Jan 2014- "In a not-so-surprising ruling, the Town’s Ethics Board again ruled against Mr Feiner for an ethics violation for the same thing they found him guilty of twice before. Specifically, he made a post-primary fundraising letter campaign effort sent to certain residents of Irvington, Hastings and Hartsdale. This is not only a blatant violation of the Ethics Code because it was sent to residents appointed to serve on town boards, but also may have been sent to town employees. The Town’s Ethics Code specifically prohibits elected officials from soliciting campaign contributions from persons appointed to serve on town boards and to town employees. Perhaps Mr Feiner got confused with all the mailings (read: campaigning) he’s been doing lately. This is apparently different from the other Ethics Code rule of elected officials not receiving things of value from a Town employee. An example you ask? Okay, one example might be if the Town Attorney were to say, solicit campaign ballot signatures for Town Board candidates running for office, and then swearing to the signatures’ validity as a Notary Public. That is a thing of value and prohibited by the Ethics Code. Or is it?
This is the second time in three years that Mr Feiner has been found guilty of the same offense by the Ethics Board. However, being an impotent Board under the control of the Town Board, which is ultimately under the thumb of Mr Feiner, nothing will come of this latest guilty ethics verdict. Interestingly, the last time this happened the Town Board decided to not impose any fines against Mr Feiner for his illegal behavior. It seems that they are willing to condone this behavior that is so detrimental to our Town. Since his checks and balances are ultimately controlled by him, it’s no wonder he would discriminate against the Fortress Bible Church! There, however, he could not control the outcome and it is costing the Unincorporated Town taxpayers $6,500,000 ($1M by insurance).
This time it was the Ethics Board members who received the fund raising mailing from Mr Feiner. OMG - quite the conundrum. Knowing they should at least appear to be ethically motivated, they initiated an investigation into Mr Feiner’s actions. For most people, this would be a no-brainer. But for the Ethics Board, it crosses a fine line. All Ethics Board members are selected and ratified by Mr Feiner and his Board, pledging allegiance whether overtly, openly or otherwise. Unfortunately, the impotence of the Board requires it to capitulate with every decision in Mr Feiner or the Town Board’s favor – like it or not.
ABG staffers were in attendance when the Ethics Board adjourned to executive session at its December 2 meeting to discuss the matter and then privately interview Mr Feiner. Ironically, Mr Feiner’s violation wasn’t on the agenda for that night. When pushed as to why they were adjourning to executive session, the Board’s President Jack McLaughlin stated it was to discuss personnel issues. It seems that every agency, group or Board in Greenburgh is taking greater advantage of hiding information from the public with more frequent Executive sessions. This opinion, only recently publicized, found the board accepting Mr. Feiner’s excuse that he did not knowingly solicit contributions from residents serving on town boards or from town employees. His rationale was that he purchased the mailing list from a third party and used a different third party vendor to do the actual mailing. Sounds like a convenient excuse for this Board, but a genuine crock to us. How about the admission at the end of every ad that says this ad was approved by [candidates name].
It’s always sadly entertaining to find out what Mr Feiner is doing by way of lawsuits, guilty verdicts, Facebook posts and/or Blogs. It’s also quite pathetic. But his disheveled, shlub-like act has worn thin and is failing him more and more. Whatever he has done, legal or otherwise, will be excused by a Board he has appointed and made sure is comprised of friendly faces. On occasion, some may bluster a bit to appear impartial, but its just a ruse. Between rigged Boards, rigged referendums, rigged bids, rigged reports, rigged zoning, rigged meetings, rigged solutions and undisclosed information, Mr Feiner and his Board should be facing more court time than County DA Janet Difiore. But, as is typical, the usual suspects will be questioned and released without even a slap on the wrist. Carry on with business as usual. If and when this changes, we may begin to see A Better Greenburgh."
Wait one gosh damn minute. Wasn't Mr. Feiner taking campaign contributions from Toll Brothers while their plans were before the board knowing full and well there was a shooting range close by? The very same Mr. STOP THE PRESSES that called CBS, NBC and every other media outlet in the wake of the Newton shootings to stop the gun show at the Westchester County Center in his town? Sure is. Why does the media even buy his BS? When will the media start reporting the REAL story behind Mr. Media Machine? Why don't you report on the missing video tape of the Greenburgh Town Board meeting where the public got the real 411? View Comment
Not to mention that the BOE is waiting for for the outcome of the hearing regarding the lawsuit?? What bunk. The school district has a responsibility to bring in a 3rd party and conduct it's own investigation. The lawsuit may not have legs in court but that surly doesn't mean the allegations aren't true. As usual, the sleeping sheep of Greenburgh are buying this load the BOE is selling and not demanding Ross be suspended pending the District's probe. View Comment
Reassigned? Not good enough. It is reported on News12 that the reassignment is due to pending a hearing on disciplinary charges filed against him in March. There has already been an investigation by the BOE , allegations unknown, and the report is secret. Are these different complaints? Why is the BOE keeping the public in the dark? Complaints are numerous and registered by many people including well regarded staff. There is something very wrong with the community and the BOE continuing to support Ross. YES! Despite the complaints, members of the COMMUNITY have been party to shielding the public from information and supporting the BOE in their inaction against Ross. Oh, and, where is Mr. Stick His Nose Where It Doesn't Belong Feiner? Seems like he is only interested in slurs directed towards him when he doesn't get his way. No outrage? Of course not. The fish stinks from the head. View Comment
Here's an idea; why don't you get out there and pave 5.5 miles yourself, the 5.5 miles we can't afford to pave because Greenburgh taxpayers are footing the bill for the judgement against them because YOU were found to have violated the rights of The Fortress Bible Church? But hey! You think it's a better idea to ask for more taxpayer money from the entire state of NY, and blame state gov for a tax cap YOU can't keep because WE have to pay the $5 .5 million. Nervy little bugger, aren't ya? View Comment
Feiner will milk it for all that he can and has been sure to call all press outlets continually to keep it afloat and not because he is offended by the remarks, which are offensive, but to keep his name in the press. THIS is what the man does best. View Comment
Another Feiner bright idea. Congrats Paul! After toiling away relentlessly, throwing all kinds of craptastic ideas against the wall in the hopes some media outlet will run with it....SCORE! PS Thanks for $6.9 million tab we have to pick up because you violated Fortress Bible's 1st amendment rights. Pete would be so proud! View Comment