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So today Cuomo signed the new sales tax increase into effect as of August 1st 2019. Sales tax is applied to almost everything Rye homeowners purchase to maintain their homes and provide for their families. Contrary to widespread false media reports (yes that’s you Journal News ) the increase is not 1% - nor anything remotely close to it. The increase is 14%. And now that “the bonds” are safely passed throughout Westchester, Mr. Cuomo pulled out his long dormant tax raising pen. No expense cuts are naturally being proposed. Does everyone now understand?
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2019 on Rye Schools Bond Vote: YES, YES, YES at MyRye.com
Well said, Bob. Today’s news concerns a misleading mailer from something called FriendsRCSD.org Shows Rye isolated on a map of supposed YES voting school districts. Says Rye is “undecided.” No. Rye isn’t “undecided,” it decided. It decided it didn’t want a mega debt issuance. It VOTED to DEFEAT that issuance. And that issuance has been resubmitted to the same voters, in new clothes, but as overweight as ever before. And just like Rye, Greenburgh voters recently told their school board that their $115M jumbo gumbo we-need-it-all-now numbo bond was DOA. But Greenburgh doesn’t get shown on the YES mailer map because, well, it was a blow-out NO election loss for the debt piggies. In politics you better not overtly lie, it tends to contribute to election defeats. Rye didn’t spend all that money to run the prior referendum only to come out “Undecided.” That bond was fully decided by the voters and they decided NO. Going K thru 12 in the RCSD taught me a few things many decades ago, including that some people will stoop pretty low just to get their way.
While he's reading his own press release here let's ask Mr. Schaefer for an update on this prior detailed reporting: Standard Amusements Discloses Investment by Company Which Plans to Sell Off Rye Playland https://talkofthesound.com/2019/03/09/standard-amusements-discloses-investment-by-company-which-plans-to-sell-off-rye-playland/
The Mark of Zorro This week the Rye Record further reveals the previously hidden identities of Rye’s “Better Bond” debt vigilantes and carves out their now clearly demarked goals to save our non-native or naive resident brethren from self-victimization due to their own willful ignorance. The Record’s April 19, 2019 page A2 delivers our local Zorro’s welcome and warning in a column entitled “Join the Conversation on a Better Bond.” “The Friend’s of a Better Bond sought to work out a compromise with the School Board but their voice, representing a majority of the voters, was treated with a polite nod. They were not heard. How about a bond half the size, with a shorter life, and an annual maintenance program designed to sustain the facilities? It could be followed by another bond or bonds, addressing the needs and priorities as determined at a future time.” The revealed signers of this mark are all Rye political class members with whom I have historically had little in common and have in fact worked diligently to sunlight many of their prior municipal cover-up’s and dirty deeds. My neighbor, Mr. Dunn, to name one, sits on the so-called Rye City Board of Ethics, AKA The Whitewash Crew. They are transparency’s greatest nemesis and I am no member of their ranks. MyRye readers know I ride hard against this bunch but in this specific case they are delivering a message, a message that needs to be heard and heard without malice. Most in Rye are I’m sure unaware that a 14% 2019 Westchester County sales tax increase is in the final stages of being approved in Albany. Sales tax as you know hits almost everything needed to sustain every household in Rye. The actual increase is not 1% as advertised but 14%. Wake up everyone. It’s not what our rulers tell you, its what they don’t. Z
Maybe they might spend it wisely, maybe they would not. Overall its too much money to hand in a lump sum unchecked to any operation like this. Why do I say this? I've been here 6 decades now, graduated from the system and have seen a few things. Most recently - and attention new arrivals - some ridiculous cover-ups and corruptions touching the top of the board & management. Pray-tell you say? Plug the following Dec 20 2013 LoHud headline into your internet browser: "Falsely accused basketball coach hopes to get back in the game after Rye City School District apologizes" Here we have an exculpatory video suppressed by the district as evidence and outright lying by district officials. And no consequences for the district law firm involved who I believe will adjudicate issues pertaining to this brand new mega funding. Nope. Too big. I support a series of smaller issuance's along the way, each approved step by step by the voters, just like we always have.
Another Rye circumvention of internal accounting controls fraud? No one learned anything about this after RM Staffing & Stealing, Inc. set up by Yandrasevich, Otis & Plunkett? And the $6M lifted from our city hall treasury by builders & hooked-up homeowners underreporting their project costs and permit fees like mad during The Sack Administration? And no special audit on these phony affidavits after I exposed the whole rotten scheme here on MyRye based in the exact same record area at city hall I used to audit myself during college? The YMCA has lots of Rye political class donors who criticized those who exposed these other municipal crimes as being unreliable, uncivilized & uncouth. Where will they point their fingers this time? We’ll find out in the next edition of The Rye Record.
One of the finest free views of Long Island and Long Island Sound can be seen from a memorial bench atop the sledding hill at Rye Town Park. I’ve always enjoyed sitting there, even if just for a moment. It’s a lovely RTP view, high up, unobstructed by pretty much anything. The memorial dedication plaque reads: “In Loving Memory of Grace & Joseph Parisi. In Recognition of a Lifetime of Dedicated Service. The City of Rye Republican Committee – October 1997.” Online you can see that Grace (Rasulo) Parisi apparently died in July of 1994. Her husband, a former NYS Senator and ex-Chief Clerk of the Criminal Term of the Brooklyn Supreme Court predeceased her in May of 1990. According to published obituaries they are Guy Parisi’s parents. A lot of bad has happened since 1990 in the Rye Republican Party. I know because I’ve documented it and reported it. The Rye Democratic Party has kept pace, which I’ve also documented and reported. And now this, one of the cruelest local politico crimes since Steve Otis’s lawless municipal treatment of elderly resident Bob Schubert. What is it with so many NYS politicos? Self dealing, secret stealing. The view up there will never quite be the same.
TED CARROLL Lifelong Rye Resident, Member of the Rye Good Governance Work Group 8 Great 2019 Green Resolution Questions for the Rye Sustainability Committee: 1. What city would create 2 sets of turf chemical application records – one of them false – in violation of both Federal & NY State pesticide law, and a Class D Felony in NY, punishable by up to 7 years of incarceration? 2. What city would employ a municipal attorney to represent a city employee client with directly adverse interests to her own municipal duties, submit tampered turf chemical records to our own municipal court and have him plead guilty based on those tampered records? 3. What city would conceal scientific turf test results, paid for by taxpayers, from the public showing municipal employee product misapplication, and not solely product contamination, caused a multi-million dollar taxpayer loss? 4. What city would conceal independent scientific turf test results and records documenting municipal employee application negligence from a product manufacturer and its insurance carrier in order to fraudulently obtain a multi-million dollar damage settlement? 5. Why would a city council member & Sustainability Committee founding member abet municipal concealment of state & federal turf chemical application records from local citizens indicating a multi-year period of MASSIVE and REPEATED over applications of a registered pesticide in an environmentally sensitive wetland ecosystem and then remain silent when a corrupt local ADA is discovered interceding to ensure no further charges are brought when these records become public? 6. What city would refuse release of key municipal turf chemical purchasing records when the local newspaper documents and publishes multiple violations of municipal bidding procedures, purchasing policy and municipal purchasing laws? 7. What municipal attorney contracts with a so-called ‘outside labor attorney’ to research and present to the city council on camera a false report to the taxpayer public exonerating municipal employees of wrongdoing just prior to their arrest for wrongdoing? 8. What city supports the issuance of a false sworn affidavit by its City Manager concerning the public records he continues to illegally suppress covering ALL these very same fraudulent and illegal municipal activities? (Answers can be found by simply typing Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 in the MyRye.com search box at your upper right.)
“Any argument that the concealment of these documents was inadvertent must be flatly rejected. We have shown these documents to the Westchester District Attorney’s office, and they agree that the documents contain Brady material. At the very least, they are Rosario material and were required to be disclosed to plaintiff at the felony and suppression hearings of the underlying criminal matter. They were not. It is reasonable to infer that a cover-up was planned and executed from the beginning of the criminal case, knowledge of which may be imputed to all the city defendants." (From letter to Jed S. Rakoff, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the matter of Caspi v. City of Rye et al., January 2015) Sorry I’ve been busy this year with national politics and haven’t been able to research and write more here locally, folks. But nothing I can see in the “Moving Rye Forward” administration this past year has inspired much confidence that honest services are important once again in Rye. The assistant city manager and the police commissioner were both dispatched in secret pogroms and FOIL requests for so-called “sensitive matters” may as well be thrown in Bind Brook to drift away. Shame on these crooked Democrats that I voted for. Now they’ll want a tax increase from us while the builders still owe us up to $6M through under-reported project costs piled up during the Sack Administration. No Special Audit (the normal annual audit would not uncover this despite what they might say) was performed. Nor could they afford to take the risk in doing one with me, a CPA and ex-Rye City Auditor publishing clear evidence of actual underreporting and fraud in building department records here on MyRye for all to see. If you’d like to see them for yourself just copy TRUST, BUT VERIFY? NYET SO FAST into the MyRye Search box above and go down to the “How Big Could This Be?” section where the hyperlinks are. Click away on them. For the $6M in cumulative missing revenue calculation copy in the title HOSED. RYE TAXPAYERS SLAMMED BY APPARENT UNDERREPORTING FRAUD. So again, my apologies for not shining a light this season on the continuous crimes of senior city employees, local political donors, and the politically well connected in Rye. I will try to do more next year. Meanwhile if you’d like to see the rest of the story surrounding that lead quote above just use the MyRye search box again and copy in SACKS SILLY SEASON OF SUPPRESSION and have a great holiday season if I don’t see you around town.
It’s no secret the council will vote to extend City Manager Serrano’s contract which expires at month end. Mr. Serrano after all has proven his fealty to to the bosses of both parties and sealed it by covering for Ms. Wilson’s shameless chemical application records tampering & apparent multi-million dollar insurance swindle at Rye Golf that our now 8-part MyRye series exposed. He needn’t worry about the city council asking any real questions. Mr. Serrano also can read and disregard the same tangible court subpoena supplied proof we’ve published of the existence of an even bigger Affidavit of Final (building) Costs fraud responsible for upwards of $6 million of underreported permit fees coming right out of the pockets of Rye taxpayers. This makes Mr. Serrano a local hero in the building industry and they are very very grateful. Serrano and Wilson have just dispatched two of their potential municipal rivals - our assistant city manager and our formerly highly regarded public safety commissioner - and a new Wilson crony is arriving soon as Serrano’s assistant. It must be great to believe you can get away with anything. Until the day it ends - Yandrasevich style.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2018 on Rye City Council in Exec Session Monday at MyRye.com
Meanwhile: SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER April 19, 2018: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to CPLR §3101(e) you (the City of Rye) are required to serve upon the undersigned within twenty (20) days, the following: 1. Copies of any and all emails, documents and/or other correspondences between the Rye City Golf Club, any of its employees, agents or personnel, and the USGA during the 2015 year. 2. The full name, phone number, and last known address for Chip Lafferty. 3. Any and all lab reports conducted on soil samples which are referenced on page 13 of Jim Buonauto's deposition transcript, dated April 4, 2018 between lines 5 and 25. 4. Copies of any and all emails, documents and/or other correspondences given to, and received from, the referenced Connecticut Club's superintendent. Said Club and superintendent is referenced on page 15, lines 4-25 of the Buonauto Transcript dated April 4, 2018. 5. Copies of any and all emails, documents and/or other correspondences between Rye City Golf Club and ArmorTech in 2015. 6. Copies of all emails, documents, and/or other correspondence that would evidence the retention of, and/or memorialize the findings of, any consultants hired by Rye City Golf Club in 2018. For reference see page 18 of the Buonauto Transcript dated April, 4, 2018. 7. The full names, phone numbers, and last known addresses for any golf pros working with or for, Rye City Golf Club in 2015. 8. Copies of any and all emails, documents and/or other correspondences sent and/or received by the Rye City Golf Club in 2015 related to the holding, cancelation, scheduling, or rescheduling of any tournaments at Rye City Golf Club. 9. Copies of any and all records, documents, and/or receipts collected by the Rye City Golf Club for rounds of golf played by members at the Rye City Golf Club course in the years 2014 and 2015. (Guess our now 8-part MyRye series featuring public records tampering, a multi-year pattern of serious NYSDEC & EPA violations, topped off by an apparent multi-million dollar insurance fraud ain’t either fictional or going away after all, eigh?)
(Assistant Director of the New York State Department of State, Committee on Open Government) From: "O'Neill, Kristin (DOS)" Date: May 18, 2018 3:45:10 PM To: (Rye Taxpayer redacted) Subject: RE: A question Re: Written Verification “Under these circumstances, yes, I believe the City should provide you with a second certification that no additional records, beyond those provided and those that have been denied consistent with Section 87(2) of FOIL, are possessed or maintained by the City or have been located after a diligent search.” Series Part 9 of Rye’s Poisoned Greens is gonna be a smoker.
Yesterday I shared the below Twitter string with the NYS political press. It addresses why Julie Killian recently lost her hometown of Rye. https://twitter.com/mediainvestors/status/998621728594104323 If this link is not functioning because Typepad formatting cut it off inappropriately then here are the parts you can copy and string together to reach it: twitter.com/mediainvestors/status/ 998621728594104323
A quick Google search will deliver multiple articles documenting the corruption histories of both candidates, effectively highlighting the empty ethics reform promises of state party leaders on both sides. MyRye readers have a wealth of public record investigative back-matter here to see Julie’s fealty to party over principal in Rye, while Shelly and another Shelly seem inexorably linked by the investigative work of the New York Times and the New York Daily News, two hardly ‘right-leaning’ newspapers. I’ll be skipping this election and I suspect I will not be alone. This may lead to the NY public employee union turnout powered victory of Mrs. Silver, er, Mayer. So be it. At least the increasingly toxic NYS GOP will be poorer for their efforts. And the next time they might think twice about taking that pile of Verizon/Crown Castle contribution money and then directing their locally elected minions to look away while their big donors attempt to subvert Rye residential property rights and property values.
From the NYT with some added local context: “She attended the public Milton School (*Hewlett Street*) and the private Rye Country Day School (*then along Grandview Avenue*)…She met George Bush in 1941 at a Christmas dance at the (*then elite and restricted*) Round Hill Country Club in Greenwich, Conn…After enrolling at Smith College but before entering the freshman class, she shocked her mother by spending the summer working in a nuts-and-bolts factory (*likely Russell, Burdsall & Ward Bolt & Nut Company who’s vast plant stretched along western Midland Avenue in Port Chester from today’s Home Depot site a full half-mile to Slater Street*) ….She and Mr. Bush, on leave from the Navy, married in Rye (*at Rye Presbyterian Church*) on Jan. 6, 1945(* Reception photos are apparently Manursing Island Club?*); the bride, not yet 20, had dropped out of Smith at the beginning of her sophomore year….” Much more will be found in the bound editions of The Rye Chronicle at Rye Library in their late 1944 and early 1945 editions. If you have the time it’s refreshingly worth seeing the balanced journalism The Chronicle produced for decades under Publisher Richard Archer.
“We understand that there is interest on the part of some parents in participating in the walkout. On the advice of the Commissioner, we are asking parents not to come to the event. We cannot ensure a safe environment for our students if there are crowds of adults present. It is too much of a security challenge for police and school security personnel to vet adults.” Dr. Eric Byrne, Superintendent of Rye Schools National Survey of 1,000 American Adults Conducted March 7-8, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports “An Obama-era policy allowing for more leniency in schools has been strongly criticized following the massacre last month at a Florida high school. Most Americans think discipline in public schools is too easy these days.” What's the biggest problem in schools today? (% are for All Adults) -Poor teachers 5% -Bad curriculum 8% -Not enough funding 35% -Lack of discipline 26% -Not enough parent involvement 19% Not sure 6% Discipline in public schools is: Too tough 4% Too easy 60% About right 25% Not sure 11% Is it harder for a teacher to maintain discipline in the classroom today than it was when you were a child in school? Yes 78% No 12% Not sure 11%
Toxic Julie. On August 3rd 2016 The Journal News published the findings of their own investigation of toxic chemical misuse at Rye Golf Club. At the Rye City Council meeting directly following publication, both Councilman Terry McCartney and Rye Deputy Mayor Julie Killian publicly reassured club members and Rye residents on council video that Mr. Lafferty “did everything right” and that ALT-70’s product contamination was the sole reason for the death of a 20 green complex’s last summer. Both of these assurances were false (AKA lies) as Mr. Lafferty had by that time already plead guilty in city court to misusing the Alt-70 that killed all the greens that spring AND the city paid-for scientific turf test results (concealed from the public by the council) showed NO DAMAGE to living turf when the contaminated product was applied at legal RATES and legal TIME INTERVALS. And, not surprisingly, this would not be Mrs. Killian’s first brush with environmental wrongdoing in Rye as city violation records for her personal residential property show. And no one need bother ‘disappearing’ those records now as photocopies have already been made.
While both Cuomo & Otis are separately appealing their federal convictions on multiple counts of fraud, new NYS Governor Bharara will cancel further studies & expenditures on this unaffordable public-union fantasy project.
Mr. Cohn's speech was refreshing & direct. Inclusiveness and shared responsibility, literally shocking stuff after the past 8 years. Ran 14 and a half minutes, another first. Then some guy from county government tried to tie or top the run time. He made it to 12 and a half minutes before running out of steam. A blessing.
It is 10AM on December 29, 2017 - and still no word from City Manager Serrano as to whether the 2018 Rye City property taxes in question here have already been LEGALLY ASSESSED. What a cluster____. Here is new info from today's Wall Street Journal: “The Internal Revenue Service’s Wednesday guidance upended many taxpayers’ plans of paying their 2018 property taxes early to claim a federal deduction before the new tax law takes effect in January. If you’re thinking of prepaying—or if you have already prepaid—here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Check Your Tax-Assessment Dates Make sure your local tax office has assessed your property for 2018. Many jurisdictions will bill taxpayers several times throughout the year. If you have received a bill due in 2018, it might make sense to pay it now if you want to claim a federal deduction. For instance, Iowa property taxes are paid semiannually and residents have received a bill due in early 2018, said Nicole Kaeding, an economist at the Tax Foundation. “Those individuals could go ahead and pay by the end of the year and it would be safe to deduct,” she said. In jurisdictions that have assessed properties but not yet sent bills, there may be a gray area. The District of Columbia, which has assessed but not yet billed taxpayers, says they may qualify for the deduction by paying before the end of this year. But it is not yet clear the IRS will agree. 2. Beware the AMT Make sure that by prepaying your property taxes you wouldn’t become eligible to pay the alternative minimum tax. The AMT is a separate tax system originally designed to prevent people from using legal tax breaks to avoid paying all taxes that largely applies to higher-income households. If prepaying your 2018 property taxes sends your federal tax deductions soaring, you may hit the threshold that would require you to pay the AMT. Similarly, if you will already be paying the AMT, prepaying property taxes may provide little or no benefit. 3. Make Sure Your State and Local Tax Bill Is High Enough Try to determine whether your total state and local tax bill next year will exceed the $10,000 cap that was added to the law. If you have consistently paid less than $10,000 in state and local taxes, you will likely still be able to deduct the full amount you pay in to your state and local governments. Also note that depending on your individual tax situation, you may prefer for 2018 to take the standard deduction, which the law raised to $12,000 for individuals, $18,000 for heads of household and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. 4. Speak With Your Mortgage Provider Many homeowners pay their property taxes through an escrow account set up by the mortgage provider. That way they send one monthly payment to the mortgage company, which then takes care of paying the necessary taxes. If that is your situation and you’d like to prepay your property taxes, make sure you speak with your mortgage company first so you don’t end up paying your taxes twice. 5. Talk to a Professional Finally, and most important, talk to your tax adviser. Circumstances vary by household and somebody well acquainted with your situation is probably in the best position to give you relevant advice.”
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2017 on Rye & The Tax Prepay: A Summary at MyRye.com
I think you’ve raised a very good 11th hour point, Jay. IRS insists that the property taxes you intend to prepay be actually legally “assessed.” Here is the IRS wording: “In general, whether a taxpayer is allowed a deduction for the prepayment of state or local real property taxes in 2017 depends on whether the taxpayer makes the payment in 2017 and the real property taxes are assessed prior to 2018. A prepayment of anticipated real property taxes that have not been assessed prior to 2018 are not deductible in 2017. State or local law determines whether and when a property tax is assessed, which is generally when the taxpayer becomes liable for the property tax imposed.” Rye City Manager Serrano makes no such claim as to the 2018 Rye City Taxes actually being currently legally assessed. Here is Mr. Serrano’s wording: “Marcus Serrano, City Manager of the City of Rye announced today that the City has been receiving a number of requests for prepayment of City taxes. Mr. Serrano stated even though the City is not obligated to collect the prepayment of City taxes, the City is always trying to serve its taxpayers and he is pleased to be able to accommodate these requests from the residents. Mr. Serrano has been working with the Finance Department, IT Department and the software vendors to implement the necessary changes to allow for the prepayment of taxes. Mr. Serrano stated that the requests are based on the proposed tax law changes. Mr. Serrano wanted to make it very clear that even though the City taxes may be prepaid, the question of deductibility is a question that must be answered by a tax preparer. Therefore Mr. Serrano stated that “the City of Rye makes no claim, nor bears any responsibility for the deductibility of the pre-payment of property taxes. You should consult your tax professional for further information”.” Note Mr. Serrano’s gigantic omissions – he makes zero claims that the taxes that you can prepay Rye City are already legally assessed – city tax bills are typically issued on February 1st and legally due by March 1st (unless you’re a powerful local elected official with a 5-year long unsupportable underpayment excuse, but lets leave that to one side for now). So what is the city representing about these prepayments? Actually nothing – except they will take your money - thus Mr. Serrano’s many caveats in his statements above. I think now that IRS has issued direct guidance on property tax prepayments that Mr. Serrano should address it immediately. Or face the backlash of residents who act in good faith to front the city money they believe has a chance of being legally deductible. And, as always, consult your own tax professional before forking over the dough, or rest in peace.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2017 on Rye & The Tax Prepay: A Summary at MyRye.com
Are you an Alternative Minimum Tax taxpayer? Call your accountant before prepaying any 2018 property taxes. You could lose the benefit of every dollar advanced.
I’m sure Mr. Cox can weigh in on this mischaracterization of his innovative digital newspaper if he wants, but let’s be clear, it was a Rye City resident baring you malice, George, who I believe blew our tax assessor’s secrets to LoHud and thus far and wide. And knowing you were running and competing in the primary with Ken (“Can a black man win a county wide race in Westchester?”) Jenkins, you and your sorry local media disciples DID NOTHING to inform and thus inoculate county voters about this issue well in advance, allowing Astro-Plunkett to blow it into a regional hurricane. Our Rye City tax assessor then iced this poison cake by allowing your wife a retain a 2nd STAR tax exemption on that property for 5 long years – the same NYS Felony level illegal “gift” she gave to ex-mayor Douglas French for 10 years. She then used the same excuse – inadvertent error – that she’s using again for you now. There’s a reason my monthly Rye City corruption columns here on MyRye are so widely read and quoted. There’s a reason that a select few of your Rye City resident campaign contributors get selectively low tax assessment treatment (and building department $$ favors) and that the Rye City attorney makes darn sure certain lawful Rye City FOIL requests go unanswered and even unacknowledged. These improper Rye City Hall politico & donor favors are the chickens coming back to roost, George. And a fouler set of fowls their simply isn’t. Imagine what this campaign could have been. Vote For George Latimer – Democrat For County Executive.
Uh Oh. "Who is George Latimer? - A 10-Part Series by Talk of the Sound" From Part 1 - "Over the past three weeks, George Latimer has lied to me and about me and encouraged others to lie about me on his behalf. And I have had enough. Readers have often asked when I would respond to Latimer’s attacks on me and Talk of the Sound. I tweeted that I would respond at a time and place of my choosing. Today is the day and this is the place. So let me begin by observing a bit about my experience with George Latimer and a bit about myself and Talk of the Sound. To not know George is to like him. From a safe distance he is an affable, gregarious bear of a man. Up close, in the trenches, asking him tough questions as a reporter, my impression has changed. I now see George Latimer as one of the most accomplished liars in the New York State Legislature which for world-class liars like George Latimer is like the World Cup, Super Bowl and Summer Olympics all rolled into one." Series Link - (cut & paste link into your browser) http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/who-george-latimer-part-i
SERIES UPDATE: In an election flyer out yesterday (October 18, 2017) from ALL RYE 2017 (Sack-Watson-Parks-McCartney) entitled “MANAGING RYE’S SUCCESS” the example of ‘success’ in the matter this 7 part series is focused on is addressed. The wording is as follows: “2015 – Negotiated a $2.6m settlement after a defective fertilizer product killed the greens at Rye Golf Club.” POINT 1: As MyRye readers will recognize, the multi-million dollar settlement with AIG Insurance involved no so-called “defective fertilizer product.” The product involved here was a contaminated fungicide – ALT-70 (primary ingredient Aluminum tris) which is a registered pesticide, regulated and controlled by laws from the NYS DEC and the Federal EPA. It is a federal and state crime to apply this dangerous regulated product in a manner or rate inconsistent with the limits detailed in its federal and state approved label. The label is the law in this regard. POINT 2: In fact 2 sets of official chemical application records from Rye Golf Club show that in 2015 a senior Rye City employee did just that, was exposed, was arrested, pled guilty to a NYS DEC violation in Rye City Court, and paid a $500 fine. POINT 3: The city hired a nationally recognized turf scientist to conduct scientifically based field trials of the contaminated fungicide ALT-70 who then submitted his written results exclusively to city officials who were negotiating with the product’s manufacturer, distributor and insurance company (AIG). Those results indicate that NO DAMAGE to living turf was observed when the contaminated fungicide was applied at legal rates and legal application intervals. Only by doubling both the ALT-70 usage rate and shortening the application interval by approximately half was the scientist able to approximate the kind of damage observed at Rye Golf Course. All Rye’s Messer’s Sack & McCartney (and multiple other city insiders) had these results during negotiations. What is unclear is if they shared this scientific test evidence with the product manufacturer, distributor or AIG. POINT 4: The AIG Insurance website includes the following definition of Claims Fraud - "CLAIMS FRAUD - Includes circumstances where a claimant has fabricated a loss, or has submitted a legitimate loss but intentionally misrepresents the nature or extent of the loss or associated damages.” As of this date, and to our knowledge, AIG continues investigating this matter based in part on new information this MyRye series has provided.