After attending the Pinegrove Republican meeting, I was so disgusted, I threw up, then went to bed. I woke up to a few requests for an update on what happened Wednesday night, and to this email:
Yes, David. I have two photos from last night. The one you see at the top of this page – you’re looking good, buddy! – and the one you’ll find below.
People, don’t get too excited! Nothing happened at Pinegrove but the expected. In other words, what was permitted was mandatory.
Earlier in the day, Terry Bernardo used a few pipelines to convey to David O’Halloran that he could have all the VLTs he wants, and then some. She couldn’t wait to vote YES, YES, YES! A little funny – considering the conflicts of interest list she gave to Daily Freeman:
- Bernardo said she abstained from voting on the measure because of her personal and professional involvements with O’Halloran.
She said that as the town of Rochester GOP chairman, O’Halloran hosted fundraisers for her. And in the past several months, Bernardo and her husband, Len, have been embroiled in a dispute with the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency over tax breaks given to the Bernardos’ business, Skate Time 209. Earlier this month, the agency, which is headed by O’Halloran, revoked the Bernardos’ tax breaks.
Of course, after pushing the toothpaste back in the tube, O’Halloran un-hosted the fundraisers for Bernardo. Poof! No more conflicts of interest…
Back at the Ranch, we have three candidates vying for the nod:
Terry Bernardo – current Chairwoman of the Ulster County Legislature
Manuela Michailescu – former Town of Rochester Councilwoman
John Dawson – recruited by O’Halloran two days ago
Based on the meeting’s agenda distributed at the door, everybody expected a decision on the Endorsement for Legislative District 21 to be made. Didn’t happen.
Why, after interviewing the candidates for almost two hours, did O’Halloran decide to re-schedule the vote for May 23?
Given the fact that Terry Bernardo and Manuela Michailescu have been interviewed by the same Committee two years ago, and considering that everybody knows exactly who John Dawson is, what could possibly happen in the next 30 days to change how the Committee members would have voted last night?
Terry Bernardo is not going to become an honest politician, Manuela Michailescu is not going to flirt with dishonesty, and John Dawson is not going to undo his less than proper attempt to influence Manuela’s vote on his airport-in-Rochester project, when Manuela was a Town Board member.
We all know the meaning of the black smoke: no endorsement yet. We must wait till May 23 for the white smoke and mirrors.
As for David O’Halloran resigning the town GOP chairmanship, he told me so a bunch of times: “If my Committee endorses Terry Bernardo, I will resign.” Against all odds, let’s hope that he is a man of his word.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco