Ron Cook Barrett

Clifton Park, NY

#1 Aug 15, 2010
it seems like that jerk reported in the times union has nothing better to do then to harass someone who is trying to do the right thing. Ron Cook Barrett is a great person. He is using his own sick time to go to other places and present what he knows. I believe that at the zone 5 police training center cops from all agencies get together to mutually help each other out with training and they still get paid. THis is what Ron is doing people need to get a life and leve him alone

Troy, NY

#2 Aug 16, 2010

Clifton Park, NY

#3 Aug 16, 2010
yea well how many people when they call out sick are really sick. i wonder how many times Jennings has called in sick because he was hung over from a day at martels
Ray Cathode

Vestal, NY

#4 Aug 16, 2010
He's a stateworker, isn't he? Unless things have changed stateworkers accrue personal time and sick time. It's his paid time off, he can use it however he wants to.

Clifton Park, NY

#5 Aug 16, 2010
Does this "offense" rise the level of front-page news in the Times Union?

Government officials steal billions from taxpayers every year in the form of rigged bids, padded expense accounts, nepotism and lobby-money. Medicaid fraud accounts for another few billion in fraud. But wait!...forget about all of that, for there's something even more evil afoot in our fair city...Ronald "Cook" Barrett called in sick when he wasn't!

In the great journalistic tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, the Times Union's crack investigative reporting staff has cracked the great "fake sick-day case of 2010"!, uncovering incontrovertable evidence that Ronald Barret faked sick days...and, in effect, put the County's fiscal health at risk.

Thank Almighty God for the Times Union Newspaper, which, through its tireless efforts and keen sense of justice, has managed to help bust the nuts of a middle-class guy who pulls down a whopping $48,000 a year.

You know, I have an eighty-six year old neighbor who takes two newspapers out of the machine (he gives the other one to the parapalegic man down the hall)in front of my building, yet only pays for one! I'd like to see the TU reporting staff tear that guy a new one!
Jonathon Bratz

Albany, NY

#6 Jan 28, 2011
Cook is the biggest phoney in the world of gang prevention. He has NEVER been involved in gangs personally and he has NEVER done time (as he claims). His so-called exploits in NYC are all FABRICATED!! I am not a hater but it's not the sick time that is the most appalling, it's the YEARS of lies to all these communities about how "down" he is. He is an Irish guy from Albany who has been living this fantasy out since the 80's. It's about time his scam was exposed. Even the city council members interviewed on the news figured him out. Nothing in his early biography is true. Do the research!
There is nothing wrong with being a gang prevention specialist and having school as your experience. It's quite another when you fabricate a history of gang banging when you never have. Anyone who knows Cook will tell you that when he was younger he told people his name was Ronaldo, just to sound hispanic. He is reaping what he has sown


#7 Jan 29, 2011
opinions wrote:
yea well how many people when they call out sick are really sick. i wonder how many times Jennings has called in sick because he was hung over from a day at martels
Is this necessary do you not have respect?
Frank Simmons

Owings Mills, MD

#8 Apr 28, 2011
I came across this blog and couldn't believe the comment left by Jonathan Bratz. I've not only knew Cook for 20+ years, but he also assisted my son numerous times.
Cook has never claimed to be in a gang or do jail time! He has worked with inner city kids for more than 25 years...coaching them in Lincoln Park, working at area teen centers and so on.
He went to college in NYC and roomed with a kid names Edwin Rivera (whom I met thru Cook in 1986) Edwin was a Latin King who was incarcerated in early 1989.
As far as his nickname Ronaldo.....that was given to him by his friend Jerry G. and if you know him as you claim, you'd know who he is. You are foolish in your comments and are obviously a HATER.
Cook takes pride in being Italian/Irish from Albany and only speaks about his NYC experience in relation to his college years.
As far as the common council....they should visit with him and his programs instead of using racially motivated comments about someone who has done more for the inner city kids in Albany than anyone I've seen in years.
Stop hating on someone doing positive and give support where it is needed.
Keep up the good work Cook and I along with my son appreciate you!
John from Ontario

Toronto, Canada

#9 May 11, 2012
I have seen Cook speak on a few occasions and the fact is that he has changed many lives! I don't care if he positively impacted just one or would still be one or two young men or women that are not involved in violence and potentially killing an innocent bystander or getting themselves killed; listen to the kids that send him letters saying 'thank you', as for taking sick time, as a fellow public speaker, I am sure that Cook puts in many unpaid hours at home and when travelling updating his presentations. Keep up the great work Cook; you are a good person doing great work in your commnity!

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