North Greenbush Democrats

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Board Action on Insurance Giveaways Must Include Payback and Audit

North Greenbush Democratic Chairman Dan Ashley said today that Board reaction to his disclosures of abuse and mismanagement of town funds misspent on insurance buyouts and coverage of non employees MUST include firm action to reimburse taxpayers and an independent audit of all those receiving health insurance on a yearly basis.

"It is a step in the right direction to act Thursday night to stop the mismanagement and misappropriation of town funds, however, the town bank account has been fleeced by a reckless Supervisor and the Board has a responsibility under State Law to recover all misspent funds" stated Ashley.

Ashley also called on the Town Board to reintroduce a failed Resolution offered earlier this year by Councilman Michaels that would require TWO signatures on town checks providing a safeguard and check on such lawless distribution of town funds. "At the time, the Board voted 4 to 1 not to require a second signature on the checks in a gesture of "trust" of the Supervisor. Now perhaps they understand why this common sense business and accounting practice is needed, especially with this Supervisor." The fact is that had Mr. Desso and the Board passed this, these payments approved by his running mate, Mr. Evers, they could have been prevented.

Ashley also asked why it took Board members months to stop this fleecing of taxpayers. When questioned at one Board meeting as to "who" told employees who were not eligible for buyout checks they could have them anyway, Board members refused to finger their running mate, the Town Supervisor, apparently still trying to protect him. The Democratic Chairman also noted comments by Councilman Desso in the Record that raise questions. "Desso said that the board did not question Wessels' buyout for 2008 because town Supervisor Mark Evers promised it to her when she dropped her coverage. But he said that earlier this year, he (Desso) tried to prevent Strenka's payment. "We asked the supervisor not to pay it, and we asked the comptroller not to ask for it," Desso said, but the check was signed." "It is not enough to simply "ask" as an elected Board member, not to take money because your running mate, the Town Supervisor "promised" someone town money illegally, stated Ashley. You have a responsibility to act.

Ashley also criticized the Supervisor for apparently forgetting that for 3 of the past 5 years, Mark Evers was standing guard as our Town Supervisor, allowing vender Thomas Murley to fleece taxpayers who paid his health insurance. "But this is the same Supervisor who dished out an $83,000 Christmas check in December 2006 to his friends in the Conservative Party that hold the Water 14 contract after being told there was no more bond money, so how can we expect him to realize that the responsibility to prevent misappropriations of town funds is ultimately his? That money is being reimbursed to the General Fund with other misspent funds to the contractor totaling $269, 000, because of a vote to pay the contractor another MILLION DOLLARS for a Water 14 court settlement. All this overspending was on Evers watch.

Ashley called on the Board to require Murley and all others who received town funds illegally, to reimburse the town. He also voiced support for a cap on further insurance buyouts no greater than 50% of the current Single Coverage premium and a requirement that one MUST be enrolled in the insurance to receive any buyout. Otherwise taxpayers will continue to pay twice for insurance of at least two employees who now "double dip", receiving their insurance from other public sector jobs while grabbing a buyout here.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ashley Calls on Evers to Suspend Insurance Buyouts Pending Review of Contract

December 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

North Greenbush Democratic Chairman Dan Ashley today called on Supervisor Mark Evers to submit to common sense procedures by suspending today's likely insurance buy out payments to town employees covered by a UPSEU contract.

On November 19, 2008, I wrote to the town board urging their review and immediate action to stop this fleecing of town taxpayers and no one has responded, stated Ashley. I warned in that letter that in 2008 alone, a GROSS amount of $28,104.14 has been paid out to nine town employees. "Unless you act immediately, another equal payment will be made before the end of this year permitting employees to receive a payment equal to 51% of the premium that the town would pay for coverage of the employee. Therefore your immediate action to suspend further payments until a determination is made is critical to protect taxpayers".

Today is payday in town hall, stated Ashley and these checks have likely been delivered for distribution. Ashley asked whether more people who are specifically excluded from this union contract as "eligible" would be given another Christmas present by the town supervisor without legal review or town board affirmation? Both the Comptroller and Deputy Clerk were given buy out checks last time even though their titles are not covered by the union contract. Will they now be allowed to receive part two of this payment?

Ashley further questioned whether vender Thomas Murley who in his view is illegally receiving taxpayer funded health insurance despite not being a town employee or a retiree with sufficient service is also "eligible" for an illegal buyout check rather than continued illegal coverage at $5,124.00 a year. Since the union contract provides a 51% buyout for covered people who opt out, Murley, though not eligible as a non employee or non union member could grab a check for $2613.00 since Mr. Evers allows him on the town insurance and has allowed others not covered by the contract to receive this benefit. As a result of the manner in which town insurance is being mis-managed, Ashley called for procedures to be put in place that would require the Town Comptroller to conduct a yearly audit of eligibility for continued coverage which would also determine whether spouses and dependent children continue to be eligible under family coverage. Such a policy should be mandated at every level of government.

Today, more than $28,000 could go out the door in highly questionable payments to town employees and non town employees alike the way Mark Evers does things, stated Ashley. "This is gross mismanagement and where is the town board while this is happening? Ignoring my warning letter and apparently "Out to lunch"", concluded Ashley.

    Dan Ashley

    Chairman, NGBDC

    

November 19, 2009

Town Board Members

Gentlemen:

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act raise questions as to how and why a contractual employee or vender is being provided taxpayer funded health insurance by the town's provider, CDPHP.

Vender Thomas Murley is listed on a CDPHP document as a covered employee of the Town of North Greenbush. The document reflects a "Billing Period of 11/01-11/30/08". Mr. Murley was only an employee of the town for a period of just over 5 years from January 1999 until July 2004. Therefore under what authority has he been permitted to have taxpayer funded health insurance after his severance from the town payroll? Clearly, his status as a vender does not qualify him or any other vender for taxpayer funded health insurance. Certainly 5 years of service does not qualify anyone for a lifetime health insurance benefit.

I must call upon each of you to review this taxpayer funded benefit to Mr. Murley and determine whether steps should be taken to obtain a refund of town funds and an immediate cessation to further health insurance payments on his behalf. A Resolution of the Board directing the Town Comptroller would accomplish this.

In addition, I call upon each of you to take appropriate steps to order an immediate review of all payments made to town employees in the past two years as a "buy out" for opting out of the town's employee health insurance policy. It is clear that payments were authorized to individuals who were not eligible to receive them since they are not a party to any collective bargaining unit which incorporates such a benefit. Further, I call upon you to freeze further payments under the collective bargaining agreement until the town board and its legal counsel, make a determination as to the propriety of the payments made for 2007 and 2008. Specifically, it is necessary to determine whether employees who were never enrolled in the town health insurance are eligible to receive a payment for opting out of a program in which they were never enrolled as a prerequisite for eligibility. If the town board determines these payments were inappropriate, I call upon you to recover these substantial funds as necessary.

In 2008 alone, a GROSS amount of $28,104.14 has been paid out to nine town employees. Unless you act immediately, another equal payment will be made before the end of this year permitting employees to receive a payment equal to 51% of the premium that the town would pay for coverage of the employee. Therefore your immediate action to suspend further payments until a determination is made is critical to protect taxpayers.

I urge you to prevent the town supervisor from continuing to unilaterally issue payments to employees without the authorization of the town board.

    Sincerely,

    Daniel C. Ashley

CC: State Comptroller

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ashley Requests Review of Health Insurance Coverage

Town Board Members
November 19, 2008

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act raise questions as to how and why a contractual employee or vender is being provided taxpayer funded health insurance by the town’s provider, CDPHP.

Vender Thomas Murley is listed on a CDPHP document as a covered employee of the Town of North Greenbush. The document reflects a “Billing Period of 11/01-11/30/08”. Mr. Murley was only an employee of the town for a period of just over 5 years from January 1999 until July 2004. Therefore under what authority has he been permitted to have taxpayer funded health insurance after his severance from the town payroll? Clearly, his status as a vender does not qualify him or any other vender for taxpayer funded health insurance. Certainly 5 years of service does not qualify anyone for a lifetime health insurance benefit.

I must call upon each of you to review this taxpayer funded benefit to Mr. Murley and determine whether steps should be taken to obtain a refund of town funds and an immediate cessation to further health insurance payments on his behalf. A Resolution of the Board directing the Town Comptroller would accomplish this.

In addition, I call upon each of you to take appropriate steps to order an immediate review of all payments made to town employees in the past two years as a “buy out” for opting out of the town’s employee health insurance policy. It is clear that payments were authorized to individuals who were not eligible to receive them since they are not a party to any collective bargaining unit which incorporates such a benefit. Further, I call upon you to freeze further payments under the collective bargaining agreement until the town board and its legal counsel, make a determination as to the propriety of the payments made for 2007 and 2008. Specifically, it is necessary to determine whether employees who were never enrolled in the town health insurance are eligible to receive a payment for opting out of a program in which they were never enrolled as a prerequisite for eligibility. If the town board determines these payments were inappropriate, I call upon you to recover these substantial funds as necessary.

In 2008 alone, a GROSS amount of $28,104.14 has been paid out to nine town employees. Unless you act immediately, another equal payment will be made before the end of this year permitting employees to receive a payment equal to 51% of the premium that the town would pay for coverage of the employee. Therefore your immediate action to suspend further payments until a determination is made is critical to protect taxpayers.

I urge you to prevent the town supervisor from continuing to unilaterally issue payments to employees without the authorization of the town board.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ashley Opposes Settlement and 1M Bond for Water Contractor

North Greenbush Democratic Chairman Dan Ashley announced his party’s opposition to a Resolution on this Thursday’s Town Board (Nov 13th 7PM) agenda which he believes would authorize the town to borrow more than a million dollars to pay the contractor in Water District 14 who also runs the local Conservative Party.

If this is approved, the contractor will be paid more than 8.4 million dollars on a contract he agreed to complete for 6.4 million. Ashley noted that the Conservative run town board which the contractor endorsed from his perch as Conservative Party Chairman, has agreed to settle with the contractor in court rather than fight for town taxpayers. He further noted that that the town board majority is forcing every homeowner in town to pay for this settlement whether or not they live in water 14.

The Democratic Party opposes this settlement as a sell out of the taxpayers, stated Ashley. It comes at a meeting of the town board in which Conservative politicians like Supervisor Mark Evers has his own hands in our pockets seeking a 280% pay raise for himself with the support of his right hand man Councilman Kern. “While town board endorsed Conservatives are selling out taxpayers to their politically connected contractor, and trying to line the pockets of the Supervisor with a big pay raise, the Governor is announcing billions in proposed cuts to municipalities as our State and Nation face the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” stated Ashley. “If I as Democratic Chairman, who runs a car business, were selling cars to a Town Board controlled by Democrats for millions more than the stipulated bid, I’d be run out of town on a rail car”, stated Ashley.

Ashley also noted the effort of this town board to keep the public in the dark as to the purpose of the bonding resolution on Thursday’s agenda. “One would never know the one sentence agenda item was the big payday for the out of control contract which was grossly mismanaged by the town Building Department whose employees approved the payments without required change orders according to the audit released by the NY State Comptroller”. Taxpayers deserve accountability, not mismanagement and big paydays for the Supervisor and his contractor, concluded Ashley.

Our Deepest Sympathies to Amanda's Family

All of us in North Greenbush and on the Democratic Committee extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Amanda Perrotta who passed away last evening after a courageous struggle with Mitochondrial disease.

Funeral arrangement have not been announced.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Judge Andrew Ceresia Endorsed by North Greenbush Democrats


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The North Greenbush Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed Judge Andrew Ceresia for Rensselaer County Court Judge. Judge Ceresia has served with distinction as our Town Justice for the past 5 years, and has been appointed to serve as an Acting City Court Judge in the cities of Albany, Hudson and Rensselaer handling thousands of cases, both criminal and civil.

“I feel especially privileged to endorse Judge Ceresia on behalf of our town Democratic Party”, stated Dan Ashley, Chairman of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee. The Committee noted Ceresia’s background and experience in making its endorsement. This includes 10 years in the practice of law working in every court in the state (Town, City, County, Family, Surrogate's, Court of Claims, Supreme), as well as in federal court. He has also conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials during his tenure on the bench and as a practicing attorney. Judge Ceresia presently works as an Appellate Court Attorney for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. In that capacity, he works with judges drafting decisions in connection with appeals arising out of the 28 counties that comprise the Third Department.

Judge Ceresia’s resume includes service as president of the Rensselaer County Bar Association, a member of the Capital District Women's Bar Association, Albany County Bar Association, New York State Magistrate's Association and Rensselaer County Magistrate's Association. He is also a trustee of the F. Warren Travers Rensselaer County Supreme Court Library, an officer of the Board of Directors for the St. Jude's and Branson Manor Senior Apartments, a member of the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee, a member of the Third Judicial District Character and Fitness Committee, a former officer of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Rensselaer County Family Court Children's Center and a former member of the advisory board of the Rensselaer County Youth Court Program.

Joining in the Democratic Committee’s endorsement are Rensselaer County Legislator’s Keith Hammond and Kevin Harrington. “Our party would be well represented by Judge Ceresia as we seek a to replace our long time County Court Judge Pat McGrath who was just elected to State Supreme Court”, stated Hammond and Harrington, both of whom represent Poestenkill, North and East Greenbush on the County Legislature. They added, "Judge Ceresia is widely respected for his experience, knowledge and judicial temperament."

Chairman Ashley stated that the endorsement recommendation will be forwarded to Rensselaer County Democratic Chairman Tom Wade who has established a selection committee to review candidates for the position which will likely be filled by the Governor pending next year’s election to fill the unexpired term of Judge McGrath.

Dan Ashley Chairman, NGBDC

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Ashley Elected Chairman of North Greenbush Democratic Committee

Daniel C. Ashley was elected Chairman of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee in a meeting called by the County Chairman after his predecessor refused to call the required post primary organizational meeting.

Elected with Ashley were Joshua Sabo, 1st Vice Chairman, Josephine Ashworth, 2nd Vice Chairman, Charles B. Smith, Treasurer and Janice Liberty, Secretary.

Chairman Ashley pledged to redirect the Democratic Party’s mission away from it’s recent marriage with County Republicans and Conservatives controlled by the local water contractor. “These folks are aligned squarely with the development community and are stalling the passage of the town’s Comprehensive Plan in order to buy time for developers”, stated Ashley. Democrats will support a slate of candidates who will support the immediate passage of the completed and delivered Comprehensive Plan and oppose those regardless of their party label, who are stalling its passage.

Ashley stated that a majority of this committee will support significant changes in the organization and structure of town government, including the hiring of a Professional Engineer to run, manage and administer the Building Department which is currently run by a member of the union bargaining unit, rather than an independent manager.

Equally significant will be the recruitment of a Democratic candidate for Town Supervisor who respects the executive authority of the town board as a voting majority in the hiring and appointment process.

The Democratic Committee will also commit to defending the voting rights of residents in the newly proposed Water District 15 so that the taxpayers in these 650 homes will be able to decide whether they can afford the huge projected price tag of $1100. a home for municipal water. “The incumbent Supervisor refused to obey the law and schedule a town wide vote on a million dollar borrowing proposal to bail out Water District 14. We will commit ourselves to protecting the voting rights in Water District 15 should the need arise”, stated Ashley.

North Greenbush is at crossroads in it’s growth which without a community supported Comprehensive Plan, remains a lucrative target for development interests. The Democratic Party will now begin the process of adopting its “Platform for the Future” as part of our candidate recruitment for the 2009 town elections. We invite all town residents to help our committee create this platform and blueprint for North Greenbush government.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Democrats to Meet to Elect Officers

County Democratic Chairman Thomas Wade has called a meeting of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee for next Tuesday October 7th at 7PM to elect new officers.

The meeting was called after current Chairman Jeff Spain ignored his responsibility to call the meeting under party rules.

Chairman Wade has requested that all financial records be brought and turned over at this meeting to the new officers, just as was done two years ago at the last meeting he convened.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thank you!



We thank North Greenbush Democrats who stood up for their party by electing new party representatives committed to the passage of the Comprehensive Plan and working for Democratic candidates in town and county elections!


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Premo Picnic August 22nd.


By now you're all "golfed out" and need a relaxing fun time for the family.

North Greenbush Highway Superintendent Mark Premo is hosting his annual family picnic at Dedrick Park, Snyder's Lake on Friday August 22nd.

The flier provides the details so plan on making it a day and RSVP your reservations soon so an accurate food count can be made.

See you there and leave those clubs home!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Spain’s “Democrats” Ignore Financial Disclosure Law

Despite a fine last year by the State Board of Elections, the group of so called Democrats who endorsed the Republican candidates running for Supervisor, Town Board and Highway Superintendent have again failed to file their Financial Disclosure Report with the State Board of Elections.

The latest report was due July 15th and Chairman Jeff Spain along with his Treasurer Kyran Devery continue to ignore State Election Law by failing to file any reports in a timely fashion. Since they took control of the Democratic Committee by one vote, they have missed all seven financial disclosure deadlines for their committee in 2007 and now both deadlines for 2008 reports.

Despite their failure to comply with the law, they continue to raise money, now holding a golf tournament on August 19th to fund, we presume, continued support for Republican backed candidates in North Greenbush and in Rensselaer County and to use those funds to run campaigns for party committee seat primaries this fall.

By contrast the North Greenbush Democrats Club which includes members of the County Democratic Committee who support DEMOCRATS in town and county elections held their Golf Day fundraiser in June and have filed not only the July report with the State on time, but each and every report since this Club was organized to counter the Republican insurgency and take over of the local Democratic Committee. This group of “Democrats” is joined by Conservative Party allies whose Chairman is a principle in a company which holds the overspent contract in Water 14 and the lease to our police station.

We urge Democrats to carefully consider which group to donate to and support. The Democrats who comply with the State Election Law and support qualified Democrats for local office can be found on the web at ngbdems.blogspot.com.

Robert Price
Chair, NG Dem. Club

Monday, May 26, 2008

Democrats Sponsor Golf Day 2008

The Democrats who support Democrats, not Republicans for town office are again holding their annual golf day at Evergreen Country Club.


NORTH GREENBUSH DEMOCRATS
2008 GOLF DAY
TUESDAY JUNE 17TH

Golf Entry Individual ________________________________(Singles Welcome!)

Name:_____________________________________________
(Preferred foursome, if any)

Name______________________________________________________

Join “Dr. Golf”
Frank Lamiano
Free Golf Clinic 9AMName______________________________________________________


Name______________________________________________________


Name______________________________________________________


Flag Registration : ____________________________________________

(Indicate name to appear on flag, one line please)


Flag or Tee Box Business Signs : Flag Tee Box

If you were a sponsor last year and would like the same script, please indicate here:
(If new sponsor please attach your ad)


Dinner Reservation Only :

Name : ______________________________________________________
Number of Guests x $40 each___________________________________________

If you don’t play, but want to be included as a friend of the North Greenbush Democrats Golf Day, please select one of the following gift selections:


Golf Cart Sponsor $250.00 (your ad attached to each cart):


Flag Sponsor $100.00


Tee Box Sign $100.00

On behalf of all of us who work to make North Greenbush a better place to live, WE THANK YOU!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Board Rejects Passage of Comprehensive Plan

Robert Price of the North Greenbush Democrats Club criticized the new 4 man majority of the North Greenbush Town Board for rejecting passage of the recently completed Comprehensive Plan to guide development. At the March 13th Board meeting, an effort by Councilman Michaels to approve the plan fell to a 4-1 defeat by the Evers led majority of Spain, Kern and Desso.

Despite the announcement of the awarding of a $36,000 State grant to begin the process of cleaning up Main Avenue pollution sites which could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds to benefit our town and in particular Wynantskill, the new blank check development majority refused to adopt the plan and is risking the entire State grant in so doing. The grant was awarded largely because of its application and commitment to passage of the plan once completed and the plan’s commitment to revitalizing the Main Avenue business corridor. This can only begin if a cleanup of polluted sites is completed which includes the old cleaner building on Main Avenue.

For the past two years, volunteer town residents representing all 8 election districts helped create the plan with a $52,000 grant from Rensselaer County. The Supervisor and Councilman Kern BOTH pledge support for this project as a condition of Democratic Party support for their candidacies in 2005 and BOTH have reneged on that commitment. They have now joined GOP factions and one Democrat, Al Spain, who campaigned with the GOP endorsed town board candidates.

The new majority also reconstituted the Comprehensive Plan Committee with political allies and relatives, removing all but two members of the prior committee. The delay in adopting the plan may also diminish our chances of obtaining funding for the proposed I 90 connector which is endorsed by the new plan as a means of fulfilling the objectives in the RPI Tech Park’s master plan and that of HVCC. The connector would move development to the areas which surround it rather than promote high density retail on RT 4 such as occurred on Wolf Road in Colonie.

The funding for the connector must be obtained from the federal and state governments. With the pending retirement of Congressman McNulty and the loss of his 20 years of seniority, our chances of obtaining funding will be greatly diminished by the action of this town board. Without the plan adopted, developers hold the keys to our future and residential input for our future as defined in the plan is cast aside.

Robert Price
NG Dem. Club

Monday, February 25, 2008

Politics Before People in NG

After appointing the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Jeff Spain to the Town Industrial Development Agency, the Vice Chairman Ed Cassino and Conservative Committee person Judith Wos to political welfare jobs in the Building Department, it is clear that politics is alive and well under the Evers, Desso, Kern, Al Spain majority.

The so called reformers that took control of the Democratic Party last year have at best a strange idea of reform. They endorsed the Republican candidates in the last election and divided up the spoils among themselves without criticism. Republicans managed to get the 4 to appoint two lawyers to represent us prosecuting in town court. One has a criminal record and the other a disgraced former Troy judge removed from the bench for violating rights of defendants. Neither lives in the town and one does not live in the county making his appointment illegal. They continue to hide behind a 12 person transition team they claim made the recommendations, but whose names they refuse to disclose.

In two short months they have stopped the adoption of the $52,000 Comprehensive Plan and put developers back in charge of our future. Worse, the appointment of the Democratic Chairman to the IDA with the vote of his brother, Councilman Spain, sends an unacceptable signal to those seeking loans from the IDA. Chairman Spain, however refused to obey the law by filing any financial disclosure reports identifying his contributors until this February when he was fined by the State and forced to file.

All of this has made it necessary for Democrats to aggressively challenge Spain’s narrow control of the Town Democratic Party this September when all committee seats are up for re-election. Democrats who have joined the Democratic Club and supported our efforts to restore a two party system in town elections while supporting Democrats for town offices will work together to end Spain’s reign as Chairman.

We are committed to forbidding “purge trials” by party leaders like the one Jeff Spain, Ed Cassino, Kyran Devery and Clerk Kathryn Connolly conducted last year against committee members who dissented against their policies. Our agenda also includes the nomination of DEMOCRATS as candidates for town board who will on day one, adopt the completed Comprehensive Plan and begin the process of restructuring our out of date zoning code to conform to the new plan. All Democrats and residents of North Greenbush are welcome to join us in this important effort and may contact us at ngbdems.blogspot.com.

Bob Price,
Chair, NG Democrats Club

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Town Democrats Call Appointment of Attorney with Criminal Record Appalling

Several members of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee expressed outrage over last evenings Town Board Meeting in which 4 Board members endorsed by the Democratic Party appointed an attorney with a criminal record to prosecute cases in town court.

The Committee members include County Legislator Kevin Harrington, Josephine Ashworth, Dan Ashley, Clark Cavanaugh, Charles Smith, Patricia Noel, and former town attorney Josh Sabo.

The Committee members stated that the appointment of attorney Joshua Ehrlich to prosecute cases in town court is both “ appalling and an affront to the ethical standards of the voters of this town”. Further Ehrlich as an Albany County resident cannot under the Public Officer’s Law reside outside of Rensselaer County and serve as a town attorney within Rensselaer County.This is an attorney who only two years ago pled to serious crimes in Colonie Town Court and who can no longer drive himself to court because his license was revoked by the Colonie Court. They called on the attorney to immediately release his entire arrest history including any additional arrests involving drug use and resisting arrest.

The members released his criminal conviction from Colonie. That record shows that Ehrlich pled guilty to serious charges on January 11, 2006 including Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. He also plea bargained away other charges involving resisting arrest and operation of a motor vehicle involving drugs.

The members also questioned the appointment of another attorney with a tarnished ethical background who was removed from the bench by the State’s highest court for violating the rights of defendants. Clearly these board members were following the orders of the Rensselaer County Republican Chairman with their appointment of City Councilman and former Judge, Henry Bauer. They questioned the ethics of North Greenbush Councilman Al Spain who voted for this appointment despite being warned that a conflict of interest was apparent given Bauer’s status as a City Councilman with authority over Spain’s Troy City job. Spain voted to give one of his bosses in Troy a town job which is exactly what former councilman Robert Ashe was roundly criticized for during his tenure.

This appointment seriously diminishes the credibility of the town courts and justice itself in North Greenbush. We have two respected Judges who must be wondering what Evers, Desso, Spain and Kern were thinking in appointing these individuals to a position of public trust.They called on Board members to rethink their bizarre behavior and to reinstate the two attorneys who have served with distinction for the past two years administering justice in North Greenbush.