Calvin Luther Martin, PhD
October 18, 2023
(1) Andrea is running for re-election. Village of Malone mayor.
(2) With few exceptions, I have attended all the village board meetings for the past several years. There are only two people who regularly attend these meetings: Tom Schultz and me. Mary Scharf began attending them several months ago. Mary is a registered Democrat and is running against Andrea, a Republican. I, too, am a registered Democrat. I will not vote for Mary.
(3) What I say, below, is what I have personally observed, not what I read in the Telegram, the worst newspaper since the 16th-c. invention of the printing press. (Please, somebody sack Alex Violo! Put this guy out of his misery. Trevor Buchanan is only very slightly better. Where the hell does Johnson Newspapers get these lame excuses for journalism? But I digress.)
- Flanagan Hotel
It's comin' down! Andrea has secured several million $ from the county legislature to have it razed. She successfully negotiated with the building owner, on Long Island, to cooperate in this long overdue demolition. The building is irreclaimable. Speak to the code officer, Brian Lamondie. I have. Brian will give you vivid details.
- Illegal Immigrants
Andrea is aware of this nationwide crisis. I have been corresponding with Andrea and Donna Kissane, County Administrator, and our county legislators re. the possibility of bussloads arriving from NYC, courtesy of NYC Mayor Eric Adams. Click on the bus image for my correspondence.
- Sewage Treatment Plant
The village sewage treatment plant processes sewage and waste water for the village, the town, the 3 prisons, and truckloads of sketchy leachate from the county landfill. That's a lot of ugly stuff! Several years ago DEC insisted on expensive and sophisticated upgrades. (Bear in mind that the treated effluent is emptied into the Salmon River.) Under Andrea's leadership, the plant is now state-of-the-art and is run by professionals who understand the finicky computer systems plus the microbiology needed to monitor treatment and effluents.
- City Hall Staff
I cannot say enough good about them! They work well together, and each is superb at what they do. The Village Clerk, Rebahka Scaccia, holds a Masters of Public Administration degree. Rebahka is on top of everything in City Hall. Nothing escapes the scrutiny and red-lining pen of Kristine Lashway, Treasurer, formerly treasurer for the Village of Dannemora. (Kris works especially well with Archie McKee, who still has an eagle eye for accounting.) Brian Lamondie, Code Officer, is a gift from god. A former contractor, he has a talent for working well with other contractors and property owners. He's not over-bearing or tyrannical or unreasonable. Gentle yet firm, and will work with people who need help. Brian is cleaning up the village slums. Every board meeting, he presents the board with a flowchart of his activities. Very impressive!
- Liberty Utilities
Liberty is a natural gas delivery company on the Creighton Road. They have been installing gas lines throughout the village. I have published a number of articles on these people over the years. (Search the Archive in the main menu for "Liberty." You will get an earful.) In any case, when Liberty attempted to dig trenches down Clay Street, with its iconic boulevard of arching sugar maples, Andrea asked them to detour Clay Street — to save the tree roots. Liberty complied. The trees and residents of Clay are forever grateful to the mayor for saving the beauty and elegance of this unique street.
- Recreation Park Pool
Andrea and the village board have had a keen interest in building a sizable outdoor pool at the Rec Park. Groundbreaking was held recently. There will be lap lanes, which, to a former competitive Masters swimmer, is music to my ears. Funding for the pool comes from public and private sources. A huge boon to kids and adults in future summers.
- Police Chief
Andrea and the village board recently appointed Bill Andre (pronounced "Ondray") as the new chief. Excellent choice! Bill got the highest score in NYS on the "police chief" exam! He is respected by his colleagues. I have seen him defuse crises with his calm, measured manner. In college, he was a biochemistry major — smart guy!
This has been a tough one for the mayor and board. There have been several less-than-satisfactory DPW supervisors who were eased out of the job. Part of the problem is that, for years, the DPW was pretty much unmanaged by City Hall. Nepotism was a problem. Currently the dept. is in the capable hands of Scotty Richards & Brian Cole. Even so, the village is having a dickens of a time finding people who want to work, and an even more difficult time finding licensed CDL drivers. But things are looking up.
American cities are being devoured from the inside out by homeless people. Do a Google search for "homelessness." Watch scores of videos and read endless news reports. Portland OR is beyond hope. Same with Oakland CA. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia and especially NYC are in major trouble. Yes, from homelessness which is now combined with a tidal wave of migrants. Click on this image to watch a video about Burlington's homeless, aired Sept 30, 2023. Andrea and the PD are acutely aware of all this. The issue has been discussed at numerous board meetings. Unfortunately, there is no ready solution — and possibly no solution whatsoever — for this tsunami.
- Housing Rehab
Andrea and the village board have been working closely with Friends of the North Country as the village administers a sizable grant to renovate homes for the elderly and other homeowners with scant finances. You have seen their magic around the village. The other phenomenon is Frank Bova, a contractor from Poughkeepsie, who has overhauled dozens of homes throughout the village — all at his own expense. Frank buys the homes at county auction and turns them into truly lovely residences for people of modest means. Andrea knows Frank well and blesses him for what he does.
- Derelict Homes & Buildings
Andrea and the village board continue to demolish buildings and homes that are obviously unsalvageable, creating a space for something new and useful. This project is separate from that being run by Friends of the North Country, above.
- Veterans Memorial Park
If I am not mistaken, the village was awarded a sizable grant through the good offices of Assemblyman Billy Jones to restore the Veterans Park at the intersection of Elm and Main St, opposite the Flanagan. Much work has gone into planning the new park. I have attended the village meetings and seen the various architect drawings, all of which were viewed by local veterans, who were asked to choose what they preferred. (This is a subject close to Andrea's heart. Her brother, Master Sergeant Matthew Dumas, fought for many years in the Middle East.)
- 5G and T-Mobile
In January 2021 Dr. Pierpont and I wrote to the village, town, and county alerting them that T-Mobile, a huge cellphone company which for many years has had a contract with the village to use the top of our water tower as a transmitting mast, was proposing to amp up its current 4G radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) broadcasting to 5G. 5G is a wholly different ballgame from 2G, 3G, and the current 4G. We presented the village with a slew of documents underscoring significant health hazards from 5G. Included was a 2020 report from the State of NH explaining why it was banning further 5G installations, for human health reasons. We are pleased to report that the village forbade T-Mobile to install 5G transmitters on the tower — away too close to people's homes. Click on the brain image to read more.