Tag Archives: The Syracuse Newspapers

The Contractor and the Contractee


No, as it turned out, the ACLU could not help me.  The local branch apparently consisted solely of an executive director with no staff. I was sitting out there battering my head against Mike Addario, general manager of Rural Metro; … Continue reading

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Thereafter


The essential defense of the political corruption between the Onondaga County government and the Republican Party was twofold:  (1) everybody does it and (2) we’ve always done it. There was a conspiracy among county department heads to sell political fundraising … Continue reading

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From The New York Times (Part II)


Citing those remarks [“We need another sodomizer in Attica like we need another Peter Andreoli in Onondaga County.”], Mr. Andreoli asked Judge Cunningham to disqualify himself when he was called upon to rule in a jurisdictional dispute between the special prosecutor and the … Continue reading

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The Verdict


Onondaga County Deputy Comptroller Richard Sheeran was indicted on 134 charges of violating Civil Service and Election Laws pertaining to making his employees contribute to the Republican Party.  When the trial verdict was announced, he was acquitted of all the felonies and convicted of … Continue reading

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The Trial (Part I)


When I walked into the courtroom, Special Assistant Prosecutors John Lang and William Day respectfully rose to their feet.  Lead defense attorney Edward Gerber and his co-counsel did not.  This had been the way throughout the trial:  the prosecution treated … Continue reading

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The Witness


I contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and got from them test protocols.  I took these to Dr. Sidney Orgel, a psychologist on the staff of Upstate Medical Center.  He had a private practice run out of an office in … Continue reading

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The Syracuse Newspapers, Again


In the hearing, the prosecution would call Dr. John Wolf, who was prescribing the antidepressants I currently was taking.   John was a neurologist who, along with two other people, had formed a group called Alethea:  The Center on Death and Dying, … Continue reading

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Trial Preparation


So I kicked the offending travel voucher back to the head auditor and she returned it to Dick Sheeran and a couple weeks later I asked the auditor what had been the outcome.  She gently replied, “Oh, you’d have to ask Mr. … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy


According to news reporters and the Special Prosecutor’s Office, around 1970 the officials of the Onondaga County Republican Committee entered into a conspiracy with the bureaucrats of the Onondaga County government whereby department heads were to produce contributions to the … Continue reading

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The Witch-Hunt


I had several more interviews with Guido and the investigator in the Special Prosecutor’s Office.  I knew little or nothing about political activity, but I was smart and observant and had worked in the Onondaga County Comptroller’s Office, the Personnel … Continue reading

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