Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jasper Nolan admits to budget process fraud.

As you read the article below which appeared in the Saratogian on Dec 17th (totally skunking the Times Union and Gazette who pretend to cover the county)
you will read something outrageous. See RED Text. Nolan admits to violating open meetings laws!

He and his Republican Supervisors who made up a quorom of the board of supervisors developed a budget during several political caucuses in a clear violation of NYS open meeting LAW. Hopefully the TU and Gazette reporters will pursue this fabulous journalism that the Saratogian Reporter did uncovering this incredible violation AND getting Nolan to admit to it.

Nolan is confused (most people understand this) and seems to think that 3 men in a room is the comparison to what he did. It is not. WHY? Does Leigh Hornbeck even know?? Becauae 3 men do not a quarum make, however the entire number of GOP Superviusors in a meeting is a quorum thus when doing the county business in secret as Nolan did, it is a flagrant violation of open meeting laws. Perhaps Leigh and others should call Bob Freeman at the Dept of State and investigate.

Nolan must now resign. He cannot remain chairman with this major violation of law - he has lost any and all credibility. He has followed the path of Bruno and has become an unethical boss - He must resign and if he does not residents of Saratoga who Nolan plotted to raise their taxes should take him to COURT!

Saratoga County's budget problems are far from over: Some supervisors calling for more in-depth, transparent process next year
Saturday, December 17, 2011


SARATOGA SPRINGS — After splitting their votes on the 2012 county budget, the city’s supervisors are pushing for a more in-depth budget process next year that would give the public additional insight into how their tax dollars are being spent.

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday adopted a much-reduced $308.3 million spending plan for the coming year that includes a 3.5 percent property tax hike, the county’s first since 2003.

Saratoga Springs’ Republican supervisor, Matthew Veitch, reluctantly voted for the tax increase, but wants to see supervisors work harder to bring the tax back down. Democratic Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen said she couldn’t support the budget because of the tax increase and the process used to devise the financial plan.

The adoption was the culmination of a roughly four-month process in which county officials slashed $16.5 million from initial department requests, proposed and abandoned a 1 percent sales tax increase and then made another $7.5 million in cuts.

But the public — and some supervisors — were only really keyed into that process for the last month or so. The budget wasn’t made public until Nov. 9, the day after Election Day, at which point all but one of the county supervisors who were up for re-election had safely retained their seats.

The county’s tentative budget didn’t have to be released until Nov. 15, so technically the county was early.

Still, there was a great deal of public backlash over the timing of the release, given the volatile nature of the changes, and several supervisors are now saying the process needs to be tweaked as the county prepares for another challenging year.

Yepsen and Veitch are among the supervisors who are now pushing for a more transparent 12-month budget process.

Yepsen criticized the county’s 19 Republican supervisors for hammering out most of the budget amendments during two closed-door caucuses rather than at public budget workshops. She claims the Republicans excluded the Democrats from the process and says that needs to change.

“All supervisors should be brought in to budget talks from the beginning of the process, regardless of political party, so that all constituents from each municipality have an equal voice in setting a proposed budget,” Yepsen said in a prepared statement.

Caucuses are called by party officials — not supervisors — and Saratoga County GOP Chairman Jasper Nolan defended the closed-door meetings, saying if closed-door budgeting is good enough for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it’s good enough for Saratoga County Republicans.

“The governor closed the door, so if he can close the door and come up with solutions, then I think we can close the door. And we’ve come up with some successful conclusions,” Nolan said.

“I really feel that our caucuses are meaningful and that the transparency is there,” he added.

[Nolan just admitted to illegal meetings in clear violation of NYS open meetings law]

Veitch, while conceding the Republicans did discuss the budget and identify their solutions during two caucuses, said that doesn’t mean the talks weren’t beneficial.

He also said the Republican supervisors always provided the board’s three Democrats and one Independent with a summary of what was discussed and the financial impact of each of their proposed solutions. ?????

Veitch said the Democratic supervisors would likely have done the same if they were in charge. VEITCH IS ANN IDIOT, DOES HE KNOW THESE WERE ILLEGAL MEETINGS???

“Politics is politics,” he said. “You are in a political party. You’re in one or the other or you’re in the Independence Party. That’s the way it’d go if the board was (20) Democrats and three Republicans.” NO NO NO THIS IS A VIOLATION OF LAW

Waterford Supervisor Jack Lawler said during Wednesday’s adoption meeting that the Republicans are more than willing to listen to what every supervisor has to bring to the table.

Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth, the board’s lone Independence Party member, backed that up.

“I never felt I wasn’t being taken seriously or my ideas weren’t being discussed,” she said. One of Southworth’s suggestions — to cut out 2 percent raises to part-time employees — was implemented.

Yepsen’s recommendations of asking for mandate relief and examining options with the Maplewood Manor nursing home and county landfill property are all things the supervisors are collectively considering. However, they are unlikely to be resolved by the county’s budget deadline of Dec. 20.

Veitch, however, said he hears what Yepsen is saying.

It certainly wouldn’t hurt the supervisors to hold more public workshops or a second public hearing, he said, and county residents should be able to access the budget online. That’s something officials in the County Administrator’s office said they intended to do this year, but it fell through the cracks as they worked on analyzing budget revisions.

Veitch said this is the first year the county has really had to struggle to balance its budget and it’s clear the current process doesn’t work when there’s significant work to be done.

That’s where Veitch and Yepsen agree. They want to see supervisors begin working on the 2013 budget in January 2012, not halfway through the year.

Nolan said the county Republicans have “already made a commitment that this coming year they’re going to start earlier.” NOLAN SHOULD RESIGN!

Veitch said the first time he saw a copy of the budget was Nov. 9 — the day it was released to the public — and Yepsen said the five-week review frame wasn’t nearly enough time to find enough cuts.

State law prohibits department heads from submitting their budget requests for the coming year — the first step in the process — prior to Sept. 1. Supervisors said a 12-month process could involve going over budget items with the department heads in greater detail to determine where money might be cut when budget season begins.

“We’re the ones that wind up on the line taking the yes or no vote,” Veitch said.

Several supervisors have said more time can only help the county, and Veitch indicated that lowering the property tax remains a priority.

“If we step up and actually follow through on the commitment we made to make this a 12-month process,” Southworth said, “we may not be in this situation come next year.”

URL: http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/12/17/news/doc4eed5e786b88c674291270.prt

© 2011 saratogian.com, a Journal Register Property


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Jasper Nolan calls secret illegal meeting: GOP in Panic

Saratoga Politics has learned from sources inside Charlton GOP and Halfmoon GOP that Nolan has summoned his lapdog GOP supervisors to a secret and illegal (not abiding with NY open meeting law) "caucus" tomorrow night.

Nolan really goofed when he jammed the county water authority down the throats of the supervisors - the water project known as Bruno's folly which was designed to pay off contributors.

Global Foundries has mothballed the administration building in Malta telling construction workers to put a roof on it and cap it, seal it off. They cancelled an Abu Dhabi chip fab and problems in Dresden have forced AMD to outsource chip fab to arch competitors - Tiawan semiconductor.

Now this once agains threatens the financial stability of the county water authority which was in serious trouble recently from the poison water and missed cash flow. If Global Foundries isn't up and running the lack of water use will force the county taxpayers to fund the water authority as Nolan foolishly told the supervisors to guarantee the authority bonds.

What's worse, Maplewood Manor is one year away from crippling the county's once solid balance sheet. The supervisors are inept and afraid to either open, lease or sell the landfill

Friday, September 16, 2011


Breaking news...

See today's Daily Gazette for full story.

Stay tuned here for the background story from a person who was involved in
the water project.

Folks, this could be a 20 million folly, Bruno's Folly.

Bad news is, this is a serious health risk!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Jasper Nolan to use convicted criminals as role models

Saratoga Politics has been forwarded an e-mail sent by Saratoga County GOP Chairman Jasper Nolan.

The e-mail was sent by Nolan today at 10:15am with the subject line:

Bruno to be at Grand Opening City Center (sic)

The e-mail was sent to ALL Saratoga County Republican Committee members in an attempt to get them to support convicted Bruno at this ribbon-cutting event on Saturday June 11th at 11am.

With so many politicians abusing their power, position and taxpayers - most recently Congressman Weiner - it's appalling that a party leader is trying to celebrate Bruno's appearance and attempt to get his committee members to attend an event with Bruno. Clearly Nolan is hoping that voters forget Bruno was convicted of crimes and Nolan wants to help Bruno rehabilitate his image and history of being a crook.

Putting these despicable people on pedestals sends the wrong message to our residents and our children.

Nolan has been Bruno's long time butt boy and is sickening that the Jasper and Joe road show is once again promoting themselves instead of hiding and retiring in peace away from folks who have simply had enough of their unethical practices.

Nolan is now a total joke, he's as sick as Weiner.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Jasper Nolan earns lowest ethics rating

Stay tuned for expanded details regarding the Saratoga Politics award for the person with the lowest ethics rating in Saratoga County.

Hint: Jasper Nolan

Latest: Frank Thonpson

news source: Times Union, Dennis Yusko has done a suberb job reporting this breaking story with major implications regarding saratoga politics and problems with yet another Nolan crony....


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Saratoga County GOP chair Nolan ‘just got lucky’ on Pick 4

Jasper Nolan apparently won $25,000 on his lottery.

Will this winning cause an IRS audit? For years Nolan was provided a Jeep and questions surfaced as to whether or not he paid taxes on this perk.

Others are now speculating that this new windfall will allow Nolan to advance his committee into the 21st century.

When asked if he might buy an IPad to stay on top of breaking political news Nolan said he'd stick to his trusty ticker tape machine.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

GOP Town Chairman must begin rebuilding

It's up to rank and file Republicans and their representative town GOP chairman to begin the process of rebuilding the Saratoga County Republican Party.

Reform cannot happen until and unless there is new leadership at the top - County Chairman Jasper Nolan refuses to step aside. He remains because he cannot survive without his title. He is too old to rebuild this once highly successful organization. Under Nolan, the ethics of the party has suffered - we only need to look at Joe Bruno to see that.

Contact your town chairs and ask them to form a group to nominate a new county chairman who will be elected in September 2011.

Michael Groves
Adam Todd
Clifton Park
Brian Telesh
Richard B Lucia
Sam Johnson
Jean Raymond
Lo Ann Sanders
Ty Stacey
Eileen Bennett
Regina Parker
William C Smith
Chris Boyark
John Romano
John Telisky
Bill Peck
William Reynolds
Saratoga Springs
John Herrick
Lisa Bruno
Richard Hurst
Scott Kingsley