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Records Suggest Tague Took Thousands for No-Show Job

Written By Editor on 4/20/18 | 4/20/18

Former Sheriff Calls for Special Prosecutor

Earlier this week the Albany Times Union profiled Assembly candidate Chris Tague's time serving on the staff of former 107th District Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. Mr. Tague claimed a part time salary as McLaughlin's Community Relations Director from January to September 2011, which averaged about 17.5 hours per week while also working full time for Cobleskill Stone Products. Tague received $10,000 in annual salary and benefits in this position. Further research shows inconsistent records in Tague's timesheets, including claiming time when he would have been unable to commute or telecommute to work and contradictory information from Tague and McLaughlin indicating that-- at least partially-- this represented a no-show job.

In 2010, Tague donated $1,000 to the McLaughlin campaign, as did organizations headed by him. Tague served as the Chair of the NYS Association of Builders and Contractors and the Chair of the Aggregates Committee on the NYS Construction Materials Association. These donated $425 and $5,000 to McLaughlin's campaign, respectively. After the campaign McLaughlin hired Tague for his district, situated east of Albany.

Former Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond was in office during the period in question and ran much of the County's emergency response. We asked him about the physical conditions of roads and the ability to travel. In disclosure, Desmond supports Tague's opponent Wes Laraway. Former Sheriff Desmond said that while individuals could have left Schoharie County on back roads, they would be stopped and refused entry coming back into the disaster zone.

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During his time as a State Trooper, Desmond investigated three public corruption cases. including in the Town of Wells, the former Otsego County Court Judge, and former head of Social Services in Otsego County. Desmond said that he believed that he believes that Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter or that she should contact the State Attorney General's Office. He said that "if I was Mr. Tague, I would want a piece of paper stating that nothing happened."

Inconsistent Timesheets

Perhaps most compelling in the timesheets is the evolution of Tague's self-reported weekly work hours, varying between zero and twenty-one hours between January and July 20th, 2011. During these dates the hours were signed off by McLaughlin's Chief of Staff Daniel Lewza. From July 21st on, Assemblyman McLaughlin reviewed and approved the sheets himself-- and in each case through Hurricane Irene, Tague's hours were a repeated 17.5 hours-- the exact minimum needed to keep benefits.

Tague was unable to commute outside of Schoharie County after Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The roads in and out of Schoharie were closed due to a state of emergency with power and landline phone service in Schoharie out during the first several days after Irene. State Assembly policy requires all part time employees within the chamber report to a physical office to check in regularly and prohibited working at large without first doing so. McLaughlin had offices in Albany and Castleton-on-Hudson. Unless Tague physically visited one or both of these offices on August 29, 30, and the 31st, he would be unable to legally telecommute or work in the field.

Tague claimed 4.5 hours on Monday, August 29th-- the day after Hurricane Irene and the destruction of his own home, five hours on August 30th, and two hours August 31st, bringing him to the minimum needed to keep health insurance. He marked down "Legislative Duties" during this period, even as he later used personal and sick time in September, indicating a distinction in time claimed.

McLaughlin reviewed and approved this timesheet more than a month before Tague allegedly submitted the hours. According to the documents procured by the Times Union, which they sent to us and is here printed on this page, Tague signed the document outlining his hours after the flood on October 20th. McLaughlin approved Tague's request and and dated the form August 31st. The successive three timesheets were all signed by Tague as October 20th with differing dates from McLaughlin-- and all before Tague self-reported his hours.

At a base salary of $10,000 per year at 17.5 hours per week, Mr. Tague would have made approximately $10.99 per hour in wages from this position, not factoring commute time or other expenses. Above the salary, the Assembly Human Resources Department states that employees that work at least half time are entitled to "health insurance, life insurance, dental care, vision care, hearing care, workers' compensation, unemployment benefits and membership in the State retirement system." Between January and his resignation, Tague earned $7,441 in according to Assembly records. One official we spoke to stated that Mr. Tague regularly worked 60 hours per week at Cobleskill Stone around the same period.

In January the Times Union reported on a similar situation in McLaughlin's office. McLaughlin added his then-Rensselear County Executive campaign director Richard Crist to his Assembly office's payroll last year. The part time job lasted from September to December 2017. Although Crist never worked more than 17 hours per week, he received a pro-rated salary of $67,000 per year. Crist claimed working seven days a week, including Thanksgiving and an original, but scratched out note that he worked on Christmas Day.

The candidate did not respond to our calls for comment but told the Times Union, "The valuable and positive experiences I gained helping constituents and understanding how state government works have helped prepare me to serve the residents of the 102nd Assembly District." Tague's campaign manager told us that the candidate had nothing to say and "How could [Tague] be asked to remember a specific day seven years ago?"

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May 11th Einstein Event at Octogon Barn

Written By Editor on 4/18/18 | 4/18/18

Friday, May 11, 2018 8 pm

Knox Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Rd, Delanson, NY 12053, Albany County

Tonight’s lecture:  ALBERT EINSTEIN: 100 Years of Special and General Relativity by Prof. Matt Szydagis (U Albany)

Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

Cost: Free! (donations graciously accepted)

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

Our mailing address:  Dudley Observatory at miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 4/16/18 | 4/16/18

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

At 7:20 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dorothy E. Lee, 50, of Middleburgh, NY, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 7:20 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Shirley M. Felter, 68, of Blenheim, NY, for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 8th at 5:00 p.m.

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Video of Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization in Oneonta

Written By Editor on 4/12/18 | 4/12/18

The video for the Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization video is available at ­­­­­ The Downtown Renewal panel program, took place on Thursday, April 5th, from 5:30-7 PM, in the Otsego Grille, Morris Complex. The program was co-sponsored by the Oneonta Chapter of United University Professions (UUP) as well as the SUNY Oneonta departments of History, Political Science, Sociology, and Africana & Latino Studies Panelists included Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, former Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, SUNY Oneonta Sociology Chair Dr. Alex Thomas, and President/CEO of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ann Heegan, Dr. Michael McAvoy, Chair, SUNY Oneonta Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, introduced and moderated the program. Following panelist presentations, audience questions and comments will follow. Remember to Subscribe!

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First Annual Family Fun Day at C-GCC

HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Day Care at Columbia-Greene Community College will hold their first annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 14 from 12 pm to 4 pm in the Arts Center Theatre.

The day will be filled with many activities and performances, including a magician, face-painter, balloon twister and more.

The event is sponsored by The Fortnightly Club, the C-GCC Student Senate, The Truss Group, 98.5 The Cat, and Pattison, Koskey, Howe and Bucci CPAs, P.C.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds raised benefit the C-GCC Day Care Center.
For more information please call (518) 828-4664, or email

About C-GCC

Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive twoyear college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked in the top four percent of community colleges in the U.S. by, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.

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Editorial: Goodrich Ends Tarnished Career

Written By Editor on 4/11/18 | 4/11/18

Sarah Goodrich announced that she is stepping down from her longtime position as Executive Director of the Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery organization, five months after an expose on hundreds of thousands of dollars in misappropriated funds.

The move comes over three years after the organization ended its last significant flood recovery operations and during a furtive transition towards economic revitalization.

This move is certainly a positive one, and one that will require far less money intended for flood victims to enter into the pockets of paid staff. It’s also a sign that the dozens of comments we received after our November article added up.

Sarah entered into the post-Irene scene as a major leader in flood recovery, but stood almost alone in her inability to leave the stage. As other volunteers moved on and died, she continued collecting a full time paycheck while hundreds of families still suffered. All the while the organization, which curtailed its actual operations, was lauded and abetted by almost every smiling politician and other media.

It’s difficult to say that Mrs. Goodrich completely gave back all of the goodwill she earned after Irene. After all, dozens of reconstructed homes and businesses are no small feat. However it does reinforce two fundamental ideas of community service:

1. There is always a time to step down gracefully. It is better to be a Cincinnatus than a Philippe Petain.
2. If you are betraying the public’s trust, especially for personal financial gain our paper will find you out and expose you. For far too long almost every bad idea, fiscal gamble, and backroom deal has been abetted by local leaders and media. This is our first scalp-- and won’t be the last.

Matthew Avitabile-- Publisher

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 4/10/18 | 4/10/18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

At 11:42 Cobleskill Police arrested Selena Howard, 18, of Cobleskill, NY, for Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance to an animal.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 10th on 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

At 12:05 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Peter G. Delcoro, 46, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment 2nd. He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 17th at 5:00 p.m.

At 3:13 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Bryan Porter, 26, of Cobleskill, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  He was issued an appearance ticket and turned over to Glenville Police.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on April 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 6, 2018

At 4:24 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Patrick Gurdak, 21, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Mischief 3rd, Attempted Assault 2nd, and Harassment 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $1,500 Bail / $3,000 Bond.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 10th at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

At 2:06 a.m. Cobleskill Police issued an appearance ticket to Brooke Fuhs, 25, of Canajoharie, NY, for a Open Container Violation.  She was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17th at 10:00 a.m.

At 2:06 a.m. Cobleskill Police issued an appearance ticket to Cynthia Miller, 31, of Canajoharie, NY, for an Open Container Violation.  She was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17th at 10:00 a.m.

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SUNY Baseball Falls to Hamilton

Written By Editor on 4/8/18 | 4/8/18

Clinton, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s baseball team dropped an 11-4 decision in non-league play on Sunday afternoon to the host Continentals of Hamilton College. The loss drops the Fighting Tigers to 1-14 overall on the season while win improves Hamilton to 10-9 overall on the year.

The Fighting Tigers defense struggles continued in the cold and wind at Hamilton’s Loop Road Complex as five Cobleskill errors and several misjudged balls aided the Continentals on the afternoon.

Offensively the Orange & Black were led by junior first baseman Nate Carinci, Oneida, N.Y., Oneida High School/Jefferson Community College, who went 4-for-5 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored and freshman center fielder Mitchell Holmes, Dartmouth, Mass., Bristol County Agricultural High School, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Freshman southpaw starter Burke Hughes, Nantucket, Mass., Nantucket High School, took the loss going two innings allowing only one unearned, striking out two and walking one as the Fighting Tigers used the nine inning contest to find work for six members of the pitching staff on the afternoon.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Wednesday April 11th when they travel to Cazenovia, N.Y. for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader versus the Wildcats of Cazenovia College beginning at 2:00 p.m.  


Hamilton 11, SUNY Cobleskill 4 (4/8/2018 at Clinton, N.Y.)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 000 031  -  4 11  5      (1-13)
Hamilton............ 010 522 01X  - 11 10  0      (9-9)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Burke Hughes; Daniel Wade(3); Ryan O'Keefe(4); Dalton Stevens(6);
Eddy Garcia(7); Jacob Hoffee(8). Hamilton - G. Schaefer-; M. Borek(6); D. DePaoli(8); C. Lynn(9)
Win-G. Schaefer-(2-3)  Loss-Burke Hughes(0-3)  T-2:34  A-0
Weather: 33 degrees; windy; snow; partl
Game: COBMA08

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SUNY Women's Softball Splits in Abington

Abington, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s softball team made their first trip to Pennsylvania on Saturday blanking a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with the Nittany Lions of Penn State Abington taking the first game 3-1 then losing the second game by a 12-0 margin. With the split the Fighting Tigers move to 2-6 overall on the season with a 2-2 mark in league action while the Nittany Lions are now 2-10 overall with a 1-1 record in league action.

In the opener Fighting Tiger freshman pitcher Rachel Hall, Greenwich, N.Y., Greenwich High School, limited the home team to only two hits over seven innings allowing only one earned run by striking out one and walking no one while featuring a formidable sinker which accounted for 13 ground ball outs in the game.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third inning Cobleskill score a pair of runs on a fielder’s choice by senior third baseman Hannah Hoffman, Troy, N.Y., Averill Park High School, and a sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Nicole Flint, Union Springs, N.Y., Cato-Meridian High School/Monroe Community College, to take a 2-1 lead from which they never looked back.

Hoffman led the way from Cobleskill offensively going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while sophomore center fielder Brianna Murphy, Yonkers, N.Y., Yonkers Montessori Academy, who was 1-for-2 with a walk a stolen base and a run scored.

In the nightcap the Fighting Tigers could never get on track as the Nittany Lions cruised to a 12-0 victory allowing the visitors only one hit in the contest as junior catcher Gabriella Danthine, Sloansville, N.Y., Schoharie High School, had a third inning double as part of a 1-for-1 effort to break-up the Nittany Lions no-hit effort.

Cobleskill will close out their weekend road trip on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Chambersburg, Pa. for a pair of NEAC games versus the Phoenix of Wilson College with first pitch slated for 12:00 p.m.



SUNY Cobleskill 3, Penn St.-Abington 1 (Apr 07, 2018 at Abington, PA) (Game 1)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 002 000 1 -  3  6  2      (2-5, 2-1 NEAC)
Penn St.-Abington... 100 000 0 -  1  2  2      (1-10, 0-1 NEAC)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Rachel Hall. Penn St.-Abington - B. Dougherty.
Win-Rachel Hall(1-2)  Loss-B. Dougherty(1-7)  T-1:24  A-97
Weather: Cold
Game: PSAWA07A


Penn St.-Abington 12, SUNY Cobleskill 0 (Apr 07, 2018 at Abington, PA) (Game 2)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 00 -  0  1  3      (2-6, 2-2 NEAC)
Penn St.-Abington... 220 8X - 12 10  1      (2-10, 1-1 NEAC)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - McKenzie Cobb; Katerina Weingarten(2); Edyliese Aquino(4).
Penn St.-Abington - B. Dougherty.
Win-B. Dougherty(2-7)  Loss-McKenzie Cobb(0-2)  T-1:25  A-95
Weather: COLD

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Cobleskill Men's Lax Falls to Poly

Marcy, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s lacrosse team suffered through a long afternoon at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Saturday as the Fighting Tigers dropped a 15-6 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action. With the loss Cobleskill falls to 3-4 overall including a 0-2 mark in NEAC action while the Wildcats are now 7-1 overall with a 2-1 mark in league play.

The Cobleskill defense proved little opposition for the host Wildcats early on as the home team held a 9-1 advantage at the half from which they never looked back. SUNY Poly outshot the Fighting Tigers by a 41-28 margin on the day while controlling the face-off circle by a 12-10 margin and the ground ball battle by a 46-34 tally.

Senior attackman Jeremy Mowrey, Johnstown, N.Y., Johnstown High School/Herkimer Community College, proved to be the team’s lone bright spot on the afternoon with two goals, two assists and four ground balls picked up.

The Orange & Black will return to action on Wednesday April 11th when they host the Wildcats of Cazenovia College in NEAC action at the Soccer/Lacrosse complex beginning at 4:00 p.m. 

Cobleskill St. (3-4, 0-2 NEAC) at
SUNY Poly (7-1, 2-1 NEAC)
Date: 4/7/2018, Attendance: 120

Box score
SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Polytechnic

Men's Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
Cobleskill St. at SUNY Poly
(4/7/2018 at 1:00 PM at Marcy, NY (Wildcat Field))

Cobleskill St. SCORING: GOALS: Jeremy Mowrey 2 ; Edwin Martinez 1
; Kiran Tierney 1 ; Sean Degnan 1 ; Garrett Vigrass 1 .
ASSISTS: Jeremy Mowrey 2 ; Devin Corey 1 .

SUNY Poly SCORING: GOALS: Daniel Rivie 3 ; Charlie Rosaschi 2 ; Ryan Mead 2 ; Brad Pietryka 1 ; Devin Roes 5 ; Eddie Rosaschi 1 ; Jason
Crandall 1 .
ASSISTS: Daniel Rivie 1 ; Charlie Rosaschi 2 ; Nick Goodemote 1 ; Eddie Rosaschi 6 .

Cobleskill State: Willie Wilson 10
SUNY Poly: Andrew Barreca 0, Christopher Evanchuk 7, Samuel Ruben1, Jared Laird 5

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SUNY Women's Softball Falls to Wilson

Chambersburg, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s softball close out their North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) road trip to Pennsylvania on Sunday losing a pair of game with the host Phoenix of Wilson College by scores of 9-0 and 9-1 in league action. With the blank the Fighting Tigers move to 2-8 overall on the year including a 2-4 mark in NEAC play while Wilson moves to 6-8 overall with a 4-0 conference record.

In the opener the Fighting Tigers trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when home team erupted for seven runs to put the game in the win column.

Offensively junior second baseman Georgianna Crisci, Walden, N.Y., Valley Central High School, was a bright spot for the visitors going 2-for-2 with a triple and a single as Cobleskill could manage only three hits in the game.

In the second game the host Phoenix scored early and often jumping out to a 7-1 lead after two innings from which they never looked back on their way to a 9-1 victory allowing the Orange & Black only five hits in the contest.

Junior shortstop Nicole Flint, Union Springs, N.Y., Cato-Meridian High School/Monroe Community College, doubled home Cobleskill’s only run as part of a 1-for-2 effort at the plate.

The Fighting Tigers are next scheduled to take the field on Tuesday April 10 when they host the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont College at Fighting Tiger Park for a non-league doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. 



Wilson 9, SUNY Cobleskill 0 (04/08/18 at Chambersburg, Pa.) (Game 1)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 000 00 -  0  3  4      (2-7, 2-3)
Wilson...................... 011 7X -  9 10  2      (5-8, 3-0)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Rachel Hall. Wilson - Potter.
Win-Potter(5-4)  Loss-Rachel Hall(1-3)  T-1:13  A-55
HR WILW - Carty.
Game: WILWA08A


Wilson 9, SUNY Cobleskill 1 (04/08/18 at Chambersburg,Pa.) (Game 2)
SUNY Cobleskill..... 010 00 -  1  5  0      (2-8, 2-4)
Wilson.............. ……431 1X - 9  9  1      (6-8, 4-0)
Pitchers: SUNY Cobleskill - Edyliese Aquino; Katerina Weingarten(3). Wilson - Buzard.
Win-Buzard(1-3)  Loss-Edyliese Aquino(1-2)  T-1:15  A-75
HR WILW - Carty.
Game: WILWA08B

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SUNY Men's Golf at NYU Invitational

Bloomfield, N.J.:  In an effort to finally get outside and escape the winter like weather gripping the region; the SUNY Cobleskill men’s golf team headed south to face some of the top programs in the nation over the weekend at the NYU Invitational hosted by New York University at the  par 72/6698 yard Forest Hills Field Club on Saturday and Sunday. In their first time playing outside this spring, the Fighting Tigers posted rounds of 368 and 350 for a two-day total of 150-over par 387 to place 12th overall in a 13-team field.
The Fighting Tigers were led by the duo of junior Colin Hizny, Endicott, N.Y., Union-Endicott High School/Broome Community College, who shot rounds of 84 and 87 for a two-day total of 29-over par 171 and junior Cody Latimer, Mayville, N.Y., Chautauqua Lake High School/Jamestown Community College, who fired rounds of 88 and 83 for a score of 29-over par 171 each tying for 46th place in the 66-player field
The Fighting Tigers are next scheduled to be in action on Wednesday April 11th when they travel to Penn Yan, N.Y. for the 2018 Keuka College Invitational hosted by the Wolves at the par 72/6663 yard Lakeside Country Club beginning at 10:00 p.m.

Team Standings:
Day 1
Day 2
New York University “A”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Trinity College (Conn.)
 SUNY Farmingdale

Rosemont College
Williams College

Goucher College

Stevens Institute of Technology

Manhattanville College

New York University “B”

College of St. Joseph’s (N.Y.)

SUNY Cobleskill

Drew University

SUNY Cobleskill Individuals:
Day 1
Day 2
Cody Latimer

Colin Hizny
Dylan Mulvihill
Joe Perry
Trenton Stillman

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