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Thursday, November 15, 2012

"I'm not aware of a conflict of interest," he said.

The "he" in this case is New Hartford Central School Superintendent Robert Nole in response to the Observer Dispatch for a May 13, 2012 article...two days before the voters in the NHCSD were asked to approve the purchase of 29 Oxford Road and vacant land on George Ave. both owned by Ashford-Clinton Corp.; a company owned by Linda Romano and her husband Russell Petralia.

The article also stated:
As for Romano’s role in the proposed purchase, Hallak said he does not believe she had any. Hallak also said he does not believe Romano suggested the purchase to the district.

“I’ve only seen Russ’ name in documents,” he said. “I don’t know that she has any financial interest in the purchase.”
Hallak is Attorney Anthony Hallak of Felt Evans, LLP, an attorney retained by the New Hartford Central School District.

Why are we bringing this back to light? Because one of the FOILed emails specifically addresses Trustee Edmund J. Wiatr, Jr. and also our blog.

On April 29, 2012, Ms. Romano writes to Connie Stephens:
At this juncture, I continue to believe that ignoring him is the best. It's got to be very, very frustrating for him. I understand he ran me over the coals at the NH BOE meeting last week over 29 Oxford. He has to know that I have since heard about it. I have said nothing to him, which must be killing him. I do love his allegation, however, that Russ and I make a lot of money from our real estate dealings with the District!!!!! If he starts badmouthing the rechartering without cowardly hiding behind some blog, I would certainly recommend changing our approach. Right now, I just don't have time for Ed Wiatr. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.
Ms. Romano's silence killing Ed??? Hardly!

As well as FOILing emails from the library, we also FOILed attorney invoices from New Hartford Central School District. Those invoices tell a completely different story than the one given to the Observer Dispatch by Attorney Hallak and Superintendent Nole.

Attorney Hallak's invoices frequently named Ms. Romano and Laura Roberto, Ms. Romano's paralegal, as the persons Hallak was dealing with regarding these purchases. Not once did we find the name Russell Petralia in Mr. Hallak's invoices regarding the lease/purchase of 29 Oxford Road and the George Ave. property discussions.

Here are Attorney Hallak's invoices.

Although we wrote several blogs about questions the New Hartford Central School District doesn't want voters to ask, we now have a few more...
Did Superintendent Nole really not know that Attorney Hallak was working with Linda Romano regarding 29 Oxford Road and George Ave?
Did Superintendent Nole really not realize that Ms. Romano was part-owner of Ashford-Clinton Corp?
And is Attorney Hallak serious...why did he bill the school for letters and discussions with Linda Romano unless she was involved?
If no one believed that there was a conflict of interest issue, how come the statements given by Superintendent Nole and Attorney Hallak in the May 13, 2012 Observer Dispatch article don't comport with billing details outlined in Attorney Hallak's invoices which were submitted to the New Hartford Central School District each month?
By the way, here is Ms. Romano's 247 of 466 FOILed pages of emails.

We will revisit the email from Library Trustee Rich Evans at the top of page 247 regarding Mr. Wiatr at a later date. Look at the subject of Mr. Evan's email..."From Topix". Ha!Ha!Ha!


Anonymous said...

Who is saying, " Should we try to discredit him at every
opportunity? Publicly?"

Sounds to me like these library trustees will do anything to smear library trustee Wiatr.

Are these people for real. Who put these people on the library board?

What is the Town of New Hartford Board doing to remove these individuals?

Silence Dogood said...

Lies? No, I prefer "Political Alzheimers." More convenient, and it sounds like a medical diagnosis to boot!

Seriously, Mr. Evans had the unmitigated gall to write an editorial to the newspaper claiming negativity killed the library vote?

No, just peruse your own emails, Rich. YOU and your coffee-klatch insiders on the board killed the deal with your own stupidity and arrogance.