Tag Archives: Syaed Ali


9 Jun

Anyone else catch this little reveal?

…we are told by a highly reliable source that information technology entrepreneur Syaed Ali would probably settle his lawsuit against the City of Buffalo related to the highly questionable police raid on his home last Nov. 7 if the City would just agree to give him and his family back the thousands of dollars in personal property that was taken.

If this doesn’t happen very soon, Syaed will likely file suit, reports our guy, not only to get the Ali family’s things back but also for civil rights violations occasioned by the raid and his subsequent detainment. Though the Queen City Police have kept items seized that night for over seven months now, according to our source, the Buffalo Police web site lists no pending investigation of anyone connected to this case.

Translation: Syaed Ali’s lawyer had a talk with him about how the discovery process works in a lawsuit, and that if he wrote the offending anti-Byron Brown emails, proof of that would come out. Since Mr. Ali made noise both ridiculous and frequent about not having written them, he’d lose a great deal of credibility if discovery went forward and it turned out he wasn’t being quite accurate.

That’s why what had previously been billed as the most egregious violation of civil rights ever in history is suddenly a case that can be settled for the low, low price of, “um, can I have my stuff back?”

A Confederacy of Dunces

22 May

So far, Syaed Ali has manipulated Glenn Gramigna, with whom he advertises, into accusing first me, and now Dick Kern of writing a series of anti-Byron-Brown emails last year. (Take advantage of that 2% discount at SAIL-IT for Gramigna readers!)

Seriously, Ali/Gramigna – make up your mind.

Yesterday, I posted the text of messages that exiled Buffalo activist Dick Kern wrote to, and received from Syaed Ali.

In comments, Kern added:

After Geoff Kelly broke the incredible Syaed Ali story, I reached out to Ali concerned that he was being illegally punished for criticizing the Mayor.

As a result, Syaed repeatedly telephoned me seeking advice. But I became more leery & withdrew support after the incredible barrage of anonymous emails to blogs critical of him, giving the powerful appearance that Syaed was highly unethical or unstable.

It is still not known where the alleged 70 Sail-It employees reported by Business First last October work, the only known address for Ali being his family’s house on Breckenridge, now cited for housing code violations.

And his announced hiring spree of up to 150 new staff last October has culminated in a highly irregular, detailed posting for ONE engineer position on Gramigna’s NewWNYPolitics.net., which has an estimated 600 page views daily. This unusual job posting on a political website is on top of the unusual 2% discount that Sail-It offers to Gramigna’s readers.

I have not “harassed” Syaed, having no contact with him in months. I had never before emailed “HR@Sail-It”, resorting to it only after Gramigna never answered my repeated requests for an update of Ali’s hiring progress.

instead, Gramigna began inquiring if I might have written the nasty gay-sex emails that began this whole sorry saga.

There are too many unanswered questions to serious issues in this story. As Byron Brown runs for another term, it is important that the truth be told.

Today, Gramigna posted this:

Quite clearly he’s referring to Kern.

A few points:

1. Dick Kern categorically, absolutely did not write the emails in question.

2. I suspect that Syaed Ali directed Gramigna to write the post shown above and accuse Kern of writing the Byron-is-gay emails.

3. No lawsuit has yet been filed, but I am curious whether Ali has given testimony as part of a pre-suit hearing that may be required in lawsuits against municipal entities like the City of Buffalo. A phone call and a FOIL may be in order.

4. This isn’t the first time Gramigna has just completely made shit up out of whole cloth, and it isn’t the first time he did so at what I suspect is Ali’s direction. The fact that politicians give him so much as a cent for the literally dozens of pageviews per day is beyond me.

Dick Kern Asks a Question

20 May

Remember Syaed Ali and SAIL-IT? Exiled gadfly Dick Kern was wondering about his hiring spree, and asked a question:

From: KernwatchMN@aol.com
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 08:19:58 -0400
Subject: Buffalo IT co. plans hiring spree

In the context of the economic recession, what is the status of the ‘hiring spree’ announced October 31 in Business First?

How many employees are there currently at Sail-It? Where do they work?

Any progress on the legal front with the Mayor’s forces?

Dick Kern

Pretty benign, right?


From: syaedali@sail-it.net
To: kernwatchmn@aol.com
Sent: 5/20/2009 1:07:58 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Buffalo IT co. plans hiring spree-Cease & Desist

Richard Kern
3109 36th Ave S, Apt 2
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3555

Re: Cease and Deist sending emails to hr@sail-it.net

Dear Richard Kern:

Pursuant to my rights under federal, state, county, and city laws, I am requesting that you cease and desist communication with me, my employees, and contractors as well as my family and friends in relation to this matter.

It is my personal choice to deal with only people that are familiar to me in relation to this matter, and that of issues that are of business and professional interest.

You are hereby notified that if you do not comply with this request, I will immediately notify my legal counsel to take appropriate action. Also I will be sending a copy of this notice to my legal counsel as well.

Thanks for your time and consideration.


Syaed Ali

Disproportionate response, much?

Syaed Ali and Glenn Gramigna

10 Mar

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve written a few articles about the ongoing saga of Syaed Ali and his alleged unlawful detention and questioning by city personnel affiliated with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.  I have also looked into Mr. Ali’s background and publicly available information about both he and his company.

After all, if someone claims that thuggish associates of a Mayor in a major American city essentially kidnapped him, stashed him in a dark room and questioned him for hours to pursue a political end, it might make sense to look into the integrity and credibility of the accuser.  Even if the Mayor and his political organization are known to dole out political punishment to those who deign to criticize them in public.

Over the past month or so, we have learned the following:

– Syaed Ali’s corporate website contained copyrighted material stolen from Iron Mountain, Sayers Media Group and other local companies.

– Syaed Ali and SAIL-IT claimed to offer product lines and services that were the property of other companies.  Phone calls to those companies confirmed that they had never had any business dealings with neither Ali nor SAIL-IT in any capacity.

– SAIL-IT has no corporate offices and their claims of world class facilities should probably be dialed down and described as Syaed’s kitchen in his Breckenridge Avenue apartment.

– SAIL-IT’s account on the Buffalo Niagara Partnership jobs page was suspended due to frequent posting of bogus job listings on the BNP website.

– SAIL-IT even steals its job descriptions from other companies.  I mean, for fuck’s sake.  This doofus makes it too easy.  Anyone with a google search engine and a brain cell can determine he is an absolute phony.

Ali cut and paste the job description for Public Government Relations Specialist for Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA and posted it on Glenn Gramigna’s website as his own.

– After issuing a press release informing local media outlets that he would be pulling up the stakes of his invisible company and moving it to Southern Ontario, I posted about it.  Yesterday, Glenn Gramigna implied that I am rumor-mongering and passing false information about Ali’s company.  To the contrary, I simply reposted Ali’s own press release.

This story is so incredibly weird, it’s fascinating.  We have a guy with delusions of grandeur related to a company that doesn’t really exist claiming that the Mayor of a major American city kidnapped him and questioned him without representation for hours.  The Mayor’s thugs accused him of defamation for circulating emails that alleged that members of the Mayor’s staff enjoyed fellating local reporters.

Wait, it gets better!  Acting as the public relations agent for this guy is a nebbish scientologist “reporter” formerly affiliated with a crooked political reporter/convicted bank robber/child support deadbeat.  Gramigna was employed by Illuzzi for years and their split was public and nasty.

Gramigna and Illuzzi have operated with impunity for years as shakedown artists and the politicians have been willing to hand money over to them for the privilege of not being defamed or harassed with outlandish claims.  Now, Gramigna is allied with a guy who is making outlandish claims against Illuzzi’s political sugardaddy, Byron Brown.

It’s incestuous, weird and utterly fascinating from an inside baseball perspective.  However, there is a bigger story here and the longer we keep pulling at the strings, I suspect we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be talking to other sources in the community about Syaed Ali, his imaginary company, his political connections, his ill-fated run for County Legislature, his pursuit of state funding for personal interests and how Gramigna and Illuzzi shake down your local politicians for money.  We’ll also eagerly await further reports from Geoff Kelly at Artvoice about Ali’s allegations.


26 Feb

The Syaed Ali saga gets weirder and weirder every day.

Again, permit me to reiterate that, if what he says happened to him the way he says it happened to him on November 7, 2008, then the perpetrators should be held civilly and criminally responsible. He isn’t accused of any crime, hasn’t been accused or charged with any crime, and he was allegedly mistreated and had his belongings improperly confiscated under color of law, pursuant to a search warrant of questionable legality.

But Ali hasn’t only been bringing blockbuster allegations against the Brown Administration and law enforcement. He’s also sort of dopey.

When he’s not busy telling Glenn Gramigna to write that I must have written the offending Byron-is-gay emails, he’s eagerly arguing with Chris and me over at Artvoice. Someone’s been calling Geek and laying the Sopranos-lite shtick on pretty thick. At one point, one of the commenters at this Artvoice thread republished an email from Marc Odien that only a small handful of local media types would have seen. That tells me that whoever was arguing with us there is the author of the emails in question, or sitting next to that person.

So, Chris and I thought we’d take a cue from the Buffalo Ruse and throw some levity into the whole situation, because Buffalo tends to get too serious when arguing over anything remotely political. You may remember that Ali has made very grandiose claims about the success, size, and scope of his business, yet we found that much of his marketing information is cribbed verbatim from other companies’ sites.

So, as a variation on the SAIL-IT theme, I present to you the website for the galactically hugest and bestest IT company, ever. FAIL-IT is open for business!

Syaed Ali’s Claims are like an Iron Mountain

23 Feb

Funny Pics / INTERNET

The only reason anyone knows Syaed Ali’s name is that he claims to have been horribly mistreated at the hands of various law enforcement agencies doing the bidding of Mayor Byron Brown and City Hall. For whatever reason, City Hall believes that Ali is behind a string of emails sent out to media outlets last year claiming all sorts of crazy and poorly written things.

In the wake of Glenn Gramigna accusing me of being the author of those emails, Buffalo Geek undertook a review of Syaed Ali – his business and what it offers. He notes that Ali had, in the past, sent out press releases claiming all kinds of incredible business growth, including telling the BNE that he’d be hiring 150 people between November 2008 and August 2009.

Geek reveals that Sail-It is operated out of Ali’s home, and questions how 150 or 1,000 people would work there. He also reveals that Sail-It offers a wide range of technology services, but much of the information on its website is cribbed from other businesses. You can practically select any random bit of text, Google it, and find its true source. Consider:

Then you find this:

Whatever Sail-It Government Solutions is, Iron Mountain offers the exact same service, and even uses the exact same copy to sell it, verbatim.

There’s a reason that the idiom “consider the source” was invented, and unfortunately, Mr. Ali embodies that caveat. Again – I have been nothing but supportive of him, if what happened to him actually happened as it’s been described in the media and his Notice of Claim. Certainly, there appears to have been something ranging from overreaching to bona fide civil rights violations. But Mr. Ali has not done himself or his cause any favors whatsoever. He doesn’t stop talking to Artvoice or Gramigna, and every time he does so, it frankly harms his cause. Everything he says can be used against him in court.

Now, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean City Hall isn’t after you. In this case, there’s no question they’re after Ali. But we’ve only heard one side of the story, because law enforcement isn’t talking. Based on my suspicions that Ali was Gramigna’s “source” claiming that I wrote the Brown emails, and the dubious information on Ali’s much-touted business’ website, I have to take everything he says with a boulder-sized grain of salt.

Syaed Ali Says Goodbye To Buffalo

23 Feb

In an email press release which I received from embattled political doofus Syaed Ali, I was informed that Mr. Ali intends to shut down the operations of his company SAIL-IT and move it out of Greater Buffalo.

We have made a decision to greatly reduce our presence in the Town of Buffalo.  Our current operations facilities will be moved to Toronto, Ontario and all other planned expanded employment opportunities will be relocated to the Canadian side of the region. Moreover our headquarters will be moved to Connecticut, and we will maintain our marketing team and implementation specialists to serve current and future clients in Western New York.

I will by the use of the Court System expose the illegal actions of Mayor Byron Brown in the illegal raid, conversion, and abduction last year.

The locals including some members of the media are unequivocally slow and ignorant to understand the ramifications of actions carried out by Mr. Brown.

Good luck to the Town of Buffalo.  Your town/ city is a Metropolitan Mayberry and your Mayor Administration resembles “Sanford and Son”.   The only difference is Brown and Son drives around a monster truck crushing vehicles, and than charges fines to the vehicle owners for being in the way.  Instead of purchasing junk Brown and Son gets search warrants and steals property, and than threatens to press charges for retaining legal counsel and talking to the media.  Brown & Son runs people over and than sues people for being in the way, and for the damages to the bumper.

At any rate Good Luck to the City/Town of Buffalo with  the above mentioned attributes of politicians, and a populace that continuously rolls over for a bunch of criminals like Brown & Son you are going nowhere but down.

Good Luck Buffalo
Syaed Ali


The above is an advertisement running at the top of Glenn Gramigna’s Shuck and Jive Political Fraud Site.

Based on Ali’s previous press releases, Mr. Ali moving his company to Connecticut and Southern Ontario is a loss for Buffalo and WNY.  Sadly, after some inquiries into SAIL-IT as to the validity of those press releases, Ali has taken them down from his website.

At various times in the past, Ali sent us updates on his intentions to hire 1000-1200 people to staff a data/call center operation, the release of a revolutionary real estate management application which would result in hundreds of new hires as well as monthly missives about the explosive growth of his nascent IT empire.  In essence, this was a world class information technology corporation which could handle everything from social media marketing, telephony, VoIP, web hosting, real estate and network management.  In fact, looking at his portfolio of services, it’s clear there is nothing that his company can’t do.

Let’s take a look at one of his service offerings, let’s say…Telecommunications and VOIP Solutions:

Custom Prompts For Your Open Source IP PBX

PBX Prompts is an online store where users of IP PBX Platforms such as Asterisk, Fonality or Switchvox, as well as users of other open architecture PBX systems can purchase pre-recorded audio files for use within their phone system. The prompts are available in a variety of languages and dialects, featuring both male and female voice talent. Offering standard prerecorded basic and advanced prompts sets, PBX Prompts gives small medium businesses across the globe a crisp, clear, professional voice. In addition to the prerecorded sets of prompts, PBX Prompts also offers the ability for buyers to order custom recordings using the same voice as the prerecorded sets. The end result of prerecorded and custom prompts is a multi-lingual business phone system with a consistent and professional sound throughout.
Asterisk Library

Asterisk Library is a daily new media site that delivers Asterisk related news, information, how-to’s, best practices, and editorials from Asterisk professionals in a format that easy for the non-Asterisk or VoIP professional to read, understand, and apply.

That sounds like a pretty good service offering.  I think I might have read it somewhere before…oh yeah!  It’s the same exact service offered by Sayers Media Group, a reputable up-and-coming technology firm in Buffalo

Ali cribbed the marketing information (word-for-word) from their site for use on his own (designed by Microsoft Word).  You’ll find that most of the products and services “offered” by Ali’s company are descriptions of those offered by other, more successful companies.  I contacted Sayers Media Group and spoke with Garrett Smith, their Director of Business Development and he confirmed that they had never done business with Ali in any capacity nor had they given him permission to re-purpose their marketing materials as his own.  In fact, they had never heard of Ali nor his company until I called them.

Now that we’ve found that Ali’s company doesn’t offer much in the realm of actual services, let’s check out his corporate filings.  The NYS Department of State, Division of Corporations, Entity Information Database shows that Ali formed SAIL-IT Incorporated as a Domestic Corporation in October of 2007 with a registered address of business of 568 Breckenridge Avenue in Buffalo, NY.  Where might this corporation which bills itself as the “the largest Virtual Information system service outsourcing provider in the entire world” choose to operate from in Buffalo?  Here:


SAIL-IT’s filings with the Erie County Clerk are similar (and handwritten) and specify this house on Breckenridge as his place of business.  After further inquiries, there were unconfirmed reports that Ali once had a place of business on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, but there is no public listing for that business in any record or directory.

As a systems engineer for one of the top IT vendors in the world, I deal with pretty much every IT department (big and small) in the City of Buffalo and WNY.  Never once has anyone that I work with stated they knew of or had done business with Mr. Ali.  His frequent pronouncements of incredible business growth were coupled with poorly written press releases and a website BuffaloPundit’s eight year old daughter could have made.  Based on public records reviewed to this point, his company is not what he claims it to be.

This is a guy who can’t seem to get out of his own way.  Is he behind the chain of emails which claimed a senior member of the Brown Administration was having hot gay sex with a local reporter?  Who knows?

Was he subjected to bright light questioning in a dark room at the Main Place Mall at the hands of unnamed, nefarious city hall officials and rogue police?  Maybe.

If he was treated that way, it is pretty sad that Ali will have trouble proving his claims since his entire professional reputation appears to be based in alternative version of reality.  Based on the information about his company, Ali lacks credibility.  Is he playing the patsy in some backroom political war between political camps in Buffalo?  Perhaps.  If so, whoever chose him to be the front man, chose wisely indeed.

There is more to this story, hopefully Geoff Kelly over at Artvoice will keep pursuing it and find where it leads.

The Smell of Defamation In the Morning

18 Feb
Horseshit: click to embiggen

What a load of horseshit

UPDATED: Gramigna has retracted what he wrote, and what his source told him. That’s appreciated, but still horseshit.

Apart from this morning, when I called him in a rage, I can honestly say that I’ve never exchanged a single word with Gramigna, despite having helped him promote his dreck-laden site when he started it. His business model is: get local politicians to buy ads, print positive crap about them and negative crap about their opponents. Look for an alternative to completely decimate that business model, coming soon.

If I had written the offending emails – which I didn’t – I would have reprinted them last summer, when they were originally sent. They are alleged to have been sent by Mr. Gramigna’s newest advertising client, Syaed Ali. But I didn’t print them last summer. Indeed, I alluded to them a couple of times only in an off-handed manner. I had theories as to who might have been sending them, but someone in law enforcement somehow landed on Mr. Ali, and he alleges that he was subsequently placed into custody and that his belongings have been confiscated. I’ve gone on record saying that, if what Ali said is true, it’s a grave injustice.

Furthermore, if I had sent them, I wouldn’t have pimped them to mainstream media – I would have posted them on my site contemporaneously so that the TV and other reporters would give me linkage and credit.

But I didn’t write them, I wouldn’t have written them, I have nothing to gain from writing them, and never in my wildest dreams would ever conceive of writing something like that about anyone, much less an elected official.

For Gramigna, acting apparently as a conduit for the flailing Ali, to even suggest that I was behind those emails is a disgrace – and a defamatory one, at that.

I have my disagreements with the Brown administration – I don’t like their secrecy, I don’t like their sense of entitlement, I don’t like their Machiavellian machinations to try and upset ECDC and its endorsed candidates, and I don’t necessarily think that they do the best job for Buffalo. That doesn’t mean I would ever stoop so low as to spread vicious, defamatory rumors about him or his officials.

Is Pundit Behind Phoney Brown E-Mails?…What A Surprise!…Davis Gets Off!
Written by Glenn Gramigna, Editor


Any fireman will tell you that the first person who shows up to gawk at an arson fire is often the arsonist. Accordingly, one of our grey bearded sources is wondering if those wonderful guys who were nice enough to publish all those completely phoney and slanderous alleged e-mails involving Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown might not have been also their source.

“Isn’t it funny that the Pundit guys still had this junk after most others had long since deleted this junk,” he or she asks. “Also their chronic grammar mistakes and the ones contained in the bogus e-mails are similar…It kind of makes a fella wonder…”

Speaking of this and other local blogs, we understand that religious bigotry is alive and well these days on several of them. Blaming Islam for that horrible beheading incident in Orchard Park recently is like blaiming the Book of Revelations for OJ Simpson’s crimes. Are we really going to go down the road of religious ignorance and intolerance again?

I don’t even want to touch the relgious bigotry comment.

But what I did do is link to a post that Buffalo Geek wrote on the WNYMedia.net front page.

This, however, is my favorite part of Gramigna/Ali’s accusation:

Also their chronic grammar mistakes and the ones contained in the bogus e-mails are similar…It kind of makes a fella wonder

Gee, that sounds eerily like what a commenter wrote here, at Artvoice, regarding the writing style of the IMs posted, and text on Ali’s company’s website. I’m pretty anal about grammar and spelling – more so than Gramigna – so, I challenge Gramigna and his source to back up the statement that I make “chronic grammar mistakes”. That’s almost as offensive as suggesting I sent out the emails in question.

I think what pissed Mr. Gramigna’s source off is this last comment I wrote:

Whoever sent these emails last summer is an idiot, and an unimaginative one, to boot. These could have been made believable. To call this clumsy is an insult to clumsy things.

I’ll say it clearly and succinctly – whoever fed Glenn Gramigna the notion that I wrote the offending emails is the person who wrote the offending emails. Flushing that person out is precisely why I wrote those insulting lines.

Glenn Gramigna: Journamalist

9 Feb

Illuzzi Lite Glenn Gramigna wrote this today. It’s in all caps, so it must be of critical screaming importance:

Pundit Publishes Phoney Brown Chats…But Why?
Written by Glenn Graminga, Editor



I particularly enjoy Gramigna’s usage of the royal “we”…

…and who said they were Brown chats?

Anyway, we published them because it’s interesting, newsworthy, and Chris and I thought it would be interesting for people to weight the whole Syaed Ali story against what he was accused of sending out. We also thought that people could and would do what they did – compare the writing in the chats to the writing habits of whoever puts together SAIL-IT’s web content.

We were both crystal clear that we thought the chats were so phony (that’s how you spell it, Glenn) as to be downright humorous.

Names were redacted to protect them us (because the emails are clearly defamatory). In fact, anyone with basic intelligence could have read my post or Chris’ post and figured out “why” we posted it. It is written out in English, after all.

Here’s a different question that’s raised. Now that Ali’s company is an advertiser of Gramigna’s, why does Gramigna or Ali care if these materials are posted if they’re so clearly untrue, and weren’t sent by Ali?

The Ongoing Saga of Syaed Ali

6 Feb

On the front page of WNYMedia.net, you’ll find the supposed defamatory content that Syaed Ali allegedly sent out via press release in an attempt to embarrass the Byron Brown Administration.

By now, most people in WNY have heard something about the plight of Syaed Ali.  Ali has been accused of sending emails and instant message transcripts to media outlets which claimed various indignities and shenanigans conducted by members of Byron Brown’s administration.

These emails surfaced shortly after a shadowy political organization alleged as loosely affiliated with Steve Pigeon and Responsible New York called Mothers and Fathers Demanding Answers launched a scandalous and anonymous campaign targeting one of Pigeon’s longtime adversaries, State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.  At the time, it seemed as if the internecine squabbling between various forces in the Democratic Party had reached an all-time fever pitch.  After Joe Illuzzi published private emails between Assemblyman Hoyt and an Albany associate, all hell broke loose on the media front.  No one was sure as to the veracity of WNY First’s claims, nor did anyone know who sent the messages.

The content of the press releases was comical in its lameness and fakery and with Ali making daily appearances on the pages of Artvoice, Gramigna’s News and Scientology Today website and the venerable Buffalo News, I thought it was time to post what everyone has been dancing around for months.

From: WNY First [mailto:wnyfirst@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2008 5:41 PM
To: wnyfirst@gmail.com
Subject: Breaking News: (Name Redacted) Caught Pants Down with Male Journalist

WNY First
Press Release
Sunday, August 17, 2008

For Immediate Release


(Name Redacted) Caught Pants Down with Male Journalist

Buffalo, NY – A top official in Buffalo’s Mayoral Administration has confidentially and anonymously disclosed a series of emails, and text messages, between (name redacted) and a local journalist.

Et cetera, so on, and so forth.

To my surprise, the boys over at Artvoice put up a video interview with the alleged perpetrator of the lamest political scandal in Buffalo History.  The interview is replete with the standard issue facial shadows to hide Ali’s identity.  After watching this interview, I kept thinking that the guy in the interview sounds like an incredible doofus.


Whatever you make of the allegations or the veracity of Ali’s claims, this is just good times for fans of massive political FAIL.