- Ulster County Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo this week launched an attack on Facebook against County Executive Michael Hein, accusing him of using the county Industrial Development Agency to carry out a political vendetta and to shake down Skate Time 209, the business owned by Bernardo and her husband, Len.
Terry Bernardo posted on her Facebook page:
- “Sending someone into my business, pretending to want to book a birthday party, in order to get jobs information, to use in a political campaign is dirty politics. Hiring that person to an $80,000 job after winning the election smacks of political payback. Continuing that vendetta together with the fake birthday party booker for the next 4 years to shake down my business for political purposes, to amend an existing contract that has been in place for 7 years, and has 3 years to go (2 years on another part), is just vile. And the partnership and complicity with the local newspapers and government in this matter is sordid.”
She’s referring to her husband 2008 failed candidacy but describes her own modus operandi: using private information in a dirty political campaign, hiring political cronies for a quarter million dollars after winning the election, continuing a vendetta against her challenger, you name it… The post appeared after the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) voted to take away all property tax breaks given to the Bernardos’ business if the couple doesn’t agree to a voluntary reduction in tax breaks.
- Skate Time 209 was one of several businesses identified by the agency as not meeting job projections. But, in her Facebook posting, Bernardo insinuates that IDA – headed by Town of Rochester Republican Chairman David O’Halloran – is in cahoots with Mike Hein to shake down Skate Time 209. “It has nothing to do with previous political attacks,” O’Halloran said. “It has to do with a cleanup behavior initiated by the current (IDA) board.”
“They are caught in the net,” O’Halloran said of the Bernardos.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco