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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… 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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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… 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.

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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… 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… 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… 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… Continue Reading

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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,… Continue Reading

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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… 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. 

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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… 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.

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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… 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.

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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.

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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… 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… 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. 

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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… 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.… Continue Reading

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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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:

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.… 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… 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… Continue Reading

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The Monroe Theater: A lesson in failure.

Andrew Buck PMP

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… 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… 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.

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The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: How-to Part 2

Photo News Anonymity

The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: How-to Part 2 In the first part of our series on The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship, we focused on the brute-force method that The Photo News (TPN) has chosen to restrict comment: IP… Continue Reading

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The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: A How-To Series

Photo News Anonymity

The Photo News Anonymity & Censorship: A How-To Series. In today’s edition of The Photo News of Monroe, Editor Bob Quinn provided his own commentary based on those who presented feedback. (Please see our recent piece on “The Photo News… Continue Reading

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What the Monroe Theater should be showing…

United Monroe

What the Monroe Theater should be showing… The Memorial Day weekend marks the long delayed opening of the long beleaguered Monroe Theater. After numerous delays, including overcoming the injunctions aimed at addressing the Town Board’s original purchase and removal from… Continue Reading

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Monroe-Woodbury CSD: Election & Perspectives

Monroe-Woodbury CSD

Monroe-Woodbury CSD: Election & Perspectives May 19th will be the annual election for 3 members to the Monroe-Woodbury CSD, this year seeing 4 candidates vying for the positions being vacated by outgoing members Eleni Carter, John Otero, and Natalie Brooks.

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Confessions of a Democrat in Monroe: Part One

Democrat in Monroe

Confessions of a Democrat in Monroe I have a confession to make. Not one of stepping into the confessional on a Saturday afternoon as we were taught as Catholic kids, speaking to the Priest, and listing our sins so that we… Continue Reading