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
The article you would be reading here about Monroe’s “Cryptic-Nazis’ or “Crypto-Nazis” is temporarily off-line.
This is due to a threat from the article’s subject, alleging that information contained in the piece was inaccurate, and presenting the following photocopied memo from an attorney, demanding that the information be removed. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
“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
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.
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