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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Impartial Elections? Not So Much.

We imagine everyone by now knows there will be a Village wide election on March 19, for two seats on the Village Board of Trustees.
The declared candidates are the incumbent Mary Bess Phillips, Board watchdog William Swiskey, and lastly, the first couple of Greenport hastily handpicked candidate Julia Robins.
We have no idea when Ms. Robins decided to run for the position, we imagine it was soon after the Mayor realized there might only be two candidates for the two seats.
The possibility of William Swiskey sitting at the dais answering questions, giving truthful responsive answers to those questions, and responding to the needs of the residents as opposed to the "special friends" of the Mayor and Trustee Phillips we're sure did not sit well with our (his idea of himself) benevolent dictator of a Mayor.
Picture the pure panic being suffered by our boy king Mr. Nyce,  here January is almost over and no nyceovite willing to step up to wear the sheep suit. (As a note, the sheep suit is obligatory in the Nyce administration). Finally, someone fits the suit, Ms. Robins declares herself a candidate and on the 27th of January the first couple of Greenport are the first two people to sign her nominating petition.
Unfortunately someone forgot to mention to Ms. Robins you have to be a registered voter within the incorporated Village to run for office.
It seems after decades of voting at her address outside the Village and a hasty change to a village address to circumvent planning board and village board residency requirements, she neglected to register to vote. The SC BOE did not even receive her voter registration request until two days after she collected signatures a clear violation of state election law.
Problem? (spoiler alert, not really) Her petitions were challenged, reasonable people would think this might create some sort of dilemma for the candidate, well not in Greenport and certainly not for the hand picked candidate of the Mayor. Relax, all is not lost, in steps Clerk Perillo, who in addition to the many hats she wears to safeguard the Mayor's realm she is also the election officer for the Village, we're sure you can see where this is going. The Clerk ruled that because the challenge was legitimate but late it was disallowed. See how easy that was. The Clerk is probably forgetting that as the election officer part of her job was to verify that the petitions were correct, the first line of the nominating petition asks if the candidate is a registered voter, so you have to ask…Ms. Perillo what happened? (Just kidding we all know what happened)

42 comments:

  1. For 150 years residents were allowed to ask question of elected officials at Village Board meetings. Mayor Nyce with the help and blessing of Trustee Phillips ended this pratice after being caught in numerous lies. The mayor afraid Mr. Swiskeys election would end this shady tactic went looking for a yes mayor candidate. Unable to find in the village anyone willing to lower themselves to his level. He recruited an outsider not evened registered to vote in the village when she was asking people to sign her petition. What was her enticement to run (could it be possibly be $25.000 in health benefits)
    Now there is a simple way for her to refute this, make public her voter registration application filed with the county. Also a public statement that at no time if elected will she apply for paid medical benefits from the village. I challenge Ms. Robins to take such actions. Call Bill Swiskey out on this.

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  2. Greenport is a microcosm of what is wrong with American politics today. A complete disregard for the system that made our country great. Where does a guy like Nyce get his sense of right and wrong. Did he grow up in the same Long Island that I did?

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    1. What truly amazes is, when you speak to people about Trustee Phillips stealing and her using her position to benefit her own self interest, first and foremost they believe it, simply because the proof is part of the public record and she has been doing it so openly and for so long. Then and here is the odd part, they dismiss it as if it were part of her right and privilege. They say "well she is on the Village Board" or "Oh she has been around forever" or the best one "What's the big deal, it's not that much money".
      In the real world out side of Greenport with a real Mayor who does not exchange illegal behavior for support on the Village Board this Trustee would at minimum be forced to resign and not be endorsed for reelection..

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    2. Who can you turn to investigate? Al Krupski? Andrew Cuomo?

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  3. Perhaps he grew up in Chicago

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  4. One would think in the crazy world of politics why did they recruit a third candidate this may back fire on them and Trustee Philips may be on the outside looking in. I bet something in Julia Robbins paperwork becomes invalid awful fast if than happens.

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    1. Because regardless of his qualifications and no matter how beneficial Swiskey would be to the Village Board, this petty spiteful Mayor would be apoplectic if he had to sit on the same dais.

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  5. As a tax payer I would rather pay for health insurance earned by a thoughtful trustee, than a dishonest one. The thought of stealing from the Village and being above the law leaves me speechless. We need accountability. We need honesty and integrity.

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    1. Hard Pressed in GreenportFebruary 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      In private industry you have to work at least 30 hours per week to even be considered for any benefits. I can tell you for a fact the trustees recieving benefits put in less then 30 hours a month for which they recieve a salary of $1,100 a month. They are in business and doing well. There are people in the village getting less then that on social security and unable to pay for there meds. This is pigs eating the corn and throwing the public the cores. The corn we pay $50,000 a year to buy for them. As far as the stealing it just shows the total lack of ethics displayed by this board. See no evil Speak no evil Hear no evil
      just take from the public.

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    2. Well said. The Nycovites may not like it, but how true.

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    3. Dear Ms. Hardpressed,

      perhaps if a certain "you know who" didn't keep going to court to sue for health insurance, there would be more understanding.

      All kidding aside, corn doesn't have "cores", they have husks. Apples have cores. One is red and the other is either white, yellow, a mix, orangish, blue or multi-colored.

      That's not so hard is it?

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    4. I guess if you work in village hall and are a favorite of those in charge. And enjoy all the free benefits. Attacking a poor average working class mother on a grammatical error doesn't bother you at all. Show some class

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  6. Mr. Swiskey comments

    Several citizens asked me where they should go to obtain an absentee ballot application. I referred them to the village web site. Visiting the site myself I found the application with a return address to the Suffolk County Board of Election. After hearing from a reliable source the Village Clerk was delivering applications and collecting them personally, I found this in direct contradiction to what's shown on the villages web site.
    I inquired to both the BOE and Village Clerk both responded see attachments.
    After reading the State law on absentee ballots I must take exception to village counsels interpretation of the what the law says. At most the only thing the clerk should do is deliver a pile of applications to the person at the facility in charge of assisting residents in such matters.
    That issue aside the instructions for absentee ballots on the village web site are totally erroneous and should be fixed immediately. And an inquiry made to find out how such a such a grievous error that could effect a persons ability to vote was made.

    Regards
    William Swiskey

    Without a reasonable explanation I will be forced to file a complaint with the NYS Board of Elections the designated agency to handle such complaints

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    1. A number of villages in the state have enacted local laws designating county board of elections to run local elections. It prevents what appears to be happening in Greenport in this election. Village counsel offers opinions, really I'm sure he has no dog in this race. Some of his opinions have really been off the wall.

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    2. Mr. Swiskey. Your eyes are brown.

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    3. If your referring to the previous post sorry it's not mind. I SIGN ANYTHING I POST ANYWHERE. If you really believe something you should be proud to be associated with it. Unless? Do you work in village and your job is to moniter this site. I don't know who runs this site although there are rummors it's a group of twelve concerned citizens.
      Look it's me
      Bill Swiskey
      Looking at the numbers I see at least 200+ hits in the last two days is that your concern? Unsensored access to imformation.

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    4. William Swiskey me me meFebruary 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Actually Green and open to the truth

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    5. dear "eyes wide shut"

      why in the world do you want to office?

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  7. Thank God for Ms. Robbins. If it came down to tweedle dumb and tweedle dummer wining by default I might move.

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    1. Having read this site and never commented. Your opinion drove me to ask.Why don't you ask her if she's going to take the benefits? Since At least one candidate is on record as saying he won't. I guess not having Lived here for how many years and never attending a village board meeting in the last at least 5 years is what you call good qualifications.

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    2. "Thank God for...Robbins" Really? She can't even read the instructions on a petition before having people sign it. And who is paying for her to move into Greenport? The Village's residents off course!
      Look at the Village's website re instructions for absentee ballots. All screwed up! Just like the legal announcement in the paper about voter registration. It has the times and dates, but no mention of where to go to register. Pirillo et al are responsible for those debacles! It's a wonder Pirillo et al are able to put their panties on in the morning, much less wipe their a**.
      What a bunch of crap this election has turned out to be!! And the Village's residents buy it. Can't get much dumber than that!!

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    3. "Why don't you ask her if she's going to take the benefits?"

      We here do not have access to the candidate, reason being we are not aquatinted, and even though we know where she works we think it would be inappropriate to intrude on her at her work place.
      We will pose the question here…
      "Ms. Robins is it your intention if elected as a Trustee to avail yourself of the Village's health Insurance benefit?"
      We do not know if Ms. Robins is a reader, obviously you are, if for some reason she does not respond here perhaps you could ask for us?

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  8. anonymous wrote,
    … "I might move."

    Lets be honest, no one is moving because of who might or might not win this election.

    Since Ms. Robins is unfamiliar with a good number of the readers here, would you care to share with them what you believe makes her a good candidate?

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    1. Robins a good candidate? Really? Are you kidding? She's a nobody. A no brainer! She's been handpicked by sneer, boss bess, and prokop to do their bidding. The only qualification she has for the position - she's shown she'll follow their orders! No thinking required!!

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  9. I wastold about this site by a friend. I'm amazed by what I read here. It makes me wonder why I don't read anything in the Suffolk Times.

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  10. Trustee Phillips remains silent as a local fisherman is dissed by the mayor. I guess she needs The Sneers help in her re-election drive. I guess that shows real moral character on her part.

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  11. Roberts SHOULD take the benifits why not? In all honestly the trustees who dont take the benifits should get a payment in leiu of the bennies. How can they "reward" some trustees for serving and the others get NOTHING?
    How is that fair and equitble?

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    1. You are a MORON! Payment in leiu of benifits.You must be a teacher or a cop.

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    2. "How can they "reward" some trustees…"

      You are making our point, trustee benefits are a reward for being a stooge for David Nyce.
      How in good conscience do you think it is OK to pay a part time trustee's insurance premium in full? Then in the same breath go along with the fact the mayor wants the 25-30 village full time employees to pay 20% of their benefit. And how ironic is it that the trustee that is negotiating the contract for the last three years and demanding the contribution from the rank and file is George Hubbard, one of the two trustees on the Village Board who is getting his insurance paid by the taxpayers.
      Lastly, the premium for the insurance is approximately $25K per person, if the other trustees and Mayor take the insurance, or your ridiculous idea of payments in lieu of benefits the tab would come to $125,000 per year. Where are you getting the money, raise taxes 12.5 percent, yeah that's a great plan.

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  12. I'm sorry but why should one trustee be paid and another not? BINGO ! Yes, a teacher and married to a cop.
    I educate your children and he protects you form the real criminals! So stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

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    1. You educate my children? I was correct when i said MORON. How do you spell FROM?

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    2. The politicans are going after Cops and Teachers or haven't you noticed, this while they grab the same benefits you get for less then part time hours. The next time you go to a meeting where the talk of laying off teachers or cops because of lack of money. You should stand up and say do it save the politicos bennies at all costs. Are you really a teacher. I would rather hire cops or teachers with that money

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  13. The bigger question here is do cops or teachers that only work ten hours a month get benefits? Probably not, so why should the taxpayers have to bear in addition to their eleven thousand dollar salary, the cost of their twenty five thousand dollar family healthcare costs?
    The collective hours of the four Trustees for any one month is less than forty. If you doubt or disbelieve those figures attend their work sessions or if you have an eternity to wait for the clerk to provide those readily available records foil the minutes. Their reports are part of the official record and describe in detail their activities in their own words for the month.

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  14. The Mayor clearly wants who he wants on the Village Board, the Clerk who serves, for her $90,000 a year salary at the pleasure of a vindictive petty get even at all cost Mayor (just ask Dave Kapell if you doubt that). She is coincidently the chief election officer of the Village, of course she is impartial to concerns about election procedures.

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  15. Go to the meeting on March 6th at 6:30 at as yet an disclosed location. This meeting is set to impose a contract on the Worker Bees( that's the workers who fix your streets,keep your lights on in other words do the real work.) Not the pompus upper echelon who sit at meetings and pat themselves on the back and tell the public what a good job they do.
    Folks they don't intend to do right by these people. I urge you to go and see for yourselfs. You can call the clerk for the location

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    1. Go to the meeting, tell your friends to go. They won't let you speak, but they can't plug your ears or cover your eyes.

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    2. According to the announcement in the legal section of the current suffering times, the meeting will be in the skool house that cost us residents over $250,000 to move and renovate and another $5000 to put a fence around. You know the one? It's on the bay side of Front Street midway between the two traffic lights. You'll not be able to miss it because of the crowd that'll be there to see the circus's clowns and all their goons in black suits.

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    3. I was at the a meeting there recently. There is seating for only 30 people. Take away at least 8 chairs for lawyers,stenograpers that doesn't even leave enough seating for the union members who will be there let alone the public. I guess this is the boards way of squeezing out the publics right to know.

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    4. Sell the damn school house and use the money to give raises to the worker bees.

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  16. Is anyone concerned that given the level of deception should Mr. Swiskey prevail that the village would tamper with the voting results?? I trust nothing!
    ~newbie

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    1. "I trust nothing!
      ~newbie"

      This Mayor has lied about finances, lawsuits, relationships with special interest and a host of other things.
      He would rather eat dirt then see Swiskey on the Village Board. Given the above, for someone relatively new in the Village you seem to catch on quick.

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    2. what a mess!
      ~newbie

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