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Monroe Supervisor Doles ejected over fracas.

Supervisor Doles

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

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Ice Cream Vendors Take Lickin’ on Law

ice cream vendors

Ice Cream Vendors Take Lickin’ on Law

Newsday (New York)

July 11, 1990, Wednesday, NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 5

The heat of the summer has brought war to Long Beach – Cold War, that is. Continue Reading

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Monroe Sunday Funnies for February 7, 2016.

Monroe Sunday Funnies

Monroe Sunday Funnies for February 7, 2016.

Without further ado, another zany edition of Scotty D’s and Homey Dontplay’s Monroe Sunday Funnies, “The Asylum Edition”, starring Harley Doles and his cast of lunatics. Continue Reading

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Harley Doles & The 64000 Dollar Questions.

$64,000

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

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Groundhog Day: Monroe Morty’s Winter Prediction.

groundhog

Groundhog Day: Monroe Morty’s Winter Prediction.

We’re betting you didn’t know that Monroe has its own weather predicting groundhog. Like most places that celebrate winter and have woodchucks, Monroe is no exception. Meet Monroe Morty. Continue Reading

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United Monroe’s Open Letter on the Monroe Theater.

United Monroe

United Monroe’s Open Letter on the Monroe Theater.

During the past few days, the actions of Monroe’s Town Supervisor, Harley Doles, have drawn speculation on both the supervisor’s intent, as well as the original objections to the town’s ownership of the building. To help clarify those objections, we present an open letter from United Monroe Chairperson, Emily Convers, to provide further detail and clarity around United Monroe’s intent, and the actions by Supervisor Doles. Continue Reading

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OpEd: A Tale of Two Monroe Supervisors.

Monroe Supervisors

OpEd: A Tale of Two Monroe Supervisors.

MONROE: In less than one month, Monroe has begun the process of unwinding the mismanagement that its residents have suffered for nearly a decade under Monroe Supervisors Harley Doles and Sandy Leonard before him. Continue Reading

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Monroe’s Sunday Funnies for January 31st.

Sunday funnies

Monroe’s Sunday Funnies for January 31st.

Welcome to Monroe…where the real news is funnier than fiction. And yet again, another drama and scandal-filled week has passed courtesy of Harley Doles. Without further ado, we present this week’s Sunday funnies, brought to you by Scotty D. and Homey Dontplay. Continue Reading

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ICYMI: The week in funnies in Monroe

funnies

ICYMI: The week in funnies for Monroe

In case you missed it (ICYMI), this is Day 34 of the “Harley Doles Sick-Out” and we’re left wondering what our Town Supervisor is doing with his ‘recuperation’. So as Monroe digs its way out from the first blizzard of the year, we look back on the week that was in Monroe’s Sunday funnies, courtesy Scotty D and a special treat from Homey Dontplay. Enjoy! Continue Reading

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ICYMI: Monroe’s week that was for January 17th.

ICYMI: Monroe’s week that was for January 17th.

In case you missed it (ICYMI), another week in Monroe is now in the history books, and this week we bring you the Monroe Sunday Funnies in words and pictures from Scotty D.  Continue Reading

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Monroe Sunday Funnies for January 10th.

Sunday funnies

Monroe Sunday Funnies for January 10th.

This past week was full of surprises and one for the record books, so who better to provide the week in pictures than Scotty D. in this week’s Monroe Sunday Funnies. Continue Reading

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Monroe Reorganization yields changes and surprises.

Reorganization

Monroe Reorganization yields changes and surprises.

This past Monday marked several events in Monroe, and yielded several surprises at the Town Board’s annual Monroe Reorganization meeting. Among the bigger surprises were who was appointed as Acting Supervisor in the absence of Harley Doles. Continue Reading

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Edwin Diaz & Monroe’s Most Dangerous Animal

Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz & Monroe’s Most Dangerous Animal.

Those keeping track of Winston, the golden retriever getting attention for his plight in the Village of Monroe as a “dangerous animal”, might be wondering about other dangerous animals in Monroe. But we should also be concerned about Monroe’s Most Dangerous Dog Control Officer: Edwin Diaz. Continue Reading

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An Open Christmas Letter to the Monroe Town Board

Xmas-tree

An Open Christmas Letter to the Monroe Town Board

As we approach that time of the year, enjoy our Open Christmas Letter to the Monroe Town Board.  Continue Reading

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Town Board Meeting: Teamsters, zoning, and who is the Supervisor?

Christmas Letter

Town Board Meeting: Teamsters, zoning, and who is the Supervisor?

Monday night’s Monroe Town Board meeting was a whirlwind of activity, including further discussion of zoning, unionizing town employees as Teamsters, and a debate over just who is the Monroe Supervisor when both the “Acting” Supervisor and the “Elected” Supervisor both appear to play the part. In short, another typical and comical Monroe Town Board meeting. Continue Reading

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Who is Susan Roth and why is she wrong for Monroe?

Susan Roth

Who is Susan Roth and why is she wrong for Monroe?

So who is Susan Roth? With the discussions around Chapter 57 Zoning changes (Local Law #4), Monroe residents have raised concerns about the origins and reason for these zoning changes. That architect of this plan was revealed at Friday’s special town board meeting: Susan Roth.

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The Monroe Sunday Funnies for December 20th.

Sundy funnies

The Monroe Sunday Funnies for December 20th.

(Artwork courtesy of Scotty D.)

It’s Sunday, it’s Monroe, and our politics are insane. So that can only mean it’s time for another installment of the Monroe Sunday Funnies, courtesy of Scotty D. Continue Reading

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Our view: Monroe revitalization plan needs better focus and input.

Monroe revitalization

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

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Purcell’s Monroe Revitalization plan stumbles in debut.

Monroe revitalization

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

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The Monroe Sunday Funnies for 12/13/15.

Monroe Sunday Funnies

The Monroe Sunday Funnies for 12/13/15.

(Artwork courtesy of Scotty D.)

Another week has passed in Monroe, and our local politicians have been hard at work. So that can only mean it’s time for another installment of the Monroe Sunday Funnies, courtesy of Scotty D. Continue Reading

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The Monroe Sunday Funnies for 12/6/2015

Monroe Sunday Funnies

The Monroe Sunday Funnies for 12/6/2015.

(Artwork courtesy of Scotty D.)

In the long tradition of political cartooning, we’ve engaged the services of Scotty D. to help tell the recent stories in Monroe as editorial cartoons. We hope you enjoy the Monroe Sunday Funnies as a regular feature — as long as our town politicians give us events that are stranger than fiction, and Scotty D. can still craft his talent and wit, we’ll keep them coming. Continue Reading

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ICYMI: The November Month in Review in Monroe

Month in review

ICYMI: The November Month in Review in Monroe.

If you seriously slept through the past month in Monroe, you’re sleeping very soundly. November in the Lower Hudson Valley represented the month that would not go quietly, when those exposed to the most corruption finally stood up and spoke up. And we remember this past week as the third anniversary of the event that began it all: The town’s purchase of the movie theater. Now for the Month in Review. Continue Reading

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Scotty D’s Funnies: Welcome to the Harley Hotel!

Harley Hotel

Scotty D’s Funnies: Welcome to the Harley Hotel!

(Reprinted with permission from Scotty D., 2015, all rights reserved)

If Harley Doles and the Monroe Town Board pass Local Law #4 and its numerous zoning changes, it promises an end-run around the limits imposed by suits to overturn the Kiryas Joel annexation. It would allow the classification of lots of 3 acres to be developed as…hotels?
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Dan Burke: The Democratic Party’s Pariah.

Christmas Letter

Dan Burke: The Democratic Party’s Pariah.

You’d think things couldn’t get much worse for recently defeated Monroe Council Candidate Dan Burke. But you wouldn’t think that Burke would make himself even more of a pariah to the party that revoked their endorsement prior to the recent election. Continue Reading

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Why is Sean Patrick Maloney quiet about Kiryas Joel?

Sean Patrick Maloney

Why is Sean Patrick Maloney quiet about Kiryas Joel?

Democratic and incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney won his 2014 campaign over Republican Nan Hayworth by one of the slimmest margins in the history of this district, and largely the result of the bloc vote of Kiryas Joel. But when questioned about the attempts by Kiryas Joel to annex acreage in Orange County, Maloney has been afraid to take any public position and has ignored or avoided questions.  Continue Reading

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Election: Cardone and McGinn score Monroe council win.

Monroe Council

Election: Cardone and McGinn score Monroe council win.

In a crushing upset that was as much a referendum on Dan Burke as it was a sentiment about the current Harley Doles-led Town Board, United Monroe candidates Tony Cardone and Mike McGinn delivered a stunning upset over incumbent Monroe council members Dan Burke and Dennis McWatters. Continue Reading

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Harley Doles: His theater fundraising lies exposed.

United Monroe

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

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Harley Doles’ Monroe Theater misrepresentations.

Harley Doles and Monroe Theater misrepresenations.

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

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Monroe Election Endorsements for November 3rd.

Endorsements

Monroe Election Endorsements for November 3rd.

In the Town of Monroe elections, this site announces the following endorsements: Continue Reading

Harley Doles: Emergency meetings and irrational ramblings.

Harley Doles

Harley Doles: Emergency meetings and irrational ramblings.

Monroe residents have grown accustomed to hearing the incoherent ramblings of Town Supervisor Harley Doles. But one needs to wonder whether he’s mentally unhinged, or if he is criminally devious in his actions. After yet another emergency Town Board meeting in the middle of the day during the week, we suggest it’s a bit of both. Continue Reading

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Monroe Democrats withdraw endorsement of Councilman Dan Burke

Dan Burke not endorsed

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

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Has the fragrance industry jumped the shark?

Fragrance Industry

Has the fragrance industry jumped the shark?

I’m reminded recently that it wasn’t very long ago when I wrote a blog on fragrances. It challenged conventional wisdom. It was controversial. But I’ve no regrets about having undertaken the endeavor, and no sense of loss about ending it. Since ending it, I’ve had a somewhat jaded feeling about the direction of the industry and lack of innovation. Continue Reading

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“Dan Burke” and “reason” in the same sentence?

Christmas Letter

“Dan Burke” and “reason” in the same sentence?

Once again, it’s election time in Monroe, and among the Democratic candidates largely backed by the Kiryas Joel bloc vote is Councilman Dan Burke, a man now touting himself as “the voice of reason”. The question we have is simple: Are they the voices in his own head? Continue Reading

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The Monroe Theater: A lesson in failure.

The Monroe Theater

The Monroe Theater: A lesson in failure.

Recently, Town of Monroe Supervisor Harley Doles took to the Municipal Cable Access channel (Cablevision channel 22) with a plea to his constituents. The message was simple:

  • The theater is failing miserably under town ownership, please visit to help save it.

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Epilogue: The Photo News & Comment Civility

The Photo News

Epilogue: The Photo News & Comment Civility

After our recent series on The Photo News and Comment Civility, I felt a follow-up to describe the outcomes of the situation was in order, and slightly overdue. Continue Reading

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The Case Against Kiryas Joel Annexation (OpEd)

Annexation

The Case Against Kiryas Joel Annexation (OpEd)

Since the June 10th Public Hearing on the proposed Kiryas Joel Annexation and the prior release of their Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS), the arguments for and against have become prevalent and heated, often reaching the crescendo of incendiary and outright bigotry. Continue Reading

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Dov Hikind and the politics of bigotry and ignorance.

Dov Hikind

Dov Hikind and the politics of bigotry and ignorance.

Is there anything Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind doesn’t hate? Or anyone? Is there a photo or press-opportunity he won’t let go to waste? Don’t answer that yet. Continue Reading

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McWatters Waffles on Monroe Council Bid

Dennis McWatters

McWatters Waffles on Monroe Council Bid

It seems a while since our last commentary (see our 6/2/15 ICYMI column), but it’s not been due to a lack of topic matter. Anyone who attended the Public Comment session for the Kiryas Joel Annexation Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study (DGEIS) on the 10th will attest to that fact. Continue Reading

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ICYMI Month in Review for Monroe (May)

#ICYMI: Month in Review

ICYMI Month in Review for Monroe (May)

In case you missed it (ICYMI), and apparently a few did, a lot happened during the past month in Monroe. Let’s recap the madcap happenings that even we couldn’t even believe in this month’s #ICYMI: Month in Review. Continue Reading

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The Photo News Censorship & Moderation: Part 3

The Photo News

The Photo News Censorship & Moderation: Part 3

In our Part One & Part Two installments, we identified the techniques that are employed by The Photo News to censor and moderate their article comments, and how moderation is performed. Continue Reading