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Utica, NY

Corruption in Mayoral Office (Important Please Read)

My advice is move away from Utica before it collapses. They can't even seem to fix the potholes, for goodness sakes! No jobs are coming. Many of us make sure potential investors know what Utica does to incoming business. We let them know the City will steal their building and the local press will cover for them. Then we show them what Rome has to offer. Anybody notice that Rome is growing while Utica is dying? Notice that no matter how cheap the buildings are, nobody wants them? Anybody notice where Utica ranks nationally? Utica is doomed to be a cheap, retail town as long as you keep electing corrupt and incompetent fools. In short, everyone gets the government they deserve... Especially Utica.  (Sep 22, 2014 | post #39)

Tea Party

At the CPAC-Occupy beer summit

It started as a lark; Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project, author Hudson Flynt and I decided to leave the comfort of the CPAC convention and see if the Occupiers protesting outside would be willing to engage in constructive dialogue. We walked down the long driveway to a crowd of people with signs standing around an inflatable “Fat Cat” and chanting something about “Racist Teabaggers”. From the start the conversation tended to focus on the things we agree on rather than things we don’t. The topics included jobs, no more bailouts, an end to crony capitalism and an end to the Fed. There was no shouting or personal attacks. After an hour or so we invited a few of the organizers to come have a beer with us at the pub in the Marriott hotel. Although the security guards tried to stop them from entering the lobby, we explained that we were guests at the hotel as well as conventioneers and the Occupiers were our guests for dinner. After a quick walk through the lobby the “beer summit” began. At the start there were eight of us sitting at two pushed together tables, but we were soon joined by Steve Eichler and Dale Robertson of “TeaParty.org” and several curious conventioneers of CPAC. One occupier identified as “Rusty” (real name withheld by request), jokingly mentioned that his side was beginning to be outnumbered, so he and I went back to the sidewalk and got a few more occupiers that looked like they could use a meal and a beer. We did our best to keep the numbers even. Some of our discussions focused on the media; all three organizations had been portrayed badly by reporters. It is they that have painted Tea Partiers as racists and Occupiers as communists. It is the media that focuses its cameras on uninvited skinheads at the Tea Parties and Union bully thugs at the Occupy rallies. Movements are easily discredited by undermining interests and their media lapdogs; on that we completely agreed. After about three hours Rusty and I went back out again to fetch his backpack and tent. I walked straight into the Occupier’s lines without a single word or even a dirty look. As I waited for Rusty to gather his belongings a loud argument between a CPAC conventioneer and some of the Occupiers ensued to my immediate right. What happened next was captured on video at http://youtu.be/eD EnQ27v39s . About an hour later, while we were getting along and enjoying good company in the Pub, several thugs from the local pipefitters union showed up outside and began causing trouble. These union “protesters” were bused in and paid to protest according to our occupy friends. To quote Rusty, “They show up, cause trouble and leave before the cops do anything. It’s us real occupiers that end up taking a beating from the cops, not them”. The “summit” lasted until the bar closed. We all took away from it an understanding and the hope that we could work together; at the very least we could support each other’s right to protest. In the 1770’s, a group of people met in a tavern with a lot less in common than we have. Together these rabble rousers, statesmen and patriots had but one goal, to make the British Crown nervous. What would happen if Minutemen, Occupiers and Tea party members stood united against the government? Do you think it might make the Whitehouse nervous?  (Feb 15, 2012 | post #2)

Tea Party

At the CPAC-Occupy beer summit

I was there from start to finish. We drank Guinness and ate good food and got along splendidly. In attendance were some of the Occupy D.C. organizers, Tea Party organizers and Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project. We all stayed for several hours and parted as friends. At its high point there were over 30 people participating.  (Feb 13, 2012 | post #1)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

Nobody cares what you think you keyboard coward.  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #44)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

LOL!!!  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #41)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

The gentleman in question contacted me and assured me that he has not posted on this forum. Further, he assured me that he has never posted on any site and is not involved with any slander against me, my company or my family. I believe him and want to take this opportunity to apologize for mentioning his first name on pure speculation. I would like to point out that I am not an anonymous coward hiding behind a keyboard. When this person contacted me and was worried that I might think he was such a person, it was obvious to me an apology was in order. I have identified myself from the beginning and am willing and able to prove everything I post. As I stated before, folks should consider the source of what they read on Topix.  (Nov 22, 2010 | post #39)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

I'm not sure who you're trying to convince or of what; things must be unraveling quickly at the village. I wish I could say I had something to do with it, but I don't. I have moved on and I am planning the next season in a new location. You can thank the volunteers, their friends and families, and the people of Rome that care about the future of Erie Canal Village. You are correct about the advertizing though. We did a terrible job on the commercial, the radio spots were too little and too late and nobody reads the paper anymore. We already have a new media director to correct the problem for next year. By the way, if I find out who this is, I will be making you my personal project for printing my child's name in a public forum. Believe that.  (Nov 17, 2010 | post #34)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

Your admission that your workers turned away our customers is not necessary; we already have proof of that. Your reasons for it are not only lies, but also irrelevant. For whatever reason, it is a breach of contract and actionable. Also, double booking the site, harassment and interference of trade are actionable. I can only guess that this is Steve, which is troubling but not surprising. As for your accusation that I owe the owner of the village any money is also a bold faced lie. The investor of the fair hasn’t finished paying the final payment of rent, but I don’t owe Trottier anything. If I did, it would be a matter for the courts in light of his employees breaching the contract and sabotaging my show. However, the investor has decided to handle it his own way. I’m sure that recent developments have caused all of you problems, and it’s only a matter of time before you all begin throwing each other under the bus. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of conspirators. Your excuses and finger pointing won’t help you repair the damage you have all caused. Good luck trying to make it the owner’s fault. As for your personal attacks, folks will just have to consider the source. I have also asked around and found that many things you and Melody had told me are just not true. The “friends” Melody claimed to have can’t stand her and have been hoping for years that the village would be sold or Melody and Mike would be fired. Now it appears that folks are mad that we were treated so badly and have had enough. We were not the first show to have had this happen to them at the hands of Melody and her people, but I do believe we will be the last. As for my show, it will open next year without your interference. We hope it will be in Rome, but more likely it will not. Don’t bother coming, you will be turned away.  (Nov 16, 2010 | post #32)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

Which employee I fired are you?  (Nov 10, 2010 | post #26)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

I don't think anyone but the village manager knows the "whole story". I do know that everyone that contacted me has had the same complains that I have had. I believe that if nothing is done soon there will be more damage to the buildings and artifacts, but it's private property. The land, buildings and maybe even the artifacts belong to a private party. There is nothing that I can do except move on.  (Oct 24, 2010 | post #22)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

I'm sure they have my number if they were interested in anything I have to say.  (Oct 21, 2010 | post #16)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

The Rome Historic Society had nothing to do with the damage; that was caused by neglect on the part of the current management. The manager blames everyone else for the problems, but it was she that allowed the Shull house to be destroyed. I have heard the problem is being handled by the city, so everyone should just relax and let them do what they can to save the remaining antiques. We have put in an offer to buy the place, but the current owner doesn't want to sell. The current manager isn't going to be fired and as long as she's in charge we won't be returning to the Erie Canal Village. If you feel strongly about the situation, call the local paper, city hall or your Congressman. However, I have done all I can do and am moving on to another site in another city.  (Oct 21, 2010 | post #15)

Rome, NY

Erie Canal Village

I'm sorry you feel that way, Kelly. In fact we are going somewhere else and yes the village has problems. However, those problems aren't mine, they are yours if you live in Rome. Without going into too much detail, the place is falling apart. If you want to see what it looked like before we did any work on it, click this link: http://s802.photob ucket.com/home/vic torianfair/index  (Oct 5, 2010 | post #11)

Utica, NY

MR. E.R Williams

I moved my business and family to Rome. Rome likes the taxes and investment I brought with me. Utica didn't.  (Oct 5, 2010 | post #3)

Q & A with E R Williams

Headline:

New to Rome

Hometown:

Los Angeles

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Local Favorites:

Jonney Reb's BBQ, Mogals, "In Sight" indoor range, Belmont pier

I Belong To:

RPLAC, Blue Collar Conservatives, CRP,

I'm Listening To:

88.1 CSULB

Read This Book:

Treason- ann coulter

Favorite Things:

family, friends, parties

On My Mind:

Central New York

I Believe In:

God, Constitution and personal freedom