Catherine Forcucci is placing the matter of her removal from an publicly elected position on the Hamburg School Board in the hands of New York State Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Diane Devlin. A hearing is scheduled to take place in Judge Devlin's court on October 16, 2014. The Hamburg School District will need to respond to the summons and will appear for arguments in front of the Honorable D. Devlin.
After reading the documents, Concerned Hamburger has more questions related to the actors in the Forcucci matter. We know some people in Hamburg suggested Mrs. Forcucci was rude and perhaps uncivil toward them. (So what?) Secretary Jennifer Lackie, employees Jodi McNamara and Sharon Matern, Hamburg School Board President David Yoviene, Laura Heeter, and of course Hamburg's very own over paid buffoon Dick Jetter all testified on the district side of the hearing- against Forcucci. Boston Valley Principal James Martinez made claims against Forcucci, but sources revealed that he was likely too volatile to testify and refused to take the stand (quite bold for a probationary employee, wouldn't you say?) Mr. Martinez did have a public outburst at a hearing in July which was cause for the hearings to stop and order to be restored.
What we don't have are answers to other nagging questions, one would ponder after reading the very lengthy list of "juicy"exhibits attached to the summons.
Why did Hamburg Attorney Daniel Chiacchia, Esq send a very spooky email to Forcucci's attorney Margaret Murphy?
|Spooky Email sent May 3, 2014 at 11:23 am|
Just yesterday, the Hamburg Sun Newspaper published remarks from Mr. Chiacchia related to Forcucci's legal action. "Hamburg citizen and concerned parent Dan Chiacchia, who has been vocally opposed to Schrauth Forcucci throughout the hearing process and events leading up to it, said the documents filed "have no basis in fact. " What a strange remark by an attorney. Is he suggesting that the Summons and Complaint are filled with lies? The Sun further reports that Chiacchia remarked, "She just wants to be in the limelight," he said, of Schrauth Forcucci. "They're trying to create something out of nothing. Sure, I wanted her gone. I want all of them gone, Sally [Stephenson], Holly [Balaya], Martha [Cavanaugh], Chuck [Mahoney]. If they were all out of this district, we would be fine."
|D. Chiacchia passing out campaign materials, 2013. |
His candidate Joan Calkins lost by 72 votes
to Catherine Forcucci
The spooky Mr. Chiacchia veers off on a tangent unrelated to the summons and attacks, and threatens, individuals whose names are not mentioned in the summons. Surely, if anyone is seeking the limelight it is none other than Mr. Chiacchia, as he has done month after month with his poor political posturing at school board meetings. This has done nothing but make him look foolish in the eyes of any on looker.
Who is the "they're" that Mr. Chiacchia references?
Is he suggesting the "CSF CAMP" (Catherine Schrauth Forcucci), as referenced in Exhibit N, a text message sent by Hamburg Board President David Yoviene in an attempt to blame others for the damage to Dick Jetters' car, when in fact it was Jetter himself who drove his car into a pole after a day of boozing with Middle School Principal J. Giallela.
One wonders if Mr. Chiacchia isn't working very hard to suppress other issues? Perhaps he has imaginary demons? He sure did blow a wad on the failed Joan Calkins and Shiela Ruhland campaign in 2013, and then another gob of cash on Canadian Cam, and Thomas Flynn the turd campaigns in 2014. Perhaps Mr. Chiacchia is bitter because Mrs. Forcucci beat Joan Calkins in the May 2013 school board election by 72 votes. Get over it, this is America.
Question 2: What did Andrew Freedman and David Hoover know and when did they know it?
The reader must review the letter sent on June 26, 2014 by M. Murphy to David Hoover and Andrew Freedman (Exhibit U). In this letter, Ms. Murphy memorializes a conversation she had with the attorney for the district and the attorney presiding as the hearing officer. She writes a letter to ascertain the information that she shared with Freedman and Hoover was entered into the record. Murphy shared with the two fellas the outcome of an investigation that was conducted as part of the defense in the removal hearing. It appears that Murphy notified the two attorneys Hoover and Freedman on June 25, 2014 that she had evidence that Jetter twisted his car around a pole in So. Buffalo, and that his car was NOT vandalized on May 6, 2014.
So, one must ask why it is that the attorney for the Hamburg School Board, Mr. Andrew Freedman failed to notify authorities that Jetter damaged his own car.
Did Mr. Freedman notify the school board?
|July 23 remarks weeks after he was told Jetter lied|
Andrew Freedman was quoted on WIVB Channel 4, on July 23, 2014 (see link: Andrew Freedman on Jetter- weeks after he learned about Jetter's lies￼ ).
What happened on the days between June 25, 2014 and July 21, 2014?
Why wasn't Dick Jetter placed on Administrative leave immediately pending an investigation into his conduct?
It seems to Concerned Hamburger that Mr. Freedman and Mr. Hoover acted improperly. Surely, as attorneys, both men are officers of the court and must report all crimes to the police in a proper fashion. Did they do this? What did they do?
It seems that Mr. Freedman has some questions to answer and at the very least should be removed as attorney for the Hamburg School Board or placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct. Rather than facing these tough questions, the school board gave Mr. Freedman the authority to negotiate a settlement with Jetter, which awarded Jetter over $120,000 to resign.
What a horrible example of the children of Hamburg. Individuals who should be role models and inspirations for what is right in America have done nothing but continue to sour the public's faith in government. School officials who lie, cheat, drink while they should be working, and then get large cash windfalls are poisonous to our youth and society. School Principals who have exhibited emotional instability have continued exposure to children.
Lawyers who think themselves smart and crafty have made a mockery of their profession and the laws of our land. School Board Members like David Yoviene who can not see past their own ignorance should be jolted into reality by a populous who cares about civil discourse and deliberative, thoughtful, government. What kind of role model is Mr. Yoviene for the kids of Hamburg who aspire to a life of public service?
Leave the mudslinging and parody to bloggers and the media. It is not the place of the actors in our governments and the lawyers who give them what appears to be dreadful advice to use tax resources to carry out person vendettas. It is shameful to any objective observer that the likes of Mr. Chiacchia, Mr. Freedman and Mr. Hoover engender any trust of the public what so ever.
Shocking that folks don't have the independence of mind to see though these suits to the meat of the matter. We live in a democracy folks. And if our nation continues to behave in the manner like what we have seen in Hamburg, we may as well fold up our tents.
It is not Mrs. Focucci who has exhibited "misconduct" its the jerks who care little about education and children and more about racking up the billable hours, and hiding a truth that will likely come out, eventually. Consequences, as it were, often lie in the future.
Concerned Hamburger must credit Ms. Forcucci for her brawn amidst what appears to be a very rough crowd in Hamburg. Standing up to bullies and the public venom which characterizes most of the Hamburg School Board is a difficult task. Sorting out lies from truth is most difficult as it seems that most of the testimony in the Forcucci matter was homespun smoke in mirrors.
Seeking the truth is an act of heroism, which all persons in a civil society ought to aspire. However, in the matter of the Forcucci removal some strange tales were presented, which challenge the nature of the hearings and the characters of countless people. One wonders if the staff who testified were pressured to do so, or perhaps given raises or other benefits at work? It doesn't seem impossible.
You are indeed correct on on point Mr. Chiacchia, "Forcucci as Hero". Words well chosen. But, you should've stopped there. So, next time you are thinking of what to do on a Saturday morning try being the concerned parent you profess to be, and take the kiddies to the park. Save up your spookiness for Halloween. No doubt, Mrs. Forcucci's attorney found your email admonition worthless, yet as strange as most who read it.
* title of spooky email authored by Daniel Chiacchia, Esq.
** Chiacchia and Fleming Law Firm, Mr. Chiacchia is law partners with Andrew Fleming,Hamburg Village Judge. And Andrew Fleming's bro is a partner and Hodgson Russ. And, Andrew and Bernard Freeman, of Hodgson Russ were once law partners with David Hoover.
What a small world we live in. One wonders if they all exchange greeting cards around the holidays.