Youth Football League Of The New Monticello : Introducing "The Monticello Jaguars"

The following is republished from The Sullivan County Democrat, Friday, 27 August 2010:

Village of Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins, who is standing at far right in the back row, joined the players and coaches from the SCORS Monticello Jaguars youth football teams for a photo during last Friday night’s practice.

SCORS football, cheerleading program off to a great start in Monticello

By Rob Potter

MONTICELLO — There is a new youth football and cheerleading program in the Village of Monticello.

On Aug. 9, dozens of boys and girls began practices for SCORS, which stands for Sullivan County Organized Recreation and Sports. The football team, for kids ages 6 to 12, is known as the Monticello Jaguars. The cheerleading team includes girls between the ages of 6 and 13.

Good News For Children's Recreation, Accompanied By Misconduct And Mismanagement By The Help

Thank you to the throngs of good people who came out last night and supported the Monticello Gymnastics Program. It was a great pleasure to see such a positive and caring message from the community.

Fully Insured Village Youth Programs Cancelled Due To Negligent, Uninformed Management

Link to Kids Sports Programs Dropped In Monticello, The Times Herald-Record, Friday, July 17, 2010

"Attacking our children is below disgusting."

From Carmen Rue, Village Trustee

MONTICELLO (July 19, 2010): Upon learning Monday morning that the Village has always had and continues to have liability insurance coverage for all sports programs (see below e-mail from insurance carrier), including gymnastics and boxing, Trustee Carmen Rue is calling for the termination of Deputy Village Manager John Ligreci.

Rue stated, "Ligreci is simply reckless. Gymnastics and boxing have been a target of this management since day one and this is nothing more than a ploy to accomplish their goal, at the expense of our children. We have always had insurance, however, Ligreci failed to inquire with the Village's broker of record and instead asked their friend that they are looking to switch to. Either Ligreci is devious in his actions or too incompetent to understand it and either way he should be fired. He speaks of wanting to expand youth programs and we can spend his salary and benefits on those programs instead."

Facebook Group on Monticello Gymnastics Program

Rue added, "Our gymnastics program is a stellar program that has attracted children from across the county for over 3 decades and has produced top gymnasts in the state. This Village should be looking to advertise and expand this program rather than shutting it down. Instead the Mayor and his team want to fire Pete Tweed, a Village institution, and hire yet another one of their friends.

This is political corruption at its worst and I refuse to allow the public to not be aware of it. I will introduce a resolution at the July 20th meeting to terminate John Ligreci and if it is not successful I will continue to do so at every Village Board meeting until he is out of a job. Attacking our children is below disgusting."

The next Village Board meeting is scheduled for July 20th at 7PM at the Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and let their voices be heard. Link to the meeting's agenda. Even if you can not attend, you can sign this petition to save the Monticello gymnastics program

See the following documents:

Village Management?

John LeGreci was sent the above information at at his Village e-mail address, as were the Village Manager, Mayor, Trustees, Clerk, Treasurer, and Trustees, in advance of the July 20th regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Village Manager John Barbarite told me he relied on LeGreci for information when they announced that Monticello's youth programs were being shut down immediately, this past Friday.

From: John Barbarite []
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:40 AM
To: Ray Sheenan
Cc: Carmen Rue; Gordon Jenkins; John LiGreci; Theodore Hutchins; Victor Marinello
Subject: Insurance Problems

In reviewing the Village insurance coverage and that of IBAM we were informed by the insurance agent that the Village has no coverage for anyone participating in sports or athletic programs. That includes village run programs and IBAM. Upon advice of the Village Attorney we are shutting down all programs until we can obtain coverage. This includes IBAM. We will post notices on the doors. Any questions call me at 914-799-1014.

John [Barbarite]

See also Village forced to cancel youth programs due to lack of insurance The Times Herald-Record, July 16, 2010

Related Link: Village Laws On Use Of The Ted Stroebele Neighborhood Facility On Jefferson Street, including requirements for insurance coverage to be provided by organizations not operated by the Village.

Pedro Tweed's well-known gymnastics program, which was closed this past Friday, allegedly because it was uninsured, is operated by the Village, and has been for about 30 years. It is fully insured.

IBAM has provided its own insurance coverage, which the Board of Trustees has found acceptable up to the present time, for as long as it has operated on Village premises.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Sends Another Contingent Off To Sheriff's Summer Camp

MONTICELLO - Twenty-seven children from Sullivan County gathered at the Sheriff’s Office in Monticello Sunday to say goodbye to their parents. No, they weren’t in trouble. They were on their way to the New York State Sheriff’s Institute Camp Iroquois on Lake Keuka, near Penn Yan, NY. Each year the Sheriff’s Office sends deserving children from Sullivan County to summer camp in the Finger Lakes. Sheriff Michael Schiff thanked the citizens of the county for making donations that have made the Sheriff's Camp possible.

This year, Deputies Richard Rodrigues, Kyle Muthig and Blake Starner are escorting the children to camp. The Sheriff acknowledged Sergeant Luis Alvarez, Confidential Secretary Marilyn Bastone, and Cook/Manager Dale Frasier for their efforts in putting this summer’s program together. The Sheriff's Camp serves underprivileged children from around the state who could not otherwise afford to go to summer camp.

For more information on the Sheriff's camp, visit

Caption for above photo: Sergeant Brian Harrell (upper left), Deputy Debra Votee, (right), and Sergeant Luis Alvarez (lower right) with children who are on their way to summer camp.

Click "View More" (below) to see a video on the program.

Village Manager Seeks To Curtail Right Of Village Trustees To Information Or Entry To Village Hall


Never in Monticello's 200-year history have members of the municipality's legislative body been so restricted or had their powers curtailed as Village Manager John Barbarite seeks to do with this measure. Singling particular Trustees for exclusion from Village Hall, or requiring that Trustees only obtain information about Village expenditures and projects through him is immoral, unethical, and unlawful.

Chamber of Commerce & Monticello Business Association Plan "Litterpluck" For May 1st

MONTICELLO — The Monticello Business Association, working in with Community Unity and the Village of Monticello, is asking any community groups that would like to participate to get involved in a Litter Pluck May 1 to coincide with the County-wide Litter Pluck Day.

Monticello Board of Trustees April 20th Meeting

Village Board of Trustees meeting are now held on first and third TUESDAYS starting at 7:00 PM.

Download Agenda and Minutes, once they are approved as accurate.


Information presented to the Board of Trustees during public comment by the Village Historian explaining to the Board of Trustees proposing restoration of the Sullivan County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, as outlined in the Village Historian's 2009 annual report, at no cost to the Village. To be placed on the agenda for another meeting soon.


Link to Minutes and audio recordings of Village of Monticello Board of Trustees meetings. For the most recent meeting, click here.

Stop The Mudslinging And Let Us Get On With The Business Of Government

As I have said, the chain of events leading to the arrest of the Mayor of Monticello and his girlfriend for multiple felonies and misdemeanors was a sad day for them and for the Village of Monticello. Mayor Jenkins, like anyone with a pending charge, must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, as the Mayor, Mr. Jenkins is the symbolic figurehead who represents the community and is a role-model to the community's youth - our future. This is sad indeed.


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