Hey, What About Clarence?

2 Nov

About a month ago, I wrote this post, which included the text of an email that Republican Clarence Town Councilmember Bernie Kolber sent to the town’s Republican committee. Former clown and current Republican supervisor candidate David Hartzell had called the cops on Kolber the day after the September primary, accusing Kolber of stealing campaign signs. Hartzell even called the cops.

Well, Hartzell got a “see me” from the town Republicans, and sent this along:

Kolber’s reply is below, and I might be wrong, but I don’t think he’s happy with his fellow Republican.

Dear Republican Committee Members,

This year, the election for Supervisor is not about absurd 35% tax increases and ice rinks, with everything else being a distraction according to Mr. Hartzell, but it is about something much more basic, ethics, integrity, and the truth. These are areas in which Mr. Hartzell is devoid and substantively lacking in character. It is like the Wizard of Oz, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

After his antics with the State police, I have asked for the return of my donation to his campaign, but still have yet to receive it.

I have reviewed the Email that hartzell sent on October 3rd, to which I want to comment. I held off immediately afterward so that Dan Michnik could enjoy his daughter’s wedding without distractions. I have discussed this with Danm already. I have filed a FOIL request with the NYS Troopers, but am still awaiting a response. I am requesting all statements, witnesses, and information relating to said accusations. I have the copies of my cell phone records showing Dan’s phone call to me on September 15, at 10:02 PM.

My contact at the State Police has informed us that Mr. Hartzell knew immediately that it was my truck. The State Police did not want to get involved and deemed it to be petty. Mr. Hartzell repeatedly demanded that they take his complaint and that they take it to the District Attorney. He did not relent until they took his complaint. A fellow Committee member is aware of this firsthand and took it on his own to call many of the Executive Committee members.

As for Mr. Hartzell’s Email explaination, which I have copied and reprinted below for your use, I will cite the following that question the very basic truthfulness of his comments and make them illogical.

1) Mr. Hartzell states that 2 people were standing in their parking lot and saw me take down the sign.

If I was taking down this sign and they were watching me why would they have not said something then? I saw no one out that night aside from passing traffic. it takes about 5-6 minutes for me to take down a 4×4 sign and place it in my truck. That would allow plenty of time for them to approach me. In addition, I had my 4 way flashers on. They should have noticed me right away.

Thet then said that they gave chase. I THEN STOPPED TO TAKE DOWN ANOTHER SIGN ??????? This is completely illogical. If someone is chasing me down the road, would I stop to take down another sign? It is absurd and a complete lie.

2) When the friend approached the pickup truck to ask the owner what was going on, the owner was unwilling to talk and sped away at a high rate of speed

Why would they not have approached me the first time. No one approached me. No one said a word to me because there was no one out that night. Another complete lie. Again, 4 way flashers on, unlikely that I sped away as I then went to the next sign location on Stahley where one of my signs was. Remember, I was only doing what we do after every election, AND doing it after getting the approval from Dan Michnik.

We have a candidate for Supervisor who screwed up, even according to Ralph Mohr with his “pay to play” letter if it wasn’t illegal it certainly was not in good judgement. Rather than admitting his “screw up” and taking the high road he hangs up on the reporter calling and stupidly tries to shift the blame for his own poor judgement. He illegally threatens a vendor in the IDA in political retribution. Then he blames me for taking his signs down likely in an attempt to shift the scrutiny off of his own stupidity. These are the TRUE ISSUES. Don’t be blinded.

I am asking the Clarence Republican Committee, and the Erie County Republican Committee to initiate a complete investigation into this incident. In addition, I am asking that no Committee funds be allocated to any Town Candidate until this investigation is complete.

I still am a diehard Republican. However, There is something that supercedes politics and R’s and D’s, and that is integrity. It is time that the Clarence Republican Committee sees that “the emperor has no clothes on”. WE in no way have a quality or qualified candidate in this race. I have already told Chairman Michnik that my name is not to be used in any way with Mr. Hartzells. I cannot speak for him, but I suggest that you ask Bob Geiger this as well.

Thanks for your time,

B. Kolber

Now, the other issue I should bring up is Hartzell’s continued lie about the budget. There is no “proposal” to raise taxes 35%. There is no effort underway to ram an $8 million ice rink down the taxpayers’ throats.

Hartzell is another Republican lying liar.  The actual numbers show the TAX RATE DECREASING– not increasing.  What Hartzell is trying to do is use an extreme worst case projection included in last year’s budget and lie to taxpayers, calling it a “proposal”.  Either Hartzell is stupid, or he assumes voters are –  a good financial planner would know better.  He continues to say it even though the ACTUAL numbers fly against his statements.  He is basically desperate and throwing anything to see if it sticks.  This tactic is deplorable and continues a trend of him not knowing or caring what the facts are:

(1)    See his attorney “pay for play” or “selling the job” letter where he clearly states that we will have a new Town Attorney even though the Town Attorney is appointed by the Town Board.  When Channel 2 called Hartzell about his prospective corruption, he hung up on them.

(2)    Hartzell politicized the IDA without explanation or justification. He is unfit for elected office.

(3)    Hartzell doesn’t know the facts, or else he can’t count.  At the candidates’ forum last week, he said the town has three fire districts, just like similarly situated towns throughout America. He researched it! Problem for Hartzell is, the town has 5 fire protection districts within one fire district.  Hartzell also lied about the Wegmans proposal, claiming that the town didn’t want Wegmans. That’s a load of bull. Finally, Hartzell endorsed Bylewski via LinkedIn, and then lied at the forum, saying he only did so when Bylewski was a councilman, not supervisor.

(4)    Hartzell claims that the town “needlessly” spent money on renovating the Town Hall.  Well, yeah, except of course for the asbestos abatement, the seats that crumbled to the touch, and the bathrooms walls that had become so soft you could move them with only a little pressure. Hartzell would go all Barbrady on that.

(5)    Hartzell claims that Bylewski’s office in Town Hall was renovated. Yes, it was painted. And Scott moved his desk. SCANDAL!11!!!!

(6)   Hartzell claims the Highway budget was raided by almost $800,000.  Where the heck is this from?  There is no transfer of monies from Highway to General funds.  The General fund subsidizes the Highway fund to the tune of $2 MILLION (adding the transfers from the 2009 budget up to and including the 2012 Preliminary Budget)!

(7)  While General Fund appropriations have increased, the tax rate is actually decreasing, and Clarence continues to grow with a greater demand for services.  Town spending is less than inflation, and we still are paying for additional services due to growth.  Our growth exceeds new construction which basically exceeds inflation which exceeds spending.  Hartzell evidently thinks you can get something for nothing.

(8)    Finally, Hartzell questions Bylewski’s leadership.  To see Bylewski’s leadership in action, look at the town’s quality of life, the way town government handled all manmade and natural disasters thrown at us, and the fact that Clarence enjoys a 93% townwide rate of satisfaction with town government.

Hartzell and the truth – they go together like oil and water. Don’t believe his desperate, pathetic lies. Vote Bylewski, Geiger, and Kolber on November 8th.

 

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5 Responses to “Hey, What About Clarence?”

  1. Jack N. November 2, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Well done! I’m actually ashamed that people from outside of Clarence see someone like Dave Hartzell running for Supervisor here. It’s embarrassing to the community. But, on the other side, we have Scott Bylewski who represents the other end of the spectrum. I guess that sort of evens things out! I’m sure you’re already working on your next blog about “The Return of Joe Weiss”! I just received a robo-call from Weiss a few minutes ago, and just read the article in the Buffalo News about his “return”. What a joke. Is this actually happening or am I just dreaming all of this up?!

    • Alan Bedenko November 2, 2011 at 11:37 am #

      I got the Weiss robocall, too. From 831-2526, and it wouldn’t let Google Voice record it.

  2. jhorn November 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    FORMER clown????

  3. MaGuinn November 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Great!!!!  Love the “dummies” – fits the two buffoons to a “T”!!!  Wasn’t the red truck Weiss’ buddy???  Story sounds familiar –

  4. wolfpack November 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Bylewski doing good job, no benefit of haing hartzell, a blow hard.

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