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07/31/08 Police Issue Alert For Rosa Packard


Police search for missing woman


Greenwich Police are seeking help to find a 73-year-old town woman who went missing Wednesday morning after taking money out of a bank in Glenville.

Rosa Packard, of Greenwich, was reported missing by family members Wednesday and was last seen in the Glenville area around 10 a.m. that day, Greenwich Police Detective Mark Zuccerella said.

Police issued an alert about the missing woman late Thursday afternoon.

"We are canvassing the area and doing everything we can to try to follow and track her," Zuccerella said.

Packard is described as a white female, with hazel eyes ad white hair, 5-foot-6 inches tall and weighing about about 200 pounds, according to police.

Packard drives a black 2005 Toyota Prius with four doors with the Connecticut license plate 784-WOX, according to police.

Comment:

How can the citizen's of Greenwich and Fairfield County help locate this woman if we do not have a picture of her.

If the Greenwich Police Department won't widely distribute this poor womans photo to all of the media outlets in Greenwich, then the family is going to have to start emailing her photo.

Update 6:50 pm:

The Greenwich Post and the Greenwich Citizen have nothing on Rosa Pachard.

Did the Greenwich police department fail to inform these two newspapers about this missing woman.

The Greenwich Police Department Website has nothing about Ms. Packard.

Maybe, Ms. Packard was found and it was not necessary to place her on the Greenwich Police Department Website?

We hope that Ms. Packard is alright.

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07/31/08 Bill Clark At Greenwich Gossip Has Breaking News


Worth Construction Names Betty Sternberg to Board of Directors

Following on the news that the Town of Greenwich will be digging into taxpayers' pockets for yet another six-figure "final final" payment to ensure the untimely completion of the notorious Hamilton Avenue School "building" project, word comes from company management that Betty Sternberg has been named to the Board of Directors of Worth Construction Company, Inc.

In a press release dated today, the Bethel, CT based corporation stated: "Ms. Sternberg has been almost single-handedly responsible for the one of the most lucrative and long-lived contracts in our company's recent history. Her deft lack of oversight of the Hamilton Avenue project, along with her silver-tongued imaginary "progress reports" and numerous glib broken promises to the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting, provide a model for building projects everywhere in how to line a construction company's pockets while still managing to hold on to an extremely high-paying position of trust in the community she so audaciously helped to bilk. We applaud Ms. Sternberg for her brazen ability to mislead so many for so long, and welcome her with open arms to our Board of Directors."

Ms. Sternberg is presently on a paid three-month leave and was unavailable for comment. A spokesperson for the Board of Education said they could not comment because they were "too busy" tabulating by hand the results of the machine-readable survey on Ms. Sternberg's popularity which was completed on June 6. Because of an unexplained failure of the electronic equipment designed to read the Number 2 pencil responses, the results are not expected for at least "several months." One of the questions directly concerned Ms. Sternberg's suitability to remain in office; malicious rumors have been circulating that she was not pleased with the machine's results that were made available privately to her on June 10, and has therefore unplugged it and demanded a manual recount.

We here in Greenwich can all take pride in this new feather in Betty Sternberg's cap, knowing that we made it possible for this well-deserved honor to come her way. She joins a long list of Town administrators who have made a career out of taking us to the cleaners and being rewarded with large monetary settlements cloaked from public scrutiny under secret non-disclosure agreements. While Ms. Sternberg's "retirement" package has not yet been fully worked out, word has it that it will be right up there with former controller Bob Morgan's and Inga "the shoplifter" Boudreau's. Were former Town resident William Marcy "Boss" Tweed still alive today, he would be pleased to see that little has changed in Greenwich over the past 150 years or so.

Well, after all, we do have a reputation to uphold. How nice, dear reader, that we seem to be having no trouble doing so.

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07/31/08 Lou and Gini Bantle Give $300,000 To Help Others And Frank Mazza Wants To Give $300,000 To A Mob Affiliated Contractor

Lou and Gini Bantle Give The Less Fortunate A Helping Hand

Center to help women overcome addictions

Thehour.com

... and turn their lives around. With a $300,000 gift to Liberation Programs being given by Lou and Gini Bantle of Greenwich, and money raised from Liberation Programs' first-ever Spirit of Hope benefit dinner, the dream of building a permanent safe ...

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Greenwich Board Of Education Gives The Mob A Helping Hand

"Were Going To Give You More Time And $300,000 At Hamilton Avenue School"

07/31/08 Ace Reporter Chris Fountain Was The Only One Smart Enough To Do A Google Search On Worth Construction.

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07/31/08 PRESS RELEASE: Himes Completes 17 Town Tour

Jim Himes for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2008
Contact: Michael Sachse, 646 265-0556, Michael@HimesforCongress.com

HIMES COMPLETES 17 TOWN TOUR
Democratic nominee for Congress visits every town in district in 17 days, listens to voters' concerns

BRIDGEPORT, CT - Democratic nominee for Congress Jim Himes completed the last of seventeen "Listening & Leading Forums" this week, discussing the issues before a standing room only crowd at the Ferguson Library in Stamford on Monday evening.

In his opening remarks, Himes described himself as someone who has lived the American Dream. "I grew up in a small town, with a single-working mom," said Himes. "We didn't have a lot of extra money, but I went to a good public school, my mom had a job where we didn't have to worry about having health care, and I had opportunity. And that has made all the difference for me."

Himes, a Rhodes Scholar who went on to become a Vice President at Goldman Sachs before running the New York office of a national affordable housing non-profit emphasized his desire to restore opportunity for others once elected.

"There are three issues that I am particularly concerned about: energy, health care, and education," said Himes. "These issues form the underpinnings of the American Dream."

The forum was the last of seventeen such events that Himes has held throughout the district. In comments after the Stamford event, Himes said that, although the discussion varied from town to town, citizens throughout the district share many of the same concerns.

"Everywhere we went, people were concerned about the price of gas and are worried about heating their homes in the winter. And everyone - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents - agreed that we need to fix our health care system."

Himes described what he sees as a broad consensus forming around the issues.

"When I hear businessmen in New Canaan and teachers in Trumbull banging the table over health care reform, it makes me optimistic that we can fix these critical problems if we send the right people to Washington."

The key, said Himes, is to elect representatives willing to tackle the difficult issues and fight for the middle class.

"As a small business owner put it to me this week: 'We pay more and more for health care, college tuition, and gasoline, and at the same time we're in the middle of the worst slowdown I can remember.' Our families need someone in Washington who will fight for the changes we need here at home."

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07/31/08 Greenwich Post Newslinks For Wednesday


David Ames / Greenwich Post photo

Kids and parents explore world of bees

Clem and Tala Garcia get a close look at a live, enclosed beehive during Saturday morning's lecture on 'The Art and Science of Beekeeping' by Hanover beekeeper Stuart Woronecki at the Greenwich Library.

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Glenville demolition a go, but new Hamilton Avenue delayed again

Written by Ken Borsuk,
Staff Reporter


With the new Hamilton Avenue School almost certain to be delayed past the opening of school on Aug. 27, the Board of Education established back-up plans Tuesday night that not only impact Hamilton Avenue’s students, but also Glenville School’s.

The board unanimously gave the official go-ahead to demolish Glenville School so its long-awaited renovation may begin this summer. But a “drop-dead date” of Aug. 8 was established as the day the board will have to pull the trigger on temporarily dispersing Glenville students throughout the district.

If the school receives its temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) from the town’s building department by Aug. 8 then Glenville students will go into modular classrooms at Western Middle School for an Aug. 27 start and Hamilton Avenue students will have a delayed opening until Sept. 8, but will open the year in their new building.

However, if the TCO is not set by Aug. 8, then the plan changes......

Pool company owner arraigned for boy's death

Written by Ken Borsuk,
Staff Reporter


The president of Shoreline Pools was arraigned Monday at Stamford Superior Court after being charged in connection with the accidental drowning of 6-year-old Greenwich resident Zachary Cohn last summer.

David Lionetti, president of the Stamford-based company, has been charged with second degree manslaughter. Authorities have charged that because his company did not install a required safety device that would have turned the pool’s suction valve off after the boy’s arm became trapped in it, Mr. Lionetti is responsible for his death. Mr. Lionetti is expected to appear in court on Aug. 12, and his attorney, Richard Meehan Jr., has said he will plead not guilty at that time......

Wiffle ball kids use Dundee for summer

Written by Sam Cross,
Post Correspondent


After closing down the hotly debated Wiffle ball field on Riverside Lane, the town has made arrangements for the children to play at Dundee International School for the remainder of the summer....

Westfield or bust for BR 13s


Written by Paul Silverfarb

Today starts a new chapter for the Greenwich Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old All-Star team, as they now get to say that they are representing the state of Connecticut in this year’s New England Regional tournament

Greenwich, District I champions, took to the field at Unity Park in Trumbull Friday night and beat a feisty Naugatuck team 6-2 to claim the state championship.

Greenwich swimmers flock to Cheshire, Wesleyan for States

Written by Lucy Cobbs, Post Sports Correspondent

More than 40 Greenwich swimmers made a splash this past weekend at the 2008 Long Course Age Group State Championships.

Young swimmers from YWCA Dolphins and YMCA of Greenwich Marlins competed at the Cheshire Community Pool in Cheshire and Wesleyan University in Middletown. Between the two pools, more than 1,000 swimmers from 48 Connecticut teams participated in the meet, which was held Thursday through Sunday.

“In this meet, you’re competing with the best of the best. Everyone’s times are so close,” said Haley Sylvester of the Dolphins.....

Familiar foe ends Greenwich’s World Series run


Written by George Albano, Post Sports Correspondent

Only one team stood between the Greenwich Cal Ripken 12U all-stars and the 2008 New England championship.

Not surprisingly, that team was New Canaan, Greenwich’s longtime nemesis.

The team that knocked the local Cal Ripken all-stars out of the district and state tournaments was a thorn in Greenwich’s side for the third time in a month.

Floor hockey registration under way

Registration has begun for indoor floor hockey run by the Department of Parks and Recreation and Future Stars.

The clinic will begin Aug. 18 and run to Aug. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Greenwich Civic Center for children in second through fifth grade

This instructional clinic will teach the basic fundamentals of floor hockey. Stick work, passing, catching, shooting, basic offensive and defensive skills, and small-sided games will be played.

The cost for the six sessions is $200. Space is limited to the first 24 children per session. For more information call Billie Schock at the Greenwich Civic Center 637-4583, or visit Greenwichct.org.

Politics at play behind progressive columnist’s firing?

Written by Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter

Ms. Littman, a children’s book author who had been contributing to the paper since 2001, had been a regular columnist since 2003. Readers of her column said her departure came as a shock. She said she was fired after she wrote a column sharply criticizing congressional candidate and Greenwich resident Lee Whitnum, who is challenging party-supported Jim Himes, a Cos Cob resident, for the Democratic nomination on Aug. 12, for her foreign policy stances and conduct during the campaign.

Ms. Whitnum complained to the paper’s editor and soon after Ms. Littman said she found herself fired, despite never missing deadlines, always hitting her word counts and having a loyal following of readers.

The reason they gave me was that I had held a meet-and-greet [which is an introductory event but not a fund-raiser] for Jim Himes last September and by writing this column about Lee Whitnum I had ‘compromised the integrity of the newspaper,’” Ms. Littman told the Post on Tuesday.

However, Ms. Littman said, she feels the reason for her dismissal goes beyond this particular column. She said people at the paper knew long before she wrote the column that she had held the event for Mr. Himes and that it reflected her desire to remove her point of view from the paper. She said she is employed not as a reporter but as a columnist and she is open about her progressive views and support of Democrats.....

....Frank Farricker, the Democratic candidate for first selectman last year, said he personally believed that a select few people had convinced Mr. Dunster to fire her “just because they didn’t like what she had to say.”

“I have a great deal of respect for the columnists they have at the Time, but she was the lone voice there that spoke with a different line of thinking than the rest of them,” Mr. Farricker told the Post. “To call Sarah out for that isn’t right. I think they’re trying to go in one way of thinking in an effort to keep readers, and that means only one kind of point of view is heard. That’s the point of view of the editor and not the community.”

Letter-writing campaigns are under way to get Ms. Littman, who will continue blogging at her site, Saramerica.livejournal.com, her job back, and she said she would consider returning if asked.

“I might, just because it’s important to have a different voice at what’s a very right-wing paper,” Ms. Littman said. “I was basically the only progressive voice there.”

Teenage mutant ninja soccer

Most 3-year-olds across the world are just learning to walk. In Greenwich, they play soccer.....

Greenwich singer will make New York debut

Yearning for summer in Europe, but don’t like that exchange rate this year? Here’s a taste of France, close-by.

French-American chanteuse Valérie Ahneman, who lives in Greenwich, has released her debut recording, A la Mode and will make her New York night club debut on Friday, Aug. 8, at The Metropolitan Room, New York City. Her full-length CD is an upbeat mix of contemporary favorites and classic French songs, including “La Vie En Rose,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Je Cherche Un Homme,” and “Crazy.”....

Christmas in July at Boys and Girls Club

Written by Sam Cross, Post Correspondent

The campers of Camp Simmons of The Boys and Girls Club received a little holiday cheer last Friday when Santa Claus came to visit the camp in honor of July 25.Santa came riding in with the North Street firefighters. After kids finished talking to Santa and telling him their wish list, the fire department hosed down the campers. The water cooled off the campers, who were hot and tired from a full day of activity.


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07/30/08 Greenwich Time News Links For Thursday


Ruhi Thapar, 6, reads to Greenwich Adult Day Care clients Sophie Berlingo, left, and Norma Mathis, in the GADC's new facility.
(Helen Neafsey/staff photo )

Seniors get room to breathe at pump house


By Meredith Blake Staff Writer

Whether it's painting with watercolors or spending time with friends, life at the Greenwich Adult Day Care is more fun than ever for 90-year-old Marcie Lionetti.

"It's just been so great," she said.

The nonprofit organization, which provides programs for the elderly who want to remain at home but need more care, recently moved from the basement of The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home on Parsonage Road to its new facility on River Road after a $5 million renovation.....


Costs, parents drive Ham Ave. decision

By Colin Gustafson Staff Writer

Fiscal concerns and parent input were the two key factors that drove the Board of Education to approve plans to delay the start of the school year at Hamilton Avenue School while shifting Glenville students to different sites, the board's chairwoman said.

The board on Tuesday night voted unanimously to delay the start of the academic calendar for Hamilton Avenue School by one week to give construction crews extra time to wrap up the reconstruction project, which has been beset with delays for three years.

Additionally, board members unanimously voted to allow demolition of the aging Glenville School, which has been cited for leaks and maintenance problems, to begin immediately....

,,,In a statement yesterday, the contractor, Worth Construction, deflected blame for delays in the project, which was supposed to be finished 18 months after its 2005 start date, but instead has spanned three years.

John Bingham, Worth's project manager, said design flaws, such as plans for placing exterior metal plates on the buildings, as well as underfunding from the town were to blame for years of missed deadlines.

"We've had mechanical issues with heating and ventilating systems, problems with the pressure valves, all kinds of structural issues," Bingham said. "And from the start, we never had enough allocated for this to be done on time."

Mazza declined to comment on those claims yesterday, saying only that the project has been sufficiently funded....

California quake jolts Judge Judy

By Meredith Blake
Staff Writer


Judge Judy called Tuesday's California earthquake a wake up call. "The Earth shook, the lights shook," she said yesterday over the phone....


Removal of asbestos adds wrinkle to Wiffle ball saga

By Neil Vigdor
Staff Writer

This time, it involves asbestos removal at the International School at Dundee, which is where the town created a temporary Wiffle ball field for teens to play on after kicking them out of a municipally owned lot in Riverside.

Some of the parents of the teens were appalled to see tractor trailer with signs saying "Danger Asbestos" parked near the field. The truck has been occupying a lot where the teens park their cars to go to the field.

"Maybe we should see if the town has a nuclear site where they could build the kids a temporary Wiffle ball field," said Frank Currivan, whose son, Jeff, 17, and daughter, Tara, 15, have been playing on the field since it opened last Friday. "I am shocked. That's absolutely unbelievable."....


Judge denies delay in pool case

By Martin B. Cassidy Staff Writer

A state Superior Court judge has rejected a bid to put off a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of a 6-year-old Greenwich boy drowned after getting stuck in a powerful suction drain in his family pool last summer.

However, David Lionetti, 53, president of Shoreline Pools, will not have to give a civil deposition in the case for at least six months, Judge Taggart Adams decided Tuesday.

The court's ruling allows a criminal case pending against Lionetti to go forward without being prejudiced by action in the civil suit against his company. Lionetti was charged July 21 with second-degree manslaughter in the July 2007 drowning death of Zachary Archer Cohn. He plans to plead not guilty....


Golder nears trial on burglary

By Martin B. Cassidy
Staff Writer

Attorneys picked a New Canaan business executive, a Stamford law student, and an electrician from Norwalk yesterday to be jurors for the approaching trial of Alan Golder, the accused "Dinnertime Bandit."

Jury selection began yesterday afternoon in the trial of the 52-year-old Golder after Judge John Kavanewsky Jr. rejected two motions seeking to dismiss charges in the case. The trial is set to begin on Aug. 11.

Golder, 52, is accused of burglarizing homes in Greenwich, and faces charges of kidnapping, burglary and larceny in four Greenwich break-ins dating back a decade......

Hedden birdies first playoff hole to win Connecticut Open

By Jesse Quinlan Staff Writer

Having forced a playoff in the 74th Connecticut Open only moments ago, Jeff Hedden was brimming with confidence....


Her wide world of sports: Company to deliver HD American events to Europe, Mideast

By Richard Lee Business Editor

Sports fans in Europe and the Middle East will be watching some of their favorite televised events in high definition, and the signal will be coming at them through Greenwich.

Greenwich resident Susanna Mandel-Mantello, owner of SM2 Sports Media Solutions, has contracted with SES New Skies, a Netherlands satellite operator, to use bandwidth on its NSS-7 satellite to deliver North American sports in high definition for the next five years.

SM2's main business is the negotiation of sports rights and the satellite delivery of sports events for broadcasters worldwide....


Whitnum is to blame for lack of convention role

To the Greenwich Time editor,:

In her "rebuttal" to Sarah Darer Littman's column July 22, petitioning candidate Lee Whitnum claimed that she was somehow shut out of the nominating convention to select the Democratic Party's candidate for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District ("Column was an unfair attack on 4th District campaign," Greenwich Time Opinion page, July 25). This is the second time this claim has appeared in Greenwich Time.

Well, it's time someone set the record straight.

As a delegate to that convention, and a member of the party's State Central Committee, I can tell you that she was in no way "shut out," for the simple reason that she made no attempt to be represented.

Ms. Whitnum did not even show up at the Democratic Town Committee meeting where delegates to that convention were elected.

Ms. Whitnum also claimed that she was going to speak at the nominating convention, apparently not knowing that candidates (or prospective candidates) do not normally speak on their own behalf other than to accept the party's endorsement. Of course, the latter claim is moot, as she did not show up at the convention in any capacity, or even find a single delegate who would place her name in nomination or seek out any other opportunity to be heard at the convention. No supporter of hers was in evidence at the Democratic Town Committee or at the convention - probably because I have yet to meet a single Democrat who supports her or believes anything she says or stands for.

David M. Singer

Greenwich

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07/21/08 Fired Greenwich Time Columnist Shows That There Is A Double Standard Being Applied



Something is rotten in the State of Denmark

Last week, I was fired from a job for the first time in my life. If it had been because I'd been incompetent, or I'd consistently handed in second-rate columns, or my I'd been unreliable about deadlines or some other just cause, I could understand it. But the reason given by Media News for removing me from my columnist post at the Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate after five years was that by writing the column criticizing Lee Whitnum (which you can read at the end of the previous post) having held a meet and greet for her opponent for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District, Jim Himes, I had somehow "compromised the newspaper".

I don't want to go into the whole story because you can read all about it here and here, and frankly, it's kind of weird to be the subject of press attention that has nothing to do with my day job as an author.

I certainly don't want to do anything unethical, so just out of curiosity I went onto Open Secrets and searched for a few well-known columnists. Sure enough, my suspicions that I'm not the only opinion columnist that has ever donated to a political candidate and written about that race was confirmed.

Before he passed away, I used to appear on the editorial page with noted columnist William F. Buckley Jr. In fact, I used to take great amusement in telling people that my column was "to the right of William F. Buckley" - albeit on the page, rather than in content.

WFB's donations pages are quite illuminating in light of my firing:
So it didn't "compromise" the paper when WFB donated to candidates and wrote about them (and we're talking much larger numbers than the measly sum yours truly donated in kind for the meet and greet). Maybe that's because he was a prominent male Republican?

Meanwhile, on a more positive note, I've been really touched by the outpouring of support. I got a really nice e-mail today that says it all:

Is it true that the Greenwich Times terminated you over the Lee Whitnum Op
Ed piece? If they did I have to say they are really one of the dumbest
papers around. While I may be a republican I love reading your stuff as it
gives a different point of view in an intelligent and concise manner which
broadens my own perspectives (I suppose that is what Op Ed pieces are
suppose to do).


Yes. That is what Op Ed pieces are supposed to do. That's why I have the greatest respect for the former publisher of the papers, Dhurrie Monsma. According to one of my former editors, he got a lot of pressure to get rid of me prior to the 2004 election. But his attitude was that I was a good writer who sparked debate and so there was a place for me at the paper.

And boy, did I ever feel vindicated for writing that column exposing Lee Whitnum for the anti-Semite that she is when I watched the debate between her and Jim Himes on News 12 on Monday:

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07/31/08 Ace Reporter Chris Fountain Was The Only One Smart Enough To Do A Simply Google Search On Worth Construction


"Holy Mafia Batman"



The School Building Committee Has Been Dealing With The Mob All Along.

Did Frank Mazza Offer To Give An Extra $300,000 To A Bunch Of Mobbed Up Contractors?


Or

Did The Mobbed Up Contractors Tell Frank Mazza To Get Them $300,000
?

Is Stephen G. Walko And The Rest Of The Greenwich BET going to approve giving an extra $300,000 of your tax dollars to a mobbed up contractor?

For What It's Worth

takes a look at the

I've refrained from delving into the fiasco involving our two shchools (Ham Ave and Glenville) in our west because (a) I don't know much about what's going on and (b) http://www.Greenwichroundup.blogspot.com is already doing a fine job of coverage. I do know that, when the town and the YMCA, faced with huge cost overruns on their projects being run by Worth, denied any knowledge that there was even a whiff of impropriety concerning the firm, that a simple Google search turned up plenty.....

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Results 1 - 10 of about 200,000 for worth construction organized crime

Worth Construction Found Not a Responsible Vendor, Cannot Receive ...

Nov 9, 2005 ... Concerns about Worth Construction identified by the ... legitimate questions from the SCA Inspector General regarding organized crime ties. ...
www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/nov05/110905.htm - 19k -

New York State Comptroller Announces First Quarter 2006 Bond Sale ...

Jan 23, 2006 ... “The court has definitively rejected Worth Construction’s claim that ... have a long history of association with members of organized crime, ...
www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/jan06/012306.htm - 9k -

Worth Construction Found Not a Responsible Vendor, Cannot Receive ...

Worth Construction's president is under investigation by Federal .... about Worth's connection to an investigation of organized crime in New Jersey and the ...

AL GORE'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, PAGE 2

Executives of Worth Construction Co. donated $4000 to the Gore campaign on Feb. ... two subcontractors because of their alleged ties to organized crime. ...

Court: Worth Not Worthy of $46 Million Thruway Project

Dec 23, 2005 ... "This is good news, because it will allow construction to proceed on ... have a long history of association with members of organized crime, ...

The New York Observer

Vice President Al Gore accepted $4000 from Worth Construction executives in 1999. ... "Jeanine Pirro has been a leader in the fight against organized crime ...

NYT Mob Shadow Still Falls Acros Building Projects

Like the city, New York State has spent millions on construction projects that have involved companies with ties to organized crime. In one case, Worth ...

Lowest Bid Is a Problem for a College - New York Times

Worth Construction of Bethel, Conn., was the low bidder. ... responsible vendor because, in part, of its “long history of association with organized crime. ...

No. 68: Matter of Worth Constr. Co., Inc. v Hevesi

Jun 5, 2007 ... Petitioner Worth Construction Co. now contests that authority and ... discovered that Worth purportedly had ties to organized crime and that ...

Putnam official calls for probe of courthouse contractor -Worth

Nov 11, 2005 ... Any information connecting Worth Construction company to LIUNA Vice ... the long-delayed county courthouse, has ties to organized crime. ...

Why wasn't Failed School Administrator Susan Wallerstein smart enough to do a simple google search on Worth Construction?

I hope school board members and other school officials aren't getting paid off by the mob for looking the other way.

The Department of Justice really hates it when Government officials have dealings with the mob.

Federal Bureau of Investigation New York Division - Press Release ...

Apr 1, 2008 ... MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of ... today the arrest of JAMES CASTALDO on charges that CASTALDO,
...

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Westchester Guardian/Mount Vernon.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


The Court Report
By Richard Blassberg


Retired Mount Vernon Official Pleads Guilty In U.S.
Court To Accepting Bribes From Waste Haulers



MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JAMES CASTALDO, a former high-ranking supervisor for the City of Mount Vernon Department of Public Works, pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes from waste haulers in return for allowing them to overbill the City of Mount Vernon by at least $1.25 million for the removal of debris from a municipal storage yard.

CASTALDO pleaded guilty before United States District Judge KENNETH M. KARAS in White Plains federal court a two count criminal Information (the “Information”) charging bribery and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. An Indictment against waste haulers involved in the scheme was unsealed on March 19, 2008 (the “Indictment”)

Wow unsealed indictment in March, an arrest in April and a Conviction in July!!!!

The Department Of Justice Deosn't Fool Around When They Find Out That Public Officials Are Inappropriately Giving Taxpayer Dollars To The Mob.

Will the Department Of Justice be paying a visit to the Greenwich Board Of Education offices in the near future?


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