Monday, November 30, 2015


…… this is an op-ed from the Utica OD….definitely worth reading….

It's time for people to take back government (Utica OD Op Ed) ;  A report out of Albany last week should frighten you. Essentially, it said that state government is in shambles — two of its most powerful leaders are currently on trial facing corruption charges...... Voting has hit an all-time low and nobody seems to care. SEE:

Here are some highlights…definitely worth the read! 

“We need a revolution — but not like the last one. Our weapons in today’s war must be ballots, not bullets. And awareness is our principal ally.”

Our current State Senate majority leader, Skelos, is the fifth consecutive Senate Leader to face corruption charges. " 

.... since 2000, more than 30 state lawmakers have left office facing criminal charges or allegations of ethical misconduct."

BUT….we get what we DESERVE when we don’t vote…. And to support that statement:  

In  1974, 75.4 percent of registered voters went to the polls to vote for governor, according to the state Board of Elections. That number has dropped steadily since. In 2014, it was 31.49 percent."
.....Public apathy has turned government over to a select few who essentially do precisely as they please." 

“No one cares. No one votes. Everyone thinks everyone in government stinks,” Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat and former corruption prosecutor, told the Associated Press. “We are living the worst-case scenario.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Referendum Clarification:   basically, the Board has already approved the reduction of 2 Justices of the Peace to ONE... subject to a "permissive referendum".   That is, the change has already been approved by the Board;  barring anyone "objects"  by obtaining a formal petition, signed by 10% of the Town's voters, requesting it be put to a TOWN wide vote in is the case with John's term being increased to four years instead of two.  The change in John's term is subject to a town-wide vote in November.  The judges' change is not subject to a vote UNLESS someone petitions for a town-wide vote.

I simply question why we couldn't put that on the November ballot?  Why did the Board feel the need to make the decision?  What was the discussion?  Pros & Cons?  How were we to know these issues were under discussion without an AGENDA?..... Granted, we have a good judge in Mary Lou Rhodes and I personally have heard and observed the positive results of her efforts.  My fear, that now they move to reduce her salary.  She has been doing work of two + judges -- check it out on DA night -- and has gone out of her way to make herself available to law enforcement officials at all times. Now the rumor is that this move will be a cost savings!!!!   This change should NOT be a COST CUTTING MOVE.... !!!! We're not trading "justice" for "dollars".... particularly given the workload and long term CONSEQUENCES for peoples' lives.

Why can't this administration simply "COMMUNICATE" with the rest of the it really too much to ask?  If we  had a July agenda and knew these issues were before the Board, then the public could have asked questions at the time.  Granted, August 10 hearing... but once again...too little...too late.

Mis-Informed???? Really?!

Supervisor Salka has advised me that I was misinformed.  He says that he did send the missing July "agenda" to the webmaster.... if so, why isn't it up there as of  July 30? ....or did it ever exist?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

WTF?? Salka is at it again...

UPDATE:  And isn't it interesting that the AGENDA for that meeting was never posted on the Town website...they were AFRAID that people would show up at the MEETING ! COWARDS ALL!
Just another under the radar move by Supervisor Salka and the Town Board... guess the rumor was true... and he snuck this by right after the deadline for anyone to file to run against him.  And now only one judge?  The VOTERS are the ones that should make that decision...... let's make it to the August 10 public meeting .... and wasn't this guy Salka a supporter of term limits ??  -- oh, right, for "others"....time to limit some terms around here. Hedging his bets to arrange to run for Magee's Assembly seat again?.... Starting to run the Town like the School.

Notice of Public Hearing

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Brookfield shall conduct a public hearing at 6:30 pm on August 10, 2015 at the North Brookfield Firehouse, North Brookfield, NY to consider passage of a Local Law entitled A LOCAL LAW PROVIDING A FOUR YEAR TERM FOR THE ELECTIVE OFFICE OF TOWN SUPERVISOR OF THE TOWN OF BROOKFIELD”.

 Copies of the proposed Local Law are available for public inspection at the Town Clerk’s office during regular office hours.

 Sherry Perretta, Town Clerk
 Posted: July 15, 2015

Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of the Town of Brookfield, Madison County, New York, at a Town Board meeting thereof held on July 13th, 2015, duly adopted the following resolution, subject to permissive referendum.


WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Brookfield hereby determines that it would be in the best interest of the Town to reduce the number of town justices from two to one in that there is presently no need for two justices to handle the volume of matters in the Town Court of the Town of Brookfield, and 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph 2 of section 60-a of the Town Law of the State of New York as follows:

1.  The number of town justices of the Town of Brookfield shall be reduced from two to one effective January 1, 2016.
2.  In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2, of section 60-a of the Town Law, this Resolution is adopted subject to permissive referendum, and shall not become operative or effective unless and until 30 days have elapsed after its adoption and no petition protesting against this local law signed and authenticated as required by law has been filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Brookfield, or if such petition is filed, a proposition for approval of this Resolution has been submitted at the next general election or a special election for that purpose pursuant to said section and received the affirmative vote of a majority of the voters thereon.
Posted: July 15, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LEONARDSVILLE EMS Coverage Needs Attention !

Check out Barb Howard's column in this week's WEST WINFIELD STAR.

We need more people like her who are willing to step up and voice concern and "carry the ball" to get some critical EMS issues resolved.  Nothing like a "deaf ear" from the so-called responsible parties who "know nothing/do nothing" maintaining the status quo.  Thank you for carrying the ball for the rest of the neighborhood, before it takes a horrific mistake that costs lives.  Am sure that this is only the "tip of the iceberg" and Leonardsville is not alone in its concerns.  THANK YOU BARB HOWARD!.. See the July 15 issue/ page 12 in the column "Leonardsville/West Edmeston Corridor" !

MEDICAID & FOOD STAMP - Drug Testing Should be Required

It is not often that I would agree with someone like Republican candidate, Scott Walker, I DO AGREE with his stance on drug testing for anyone receiving MEDICAID and/or  FOOD STAMPS.  If the rest of us have to pee in a cup to apply for and keep a job, it should be required of those receiving government benefits.  Today an article appeared in the Oneida Dispatch with a mother/daughter team shooting heroin in the County Office Building...and likely there for benefits!  Here is the Scott Walker article ...not much more that I agree with him on....but this hits home and would clean up so much crime that we the taxpayers are funding through these freebies.  

Scott Walker Sues Feds Over Food Stamp Drug Testing

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fire departments respond to barn fire in Hamilton Monday

Fire departments respond to barn fire in Hamilton Monday

 Oneida Dispatch reports.... full link below.

The farm is owned by the Carhart family. Madison County Property tax records show it is owned by White Eagle Farmland, LLC. Fire dispatch information indicated that there was an apartment attached to the barn. Prior to arrival of fire departments, everyone had been evacuated from the barn. Fire departments working at the scene and as mutual aid included: Eaton, Morrisville, Madison, Earlville, Hamilton, Munnsville, Smithfield, Georgetown, Cazenovia, Oriskany Falls and Hubbardsville.