North Greenbush Democrats

North Greenbush Democrats
Fighting For You!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Premo Picnic


It's the best time of the year! Come and enjoy this family event with Mark Premo and friends! Friday August 3rd from 4 to 8 PM. Click on flier to enlarge and print.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Democrats hold Day at Saratoga


Enjoy a day at Saratoga Race Trach Thursday August 2, 2007.
Details on the flier above.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Democrats Sponsor Golf Day



North Greenbush Democrats have formed a club to serve as a fund raising mechanism to support candidates in the coming election and oppose a referendum seeking $830,000 from town taxpayers to pay for the cost over runs in Water District 14.

Called the “North Greenbush Democrats Club”, the political action group will raise funds in support of candidates who support the Democratic Party’s 2005 platform and efforts to deliver a new Comprehensive Master Plan to guide our community’s future development. They also strongly endorse the re-election bid of Highway Superintendent Mark Premo who has done an outstanding job and was recognized just last year as the Democratic Committee’s “Man of the Year” for his service to this community and the job he has performed as Highway Superintendent.

In addition, the Club will actively oppose a plan by town Conservatives to approve an additional $830,000 in bonding for a town wide water district. The plan which must now be approved by voter referendum is little more than a mechanism to transfer illegal over spending in Water District 14 to a town wide water district. Voters have won the right to approve or reject the borrowing by filing a petition with the town demanding a referendum. With the town Conservative Party now chaired by Michael Casale of Casale Excavating, this referendum is all that stands between voters and more money to the holders of the over spent 6.4 million dollar contract for Water District 14 which is being audited by the State Comptroller.

Town resident Robert Price who initiated the petition drive to force the public referendum and protect the right to vote, organized the Club. Mr. Price is joined by several members of the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee serving in North Greenbush, including County Legislator Kevin Harrington, who are concerned by the direction and alliances of the party’s current leadership. This leadership appears to have aligned themselves with the Conservatives and Casale Excavating. More disturbing is their plan not to endorse our Highway Superintendent, and instead, replace him with a developer.

The Club will hold its first fund raiser on June 12th at Evergreen Country Club with a Golf Day with the rain date June 14th. The public is invited to attend and may obtain details from the photo on this posting.
Submitted by,
Robert Price

39 W. Sand Lake Rd.Wynantskill, NY 12198

Friday, March 09, 2007

Spain Misleads to Deflect Source of $2000

Jeffery Spain of the “Reformed” Democrats who have a one seat majority on the Town Democratic Committee is lobbing smoke bombs from his bunker designed to deflect attention away from the nagging questions about the contributors to the "reformers" campaign. I say bunker because Spain and Cotrona are refusing to take calls from reporters trying to question them about the $2000 campaign contribution.

The strategy now is the same as the primary, twist and distort, smear the reputations of his adversaries and truth be dammed. Mr. Spain was repeatedly told that we would be happy to answer any questions he had concerning any matter. Instead he signs his name to malicious, potentially libelous letters making absurd charges about party finances. He does this in the name of our party.

Mr. Spain states Mr. Ashley received a loan from the committee when he knows it was Ashley who made the loan to the committee. He implies wrong doing by not listing contributions from Ashley to the party for an ad book, yet he knows election law only requires the contribution be listed if it was $100. or more. The ads cost less and were therefore disclosed as “Unitemized contributions, $99.00 or less) He infers wrongdoing by a payment to Kevin Harrington and fails to note that the payment was a reimbursement for the cost of the ad book itself. He says we bought a computer and yet was told we never did and the expense filings prove we are correct. Every check is accounted for.

It’s sad that Mr. Spain would engage in this deceitful conduct. Yet it is apparently condoned by the committee people supporting him. The greatest irony of their criticism is the fact that none of their group contributed one cent to the Democratic fundraiser they now chastise. It is we who turned over to them control of the checking account and its balance.

"You get what you pay for" is the old adage that is still prophetic. Question is, who really paid for that big contribution to put Spain and company in charge ?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Need campaign cash?












Here's the place "Reformed" Democrats Go!
121 Adams St.
Troy, N.Y. 12180

Size of Donation:$2000

Status of Business: Bankrupt for 3 years, vacant and run down.

More details and a Special Prosecutor to follow!

Thanks to CH 13 News for their Saturday nite report!

Thanks also to the Troy Polloi for their photo @ troypolitics.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ashley Requests Appointment of Special Prosecutor on Bogus Contributor

Dan Ashley of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee has written to law enforcement officials seeking the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to investigate and identify the true source of a bogus $2000 campaign contribution by those who call themselves the “Reform Democrats” of North Greenbush.

Ashley made the request after members of the Committee repeatedly refused requests to comply with the election law and disclose the full and correct name, address and check number of the contributor as required by State Financial Disclosure laws.

The importance of identifying the true source of this money cannot be understated. Someone with a substantial interest in the control of the Democratic Party contributed $2000. to win party committee seats which in turn elects officers and nominates candidates to the Town Board. It is clear that that someone wants significant influence over those candidates and campaign finance laws are now threatening his exposure.

I have listed the numerous potential violations of the Penal and Election Law in a letter to the District Attorney which is also being copied to the State Attorney General and his new Public Integrity watchdog, Blair Horner. It is imperative that members of the Democratic Committee obey State Election Law and disclose the true source of this bogus contribution. Two members of this committee are town officials and Public Officers sworn to obey the laws of this State. They are the Receiver of Taxes, Mr. Devery, who is now the Treasurer of the Democratic Party and the Town Clerk, Ms. Connolly, who is the Secretary of the Party. If that picture troubles you, it troubles me as well. You are now paying your tax bills to the Treasurer of the Democratic Party and you are paying other licensing fees, marriage certificates etc to the Secretary of the Democratic Party. Neither are disclosing the source of this $2000 contribution which benefited their elections to party offices.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Democrats decline to participate in election of officers until “reform” slate discloses source of $2000 contribution

Dan Ashley of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee announced that he declined to participate in any vote to elect officers to the town Democratic Committee until the so called “reform” democrats obey the law by disclosing the source of a $2000.00 campaign contribution. He urged his supporters to do the same.

Ashley stated his belief that the contribution has been deliberately misfiled under a company name that does not exist in order to hide the true source of the money. “Allstate Remodeling” does not exist in the N.Y. Secretary of State’s database of companies and the closest name to it is a plumbing company in Troy which lists a Casale as the owner in a Verizon Yellow page ad. If this is the correct donor it begs the question why would a Troy plumber want to donate $2000. to North Greenbush party committee seat elections?

The contractor in Water District 14 has taken over the Conservative Committee and is solidly behind the so called slate of “Reform Democrats”. Present at the election of town officers was Lou Desso, a Conservative Vice Chair in North Greenbush and running mate of the defeated GOP town board slate in 2005. As Chairman of the Democratic Party, I led the demand for an audit and investigation of Water District 14. In my opinion, money from sources illegally with held on financial disclosure reports was funneled into committee races for control of our party and its nominating process.

I will continue to support that audit now under way by the State Comptroller and the “reformers” will continue to support Mr. Casale. The contractor may have enormous influence over two political committees in North Greenbush, but rest assured our supporters will continue to provide oversight and scrutiny over the town’s finances and recruit a full slate of candidates with the independence and resolve to keep the town board out of the hands of any contractor. We will also take all necessary steps to force the “reform” Democrats now in control of this town Democratic committee to comply with Election Law and fully disclose the name and address of their $2000 mystery contributor.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Ashley supports Public Referendum on New Water District Spending

Dan Ashley of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee said today that he supports the right of taxpayers to vote on a Public Referendum which would force all town taxpayers to pay for the overspending in Water District 14.

Ashley stated the proposal would shift $830,000 in spending charged to Water District 14 to the entire town forcing every taxpayer to pay for the overspending of the contract. The State Comptroller has begun an audit and investigation of the 6.4 million dollar contract in Water District 14 which is $740,000 over spent to date without change orders. The Comptroller will also examine the Supervisor’s illegal payment of a check for $82,333 which he issued to the contractor without the approval of the town board. The Supervisor is also the sponsor of the proposal to shift the costs of Water 14 to the entire town.

For months, I have been asking the State Comptroller to investigate the runaway spending in this water district and I am pleased the audit has begun. Ashley said that his support for this investigation and audit has cost him political support from members of his own party who are closely aligned with the contractor in Water District 14. The so called “Reform” Democrats who are attempting to take control of the Democratic Party in North Greenbush are supported by the contractor who has successfully taken control of the town Conservative Committee which has Michael Casale as its Chairman. Casale is listed as receiving $1,500 a week from the water district funds. Ashley noted that Michael Casale attended an illegal meeting of the so called reformers at the Country Grove last September along with his Vice Chairman, former GOP Board candidate Lou Desso. Desso and Louis Cotrona call themselves the Vice Chair and Chair of the so called Citizens Club which served as a front for the takeover efforts of both political parties.

“There are times when one must be willing to forfeit political support in order to do what is right for the town”, stated Ashley. Regardless of what party these people are enrolled in, they share common support for this overspending without an apparent cap that has caused the State Comptroller to intervene and audit the contract. The so called reform democrats will support the Evers proposal to borrow an additional $830,000 town wide to cover the overspending in Water District 14. Their chief spokesman, Mr. Cotrona defended the contractor at the last Board meeting implying the Board was picking on him.

Ashley urged town residents to sign petitions should residents come to their doors with petitions which will enable every taxpayer to vote on this proposal to make everyone pay for the overspending in Water District 14.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

TOWN SUPERVISOR ILLEGALLY PAYS CONTRACTOR $82,000 WITHOUT TOWN BOARD APPROVAL

Dan Ashley of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee disclosed today that Supervisor Mark Evers, in violation of town laws, has illegally given Casale Excavating a check for more than $82,000 without town board approval. He stated his belief that Evers hand delivered a check sometime after the December 14th 2006 Town Board meeting which had NO payments for Casale authorized. “I believe he deliberately waited to cut the check until after the Board meeting to circumvent the no vote that would certainly have occurred”, stated Ashley.

It is also noteworthy that at the December 14th meeting, the Board voted 3-2 to request an audit and investigation of the previous payments made in the 6.4 million dollar contract. To date that contract has exceeded the stipulated bid by $722,000.00 with only $13,000 in approved change orders. The Town Supervisor voted NO to the audit request.

Ashley has written to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and other law enforcement officials requesting their review of the illegal disbursement, made to this politically connected contractor. A principal in the contractor’s company is the Town Conservative Party Chairman who plays a key role in political endorsements, including Town Supervisor in this years election. The Chairman, Michael Casale and his brothers are paid $1,500 a week from this contract. The town employee who has approved nearly all of the “Applications for Payment” is now a member of the Conservative Committee. Supervisor Evers is a Conservative seeking “their” endorsement in this year’s election and it is my opinion the Supervisor misused his office to make the illegal payment to curry favor with the contractor in the political endorsement for Supervisor, stated Ashley.

Ashley stated his belief that the $82,000 payment by the Supervisor not only violated Town Laws requiring Town Board approval prior to payment, but numerous sections of the Penal Law which could result in a criminal prosecution of the Town Supervisor. Such a unilateral payment is a direct violation of Town Law S118 & 119 which in part states “no claims shall be paid unless an authorized voucher in form prescribed by the town board or town comptroller shall be presented to the town board and shall be audited and approved”.

Ashley noted the Supervisor voted against an audit by the State Comptroller on December 14, 2006 and then, sometime after that meeting, he believes Mr. Evers had the $82,000 check printed and personally gave it to the contractor. In addition, the Town Attorney strongly advised the Board to approve no further payments until the contract had been reviewed and a recommendation made. That recommendation came in the form of a formal Town Board request to the State Comptroller to both audit and investigate the payments made to the contractor.

Ashley has forwarded this information to the State Comptroller’s Office which has agreed to audit and investigate the payments, the Attorney General and the Rensselaer County District Attorney.