Link to Kids Sports Programs Dropped In Monticello, The Times Herald-Record, Friday, July 17, 2010
"Attacking our children is below disgusting."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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."
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
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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 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.