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Monday, October 21, 2013

Hallelujah- Here Comes Mr. DiNapoli

Concerned Hamburger was notified that the New York State Comptroller, Office of Local Government has told the Hamburg Central School District Acting as Superintendent Rick Jetter that they are coming to Hamburg to do an audit.  

The last time the Office of the State Comptroller visited Hamburg in 2008, the District got a slap on the hands for misusing funds, inappropriately transferring large sums of money between the District and the Hamburg School Foundation, and the the Board of Education was chastised for ignoring the District's code of ethics.   Just before the Comptroller finished the audit, then Superintendent Peter Roswell resigned, and the Board of Education was tuned upside down with some old time cronies, like Ed Osbourne and Eileen Rucker running for cover.  Click here: NYS Office of State Comptroller Audit- Hamburg Central Schools 2008

So, perhaps the abrupt departure of Mr. Achramovitch earlier this year had little to do with the new Board of Education and more to do with the State audit.  Concerned Hamburger has also learned that the NYS Comptroller has been at the Hamburg Central Office since the Spring 2013  poking around the employment record of a certain employee who retired after almost 4 decades of service to the district, only to still be working and collecting a pay check.   Questions are swirling around the Administration building and it has been reported that at least one person in the central office is afraid that they are gonna get bust for not sending out request for proposals (RFPs).   

Concerned Hamburger wonders if the Comptroller will be looking at some very peculiar practices of the past several years.  Surely, Comptroller DiNapoli, who is revered across NYS as a no nonsense bean counter, will raise an eyebrow at the district's use of taxpayer dollars to fund a frivolous lawsuit in the never ending personal vendetta of former Board President Joan Calkins.
And let us not forget that attack on the Constitutional rights of  Concerned Hamburger, Super and Klozman.  Taxpayer dollars have been squandered and its time for New York State to come in an pry open the books and see what has really been going on.  


No Joan, you can not use taxpayer dollars to sue private citizens for your own personal gain.
Are you stupid?



38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am relieved that an independent state agency is in here to look at the books. That is what Catherine F. was calling for in the Sept meeting when Tom Flynn stormed out at just the suggestion that she wanted the comptroller in here to investigate.

Sounds like Catherine makes to much sense. Thank you Catherine and others for asking for this.

Highland Residents said...

At that meeting at the Fair Grounds it was stated that Harris Beach was going to continue to represent Patti Brunner Collins and Joan Calkins for no charge (free). My question as a taxpayer is; did the school district upfront the money by hidden billing to continue to support them in their personal battle to personally profit. As it is viewed, as taxpayers we have funded this for the two of them for the benefit of themselves and not the taxpayer or school district. It is clear that they want to gain financially from our tax dollars for themselves and not our schools.

This is just not right on so many levels.

Is this a gift to Patti Collins and Dr. Calkins from Harris Beach for all their business? I am concerned about this. Patty cannot take a gift beyond $75.00. I will suggest that this is a violation of Education Law. So the attorney general needs to have a look also. I am sure more is out there that we don't even know about.

My opinion is that anyone who stands to personally profit and we have funded this for how long should pay back the taxpayers of this school district, thank you.

Highland Ave.

Anonymous said...

TO Highland Residents,

not only a gift of $75.00 in cash value or more but a gift of SERVICES of $75.00 or more.

Is this a thank you to them from the Harris Beach Law Firm, or a promise for future business?

Greg W said...

Dan C- You said the other night that Dave Yovine should amend the bylaws of the school board so former employees cant run. Dan, you are really no so bright. Honey, you can't exclude someone from running for election because of their work history. Seriously Dan, do you know the law, or do you only hand your name up and chase around personal injury cases. For the love of God Dan, if you excluded former employees your darly Laura Heeter wouldnt be on the Board. Duh. My goodness, and then who would you run to? Isnt their a code of ethics for lawyers?

Anonymous said...

DaNapoli has the power to have the crooks of Hamburg arrested. A new meaning to Hamburgler. LOL. WHere are those Hamburglar awards? Joan would sure look better in an orange jump suit.

Anonymous said...

Comptroller comes in gathers information talks to everyone. At that time other agencies may involve themselves as to what happened during the Calkins and Achramovitch years.

Joan Calkins & Steve Achramovitch can not come in and control this.

PTA & supportive of sb said...

Off topic, their education reform agenda is ruining our kids education and after this audit we need to focus on those issues.

Thanx

Anonymous said...

Very funny that some people actually think they know what is going on. It is amusing to read some of these posts. There must be a slow down in business at the lawfirms- spending lots of time on the blog.

Anonymous said...

I think a lot of abuse has been going on for a long time by the former sb pres and former supt. . This time we need to see if the Law Firm of Chiacchia and Fleming have a stake in any of this. What we always say follow the money trail. I bet there is a personal stake in it for Dan Chiacchia is our guess.

Anonymous said...

Chiacchia should know as a lawyer that it is not board policy who can run for office or not. It is spelled out clearly in NYS Ed. Law, eligibility requirements for running for school board in NYS. A simple policy adoption cannot change what is spelled out in education law. Dan knows that but intentionally spoke down to that audience on 10/17 and misled them. Duffy lost and is in jail because you are such a good litigator. Dan it will come out that it is financial and revenge for your partner being admonished for his behavior with the NYS Commission on Judicial Ethics. Sorry those are the facts Dan.

Anonymous said...

Our Acting Sup Richard Jetter was let go and denied tenure from his last two assignments.

WHY?

lips moving said...

here's one

How do you know when a lawyer is lying? When his lips are moving.

Ben Franklin said...

Anon- How do you know Jetter was let go from his last two jobs. I heard he likes to be called SUPERINTENDENT by striper girls. Maybe he has a "solid 14 carot gold" card to the striper mom's place. Or, is it because he goes after "MILFs". I dont know- we were glad to get rid of him. Hamburg you look like idiots again.

Colleen For Superintendent said...

I think Colleen Kaney should be superintendent. She is a good lady, and always tries to do what is best. No one is perfect, but she sure would make a much larger step ahead then the bus we have been on. Colleen has learned alot and should be given a shot at the job. Get rid of Jetter. PHONY JERK!

Anonymous said...

Can the same person please stop posting under different names or are there that many people who can't spell "stripper"?

Griffin said...

There is all kinds of shit that will come to the surface with the state comptroller. If they dig deep enough they will find the sickness that has been in hamburg since the 1980s. If you think this is new- NOOOOO Way. We have a litany of corrupt business managers- under ogilvey, Osborn, Roswell etc. taxpayers, this latest corruption and fraud with the secret tApe was theft of your money under achramovitch and calkins. Federal agents should be brought in- local corruption is part of homeland security. Criminal charges should be made on anyone who used our tax dollars for their benefits. If patty Brunner is still on that lawsuit she MUST quit the BOE ASAP- or face jail time for theft of tax dollars. The only way hamburg corruption will stop is if someone goes to the jailhouse. I think Joan calkins will look good in jumpsuit orange. Lots and lots of kickbacks, racketeering, corruption, blackmail, fraud, extortion and immorality- geeze- hamburg makes Washington look good.

Griffin said...

Oh yeah- and three cheers to anyone who tries to stand up to this- they will go to great lengths to stop you. You need only to look at both of your hands, close all fingers but the two middle ones and rise your arms high in the air and say, " F--- You All". The law is on the sides of the whistle blower, and if any BOE member like Heeter, Brunner or Flynn Yovine obstruct these huge investigations they too will join Joan in the great sea of orange- the federal pumpkin patch lock up.

Anonymous said...

I would think the new members of our school district would like to make sure that they are cleared of the past offences. Using our tax dollars with the hope of winning a law suit for themselves personally with our taxes is wrong in everyones world.

I remember when the school district gave almost $900,000. to the Hamburg Foundation. Why would any school board grant a gift to a foundation that is not part of our school tax base. Happy to see the comptroller is coming in here. We need to recoup some of those misused tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

Concerned: There was never a payment by the District to the Foundation. Of course you know that, but spreading falsehoods has always been your m.o. Please post, "More Concerned"

Anonymous said...

Just to set the record start. There was a payment made to the Foundation from the District for approximately $83,000. At no time was the Foundation board aware that the money was not intented to go to the Foundation. Once the Foundation board was notified that the money was not their's, the Foundation immediately returned all funds plus interest to the district. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Not stupid greedy. Suckers all of us we are paying for their greed. I is our tax dollars

Anonymous said...

Since when does "trying hard" make you a good candidate for superintendent?

neighbor said...

In Laura Heeters world.

Anonymous said...

Jetter is the star of psycho- did Yoviene actually say jetter is a viable candidate for superintendent? what an idiot. I bet jetter is hiding the documents the comptroller needs- these guys are dirt. I ve been watching Yoviene come in and out of the hab almost everyday. Rick is a puppet. What dirt are they hiding?

Gregg d said...

HEY MR. DINAPPOLI- check out the fact that the hamburg school district spent taxpayer dollars to send a letter to the estranged spouse of the armor elementary school principals husband. Yep, instead of calling the police when the husband entered the school- oh boy wouldn't that look bad. The district sent the spouse a do not trespass letter. I heard it cost the taxpayers of hamburg a lot of money getting involved in that nasty divorce. Maybe someone needs to look into that. Just saying------

Anonymous said...

I just read about the recent lawsuit filed in federal court against Hamburg and others. whoa- a shit storm.

Diana said...

It's not the comptroller Joan, Steve, Rick, Dave, Laura, patti, and the other gang of thugs should be worried about. It is the investigators from the federal level, the attorney generals office, the buffalo news and others that are now investigating the district. Coercion and blackmail by phone and email are federal crimes--- ESP when there is a quid pro quo. Doesn't every lawyer know that? I guess not the dummies. The truth is coming....

Anonymous said...

I am disgusted. In October a group of parents Ed pizza and Wendy Evendon staged and attack on board of education. Wendy was told by Ed to run out of the meeting claiming she was afraid of the Board. Well, wouldn't you know Captain Melisz was there to take a report from these crazies. Wait till the real story comes out- the news has it.

Watching said...

Watch the donations to the thanksgiving food pantry- last year the money was never reported, and who knows what happens. The characters run the character club have sticky fingers. Maybe the comptroller should check out the thousands donated and unaccounted for. Thousands lining pockets.

Anonymous said...

Why did the district get involved in the armor principles divorce? They coulda called the cops if the principals husband came to the school. Did the lawyers really send a letter to the husband. That is odd- maybe there was pay back under the skirt. Just saying. Maybe a little nooner for the principle and super? Just sayin.

help Ms. Heeter said...

You can try Ms. Heeter as hard as you want if you don't have it you never will. Many of us work hard but are not cut out for Supt. I suggest that you take a real interest in this school district and not what is popular. We are in need of an experienced leader and not figure things out as you go.

better than this Highland said...

Answer to Anonymous 10/23/
8:03 am

Rick Jetter will come in and control this comptroller's audit where Steve, Joan left off. Rick now desperate to be Superintendent. Denied tenure in his last two positions, why? This is why Steve Achramovitch brought him here. Why are we always the losers a promise and a wink. Please we are much better than this.

Anonymous said...

Jetter is in the position as acting to cover everything up afraid of exposure. Trying very hard to get school board members to resign with threats. Sorry

Bus stop WILLY said...

hey Rick- is it a jack it on, or a jacket off day at the bus stop?

Stick willy said...

Laura Heeter is one sick woman! She worked for hamburg schools and was fired. I heard she had sticky fingers and was caught taking money. It's a big cover up. She is a rotten person who is morally bankrupt. She took large sums of money from private citizens during her campaign and large sums from Dave Y- very large sums. Laura Heeter is the only one guilty of fraud and theft. Documents are forthcoming.

Insider said...

It is obvious who wants Mr Tresminds contract changed- Danny C- is working real hard to make sure those legal records don't come out! These guys are playing the board for fools-and the joke will be on them. Have there been conversations between the old law firm and other lawyers ? Maybe the legal bills reveal the truth. Someone is working "real" hard.

TB said...

I watched that grange building meeting on UTube. what a sick group of people. I went to school with that " young girl" and you sickos really need to bring that up. One friend of ours from class of 2011 was so upset about that meeting and the Utube video, she went to the police to file a report against the Mr. Chiacchai. I saw so many people who I had respect for sit there and say NOTHING. What a bunch of scumbags who would ever think anything good would come of that. That girl has been in and out of drug rehab for years- she is imbalanced and filthy adults sat there. I am disgusted with Mr. Tyock- my principal in middle school and high school- mr. Hanitz who did my special Ed meetings- all you jerks. You lost our respect, and you need to be ashamed of yourselves. hamburg schools is a rotten place and we can see that from those pigs at that meeting. And mr. Piazza, I know you from BVS- you need to shut your mouth- you make little sense and your public speaking skills suck big time. Rotten, soulless pigs- class of 2011

DAN said...

TB, NO SHIT, RIGHT? I SAW THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO TOO. TOO BAD THE REAL STORY ISN'T TOLD. LIKE THE DRUGS THE KID WAS CAUGHT WITH AT SCHOOL AND THE OTHER DRUGGIE WHO CAME IN FROM ARIZONA TO LIE. WHAT A CRAZY GROUP- A BUNCH OF CLASS OF 11 GOING TO HAMBURG BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY TO PROTEST THAT MEETING AT THE FAIR. IF I SEE MR TYLOCK, I WILL TELL HIM WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY TO HIM AT HMS- ASSHOLE.