Schenectady-The Reality Show

January 29, 2010

Sometimes I think they ought to travel around the city of Schenectady following the police and other city officials with a camera.  It would make for an interesting reality show.

The problem is that no one would believe it.  They’d say it was way too far fetched to be reality.  Like the saying goes truth is far stranger than fiction.  How ironic.

Daily Gazette pundit Carl Strock would be the main producer for the show.  One of his latest pieces talks about a bizarre coincidence regarding two recent arrests made on the same night.

Folks, you just can’t make this stuff up!

Recently Schenectady Police Officer John W. Lewis was arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  This was Lewis’ 6th arrest in just under two years.  The fact that he’s just being suspended and not being terminated is unbelievable enough, but we’re just getting started with this tale!

It turns out the scene of this accident was at the Ellis Hospital Emergency room parking lot.  That’s where Officer Lewis was getting his drunk on!

It makes you wonder.  Was Lewis on duty while at the ER?  Was he really hitting the old sauce and no one noticed?  Or was this just another night for him drinking on the job?

But wouldn’t you just know it!  Of all the rotten luck!  Lewis goes and whacks a car in the parking lot on the way home.


Unbelievable enough for you?

But wait!

There’s more!

While John Lewis was under arrest for hitting a parked car and DWI just six blocks away there was another arrest was taking place.  Sheri Greenleaf was under arrest for driving with a suspended license and operating an unregistered vehicle.

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.

And of course there’s the whole matter of having a known domestic terrorist on your pay role working for the school district as a glorified janitor.

They must be smoking crack!

There’s certainly enough to keep attorney Sheri Greenleaf busy.  So busy she even forgot to renew her license.

Sometimes real life is wilder even than the TV series NCIS

or even a reality show called


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Who’s Next?

January 21, 2010

Now that a Republican is going to be sitting in the Senate seat that’s been held by a Kennedy since 1952 everyone is wondering.

Is this a sign of what’s to come in 2010?

It makes you think,

Who’s next?

How about Kirsten Gillibrand!

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A New York History Lesson

January 16, 2010

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It’s one thing to forget about mistakes made generations ago. But stupid New York State should have known better.

Those who forget their RECENT history are doomed to repeat it. And that’s just inexcusable!

A report and audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli‘s office of the New York State Department of Transportation reveals a number of bridges across the state are in need of repair – and some may be in worse shape than the Champlain Bridge which was recently shut down and demolished.  HT-CN9


When it comes to our bridges we’ve literally been down this road before.  This isn’t the first time we’ve suddenly had a large amount of bridges in need of repair.

It happened less than a quarter century ago.  It was the case of the most spectacular case of bridge failure in New York State.  We should have learned our lesson then.

The Schoharie Creek Bridge on the New York State Thruway collapsed on the morning of April 5, 1987 after three decades of service.  The collapse of pier three caused two spans to fall into the flooded creek.  Five vehicles fell into the river, and ten occupants died.

Back then as now there was a mad rush to inspect all of New York’s bridges.  Not only were a number found to be in need of repair but a number were found impassable.  In the Albany area the Route 4 bridge just north of Schuylerville was closed as a result of these inspections.

If only we learned our lesson back then.  Don’t take bridges for granted, but inspect them frequently.  Either that or 20 years from we’ll be going through the same thing someplace else!

It’s just so frustrating when it seems no matter what the issue is politicians have to play their games.  They don’t care that lives and livelihoods could be at stake.

How can we get more people in government who care more about something other than just getting reelected?

What say you?

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This is way over the Top!

I’m not a prude or an over religious hypocrite.

This is America where we have free speech.  So it’s OK if people want entertainment that may be offensive to others.

Fine, I get it.

But what about family time on public airwaves where there are young children watching with no parental controls or supervision?

That’s when we’ve got to draw the line.

Last weeks American Dad episode had implied oral sex and bestiality.

At first I thought maybe the morality police types were being over sensitive.

Not this time.

This is so bad “Word Press” might flag this clip on me.

But I’m posting this here so you don’t think I’m being a prude.

To make matters worse this show is supposed to be popular among school kids, or so they say.  (NOT in MY house!)

It either belongs in the trash heap or on a network like “Adult Swim


Fair enough?

WARNING!  (It’s really nasty)

This is why every big TV network is blocked at my house.  Unless we approve it the kids can’t watch it.  If enough households do that it’s going to put a big dent in their precious sweep ratings.

OH WELL!!!!  Too bad for them!

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We Done Good Capital Land!

January 4, 2010

Local Albany area convenience store chain “Stewart’s” broke their record in collecting donations for local children’s charities.

According to the official Stewart’s website the total raised from all their stores was 630,000.  The company will match that amount making the total amount raised for local children’s charities 1 and a quarter million.

We done good Capital land!

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