Belshazzar and Schenectady Board Member James Casino

September 2, 2009

How on earth can I connect an obscure character from The Bible to a Schenectady School Board member?

You may remember the story from Sunday School. King Belshazzar of ancient Babylon is throwing this big shindig where he decides to use the sacred golden goblets plundered from The Temple in Jerusalem to drink from. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appear and write 4 words on the plaster of the wall, nearby. The only one one who can interpret the meaning of the words is the prophet Daniel. Only he can understand the proverbial writing on the wall.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+5&version=TNIV

The message in a nutshell was

“Just because you’re all that now doesn’t mean you can mock God. Your judgment day is coming!”

Jump to the 21st century and we have Schenectady School Board member James Casino and his wife Donna who threw a couple of parties for their son over the summer.  He had just graduated high school.

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=836815&newsdate=9/2/2009

There were several guests at the party below the legal drinking age of 21.  Not only was their alcohol served at the party there was serious binging going on by both James Casino and his wife who just happens to be a sixth grade teacher at one of the city’s elementary schools.

The reason we know all is because they posted pictures of the party on Facebook!  Talk about hubris and thinking you’re so all that!

They’re all like,

“We party in front of our kids and we let the world know on Facebook what great examples we are!

Woo Hoo! (cue The Beastie Boys)

Paaaaaaarrrrrrrrtaaaaaay!”

So who will read the writing on the wall for the Casino family?

Is it Carl Strock, the Daily Gazette columnist who broke the story?

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2009/aug/30/0830_strock830/

Will it be the other members of the Schenectady School Board who may have to decide what’s the right thing to do in this case?

Or will it be the citizens of Schenectady?  Someone will certainly bring this up at tonight’s board meeting during the time  for public comments.

Or perhaps the writing on the wall will be in May at the next school board election.

How much is it going to take before my fellow voters in Schenectady get off their fannies and vote all the rascals out?

Lord help us!

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2 Responses to “Belshazzar and Schenectady Board Member James Casino”


  1. […] Graduation levels have been just over 50%.  Last year several students committed suicide.  The police were called in several times to quell incidents of violence, during and after school hours.  One melee turned into a riot.  Then there’s the behavior of the school board members themselves. […]


  2. […] Ms. Greenleaf just happens to be the attorney for the embattled city school district.  The same district where a member just resigned for conduct after hours.  It seems he and his wife held a wild drinking party with plenty of underage teens present.  We know this because they put the whole thing up on facebook. […]


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