June 19, 2000
Supporter Raab Bashes Mayor
Says Public Urination Must Stop
by Stewart Lilker
Michael Raab, a long time Glacken
supporter, telling the Mayor "I donít want to become the loud
mouthed critic that I was," said that he was sick and tired of people
urinating on Main Street, particularly in front of his ice cream parlor.
He said, "I was on the phone (cell phone) with Trustee Miller, when I
pulled up to my store and a saw a guy urinating right on the street."
He continued, "This is a disgusting, embarrassing situation that is
going on. I have news for you, it is because of this that I am considering
relocating outside of this village."
In the past, other residents and business
owners, as well as Raab have asked for police foot patrols on Main Street,
but to no avail. During Raabís presentation, Police Chief Woodward, a
former Freeport resident, sat flipping through his police magazine, not
once looking up to pay attention to what was being said.
After the meeting, a resident told FNYN,
"Glacken changes the light poles on Main Street and thinks he is
doing something. With people hanging out, drinking and pissing all over
the street, I donít see him going down there with his family to
Raab, questioning the Mayor about the CDA
grant for the rehabilitation of the former Rite Track Inn on Merrick Road,
asked, "Is there any kind of architectural plan in place that is a
standard for the Village?" Glacken responded, "We are taking a
case by case approach." Raab asked if the building was being returned
to its original facade. Ellen Kelly, director of the CDA, stood up from
the side of the room and responded that in this case, it was not. Glacken
then added his own thoughts, but most of his comments were unintelligible
due to the poor acoustics, which he as been promising to fix for three
years, and his refusal to speak into the microphone.
Well before Glacken was elected,
beginning with the Thompson administration and continuing with the Wissler
administration, a Village-wide Master Plan began development. Over the
years, a series of community meetings were had throughout the Village,
seeking out ideas from everyone. Glacken never attended any of these
meetings, completely ignored the findings and has for the past three
years, steadfastly stonewalled every attempt to finalize the Master Plan.
Even so Glacken claims "This is the first time in the history of this
Village that any administration has placed an emphasis on esthetics."
On March 20, 2000, the Village Board
unanimously approved $255,000 to rehabilitate the Rite Track Inn property,
now known as Wash & Shop Laundromat, Ltd. An examination of the Board
minutes gives no indication that the bid went to the lowest bidder, or
indeed, if there were any other bids.
Your reporter, questioned the Mayor and
Trustees regarding the new request to approve an additional $17,000
expenditure of CDA money for the renovation of the windows, asking why the
grant was approved with the original windows and now they had to be
Deputy Mayor Frierson-Davis responded,
"The drawings did not reflect the condition of the windows and we did
not do a personal inspection of the windows. The drawing reflected
Your reporter asked, "Wouldnít it
be fair to think that the windows represented in the drawing would
represent the windows in the building?" The Board did not respond.
Your reporter then pointed out that the
building had previously been renovated twice before with CDA money, both
times during which Glacken was the Village Attorney and his brother in
law, Village and mob attorney Harrison "Joe" Edwards, was
apparently the CDA Attorney. Neither the Mayor, nor any of the Trustees
explained why, when the drawings were presented to them for approval, it
was not done at an open meeting.
While the Freeport CDA has spent
approximately twenty million dollars over the years, other than the
Nautical Mile Project, residents questioned by FNYN cannot point to
anything the millions of CDA dollars have been spent on.
THE MAYORíS PHONE NUMBER
Your reporter asked Mayor Glacken why he
removed his telephone number and address from the phone book, stating that
it seems that unlike the other recent Mayors, Glacken removed his as soon
as he was elected. Glacken said that his number hadnít been in the phone
book since 1982. When your reporter read Glackenís name and address from
the 1997 Freeport Yellow Book, Glacken said it wasnít him. In discussing
this with a village resident, who asked not to be identified, FNYN was
told, "I remember a few years ago I had to find his number. I looked
it up in the Yellow book and he answered the phone."
A former Freeport Village official told
FNYN, "Glackenís number was in there (the phone book). I donít
know of any other Mayor who wasnít listed. Itís obvious why he took
his number out. Heís afraid."
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND
FNYN also asked Glacken about his
letter requesting that the residents of the Freeport School District
support the recent bond proposal, a story that was intentionally covered
up by Newsday. When your reporter asked Glacken if he knew how his letter
appeared in the districtís schools, he said, "I donít know."
When FNYN advised him that handing out his letter in the districtís
schools was against the law, Glacken said he didnít think it was. When
the case law was read to Glacken, he said he didnít agree with it. When
asked again if he had any idea who could have sent the letter over to the
district, Glacken pleaded ignorance and then said, "I think we sent
it to somebody."
Finally, Glackenís PR person, Pat
Murphy, came to the Mayorís rescue, volunteering that she had sent it
over to the Superintendent's office before the Bond vote. Glacken
correctly stated that he wasnít responsible for what the district did,
once they got it, and added that he had no idea how his letter ended up on
the District web site, a fact that was also covered up by Newsday.
Glacken asked, "Why are you telling
me this?" Your reporter replied, "Because I think you should
know what they did with your letter." Glacken said, "Mr. Lilker,
if you have a problem with the school district, take it up with them. I
have no problem with what they did with my letter. It is my right and my
freedom of speech to express my opinion. I have no trouble with it [the
letter] being in the schools or on the district web site."
Your reporter replied, "Apparently
they did, because after I demanded that they remove it, it was taken out
of the schools and eventually removed from their web site."
FNYN has asked many residents if they
thought Glacken was telling the truth when he said he didnít know how
his pro bond letter made it to the school district offices. Not one
resident thought he was telling the truth.
CHLORINE IN THE WATER
FNYN asked the Mayor if the source of the
pollution of the water supply was found. Interestingly, Glacken asked
Village Attorney Edwards to respond, even though the Superintendent of
Public Works, Lou DiGrazia was present. Edwards said, "We tracked it
down to the water tank." DiGrazia added, "the northwest water
tank." Edwards continued, "Apparently there was a swinging along
the gutter, which gave way partially after a torrential rainfall, which
took place, I believe on the seventeenth or eighteenth of April. Iím
pretty sure thatís what caused it and thatís whatís being repaired
as we speak." When Glacken, who had in the past refused to answer any
questions regarding Water Superintendent Brick, was questioned about
Brick, Edwards volunteered that he had retired. An inside source told
FNYN, "He was forced out. Glacken never liked Brick. This was just an
excuse to get rid of him."
ANOTHER NEW CAR
The Village purchased another fire chiefís
car, calling it an incident command vehicle. This one is for the new
chief, who already has a chief vehicle. FNYN has learned that the Village
spent hundreds of dollars on gold leaf detailing on the vehicle
The board adjourned into executive
session for various matters and did not return for their usual
"second session." Since FNYN has been waiting to see what
transpires in Glackenís "second sessions," they have been
becoming fewer. It is apparent from the Village Board minutes of the
Executive Sessions that Glacken and the Trustees, apparently with the
blessing of the mob Village Attorney Edwards, have lately been illegally
voting on matters that rightfully belong before the public in open