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2015-16 Hamburg School Budget Meeting Jan. 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Armor Elementary School.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hamburg Spys

"A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation."   Adlai .E. Stevenson

Concerned Hamburger came upon the below email (in blue and red) from Hamburg School Board President David Yoviene written on May 16, 2013- just a few days before he was elected to the school board.   Mr. Yoviene credits Concerned Hamburger for his interest in being on the Hamburg School Board.   Mr. Yoviene pledges to fight to protect first amendments rights, and other noble causes.  He criticizes his predecessors for wasteful spending which lined the pockets of greedy lawyers.  Mr. Yoviene, you and your ilk have eclipsed the transgressions of Dr. Calkins et. al..  Surely, the legal bills and other channeling of monies away from the kids under your watch is tipping toward the 1/2 million dollar mark.   

For example, it was recently learned that the Hamburg School Board, Hodgson Russ Law Firm and a firm called DIGITS- digital forensic solutions spent thousands of  taxpayer dollars in a scheme to learn the identity of an "anonymous blogger".  It has also been learned that the anonymous blogger is Concerned Hamburger.   This tri-party plan to discover, at the very least questionably and perhaps illegally,  the ISP carrier and identity of a private citizen pauses one to ponder the ethical and legal ramifications of the clandestine scheme funded by dollars earmarked for Hamburg kids.    Mr. Yoviene,  don't you think this money could have been better spent?  Perhaps pay a grant writer to go after monies for sidewalks, hockey teams and restoring teachers and programs so kids aren't pent up in study halls?    

Sorry children you will have to raise your own money in cookie sales to fund your clubs and sports, we are taking your money to spy on private citizens. 

It is widely accepted in some circles that the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees  the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issue, but upon probable cause,  supported by oath or
As seen in the Hamburg Sun 
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.   

One must wonder if they are still teaching the Bill of Rights in law schools?  It appears not.  Alternatively,  the Bill of Rights is being taught, but not learned.  In Hamburg anything goes, and it seems there are plenty of attorneys frothing at the mouth for a piece of the Hamburg school budget.   Dozens of lawyers and private companies have been beneficiaries of the piss on the Constitution approach practice in Hamburg.

The email from David Yoviene, below in blue and red,  was written to Concerned Hamburger just a few days after a NYS Supreme Court Judge quashed a subpoena issued to Google for the identity of Concerned Hamburger and the identity of bloggers Klozman and Super.   Concerned Hamburger, Klozman and Super won in court, and the school district and its attorneys had egg on their faces.   At the end of the court hearing, attorney for Concerned Hamburger remarked, “it’s just wrong,  it’s strong-armed, storm trooper type of tactics”.  He also called it an “assault on the First Amendment.     Now, it seems you can add the 4th Amendment to the the assault list. 

"Dear Concerned Hamburger,

 If it wasn’t for this blog I would not be running for Hamburg School Board. I commend you for your bravery and for standing up for the students, teachers and taxpayers of the Hamburg School District.
I realize you cannot control the comments posted on this blog. However, that is what blogs are all about “Free Speech” and “opinions”. I do not particularly like the nasty personal comments. But these blogs have sprung up at every district that has employed our current superintendent. It is the poor leadership of The Board and The Superintendent that leads to these comments. These blogger fear from possible retribution from The Board and Superintendent. From what we have seen in the Buffalo News, all four local news channels and the Hamburg Sun it is obvious that The Board and Superintendent are trying to silence anyone who opposes their opinions.

I will stand and fight to protect anyone who exercises their First Amendment Rights by expressing their opinions on this blog.

 After I am elected , I will fight to stop all payments to the  Harris Beach Law Firm. I will get it done. I will wipe the stench of Harris Beach from our District and begin the healing immediately.
My wife and I have lived in this school district our entire lives. Two of my children graduated from Hamburg and I still have a 5th Grader at Armor.  We grew up with many of the teachers that taught our children. Those teacher worked hard with my children. They never gave up even when my children struggled. That is something I will never forget. That is why I cannot stand on the sidelines and watch our beautiful school system torn to shreds.
I have always wanted to pay those teachers back. Teacher morale has never been lower. That is not the way you run a school system.  Therefore, I am running for school board and will never stop fighting to bring our once happy school district back to the way it always was.
I have been on the Hamburg School Transportation Committee for 18 Years. The School Board presented The Federally Funded Safe Route to School  Program to us 3 months after the deadline had passed. They talked about it at board meetings but were too busy fighting like children to meet the deadline. We all know the results, six districts around Hamburg received in excess of $400,000. Hamburg received nothing because we missed the deadline. Now, The BOE announced 3 months ago that there is a new similar federal program. They have yet to send it to the Transportation Committee. We need sidewalks fixed at Charlotte Ave and need money to fix that massive traffic jam at the Middle School. Nevertheless, our School Board has already forgotten about it. They are too busy with damage control and trying to justified the thousands of dollars wasted on that ridiculous lawsuit.

  It will turn my stomach to vote yes on the budget. But, we do not have a choice. The money is already gone. All that money is safely in the Harris Beach bank account.  We must vote yes to preserve our programs and teachers. If the budget is voted down, the current board will have to bring a new budget to the voters in June. That is the same board that cut 56 teachers and a ton of programs. As the board stated at the last meeting, nothing will stop them from this frivolous lawsuit or hunting down bloggers. Remember, our reserves are almost depleted. Next year tax increase will be almost identical to this year’s outrageous 5.4% increase.

My platform is simple:
·         Stop the lawsuit and the wasteful spending
·         Listen to Teachers and Parents, especially regarding this State testing. Parents should know their options. It is the Boards responsibility to relay this valuable information.
·         Work with our elected officials to find new sources of revenues
·         Apply for every grant possible. Perhaps an incentive to teachers that write and apply for grants.
·         Work in harmony and cooperation with my fellow board members

Most important remember to vote on May 21st at the High School

Thank you,

Dave Yoviene
Cell # 716-574-XXXX

This is my work e mail, I would like to keep it private. That is why I gave the AOL e mail.  You are welcome to post the above to the blog if you wish.

I support you and thank you for this blog. I would have never know

You can call me on my cell or e mail me if you wish."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hamburg School Board will have a special meeting to discuss superintendent search on 1-8-15

According to the Hamburg School District web page, the Hamburg School Board will meeting this evening at 6 pm at the Hamburg Administration Building to discuss personnel matters related to the Superintendent Search.  It was announced earlier today that Mr. Jon MacSwan reneged on an agreement to come to Hamburg.  Mr. MacSwan is said to have decided to stay in Cleveland-Hill School District. 

Mr. MacSwan's decision to blow off Hamburg comes just days after the local media agencies announced his selection.  MacSwan must have very good reasons for his choice not to come to Hamburg schools as his decision at the 11th hour will likely be taken in a dim view by search consultant and interim superintendent Vincent Coppola.

Breaking News: Jon MacSwan backs out of Hamburg offer

Top candidate for Hamburg School Superintendent Mr. Jon MacSwan of Cleveland Hill Schools, has backed out of negotiations.    Staff in Hamburg were notified today that Mr. McSwan will be staying in Cleveland Hill. 

So, it seems, back to the drawing board for the Hamburg School Board.   

Can this Board of Education get anything right?     

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jon MacSwan next Hamburg Superintendent

Cleveland Hill Superintendent Jon MacSwan is the choice to be the next Hamburg School Superintendent.  Mr. MacSwan has been at Cleveland Hill since 2011.   According to an article posted on the Cleveland Hill web page, MacSwan is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield High School. He went to Alfred University to obtain his undergraduate degree and most of his graduate work was accomplished at Buffalo State College. 

MacSwan was recently the principal of West Seneca West Senior High School for eight years. Before that, he served as assistant principal at Williamsville East High School where he was also in charge of the summer school program and was district director of the driver education program. Before serving in administrator positions, MacSwan taught special education from kindergarten to 12th grade. 

The Hamburg School Board passed over Karen Geelan of Allegany Limestone for the position. 

It is hoped that the Hamburg School Board hires an ethical lawyer to write and negotiate a contract that protects the interests of the district.     

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hamburg School Foundation alerted Concerned Hamburger to an opening on their Board.

The Hamburg Alumni Foundation is looking for one new board member to fill a vacancy. The person must be a Hamburg School District  graduate and preferably someone with website skills. Please send resume to Hamburg Alumni Foundation PO Box 174 Hamburg, NY 14075.   They did not suggest who resigned, and why,  from the board of the foundation.    

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Commish John King STEPPING DOWN, but moving up.

 John King is moving to DC to work for Arne Duncan in the US Education Department.  Now that John has completely screwed up NYS Education, he is off to cast his misguided net on a wider field.

And, John, who we know has visited Concerned Hamburger, we offer you the following remarks to chew on : 

The 10 Amendment to the United States Constitution states: 

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." 

Since education is not mentioned in the Constitution, it is one of those powers reserved to the states. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A scab has been picked

The Hamburg School Board voted to appoint Mr. Robbin List to fill the seat from which Catherine Forcucci was oustered in one of the most disgusting affronts to democracy in New York State School history.   Mrs. Forucci appealed the action of the boars of Hamburg to the New York State Education Commish John King.  And, she is challenging the votes of Canadian Cam and David Yoviene in Federal Court.  

It seems that the Hamburg School Board hasn't quite gotten that for which they have been searching.  The Boars made absurd justifications that Forcucci had to go so that dignity would be restored to the Norman Rockwell-esque community.    


President Yoviene is quoted in a WIVB report saying, "that in Hamburg we don't always get along".    What a strange remark coming from a man who spearheaded the charge of a wild spending spree to ouster a publicly elected official and in so doing made several claims that she was the reason that the Boars weren't getting along.   In the absence of Forcucci what seems to be the problem?    It was reported that Vice President Tom Flynn the turd had another emotional outburst when Mr. Robert Madden was questioned about his affiliations with Concerned Hamburger Awardee Mr. Daniel Chiacchia, and his participation in the public meetings organized by Misters. Edward Pizza  and D. Chiacchia et. al..   Apparently Mr. Madden did not like that question and stormed out of school board meeting after his interview.  What childish conduct for someone who stood at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Grange Building and announced that he and Mr. Chiacchia needed to "grow grass" and get more community members out to hear Mr. Chiacchia et.al plot their course for the district.  Gee Mr. Madden, you should thank your lucky stars that you were not chosen, you might've been the next topic of a Buffalo News article.

So a new body on the school board.   Mr. Robbin List, an educator.  He spent several years on the West Seneca Board of Education in the 1980s and 1990s and again in 2010- filling a vacant seat.   He ran again for West Seneca Board in 2011, won a seat and resigned effective January 3, 2013.  He and his family moved to Hamburg, which disqualified him from serving in West Seneca.

 Good wishes to you Mr. List, you surely will have much on your plate.  The next 6 months of work in Hamburg will include hiring a new superintendent, and digging out of the wild financial mess created by Dick Jetter.   A word of advice to Mr. List, do not ask any questions and certainly do not raise any issues that might actually be cause for any other member of the school board to think.  You see, Mr. List, you will find out very quickly, these are not the brightest people on the planet.  If you show up, sit down and vote yes- you will do just fine sir.   And,  should you have the opportunity to choose your seat, do not sit near Mr. Flynn, he has been known to throw his books when having his temper tantrums.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jetter in Alcoholic Outpatient Therapy- Court Approval Needed Before Getting an Education Job

Former Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter appeared in Erie County court to answer for the lies he was caught telling about damage to his car.  (It has been suggested that his other lies that haven't been caught will have consequences that lie in the future, no doubt. )  Dick Jetter's suave attorney played the fiddle of "Jetter the Victim".    One is to guess that his defense cost him at the very least $20,000.   His attorney read statements from Steven Achramovitch, Colleen Kaney, Captain Michael Melisz  (Hamburg Village Police) and his wife's former husband.  These individuals suggested that Jetter was a victim of a dysfunctional Hamburg School District.

Jetter the Jerk
Jetter- the liar, the thief and the infidel- is also  Jetter the Drunkard.   The judge ordered the lush to remain in alcohol abuse treatment, and to keep himself clean for at least one year.  Jetter has to pay $1,000 of taxpayer dollars as a fine and do about 250 days of community service.   It was revealed to Concerned Hamburger, that the Erie County Assistant District Attorney read a statement in court asking the Judge to sentence drunk Dick to jail time.   The ADA told the Court that Dick's lies were known to Hamburg School District Safety Office, James Martinez, on the evening of May 6, 2014.   It was stated that Mr. Martinez plucked utility pole shrapnel from the door jam of Jetter's white Nissan.  It was stated that Jetter told James Martinez, a probationary district employee, to " go along with the lies".  It appears that Martinez, and possibly others, covered for  Dick the Drunkard.

James Martinez, a probationary employee,  is still employed by the district, even though it appears he aided and abetted Jetter in his lies.

Dick Jetter is collecting a pay check from the district and one years health insurance.   The Judge denied local Hamburg attorney Dan Chiacchia the opportunity to speak at the Jetter sentencing.   It was reported that a concerned Mr. Chiacchia was seated in the court room, and was chummy with the Assistant District Attorney.  Erie County DA Sedita appeared on WIVB calling Jetter a Jerk for calling a press conference after he lied about his car trying to portray himself a martyr.   Click here for the link to WIVB:  Jetter Sentenced.   Concerned Hamburger suggests that " jerk", while accurate,  understates the mental disposition of Dick Jetter.   Strangely, the attorneys for Jetter attempted to blame the alleged Hamburg dysfunction as the cause of Jetter's conduct.   Rather, the dysfunction in Hamburg was the result of Jetter.   In fact, it was Jetter, himself, who labeled Hamburg as dysfunctional.   Takes one to know one, so it seems,  Jetter.

The Judge ordered that Dick Jetter must have court clearance before obtaining any job in public education.  So, if some school district were stupid enough to offer Dick a job, he would have to ask the court for permission to work in public schools.

Dick Jetter's license to hold public school credentials is under review by NYSED. He could lose his license to teach in NYS when it is determined he does not possess morals nor character.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Richard Jetter, " I am not scared"

Richard Jetter, "I am not scared".  So were the words of Richard Jetter in news media reports just 6 months ago.  Click link for WGRZ report : WGRZ REPORT MAY 7, 2014.  One wonders if days before Jetter faces the man in the black ropes if he is now scared?

Former Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter will be sentenced on Tuesday November 25, 2014.  Richard Jetter's crimes were reduced in a deal cut with the Erie County DA's office.   One wonders what sort of horse trading was being done for Jetter's crimes to be reduced.  Surely, any public official who steals money, lies, files false police reports and accuses innocent people of crimes they did not commit should face the music?   But, so it seems, not in this case.   Doctor Jetter appears to have the goods on lots of folks, and in exchange for a reduced charge, he might keep his mouth shut.   So it seems.

Dick Jetter left his job as superintendent on May 5, 2014 and got  drunk during the day with a district employee.  Dr. Jetter drove his car around a utility pole.  The next day after a Hamburg School Board meeting, in an effort to blame others,  Dick feigned shock and horror to the community and media after viewing his damaged car. He pretended it was his first encounter with the bumped up vehicle.    Dick, members of the Hamburg Board of Education, staff members and union leadership attempted to hoodwink the public into believing that some "rogue" faction in Hamburg were responsible for the damage.    In the furtherance of his fantasy,  Dick had himself a pity party.  He called a media conference, and a rally to dress-up up his lies.  The community was drowning in condolences for Dick.  Dick was a victim.

Dick and Hamburg Board President attempted to blame the "CSF" camp.  Dick Jetter lied to his wife, Jennifer Jetter, which prompted her to make a Facebook post in which she cast blame on CSF, Sally Stephenson and others (did she ever apologize to those folks?).   It is clear that Dr. Jetter's lies were not told only to the school community, but also to his wife.   Dick Jetter allowed the lies to continue, despite the facts that were revealed.  

On June 25, 2014 during the kangaroo hearings of Catherine S. Forcucci (aka CSF), her attorney revealed evidence to Hamburg District attorney Andrew Freedman which placed Jetter and his white Nissan Sentra around a utility pole in South Buffalo on 5-5-14.  Andew Freedman did nothing with this information (see Hodgson Russ-Hamburg legal bills).   Dick Jetter and some members of the board allowed the lies to continue.   Eyewitnesses saw Dick Jetter wrap his car around a utility pole as a Hamburg School administrator stood by laughing at the sight, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story?   Dick Jetter submitted claims to the school district for the damage to his car, and he was reimbursed.  In other words, he is a thief.

Make no bones about it readers, it was Catherine Forcucci and her attorney that discovered and uncovered Doctor Jetter's lies, not the Hamburg Village police,  like some people might like you to believe.

Dick's mask started to crack, and by the middle of July seeing the writing on the wall, he turned himself in to the Hamburg Village Police.   But prior to turning himself in to the police, Doctor Jetter put in a legal claim against board members and the district (see legal bills). Was he planning a lawsuit against the district?

And, it has been stated by some, that Dick Jetter claimed he would "sue" the Buffalo News if any allegations were made that he damaged his own car in a drunken escapade with a school district employee.   Various media outlets reported that Dick tried to blame board member Sally Stephenson for cooking up the truthful story of his rendezvous with the utility pole.  Dick was blaming any of his imaginary demons, yet all he needed to do was take a look at demon number one in the mirror.

Richard Jetter has no conscience.  Even a cursory review of psychopathic traits would lead one to thoughts of Richard Jetter.  

And, Hamburg you are paying for it.   It is time for you to make your voice heard to the Judge.   You should write a letter telling the Judge that this kind of conduct is not acceptable in public service, or anywhere for that matter.  Hamburg Schools has lost clubs, and programs.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been wasted,  and you paid for it. The lies of the Jetter Administration soiled an entire generation of Hamburg students.   And, what will Jetter get?

Recently a blogger remarked about a post on local attorney Dan Chiacchia's Facebook page, and Concerned Hamburger can not agree more.   Mr. Chiacchia urges his friends to take pen to paper and write to Judge Franczyk.   He suggests that the Jetter conduct should not be tolerated in public life (see in blue below).

So Hamburg community- now is your chance to tell Richard Jetter what you think of his conduct.   It is your public duty to be heard.  Take a moment and write to the Judge.   Silence suggests indifference.

Dick Jetter 
Hats off to you Mr. Chiacchia- your Facebook post gets the "Concerned Hamburger" award. 

"Former Hamburg School Superintendant Richard Jetter is being sentenced before Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 2 PM after having pled guilty to Filing a False Police Report. I urge all members of our community to attend the sentencing or at the very least write a letter to the judge urging just and fair punishment for a public official who violated our trust. Something is just not right when someone pleads guilty to perpetrating a fraud upon the public and then walks away with $125,000.00 for his troubles. This does not include the thousands in attorney fees to clean up his mess. Don't forget the time and energy expended by our Village Police Department in investigating this false crime Jetter reported. Taking full responsibility for your actions is not holding our district hostage for additional pay and benefits. The old saying that he's laughing all the way to the bank keeps resonating in my ears. Let Judge Franczyk know that Jetter needs to make full restitution, which means paying back all the money that he coerced from our district after he failed us. 
Your letters can be addressed to 
Judge Franczyk at 
25 Delaware Ave.
Part 20
Buffalo, New York, 14202 
The fax number is 845-7510."

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Buffalo News just can't get enough of Jetter

Disgraced former Hamburg School Superintendent Dick Jetter and his bride, Jennifer, make a cameo appearance in this morning's Buffalo News.   At the risk of feeding Dick's megalomania, he looks like he and his wife are singing back- up for the prominent local attorney recently hired by Canisius High School Board of Trustees to look into the fired administrator/athlete cheating scandal.   At the very least, Canisius High School has legitimate school related scandals unlike the as the world churns soap operatic drama of Hamburg Schools.

Dick and Jen Jetter doing back up. Wouldn't it be nice to know what he knows.