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Taco Shack

Makawao, HI

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Nov 30, 2012
 

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I'm from out west and when I was living in Herkimer, I really thought a dirty taco shack hole in the wall would do well. They are everywhere in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Just have a kitchen with a window for the cashier. No seating, no drive thru. If food is priced cheaply enough, people will come.
piseck loves winter

New York, NY

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Dec 4, 2012
 

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another day of inaction at the alleged Burrito Jonz

time for the IDA to sue the c-k-sck-ng liar "John Winter" who applied for and received $15000 grant from IDA to open his crummy burrito shack -- back in April ... and recoup the taxpayer money

disgraceful misuse of public funds
herkimer confidential

Albemarle, NC

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Dec 4, 2012
 

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Ya think?? Thia should absolutely looked into for gods sake this git gets a 15000 grant and can't open a taco shack then has the audacity to ask the village for a 40000 loan. This would be comical if it wasn't taxpayer dollars here. If this isn't criminal then I don't know what is. The real businesses and people who used there own money to open should get these grants but no they give it to out of towner buddies with no intention of opening. This is plan travesty and someone should be accountable from within the corrupt ida. Shameful bottom feeders stealing from taxpayers again.
follow the corupt money

Albemarle, NC

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Dec 5, 2012
 

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Obviously winter and his cronies have pulled a fast one on the ida get the money and wait over a year for a supposed opening. Yeah just yet another scam where the powers to be help their buddies in fleecing the taxpayers. Someone should be investigating this sham /scam I agree
burrrito BS

New York, NY

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Dec 6, 2012
 

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story in the Telegram this morning -- big surprise, Burrito Jonz is late in submitting to the village documentation required to support its application for a $25,000 loan.

John Winter the owner of Burrito Jonz was directed to submit a credit report and most recent tax returns. All that Winter has provided is a 2009 tax return.

2009 --???

Aren't these basic documents readily available to Winter ie didn't he have to submit the same to the county IDA before it approved the $15,000 grant he wanted?

doesnt the IDA grant specify terms & conditions eg a date the place was to open?

this burrito shack was supposed to be open about six months ago -- the more time that goes by the more it looks like a scam.
Burrito Police

Little Falls, NY

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#26
Dec 6, 2012
 
Yes. It's obviously a scam. Just like the Burrito Jonz in New Hartford is obviously a scam. Call the Burrito Police.
herkimer confidential

Batesburg, SC

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Dec 6, 2012
 

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It is a sham and scam this guy invest none if his own money gets a fraudulent ida grant and then has the audacity to ask village for a 40000 loan what else could you think it was
Ed T

Utica, NY

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Read something in the paper today about this . I think they should make sure the guy is legit. Give him ten days to produce the paperwork, or scrap it ,and ask for the money back they granted him. Thats only fair. Not bashing anybody just saying the county could use that $15,000 for something else. I doubt he would have spent that money ,all i ever see is a sign there.
Grab a clue

Syracuse, NY

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#29
Dec 6, 2012
 
And the IDA approved the loan? Goes to show you how naive and gullible Feany and Piseck are.They are as much to blame.
herkimer confidential

Charlotte, NC

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Guarantee he already blew the ida money trying to save his failing new hartford location and remodeling dorantes building this whole scenario stinks to high heaven of ole boys scamming the taxpayers of Herkimer county. All over a taco shack.,when Herkimer already has one. What a fn joke no wonder this town is almost bankrupt
fish taco

New York, NY

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Dec 6, 2012
 

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something is fishy here

and @ "herkimer confidential," Herkimer does not have a taco shack, Taco Bell does not count

the sad fact is valley residents would enjoy a nice casual Tex-Mex place for takeout or waitress-less sit-down, but Winter is an awful businessman and Piseck is a corrupt thief and between those two clowns....

..all we got is another vacant languishing storefront with a "Burrito Jonz" sign in the window.

FARCE OR FRAUD?

both.
Taco lover

Liverpool, NY

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#32
Dec 7, 2012
 
Ok, so I was wondering, after reading these posts, this Griffith guy may have been fired by his own father. Didn't he also run his own investment business? Seems as though he used to run tv ads. And now he works for some type of small business administration??? So does that mean he failed at his own business and now makes recomendations on how others should operate a business????? What am I missing here? Does this make sense? Does someone know the facts??
herkimer confidential

Mooresville, NC

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#33
Dec 8, 2012
 
Fact is he was fired for being.g incompetent and yes he had a business on gennesee st, another joke.and yes he is an advisor of how to fleece taxpayers ..anybody else ever heard of a business getting an ida grant and the not opening for a year, or applying for a village loan on an un opened business.he doesn't even own the building and his only collateral is a taco recipe. Time to get back the money from this scam artist. This ia cronyism at its ugliest
Thanks Steve

New York, NY

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#34
Dec 8, 2012
 
Steve wrote:
I have owned a small biz in the village for many years, hired employees, took out loans at the local banks and never got any grants or insider loan deals. If a commercial bank won't lend then it is a red flag that the business concept is shaky. Why should i go to main street for a burrito when they sell them in the frozen section at Walmart and Hannaford's. The joke of the century is that these guys got a 15000 grant when that money could have been spread around helping existing viable businesses that have provided long term employment and steady jobs not some flash in the pan burrito dream. Who are the geniuses who are so business savvy that they can tell this is a great investment of public money- politicians ha!!!!!. Mr Taxpayer watch this joke closely and hold all politicians that are for this joke accountable
"Flash in the pan burrito dream" I like that
cheer4life

Quincy, MA

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Dec 8, 2012
 
:)
lwd

New York, NY

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#36
Dec 18, 2012
 
face it ppl place is never going to open
Don t do It

Geneva, NY

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#37
Dec 20, 2012
 
Don't give this clown the money.....if you were a successful business from the get go why would you need a $40,000 loan that you don't even have the collateral for....once Moe's starts pumping out the burritos, Burrito Jonz in Utica will be done. Wake up Herkimer, Winters is a poor man's Matt Demar.
GOTTa smok

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#38
Dec 23, 2012
 
MERRY Xmas herkimer.
i went on publc assistance Quite a few years ago..because i am related to an employee of the county A NEW BUREAU had to be established..the HEAD of that bureau then REQUESTED individuals to REPAY any reqoupments to him IN CASH.

THE RESULT was when he was found to be A THIEF ..his punishment?? he went on to be the manager of BABES in Utica.
NOBODY ever GETS THE MONEY BACK from INSIDER THIEVES in DSS..they just prosecute the VICTIMS of the LAWR....BOOK EM DAno AND SHOOT THE REST
of the innocent poor bastards.
Diarhito Jonz

New York, NY

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#39
Dec 27, 2012
 
Diarhito Jonz New Years Resolution --

"We'll be open by 2017, promise!"
diner

Herkimer, NY

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Dec 27, 2012
 
GOTTa smok wrote:
MERRY Xmas herkimer.
i went on publc assistance Quite a few years ago..because i am related to an employee of the county A NEW BUREAU had to be established..the HEAD of that bureau then REQUESTED individuals to REPAY any reqoupments to him IN CASH.
THE RESULT was when he was found to be A THIEF ..his punishment?? he went on to be the manager of BABES in Utica.
NOBODY ever GETS THE MONEY BACK from INSIDER THIEVES in DSS..they just prosecute the VICTIMS of the LAWR....BOOK EM DAno AND SHOOT THE REST
of the innocent poor bastards.
you have either a poor memory or you are a liar. Stone the former legislator and now a judge is the manager of Babes. Can't remember the guy who stole from Social Services. His family was connected so he didn't do any time and skated by paying it back. Please don't mix up the good old boys! Now Pieseck is another story. He quit the IDA and we can only guess why. something stinks and maybe it is the $$ for this restaurant but rumors are it has more to do with a conflict of interest.

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