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Friday, August 23, 2013

"The most un-American thing in the country today."

The controversial House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was established in 1938 to weed out perceived communists that were thought to be a threat to the American way of life.  HUAC had far-reaching subpoena powers that were used to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties.  Former President Harry Truman called HUAC, "the most un-American thing in the country today."  HUAC along with Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) made far-reaching claims about ordinary and extra-ordinary Americans alleging communist ties and subversive pro-Marxist sympathy, which we know today were simply the manifestations of fear and the preservation of power at the highest levels of the Federal government.  

In the last several days, Concerned Hamburger has been reflecting on the House Un-American Activities Committee, Senator McCarthy and the Subversive Activities Control Board of the United State Senate which history teaches us were the some of the nearest examples of fascism the United States had known until arguably the U. S Patriot Act.  

In the words of Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, "all politics is local". 

Some examples of fascist acts by local authorities and overly self-important school board members and administrators have led to attacks of teachers and community members who simply exercised rights guaranteed by the Federal and State Constitutions.  The actions of these local folks smacks of fascist- un-American conduct,  the investigators ought be the ones investigated.  

In the last few days, the Western New York community has been stunned by news coming from the Cheektowaga Police and the Cheektowaga Central School District regarding three Cheektowaga teachers who accepted telephone calls from a former student incarcerated for murder.  Three Cheektowaga teachers accepted telephone calls from a former student and spoke to the former student as he awaited trial in a murder case.  Naturally, terrible emotions related to the death of a student beset the Cheektowaga community and the families of the two men involved in this horrible tragedy.

Now, it seems that the Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack has staged a public relations campaign against three teachers who did not break any laws by speaking to their former student behind bars.  The police chief claims the teachers interfered with an investigation, but failed to tell the public the details. Mr. Zack intended to release the names of the teachers and the recording of their conversations with the incarcerated young man in a press conference on Thursday, but the teachers secured attorneys and the police and the school district buckled under the treats of lawsuits.  It is abundantly clear that these teachers did not break any laws, or they would have been arrested.  New York State Penal Code is extensive, and if the police had anything on these teachers they could have found something in the Penal Code with which to charge the teachers.  Clearly, there was nothing and as one commenter said in the Buffalo News the accusations were made in an effort to destroy the careers of three teachers. 

See story as it was reported in The Buffalo News.
Cheektowaga Teachers 



The Cheektowaga Central School Board unanimously voted to place all three teachers on paid administrative leave pending an internal district investigation.  The Cheektowaga police could do nothing legally to the teachers, so now they are going after their jobs.   Two Cheektowaga police officers are on the Cheektowaga Board of Education and BOTH officers/board members voted to place the teachers on paid administrative leave.  What a shocking conflict of interest.  Had either of those officers/board members had an iota of decency they would have recused themselves from the discussion and the vote.


It appears that the Cheektowaga Police have been swapping stories with the Hamburg Police.  The Hamburg Village Police have a history of tampering with the employment of teachers in the Hamburg Central School District.  If  Hamburg police  or Mayor Thos. Moses or any other ranking member of the tiny little speck of a community called the Village of Hamburg feel they would like to "mess" or harm staff members of the Hamburg School Community, they simply make up stories and contact their friends on the school board and in the district office.


Yes readers, this kind of thing goes on in our communities.  

If you are still in disbelief about this, you need only review recent events in the Hamburg School Community.  It was reported to Concerned Hamburger, that Acting Superintendent Rick Jetter and Boston Valley School Principal James Martinez called the Orchard Park police on a group of young male professionals who attended the Hamburg Board of Education August 2013 meeting.

A small group of men who attended the Hamburg School Board Meeting to congratulate newly elected board members David Yoveine, Laura Heeter and Catherine Schrauth were harassed by Principal James Martinez during the meeting.  Concerned was told that Mr. Martinez heckled the men as they sat at the board meeting.  Mr. Martinez called the police on the male board attendees, and the police did nothing.  It was reported that a newly elected board member felt nervous at the sight of the young professional men, who spent many hours working on the campaign to elect Laura Heeter to the Hamburg Board of Education.   It was reported, that Mrs. Heeter made campaign promises to one of the professional men in attendance at the August Board of Education meeting that she failed to make good on, and Mrs. Heeter panicked as the result.  

But this is not the end of the story.

Concerned was notified yesterday that Mr. Martinez and Mr. Jetter called the Superintendent of another WNY school district, where one of the young men is a teacher.   Mr. Jetter and Mr. Martinez manufactured stories about the young teacher who attended the August Hamburg Board meeting with the sole purpose of negatively impacting this teachers employment status.   The teacher was called into superintendent's office on the other WNY school district and threatened to be placed on paid administrative leave for simply attending a Hamburg Board of Education meeting.   Board of Education meetings are open to the public and everyone has the right to attended without fear of being lied about to one's employer.  The other men in this small group who attended the Hamburg August Board of Education were  teachers, law enforcement professionals and a business owner.  Mr. Martinez and Mr. Jetter attempted to influence the employment status of these men, simply for attending a board meeting. 

Has history taught us nothing about freedom, liberties and the rights we enjoy as Americans?

And let us not forget the actions of Superintendent Paul Connolly of Springville Schools writing an email to former Hamburg Superintendent Steven Achramovitch in an attempt to "silence" educator and education activist Christopher Cerrone for simply attending a Springville Board of Education Meeting.

If the new Hamburg Board of Education wants to fulfill their promise of change and transparency, they must act immediately to investigate principal James Martinez, and under-qualified acting Superintendent Mr. Jetter.  Their actions of calling a member of the public's  employer for simply attending a school board meeting must not be tolerated.  It stinks of un-Americanism and appears to be an attempt to economically harm good citizens.  

Are these the kinds of people we want running our schools?   

Mr. Jetter, is calling a person's employer because they attend a school board meeting one of your " six tenets of positivism"?  

These kinds of actions lead to expensive lawsuits against the district, which Concerned was notified will be occurring in short order.  Once again, subversive acts by the Hamburg Administrators and members of the Board of Education have exposed the district to expensive lawsuits.

Shame on the communities of Hamburg, Cheektowaga, Ken-Ton, Alden, Forestville, Frontier, Orchard Park, Niagara Falls, Springville and others for allowing these types of thugs to run your communities.  The actions of these individuals are some of the most un-American in our nation today

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could not agree more with this post . What did Laura do? What did she promise? We are all wondering what is up with her. Is she not who she makes out to be? Rumors are flying and we need answers. Parents UPES

Anonymous said...

Why are we opening ourselves up to legal problems we cannot afford? We apparently are no better off then we were with Steve Achramovitch. Actually Rick Jetter is Steve A's clone.

Steve Achramovitch brought Rick Jetter here to an unsecure job from Ton. because of his lets say Steve type behavior with a teacher in his school. Rumor has it he was forced out. Basically he needed a job S. Achramovitch made it happen.

Highland said...

To anonymous 8-23 3:25 PM

neighbor of Laura's and we agree.

Anonymous said...

This type of behavior makes me sick. Who the hell do these fear mongering individuals think they are? What goes around comes around fire the two we need to do better than this. Shame on the school board for sanctioning strong arm tactics of these two men.

abuse of their positions.

unamerican to its core said...

Is the school board and administration the new HOUSE UNAMERICAN COMMITTEE on who is allowed to attend public meetings?

looks bad

parent bv said...

One thug gone only to be replaced by two more? What is up with this small minded group running our kids schools. Get a grip BV Principal and stop running my kids school like a reform school. Elementary school not a military compound. Last year not a good one for our kids at Boston Valley.

Principal going around and asking parents to contact the school officials and to go to meetings in his behalf. My wife and I sick of this.

Anonymous said...

Yes was making calls from his office inciting parents. BV

Judy said...

Will I be harrassed if I attend a meeting and will I have the police called if I speak publically? Where are these crazy people going with this? Possibly take it out on my kids at school? It is when they spend my kids school dollars trying to silence our freedom of press and now want to silence us from speaking that is offensive. We have the right to free assembly, free speech and freedom of the press, where does any administrator think they are above our constitutional rights and freedoms?

What is up with L. Heeter going to the police and harrassing this teacher on the phone? Judy

Anonymous said...

sounds like something shady

BostonValley said...

Jim Martinez needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

Looks bad, what did she promise those teachers? curious

Anonymous said...

Jim Martinez a good friend of Steve Achramovitch has a short fuse and a hot temper. He is like the guy yelling fire when there is no fire.
Jim belongs in a high school not an elementary school setting. My View

Anonymous said...

wild

Sunset said...

We expect our school board to put a stop to this type of harrassment and not be the cause of it. I don't care who attends, what they have to say as long as they don't physically harm anyone. We are going to have opposing view points.

why bully & punish those attending? said...

The point needs to be made that the school district public meeting is video streamed on the schools web page. Watch the video of the meeting and no where is anyone out of order. Mr. P. 7 minutes of assault and that is it. Why all the fuss?

Why was the employers of those attending called? Sounds more like the Kremlin and not our small school district.

Anonymous said...

Will the three new school board members learn what not to do from the former school board? Transparency and a school board who will listen and not stifle ideas. We had the reigh of terror with the Achramovitch administration we do not want to go back to that and this is why we voted in new school board members and voted Dr. Calkins out. I am glad Calkins is gone as well as the former supt. But please start to keep you promise for more openness and an approachable board that is not out to punish those that speak out. We elimated the reign of terror and we don't want this school board to repeat what we just got rid of.

Anonymous said...

Jetter is a jerk.

staff said...

anonymous 11:14 PM

agree with your entire statement. We need an approachable sb without fear. Stop what has just happened here.

voted for a 3 new sb members

father of 3 said...

Is Jetter & Martinez becoming the new reign of terror? Hopefully not, we are a school system here for the kids not petty politics.

If Ms. Heeter made promises to anyone than that is her problem not our school districts. We should and better not be responsible for her campaigning situation.

Anonymous said...

"overly self-important school board members" you said it perfectly. Get a grip this is a small voting block who elected change and change is what we expect. Let the few scream and yell that we want no more changes. That dude yelling at the school officials to save Jim Martinez's position as Principal . I am sick of the principal politicing for himself. Run the school like an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL where the kids don't fear coming to . Yes many kids fear this principal as well as some staff. Let Mr. P scream and yell we know he was put up to this by Jim himself. Not a fan of this new Principal

Anonymous said...

I remember when I was a student in the Hamburg school district over two decades ago. The biggest thing that we had to worry about back then was a HS principal with a semi-public drinking problem who led a front office full of incompetent people. How in the world did the Hamburg school district devolve into what it is today?

Anonymous said...

THere is a big story coming out in the next few days about Rick jetter. I heard the story is going to be released on the first day of school. Is there a judge near by that can help?

Tom G said...

Here we go again. Mike Gallager is out of work for an undetermined amount of time, and Rick Jetter hired Amanda Bolin as interim vice principal. Yes, former Board President Eilien Rucker's daughter Amanda Bolin. She was only hired in Hamburg because her mother was on the Board. She is the puppet of Ed Osbourne and Peter Roswel. Really, thats the best we can do? Was the job posted? Guess NOT, Jetter is in charge and he had NO idea what he is doing. Looks like another trip to disney land at HHS. What a Joke. Our kids are in the district and if my house wasnt paid for, I would move to another district. What the hell is this board of education doing? Worthless and shady deals going on. I think Joan did a better job.

Anonymous said...

I was told the same thing today about A. Bolin. There is a job posting on the ERIE 1 BOCES Webpage for a temporary BUSSINESS TEACHER. Jetter for all that money can you run spell check?

Frontier grad former Calkins Patient said...

Is it true Mike Gallagher is out on paid administrative leave pending and investigation?

Anonymous said...

What's up with the Hamburg email that everyone got today? What on earth is happening to this district?!?!

Anonymous said...

Jetter and Jordan gave the vice principal job to A. Bolin whose mom was BOE president when all the money was stolen. Mental Health issues with her and obviously jetter and his psycho emails to staff. JordAn and Bolin have a special relationship. What is going on? There is no leadership, no experience running the school district. It's a scary statement to say the jacky peffer has the most experience in the district- it's like the scare at the fair!!! Please board do something about this train wreck. Really Amanda Bolin- she is the most hated person in HHS-

Anonymous said...

stop the gossip...stop the name calling please...pretty please with sugar on top...remember criticism is one thing being mean is another...

Anonymous said...

I'm done with this blog site, I have more fun playing Candy Crush

Anonymous said...

Candy Crush player- get a real hobby- the blog is to inform not to entertain.

Anonymous said...

Who gave Rick Jetter all this power, Achramovitch style? We elected a new board of education and we expect change. Rick Jetter is behaving the same as Achramovitch who was very hated here.

FYI school officials

change please not business as usual

Anonymous said...

Amanda!!!!!! is Jetter for real??????

Middle school teachers said...

Yoviene, Heeter, airhead Flynn and booze hag Collins- were meeting in public and I heard what they had to say- doesn't that mean that they were having a meeting? Where were Sally,mcatherine and holly? They need to meet more often and get rid of jetter- an immature, inexperienced FOOL!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What is Jetter doing appointing Amanda? Jordan"s recommendation? We are all raising our eyebrows.

Undergarments please

Anonymous said...

Next Supt.

Do your homework this time and properly vet potential candidates for school board with a COMPLETE investigation into their backrounds. If this was done properly last time Steve Achramovitch's in any decent school district would never have been hired.



Anonymous said...

We have a scoop on Jetter.

Anonymous said...

Message to Jim Martinez

you are a fool, Rick Jetter is using you to do his dirty work. Jetter wants the district to look a mess so he drives all potential GOOD supt. candidates from the district. Jim, Jetter is playing and using you for what he doesn't have the guts to do himself. He is a snake and a coward. Stop being the fool Jim, you don't want it to come back on you. A Friend

Anonymous said...

where are you concerned?

Anonymous said...

Inexperience is what you are getting with Jetter and this district is in sad shape with him. Look at his new appointment? Was he really interviewing, he had the job filled before his interviews we all know we work here. Is our school board asleep at the wheel.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous September 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

It may be informative, but I have gotten a lot of entertainment reading this blog over the last six months or so. A former resident now living overseas getting a nice window of local politics at its worst... makes me cringe when I read it is Hamburg, NY - and then I can't help but laugh when you can see how ridiculous the whole saga is... it's a school district not a multi-billion dollar company - but the way the BOE carries on you would think it is either a huge joke or the most mismanaged school district in the USA - I feel sorry for the kids of the community - but I still giggle at each passing drama as it unfolds! :) Thanks Concerned Hamburger it certainly makes good lunch time reading! :)

Anonymous said...

IS THERE REALLY A STRIPPER RUNNING THE PTA. MRS WHIPPLE? I just found out- scumbags on deck.

Georgie said...

DID GRACE IBARRA GO TO GRACELAND?

Anonymous said...

Patty Bruner and Tom Flynn, we got all your underhanded lies with your former attorneys and Joan. We will be Blowing the top off of you creeps very very soon- all liars and dirtbags!

Anonymous said...

Strip club on RT 5 Woodlawn closed down a few years ago for prostitution & drugs lost license under the husbands name. Strip club reopened under mother in laws name. Now in the hands of wife who just was fined $30,000. by the state for violations. What violations this time? PTSA ngcauthleadership in HCSD. Hamburg Sun online.

Anonymous said...

to oversees 9/5 11:58

You are wrong it is 60 Million public entity which is educating our children. This is the only place we can let steam off without the administrators taking it out on our kids. It is who you know in this district . It may be entertaining to you but for us it is real and affecting our children. We have lost our charm here starting with that lousey former supt and his side kick a local ego maniac pediatrician. Both gone, things improving, now we need smaller class sizes in our middle school and high school. We are mending with new leadership.

Anonymous said...

correction
former strip club worker now owner.

Yes PTSA leadership

PTSA member

Anonymous said...

In response to a previous comment, not this blog posting, I suggest actually having a conversation with her instead of blogging and writing about her and you'll find out how caring and focused she is on doing what is best for our kids. And not just her, the entire PTA is great and they're doing wonderful things for our children.

Anonymous said...

Hey smarty pants....the article in the online Hamburg Sun regarding Christina Whipple was written by Dan Meyer and Felice Krycia. They don't even work there anymore. Its from 2 years ago. God you guys are dumb.

parents said...

We have just been informed that Mr. Yovine has promised Rick Jetter the Supt. job.

Why have a a bogus search for any potientially fantastic Supt. that will really do what is right for our children, staff and taxpayers.

This is the CRAP we just voted out of office.

We expect the rest of the school board to be more honorable and transparent.

Parents Forest Glen neighborhood

Burt said...

Grace Ibarra was my grandmother. She passed away. B Maggio

Anonymous said...

Whats with the game playing? We deserve a legitmate canvass for the best candidate for our school district. How can anyone promise someone a job without interviewing all prospective candidates for the position?

alum & parents said...

Responding to anonymous 4:38 9/7

Where does the rest of the school board sit with this situation is what we need to know.

Concerned taxpayer, parents and alum

Anonymous said...

Anyone who promises someone a job without interviews especially the job of leader of our kids schools is not honorable. Self serving and shady would be fair to say if this is true.

not one but 2 strip clubs said...

Not just the strip club on Rt. 5 but ownership of strip club in Rochester area.

Anonymous said...

Concerned what is the status with the supt search? ha, ha up our's again?

Anonymous said...

out of control meeting, bullies on the sb as well as parents bullying. T/Flynn had a temper tantrum thru papers at C. Forcucci stormed out meeting yelling & screaming, sb in shock looked on p. collins calls for 10 minute recess , we left at that point, parents also heckling sb for the entire time we were present. It went both ways

Anonymous said...

Tom Flynn's threating behavior toward a female member of the school board was scary.

parent (not part of the anti group.)

Anonymous said...

Parent with no allegiance or agenda other than to support my kids education.
My reason for attending the meeting yesterday evening the extended school day which I support and thank this school board for considering. I can appreciate a spirited discussion.

thank you for supporting this

Wendy said...

Tom Flynn works at m and t bank as a car sales man who gives out credit. Call toms employer and report his harassment of female board members. Maybe Tom will give fired. U know maybe u can get the toy cop who was at the meeting limping around to call the bank and report flynns conduct. The buffalo board is more civilized. Tom Flynns employer M and T bank should know he is a wild out of control person with crazy friends like eddy. Eddy- controll ur kids we hear they bully on the bus. Maybe u should stay home with them instead of being short man on duty at board meetings.

Kk said...

We need to look at Laura Heeter and her teaching credentials. Is she a teacher? Or is she a liar like patty Collins who said she is a nurse. Laura Heeter is a very ill person, watch out she might snap like psycho Tom.

Anonymous said...

Wendy-At first I thought your idea of calling Tom Flynn's employer to have him fired was insane, then I saw that you think he is a car salesman for M&T Bank. After I stopped laughing, I actually started to feel bad for you. You are clearly in over your head here. Car salesman for M&T? Good stuff!

fact not gossip said...

FYI school officials have called employers of those that attend public school board meetings. Just a fact, attempting to and adversly affecting their employment.

Mr. Flynn has an outburst possibly some in attendance feel threatened especially one female member of the sb. and since Mr. Flynn does not feel any wrong doing with these tactics of calling employers, well perhaps his employer should also be notified. IPHONEs have captured it all.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kk,
I have worked with Laura Heeter in the classroom on multiple occasions. She was always professional and did an outstanding job. She truly cares about students, and puts their needs first. I am sure if you actually asked her for proof of her credentials, she would gladly provide you with them.

Accounting mom said...

I am a hamburg parent and I found out that the new assistant principal at hamburg high is emotionally unstable. The board approved a crazy lady as vice principal. Ask the students about her she is insane. Accounting mom.

Anonymous said...

Laura Heeter is a liar. She was not a teacher and does not have certification. She is a phony.

alum said...

Who is unstable?
the members of our school board who refuse to have a financial, independant FREE audit by the State Comptroller. This was reported in the Bflo News 9/12. The big ??, what is Tom Flynn afraid of with an audit? He was so over the top behaving so badly and reacting and exploding. Why his fear the fear of the State coming in here to find out if they have been apppropriately using our tax dollars. From his over reaction, I imagine he has a lot he wants to keep hidden.

I suggest if you have nothing to hide then give up a free forensic audit form the State Comptroller. We need accountability to the ??? it is our taxes and our kids education.

let the State Comptroller Clear this up said...

Tom is an obstructionist to the truth. Give our school district the financial audit, let Tom flap in the wind. Do what is right and responsible. Tom Flynn & Patti Collins have a personal agenda themself to KEEP HIDDEN HOW MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT, Let's end this debate and have the State CLEAR THIS ONE UP. I suggest the big issue is personal for Patti and Tom.

Anonymous said...

I suggest we take this one step further and have the state take over the entire school district temporarily. Remove every member of the school board immediately as they are all part of the problem. Have a non-partisan committee formed from members of the community; 2 teachers, 2 parents, 2 local business leaders, the village mayor and the town supervisor, and 1 chairperson selected by the state education department. That committee interviews, vets, and hires a new superintendent. Next year, the district has another election for all open spots on the school board while not allowing current members to run again. There are obviously some legal issues that would need to be worked out, but the state has the powers to do this and, quite honestly, it is the only way to put this district back on track.

concerned said...

The class size in the middle school unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

this chool district needstobe audited

Anonymous said...

Scandal at the high school. Watch it unfold. Concerned check your email for a wild tale at high school.

Anonymous said...

Tom Flynn acted in an intimidating manner at the last board meeting. He screamed and yelled at female board members and scared them and the audience. He stood up and screamed and pointed at them and acted crazy. This type of intimidating behavior should not be tolerated in any setting, especially not in an educational setting. You can view this by going to the district website http://hamburgschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=9974&ViewID=E324842B-E4A3-44C3-991A-1E716D4A99E3&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=16777&PageID=9858

Anonymous said...

Tom Flynn needs to control his flare ups. This is his 3rd one.

hiding what? said...

Brunner/Collins possible abuse of our tax dollars is tantamont to her accepting a gift from the school districtA in the thousands.

Have the State Comptroller come in here and do a real audit.

Jill, PTA said...

I heard Tom Flynn's bosses met at M&T Bank today Thet watched the video on the hamburg website. A secretary in their office told me they are probably going to let him go. You can't scream at women Tom!

Anonymous said...

Mrtinez and Jetter should be fire for this act of calling the orchard park police. Why arent they doing their jobs?