Friday, February 10, 2006

Coming Events

IMMINENT CREEKSIDE. “Chocolate As Aphrodisiac” is subject to be treated (tastefully, we trust) today(Saturday, 2/11) at Beattie-Powers House, from 2 pm., by Janeen Sarlin, a new GreeneLander who is the author of, among other works, Fifty Ways to Feed Your Lover. Demonstrations—of, presumably, amorously efficacious dishes—will be given, with the results disseminated. If you can find Prospect Avenue in Catskill, you can find Beattie-Powers House. Open to all. Bring a $10+ donation. (943-4764) Coinciding with that treat will be a writers’ salon at the Arts Council building, 398 Main Street, from 2 pm, with Jeanne Heiberg reading from her novel Honey, A Life in Black and White. Later in the afternoon, Main Street will rock with art+wine+nibbles. At the M Gallery (350 Main; 943-0380), the new show is “Ain’t Love Grand,” a collection of original drawings and paintings from romance novels and turn-of-century magazines. Open, a few doors up the street, at #360, will be Cooper & Co., where visitors can learn about the subtleties of conserving (and not over-‘restoring’) classic furniture. At Gallery 384, meanwhile, visitors to “The Image Café” will be served a smorgasbord of short Indie films plus an inter-active “video in the round” during 4-8 pm. Farther up the street, at number 402, visitors can experience “Fetish,” a new collection of assemblages & objects & drawings & sculptures. On the way to that opening, however, visitors will be enticed by still more eye candy, as well as hospitality, offered by the neighboring Harolds (Hanson and Gondrez) in the adjacent shops Verso (20th century objects) and Dream (East Asian furniture. If all that Main Streeting is not enough, take in a movie at the Community Theater. The current choices are the new “Pink Panther” and “When a Stranger Calls.” IMMINENT MOUNTAINWARD. “Before Night Falls” is title of new show, featuring works of Ragallah Rourke and John Greene, from 5 pm. tomorrow at Windham Fine Arts gallery, 5380 Main Street, Windham. In Hunter, both of the Mountain Foundation’s movies this weekend are Oscar material: “Brokeback Mountain” (from 7:30 pm. tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and 2:30 on Sunday), and “Munich” (from 8 pm. F-S-S and 3 pm. Sunday). HOT COLE. “Have you prepared your application for next year?” Rep. John E. Sweeney voiced that question yesterday (2/9) in Catskill at Cedar Grove, where Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River school of landscape painting, had lived and worked 150 years ago. Sweeney addressed the question most immediately to Betsy Jacks, who is executive director of the volunteers’ organization--part of the Greene County Historical Society--that maintains the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. He voiced it on the occasion of celebrating the allocation of $745,000 of Federal funds, for fiscal year 2005-06, for improving Cedar Grove’s accessibility and infrastructure. Meanwhile, in his speech the Clifton Park-based Republican paid tribute to Cole for “capturing” on canvas “the awe-inspiring landscapes this region has to offer,” thereby making “cultural contributions” that are “immeasurable.” By means of that question to Ms Jacks, Congressman Sweeney signaled readiness to bring home another substantial appropriation in fiscal 2007. And that’s just a bit of the news about Cedar Grove. In addition: *The Salon that was scheduled for this Sunday, with GreeneLand Historian Ray Beecher expatiating on “The Wintry Picturesque,” has been canceled, in anticipation of too-wintry conditions, namely, a snowstorm. **!An original Cole painting, “Prometheus,” fully (and laboriously) restored, will soon be hanging in the house, thanks to a permanent-loan deal with the board of Catskill Public Library. (Value of that painting? Don’t think about it). **Due to open this spring is an ambitious exhibition of paintings by one of Cole’s best known followers, Jasper Cropsey. **!Cole’s own guitar, portrayed in his painting “The Pic-Nic,” will soon be on show, forever, at Cedar Grove. **!And Cole’s original paint brushes, which are currently on display at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, will be coming home. OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST. When village, town, school district and other governing boards make decisions about selection and compensation of employees, what should members do when the employees in question are close relatives or friends? Should they excuse themselves from participating in the decisions? The latter question is timely for, among others, the Athens Town Board. In strictly legal terms, board members are not obliged to stand apart. But legal advisers at the New York Conference of Mayors also urge local elected officials to avoid conflict-of-interest situations and decisions that could give an appearance of impropriety CLOSING: upper grades at St Patrick’s Academy. After this June, Grade 7 and Grade 8 schooling will no longer be offered there. Principal Rita Kunkel ascribes the decision to shrinkage of enrollments. In consequence, 23 students who otherwise would have gone up a grade must find other schools. In addition, Grade 6 at St Pat’s will go into hiatus for a year, since there are presently too few students in Grade 5. But Grade 6 will be restored starting in 2007-08. FIRE BLOGGERS. How come all those hitchhikers who key in to Seeing Greene have not blogged about the fund-raising breakfast on Sunday, (Jan. 29th) that raised $2500 for medical expenses of brother fireman John Holt Jr? Gee gosh golly, fellers, one could infer from that event that the fraternal spirit isn’t dead after all. VILLAGE ELECTIONS will take place on March 28 in GreeneLand. At the present time, it looks as if the habitually ruling Republicans in Catskill won’t field a single candidate. Peter Markou did seek and receive G.O.P. endorsement, but then, citing health problems, withdrew. Paul Rosenblatt, a registered Republican and former village trustee, did not solicit his party’s endorsement but is currently circulating petitions so as to qualify as an independent candidate; and he may yet be adopted, we hear, by the Republicans. Evan Ulscht, a registered Democrat,former Village Trustee and Town Board candidate in 2005, solicited Republican endorsement ahead of the caucus, but his name was not put forward at the caucus. At the Democrats’ caucus (Feb. 1), the two incumbent trustees whose terms are expiring sought endorsement, and received it. They are Forest Cotten and Jim Chewens. Mr Cotten is a registered and active Democrat. Mr Chewens is a registered Republican; but in 2003 he stood as an independent and won. Mr Ulscht attended the Democrats' caucus but did not avow an interest in running; had he done so, we understand, he would have been given the nod. Only afterward did he announce a bid to run as an independent. Thus, if he persists and meets the filing requirements, he will be opposing the candidates endorsed by his erstwhile co-partisans. About Mr Chewens’s dealings with the Republican caucus, we’ve heard at least three stories: i) he did not seek Republican endorsement, because he knew it would have been refused, since he had ‘broken ranks’ before, standing as an independent (and winning) after--so They say—pledging to back the Republican slate. ii) He was approached by local Republican heavyweights with a view to standing for re-election on the G.O.P. line, but declined. iii) He was offered Republican Party support IF he would (a) repudiate the current Village President, Vincent Seeley (a Republican) and would (b) promise to support Mr Markou’s elevation (as a presumably victorious candidate for trustee) for Village President. He refused those terms.

146 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Evan Ulscht will attempt to run for Village of Catskill Trustee on an idependent line. His overtures to run as a Republican were rejected. He is a person without a party right at the moment. Will he fare better than his last race where he was the low vote getter in the Town Elections? I hope that he will tell us where he stands on the issues. Does he believe that the process of consolidating the fire companies should be completed? Does he believe that the former fire companies that no longer fight fires should have tax payer money and donations in their bank accounts? Does he believe that the fire protection contract with the Town should be renewed only if the agreement is advantageous to the village tax payers? Should there be reassement? Should there be a fire district? Will he support getting an opinion from the state about the consolidation/money issues raised in this blog?

Jimmy Chewins, Forrest Cotten and Paul Rosenblatt should answer these questions as well.

Help us make an informed choice.

JA Smith said...

Dick this is OT but still worth airing out here, at least I think.

Is there a special reason anybody can give as to why we pay more for gas in Catskill? I work in Coxsackie and it's been in the $2.45.9/$2.47.9 range since last Saturday. Went to Hudson yesterday and as always cheaper there too, about the same. Last time I got in Catskill was Weds at Extra Mart by the bridge approach and it was $2.58.9 and the Mobil at the intersection of 23 and 385 was $2.59.9. Greene County always has the highest gas prices in the area it seems.
Regards
Jim Smith
Catskill NY

Anonymous said...

lack of competition. A monopoly since most of the catskill Gas stations are owned operated by the same people?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the trustee candidates might e-mail Dick their answers to the questions in the form of a guest spot like vinny did.

Anonymous said...

Mobil is usually 2 cents higher because of the speed pass and mobil credit cards. One station outside of Albany toward Ravena yesterday was 2.39, across the street mobil was 2.45, by t/way exit at Coxsackie 2.49.

As long as we drive without conserving, they will continue to juggle the price. they know they have us over a barrel.

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget about the real issues,

hose 1 on eta 3-11
corruption of the dj
teeth being knocked out
under age drink fest

vote no for chewens

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last few comments that we need to find out if fire companies that were funded by tax dollars and donations can keep the money when they no longer fight fires.

Anonymous said...

The name Hose 1 is a name of shame. It is embarrasing to have that name visible anywhere near the firehouse and it smells to high hell like last weeks fish sitting in the sahara desert.

Anonymous said...

Name association

Fire fighter = serve the public

Catskill Hose company #1, inc. =
Air bag incident
Bank accounts
Start new town company
Greed
selfish

Is it a name you really want to keep alive? It is now associated with everything bad. You lost your reputation listening to a certain few and the Hose 1 reputation has been destroyed throughout the entire county.

Anonymous said...

IF things happened elsewhere like things are done in Catskill:

The national Cancer foundation has decided to halt all cancer related research and operations. The NCF which sought donations and government grants for research will remain incorporated eventhough they have stopped all cancer related activities. A spokesmen for the NCF stated: Although we received donations and government money because people expected that we would use that money in the fight against cancer, we will remain incorporated and use that money as we wish. "we earned it and it is our money".

This sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Does this sound right?

BUT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CATSKILL BECAUSE THESE NON-FIREFIGHTING FIRE COMPANIES ARE DOING THIS EXACT THING. they got donations and tax money with the expectation that the money would be used by an active fire company to support fire fighting.

It is wrong for Hose 1 and the other companies to have money in the bank.

Anonymous said...

CHEWEN ELECTION SIGNS STATES VOTE FOR CHANGE;

CHEWENS ELECTION SIGNS SHOULD READ

SAME OL, SAME OL

SAME OLD LIES,
SAME OLD CURRUPTION,
SAME OLD HOSE 1 DIE HARD,
SAME OLD LACK OF INTEGRITY,
SAME OLD DRUNK FEST,
SAME OLD ABUSE OF POWER,

SAME OLD SHIT FOR THREE MORE YEARS AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE!

VOTE NO FOR CHEWENS!

Anonymous said...

Vote for change? Chewins has been a trustee for three years.

Vote for change is to vote him out of office.

Anonymous said...

Seeing the Hose 1 name anywhere near the firehouse is embarrasing. Hose 1's reputation in the county smells to high hell like last weeks fish rotting in the sun with maggots crawling all around it.

That is what I think when I hear Catskill Hose company #1, inc.

Anonymous said...

SUPPORT CONSOLIDATION OF THE FIRE COMPANY.

Remove the name that gives all firemen a black eye.

Remove Hose company #1 from eta 3-11 and cover up the trailer behind the firehouse so that the name of the fire company with a bad reputation stops poisoning the CFC.

Anonymous said...

Keeping Chewens in office is like not changing your dirty underwear.

Change your underwear,make catskill
a better place to hang out!

Vote for Change
Vote No for chewens!

Evan Ulscht said...

Before I address the questions that were posted here this evening, I'd like to correct Dick's original post - being out of town, it is more than likely he got erroneous information.

1.) I did not attend the Democratic caucus, as I was not supporting either candidate. Minutes taken at that caucus will reflect this.
2.) I sought the Republican endorsement on 2/2/06, after Peter Markou dropped - some three weeks after the Democratic election planning meeting. Since I started my petition drive January 24, I treated that endorsement as the long shot that it was.

I'll refrain from further comment on anyone's character or job performance, except to say that I'm not pleased with the current state of affairs. Obviously, I'm a man without a party, and I have to say it feels better than it has in a long time. As for election results, I could lose, and if that happens, life goes on. Enough said.

Moving on to the (very good) questions that were brought to my attention this evening, your answers follow. I would remind those who agree or disagree that I do stand behind my answers (yes, even after being elected), so you can make your decisions based on these answers knowing that they represent my agenda. Here goes:

1.) I think the consolidation NEEDS to be completed. One of the significant mistakes I feel I made as a trustee/president (beyond occasionally being much too harsh) was not pushing a judicial dissolution of all three companies; I thought that by encouraging voluntary dissolution, the individual companies would have time to settle their affairs and help take the new company forward. Now, we're stuck with three shell companies that still have money (illegal, I think, because they no longer truly have not-for-profit status), and we need to move past the truck lettering issues and other such items. What would be ideal is for all three companies to submit voluntary dissolutions, but it seems that we're past that. On an related note, I would like to see ETA 3-11 voluntarily signed over to the Village by Hose 1, another gesture that I think would make a world of difference in finishing the consolidation. Call me a dreamer...

2.) Regarding the fire protection contract, I think that the Village should negotiate a short (1-2 year) contract that reflects our increased expenses (increased fuel, maintenance, etc.), and I don't think we should back down unless we receive an agreement that significantly exceeds the current $118,500. With that said, I would also like to see a task force established during this time to research the option of a Village/Town fire protection district. This way, if we find advantages to an FPD, we're not bound to a long contract.

I will not vote for any fire protection district, however, that doesn't give the taxpayers ultimate say - by vote - on their fire tax/fire budget. It's hard enough to hold the line on taxes without adding another uncontrolled entity, and Village residents need to keep the power over their taxes that they currently enjoy with the appropriations process.

3.) On reassessment: I support it because we are in violation of state guidelines, that require a re-eval every three years. However, I think our Boards - Town and Village - owe it to us to lower our tax rate in direct proportion to the increases in valuation, so that we only feel a normal yearly budget increase (3-5%) after the valuation. Other communities have used reevaluation as a tool to financially rape the populace; we would be stupid to do the same. One thing we have to remember is that this community is for everyone, and driving out the seniors and the struggling because they can't afford their homes anymore isn't progress. It's persecution.

4.) I would emphatically support obtaining opinions from the State, both for the money issues raised here and for other ethics issues that have been discussed in this forum. What we need to remember is that these agencies only issue opinions - when push comes to shove, there may not be existing law with enough teeth to bring things to the right conclusion. Nonetheless, the fact remains that it will be exceptionally hard to move forward if we don't figure out a way to put the baggage to bed.

I'll be happy to answer any questions posed in the same fashion as the initial post, in this forum or in person. Thanks for the opportunity to respond.

Evan

Anonymous said...

Hey Evan,

Tell Greenlanders how many committees you have QUIT over the past few weeks.
Let's see....
L.D.C...QUIT!
Democratic Committee...QUIT!
Village Pedestrian Committee...Quit!
Did not seek re-election after your first term was up.
In other words QUIT!
Running for NYS ASSemblyman, QUIT!
Lost the Town election.
Otherwise QUIT!
What's next? What else are you going to QUIT?
Why don't you try this...QUIT running for office!!! You've already proven yourself, your a QUITTER!
Are you going to QUIT being a "Truth Detective" and a wanna be member of the "Black Booted Storm Troopers" also? Time to give it a rest. Lay down....Rest young man...it'll be OK!!

Anonymous said...

Chewens has abused his power and his fellow trustees have allowed him to get away with it.

The problem with the current board is that they knowingly allowed the transgressions against the fire department to continue with out stopping them.

Many of the problems brought out to the public here were previously known to the trustees but they refused to take a stand and support what was right!

Basically they were all willing to take the easy way out! Admit nothing, say nothing, address nothing especially if it was considered controlversial.

At least until we started to address Hose 1's open and obvious use of this blog to attack former trustees. Hose 1 die hards hell bent on destroying the consolidation process and being the only fire company left. Remember their motto "Survival of the Fittest". They continued to attack until we started exposing their intent.

I remember Hose 1 meeting with Evan when they threw 100% backing behind his election. Where'd it get Evan? Turn one decision against them and they bit you like a rattle snake! The problem is its hard to forget who you were knowingly in bed with.

The biggest point I want to make is how cover ups in Catskill are the rule of the land. Personal protection and gain by abusing ones power of authority is more important than doing what is morally right.

This brings us back to the Trustees. Why are they not screaming out to do whats right?

And more importantly do something to correct the problem instead of intentionally stalling?

Why hasn't Trustee Chewens been removed from his position of Fire Commissioner?

How is is Chewens investigation with the Chewens Drunk Fest going!

Same Ol, Same Ol

Anonymous said...

FORREST COTTEN HAS NO BACK BONE!

HE SUPPORTS CHEWENS TRANSGRESSIONS!

HE EVEN DISPLAYS CHEWEN CAMPAIGN POSTERS ON HIS FRONT LAWN ALONG SIDE OF HIS OWN!

ITS TRUSTEES LIKE THIS WHO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE TAX PAYERS AND SUPPORT THE ABUSE OF POWER!

WHERE WAS HE DURING THE COVER UP OF THE CHEWEN DRUNK FEST?

IS HE CO-CHAIR PERSON FOR THE ALCOHOL ABUSE INVESTIGATION?

SAME OLD. SAME OLD

Anonymous said...

Did you ever think that maybe Evan quit those other committments so that he could focus his attention on finishing the entire consolidation fiasco?

90 percent of the blogs here all adress the Hose 1 transgressions and the total failure of the leadership to adress them in a timely and appropriate maner.

Who always pays for these abuses?
The tax payers!

Anonymous said...

It is 6:55 a.m. on Sunday, February 12. As in past storm days, our snow removal trucks are hard at work. My compliments. It was an easy drive. I used to live in Hudson, supposedly much richer than Catskill. However, there is no comparison. Hudson can be snowbound for days, and our village is accessible. While we seem to have a great deal of rancor in Catskill, principally about fire safety .. we do live in a good place. It is a quiet, beautiful morning in our village. We can work out our problems.
Harold M. Hanson, resident
PS: My best wishes to Peter Markou, and his (and his wife's) unquestioned commitment to seeing Catskill prosper.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of those opposed to the anonymous nature of this blog because the safest way to seek change, without them attacking you, is to do it behind a curtin.

Evan has told us what he proposes to do and I think that he deserves some consideration.

Anonymous said...

The made up example of the National Cancer foundation makes a good point about how wrong it is for the old companies to keep money.

The first step, Evan, is to get an opinion from the state. If the state says it is wrong then the village board must do something. If the state says it is ok then that is another story.

If "mothing is wrong" then no body should oppose getting an opinion.

Thanks to the night owls for raising some good points and thanks to Evan for saying where you stand on the issues.

Evan Ulscht said...

Well, as expected, I came under fire by some after responding - not for answering your questions, but for supporting Hose 1 in a 4-year-old election and quitting committees.

While I'm not going to bother with the Hose 1 thing - and yes, I did support them before the consolidation, they were the only company to invite me to speak to them, offer any feedback, or take any interest whatsoever in my running in 2002 - I do think the post about committees deserves a response. If that poster is a former member of the CFD - one who quit over consolidation - they know exactly why I did what I did. A lack of forward momentum, a frustration with not being heard, dissatisfaction with the current administration, and finally, a desire to concentrate their efforts on something else that would bring them some satisfaction - these are all the same reasons I quit those committees. I am not, in any way, apologetic - I offered nearly 24x7 service to this village for over three years, and I finally couldn't do it anymore. Ask your DPW employees, police officers, even former trustees - it was not uncommon for me to show up at job sites or the PD at 2 AM, weekends, holidays, etc. If you take the job seriously, it's what you do. Like most of the fire volunteers here, I put aside my family and business commitments to get involved, and did so happily and without regret. I've given more of my time and energy to this place than a lot of our lifelong residents do, and when I choose to leave that all behind and focus on something that I think will help move the community forward, looking for forgiveness or permission isn't something I need to do. If you feel that passionately about it, take my place on those committees, and help take us forward.

Actually, what I had hoped to address here was an idea I had last night after writing the first post, that I think might correct current and future ethics issues in the Village, across all depts. and employees:

Village of Catskill Ethics Commission

- 4 taxpayers, drawn by lottery from names submitted to avoid conflicts of interest;
- 2 trustees, assigned by the village president, and;
- The chief of police or one of his designees.

Taxpayers would retain a voting majority on this committee, so action on items would be assured, but it would give all of us a great sounding board to resolve issues, seek state opinions, and find closure. Trustees could turn to the Commission for questions regarding employee decisions (including their own), conflicts of interest in appointments or resolutions, etc. Meetings would be called in an ad hoc fashion - that is, as needed.

I'm kind of hoping the current Board steals this idea, because something like this is long overdue, at least in my opinion. Your thoughts?

In closing - thank you for those who replied in logical fashion, either to support or question my post.

Evan Ulscht said...

5:11, you raise two good points.

1.) "If nothing is wrong, no one should oppose an opinion." Honestly, as I noted before, I think a violation does exist...but even if it doesn't, why hold on to the money? You can't give it to the membership...about the only thing you CAN do with it is funnel it back into fire protection. As far as I can see, this means donating it to the new company. Now, what the old companies could do is create a joint scholarship fund, from the CFC, in their names - and then either create three funds (Hose 1, Hose 2, Hose 5) or one fund (Hose 1, 2 & 5 Memorial Scholarship Fund). They keep their legacy alive, someone in the community gets a helping hand with college, and with the money gone, the corporations are disbanded, so consolidation moves forward.

2.) "If there is something wrong, the Board must do something." You're absolutely right. When the points about the money were first raised, the Board - most of whom read this blog, whether they admit it or not - should have taken the initiative to contact the village attorney to get an interpretation of not-for-profit law. They may have already done this, in fairness.

In one more response to 9:03, just an FYI - I have never been, and will never be, a "Black Booted Storm Trooper." Whatever else you can say about me - and you can say anything you want, it's your right - I was always accessible to anyone who wanted to discuss issues, and a lot of times, I changed course to reflect the wishes of the public. I'll tell you what, though - just to prove it, why don't you come out and campaign with me? Get your signatures, we'll run together, and then you'll KNOW how I do things.

Anonymous said...

First of all, Evan. You dont have to be apologetic, remorseful would be more accurate.

Your failure to hold up the banner of integrity, honesty and morales. Its not far fetched, just hard to obtain and hold. I personnally am glad that your jumping back into the competition. Just find out the facts before you initiate your attack!

Some comments on your ethics committee. If your going to have a representative from any department then there needs to be a reresentative from every department present.

Why should the highway or the water department be short changed on the commitee?

Second, knowing that we have suffered so many ethics challenges lately in the village board, the Catskill Police Department, and the Catskill Fire Department. I wonder if its even a good idea to allow any employee to sit in on it at all. Its almost like opening the gate to the chicken coop to allow the fox in.

How about a review committee to over see the expenditure of funds exceeding a certain amount. I'm seriously wondering just how legal and forthrite the Chief and Fire Commissioner have been concerning the purchase of the Heavy Rescue. The amount spent versus the need and I'm especially concerned if a local Palenville company was penalized or discriminated against the purchasing process of that truck.

The black booted shock troops are in reference to the unethical use of law enforcement troops to gain political advantage, bully pulpit, threats, intimidation, harassment, etc in support of certan trustees abuse of power.
Back to ethics and abuse of power problems.

Anonymous said...

Evan, DID YOU LISTEN to what you were told?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you put all your eggs in one basket and take a gamble. Hose 1 ganbled their reputation in the community and lost. When they tried to make a deal with the Town to start a district company because the village was going to stop letting all the contract money go in their bank account, they showed that money and power was more important to them. They would have taken manpower (and equipment) out of the village putting village residents at risk over money in the bank. That move destroyed the Hose 1 reputation and name in the community. They lost because the Town wouldn't start a district company. They gambled their reputation and lost and now the Hose 1 name is dirt and when people hear the Hose 1 name they think "the fire company who put money in the bank ahead of fire safety in the village.

It is not about supporting Hose 1 or not because the members voted for consolidation and the village then eliminated the old fire companies from being a part of munincipal fire protection transfering all those duties to the CFC. So, really, as being a fire company goes, Hose 1 is only a fire company to the extent that the name says Hose company. Just like Rug doctor isn't a doctor, Hose 1 isn't really a fire company anymore and neither is Hose 2 or Hose 5.

It is about going forward with consolidation. The fire companies are really consolidated but the names hinder the morale aspect of consolidation. If it takes getting rid of the old names than that is what we must do.

Anonymous said...

GID HUR DUN!

consolidate and move on!

VOTE FOR CHANGE AND VOTE CHEWENS OUT OF OFFICE!

RESTORE INTEGRITY TO THE VILLAGE TRUSTEES!

DEMAND A LAW BE PAST THAT INSURES THAT ALL LEGAL ACTIONS AND RESULTING SETTLEMENTS BE SHOWN AND NOT COVERED UP FOR ABUSE!

Anonymous said...

NEVER, EVER!

ALLOW ANY EMPLOYEE THE OPTION TO SIT ON AND MINIPULATE ANY INVESTIGATION WHERE THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS A PERSONAL INTEREST IN ITS OUTCOME!

THAT IS SIMPLY ASSININE!

Anonymous said...

Consolidate now and remove anything that reminds the public of Hose 1 and what they almost did to the tax payers and residents of the village of catskill by wanting to start a town company. The village would have been put at risk if Hose 1 took manpower out if the village and started the town company.

Because of these greedy, selfish actions, the Hose 1 name does smell to high hell. Don't poison the CFC by association.

Remove the name from our truck now or let it sit without being used. I will not man a truck with that name on the side.

Anonymous said...

When Hose 1 tried to get the Town to Start a district company they went for the whole ball of wax.

That company showed that they cared about nothing about money and district chiefs when they pulled that stunt.

A name in shame. Hose 1 money and district chiefs are more important than the residents they were supposed to serve.

Anonymous said...

You destroyed your own reputation in the community #1 now stop trying to destroy the CFC.

Give up the name 1st in shame!

Anonymous said...

Hose 1 is a hose company like
The rug doctor is a doctor.

Ha,ha,ha, LOL

That one was classic.

Evan Ulscht said...

Once again the personal attacks mar any substantive discussion of real issues.

Thank you for the opportunity to have participated. Henceforth, I will be happy to address any and all taxpayers in conventional forums (letter, phone calls, meetings, etc...), but I will not continue to respond in a forum that will continually revert to a personal attack.

Good luck to all in the coming elections. Good luck also to the vindictive among you who continue to block the progress of our community.

Anonymous said...

evan, it sure sounds like you are quiting the blog,,,,,,does this sound familiar,,,lmfao

Anonymous said...

there was no personal attacks Evan. Only thing here is someone pointed out that Hose 1 put themselves first by trying to start a town company and that that action destroyed their reputation in the community because people saw them for what they are.

Goodbye Evan. Good luck. I'm sorry to say that by quitting the blog as a platform for your ideas that you will probably lose many votes because more people read these comments than any political ads etc.

Anonymous said...

Evan ... the comment about vindictive people who block progress was a personal attack.

You claim that you don't agree with "personal attacks" and then you do it yourself.

What's with that Evan?

Anonymous said...

It appears that you cannot have a discussion or forum on this blog.
No matter what answer is provided the so called dirty dozen or the truth detective will not be satisfied. If you have all this criminal information, as you say, sign your name on the dotted line with the authorities and prove your case. Results count, not " BS " , Stop talking about it. the proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. Otherwise take an anger management class and get over it.

You have repeated again and again with threats and half truths by all participants on both sides. However, neither of you have provided any proof to the authorties or they would have taken action, Results count.

I have read this blog and yes it appears Hose 1 had problems. However, I have been told that Hose 2 had a fight in their fire house between two family and that was covered up. I also have been advised that Hose 5 had gasoline stolen and that was covered up and the rescue squad misplace $20,000 and no action was taken. So it appears all the disbanded Fire companies had problems. I point this out to the truth detective,and others, don't throw rocks in a glass house, it always break all the windows. Anger Management classes is your answer.

Anonymous said...

Well put 9:18

How about Engine 9 saying, "Citizens Hose Company #5" on the side of it? If it's owned by Hose 5 why is it housed in a village building?

I demand immediate removal from the building or I'm going to call the President of the United States and file a complaint!!!

Let's talk about the brawl of drunken firefighters inside the house of the FORMER Hose 2. A person was assulted and the entire incident was coved up. How about the viewing of adult movies everynight on the big screen TV? Not to mention the endless nights of drinking binges and driving the "slimer" to fires. Now who sounded like a bafoon on the radio? How about the time when the Hose 1 building was locked up by Dushane and Hose 2 members pulled the slimer out on Main St and started blairing the siren and cheering. Now that's intelligent. That was the smart thing to do. Close down a house with all the equipment needed for the district and village and depend on the Main St. companies to handle it.

How about some of the leaders that came out of Hose 2. Chico, Vollmer, Dushane, Diperna, Kzanjian. Where are they now? Not making it better. They let their community down by quitting! All because they didn't get their way. All because their house was sold and they no longer have a place to watch XXX movies and go on drinking binges all day.

How many Hose 2 members came to the new CFC? ONE...And what a waste he is. Only shows up once a month for a free meal and to copmlain. He's probally the head of the Truth Detectives.
Until proven though we'll never know. Soon they all will be unveiled and justice will be served to each and everyone.
How does a group of angry firefighters/citizens get away with all these false accuactions? Naming people as arsonists, thieves, assulters or what ever they claim. Why haven't these poeple come up with concrete evidence of such wrong doings? Because they don't have anything!!! All they have are lies, lies, lies, and more lies. These "Truth Detectives" are compulsive liers who need medical attention. They are sick people that live in our community. Predators.

Anonymous said...

EVAN, you COME OUT of the closet like a Bull sniping out ideas as you act like a PRIMADONNA.

Remember when you seriously wanted to turn the district fire equipment over to the town , Lock stock and barrel! Who fed you that idea, Hose 1?

You always come on this blog trying to commadere people away from the issues here. You come backto Seeing Greene because the masses are really here here participate in Dick Mays highly successfull Social Experiment.

I'm really starting to see the picture about you, your a go getter/quiter.

You lack the fortitude to sustain the fight, because you never maintain any consistancy in your actions.

Your personality swings like a pendulmn.

Hot cold.

interested-indifferent.

Pro Hose 1/pro Catskill Fire Company,

avid reformer/part of the sustained problem,

Firmly incontrol/totally out of control.

One of us/ better than us.

You play the masses like a pin ball machine, bouncing all over.

Anonymous said...

get the 49 mack out too.

Anonymous said...

I feel for you, because progress takes so long to move forward! I wish the books would be opened to day.

The accounts reviewed, the illegal transactions identified and revealed, the cover ups brought to light and the participants exposed and money recovered and returned to the ACTIVE firemen.

The Hose 2 fight was no different than any other scuffle, BUT the police did not respond and the Trustees did not pay off the DJ for having his teeth punched out and pay for expenses and a settlement as occurred at the Chewens Drunk Fest.

The antiques are a totally separate issue since they were paid for by the companies and should be turned over to the CFC.
A committee of Hose 1 members is assigned to the old 49 Mack and a committee of Hose 5 members are assigned to the 1939 Lefrance.
They technically already belong to the CFC much to the dismay of anti CFC forces.

The theft of gasoline occurred from the two antique trucks and could have been done by any fire department member or any member of the police department.

This is entirly different than the ETA 3-11 issue. That truck is against municipal law and does not have the proper insurance to protect the firemen or the community.

Since the Trustees reversed the order put out by Trustee Batagalino its hard to stop individuals who drive there vehicles into the fire house to wash them from stealing, water, gas, polish, soap , gasoline etc.

Anonymous said...

We never burned anything, we simply called the insurance company and played with the radios.

Its not our fault that the Town told our members that they would support us starting Willey Hose 1. We didn't steal the air bags because they belong to us. We just didn't want us to ruin the equipment supporting the village.

If the Village didn't touch our money everything would have been ok!

Anonymous said...

The air bag incident resulted in arrests. It isn't all lies something wrong happened. If the truth came out, would it be good for those involved? Why did Hose 1 demand that disciplinary action be ended against those involved? Like they said about Nixon, you don't give a pardon to the completely innocent.

Drinking and fighting is wrong but what is really wrong is that Hose 1 is keeping money that it received when it was an active fire company. This money should be turned over to the CFC.

Hose 1 insists that it keep ownership of 311 eventhough there is an insurance issue that puts the village at risk.

Hose 1 insists that 311 read Hose 1 eventhough they couldn't get the Hose 5 name and village of catskill off the other trucks quick enough without causing damage.

The Hose 1 name on things destroys morale and reminds everyone about how they were going to put village residents at risk by draining equipment and manpower froom the village starting their own town company where they would get to keep filling their bank account with town money.

WE NEED TO FINISH CONSOLIDATION

Anonymous said...

who took all the letters and emblems off the other trucks?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ulscht you and Mr. Cotten would have been the democratic slate for this coming Village elections. You were asked repeatedly if you wanted to run for the trustee position. You said NO. If you had said yes even up till the last week or so of the end of January you would have had the democratic support (Democratic caucus was Feb. 1st. ). Instead you decided to go around secretly with your independent petition Jan. 24th. TURNCOAT?

Anonymous said...

In addition to who took the lettering off the truck, someone please explain calling the insurance company etc.

Anonymous said...

You all sit here and bash the trustees (current & former) but they are the only ones that have the balls to put thier names to their posts. Which is a hell of alot more than any of you can say!

Anonymous said...

Come up with something new. The last few meassages repeat, repeat, repeat, old news, old news. what no comment about hose 2 & 5, other than fighting is wrong, must be true, where is the outrange? you were out ranged with the Chewins incident and reading the blogs it must of been serious or blow out of porportian. However, is there a double standard out there. It appears Hose one is still top dog, thats all you can talk about. give it up. put your best effort on the Catskill Fire Company, talk it up, you can work together. This is where it's at now and the future of the community and your company. You forgot your priorities.

Anonymous said...

The reason there is no outcry to the transgressions of 2 & 5 is because most if not all of the accusers are former 2 & 5 memembers. Isn't that right?

Anonymous said...

May be, but two wrong don't make it right.

Anonymous said...

Lets change the subject ,it's has been said that women with large breasts are stupin. The fact is women with large breast make men stupid and I agree. What's your opinion?

Anonymous said...

It is wrong for the old companies to keep money. ALL companies should empty their bank accounts.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember either Hose 2 or Hose 5 wanting the town to start a fire company and neither Hose 2 or 5 were going to take manpower and equipment out of the village which would have put the village residents at risk over money going into a bank account.

This is what destroyed the Hose 1 reputation in the community.

Anonymous said...

Hose 2 and Hose 5 aren't holding on to their former corporate identity because it would be selfish and is against the idea of consolidation.

Hose 1 still continues to act like their old selfish, greedy, "we own things" selfs.

That is the difference.

Anonymous said...

The same idiots are trying to get the bloggers to reveal themselves!

BUT Wait,

Remember Hose 1 bashing Dushane,Bataglino, Dolan, LAckie etc?

The real peices of DOo-DOo never revealed their lies!

Anonymous said...

How does a fight compare to the Chewens Drunk Fest,

the under age drinking,
the cover up by three law enforcement agencies,
and the Greene County DA's Office,
the mis use of tax payer dollars to pay for the repair and silecnce of the DJ?

Anonymous said...

Do you have an concrete proof of the underage drinking? The pay off of the DJ with village tax money? Show Greeneland the cancelled check. Unauthorized use of the building for a party? Cover up's by police agencies, the DA's office? Do you have any arrest reports stating the Chewens brothers were the aggressors? Until you can provide the documentation, once again, it's all lies. Come up with the proof, put your name to the paper and then we'll have something to talk about. Until then you should be checking youreselves into a clinic for pathological liers.

Anonymous said...

4:58pm blogger is a former hose 1 wannabe member who wasn't man enough to put his name to his blog. Maybe one of his fellow company members stole his name from him just like they did the air bags?

Check the records at the catskill pd and the minutes from the fire company meetings the evidences there to see. thats if you can read!

Anonymous said...

Lets vote Evan into office so he can ruin the village all the way and finish
destroying it like he started when he was in office.

Anonymous said...

It was a lack of judgment to allow a "private party" at the firehouse where alcohol was being served because it could make the village liable. With a trustee present, it would be hard to say that the village didn't condone or allow the "private party"

I just hope that the village learned that it was not a very bright idea to allow "private parties" on village property at the fire house where people can get drunk and cause problems. I think that the village rents the Beattie-powers estate but makes people get insurance if there is drinking. That wasn't done at this party was it?

Anonymous said...

Evan feels the need to stand up for the village after He was one of the ones who got us in this mess in the first place. Little late to fix a big problem you made Evan.

Anonymous said...

hose 1 is king of the hill!

that hill is broke back mountain!

Anonymous said...

I heard a catskill fire company member was caught drinking beer on the side of the fire house after the bar was closed and the village
stated any one caught would suffer sever penalties. Instead that member was told to drive home drunk
and nothing was done,except for putting peoples lives in danger by allowing a drunkin jerk to drive around the village! I aslo heard this member who is reported to be a board member of the cfc has been bragging around town that sgt. jacobs of the village police dept let him drive drunk after catching him drinking beer illegaly in his truck behind the firehouse. He also stated to people that vinney seely also was present and let him go because his brother was a board member and the cfc fire commish.

Is this true? Vinney if you were invloved you should step down for abuse of power! Can someone please answer if this is true or not?

Anonymous said...

I don't remember either Hose 2 or Hose 5 wanting the town to start a fire company and neither Hose 2 or 5 were going to take manpower and equipment out of the village which would have put the village residents at risk over money going into a bank account.

This is what destroyed the Hose 1 reputation in the community.

Hose 2 and Hose 5 aren't holding on to their former corporate identity because it would be selfish and is against the idea of consolidation.

Hose 1 still continues to act like their old selfish, greedy, "we own things" selfs.

That is the difference.

When Hose 1 tried to get the Town to Start a district company they went for the whole ball of wax.

That company showed that they cared about nothing about money and district chiefs when they pulled that stunt.

A name in shame. Hose 1 money and district chiefs are more important than the residents they were supposed to serve.

VIVI Bareback mountain

Anonymous said...

copy the fire company minutes here about the party for all of us to read.

Anonymous said...

Well posting the minutes would be a problem concerning the Chewens Drunk Fest.

Its very limited in scope and went something like this.

Former Hose 1 President/Capt Ed Collins stated that they stopped by the Fire House approximately 0100 am and discovered the fire trucks pulled out side of the building and drunken teenagers driving around the parking lot recklessly with kids on hoods etc. Collins was with one or two other firemen. They entered the building and discovered a full blown party with DJ etc. Teenagers were climbing on emergency vehicles etc.

Then President Overbaugh answered a question and admitted that the Chewens had not asked permission or obtained the normal paperwork to use the facility. No one admitted to giving the Chewens permission to have the party.

The President refused to answer anymore questions stating that the incident was under investigation and the fire comppany was advised not to discuss the situation because it would hamper the investigation (COVER UP).

There was an emergency special meeting called to deal with the Chewens Drunk Fest BUT the Catskill Fire Company Bi Laws were intentionally mis quoted by Vice President Rivenburg to prevent any discussion about the incident (Cover Up).

If three or more firemen object to the special meeting it has to be postponed.

Fire Commissioner Chewens, Catskill Fire Company Board member Rick Chewens, And CFC Board member Shultz all voted to stop the special meeting and prevent disciplinary action be implemented against the Chewens. (Cover Up).

Can you beleive that the accused perps were allowed to vote to prevent their own discipline!

WHAT A TYPICAL HOSE 1 JOKE!

BUISNESS AS USUAL IN GREENElAND!

Anonymous said...

8 MONTHS LATER THE INVESTIGATION ENDED WITH NOTHING FOUND (cOVER uP)

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTION WAS EVER TAKEN BECAUSE pRESIDENT rIVENBURG SAID THE ENTIRE INCIDENT WAS UNFOUNDED.

Anonymous said...

OF COURSE ITS TRUE!

HE HAS AN INCREDIBLE DRINKING PROBLEM AND THE VILLAGE REFUSES TO ADDRESS IT OR GET THE POOR MAN MEDICAL AND PYCIATRIC HELP.

WHAT KIND OF LIABILITY IS THIS SETTING US UP TO?

WE HAVE NUMEROUS MEDICALLY UNFIT DRIVERS JUST WAITING TO HAVE A MEDICAL INCIDENT WHILE ON A CALL!

oNE GUY HAS HAD 4 -5 HEART ATTACKS AND WAS TAKEN OFF OF aCTIVE fIRE sTATUS. sOME INGNORAMUS PUT HIM BACK AS AN ACTIVE FIREMEN/DRIVER.

INCOMPETENCE AT ITS WORSE,
OR FAVORTISM AT ITS BEST!

Anonymous said...

Correction to the pathological lier who posted the Blog at 6:13.

It takes a well disciplined professional to make an on the spot identification of someone drunk. He has to appear drunk and their has to be evidence of the drinking. He was probally taking the emptys to cash them in. They certainly don't prove your therory.

He certainly was not intoxicated because he had only consumed 7 - 8 beers out of his 18 pack. Any one who knows him, know that he routinely consumes an 18 pack on a daily basis and is still not drunk. There for get your facts right and stop trying to burn innocent people!

Anonymous said...

Is this the same character who was referenced in the previous blogs for driving a fire truck to a call and forgetting to put on the emergency brake and place chocks under its wheels and was un aware of it rolling away?

This isn't the same guy who drove a fire truck to the Ney Years Eve fire at Post Brothers and had beer delivered to him at the scene?

And is he the same guy who hit Ormerod Sr's vehicle and gut a DWI/DUI or something after leaving the scene?

And this is the guy that was involved with his brother in the Chewens Drunk Fest?

He's probally the same guy I have seen numerous times drinking out of the back of his pick up truck in the fire company parking lot.

I wonder if he goes to work at the prison drunk to? What do they call that condition, a functional drunk?

Anonymous said...

Comment 517 a.m.

As far as the your statement about the firemen who had several heart attacks and is now certified to drive and re-activated.

Now It appears you have become a doctor. That Firemen is probably in better shape than you are. He was certified medically and secondly, that person has volunteered his entire life to the fire service. We grew up together and I know his dedication to the fire service. You should be ashamed of yourself. I suspect you will have some more intelligent stupid remarks. However, the Facts are this person is medically certified by a real doctor, and is always availbale to serve the fire community. " Get a Life "

Enuf Said.

Anonymous said...

to the 6:13pm blog,

I heard the same thing while sitting at a local tavern on main st. I believe it was the man involved him self speaking of the incident having a big laugh. I don't know if he's on the board or not.

Anonymous said...

7:31 am blog

I have a life it's called seeinggreene.blog!!!! It appears you live the same life.


vote no for chewens

Anonymous said...

I heard forrest is upset that his name has been associated with a co corrupt untrustee. Know he's trying to distance himself from the name of shame!!!

Forrest you should run as far away as you can from the other corrupt leaders if you want to get back in office!!!!

Run Forrest Run!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"I found this storie that might explain why he was aloud to drive drunk from the firehouse."
---------------------------------

Three men are driving around, drinking beers and having a laugh when the driver looks in the mirror and sees the flashing lights of a police car telling him to pull over.
The other two are really worried. "What are we going to do with our beers? We're in trouble!"

"No," the driver says, "it's OK, just pull the label off your bottle and stick them on your foreheads, and the man pulls over.

The police officer then walks up and says, "You guys were swerving all around the road back there. Have you been drinking?"

"Oh, no, officer," says the driver, pointing to his forehead, "We're trying to give up, so we're on the patch."
-----------------------------------
"Maybe he placed labels on his head before the patrol car arrived!"Only in greenland

Anonymous said...

No one doubts his drive or desire to be a firemen. Its in their blood. But at what point do you put employee safety infront of personal satisfaction?

I still want to be on the High School Foot Ball Team, but I'm to old to cut the muster!

When I get to old to fight fires I'll be honered to be Fire police. I wont refuse to come around the fire house.

Ashamed of myself? What about your willingness to vote non acheivers and nonworkers into office just to make sure only Hose 1 members are in power!

citizens against corrupt leaders!

Former Firefighter said...

Enough about the fire companies already! The world does not revolve around you all and your inability to get along. Start acting like adults if you want to keep the public's respect. You certainly don't have it now! Why not try working it out yourself or, as someone suggested, let the courts decide once and for all and pull the plug on this pissing contest!

Anonymous said...

1217 p.m.

Great comment. However, these children will not stop.

Anonymous said...

Is the firehouse located at 1 central ave or 1 circus ave?

Last time I checked the village was running a 3 bay circus out of the firehouse. They boast it's family owned and operated.

This circus is complete with it's very own bozo the clown,freak show featuring black tooth the slack jawed yokel, stinky the garbage man and the neckless wonder.

Forrest gump will give firehouse wisdom, "firehouse is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get!"

It aslo show cases wife swap the sword swallowing with a pool table back drop.

Followed by a modified high wire act featuring a death defying walk up an uncertified, outdated aerial
device, complete with outdate harnesses and no safety nets.

o-my-god the ring leader with help from kermit the frog circus announcer will set the tone for the magnificent 5 airbag disappearing act.

It's also reported to have guest appearances by, Tommy boy the alcoholic,Mr. potato head, and the black booted storm trooper "bk"
who will instruct the proper dance steps to the chicken dance.

music will be provided by dj toothless.

The father and son duo "we'll never have a title" will be set up out side for your dunking booth pleasures.

I'm so smart will juggle wrenches instead of balls in the third bay.

Free O'Doul's will be handed out at the bar. Labatt blue will be given to all children free with admission.

All activities are concluded with a raffle for owner ship of eta 3-11!

Anonymous said...

Thats right, stay persistant until the Trustees are forced to clean up their acts and the Police Departments, and the Fire Departments!

if you let up they will continue same ol same ol!

Anonymous said...

WHAT A CIRCUS COMEDY, or should I say CALAMITY!

Anonymous said...

I just drove by forrest cottens house and saw the signs for CHEWENS and wanted to Puke!

Is he so weak that he cant stand up and say no to Chewens and his Abuse of Power?

We need strong leaders not weak ones.

VOTE NO for Chewens and

Vote no for Cotten for supporting him!

Anonymous said...

those two remind me of the :

"ambiguously gay duo"

I know it's a hard one to swallow-them getting elected again.This is bound to be trouble coming twice!

Know thats funny right there!!!!
I don't care who you are, thats funny!!!!

Anonymous said...

Joke of the day, back by demand!!!

Potato, Potat-ho

Two little potatoes are standing on the street corner. One is a prostitute the other is a corrupt leader!

How can you tell which one is the prostitute?

It's the one with the little sticker that says...

I - DA - HO

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the circus side show of "Who drank to much" as he reads palms and provides fortune readings. The next booth will contain "Dont rock the boat" as he stands on top of the highest ladder singing
"I'm Only One Man".

Vinney the Ginney will be wearing a little blue berry fruit loop, and Forrest in his big yellow banana suit, while potato head dons his pineapple suit with prickly pointed skin to singify you cant touch me.

Anonymous said...

Cant we find just one honest respectfull, moraly good, truthfull adult to become a candidate for trustee?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the name of this blog should just be changed to 'SeeingHose1'? Then maybe we could have a blog where people could discuss other Greene County issues.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should stick our noses in the air and pretend that

Abuse of Power,
finacial or material gain,
mis-utilization of tax payer dollars,
refusal to follow municipal law etc etc

does not exist in the fire department and

focus only discuss those items designed to solely bring increased revenues and prosperity to business owners on main street.

Instead

I would like to see the Village President lead and start taking emmediate action against the transgressions,

so that we can start looking at bettering prosperity here for buisness owners. BUT NOT at the expense of continously ignoring the fire department wrongs!

Insist that Vinney, Cotten, Joe and Angelo clean up the curse of the Village Board!

Anonymous said...

What a Joke Chewens posters read like a satire,

Chewens boast Change when they should read curruption

Liberty party should read Conspiracy party.

Vote for a change!
Vote no for Chewens!!

Anonymous said...

Vote for change?


Maybe chewens should take his own advice!!!!

Doesn't he realize that we have other issues in catskill besides trying to reopen hose 1.


What a joke!!!!!!!!!


vote for change,vote no for chewens!

Anonymous said...

chewens, why doesn't your signs read fire commish?

Oh wait catskill doesn't have a fire commish!

Fire chair person doesn't sound as good.

What a looser!!!

Anonymous said...

Vinney, Whats the story? Where have you been. I realize that you had to get out and do your thing with meetings and all.

But we have been patiently waiting for a decision on the status of ETA 3-11. We are hoping that you are going to announce that the Hose 1 name has been removed. So how about an update!

Anonymous said...

He who doesn't vote no is part of the problem.

save the village,

vote no for chewens
vote no for cotten

Anonymous said...

Sell eta 3-11 and use the money to hire a laywer to sue hose 1 for abuse of taxpayers money!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Lord sayeth, "The poor will always be among you..." Did he mention that, obviously, so too will be the vulgar ignoramuses, a number of which constantly chit-chat on this blog? Lord, save us, please.

Anonymous said...

"As Catskill Turns" new soap opera premieres Sunday 10:00 A.M. on Channel 6

Anonymous said...

The Village Election has a full slate of candidates for the March Village Election.

Trustees Race
James Chewens
Forrest Cotten
Evan Ulscht
Paul Rosenblatt

Justice Race
Chuck Adsit
Rita Landi

Don't forget to vote.

Anonymous said...

Joel and Tommy, stay off the gen's computers, doesn't the plant have some floors that need mopping? Get back to work!!!

addicted to the soap opera said...

You all crack me up at this point...........everyone has so much to say, but how many of you are on the ticket to run for office?

Anonymous said...

To the 8:54pm blog:

Some people actually do work at work,some people are man enough to stand up for what is right,some people have home lifes,some people are man enough to put names on blogs, but then we also have people like you.

to the 9:26 pm blog:

You know what, if no one else is going to "run for the people" I will. I'm tired of all the corruption.

any problems contact me at HOME-

jshanks1@verizon.net
or
518-943-0502

BE A MAN, DON'T HIDE BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER!

Anonymous said...

I', a republican and conservative and beleive me Jimmie Chewens does not represent the best interest of the Republican or Conservative partys.

He does represent the worst in double standards,
abuse of power,
big bulley,
arogance and

worse of all hes a Hose 1 die hard!

Vote Chewens out of office, and anyone who supports him!

supporting him is equivalent to turning your back on the truth!

Anonymous said...

GreenLand Politics == curruption!

get rid of politicians and hire professionals to fix this mess.

bring the tirade to an end!

Anonymous said...

WHEN YOU HAVE A MONOPOLY ..
I was late in paying my Mid-Hudson cable bill (although I have two other Mid-Hudson accounts). They interrupted my service in the evening, 2/13. Earlier when I came home there was a message from Mid-Hudson, asking me to call back. I tried to do so on three occasions, each time with a sustained delay .. and no pick up from a 'living' voice.
I drove to their office in Jefferson Heights. A courteous receptionist said my service had been interrupted. She informed me that their policy these days is to not send any notice of pending interruption, or termination .. as they did in the past, just a phone call. I paid my overdue bill. At this time, my aggregate payments to Mid-Hudson are in the $1,500/1,600 range a year, a hefty expense. Whatever happened to 'competition' by service vendors?
Anybody else have adverse experiences with Mid-Hudson, would like to hear about it.
H. M. Hanson, Catskill

Anonymous said...

Gas Price today in Catskill

Mobil bridge approach $2.49.9

Cumberland Farms Rt 9W $2.38.9

Amazing 11 cents difference from the east side to the west side of the village.

Anonymous said...

it obvious......... the "West Side is the BEST" .....

Anonymous said...

God father ensures the currupt boyz of the West side always gets better deals. Why do you think they are immune to law enforcement.
Da God father pays their pay checks!

Anonymous said...

Time is clicking away for someone to run as village trustee. If you are willing to run make the call now.

Anonymous said...

I bet hose 1 has ties in mid hudson cable and the gas companies

Anonymous said...

Screwen Chewens probally is the currupt fall guy for the Ginny Mafiosa God Fatha!

The West Side Gud old Boyz Club is their pewrsonal hang out!

Lets get this in house alcohol investigation completed so we can get the taps running again, the super bowl squares are for sale again with a post super ball draw date. I hear the God Fatha is expected to win the pot again this year!

Anonymous said...

One day about a month ago, Vinny Seeley was looking for a call girl. He found three such ladies in the west Side Social Club---a Hose1 wife , a Hose 5 wife , and a Hose 2 wife.

To the Hose 1 wife he said , "I am the president of the Village of Catskill. How much would it cost me to spend some time with you?" The Hose 1 wife replied, "Two hundred dollars."

To the Hose 5 wife he posed the same question , and she replied, "One hundred dollars.

"He then asked the Hose 2 wife the same question.

The Hose 2 wife replied,

"Mr. President , if you can raise my skirt as high as my taxes....

Get my panties as low as my wages...

get that thing of yours as hard as the times...

Keep it as high as the gas prices...

keep me warmer than my apartment...

and...screw me in private the way you do in public,

then believe me Mr. President ,

it ain't gonna cost you a cent."

Anonymous said...

Hey Call was suppose to be discreet

Anonymous said...

NOW THAT WAS FUNNY, REAL FUNNY!

Anonymous said...

Hey Vinnie,

When is the "Village of Catskill"
being returned to our Fire Trucks?

I dont see "The Town of" Catskill being removed from the ambulances that we help support!

Has Hose 1 been removed from the villages ETA 3-11?

rome wasn't built in a day . but at this speed there will be 100 united states before its accomplished!

Anonymous said...

A = ADULTS
F = FOR
T = THE
E = EXTERMINATION
R = REMOVAL

HOSE ONE

GID HUR DUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I called Marion and discovered a little known fact concerning the new rescue truck.

LIES, LIES, LIES, SAME OL, SAME OL

Once again the fire company members were lied to and led astray!

$20,000 -25,000.00 was an intentional misquote from the biggest FIBBER (POLITE WAY OF SAYING LIER) that ever stood before you!

Was it intentional so he could have it his way?

What representatives of our fire house and law enforcement community!

The firE ecompany excepted the color because our fearless Chief and President stated it was what we wanted the unsusspecting members made a tough decission because they thought it would save the over burdened tax payers the additional 20-25k on an already over priced truck!.

Little did they know the truck color could have been selected up to and til the final paper work was signed. Which according to the Marion Representative did not occur until Friday the tenth of Feburary (four days after the membership was lied to about the 20 -25,000.oo cost to change the color of the truck.

MARION stated that they offered to postpone the signing of the contract if their was still question concerning the final color.

Luckily they said there was still time to change the color if the Village Board contacted them.

WHAT DO YOU SAY VILLAGE TRUSTEES,

HOW ABOUT SHOWING SOME LEADERSHIP AND CHANGING THIS INTENTIONAL wrong doing OF ONE MISFIT AND DO WHAT,S RIGHT.

ONE MORE REASON TO VOTE FOR CHANGE AND VOTE CHEWENS OUT OF OFFICE!

Anonymous said...

Vote for change
Vote against corruption
vote no for chewens
vote no for cotten

Anonymous said...

1:09 A.M. Poster, please, please get yourself a dictionary. You would come across a lot stronger with what you have to say if you SPELT your words correctly!!! Your spelling is atrocious and really needs some work. How do you expect people to take you seriously with all those spelling errors in your post? I always know what posts are yours from the errors.

Anonymous said...

who cares about spelling, any one can use a spell checker, i prefer to type like hell Ha Ha

Get your nose out of the air and you might realize just how much you smell to!

Anonymous said...

what really brings a smile is that Chewens and Cotten will surely get re-elected when thoughtful, intelligent people (most voters) look at the opinions (and stumbling thoughts and typing fingers) of the "cowboys" who are posting here....keep it up, boys...no sensible person wants to emulate you...

Anonymous said...

I would like to start a group
Firemen Against Group Solidarity.

Any one interested in joining?

We want

To keep all the former Hose Co's alive.

To keep hose 1 on 3-11

To keep separate bank accounts

To stop consolidation.

Hope you join!

Anonymous said...

I called Marion and discovered a little known fact concerning the new rescue truck.

LIES, LIES, LIES, SAME OL, SAME OL

Once again the fire company members were lied to and led astray!

$20,000 -25,000.00 was an intentional misquote from the biggest FIBBER (POLITE WAY OF SAYING LIAR) that ever stood before you!

Was it intentional so he could have it his way?

What representatives of our fire house and law enforcement community!

The fire company excepted the color because our fearless Chief and President stated it was what we wanted the unsuspecting members made a tough decision because they thought it would save the over burdened tax payers the additional 20-25k on an already over priced truck!.

Little did they know the truck color could have been selected up to and til the final paper work was signed. Which according to the Marion Representative did not occur until Friday the tenth of February (four days after the membership was lied to about the 20 -25,000.oo cost to change the color of the truck.

MARION stated that they offered to postpone the signing of the contract if their was still question concerning the final color.

Luckily they said there was still time to change the color if the Village Board contacted them.

WHAT DO YOU SAY VILLAGE TRUSTEES,

HOW ABOUT SHOWING SOME LEADERSHIP AND CHANGING THIS INTENTIONAL wrong doing OF ONE MISFIT AND DO WHAT,S RIGHT.

ONE MORE REASON TO VOTE FOR CHANGE AND VOTE CHEWENS OUT OF OFFICE!

Anonymous said...

vote against corruption vote no for chewens

Anonymous said...

This is great,

I decided to take your advice and change my erring ways even if it presents me as a shrewed.

I'm willing to do anything, especially if it will really help the cause.

Thanks you Mr "I got my nose in the air", I'm going to personally go through the entire collection of blogs and correct the spelling on every single blog that has been written over the course of the last six months. Even ones I didn't write.

I need the practice and I'm sure you'll want to critique them again. So be patient as I re-post everyone of the blogs I correctted.

Thank you so much for making me as perfect as you.

PS: I bet the masses come to read what we have to say; regardless of our bad grammar and misspellings.

And I'd bet that they couldn't care less about your arrogant shit!

Anonymous said...

Boy this may take a long time just to be PURRFECTT.

This is great,

I decided to take your advice and change my erring ways even if it presents me as a snob!

I'm willing to do anything, especially if it will really help the cause.

Thank you Mr "I got my nose in the air",

I'm going to personally go through the entire collection of blogs and correct the spelling errors on every single blog that has been written over the course of the last six months. Even ones I didn't write.

I need the practice and I'm sure you'll want to critique them again. So be patient as I re-post everyone of the blogs I correct.

Thank you so much for making me as perfect as you.

PS: I bet the masses come to read what we have to say; regardless of our bad grammar and misspellings.

And I'd bet that they couldn't care less about your arrogant shit!

Anonymous said...

Oh Here I go again, trying to be
perrfect is really hard! How do you do it anyway?

By the way spelt is a food substance formed like noodles and made of spelt instead of wheat and was a food source found in the bible.

But I'm sure you were really seeing if I knew what SPELT meant!

Anonymous said...

12:59 comment

that is a long name for a group. What shall you call yourselves for short?

Anonymous said...

How about Hose 1, Hose 2 and Hose 5

Anonymous said...

(to the tune of a budlight radio ad)

(Narrator): Village of Catskill presents...Real men of dishonor
(Singer): Real men of dishonor
(Narrator): Today we salute you, Mr. Former Hose 1 District chief wannabe
guy
(Singer): Mr. Former Hose 1 District chief wannabe Guy
(Narrator):Your minimal experience fighting fires will never land you at a reputable fire department, luckily you don't belong to one,your a volunteer for former Catskill hose co #1 Inc.!
Singer): (lets go wife swapping)
Narrator: Sure were concerned for or lives, you called a water main break a working structure fire!
Singer: (someone call Hudson)
Narrator: A car leaking gas I'll establish command and call in Hudson,and Athens, and west Athens, and Kiskatom,and Leeds
Singer: (has anyone seen the airbags?)
Narrator: When the tough gets going,you get going IN YOUR PANTS.
So stand and be recognized for being the most hated chief in the history of the Catskill Fire Department.
Singer: Mr.Former Hose 1 District chief wannabe guy
Narrator: (Citizens against corrupt leaders, Catskill NY)

Anonymous said...

NOW THATS FUNNY!

REAL FUNNY!

YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME!

Anonymous said...

I ate an entire bag of MM's and it didn't do a damn thing for me!

I get more horny eating sardines!

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Anonymous said...

Main Entry: spelt Pronunciation: 'speltchiefly British past and past participle of SPELL

Anonymous said...

The Catskill Village and Town Boards, Hose one, Hose 2, Hose 5, the Catskill Fire Company, The Catskill Police Department, Greene County Sheriffs Department, NY State Police Catskill, would all love to shut this site down.

Its exposed many hypocritical things that they don't want you the tax payers to know about.

Lawyers phones have rung off the hook, and many of them are scurrying through the law books hoping to find anything to stop the meltdown.

Please get out and vote down Chewens the poster child for abuse of power, and insist that the hypocrisy stop. Why should these individuals feel that they are freely above the law? Why should they get away with their abuse of power simply because they are an official or wear a badge!

The Communists elite thought they were above their constituents which they imposed their stiff rules.

Like wise our elected officials feel that they are better than the rest of us GreeneLanders, they feel that they don't have to live by the same rules that they impose on us.

Vinnie wont let us keep unregistered vehicles on our property while he had 4-5 on his (double standard),

Vinnie wants to have the village and town assessments reevaluated because he is paying higher taxes than the older residences are assessed for. I bet his property is not assessed for the amount he claimed on this blog that they were worth.

Vinnie wont allow me to use a Village Back hoe to install my septic tank, but he used the Village of Catskill Thermo Weld Machine to install his private water main on his property!

The Fire Commissioner has personally destroyed the fire department by mismanagement and poor leadership! The Departments response times and turn out is incredibly low because of a conspiracy with his Chiefs.

They has routinely covered up alcohol abuse in the fire department. Especially the numerous alcohol related incidents concerning his brother. He conspired to cover up the Chewens Drunk Fest, The assault on the DJ, the medical costs, the settlement!

Wheres the out cry that the party was for and attended by NY State Corrections Officers who were probably not even Village Residents? Or even worse than that is that alcohol was freely given to under-aged teenagers. This isn't the 60's and 70's. Its against the law and look who got away with it, the law.

Remember get out and vote no against Chewens! We need to take back our Village and Town one step at a time!

All the above should be setting the higher standard for all of us to thrive for. Instead they seem to only care about gaining the social, financial, or stiff arm protection benefits that they seem to freely enjoy because of their positions!.

Viva the Village of Catskill,
Viva the Town of Catskill,
Viva the Catskill Fire Company,
Viva Greeneland!
Viva the TAX PAYERS!

Anonymous said...

5:24 Blog Wipe the Shit off of your nose!

Your arrogance lacks the magnitude to draw in the masses and gets very little response compared to the jokes, rumors, inuendos and actual facts exposed here. A little of everything for the masses!

Anonymous said...

Give me an address and I'll give you the tax assessment. If you don't believe me, give me your address and I'll tell you your assessment.

Anonymous said...

Attn all cfc responders:

Because of the black booted storm troopers being outed on this site, they have moved there post to the former grandview school in order to catch firemen responding! Slow down and watch out there after the reported bloggers!!!!!

Nice try "BK"

Anonymous said...

(to the tune of a budlight radio ad)

(Narrator): Village of Catskill presents...Real Corrupt Leaders
(Singer): Real Corrupt Leaders
(Narrator): Today we salute you, Mr. DJ Tooth Knocker Outer Guy!
(Singer): Mr. DJ Tooth Knocker Outer Guy!
(Narrator):Your minimal experience doing the chicken dance fuels your fire to beat up helpless dj's... Old ladies,infants....you maul them over like a diesel-powered combine... Ashamed of your foul behavior?... hardly, you scratch and gouge your way to the turn table like a feisty wolverine...
(Singer): (Someone call a Doctor)
Narrator: Your not even close to being reelected, but you don't care...if you lose you will just knock out our teeth or bite off our ears!
Singer: (Just Like Mike Tyson)
Narrator:bald head,check,big eyes,check,big ears,check,big nose,check....store bought potato heads have nothing on you!
Singer: (you look like mr potato head)
Narrator: When the tough gets going,you get knocking, out there teeth.
So stand and be recognized for being the most hated trustee in the history of the village of Catskill.
Singer: Mr over baked for brains
Narrator: (Citizens against corrupt leaders, Catskill NY)

Anonymous said...

i love the budlight songs.

Anonymous said...

(to the tune of a budlight radio ad)

(Narrator): Village of Catskill presents...Real Assholes
(Singer): Real Assholes
(Narrator): Today we salute you, Mr Rick Shanks I can’t have it my way, can’t get elected to anything in the Fire Company!
(Singer): Mr. Shanks Waaaaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaa!
(Narrator): You and your two little twerp sons, what a joke to the fire service, don’t know shit about firefighting and never will!!!
(Singer): (Someone get them some votes so they can be somebody!)
Narrator: Someday you’ll grow up and be a productive human being to society, instead of the usless piece of shit you are now!
Singer: (Just Like your sons…)
Narrator: Someday you might get to be chief of the department, then again NOT! You need intelligence and some friends to vote for you!
Singer: (you look like Mr. Dickhead)
Narrator: When the tough gets going,you start crying, and calling every agency in Albany.
So stand and be recognized for being the most hated firefighter in the history of the Village of Catskill.
Singer: Mr R. Shanks a Real Asshole!
Narrator: (Citizens against assholes in our firehouse, Catskill NY)

Anonymous said...

6:05 Now thats funny!!!!

Anonymous said...

6:05pm blog,

well I see your not man enough to sign your name to what you write.
You should realy grow up and get a life. If thats what you think of me then why not call me and be a real man! This shows your real mentality.

Joel Shanks
943-0502

Anonymous said...

P.S.

My father has been working all day, so the blogs not his. You must be a truth detective!


Joel Shanks

Anonymous said...

DON,T FORGET ABOUT THE $15.000.00 HOSE 1 GOT FOR PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW CFC. WHERE IS THAT MONEY HOSE 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WE THE MEMBERS WERE FORCED TO PURCHASE......
HOW'S THAT WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING HOSE 1??????????????
JUST ANOTHER WAY TO SCREW THE TRUE MEMBERS OF CFC

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