “still the same, still out there, still fighting the hard fight, doing the right thing,” and yet “we shun him.” Ms Hallock does not shed light on the controversy. She alludes vaguely to strains over filling the county chairmanship. Translation: after Tod Grenci was pushed out of that office, Sweeney pressed hard for the election of his erstwhile chauffeur, Paul Kisselbrock. The bullying (provided generously by Sweeney’s former chief of staff, Martin Torrey) did not sit well with other Republican wheelhorses, who supported (successfully) Copake supervisor Angelo Valentino. Peace has not broken out. The rupture probably will not suffice, however, to generate a serious challenge to Sweeney in the 2006 GOP primary. As usual, the intra-party squabble has nothing to do with public policy issues, such as the USA Patriot Act, or with family values.
NOT SATISFIED: customer of the PriceChopper fish department; but not because of the merchandise. It seems that John Caramanika, 52, of
NOT MOVING : N & S Supply, from its
NOT PRUDENT: the behavior of Michael J. Sameisky, 46, of Coxsackie, at the time he reported to the Catskill police station. Mr S was responding to a call about illegal dumping. Complainant Carl Moore, according to the police report, had protested when Mr S, on December 15, deposited a load of garbage in a car wash’s dumpster and, in response to the protest, had invited Mr M to bestow a gesture of affection or deference on his (S’s) corpulent posterior. When he arrived at the station, Mr S reportedly stank of marijuana and failed a sobriety test. To the initial charge of illegal dumping then was added one of operating a motor vehicle while being impaired by drugs.
NOT TIMELY: report in The Daily Mail of December 18th, that Sarah Saccoccie and Jason Patrick Curns were married in Latham last July 8th; and that they “will” honeymoon in Florida. Also in the December 18th edition is the news that Amy Helen Brough of Valatie and David Joseph Palmerino of
NOT TOPICAL: 19 of the stories that filled three full pages of Bridal News in that December 18th Daily Mail. Two stories mentioned people with GreeneLand connections.
NOT ACCURATE: news report (Daily Mail; where else?) that “David Lloyd, 47, of
NOT CONFIRMED: renewed rumors that The Daily Mail is about to expire. The latest talk could be based on nothing more than cancellation of the paper’s Christmas party. If the collapse occurs, Greenville publisher Linda Fenoff will likely jump into the opening, reshaping her paper into a county-wide weekly or semi-weekly. She already has expanded coverage of GreeneLand matters (courts, legislature, State police, sheriff’s office, property transactions) and is even commissioning stories that are Catskill-specific. And her paper’s name, as we pointed out earlier, is bannered as The Greenville Press.
NOT ANTICIPATED: the hornet’s nest stirred, the can of worms opened, the firestorm ignited on October 25, by Seeing Greene’s “Secret Lawsuit” story. Hey guys, let there be peace on Earth and good will among men, even firefighters.