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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."
   

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post! Yoviene is not only the biggest hypocrite that I have ever known, he is an absolute 'LIAR'. He will say and do anything to get what he wants or to cover his own ass. This "Digits" thing could be the nail in Dave's and Andrew's coffin. From what I've been hearing, that big bully Jimbo will be joining them shortly.

Anonymous said...

Is john Doyle still lurking around peoples homes? Following people around in a matter to intimidate. Or did he get afraid like Eddy Piazza, the smallest man in Hamburg ( we hear there is an opening at the fair to look at the smallest dumbest guy in Hamburg). Where are ya Johnnie, dont you know making up stories can cause you big time? Oh Johnnie Boy, where are you. We miss seeing you in your Toyota Siena lurking around the town.

Holy Shit said...

Maybe if the NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER VISITED THIS BLOG, AND READ THIS POST ABOUT DIGITS, THE BOARD AND THE LAWYERS THEY MIGHT AUDIT THIS. WAS THERE A REPORT WRITTEN? I SAW THAT ON THE LEGAL BILLS AND THE BUFFALO NEWS WEBPAGE AND CANT DIDNT BELIEVE THIS TIL I SAW IT MYSELF. HOW CAN THIS BE, REALLY SPYING ON PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES? PLEASE CALL THE POLICE OR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. I THOUGHT JETTER WAS CRAZY, BUT NOW I THINK HE HAD PARTNERS IN CRIME THAT SEEM DANGEROUS. THIS SHOULD MAKES EVERYONE SIT UP AND ASK SOME QUESTIONS ESP. AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN PARIS. WHAT DID THEY PLAN TO DO WITH THE INFO THEY GOT FROM SPYING? DID CONCERNED HAMBURGER CALL HIS LAWYERS??? I THINK THEY SHOULD GO TO THE POLICE.

Vive la France said...

Whoa, if this is true that Dave Yoviene and Tom Flynn in collaboration with Andrew Freedman and DIGITS used taxpayer dollars to spy on private citizens, then they all belong in jail. If the events in Paris havent given rise to public awareness of thugs attempting to terrorize free speech, then the people that come to this blog and read it, and there are many of us, we need to shout a little louder. I can't quite get my head around all of this. I am learning bits of this. Where is the media on this one. Seems like the Buffalo News has a story here. In light of the attacks on journalists, cartoonists and lampooners, it seems that Concerned Hamburger is under attack by a sinister freedom-hating public officials and alleged defenders of the US Constitution. As if the attacks on the publicly elected official by Yoviene, Flynn and Freedman wasnt enough to make you want to sit up and take notice of these democracy haters- then certainly going after anonymous blogger should. So, how much has the district paid of this, and why isnt the Attorney General involved. Maybe Concerned Hamburger should go to the police- or were they involved too. Lots of meetings with the Hamburg Village Police in the Hodgson Russ Legal Bills. Just Saying. What a sad group of thugs- who are uneducated. I bet we havent heard the end of this. And if this is all true, wonder if Flynn uses his job at the bank, where he has access to private information to spy on people? Concerned Hamburger- give us more information, please in the memory of the Charlie Hebdo staff- shine some lights on these democracy haters. They spent 1/4 million getting rid of Forcucci. She wouldv'e been all over this if they didnt run her out of town. But, maybe that was the point, right Andy?

Sandra Place said...

Its all true Lesley- Hamburg Spies DIGITS. Did you know about it? Perhaps from Kevin?