The First Revelation                                           3-6-2020



                           Yup, this is just the first of several revelations that have been held back for far too long. The REASONS for the delays, are the crimes involved. Allow me to explain.

                            Back in October of 2019, the local Election was ramping-up and getting dirty as usual. The Democrats were having the secret meetings and plotting sessions that I reported to you when it was happening. Feel free to go back and refresh your memories. 

                            During this time, there were also issues going on within the Ethics Board that were enough to make a nun get drunk. In fact, THOSE issues are STILL not resolved.  In October, Tistrya Houghtling was busy going from door to door to push her candidacy and beg for votes, telling residents that she and Marcie were a "Team", and if they voted for one, they HAD to also vote for the other. A number of people had requested that Tistrya NOT come to their doors without an appointment for various reasons, and Tistrya completely ignored these requests and showed up when she darn well pleased. 

                           All in all, her cajones must have served her fairly well, since she DID win, but she also gained some permanent enemies in town who resented her pushiness. Now, as someone who has run for office several times before, you would think that Tistrya would know the guidelines, and you bet she DOES, but simply chose to ignore them. So she brought her campaign signs to her office in the Town Hall, and was seen distributing those signs at that location. HUGE violation of Election Law. Added to the lies she told the then Town Board re: the Free Store, the things she tried to take credit for that she had NOTHING to do with, and the deliberate release of false information she posted on Social Media, she not only violated NYS Election Law, she also lied to and misled the board and voters numerous times. 

                           So we filed an Ethics Complaint against her, and because there could be a possibility of Conflict of Interest, we sent it to the Columbia County Ethics Board in Hudson. The CCEB looked at the complaint and decided there would be NO Conflict if the New Lebanon EB handled the complaint, and they sent it back to N.L, where it was received a couple of days later and deposited into the NL Ethics Board mailbox. 

     Interesting fact here;                      About 5 or 6 years ago, the CCEB advised us that an Ethics Board has NO Chairperson. (Per Richard Washburn).Each member is an equal entity, and the only person who is slightly different, is a "Point Person", who checks the board's mail, and if there is correspondence, notifies the rest of the EB that there is mail and a meeting must be scheduled. Under NO circumstances, is the Point Person to take that mail, or open it, and certainly not READ it! When the board meets, the mail is THEN removed from the box, opened IN the meeting and read by the entire board, as one body.

                           For unknown reasons, one member of the NL Ethics Board, had self-appointed herself as Ethics Board Chairperson, and had several times, collected, opened, and read complaints. In one instance, she went so far as to make a decision on a request the EB received from the Town Board for an "Advisory Opinion", notified the Town Board of that decision, and never bothered to even NOTIFY ANY other EB member that correspondence had been received!!!!! She acted on her own as if she were the only EB member, and excluded the others while making an executive decision!! 

                           When this came to light, there was an EB meeting held, and it was reported that she was told that she had violated Ethics Board Protocol FOUR times, that she was NOT the Chair or Point Person, and had NO right to ever touch that mail for any reason! (This was in open meeting with the Town Attorney present.) Believing that the matter would end there, she was allowed to remain on the board for the time being.

                             UNTIL, those whose complaints had been returned to NL from Hudson, began to wonder what was happening with THEIR complaints, and contacted them to ask about the status. WELL, WELL, it turned out that the EB had never received it ! With the election barreling down on us, it was important that these Ethics and Election Law violations by the major candidate, be investigated in a timely manner. Apparently, our little mail thief was thinking the same thing, and she stole the complaint, took it HOME, opened and read it, and seeing that it concerned her crony, favored candidate and friend, secreted the letter away in her home and went off on a trip to Europe until AFTER the ELECTION!!! So she and Tistrya were the only ones aware of the existence of this complaint. KNOWING that it might have some effect on the vote, they played dumb. 

                         This was; Theft of Private Mail, Violation of Ethics Board Protocol, and Tampering with an Election. Not to mention the egregious amount of deception and cheating involved, AND the original complaint that was hidden !  THIS is how the Democrat Party operates. THIS is why they WIN, because they are willing to stoop to any level to succeed.


                               Part 2      3-7-2020


                            In January 2020, the Ethics Board was tired of waiting to address the complaints that had been lying in wait since October, mostly due to the THEFT of the mail, but also due to the lack of a quorum, as 2 vacancies now existed on the board. Former Councilman Kevin Smith stood and offered to fill one of the vacancies, as he had experience as an EB member. The entire remaining EB supported him as an appointee, even writing a quick letter of support to the Town Board, asking them to appoint Smith.

                           The T.B responded as if the EB had asked if they could conduct meetings in the Nude. They were appalled  that a board would request a specific appointee, even though it's common and even encouraged for boards to recommend candidates to the Town Board. In FACT, since Tistrya had made it clear the month before that the TOWN Board was HANDS OFF when it comes to the Ethics Board, she now was all about taking control of making the appointments. That has always been the way the appointments are made, BUT, SHOULD it BE?! How is that HANDS OFF ?? She went on to state that she did not want, "People who all think alike" on one board! 

                           For one, if Smith were appointed, that would be 3 Republicans, one Democrat, and one remaining vacancy. Hardly all alike. Do ANY 2 people think the same? Only if they're Liberals. So Tistrya announced that NO appointments would be made until February, affording her the opportunity to advertise for "Letters of Interest", even though her MOTHER , who was re-appointed as Town Hall cleaner by verbal agreement, did not have to wait for Letters of Interest to come in.  Also, this meant that the complainants who had been waiting for an outcome to their Ethics Complaints for FOUR months, now had to wait a FIFTH month !! 

                         Of course WE know, that this was just buying themselves more time to build a defense for Tistrya's unethical and illegal behaviors. She does after all, have her own personal, legal advisor in Tom Geraghty. Isn't it interesting that Tom Geraghty also was the first choice to fill one of the Ethics Board vacancies? He isn't even a Full-Time resident of New Lebanon !! Yup, at the February 2020 TB Meeting, Geraghty was appointed to the Ethics Board along with another Democrat Attorney that most of us have never even HEARD of before. So is that Board-Stacking or not? Do THESE people think ALIKE?

                         Let us also keep in mind, that just this past week, Tistrya notified the Ethics Board that they must have a Chairperson and make that appointment by Monday, March 9, so it could be announced at the Town Board Meeting on the 10th. She threatened the EB that if they did NOT do so, then the Town Board would appoint the Chair on the 10th !!! HANDS OFF, Tistrya ?!?!   We all know exactly WHO she would appoint as "Point Person", (there is no "CHAIR", remember?).   If you don't SEE the back-door , pre-planning of these intentions and the deliberate assault on the Conservatives and Republicans, you are BLIND. This is the plan for EVERY Town Committee and Board, to stack them all with Liberal Democrats, even if they don't live here full-time or have only lived here for a year or less.

                        That isn't ALL. Tistrya made the comment to an EB Member, that she intended to change the rules to allow the Town Board to remove an ethics board member at any time, if they felt that member was not "Fit to Serve". SHE is not Fit to Serve, so how about we just remove HER? 

                        As far as I know, as of today, the Ethics Board has not held a meeting to appoint their "Point Person" or to review the aging complaints. The paper they are written on is probably yellowed and brittle by now. So the Town Board Meeting of next Tuesday should be interesting, to say the least. From what I understand, there is another MAJOR issue that will be coming to light, something that will infuriate the voters. I have NO idea what the issue might be, but if you're interested, you might want to show up to the meeting. If you prefer to sit on your couch with a beer and bag of chips, we will be doing the FIRST ever, Live-Stream of the meeting.

                        Don't expect perfection, this is a first-time effort and I'm sure there will be glitches. Be patient,please.        NOW......last but not least;

                         You all know that I get Hate Mail from the local Libs fairly regularly. They always come through this blog's contact link, and the names, phone numbers, and return emails are always fake. Libs can't handle things like adults, so they hide behind anonymity and work in the dark. I guess they think they're intimidating with their slander, profanity, immature anger. and empty threats. LOL!!  I got one a few months ago that was extremely racist, and a threat to our very sweet Librarian and myself. Abominable behavior. I mentioned it when it arrived, and stated that there might be a White Supremacist cell in our community. 

                          The one that came yesterday was the best one yet, because it rewarded my efforts. SOMEONE who attends our Town Board Meetings or is a Town Official,  is nervous. SOMEONE is VERY angry at my efforts to reveal the corruption and evil intentions of the new regime. Which only serves to prove that they are up to no good and are hiding something. I'll let you read and enjoy it for yourselves. Hope to see you on Tuesday.
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     AND HERE IT IS:

Name: Arlen Doherty
Email: twath8ter@gmail.com
Phone: 838-907-6451
Message: You keep crossing lines like you don't give a shit about your miserable life. We heard you were planning to move. Can we speed that up a little bit so we can clean the stink out of our town. And take your dope Bobby with you. And stick your camera up your ass. Let's see what else. I have a spot picked out not far from your place where I can get a clean shot. Gotta go now - I feel like I gotta puke, just thinking about what you are. Bye bye bitch.



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NOTICE that the Author refers to New Lebanon as THEIR Town?  That is EXACTLY what they believe and want. THAT is the GOAL. Also , read their email address carefully. Whomever wrote THAT, is a PIG.


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