LAST UPDATED 3/31/15
I've attended the 2 Meet the Candidate Nights, one at the college and the other tonight up at union hall.
You're being asked to vote people into positions of trust, and you have the right to know who has violated their positions of trust in the past You're entitled to the facts, and it's your decision what to do with those facts. The facts are uncomfortable for a lot of people who have been up there for five years or more, and there is good reason - they don't want to discuss the past, because it shows them for who they really are. Presenting the facts is not "beating the candidates up", it's giving you information that many people want suppressed.
People don't change, they are still all the same: Dan Farrell, Michael Finland, Sue Lasala, Susan McBride, Kathy Malloy, Don Dailey, the heads of the teams with the exception of Chris Cuddihy......I stood up for my rights as a union member and citizen following the union's C & B in bringing my charges in the past, and they embarked on a campaign of libel, slander, false judicial decisions, false NYS Attorney general decisions, withholding minutes from being published, the list is endless. There is still a gang mentality by union leaders in attacking people who dare to present the facts. No corrective action has ever been taken, with the exception of Danny Towle being responsible for getting removed the false judicial decisions published by Cheryl Felice up on the union's website x 4 years. When everyone else spoke, I didn't say one word....everyone was asked not to interrupt people speaking, not to yell out, not to heckle, etc. and to save questions for candidates after it was over. When I was speaking Dan Farrell yelled out a few times, and others on teams made comments against me when someone else criticized me.
Judicial Review Panel candidate Anthony Rotoli, Jr., criticized my speech and stated candidates for the Judicial Board should not be endorsing anyone and should be completely impartial. Using his logic, then people running for the judicial review panel should not be allowed to vote in union elections either. It's ok to vote for people privately for the executive board, but not publicly state who you endorse? How do I know who Mr. Rotolo voted for on the executive board and if he is going to volunteer whether or not he voted for the person I'm bringing charges against. It's based on the honor system? Better to put it publicly on record than be in the position that none of the members bringing charges against union leaders will know if the Judicial Review Panel members voted for the person they brought charges against. You know who I'm endorsing, you don't know who Anthony Rotolo is voting for and if he is going to divulge his conflict of interest if charges end up in his hands against someone he voted for. Sell it to Joe Congedo, Anthony, who withheld my charges from the Judicial Board in the past and lied about it. Better yet Anthony, explain why you have never done anything about the members' rights being violated by the union leaders. You got the same mass mailings on union letterhead (I'm not talking about the ones this year) I did from incumbents attacking their opponents running for office paid for with union dues, not their campaign funds. What did you do about it Anthony? Nothing. At least I did something, it's a misuse of union funds and violated the Constitution for candidates and members to have a fair and democratic election. The Gang from all five other teams other than the Cuddihy-Travan team applauded Anthony's criticism of me. I have nothing against the new people that are running with the old people, just recommend the new people watch their backs with them. Then of course there's the fact that mandating PAC contributions for running for office violates federal law...he didn't get that one either.
I don't take anything for granted and if I am elected, I will recuse myself from any charges filed against Chris Cuddihy and Dan Towle or others on the Cuddihy-Travan team. Would you rather have someone who recognizes the laws are being violated and does something about it, and recuses herself from addressing charges against people she has endorsed? Or would you rather have your charges in the hands of Anthony Rotolo, Jr., who either doesn't have the intelligence to recognize the laws are being violated, or who does but won't do anything about it and who will probably not divulge how he voted to avoid a potential conflict of interest? Lack of intelligence or no action taken over the violation of the members' rights and possibly no disclosure he voted for the person being charged...those are your options with Anthony Rotolo, Jr.
Other things I mentioned in my speech...the union needs to join with other unions at rallys and protests advocating for the rights of all unions and the lower and middle classes. Unions are turning out tomorrow, 4/1/15, @ 4:30pm at Congressman Lee Zeldin's Patchogue office. http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=143353 (Sponsors include: Long Island Federation of Labor; Long Island Progressive Coalition; Long Island Jobs with Justice; Sierra Club; Working Families Party; Food & Water Watch; Communications Workers of America; Citizens Campaign for the Environment; MoveOn; and New York State AFL-CIO). Congressman Zeldin is supporting the TPP which will hurt American workers, give global dominance to corporations, and make governments impotent over their own laws. For more info on the TPP go to http://billmoyers.com/2015/02/09/robert-reich-worst-trade-deal-youve-never-heard/.
Only 2 health centers left operated by the county as the Suffolk County Executive and Legislature break the law
failing to disclose their member items from Fund 192 of the Dept. of Economic Development in the county operating budget. Almost a million dollars in county taxpayer funding going to cultural institutions and not-for-profits with the end result being publicity for the legislators from the recipients in their districts, lining up votes for themselves at reelection time. Is Anthony Rotolo, Jr., doing anything about this? Nope, but I am. They've used the budget deficit as an excuse to close the county nursing home, to circumvent the state RFP law in the privatization of county health centers and assets....all the while they've been breaking the law failing to disclose their member items and lining up votes for themselves Plus they've been donating surplus county vehicles, equipment, and computers to non-profits resulting in more publicity for themselves...more member items. As long as you vote for incumbents, things will never change..it's all parties: democrat, republican, conservative, and independent, there's no difference.
I've been away from this for awhile but I've been active in other ways.........some news stories......
Disclaimer: I am not a spokesperson for any of the people or organizations I endorse, these are my thoughts and opinions only.
1. SCAME has a chance to elect a team that will take it in the right direction - the Cuddihy - Travan Team.
2. The Medford OTB Casino Deal made in private with political party leaders needs to be stopped. Laws are being trampled on and the public was mislead when the majority of NYS voters approved the referendum in 11/2013.
3. Local organization of Move to Amend Brookhaven working hard to end the corruption of money in our politics.
THE CUDDIHY-TRAVAN TEAM
There's people running for office in SCAME's General Election that I can support. I've known Chris Cuddihy and Danny Towle for years and both have and will continue to advocate for the members. The wolves on AME'S Executive Board turned on one another last year, and it's gotten progressively worse. Both Dan Farrell and Michael Finland are equally culpable for the state of affairs in the union. Dan Farrell has more trouble controlling his temper, but Michael Finland can be just as nasty - I have the emails to prove it. Michael Finland is worse than Dan Farrell in that Michael is a licensed attorney. He knows the law is being violated, I proved to him Barry Peek lied on the PAC money issue. Peek is backing Finland, one licensed attorney ignoring and endorsing the transgressions of another licensed attorney.
Here is the Cuddihy-Travan flier. Don't take my word for it, go to their Meet & Greets, and hit them with your questions and concerns...judge for yourself. I went to the first one they had on 3/13/15, they are not soliciting donations. The food and drink were excellent. The list of their Meet & Greets is at the bottom of Page 4 of the flier. The next one is on 3/20/15 at Jerry & the Mermaid in riverhead from 5 to 7 pm. Go to their website www.ourame.com and facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/pages/Your-AME-Our-AME/816715141716759. You can meet all the candidates at union hall on 3/31/15 for Meet the Candidate Night, I'll be there too, I'm running for the Judicial Review Panel. I'm sick and tired of my charges being covered up by Joe Congedo and others.
SCAME'S PAC Committee has more than 70 members on it now.....after Danny Towle's resolution passed at the last convention that each Unit President will have a seat on the PAC Committee, Farrell turned around and stacked the committee with more of his people that will sway the majority vote his way every time. One day Finland is introducing Farrell as the greatest president the union has ever had, and one week later - after a proposal passed preventing Farrell from revoking admin time for his EB officers - Finland is crucifying Farrell. Finland flipped and he's not trustworthy.
THE MEDFORD OTB CASINO DEAL
The voters of NYS did not approve the deal political party leaders made with OTB to force a casino in Medford and be exempt from local municipalities' zoning laws and ordinances, environmental studies, traffic studies, and the exclusion of the host community.
The voters of NYS approved vague language which did not contain any details of any deals to be made. Vote NO on these things people until the politicians lay out the details. The Westbury community successfully fought back against the casino being forced upon them in their community in Nassau County. Let's show them we're not going to roll over in Suffolk either.
Here was the official ballot text on the November 2013 ballot:
Nothing about the OTB being exempt from environmental studies, traffic studies, local zoning laws and ordinances, and the exclusion of the host community. Here's information from the Medford Civic Association which is leading the charge against this political insider deal (click here). An update: Leg. Calarco's resolution failed at the Suffolk County Legislature on 3/3/15 to give host communities inclusion in OTB casino decisions. It failed 10 - 7.....so not only do you have party leaders pulling a fast one over on you - telling you this was approved by voters when it was actually never approved - 10 SC Legislators endorsed it and don't want to prevent it from happening again: MURATORE, MARTINEZ, CILMI, BARRAGA, MCCAFFREY, STERN, D'AMARO, SPENCER, SCHNEIDERMAN, and GREGORY. Hold their votes against them next County election....don't forget. TOB passed a sense resolution, but also has legal standing and doesn't want to act. Go to https://www.facebook.com/NoSuffolkCasino for more information. Here's the video of a Medford Civic Association representative telling the TOB the authority and responsibility it has as the closest local governing board: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=334236040098047 .
“ Authorizing Casino Gaming
The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved? 
MOVE TO AMEND BROOKHAVEN
This is a local organization here in the Town of Brookhaven working hard to get support from local politicians to overturn the Citizen's United Decision. Here is their flyer and their website is https://movetoamend.org/ny-brookhaven. The 2010 Citizens' United decision unleashed a flood of unlimited donations to SuperPacs, dark money (think the US Chamber of Commerce), and independent expenditures in elections, further corrupting our elections. SCAME can spend unlimited amounts of PAC money on independent expenditures on candidates they endorse or oppose....sounds great doesn't it? Until you find out SCAME is being outspent by other sources, i.e., corporations, SuperPacs, individuals, and social welfare funds that have more money to burn to get their politicians in office. Who do you think your politician is going to listen to, the hedge fund executive who spent a million dollars on a SuperPac to get him elected and who took $10,000 from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund (a congressman from our area), or you - who couldn't match the $1,010,000? You want a level playing field, you want fair elections, you want labor rights, or a legitimate discussion on any topic, the first thing you have to do is pass a 28th Amendment overturning the Citizen's United decision. A sense resolution came before the TOB and it failed....ROMAINE, PANICO, BONNER, AND MAZZEI abstained......WALSH, KEPPERT, & FIORE-ROSENFELD voted for it.....ROMAINE said his reason for abstaining was that the TOB doesn't do sense resolutions, yet he's voted and entertained many a sense resolution since. I also witnessed ROMAINE use my library as a campaign stop...libraries should not be used for campaigning.
For anyone new to this site - the purpose of this site is to counter the libel, slander, bullying, harassment, expulsion, and selective information by the leaders, lawyers, and consultants, of the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees.
LOOK BEYOND THE STAGE TO BEHIND THE CURTAIN. "Sour grapes" "Sore loser" "Crazy" - all attempts at character assassination from corrupt union leaders and politicians towards members who dare to stand up for their rights. When you hear that, ask the person "What are you hiding?" Countless attempts have been made seeking corrective action, to no avail. The majority of the Board of Directors (Executive Board & Unit Presidents) have sold their souls for their "get out of work" card and ego being stroked. Obstruction of justice in the union has become the norm, not the exception. You are entitled to justice, don't let anyone tell you differently.
LABOR CONSULTANT VIOLATES FEDERAL ELECTION LAW: Thomas Germano, PhD, made harassing comments towards members-at-large that request their PAC money back at the 1/28/14 training session for Unit Election committee members. Federal Election Law is clear (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title11-vol1/xml/CFR-2011-title11-vol1-sec114-5.xml):
- Union members have the right to refuse PAC contributions without the fear of reprisal:
This means no one in the union or whose salary is paid for by the union, can harass, bully, or retaliate against any member who elects to request their PAC money back. They can say what they want about you privately to one another, but they can't do it publicly at union meetings or in any union forum.
Mr. Germano stated at the training session for the unit election committees "members who pay PAC all year long and then request it back at the end are not real union members, I call them pretend members." Read my letter here to the Union's Executive Board asking for the resignation of Mr. Germano. The letter was buried by the Executive Board until I distributed it at the GMM on 3/11/14, then it came before the BOD meeting on 3/27/14 and the majority deferred to Dan Farrell, that Germano's comments were acceptable because it was only his "opinion". It's a given it's Mr. Germano's opinion, but it's still a violation of federal election law. Mr. Germano is paid for with your union dues, and he's harassing members who are paying his salary. He is also head of the Ambassador Committee and the in-house The Labor-Management Center. I also notified Union attorney Barry Peek and he has done nothing either on this matter. Pay PAC or don't pay PAC, just don't endorse the violation of the members' rights. US Supreme Court ruled that states can end automatic payroll deduction of public employee PAC contributions, YSURSA, SECRETARY OF STATE OF IDAHO, ET AL. v. POCATELLO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ET AL. Imagine your union having to ask you for PAC contributions, instead of you having to ask for them back and jumping through hoops while the union is violating your rights.
SCAME VIOLATES FEDERAL ELECTION LAW AND EXTORTS MEMBERS FOR PAC MONEY: Federal Election law is also clear that Unions can only solicit PAC contributions (http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_pac.shtml), they can not make PAC contributions mandatory. Union bylaws have violated federal election law for the last 7 years requiring mandatory PAC contributions from members in order to hold office and be on committees. Union attorney Barry Peek lied to the membership at the 3/11/14 GMM that there was a 2005 court case involving Stony Brook University that said it's legal. Ask him for the index # of the court case so you can look up the decision yourself. I did and Mr. Peek said, "I don't have to give you anything, I don't represent you, I represent the union." It's the second time Mr. Peek stated, "I don't represent you, I represent the union." SCAME needs to issue a recall on all the t-shirts they distributed that state "I'm AME, I'm the union" because according to Barry Peek it's not true.
Denying the members the right to hold office and be on committees is also a form of reprisal/retaliation for requesting your PAC money back - violation of federal election law again - and since SCAME is requiring you to pay PAC money when you're legally entitled to hold office without the payment of PAC money, it constitutes the crime of extortion - requiring someone to pay for something they're legally entitled to without that payment. Extortion and racketeering doesn't just involve the threat of physical force - extortion is defined as requiring someone to pay for something they're legally entitled to without the payment, with or without physical force, and racketeering is defined as obstruction of justice by an organization, with our without physical force.
SIGN MY PETITION HERE TO END THE EXTORTION BY SCAME: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/end-the-extortion-in-the-suffolk-county.
DAN FARRELL, AME PRESIDENT, VIOLATES CAMPAIGN PLEDGE: Mr. Farrell ran on the campaign pledge to reinstate the members that were expelled from the union: Brian Watts, Phyliis Garbarino, and Lydia Sabasto. Hasn't happened. Time to expel Dan Farrell, and Cheryl Felice for the corruption, extortion, libel, slander, and violations of member rights all these years. IT'S OBSCENE THAT CHERYL FELICE IS HEAD OF THE BENEFIT FUND. Someone without scruples should not be in charge of or have access to your personal information at the Benefit Fund. County Legislature endorsed new patronage position and civil service title created for Ms. Fellce by CE Steve Bellone- at taxpayer expense - after losing the 2012 union election. Birds of a feather stick together, but it doesn't mean you have to accept it and can't call them on it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I held back for a while hoping the change the new union administration promised would happen, but it didn't.
PATIENT CARE UNIT MEMBERS - MEETING MONDAY 3/31/14 AT UNION HEADQUARTERS ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE HEALTH CENTERS. EXPRESS YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. GUARANTEED NO LAYOFF CLAUSE IN EXCHANGE FOR UNION AGREEING NOT TO CHALLENGE COUNTY'S VIOLATION OF THE NYS RFP LAW. I'M NOT GOING AGAINST ANYONE CONCERNED FOR THEIR JOBS, AND I UNDERSTAND, JUST STATING THE FACTS. WHAT 'S BEEN LOST IN THE MESSAGING TO THE MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC IS ALL THE COUNTY CLINICS HAVE PROVIDED ALL THESE YEARS, TO THE PATIENTS OF THE HEALTH CENTERS, AND THE OMISSION OF THE VIOLATION OF THE STATE RFP LAW. SAVINGS BY THE COUNTY WILL BE OFFSET BY FEDERAL, STATE, AND COUNTY TAXES, AS THE NEW OWNERS RELY ON FEDERAL, STATE, AND COUNTY FUNDING IN ORDER TO OPERATE.
COMING SOON - SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATORS CITE FISCAL CRISIS AS REASON FOR WAIVING THE STATE RFP PROCESS IN SALE OF COUNTY NURSING HOME AND HEALTH CENTERS, WHILE SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATORS CONTINUE TO ENJOY MEMBER ITEMS AND FAIL TO PUBLISH MEMBER ITEMS IN VIOLATION OF NYS LAW. YOU'VE BEEN DECEiVED THAT MEMBER ITEMS ENDED IN 2011 AND HAVE BEEN DECEIVED ON THE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDING EARMARKED FOR MEMBER ITEMS.
VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, RIGHT? YOU CAN'T!! NOT WITH CROSS-ENDORSEMENT BY POLTICIAL PARTIES WHICH IS ILLEGAL IN 42 STATES DUE TO ELECTION RIGGING. NEED TO CHANGE ELECTION LAW IN NYS TO MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT IN ELECTIONS. 3 COUNTY LEGISLATORS RAN UNOPPOSED AND CROSS-ENDORSED BY 3 PARTIES LAST ELECTION, GUARANTEEING VICTORY 100% AND CHANCE OF LOSING 0%, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED WHEN THEY WROTE THE CONSITUTTION. ALL POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL PARTIES SUPPORT CROSS-ENDORSEMENT AND REELECTION OF DA THOMAS SPOTA WHO VIOLATED THE 1ST, 13TH, AND 14TH AMENDMENTS IN THE SENTOSA NURSING CASE AND RESULTING MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COUNTY, AND WHO VIOLATED HIS DUTY TO PROSECUTE FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE LEVY FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS. EXCEPTION IS THE ONE PERSON WHO RAN AGAINST SPOTA IN A PRIMARY LAST YEAR, AND THE GREEN PARTY WHOSE BYLAWS DON'T ALLOW CROSS-PARTY ENDORSEMENT.
UNRELATED BUT REMEMBER TO VOTE ON YOUR LIBRARY'S BUDGET ON TUESDAY 4/8/14.
PAC REBATES: You have until to 12/1/12 to request your PAC money back. And you should because SCAME is engaging in extortion from members in good standing by mandating PAC contributions in order to hold any office or position within the labor organization. Here's the letter you can download to request your PAC money back. Our Union Bylaws are in violation of federal law in their definition of a member in good standing, and in holding office contingent on PAC money. Modify the letter to your liking. Twice this year I have been told directly by the union that I am not a member in good standing because I requested my PAC money back last year - despite paying full dues for over 14 years - and was denied opportunities to hold office. The simple act of choosing to be a union member, and your dues being automatically deducted by the county comptroller from your paycheck - makes everyone a member in good standing that has been in the union for one to two years. It used to be one year in SCAME, now it's three years. The union will send you a form letter asking you to agree to sign their statement that basically says you are a bad union member. All you need to do is put a big X through their statement that they want you to agree to and write, "I need only request my PAC money back, not agree with what you have written," or better yet, "Mr. Farrell and Board of Directors whom agree: You are violating the rights of all members, and your resignations are in order. Dr. Germano and union attornies, you should do the same."