Ten Kiryas Joel Officials paid over $100K.
Long defined as “the poorest community in America”, the Village of Kiryas Joel pays ten Kiryas Joel officials salaries of over $100,000 per year, with one earning over $200,000. Continue Reading
Journal News Offers Brabenec Endorsement.
Cites Brabenec/Wieder “choice…isn’t a great one”.
In it’s recent candidate review for New York’s 98th State Assembly District, the Journal News of Rockland offers a lukewarm endorsement of first-term incumbent Karl Brabenec. It’s statement on the race, however, seems prone to suggest that the choice is merely selecting an alternative to Aron Wieder. Continue Reading
Karl Brabenec caught using Philadelphia mayor’s picture.
The likeness provides surprising irony in a divisive campaign.
In another stroke of what has become known as Brabenec-brilliance, NY State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec decided to channel the spirit of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo for his latest campaign literature. Continue Reading
Orange Democrats blunder, recognize Doles not Purcell.
In planning for its upcoming annual dinner, Orange Democrats made an enormous blunder by deciding to recognize Town of Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles among the 50 Democrats holding office in the county, but forgetting any mention of Village of Monroe Mayor James Purcell. Continue Reading
Op-Ed: Facts on the Ground & Gedalye Szegedin
Gedalye Szegedin, the Village Administrator of Kiryas Joel, sent a myriad of emails to the Times Herald Record. In ‘Thoughtful planning can strengthen MW and KJ schools,’ he is quoted: “mass overflow of KJ residents…will change the face of the Monroe-Woodbury School District forever”; Continue Reading
Monroe Village Planning Board: One hand washes the other.
In the midst of all of the controversy surrounding the Smith Farm development, we’ve decided to probe further into some of the past actions of the Village of Monroe Planning Board. Continue Reading
Eight Kiryas Joel Officials earn over $100K.
Kiryas Joel, long defined as “the poorest community in America”, turns out to have eight government officials on their payroll who each earn salaries of over $100,000 per year, with one earning nearly $200,000. Continue Reading
Harley Doles & The Five Finger Discount
The banning of Harley Doles from the Monroe Theater by a 3-1 town board vote on Monday night came along with an interesting revelation: Harley Doles appears to be using his ‘Five Finger Discount’, having been caught on tape taking from the concessions at the theater without paying. Continue Reading
Monroe Supervisor Doles ejected from Town Hall over fracas.
Monroe, NY: As reported in various news outlets this morning, Monroe Supervisor Doles was removed from the Monroe Town Hall offices on Friday following altercations with staff. Continue Reading
Harley Doles & The 64000 Dollar Questions.
Today marks the 43rd day of the Harley Doles “I’m-sick-but-not-sick” Sick-Out, a strange sequence of events that has seen the unhinged Town Supervisor — whose salary is $64000 dollars a year — complain of an undisclosed medical condition while being seen conducting town business. Continue Reading
Our view: Monroe revitalization plan needs better focus and input.
Tuesday’s meeting of the Monroe Village Board gave a glimpse into the plans Mayor James Purcell may have for the business district, but the lack of detail, consensus, and direction in the Monroe revitalization plan leave us with grave concerns about whether his is the correct direction and leadership. Continue Reading
Purcell’s Monroe Revitalization plan stumbles in debut.
On Tuesday evening, the residents of Monroe were treated to Mayor Jim Purcell’s plan for Monroe revitalization of the Lake Street business district. But the meeting and the proposed $2.1 million plan were longer on controversy and confusion than on facts and details. Continue Reading
Harley Doles: His theater fundraising lies exposed.
In our previous coverage of Harley Doles and his theater fundraising efforts, we presented the emails showing that his supposed charity efforts were nothing more than a way to exploit Monroe-Woodbury students to sell tickets for TMACC/The Monroe Theater. Continue Reading
Harley Doles’ Monroe Theater misrepresentations.
Harley Doles is at it again, and once again, it involves the Monroe Theater. His latest tactic, however, was far less than honest, as he once again invoked the Monroe-Woodbury School District in an attempt to capitalize on community goodwill for the school system. Continue Reading
Monroe Democrats withdraw endorsement of Councilman Dan Burke
In a move that was nothing short of surprising, the Monroe Democratic Committee dealt a no-confidence vote for the Democratic Party candidate for Monroe Town Council, Dan Burke, releasing a strongly worded rebuke of his policies. Continue Reading
The Monroe Theater and Fuzzy Math
After two (2) years and significant questioning, the Town of Monroe has put forth its plans to re-open the now municipally-owned Monroe Theater, renamed as the “Town of Monroe Arts and Civic Center” (TMACC). But the information that is not available is almost as troubling as the information that is. Continue Reading
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
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