Subject: Election Results
Original Submittal (this from the comments field of a membership
My Dearest Robert,
Once again I have noticed inaccuracy creeping into your reporting.
Paul is the Mayor of Wussville, not Upper-Wussville. That is like
Saddle River and Upper Saddle River. Saddle River is where the rich
are from, while Upper Saddle River is where the nouveau riche are
from. Paul is a Wussy from Wussville, not a nouveau Wussey from
I only ask that you strive for accuracy when doing
political coverage. After all, this is a cycling web site not some
Planning Board. - Dan Sullivan
Editors Note: Apologies for the American
Road Cycling reporting style. It derives from the large amount
of time SlingShot spent with reporters from the Times
Herald Record in the aftermath of his resigning from the Town
of Chester Planning Board.
Bob Fugett was begging for somebody to do some actual
reporting on the incredible level of graft, corruption, and criminal
enterprise that the Town of Chester had become. Of course,
The Times Herald was more or less the same organization that it
remains today. You will recall they recently reported Joe Matta was
hit by a truck while riding a motorcycle in the local club's
big bicycle ride.
In any case, SlingShot's last duty as an 8
year Member of the Planning Board was to spend 2 hours 45 minutes
with the FBI handing over information he had assembled and pleading
them to do something about the situation in Chester.
But that was before 9/11, and at a time when the word
hawalah had not been heard by SlingShot, nor anyone he
associated with. The astounding amounts of money that were
apparently changing hands with no record of the transactions, could
not be accounted for. The FBI's position seemed to be, "If we could
just find the smoking check..." They are still working on it,
Iraq or somewhere like that and with similar success, but they're
not saying exactly where.
In any case, the only things that SlingShot
learned beyond a reasonable doubt at the time (aside from the fact
that FBI field agents are really the nicest sorts, and nothing like their movie
counterparts) were: Noel Spencer (now County legislator) is certainly a
lying sack of shit (and probably a racist), Cindy Smith (still Town
Board Member) is a distracted clock watcher, Bill Tully (still Town
Supervisor) is an imbecilic moron who has not a clue, nor nearly as
much as a word of say in the events around him. He couldn't even
institute the most basic of employee reviews at the Town Hall,
choosing instead to say, "You don't understand. That won't work
here. Everybody here knows each other."
The remaining sour souls who
were Town Board members at the time (and maybe still are) were all
functional illiterates who could not read simple English.
But all that is just another whole long story. It is
only marginally being reported here after the recent elections due
to the fact that reporting it before the elections would have had
the exact same effect, which is to say none, because the true
culprits identified way back when (and this surely remains true
today) is the general public who allows people, whom they know absolutely
nothing about, to stand in public halls and claim to be their
representatives. Of course, that's not everybody in Chester, because
significantly less than a quarter of the residents found it even
worth their time to bother to vote. SlingShot was in the
forefront of those NOT voting, having decided without question that the concept of governing bodies having any
relevance whatsoever is as quaint as the Geneva Conventions.
Under these circumstances, it is odd that Noel
Spencer may be heard to call himself a
"winner," having bested his opponent by only 30 votes.
Otherwise, only two people exhibited any competence
at all way back at the time of SlingShot's resignation.
The first was the Town Engineer, Phil Salerno, who
was removed from office the very week after SlingShot had his
face to face with the FBI. He was removed not by the FBI but by the
DEC for his fudging of sewer district numbers. Ironically, he was
removed from his position as Town Engineer but was allowed to keep
his job as head of the Moodna Sewer District where he was fudging
the numbers. Probably the DEC gave
him a break, because they were
mortified at having taken so long to realize what everyone else had
known for some time. The guy is an accomplished crook.
Soon after, when SlingShot was told, "things have changed
at the Town Hall," he reminded the person telling him that the
Engineer's actions had never been based on his authority, so
it was doubtful that taking away his authority was going have any
affect on his actions.
The only other competence shown was by Ben Ostrer,
Town Attorney, who had fully mastered the art of making absolutely
certain no competition in the least existed for his development
business, which was partnered with the Town Engineer and some of the
Town Board Members. He did it by assuring that a draconian
conformance to the most stringent interpretation of building codes
was applied to all outsiders (read: made it expensive), while not
even a letter of the law was applied to his own projects—which, by
the way, were pretty clearly subsidized by citizen tax dollars in
addition to Benny and Phil's hawalah
SlingShot has been told
by a reliable source that a document exists in the NYS Attorney
General's Office in which Benny states, "I am not now, nor ever have
been Town Attorney for the Town of Chester." Last heard, he has
also become Attorney for the Town of Warwick, which explains a lot of the stuff
one sees going on over there.
SlingShot would have more information about
all this, but Elizabeth Reilly the Town Clerk (who remains in office today, having
run as unopposed), made sure SlingShot
never received a single shred of paperwork (Freedom of
Information Act be damned) after his resignation...despite his
asking her three (3) times, the moment before submitting his letter
of resignation, whether regular citizens were allowed the same
access to the documents as he was currently enjoying.
She said, "Yes, absolutely," but after his resignation SlingShot
was of course denied access to public documents just like all the
other schmuks in Town.
Actually, SlingShot made his final decision to
resign the moment the Town Clerk pulled him aside and whispered,
"You should be careful. Really, if your position on the Planning
Board is important to you, you should be careful about what you are
saying and what you are doing."
Of course, any sane individual would have had to
resign on the spot, just as SlingShot did, in order to better continue doing what
needed to be done. Especially considering the number of people who had told
SlingShot they were scared for their physical well being, and
they had previously considered him one of those to be afraid of, since his name was
found on Town documents.
Turns out SlingShot is scared too,
but he is suicidal, so it evens out.
For perspective, SlingShot still has 41
e-mails saved from discussions between himself and Chester Pete about
the events occurring round and about SlingShot's resignation
at the time it took place, and SlingShot remembers fondly his involvement
with Chester Pete as the high point of that period.
Scares you don't it? It should.
The political process does not ask for excellence
its participants and
gets exactly what it asks for. -Bob Fugett
Editor's Second Note: SlingShot only
chose Upper-Wussville instead of Wussville in the other article
mentioning Paul, because if
repeated many times over, and real slow, it begins to read: Up
Her Wuss ville. Sorry for reporting like the Times Herald