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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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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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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… 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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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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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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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… 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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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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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… 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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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… Continue Reading

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Epilogue: The Photo News and comment blocking

The Photo News

Epilogue: The Photo News and comment blocking. When we published our piece on the state of journalism in Monroe’s The Photo News, we apparently struck a nerve on social media, including the lack of journalistic integrity and comment blocking. We… 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

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Censoring & Incivility: The Photo News and comment blocking

Censorsing

Censoring & Incivility: The Photo News and comment blocking. For those living in Monroe, checking the mailbox every Friday has become a ritual occurrence to get their copy of The Photo News. It’s what barely passes for journalistic integrity in… Continue Reading

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Monroe Town Board and Civility: An oxymoron?

Monroe Town Board and Civility

Monroe Town Board and Civility: An oxymoron? For the residents of Monroe, NY, there’s nothing like watching Cablevision’s Government Access channel, known colloquially as “Channel 22”. At 8PM each evening, it’s the home of both bizarre entertainment…and snowy pictures from… Continue Reading

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Accuracy? Just a nuisance to Monroe town government.

Accuracy

Accuracy? Just a nuisance to Monroe town government. If the last couple of years have taught residents of Monroe anything, one of those lessons has been that accuracy is lost on our government leaders, and that those minor details are… Continue Reading

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The Monroe Theater and Fuzzy Math

Monroe

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).… Continue Reading

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Supporting the Monroe Town Board

Monroe Town Board

Supporting the Monroe Town Board In the past, this Website has been highly critical of the Town Board of Monroe, New York, for their nature of government. After all, they’re a very difficult bunch of guys to warm to and… Continue Reading

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Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 1

Election 2016

Winners, losers, and Hudson Valley political capital: Part 1 It was announced and confirmed on December 11th that the long contended race for New York’s 98th State Assembly District — a race pitting Democrat Elisa Tutini against Republican Karl Brabenec —… Continue Reading