I call on law enforcement to stop the political thugs who have been harassing me and my family.
This morning we found our car's rear windshield smashed by an octagonal paving stone. The interior of the car was also damaged.
A brief report of the incident on the website of the Times Herald-Record is headlined Monticello trustee's car window shattered by stone; police looking for suspects. Hopefully, publicizing this crime will help the police identify the culprit.
Later in the day, the likely source of the stolen stone was identified as a construction site at 32 St. John Street, a few blocks from the Mayor's home on Clinton Avenue, which was reported to the police who are continuing to investigate. The stone was evidently taken from the construction site and carried across the Village to our residence with the deliberate intent of targeting my husband and me.
According to county records, the construction site at 32 St. John Street is owned by Rental Inc., which is principally owned by Brian Amiel. Is it coincidence that the felon who has been targeting ethnic minorities and political enemies for hate crimes around the Village chose this particular property to victimize by criminally trespassing and stealing paving stones? Does the have an axe to grind there too?
In a letter last year dated February 5, 2008, Mr. Amiel specifically ordered then Deputy Village Manager John Barbarite, "not to enter in or on to any of my propertis without prior notification to my attorney."
Contacted by phone on February 22nd, Mr. Amiel said he sold the St. John Street property about a year ago to Dino Rossi. On March 10, 2008, Mr. Rossi is quoted in board minutes as saying he was "indicated that he [was] proud of the Village Board" for firing Barbarite, citing similar experiences as Mr. Amiel.
These stones, neatly piled on his construction site at 23 St. John Street, are unusual in appearance, and are precisely the type the one that was used to attack my car.
According to its packaging, the octagonal red brick used in this hate crime was evidently imported from Branchville, New Jersey, where they manufactured by CST Pavers as part of the "Dutch Stone series" product line. To seriously investigate this felony, police should contact the manufacturer to determine whether these unusual stones have been sold to anyone else in Monticello.
Mayor Gordon Jenkins' and appointed Trustee Theodore Hutchins' silence in response to this incident has been notable. If they were not directly involved themselves, I would ask them to effectively use their connections in the community to aid police in identifying and holding the criminal(s) accountable.
The campaign of T.C. Hutchins, who is running for Village Trustee against Republican/Conservative/Independence challenger Kieth Rieber, is managed by Barbarite, just as Barbarite managed the Jenkins campaign last March.
This latest attack is part of a pattern of political harassment, coinciding this same week with the publication of two newsletters styled The People's Voice, published by disgruntled and twice-fired former Village Manager John Barbarite. Both newsletters attacked me by name. Also this week, a political button appeared my personal Trustee's mailbox warning, "SHUT UP CARMEN!" with insulting and racist imagery.
These hateful publications originated directly from members of the Hutchins campaign.
Barbarite is the same fellow who was reported under oath by a career Sullivan County employee to have attributed the deterioration of his neighborhood on Cottage Street to the influx of "Spics".
Very few people have access to Trustees' mailboxes at Village Hall, so the list of possible suspects who could have placed these items there is very short. I can say with absolute certainty that they were not put there by Deputy Mayor Schoonmaker or Trustee Marinello. Who does that leave?
As one of the only Latinas (if not the only) elected official now serving in Sullivan County, as the only woman on the board, and in light of published attacks against me for voting my conscience and speaking out on the web opposing unfair extra trashes collection charges against Landfield Avenue Synagogue and the temple's rabbi sought by the Mayor and his relative, Trustee Hutchins, I consider this assault on my home to be a hate crime.
My husband and I are grateful for Monticello police officers' work to investigate this incident. As of February 23, 2009, the case has been reassigned to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department for investigation.
Monticello is on its way to becoming a lawless community. I was elected to serve until 2012 and my resolve has been strengthened to continue to do the right thing for Monticello, to improve conditions here. I support support law-enforcement in their efforts to catch and prosecute criminals. This incident has helped me make up my mind to run for re-election in 2012 and serve the community at least through 2016.
Added to the above, during September board meeting Mayor Jenkins physically bumped my husband in an attempt to cause a confrontation. Tom asked Jenkins if he was trying to knock him down. Jenkins replied, "If I wanted to knock you down, you'd still be lying there." He repeated this aggressive statement to a reporter the next day (link).
We all know where all these attacks are coming from. It's time for law-enforcement to reel in the thugs. There is no excuse for leniency.
To be clear, we have never said Barbarite, Hutchins, or Jenkins threw a brick through our windshield. We have said they are bigots, as shown by the literature they produce and the things they say.
The brick speaks for itself.