Gibson: I won’t endorse in the 19th before June primary

Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who won’t seek re-election in the 19th Congressional District this year, says he won’t weigh in with an endorsement before the GOP primary.

Gibson, who’s thinking about running for governor in 2018, said he won’t step in with an endorsement before it’s decided in June. Gibson said he wants voters and the party to decide without his influence but will support whoever the GOP candidate is after the primary.

Currently there’s three Republicans vying to fill the open seat: Andrew Heaney, John Faso and Bob Bishop.

Heaney has said he’s skipping the county committee endorsement process and will petition his way onto the ballot while Faso has been racking up county committee endorsements. The two have been waging a stinging war of words over dominance in the district and each have raised more than $800,000 in the race so far.

Faso is from Kinderhook , Gibson’s hometown in Columbia County. Heaney is from the Town of Washington in Dutchess County.

Bishop has raised slightly more than $6,000 and hasn’t received any committee endorsements yet. Democrats Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik are also competing in the district.

Teachout won the endorsement last week of Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents the 18th Congressional District just south of the 19th.

 

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PACs, pledges and America Rising in the 19th Congressional District

America Rising, a conservative opposition research super PAC, has dipped its toes into the 19th Congressional District race and weighed in on the candidacy of Zephyr Teachout.

In an email sent on Jan. 28 the super PAC criticized Teachout, a Democrat who announced her candidacy last week, for not giving a definitive answer on accepting money from outside groups. It also criticized her for running the pro-campaign finance reform group MAYDAY PAC.

Since then Teachout has weighed in and asked all the candidates running in 19th to pledge to disavow super PAC spending on their behalf.  All candidates would pledge to reject outside spending on advertising and pay a penalty equal to half the amount of any outside expenditure supporting their campaign to a charity of the opponent’s choice.

America Rising PAC, based in Arlington Virginia, touts itself “as an organization on the right for the sole purpose of exposing the truth about Democrats through video tracking, research, and communications,” according to its website. The group spent more than $700,000 last year and a story describing the group in The Washington Post said called them “the most important entity in the GOP’s 2014 sweep” aside from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Answering a question from a reporter on Friday, Teachout said while nobody has taken the pledge yet she wanted to give candidates more time to weigh in.

“A few of the candidates have gotten back to me, so far nobody has accepted the pledge but I want to give them some time,” Teachout said. “I want to make sure they hear from the voters and the people in this district. I think what they’re going to hear is people don’t want dark money.”

Teachout said she’ll only take up the pledge if all candidates agree to it.

“It actually only works if all the candidates agree because the mechanism requires a mutual pledge,” Teachout said.

So far there are three candidates and two Democrats in the race: Democrats Teachout and Will Yandik and Republicans Andrew Heaney, John Faso and Bob Bishop.

I reached out to Heaney last week on the issue. His spokesman, David Catalfamo, derided Teachout for using the pledge as a “political prop” but didn’t rule it out.

“If she is truly serious about a real dialogue on this important issue, we will be happy to discuss it with her,” Catalfamo said.

Yandik, who’s promised to primary Teachout, said he shared her goal of overturning Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that open the gates to unlimited outside spending on races. He said he’ll consider the pledge.

“I”m willing to look at it and agree if there is agreement among all the candidates but I wouldn’t unilaterally refuse in the face of Republican SuperPAC spending,” Yandik said.

I haven’t heard back from Faso’s campaign but he’s already seen more than $24,000 in super PAC money spent in television and direct mail opposing him from the New York Jobs Council.

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Super PAC airing anti-Faso television ads

The New York Jobs Council, a political action committee with past ties to GOP candidate Andrew Heaney, has shelled out nearly $15,000 for a television ad against Heaney’s political opponent, John Faso.

The New York Jobs Council gave $14,996 to In The Field LLC out of Niskayuna for a television advertisement opposing Faso, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission. In the Field Consulting, which shares a similar name and address with the LLC, is led by Rob Cole, the executive director of the New York Jobs Council.

There was no sign late Friday afternoon that the television ad has been registered with the Federal Communications Commission, which keeps rolling updates on media buys on political advertising.

Faso, a former state Assembly minority leader and lobbyist from Columbia County, has been locked in a war of words against Heaney, a Dutchess County heating oil executive, to win the 19th Congressional District.

Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who currently holds the seat, says he won’t seek re-election but may run for governor in 2018. The district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.

The media buy comes as Washington D.C.-based watchdog group Campaign for Accountability has filed a complaint with the FEC. They say Henaey illegally coordinated with the New York Jobs Council . Super PACS are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money but they’re not allowed to communicate or coordinate with specific candidates.

FEC filings show that Heaney Energy Comp., Heaney’s company, gave the super PAC $10,000 last June, Skaggs Walsh, Heaney’s father’s heating oil company, gave $35,000. Submarine Rock LLC,  a company Heaney has used to contribute money to political campaigns in the past, gave moer than $5,000.

Heaney’s campaign says the complaint is baseless and a politically motivated tactic by Faso.

Heaney’s campaign spokesman previously said Heaney contributed to the super PAC but it was before he was a congressional candidate.  They say he has no involvement with it now.

 

 

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Oliva, Lange launch bids for NY-18 seat

Two Republicans from Westchester County formally kicked off their campaigns for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat last weekend, joining four GOP contenders already in the race as they compete for party support in advance of the June primary.

Phil Oliva, a Somers resident and aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and John Lange, a former congressional aide, both held campaign events on Saturday. In a statement issued after his kickoff at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac, Oliva said,  ”I’m looking to break up the status quo and get us back to a smarter, more limited form government that’s focused on a strong national defense, free enterprise economy that expands job creation and income growth, and securing the borders once and for all.”

John Lange

In a statement announcing his campaign, Lange, a 29-year-old Beford Hills native, said he was running because “Washington needs fresh voices and representatives who are willing to stand up and tackle the politically unpopular issues that our country is facing.”

The rest of the Republican field includes former Orange County legislator Dan Castricone of Tuxedo; Sakima Brown of Poughkeepsie; Newburgh native Frank Spampinato; and Ken Del Vecchio of Warwick, director of the annual film festival at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

All six Republicans participated in a candidates’ forum at a catering hall in Putnam County on Tuesday. Party leaders in the four counties in the 18th District plan to hold a convention at which Republican committee members throughout the district will vote on their party’s endorsement, which has no binding power. Candidates must file their petitions to run by April 14. The primary is June 28.

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Assembly bill would raise taxes for super-rich

A state Assembly bill introduced this week would hike taxes for New Yorkers earning more than $5 million a year while inching down the rates for those earning less than $300,000.

Currently, the highest rate for New York’s eight tax brackets is 8.82 percent, charged for annual income greater than $1 million. The Assembly bill would set new rates of 9.32 percent for earnings between $5 million and $10 million and 9.82 percent for income over $10 million. At the other end of the pay spectrum, income between $40,000 and $150,000 would be taxed at 6.25 percent, rather than either 6.45 percent or 6.65 percent.

Assembly Democrats touted the proposal as a way to collect more revenue from the richest to support education, infrastructure repairs and other public expenses, while easing the tax burden for the middle-class.

“I’ll continue to advocate for public policy that helps our region thrive,” Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, said in a press release supporting the bill. “By ensuring hardworking families aren’t overburdened by taxes and continuing to invest in our local economy, we can make certain the Hudson Valley remains a great place to live and work.”

Senate Republicans are cool to the idea. “Whether it’s income taxes, property taxes, user fees or tolls, we don’t support raising taxes or asking hardworking New Yorkers to dig deeper into their pockets to pay more,” Majority Leader John Flanagan said in a statement, shortly after Assembly Democrats announced their bill on Tuesday. “Senate Republicans have a long history of standing up for taxpayers, and we recognize that New York should be cutting taxes across the board.”

That same day, the Assembly passed a bill mandating paid family leave – the same proposal that passed in that chamber but not the Senate last year – and a bill that would have the state hold primaries for state and congressional offices on the same date instead of two, as a cost-saving measure. New York now holds congressional primaries in June and state primaries in September.

The family-leave vote fell largely along party lines, with all Democrats representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties – except Frank Skartados – supporting the bill and all Republicans opposing it. The consolidated primary vote was more bipartisan: all Democrats from the region and Republican Assemblyman Karl Brabenec supported it. So did Republican Kieran Michael Lalor of Dutchess County, who said in a statement, “Career politicans like the status quo because the two primary dates allow state elected officials to simultaneously run in a primary for Congress without having to give up their Assembly or State Senate Seat.”

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, said in support of holding both primaries in June: “Saving taxpayers money, improving participation in democracy and assuring that those who are on active duty have a full chance to participate are all good reasons to support a combined, early primary.”

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Rascoe: Ulster County GOP convention for House seat to be “close contest”

Ulster County Republican Committee Chairman Roger Rascoe says he expects an “exciting and close contest” for the group’s endorsement of the GOP congressional nominee this month.

Rascoe, in an email dated Feb. 4 and provided to the Times Herald-Record, said he was sent an email from the campaign of John Faso Thursday that indicating that he had won the endorsement from the Ulster County Republican Committee even though the convention isn’t until Feb. 17.

“As soon as I receive the email I immediately called Mr. Faso who explained that one of his campaign staff had prepared several emails of which one would be sent out after our convention on February 17th and that the email had been sent out in error,” Rascoe writes.

Rascoe says that Faso apologized for the email and said he would immediately send out an apology, which he received a few minutes. In the email, which appears to have been sent widely in GOP circles, Rascoe assures recipients that there’s no sure outcome to the convention.

“I have not nor am I aware of anyone who may have indicated to anyone the outcome of our upcoming convention,” Rascoe writes. “In fact, I expect it to be an exciting and close contest.”

Faso, a former state assemblyman and lobbyist from Columbia County, has been racking up endorsements from county committees as part of his bid to take over Rep. Chris Gibson’s seat. He’s been competing with Andrew Heaney, a Dutchess County heating oil executive, who said last month he’s skipping the whole “insider” committee process and will petition his way onto the ballot for the June primary.

Rascoe says Ulster County represents 21 percent of the weighted vote in the 19th Congressional District.  The convention is being held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus at 503 Washington Ave. in Kingston.

 

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D.C.-based watchdog group files FEC complaint against Heaney over super PAC

A government watchdog group has asked for an investigation into GOP candidate Andrew Heaney, accusing him of illegally coordinating with a super PAC that’s targeted his GOP opponent, John Faso.

The Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit in Washington D.C. formed in May 2015, filed the complaint this week with the Federal Elections Commission against Heaney, a Dutchess County heating oil executive running in the 19th Congressional District.

The group is requesting an investigation into what it says is illegal coordination between Heaney’s campaign and the New York Jobs Council, a super PAC.

You can read my previous reporting on this matter here.

Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, slammed Heaney and the PAC in a press release Wednesday, saying the FEC should quash what she called a “clear effort to end-run the law.”

“It is hard to imagine a clearer case of coordination between a campaign and a super PAC,” Weismann said. “If ever there was a case that should galvanize the FEC to enforce the coordination ban, this is it.”

Weismann said Heaney’s campaign and the New York Jobs Council “are just two sides of the same coin” and that they’re both using the same consultants. She says Heaney established and funded the super PAC that now bashes Faso.

David Catalfamo, Heaney’s spokesman, denied any wrongdoing from the campaign and said the complaint traces back to Faso and their battle for the 19th Congressional District. Faso and Heaney are both looking to fill Rep. Chris Gibson’s congressional seat in November and will likely face a primary.

“This baseless complaint is just a desperate, slimy and cowardly effort by John Faso to deflect from his record as a disgraced lobbyist and political bagman,” Catalfamo said.

Dain Pascocello, Faso’s campaign manager, said the complaint was coming from a “serious organization.”

“These are substantive allegations filed by a serious organization. As the recipient of Mr. Heaney’s relentless attacks, both through his campaign and his family-funded Super PAC, we can personally attest to the merit of this complaint,” Pascocello said.

Rob Cole, the executive director of the New York Jobs Council, has previously said that the super PAC is following the law and Catalfamo has said that while Heaney previously gave money to them he’s not involved in running it in any way.

Daniel Stevens, a spokesman for the group filing the complaint, said it received a tip about the NY Jobs Council and decided to investigate it for possible coordination with the Heaney campaign. He wouldn’t reveal who the tip came from and said the nonprofit does not disclose its donors.

The district emcompasses all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.

Here’s a link to the complaint.

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The Collected Correspondence of Harley Doles, Vol. 1 (updated)

Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles has been writing up a storm since taking medical leave — or what he describes as “personnel leave” — more than a month ago, composing stormy emails about activities that have taken place in his absence, his absence itself, the town movie theater and other matters. He has sent most of his missives to the town’s acting supervisor, Tony Cardone, and the Town Board’s new attorney, Brian Nugent, and each time has copied the other board members, various media outlets and others.

Doles, who stopped coming to work in December, has said he is too ill to perform his official duties. He also has said that he will undergo a medical procedure next week and that he expects to return to work in mid-February. Here is the torrent of words he has typed and the responses he has shared in the last week:

January 28, 1:15 a.m.

From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>

Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 1:15 AM
Subject: Mr Cardone lacks the legal authority to do all the things he has done and he will continue to do more [remove]
To: Tony Cardone <tcardone@monroeny.org>, Michael Donnelly <Michael.Donnelly@dddllplaw.com>

Mr Acting Supervisor

There is no power that gives you the right you are asserting. You have no right to stop Mr Donnelly from corresponding with the elected Supervisor. Elected officials are not subject to medical clearances or releases as you state. You fail to cite any state law or case authority . Your words, like when you authorized Ric Colon to serve as Acting Supervisor without a Board vote , or cancelling the Planning and ZBA or signing $135,000 of blamk check becasue you were going on vacation violated state and local law, are gross violations of your oath of office. Congratulations you did this all in less then 3 weeks. Did you have the  help of your new legal counsel for the Town? For his sake, I hope not.

You are becomig the laughing stock of local politics with your demands to  prevent me from emailing the media, preventing me from speaking with our employees; plain old breaking the law. and you have done this in record time. Slow down, Pollack Farms on Rye Hill rd has been flipped to your group in Monsey. Like Ace Farms, KJ will be setting up shop on Rye Hill Ry soon enough . Thanks Mr Cardone . 2500 votes. is it worth it?Deal done.

Relax, the 2-family a jigh-density  KJ -lifestyle housing you support and refuse to intevene with  will be meeting public resistance contrary to you trying to protect them. Explan that to the Alliance builders  Yes ,  the Alliance builders  will demand that you treat them fairly by giving them area and use variances at will as well as  3000 sq ft “granny flats” as Emily Convers call them. Srewing over the rest of the townis the price paid. but you live way on the other side of town.  BTW how did the horrible road which screwed over so many residents on Walton Drive ext come about ? Do you know real estate developer that got over on them? These families have had great misfortune becasue of someone elses greed . Any ideas?

But real estate devlopment is in you blood. It’s taken time, but now you are ready to strike. Good luck. We’ll be watching.

Till then Mr Donnelly will continue to advise the entire Board unless there is a court order .

You have no power to demand a Drs. note.  and your bluff is being called. the next step are the courts.

I worked on Friday with Donnelly for a number of hours and even today atended Comp Alliance haz mat seminar that you were required to attend.

I may be in the office on thursday and/or Friday to attend to some issuesand obtain the months worth of emails which I did not get from other Baord members, Mr MArtin, vendors andnew counsel. Or doyou think I aneed  Drs. note to get these emails as well.?

This message will be sent to the media . Cancelling planning and ZBA without a Board vote , wrting$135,000 in blank checks in direct contradiction of NYS Comptrollers Internal control policies, a secret and illegal vote between you,i Ric Colon,Mike McGinn and the legal help of Mr Nugent  t apoint Ricj Colon as Supervisor and finally  signing off on the certified payroll which attests that the payroll is correct even though you signed only the blank checks and never the completed checks all is going to draw one question: who the Hell are you to take the law into your own hands and do as you please without following the law , the Board.or the the cast in stone principal of never signng blanks check per the NYSComptrolller.

One last thing. DOnt you have property in the Saphie Lake area? Did you speak with those residents and ask them not to annex into Tuxedo. Did yo not promise that you would help them with services which would improve the value of their property and just by coincidence increase the value of yours. If true , there is alot of explaining to do. Its called a conflict of interest. If the information I got was wrong , my apology. You are an elected officer, some ae calling for yor resignation. I think its too early. maybe he can straighten out

Optimistically,

Hrely Doles
Supeervisor
Town of  Monroe

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From: Tony Cardone
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 8:35 PM
To: Michael Donnelly
Cc: Christine Tucker; Gerard McQuade; Harley Doles; MaryEllen Beams; Mike McGinn; Rick Colon; bnugent@flmpllc.com
Subject: Re: Matter of Preserve Hudson Valley v Town Board of the Town ofMonroe (8118/2015)

Mr Donnelly,

Thanks for the information. In case you weren’t aware Mr Doles is out on Medical leave and as per our attorney and my directive, I ask that no correspondence be directed to Mr Doles regarding any town of Monroe matters until such time as the town Board has a Medical  release for Mr Doles medical condition  from a physician.
We would not want to cause Mr doles any additional health risks or create a liability for the town.

Thanks so much for your understanding.
Cordially,

Tony Cardone
Acting Supervisor

 

January 28, 10:05 a.m.

From: Harley Doles <ilovemonroe@outlook.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 10:05 AM
Subject: Doles Affidavit-2.pdf- Annexation response SEQR plus attached email and letter to Supreme Court judge
To: editorpn Quinn <editor.pn@strausnews.com>, hgross@midhudsonnews.comblewis@th-record.com, Justin Barbo <jbarbo@news12.com>, Jessica Chen <jessica.chen@twcnews.com>, David Church <DChurch@orangecountygov.com>

Not only should the 507 be denied but the route KJ builders are taking to circumvent the annexation process to build the 250 home annually “they require” just outside of KJ  will only be done in a way that does not destroy the quality of life in Monroe nor destroy the MWSD and the right to have a balanced and fairly represented school board whose children attend district schools.

Regardless of the opposition to change zoning ,when I return to office I will , as the powers of the Supervisor provide by law form a Citizen’s Committee to oversee both the Planning Board and Zoning Board so the wholesale misuse of area and use variances comes to an end and to protect the aquifers in the Town of Monroe from further contamination as a result of misguided growth caused by massive additions to septic flows in the areas where new high-density housing is occurring on 1-family zoned parcels.
the Town Board must create the promised Aquifer Protection Zone now as I requested months ago. Road Salt and the projected addition of expanded multi-family housing on septic systems and well water needs to be regulated in a manner which provides for the safety of my residents. Not some other village or community
(editor’s note: attached to this email was a court affidavit from Doles for one of the Kiryas Joel annexation cases.)
January 28, 2:30 p.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Subject: TMACC hosts Comp Alliance plus are we losing $700,000 at TMACC
To: “bnugent@flmpllc.com” <bnugent@flmpllc.com>, Peter Martin <comptroller@monroeny.org>, Rick Colon <rick@monroeny.org>, Mike McGinn <mmcginn@monroeny.org>Dear Board members:Congratulations in having TMACC as host for yesterday’s Comp Alliance conference on Violence in the Work Place.I attended the event and judging from the reaction of the attendees and speaking with the moderators is was a smashing success.It is obvious that TMACC is the #1 location in Orange County for not only theater, music and movies but to host events like this.

The only issue , and it is a major issue is TMACC costing the Town residents $120,000 as Mr Martin has presented to the Board or the $700,000 in losses brought to the publics attention with the documented accounting methods which Councilmen Cardone and McGinn agree on.

May the Board and the public have the accounting data used to determine this loss. $700,000 is a loss that this town cannot handle. If correct, we must take immediate measures to reduce or eliminate the liability TMACC incurs against our taxpayer. Having the numbers will allow the Town Board, our residents and the State Comptroller to decide what needs to be done to make heads or tails out of this huge disparity in lossess.

Is the accounting information from Mr McGinn/Cardone in a a pdf/Word/ or excel form?

Please send, unless there is a reason not to the accounting data to the media email addressess above. Thsi is something the public has a right to know , we all agree.

Harley Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe

 

January 28, 10:40 p.m.
From: Tony Cardone <tcardone@monroeny.org<mailto:tcardone@monroeny.org>>
Date: January 28, 2016 at 10:40:04 PM EST
To: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org<mailto:Supervisor@monroeny.org>>
Subject: Doles Medical Personnel Leave with PaySupervisor Doles:At the January 25, 2016 Town Board meeting, the Town Board authorized me to send this correspondence requiring you to produce information regarding your status and capacity as the Town of the Monroe Supervisor.  As you are aware, you have been on a leave of absence which has been communicated through Councilman McQuade as a medical leave and referred to by you as a “personnel leave” in emails.As of the date of this correspondence, the undersigned is, as Acting Supervisor, is carrying out the duties and responsibilities set forth in New York State Town Law § 29.The Town Board, while not waiving any rights it may have to relevant information, is not seeking information concerning the specifics of any medical condition you may have at this time. However, the Town Board requires the following information in writing from you:

1.  Your current status as Town Supervisor. Specifically, if you are on leave, provide the general reason for the leave, or if you are not on leave from your position, so state.

2.  A written statement from a certified medical physician indicating:

a.  Which of the duties and responsibilities of Town Supervisor you are capable of performing and any restrictions or limitations may be applicable to your carrying out any such duties, as set forth in the annexed copy of Section 29 of the New York State Town Law.

b.  The estimated date of your return to work in your position as an active Town Supervisor capable of carrying out the duties and responsibilities set forth in Town Law § 29.

c. Any limitations or restrictions that you may have in carrying out your responsibilities as Town Supervisor.

Your response must be delivered to the Town on or before February 4th,2016.  The Town Board expects to address this matter at the February 8th,2016 Town Board Meeting.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Sincerely,

Tony Cardone
Acting Supervisor

January 29, 9:33 a.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 9:33 AM
Subject: RE: Doles Medical Personnel Leave with Pay
To: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>, “bnugent@flmpllc.com” <bnugent@flmpllc.com>Mr Cardone:Below please find your email demanding I comply with your request by Feb 8, 2016. I have also attached the NYS Town Law Article 3 sec 29 which you assert gives you the power that I must comply with your directives.This should be interesting , not only are the employees concerned about their future but if I don’t comply with your demand you have a legal recourse to have the courts intervene in some unstated capacity.Is this your attmept to “fire me”? It may work that way in real esate devlopment , but not in government.Mr Cardone, you have done your homework regarding :1-your directive to stop town employees, elected officials, vendors and consultants from speaking with me;2-challange the 1st Amendment right of the press to have lawfully distributed emails sent to them under a legally incorrect claim of “exempt” material and confusing an email from the Supervisor to submit to the authority of the Town Clerks powers concerning FOIL requests; illegally appointed an elected official to the position of Acting supervisor without legal notice or vote by Board members. The list goes on , but suffice to say that it appears that you intend to use your Acting Supervisor status to leverage a position which will be heard in the courts.

If you and Mr Nugent are confident that a court proceeding will rule in your favor , I will defend my right to inform the media, take personal time and not the “medical leave” you restate, notify the Comptroller of NYS of your failure to maintain the required internal accounting controls by issuing $1350,000 in blank checks, and the willful and violative acts on your part as Acting Supervisor to exclude members of the Town Board, including Councilman McQuade on legal matters between you and Mr Nugent’s office and  other staff, elected officials and town consultants.

By now the media is becoming increasingly aware of your behavior. The legal community, is , lets just say are scratching their heads in disbelief that matters which are clearly spelled out in State law and case law  are being disregarded.

One last thing. Ordering Mike Donnelly to stop speaking with me is a very bad idea. Mike asked me to work with him on the affidavit required by me to the NYS Supreme Court concerning annexation. According to your order, had Mike obeyed you, we would be in considerable trouble and our defense against the 507 acre annexation would be greatly compromised. I know that you speak favorable about the KJ Alliance builders and their right to build, build, build. But stopping annexation counsel from doing his job by having the Town Supervisor submit the court required affidavit is either overtly political or poor thinking on your part.

BTW. what other elected official in NYS history has ever made the types of demands? None! You have the distinction of being the only one. Congratulations

Please reconsider on behalf of the taxpayer your positions and avoid the cost to the taxpayers and embarrassment that a court case will create.

I am scheduled to undergo a procedure in the 2nd week of February. I am still indirectly involved in Town activities because as Supervisor I know the status and better understand the issues before you came on board. It appears you view this as a threat and a liability  to the Town. To everyone else is helping the Town. Nothing else.

Harley Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe

_________________

(editor’s note: this was followed by a long passage of state law, copied and pasted into the message)

February 1, 9:51 a.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 9:51 AM
Subject: “Save or Sell the Monroe Movie Theater. That is the Question”
To: “blewis@th-record.com” <blewis@th-record.com>, “editor.pn@strausnews.com” <editor.pn@strausnews.com>, “hgross@midhudsonnews.com” <hgross@midhudsonnews.com>The newly elected Town Board  of Monroe has taken it’s first big step in selling their controversial movie theater (TMACC). Opposition to the movie  theater began over 3 1/2 years ago when the political group, United Monroe, campaigned  that the Town   had no right owning a theater and running fist-run. They claimed over the years they  had a “long list” of buyers waiting to purchase the theater. No buyer ever step forward,  that is,  until this week.Approximately 10 members of the Christian Life Fellowship Church of Westchester, and their pastor, Robert Lliardi toured the Arts and Civic Center this Sunday with Supervisor HarleyDoles and Councilman McQuade. ” I may not like the  idea of selling the theater but if this is the judgement obligated of the new board, I am obligated to provide access to the building”.  The ministry had been in negotiations to purchase the synagogue , Eitz Chaim, located in Monroe and which the Town of Monroe recently signed a two year lease to house Town Hall.TMACC , which has provided nearly 40,000 movie-goers with blockbuster movies for only $5 for Town residents in the 9 months since opening has been plagued with an ongoing boycott from United Monroe. The new Town Board members Tony Cardone and Mike McGinn reaffirming their party’s stance that it is losing $700,000 plus yearly despite the Town’s Comptroller filings of first years losses of $120,000. That translates into about $17 per household.At the Town Board’s last meeting Councilman Cardone, McGinn, and Colon passed a resolution changing the underwriting bond on the theater from tax-free to taxable , thus opening the door to selling the theater.A petition to keep TMACC and the movie theater open was signed by nearly 3,000 residents and movie-goers. Both Supervisor Harley Doles and Councilman Gerard McQuade support keeping the theater and the swing vote to close down and sell the theater Ric Colon, who has sided with the new Town Board members  remains silent on the issue.

“We have heard for years there is little to do in Monroe” said Supervisor Harley Doles.”Closing this theater would rob the public of their joy and besides, Mr Cardone and McGinn want to close  the theater  by simply claiming losses with no backup accounting data”.

TMACC employees a diverse workforce ranging from seniors living on a fixed income, students and a program administered by local non-for-profits which provides employment for the disabled. Recently, the Town of Monroe was honored for by the Orange/Sullivan Association for hiring the disabled for their work in providing employment. “Our employees are the soul of the TMACC experience, it will be a sad day in Monroe if the movie closes” said Doles

Supervisor Doles sent a letter to the media and the members of the public inviting them to attend the inspection of the theater with Pastor Robert Lliardi. Monroe is the only Town in New York State which now makes the real estate negotiations open to the public.

“At the end of the day” Doles said, “it will be the residents of Monroe who will determine the fate of the movie theater”. “That’s the type of open government they wanted, and dam straight that is what they are going to get”.

Any questions and concerns may be directed to the Town Supervisor at :  supervisor@monroeny.org

February 1, 4:06 p.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Cardone- Tell the public the truth about the movie theater
To: “briggette.sayegh@twcnews.com” <briggette.sayegh@twcnews.com>Mr Cardone:Your organization , United Monroe has for over 3 years demanded that the Town of Monroe by buying the movie theater broke the law.How?  Buy  not allowing the public to participate in the purchase ; violated NYS DEC SEQR; lied to the public that it would show first-run blockbuster movies when according to Emily Convers that would violate another unnamed  law ; that TMACC was driving the Town into bankruptcy with a to date loss of $700,000 and that both you and Mike MCginn supported the sale of the movie theater while on the campaign trail that was  100%  financed by United Monroe.This is all on the record. You , Mike McGinn, Emily Convers, Mike Egan, Phil gagler, Nadia Waldman , Mayor James Purcell and the rest of Emil’s Convers supplicants have made it their #1 business to shut down the movie theater. .Mayor Purcell refuses to attend a TMACC event. True! None of you supported the frist Hudson Valley Film festGaglerival, in fact, you went out of your  way to see that it was boycotted and that local business did not support nor advertise this wonderful event. The organizers feared your United Monroe would destroy their chances for success. Despite your best efforts they still succeeded.You passed a resolution without the public knowing in advance of  changing the terms of how the Town of Monroe  borrowed money for the theater purchase from “tax free” to “taxable”. You did not inform the public , the media ,  Councilman McQuade nor myself what you and the other United Monroe councilmen  were going to do. You failed to mention to the public the $$$ increase  to the public in their tax dollars that such a change in the bond status would cost. You passed it without  any prior public input before voting.

You stated at the meeting making the bond “taxable”  was so you had more flexibility in selling, leasing or getting  rid of the theater.  Now  you can “honor” your obligation to Emily Convers and as your group has said , finally sell the theater to a private owner. Why? Because to quote all of you again “the town of Monroe has no right in the theater business”. Loud and clearly , you,  Mr. McGinn and Emily Convers lot cries out ” The Town of Monroe has no right in the theater business”. And now you are trying to make a fool of Simon when a buyer fianlly does show up, which you have been unable to ever produce but came about through no efforts by any of youpotential. Shame on you.

Now there is a potential buyer. Not the fake buyers which your group has said to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce that it had “9 buyers” nor Emily Convers statements it had a “line if buyers”  or that there was  a “buyer from Middletown” or as according to her that Ric colon had said he has a buyer for “$1.2 million dollars”. Just the other day, one of TMACC’s projectionists was told by Emily Convers that she had now “two buyers” wanting to buy the theater. Or was that also a lie.

Get your story straight. Cardone/McGinn/Colon and United Monroe state TMACC is losing $700,000 plus per year. No proof. Just like the “make-believe” buyers your group has said over the years they have,  the “make-believe” accounting data you campaigned on to discredit TMACC’s operations has NEVER been produced. Why? No answer is their Mr Cardone. Until then , the Comptrollers figures stand. Is this how you run you Hallmark Card business or your local real-estate company?

Your group has sought buyers. Score “0″! Now here is one. The church group  came to the Supervisor’s attention  Fridayafternoon via a phone call. Moreover, I emailed both members of the public and the media in advance and even invited one of your own hard-core , inner circle group, Nadia Waldmann ,  in front of these buyers to listen in or participate in the conversation.

When you appointed Ric Colon as Acting Supervisor because you were going on vacation neither you, nor the lawyer  for the Town , Brian Nugent did what  was legally required and notify Mr McQuade that that there his vote was needed. You just did it. Bully for you. The  email you sent of 100% illegal meeting resides comfortably in the media’s inbox. Despite Mr Nugent’s efforts to stop me from sending emails to the press, I will continue to do so until the court tells me that the rights of the press and public to know outweighs Tony Cardone’s belief to violate the First Town’s.

Now you are trying to draw Mr Simon Fridlich into your deception. The public should ask itself, “Why would Acting Supervisor, Tony Cardone want to have the Hudson Valley Film Festival come back again this summer when he, Mike McGinn and Team Emily  have publicly stated the theater is losing upwards of a million dollars; should not be run by town government; needs to be in the hands of private ownership and sold to prevent the Town’s insolvency and is being run wrong in the first place? The answer … Tony Cardone does not want the Film Festival to return as long as the Town owns TMACC.

One last thing the public may ask themselves. Your email below says that:”Unfortunately  with Mr. Doles and Councilman McQuade showing the theater to a church group for purchase yesterday I regretfully  have to say we need to postpone this discussion”. Just who is the “WE” you are referring to. Is Ric Colon one of the “we’s”? No!  Counciman McQuade is neither one of those “we’s”. Or did you simply overstep you authority and decide that the “WE” you are refferrng to is actually only “YOU.

Welcome to democracy. The rules apply even to you. Shape up or ship out.

p.s. Do the 3,000 signatures onhe  “SAVE OUR THEATER” petition mean nothing to you? Obviously not. You have not nor will not acknowledge the public’s worries that TMACC will close. They deserve an answer , not the same unworthy treatment you are directly to the oranizers of the Hudson Valley Film Festival.

Harley E Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe

———————————–
From: Tony Cardone
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 1:57 PM
To: simon@simonsezproduction.com
Simon,Thanks for the email.  We are assessing the TMACC and its feasibility with respect to the entire building and aside from that We wanted to sit down with you to discuss the Film Festival. Unfortunately  with Mr. Doles and Councilman McQuade showing the theater to a church group for purchase yesterday I regretfully  have to say we need to postpone this discussion until after our next Town Board meeting February8 th.

With these recent developments I wouldn’t want to waste either of our time

Thanks and we will be in touch in the immediate future.

Cordially,

Tony Cardone
Acting Supervisor

 

February 1, 4:33 p.m.
From: Brian Nugent [bnugent@flmpllc.com<mailto:bnugent@flmpllc.com><mailto:bnugent@flmpllc.com<mailto:bnugent@flmpllc.com>>]
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 4:33 PM
To: Harley Doles
Subject: Re: Cardone- Tell the public the truth about the movie theater​
Mr. Doles,
Have you returned to your position as Town Supervisor?  The Town Board has requested an answer to that question, yet you have failed to provide a definitive response.  You are obviously capable of writing 1000+ word emails on a daily basis (or with even greater frequency) relating to Town business, yet you have declared yourself on “personnel leave” as you have described it and have failed to return to your position as Supervisor. ​The people of Monroe and the Town Board (and even the press) are entitled to an answer.  That is the most pressing question.  In the mean time, Acting Supervisor Cardone has all the powers and duties under Town Law § 29 (Town Supervisor).

If you are returning to your duties as Town Supervisor, please just say so and then you can certainly address all of the concerns that have suddenly become so important to you since you took leave from your position.  If you are not returning, then the Town Board appreciates your concerns and will address them, as necessary.

Brian D. Nugent, Esq.
Feerick Lynch MacCartney Pllc

 

February 1, 6:08 p.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 6:08 PM
Subject: RE: Cardone- is there anyone who know the law? Muni law 101
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>
Mr Nugent :
Please find attached the duties and powers of the Supervisor under Town Law Sec 29 which Acting Cardone is failing to file. I hope that is not because of bad legal advise but simply his failure to read the section of the law you are refferiing to.Now that you are back responding to the Supervisor, a few questions:What right under Town Law sec 29 give Acting Supervisor Antony cardone the right to prohibit annexation attorney for the Town of Monroe he right to speak or communicate with me?Where are the minutes for the resolution approving Ric Colon as Acting Supervisor according to the email which indicated that you , the lawyer for the Town , Ric Colon, Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone approved by resolution the appointment?Where are the authorizations giving the Comptroller permission to present for signature $135,000 of blanks checks , signed by Antony cardone and later filled in by someone else? Serious issue with the NYS Comptroller.

Did  you give Mr cardone legal advise to sign the CERTIFIED PAYROLL OF THE TOWN OF MONROE” when Mr Cardone’s attestation via his signature could not have happened because the $135,000 in payroll checks had already gone out.

Did you approve the “Acting Supervisor in name only” to sign off as an authorized agent for the Town of Monroe in the Civil Service forms which were sent to the lawful and responsible agency, Orange County Civil Service this past on Friday?

Have you contacted the State Comptroller to do a forensic audit?

Have you resolved the difference between Mr Martin’s claim   that TMACC’s loss is $120,000 not $700,000 as Mr MCGinn and Cardone have publicly stated.

Have you received the paperwork for the accounting claims by Cardone and McGinn that was requested over and over to support their public statements of TMACC’s astronomical losses? Still waiting

Have you investigated the claims made by Mr McGinn that a unnamed group of known  only as the “KJ Alliance have had their rights violated by the Town Planning Board” and as Mr McGinn complained at the past Town Board meeting had also complained to him that the head of the KJPE (Kiryas Joel Power elite) Gedalia Gzegidn may be using his powers as Mary Ellen Beams, Deputy Town Clerk unfairly? These allegations need to be looked into. Mr MCGinn has spoken to them in great detail. As a retired NYPD he knows that these people possibly need protection. But first you need to know who they are.

There is much more. Let’s save the questions until you answer some of the outstanding questions which the good people of the town of Monroe are waiting to hear from you

Thank you for your concerns about my health. Since my personal days are taken consistant  with NYS law, I am pleased that I can do work from home. With the KJ builders going on at an accelerated growth on both sides of Route 17, we must do everything to ensure that everyone follows the rules and builds responsibly. This is no time for the Town Board or you , as counsel to drop our guard and stand by while loopholes in zoning laws and the potential mis interpretation of area and use variances continues to go unnoticed.

Let’s get down to the serious part of governing and stop this nonsense.I know you agree.

But first, please, can yo  just answer the questions which I have been asking for these past few weeks.

Warmly,

Harley Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe

(editor’s note: this was followed by a long passage of state law, copied and pasted into the message)

February 1, 6:20 p.m.
From: Brian Nugent [bnugent@flmpllc.com]
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 6:20 PM
To: Harley Doles
Subject: Re: Cardone- is there anyone who know the law? Muni law 101
Mr. Doles:
Thank you for hundreds more words, but, as expected, there was no answer to my prior email.  I’ve copied the Acting Supervisor of the Town of Monroe since you omitted him with all of your questions and concerns, even though you included at least 6 media recipients.  We’ll proceed with the understanding that you remain on leave and accordingly are not up to speed on the day-to-day handling of Town business.  I think it is abundantly clear to all where the “nonsense” is coming from.   I wish you the best until you return to your position.

Brian D. Nugent, Esq.
Feerick Lynch MacCartney Pllc

 

February 1, 8:09 p.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:09 PM
Subject: Mr Nugent Town Attorney answers answers to Judge Nugent about the Town of Monroe
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>Mr Nugent:
Thank God the you are doing this on your time and not the taxpayers of Monroe dollaryou.Let’s try this one more time Mr Attorney:Imagine, you were the Attorney for the Town of Monroe.  Now imagine you have a contract to respond to questions to  the Supervisor and Town Boardask and you deicide aske other questions instead of the questions which you are being paid to answer. Now imagine the Supervisor and you , Mr Nugent,  the attorney got the Town of askMonroe standing before a judge who asks the Town Attorney, “Why didn’t you answer the Supervisors questions”? Why? Because I was asking the Supervisor questions that had nothing to do with the questions I am being paid to answer, and I forgot what his questions were…. you Honor , can you remind me?”. But wait ! Aren’t you a village judge in Rockland County ? Ergo, you already know the answer.Here , Mr Nugent is a reminder, More will follow:

It’s reassuring that you did your legal homework and stopped insisiting that my First Ammendment right to inform  the press through my emails is unconstituional and violates NYS law. Did you call Robrert Freeman who advised you to think this through a little better. Probably so, becasue I see you are now cc’ing the same media sources which only days ago you said said email  violated NYS law.

We are never too old to learn.

But my questions……………….

What right under Town Law sec 29 give Acting Supervisor Antony cardone the right to prohibit annexation attorney for the Town of Monroe he right to speak or communicate with me?

Where are the minutes for the resolution approving Ric Colon as Acting Supervisor according to the email which indicated that you , the lawyer for the Town , Ric Colon, Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone approved by resolution the appointment?

Where are the authorizations giving the Comptroller permission to present for signature $135,000 of blanks checks , signed by Antony cardone and later filled in by someone else? Serious issue with the NYS Comptroller.

Did  you give Mr cardone legal advise to sign the CERTIFIED PAYROLL OF THE TOWN OF MONROE” when Mr Cardone’s attestation via his signature could not have happened because the $135,000 in payroll checks had already gone out.

Did you approve the “Acting Supervisor in name only” to sign off as an authorized agent for the Town of Monroe in the Civil Service forms which were sent to the lawful and responsible agency, Orange County Civil Service this past on Friday?

Have you contacted the State Comptroller to do a forensic audit?

Have you resolved the difference between Mr Martin’s claim   that TMACC’s loss is $120,000 not $700,000 as Mr MCGinn and Cardone have publicly stated.

Have you received the paperwork for the accounting claims by Cardone and McGinn that was requested over and over to support their public statements of TMACC’s astronomical losses? Still waiting

Have you investigated the claims made by Mr McGinn that a unnamed group of known  only as the “KJ Alliance have had their rights violated by the Town Planning Board” and as Mr McGinn complained at the past Town Board meeting had also complained to him that the head of the KJPE (Kiryas Joel Power elite) Gedalia Gzegidn may be using his powers as Mary Ellen Beams, Deputy Town Clerk unfairly? These allegations need to be looked into. Mr MCGinn has spoken to them in great detail. As a retired NYPD he knows that these people possibly need protection. But first you need to know who they are.

 

February 2, 7:23 a.m.
From: Brian Nugent [bnugent@flmpllc.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:23 AM
To: Harley Doles
Subject: Re: Mr Nugent Town Attorney answers answers to Judge Nugent about the Town of Monroe
Supervisor Doles:
The Town Council can determine the policy for our office responding to your individual inquiries.  If the Town Board desires that we respond to each and every inquiry from a Town Board member, we will oblige that request.  Town Law 29 does not give you any power or right to direct counsel for the Town to initiate investigations, respond to your voluminous request or otherwise re-hash matters that have already been handled by the Town Board in your absence.  Please be guided accordingly.

Brian D. Nugent, Esq.
Feerick Lynch MacCartney Pllc

 

February 2, 7:56 a.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 7:56 AM
Subject: MR Nugent – favorite color blue? Now please answer the questions you are contracted to respond to
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>
You are an attorney:              ???
Town Law sec 29 does not give Acting Supervisor Cardone:

The powero to change without Board approval the hours of a full-time , civil service approved, member of the Teamsters, without a from vote by the Town Board. Since I read , I advise counsel to read the law and respond back TODAY to Acting Supervisor Cardone before another stupid mistake happens.

As the media , the public , the Town Board and those we work with within our our professional community already know, your failing to answer to every question presented to you is not the problem , Failing to issue to substantive questions which deal directly with Town issues are. While I may appreciate you would answer if I asked y9u what your favorite color is, I still need the following questions answered at least for today:

What right under Town Law sec 29 give Acting Supervisor Antony cardone the right to prohibit annexation attorney for the Town of Monroe he right to speak or communicate with me?

Where are the minutes for the resolution approving Ric Colon as Acting Supervisor according to the email which indicated that you , the lawyer for the Town , Ric Colon, Mike McGinn and Tony Cardone approved by resolution the appointment?

Where are the authorizations giving the Comptroller permission to present for signature $135,000 of blanks checks , signed by Antony cardone and later filled in by someone else? Serious issue with the NYS Comptroller.

Did  you give Mr cardone legal advise to sign the CERTIFIED PAYROLL OF THE TOWN OF MONROE” when Mr Cardone’s attestation via his signature could not have happened because the $135,000 in payroll checks had already gone out.

Did you approve the “Acting Supervisor in name only” to sign off as an authorized agent for the Town of Monroe in the Civil Service forms which were sent to the lawful and responsible agency, Orange County Civil Service this past on Friday?

Have you contacted the State Comptroller to do a forensic audit?

Have you resolved the difference between Mr Martin’s claim   that TMACC’s loss is $120,000 not $700,000 as Mr MCGinn and Cardone have publicly stated.

Have you received the paperwork for the accounting claims by Cardone and McGinn that was requested over and over to support their public statements of TMACC’s astronomical losses? Still waiting

Have you investigated the claims made by Mr McGinn that a unnamed group of known  only as the “KJ Alliance have had their rights violated by the Town Planning Board” and as Mr McGinn complained at the past Town Board meeting had also complained to him that the head of the KJPE (Kiryas Joel Power elite) Gedalia Gzegidn may be using his powers as Mary Ellen Beams, Deputy Town Clerk unfairly? These allegations need to be looked into. Mr MCGinn has spoken to them in great detail. As a retired NYPD he knows that these people possibly need protection. But first you need to know who they are.

I highly suggest you contact the Teamsters rep, Jerry Ebert today. We are not running a card shop but town government. Mr Cardones’ directive , or else I fear will bring the Big Rat down and confirm that the unionbusting fears but already being set in motion. If it is Mr Cardones desie to make headlines, ordering to employees to change their work scheduale with emails sent after the close of the business day and for that directive to take place the next morning,or else will lead to no good.

answer? blue

Harley Doles

 

February 2, 7:04 p.m.

From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 7:04 PM
Subject: Donald Trump would say “you’re Fired”. Another request for answers the public has a right to know
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>

MR. NUGENT:
WHY DO YOU ASSUME THAT BY NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS THAT DEAL DIRECTLY WITH THE BEHAVIOPR OF TOWN OFFICIALS OR THE ADICE YOU MAY HAVE GIVEN THEM THAT THESE QUESTIONS WILL JUST GO AWAY?

This is only the begining of questions that need answers that you are refusing to address.

If your intent or that of your friend Mr McGinn is to make headlines you are succeeding.

I am interested only in the questions being answered. Telll the public why you will not answer these questions. And please dont use the “according to Town Law sec 29″ we have all grown tired of “Intro to Municipal Law 101..

Harley Doles
Supeervisor
Town of Monroe

 

February 3, time?
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Subject: Re: Cardone- the missing$580,000 we need the accounting data sets
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>

Mr nugent:
Please describe your relationship with Councilman Mike McGinn prior to his appointment.
Who were the other two law firms Mr Cardone and Mr McGinn interviews
Why were the other town board member given a chance to ask you questions
And of course , the 50. 000 residents of Monroe are still waiting for answers that you have concerning the illegal meeting appointing Ric Colon; the unauthorized cancelling by Mr Cardone in clear violation of Town Law sec29; and the $135,000 of blank checks and the illegal certification of those checks by Mr Cardone in violation of the internal control procedures if the NYS Comptroller an Town Law sec 29
The potential buyer for the movie theater Pastor Robert Lliardi would like to speak to the town Board publicly about the theater purchase
While Councilman McQuade and I  are opposed to the sale , if Mr McGinns long awaited accounting report showing Tmaccs losses at $700,000 to date, I would seriously, as previously stated vote to cease operations. But we have waited months for his report. Why? Can you ask him?
If Mr Martins projected loss of $120,000 is wrong and Mr McGinn is correct than the Huge questions is :,where did the $580,000 go?
That is the difference between what Mr Martin claims with the $700, 000 loss confirmed by Mr McGinn.
This has all the makings of a front page story. Something Monroe does not need nor deserve
The Town Board must have Mr McGinns accounting report to determine if it is correct where is the missing $580, 000 in the budget.  You’ve seen it. Can you give the public and the Town Board a heads up what to expect?
As a former cop and village judge , I am sure that you will  recommend that the District Attorney or other law enforcement agency look investigate the matter . I believe you are bound by law to report this type of discrepancy independent of a town board vote
Respectfully,
Harley Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe
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February 3, 4:07 p.m.

From: H Doles <columbianyc@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM
Subject: Mr Nugents refusal to answer question by Town Board Members
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>

Mr Nugent
You are setting the stage for a more definitive approach to evasive behavior by Voiding the legitimate questions I have emailed you on numerous times
You refer endlessly that unless the  Town Board Members direct you to answer my questions, you will not.
But you are answering the questions of other Town Board Members without first seeking Board approval.
Your attorney client emails between yourself Mr Cardone and Mr McGiinn are not protected from review by other elected Town Board Members including myself and Councilman McQuade
In other words, you can’t answer me without board approval even though you do not need board approval to answer Mr Cardone and McGinn
But relax, I promise I will do the research concerning your legal argument that , you , the town attorney may selectively answer or refuse to Answer legitimate and lawful decisions as you see fit
I think by know , you realize that Town Law Sec. 29 does not cover your obligation to answer the duly ejected official of your employer.. All 5 Town Board Members and not those Town Board Members who you have a longer and more intimate relationship with
How much did this email cost the Town  of Monroe?
According to your legal theory no one may know until you submit an invoice
You are original
Harley E Doles

Supervisor
Town of Monroe

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, H Doles <columbianyc@gmail.com> wrote:

Mr Nugent
Look at at this way , I am doing your job.  Research is not your forte.  Many lawyers have other strengths
Only now are others beginning to realize your legal strengths.
I will continue to provide the state statutes, case law and opinion letters to you , the public and media
Thank you on behalf of the town of Monroe for referencing NYS Town law sec 29 . It reveals the depth of ones legal analysis
Your contribution
     to better understating civil service law , the powers and duties of the elected officials and of course your legal analysis of the right of my office to provide emails to the press reflects your level of understanding of our rights under a democracy , especially the most coveted , Free Speech and our undying obligation to keep the press informedThe letter it appears you wrote for Mr McGinn concerning the my showing of the movie theater he wants sold   was a nice touch he sounded so lawyerly
Imagine, an attorney who helps Town Board Members compose emails for other Town Board Members
Very generous
Harley E Doles

Supervisor
Town of Monroe
February 5, 1:44 p.m.
From: Harley Doles <Supervisor@monroeny.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Violations of professional ethics ?,,,
To: Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com>

Mr nugent
You refuse to answer questions the Supervisor is entitled to.
You advise select members of the board without notifying other town board members
You say this or that must be done by board resolution but you advise “select”members of the board to assert powers that 1- they do not have individually and 2- refuse to cite any laws justifying either the boards behavior or why employees of the town are prohibited from speaking with me
I am in Town hall in my capacity as Supervisor . I am scheduled for surgery next week. I am here to collect whatever emails have accumulated since January 1, 2016 from the different depts as I am entitled to as a Board member.  Since I am in the office please send me at my supervsior@monroeny.org email all emails between your office and board members
Those emails between counsel if considered attorney -client will not be subject to Foil nor distributed to the media.
Before releasing any attorney / client emails which may be questionable regarding confidentiality , we should discuss and agree to those exceptions
Harley Doles
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On Feb 5, 2016, at 1:02 PM, Brian Nugent <bnugent@flmpllc.com> wrote:
Acting Supervisor Cardone:
See email from Supervisor Doles below who is currently on leave.  Once again, he has not copied you as Acting Supervisor and has also omitted Councilman McGinn. Mr. Doles continues to assert libelous and false statements concerning our office’s legal advice and continues to falsely claim that legal advice was given by our office in various circumstances and distributes these emails replete with false information to the press.
Mr. Doles’ behavior is both concerning and disturbing and may be an appropriate matter for the Board to address at its next meeting.
Brian D. Nugent, Esq. 
Feerick Lynch MacCartney Pllc

Mr Nugent
Town employees are still directed to not have contact with me during business hours.  Additionally , they  may not email me according to your legal advise
There is no law which you can cite which directs this type of restrict ion against an elected  official.   There was not even a resolution by the Town Board Members
Your advise to date is highly questionable. Since the advise you have given select members of the Board has no legal basis,  the next step is for those who may know the laws better determine if you have violated your professional responsibilities as an attorney.  The Town Board is your employer not a friend , or other relationship who you feel obligated to

I will be at work later today . As Supervisor , I am entitled to full access of the employees of the Town , vendors and consultants

This is not an attorney client exempt communication

Harley E Doles
Supervisor
Town of Monroe

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Maloney, Gibson will speak at forum on bipartisanship in DC

U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, are scheduled to discuss bipartisan collaboration in Congress at a forum the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress will hold at Marist College in Poughkeepsie this month.

The organization’s fourth annual Across the Aisle event will take place at 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Student Center Cabaret. Reservations cost $35 for Pattern members and $50 for others.

“Without a doubt, I can say I learn more about how Washington currently works in an hour with these two congressmen than I do all year long through all other channels,” Jonathan Drapkin, president and CEO of Pattern for Progress, said in a press release. “This is one event you do not want to miss.”

Drapkin and Allison Dunne of WAMC radio will moderate the discussion. To make a reservation, call 845-565-4900, email rdegroat@pfprogress.org or visit pattern-for-progress.org.

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Democrats rip Larkin for mailer on pension reform

It’s a pretty bullet-proof position to take in the wake of the recent Albany scandals: a push to stop ex-politicians like Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos from collecting their taxpayer-funded pensions after they are convicted of abusing their offices and booted from their positions.

But a recent mailing by state Sen. William Larkin Jr. that touted his support for denying corrupt politicians their nest eggs backfired in a way, because it gave Democrats an opening to raise a different pension issue. In a press release on Friday, Orange County Democratic Chairman Brett Broge laced into Larkin for claiming he was “protecting taxpayers” while taking advantage of a state loophole that has allowed him to collect his own salary and pension at the same time since 2011. His combined compensation this year is $163,000.

“It’s offensive that Bill Larkin is using taxpayer money to send out a glossy mailer claiming that he is ‘protecting taxpayers,’” Broge wrote.

Brian Maher, a spokesman for the Cornwall-on-Hudson Republican, said in response:  ”The fact of the matter is Senator Larkin is working to strip the pension of any lawmaker convicted of a felony. The Assembly has failed to act and should join us without delay.  Senator Larkin believes it is important to engage his constituents.”

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