Tag Archives: David Elleman

The Shakedown (Part I)


I was twenty-seven years old in 1974 when my fiancé, a Marine Corps fighter pilot, died when his plane crashed.  Absent a future with Bob, I thought that I should do something serious and responsible about my circumstances, so I took … Continue reading

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Who’s On Welfare? They’re working on it . . .


So I was trying to get information from the Dept. of Social Services about the population that receives Welfare or Medicaid.  This search for information had taken me to the Dooher family, who work for the county, which had led … Continue reading

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Welfare Information: Dooher Die


On March 30, we considered the subject of “Who’s On Welfare and What’s On Second?”  In search of information, I had called—well, I called a whole lot of people in county government and kept getting passed around.  Finally somebody in the … Continue reading

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Onondaga County Kontroler’s Office


In the year 6, Chinese candidates for political office had to take civil service examinations.  Currently, levels 10-15 are clerks; level 1 is premier.  The theory behind civil service is, first, that it will protect government employees from being fired every … Continue reading

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