LOCAL RULE. Also subject to substantial change may be the
The former Full Gospel Tabernacle, which in a venerable earlier incarnation was the First Baptist Church of Catskill, on
Main Streetacross from the county courthouse, evidently is destined to become an up-scale dining and wine- and beer-tasting salon. A local couple, experienced restaurauteurs, just signed a purchase contract, with Wayne Kitchen (aptly named), of Rip Van Winkle Realty, as broker. Asking price for the spacious building had lately been reduced to $299,000.
- "Squat & Gobble" is what folks are invited, by way of a Main Street sign, to do at O’Fratello’s, which opened December 1st, for breakfast and lunch, from 6 am., 7 days a week, in Catskill, two doors away from the erstwhile Tabernacle. The O is for O’Connor, as in Lewis O’Connor, the Public Works Department head and Town Council member. The Fratello is (are?) for Raymond and Carol. The partners are the latest in a long line of dispensers of food at that site. Before them, from late July to mid-September, it was Sonny’s (as in Sonny Ward). Before that, it was Tony’s Luncheonette, although it was Rick Saparata’s place. But we regress.
A gastropub--think bistro, tavern, saloon with good food, rathskeller--could be coming to GreeneLand. Among decisions not made yet by the prospective operators is what to name the contemplated establishment. In honor of its model, the Spotted Pig in
, perhaps it could be dubbed the Spotted Piglet, or the Spotless Pig. If its home is the county seat, it could be The Catskeller, where customers quaff the house brand beer: Catskale. Manhattan
ALSO HAPPENING IN CATSKILL, MAYBE:
A small-construction equipment rental business on the east side of
Maple Avenue(Route 9W) across from MacDonald’s.
- A seniors’ housing development on the west side of West Main Street, south of West Bridge Street, behind the racquetball court.
A string of single-family houses along
West Cauterskill Road.
A 20-unit apartment complex on
Water Street, in the former Oren’s Furniture warehouse. New owners Andrea and Jim Cunliffe, Saugerties residents and veteran restorationists (in Europe more than in America) are moving along briskly with this project, which may include a rooftop promenade that takes full advantage of the vista, and meticulous restoration of the façade, even to the extent of retaining a blacksmith to bring back the ironwork ornamentation. Chief contractor Keith Abrams of Olde Urlton Construction Inc., is a veteran restoration specialist (and, we are charmed to note, has an address on All Peat Beds Road).
- A subdivision of 100 half-acre lots for single-family homes south of Rip Van Winkle Lake, in Tannersville. According to Jim Planck in The Daily Mail (12/5), consultant Howard Bates, on behalf of Argent-Catskill LLC of New York City, has sought approval from Tannersville’s Village Board.
” (condominiums, lots of them, especially for part-timers, around a golf course) in Coxsackie. Extensive drawings have been submitted to local authorities. No action has been taken yet on, among other things, developer Mark Salomon’s request to have the development site annexed to the Hudson . That would save him money on water. How it would benefit the Village is not readily apparent. Villageof Coxsackie
- ”Mountain View Estates” is the name bestowed on a contemplated seniors-only development of 280 modular construction homes, with amenities, on a 108-acre site in Coxsackie. This project has evoked stout local resistance. The developer, UMH Properties of Freehold NJ, a specialist in manufactured home communities, has made headway to the extent of being allowed to erect a model, which opened for viewing on December 2d.
CATSKILL HUDSON BANK is located neither in Catskill nor in
MARTHA CHRONICLES IV. GreeneLand’s premier grifter has been sentenced to spend 65 months in prison. She also has been ordered to pay $728,248 back to 231 victims of frauds perpetrated on would-be authors of books.
Martha Ivery, 58, who during 1995-2003 had run her bogus publishing enterprise out of an upstairs office across from the Catskill Post Office, received that sentence last Wednesday, in Federal Court in
The sentencing came in the wake of a conviction (a year ago) that based on a bargain in which Ms Ivery entered a plea of guilty to mail fraud and bankruptcy fraud. Judge Scullin also responded to investigators’ evidence indicating that the scale of swindling greatly exceeded what was immediately cited, and that Ms Ivery went on scamming even after being indicted. He imposed a sentence that fell mid-way in the range of possibilities (57 months to 71 months) that are specified in State guidelines for perpetrators of her kind and volume of white-collar crimes.
According to a report in The Daily Mail (12/1), Ms Ivery sent a letter to that newspaper on November 24th, apologizing for the “shame” of her “criminal wrongs” and lauding the local community’s “specialness.”
The Federal indictment that launched the prosecution charged that Ms Ivery extracted money from prospective book authors by making fraudulent claims and promises. She pretended to be a literary agent (“Kelly O’Donnell”) as well as a book publisher; extracted pre-publication fees for editing, illustration, special marketing and author copies, as well as representation by a literary agent; made false claims about book signings, book fairs, cruise vacations and television talk show appearances; and gave an inventive array of excuses for non-publication of manuscripts.
For more on the feats of this extraordinary swindler, check Seeing Greene entries of June 17, July 8, and
SUPER SATURDAY (12/9)
The “Holiday Magic” stroll on
SHERIFF STORY. GreeneLand’s sheriff, Richard Hussey, has entered a plea of Not Guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated. That happened on Wednesday (12/ 6) in a brief arraignment hearing in the county courthouse before visiting judge Patrick McGrath (of
The Daily Mail story was distinctive in that reporter Andrea Macko said the prosecutor’s decision to seek an indictment from a grand jury rather than from Judge Simon came after the prosecutor learned that the judge had donated to Sheriff Hussey’s election campaign in 2004.
In The Daily Freeman’s account, correspondent William Kemble reported that a special piece of evidence in the case—a videotape of Sheriff Hussey’s movements on the night in question—has gone missing. The videotape has figured prominently in accounts of the case. It was made by two civilians, Jeff Valentin and Damien Lameray, who had undertaken to follow Sheriff Hussey’s movements after learning of his departure from a party at the Elks lodge in Catskill. They had picked up the sheriff’s trail at the Creekside restaurant and bar, and had followed him to his home in
Well Dick, the infamous Hussey tape was never going to be the smoking gun that it was played up to be....otherwise, why would an accuser who has an axe to grind (he having been charged with DWI himself in the past) suddenly let it go missing. The fact that this is a first offense will likely see the charge reduced to DWAI. There are some other things about this whole thing that we should all be concerned with. The fact that the Hunter town justice didn't recuse himself immediately, it being highly unlikely that he would have never had dealings with Hussey or one of his deputies. Further, a judge from another county should have been sought from the start. And isn't it true that the trooper involved uses the full version of his last name, which when shorted to Prest links him to a judge and legislator? Then there is the coverage. Should a Daily Mail reporter whose father is a deputy (one who is suing the sheriff at that) be covering this story at all? There's bias on both sides of the aisle here that just keeps making this story smellier and smellier.
REFERENCE THIS POSTING, DICK I COPIED IT BECAUSE IT REEKS OF THE TYPICAL COVER UP IN GREENELAND. WHICH GOES HAND IN HAND WITH THE ABOVE ARTICAL!
IT ALSO SMELLS LIKE THE VILLAGE PRESIDENTS ILEGAL USE OF VILAGE EQUIPMENT TO INSTALL A WATER MAIN INTO HIS "HIGH END HOMES " HE IS BUILDING ON THE EDGEMERE ESTATE.
OR THE CHEWENS DRUNK FEST COVER UP!
OR THE NEW CATSKILL RESCUE BID RIGGING SCHEME!
Whats the buzz around town concerning legal action being taken against the entire Catskill Village Board and the Catskill Fire Company?
My nephew is a Catskill Firemen and he said that the Catskill Fire Company President Harrold Rivenburg stated at their monthly meeting tuesday night that there was Legal Action against them but stated the Fire Company Board was going to handle it and failed to provide more information.
I've been watching the Catskill Daily Mail and the Freeman and haven't seen anything written about it. Under open government we should know whats going on! I'm scared to ask what mess they may have gotten us into this time.
My nephew hasn't been able to find out anything from the fire company concerning this "Legal Action". This idea that they can hide stuff from the public is just not right!
Dick can you find out whats going on?
This sounds like it might be big and they may be trying to cover it up as usual. Same Ol, Same ol!
Hey Dick, the benefit of Hamlet on the Hudson to the village of Coxsackie is a no-brainer. The additional assessed value of the condos and golf course should be fairly substantial.
In case you wondered, people, I do not limit posted Comments to stuff that I consider sound and/or true.
As for the lawsuit, I'm looking into it.
Dick, did you ever see a blotter report for the Chewens Drunk Fest fight? Or were you refused access to it?
I'm just curious if that was covered up to?
There was three law enforcement agencies that responded to it. Plus numerous NY State Corrections Officers were present. (Its worth noting that these four law enforcement agencies have keen training in attention to detail and crime solving (Hee Hee)
The NY State Police, Greene County Sheriffs Office, and Catskill Village Police all responded to the scene as well as Catskill Ambulance.
I agree with the first comment - there is something funny about the tape suddenly missing. However, the blame cannot be turned over to Mark Prest. A call was phoned in and he had to follow through with his job of checking on a possible DWI. (Especially since being video taped) There is NO way anyone can say he was involved in some big conspiracy.
In the past anyone who has been in a bar, knows that Dick could have been pulled over several times and been found guilty of a DWI, but it was okay because he was the Sheriff, right?
He no longer drinks (at bars), so maybe he learned his lesson?
Whats the law suit about?
I've asked several fire fighters and they say someone made an OSHA complaint and the Village started harassing them.
If this is true why hasn't the Daily Fail mentioned it?
HEY DICK, ITS TRUE, THERE IS A LAW SUIT AND THE VILLAGE IS REFUSING TO DISCUSS IT WITH THE PUBLIC.
JUST ANOTHER COVER UP OF TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST GREENELANDERS.
I WONDER WHEN THE PUBLIC WILL STOP ELECTING INDIVIDUALS BY THEIR NAME SAKE OR ASSOCIATION AND NOT ON THEIR EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB?
WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE OUT DATED TRUSTEE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND HIRE A PROFESSIONAL SDMINISTRATOR TO RUN THE VILLAGE LIKE A BUISNESS AND NOT SOME FRETERNITY HOUSE.
Dick, what are you covering up the lawsuit to protect your friends, you had no problem writting about the secret lawsuit!!!
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