Future Town Board members Tavi Cilenti, Manuela Michailescu and Carl Chipman before wining in the 2007 election. They served together for four years. Tavi Cilenti was elected for another term 1n 2011, while Manuela Michailescu was blocked from running by David O’Halloran’s shenanigans (that’s how Brian
Drunkin Drabkin joined the Town Board). At the end of Manuela’s term – saying “I love her dearly” – Chipman praised her “dedicated service” on a Town Board which “has done amazing things in four years.”
“…I’m sick and tired of all the rumors and suggestions from various factions ever since Tavi decided to buy property in Tennessee. If Tavi Cilenti resigns, we will advertise and interview applicants for the open seat… We need less concern for power and influence in our community and more concern as to making our town a better place to live, work, and play.”
– Carl Chipman
Below is a selection of Chipman’s memorable words (highlighted in red) followed by my snarky remarks.
Former Councilwoman Manuela Michailescu let Chipman know that she would apply for the seat vacated by Tavi Cilenti. Chipman to Manuela: “It’s not worth the fight.”
Excuse me? If you, Chipman, “will advertise and interview applicants for the open seat” as you said you’d do, what fight were you talking about? Unless you already had a dirty deal lined up…
Chipman to Manuela: “I don’t want you to be humiliated.”
Meaning what? Meaning that Manuela shouldn’t apply because you, Chipman, already knew who’s going to be appointed long before applications were submitted? Because you already had the dirty deal lined up?
Chipman to Manuela: “Your husband is your handicap!”
Beg your pardon? You, Carl Chipman, little male chauvinist pig, you just confessed that you are judging Manuela by her husband (that would be me). Funny, I was not a handicap when you drank my beer for a few years… I was not a handicap when I helped you to get elected Supervisor… I was not a handicap when I designed the Veterans Park… I was not a handicap on November 4, 2013 when I posted on this blog your bunch of replies to Tim Bunch’s signs along Route 209… But I am a handicap now that you and your cohorts are required to appoint somebody on merit? You, Carl Chipman, couldn’t wait to consume your dirty deal, could you?
The day before the interviews, Chipman called our house to tell Manuela that “the interviews start at 5 instead of 5:30 to accommodate Cindy Fornino; then it’s you, then Cliff Mallery.” Naturally, Manuela asked “Shouldn’t be in alphabetical order”?
Chipman to Manuela: “There is no ‘should be’ in this!”
Really, Cocky? Could you articulate the reason why the alphabetical order was not acceptable?
Chipman to Manuela: “I’m not doing what they’ve done in the past…”
Chipman, you got that right! Last time there was a vacant seat on the Town Board, Pam Duke’s administration appointed Lynn Archer – an intelligent, accomplished woman from their Party – to replace Alex Miller. Your dirty deal does not allow for similarities.
Chipman to Manuela: “Each one on the board has a favorite among applicants.”
It sounds good, but… Carl Chipman, how exactly did you learn that, and more importantly, are you sure?
Chipman to Manuela: “The Dems want Toby Stover.”
Hold on a sec! You just said that each of the four councilpersons has a favorite among the four applicants. There are two Democrats on the Town Board and they want Toby? Chipman, your math is defective.
Chipman to Manuela: “Manuela, you are my favorite but not always the best qualified person gets the job… Look at the Department of Justice, do we have there the most qualified person?”
What the heck was that? Was Carl Chipman trying to justify his dirty deal with the idiotic excuse “it’s being done?”
Chipman to Manuela: “It’s not only about the application, it’s about personality, how one does in the interview, we have the interviews now, we’ll see…”
No way Carl Chipman said this with a straight face. After he read the applications, all of a sudden the appointment hinges on personality?
Chipman to Manuela: “Brian Drabkin hates you for I don’t know what incident you had at the Christmas party”
Come again? Town of Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman prepares former Councilwoman Manuela Michailescu for the outcome of a future vote by announcing that Councilman Brian Drabkin hates her for “I don’t know what incident.” Chipman, that’s what I call leadership! You have a hater on the Town Board and you cater to him. Watch the news my friend, people lost their jobs for much less than that.
As for Brian Drabkin, he hates everybody with an education. Manuela Michailescu – with her two Master’s Degrees – is a natural target. Brain-damaged by a lifetime of drinking, Brian Drabkin can’t even recall the “Christmas party incident.” As detailed in Holiday spirits in Drabkinland, the situation had absolutely nothing to do with Manuela.
Chipman’s desperate attempt to justify a done deal pissed me off, so I’ve asked Manuela to hand me the phone. Here is the ensuing conversation (minus my generous sprinkling with four-letter niceties):
jdm: Carl, did you read all the applications?
Carl Chipman: Yes.
jdm: Who do you think is best qualified?
Carl Chipman: Manuela.
jdm: Are you going to vote for Manuela?
Carl Chipman: I will.
jdm: Are you going to share your opinion with the Town Board members?
Carl Chipman: It doesn’t work that way.
jdm: Why? Because you only think about your ballot lines? Because covering your ass is everything you do? You’ll be surprised to learn how many people think enough is enough, how many people think it’s time for you to go!
Carl Chipman: Bye!
Chipman should have saved the “bye” for after next year’s elections, methinks.
Knowing that Carl Chipman is not to be trusted, I foiled the applications and, for the sake of transparency touted by dear leader, I posted them in Shhh!… Everybody knows…. To see the applications for yourself, click on the names below.
I’m not sure you have the time to read Manuela Michailescu’s 9-page application, but you must take a look at this:
Nobody speaks English anymore?
The Town Board unanimously appointed Cindy Fornino to a four-month stint as Councilwoman. Carl Chipman is assured of the Conservative line in next year’s elections. Did I mention that Gerry Fornino, Cindy’s husband, is the Chairman of the Rochester Conservative Party?
At the staged GOP Caucus, the Conservative-registered Cindy Fornino won the Republican ballot line. In her speech she mentioned her biggest achievement: “Last week I was unanimously appointed to the Town Board.”
At the staged GOP Caucus, Carl Chipman not only did not vote for Manuela, but he brought the whole Chipman team to vote for Cindy Fornino. That’s none of my business, except that – not long ago – Mama Chipman made this unsolicited declaration: “Manuela, if you ever run again, doesn’t matter for what office, I’ll vote for you!” Apparently, lying is hereditary.
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco