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Ten Kiryas Joel Officials paid over $100K.

Kiryas Joel Officials

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

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Why is the Monroe business climate so negative?

Monroe business

Who is responsible, and what impact does it have on Monroe business owners?

Recently, the Monroe business climate has turned very negative toward local business owners, with many complaining of negative backlash from social media comments. The result? An ugly dialogue among neighbors that leaves many local businesses very unsettled.

Some have shuttered their doors, others have moved, and many are left wondering how the Monroe business climate turned so negative. Continue Reading

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Election 2016: Who really won?

Election 2016

The election is over, but what do the outcomes mean?

Now that the Election 2016 cycle has ended, we take a moment to examine results and the true outcome and impact to Monroe.

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Monroe Election 2016: Our suggestions.

Monroe elections

Our picks for the 2016 Monroe Election.

Tuesday is right around the corner, so for those voting locally, these are our candidate selections for the Monroe Election along with your sample ballot.

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Journal News Offers Lukewarm Brabenec Endorsement

Brabenec

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

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Donald Andrew Buck PMP: Truth versus Lies.

Andrew Buck

Donald Andrew Buck PMP: Truth versus Lies.

How Steve Dibert, MFI-Miami and Dominick Sammarone have lied in their public statements.

In the midst of chaos, it’s difficult to write a complete explanation of events. It’s even harder to respond to ridiculous accusations and smears. And I’ve recently grown tired of doing so. But for people who are interested in the whole story about Donald Andrew Buck PMP, I’m compelled to set the record straight. And for those who actually know me well, they’ll certainly vouch that I’m honest and a man of my word. Continue Reading

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Karl Brabenec caught using Philly mayor’s picture.

Karl Brabenec

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

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Allegro abandons 98th State Assembly bid

Allegro

Allegro abandons 98th State Assembly bid

Move Leaves a Two-Man Race Between Two KJ Supported Candidates

Citing “voter apathy”, United Monroe candidate John Allegro abandoned his bid today to replace Karl Brabenec in the 98th State Assembly race. Continue Reading

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The Wrap-Up: 98th State Assembly Primary Race

Monroe elections

The Wrap-Up: 98th State Assembly Primary Race

Who Won, Who Lost, and How Did One Village Decide Your Election?

The Primaries for the 98th State Assembly District are over. But what do the results tell us about the voting? The major party candidates have now been decided for Democrats and Republicans, and those aren’t surprising to most observers. Continue Reading

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The ugly race for the 98th NY State Assembly District.

Brabenec

The ugly race for the 98th NY State Assembly District.

Is there truly a winner or supportable candidate?

It’s little wonder that Orange County voters are disenchanted with politics based on the ugly tone of the race for the 98th NY State Assembly District seat, held by incumbent Karl Brabenec. Between dirty tricks, mud slinging, and trades of personal attacks on all sides of the Republican ticket, the local race makes the national Presidential contest appear quiet and dignified. Continue Reading

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Brabenec scoops United Monroe for 98th NYS Assembly.

United Monroe

Brabenec scoops United Monroe for NYS 98th Assembly.

Move undercuts John Allegro’s third-party run.

In a move bordering on opportunistic, incumbent Karl Brabenec submitted the required number of nominating petitions to claim the United Monroe line on November’s ballot for the 98th New York State Assembly district seat. The move by Brabenec undercut by hours the grass-roots group’s own petitions nominating John Allegro. Continue Reading

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MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, Obsessed “Nazi” fraud.

MFI-Miami's Steve Dibert

MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, Obsessed “Nazi” fraud.

About a week ago, we published some information for public review about MFI-Miami’s Steve Dibert, who has been known more for his erratic and psychotic rants against everything from banks to grass-roots groups to WTBQ to pay toilets. Continue Reading

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More False Accusations against Andrew Buck PMP

Andrew Buck PMP

More False Accusations against Andrew Buck PMP

Piece misstates story, lies on lawsuit details.

Once again, Steve Dibert continues to take defamatory shots and post lies about Andrew Buck PMP. But he stepped in it by misstating the facts in his recent blog post, making even more false accusations. Continue Reading

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Orange Democrats blunder, recognize Doles not Purcell.

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

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Steve Dibert, The “Cryptic Nazi” gas lighter.

Andrew Buck PMP

Steve Dibert, The “Cryptic Nazi” gas lighter.

Who is Steve Dibert, and why does he call everyone a Nazi?

Steve Dibert constantly calls anyone he dislikes a “Cryptic Nazi”. But his obsession with Nazis and accusations reveal an irrational person with no grip on reality.

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False: Andrew Buck PMP ‘Jew Bashing’ Accusations.

Cryptic Nazis

False: Andrew Buck PMP ‘Jew Bashing’ Accusations.

Recently, a series of false allegations calling Andrew Buck PMP a “Jew Basher” were launched by Steve Dibert, a former hard-money mortgage-banker. His article is a libelous work of fiction not supported by facts, and that smacks of pure slander.

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Op-Ed: Facts on the Ground & Gedalye Szegedin

Facts on the Ground

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

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Monroe Village Planning Board: One hand washes the other.

Planning Board

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

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Eight Kiryas Joel Officials earn over $100K

Kiryas Joel

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

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Harley Doles & The Five Finger Discount

Five Finger Discount

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

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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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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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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 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

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

Monroe business

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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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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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