Yes, Harley Doles really said that: Insane Emails
The Yogi Berra quote of “I really didn’t say everything I said” might just as easily be classified under the heading: “Yes, Harley Doles really said that”, especially with respect to his publications and e-mails. They’ve become nothing less than a legend and proof that “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Continue Reading
Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 2
In Part One of this series, we discussed the impact of the bloc vote, the Hasidic community, and the emergence of third parties impacting the political process in Orange County. Nowhere was that more clear than in the 98th State Assembly race. Continue Reading
Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 1
It was announced and confirmed on December 11th that the long contended race for New York’s 98th State Assembly District — a race pitting Democrat Elisa Tutini against Republican Karl Brabenec — was concluded after a protracted recount and legal battle over disputed ballot signatures and absentee ballot counting. Continue Reading
2014 Elections: It’s lights out for Nan Hayworth
The 2014 Election Cycle was interesting in watching the number of candidates who “hedged their bets” by catering to the voting blocs controlled by the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel. The biggest loser in that race was Congressional candidate Nan Hayworth. Continue Reading
Know Your Town Board, Monroe, NY:
It’s been a well-documented fact via this website that the Town Board of Monroe, led by Supervisor Harley Doles, will stop at nothing to distort the truth and manipulate the uninformed in order to pander to a single segment of the Town’s population: The Village of Kiryas Joel. We’ve seen great examples of this in the days closing in on the election for both the 98th State Assembly District as well as the long vacant Town Council seat. Continue Reading
Know Your Candidates: NY Attorney General and Comptroller
There are a few political races we haven’t yet covered in our Know Your Candidates series, and we’ll review a couple more today. This edition will focus on the NY Attorney General and Comptroller races, pitting incumbent AG Eric Schneiderman against attorney and former Pataki Chief-of-Staff John Cahill. In the State Comptroller’s race, we’ll compare incumbent Thomas DiNapoli against challenger Robert Antonacci. Continue Reading
Know Your Candidates: Karl Brabenec
In this edition of “Know Your Candidates”, we focus again on the 98th State Assembly District and the Republican nominee anointed courtesy of the Kiryas Joel bloc vote: Karl Brabenec. Continue Reading
Who is Elisa Tutini? Know Your Candidates.
As election day quickly approaches, this installment of Know Your Candidates tries to answer this question: Who is Elisa Tutini? Continue Reading
Those around local politics in Monroe, New York can attest to Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles’ e-mail tirades, as well as his rather disjointed and grammatically butchered commentaries. These are generally rambling affairs that refuse to address direct questions, or deflect toward criticism and accusatory rhetoric. While most are rather benign affairs, a recent e-mail released to this Website reveals a darker side that paints the majority of Monroe residents as hate-mongering, referring to his constituency outside Kiryas Joel as “neighbors”. Continue Reading
Know Your Candidates NY 18th Congressional Race
In this edition of Know Your Candidates, we’ve chosen to focus on the hotly contested Congressional Race in the NY 18th Congressional District. For those living in the Hudson Valley in this district, it’s been otherwise known as “the mud-slinging fest in your mailbox”. Former Representative Nan Hayworth (R), who held the seat between 2010 and 2012 is challenging one-term incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney (D), and Independent Candidate Scott A. Smith. Continue Reading
Our latest installment of Know Your Candidates for New York Governor focuses on the race pitting major contenders Andrew Cuomo (incumbent) against Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Continue Reading
With little more than a week before a pivotal election, it’s important that people know the facts about the candidates running for political office, as well as their positions. It’s with that in mind that we’ve introduced “Know Your Candidates”. The first installment will be targeted to those in the Town of Monroe. Continue Reading
The Orange County Board of Elections tapes.
“It’s more THEIR civil rights than YOURS…”
Over the past several weeks, the confusion over the stance of the Orange County Board of Elections (OCBOE) and its appointed commissioners has reached a frenzied crescendo. This is largely due to the actions of the Orange County grass-roots anti-corruption group, United Monroe, and several private citizens who wanted transparency on the election process. Accountability on the issue has been clouded by both political influence and the actions of the County Attorney’s office, headed by Langdon Chapman. Continue Reading
You may want to be sitting down while you watch/listen to/read and then share this article. It represents yet another violation of civil rights by Orange County and New York politicians who have chosen a well-funded minority group with a history of questionable behavior over the vast majority of residents. You’ll hear that your civil rights matter less than theirs. Continue Reading
Brabenec waffles on Kiryas Joel Annexation.
A recent writer to The Photo News (see original Letter to the Editor here) and more recently to the Times-Herald Record (see letter here) provides the following commentary on the candidates in New York’s 98th District State Assembly Race, and the outcome isn’t pretty for candidate Karl Brabenec.
I just listened to Karl Brabenec (Republican candidate for New York’s 98th State Assembly District) on his weekly WTBQ radio show address a listener question from Monroe on the KJ annexation, and his position should he be elected. Continue Reading
Local politics can be a haven for those who become punch-drunk once given a little power. Thus begins the story of how an educator and children’s book author became an Orange County Legislator with higher aspirations; or how Icarus flew too close to the sun and experienced a tragic fall. Continue Reading
Now that more has information emerged about Harley Doles’ resolution to surrender Lead Agency status in the DEC Annexation deal with Kiryas Joel, a.k.a. “The Monday Surprise”, we now have much more of an understanding of the underhanded manner in which the Monroe Town Supervisor wants to systematically dismantle the town in order to hand it over lot-by-lot to developers for high density development. Continue Reading
A couple months ago, Monroe Town Supervisor Harley Doles launched his brainstorm plan to put the now-idle Monroe Theater multiplex to another use: Orange County’s most costly public toilet.
During a very long and contentious Town Board Meeting on Monday, July 7th, Monroe Town Supervisor Harley Doles once again showed the voters and taxpayers of the Town of Monroe that his ethical compass does not point to true North.
It must be an election year in New York. We know this because, yet again, our politicians are discussing how to best position their region for the opening and construction of a full-service gambling casino. Continue Reading
KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. (AP) — Kiryas Joel is a fast-growing island of ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews in a suburban stretch of New York’s Hudson Valley. Sidewalks are busy with mothers in head coverings pushing strollers, and kids’ plastic trikes seem to outnumber cars.
As a resident of Monroe, New York, I began this website as a venture to bring together information with the public interest at heart. While we try to be fair and understand all sides of an issue, there will always be occasions where we need to take a position, especially if the other point of view’s concerns do not balance with the concerns of the greater community.
This post is no exception.
The Times Herald Record of Middletown recently ran a front-page piece citing a very shocking statistic, and one that took many by surprise: 93% in Kiryas Joel on Medicaid assistance.