Here is another piece of the puzzle. First, I want to say I can not fathom the arrogance you must have to think you can use taxpayers dollars to take down your opponents campaign signs and get away with it.
Through information and belief, the 2015 Town Board was involved in removing it’s challengers campaign signs. In fact, James Maloney, a candidate running for Town Council brought a lawsuit against Mary Cooke as Supervisor, Gary Roesch as Deputy Supervisor and the Town Board (Ray Billica, Chris Aronia, Mary Cooke and Gary Roesch) to stop. Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.
I am writing this because my past posts are urging all Grand Island residents to call in the Erie County District Attorneys Public Integrity Unit to investigate what has been going on in our Town Hall. The District Attorneys Website says that it is led by Chief Paul E. Bonanno and Assistant District Attorneys assigned to this unit will investigate and prosecute corruption and public integrity cases.
These cases involve crimes committed by public employees, elected officials, candidates for public office and other public servants. The crimes can include criminal conduct, including perjury, bribe receiving, official misconduct, larceny and falsifying business records.
I want to highlight last years removal of their opponents political signs by the 2015 Town of Grand Island Board that consisted of Ray Billica, Chris Aronica, Mary Cooke and Gary Roesch. Just because it happened last year does not mean this goes away. We keep hearing these people say “lets put the past behind us, let’s put the past behind us”. They already know, they have serious problems coming. Legal Problems!
There is a thing called the Statute of Limitations. This is the time period after someone commits a crime that they can be investigated and charged with criminal offenses. These alleged acts are well within the Statute of Limitations for these individuals to be charged and prosecuted.
Although James Maloney did not have the authority to charge the 2015 Town of Grand Island Board with criminal offenses (only the DA can do that with a Grand Jury), he alleged them in his lawsuit for the Supreme Court to see when ruling on his case. He alleged they committed Official Misconduct New York State Penal Law §195.00, and alleged they Obstructed Governmental Administration New York State Penal Law §195.05 and alleged they violated 9 CRRNY 6201.1NY-CRR of the State of New York Election Law by engaging in (a) Practices of political espionage including, but not limited to, the theft of campaign materials or assets by utilizing the personnel in the Code Enforcement Department of the Town of Grand Island to engage in the removal and/or theft of their opponents’ political signs which are the assets of their opponent candidates.
Here’s how each offense was broken down in that Lawsuit.
Official Misconduct New York State Penal Law §195.00
Through information and belief, the Respondents (Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica) have committed Official Misconduct and violated New York State Penal Law § 195.00 by using their office in the role of a civil servant with the intent to deprive another of a benefit. For a person to be guilty of this offense under this subsection that person must fulfill two prongs. (1) the act must be related to their office and (2) the act must be an official function. In this case the Respondents being the Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor have engaged in directing the Building Department Employees to remove the Political Signs of their challengers and further not remove their own signs. This denies another of the benefit and right to engage in the advertising of their candidacy in any upcoming election. This is also a Violation of New York State Election Laws.
Official Misconduct is a Class A Misdemeanor Click here to See
Obstruction of Governmental Administration New York State Penal Law §195.05
Through information and belief, the Respondents (Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica) have Obstructed Governmental Administration and violated New York State Penal Law § 195.05 by using their office in the role of a civil servant to influence the Building Department Employees to not remove the Respondents Political Signs that are in violation of Section 295-4 (G) of the Town of Grand Island Code.
Obstruction of Governmental Administration is a Class A Misdemeanor Click here to See
9 CRRNY 6201.1NY-CRR of the State of New York Election Law
Through information and belief, the Respondents (Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica) have violated Paragraph (a) of 9 CRRNY 6201.1NY-CRR of the State of New York Election Law by engaging in (a) Practices of political espionage including, but not limited to, the theft of campaign materials or assets by utilizing the personnel in the Code Enforcement Department of the Town of Grand Island to engage in the removal and/or theft of their opponents’ political signs which are the assets of their opponent candidates.
If anyone thinks these acts were justified, realize this. The Code Enforcement Department has had the same employee in it for 20 years. The act of removing these opponents campaign signs never happened until Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica were in charge of the Town. I am attaching the Affidavit James Sharpe. James Sharpe was a Town Councilman from 1990 to 1997. And all the way back to 1990 the Town Board of Grand Island or Code Enforcement Department never removed any campaign signs. You can clearly see the problem was not with the campaign signs, it was with Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica’s control of our Town. CLICK HERE TO SEE JAMES SHARPES AFFIDAVIT.
If you are a citizen of Grand Island, had signs removed from your property by Code Enforcement Department and received a Code Enforcement Violation or have any information about these acts you need to contact the Erie County District Attorney.
We as residents of Grand Island need to clean up our Town Government. We will all pay higher taxes because of it. We soon will be paying higher school taxes. Thanks to Mary Cooke, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica for supporting that High Density Apartment Complex and removing that Deed Restriction. Did you people also know our Town (thanks to the 2015 Town Board) just paid $1.5 Million to build a metal building near Veterans Park. To give you an idea of what $1.5 Million buys, do you know that the huge Dunlop Building which was 72,000 square feet in size and on 25 acres on the thruway sold for only $800,000? So why did a small metal building cost us $1.5 Million? Do you know a close friend of Town Councilman Ray Billica built that building? I just want to scream! And now we are hearing Ray Billica has another “PET PROJECT” for a close friend of his. Thank God our new Supervisor Nate McMurray is starting to slam the lid closed on the cookie jar! This is why they (Mary Cooke, Dick Crawford, Ray Billica and Mike Madigan) all want you to hate Nate McMurray. He’s stopping them from continuing to raid the cookie jar. They have been using their cronies they threw scraps too for years to write negative posts and slant the news about him in their Facebook pages. By throwing them scraps they controlled the two (2) Grand Island news outlets for decades. WE THE CITIZENS OF GRAND ISLAND NEED TO STOP LETTING THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THIS? It’s us residents that need to stand up and not vote these people in. First, we need to clean up the Grand Island Republican Party. This is where they derive their power from. This is where they get their Endorsements to run for Public Office.
All Grand Island residents should go here and ask the Erie County District Attorney to investigate this.
Here is a suggestion to one of the old 2015 Town Board members. Remember how this works, when the District Attorney comes in and investigates he might offer immunity to someone if they give testimony against the others. If you were complicit, but never benefited from all these activities why go down with the rest of them who did benefit?
I am also hearing that Mary Cooke was the driving force to have Rus Thompson indicted by the District Attorneys Office for voting against her with an Affidavit Ballot. I am hearing she goes to the District Attorneys office pushing them to prosecute Rus Thompson. The next time she goes down there the Erie County District Attorney should throw her in a room, turn the bright light on and interrogate her about what she did while in office.